German weapon manufacturer Heckler & Koch has denied reports that its G36 rifles have been afflicted with operational problems (namely overheating), despite the German Army confirming anecdotal evidence that German soldiers had experienced the same problem on operations in Afghanistan.
India has started fresh talks with European missile house MBDA over a short-range naval air defense system, despite recent advances with its indigenous Akash missile, which was designed with the same function in mind. The Indian military also operates the Barak-8 – jointly developed with Israel – which is slated to equip Indian Navy vessels by the end of this year.
New Zealand issued a tender for a tanker to replace its existing ship, the HMNZS Endeavour. The new tanker has a required range of 6,450 nautical miles and is required to spend up to 160 days at sea a year.
The Dhruv helicopter in action (bonus crazy-camouflage APC included)…
| Lockheed Martin was awarded a $485 million IDIQ contract Friday for advanced targeting pods, a portion of which are earmarked for FMS. The Sniper pod is operational on the F-15, F-16, F-18, B-1, B-52 and A-10 platforms. Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Canada, the UK and Belgium are previous export customers. A separate $8.9 million contract will also see Lockheed provide the Jordanian Air Force with 10 of the targeting pods, through the UK as a third party. More »
| Raytheon received a contract modification totaling $528.8 million for the production of AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, a portion of which are earmarked for Foreign Military Sales. The company recently announced that it has begun development of an extended-range variant of the missile, with tests scheduled for later this year. More »