US Army seeks new 155mm howitzer | Algeria acquired a Chinese 120mm self-propelled mortar,


The Pentagon commissioned BAE Systems to produce and install a new airborne high-frequency radio to replace the AN / ARC-190 on various types of aircraft. The press release indicates that approximately 2,500 radios will be installed on the HC-130J, KC-135, C-130H, C-130J, C-17, C-5, B-1, B-52 and E4-B of the Air Force. as well as the E6-B of the Navy, the KC-130J of the Marine Corps and the C-130 and C-130J of the Coast Guard. BAE Systems will be responsible for installing 2,000 radios.

The US military is taking a step towards developing a new 155mm wheeled howitzer and asking companies to participate in a multi-year assessment that could lead to the design of a new weapon system. The US Army Contracting Command said the request would help conduct market research and select candidates for the multi-year capacity assessment program.

Middle East and Africa

Algeria has acquired a Chinese 120mm self-propelled mortar, according to information shared on twitter. The new Chinese 120mm mortar, manufactured by Chengdu Lingchuan Special Industry, is mounted on a Dongfeng Mengshi CSK131 with a 6 × 6 wheel formula. The craft would be equipped with an inertial navigation system and a control system. of the battlefield. The aiming process by calculating the coordinates of the target, which will be hit by mortar fire, according to the developers, takes 30 seconds.


The Russian Tu-160M ​​strategic bomber, the heavily modernized version of the Soviet-era Tu-160 long-range bomber, made its maiden flight today marking the aircraft’s potential to carry the latest weapons such as missiles hypersonic. The plane took off from the airfield of the Kazan Aviation Plant, a Tupolev branch of the United Aircraft Corporation. The flight took place at an altitude of 600 meters and lasted about 30 minutes. The PJSC “Tupolev” test pilot crew performed maneuvers to check the aircraft’s stability and controllability in the air, Rostec said in a statement.

France and Spain successfully controlled an MQ-9 Reaper drone from the 02/33 “Savoie” drone squadron in the same airspace as commercial aircraft in December 2021. Since January 2017, civil and military authorities French authorities are carrying out an experimental campaign to explore the operational framework and the changes necessary for the continued integration of MALE (medium altitude long endurance) drones into civil air traffic.

Asia Pacific

The South Korean Defense Development Agency (ADD) has tested a counter-missile system for military aircraft to help dodge enemy portable surface-to-air missiles. The Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) system allows planes to dodge missiles by emitting a laser beam on the ground, blinding missiles that rely on heat to track targets, the ADD said in a statement Wednesday.

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