HEADLINES

  • NZDF procuring Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapons, MRAD sniper rifles

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced on 18 October that it is entering an agreement to buy two new weapons: the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle. A total of 40 M107A1s and 42 MRADs will be bought at a cost of NZD4 million

  • Orbital ATK progresses new medium-calibre munition development

    Orbital ATK is developing a range of new advanced medium-calibre ammunition variants for use with its 30/40 mm calibre MK44 XM813 and 30 mm calibre lightweight XM914 Bushmaster Chain Guns. The new ammunition types – command-guided, proximity fuze, and air burst – are intended to deliver

  • KAC develops medium MG prototype

    Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) unveiled its prototype 7.62 mm NATO calibre Stoner Medium Machine Gun (MMG) at AUSA 2017 in Washington, DC. The MMG is designed from the ground up, to be a compact, lightweight, and low recoil automatic weapon for use in the assault role and is one of the

  • Saab contracted to supply PFS for Meteor BVRAAM

    Saab has signed a contract worth approximately SEK150 million (USD18.4 million) with MBDA to deliver the radar proximity fuze subsystem (PFS) for the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). Deliveries to MBDA will take place during the 2020-2021 timeframe. The PFS, which is developed

  • AMRDEC to assess Thales induction rocket technology

    The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October. Under the provisions of the FTAS

  • US Air Force ramping up JDAM, SDB I munition production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up production of its Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) munitions, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, military deputy,

  • Chezara develops new ROWS

    Ukraine’s JSC Chezara unveiled a new remotely operated weapon station (ROWS) at the Arms and Security Exhibition 2017, in Kiev. The company’s IVA ROWS was shown integrated on board a Varta 4x4 vehicle and is designed to provide Ukrainian forces with a modern capability to engage lightly

  • EDA details Mission Abort System for guided projectiles

    The European Defence Agency (EDA) has released details of a Mission Abort System (MAS) developed for guided projectiles. The MAS project commenced in late 2013 under the EDA’s Capability Technology (CapTech) Ammunition Technologies effort, and was funded by the German and Italian ministries

  • Germany selects G95 carbine for special forces

    On 10 October, the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, announced that the 5.56 mm Heckler & Koch HK416A7 has been selected as the new

  • Integrated air and missile defence tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Key Points An SM-3 Block IB missile launched from USS Donald Cook intercepted a Terrier Oriole medium-range ballistic missile target vehicle in the exo-atmosphere The MDA and the USN subsequently conducted a flight test of a SM-6 missile controlled test vehicle from USS McFaul A Standard

  • Arms and Security 2017: Ukroboronservice displays Mobile Mortar Complex

    At the 2017 Arms and Security Exhibition in Kiev, Serhii Prolubschykov, the Deputy Chief of the Commercial Department at Ukroboronservice, provided details of a new mobile mortar system geared towards special forces and airborne troops. Currently in trials with the Ukrainian Army, the Mobile Mortar

  • USN JSOW C-1 achieves full operational capability

    The US Navy (USN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 has achieved full operational capability, USN officials announced on 11 October. The JSOW C-1 is the latest variant of the AGM-154, the stalwart USN weapon. It is designed to provide fleet forces with the capability and flexibility to engage

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

  • AUSA 2017: New Profense guns add punch to fast-craft missions

    Profense has developed an advanced single barrel .50 calibre gun, called the PF 50, and a swivel-mounted six barrel 7.62 mm Gatling gun, called the PF M134, which company officials say could be ideal for maritime fast-craft missions. The PF 50 features an electric chain drive and uses the stalwart

  • Poland seeks short-range ATGM

    Poland’s Armament Inspectorate has initiated a technical dialogue for a short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, labelled ‘Pustelnik’. Poland is seeking information about lightweight shoulder-fired ATGM systems with a range of 1,400 m. The technical dialogue will be

  • Lobaev unveils DVL-10M1 Saboteur silenced sniper rifle

    Russia's Lobaev Arms small arms manufacturer has unveiled the DVL-10M1 Saboteur (‘Diversant’) bolt-action silenced sniper rifle intended for military and police special forces. The DVL-10M1 Saboteur is based on an aluminium alloy chassis system incorporating advanced shock-resistant

  • Arnold Defense details Fletcher 2.75-inch laser-guided weapon system

    Arnold Defense has unveiled a developmental 2.75-inch/70mm laser-guided weapon system designed to meet the demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted warfare for special and conventional forces, with potential future application for naval/littoral platforms. Traditionally, 2.75-inch

  • AIS unveils new MEMS IMU technologies

    Atlantic Inertial Systems (AIS), a UTC Aerospace Systems company, is introducing two new micro electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)-based inertial measurement unit (IMU) products to advance the inertial navigation system (INS) and guidance capabilities delivered to missiles and guided munitions through

  • Japan to receive additional AMRAAM missiles

    Japan is to receive a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) following approval of a potential sale by the US State Department. The approval, announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 October, covers 56 AIM-120C-7-variant

  • German special forces receive RGW 90

    Dynamit Nobel Dynamics (DND) officially handed the Recoilles Grenade Weapon (RGW) 90 to the Bundeswehr in September. The 90 mm shoulder-fired weapon, with a range of 20-1,200 m, was developed on the initiative of the German Army's Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command) and the navy's

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