Defence
  • DSA 2014: Malaysia's SMEO in talks with Philippines over M-4 carbine deal

    Malaysia's SME Ordnance (SMEO), a subsidiary of the NADI group, is in talks with the Philippines' Government Arsenal on a joint venture over SMEO's licenced-built M-4 in order to meet the Armed Forces of the Philippines' requirements for the carbine. Colt has licenced SMEO to manufacture the M-4

  • Excalibur production transitions from Increment Ia-2 to Increment Ib

    The Excalibur 155 mm smart artillery projectile programme has finished production of the Increment Ia-2 variant and transitioned to building the Increment Ib, the US Army announced on 14 April. Excalibur Ib is intended to produce a more reliable and lower-cost round than the original Ia system.

  • Navy League 2014: USMC commandant confirms plans for special-purpose MAGTF for US Southern Command

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) will create a special-purpose task force by the 2020 timeframe to increase US responsiveness in the Latin America region, the USMC's chief officer confirmed on 7 April. "We're going to build a Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force [SP-MAGTF] down there and

  • India to buy, produce Russian Mango ammunition

    Russia's state arms export corporation, Rosoboronexport, has signed a deal with India's Ministry of Defence for 125 mm 3-VBM-17 Mango anti-tank rounds for the T-90S tank, Russian defence manufacturer Rostec announced on 2 April. While the size of the deal has not been confirmed by Rostec, Russian

  • Philippine Army acquires R4 carbines

    The Philippine Army (PA) has confirmed the acquisition of 63,000 Remington Defense R4 5.56 mm carbines in a deal worth PHP2.4 billion (USD53 million). PA spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Noel Detoyato announced on 18 March 2014 that the R4 carbines - which were procured to replace the army's ageing

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  • Safran Hammers Dassault

    The chief executive of Safran, Jean-Paul Herteman, has warned that unless the firm is allowed to export the Armement Air-Sol Modulaire (AASM) precision guided munition (PGM) independently of the Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft, then production of the munition will come to a close. "The Rafale
  • France, UK sign GBP500 million anti-ship missile deal

    The UK and France have placed a contract worth more than GBP500 million (USD827 million) with MBDA to complete the development of and manufacture a new helicopter launched anti-ship missile, it was announced on 27 March. Known as the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW[H]) by the UK

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  • AIG 60 mm Commando mortars

    Development These 60 mm Commando mortars are manufactured by the Armament Industries Group (AIG) who are part of the Defence Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran. Description There are two 60 mm Commando mortars: the HM12 Fateh and the HM13 Narollah. The two differ in several ways, but both are

  • AIG HM14 60 mm mortar

    Development The HM14 60 mm mortar is manufactured by the Armament Industries Group (AIG), part of the Defence Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran. Description The HM14 60 mm mortar appears to be a direct copy of the Israeli Soltam 60 mm standard mortar, complete with the simple drum sight close

  • AIG HM15 81 mm mortar

    Development The HM15 81 mm mortar is manufactured by the Armament Industries Group (AIG), a subsidiary of the Defence Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran. Description The 81 mm HM15 mortar is a copy of an Israeli Soltam design, in this case the Soltam 81 mm standard, with a one-piece 1,530 m

  • AIG HM16 120 mm mortar

    Development The AIG HM16 120 mm mortar is manufactured by the Armament Industries Group, a subsidiary of the Defence Industries Organization (DIO) of Iran. Description The HM16 120 mm mortar is another copy of an Israeli Soltam design, in this case the Soltam 120 mm standard K6, It is of

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