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  • Thales Mortar for SCORPION
    Thales Mortar for SCORPION January 31 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...
  • 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...
  • Zigana to Pass by Kuwait
    Zigana to Pass by Kuwait December 10 2019
    Trabzon Silah Sanayii (TİSAŞ) products are exhibited at The Gulf Defence & Aerospace Exhibition (GDA) held in Kuwait. TİSAŞ officials who opened a stand in GDA pointed out that the company has achieved many firsts in the sector with its technical infrastructure and quarter-century experience. Underlining that they have exported to more than 50 countries, TİSAŞ aims to increase its market share in the developing defence industry and to become a brand in the world with its quality. The comp...
  • Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities
    Pakistan Increases Naval Capabilities November 28 2019
    Pakistan recently added the navy to the Chinese-made Behr Masah research vessel. Islamabat, seeking for new capabilities, received a locally-directed guided projectile assault (Fast Attack Craft Missile / FACM) this week. The boat at the Karachi Military Shipyard has a boat-to-boat structure and a steel body. With a displacement of more than 560 tons, the platform is 63 meters long and can reach a maximum speed of 30 knots per hour. The assault rifle with four shafts and fixed-angle props was...
  • 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 ...
  • BMP-1P is More Powerful
    BMP-1P is More Powerful October 9 2019
    TechImpex touched the BMP-1, which was used extensively by the Communist Iron Curtain and African countries of the Cold War. The company has modernized a BMP-1 in Ukrainian inventory with its own resources.  Improvement made mainly on the firepower of the vehicle. The turret which has a 73 mm 2A28 Grom recoilles rifle main gun was replaced with new one-man turret which armed with 30 mm 2A72 auto cannon, a 7.62 mm PKT machine gun and a 30 mm KBA-17 grenade launcher. Vehicle'...
  • 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 Combat Outfit for Soldiers
    New Combat Outfit for Soldiers August 16 2019
    Russian soldiers will be protected with new combat outfit. About 2,000 servicemen of the Central Military District deployed in the Samara and Orenburg regions have received a new Ratnik combat gear. The Ratnik is part of a project designed to improve the capability of each individual soldier on the battlefield.   The Ratnik gear is a system of modern protective and communication devices, weapons and ammunition. It consists of a helmet, a body armour; a one-piece cover...
  • Firearm to Estonia from the USA July 4 2019
      The Estonian Centre for Defence Investment and US company Lewis Machine & Tool signed a contract to procurement the Estonian Defence Forces with a new standard rifle announced on its The Estonian Ministry of Defence said Estonia would initially acquire 16,000 customised automatic rifles, plus accessories. The first weapons are scheduled to arrive in Estonia at the beginning of 2020 for the EDF's Scouts Battalion. This will be followed by deliveries to the 1s...
  • NASA Needs Rifles
    NASA Needs Rifles July 1 2019
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) decided to buy magazine fed, semi-automatic light assault rifle. The procurement specifications was published in the US government’s Federal Business Opportunities website last day. Required specificaions have announced. According to this; the rifle is compatible and reliable for different tasks, as well as the different features requested. Accordingly, the weapons to be procured are required to chambered 5.56x45mm NATO ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • India Begins AK203 Production
    India Begins AK203 Production March 15 2019
    Indian PM Narendra Modi opened a plant for production of 200-series Kalashnikov assault rifles, in Corva, Uttar Pradesh. The founders of the JV Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited for production of Kalashnikov assault rifles in India are India’s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and Russia’s Rosoboronexport and Kalashnikov Group parented by Rostec. The 200-series Kalashnikovs were unveiled abroad in 2019. The weapons made their debut at IDEX 2019 in the UAE and Aero...
  • KNT-76 is More Ergonomic
    KNT-76 is More Ergonomic February 22 2019
    An exhibition area was established in Kars in the scope of Winter 2019 Exercise. Exhibitors have had the opportunity to exhibit local products in this field. MKEK exhibited KNT-76 with its new stock in the exhibition stand. KNT-76 is a DMR version of MPT 76 and designed to share many sub-parts with the MPT-76 in order to reduce costs and provide logistical advantages. One of these components, telescopic buttocks, was changed according to the feedback received from the Turkish Armed ...
  • More Gustav
    More Gustav February 15 2019
      Sweden-based Saab company announced new Carl-Gustaf M4 procurement agreement. Order came from an old user. The USA, which has long been in the inventory of 84 mm Carl Gustaf Systems, signed an additional procurement agreement with Saab. The cost of the agreement, which has a validity of three years, was announced as US $ 9 million. In the latest model of the modernized system, the launcher weight has been reduced from 10 kilograms to 7 kilograms. Carl Gustaf, is a r...
  • Advanced ShAK-12 Assault Rifles is Underway
    Advanced ShAK-12 Assault Rifles is Underway December 14 2018
    The equipment of the Russian law enforcement with the advanced ShAK-12 assault rifles, is underway, Yury Amelin, the representative of the Russian TsKIB SOO small arms design bureau, told Sputnik. "The deliveries to the law enforcement are underway. ShAK is rather peculiar equipment, it is not designed for mass use even inside special ops units. We receive orders, we implement them under the state defence procurement program but [the assault rifles] were not intended to be manu...
  • New Agreement for KA4M1 October 26 2018
      Lithuania has decided to purchase the new batch of G36 rifles. Earlier, the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence, procured the G36 assault rifle, placed a new order of US $ 12 million to Heckler & Koch.   The new batch rifles will have a new buttstock, a handguard and a better Picatinny rail. The G36 rifles will be delivered with the HK269 40 mm grenade launcher. In a statement from Heckler & Koch, Lithuanian Army will use rifles under the designati...
  • Germany's Assault Rifles Fail Bundeswehr Tests October 17 2018
    As Bundeswehr's standard gun, the G36 rifle, will be phased out soon. The German army's efforts to acquire a new standard automatic weapon have been delayed as gun manufacturers failed to provide suitable bids.According to the procurement office, the comparative tests in the following seven months revealed that none of the guns presented by the various weapons manufacturers fulfilled the "individual mandatory requirements." Gun manufacturers now have until Feb...
  • Robotic Sniper Rifle from Syrian Engineer October 14 2018
    Syrian Engineer Hamzah Salam, from the village of Shreihi in Suwayda, southern Syria, has built a custom automatic rifle which he has dubbed as an ‘electronic sniper.’ Sputnik wrote, the sniper uses a Kalashnikov AK-47 rifle as the weapon but it can use any small-arms weapon, from a machine gun to a sniper rifle. “The automated system monitors the situation and, if necessary, opens fire. My ‘electronic sniper’ is very convenient; it can be controlled re...
  • 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...
  • Latest Version of BREN 2 BR
    Latest Version of BREN 2 BR October 2 2018
    Czech weapon manufacturer Česká zbrojovka (CZ), introduced the latest version of BREN 2 BR, a version of the BREN 2 rifle, which was adapted to the 7.62x51mm NATO ammunition. BREN 2BR was developed as an alternative to FN Herstal SCAR-H, AK-308, Beretta ARX-200 and other 7,62x51mm NATO ammunition firearms. The barrel of the rifle, whose weight is not yet disclosed, is 407 mm long. The total length of the platform is between 925 and 995 millimeters. Equipped with MIL-STD-...
  • National Sniper from MKEK: KNT-76
    National Sniper from MKEK: KNT-76 September 12 2018
    Mechanical and Chemical Industry Institution (MKEK) developed the Sniper Rifle KNT-76 from the National Infantry Rifle MPT-76 and rifle is under serial production. KNT-76 is produced in Kırıkkale Arms Factory like MPT-76. The rifle with the same " Gas Operated Rotary Bolt Action” mechanism can fire semi-automatically. The MPT-76 could fire fully automatic and semi-automatic. Tigger sensitivity in the KNT was reduced by five Newtons. This allows the trigger to move with less pressur...
  • Russia Is Arming Underwater Drones With Assault Rifles August 25 2018
    Russian arms maker Rostec claims to have developed the first underwater drone to be armed with an assault rifle.  Rostec, has introduced an underwater drone capable of carrying explosives and small arms. "The drone is fitted with an underwater assault rifle. It has undergone sea trials," Rostec, told Sputnik News at the International Military Technical Forum "Army 2018." "Full-fledged trials will begin closer to the start of winter. It is a un...
  • The Russian Kalashnikov Unveiled A New AK-308 Rifle With 7.62 Mm NATO Round
    The Russian Kalashnikov Unveiled A New AK-308 Rifle With 7.62 Mm NATO Round August 23 2018
    The Russian maker of the AK-47 unveiled a new rifle on Monday called the AK-308. Chambered in 7.62x51mm, the AK-308 assault rifle is based on the AK-103, with “elements and components of the AK-12 automatic machine,” the English translation of the Russian press release states. It sports a 16.3-inch barrel; weighs 9.4 pounds with an empty magazine; and has a 20-round magazine capacity. New calibre standards are also used in NATO countries. "At the moment, p...
  • New System to Replace M249
    New System to Replace M249 July 26 2018
    The US Army has signed an agreement with Textron Systems for a system demonstrator that could replace the M249 machine guns. Textron Systems will develop a prototype for the Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) under this agreement. Textron will develop the new platform based on the family Cased-Telescoped Weapons & Ammunition already in the Textron product family. Medium-caliber and magazine-fed weapon is planned to be less than 5.44 kilograms. Than...
  • 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...
  • Ata Arms Introduced First Defence Industry Products
    Ata Arms Introduced First Defence Industry Products June 13 2018
    Ata Arms is transferring its experience in shotguns to the defence industry. The company demonstrated two products developed in this regard at 2018 Eurosatory Fair. The first of these products is ASR308 sniper rifle, which is equipped with a two-stage trigger with adjustable pull force. The platform, which has a 61 centimetre barrel length and can fire 7.62x51 NATO cartridge, has a 5-rounds magazine. The platform, which is a three-position safety system, is equipped with a Picatinny rail...
  • Huğlu Expands into New Markets
    Huğlu Expands into New Markets June 13 2018
    Huğlu, one of Turkey's smoothbore shotgun manufacturers, introduced the 2018 Eurostary Ovis rifle, which is the product of Konya-based company’s rifle studies following smoothbore shotgun products. It can fire 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester) ammunition. With a capacity of 3 + 1 cartridge, the gun has bolt action mechanism and a trigger pull force that can be adjusted from 600 to 2000 grams and weighs 7.5 kilograms. The company is also working on transferring the experienc...
  • Russia’s T-80BVM ‘Jet Tanks’ Get “Arctic” Upgrades
    Russia’s T-80BVM ‘Jet Tanks’ Get “Arctic” Upgrades June 9 2018
    The Russian Defence Ministry announced that new T-80BVM tanks are now being transported to Arctic military units. A source speaking to Izvestiya newspaper said that the 80th Motor Rifle Brigade will be completely stocked with the new machines, followed by the 200th Brigade. The T-80 in their newest BVM modification is equipped with upgraded gas-turbine engines that can start at temperatures as low as —40 degrees Celsius and be ready for action in only minutes. These gas-turbin...
  • Altay Contract Is Close
    Altay Contract Is Close May 18 2018
    Turkish Undersecretary for Defence Industries, Prof. Ismail Demir, said as the negotiations continue with BMC, they were close to signing a contract regarding the serial production of Altay tank project during his speech at the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Defence Industry and Sector Council. Demir said that more than a thousand Kirpi as well as more than 300 Cobra and Ejder Yalcin entered the inventory while the ongoing projects of the guiding ki...
  • Defence Day in YTU
    Defence Day in YTU May 3 2018
    The Defence Industry Days, held at Yıldız Technical University, started on May 2. Turkey's Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corps' (MKEK) MPT-55 and MPT-76 rifles exhibited on the first day of the event in the context of the Land Systems Panel with the participation of MKEK, BMC and ASELSAN. On the second day of the event, HB Strategy co-founder Haluk Bulucu and ASELSAN gave presentations. Today's panels are as follows; UAV Technologies, National Combat Aircraft, In...
  • 15,000 Rifles for USMC
    15,000 Rifles for USMC May 1 2018
    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has ordered 15,000 Heckler and Koch M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles under a $29,4 million contract. The deliveries are expected to be completed by 30 April 2023. 
  • Effectiveness of MPT-55 Increasing
    Effectiveness of MPT-55 Increasing April 25 2018
    The Machinery and Chemical Institution Institute (MKEK) develops 5,56 milimeters ammunition for the National Infantry Rifle (Milli Piyade Tüfeği) MPT-55. In accordance with the information obtained from C4Defence, polimer tip is added to bullet with the demand from the Turkish Land Forces Command. The results of the test with new bullets were presented to the Turkish Land Forces Command. The MPT-55, which was lighter than the MPT-76 with 5.56-caliber ammunition, prefe...
  • License-built AK-103 Production in India
    License-built AK-103 Production in India April 18 2018
    India plans to license-built upgraded Kalashnikov AK-103 7.62x51 mm assault rifles for the Indian Army. Indian Army wants to acquire up to 768 thousand rifles. Russian and Indian officials will begin talks regarding the acquisition to be made under "Make in India" initiative.
  • MKEK Ready to Complete MPT-76 Delivery
    MKEK Ready to Complete MPT-76 Delivery March 30 2018
    It was learned that 13 thousand 500 7,62 mm National Infantry Rifles (MPT-76) produced by Mechanical and Chemical Industry Company (MKEK) were delivered to Turkish Armed Forces. According to the information provided by C4Defence, MKEK's contract covers production of 20 thousand rifles and the company plans to deliver remaining 6,500 rifles by May at the latest depending on the service’s demand. Thus, MKEK will complete its delivery program before reaching the second half of 2018.
  • US-Turkey Negotiations on Patriot Continue
    US-Turkey Negotiations on Patriot Continue March 23 2018
    Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hami Aksoy said that the talks with the US on the acquisition of Patriot system are continuing. Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu told a newspaper during his visit to Germany that due to concerns of the Congress, they faced difficulty buying even simple rifles from the US and if the US administration gives assurance that Congress will approve it, they would purchase the Patriot systems. With this stateme...
  • Turkey at crossroads? “S-400” vs “Patriot”
    Turkey at crossroads? “S-400” vs “Patriot” March 10 2018
    Turkish Minister of Foreign affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Turkey may buy Patriot air defence systems. Speaking to German daily Die Zeit, Minister Çavuşoğlu said, “Due to US Congress , We needed it urgently because we did not have an air defence system. we had difficulty purchasing even simple rifles from the US because of concerns in the US Congress. We had to buy from somewhere. If the US government can guarantee that Congress will allow it, we will buy their Pa...
  • Thailand Opted For Russian Rifles
    Thailand Opted For Russian Rifles February 6 2018
    Russia and Thailand have signed an agreement at the Singapore AirShow regarding delivery of Russian Kalashnikov assault rifles to Thai Armed Forces. Although the type and number of the rifles were not disclosed, TASS reports that it might be the AK-100 series. 
  • AK-12 Goes Into Serial Production
    AK-12 Goes Into Serial Production February 5 2018
    Russian Kalashnikov AK-12 assault rifles are to go into serial production with the first batch scheduled for delivery to the Russian troops before the end of this year.  Head of Rostec hi-tech corporation Sergey Chemezov said on Thursday that all the trials have already been held and the serial production phase would begin soon. Expected to become operational in the Russian Army as the basic long-barrel firearm, the AK-12 will be a part of Ratnik c...