• DSA 2018: Nexter to provide 18 105 mm LG1 artillery systems to Malaysian Army

    French defence company Nexter and its Malaysian partner Advanced Defence Systems (ADS) have been selected to supply 18 105 mm LG1 light towed artillery systems to the Malaysian Army. A contract for the system was signed with the Malaysian Ministry of Defence on 18 April at the Defence Services Asia

  • DSA 2018: Turkish army testing Aselsan’s new 40 mm high-velocity airburst round

    Turkish company Aselsan has revealed that a recently developed airburst round for its 40 mm high-velocity grenade launchers is undergoing qualification tests with the Turkish Land Forces Command. Mustafa Kaval, the company’s head of defence system technology, told Jane’s on 19 April at

  • Denmark selects SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry pistols

    The Danish armed forces have selected the SIG Sauer P320 X-Carry semi-automatic pistol in standard and concealed-carry variants to replace their m/49 (SIG P210) pistol, introduced in 1949. Delivery of the first P320 is expected in early 2019. The seven-year framework agreement with SIG Sauer dealer

  • First five Indian M777 howitzers to enter service in September

    The first five of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers that India ordered in November 2016 for USD737 million will be inducted into the Indian Army (IA) in September. Three guns will join two others that arrived in India in May 2017 to undertake field firing trials at

  • Indian MoD plans to licence-build upgraded AK-103 assault rifles

    Key Points India's MoD plans to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles The Indian armed forces have a longstanding requirement for more than 768,000 rifles India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) aims to licence-build upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 7.62x51 mm assault rifles for the

  • DSA 2018: Poly Technologies showcases GAM ATGW family

    China’s Poly Technologies has displayed a model of its GAM-102 anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in a bid to drive exports of the system. The medium range GAM-102 (Guided Anti-tank Missile-102) is part of the GAM-10X ATGW system

  • India’s OFB unveils 155 mm Sharang towed gun

    The Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has displayed its newly developed 155 mm/45 calibre Sharang towed gun at the Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The Sharang, which weighs 8.4 tonnes, has an overall length and width of 11.84 m and 2.45 m

  • DSA 2018: China’s ALIT reveals upgraded WS-32 MRS

    Chinese company Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co Ltd (ALIT) has revealed that it has developed an upgraded variant of its WS-32 multiple rocket system (MRS). A company official told Jane’s at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA 2018) exhibition in Kuala Lumpur that the

  • DSA 2018: Turkish armed forces to receive 5.56 mm assault rifles from Kale Group

    Turkey’s Kale Group will begin delivering its KCR-556 5.56x45 (5.56 mm NATO)-calibre assault rifles to the Turkish armed forces once final qualification trials for the weapon are completed later this month, a company official told Jane’s at the 16-19 April Defence Services Asia 2018 (DSA

  • Emirati rifle to be manufactured in India

    A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed by India’s MKU and the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) EDIC Caracal covering the manufacture of the CAR817AR Advanced Gas Piston-based Assault Rifle. The CAR817AR is said to be more rugged and stable in harsh environments such as

  • Saudi M109A6 howitzer request approved

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) structures to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 5 April. These structures will be converted into 177 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and three static training devices. Estimated

  • Brazilian Army reveals ASTROS II MK3M final delivery

    The Brazilian Army will receive the last batch of ASTROS II MK3M self-propelled multiple rocket launching (MRL) system vehicles in October, the service told Jane’s . This fourth order will be comprised of eight vehicles. Modernisation of 38 MK2/MK3 vehicles comprising six 6x6 AV-LMU

  • French Army prepares to deploy MMP

    The French Army is preparing for the first operational deployment of its new 140mm calibre digital Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) land combat system. Major Jean-Luc Dietler of the Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (STAT) at the French Ministry of Defence told Jane’s that

  • Nigeria to manufacture Polish assault rifles

    The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) holding company and Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) signed a letter of intent on 26 March covering the production of Beryl M762 assault rifles in Nigeria, the rifle’s manufacturer Fabryka Broni announced. Signed by PGZ president Jakub Skiba

  • US Army eyes replacements for SAW, M4 carbine

    The US Army’s new Cross-Functional Team for soldier lethality aims in the near-term to replace the service's 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and perhaps, eventually, the 5.56 M4 carbine. A Next-Generation Squad Weapons (NGSWs) portfolio includes a SAW replacement as well as an M4

  • ARA develops Silent Sabre directed energy weapon

    Applied Research Associates Inc (ARA) has developed a 1.5 kw directed energy weapon called Silent Sabre that attaches to a rifle and performs similar to an acetylene torch at a range of 183-274 m. Joseph Paranto, ARA director of directed energy, told Jane’s at the Pentagon that Silent Sabre

  • KBP unveils MTs-116M sniper rifle

    Russia’s Central Design and Research Bureau of Sporting and Hunting Firearms (TsKIB SOO), a subsidiary of the Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), has unveiled the MTs-116M bolt-action sniper rifle. Unlike the sporting/police rifle that shares the same product designation, the military

  • US Army eyes type certification for new pistol by late 2018

    The US Army expects to type classify its new 9 mm Modular Handgun System (MHS) in mid- to late 2018, and meanwhile is fielding it to initial units. Type classification, whereby the weapon is no longer considered ‘experimental’ and drops the 'X' in its XM17 designation, is expected for

  • Brazil receives first four M109A5 howitzers from United States

    The first four of 60 M109A5 self-propelled howitzers granted by the United States to the Brazilian Army have arrived at Paranaguá in Brazil. The howitzers arrived earlier than planned after the Brazilian Army requested an expedited delivery, the service told Jane’s on 13 March. The rest

  • Czech Republic seeks new 120 mm mortar system

    The Czech Republic is seeking a new 120 mm mortar system, an official of the Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has confirmed during the Omega Conferences and Events Mortar Systems conference held in Bristol, United Kingdom. Lieutenant Colonel Martin Sufajzi of the Army of the Czech Republic

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