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  • HQ-9 Tested
    HQ-9 Tested November 12 2019
      Uzbekistan, procured China's HQ-9 (FD-2000) surface-to-air missile system, in 2018. The Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan announced this week that the system had performed its first firing test. The exercise had been conducted at the Kulkuduk range in Navoiy Region. According to footage officially released by the Uzbek military, the FD-2000 air defence system was supported by the Pechora-2M medium-range SAM systems. The targets were simulated by unmanned aerial vehicles; ...
  • Zarb Tested
    Zarb Tested November 7 2019
    According to the Pakistan Navy (Pakistan Navy / PN), it was stated that the surface-to-surface missile launcher Zarb was subjected to a test shot in the training exercise. “The [Zarb] missile successfully followed its pre-planned trajectory and accurately engaged the target at sea,” the PN said. No images or additional details of the test-firing were provided, but Navy Commander Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi was quoted as saying that the “operationalisation of the Zarb Weapon...
  • Atmaca Firing from Kinaliada
    Atmaca Firing from Kinaliada November 4 2019
    President of Defence Industry İsmail Demir shared the latest news about Atmaca surface-to-surface cruise missile from his twitter account. Demir said, “We have realised the first national missile fire from our national ship”. Demir’s statement is; “First national maritime cruise missile ATMACA, which was developed and produced by Roketsan, was successfully launched from TCG Kınalıada. We aim to enter the inventory of ATMACA in the second half of 2020 ”.
  • Guided Munition to Carl Gustaf
    Guided Munition to Carl Gustaf November 2 2019
    The Guided Carl Gustaf Munition (GCGM) Project, which developed by Raytheon Missile Systems and Saab Dynamics, is progressing rapidly. Within the scope of the project, a guided ammunition for the Carl Gustaf systems was developed. As a result of the studies initiated in November 2017, the initial launch tests of semi-active laser guided ammunition were performed. The missile, which can also be fired from closed areas, can hit its target with CEP <1 metres . Ammunit...
  • Croatia buys two more Black Hawks
    Croatia buys two more Black Hawks November 1 2019
      US Government cleared two Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters sale to Croatia. The country will have four Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in inventory. The US State Department approval, announced on 30 October, covers a pair of the latest-variant UH-60Ms, along with other equipment, spares, weapons, training and support. The estimated value of the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) is USD115 million. The helicopters will join a pair of UH-60Ms t...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ICBM Drill From Russia
    ICBM Drill From Russia October 18 2019
    The Russian nuclear forces have terminated their annual readiness exercise, dubbed “Grom [Thunder] 2019,” which will involve 12,000 troops, 213 intercontinental-range ballistic missile launchers, up to 105 aircraft and around 20 warships, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD). Two RSM-50 [NATO reporting name: SS-N-18 Stingray] ballistic missiles were launched towards the Chizha firing range. The exercise took place from October 15 to 17 in all...
  • Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor
    Kozak 2M is Different from Predecessor October 11 2019
    During the 16th Arms and Security Exhibition held in Kyiv, Practica exhibited its unique solutions as well as modernization projects. Practica's Kozak 2M MRAP took part in the company booth. Unlike to its predecessor, Kozak 2M has monocoque body and has a V-type underbelly structure and independent suspension system. It is powered by a 280 HP Iveco diesel engine. The platform, which is wider than Kozak MRAP, offers more balanced driving with this feature. In addition t...
  • Kinetic Bombardment October 4 2019
    A kinetic bombardment is essentially a form of ground attack, firing off a solid, monolithic mass from orbit to the earth, the destructive effect of the kinetic energy it will access due to its speed and mass complete the mission. In almost all of the projects thought for this purpose, it is envisaged that a core produced from heavy metals, which is high in weight in comparison to its size, is thrown from an orbital launcher. In other words, kinetic bombardment can also be described...
  • New Test from Atmaca
    New Test from Atmaca September 25 2019
    The Defence Industry Presidency announced that the new test firing of the anti-ship cruise missile ATMACA was successfully carried out on official twitter and Instagram accounts. The Presidency said, “ We successfully fired the new test shot of our ATMACA missile. ATMACA cruise missiles are produced locally by Roketsan and fire control systems and other equipments are produced by Aselsan. ATMACAs will be integrated into MİLGEMs and will increase our deterrence in the sea even ...
  • ADVENT Tests are Completed
    ADVENT Tests are Completed September 21 2019
    HAVELSAN, one of the companies of the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, announced that tests of ADVENT war management system has been successfully completed. Havelsan's official twitter account said, “ADVENT, designed and supported by the technical guidance of Turkish Naval Research Centre Command and developed by HAVELSAN engineers, network-supported, completely indigenous-national War Management System #ADVENT, has successfully completed all firing tests.” ADVENT, i...
  • NGSW to Increase the Firepower of the Army
    NGSW to Increase the Firepower of the Army September 16 2019
    SIG SAUER publicly unveiled its entry for the US Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) programme at the DSEI 2019 defence exhibition in London. The aim of the NGSW is to provide the US infantryman with greater firepower, mobility, and lethality by replacing the current M4 carbines and M249 machine guns in service with a new rifle and machine gun firing a new 6.8 mm calibre intermediate cartridge. In order to meet the US Army's requirement for 20% lighter ammunition and ...
  • MKEK'S 12.7 Gatling at Test Fires
    MKEK'S 12.7 Gatling at Test Fires September 10 2019
    Industry of Mechanical and Chemical Institution’s (MKEK)  Gatling type machine gun which can fire 12.7x99 mm BMG cartridge is at test shots. In the first test, Gatling was targeted to fire 200 rounds in 12 seconds. The test is completed successfully. The system to shoot a thousand to a thousand 200 rounds in 1 minute to pass firing tests. The official name project is Development of Rotary Barrel Weapon System (Döner Namlulu Silah Sistemi Geliştirme/DNSSG). The Projec...
  • China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net
    China Reveals Hunter Drone with Net September 9 2019
    China has developed a drone capable of hunting small, low flying drones, China's state broadcaster China Central Television has revealed. The hexacopter drone made by a research centre under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation is capable of approaching a hostile or illegal drone and firing a 16-square-meter net at it. The net can be autonomously launched by the drone hunter, the report said, without disclosing the type of hunter drone. Small,...
  • Turkey Successfully Tests SOM-B2
    Turkey Successfully Tests SOM-B2 September 6 2019
    Turkey's indigenous, bunker-busting and long-range cruise missile SOM-B2 has completed its preliminary firing test. President of Defence Industries Professor İsmail Demir announced from his personal twitter account that "The SOM-B2 missile successfully hit the target in the firing test". adding that the missile "successfully concluded" its development, ground and flight tests. SOM is developed by the Defence Research and Development Institute of the Turkish S...
  • Mobile Mortar for Taiwan
    Mobile Mortar for Taiwan August 22 2019
    A new armoured mortar carrier was unveiled at the TASTE 2019 in Taiwan. The platform, carries an 81 mm mortar inside a CM-32 Clouded Leopard 8x8 armoured vehicle, can start firing after opening the two-piece opening at the roof. The CM-32 provides protection against bullets with a diameter of 7.62 mm from the sides and 12.7 mm from the front.
  • VT5 Becoming Safer
    VT5 Becoming Safer August 9 2019
    The VT5, Republic of China's made-for-export light tank, is expected to be equipped with an active protection system which will enable the thin-armoured tank to expand its defence capability. An active protection system could detect incoming hostile projectiles before firing interception rockets to detonate them before they hit the tank. The VT5, also named Type 15 or ZTQ-15 has a weight from 33 to 36 tons depending on the armour fitted to the tank. With this weight, the tank of...
  • Simulators for Atak
    Simulators for Atak June 25 2019
    The ATAK Helicopter Full Mission Simulator, which will be used to train pilots who will fly T129 Attack and Tactical Reconnaissance Helicopter, was developed by Turkish Air Defence and Software Company HAVELSAN within the scope of a project by the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB). The Simulator has been delivered to Turkish Armed Forces Command. Because the pilot and weapon system officer is positioned tandem in the attack helicopter, the requirements of these two missions can...
  • Modernisation for Mirage 2000 Aircraft
    Modernisation for Mirage 2000 Aircraft June 20 2019
    Mirage 2000 aircraft, one of the successful single-engine aircraft, also included in the Hellenic Air Force inventory, will be modernized. Within the scope of the works called MLU (Mid Life Upgrade / Half Life Modernization), a total of 60 aircraft are planned to be modernized. Engine and structural components will not be directly affected within the scope of the program weapons and avionics systems of platforms come to the fore. Only systems that will modernize the Mirage 2000...
  • New Ammunition to BMP-2s
    New Ammunition to BMP-2s May 20 2019
      Belgian Mecar and Slovak ZTS-Special companies have carried out a new 30x165 mm ammunition tests. Tests of armour-piercing M929 ammunition were performed in VTSU Záhorie. A total of 240 shots were carried out within two days. The firing trials was carried out on 2A42 cannon with four chamber muzzle brake on TURRA-30 unmanned turret developed for BVP-2 (name given to BMP-2 by the Slovak Army). New ammunition type APFSDS-T (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discard...
  • Alkar Gets Smaller
    Alkar Gets Smaller May 2 2019
    ASELSAN's 120-mm automatic mortar system, Alkar, got smaller. The system was also adapted to 81 mm mortars. Alkar 81 mm, which has a shock absorption system, can absorb the recoil of 30 tons of 81 mm mortars used on the ground and reduce it to 6 tons. In addition to its very small structure, the system can be used on 4x4 tactical wheeled vehicles. Thanks to its modular structure, the system can be adapted to different types of 81 mm mortar guns and requires very small modificati...
  • Modernised Cida and Yatağan
    Modernised Cida and Yatağan May 2 2019
    At IDEF'19, Roketsan exhibits many new products. These products include two ammunition, Cida and Yatağan. The missiles were developed for urban warfare. Yatağan is named after a type of sword while Cida is named after a type of spear. The systems were designed for environments where high impact sensitivity is of great importance. They stand out with their low weight and small size. The design phase of Cida, whose project was launched two years ago, ...
  • Boran is Ready for Qualification
    Boran is Ready for Qualification April 30 2019
    As part of the Air Transportable Towed Howitzer Project with MKEK as the contractor, Boran howitzer is about to be completed. The system is ready for qualification tests. All the parameters of the system will be subjected to extensive trials within the scope of the tests planned to start in May. Boran's parameters such as road and movement, positioning, braking will be tested in the process planned to be carried out in two stages, with and without firing. In the firing stage, fi...
  • 12.7 mm Gatling from MKEK
    12.7 mm Gatling from MKEK April 30 2019
    Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (Makina ve Kimya Kurumu Endüstrisi Kurumu/MKEK) is developing a 12.7x99 mm Gatling. As part of the project officially titled “Development of Rotating-barrel Weapon System”, the aim is to design indigenous three-barrel guns capable of firing 12.7x99 mm NATO cartridge. A weapon with a high rounds per minute rate will be produced for the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) as a result of the project launched with MKE’s own funds. The weapon ...
  • 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 ...
  • Two Offers to Switzerland
    Two Offers to Switzerland March 26 2019
    A bid for the new generation air defence system was presented by two participants. The tender for the Air2030 Program included three candidates. Israel which invited with David’s Sling system did not made an offer. The US participant Raytheon joined the tender with Patriot system and European participant Eurosam made a bid with  SAMP / T. The procurement process will continue with the analysis and testing phase just as in the aircraft procurement phase. Teams to be commissio...
  • First Brimstone 3 Firing
    First Brimstone 3 Firing March 22 2019
    MBDA has conducted the first firing of the Brimstone 3 missile at the Vidsel Trials range in Sweden last month. Whilst enduring extreme weather conditions with temperatures below -30°C, the missile was surface launched against a pick-up truck target. All trials objectives were fully achieved with the missile proving, through a telemetry unit, full closed loop guidance with the seeker progressing into target acquisition and track. Brimstone 3 is the product of...
  • Space-based Laser Systems March 16 2019
    As one of the foremost elements of sci-fi movies, laser has also become an ordinary feature of our daily lives. Laser’s potential as a weapon system was recognised by the Cold War rivals of the USA and the USSR soon after its appearance. Laser, whose theoretical underpinnings can be dated back to Albert Einstein’s work in 1917, was built for the first time in 1960 by Theodora Maiman following intense research throughout the 1950s. Its power, range and capacity have conti...
  • Optimum Ammunition Solution in Urban Warfare: 7.62x39mm March 16 2019
    It is observed that today armed conflicts takes place in city centres and urban areas rather than fields and rural areas. This change in combat environments has compelled firearms and ammunition used by security and armed forces to evolve as well. In line with studies conducted in this area, either new cartridges such as .300 AAC Blackout (7.62×25mm)1 were developed or, as is the case with the Israeli company IMI and its improvement of 5.56×45mm APM2, the performance of ...
  • 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, ...
  • Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand”
    Iran Equips Destroyers with Home-grown ‘Phalanx’; “Kamand” January 22 2019
      The Iranian Navy destroyer has been equipped with a close-in weapon system (CIWS) an indigenized version of Phalanx, that is used for defence against anti-ship missiles, for the very first time. Iran announced that it is working on such system in August 2018. Tasnim news agency quoted the Commander of the Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi that the system is going to be installed on vessels that carry out missions in deep and distant waters. He sug...
  • Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability
    Mistral Missile Has Anti-Surface Capability January 11 2019
    MBDA has successfully demonstrated the use of the Mistral missile against Fast Inshore Attack Crafts (FIAC)s at the end of last year. A number of foreign delegations attended the demonstration firing that was performed from a SIMBAD-RC automated naval turret firing from the land against a fast moving remotely-controlled semi-rigid boat more than 3 kilometres off the coast. The scenario was intended to be representative of the self-protection of a vessel against an asymmetric threat. In its la...
  • ASELSAN Hit on "T-72"
    ASELSAN Hit on "T-72" January 2 2019
    According to the news in ASELSAN's A Bulletin, T-72A Tank Modernization Project, which was carried out with Kazakhstan ASELSAN Engineering (KAE), the company's subsidiary in Kazakhstan, successfully completed and took its place in the showcase as one of the most modern T-72 tank configurations in the world. Within the scope of modernization, T-72 tanks were equipped with a new generation Fire Control System with day / night firing on move capability, remote-controlled anti-aircraft gu...
  • 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...
  • “Warrior” Defy the Years
    “Warrior” Defy the Years December 10 2018
    Lockheed Martin UK, a UK-based subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, made a statement. An information given in announcement about Warrior Capability Sustainment Program (WCSP). Under the program, the modernized Warrior infantry fighting vehicle has completed unmanned firing trials. Warrior, which serving for many years in the British Army, has travelled 2000 kilometres during tests. As part of firing tests that increased the safety factor by getting unmanned, the CT40 cased weapon system f...
  • Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles
    Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles December 9 2018
    Ukraine has successfully tested a new anti-ship cruise missile, ‘Neptune’ and a modernized S-125 surface-to-air missile system, at a firing range in the Odesa Oblast Wednesday. Olexandr Turchynov, the chairman of Ukraine’s Defence and Security Council was quoted as saying during a press briefing after the tests by Kyivpost Thursday. “The task put today before cruise missiles was to check the range and accuracy of hitting surface targets”, adding that th...
  • Russia  Tests Modernised Air Defence System
    Russia  Tests Modernised Air Defence System December 3 2018
    The Russian Aerospace Forces have successfully conducted a test-firing of a modernised air defence rocket at the Sary Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday. "The combat troops of the Aerospace Forces successfully conducted another test launch of the upgraded missile of the Russian anti-missile defence system on the Sary Shagan testing ground (Republic of Kazakhstan)," the Russian Defence Ministry said. Missile Defense Task Force Commander ...
  • ESSM Modernization
    ESSM Modernization November 22 2018
    US Navy, to carry out a new modernisation for RIM-162 ESSM Block 2 systems. Works will be performed by Naval Surface Warfare Center. US Navy’s Mk132 guided missile launch systems (GMLS) will be modernized. Port Hueneme Division will manage the modernization process. In this way, GMLS systems will be capable of firing ESSM (Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile). ESSM system is developed from RIM-7 Sea Sparrow missile and put into service in 2003. The system, which is in use in...
  • MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile
    MBDA: Successful First Launch for Marte ER missile November 17 2018

    MBDA’s Marte ER anti-ship missile has completed its first firing, successfully passing a major phase in its development, the company said in a release.

    The firing trial was carried out on Nov. 9 in an Italian test range. The Marte ER missile flew for more than 100 kilometres on a planned trajectory that included several waypoints and sea skimming flight, successfully testing all flying phases. Pasquale Di Bartolomeo, Executive Group Director Sales & Business De...