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Swedish exports hold up after export reforms

Swedish defence exports remained virtually static at SEK11.4 billion (USD1.2 billion) in 2018: a year in which the country introduced significant reforms to tighten export controls. The Swedish defence sector’s foreign sales last year...

Secubit offering small arms-hosted situational awareness system

US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is integrating weaponry readiness and maintenance enhancement solutions into its Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), industry sources told Jane’s at SMi’s Future Soldier Technology conference in London on 11...

Sudan reveals ‘Shareef-3’ upgrade to BTR-70

Sudan’s Military Industry Corporation (MIC) has expanded its range of wheeled armoured personnel carriers (APC) with an upgraded Russian BTR-70 8×8 called the Shareef-3. Shareef-3 replaces BTR-70’s original two ZMZ-4905 engines with a more...

Iraq takes first steps to producing its own military vehicles

Iraq’s Samar Alkhair factory, a subsidiary of the Iraqi State Military Industries Company, unveiled an indigenously produced, lightly armoured 4×4 vehicle at the IQDEX exhibition, which was held in Baghdad from 9–12 March. Called...

Army Reducing JLTV To Fund Modernization Priorities

The Army is planning to reduce its procurement of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTV) beginning in FY ’20 after including the program among its list of lower priorities that will have funds shifted away...

Hypersonics Won’t Repeat Mistakes Of F-35

Let a hundred hypersonic flowers bloom, Pentagon officials say, instead of a single cumbersome mega-program. …read more Read more here:: Breaking Defense (Land)

Barrett confirms SOCOM’s sniper rifle contract

The U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) has acquired MRAD sniper rifles from Tennessee-based weapon maker, Barrett Firearms confirmed in a 12 March statement. The statement said that Barrett would supply the MRAD sniper rifle...

Japan criticizes the Russian military drill on disputed islands

The Japanese government notified Russia via diplomatic channels that Russia’s military exercises that began on Tuesday in the south of the Kuril Archipelago were inadmissible, a Japanese Foreign Ministry source told on Wednesday. “The...

German Army’s Panzerlehrbrigade 9 receives motorcycles

The German Army announced on its website on 5 March that Panzerlehrbrigade (Armour Demonstration Brigade) 9 is receiving motorcycles to carry dispatches. The brigade received the first 29 of a total of 84 brand-new...

US Air Force to buy handful of light attack aircraft

Key Points The US Air Force will buy two to three aircraft from each of its previous Light Attack Experiment participants The service was previously non-committal on procuring aircraft The US Air Force (USAF)...

Shoigu details Russian rearmament

The proportion of modern equipment in service with the Russian military has reached 61.5%, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told the Duma defence committee on 11 March. “Since 2012, the armed forces have received 109...

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