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  • ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks
    ASELSAN Communication Suites for Modernised Tanks January 29 2020
    ASELSAN product communication suites, which procures digital radio equipments many countries including Turkey, began to be used in the modernized T-72 tanks. ASELSAN, which has been exporting digital communication systems to Ukraine since 2017, reaching wider use in the Ukrainian Army. Kiev Management preferred ASELSAN-produced digital communication systems as well as Ukraine-based Lybid K2 radio stations for the communication systems of modernised T-72AMT tanks, which wer...
  • New Machine Gun is "Safe"
    New Machine Gun is "Safe" January 27 2020
    Sig Sauer left behind an important step in their work to fill the gap between machine guns using 7.62x51mm NATO and 12.7x99mm BMG ammunition. The new system, called the MG 338, completed safety certification tests and entered the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) inventory. "This safety certification was achieved after the extraordinary performance of the entire MG 338 system with the challenges of the comprehensive functionality, durability and safety tests laid out...
  • Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France
    Replecement Time to Beretta 92 of France January 16 2020
    France continues the replacing process of firearms with pistols. In 2017, the Paris government began replacing FAMAS with HK416F infantry rifles and now, launched a procurement process for the armed force's pistols. Beretta 92FS pistols, which have been in service with the name PAMAS G1 for about 30 years, will be replaced by Glock 17 Gen 5s. The French Army will procure 74,559 Glock 17 in the first phase. The total cost of weapons which expected to be delive...
  • Malyuk to the Armed Forces
    Malyuk to the Armed Forces October 10 2019
    InterProInvest introduced the Malyuk infantry rifle, developed for the Ukrainian Armed Forces and currently used in the inventory of the Ukrainian Army, at Arms and Security 2019. The infantry rifle, developed by the company's own resources, is in bullpup configuration which the magazine is positioned behind the trigger mechanism. The system is capable of using 7.62x39 mm and 5.45x39 mm ammunition and has a 415 mm barrel. Malyuk has a empty casing ejector that is ...
  • 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 ...
  • New News from T-90
    New News from T-90 September 4 2019
    Modernized Sodema sights can be used on T-90 tanks. Sodema developed for BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles and other types of armoured vehicles. "We are planning to use Sodema sight for the modernization of T-90 tanks." Sergey Popov, first deputy director-general of the Schwabe holding company and deputy director for R&D and innovative development, said.  Popov added that apart from BMP-3 the Sodema sight would be installed on the Russian-made light armour vehicles...
  • Two in One Mortar
    Two in One Mortar August 16 2019
    Rheinmetall has developed a new 60mm mortar for infantry and special forces. The RSG60 weapon system, which stands out with it is very light and easy to handle design, can turn into commando version, which weighs 6.8 kg, from standard infantry version, which weighs 15.8 kg, with few manual adjustments without any tools.   With a carbon fibre-coated steel barrel of about 70 cm in length, the system is thirty per cent lighter than conventional mortars and can be ready t...
  • JLTV is Ready for Mission
    JLTV is Ready for Mission August 15 2019
    The U.S. Marine Corps’ Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is officially ready to deploy and support missions of the naval expeditionary force-in-readiness worldwide. Developed to replace HMMWV vehicles in the US Army and Marine Corps inventory, JLTV offers superior protection and terrain capability compared to its predecessor. The JLTV, a program led by the U.S. Army, family of vehicles comes in different variants with multiple mission package configurations, all providing protected...
  • Russia Began Trials
    Russia Began Trials August 5 2019
    Russia testing BMD-2M airborne assault vehicle with new combat module. BMD-2M air-deployable infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has entered state trials. According to the TASS News Agency, BMD-2 combat vehicles equipped with the Bereg combat module unofficially dubbed ‘mini-Berezhok". Corporation Rostec and Russia’s Defence Ministry inked a contract on the upgrade of 540 BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles and BMD-2 airborne assault vehicles under a new state armament program for 2...
  • 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 ...
  • USA Approved to Procurement
    USA Approved to Procurement July 29 2019
    US Defence Ministry has approved Thailand’s request for 60 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles. The estimated value is $175 million includes, 60 Stryker, 60 M2 Flex .50 cal machine guns as well as spares, systems, training and support. The Stryker vehicles will increase Thailand’s capability to defend its sovereign territory by filling the capability void between light infantry soldiers and heavy mechanized units. The principal contractor for the Stryker vehicle is General...
  • First Two of IFV Received
    First Two of IFV Received June 30 2019
    Lithuania on 25 June, received its first two of 8x8 Boxer "Vilkas" Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFV). The vehicles will officially enter the inventory of the Lithuanian Armed Forces after admission procedures. The Vilkas IFV is a variant of Boxer armoured fighting vehicle developed by German manufacturer ARTEC according to the requirements of the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The vehicles have Israel-made turrets, 30 mm MK-44S cannons and ...
  • Local Gun for Altay
    Local Gun for Altay April 30 2019
    MKEK displayed PMT-76 (Platform Machine Gun) machine gun. The weapon is expected to serve as a coaxial machine gun on the Altay main battle tank. The gun weighs 12 kg and has an MOA value of 8 at 100 metres. It can fire 7.62x51 mm NATO ammunition. It is also planned to produce models adapted for infantry use and remotely controlled weapon stations. Originally developed for use as a coaxial machine gun, the gun has an effective range of 800 metres. The PMT has a long stroke...
  • FNSS is Awarded First Batch of Harimau Medium Tanks
    FNSS is Awarded First Batch of Harimau Medium Tanks April 15 2019
    Indonesian Defence Minister Ramisard Ryakuda ordered the Indonesian state defence industry association PT Pindad to build the first batch of the Harimau ("Tiger") serial Turkish-Indonesian production for the Indonesian army. The cost of the contract for the Harimau tanks was $ 135 million. The number of vehicles ordered was not officially disclosed but it is believed to be around 20 tanks. The vehicle is fully operable in a wide range of altitudes, humidity level...
  • Italian Rifle Production in Romania
    Italian Rifle Production in Romania April 3 2019
      Italy-based arms manufacturer Beretta signed an arms production agreement with the Romanian company's Plopeni Mechanic Plant (Societatea Uzina Mecanica Plopeni), a subsidiary of Romanian state defence association Romarm. Thus, Romania has gained the ability to produce ARX-160 infantry rifles. According to Romanian Economy Minister Niculae Badalau, the ARX-160 and another rifle will be produced in Romania. The minister, who announced that a joint subsidiary will ...
  • “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...
  • Roketsan Discloses Karaok Short-Range ATGM Development
    Roketsan Discloses Karaok Short-Range ATGM Development November 18 2018
    Roketsan has disclosed initial details of a new 125 mm man portable short-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) that is currently in an accelerated phase of development. British journal Jane’s wrote about Karaok. Roketsan’s 125 mm Koraok short-range ATGM development is intended for airborne infantry and amphibious and special forces. Karaok is a single-use, shoulder-launched weapon system with a stated range of 1,000 m-plus. Weighing less than 25 kg (launcher a...
  • One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat
    One Third Of German Vehicles Ready For Combat November 1 2018
    Just over a third of the new military equipment delivered to the Bundeswehr by manufacturers in 2017 is fit for service according to a report revealed for the German defence ministry According to the report, of the 71 Puma infantry fighting vehicles delivered, 27 are combat ready. Of the eight new Airbus A400M Atlas military transports, half are fully operational. Just two of the seven Eurocopter Tiger combat helicopters and four of seven NH Industries' NH90 transport helicopter...
  • US to Knock-Out without Kinetic
    US to Knock-Out without Kinetic October 22 2018
    US Army requested a different task for leading defence industry companies this time. Army demanded a system to electronically eliminate enemy remote-controlled weapon systems (RCWS). Due to the evolving armoured vehicle technology, the US chose to go to a different solution because it is difficult to approach enemy armoured elements without heavy weapons. The solution will be able to neutralize the enemy's weapon station, even it has no lethal effect. In this way, friendly eleme...
  • Alternative Solution from Turaç
    Alternative Solution from Turaç October 4 2018
    Joining the Border Security and Military Radars Summit, Turaç Company exhibited non-lethal munition solutions. The event that was organized for the first time focused on finding solutions to border violations and on the course of action during these violations. Turac, which has a wide range of products for light weapons ammunition, has included ammunition types that can be used to intervene in illegal border crossing. Company products are widely used in Turkish and globally b...
  • BAE Systems to Modernise Bradleys
    BAE Systems to Modernise Bradleys September 17 2018
    US has announced a new contract with BAE Systems. According to the agreement, the company will modernize eight Bradley infantry fighting vehicles used in the US Army Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). Within the scope of the agreement cost of 91.1 million USD, the modernization works will be completed in 2024. The electronics of M2 Bradleys will be replaced within the scope of nodernization. Thus, the situational awareness of the vehicle will be increased. Communication n...
  • Making Ammunition Lighter for Small Arms September 15 2018
    Studies on reducing the weight of all equipment and systems, as well as increasing their portability and ergonomics, have been initiated within the scope of modern infantry/military projects. The ammunition for light weapons were also included in this scope. The rapid advancement of technology has brought about an increase in the number and variety of devices and systems used by security forces to improve conflict efficiency. Considering that a soldier can only carry a limited numbe...
  • Korea Exhibits CBRN Recon Vehicle II
    Korea Exhibits CBRN Recon Vehicle II September 13 2018
    The Republic of Korea introduced its new vehicle. At the DK Korea 2018, the CBRN reconnaissanse vehicle was introduced. The platform, which entered service in 2017, can identify nuclear and chemical agents. If chemical or nuclear agents identified, the vehicle can alert the friendly troops in the region . The vehicle, called CBRN Recon Vehicle, was built at Hanwha Land Systems facilities. The system developed on the K200A1 infantry fighting vehicle and ...
  • Alternative for M113
    Alternative for M113 September 3 2018
    Korea-based Hanwha Defence Systems unveiled its new vehicle. The AS21 Redback was introduced at the Land Forces 2018 Conference in Adelaide, Australia. The AS21, an improved version of the Republic of Korea's K21 infantry fighting vehicle, was developed for the Land Forces Project of the Australian Army. Redback was offered as an alternative to the M113AS4 vehicles to be replaced under Phase 3 of the Project. The platform, which is managed by 3 + 8 crews, stands out with its hig...
  • BTR Turret to BMP
    BTR Turret to BMP August 27 2018
    Russia has introduced the new BMP-1AM Basurmanin infantry fighting vehicle. The vehicle which developed by Rostec, was introduced at the Army 2018 International Military-Technical Forum in Russia. The development package for the BMP-1 vehicles includes the BPPU-1 modular weapon system also used in the BTR-80A and BTR-82A. The system, equipped with a 30 mm 2A72 cannon and a 7.62 mm PKTM machine gun, allows the BMP-1AM to engage from 2000 meters to armored vehicles. The weap...
  • Sprut-SDM1 Light Amphibious armoured vehicle at Export Market
    Sprut-SDM1 Light Amphibious armoured vehicle at Export Market August 21 2018
    Russian state-run Rosoboronexport has launched Sprut-SDM1 light amphibious armoured vehicle built for export. Tank is built by Tractor Plants Concern. Rosoboronexport’s Director General Alexander Mikheev said, “The Sprut-SDM1 is a light amphibious fighting vehicle. It possesses the firepower of the main battle tank and is capable of disembarking from a ship and operating day or night in terrain impassable for other similar vehicles” on Thursday. Vehicle i...
  • Vilkas' On the Range
    Vilkas' On the Range July 19 2018
    Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence announced that Vilkas ("Wolf" in Lithuanian) infantry fighting vehicles are under to extensive testing in German military training areas. The official statement from ARTEC, the manufacturer of the Vilkas, reported that the first two prototypes procured by Lithuania are testing. After the tests, vehicles will go back to Lithuania and the mass production phase will be started after the data gained from the tests are analyzed. Lithuania orde...
  • New IFV to Russian Armed Forces
    New IFV to Russian Armed Forces July 18 2018
    Russian Armed Forces is preparing to take delivery of Kurganets-25 infantry fightin vehicles. The first Kurganets-25 will be delivered to the Russian Armed Forces in 2019. In the statement made about the vehicles, it was stated that JSC Kurganmashzavod signed an agreement for low rate initial production of the  these vehicles. Russian Armed Forces will be subjected to extensive testing for adaptation after deliveries. The Kurganets-25 was developed to take the pl...
  • Puma Getting Strength
    Puma Getting Strength July 17 2018
    German Army's Puma infantry fighting vehicles will be modernized in two steps. Projekt System & Management GmbH (PSM) is the the contractor of upgrade programme. PSM calls the modernization program Puma S1 and Puma S2. The joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), with S1, command control, situational awareness and increased anti-tank capability; S2 will also make improvements in killer-killer capability. In S1 phase, PRC117 embedded satellite r...
  • Akar appointed Defence Minister
    Akar appointed Defence Minister July 9 2018
      President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Commander of Turkish Armed Forces General Hulusi Akar as first Defence Minister at new political system.   General Hulusi AKAR, the 29th Commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, was commissioned as an infantry officer after graduating from the Military Academy in 1972.   Upon completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1973, General AKAR served at different levels between 1973 and 198...
  • Rheinmetall Equipment to German Rifles
    Rheinmetall Equipment to German Rifles July 6 2018
    Germany will supply laser markers for infantry rifles. Bundeswehr's Equipment, Information Technology and Support Unit has signed an agreement with Rheinmetall for supply of EUR 5 million. Under the agreement, 1745 rifle mounted laser marking kits will be delivered to special forces. Delivery is expected to be completed by 2019. The Variable Tactical Aiming Module (VTAL), which will be delivered by Germany, has a watertight metal body. Equipped with MIL-STD 1913 / STAN...
  • Norway abandons tank upgrade
    Norway abandons tank upgrade June 22 2018
    Plans to upgrade the Norwegian Army’s Leopard 2A4 MBTs have been cancelled. Norwegian Army’s plans to upgrade the Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks (MBTs) have been abandoned following the publication of the government’s revised budget in May. A reduced MBT capability will be retained until 2025, when a new tank or an interim solution will be introduced. Only 30 of the 52 tanks in the Norwegian Army inventory are operational. Upgrade proposals to adopt Germany’s Leopard 2A...
  • 100th Puma Rolled Out
    100th Puma Rolled Out May 21 2018
    The 100th Puma infantry fighting vehicle rolled out of production line. Projekt System & Management GmbH, a joint venture of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, rolled out 100th production line at Rheinmetall's Unterluess facility. Bundeswehr 342 ordered Puma. Empty steel chassis enters production line and left this line as an armored combat vehicle 26 days later. Puma deliveries began 2015 and it is planned to last vehicle will be delivered in 2020.
  • US Army Selects MRZR X for SMET Trials
    US Army Selects MRZR X for SMET Trials May 18 2018
    US Army selected Team Polaris's MRZR X multi-mode vehicle platform to be one of the robotic systems used by infantry brigade combat teams for the next year of trials as part of the Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) program. The Team Polaris consists of Polaris Industries Inc., Applied Research Associates Inc. (ARA) and Neya Systems LLC. Optionally-manned MRZR X is a multi-mission platform that as multiple modes of operation that span a broad ...
  • Derivatsiya-PVO SPAAG Will Begin State Trials in 2018
    Derivatsiya-PVO SPAAG Will Begin State Trials in 2018 May 15 2018
    The Derivatsiya-PVO self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) will enter state trials later this year, a Russian defence industry source has told Jane’s. He added that a prototype of the newest 57 mm SPAAG developed by the Nizhny Novgorod-based Burevestnik institute, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), had already been manufactured and sent for preliminary trials. Developed based on the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Derivatsiya-P...
  • Bundeswehr Welcomes 'Puma'
    Bundeswehr Welcomes 'Puma' April 24 2018
    German Army announced that it will receive Puma armored infantry fighting vehicles as the successor to the current Marder.  According to a press release issued on 20 April, one of the most important aspects of Puma is its unmanned turret. Germany plans to add more powerful cameras into the turret and the chassis to ensure "the crew of the Puma will remain under armor protection day and night, while both stationary and moving, with good all-round visibility.&...
  • Serbia Receives MiG-29 Fighters from Belarus
    Serbia Receives MiG-29 Fighters from Belarus April 24 2018
    Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin revealed that Serbian Army has received four MiG-29 fighter jets from Belarus. The addition of four aircraft increased the number of Serbian MiG-29 fleet to 14. Vulin said that while visiting Moscow in April, he had talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu on supplies of four Mi-35 combat helicopters, four Mi-17 transport helicopters, T-72 tanks, BMP-2 armoured infantry carriers and missile defence systems. Serbia has...
  • Mi-35Ms in New Nest
    Mi-35Ms in New Nest April 11 2018
    The Pakistan Army Aviation Command received four Mi-35M attack helicopters, the necessary equipment and ammunition. Pakistan ordered the helicopters for 153 million US Dollars in 2015. Training, spare parts, ammunition, ground support equipment were also supplied to Pakistan under the agreement. The Mi-35 helicopters have been developed to provide fire support to ground units, armed escort, and trasport infantry units. The helicopter, which is famous for bulletproof belly even for 1...
  • Polish Fingerprint at the Black Sea
    Polish Fingerprint at the Black Sea April 7 2018
    The Ukrainian Armed Forces received BMP-1AK infantry fighting vehicles. The BMP-1AKs were modernized by Wtorplast in Poland. Unknown number of  BMP-1 had structural modernization and received the name BMP-1AK (Anti-Kumulativnaya / HEAT Protected). After the modernization, the first party vehicles were delivered to Ukraine. BMP-1AK is a special variant of Soviet-produced BMP-1 vehicles. It the has a 73 millimeter low-recoil gun and a 7.62 millimeter co-axial machine gun as in th...
  • Antitank Support to German Armoured Vehicles
    Antitank Support to German Armoured Vehicles March 22 2018
    Rheinmetall has integrated the MELLS (German acronym standing for multirole-capable light antitank missile system) missile into the Marder 1A5 infantry fighting vehicle, the company announced on 20 March. Following the successful conclusion of the study phase, the Bundeswehr subsequently ordered 44 MELLS retrofit kits, which were delivered in December 2017. The company said a total of 35 vehicles have been equipped with the new missile system integration kit so far.  ...