• France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates
    France to Construct New FDI-Class-Frigates October 28 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 October 20 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 October 19 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 October 7 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...
  • Australia Will Move on with SAAB
    Australia Will Move on with SAAB August 26 2019
    The Australian Army signed an agreement with SAAB. Under the agreement, the company will continue to provide support for Ground-Based Air Defence Radar (GBAD) and Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) systems until 2022. The deal, which is worth around 19 million US Dollars, includes the support for Giraffe Agile Multi-Beam Radar and RBS-70 short-range air defence systems. Modern versions of the RBS-70 platform, whose predecessor variants are limited to five kilometres range ...
  • US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal
    US Army Inks Iron Dome Deal August 15 2019
    US Army has signed a deal to acquire two Iron Dome systems for the U.S. Army’s interim cruise missile defence capability. Iron Dome was co-developed by American company Raytheon and Israeli defence firm Rafael. It is partly manufactured in the United States. The agreement to buy two Iron Dome batteries for $373 million was first speculated in January, with the system reportedly beating out Norwegian and American alternatives for short-range air defence in a Pentagon review.
  • Smerch Tested August 15 2019
        Russia’s upgraded missile corvette holds live-fire exercise in Sea of Japan. The warship successfully employed surface-to-air missiles, launching them against the target that simulated a surface ship and a simulated air target. Smerch is also set to test its 30mm AK-630 six-barrel automatic artillery gun, the press office of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported. The Russian shipbuilders completed the upgrade of the missile corvette Smerch in 2019. Duri...
  • Brutus at Fire Range
    Brutus at Fire Range July 31 2019
    US is continuing to develop its Brutus howitzer, as a reminder of France's CAESER howitzer. US Army fired the 155 mm Brutus self-propelled howitzer in Northern Strike 2019 drill, Michigan. In February 2018, the U.S. Army announced it was interested in exploring available options for a new howitzer to replace its existing 105mm and 155mm towed types. The Brutus 155mm self-propelled mobile gun is jointly developed by the AM General and The Mandus Group companies. The Brutus mounts the same ...
  • The Hawkeye Tested
    The Hawkeye Tested July 26 2019
    U.S. soldiers tested the Hawkeye 105mm mobile artillery system as part of Exercise Northern Strike 19. The Hawkeye is a mobile artillery system based on the high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle fitted with a U.S. Army standard M20 105mm cannon mounted at the rear of the vehicle. The Hawkeye can be ready to fire in less than two minutes with a total crew of four soldiers.
  • Long-Awaited Contract Concluded
    Long-Awaited Contract Concluded July 18 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence and BAE Systems announced an agreement worth about for $45 million for the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA). The long-awaited U.S. Army contract provides work to increase the range and rate of fire on current and future M109A7 self-propelled howitzers. The ERCA consists of two parts—a new rocket-boosted shell, the XM1113, and a longer howitzer barrel. ERCA will have a fully automated ammunition loading system and a communications system that will wor...
  • New Procurement  Agreement from Lockheed Martin
    New Procurement  Agreement from Lockheed Martin July 16 2019
      Lockheed Martin has signed a fixed price incentive agreement with the US Army for 492,108,514 US Dollars for the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS). The contract includes training, support equipment, qualification testing, initial spares/repair parts and software. The M142 has a diameter of 227 mm and a range of over 30 km. Works will be completed by May, 2023.
  • 62 Titus will Enter the Inventory
    62 Titus will Enter the Inventory July 13 2019
      Czech Republic signed a contract with Nexter to supply 62 Nexter Titus multirole armoured vehicles. Titus, a new generation of armoured vehicles offering high protection and mobility to the support and transportation needs of modern armies. The platform mobility chain was developed in cooperation with Czech supplier Tatra Trucks. A “Homeland Security” kit is available, matching more specifically the needs of police and security forces. Nexter’s Tit...
  • SHORAD for USA July 4 2019
        The U.S. Army has been laying the foundations to conduct large-scale combat operations against a near-peer adversary like Russia or China. In addition to the development of logistics systems and the strengthening of the military power of armoured formations, the Army is now standing up short-range air defence units, known as SHORAD battalions, and offering a five-week pilot Stinger course for Soldiers in manoeuvre units. Col. Mark A. Holle...
  • TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army
    TITUS: New Armored Vehicle Solution to the Army June 27 2019
    Czech Ministry of Defence signed a contract for the supply of 62 wheeled TITUS 6x6 armoured vehicles. The value of the contract is €237 million and deliveries will take place in 2022-23. The contract covers 42 wheeled armoured vehicles in command post version, and 20 others in the artillery coordination of fire support (MKPP), and includes logistic support and training.  TITUS will replace obsolete equipment and will equip units from the 4th Brigade Task Force. Armoured ve...
  • Approval from Marine Corps
    Approval from Marine Corps June 10 2019
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has announced that the approval of mass production has given for new radar system. The mass production phase of the AN / TPS-80 system, also known as G / ATOR (Ground / Air Task-Oriented Radar System) is a significant milestone is for the program. G / ATOR, which will provide instant data transfer to Common Aviation Command and Control System, Composite Tracking Network, and Advanced Field Artillery Data System, incorporates a common software-based operati...
  • Sakarya At Sea
    Sakarya At Sea May 30 2019
    Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher Systems (MBRL) used by Turkish Land Forces Command were moved to the sea at Deniz Kurdu Naval Drill  2019. ROKETSAN is producing the MBRL  system which is fired from a navy LST platform. 107 and 122 mm rockets and 122 mm missiles are used in the new generation models. The MPRC system generates fire support missions on the target up to a range of 40 km from the nearest battlefield. The Turkish Land Forces Command uses the 122mm system in long-range artill...
  • Faulty Ammunition Alarm
    Faulty Ammunition Alarm May 16 2019
    The Indian Army is alarmed due to poor and defective quality of ammunition being supplied for tanks, artillery, air defence and other guns. Army is concerned due to unacceptably high number of accidents taking place in the field. State-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB supplies.   The Indian Times reported that Army has told the defence ministry (MoD) that the spike in ammunition-related accidents is causing “fatalities, injuries and damage to equipment” a...
  • Ammunition Capability Demo 2019 April 26 2019
    The Ammunition Capability Demonstration organised by Rheinmetall Denel Munition at the Dunes Overberg Test Range, close to Arniston in the Cape Town area, included some 800 participants and two half days of firing with ammunition ranging from small arms to artillery and aircraft bombs. It was the third time the joint venture between the German defence champion Rheinmetall and Denel of South Africa, established on September 1, 2008, organised such an event. The ACD takes place every ...
  • Otokar Unveils Modern Electric Armorer Vehicle
    Otokar Unveils Modern Electric Armorer Vehicle April 24 2019
    Otokar has unveiled for the first time its newest electric armoured vehicle; Akrep II (Scorpion). Otokar General Manager Serdar Görgüç said that the Turkish company has been taking bold steps to the goal of becoming a global brand in the defence industry; Otokar takes its claim in the defence industry to a new level with the new generation of Akrep II. Akrep II has a modular platform so that it could be adapted to different mission. The baseline ...
  • Israel Buys Howitzers for Its Army
    Israel Buys Howitzers for Its Army March 30 2019
    Israeli Elbit Systems announced it was awarded a $125 million contract by Israel’s defence ministry for “automatic howitzer gun systems.” The specific number of artillery pieces wasn’t revealed. Elbit Systems claimed these artillery pieces are cost-effective and require small crews. Based on this description, ATMOS 155mm truck howitzers are soon being adopted by the Israel Defence Force (IDF).
  • Dhanush, India's First Indigenous Artillery Gun Clears Final Test
    Dhanush, India's First Indigenous Artillery Gun Clears Final Test March 26 2019
    Upgraded Bofors howitzers called “Dhanush” clears final test. Indian DRDO and Ordnance Factory Board almost a decade ago kicked off work on Rs 1,437-crore Bofors Howitzer. This work has finally led to the electronically upgraded Dhanush howitzer. The 39-calibre of the original Bofors gun is also upgraded to 45-calibre to increase its maximum strike range from 24-30 km to 27-36 km. The gun has passed tests under severe cold conditions in Sikkim and Leh and in hot and humi...
  • India Tests Multi Barrel Pinaka Guided Weapons System
    India Tests Multi Barrel Pinaka Guided Weapons System March 13 2019
    India test fired the Pinaka guided rocket system at Pokhran desert in the north-western state of Rajasthan. The rocket system was tested three times since Monday, twice on 11 March and once the following day at Pokhran desert, Rajasthan. Pinaka is a multi-barrel rocket system developed by the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Army to provide the existing artillery gun at ranges beyond 30km. The guided Pinaka is a transformed vers...
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar February 15 2019
    Thales has developed, in collaboration with the Dutch Army, a multi-mission radar system to enhance air defence capabilities. Thales announced on February 12 that it has developed a radar system in collaboration with the land forces of the Netherlands. This multi-mission MMR radar helps strengthen air defence by monitoring airspace and detecting and tracking aircraft, missiles and other air targets that may be present. "The MMR radar is able to track and record in real time any type of t...
  • Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX
    Russia Unveils Naval Pantsir at IDEX February 15 2019
    Russian, JSC Rosoboronexport and JSC NPO High Precision Systems will demonstrate the Pantsir-ME shipborne air-defence missile and artillery system at IDEX, Abu Dhabi. The Pantsir-ME air-defence missile and artillery system can be set up on ships with water displacement of more than 300 tons. The system provides protection of vessels from all the existing and prospective air assault weapons in the whole spectrum of their combat capabilities with an unconditional probability of kill, ...
  • New Radar 1L221E Radar from Ukraine
    New Radar 1L221E Radar from Ukraine February 13 2019
      The Ukrainian defence industry claims a share of the international market with new products such as the 1L221E artillery detection radar of state-owned SpetsTechnoExport, which is part of UkrOboronProm. The new system was presented at Aero India 2019 in Bangalore, India, consisting of two vehicles, the folding antenna vehicle and the control vehicle, and was designed to detect munitions, artillery rockets, and artillery shells. The new radar features an ac...
  • Poland to get HIMARS for $414 Million
    Poland to get HIMARS for $414 Million February 12 2019
      Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has announced his government will sign a deal to purchase the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, through a Foreign Military Sales deal. on Feb. 13. "We need to have a strong, modern military. The armoured, artillery and rocket forces … are part of and will contribute to developing [it]," Morawiecki said. The Polish Ministry of Defence said in a statement that the contract will be wort...
  • ASELSAN Announced Fırtına
    ASELSAN Announced Fırtına January 2 2019
    The T-155 K / M Fırtına self-propelled howitzer Fire Control System Contract was signed for New Generation FIRTINA howitzers to be produced to meet the needs of the Turkish Army. Within the scope of the contract, the systems to be produced by ASELSAN will be delivered to the 1st Ana Bakım Merkezi where FIRTINA howitzers will be produced. Currently available in the Land Forces Command and firing control system ASELSAN was provided by FIRTINA howitzers were used intensively and effectively...
  • Artillery Training Simulator for Indonesia
    Artillery Training Simulator for Indonesia December 19 2018
    Indonesia is adding another one to the steps it has taken to improve its army. In this context, artillery training simulator will be builded for the navy. For the simulator where a mock-up ship bridge and combat systems will be included, the 76mm gun of Ahmad Yani class KRI Slamet Riyadi (352) frigate was removed. It was announced that the disassembled weapon will be used in the training of soldiers at the simulator centre. It is reported that the centre will be built on the Indones...
  • Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea
    Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea December 1 2018
    The deployment comes after three Ukrainian ships enters Russia controlled waters as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait last Sunday. Russia has deployed a Pantsir-S missile and anti-aircraft artillery battalion to Crimea, according to the press service of the Russian Southern Military District. "The newest [Pantsir-S] air defence systems have entered service among the anti-aircraft missile units of the Southern Military District deployed in Crimea […] as part of the prog...
  • Russian Warships Opened Fire On Ukrainian Warships
    Russian Warships Opened Fire On Ukrainian Warships November 26 2018
    The Ukrainian Navy has confirmed that Russian warships have opened fire on Ukrainian vessels. Reports state that Russian fire damaged small armoured artillery boats and injured sailors. Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council has proposed declaring martial law, council secretary Oleksandr Turchynov is quoted as saying by Ukrainian media. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko convened a military cabinet for an emergency meeting, his spokesman Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twi...
  • North Korea Announced Test of ‘Ultramodern Tactical Weapon’
    North Korea Announced Test of ‘Ultramodern Tactical Weapon’ November 19 2018
    North Korea’s state-run media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced the test of “a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon” at which North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is claimed to have inspected the event. The test is considered to take place at the test ground of the country’s Academy of National Defence Science. KCNA stated only that the move, which it described as a “decisive turn in bolstering the fighting capacity of the Korean P...
  • Technology News Issue 67 November 6 2018
    Submarines Spotted from Space   3D Printers Learn on the Job   Multi-Barrel UAV Launcher Being Tested   Quantum will See the Unseen   Hydrophobic Solution for the Navy   Ramjet Revolution in Artillery
  • Artillery to Shoot 70 Kilometers
    Artillery to Shoot 70 Kilometers October 23 2018
    US Army is close to the end of programme carried out for artillery. Under the programme named Extended Range Cannon Artillery Program (ERCA), 70 kilometres range is aimed. Studies also carried out on M109 Paladin self-propelled howitzers which are already US Army inventory. Howitzer’s range will be doubled. The US Army gives its priority to long-range high-precision shots under the modernization programmes. A new rocket assisted ammunition (Rocket Assisted Projectile / RAP) wa...
  • US to Procure BONUS Precision-Guided Munitions from UK October 15 2018
    The US Army is purchasing BAE Systems Bofors 155mm BONUS ammunition through a contract with the NSPA (NATO Support and Procurement Agency). BONUS is an artillery-launched, fire-and-forget munition capable of combating any armoured vehicle. Compatible with the majority of existing artillery guns, BONUS is handled just like a conventional shell. BONUS carries two smart munitions that employ advanced sensors, enabling each to independently seek out and destroy separate targets within a...
  • F-35B Shoots with HIMARS
    F-35B Shoots with HIMARS October 7 2018
    The U.S. Marine Corps were able to link the F-35B to a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and help the HIMARS achieve a rocket shot by sharing of data. Lt. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation, told the audience at the Centre for Strategic & International Studies on Oct. 5. The shot was all done through data link, according to Rudder. The F-35 used sensors and pushed data about the location of the target that was then fed to a HIMARS s...
  • GMLRS to Middle East
    GMLRS to Middle East October 1 2018
    Bahrain approved a large procurement agreement with the US. With an agreement estimated at US $ 300 million, the Bahrain Army will supply the GMLRS-guided artillery rocket and ATACMS missile from the US.   The Kingdom of Bahrain has requested 120 M31 GMLRS pods, 720 rocket launchers and 110 ATACMS missiles. The agreement with the United States also includes engineering, technical, personnel training and spare parts support. Lockheed Martin is expected to be selected a...
  • US activates Army in Europe, relocates units in Germany
    US activates Army in Europe, relocates units in Germany September 10 2018
    U.S. Army Europe will activate new units within Germany. U.S. Army Europe is the operational-level Army force assigned to U.S. European Command. This overseas force structure change is a result of the 2017 National Defence Authorization Act directing the U.S. Army to increase its numbers. New permanently-stationed forces in Europe will result from new unit activations rather than units re-locating from the United States. The addition of these forces aim increasing U.S Army readiness...
  • Romania Ordered New MLRS System
    Romania Ordered New MLRS System August 10 2018
    Lockheed Martin, M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket (High Performance Artillery Rocket / HIMARS) has received orders. The ordering country will supply 18 M142 HIMARS with an agreement amounting to US $ 218 million. At Lockheed Martin's HIMARS, six guided artillery rockets or one tactical missile can be fired from each vehicle. In August 2017, the US approved a possible HIMARS sale to Romania of $ 1.25 billion.
  • Ukraine to Unveil New Weapon
    Ukraine to Unveil New Weapon August 10 2018
    Ukraine has announced the development of a 155 mm truck-mounted howitzer. The system, called Bogdana, was integrated on the KrAZ 6x6 truck. Platform developed the Ukraine based AutoKrAZ company. Bogdana 6x6, equipped with a modern ballistic computer-controlled fire control system, has a welded steel armored cabin. There are also screens behind the vehicle for the use of the crew during shooting. The new artillery system is planned to has 780 meters minimum and 40...
  • US to Proceed 100 kW Laser
    US to Proceed 100 kW Laser August 8 2018
    US Army has signed an agreement with Dynetics and Lockheed Martin. With the agreement, the companies will proceed to the next phase of the HEL TVD (High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator) development process. HEL TVD program aims to develop a 100 kW class laser weapon system. In this context, the first phase was left behind and Lockheed Martin completed the System Requirements Review.  Design review phase will begin in January 2019. The HEL TVD...