• Army 2019: Russian MoD to receive BTR-82AT APCs

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to receive the first BTR-82AT armoured personnel carriers (APCs) this year, a military source told Jane's on the first day of the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow between 25–30 June. In early April Defence Minister

  • Roketsan developing new directed energy weapon system

    Turkey’s Roketsan is expanding its research and development capability into directed energy weapon systems (DEWS). However, the company declined to comment on whether its DEWS was being developed with Turkish government assistance or as a private venture, and also declined to clarify its

  • Rafael demos Spike LR from JLTV

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has demonstrated a live-fire targeted launch of the Spike weapon system from an Oshkosh-supplied 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The demonstration firing, conducted during the 16th Spike Users Club Meeting (SUCM) in Slovenia from 4–6 June, was the

  • Netherlands orders small arms from FN Herstal

    The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation signed a framework contract with FN Herstal in Belgium on 11 June for M2 QCB 12.7 mm, MAG 7.62 mm, and Minimi 5.56 mm machine guns, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 12 June. The ministry said the Belgian company would supply it

  • Iran unveils new SAM system

    The Iranian military unveiled on 9 June a new surface-to-air missile (SAM) system named 15 Khordad: the Persian calendar date of an uprising in 1963. The Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released coverage of an open-air ceremony attended by Defence Minister Amir

  • EOS delivers first two remote weapon systems for Australia’s Project Land 400 Phase 2

    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has handed over the first two R400S Mk2 D-HD-3X remote weapon systems (RWSs) for integration onto the Rheinmetall Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicles being acquired by the Australian Army (AA) as part of Project Land 400 Phase 2 – Combat

  • Ukraine boosts mortar capability with four new systems

    Ukraine’s defence industry has developed and begun building several new mortar systems, details of which were briefed at the recent Omega Mortar Systems Conference in Bristol, UK, by Major Petro Koliennikov, senior lecturer at the National Army Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. New

  • Belarus unveils upgraded Polonez-M MRL system

    The Belarusian Armed Forces have begun receiving the upgraded Polonez-M multiple launch rocket (MRL) system. The modernised V-300RK Polonez-M MRL was shown at the recent MILEX 2019 exhibition in Minsk with an eight-cell launcher and a full-size mock-up of the upgraded A300 tactical

  • Saudi Arabia continues to acquire arms from Eastern Europe

    Saudi Arabia has continued to acquire Soviet-type weapons and equipment that are not known to be used by its own armed forces, according to reports released by the UN Register of Conventional Arms (UNCROCA). Bulgaria told the UNROCA that it exported six BTR armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and

  • Aselsan develops 40 mm air bursting munition system

    Turkey’s Aselsan has completed development and testing of its Atom 40 mm high-velocity air bursting munition (HV ABM) and associated Atom 40 mm fire control unit (FCU), the company said on 31 May. These were developed as a private venture by the company from May 2017, and production could

  • German Army completes Spike firing campaign

    The German Army completed a firing campaign with the Spike long-range (LR) missile, designated by the Bundeswehr as the Mehrrollenfähige Leichte Lenkflugkörpersystem (Multirole-capable Light Anti-tank Missile System: MELLS), Rafael announced in a 3 June press release. During the campaign,

  • FEINDEF 2019: Navantia, Expal, Elbit presented their Tizona 30 mm unmanned turret

    Navantia, Expal Systems, and Elbit Systems presented the Tizona 30 mm unmanned turret they are proposing for the Spanish Army’s Dragon 8×8 armoured vehicle at the International Defence and Security Exhibition (FEINDEF), being held in Madrid on 29–31 May. In addition to an ATK 30 mm

  • India to conclude user trials of first locally developed howitzer

    The Indian Army (IA) is expected to successfully complete user trials of the 155 mm/52 calibre Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS) within the next two months: a move that would pave the way to start series production of India’s first locally designed howitzer. Industry sources told

  • Roketsan unveils urban combat support weapon developments

    Roketsan of Turkey has disclosed company-funded development of two new lightweight guided support weapon systems for combat operations in an urban environment: CIDA and Yatagan. The company classifies the CIDA Weapon System as a cost-effective, low-collateral effects ‘enhanced smart

  • Indian Army looking to procure LMGs

    A team of Indian Army (IA) officers is evaluating 7.62 mm (7.62×51) light machine guns (LMGs) manufactured by vendors in Bulgaria, Israel, and South Korea to meet the force’s immediate requirement for 16,400 LMGs. Official sources told Jane’s that the IA-led group, which also

  • Mecar’s M929 APFSDS-T ammunition undergoes trials in Slovakia

    Belgium’s Mecar and Slovakia’s ZTS-Special conducted validation trials in late April in Slovakia with new M929 armor piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot-tracer (APFSDS-T) ammunition developed specially for the 2A42 family of 30x165 mm calibre automatic cannons. The trials were held

  • MILEX 2019: Belarus begins to export Konkurs-RB ATGM launcher

    Belarus has begun exporting the 9P135M1(RB) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher, a source from the country’s defence industry told Jane’s at the MILEX 2019 exhibition being held in Minsk on 15–18 May. “In 2016–2017, JSC TsNIP conducted work to resume production of

  • Norway seeks 12.7 mm rapid-fire heavy machine guns

    The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) published a request for information on 13 May for a 12.7 mm rapid-fire weapon system. The agency is seeking a heavy machine gun (HMG) in 12.7×99 mm calibre using the M9 link, with a minimum rate of fire of 1,000 rds/min and effective range of 1,800

  • Indian Army expresses concern over ‘faulty’ OFB-supplied ammunition

    The Indian Army (IA) has expressed concern to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) over what it described as “faulty and poor quality” assorted ammunition supplied by the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Official sources told Jane’s that the IA raised the alarm over the quality

  • EOS Defence to commence T2000 turret firing trials in fourth quarter 2019

    EOS Defence Systems of Australia is set to conduct initial live-fire trials of its prototype T2000 modular medium calibre turret in the fourth quarter of 2019. Launched in February 2019, the T2000 is a co-development with Elbit Systems that combines the structure and electric drive hardware of the

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