• US Army moves IMI Systems’ Iron Fist into next testing phase, prepares for fielding

    The US Army confirmed on 12 December that testing of IMI Systems’ Iron Fist active protection system (APS) on M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles will move forward to the next phase following an assessment of the technology by the service’s Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) in late

  • US Army teams with Lockheed Martin to develop Airborne High-Powered Microwave UAS

    As the US Army continues to look for new technologies to down adversaries’ drones, the service is teaming up with Lockheed Martin on a project to equip unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with a high-powered microwave (HPM) capability to down other unmanned aircraft. In late November, the

  • Poland orders 20,000 pistols and upgrades Grot rifle

    Poland ordered 20,000 semi-automatic Vis 100 pistols in 9 × 19 mm NATO calibre for its armed forces on 4 December. The Polish territorial army, the Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej (WOT), is procuring the new handgun in 2019–22 through the JWN (Nil) special forces support unit with a contract

  • Responses due soon for major Indian sniper rifle procurement

    Key Points Responses to India’s RFP seeking 5,719 sniper rifles are due by 12 December The new weapons would replace India’s Soviet-era Dragonov SVD rifles that were procured in the 1980s India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 12 December from overseas

  • Austrian special forces receive sniper rifles

    Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek handed over new sniper rifles and a new building with a training hall to the Jagdkommando special unit in Wiener Neustadt on 23 November. The Jagdkommando is the first unit to receive the Steyr-Mannlicher SSG M1 rifle in 8.6 × 70/.338LM calibre with a

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  • RAF flies Meteor BVRAAM on Typhoon for first time

    The MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is now operational aboard UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF
  • Philippines Navy demos new Spike ER capability

    The Philippines Navy conducted an open demonstration of its first surface-to-surface missile capability on 21 November, firing two Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike ER (extended range) effectors from a Multipurpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk III platform.  The Navy’s three current MPAC
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