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CSA MiIley Bets On ‘Radical’ Tech, Promises No More FCS

CRYSTAL CITY: The Army needs revolutionary technologies from robot tanks to a long-range super-rifle, the Chief of Staff said today — and it can get them without repeating the mistakes that doomed high-tech programs...

India to buy guns worth $553 mn for border troops

India will buy more than 160,000 guns worth $553 million for troops on its disputed, high-altitude borders, the defence ministry said Tuesday. The defence acquisition council cleared the purchase of 72,400 assault rifles and...

US Army chief eyes ‘leap-ahead’ technologies

US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley wants “10x capability improvements” in a range of areas and noted that some, such as lightweight armour, do not yet exist and may take years, but...

India’s MoD approves import of assault rifles and carbines

India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the long-delayed procurement of 72,400 assault rifles and 93,895 close-quarter-battle (CQB) carbines for the Indian Army (IA) in a deal worth INR35.47 billion (USD553.33 million). The MoD’s...

India updates defence procurement processes

Key Points Government eases requirements on private-sector firms bidding to win defence development programmes The simplified ‘Make-II’ classification seeks to spur entrepreneurship and reduce reliance on imports India’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by...

Vietnam starts producing Russian anti-matériel rifles

Vietnam’s military-run Z111 defence factory has started producing the Russian OSV-96 12.7 mm self-loading anti-matériel rifle, according to news reports in the Southeast Asian country. Reports on 16 January said the factory recently demonstrated...

New Chinese-built MANPADS has entered service with Turkmenistan Army

The authoritative military publication, the Army Recognition reported that Turkmenistan has purchased QW-2 (Syanvey-2) man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) from China. According to the Army Recognition, the QW-2 MANPADS was presented during a visit...

Brazil eyes partnership between Embraer and Boeing

The Brazilian Minister of Defence Raul Jungmann said on 12 January that he is in favour of a partnership between the local aerospace company Embraer and Boeing. However, he advocated that control by Brazil...

India and Israel pledge deeper defence industrial ties

Key Points India and Israel to establish forum to pursue stronger industrial co-operation The move is intended to support India’s drive to boost indigenous manufacturing India and Israel have pledged to deepen defence industrial...

Hawkei goes on deployed trial

The Thales Hawkei has been deployed to Iraq as part of the Australian Department of Defence’s LAND 121 project. Two vehicles – one in the two-door configuration and one in the four-door configuration –...