• Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

    The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation

  • Return of the WIG: Airfish strives for breakthrough

    Singapore’s Wigetworks is pushing the envelope of wing-in-ground effect technology with its Airfish 8 prototype crafts, and aims to be the first to bring these sea-skimming marine vehicles into mass production for commercial and military applications. Kelvin Wong reports The wing-in-ground

  • Battle of Marawi pushed Philippines troops to novel equipment usage

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed. During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and

  • S-350 SAM production begins in Russia

    Serial production of the Almaz-Antey 50R6 S-350 Vityaz medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system has begun after successful certification tests were completed last month, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. This opens the way for delivery of the first unit set of equipment to the

  • Saudi Arabia takes delivery of TOS-1A MRLs

    Saudi Arabia has received an initial batch of TOS-1A Solntsepek multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), Russia’s Interfax news agency cited an informed source as saying on 10 April. On the previous day photographs began circulating on social media channels that purportedly showed a TOS-1A in Saudi

  • Indian Army receives first six of 114 Dhanush howitzers

    The Indian Army (IA) has taken delivery of the first six of 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers ordered from the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Officials said the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at Jabalpur, central India, handed over the licence-built guns to the

  • SOFINS 2019: Thales integrates induction rocket launcher into protected vehicle

    Thales showed a Hawkei tactical vehicle with its induction rocket launcher for four ready-to-fire 68 mm guided or unguided rockets during the 2019 Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, France, on 2–4 April. The launcher is installed

  • Switzerland ready to buy Cobra 120 mm mortar systems

    Following extensive trials, the Swiss Army is expected to place a contract for a new 120 mm self-propelled (SP) mortar system in the next 6–12 months, according to Captain Lars Kristian Lehman of the Swiss Armed Forces. Capt Lehman revealed the forthcoming contract in March at the Omega

  • LAAD 2019: Secubit promotes smart inventory weaponry management system in region

    Key Points Secubit is showing its smart weapon management system for the first time at LAAD The system uses artificial intelligence and a weapon-mounted counter to asses the health of weapons Secubit is presenting its WeaponLogic advanced weaponry readiness and maintenance enhancement at the 2019

  • France drives MMP for EU BLOS capability

    European missile consortium MBDA is continuing to develop potential opportunities for expanding the userbase of its Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) fifth-generation man-portable land-combat missile system. Antoine Bouvier, CEO of MBDA told Jane’s, “We have an ambition to develop the

  • Rheinmetall Denel Munition enhances mortar and artillery rounds

    Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is exploring several new enhancements for its mortar and artillery ammunition, including improvements to the range and lethality of its family of 81 mm and 120 mm mortars, as well as its 155 mm howitzer ammunition. The company is in the qualification stage for two new mortar rounds, one

  • Pentagon budget 2020: US Army outlines Strategic Long-Range Cannon investment

    The US Army has laid out plans to spend USD228 million over the next three years to develop a Strategic Long-Range Cannon programme that will increase the reach of its artillery forces. In fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) budget documents, the service broadly outlines plans to move forward with a

  • Secubit offering small arms-hosted situational awareness system

    US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is integrating weaponry readiness and maintenance enhancement solutions into its Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), industry sources told Jane’s at SMi’s Future Soldier Technology conference in London on 11 March. USSOCOM’s Naval Special

  • Russia’s 6V7M anti-materiel rifle cleared for export

    Russia’s newest 6V7M 12.7 mm anti-materiel rifle (AMR), a part of the Ratnik soldier modernisation suite, has been cleared for export sales, a source from Rostec’s High-Precision Weapons (HPW) business told Jane’s . “The 6V7M AMR has already entered the small arms market in

  • PLA set to adopt new tactical missile system

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is expected to adopt a land-based, mobile missile system capable of firing Poly Defence’s CM-501GA precision-guided missile and CM-501XA loitering munition, a company source told Jane's at the Abu Dhabi 2019 International Defence Exhibition

  • EOS, Elbit Systems develop fully integrated medium-calibre turret

    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) and Israel’s Elbit Systems have developed a modular medium-calibre turret that can be configured for a range of platforms, including lightweight reconnaissance and heavy infantry fighting vehicles. EOS said the T2000 turret, which was launched at

  • India, Russia inaugurate manufacturing plant for AK-203 assault rifle

    The Indian government inaugurated a manufacturing facility in the country’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh on 3 March to licence build 750,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles for its military under a joint venture (JV) with Russian companies. Under the name Indo-Russian Private Limited (IRPL),

  • Aero India 2019: DRDO details short-range MPATGM

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided details of its man-portable anti-tank guided missile (MPATGM) during the 20–24 February Aero India 2019 exhibition in Bangalore. “The missile is in development and guided flight tests are scheduled by

  • IDEX 2018: Singapore’s ST Engineering launches SRAMS 120 mm Mk II

    Singapore’s ST Engineering Land Systems has completed the development and testing of new version of its 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS), called the Mk II, and new ammunition for it. The original 120 mm SRAMS featured hydraulic elevation and traverse, but the latest SRAMS Mk

  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the

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