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  • DVD 2018: MBDA teams with Kongsberg to integrate MMP onto remote weapon stations

    European missile house MBDA demonstrated a proof-of-concept mounting for the Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) on a Kongsberg M153 Protector remote weapon station at the DVD 2018 exhibition held in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, on 19-20 September. The M153 was shown fitted

  • MBDA unveils Future Land Indirect Fires concepts

    MBDA has unveiled a number of land precision effects concepts for integration with the ARTEC 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting vehicle to address the British Army’s future land surface-to-surface fire requirements. In April this year, UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that it will re-join the

  • Brazilian Army buys 120 .50 cal HMGs

    The Brazilian Army has acquired 120 M2A1 .50 cal heavy machine guns (HMGs) through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. A letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) for the newly manufactured weapons was signed in August by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington (on behalf

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian company launches lightweight RWS

    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has officially launched an entry-level remote weapon station (RWS), which it says is half the weight of any other RWS mounting a 7.62 mm-calibre machine gun. Complete with gun but no ammunition, the R150 RWS weighs 75 kg. It can alternatively mount

  • Australia orders Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon systems

    Canberra has awarded a contract to Saab for the supply of an undisclosed number of Carl-Gustaf M4 84 mm multi-purpose weapon systems for the Australian Army (AA). “With the introduction of the M4 version the Australian Army will have a weapon with the latest technology and improved ergonomics

  • Indian MoD issues RFI for 650,000 assault rifles

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses from local manufacturers by 20 September to a request for information (RFI) regarding the supply of 650,000 7.62×39 mm assault rifles for the Indian Army (IA) for an estimated INR120 billion (USD1.69 billion). Issued on 31 August,

  • Retractable gun gives French special forces’ Caracal greater punch

    The French special forces’ 1/67 Pyrénées Helicopter Squadron has been training with the Nexter SH20 system, which uses the M621 cannon firing NATO-standard 20 x 102 mm ammunition. The new cannon, which was delivered to the squadron in May, provides the multimission Caracal with an

  • IDF to get more surface-to-surface missiles

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) has signed a contract worth hundreds of millions of shekels with Israel Military Industries (IMI) for surface-to-surface missiles, it was announced on 27 August. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the acquisition would support the establishment of a new

  • Army 2018: Russian MoD receives new 2B25 82 mm silenced mortars

    The Russian armed forces are receiving the new 2B25 82 mm silenced mortars developed by the Burevestnik institute of Rostec`s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) corporation, a military source told Jane’s at the Army 2018 defence show being held in Kubinka near Moscow from 21-26 August. “The Ministry

  • Roketsan begins serial production of OMTAS ATGM

    Roketsan has finalised development of a new 160mm-calibre manportable/vehicle-mounted medium-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) weapon system for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). The new missile – designated OMTAS – is intended in the first instance to meet a Turkish Land Forces

  • Army 2018: China Aerospace showcases mini fire-and-forget weapon

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled a new lightweight shoulder-launched 60 mm guided weapon system during the Army 2018, held in Kubinka, near Moscow, from 21 to 26 August. The FN-M multifunction missile system was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight

  • Army 2018: Kalashnikov unveils latest AK assault rifle

    On 21 August, the first day of the Army 2018 defence show being held in Kubinka near Moscow until 26 August, a new Kalashnikov assault rifle chambered for the 7.62×51 mm NATO round was unveiled to the public. This most recent addition to the latest generation of the Kalashnikov family of rifles

  • Indian MoD issues RFI for 30,000 light machine guns

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses from local manufacturers by 17 September to a request for information (RFI) regarding the supply of 30,000 7.62 × 51 (7.62 mm NATO) light machine guns (LMGs) to the Indian Army (IA) for an estimated INR30 billion (USD429.4 million).

  • Army 2018: UVZ expands mortar portfolio with 120 mm and 82 mm offerings

    The Burevestnik Institute, a subsidiary of Rostec’s UralVagonZavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, has unveiled new self-propelled mortars (SPMs) at the Army 2018 defence show near Moscow. The 2S40 Floks SPM is based on a modified chassis of the Ural-43206 mine-resistant

  • Argentine Army receives first modernised FAL rifles

    The Argentine Army has received the first batch of 292 7.62 mm FAL rifles modernised by Fábrica Militar Fray Luis Beltrán. The factory is part of the Dirección General de Fabricaciones Militares: the organisation under the Argentine Defence Ministry that produces weapons and

  • First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

    The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The

  • WB Electronics discloses next-generation Warmate development

    WB Electronics of Poland has disclosed development of a new generation of Warmate combat unmanned aerial system. While its product designation is currently unspecified, the new, heavier variant builds on the legacy Warmate micro-class air vehicle and is expected to be officially unveiled in late

  • Belarus re-arms airborne troops

    Belarusian airborne troops are receiving new mortars and armoured personnel carriers (APCs), according to the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). In late July, Belarusian Deputy Minister of Defence for Armament and Chief of Armament Major General Sergei Simonenko handed over new 2B23 Nona-M1

  • Portuguese Army receives AGLs

    The Portuguese Army is receiving 30 GMG 40x53 mm automatic grenade launchers (AGLs) from Heckler & Koch. They were acquired through a letter of acceptance signed with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in November 2015, the army told Jane’s on 6 August. The Portuguese Marine

  • Valhalla advances Midgard 300 RWS development

    Slovenian remote weapon station (RWS) and turret developer Valhalla will perform the first firing trials of its Midgard 300 RWS in the United Kingdom in late September 2018, Jane’s has learned. The first version of the modular Midguard 300 RWS is armed with the UK-made AEI Systems stabilised

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