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  • Kalashnikov Group upgrades AK-103 assault rifle

    The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has modernised the AK-103 assault rifle chambered for the 7.62×39/M43 round. The updated firearm, designated AK-103M, has a reinforced upper receiver, the entire length of which is fitted with a MIL-STD-1913 rail for modern

  • Malian Air Force to procure more aircraft

    Mali will receive a second Airbus Defense and Space C295 transport aircraft to supplement the one that was delivered in late 2016, the Armed Forces of Mali (FAMa) has cited President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as saying. A FAMa statement released on 5 October provided a summary of comments the

  • RoKA highlights role ballistic missiles could play in conflict with Pyongyang

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has said that it is confident of its capabilities to quickly destroy North Korea's frontline artillery systems in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, according the Yonhap news agency. The media outlet reported that in a document drafted for the South Korean

  • Turkey carries out first test firing of Atmaca anti-ship missile

    Admiral Ahmet Çakir, navy technical commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Command, officially confirmed on 16 October that the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship guided missile developed by Roketsan had been test fired for the first time, without giving a date. Addressing a naval systems seminar in

  • Dozens killed in series of militant attacks across Afghanistan

    Dozens of Afghan security personnel have been killed and hundreds others injured in a recent wave of militant attacks targeting military bases and police compounds in several Afghan provinces. One of the deadliest attacks took place in the evening of 18 October when Taliban insurgents attacked an

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  • Carrier comeback: Investing in power projection

    Established and emerging maritime powers are continuing to invest in big-deck aircraft carriers. Richard Scott reports
  • Desert island defence: Bahraini defence procurement

    Bahrain’s complex security landscape means that the country has to deal with domestic tensions while also participating in coalition operations that help secure the Gulf’s interests against Iranian influence and the threat posed by the Islamic State. As a result, the country’s equipment capabilities and needs are varied, writes Charles Forrester
  • Ramping up: US Army Europe building forces and capability

    Since early last year US Army Europe has added significant rotational force structure and increased reserve component deployments to plug critical capability gaps, thereby reversing deep reductions that have been under way for more than two decades. Now more powerful and better balanced, this year USAREUR has shifted aggressively from 'assurance' to 'deterrence' in response to Russian threats along NATO’s long eastern frontier. Jim Dorschner examines the developments
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