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  • DSEI 2017: Stiletto Systems reveals new rifle and ammunition

    Ukrainian company Stiletto Systems presented its latest rifle, the STL-016, at the DSEI defence exhibition held in London from 11-15 September, along with a range of associated armour-piercing ammunition. The STL-016 is a .300 calibre rifle that incorporates a patented rifling designed by Stiletto

  • DSEI 2017: Lithuanian Boxer prototype expected this autumn

    The first Lithuanian Boxer 8x8 prototypes will be ready this autumn, according to Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, whose ARTEC joint venture with Rheinmetall is producing the infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). Kurt Braatz, KMW's senior vice-president for strategy and corporate communications, told Jane's the

  • DSEI 2017: Penman launches new Metras MRV

    Penman launched its Metras family of wheeled armoured multirole vehicles (MRV) at DSEI 2017 in London. The Metras MRV is being offered in the 4x4 and 6x6 configuration, although both models share the same diesel powerpack and driveline. The vehicle features a welded monocoque steel hull that is

  • DSEI 2017: Thales to target NATO market with not-so-new F90 MBR

    At the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference Thales announced that it had released a ‘new’ assault rifle based on the bullpup design F90 currently in service with the Australian Defence Force, but with the intention of marketing it to the European and NATO

  • DSEI 2017: Praesidium Global unveils Pathfinder ISR solution

    Praesidium Global launched its Pathfinder reconnaissance system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. A complete Pathfinder system consists of an air-droppable crate that houses two Scout unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) that are deployed to carry out

  • US Army aims to buy more Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles

    The US Army is preparing to buy more shoulder-fired recoilless Carl Gustaf weapons to meet current operational needs. On 30 August the army announced it "intends to solicit, negotiate, and award a sole source contract to Saab Dynamics" for 84 mm Lightweight Carl Gustaf rifles in support

  • KBP unveils ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle

    Russia's Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding, has developed the ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle, which it unveiled at the KBP firing range. The ShAK-12 is intended for engaging soldiers wearing body armour, under light cover or in soft-skin

  • Nigerian Super Tucano package includes laser-guided weapons

    Nigeria has requested Paveway II and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guidance kits for the 12 EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft it is planning to acquire. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 August that the US State Department had approved

  • Kalashnikov expands small arms portfolio

    The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has been expanding its product portfolio. The company displayed its latest small arms designs at the Army-2017 military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow on 22-27 August. The company unveiled the compact versions of its

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov demonstrates electric motorcycle for special forces

    Russia`s Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has demonstrated a new electric motorcycle for special operations forces at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow. The motorcycle is designed for search and reconnaissance missions in

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov unveils BK-16 fast attack craft

    After the acquisition of the Rybinsk Shipyard, the Kalashnikov Group is diversifying its boat portfolio, which includes the BK-16 fast attack craft (FAC) unveiled at the Army-2017 exhibition. The BK-16 is intended for offshore operations, troop transport, fire support, counter-piracy and

  • ZALA Aero develops counter-UAV system

    Kalashnikov Group subsidiary ZALA Aero Group unveiled a manportable counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system at the Army 2017 exhibition, held near Moscow from 22-27 August. The company’s REX 1 system is configured as a rifle – it is on the MP-514K rifle – and is equipped with

  • NORINCO demonstrates GL5 APS

    China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) has released details on a previously opaque active protection system (APS) known as the GL5. The hard-kill APS was demonstrated during a live-fire display as part of NORINCO’s second ‘Armour Day’ in Bautou, Inner Mongolia. The

  • DETRAC develops remote weapon station

    Malaysia's DETRAC is in the final stages of developing a new remote weapon station (RWS). The RWS programme was initially backed by DEFTECH, but after funding ceased DETRAC continued the effort with internal research and development resources. DETRAC's Armament depends on the end user, but it is

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • Paris Air Show 2015: Orbital ATK prepares to deliver ShotFinder HFI to launch customer

    Orbital ATK (formerly Alliant Techsystems) expects to deliver its ShotFinder hostile fire indicator (HFI) system to its inaugural customer in the coming months, a senior company official told IHS Jane's on 17 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, William Kasting, vice-president and

  • Mexican Air Force EC725 forced down by cartel attack

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Airbus Helicopter EC725 medium transport helicopter was forced to conduct an emergency landing after it was attacked over Casimiro Castro-Villa Purificacion, Jalisco, on 1 May. Three soldiers on board were killed and 12 others on board were wounded. The EC725 was on a

  • Vietnam, Israel sign defence co-operation accord

    Vietnam and Israel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on defence co-operation, the Vietnam Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 3 March. The agreement was signed in Hanoi by Vietnam's deputy minister of defence, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, and Dan Harel, the director general

  • Brazil adds BAE Systems' RG32M to VBMT-LR competition

    The Brazilian Army has begun evaluating BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa's RG32M LTV (Light Tactical Vehicle) 4x4. The army's Evaluations Center (CAEx) is studying the vehicle as part of the VBMT-LR (Viatura Blindada Multitarefa-Leve de Rodas) competition. The VBMT-LR programme will buy an

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