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  • French Navy ships heading to Brazil for exercises

    France's FS Mistral (L 9013) projection and command ship and FS La Fayette (F 710) frigate are to make port in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between 24-29 April for joint training events, a Brazilian Navy spokesperson told IHS Jane's . The training is to run 29-30 April and comprise a passing exercise

  • India appoints new naval chief

    Vice-Admiral Rabindra 'Robin' K Dhowan was formally appointed as the Indian Navy (IN) Chief of Staff on 17 April, seven weeks after his predecessor resigned following a submarine accident in which two officers died. Adm Dhowan, who was made the acting IN chief after Admiral D K Joshi resigned on 26

  • Update: Ukrainian internal security units lead response to pro-Russian paramilitaries

    Units from the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and Security Service (SBU) have been spearheading the first phase of an operation against armed pro-Russian paramilitary groups in the restive east of the country. The mission got under way on the afternoon of 15 April and also saw the

  • US Army's 2 CAB deputy commander in South Korea backs OH-58 retirement

    The deputy commander of the US Army's 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade (2 CAB) has said that the replacement of Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters with Boeing AH-64E Apaches in the aerial scout role makes "logical sense". Under force reduction efforts revealed during the Pentagon's fiscal

  • DSA 2014: DCNS pushes Andrasta as littoral submarine for Southeast Asia

    French naval shipbuilding and systems group DCNS is positioning its Andrasta compact submarine concept as a littoral patrol asset for Southeast Asian navies. A company spokesperson told IHS Jane's at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2014 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur on 15 April that the Andrasta has

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  • NRS-2 scouting knife

    Development The NRS (Нож Rазведчика Cтреляющий) scouting knife was developed as a 'combined sidearm' for use by special forces units. It was introduced into Russian military

  • OFB 5.56 mm Joint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC)

    Development TheJoint Venture Protective Carbine (JVPC) began life as the 'Modern Sub Machine Carbine' (MSMC) and was a joint development between the Armament Research & Development Establishment and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for the Indian Army. The MSMC was designed to fulfil a need to

  • Knight's Armament Company 5.56 mm Modular Weapon System

    Development In August 1995, the Knight's Armament Company (KAC) announced a US government contract award to produce a rail interface system (RIS) for the US Special Operation COMmand (USSOCOM) Modular Weapon System (MWS) requirement. The contract called for applications with USSOCOM 5.56 mm M4A1

  • M2 5.56 mm M16 specialty carbines

    Development Military Manufacturing (M2) has produced a range of extremely compact modified M16-type weapons for special-operations use with police and military forces. Although the company has also marketed a range of standard-size M16 rifles, its primarily focuses on special-operations weapons.