• Belarus showcases MM-60 rocket launcher

    Belarusian company BSVT-VV has completed development of its MM-60 multipurpose rocket launcher and has already attracted interest from a number of Asia Pacific countries, a company representative told Jane's. The disposable MM-60 rocket launcher is designed to defeat troops under cover, lightly

  • IDF using Elbit Spear mortars

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has used Elbit’s Spear vehicle-mounted mortar system during border security incidents in recent months, a senior company official said. Colonel (res) Boaz Cohen, vice-president of land systems at Elbit System, told the Fire, Maneuvering, and Intelligence

  • US Army to order Bonus rounds

    The US Army is about to order 500 BAE Systems Bofors Bonus 155 mm sensor-fuzed munitions as part of a larger order for the anti-tank rounds. Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition, announced at the IQPC

  • US search for DPICM replacement about to get under way

    The US Army is seeking a new anti-armour round as a replacement for its 155 mm M864A1 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM). Speaking at the IQPC Future Artillery 2018 conference, held in London from 14-16 May, Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within

  • Indian Army finalises USD2.23 billion ammunition procurement plan

    The Indian Army (IA) has finalised an INR150 billion (USD2 billion) plan to indigenously source assorted ammunition over the next 10 years through public- and private-sector manufacturers. Official sources told Jane’s on 14 May that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shortlisted 11 private

  • Algeria unveils Tos-1A

    Algeria has confirmed the acquisition of TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers from Russia after one system was seen during television footage of an exercise on 12 May. The system consists of a launcher for 24 rockets mounted on a T-72 hull. Described by the Russians as a heavy flamethrower, it is a

  • SOFEX: Jadara develops first guided missile system

    Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems unveiled its new Terminator anti-tank missile system during the SOFEX show held in Amman from 8-10 May. The missile has a calibre of 107 mm and a range of 100-2,500 m. It is available in two variants, one with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank

  • SOFEX 2018: Terminator ATGW enters production

    Jordanian firm Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems has completed development and commenced production of the new Terminator anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system. This comprises a tripod-based launching unit weighing 6.3 kg and 4.3 kg respectively, the 7.2 kg PUT-1 guidance unit, and the

  • Algeria unveils new mortar system

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) has taken into service what appears to be Norinco’s vehicle-mounted rapid deployment system for the W86 120 mm mortar, it was revealed when Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah visited the Central Logistics Base in Blida on

  • Brazilian Army to order additional IA2 rifles

    The Brazilian Army’s Logistics Command is to award state-owned company IMBEL (Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil) a BRL25.64 million (USD7.3 million) contract for 4,000 5.56x45 mm IA2 assault rifles, the service told Jane’s . Deliveries are to be fulfilled 240 days after

  • Brazilian Army eyes towed howitzers

    The Brazilian Army is exploring a potential acquisition of 105 mm M119 Light Gun and 155 mm M198 towed howitzers, hoping to procure surplus items from the US Army. The service is prospecting the market and has run early studies to inform an eventual purchase as part of its Army Strategic Program

  • Defexpo 2018: Kalyani Group showcases Bharat 52 towed gun

    India’s Kalyani Group is highlighting its Bharat 52 155 mm/52 calibre towed gun at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition being held in Chennai. The indigenously developed weapon is manufactured by the company’s Bharat Forge Limited subsidiary and is based on the requirements of the Indian Army.

  • Defexpo 2018: OFB showcases 155 mm/52 calibre Mounted Gun System

    The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has exhibited a new variant of the Mounted Gun System (MGS) armed with the Dhanush 155 mm/52 calibre gun at Defexpo 2018, which is being held in Chennai. The indigenously developed MGS is the result of a two-year joint effort between OFB and Bharat Earth Movers

  • DSA 2018: Nexter to provide 18 105 mm LG1 artillery systems to Malaysian Army

    French defence company Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) have been selected to supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army. A contract for the system was signed with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia

  • DSA 2018: Turkish army testing Aselsan’s new 40 mm high-velocity airburst round

    Turkish company Aselsan has revealed that a recently developed airburst round for its 40 mm high-velocity grenade launchers is undergoing qualification tests with the Turkish Land Forces Command. Mustafa Kaval, the company’s head of defence system technology, told Jane’s on 19 April at

  • Denmark selects SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry pistols

    The Danish armed forces have selected the SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry semi-automatic pistol in standard and concealed-carry variants to replace their m/49 (SIG P210) pistol, introduced in 1949. Delivery of the first P320 is expected in early 2019. The seven-year framework agreement with SIG Sauer dealer

  • First five Indian M777 howitzers to enter service in September

    The first five of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers that India ordered in November 2016 for USD737 million will be inducted into the Indian Army (IA) in September. Three guns will join two others that arrived in India in May 2017 to undertake field firing trials at

  • Indian MoD plans to licence-build upgraded AK-103 assault rifles

    Key Points India's MoD plans to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles The Indian armed forces have a longstanding requirement for more than 768,000 rifles India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 7.62x51 mm assault rifles for the

  • DSA 2018: Poly Technologies showcases GAM ATGW family

    China’s Poly Technologies has displayed a model of its GAM-102 anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in a bid to drive exports of the system. The medium range GAM-102 (Guided Anti-tank Missile-102) is part of the GAM-10X ATGW system

  • India’s OFB unveils 155 mm Sharang towed gun

    The Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has displayed its newly developed 155 mm/45 calibre Sharang towed gun at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The Sharang, which weighs 8.4 tonnes, has an overall length and width of 11.84 m and 2.45 m

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