• Venezuela signs up for VN1, hints at Chinese amphibious vehicles buy

    Images from the official Twitter account of the Venezuelan Navy indicate that the Bolivarian Naval Infantry could soon be equipped with three different Chinese amphibious fighting vehicles: a development that would make Venezuela's marines one of the most potent amphibious forces in Latin America.

  • Poland orders 120 mm tank ammunition

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a contract with MESKO on 12 November for 120 mm anti-tank rounds for its Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs). In total, Poland ordered 13,000 cartridges 120 mm armour-piercing, fin-stabilised discarding sabot with tracer (APFSDS-T) worth PLN240 million

  • Brazil on track to procure 105 mm mobile gun system

    A Brazilian Army programme to buy one prototype 105 mm turreted gun system, with the option for a pilot batch of about 13 systems, is expected to attract bids from several international companies. Interested firms have until late December to formally issue a proposal, a source close to the

  • Russia's new Koalitsiya self-propelled gun being trialled

    Trials of the latest Russian 152 mm 2S35 Koalitsiya (Coalition) - SV self-propelled gun (SPG) are now under way, with the system among several new land weapon systems due to be fielded by the Russian Army in the future to enhance its capabilities. Russia previously developed the unusual 152 mm/2S35

  • Poland orders 120 mm tank ammunition

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a contract with MESKO on 12 November for 120 mm anti-tank rounds for its Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs). In total, Poland ordered 13,000 cartridges 120 mm armour-piercing, fin-stabilised discarding sabot with tracer (APFSDS-T) worth PLN240 million

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  • US approves sale of APKWS 'smart rockets' to Iraq

    The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Iraq of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS): a semi-active laser guidance kit for 70 mm ground-to-air rocket that will increase the ability of Iraqi Army Aviation Command (IAAC) helicopters to carry out precision strikes. The

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