• US approves Iraqi tank ammo sale

    The US government has approved the sale of 46,000 rounds of 120 mm ammunition for Iraq's M1A1 Abrams tanks, the Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 20 October. The DSCA suggested the ammunition would be used in ongoing operations against Sunni militants, saying it "will

  • Brazilian anti-tank weapon matures for international market

    The Brazilian Army's new light anti-tank weapon Arma Leve Anti-Carro (ALAC) is to be exported to four countries, according to 14 October Brazilian media reports. These countries have so far been identified as one in Africa, one in Asia, and two in the Middle East. COMMENT ALAC is a shoulder-fired

  • India cancels LAHAT installation on Arjun Mk II

    The Indian Army recently rejected an Israeli missile that was to have been fitted onto the indigenously designed Arjun Mk II main battle tank (MBT), further delaying the upgraded platform's induction into service. "The IAI [Israel Aerospace Industries]-built Laser Homing Anti-Tank [LAHAT]

  • Indian Army finally starts rifle trials

    The Indian Army began trials in early September to select a 5.56 mm multi-calibre assault rifle. Featuring four models, the trials began at the Bakloh cantonment in the Himalayas, 565 km north of New Delhi. Spread across locations including the northern Ladakh region, Punjab's plains, and the

  • Mexico orders 18 UH-60M Black Hawk helos for counter-narcotics duties

    Sikorsky has been awarded a USD203.6 million contract to build 18 UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters for Mexico. The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 15 September, covers the manufacture of 18 'green' UH-60M helicopters for the Mexican Air Force (Fuerza

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  • USN bolsters Laser Maverick stockpile

    Key Points The USN is purchasing more AGM-65E2/L laser-guided Maverick close-air-support missiles The out-of-production laser-guided Maverick was recently reconstituted by the USAF as a result of operational experience during Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' The US Navy (USN) has awarded Raytheon a
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp


  • AAT Mle 52/F1 general-purpose machine gun

    Development The Arme Automatique Transformable (AAT) Modèle (Mle) 52 was designed for ease of production, using stampings wherever possible. The receiver of the gun is made of fabricated semi-cylindrical shells welded together. In its original form, it fired the French 7.5 × 54 mm Mle

  • Heckler & Koch G36 5.56 mm light support weapon

    Development The G36 5.56 mm is the light support weapon counterpart of the G36 assault rifle. It differs from the rifle by having a bipod as standard, together with a heavier barrel having a thicker rear section, making it more suited to prolonged automatic fire. The G36 5.56 mm light support

  • Heckler & Koch HK 21A1 7.62 mm general-purpose machine gun

    Development The HK 21A1 is a development of the HK 21. The principal change is the omission of the option of using a magazine feed; the HK 21A1 is belt-fed only. The HK 21A1 uses the under-fed mechanism of its predecessor, but the mechanism can be hinged down to allow the belt to be inserted,

  • Heckler & Koch MSG 90A1/A2 7.62 mm sniper rifle

    Development The Heckler & Koch MSG 90A1 7.62 mm sniper rifle is a special variant of the MSG 90 rifle (see separate entry), developed to meet additional user requirements of various user units within the US Department of Defense. Description Originally known as the MSG 90-DMR (Designated