• Eurosatory 2018: Hirtenberger increases first round accuracy by the GRAM

    Hirtenberger Defence Europe has produced an innovative new aiming system for its range of 60 mm mortars called Grid Aiming Mode (GRAM), it was announced during the Eurosatory show in Paris. Target data can either be input as a grid reference, GPS co-ordinates, or via a co-located and

  • India completes trials of licence-built FH-77B howitzer

    India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has successfully completed the final round of trials of its licence-built, upgraded Dhanush FH-77B 155m/45 cal towed howitzer, paving the way for the imminent induction of the gun into the Indian Army (IA). OFB officials told Jane’s on 11

  • KADDB showcases new artillery systems

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) of Jordan has completed initial firing trials of a locally developed 155 mm/39 calibre wheeled self-propelled (SP) artillery system called Rum II. The weapon achieved a maximum range of 18.1 km with the standard US 155 mm M107

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • SOFIC 2018: USSOCOM eyes 6.5 mm ammo for new Sniper Support Rifle and Assault Machine Gun

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) plans to approach industry to satisfy a requirement for 6.5 mm intermediate-calibre ammunition, in a move which could signal the proliferation of a new calibre across the organisation. According to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Owens, programme manager for

  • Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs

    The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces. The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with

  • Dutch 81 mm mortars fire again

    The German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence multinational battalion’s Dutch mortar group in Lithuania resumed live firing of 81 mm mortars on 16 May after a 10-month hiatus, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The problem that caused a loss in pressure when mortar rounds were

  • Rafael unveils EPIK add-on precision guidance kit for rocket artillery

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has released details of its EPIK (Electro-Optical Precision Integration Kit) technology development; a capability enhancement designed to furnish unguided surface-to-surface rocket system effectors with autonomous stand-off precision guidance and increased range.

  • Belarus showcases MM-60 rocket launcher

    Belarusian company BSVT-VV has completed development of its MM-60 multipurpose rocket launcher and has already attracted interest from a number of Asia Pacific countries, a company representative told Jane's. The disposable MM-60 rocket launcher is designed to defeat troops under cover, lightly

  • IDF using Elbit Spear mortars

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has used Elbit’s Spear vehicle-mounted mortar system during border security incidents in recent months, a senior company official said. Colonel (res) Boaz Cohen, vice-president of land systems at Elbit System, told the Fire, Maneuvering, and Intelligence

  • US Army to order Bonus rounds

    The US Army is about to order 500 BAE Systems Bofors Bonus 155 mm sensor-fuzed munitions as part of a larger order for the anti-tank rounds. Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition, announced at the IQPC

  • US search for DPICM replacement about to get under way

    The US Army is seeking a new anti-armour round as a replacement for its 155 mm M864A1 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM). Speaking at the IQPC Future Artillery 2018 conference, held in London from 14-16 May, Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within

  • Indian Army finalises USD2.23 billion ammunition procurement plan

    The Indian Army (IA) has finalised an INR150 billion (USD2 billion) plan to indigenously source assorted ammunition over the next 10 years through public- and private-sector manufacturers. Official sources told Jane’s on 14 May that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shortlisted 11 private

  • Algeria unveils Tos-1A

    Algeria has confirmed the acquisition of TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers from Russia after one system was seen during television footage of an exercise on 12 May. The system consists of a launcher for 24 rockets mounted on a T-72 hull. Described by the Russians as a heavy flamethrower, it is a

  • SOFEX: Jadara develops first guided missile system

    Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems unveiled its new Terminator anti-tank missile system during the SOFEX show held in Amman from 8-10 May. The missile has a calibre of 107 mm and a range of 100-2,500 m. It is available in two variants, one with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank

  • SOFEX 2018: Terminator ATGW enters production

    Jordanian firm Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems has completed development and commenced production of the new Terminator anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system. This comprises a tripod-based launching unit weighing 6.3 kg and 4.3 kg respectively, the 7.2 kg PUT-1 guidance unit, and the

  • Algeria unveils new mortar system

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) has taken into service what appears to be Norinco’s vehicle-mounted rapid deployment system for the W86 120 mm mortar, it was revealed when Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah visited the Central Logistics Base in Blida on

  • Brazilian Army to order additional IA2 rifles

    The Brazilian Army’s Logistics Command is to award state-owned company IMBEL (Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil) a BRL25.64 million (USD7.3 million) contract for 4,000 5.56x45 mm IA2 assault rifles, the service told Jane’s . Deliveries are to be fulfilled 240 days after

  • Brazilian Army eyes towed howitzers

    The Brazilian Army is exploring a potential acquisition of 105 mm M119 Light Gun and 155 mm M198 towed howitzers, hoping to procure surplus items from the US Army. The service is prospecting the market and has run early studies to inform an eventual purchase as part of its Army Strategic Program

  • Defexpo 2018: Kalyani Group showcases Bharat 52 towed gun

    India’s Kalyani Group is highlighting its Bharat 52 155 mm/52 calibre towed gun at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition being held in Chennai. The indigenously developed weapon is manufactured by the company’s Bharat Forge Limited subsidiary and is based on the requirements of the Indian Army.

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