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  • Armament Race Escalates
    Armament Race Escalates 13 May 2020
    Japan continues to studies for replacing the systems in its inventory and to have a stronger army structure. Tokyo will acquire 12 additional Type 10 main battle tanks to replace the Type 74s that are at the end of their economic life. The procurement list announced with the new budget plan, which is published, also includes a Type 19 155 mm truck-mounted howitzers. The Ministry of Defence plans to acquire seven Type 19 in 2020 with 44 million USD budget.
  • 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...
  • Arms Export to Africa
    Arms Export to Africa 13 April 2020
    African countries are arming to improve army capabilities. China is increasing its presence in the world defence market. Beijing, has recently exporting more to the African market, has delivered new defence systems to Nigeria. The delivery batch includes 17-vehicles. These are VT4 main battle tanks, SH5 105mm self-propelled howitzers and again 105mm ST1 tank destroyers. In addition, Nigeria received 15 40-foot containers spare parts and consumables. Chi...
  • 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 ...
  • K9 Thunder Howitzer to Buy by Estonia can be Deferred to a Future Date Due to Coronavirus
    K9 Thunder Howitzer to Buy by Estonia can be Deferred to a Future Date Due to Coronavirus 20 March 2020
    The K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer, which Estonia wants to add to its inventory, can be postponed to a later date due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Estonia, which previously bought 12 howitzers from the Republic of Korea, wanted to supply six additional platforms. Estonian Defence Minister Jury Luik, who is expected to visit Seoul last month, has cancelled his trip. Many speculate that the abrupt cancellation was related to COVID-19. "I don't believe the virus situation...
  • Malaysia's Howitzer will be Inventory Soon
    Malaysia's Howitzer will be Inventory Soon 10 March 2020
    Malaysia's Ministry of Defence had bought 18 LG1 Mk towed howitzer from France in April 2018. All 18 howitzers were originally scheduled for delivery by February 2020, although Nexter confirmed that they would be able to deliver all 18 howitzers within 2020. The contract includes the 18 fully digitizer LG1 Mk. III light guns, the BACARA compact portable ballistic computer for battery unit level, and an unspecified quantity of high explosive base-bleed extended range G3 ammunition. ...
  • New Vehicle Delivery to Indonesia
    New Vehicle Delivery to Indonesia 12 February 2020
    Indonesia continues to taking delivery of new military platforms. Images of new vehicles arrived to the country were published on social media. In the images published on social media, it was determined that the Indonesian Army (TNI-AD) received new systems. In the first batch deliveries, five CAESAR 155 mm self-propelled howitzers were received. Within the scope of the new batch shipment that reached the country by the sea a few days later, four M3 amphibious rigs and an unkno...
  • Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power
    Support from the Netherlands for Transatlantic Power 22 January 2020
    The Royal Netherlands Army has deployed Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Lithuania for the first time as part of the German-led NATO Enhanced Forward Presence (EFP) battlegroup, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced on its website. The SPHs will spend half a year in Lithuania, mainly to exercise and exchange experience with the Lithuanian army, the ministry said. NATO has increased its presence in the east by forming an alliance group with EFP and Estonia, Lat...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Brutus at Fire Range
    Brutus at Fire Range 31 July 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 ...
  • Long-Awaited Contract Concluded
    Long-Awaited Contract Concluded 18 July 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...
  • Israel Buys Howitzers for Its Army
    Israel Buys Howitzers for Its Army 30 March 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 26 March 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...
  • ASELSAN Announced Fırtına
    ASELSAN Announced Fırtına 2 January 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 to Shoot 70 Kilometers
    Artillery to Shoot 70 Kilometers 23 October 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...
  • Netherlands Continues Modernization 17 October 2018
    The Netherlands continues to modernize its army. In recent weeks, Netherlands has signed an agreement with the US to modernize the AH-64 Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and now it has taken action to modernize the PzH 2000NL howitzers and CV90 vehicles.   Under the program called Mid Life Upgrade (MLU), the electronic components of PzH 2000NL howitzers will be renewed and ventilation systems will be replaced. The automatic loading system will be adapted to long-...
  • MKEK’s 105mm Boran Howitzer First Time on Air Transportation
    MKEK’s 105mm Boran Howitzer First Time on Air Transportation 21 September 2018
    The Turkish Company, the Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation’s (Makina Ve Kimya Endüstrisi Kurumu/ MKEK) 105mm air transportable light towed howitzer Boran is transported for first time. The new 105mm MKEK towed howitzer can provides direct and indirect fire support to the forces deployed in combined arms operations. Turkish Land Forces plans to acquire 106 Boran howitzers. The MKEK 105mm towed howitzer can fire all type of ammunition uses by NATO countries. The ...
  • M777 Tests to Continue
    M777 Tests to Continue 18 July 2018
    India has received four M777 Ultra Light Howitzer (ULH) from the United States. Howitzers will be used in the firing tests. Trials was stopped because of the problem that was caused by faulty ammunition in September. The tests will be followed by shootings with ammunition produced in India. In September 2017, the barrel had exploded during the shooting of local ammunition due to improper ammunition. India has signed the M777 supply agreement with an amount of US ...
  • Elbit Touch on Philippine M113's
    Elbit Touch on Philippine M113's 19 June 2018
    Elbit will upgrade capabilities of the M113A2 vehicles in the Philippines Army inventory. Under the agreement signed between Philippines and Elbit, 44 M113A2 will undergo upgrade. Among these enhancements will be the integration of Elbit production Dragon 12.7 millimeter remote controlled weapons station and Combat NG Battlefield Management System (BMS). Soltam Cardom 81 mm mortar system will be integrated to five of the 44 vehicles In the inventory of the Philippine Army ...
  • Korea To Increase Number of Unmanned Systems
    Korea To Increase Number of Unmanned Systems 23 May 2018
    The Republic of Korea wants to incorporate unmanned combat systems into manned units starting by 2024. Defence Ministry sources said the military studied the effects of forming units mixed with personnel and unmanned weapons earlier this year and as the population declines, building units with both troops and unmanned systems is now being considered as a must. The study said unmanned reconnaissance vehicles could do the work of about 500 to 600 soldiers. It ...
  • BAE Systems to produce M109A7 howitzers
    BAE Systems to produce M109A7 howitzers 25 December 2017
    US awarded BAE Systems to execute the third and final option for low-rate initial production on M109A9 Production program. The contract includes an initial $413.7 million out of approximately $1.7 billion. BAE Systems will initially produce 48 vehicle sets, with the options calling for 60 sets per year for approximately three years of deliveries thereafter during full-rate production. The M109A7 consists of a new chassis design for improved performance, upgraded survivability, and components ...
  • Msta-S Modernization by Russia
    Msta-S Modernization by Russia 27 November 2017
    Russian Ministry of Defence announced on 22 November that 2S19M2 Msta-S self-propelled howitzers have been repaired and modernised to improve their fire rate. The weapon now has improved accuracy and its fire rate reached 10 rounds per minute. The howitzers can engage targets with several shots simultaneously fired on different trajectories and different charges. 
  • 55. Issue Sector News
    55. Issue Sector News 7 November 2017
    Latvia Took Delivery of Howitzers Bundeswehr Restocks Long-Range Investments Seeing without Seeing: Virtual Window Technology ROKETSAN, Ready for Global Competition Otokar Beyond Borders White Hackers Compete TAI Began Countdown for ANKA-S TEI Delivers Indigenous New Engine for ANKA  Helicopter MİLDAR Passed the Tests FNSS’s ‘Tiger’, Seen in Indonesia
  • Armored Vehicle Boost to Lebanon
    Armored Vehicle Boost to Lebanon 15 August 2017
    The US has delivered the first eight M2A2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Lebanese Army on 14 August out of 32 ordered. The armored vehicles are part of a total order valued at more than $100 million. Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the US Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard revealed the other defence articles delivered to the Lebanese Army in the last 12 months, including 40 M198 howitzers, 50 armored Humvees, one thousand 100 machine guns and 4 thousa...
  • BAE, Leonardo Joined Hands
    BAE, Leonardo Joined Hands 29 June 2017
    BAE Systems and Leonardo have announced an initiative to pursue collaborations on new precision-guided solutions for US military on 28 June. The two companies will work on adapting Leonardo's Vulcano guided munitions to BAE System's Advanced Gun System (AGS) and Mk 45 naval gun. The AGS is currently on board the U.S. Navy’s Zumwalt class of destroyers, and the Mk 45 is widely used by the Navy and allied nations.  The new adaptations of Vulcano ...
  • Seven Contracts in One Go
    Seven Contracts in One Go 11 May 2017
    ASELSAN has signed 7 different agreements on the second day of IDEF 2017 International Defence Industry Fair. Within the scope of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with ANTONOV company, ASELSAN will work together with the company to produce avionics systems and special mission equipments for AN-148 family. TUBITAK BILGEM and ASELSAN signed two different contracts covering development of three algorithms for ASELSAN's radar systems, and the use of National Rea...
  • The Last Test for Dhanush
    The Last Test for Dhanush 21 March 2017
    India will conduct the last test-fire of its 155 mm howitzer, Dhanush, next month before its induction into Indian Army. Developed based on Bofors design, Dhanush has a range of 38 km, 10 km more than Bofors. Following the completion of all the tests, the first batch of 18 Dhanush howitzers are expected to be delivered to the Army for induction in 2017-18. Indian Army has an order of 114 howitzers and upon the clearance of the first 18, the manufacturer...
  • Howitzer Support by South to North 18 February 2017
    Finland Ministry of Defence confirmed on Friday the acquisition of South Korean self-propelled howitzers. 48 K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers formerly belonged to Seoul’s army has been provided under a $155 million contract. Deliveries are scheduled to complete in 2024, covering all 48 systems. New howitzers will repllace Finnish Army's Soviet-era artillery systems. 
  • Joint Tender Decision
    Joint Tender Decision 9 February 2017
    Estonia has received a decision to join Finland's joint tender proposal. Two countries will supply K9 Thunder 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPH) manufactured by the Korean company Hanwa Techwin in the scope of this bid. Estonia signed a memorandum of understanding with Finland on February 6th to begin negotiations on procurement. The Estonian Minister of Defence announced that the country is plannig to add at least 12 K-9 SPHs into their inventory and the first K-9 ...
  • $500 Million Howitzer Acquisition
    $500 Million Howitzer Acquisition 13 January 2017
    BAE Systems has been awarded a $542 million contract to provide M777 howitzers to India through foreign military sales between the U.S. and Indian governments. The company announced the news on its website on 12 January. Under the agreement, Indian Army will receive 145 howitzers, deliveries to begin in June, 2017. The 155 mm ultra lightweight howitzer weighs 4 thousand 200 kilograms and is currently in use with the US Army and Marine Corps.
  • Billion $ Howitzer Acquisition
    Billion $ Howitzer Acquisition 19 December 2016
    Poland signed a $1.1 billion contract to purchase 96 Krab 155 mm self-propelled tracked howitzers for the Polish Army on 14 December. Awarded by The Polish Ministry of Defence, Huta Stalowa Wola (HSW) S.A. will manufacture the chassis and hull of the howitzers in Poland, and import the engines, automatic transmissions, and some other components which are not cost effective to produce inland. 
  • Indıa signs M777 Lıghtweıght Howıtzer deal
    Indıa signs M777 Lıghtweıght Howıtzer deal 4 December 2016
    New Delhi has signed a $750 million U.S. purchase for 145 BAE Systems M777 lightweight 155 mm 39-calibre towed howitzers from that country The Indian Ministry of Defence’s Defence Acquisitions Council (DAC) approved the purchase in June.  According to contract, 120 of the 145 M777s will be assembled in India.
  • Another Acquisition Approval by India
    Another Acquisition Approval by India 17 November 2016
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the acquisition of 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers from the United States. The contract worth is $737 million and expected to be signed in three weeks. Negotiations for this acquisition had been continuing for several years and reportedly BAE Systems will establish a facility in India as an assembly, integration and test center. Under this Project, 120 howitzers will be produced in India.
  • New Howitzer to India
    New Howitzer to India 24 October 2016
    India is to purchase 145 M777 ultralight howitzers from US. An official from the Indian Ministry of Defence stated that the negotiations have been completed with the US subsidiary of BAE Systems and the subject is to be brought to Cabinet Committee on Security agenda for final clearance. According to the agreement, 25 M777 will be delivered off-the-shelf while the remaining will be assembled in India. 
  • Sweden Left Alone in Archer Project
    Sweden Left Alone in Archer Project 22 September 2016
    Sweden will buy the 24 FH-77 BW L52 Archer Self-Propelled Howitzers that had been abandoned by Norway. In budget documents released on 20 September, Sweden seems to assign $53 million to the purchase. Norway and Sweden had collaborated in developing the FH-77 BW L52 Archer SPH, and a joint production contract was awarded to BAE Systems to build 24 Archers for each country in 2010. However, Norway decided to withdraw from the project in December 2013, leaving their part of the order out. Swede...