• Brazilian Army eyes new mobile mortar system

    The Brazilian Army is expected to launch a competition to buy a 120 mm vehicle-mounted mortar system for its Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 mortar carrier variant, officials told Jane's . The army's Manufacturing Directorate of the Department of Science and Technology is now outlining the system's

  • Azerbaijan receives upgraded Buk systems equipped with Russian interceptors

    Azerbaijan continues to receive Russian-made surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) for its upgraded Buk-MB SAM systems, according to a representative of Belarussia's OKB TSP company, which is upgrading the 9K37 Buk (US Department of Defense designation/ NATO reporting name: SA-11'Gadfly') to Buk-MB

  • Brazil set to launch vehicle weapon stations tender

    The Brazilian Army is aiming to launch a competition next month to supply a number of manually-operated protected weapon stations for its new wheeled armoured vehicles. A request for quotation is slated to be issued in early May by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington on behalf of the army's

  • Germany opens tender for G36 rifle replacement

    Germany's defence procurement office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr: BAAINBw) has announced a tender to replace the German Army's G36 assault rifles. Under the programme named System Sturmgewehr Bundeswehr (SSB), the German armed forces are

  • Russia working on new medium-calibre ammo

    Russia has confirmed that it is working on what it calls "special shrapnel" ammunition for use by 30 mm and 57 mm cannons, with the latter likely developed with a view to engaging unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The work is being carried out by Russia's NPO Pribor research and industrial

  • US Army scouts urgent MAAWS acquisition

    The US Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ), acting on behalf of the Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW), has issued a Sources Sought solicitation for the immediate procurement of a reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system and family of ammunition to defeat various target types.

  • Stops pulled out for NATO's first Baltic exercise post-EFP

    From 17 to 30 April Latvia's Adazi national training range is hosting more than 1,200 personnel from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States in an exercise on manoeuvres. The drills - entitled Exercise 'Summer

  • Ovod-R brings precision engagement to RPG-7

    Minsk, Belarus-based Scientific Research and Production Centre has developed a new grenade launcher that is based on the RPG-7. The Ovod-R has a design that sees the original PGO-7V3 optical sight replaced by the new PD-7 smart sight, along with a laser rangefinder and optional NV/A-1 night vision

  • Ovod-R brings precision engagement to RPG-7

    Minsk, Belarus-based Scientific Research and Production Centre has developed a new grenade launcher that is based on the RPG-7. The Ovod-R has a design that sees the original PGO-7V3 optical sight replaced by the new PD-7 smart sight, along with a laser rangefinder and optional NV/A-1 night vision

  • USSOCOM seeks PDW kit

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has released a request for information (RFI) for the possible procurement of 550 conversion kits for the M4A1 carbine to create a Personal Defence Weapon (PDW) in 5.56x45 mm and 7.62x35 mm (300 BLK) calibres. The complete PDW Kit should include an upper

  • 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

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