• Russia orders RPK-16 light machine guns

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to Kalashnikov for its RPK-16 light machine gun, the company’s blog on 8 February quoted its director, Alexey Krivoruchko, as having told the TASS state news agency on 6 February. The RPK-16 is a development of the latest version of

  • IMI unveils new 5.56 mm armour piercing round

    Israel Military Industries (IMI) has unveiled a new 5.56x45 mm round that it said will enable combat units to use one type of ammunition for assault rifles and machine guns. IMI decided to develop the Armor Piercing Match (APM) round after being told by militaries that standard types of 5.56 mm

  • Netherlands buys HK416A5 for special forces

    The Dutch Ministry of Defence signed a seven-year contract on 7 February for the delivery of Heckler & Koch HK416A5 rifles, parts, additional equipment, and accessories. The single source procurement worth EUR14 million (USD17.3 million) with Condor Arhem includes an option for an additional

  • Indian MoD approves small arms purchases for all three services

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements on 13 February worth INR159.35 billion (USD2.48 billion) that largely include small arms for all three military services. The government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement that the Defence Acquisition Council

  • Poland introduces Grot rifle

    The 42nd Light Infantry Battalion of the Territorial Defence Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej: WOT) 4th Brigade became the Polish forces’ first unit armed with the 5.56 mm MSBS C16 FB-M1 (Grot) assault rifle on 8 February. In coming months, the FB-M1 and slightly upgraded FB-M2 variant of

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics launches BR18 5.56 mm assault rifle

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and specialty vehicles arm of the state-affiliated Singapore Technologies (ST) Engineering group, has unveiled the production-ready version of its fully ambidextrous 5.56 mm calibre Bullpup Multirole Combat Rifle (BMCR) at the Singapore Airshow 2018 exhibition,

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: ST Kinetics unveils speciality 40 mm ammunition

    ST Kinetics, the land systems and speciality vehicles arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering), is expanding its portfolio of 40 mm ammunition with the counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) and the door-breaching grenades. According to company specifications, the C-UAS grenade

  • Russian military adopts Kalashnikov and Degtyarev assault rifles

    The Russian Armed Forces have adopted the 5.45 mm AK-12 (GRAU index code 6P70 ) and 7.62 mm AK-15 (6P71) assault rifles from the Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, and the 5.45 mm A-545 (6P67) and 7.62 mm A-762 (6P68) assault rifles from the Degtyarev Plant, a

  • Latvia orders infantry small arms

    Latvia is to be supplied with a full range of small arms over the next seven years, German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch (H&K) announced on 2 February. The Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) signed a EUR13 million (USD16 million) contract for the purchase of G36 5.56 mm assault rifles

  • US Army’s Modular Handgun System struggled with shooting ball ammunition

    The US Army’s new 9 mm Modular Handgun System (MHS) suffered several issues during testing with ball ammunition, but passed its tests with jacketed hollow point expanding rounds. During the MHS' product verification test (PVT), the Pentagon's testing office found the pistols suffered a

  • US Army eyes new 6.5 mm carbine with cased telescoped ammo

    The US Army will evaluate a 6.5 mm Cased Telescoped Carbine System during its upcoming Army Expeditionary Warrior Experiment (AEWE). US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley has said he wants (a roughly) “10x capability improvements” in a range of areas, including infantry weapons.

  • Trump rejects peace talks with Taliban after series of deadly attacks

    US President Donald Trump has rejected the idea of engaging in peace talks with the Taliban in the near future following a series of militant attacks in Afghanistan. “I don’t think we’re prepared to talk right now,” Trump was quoted by the White House as saying on 29 January

  • Snow tractor joins Russia's Northern Fleet

    The independent motor rifle brigade of Russia’s Northern Fleet recently received a batch of GAZ-3344-20 Aleut amphibious all-tracked articulated, all-terrain tractor carriers, the Ministry of Defence in Moscow has announced on its website. Designed for and tested in Arctic conditions during

  • Carabinieri orders Beretta PMX submachine guns

    On 19 January, Italy’s Carabinieri General Command announced an order of 1,000 Beretta PMX submachine guns worth EUR816,000 (USD1 million). The Beretta PMX is a 9x19 mm selective-fire weapon, unveiled at the Milipol police exhibition in November 2017. It was developed by Fabbrica d'Armi

  • Australian DoD awards ammunition contract to NIOA

    Australia’s Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an AUD100 million (USD80 million) contract to Brisbane-based company NIOA to supply 155 mm lightweight towed howitzer ammunition to the Australian Army under the LAND 17-1C.2 Future Artillery Ammunition programme. “This ammunition will

  • Albania acquires Austrian mortars

    Albania has acquired an undisclosed number of 60 mm mortars from Hirtenberger Defence Systems of Austria, Jane's has learned. Defence Minister Olta Xhacka published two photographs of the company's bipod-mounted M6 60 mm mortar on her Facebook page on 17 January to mark the 97th anniversary of

  • Austria details WS4 Panther ROWS

    Details have emerged regarding Austria’s new WS4 Panther remotely operated weapon system (ROWS) at the International Armoured Vehicles 2018 conference in London. Manufactured by ESL Advanced Information Technology (ESLAIT) GmbH, the WS4 system is intended to be the Austrian Army’s

  • Germany seeks combat sights for new assault rifle

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, issued a EUR125 million (USD153 million) tender on 16 January for 103,090 combat sights for the System

  • Russia begins delivering S-400 air defence systems to China, says report

    Russia has begun delivering the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to China under the terms of a contract signed in 2014, TASS news agency cited an unnamed source close to the Russian military-industrial complex as saying on 18 January. “The

  • India’s MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed

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