HEADLINES

  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the

  • IDEX 2019: Finland, Sweden interested in NEMO Container

    Finland’s Patria has provided Jane’s with an update on the NEMO Container 120 mm mortar system, following on from extensive testing in the Baltic Sea last year. According to Kari Reunamäki, Patria’s vice-president for Weapon Systems, the design of the system is now locked

  • IDEX 2019: UAE confirms EOS weapon station contract

    The UAE Armed Forces confirmed during the IDEX 2019 show, held from 17 to 21 February in Abu Dhabi, UAE, that it has placed a large contract for remote weapon stations (RWS) with the Australian company EOS Defence Systems. The military spokesperson announced on 17 February that a contract worth

  • Belarusian special forces receive first Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles

    The Belarusian Special Operations Forces’ (SSO’s) 103rd Airborne Brigade has received its first batch of Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s on 16 February. “On 15 February the 103rd Airborne

  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market

    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and builds on the experience Aselsan has had in

  • IDEX 2019: UVZ looking at alternative applications for 57 mm gun

    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) is investing in further developing its new rapid-firing 57 mm gun, a source from the company told Jane’s at the IDEX defence show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. “UVZ’s Burevestnik Institute has laid the research and technological

  • Indian MoD approves local production of 114 Dhanush howitzers

    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has been granted formal approval by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to licence-build 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers for the Indian Army (IA). Official sources told Jane’s the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in

  • US Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf M4

    The US Army has signed a three-year framework agreement with Saab Dynamics to acquire the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 (CGM4) lightweight reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system. In September 2017 the Army announced an intention to rapidly acquire about 1,111 GGM4s – with an equal number of

  • Lebanon receives first APKWS rockets

    Lebanon has received its first consignment of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) air-to-surface rockets for use on its ground attack aircraft and helicopters. The delivery, which was announced by the US Embassy in Beirut on 13 February, was flown to the country aboard

  • India orders 72,400 SIG Sauer rifles for IA

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a contract with small arms manufacturer SIG Sauer on 12 February for the supply of 72,400 assault rifles to the Indian Army (IA). IA sources said delivery of the SIG716 7.62 mm rifles, which are being acquired under the MoD’s Fast Track

  • Indian Army to begin deploying new sniper rifles in Kashmir

    The Indian Army (IA) will soon begin inducting two new types of bolt-action sniper rifle for use along the line of control (LOC) in the disputed mountainous region of Kashmir, which is also claimed by Pakistan. IA sources told Jane’s that 24 new sniper rifles were recently acquired as an

  • Rafael launches Spike NLOS from Tomcar buggy

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems announced on 4 February that it conducted a recent test firing of its Spike Non-Line-Of-Sight (NLOS ) missile from an eight-round launcher carried by a Tomcar light buggy in Israel’s southern desert. The Spike NLOS has a range of 30 km and can be guided by an

  • Brazil details M109A5+ BR howitzer delivery

    The Brazilian Army’s field artillery capability is set to improve in mid-May when 32 M109A5+ BR 155 mm self-propelled tracked howitzers are scheduled to arrive at the Rio Grande port, the army told Jane’s . The move comes after the Brazilian Army and the US Department of Defense inked a

  • Indian MoD approves procurement of 72,400 SIG Sauer rifles for IA

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) will acquire 72,400 assault rifles for the Indian Army (IA) from small arms manufacturer SIG Sauer for an estimated USD72 million. Senior IA officers told Jane’s on 3 February that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had authorised the procurement of

  • Industry bidding to develop US Army’s Next Generation Squad Weapon prototypes

    The US Army is moving out with development and fieldling of two Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) variants with plans to award three prototyping contracts by the end of September. In a 30 January notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Website, the army called on companies to submit

  • Nammo’s latest 155 mm ammunition begins production

    Finland’s Nammo has confirmed that, following qualification, production of its latest 155 mm Insensitive Munition High-Explosive Extended Range (IM HE-ER) artillery projectile has commenced. The round has been designated as the NM 269. Compared with standard 155 mm artillery projectiles,

  • Germany upgrades G22 sniper rifles

    The Bundeswehr awarded Accuracy International (AI) a contract through its German agent POL-TEC to refurbish and modernise the German Army’s G22 and G22A1 sniper rifles to the G22A2 standard, the company announced on 17 January. The order is for 780 G22A2s to be delivered by 2020. The rifles

  • India’s OFB hands over indigenous assault rifles to paramilitary BSF

    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) handed over its indigenously developed Tiruchi Assault Rifle (TAR) to the country’s paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) on 20 January. Officials said that the TAR, which is chambered for the 7.62×39 mm round, has cyclic rate of

  • Aselsan signs for serial production of OMTAS IR seeker

    Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan signed a contract on 10 January with local defence electronics house Aselsan for the serial production of an imaging infrared (IR) seeker to equip the new OMTAS 160 mm-calibre man-portable/vehicle-mounted medium-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) weapon

  • Norway orders M2A2N machine guns and more HK416N rifles

    US Ordnance has been selected to supply 1,300 M2A2N heavy machine guns (HMGs) with quick change barrels, Forsvarsmateriell, the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency, announced on 10 January. The seven-year framework agreement includes spare parts, tools, and other materiel to replace Norway’s

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