• AAF forward deploys MD 530F helos to southern Afghanistan

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) has forward deployed a number of its newly delivered MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior ('Jengi' [Warrior]) light attack platforms to Helmand Province for operations against the Taliban, the US military disclosed on 29 September. Images showing at least

  • Analysis: UN document shows US bought 610 Fagot missiles

    A document recently released by the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) may have shed some light on the arms being purchased on behalf of Syrian rebel forces or transferred to Libya in contravention of the UN arms embargo on that country. The document compiles the arms transfers that various

  • Germany to replace G36 service rifle

    Germany has decided to entirely replace the recently troubled Heckler & Koch (HK) G36 as the country's service rifle, Katrin Suder, German State Secretary for Defence Procurement, told the defence committee of the German parliament on 8 September. Suder told the committee that the decision to

  • Brazilian Army approves IA2 as standard rifle

    The Brazilian Army approved the IA2 5.56x45 mm assault rifle, developed by state-owned Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil (IMBEL), as the service's new standard rifle. The decision was approved on 27 August and officially announced on 4 September in the army's bulletin. The rifle will

  • MSPO 2015: ZMT unveils modernised UKM-2000P machine gun

    Zaklady Mechaniczne Tarnow (ZMT) unveiled at MSPO the modernised UKM-2000P 7.62x51 mm machine gun for the Polish Armed Forces (PAF). The new version has been created for a PAF requirement to improve the performance and ergonomics of its existing UKM-2000P machine gun: the PAF's standard support

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  • US Navy conducts first AARGM Block 1 live-fire test

    Key Points Block 1 software upgrade addresses deficiencies identified in AARGM Block 0 during IOT&E in FY 2011-2012 F-35 JPO expected to issue a sole source contract to Lockheed Martin to assist Block 4 integration efforts of an extended range AARGM variant into Lightning II The US Navy (USN)
  • Lockheed Martin to qualify ExLS CAMM launcher in 2016

    Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training is completing manufacture of its Extensible Launching System (ExLS) Stand Alone Launcher ahead of qualification testing next year that will pave the way for ship integrations with MBDA's Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM). The three-cell ExLS Stand


  • 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