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  • AEDC prepares for Conventional Prompt Global Strike tests

    The Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) at Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee, is planning to upgrade its High Temperature Materials Characterization and Evaluation facility in order to generate the test conditions required by the Conventional Prompt Global Strike (CPGS) programme. The

  • First French GM406 long-range 3D radar enters service

    The French Air Force begun operating its first of three ThalesRaytheonSystems Ground Master 406 (GM406) long-range 3D air surveillance tower-mounted radar systems as of 27 November. The country's procurement agency, the DGA, began purchasing the systems from the Thales/Raytheon joint venture in

  • USAF, Raytheon to help Qatar develop missile defence capability

    Work on Qatar's ballistic missile defences appears to be picking up pace after the US Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a USD75.6 million contract to Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems to carry out the preliminary design work for an "air and missile defence operations system" for the

  • EU to train another 1,200 Somali soldiers in 2015

    The European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM Somalia) aims in 2015 to approximately match the number of soldiers it trained in 2014, although mission personnel say the security situation in Mogadishu, where the training is taking place, remains "very dangerous". The 128-strong

  • China clamps down on military photographers

    Chinese news media have reported that a resident of the port city of Qingdao, the location of the North Sea Fleet's headquarters, has been arrested and is awaiting trial for taking photographs of the naval base from which aircraft carrier Liaoning operates. He is accused of passing the photos to

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  • US says 'serious questions' remain over Syrian CW

    The United States has made the strongest indication to date that Syria may have withheld some of its chemical weapons on 18 August, when it said there are still "serious questions" about its declaration to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The White House


  • RPG-76 Komar disposable anti-tank weapon

    Development Development of the RPG-76 Komar (Mosquito) weapon began in 1971 by the Military Institute of Weapon Technology (WITU) in a project named 'Argon'. Initially the project focused on two systems, one recoilless, the other rocket propelled, both using the same 73 mm warhead (60° cone)

  • Swiss Arms GLG40 40 mm grenade launcher

    Development The Swiss Arms GLG40 40 mm grenade launcher is offered as a 'stand-alone' alternative 40 mm low-velocity grenade delivery system to the Swiss Arms GL5040/5140 under-barrel grenade launchers (UBGL) - (see separate entry). Description The GLG40 launcher consists of a high impact

  • VSS 9 mm suppressed sniper rifle

    Development The development of the VSS (Vинтовка Sнайперская Sпециальная) (Grau Index - 6P29/6P29) 9 mm suppressed sniper rifle was

  • Hirtenberger M6H 60 mm mortars

    Development Production of the Hirtenberger 60 mm mortars began with two models, the M6-111 standard version and the M6-211 long-range mortar. As a result of additional development work, the company now offers the M6H or 'Heavy' model, which offers extended range and varying barrel lengths. Model