• MANPADS buys bolster Armenia's air defences

    Armenia has acquired a number of advanced 9K338 Igla-S (SA-24 'Grinch') and 9K333 Verba (SA-25) manportable infrared-homing surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, Jane's has learned. The missiles were purchased in particular with a view to counter the potential incursion of attack helicopters and

  • Auditors deny Glock's protest of US Army handgun award to Sig Sauer

    A bid protest filed by small arms manufacturer Glock, challenging the US Army's new sidearm contract with Sig Sauer, has been denied by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) project, intended to replace legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, was

  • Denmark seeks bids for new service pistol

    The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has announced a request for tenders for the procurement of a new service pistol for the armed forces. The seven-year framework agreement is worth an estimated DKK25 million (USD4 million), including spare parts, accessories,

  • India cancels SRSAM competition, opts for Akash

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved an INR180 billion (USD2.8 billion) procurement of two additional Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-designed mobile Akash (Sky) medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Army (IA), over three competing foreign

  • KBP introduces SPO 'Varna' rocket launcher

    Russia's KBP Instrument Design Bureau has introduced the SPO 'Varna' infantry flamethrower to its product line. The SPO 'Varna' was developed to complement the existing RPO-A, Z, and D series of man-portable rocket launchers - although they are classified as 'flamethrowers' by KBP - with an improved

  • Ukraine develops rocket grenade system

    Ukraine's State Kyiv Design Bureau Luch has developed a new manportable rocket grenade system. While the system does not yet have an official designation, details of its capabilities have emerged. Designed for use against lightly armoured and unarmoured equipment, structures, and personnel, the

  • Nammo working on ramjet-powered 155 mm artillery round

    Nordic munitions house Nammo is developing a new 155 mm artillery projectile that is expected to have a maximum range of 90 km. Brief details of the new 155 mm round, which is being funded internally, were given by Thomas Danbolt, Nammo's product director for tank and artillery ammunition, during

  • Belarus develops new lightweight rocket launcher

    Belarusian company BSVT-VV is developing a new multipurpose rocket launcher called the MM-60, a representative of the company told Jane's at the MILEX 2017 exhibition in Minsk. "Having analysed recent conflicts, the world market, and potential customers' requirements, we have decided that a

  • Venezuela stockpiling Igla-S MANPADS

    Venezuela is stockpiling some 5,000 9K338 Igla-S (NATO reporting name SA-24) infrared man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), Reuters reported on 24 May. The cache of weapons, specified in a Venezuelan military document seen by Reuters, is believed to be the largest known stockpile in Latin

  • Omani Army selects Beretta 92FS pistol

    The Royal Army of Oman (RAO) has ordered the 9x19 mm Beretta 92FS as its future handgun, a Beretta source has told Jane's . The RAO began looking for a replacement for its current pistols, which are mostly Browning Hi-Powers, in 2016. The 92FS and four other European pistols were downselected in

  • Indian Army receives first two of 145 M777 howitzers from US

    The Indian Army (IA) has received the first two of the 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers (LWHs) it acquired from the United States in November 2016 for USD737 million. Officials told Jane's that the two LWHs, along with Selex Laser Inertial Artillery Pointing Systems,

  • Elbit announces new version of Spear lightweight mortar system

    Elbit Systems announced a new version of its 120 mm Spear mortar system on 15 May, a day before it was displayed at the International Land Warfare and Logistics Conference in Latrun, Israel. Elbit sources said the Spear MK2 has already been purchased by three clients in the Asia-Pacific region and

  • NCSIST develops 20 mm close-defence system

    Taiwan's National Chung - Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has released details of its Short-Range Automated Defense Weapon System (SADWS). Officials of the NCSIST declined to say whether the system is deployed by the country's military, but images released show SADWS installed

  • Teber-30 turret readies for trials

    FNSS Savunma Sistemleri has completed the first example of the latest version of the Teber-30 medium calibre two-person turret. Teber-30 - Battle Axe 30 mm - has been developed using internal research and development funding, as there is a clear trend for customers to require turrets with a calibre

  • IDEF 2017: MKEK unveils new rifles at IDEF

    Turkey's state-own Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) presented a number of new small arms system at the IDEF 2017 defence exhibition in Istanbul this month. The company extended the line of the MPT-76 National Infantry Rifle, chambered for the 7.62x51 mm NATO round, by introducing a

  • IDEF 2017: Turkey develops wheeled 155 mm self-propelled artillery system

    Aselsan and the Army GeneraláDirectorateáof Military Factory - or Askeri Fabrikalar Genel Mudurlugu (AFGM) - have developed a self-propelled (SP) artillery system called the Kamyona Monteli Obius (KMO) to meet a potential requirement by the Turkish Army. The KMO is essentially a 6x6

  • IMI to unveil C-Lynx lightweight multiple rocket launcher

    Israel Military Industries (IMI) Systems will officially unveil a new vehicle-based light rocket launching system called the C-Lynx on 15 May. The system has eight launch tubes and advanced navigation and command-and-control systems that allow it to "provide fire response immediately according

  • IDEF 2017: Boran lightweight towed howitzer nears qualification

    The Turkish company of Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu (MKEK) has completed two prototypes of its 105 mm Boran Air Transportable Light Towed Howitzer (ATLTH), which it is developing to meet the requirements of the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). According to MKEK qualification trials will

  • IDEF 2017: Aselsan develops new 120 mm mortar system

    Aselsan has unveiled a new 120 mm rifled mortar system called the AHS-120 at the IDEF 2017 exhibition in Istanbul. The first example is fitted with a 120 mm rifled barrel with an overall length of 1.9 m, which has been supplied by MKEK. This type is already in use by the Turkish Land Forces Command

  • Diehl advances fire on-the-move capability for IRIS-T-SLS

    Diehl Defence is evolving a fire on-the-move capability for the IRIS-T-SLS (Surface Launched Short Range) mobile air-defence interceptor system. IRIS-T-SLS uses an unaltered IRIS-T (Infra Red Imaging System - Tail/Thrust vector-controlled) air-to-air missile. The interceptor is fired vertically

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