• Arnold Defense details Fletcher 2.75-inch laser-guided weapon system

    Arnold Defense has unveiled a developmental 2.75-inch/70mm laser-guided weapon system designed to meet the demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted warfare for special and conventional forces, with potential future application for naval/littoral platforms. Traditionally, 2.75-inch

  • German special forces receive RGW 90

    Dynamit Nobel Dynamics (DND) officially handed the Recoilles Grenade Weapon (RGW) 90 to the Bundeswehr in September. The 90 mm shoulder-fired weapon, with a range of 20-1,200 m, was developed on the initiative of the German Army's Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command) and the navy's

  • US Army to begin fielding new Sig Sauer M17 handguns next month

    The US Army in November expects to field 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. Fielding will be done following “a conditional material release for the MHS”, the army

  • Italy to gift rifles to Albania

    By the end of the year, Italy will donate to Albania 5,000 Berreta AR70/90 5.56x45 mm rifles and two Iveco VTLM Lince 4x4 light multirole vehicles in the basic version. With Albania’s strategic importance for Italy in the Balkan-Mediterranean regional context, the goal of the donation is to

  • Bangladesh to acquire 155 mm howitzers

    Bangladesh’s military procurement agency, the Directorate General Defence Purchases (DGDP), has issued a notice to foreign vendors to submit bids in support of a programme to procure artillery for the Bangladesh Army. The notice was issued by the DGDP in late September and outlines a

  • Colombia working to sell its new Cordova pistol in North America

    Colombia’s Military Industry (Industria Militar: INDUMIL) is negotiating to sell its new 9 mm Cordova pistol, the first such weapon fully designed in Colombia, to North American customers as it nears completion of local orders. The state-run INDUMIL began design and development of the Cordova

  • Escribano offers add-on SAL section for 70 mm artillery rockets

    Spanish engineering house Escribano is developing a new, add-on semi-active laser terminal guidance section for integration with government-furnished equipment (GFE) surface-launched, fin-stabilised, unguided 70 mm artillery rockets. Escribano’s Semi-Active Laser Kit (SALK) section comprises

  • DSEI 2017: Orbital ATK looks to extend range and accuracy with new 120 mm mortar initiative

    Orbital ATK has revealed it is working on a development beyond its 120 mm Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) to address a requirement to achieve increased precision and range from 120 mm mortars for the US Army. Building on work that the company has already done with APMI, the new High

  • DSEI 2017: Patria NEMO Container completes land test firings

    Finland’s Patria has completed test firings of its deployable NEMO Container mortar system, the company has told Jane’s . During test firings throughout August, the 120 mm mortar system underwent firings while mounted on a Sisu ETP E13TP 8×8 tactical transporter as well as

  • DSEI 2017: Valhalla Turrets develops new RCWS, light turret

    Ljubljana, Slovenia-based Valhalla Turrets displayed two new turret systems at DSEI 2017 in London. Development of the Midgard remote control weapon station (RCWS) and the Asgard light tactical Turret (LTT) completed in early September, and was conducted through internal research and development

  • UAE develops new 14.5 mm RWS

    The International Golden Group (IGG) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has developed a new remote weapon station (RWS) to the prototype stage. . Called the IGG-RWS14, the designation of ‘14’ denotes that it is armed with the Russian 14.5 mm KPV series heavy machine gun (MG), which is

  • DSEI 2017: Armadillo TA-2 breaks cover

    Brazilian company Mac Jee displayed a new 4×4-mounted rocket system at DSEI 2017. The Armadillo TA-2 is currently undergoing development work and its 70 mm armament is set to undergo firing trials by the end of 2017 and to enter service with the Brazilian Army in 2018. Designed to be a

  • DSEI 2017: Stiletto Systems reveals new rifle and ammunition

    Ukrainian company Stiletto Systems presented its latest rifle, the STL-016, at the DSEI defence exhibition held in London from 11-15 September, along with a range of associated armour-piercing ammunition. The STL-016 is a .300 calibre rifle that incorporates a patented rifling designed by Stiletto

  • DSEI 2017: Lithuanian Boxer prototype expected this autumn

    The first Lithuanian Boxer 8x8 prototypes will be ready this autumn, according to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, whose ARTEC joint venture with Rheinmetall is producing the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Kurt Braatz, KMW's senior vice-president for strategy and corporate communications, told Jane's the

  • DSEI 2017: Penman launches new Metras MRV

    Penman launched its Metras family of wheeled armoured multirole vehicles (MRV) at DSEI 2017 in London. The Metras MRV is being offered in the 4x4 and 6x6 configuration, although both models share the same diesel powerpack and driveline. The vehicle features a welded monocoque steel hull that is

  • DSEI 2017: Thales to target NATO market with not-so-new F90 MBR

    At the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference Thales announced that it had released a ‘new’ assault rifle based on the bullpup design F90 currently in service with the Australian Defence Force, but with the intention of marketing it to the European and NATO

  • DSEI 2017: Praesidium Global unveils Pathfinder ISR solution

    Praesidium Global launched its Pathfinder reconnaissance system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. A complete Pathfinder system consists of an air-droppable crate that houses two Scout unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) that are deployed to carry out

  • US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

    The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs. On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support

  • KBP unveils ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle

    Russia's Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding, has developed the ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle, which it unveiled at the KBP firing range. The ShAK-12 is intended for engaging soldiers wearing body armour, under light cover or in soft-skin

  • Nigerian Super Tucano package includes laser-guided weapons

    Nigeria has requested Paveway II and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guidance kits for the 12 EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft it is planning to acquire. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 August that the US State Department had approved

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