• Rafael reveals Spike SR details

    Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has provided IHS Jane's with additional details on its Spike Short Range (SR) infantry missile system, which it demonstrated for 15 international delegations in December 2016. "We believe the Spike SR is the lightest, smallest, most cost-effective, and

  • US Army selects Sig Sauer for new XM17 Modular Handgun System

    Sig Sauer has been awarded the long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract for replacing legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, the US Army announced on 19 January. It is understood that Sig Sauer bested bids from Beretta, FN Herstal, and Glock, after Smith & Wesson and partner General

  • Germany seeks new special forces assault rifle

    Germany's special forces are seeking new assault rifles, with the German defence procurement office issuing a tender for their purchase. According to the tender issued by the BAAINBw, Germany is interesting in purchasing 1,750 rifles in total. The new rifle is expected to replace the G36 rifles

  • Turkish Army receives first 500 MPT-76 rifles

    Turkey's state-owned Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) delivered on 11 January the first 500 serially-produced MPT-76 battle rifles to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). The rifles delivered on 11 January are the first batch from a 2015 deal which will see the production of around

  • Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher unveil RS556 assault rifle

    Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher have partnered to offer the RS556 assault rifle in 5.56 x 45 mm to the Bundeswehr as a potential replacement for the service's G36 standard issue rifle. The RS556 (RS stands for Rheinmetall Steyr in 5.56 mm calibre) is a derivative of the AR-15 and a variant of

  • Poland buys TRG M10 sniper rifles

    The Polish Armed Forces have bought 150 SAKO TRG M10 bolt-action sniper rifles. The PLN32.9 million (USD7.8 million) deal will see the TRG M10 become the Polish Armed Forces' first precision rifle chambered in the 8.6x70 mm (.338 LM) cartridge. The rifles will be delivered through IBCOL Polska.

  • UPDATE: IA issues RFI for 36,000 night sights for general purpose machine guns

    The Indian Army (IA) is looking to procure night sights to equip its 36,000-odd FN MAG 58-based 7.62x51 mm calibre 2A1 general purpose machine guns (GPMGs). A request for information (RFI) issued on 9 December asks companies to submit data by 16 February about available designs for 26,000 night

  • Bahrain identified as EIMOS mortar user

    The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) is the previously unidentified country that acquired the EXPAL EIMOS 81 mm integrated mortar system, a photograph released by the Egyptian military on 19 December has confirmed. An EIMOS system mounted on a URO VAMTAC ST5 vehicle could be seen in the background of

  • Indian Army seeks new sniper rifle

    The Indian Army's Infantry Directorate has published a request for information (RFI) for a new sniper rifle. The service plans to acquire 5,000 bolt-action sniper rifles chambered for the .338 Lapua Magnum, with a requirement for the rifle to be capable of operation in environments to include high

  • Patria develops containerised mortar system

    Patria has developed a containerised system for its 120 mm Nemo mortar turret, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy to be the launch customer. The Nemo Container system sees a 120 mm Nemo mortar turret integrated in a 20-ft International Standards Organization (ISO) shipping container. The

  • Industry unveils live ground training developments

    A number of technology developments in live ground training were in evidence at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando, Florida, including alternatives to blank ammunition and lasers, and new exercise control (ExCon) software.

  • NORINCO develops new RWS

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has expanded its range of remote weapon stations (RWS) with the development of the UW4A, IHS Jane's has learned. At this stage it has not been confirmed if the UW4A has been developed to meet the operational requirements of the People's Liberation Army

  • EIMOS mortar system trialled in new vehicle configuration

    Spain's Expal has demonstrated its EIMOS mortar system integrated on a four-seat URO VAMTAC ST5 light utility vehicle. During the live-fire exercise EIMOS operated alongside Expal's wider battle management and surveillance systems. The demonstration was the second that the system has undertaken,

  • BAE Systems, DRS Technologies to develop crew-served weapon sights

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems and DRS Technologies separate seven-year contracts for developing and providing new crew-served weapon sights. The Family of Weapon Sights - Crew Served (FWS-CS) is a weapon-mounted long-wave infrared sensor intended to deliver imagery, including a reticle

  • SIG MCX rifles delivered to Dutch special forces

    SIG has delivered MCX series short-barrel carbines chambered in 7.62x35 mm (300 BLK) ammunition to the Netherlands Maritime Special Operations Force (NL-MARSOF), a company representative has told IHS Jane's. The SIG MCX carbines delivered to NL-MARSOF are integrally suppressed and fitted with a

  • Czech Army receives new Bren 2 assault rifle

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has received its first batch of Ceska Zbrojovka (CZ) Bren 2 assault rifles. The rifles are the first of 2,600 ordered in May for CZK417 million (USD16.6 million). The first batch was delivered in early November, will the entire order due to be delivered by the

  • Lithuania buys Accuracy International AXMC sniper rifles

    The Lithuanian Land Forces has received its first Accuracy International AXMC bolt-action sniper rifles, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. According to the MoD, the rifles were bought under a EUR1.3 million (USD1.4 million) contract with Accuracy International (AI). By the end

  • Rwanda exercises new ATMOS 2000 howitzers

    The Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) has acquired 155 mm/52-calibre SOLTAM ATMOS 2000 self-propelled howitzers, a photograph released by President Paul Kagame's office on 4 November confirmed. The image showed a single SOLTAM ATMOS system during a combined-arms fire exercise that was viewed by Kagame at

  • Germany, France to renew assault rifle talks

    France and Germany are planning to renew talks about selecting a common individual weapon for their armed forces. A discussion between Germany's defence procurement office (Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr - BAAINBw) and the French defence

  • IA to induct Excalibur as interim assault rifle

    The Indian Army (IA) plans to temporarily induct locally developed Excalibur assault rifles into service until it shortlists a 7.62x51 mm rifle for import over the next few years, sources told IHS Jane's on 24 October. Officials said the IA recently asked the state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)

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