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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • G36 To Replace AK-4
    G36 To Replace AK-4 January 18 2018
    The Latvian National Armed Forces (NAF) have signed a framework agreement and purchase contract with Heckler & Koch for G36 assault rifles, the Latvian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 11 January. Under the seven-year $15.85 million contract, Heckler & Koch will deliver the rifles to the NAF and State Border Guard from 2018. The rifles will replace the AK-4 assault rifle.
  • $500 Million Rifle Purchase by India
    $500 Million Rifle Purchase by India January 18 2018
    Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of 72 thousand 400 hundred assault rifles and 93 thousand 895 hundred close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for $553,33 million on 16 January. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) said the acquisition will meet the immediate requirement of the Indian Army. The ministry expects competitive bidding to start soon. 
  • 7,62×35mm Ammunition, an Alternative ?
    7,62×35mm Ammunition, an Alternative ? January 15 2018
    “New age conflicts require new weapons. The newest favourite in close quarter battles which predominantly occur in urban areas is the infantry rifle with its high-accuracy, easy-to-use ammunition in high and low velocities with a high hit rate…” As armed conflicts predominantly occur in urban areas in the last 20 years, army and security forces seem to prefer infantry rifles that are suitable for close quarter battles (0 to 50 meters) thanks to their high-accuracy...
  • Sarsılmaz's MPT-76 is Ready
    Sarsılmaz's MPT-76 is Ready January 10 2018
    First prototype of Sarsılmaz’s MPT-76’s which is Turkey's National Rifle first prototype is appeared. With the appointment of the Defense Industry Executive Board, Sarsılmaz was working rifle production Sarsılmaz undertook the production of 10 thousand rifles. It was learned that Sarsılmaz produced a prototype and continued to work. The prototype of the rifle was the first to appear in the Sarsılmaz calendar, which was distributed for 2018. Machinery and Chemical Industry Agen...
  • Winds of Change in the Far East
    Winds of Change in the Far East December 11 2017
    Organised in Bangkok, the Defense & Security 2017 Exhibition opened its doors with sorrow, immediately after the funeral to bid farewell to the late king of Thailand.  Increased procurement of modern weapons in the region symbolises the rise in military threat perceptions. It was high time for old and veteran main battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles and armoured personnel carriers listed in the Thailand’s inventory to be replaced with newer versions or modernised. ...
  • MKEK Kept Its Promise
    MKEK Kept Its Promise December 6 2017
    Turkish Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) will deliver 13 thousand 7.62x51mm MPT-76 National Infantry Rifles until the end of April 2018. MKEK, which has produced 7,000 MPT-76 to date, has delivered 6,500 of them to Turkish Armed Forces; whereas 500 rifles were delivered to relevant institutions to meet various needs. When the delivery of 13 thousand rifles planned to be completed by April is realized, the order of 20 thousand MPT-76 will be completed...
  • Sterling At Milipol
    Sterling At Milipol November 22 2017
    In Milipol Trade Fair organized for the needs of defence and security forces in France, Turaç Dış Ticaret Ltd Şti. was one of a limited number of Turkish exhibitors. The company, which also represents the Sterling brand, is exporting pistols, rifles and hunting flares to 51 countries. The company celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017.
  • New Rifle by Israel
    New Rifle by Israel November 1 2017
    Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) will unveil an upgraded variant of its Tavor assault rifle, the Tavor 7 AR, at the Defence and Security Exhibition Thailand 2017 to be held on 6 November.  Manufactured from an impact-modified polymer, the Tavor 7 AR features a short-stroke gas piston operating system with a four-position variable gas regulator. The company offers rifles with different replaceable barrel lengths (17 and 20 inches) to suit mission requirements. Weigh...
  • Saudi Arabia Signs S-400 Deal
    Saudi Arabia Signs S-400 Deal October 6 2017
    Based on the agreement reached between the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of the Russian Federation on the procurement of several armament systems, Saudi Arabia signed purchase contracts for the S-400 air defense system, the Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missiles, the TOS-1A thermobaric multiple rocket launcher, the AGS-30 automatic grenade launchers and  the Kalashnikov AK-103 assault rifles. Saudi Arabian Military Industries...
  • Armored Vehicle Boost to Lebanon
    Armored Vehicle Boost to Lebanon August 15 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...
  • Brazil, Sides With Domestic Production
    Brazil, Sides With Domestic Production July 19 2017
    The Brazilian Army confirmed on 14 July that the service is gradually replacing its assault rifles with IA2 rifles, built by state-owned IMBEL (Indústria de Material Bélico do Brasil). The 5.56x45 mm IA2 weighs 3,38 kg unloaded and can be used in automatic or semi-automatic modes. The assault rifle features a folding stock and is able to shoot up to 600 rounds per minute. 
  • Second Batch of MPT-76 Delivered
    Second Batch of MPT-76 Delivered July 5 2017
    Turkish Ministry of National defence announced today on its official twitter account that 2 thousand MPT-76 rifle have been delivered to Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The first batch of 500 rifles were handed over to TSK in January this year during a ceremony held at the manufacturer Turkish Machinery and Chemical Industry Corporation's (MKEK's) facility.  Thus, a total of 2 thousand 500 rifles are delivered to Turkish forces in the past six months. 
  • France Takes Delivery of the Rifles
    France Takes Delivery of the Rifles May 9 2017
    France received the first batch of 400 HK416F assault rifles, announced by the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 3 May. The rifles will replace the FAMAS F1/G2 rifles currently in service. The relevant contract was awarded to Heckler & Koch in September 2016 for more than 100 thousand HK416F rifles
  • Israeli Tech Transfer to India
    Israeli Tech Transfer to India May 3 2017
    Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) and India's Punj Lloyd companies has set up a joint venture to manufacture small armed varied from assault rifles to carbines, light machine guns and snipers.  The joint venture will manufacture 5,56x45mm Tavor assault rifles, semi-automatic Negev (5,56X45mm and 7,62X51mm) assault light machine gun and 7,62x51mm semi-automatic Galil sniper rifles.  Punj Lloyd has invested $4 million for this pa...
  • MiG-29 Offer by Russia to Turkey
    MiG-29 Offer by Russia to Turkey May 3 2017
    The recent military and political convergence between Russia and Turkey signaled a new period. The most concrete example of the convergence of the two countries will be exhibited at the International Defense Industry Fair, IDEF'17, according to the information obtained by C4Defence before the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Russia. The joint Russian display at IDEF’17 attended by Rosoboronexport and JSC “Concern “Almaz Antey” will sh...
  • Indigenous AK-47 to Indian Police
    Indigenous AK-47 to Indian Police March 21 2017
    Indian Police forces placed an order for 7.62 x 39 mm Assault Rifle developed by Ordnance Factory Tiruchirappalli, which can be described as an indigenous version of legendary Russian AK-47. General Manager of the company, G. Sundara Moorthy, said the rifle was on par with advanced AK-47 rifles in performance and reliability, and they were expecting more further orders from orther armed forces following Chhattisgarh Police's procurement. <...
  • MKEK's MPT-55 Counts Days
    MKEK's MPT-55 Counts Days February 6 2017
    Already began delivering the National Infantry Rifle MPT-76's to Turkish Armed Forces, the manufacturer Mechanical and Chemical Industry Corporation (MKEK) achieved a significant advancement in this new project. MKEK has manufactured the first prototype of a lower 5,56 calibre rifle after 7,62 mm MPT-76, which was developed for Special Forces and designated as MPT-55. Since NATO commonly prefers 5,56 calibre rifles, MPT-55 will be an alternative in export market.