• 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

  • German Special Forces receive new suppressor for G29

    B&T AG has developed a new suppressor for the Bundeswehr's designated marksman rifle, the G29 bolt-action sniper rifle, Jane's has learned. Recent years have seen a growing emphasis on improving the ability for suppressors to reduce muzzle flash; this has led B&T to develop a suppressor

  • India re-starts CQB carbine procurement process

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 15 July from foreign and local manufacturers on the procurement of an initial 44,000 modular 5.56x45 mm close quarter battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA). In a 13 June request for information (RFI) the MoD stated that the tender

  • Update: US Marine Corps exploring new 5.56 mm bullets

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is exploring new bullets fielded by the US Army and Special Operations Command (SOCOM) as potential replacements for the corps' 5.56 mm M855 rounds. During a 6 June hearing, US senators voiced concern that the proliferation of advanced body armour in battlefields across

  • MANPADS buys bolster Armenia's air defences

    Armenia has acquired a number of advanced 9K338 Igla-S (SA-24 'Grinch') and 9K333 Verba (SA-25) manportable infrared-homing surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, Jane's has learned. The missiles were purchased in particular with a view to counter the potential incursion of attack helicopters and

  • Auditors deny Glock's protest of US Army handgun award to Sig Sauer

    A bid protest filed by small arms manufacturer Glock, challenging the US Army's new sidearm contract with Sig Sauer, has been denied by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) project, intended to replace legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, was

  • Denmark seeks bids for new service pistol

    The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has announced a request for tenders for the procurement of a new service pistol for the armed forces. The seven-year framework agreement is worth an estimated DKK25 million (USD4 million), including spare parts, accessories,

  • India cancels SRSAM competition, opts for Akash

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved an INR180 billion (USD2.8 billion) procurement of two additional Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)-designed mobile Akash (Sky) medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Army (IA), over three competing foreign

  • KBP introduces SPO 'Varna' rocket launcher

    Russia's KBP Instrument Design Bureau has introduced the SPO 'Varna' infantry flamethrower to its product line. The SPO 'Varna' was developed to complement the existing RPO-A, Z, and D series of man-portable rocket launchers - although they are classified as 'flamethrowers' by KBP - with an improved

  • DETRAC develops remote weapon station

    Malaysia's DETRAC is in the final stages of developing a new remote weapon station (RWS). The RWS programme was initially backed by DEFTECH, but after funding ceased DETRAC continued the effort with internal research and development resources. DETRAC's Armament depends on the end user, but it is

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • Paris Air Show 2015: Orbital ATK prepares to deliver ShotFinder HFI to launch customer

    Orbital ATK (formerly Alliant Techsystems) expects to deliver its ShotFinder hostile fire indicator (HFI) system to its inaugural customer in the coming months, a senior company official told IHS Jane's on 17 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, William Kasting, vice-president and

  • Mexican Air Force EC725 forced down by cartel attack

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Airbus Helicopter EC725 medium transport helicopter was forced to conduct an emergency landing after it was attacked over Casimiro Castro-Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, on 1 May. Three soldiers on board were killed and 12 others on board were wounded. The EC725 was on a

  • Vietnam, Israel sign defence co-operation accord

    Vietnam and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence co-operation, the Vietnam Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 March. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by Vietnam's deputy minister of defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Dan Harel, the director general

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

  • Mk VI Patrol Boat promises greater reach for US coastal forces

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to receive its first Mk VI Patrol Boat (PB), in a move that will significantly enhance the blue-water capabilities of the service's riverine and coastal forces. Designed and manufactured by Safe Boats International, the 85 ft (26 m) aluminium-hulled Mk VI PB is

  • South African Badger evaluation going well, says Denel

    The Badger infantry combat vehicle developed by Denel Land Systems for the South African Army is now undergoing test and evaluation by the Joint Project Team (JPT) and engineers from the defence acquisition agency Armscor. According to Denel Land Systems CEO Stephan Burger, the programme is

  • Slovakia trials new Tatrapan armoured container carrier vehicle

    The Slovak Armed Forces completed an initial phase of testing with the VYVOJ Martin joint stock company's new Tatrapan 8x8 Container Carrier (CC) truck jointly with the manufacturer in late November. The company began development of the 8x8 Tatrapan in 2009 using private company funding, but

  • Russian T-72 MBT gets enhanced protection

    Two enhanced T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs) were shown for the first time during RAE 2013 in Nizhny Tagil, Russia. The MBTs have been upgraded to enhance their survivability and developments have been made to meet the potential requirements of the export market, as the T-72 MBT has been built in

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