• Four firms answer Brazilian gun system RfP

    The Brazilian Army has received four proposals for a local procurement of a 105 mm gun system intended for its 8x8 armoured reconnaissance vehicle within the VBR-MR (Viatura Blindada de Reconhecimento-Média de Rodas) programme. CMI Defence, OTO Melara, Denel Land Systems, and China North

  • Enforce Tac 2015: Beretta reveals new details on ARX-200 7.62 mm rifle

    Beretta has revealed details of their new ARX-200 7.62x51 mm select-fire rifle for the Italian Armed Forces at Enforce Tac 2015 in Nuremberg. According to officials the company has completed a couple of ARX-200 prototypes, which are currently undergoing qualification tests with the Italian Army.

  • Ukraine's KBAO quadruples artillery production rates

    The Ukrainian State Enterprise Design Bureau of Artillery Armament (KBAO) has quadrupled its production rates over the past five months, Ukroboronprom announced on 2 March. KBAO, part of Ukroboronprom, is now producing 65 artillery pieces a month (up from 15 a month). This compares with a total of

  • Vietnam, Israel sign defence co-operation accord

    Vietnam and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence co-operation, the Vietnam Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 March. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by Vietnam's deputy minister of defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Dan Harel, the director general

  • IDEX 2015: FNSS lifts wraps on new Saber 25 turret

    Turkey's FNSS Savunma Sistemleri launched its latest Saber 25 one-man medium-calibre turret at IDEX 2015. Saber 25 has been in private development since late 2013, pulling through experience from the Sharpshooter Mk 1 and Mk 2 one-person turrets supplied to customers including Malaysia for some of

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  • DRDO makes progress with more Astra BVRAAM tests

    Two Astra (Mk I) air-to-air beyond-visual-range (BVR) missiles have been test fired from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter off the Odisha coast, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on 19 March. A test on 18 March "aimed at confirming the missile's


  • MBDA Missile de Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank missile system

    Development MBDA developed the Missile de Moyenne Portée or medium range missile (MMP) as a potential replacement for the MILAN ATGW for the French Army. MBDA started development of the MMP in 2009 and completed the full scale mock-up of the firing post in May 2010. It was first unveiled by

  • Type 84 7.62 mm self-loading pistol

    Development The Type 84 7.62 mm pistol is described in Chinese literature as a 'special-purpose anti-riot weapon'. It is a miniature pistol intended for use by security personnel aboard aircraft, ships and trains. It was designed for undercover use and is intended to subdue criminals attempting to

  • FMFLB 9 mm high-power model pistols

    Development The 9 mm 'high-power' self-loading pistol is the standard handgun of the Argentine armed services and is currently produced under licence from FN Herstal of Belgium by Fábrica Militar Luis Beltrán (FMFLB). The pistol is very similar to the original Belgian design, but there

  • FN Herstal Browning High-Power Mk 2 9 mm self-loading pistol

    Development The FN Browning High-Power Mark 2 self-loading pistol is a variant of the standard FN 9 mm Browning High-Power (see separate entry). Description The Mk 2 has the same technical characteristics of the standard gun. Differences from the latter include, anatomical grip plates, an oblong