• 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

  • IWI launches Tavor AR assault rifle

    Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) is set to unveil an upgraded variant of its Tavor assault rifle as well as a new family of handguns at the Defense and Security Thailand 2017 exhibition in Bangkok on 6 November. IWI has responded to emerging demands for increased lethality and range with the design

  • Argentine Army buying more anti-tank weapons

    The Argentine Military Attaché in Washington, DC, has announced a direct acquisition contract for 77 Saab Bofors Dynamics Carl Gustaf anti-tank recoilless rifles with 30 sub-calibre adapters. To complement the sub-calibre adapters Argentina is also buying 5,800 rounds of 7.62 mm tracer

  • Finland orders more NLAWs

    The Finnish Defence Forces have ordered more Next generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW) systems, Saab, the company that produces the system, has announced. Saab said Finland was exercising an option under a contract dating from 2015, with deliveries still taking place this year. Originally

  • Raytheon outlines PERM Block II plan

    Raytheon will combine the experience gained from its Precision Extended Range Munition (PERM) with seeker technology from artillery round development in its PERM Block II. Speaking at the Defence IQ Future Mortar Systems conference in London, Paul Daniels, a senior manager at Raytheon Missile

  • South Korea pursues new 120 mm mortar system

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) is developing a new 120 mm self-propelled (SP) rifled mortar system, a senior official revealed at the Defence IQ Future Mortar Systems conference held in London. Eungsoon Jang, Director of the Armoured Project Team at DAPA, said

  • Jordan to sell Osa SAMs

    The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) is retiring its 9K33 Osa (SA-8 ‘Gecko’) mobile surface-to-air missile systems as part of its on-going reorganisation, a Jordanian military source has confirmed to Jane’s . The JAF announced on its website in late September that it was offering 52 Osas

  • IDF places first Spike LR II missile order

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has ordered more than 1,000 Spike LR II missiles, manufacturer Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 24 October. “The addition of the Spike LR II will enhance both its infantry engagement range and its lethality against a large variety of targets,”

  • Kalashnikov Group upgrades AK-103 assault rifle

    The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has modernised the AK-103 assault rifle chambered for the 7.62×39/M43 round. The updated firearm, designated AK-103M, has a reinforced upper receiver, the entire length of which is fitted with a MIL-STD-1913 rail for modern

  • GDOTS develops new 155 mm practice projectile

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GDOTS) representatives have revealed to Jane’s that the company is working on a new 155 mm artillery projectile in association with the US Army. The M112E1 practice high-explosive (HE) projectile is a modification of the type classified M1122,

  • NZDF procuring Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapons, MRAD sniper rifles

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced on 18 October that it is entering an agreement to buy two new weapons: the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle. A total of 40 M107A1s and 42 MRADs will be bought at a cost of NZD4 million

  • Orbital ATK progresses new medium-calibre munition development

    Orbital ATK is developing a range of new advanced medium-calibre ammunition variants for use with its 30/40 mm calibre MK44 XM813 and 30 mm calibre lightweight XM914 Bushmaster Chain Guns. The new ammunition types – command-guided, proximity fuze, and air burst – are intended to deliver

  • KAC develops medium MG prototype

    Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) unveiled its prototype 7.62 mm NATO calibre Stoner Medium Machine Gun (MMG) at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The MMG is designed from the ground up, to be a compact, lightweight, and low recoil automatic weapon for use in the assault role and is one of the

  • Chezara develops new ROWS

    Ukraine’s JSC Chezara unveiled a new remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017, in Kiev. The company’s IVA ROWS was shown integrated on board a Varta 4x4 vehicle and is designed to provide Ukrainian forces with a modern capability to engage lightly

  • EDA details Mission Abort System for guided projectiles

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has released details of a Mission Abort System (MAS) developed for guided projectiles. The MAS project commenced in late 2013 under the EDA’s Capability Technology (CapTech) Ammunition Technologies effort, and was funded by the German and Italian ministries

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