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  • DSEI 2017: Thales to target NATO market with not-so-new F90 MBR

    At the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference Thales announced that it had released a ‘new’ assault rifle based on the bullpup design F90 currently in service with the Australian Defence Force, but with the intention of marketing it to the European and NATO

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • German Navy orders second batch of five corvettes

    The German Navy is now set to receive a second batch of Braunschweig-class corvettes, also commonly referred to as the K130 class, from 2022. The German defence procurement agency BAAINBw announced on 12 September 2017 that it had awarded a contract worth EUR2 billion (USD2.4 billion) to a

  • DSEI 2017: Praesidium Global unveils Pathfinder ISR solution

    Praesidium Global launched its Pathfinder reconnaissance system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. A complete Pathfinder system consists of an air-droppable crate that houses two Scout unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) that are deployed to carry out

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

  • DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

    Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told Jane’s . Poland has been a potential market for the

  • US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

    The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs. On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support

  • DRDO completes development trials of Nag ATGM

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on 9 September the completion of development trials of the Nag (Snake) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), shortly after conducting further successful flight tests of the weapon. The third-generation fire-and-forget

  • MSPO 2017: Polish–Ukrainian ZRN-01 Stokrotka MRL unveiled

    WB Group of Poland and UkrOboronProm of Ukraine unveiled their jointly developed ZRN-01 Stokrotka (Daisy) 80 mm multiple rocket launcher (MRL) at the MSPO international defence industry exhibition in Kielce, Poland, on 5–8 September. The system is designed primarily to protect forces and

  • Image suggests YJ-18 anti-ship missile has entered PLAN service

    China has released the first photograph of its YJ-18 anti-ship missile (ASM) being launched from a People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Type 052D destroyer: an indication that the ASM has entered service with the fleet. Published in the Chinese military magazine Modern Ships , the image

  • HMS Argyll performs first Sea Ceptor firings

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll has successfully conducted first shipborne firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile system. GWS 35 is being retrofitted to all 13 RN Type 23 frigates to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf (VLSW) point-defence missile system as

  • Lockheed Martin progresses concept studies for PAC-3-MSE derivatives

    Lockheed Martin is advancing a series of internally funded concept studies to leverage the hit-to-kill technologies evolved for its Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor. The idea is to establish a family of hit-to-kill interceptors in various classes for

  • First Sea Ceptor firings from Type 23

    Key Points HMS Argyll undertook first-of-class firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system in July Sea Ceptor will replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence missile system The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has completed initial firings of the new

  • KBP unveils ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle

    Russia's Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding, has developed the ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle, which it unveiled at the KBP firing range. The ShAK-12 is intended for engaging soldiers wearing body armour, under light cover or in soft-skin

  • Nigerian Super Tucano package includes laser-guided weapons

    Nigeria has requested Paveway II and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guidance kits for the 12 EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft it is planning to acquire. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 August that the US State Department had approved

  • Kalashnikov expands small arms portfolio

    The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has been expanding its product portfolio. The company displayed its latest small arms designs at the Army-2017 military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow on 22-27 August. The company unveiled the compact versions of its

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov demonstrates electric motorcycle for special forces

    Russia`s Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has demonstrated a new electric motorcycle for special operations forces at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow. The motorcycle is designed for search and reconnaissance missions in

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov unveils BK-16 fast attack craft

    After the acquisition of the Rybinsk Shipyard, the Kalashnikov Group is diversifying its boat portfolio, which includes the BK-16 fast attack craft (FAC) unveiled at the Army-2017 exhibition. The BK-16 is intended for offshore operations, troop transport, fire support, counter-piracy and

  • ZALA Aero develops counter-UAV system

    Kalashnikov Group subsidiary ZALA Aero Group unveiled a manportable counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system at the Army 2017 exhibition, held near Moscow from 22-27 August. The company’s REX 1 system is configured as a rifle – it is on the MP-514K rifle – and is equipped with

  • USAF awards separate TMRR contracts for LRSO development

    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNCW) on 23 August disclosed separate cost-plus-fixed-fee contract awards – each valued at “approximately USD900 million” – to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase in the

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