• Austria details WS4 Panther ROWS

    Details have emerged regarding Austria’s new WS4 Panther remotely operated weapon system (ROWS) at the International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference in London. Manufactured by ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) GmbH, the WS4 system is intended to be the Austrian Army’s

  • Germany seeks combat sights for new assault rifle

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, issued a EUR125 million (USD153 million) tender on 16 January for 103,090 combat sights for the System

  • Russia begins delivering S-400 air defence systems to China, says report

    Russia has begun delivering the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to China under the terms of a contract signed in 2014, TASS news agency cited an unnamed source close to the Russian military-industrial complex as saying on 18 January. “The

  • India’s MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed

  • Algeria confirms Chinese MRL acquisition

    The Algeria National People’s Army’s (ANP’s) acquisition of Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) was confirmed on 13 January when the Ministry of National Defence released imagery showing the systems being used during a live fire exercise in the 4th Military Region.

  • Footage suggests QW-2 MANPADS has entered service with Turkmenistan Army

    Turkmenistan’s state media has released video footage showing a member of the Turkmenistan Army displaying a Chinese-built Qian Wei 2 (QW-2) manportable air defence system (MANPADS) for the country’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov: a likely indication that the system has entered

  • Javelin ATGMs approved for Ukraine

    Key Points The provision of US Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian military has now been approved Concerns remain, however, over the extent to which such weapons can be used effectively without training and over the import bureaucracy such deliveries will have to overcome A longstanding

  • Bars-8 mortar carrier undertakes acceptance trials

    A Ukraine Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) system is undergoing acceptance trials in Ukraine, Jane’s understands. The MMC consists of an Alakran Light Mortar System (LMS) integrated into the rear of a Bars-8 (4x4) armoured vehicle. The Alakran has been developed by the Aerospace and Defense

  • US agrees Super Tucano sale to Nigeria

    The United States has agreed the sale to Nigeria of 12 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)–Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops, it was reported on 27 December. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) received from the US ambassador to the country letters of offer and acceptance for the

  • Romania procures portable Spike LR

    Romania purchased dozens of Rafael Spike LR (long-range) missiles and launchers in the last quarter of 2017, and is evaluating them to decide whether to purchase more, according to industry sources. The Romanian government signed a similar-sized procurement deal in 2016, and in 2015, it acquired

  • Mac Jee set to finalise Armadillo TA-2 70 mm rocket launcher development

    Two unnamed countries in the Middle East have issued a request for quotation for the Armadillo TA-2 vehicle-mounted remote-controlled 70mm rocket launch system developed by Brazil’s Mac Jee-Indústria, Comércio e Representação, ahead to its anticipated completion in 2018.

  • Novator reveals new Club system, missile and range details

    Russia’s Novator Joint Stock Company has revealed details of a new export version of the Club missile system – designated Club-T – and its 3M-14E land attack cruise missile (LACM). Additionally, a senior representative has confirmed to Jane’s that the range of the LACM can be

  • VPK unveils BTR-82V APC

    Russia’s Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military Industrial Company, VPK) has developed the BTR-82V armoured personnel carrier (APC), a company representative told Jane’s. “The BTR-82V APC was developed under terms of reference issued by the Rosgvardiya [Russia’s National

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • France receives first MMP missile systems

    The French Army received its first Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) lightweight medium-range multi-purpose/anti-tank missile systems on 15-23 November, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, announced on 30 November. Fifty missiles and 20

  • New sniper rifles for Ratnik soldier system to be tested by end of year

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to conduct tests of new firearms for the second-generation Ratnik-2 soldier system before the end of 2017, military officials have said. “The goal is to conduct operational testing and evaluation [OT&E] of new firearms, including the

  • Serbia buys Minimi machine guns and Glock 17 pistols

    The Serbian Army will soon be equipped with 5.56 mm FN Herstal Minimi light machine guns and 9 mm Glock 17 pistols, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Belgrade told the Serbian daily newspaper, Politika . The information on numbers ordered, units to be equipped, the value of the procurement, as well

  • US Army begins fielding new Sig Sauer Modular Handgun System

    The US Army on 28 November began fielding its first M17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) sidearms to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, which is to receive about 2,000 of the pistols. The 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, and “one of the army’s new security

  • Stiletto demonstrates efficacy of AP ammunition, equips SF units

    Stiletto Systems’ range of armour-piercing (AP) ammunition is in use with the Ukrainian Special Forces operating in the Donbass region and has completed several NATO-standard test programmes. Test centres have included the Royal Military Academy (École royale militaire) in Belgium, which

  • Algerian SR5 rocket launchers spotted

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) appears to have acquired Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The MENA Defense website published photographs on 19 November showing two SR5s on transporters that were purportedly part of a convoy carrying newly delivered systems in

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