• DSA 2018: Turkish armed forces to receive 5.56 mm assault rifles from Kale Group

    Turkey’s Kale Group will begin delivering its KCR-556 5.56x45 (5.56 mm NATO)-calibre assault rifles to the Turkish armed forces once final qualification trials for the weapon are completed later this month, a company official told Jane’s at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA

  • Emirati rifle to be manufactured in India

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by India’s MKU and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) EDIC Caracal covering the manufacture of the CAR817AR Advanced Gas Piston-based Assault Rifle. The CAR817AR is said to be more rugged and stable in harsh environments such as

  • Saudi M109A6 howitzer request approved

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) structures to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 5 April. These structures will be converted into 177 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and three static training devices. Estimated

  • Brazilian Army reveals ASTROS II MK3M final delivery

    The Brazilian Army will receive the last batch of ASTROS II MK3M self-propelled multiple rocket launching (MRL) system vehicles in October, the service told Jane’s . This fourth order will be comprised of eight vehicles. Modernisation of 38 MK2/MK3 vehicles comprising six 6x6 AV-LMU

  • French Army prepares to deploy MMP

    The French Army is preparing for the first operational deployment of its new 140mm calibre digital Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) land combat system. Major Jean-Luc Dietler of the Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (STAT) at the French Ministry of Defence told Jane’s that

  • Nigeria to manufacture Polish assault rifles

    The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) holding company and Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) signed a letter of intent on 26 March covering the production of Beryl M762 assault rifles in Nigeria, the rifle’s manufacturer Fabryka Broni announced. Signed by PGZ president Jakub Skiba

  • US Army eyes replacements for SAW, M4 carbine

    The US Army’s new Cross-Functional Team for soldier lethality aims in the near-term to replace the service's 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and perhaps, eventually, the 5.56 M4 carbine. A Next-Generation Squad Weapons (NGSWs) portfolio includes a SAW replacement as well as an M4

  • ARA develops Silent Sabre directed energy weapon

    Applied Research Associates Inc (ARA) has developed a 1.5 kw directed energy weapon called Silent Sabre that attaches to a rifle and performs similar to an acetylene torch at a range of 183-274 m. Joseph Paranto, ARA director of directed energy, told Jane’s at the Pentagon that Silent Sabre

  • KBP unveils MTs-116M sniper rifle

    Russia’s Central Design and Research Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Firearms (TsKIB SOO), a subsidiary of the Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), has unveiled the MTs-116M bolt-action sniper rifle. Unlike the sporting/police rifle that shares the same product designation, the military

  • 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

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