• China’s Norinco announces first export of HJ-12E ATGW system

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) announced on 25 March that it has completed deliveries of its Red Arrow 12E (‘Hongjian-12E’, or HJ-12E) man-portable anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system to a foreign customer. The company said via its WeChat account that the move marked

  • UVZ upgrades STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 155 mm howitzer

    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ: a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has upgraded its STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 Msta-S 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a spokesperson for Rostec told Jane’s on 25 March. “The modernised 2S19M1-155 has received a fully automated

  • Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing

    Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps air defence echelons within the year. A

  • BAE Systems receives USD339 million order for new US Army howitzers

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD339 million contract to produce an additional 48 self-propelled howitzer and ammunition carrier vehicle sets. In a 23 March contract announcement, the service said it was awarding the company with this contract modification and was expecting this latest

  • USMC says goodbye to tanks and hello to long-range fires

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to make a host of sweeping changes to its operating concept with plans to bid adieu to tanks while also expanding its long-range fires capabilities. It’s been less than a year since General David Berger took the reins as the commandant of the USMC and

  • India signs USD117.8 million deal with IWI for LMGs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA). “The provisioning of this operationally urgent and critically

  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars

    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles. A total of 12 Cardom 10s have

  • MBDA leverages Complex Weapons portfolio in support of British Army CF(L)35 initiative

    MBDA Missile Systems is positioning a developmental surface-to-surface effector concept, along with exploiting derivatives of the Complex Weapons portfolio, to support prospective near- and longer-term Land Joint Fires requirements within the scope of the British Army’s new Conceptual Force

  • Ukraine evolves thermobaric rockets, grenades

    Based on lessons learned from fighting in the Donbass region, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking new thermobaric rockets and has introduced new grenades. Domestic development of thermobaric rockets had been initiated in 2016, with UkrOboronProm (UOP) announcing in 2018 that the

  • Lockheed Martin conducts second PrSM test

    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control conducted the second consecutive flight test of its candidate next-generation surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on 10 March. Fired from an M142 High

  • US approves possible Javelin sale to Poland

    The US State Department notified Congress on 4 March of a possible US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of 180 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 79 command launch units, and related equipment and services for an estimated cost of USD100 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has

  • US Army deciding if Raytheon can proceed in PrSM competition

    As a result of technical problems that have prevented Raytheon from flight testing its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype, the US Army must now decide if the company can remain in the competition. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s head of the Long Range Precision

  • Ukraine unveils new RAM loitering munition

    Ukraine has unveiled a new lightweight catapult-launched loitering weapon system, dubbed RAM. Developed by Ukrainian company CDET, RAM was jointly showcased by Ukraine's Spetstekhnoexport and the UAE's International Golden Group at the recent UMEX 2020 show held in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab

  • USAF issues pilots with new carbine rifle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has completed the rollout of a new 5.56 mm rifle to most of its pilots flying in ejection-seat aircraft, the service announced in mid-February. Based on the Colt M4 Carbine, the GAU-5A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon (ASDW) is being issued to provide downed aircrew with

  • Accuracy International unveils next evolution multicalibre rifle line

    Accuracy International (AI) unveiled its new AX MKIII and AX 50 ELR multicalibre sniper rifles at the British Shooting Show, which is being held in Birmingham on 14–16 February. Both rifles have been produced in line with NATO standards based on operational experience and requirements. The

  • Defexpo 2020: India unveils Wheeled Armoured Platform, upgraded Sarath IFVs

    India’s defence industry unveiled two new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) and an upgraded variant of the BMP-2/2K Sarath, during the 5-9 February Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow, northern India. The WhAP IFV, which is powered by a Cummins

  • BDL unveils new Amogha-III ATGM

    India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) unveiled a model of a new, third generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at the Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow from 05–09 February. Designated ‘Amogha-III’, the new man-portable, ‘fire-and-forget’ missile has a

  • Malaysia looking to buy new medium-range anti-tank guided missiles

    Malaysia has requested bids for the supply of an undisclosed number of medium-range, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) that are likely to be deployed from the Malaysian Army’s future 4×4 vehicles. The request, which was published by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Kuala Lumpur on 24

  • Australia to acquire Spike LR2 missile system to meet long-range direct-fire support capability requirement

    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 5 February that the Australian Army and the wider Australian Defence Force (ADF) will acquire the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR2 missile system as its “Long Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability”. The DoD quoted

  • French Army receives first O-NYX night vision goggles

    The French Army has begun receiving Thales O-NYX night vision goggles (NVGs), Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced on the website of the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the French armament procurement agency, on 30 January 2020. The first deliveries were to the 21st

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