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DEFEXPO 2018 Artillery Highlights (Part II)

April 13, 2018 by · Comment
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Part II in our photographic coverage of DEFEXPO 2018 features artillery systems.

Russians Used Cyber Bots to Target Ukrainian Artillery

December 22, 2016 by · Comment
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India to Buy 145 M777 Howitzers From US

June 26, 2016 by · Comment
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Extended Range Modifications Could Double the Range of Current Howitzers

March 29, 2016 by · Comment
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The newly modified M777A2 howitzer has the potential to double the system's current artillery range. Benet Labs designed the tube and Picatinny designed all of the carriage modifications. Photo by Erin Usawicz.Picatinny Arsenal engineers have been working to create a longer, newly modified M777A2 howitzer that has the potential to double the range of current M777 artillery systems. Charged with developing technology to extend the range of all 155mm artillery, the Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) project is funded by science and technology office at the US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC).
              

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Chinese combat recce vehicle displayed with copies of US killer micro-drones

November 13, 2014 by · Comment
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Special review: Israel’s largest defense technology display at Eurosatory 2014

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Bharat Forge Expands Artillery Systems Offering

February 7, 2014 by · Comment
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Kalyani Group Expands Defense Activities, into ARtillery, Systems Modernization and Upgrading

February 7, 2014 by · Comment
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Elbit Systems Debut with a New Variant of ATMOS

February 6, 2014 by · Comment
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DRDO Develops Self propelled Gun Based on the Arjun Tank

February 5, 2014 by · Comment
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India’s Planned Mountain Strike Corps to Cost $13 Billion

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Guided Projectiles Competing Over Naval 5-Inch Guns

June 27, 2013 by · Comment
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Guided Projectiles Competing Over Naval 5-Inch Guns

June 27, 2013 by · Comment
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spg_tnThe Multi-Service Standard Guided Projectile (MS-SGP) went through a successful first test firing from a 5-inch 62-caliber Mk 45 Mod 4 Naval Gun System at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. According to BAE Systems, the projectile’s...

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Bharat Forge and Elbit Systems to Establish a JVC for Artillery Systems in India

February 7, 2013 by · Comment
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Elbit Systems and Bharat Forge Limited announced today plans to establish a Joint Venture Company (JVC) to address the Indian Ministry of Defence and other potential Indian government customers’ requirements for advanced artillery and mortars systems solutions. in addition to addressing current programs and operationally proven systems the JVC will [...]

More Fuzes For The Army From L-3

Since 9/11 the U.S. military has consumed a great deal of ammunition. This has been of all types — small arms, machine guns, 30 millimeter cannon rounds, Hellfire missiles, aerial bombs and even 155 millimeter artillery. Because of this demand the U.S. has actually invested in new and more production. In the last month the Army has awarded L-3 Communications (L3) two contracts to make ordnance and fuses. The most recent is one worth about $19 million to be carried out at the company’s Anderson Township plant.

Many of the companies involved in ammunition and high explosive production utilize the facilities of existing military arsenals as well as their own facilities.

Photo courtesy of the Soldiers Media Center.

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BAE Systems Wins Scandanavian Artillery Contract

Not that it really makes up for not winning the latest British armored vehicle contract which went to a team led by General Dynamics (GD) but BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) did win a contract to provide artillery to Sweden and Norway. The contract is worth over $250 million and is for a total of forty-eight of the Archer systems for the two countries.

Many European and overseas countries are putting money into upgrading all aspects of their military. The most important upgrade program right now is the F-35 which will replace F-16 aircraft in many NATO countries.

A contract like this while not huge will keep BAE Systems jobs and help the production line stay hot. This means that if Britain or another country wants the Archer it will be able to do so at lower prices then if the line went down due to lack of sales. BAE Systems has had a rough time of late with the loss of the U.S. Army truck, FMTV, contract to Oshkosh and the fines it must pay to settle bribery charges related to a large Saudi Arabian contract. Diverse product lines like this will help weather the down period.

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U.S. Department of Defense Buys Gas — Lots Of It

The United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) announced today a sheaf of contracts to buy gas. Gas for airplanes, ships, trucks and vehicles. The U.S. military runs on it as it is very heavily mechanized and relies on its helicopters and aircraft for the kind of support many armies would say no to or use artillery for.

World Fuel Services was awarded a contract worth $104.5 million for aviation fuel to support all of the services and Valero also received one worth up to $230 million.

These contracts are good for a year. One of the increasing costs the Department of Defense is facing is the price of oil. As it has gone up and down over the last five years it has forced the Defense Department to adjust its O&M budget. The heavy demand of operations also means that money may have to be moved from procurement accounts to cover these costs. Ideally for good budgeting it would be hoped that the price would stabilize over the year so proper planning can be made.

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Army continues investment in Excalibur

The Excalibur is a 155 mm artillery round fired by the standard Army gun systems, both towed and self-propelled. When the program started in the Eighties the plan was to use laser guidance for terminal homing. Excalibur now uses GPS guidance, like the Joint Directed Air Munition (JDAM) used so successfully over the last seven years in Iraq and Afghanistan. The round also has extended range over older, more conventional ammunition. Raytheon was awarded a production contract for the US and Australia. The value is about $85 M.

The press release is at the Phoenix Business Journal.

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Major upgrade planned for Indian Army artillery

January 14, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: India, production program 

The Indian government released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for 140 light artillery pieces as part of a $2.5 B dollar program to upgrade their artillery. A further 260 other artillery pieces will be procured. See an article about this here. This RFP replaces another contract that collapsed last year under allegations of bribery and kick backs. India also plans to upgrade its armored forces with a purchase of Russian tanks.

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