Ukraine: AR-15 assault rifle variant constructed

Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom has recently showcased its locally built variant of the AR-15 assault rifle – M4-WAC-47. The Ukrainian Ministry of Defense (MoD) intends to induct the M4-WAC-47 as part of its technical and operational alignment with NATO. The M4-WAC-47 was developed in collaboration with U.S.-based Aeroscraft. Besides 5.56×45 mm NATO rounds, the M4-WAC-47 can…

Azerbaijan: new artillery guns purchased

Azerbaijan has purchased new artillery guns from the Czech Republic. The DANA self-propelled artillery guns of the Czech production have been delivered to Azerbaijan and are being used in large-scale exercises involving various branches of Azerbaijani Armed Forces, the Defense Ministry reported on September 18. First introduced in 1977, DANA systems have a firing range…

Ukraine: Ukroboronprom showcasing high-precision weapons at MSPO 2017 in Poland

Ukraine’s state-owned Ukroboronprom concern is presenting the defense military complex products at the 25th international arms exhibition MSPO 2017, taking place in Kielce, Poland, from September 5 through September 8. According to Ukroboronprom, Ukraine at the expo showcases high-precision weapons, including anti-tank missile systems supplied to Ukraine’s army and available for exports. In addition, the…

Latvia: Border Guard to procure new helicopters

Latvian State Border Guard currently evaluates offers for procurement of new helicopters. The country’s National Armed Forces, one the other hand, has no plans to procure new helicopters in the near future. Until then, old helicopters will be kept repaired and in battle-ready condition, according to available information. It should be noted that Latvia currently…

Ukraine: Stiletto Systems and MAGNUM to build new ammunition plant

British-based Stiletto Systems Ltd. jointly with Canadian-based MAGNUM and its division Waterbury Farrel are considering the possibility of participating in a tender of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade to create a new manufacture of shooting and artillery ammunition in Ukraine. Head of Stiletto Ukraine Roman Karpenko said the British-Canadian alliance had practical experience…

Ukraine: Iskra complex expands production of new electronic reconnaissance devices for Armed Forces

The state enterprise Iskra Scientific and Production Complex (Zaporizhia) is expanding production of new electronic reconnaissance and radioelectronic warfare devices for the Ukrainian Armed Forces, the press service of State Concern Ukroboronprom has reported. “Taking into account the need of the Armed Forces in radioelectronic warfare devices, Iskra has started production of new military equipment…

Ukraine: Ukroboronprom arms exports up in 2016

The state-run Ukroboronprom Concern managed to increase the export of Ukrainian arms by 25% in 2016, Deputy General Director for Ukroboronprom development, Artur Kheryvimov stated at a press conference at Kherson Regional State Administration. “Over the past year, we (Ukroboronprom) have increased our exports by 25% – from $570 million to $770 million,” said Kheryvimov.…

Ukraine: Ukroboronprom and MKEK to cooperate in creation of ammunition

The Ukroboronprom State Concern and Turkey’s MKEK (Makina ve Kimya Endustrisi Kurumu) operating in machine and chemical industry will establish cooperation under the ammunition development program, the press service of the concern reported on May 10. According to the report, the cooperation agreement between MKEK and Ukroboronprom’s Artem state-owned joint-stock company and state-run foreign trade…

Latvia to increase defense budget in 2018

“Security is not cheap. Otherwise the price is the entire country,” Latvian Defense Minister Raimonds Bergmanis said. On February 15, as part of a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, Bergmanis took part in a meeting of the North Atlantic Council. The meeting discussed the realization of decision made at the NATO Summit in…