• Thailand to continue development of 122 mm MRL system

    Thailand's Defence Technology Institute (DTi), the Thai Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) primary research and development arm, has signed an accord with the Royal Thai Army (RTA) to further develop and manufacture an indigenous 122 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL) known as DTi-2. A memorandum of

  • Slovakia buys Czech small arms

    The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 28 November signed a EUR3.25 million (USD4 million) contract with Czech small arms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka to supply 688 CZ 805 BREN 5.56 x 45 mm assault rifles and an equal number of CZ 75 Phantom 9 x 19 mm semi-automatic pistols for the Slovak army's

  • US official says Javelin still on India co-development agenda

    The US government continues to see an opportunity to collaborate with India on developing the Raytheon-Lockheed Martin-designed Javelin anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), despite New Delhi's apparent preference for an Israeli system. Officials at the US State Department have indicated that the

  • Czech small arms and ammunition makers close to Kazakh agreement

    Czech small arms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod and ammunition maker Sellier & Bellot signed a memorandum of co-operation with Kazakh defence company Mergen Arms on 28 November. This related to local licensed production of CZ P-09 semi-automatic pistols and 9x19 mm ammunition for the

  • General Dynamics, Smith & Wesson team up for modular gun

    A General Dynamics subsidiary is teaming up with gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson to compete for the US Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) programme, the companies announced on 24 November. The army is looking to replace its M9 sidearm with a new modular system, and General Dynamics Ordinance


  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Asia-Pacific

    The drawdown in Afghanistan, a change of government in India, and maritime convulsions in the East and South China seas made 2014 a year of flux for the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Annual Defence Report 2014: Middle East/Africa

    The emergence of the so-called Islamic State as an entity that controls a vast swathe of Syria and Iraq dominated 2014 and resulted in a new US-led effort to defeat the group, setting the scene for a drawn-out struggle that will be complicated by Iran's continued support to allied militias.
  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
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  • USAF approves JASSM-ER FRP

    Key Points JASSM-ER is expected to enter FRP in 2017 Lockheed Martin is capable of producing up to 360 of the stealthy cruise missiles per year The US Air Force (USAF) has approved full-rate production (FRP) for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range
  • Indonesia lays keel for second PKR frigate

    Key Points Indonesia holds keel-laying ceremony for second PKR frigate Defence minister sees the keel-laying as a vote of confidence in Indonesia's indigenous shipbuilding capability State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional


  • Arcus M-82 82 mm Light Weight Mortar

    Development The Arcus M-82 Light Weight Mortar (LWM) was previously manufactured by the Bulgarian PIMA Joint-Stock Company (JSC). It is of conventional ' drop-fired' design. The smoothbore barrel is made by the Bulgarian company ARMAR and the optical sight by Optix, all other components are

  • Denel SS77 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun

    Development Development of the Vektor (now Denel Land Systems, a Division of Denel Pty Ltd) SS77 (L9) 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun began in 1977 and was followed by approval for service in 1986. The first production examples were issued in 1990-91, but the type was briefly withdrawn from

  • FN Manufacturing M249 5.56 mm Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW)

    Development The 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) was type-classified in 1982. Original plans called for 49,979 for the US Army and 9,974 for the US Marine Corps, but these totals were revised downwards during 1985, pending a number of necessary modifications. This led to the hurried

  • PRB NR 475 A1 81 mm medium mortar

    Development The PRB NR 475 A1 81 mm medium mortar was designed for use by infantry with either US or PRB bombs and especially with the NR 436 round. Description The barrel of the PRB NR 475 A1 is a smoothbore tube with radial fins on the lower half and is terminated by a breech piece in which a