• South Africa sets out plans for MEKO mid-life upgrade

    Key Points South Africa details plans for MEKO A-200 SAN Valour-class frigate mid-life upgrade programme Work to be carried out over 10 years, beginning in 2017, with service lives to be extended out beyond 2035. The South African Navy is preparing for the mid-life upgrade (MLU) of its MEKO A-200

  • Surface Navy 2016: US Navy seeks long-range missiles for at-sea demonstrations

    The head of the US Navy's (USN's) surface warfare division is encouraging industry to bring its long-range missiles to the fleet for at-sea demonstrations, in order to speed up the acquisition process and the delivery of a new weapon. "Instead of waiting to go get a perfect system sometime in

  • SeaRAM achieves RAM Block 2 firing first ahead of destroyer deployment

    Key Points The latest version of Raytheon's RAM has made its first launch from a SeaRAM launcher SeaRAM is being fitted to four USN destroyers based in Rota, Spain The US Navy (USN) has successfully completed a first firing of the Block 2 version of the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) from

  • Capacity for modular weapons key for USN's future surface combatant

    Key Points Future surface combatant will glean lessons from LCS and Zumwalt destroyer programmes Weapons capacity and system modularity likely to drive requirements As the US Navy (USN) assesses how best to recapitalise its fleet of Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers (CGs) and eventually

  • Denmark seeks a new PDW-class weapon

    The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization (DALO) has launched a tender for a compact and light combat swimmer weapon (CSW). The CSW is to be a Personnel Defence Weapon (PDW)-class firearm with a longer firing range and a higher penetration than a 9-mm handgun. The new firearm is

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  • Czech Republic buys first CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has signed two contracts with national firearms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka for the delivery of CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles, CZ 805 G1 grenade launchers, and CZ 75 SP-01 Phantom semi-automatic pistols. The first contract, worth CZK417 million (USD16.6 million), is for
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