• Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • US Strykers in Europe to get lethality boost with 30 mm cannon

    US Army Stryker infantry carrier vehicles in Europe are likely to soon get 30 mm cannon meant to increase their lethality while maintaining road mobility. Colonel John Meyer, leader of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment based at Vilseck in Germany, said Strykers provide US Army Europe with "operational

  • Wa army fielding new Chinese artillery, ATGMs

    As part of a sweeping modernisation process, the United Wa State Army (UWSA) based in northeastern Myanmar is fielding new Chinese towed artillery and anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). Images seen by IHS Jane's that were taken earlier in 2015 near Panghsang, the capital of the UWSA-administered

  • Turkey to begin serial production of MPT-76 rifles

    Turkey's Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) and the state-owned Mechanical and Chemical Industries Corporation (MKEK) signed a contract on 2 July covering the serial production of MPT-76 battle rifles for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Under the initial phase of the project, which will see

  • Indian Army cancels rifle, carbine tenders

    The Indian Army scrapped its December 2011 tender for 66,000 multi-calibre assault rifles for around INR48.48 million (USD764 million) on 15 June, official sources said. Instead, it has opted for the Excalibur 5.56x45 mm assault rifle, which is being developed by the state-run Defence Research and


  • Asian gains

    With Asia-Pacific countries increasingly looking to develop their defence industrial capabilities through offset, the demands being placed on foreign contractors are rising to an unprecedented level. Jon Grevatt reports
  • IHS Jane's World Defence Industry Survey 2015

    Budget issues, changing customer requirements, shifting political environments, and price pressures continue to drive competition in global defence markets, according to the 'IHS Jane's World Defence Industry Survey 2015'. Guy Anderson and Jon Kozan report
  • Quiet professionals: NATO special operations comes of age

    In 2006 NATO quietly embarked on a determined effort to boost special operations forces capability and effectiveness across the alliance. Jim Dorschner and Andrew White report on NATOS's progress.
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  • Pentagon awards JAGM development contract

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has received a USD66 million EMD contract for JAGM The missile will be integrated onto the Apache and Viper attack helicopters while the production line is qualified The US Army and the US Navy on 31 July awarded Lockheed Martin a USD66 million engineering and
  • US Navy conducts initial LCS SSMM tests

    Key Points AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire SSMM solution is expected to be integrated and mission ready for early increments and testing on LCS by late 2017 The US Navy has conducted engineering development tests of a modified AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire Missile in support of an intended lethality


  • 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