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  • Giant exposition at Army-2020 forum
    Giant exposition at Army-2020 forum 29 July 2020
    Over 1,500 companies will put on display more than 28,000 pieces of weaponry and military hardware during the Army-2020 forum. The forum will be held in Russia next month. According to Col. Oleg Kulakovsky, the head of the exhibitions department at the Russian Defence Ministry, the ministry will showcase more than 370 pieces of serially produced weaponry, military and special equipment during Army-2020. "Overall, we expect more than 1,500 companies to participate in t...
  • Trials of Armoured Mortar Vehicle Begins
    Trials of Armoured Mortar Vehicle Begins 11 July 2020
    Turreted armoured mortar vehicles come to the fore with their high rate of fire and their ability to offer personnel to serve under armour protection. The U.S., which has been searching for vehicles with fast and precise indirect firing capabilities for Stryker troops for some time, has begun experiments on the prototype of the final vehicle. Washington has started the testing process of a new platform with the Stryker 8x8 wheeled armoured vehicle chassis develop...
  • Light Mortar Procurement
    Light Mortar Procurement 8 July 2020
    Commando mortars are still preserving their importance, thanks to their indirect firing ability and the carrying firepower wherever infantry can reach. Hirterberger Defence, which has a 160-year long history in the field of defence, will equip the French Army with 60 mm of commando mortar. An agreement was signed with Austria-based Hirtenberger Defense Europe GmbH as part of the program launched by the state defence procurement agency DGA (Direction générale de l&rsquo...
  • New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles
    New Dimension of the Battlefield: Unmanned Armoured Combat Vehicles 5 July 2020
    Unmanned ground vehicles, started to duty on battlefield with destroying armoured vehicles, gain different dimensions with the developing technology. Estonian-based Milrem Robotics, which is currently working on 10 different concepts, has announced its new unmanned ground vehicle. The new platform introduced as Type-X was equipped with the CPWS II (Cockerill Protected Weapon Station Gen. II) turret, which developed by John Cockerill. Type-X, the first platform developed in line...
  • Air Defence System Trial
    Air Defence System Trial 29 May 2020
    Studies on air defence systems progressing in different dimensions within the framework of changing threats. Serbia, which has a well established defence industry which is legacy of Yugoslavia, continues its domestic production system studies. In this context, test launch activity was carried out with modernised RLN-IC / 170 missiles, which produced under Russian license. In the trials carried out in the Pasuljanske Livade Training Area, missiles mounted on PASARS FM-1 veh...
  • 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...
  • Silent Mortar in Use
    Silent Mortar in Use 12 May 2020
    Ukraine, continues fight against Russian-supported separatist movements, which caused civil war in the eastern part of the country is the scene of the use of extraordinary weapons. In an image published on social media, separatist militias were use a mortar system described as "silent". It was seen that the 82 mm mortar used in the images that were recorded in the Donbas region had a silencer / suppressor-like component in the muzzle. It was s...
  • Two Major Contracts Soon
    Two Major Contracts Soon 3 May 2020
    The equipment and armament investments of the army are continued by adapting to suddenly changing conditions with the domestic ventures. Poland, which has an important defence industry infrastructure, continues to meet the equipment needs of the army with domestic facilities despite the COVID-19 conditions. According to the announcement from official Twitter account of the Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak, two important procurement agreements are close...
  • Armoured Mortar Vehicle on Tests
    Armoured Mortar Vehicle on Tests 2 May 2020
    Countries continue their weapons and system tests despite COVID-19. According to images published on social media, Taiwan conducted an armoured mortar vehicle (AMV) test on April 26. Developed on the country's CM-32 8x8 platform (ZHA), the vehicle is equipped with the 120 mm M120 smoothbore mortar which derived from Soltam K6. The main weapon, which has 7.2 km effective range can fire fin-stabilized high explosive, smoke and illumination rounds in additi...
  • Sectorel News Issue 82 15 February 2020
    Network-Centric Mortar from Thales F-135s Retesting Sig Sauer Machine Gun to Special Forces V-22 for Carrier-borne Delivery BAAINBw Preferred Enforcer ODIN instead of ALIS in F-35 Last Tiger to Spain Dassault and Thales Partnership to France SIGINT Aircraft Iron Fist for Eitan Mass Production Period for National Engine of Anka Ships are Safer with ALACA Ukrainian Tanks Communicate wit...
  • Thales Mortar for SCORPION
    Thales Mortar for SCORPION 31 January 2020
    The sixth procurement contract was announced in the SCORPION Program, which was launched by the France to meet modern battlefield requirements and to adapt its configuration to network-centric warfare. Under the agreement, called MEPAC and signed on December 30, 54 Griffon VBMRs equipped with a mortar will be supplied for the French Army. Within the SCORPION Program, DGA plans to procure 1872 Griffons by 2025. The armoured mortar vehicle variant of the Griffons, will be equippe...
  • Brasil Released Strategic Plan
    Brasil Released Strategic Plan 20 January 2020
    Brazil, which has been carrying studies for a long time to improve the defence industry infrastructure of the country, has published its strategic plan in this field. The document, which covers the plans and objectives of the country's defense and industry, especially the Brazilian Armed Forces, consists of 34 measures in 15 main actions. In these sections, acquisition of howitzer, personnel equipment, unmanned ground and air vehicles, armoured boats, transport and att...
  • Ukraine Receives First Bars-8MMK
    Ukraine Receives First Bars-8MMK 30 September 2019
    Ukrainian forces have received their first Bars-8MMK (mobile mortar complex) vehicles from Ukroboronservice, Ukroboronprom announced on its website on 25 September. The mortars are built using NATO-compatible components within the framework of Ukraine's 2017 state defence order, which aims to modernise the Ukrainian armed forces. The platform has a 120 mm smoothbore mortar supplied by Ukraine, and the Alakran mount enables it to be deployed and ready to fire within 35 ...
  • Australia Will Move on with SAAB
    Australia Will Move on with SAAB 26 August 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 ...
  • Mobile Mortar for Taiwan
    Mobile Mortar for Taiwan 22 August 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.
  • Poland Choose HSW
    Poland Choose HSW 20 August 2019
    The Polish Armament Inspectorate signed a 32.8 million US Dollar contract with HSW (Huta Stalowa Wola) on 13 August for the delivery of 24 AWA ammunition supply vehicles for SMK 120, which is internationally known as Rak M120, self-propelled mortar companies in 2019-2020.   The AWA vehicle is based on the Jelcz 882.52 8×8 chassis, featuring a STANAG 4569 level-1 two-man armoured cabin and platform-equipped with six pallets for 120 mm mortar ammunition.
  • Two in One Mortar
    Two in One Mortar 16 August 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...
  • China Retires Three Jianghu II-Class Frigates to Replace With Type 054A Frigates
    China Retires Three Jianghu II-Class Frigates to Replace With Type 054A Frigates 23 July 2019
    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) retired three of their older frigates on 13 July 2019. The frigates were assigned with the PLAN’s South Sea Fleet. The frigates, all ships of the Type 053H1 Jianghu-II class are the Taizhou (533), Jinhua (534), and Linfen (545), all built made in Hudong and were commissioned in June and December 1982, and September 1987, respectively. The frigates are commonly equipped with two 100mm naval guns, four twin 37mm ...
  • Approval from Marine Corps
    Approval from Marine Corps 10 June 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...
  • Alkar Gets Smaller
    Alkar Gets Smaller 2 May 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...
  • 120mm Mortar Surprise from MKEK
    120mm Mortar Surprise from MKEK 30 April 2019
    Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (Makina ve Kimya Kurumu Endüstrisi Kurumu/MKEK) will introduce the 120 mm Automatic Mortar System Development Project to the public at IDEF. MKEK has kicked off the project in order to design, manufacture, test and qualify the product. MKEK worked on five alternatives designs within the framework of the project and a solution was reached by analysing technological feasibility, production feasibility, availability, modularity, ease of use...
  • IDEF Opens its Doors 30 April 2019
    Turkey's biggest defence expo IDEF begins today. More than 800 company and institution attend to the expo. First day is preserved for opening ceremony and delegation visits. TUSAS’ AKSUNGUR UAV,  FNSS’ ZAHA, MKEK’s 120 mm automatic loading mortar, OTOKAR’s Akrep II, BMC’s Altay MBT, Roketsan’s Atmaca Missile are among exhibited products. ASELSAN will present GÖKDENİZ Project today.
  • New Mobile Mortar from STC Delta
    New Mobile Mortar from STC Delta 17 February 2019
    Georgian State owned company Delta State Military Scientific-Technical Centre unveiled a new mobile mortar system at the IDEX 2019 defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi. The new weapon system is a Didgori Meomari armoured vehicle equipped with an integrated hydro-pneumatic mechanism for 120mm mortar.  The mortar is mounted on an open turntable at the rear of the vehicle, in fire position.
  • Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar
    Thales Develops a New Multi-Mission Radar 15 February 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...
  • Extra Strength to Russian Soldier: Exoskeleton
    Extra Strength to Russian Soldier: Exoskeleton 27 January 2019
    Russian media has released photos of an advanced military exoskeleton, designed to help soldiers carry heavy equipment. According to images published by RIA Novosti news agency, the equipment is designed for army engineers and sappers but may be used by other troops as well. The exoskeleton helps soldiers to carry heavy objects as it protects their joints and spine, effectively absorbing most of the weight, the designers say. After field testing, the exoskeleton ...
  • SERHAT II in Inventory
    SERHAT II in Inventory 2 January 2019
    ASELSAN's SERHAT II mortar detection radars produced within the framework of Mobile Mortar Detection Radar System have entered TSK inventory. According to the news published in ASELSAN's monthly A Bulletin, acceptance tests of the first delivery party SERHAT radars were successfully completed under the contract signed between the Ministry of National Defense and ASELSAN on June 28, 2018. The radar was delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces. The current SERHAT Radars, which ASELSAN...
  • Issue 68 Sector News
    Issue 68 Sector News 8 December 2018
    Ukraine’s 120mm Mortar Test Tilt-Rotor UAV by Academy Rheinmetall Commenced Deliveries Korea’s $557m Order Belgium Said “SkyGuardian” Atmaca Time in the Sea ASELSAN’s Albatross in Çanakkale STM in “Deep Quest” BMC Gets Altay TRMotor has Project  
  • US to Proceed 100 kW Laser
    US to Proceed 100 kW Laser 8 August 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...
  • Hungary to Procure Mortar
    Hungary to Procure Mortar 21 July 2018
    Hungary has decided to change the mortars. Hungarian National Defence Ministry opened an 81 millimeter mortar and round procurement tender in this context. Hungary, which wants to replace 50 Soviet-produced 82 mm BM-37 mortars in its inventory with new generation systems, has set 40 mortars with additional 20 options. 24 fire control systems along with mortars and necessary logistic package are among the requests. Hungary also will procure with 36 classroom cutaway training munitions,&nb...
  • News from Expo issue 63
    News from Expo issue 63 9 July 2018
    New Jaguar, Greets Visitors ASCOD Family is Growing Digital Touch on the CV90 Lightweight yet Robust Avoiding Friendly Fire Augmented Reality New Hunter on Stage: Pars Protective Shield from Israel Harmony of Colours by Saab Gilboa is Doubly Dangerous! Otokar’s Serial Hunter French Infantry Rides German Horse KMW’s Amphibious Move BMC will Hit with Mort...
  • Russia Re-Activates Nuclear Artillery
    Russia Re-Activates Nuclear Artillery 9 July 2018
    The Russian Armed Forces are re-activating heavy artillery. 203 mm 2S7M Malka self-propelled howitzer and 2S4 Tyulpan 240 millimeter mortar vehicles will be removed from storage and delivered to the army after overhauling. In this context, the Central Military District in the Kemerovo Region received 12 units of 2S7M. In the statement, it was stated that the vehicles were heavily overhauled and inner surfaces of the barrels were restored, in addition, system is linked to the 1V...
  • 1L220UK to Detect Artillery
    1L220UK to Detect Artillery 26 June 2018
    Ukraine has introduced a new artillery detection system. Ukroboronprom's subsidiary SE Iskra developed the the 1L220UK mobile artillery detection radar. The system developed for the protection of civilians and military units against artillery fire and destroying threat battery can detect threats (rocket or artillery shells, mortar rounds, missiles). The platform, which is resistant to counter-fire and electronic warfare, has low visibility. Platform can detect threats 10 kilomet...
  • 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 ...
  • Patria 6x6 Unveiled
    Patria 6x6 Unveiled 13 June 2018
    Patria, based in Finland, has introduced the new armored personnel carrier (APC) called Patria 6x6 in Eurosatory 2018. The vehicle weighs 24 tons. Patria 6x6 can carry up to 8,5 tons payoad. According to the statement made by the company, vehicle can be equipped with a wide range of weapons, including the AMOS 120 millimeter mortar system, which is already in is use Finnish Army mounted on the AMV vehicles. In the version of Patria 6x6 introduced in the Eurosator...
  • Mortar Collaboration at Eurosatory
    Mortar Collaboration at Eurosatory 13 June 2018
    Singapore-based ST Engineering and Hirtenberger Defense Systems (HDS) from the U.K. have signed a cooperation agreement at Eurosatory. The agreement includes the introduction of ST Engineering's Super Rapid Advanced Mortar System (SRAMS) combined with HDS’ mortar fire control system and 120mm ammunition into the European market. SRAMS was unveiled in 2001 and its development tests were completed in 2006. It is an automatic 120 millimetre mortar system. According to...
  • BMC presents its armored land vehicles at Eurosatory Expo.
    BMC presents its armored land vehicles at Eurosatory Expo. 11 June 2018
    BMC Exhibits four new totally six land vehicles at Eurosatory. The company has 700-meter square wide stand for this purpose. BMC, primarily presents mine resistant and multipurpose armoured vehicles Kirpi, Amazon and Vuran and special design armoured truck. BMC presents vehicles equipped with ASELSAN’s remote-controlled weapon system SARP. BMC also demonstrates VURAN with its ALKAR 120 mm automatic mortar, produced for Turkish Gendarmerie.
  • New Armored Morter Carrier Unveiled
    New Armored Morter Carrier Unveiled 20 May 2018

    A new Type 05A armored mortar carrier was shown on a television program broadcast in China.

    The platform consists of a 20-ton class Type 04 armored combat vehicle and a 120-millimeter turreted mortar system. Direct or indirect shots can be made with the turret equipped with 120 millimeter mortar.

  • Czechia In Search of New Mortar System
    Czechia In Search of New Mortar System 15 March 2018
    The Czech Republic will begin a search for a new 120 mm mortar system. According to a statement by the Army of the Czech Republic, the tender process is expected to commence in May 2021 with a potential contract signature late in 2021. The country plans to acquire 62 mortar systems with an expected delivery period between 2023-2025. Patria 120mm NEMO turreted mortar system, AMOS 120mm Self-Propelled Mortar System and HSW Rak 120mm self-propelled mortar system are...
  • Towed Mortar “Stuck”
    Towed Mortar “Stuck” 20 December 2017
    The modernization request for the increasing capability and effectiveness of the Expeditionary Fire Support System, is stuck. EFSS which is a 120-millimeter mortar system used by the US Marine Corps. Corps’ request for modernisation is denied due to budget. In the early 2000s, the high mobility system, which was designed to fit into the cabin of the V-22 Osprey can shoot six kilograms of ammunition to 16 kilometers.
  • Turkish Mortar Passed Qualification Tests
    Turkish Mortar Passed Qualification Tests 5 December 2017
    ASELSAN has completed the qualification tests of indigenously developed ALKAR, a modern automatic mortar system with 360-degree fire capability. Thanks to its unique recoil mechanism, ALKAR can be mounted on both wheeled and tracked vehicles. Designed for use in all kinds of terrain and weather conditions, day and night, the system can be integrated with Fire Support Command Control System ADOP-2000 of Turkish Land Forces Command.