• 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

  • Russia's Koalitsiya-SV SPHs undergoing state trials

    The testing of 12 units of Russia’s newest 152 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), the 2S35 Koalitsiya-SV, is under way and will continue until 2020, when state trials are expected to be completed and a decision made on serial production of the system, said Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuriy

  • Ukraine seeks improved artillery capabilities

    Ukraine has “long term” plans to adopt the NATO 155 mm/52 calibre standard for its conventional tube artillery forces, a senior official has revealed. Speaking at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe conference in Bucharest, Romania, Major General Andrii Koliennikov, deputy

  • Saab reports strong 2017 figures

    Saab has reported higher sales across all business units and a double digit rise in order bookings in 2017 on the back of what it described as “strong” interest in its products. The Swedish defence and security group reported sales of SEK31.4 billion (USD3.95 billion) for the year; 10%

  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm M2 QCB heavy machine guns

    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency seeks to buy up to 1,300 M2 heavy machine guns (HMGs), together with spare parts and tools, through a seven-year framework agreement published on 9 February. An initial order of an estimated 1,100 HMGs will replace Norway’s current M2 QCB inventory. The

  • Portugal takes steps to make its soldiers more effective

    The Portuguese Army is working to significantly improve its soldiers’ mobility, survivability, firepower, and C4I capabilities in different terrain through the acquisition of a range of new equipment. The first troops will be equipped in 2019 with an advanced modular solution offering open

  • Russia orders RPK-16 light machine guns

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Kalashnikov for its RPK-16 light machine gun, the company’s blog on 8 February quoted its director, Alexey Krivoruchko, as having told the TASS state news agency on 6 February. The RPK-16 is a development of the latest version of

  • IMI unveils new 5.56 mm armour piercing round

    Israel Military Industries (IMI) has unveiled a new 5.56x45 mm round that it said will enable combat units to use one type of ammunition for assault rifles and machine guns. IMI decided to develop the Armor Piercing Match (APM) round after being told by militaries that standard types of 5.56 mm

  • Netherlands buys HK416A5 for special forces

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence signed a seven-year contract on 7 February for the delivery of Heckler & Koch HK416A5 rifles, parts, additional equipment, and accessories. The single source procurement worth EUR14 million (USD17.3 million) with Condor Arhem includes an option for an additional

  • Indian MoD approves small arms purchases for all three services

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements on 13 February worth INR159.35 billion (USD2.48 billion) that largely include small arms for all three military services. The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Defence Acquisition Council

  • Poland introduces Grot rifle

    The 42nd Light Infantry Battalion of the Territorial Defence Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej: WOT) 4th Brigade became the Polish forces’ first unit armed with the 5.56 mm MSBS C16 FB-M1 (Grot) assault rifle on 8 February. In coming months, the FB-M1 and slightly upgraded FB-M2 variant of

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics launches BR18 5.56 mm assault rifle

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of the state-affiliated Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering group, has unveiled the production-ready version of its fully ambidextrous 5.56 mm calibre Bullpup Multirole Combat Rifle (BMCR) at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition,

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics unveils speciality 40 mm ammunition

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and speciality vehicles arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering), is expanding its portfolio of 40 mm ammunition with the counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) and the door-breaching grenades. According to company specifications, the C-UAS grenade

  • Russian military adopts Kalashnikov and Degtyarev assault rifles

    The Russian Armed Forces have adopted the 5.45 mm AK-12 (GRAU index code 6P70 ) and 7.62 mm AK-15 (6P71) assault rifles from the Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, and the 5.45 mm A-545 (6P67) and 7.62 mm A-762 (6P68) assault rifles from the Degtyarev Plant, a

  • Latvia orders infantry small arms

    Latvia is to be supplied with a full range of small arms over the next seven years, German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) announced on 2 February. The Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) signed a EUR13 million (USD16 million) contract for the purchase of G36 5.56 mm assault rifles

  • US Army’s Modular Handgun System struggled with shooting ball ammunition

    The US Army’s new 9 mm Modular Handgun System (MHS) suffered several issues during testing with ball ammunition, but passed its tests with jacketed hollow point expanding rounds. During the MHS' product verification test (PVT), the Pentagon's testing office found the pistols suffered a

  • US Army eyes new 6.5 mm carbine with cased telescoped ammo

    The US Army will evaluate a 6.5 mm Cased Telescoped Carbine System during its upcoming Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE). US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley has said he wants (a roughly) “10x capability improvements” in a range of areas, including infantry weapons.

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • Snow tractor joins Russia's Northern Fleet

    The independent motor rifle brigade of Russia’s Northern Fleet recently received a batch of GAZ-3344-20 Aleut amphibious all-tracked articulated, all-terrain tractor carriers, the Ministry of Defence in Moscow has announced on its website. Designed for and tested in Arctic conditions during

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