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  • US Army teams with Lockheed Martin to develop Airborne High-Powered Microwave UAS

    As the US Army continues to look for new technologies to down adversaries’ drones, the service is teaming up with Lockheed Martin on a project to equip unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with a high-powered microwave (HPM) capability to down other unmanned aircraft. In late November, the

  • Poland orders 20,000 pistols and upgrades Grot rifle

    Poland ordered 20,000 semi-automatic Vis 100 pistols in 9 × 19 mm NATO calibre for its armed forces on 4 December. The Polish territorial army, the Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej (WOT), is procuring the new handgun in 2019–22 through the JWN (Nil) special forces support unit with a contract

  • Brazilian Army looks to replace its 105 mm towed howitzers

    The Brazilian Army is looking to replace its inventory of 105 mm towed howitzers into a single line of BAE Systems M119 Light Gun 105 mm system, it recently told Jane’s . As part of the Field Artillery System subprogramme of the Army Strategic Program for ‘Obtaining Full Operational

  • Almaz-Antey details new Viking air-defence system

    Russian air-defence systems manufacturer Almaz-Antey has disclosed detail of the new export variant of its Buk-M3 (SA-11, NATO: Gadfly) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system: the 9K317E Viking system. According to the company, the 9K317E Viking SAM system can simultaneously engage up to 36 targets,

  • Responses due soon for major Indian sniper rifle procurement

    Key Points Responses to India’s RFP seeking 5,719 sniper rifles are due by 12 December The new weapons would replace India’s Soviet-era Dragonov SVD rifles that were procured in the 1980s India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 12 December from overseas

  • Austrian special forces receive sniper rifles

    Austrian Defence Minister Mario Kunasek handed over new sniper rifles and a new building with a training hall to the Jagdkommando special unit in Wiener Neustadt on 23 November. The Jagdkommando is the first unit to receive the Steyr-Mannlicher SSG M1 rifle in 8.6 × 70/.338LM calibre with a

  • Roketsan discloses Karaok short-range ATGM development

    Roketsan has disclosed initial details of a new 125 mm manportable short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) that is currently in an accelerated phase of development. Designed to equip airborne infantry, amphibious assault units, and special operations forces, Karaok is a single-use,

  • Indian Army issues RFI for 60 mm mortars and ammunition

    The Indian Army (IA) has invited responses from local and foreign vendors by 24 December to its request for information (RFI) regarding the intended acquisition of 100, 60 mm light-weight mortars and ammunition. Issued on 9 November by the IA’s Directorate of Infantry, the RFI requires the

  • Expal ramps up new 155 mm ammunition production

    Spain’s Expal is ramping up production of its latest 155 ER02A1 155 mm high-explosive (HE) projectiles after receiving a contract from the Spanish Army in May. Those projectiles are to be delivered over a five-year period beginning in the first quarter of 2019, with a potential two-year

  • Airshow China 2018: CASC testing TL-4 ATGW

    The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) is testing its newest TL-4 anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system, a company representative told Jane’s at the 6–11 November Airshow China 2018 defence exhibition in Zhuhai. The firm is about to complete trials using the

  • UK expands SA80 rifle upgrade programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is moving forward with a large-scale order of upgraded SA80A3 rifles as part of its Equipped to Fight programme, which will see a significant proportion of the British Army’s L85A2 inventory, the individual weapon variant of the SA80 family, upgraded to the new

  • New cooling system unveiled for 120 mm Alakran mortars

    Spanish companies Everis Aerospace and Defense and New Technologies Global Systems (NTGS) have announced a new cooling system for their Alakran light mortar carrier. The new development was in response to a customer request, Leon Bitar, Everis’ vice-president for defence systems, told

  • Spain looking for new mounted mortar

    The Spanish Army is to announce a requirement for a new mounted mortar system in 2020, Jane’s has learnt. Speaking at the IQPC Future Mortars Conference in London on 24 October, Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Cano Artero of the Spanish Army told Jane’s the service will be looking for a 120

  • Netherlands increases ammunition stocks

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) is increasing ammunition stocks by 2033, State Secretary for Defence Barbara Visser informed parliament on 22 October. She said an extra EUR250 million (USD287 million) to EUR1 billion would be spent on ammunition ranging from bullets and grenades to high-tech

  • Raytheon advances ‘Extended Range’ TOW

    The US Army has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a USD21 million contract, via the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) mechanism, to develop a new insensitive munition (IM)-compliant rocket motor for the BGM-71 Tube-Launched, Optically-tracked Wireless-guided (TOW) Command Line of Sight

  • Raytheon discloses Excalibur capability enhancements

    Raytheon Missile Systems is advancing a series of transformative capability enhancements for the 155 mm M982A1 Excalibur 1b precision-guided artillery projectile. The standard M982 Excalibur is an extended-range guided projectile that uses a combination of a high glide ratio lifting body airframe

  • Lithuania buys more G36 assault rifles

    The Lithuanian Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed a follow-on order for G36 assault rifles from Heckler & Koch, the company announced on 16 October. The order is for a modified version of the rifle, designated G36 KA4M1 by the Lithuanians, with an HK269 40 mm-grenade launcher, a new buttstock,

  • Netherlands qualifies Excalibur precision-guided round

    The Royal Dutch Army's Excalibur 155 mm precision-guided artillery rounds were qualified for use during the week of 15 October after several were fired by Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers during exercise ?Dragon Supremacy' at the Älvdalen shooting range in

  • Brazilian Army eyes acquisition of 155 mm towed howitzers

    The Brazilian Army is considering the purchase of 155 mm towed howitzers to progressively replace its 42 M114 and 33 M114A1 155 mm guns. To move forward with this effort it has recently approved operational, technical, logistics, and industrial requirements to procure a howitzer and associated

  • Rosgvardiya tests new Kalashnikov firearms

    The Rosgvardiya, Russia’s national guard, is testing new small arms designed by Rostec’s Kalashnikov Group, a military source has told Jane’s . “The Rosgvardiya has started the operational evaluation and testing of the newest Kalashnikov AK-200 series of assault rifles,

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