AFP
  • Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China
    Taiwan Tensions Between U.S. and China 13 October 2020
    China continues to warn countries selling military systems to Taiwan. China has issued a warning to the United States after White House officials said the sale of three weapons systems to Taiwan was close to being edict. As the Oval Office increased pressure on China, foreign media reported in Early September (2020) that the United States was entering into an agreement with Taiwan as part of seven arms system exports.  "To ensure that it does not seriously harm cross-Strai...
  • France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles
    France Orders 313 Armoured Vehicles 25 September 2020
    French General Directorate of Armaments (DGA) ordered 313 armoured vehicles as part of Scorpion army modernisation program. The order includes 42 Jaguar combat vehicles and 271 Griffon multirole armoured vehicles. Nexter, Arquus and Thales are part of the program. The 2019-2025 Military Programming Law (LPM) provides for both an increase in the numbers of the SCORPION program and an acceleration of deliveries. The target in 2030 was thus raised to 1,872 Griffon and 300 Jaguar vehicl...
  • GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia
    GLONASS-Guided, 200-Km Range Missile from Russia 25 September 2020
    The Russian Defence Ministry announced tests of its new Tornado-S precision missile. The missile uses GLONASS as a GPS guidance system. 300mm Multiple Launch Rocket System comes in a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) that can fire up to 12 missiles and reaches up to 200 km simultaneously in a coordinated attack. According to the Russian Ministry of Defence, in modern warfare troops and hardware never concentrate in one place near the frontline. Artillery, air defence, armoured ve...
  • Lazer for F-16s
    Lazer for F-16s 18 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin is working to develop mature and producible tactical airborne LWS solutions that complement existing kinetic defences to protect warfighters in the air, at sea and on the ground. The systems the company is developing under contract today can defeat small rockets, unmanned aerial vehicles, small attack boats, and lightweight ground vehicles. Under the Department of Defence’s first laser weapon program of record, the company is integrating the High Ener...
  • Australia buying K9 Thunder
    Australia buying K9 Thunder 9 September 2020
    On 3 September the Australian Department of Defence announced that Hanwha Defence Australia (HDA) under its Protected Mobile Fires Project will provide 30 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles.   With this Government announcement, work will commence immediately to implement a plan for the building of facilities and skilling of the local Geelong based workforce. For the Land 8116 program, Hanwha has developed the...
  • Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland
    Patriot Missile Parts to be Produced in Poland 8 September 2020
    Lockheed Martin and Poland’s Wojskowe Zakłady Lotnicze nr 1 (WZL1/ Military Aviation Works 1 / a subsidiary of state-owned defence group PGZ) announced that they have signed a contract to build a production plant in eastern Poland for Patriot PAC-3 MSE (Patriot Advanced Capability-3, Missile Segment Enhancement) missiles, that will be used in the Polish Patriot surface-to-air missile systems. According to Lockheed Martin, the new plant in Dęblin is the implementation of indust...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Approved
    Anti-Ship Missile Approved 31 August 2020
    Land based anti-ship systems replaced coastal artillery in coastal defence; which provides to armies important opportunities such as flexible usage, mobility and surprise attack. In this way, countries can meet their homeland security requirements by engaging hostile elements from any point of the coastline from long range. The Neptune anti-ship missile, which Ukraine has been working on for a while, has come to a happy end. Defence Minister Andriy Taran announced that the first ado...
  • TB2 to Illuminate 230 Missile to Shoot
    TB2 to Illuminate 230 Missile to Shoot 30 August 2020
      ROKETSAN unveiled a new system 230 mm laser-guided artillery missile system to provide firepower to land forces. As a result of military operations carried out across the border, Turkey realised the need for a newborn. The design of the Laser Guided 230 mm Artillery Missile System, whose requirements are determined by taking into account the urgent needs in the field, started in April 2020 during the Pandemic process. Sub-system verification studies were com...
  • Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market
    Russia to Introduce 50 New Weapon Systems to Market 24 August 2020
    Alexander Mikheyev, CEO of the Russian Defence Export Authority Rosoboronexport, made the remarks ahead of the 2020 International Military and Technical Forum event. Mikheyev said they plan to introduce nearly 50 new weapons systems to the world market. "In the next five or six years, Rosoboronexport plans to deliver almost 50 new weapon systems to the international arms market. These are final products involving air defence systems, combat and military transport aircraft, and ...
  • Farewell to Marine Tanks
    Farewell to Marine Tanks 6 August 2020
    While many countries acquire new tanks and even develop their domestic platforms, the U.S. Marine Corps (United States Marine Corps / USMC) disbanding tank troops. USMC, which decided to make serious changes to its combat doctrines and vehicle types in its inventory, ended the operations of another main battle tank unit last week. Subsequently, M1A1 Abrams tanks of the 2nd Tank Battalion left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Other tank units, which decided to close, started...
  • Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports
    Turkey Has New Orders in Thermal Battery Exports 4 August 2020
    The export of electrochemical power source thermal batteries produced by TÜBİTAK SAGE to an unnamed EU country is on the agenda.  91 million dollars remained in Turkey thanks to the production of thermal batteries with national facilities Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank announced. "After Germany, we received another pre-order from an EU country. We are in the process of signing an important contract," he said. TÜBİTAK S...
  • New Artillery Shell for New Howitzer
    New Artillery Shell for New Howitzer 24 July 2020
    The development of the elements that will infiltrate behind the front and hunt the field artillery and the increase in air support costs encourage countries to develop longer-range artillery systems. The U.S. made a $ 33 million deal with BAE Systems for the new long-range artillery system. In this context, the company will manufacture LR-PGK (Long Range Precision Guidance Kit) for 155 mm artillery rounds. The system, which is stated to be critical for the Army's long-range arti...
  • Cruiser Firing Exercise at North
    Cruiser Firing Exercise at North 23 July 2020
      Live fire training is undoubtedly one of the most important activities for an armed forces to achieve significant combat readiness and control the systems it uses. The Russian Navy recently conducted a live fire with cruisers, one of the largest surface platforms in its inventory. Project 1144.2 (NATO Code: Orlan) "Kirov" class RFNS Pyotr Velikiy (099) and Project 1164 (NATO Code: Atlant) class RFNS Marshal Ustinov (055) guided missile cruisers also participated in ...
  • Russian Truck Mounted Howitzer
    Russian Truck Mounted Howitzer 20 July 2020
    Russia, which gives importance to the artillery and calls them as the "god of the battlefield" continues to studies on the new generation indirect fire systems. Burevestnik Central Research Institute, a subsidiary of Russia-based Uralvagonzavod, introduced a truck-mounted howitzer system called Malva. The platform, which has a 152 mm main gun, based on the BAZ-6010-027 8x8 truck chassis. According to the GRAU system, 2S43 code given to the self-propelled howitzer...
  • Guided Artillery Rocket Order
    Guided Artillery Rocket Order 6 July 2020
    With the advancing electronic technology, the artillery rockets, which have gained the guidance ability, offer different solutions suitable for the mission type to the user thanks to the high precision strike capability. Germany, which actively uses M270 MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) platforms under the name MARS II (Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System), will acquire guided artillery rockets. The German Army (Bundeswehr) announced on July 2 with a press release that the parli...
  • Pantsyr Protection for Russian Corvettes
    Pantsyr Protection for Russian Corvettes 6 July 2020
    Equipped with Pantsir-M air defense system, Project 22800 class corvette is preparing to enter the Russian inventory. According to Russian officials, the Project 22800 Karakurt Class Odintsovo corvette, equipped with the System of Pantsyr -M, began acceptance tests. The system can neutralize guided anti-aircraft missiles at a range of 20 km and an altitude of 15 km. A total of 18 platforms are planned to be built from the Karakurt Class corvettes equipped with Kalibr-NK cr...
  • Modernized MBRL Delivery
    Modernized MBRL Delivery 22 June 2020
    Serbia continues to study on enhancing and modernizing army capabilities. The Serbian Armed Forces continues to advance in the process of modernizing the vehicles in its inventory. With the ceremony held recently, the army received the modernized Oganj 122 mm multi-barrel rocket launcher (MBRL) system. The platform called M-77 in the armed forces stock system was developed for the Yugoslav Army in the 1970s. M-77 Oganj, which is reported to receive one and a half batteries...
  • Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery
    Additional Self Propelled Howitzer Delivery 14 June 2020
    Self-propelled howitzer is one of the important force multipliers of the battlefield, thanks to its ability to carry firepower to front lines under armour protection. Countries that want to have a good mechanized power continue their investments in these systems. The 2'nd Battalion of 82'nd Field Artillery Regiment affiliated to the US Army received additional M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzer. Within the framework of the increasing combat capability and firepower ...
  • Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution
    Greek Leonidas Modernisation Solution 9 June 2020
    Greece started production of 4K 7FA armored personnel carriers (APC) in 1982 as part of the need for tracked armoured personnel carriers. The platforms manufactured by the main contractor, Elbo. APCs have been using by the Hellenic Army for many years under the name of Leonidas. EODH Hellas, which continues its activities based in Greece, has developed a modernization kit for Leonidas 1 and 2 platforms to meet the modern battlefield requirements. Within the scope of the ac...
  • Domestic Weapons in Operation Spring Shield-II 2 June 2020
    Operation Spring Shield witnessed significant experiences in terms of the Turkish Armed Forces and War History. Domestic production artillery systems and land vehicles also played essential roles in the operation. With the end of the Cold War, the Turkish Armed Forces (Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri / TSK) decided to restructure. In this context, instead assigned roles that the United States gave within NATO, Turkey decided to restructure its military infrastructure that can stand on ...
  • China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan
    China's Threat of Military Intervention in Taiwan 29 May 2020
    In Asia, the dose of political tensions between China and Taiwan is rising.  China will attack Taiwan if there is no other way of stopping it from becoming independent, one of the country’s most senior generals said. The 2005 law gives the country the legal basis for military action against Taiwan if it secedes or seems about to, making the narrow Taiwan Strait a potential military flashpoint. “If the possibility for peaceful reunification is lost, the People's ...
  • Loan for Air Defence System
    Loan for Air Defence System 28 May 2020
    The arms race continues at full speed in North Africa, as in many parts of the world. Morocco continues its steps to consolidate the armed forces and modernize its capabilities. In this context, Rabat government, which is estimated to acquire VL MICA air defence system from France, has signed a loan agreement with BNP Paribas of France worths to 192.1 million Euros. The procurement is expected to be part of the comprehensive agreement signed with a 400 million Euro budget....
  • Ramjet Artillery Projectile
    Ramjet Artillery Projectile 27 May 2020
    Technological advances provide armies long range precision strike capability from portable weapons. This increases the need for long-range artillery systems. Raytheon Missiles and Defence continues its work on the US Army's XM1155 Extended-Range Artillery Projectile (ERAP) project. As part of the process initiated by the force's ERCA (Extended Range Cannon Artillery) Program, the company will develop a ramjet powered artillery round. Having signed a similar agreement wi...
  • Turreted Armoured Mortar Carrier on Trials
    Turreted Armoured Mortar Carrier on Trials 23 May 2020
    Turreted armoured mortar vehicles bring personnel safety to the fore with their ability to shoot under armour protection as well as being able to carry out missions without being contaminated in CBRN environment. The US Army, which has been searching for a turretrf armoured mortar carrier for some time and have carried out some studies, signed an agreement with Finnish Patria. Feasibility studies will be carried out for the Nemo 120 mm turreted, breech-loading mortar system wit...
  • Domestic Excalibur on the Way
    Domestic Excalibur on the Way 15 May 2020
    Gürcan Okumuş, who is the TÜBİTAK SAGE (Savunma Sanayii Araştırma ve Geliştirme Enstitüsü / Defence Industries Research and Development Instute) Institute Director, was a guest on live stream at C4Defence's Instagram account. Okumuş made important statements about domestic Excalibur artillery round studies. With the developments in the field of pyrotechnic materials, the range of artillery rounds was significantly extended. As the range increased, the accurac...
  • Truck Mounted Howitzer Market Increases
    Truck Mounted Howitzer Market Increases 6 May 2020
    Demand for truck-mounted howitzer is increasing day by day thanks to its ease of use as well as low acquisition and operating costs. The Philippines, which has accelerated the procurement process for the reconstruction and armament of the army, announced a new procurement plan. A statement from the Philippines Department of National Defence said the country has acquired new artillery systems. According to official information confirmed by Manila, 155 mm 52 calibre ATMOS self-propell...
  • Ballistic Missile Trial
    Ballistic Missile Trial 4 May 2020
    New generation ballistic missile development and test studies are continuing both to replace the systems that end of their economic life and within the scope of new requirements. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading manufacturers of the United States, recently added a new one to its launch trial activities. As part of the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) Program, the trial was conducted at the White Sands Missile Range based in New Mexico. It was stated that th...
  • Truck Mounted Howitzer in Use
    Truck Mounted Howitzer in Use 1 May 2020
    Truck-mounted howitzer systems are becoming more popular in the international market thanks to being cost-effective solutions and mobility. China continues to modernize and expand its inventory with the platforms it has developed both with its original and reverse engineering methods. In the images published recently, it was determined that the China People's Liberation Army took active use of PCL-181 truck-mounted howitzers in the Eastern Theatre. Described as on...
  • Modular MBRL on Tests
    Modular MBRL on Tests 1 May 2020
    Artillery rockets evolve towards missiles with different guidance systems. The platforms, which have been successfully performing the suppression and destruction of enemy units in a wide area for many years, thus obtain the precision strike capability. Serbia, which has a well-established technical infrastructure inherited from Yugoslavia, established a test-launch a new artillery rocket last week. The equipment, described as an advanced model of the Oganj system, was test...
  • Excalibur to Artillery
    Excalibur to Artillery 13 April 2020
    Guided artillery ammunition stands out with its features such as precise strike capability at long ranges and thus minimizing possible side effects. The Netherlands supplies guided artillery rounds. In the statement from the United States, the country was approved for the sale of 199 M982AI Excalibur Increment IB for army use. The possible total cost was announced as 40.55 million USD. Excalibur, which can be fired from different artillery systems, is also compatible with ...
  • Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed
    Nuclear Howitzer Moderdinsed 9 April 2020
    Self-propelled howitzers, which are capable of firing nuclear artillery projectiles, was developed to destroy large enemy units that would be encountered in a possible Third World War. Although nuclear rounds have been phased out of service today, the systems that use them are still in operation. Russia is modernizing its 2S7M Malka self propelled howitzers in its inventory. The platform, which has been upgraded in this context, has been tested recently. In ...
  • Truck Mounted Howitzer Order
    Truck Mounted Howitzer Order 16 March 2020
    Israel, which has implemented a strategic plan to restructure the army, acquire new systems, and increase the effectiveness of systems that is already in use, continues its system procurement processes. Israel is implementing the replacement program that signed in May 2019 to replace the M109 Doher in its inventory. Within the scope of the plan, which covers a 12-year period and estimated to cost of 280 million USD, Elbit production ATMOS truck-mounted howit...
  • Defence Ministry: “We Carry Out Educational Activities In Libya”
    Defence Ministry: “We Carry Out Educational Activities In Libya” 13 March 2020
    The Ministry of National Defence made a press release covering Syria, Libya, the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean. As part of the agreement signed with Russia, it was stated that both parties continue preparations for joint patrol on March 15. While it was announced that the Turkish Armed Forces performed military training and consultancy activities in Libya with the decree adopted on January 2, it was underlined that the mentioned training and consultancy activities were carried out with...
  • Artillery Hit from 65 Kilometres Distance
    Artillery Hit from 65 Kilometres Distance 9 March 2020
    Pyrotechnic technology continues to evolve while microelectronics shrinking to a size that can fit inside the artillery shell. So the gunner gained the ability to make ultra-precise shots. With cooperation of these two important areas, artillery troops will be effective at a longer range in the future. Yuma Proving Ground hosted an important test launch. The US Army performed four ammunition test firings on March 6 as part of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (...
  • Missile Shadow on Taiwan
    Missile Shadow on Taiwan 30 January 2020
    Considering the relations with Taiwan and the tensions on the Taiwan Strait, China increases the number of weapons in the region. Beijing Government, which claims rights over Taiwan and considers the country as a part of its mainland, increases the weapon capability of the Eastern Theatre. The Chinese People's Liberation Army deployed the PCL191 Regiment to the 72nd Group located in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, according to a statement by one of the officers serving...
  • New Missile Trial of North Korea
    New Missile Trial of North Korea 27 January 2020
    Despite increasing tensions and coming face to face with the world, especially the USA, Japan and the Republic of Korea due to missile trials and nuclear studies, the North Korea added a new one to the test launchs. A statement from the Republic of Korea announced that the Pyongyang administration launched two short-range projectile. Missiles launched from the Hamyong Region towards the eastern waters of the country reached to about 97 thousand metres altitude 38...
  • France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates 28 October 2019
    The steel-cutting ceremony of the first defence and intervention frigate (Frégate de Défense et d'Intervention /FDI) took place on the Naval Group site of Lorient. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, the Head of the French Armament Directorate (DGA) Délégué Général pour l’Armement, Joël Barre, the Chief of Staff of the French Navy Christophe Prazuck, the Chief of the Hellenic Na...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km 20 October 2019
      The U.S. Army is developing a new weapon capable of reaching 1,850 km. The U.S. Army released Directive 2017-33, which led to the establishment of the Army Futures Command Task Force and the outlining of six modernisation priorities. One of the concepts unveiled by the Army Futures Command, known as the "Strategic Long-Range Cannon" (SLRC) is based on scaling up existing howitzers and rocket-boosted artillery shells to a much bigger size and range capability. Army b...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway 19 October 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • New Generation Artillery
    New Generation Artillery 7 October 2019
    USA has signed a 48 million US Dollar agreement with BAE Systems. Under the agreement, the company will support the production of advanced versions of the M109A7 Paladin self-propelled howitzers and the M992A3 field artillery ammunition support vehicles. The work is planned to be completed in 31 January 2023 in York, Maine. Using the main weapon of the M109A6 platform, Paladin, unlike its predecessor, has a more advanced and modern hull.  It uses the existing main armament of t...