HEADLINES

  • Civil Aviation Organization of Iran confirms Tor-M1s fired at airliner

    The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has confirmed that a Tor-M1 launched two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) before it crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s international airport on 8 January. The Tor-M1 is a mobile short-range air defence system

  • Expal Systems to provide ammo, mortars for Philippine Navy

    Spain’s Expal Systems has been awarded two separate contracts to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with naval gun ammunition and mortars. Under a USD1.2 million contract Expal is set to deliver 720 training and 748 high-explosive, point-detonating 76 mm rounds for the service’s two

  • Philippines developing remote weapon station for naval vessels

    The Philippines is developing its own remote weapon station (RWS) for potential use on its warships and patrol vessels. The RWS is being developed by the Philippine Navy (PN), the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research and Development Centre, and the Mechatronics and

  • Lockheed Martin awarded OpFires Phase 3 integration contract

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 14 January announced the award to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control of a USD31.9 million contract for the Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System component of the Operational Fires (OpFires) programme. “The joint DARPA/US Army

  • Italian Army orders new weapon systems to offset recent funding woes

    The Italian Army signed several contracts in late December 2019 for the acquisition of new high-tech weapon systems. This follows the launch by army chief Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina of five challenges, the fourth of which is ‘capabilities and systems’ aimed at modernising the

  • CV90 tested with Spike LR

    A CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has test fired a Spike long-range (LR) anti-tank missile for the first time, BAE Systems announced in a press release on 7 January. The company added that this was the first time an integrated long-range anti-tank guided missile has been launched from the CV90.

  • Serbia unveils upgraded M-80 IFV

    The Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published photos of the prototype of the upgraded M80AB1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at a demonstration at the Nikinci testing centre on 30 December, nearly two years after the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) announced plans to modernise the M-80A. The upgraded

  • France awards pistol and sniper rifle contracts

    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 6 January the award of a EUR44 million (USD49 million) contract to Glock for the provision of 74,596 semi-automatic pistols. The ministry also confirmed the choice of the FN SCAR H PR as the French Army’s new sniper rifle.

  • Germany selects Enforcer

    Following a competitive evaluation, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has selected the MBDA Enforcer weapon system to meet the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) ‘Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+’ requirement: a lightweight

  • Germany orders Enforcer missiles from MBDA

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, signed a contract with MBDA on 20 December for Enforcer missile systems, the European missile

  • Netherlands seeks designated marksman rifle

    The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation announced a contract notice on 24 December for semi-automatic designated marksman rifles chambered in .260 Remington/6.5 x 51 mm, plus ammunition, additional rifle equipment, spare parts, training, and documentation. The deadline for requests to participate

  • Hanwha Defense awarded contract for additional K55A1 SPHs for RoKA

    South Korean company Hanwha Defense announced on 30 December that it has been awarded a KRW137.4 billion (USD119 million) contract for the production of the fifth batch of K55A1155 mm tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). The company stated that the

  • India’s DRDO completes development trials of QRSAM weapon system

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the indigenously designed Quick-Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) system, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi announced in a 23 December statement. The announcement followed

  • Portuguese Army seeks new 155 mm howitzer

    The Portuguese Army is considering procuring a new 155 mm artillery system to replace its M114A1 towed howitzers, an army staff source told Jane’s on 11 December. EUR18 million (USD20 million) has been allocated for the effort in the Portuguese 2019–2030 Military Programming Law. Towed

  • Indian Army acquires Spike LR ATGMs

    India has procured the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR (long-range) anti-tank guided-missile (ATGM) system to meet Indian Army (IA) operational requirements. Indian Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik told parliament on 11 December that the Israeli-made, man-portable,

  • Indian Army receives first 10,000 SIG Sauer assault rifles

    The Indian Army (IA) has received the first 10,000 of 72,400 SIG Sauer assault rifles it ordered in February. Officials told Jane’s on 16 December that the SIG716 7.62 mm rifles, which are being acquired for INR6.38 billion (USD90 million), will be issued to frontline infantry units deployed

  • Meggitt Training Systems rolls out new immersive marksmanship training system

    Meggitt Training Systems showcased its latest military immersive virtual weapons and tactical training system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. The FATS 180MIL is an immersive, three-screen simulator from which the US

  • MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo

    MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager. This .50 calibre ammunition was originally developed with funding from the

  • North Korea releases image of 28 November weapon test

    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media shows that the weapon system the country tested on 28 November was the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had tested on 31 October, 10 September, and 24 August. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

  • Turkey test fires OMTAS missiles from moving anti-tank vehicles

    Roketsan medium-range anti-tank missiles that were test fired from moving Pars 4×4 and Kaplan armoured vehicles hit their targets, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 25 November. Qualification testing is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and

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