• 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

  • Algeria confirms Chinese MRL acquisition

    The Algeria National People’s Army’s (ANP’s) acquisition of Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) was confirmed on 13 January when the Ministry of National Defence released imagery showing the systems being used during a live fire exercise in the 4th Military Region.

  • Footage suggests QW-2 MANPADS has entered service with Turkmenistan Army

    Turkmenistan’s state media has released video footage showing a member of the Turkmenistan Army displaying a Chinese-built Qian Wei 2 (QW-2) manportable air defence system (MANPADS) for the country’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov: a likely indication that the system has entered

  • Javelin ATGMs approved for Ukraine

    Key Points The provision of US Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian military has now been approved Concerns remain, however, over the extent to which such weapons can be used effectively without training and over the import bureaucracy such deliveries will have to overcome A longstanding

  • Bars-8 mortar carrier undertakes acceptance trials

    A Ukraine Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) system is undergoing acceptance trials in Ukraine, Jane’s understands. The MMC consists of an Alakran Light Mortar System (LMS) integrated into the rear of a Bars-8 (4x4) armoured vehicle. The Alakran has been developed by the Aerospace and Defense

  • US agrees Super Tucano sale to Nigeria

    The United States has agreed the sale to Nigeria of 12 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)–Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops, it was reported on 27 December. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) received from the US ambassador to the country letters of offer and acceptance for the

  • Romania procures portable Spike LR

    Romania purchased dozens of Rafael Spike LR (long-range) missiles and launchers in the last quarter of 2017, and is evaluating them to decide whether to purchase more, according to industry sources. The Romanian government signed a similar-sized procurement deal in 2016, and in 2015, it acquired

  • Mac Jee set to finalise Armadillo TA-2 70 mm rocket launcher development

    Two unnamed countries in the Middle East have issued a request for quotation for the Armadillo TA-2 vehicle-mounted remote-controlled 70mm rocket launch system developed by Brazil’s Mac Jee-Indústria, Comércio e Representação, ahead to its anticipated completion in 2018.

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