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  • 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

  • Serbian NORA B-52 howitzer demonstrated in the UAE

    Serbia’s Yugoimport SDPR defence import/export organisation tested and demonstrated the Nora-B52 M15 155 mm/52-calibre wheeled self-propelled howitzer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on 21 November, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced. The NORA B-52 engaged targets at a distance

  • US Army pursues lighter mortars

    The US Army is aiming to reduce the weight of its dismounted mortar systems while taking the opportunity to field new and more effective ammunition, US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) representative Ryan Hooke told the audience at the Defence IQ Future Mortar

  • Beretta unveils PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun

    Beretta is set to unveil its new PMX 9 mm sub-machine gun (SMG) at the Milipol 2017 exhibition in Paris from 21-24 November. The PMX will replace the company’s venerable Model 12 series of 9 mm SMG developed in the 1950s and its subsequent successor models, which are no longer in production.

  • Russian official says MENA country has Iskander-E missiles

    Russia has delivered Iskander-E ballistic missile systems to a country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, an official from Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation told the RIA Novosti news agency during the Dubai Airshow held from 12 to16 November. The

  • Denmark seeks precision rifles

    The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organisation (DALO) announced two separate requests for bids on 3 November, one for a short range Precision Sniper Rifle (PSR) and the other for a medium range Precision Rifle Medium (PRM). DALO is seeking a PSR that is a semi-automatic rifle chambered

  • Spain orders 155 mm shells

    The Spanish government has given the go-ahead for a EUR55.9 million (USD66.2 million) order for locally produced high-performance 155 mm howitzer shells. The cabinet decision came 18 years after the government set up an initial research and development programme to supply the ammunition.

  • Raytheon, Saab team for shoulder-launched munitions development

    Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics are expected to announce a landmark teaming agreement to address perceived gaps, and exploit burgeoning requirements, in the global short-range shoulder-launched munitions mission space. Under the provisions of the agreement Raytheon and Saab will

  • DM98 practice round makes Bundeswehr debut

    The German Army is due to receive its first Rheinmetall DM98 practice ammunition for its Leopard 2 main battle tanks by the end of the year, the company announced on 3 November. This is part of a Bundeswehr order placed in September for 10,000 DM98 rounds. Rheinmetall expects to receive an order

  • Indian Army finalises procurement plan for assault rifles

    The Indian Army (IA) has finalised plans for its long-delayed acquisition of about 800,000 assault rifles, deciding to procure both imported and indigenously developed weapons. IA Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat told the Business Standard newspaper on 4 November that the service plans to acquire

  • Sweden orders more BONUS anti-armour munition

    The FMV, the Swedish Defence and Materiel Administration, has placed an order with BAE Systems for 254 additional rounds of the Bofors 155mm BONUS anti-armour precision-guided munition for the Swedish Army, the company announced on 2 November. Sweden first ordered BONUS in June 2000 and the round

  • US Army advances precision-guided mortar programme

    The US Army’s 120 mm High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) programme has progressed to a Design Qualification Phase that began with separate USD5 million Defence Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) contract awards to BAE Systems, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS), and

  • Lithuania, Indonesia sign for NASAMS

    The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence (MND) on 26 October signed a EUR109 million (USD127.7 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace to complete the acquisition of system components for a Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) networked medium-range air

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