• 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

  • Details emerge of Russia’s Sokol-V gun-launched missile

    The next-generation 3UBK25 Sokol-V (Falcon) 125 mm gun-launched missile designed by the Tochmash Nudelman Precision Design Bureau is due to enter its first testing phase, according to information released through Russian sources. The tests will include 25 all-up missiles including a warhead and

  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted

  • More details emerge about PLA’s new assault rifle

    More details have emerged about the new assault rifle for China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) that was displayed during the 1 October parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The design of the new rifle seen being carried by

  • Vietnam modernising its AK-47 assault rifles

    Vietnam’s Z111 factory has launched a modernisation of the armed forces’ inventory of AK-47 assault rifles in a move aimed at making the weapons more accurate and user friendly, according to a 5 November report published by the Vietnamese Soha news website. The upgrade includes the

  • Raytheon, Saab conclude initial guided flight trials of Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition

    Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics have completed an initial series of guided flight trials of the developmental Guided Carl-Gustaf Munition (GCGM) – the first guided round for the 84mm Carl-Gustaf reloadable weapon system. The trials pave the way for an end-to-end GCGM System

  • AUSA 2019: Bids for US Army’s Next-Generation Squad Weapon break cover

    Key Points The US Army hopes to replace its M4 carbine and M249 squad weapon by 2023 Textron Systems, GD-OTS, and SIG Sauer are competing for the Next-Generation Squad Weapon The US Army plans to replace its 5.56 mm M4/M4A1 Carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon with a 6.8 mm Next-Generation

  • AUSA 2019: Kongsberg on track to deliver wireless fire control to US forces

    Kongsberg is expecting to deliver wireless fire-control capability to US forces – starting with the US Marine Corps (USMC) – by the end of 2020 under an existing 18-month contract. Kongsberg is working to deliver a secure, network-based Multi-User Multi-Station (MUMS) capability under

  • AUSA 2019: Soldier Lethality CFT moving forward with next-gen technologies

    The US Army’s Soldier Lethality Cross-Function Team (CFT) is showcasing several items of equipment designed to assist the close-combat force at this year’s annual Association of the US Army’s conference in Washington Soldier Lethality CFT director Brigadier General David Hodne

  • Rheinmetall expands 120 mm mortar capability

    Rheinmetall Norway has developed to the prototype stage its MWS 120 Ragnarok 120 mm turntable mounted mortar system. According to Gunnar Andersson, director of sales and business development at Rheinmetall Norway AS, “we have already carried out successful firing trials in Sweden”. The

  • Possible Algerian-assembled Boxer spotted

    Photographs of what appeared to be a Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle at a production facility in Algeria have added credence to claims that the type is being assembled in the North African country. The photographs released via Twitter on 7 October showed a Boxer on a trailer at a location that

  • Pakistan’s MoDP reveals orders for MANPADSs and other weapon systems in 2017–18

    Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) revealed in its recently released yearbook for 2017–18 that the country ordered 52 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile weapon systems and 295 FN-16 man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADSs) during that period. The document stated

  • Turkish laser weapon passes acceptance tests

    The Vehicle-Mounted Laser System (ARMOL) designed and developed by the Informatics and Information Security Research Centre (BILGEM) of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK) has successfully completed acceptance tests, according to a press release

  • Iran displays guidance upgrade for artillery rockets

    The Iranian Army unveiled what appeared to be a new guidance upgrade called the Labeik that converts existing artillery rockets into surface-to-surface missiles on 3 October. Several Labeik units were displayed in an event attended by General Mohammad Hossein Dadras, the deputy commander of the

  • Poland orders more rifles and pistols

    Poland ordered more 5.56 mm Grot C16 assault rifles and 9 mm Vis 100 semi-automatic pistols from manufacturer Fabryka Broni-Lucznik Radom on 30 September. “By 2022, every third soldier of the Polish Armed Forces will be equipped with the modern Grot rifle manufactured by Fabryka Broni in

  • Meprolight adds new capabilities to M5 optic, explores connected apps for Foresight optic

    Meprolight has added a capability to aim with a .300 Blackout round to its Mepro M5 electro-optical red dot sight. The M5 replaced the M21 in the Israeli army in about 2014, Ilan Abramovich, Meprolight’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing for defence, told reporters in a 24

  • Portuguese Navy reveals existence of ‘tech guerrilla’ unit

    The Portuguese Navy revealed the existence of the Unmanned Vehicle Experimentation Cell (Célula Experimentação Operacional de Veículos Não Tripulados: CEOV), dubbed Q-branch, during the ‘Recognised Environmental Picture Maritime Unmanned Systems’

  • Russian MoD speeds up acquisition of Tor SAM systems

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed a long-term contract on 19 September with Izhevsk Electromechanical Plant Kupol, a subsidiary of the Almaz-Antey concern, for the acquisition of Tor-M2 (9K332) and Tor-M2DT (9K331MDT) short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems. The document was

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