• US Army eyes type certification for new pistol by late 2018

    The US Army expects to type classify its new 9 mm Modular Handgun System (MHS) in mid- to late 2018, and meanwhile is fielding it to initial units. Type classification, whereby the weapon is no longer considered ‘experimental’ and drops the 'X' in its XM17 designation, is expected for

  • Brazil receives first four M109A5 howitzers from United States

    The first four of 60 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers granted by the United States to the Brazilian Army have arrived at Paranaguá in Brazil. The howitzers arrived earlier than planned after the Brazilian Army requested an expedited delivery, the service told Jane’s on 13 March. The rest

  • Czech Republic seeks new 120 mm mortar system

    The Czech Republic is seeking a new 120 mm mortar system, an official of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has confirmed during the Omega Conferences and Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sufajzi of the Army of the Czech Republic

  • USMC phases out expeditionary mortar system

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has phased out its General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) 120 mm Expeditionary Fire Support System (EFSS), an official revealed at the Omega Conferences & Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Michael

  • Malaysian Army trials Ingwe missile

    The Malaysian Army conducted firing trials of the Denel Dynamics ZT35 Ingwe anti-tank missile system from the anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) variant of its 8×8 Deftech AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle on 8 March, the service disclosed via the social media account of its official Berita

  • B&T unveils APC308 rifle and USW-P pistol

    Swiss company B&T unveiled its APC308 semi-automatic rifle and a USW-P/SF semi-automatic pistol at the Enforce Tac exhibition in Nuremberg. The APC308 is a short-stroke gas piston 7.62x51 mm rifle fed from a Magpul PMAG LR/SR magazine, which has a gas regulator that enables it to fire in the

  • Haenel Defence debuts CR 308 rifle

    Haenel Defence unveiled a prototype of its 7.62x51 mm CR 308 semi-automatic rifle at the Enforce TAC exhibition, held in Nuremberg, Germany, on 7–8 March. The company is expanding its line of 5.56 mm CR 223/CR 556 assault rifles by introducing a similarly designed 7.62 mm AR-10-type weapon.

  • German Army finalises Spike qualification on Puma IFV

    The German Army has successfully completed qualification of the in-service Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The final qualification trials of Spike LR on Puma were undertaken by the German Army and Rheinmetall at the company’s

  • Portuguese Army boosts its special ops firepower

    The Portuguese Army’s Special Operations Force (FOE) has received an undisclosed quantity of new small arms and accessories. Deliveries mainly comprised Barret M107A1 .50 cal and Accuracy AXMC .338 precision rifles, Heckler & Koch HK417 7.62x51 mm assault rifles, FABARM STF/12 Compact FE

  • Estonia invites tenders for 155 mm ammunition

    The Estonian State Defence Investment Centre has invited submissions for tenders by 5 April for the provision of 155 mm artillery rounds for the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) in tranches over the next five to seven years, the centre told Jane’s on 6 March. The contract’s value was

  • US Army seeks Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle prototypes

    The US Army has released a Prototype Opportunity Notice (PON) for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) as it considers replacing the 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Published on 1 March, the PON said the army intends to award up to five contracts for the design of prototype

  • Russia's Koalitsiya-SV SPHs undergoing state trials

    The testing of 12 units of Russia’s newest 152 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV, is under way and will continue until 2020, when state trials are expected to be completed and a decision made on serial production of the system, said Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuriy

  • Ukraine seeks improved artillery capabilities

    Ukraine has “long term” plans to adopt the NATO 155 mm/52 calibre standard for its conventional tube artillery forces, a senior official has revealed. Speaking at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe conference in Bucharest, Romania, Major General Andrii Koliennikov, deputy

  • Saab reports strong 2017 figures

    Saab has reported higher sales across all business units and a double digit rise in order bookings in 2017 on the back of what it described as “strong” interest in its products. The Swedish defence and security group reported sales of SEK31.4 billion (USD3.95 billion) for the year; 10%

  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm M2 QCB heavy machine guns

    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency seeks to buy up to 1,300 M2 heavy machine guns (HMGs), together with spare parts and tools, through a seven-year framework agreement published on 9 February. An initial order of an estimated 1,100 HMGs will replace Norway’s current M2 QCB inventory. The

  • Portugal takes steps to make its soldiers more effective

    The Portuguese Army is working to significantly improve its soldiers’ mobility, survivability, firepower, and C4I capabilities in different terrain through the acquisition of a range of new equipment. The first troops will be equipped in 2019 with an advanced modular solution offering open

  • Russia orders RPK-16 light machine guns

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Kalashnikov for its RPK-16 light machine gun, the company’s blog on 8 February quoted its director, Alexey Krivoruchko, as having told the TASS state news agency on 6 February. The RPK-16 is a development of the latest version of

  • IMI unveils new 5.56 mm armour piercing round

    Israel Military Industries (IMI) has unveiled a new 5.56x45 mm round that it said will enable combat units to use one type of ammunition for assault rifles and machine guns. IMI decided to develop the Armor Piercing Match (APM) round after being told by militaries that standard types of 5.56 mm

  • Netherlands buys HK416A5 for special forces

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence signed a seven-year contract on 7 February for the delivery of Heckler & Koch HK416A5 rifles, parts, additional equipment, and accessories. The single source procurement worth EUR14 million (USD17.3 million) with Condor Arhem includes an option for an additional

  • Indian MoD approves small arms purchases for all three services

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements on 13 February worth INR159.35 billion (USD2.48 billion) that largely include small arms for all three military services. The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Defence Acquisition Council

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