• Private industry help sought to help kickstart ‘Make in India’ projects

    Key Points The Indian Army is to release 11 projects worth USD2.75 billion under the 'Make in India' initiative Indian private-sector companies are being asked to participate to short-circuit the bureaucracy involved with the public sector Daksh Nakra The Indian Army (IA) is to release a list of

  • KAC introduces enhanced Stoner 63 LMG

    Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) has developed a new version of its Stoner 63 machine gun – the Stoner Extra – Light machine gun (X-LMG). The innovative Stoner 63 was an early 1960’s attempt to provide a modular weapon system that could be configured to provide a variety of

  • Latest Fantom UGV undertakes weapons tests

    Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport has carried out testing of a prototype of its Fantom-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fitted with a range of weapon systems. The tests were carried out at a military training ground in the Chernihiv region. Pavlo Barbul, director of SpetsTechnoExport, told

  • Argentina moving forward on multiple defence acquisitions

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri on 31 July signed a decree authorising state credit to finance some of the major defence acquisition programmes included in the 2017 budget. The decree, published on 1 August, stated that the executive authorises public credit for projects to buy offshore patrol

  • Canada buying new 7.62 mm general purpose machine guns

    Canada plans to buy 1,148 new 7.62 mm C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs) from Colt Canada under a CAD32.1 million (USD25.7 million) deal including related spares and accessories, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 26 July. Colt Canada will begin deliveries of the

  • Yugoimport unveils new MGS-25 Aleksandar self-propelled 155 mm artillery system

    Serbian state-owned defence company Yugoimport has unveiled the MGS-25 Aleksandar, an indigenously developed 155 mm/52-calibre self propelled (SP) artillery system, at the Partner 2017 exhibition in Belgrade. The MGS-25 prototype showcased at the event is based on the Russian-made 8x8 Kamaz-6560

  • Poland seeks 120 mm APFSDS tank ammunition

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has announced a technical dialogue (request for information) for 120 mm x 570 armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) tank ammunition. Poland seeks to acquire combat rounds as well as cut-away, drill and training cartridges. The new ammunition is for

  • Slovakia receives Carl-Gustaf M4

    The Slovak armed forces in mid-July received the Carl-Gustaf shoulder-fired recoilless weapons ordered in September 2015, supplier Saab announced on 18 July. Slovakia is the launch customer and the first country to deploy the weapon, which is shorter in length and lighter than the M3 the country

  • Brazilian Army adopts IA2 rifles

    The Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro: EB) is gradually switching to the domestically produced IA2 rifle, the EB confirmed in a 14 July statement. The 5.56x45 mm IA2 carries a 30-round magazine, Picatinny rail, folding stock, and weighs 3.38 kg unloaded. The rifle can be automatic or

  • Czech government approves DANA modernisation

    On 10 July the Czech government approved a request by the ministry of defence (MoD) to provide CZK1.27 billion (USD55.7 million) in funding for the modernisation of 33 Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) 152 mm SpGH DANA (ShKH vz.77) self-propelled howitzers (SPHs). "The modernisation [programme]

  • MTI develops longer-range Malyutka 2T

    Serbia's Military Technical Institute (MTI) is developing a new, longer-range variant of the 9M14-2 Malyutka 2T (AT-3D/ 'Sagger') anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW), designated '2T5'. For this variant, '2T' denotes the tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, while '5' represents the new maximum

  • Singapore Army acquires Spike SR anti-armour missile system

    The Singapore Army has acquired the man portable Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike SR (short range) missile system as the next-generation guided anti-armour weapon for its infantry forces, Jane's has learnt at the army's Open House 2017 event that was held from 27 to 29 May. Jane's understands

  • Sweden to acquire new RBS 58 anti-tank guided missile system

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (Försvarets Materielverk: FMV) has issued a requirement for a new, man-portable anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, under the programme designator RBS 58 (Robotsystem 58). The FMV has asked manufacturers of candidate systems to submit proposals

  • LEMT rolls out DT3XS weapon scope

    The LEMT (Lasers in Ecology, Medicine, and Technology) scientific and research centre of Belarusian optics company BelOMO has developed a new combined day and thermal scope with 3x magnification for infantry weapons. The DT3XS (Day Thermal 3x Magnification Sight) is based on LEMT's DNS-1 combined

  • AK-12 assault rifle passes field tests

    The Kalashnikov Concern has reported that its 5.45 mm AK-12 assault rifle has passed all military field tests. The military field trials confirm that the weapon meets all the design and operational requirements of the Russian Armed Forces, according to the company. This paves the way for the

  • Algeria displays locally developed self-propelled artillery

    The Algerian military displayed two previously unseen types of self-propelled artillery systems at a public event held in early July to showcase the capabilities of the country's defence industry. One consisted of a 122 mm D-30 (2A18) howitzer fitted on a 6x6 Zetros with four stabilisation legs

  • Azerbaijan boosts anti-tank capabilities

    Russia has delivered at least 12 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S vehicle-mounted anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems to Azerbaijan and more than 15 systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, Jane's has learned. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence reported the arms acquisition on 24 June in an official

  • Switzerland orders NLAW

    Saab Dynamics announced on 28 June that it had signed a framework agreement with the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement, Armasuisse, for the procurement of the Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon System (NLAW). Following a competitive evaluation process, in which the NLAW was deployed

  • Indian Army rejects locally designed assault rifle for second time

    The Indian Army (IA) has for the second time rejected an indigenously designed assault rifle, and is now poised to issue a global tender to meet its long-pending requirement for 185,000 rifles. Official sources told Jane's on 22 June that the IA cited "poor quality and ineffective

  • Singapore Army acquires Rafael Spike SR anti-armour missile system

    The Singapore Army has acquired the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike Short Range (SR) manportable missile system as its next generation guided anti-armour weapon for its infantry and guards forces, Jane's has learnt at its Army Open House 2017 event that was held in late May. Jane's understands

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