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New Czech Army concept published

The Czech Army general staff and Ministry of Defence published a new strategic concept on 20 November describing the modernisation priorities of the armed forces over the next 10 years. “We have to accelerate...

MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo

MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager....

Norwegian Army MGBADS IOC by mid-2023

The Norwegian Army is scheduled to accept initial deliveries of a new mobile ground-based short-range air-defence system from prime contractor Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) in late 2022, with all units expected to be...

Japanese shipbuilders form business alliance

Two of Japan’s biggest shipbuilders – Imabari Shipbuilding and Japan Marine United (JMU) – have agreed to enter an alliance, the companies announced on 29 November. The move represents the latest in a series...

Russia develops multilayered C-UAS system

Russian defence equipment exporter Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of the state-owned Rostec group, has developed a four-stage/dual-use counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability and is now actively marketing it globally, Director General Alexander Mikheev told Jane’s....

Rheinmetall develops new long-range howitzer

Rheinmetall plans to develop and manufacture a new 155 mm gun with a significantly larger chamber and longer, 60-calibre barrel, the company said in a 27 November press release. Rheinmetall told Jane’s on 28...

North Korea releases image of 28 November weapon test

Images released by North Korea’s state-run media shows that the weapon system the country tested on 28 November was the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had tested on 31 October, 10 September,...

South Korea, Hungary sign defence MOU

South Korea and Hungary have signed an agreement to expand defence ties in areas including military research, development, and manufacturing. The defence memorandum of understanding (MOU) – aligned with Seoul’s efforts to expand defence...

German Army stands up new panzer battalion

The German Army is standing up a new panzer battalion, the Bundeswehr announced on its website on 27 November. Based in Hardheim, Baden-Württemberg, Panzerbataillon (Armour Battalion) 363 will be equipped with 44 Leopard 2...

PT Pindad explores military sales in Ghana

Indonesian land systems specialist PT Pindad has signed an agreement to explore export opportunities with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Ghana, the company has said. PT Pindad said the letter of intent (LOI)...

Russia upgrading UAE’s Pantsirs

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) Pantsir-S1 air defence systems are being upgraded, a senior official from Russia’s Rostec defence group told the TASS news agency on 27 November. “We are engaged in the modernisation...

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