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  • Belarus finalises new Shershen ATGM system variant

    The Scientific Research and Production Centre of Belarus has finalised work on a new vehicle-mounted variant of the Shershen family of anti-tank guided missile systems (ATGMs). The latest system - which utilises the Ukrainian Luch-developed and produced RK-2 and RK-3 variant ATGMs - is designated

  • MILREM up-guns THeMIS with Protector weapon station

    Estonia's MILREM has broadened the range of remote weapon stations (RWS) that can be fitted to its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The company has worked with Kongsberg to integrate the Protector RWS on THeMIS, in a configuration that includes a

  • Shotgun conversion kit should give Marines improved capability

    Key Points The M500A2 requires no modification for reconfiguration The new shotgun configuration will be useful in VBSS operations The US Marine Corps is testing a new Marine Corps Systems Command Military Enhancement Kit (MEK) that will enable personnel to convert their M500A2 shotgun into a

  • MBDA readies Enforcer for moving target, air-burst trials

    Key Points First shoulder-launched firings of a qualified Enforcer system are scheduled for 2018 An optional anti-armour warhead is under consideration MBDA Deutschland is preparing for a series of moving target and air-burst engagement trials with its KFK (Kleinflugkörper - small missile)

  • Army demonstrates first defensive laser mounted on Stryker combat vehicle

    US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has demonstrated a 5 kW laser mounted on a Stryker infantry carrier vehicle to shoot down small unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the army. The army used a Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser 2.0 (MEHEL 2.0) to engage small fixed-wing

  • Czech armed forces order Desert Tech HTI sniper rifles

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract worth CZK75 million (USD3 million) for Desert Tech Hard Target Interdiction (HTI) rifles for use by Czech special forces in international operations. The contract includes the delivery of 30 sniper rifles, each with a set of conversion kits

  • US Army to begin testing vehicle-mounted laser in 2017

    Key Points 58 kW beam demonstrated during trials in March Lockheed Martin will work with the US military to scale the capability to scale "well beyond 150 kW" Lockheed Martin will deliver a 60 kW-class beam combined fibre laser to the US Army for integration onto a Heavy Expanded

  • US Army to trial 60 kW laser for vehicle-mounted air defence

    The US Army will soon experiment with using a 60 kW solid-state laser for air defence missions, according to Richard DeFatta, director of the Future Warfare Center at US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC). In April the army expects to receive the new laser to integrate on its High Energy

  • RDM qualifies rocket-boosted 155 mm V-LAP

    Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) has completed the qualification of its extended-range 155 mm M2005 Velocity Enhanced Artillery Projectile (V-LAP) for an international client, the South African company announced on 9 March. Full-scale production is under way and the first production batch has been

  • US Army aims for new precision-guided mortar competition next year

    The US Army is moving ahead with a programme to buy a new 120 mm High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) and replace its current precision-guided HE mortar, according to Picatinny Arsenal. A solicitation for initial designs closed in late January, Picatinny said in a 6 March statement. It sought

  • NORINCO develops 76.2 mm mobile air-defence system

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has released details of its latest 76.2 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG), which is designated as the SA2. The SA2 is mounted on a 6x6 cross-country truck chassis that is also used for a number other applications developed by Chinese defence

  • Picatinny Arsenal advances M777 extended range howitzer

    Picatinny Arsenal engineers are progressing work with their M777 extended range (ER) howitzer, based on the 155 mm M777 towed artillery system, and expect to soon test the weapon with new ammunition. Test firings in November 2016 helped advance the M777ER programme that officials hope can

  • IDEX 2017: Burevestnik unveils new 30 mm remotely operated turret

    Russian company Burevestnik displayed its 30 mm remotely operated turret for the first time at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi. A Burevestnik representative told Jane's that the turret was developed to meet a Russian army requirement for a weapon station that can be fitted to a 4x4 version of the

  • IDEX 2017: China develops SR7 rocket launcher

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has expanded its family of multiple-rocket launchers (MRLs) with the development of the SR7. The SR7 is a lightweight system that is based on a 6x6 cross-country chassis and is intended to have a high level of mobility; the vehicle features a protected

  • Aero India 2017: Russia completes final qualification trials for 6G27 Balkan AGL

    Russia's State Research and Production Enterprise (GNPP) Pribor, a subsidiary of TekhMash Concern, has completed state qualification trials of the 40 mm 6G27 Balkan, and deliveries are due to begin imminently, according to the company. "The 40 mm 6G27 Balkan automatic grenade launcher (AGL) is

  • Aero India 2017: BEL details RCWS for Arjun Mk II

    India's Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) showcased a Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) that it developed for the Arjun Mk II main battle tank (MBT) at Aero India 2017. The RCWS is armed with the 12.7 mm Russian NSVT heavy machine gun (MG), but other weapons can also be fitted, such as a 7.62

  • Heckler & Koch unveils HK433 modular assault rifle

    German firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch has unveiled a modular rifle, the HK433, chambered in 5.56x45 mm. It will be proposed to the Bundeswehr as a replacement for the currently issued G36 rifle. This is the fourth rifle family being offered by the Oberndorf-based manufacturer after the

  • US Army's MCoE evaluates disposable SLIM solution

    Key Points SLIM is intended as a potential solution for the US Army's prospective Individual Assault Munition requirement Calibre and TRL status has not been disclosed The US Army's Maneuver Centre of Excellence (MCoE) is evaluating a new disposable shoulder-launched rocket concept as one of the

  • Poland buys new Piorun MANPADS

    Key Points Polish Armed Forces to acquire 1300 Piorun/Grom-M systems by 2022 Additional systems to be purchased for qualification and acceptance trials Poland's Armament Inspectorate has signed a six-year PLN932.2 million (USD232.7 million) contract with Mesko (part of PGZ, the Polish Armaments

  • US Army details new modular handgun based on Sig Sauer P320

    The US Army has confirmed that its new XM17 handgun is to be a 9 mm Sig Sauer model P320 and the contract allows the government to buy Sig Sauer's proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) and XM1153 Special Purpose (SP) ammunition and training rounds. The long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System

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