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Heckler & Koch to build new US Army sniper rifle

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06 April 2016
Heckler & Koch G28 7.62 mm Designated Marksman Rifle in ‘Patrol’ configuration Source: H&K

Heckler & Koch has been awarded the US Army’s Compact Semi-Automatic Sniper System (CSASS) with a potential USD44.5 million initial contract, according to a 1 April announcement.

The German company’s US subsidiary bested seven other bids for the work, understood to be with its Heckler & Koch G28 (Gewehr-28) Designated Marksman Rifle, meant to supplement the army’s 7.62 mm M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) fleet.

Under the deal the army could order up to 3,643 CSASS units, after initial qualification and operational testing on 30 CSASS units.

According to the programme’s February 2014 presolicitation notice, the army wanted enough CSASSs “to match the current M110 Army Acquisition Objective” of no more than 3,643.

“The CSASS will more effectively execute a broad spectrum of missions” than the M110, that notice said. “The CSASS will provide the following upgrades: improved reliability, improved accuracy, and improved ergonomics; reduced weight and length; advanced coatings; improved optics; reduced felt recoil; enhanced suppressor performance; enhanced modular rail capabilities; an improved bipod, trigger, pistol grip, and butt-stock.”

According to Jane’s Infantry Weapons , the Heckler & Koch G28 is a development of the civilian MR308 competition rifle (also known as the Distinguished Match Rifle – DMR762). The G28 is in service with the German Bundeswehr.



Heckler – Koch HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle in “standard” configuration with optional otoelectronic night vision adapter @world.guns.ru
Caliber 7.62×51 NATO (.308 Win)
Action Gas operated semi-automatic
Overall length 1003 – 914 mm
Barrel length 420 mm
Weight, with scope and empty magazine 7,5 kg standard configuration

5,9 kg patrol configuration

Magazine capacity 10 and 20 rounds

Heckler – Koch HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle was born as a result of recent experiences, gained by Bundeswehr (German army) in Afghanistan. This rifle is intended to extend effective range of infantry fire against enemy personnel beyond capabilities of the standard issue 5,56mm NATO assault rifles and light machine guns. While maximum effective range of 5,56mm weapons is about 400 meters, the 7,62mm HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle can provide accurate fire to ranges of up to 600 meters and suppressive fire at ranges of up to 800 meters. It is to be used as a support weapon at squad level during foot patrols and other operations, where use of 7,62mm general purpose machine guns and heavier support weapons is unavailable or undesirable. The HK G28 rifle is already in service with German army units in Afghanistan.

HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle is based on the Heckler-Koch MR308 civilian competition rifle, which is, in turn, an adaptation of the HK 417 automatic military rifle. The HK G28 is said to have about 75% parts commonality with HK 417. According to the Heckler & Koch literature, every HK G28 rifle is guaranteed to deliver accuracy of 1.5 MOA or better for 10-round groups with standard issue ammunition.

Heckler – Koch HK G28 rifle is semi-automatic, gas operated weapon. It uses short-stroke gas piston system with 2 position gas regulator, which allows for effective and reliable use of standard or subsonic ammunition (latter with sound moderator / silencer). Barrel is locked by conventional AR-15-style rotary bolt. Upper receiver of HK G28 rifle is manufactured from steel, lower receiver is made of aluminum alloy. Feed is from detachable box magazines with 10- and 20-round capacity, made of translucent plastic. Barrel is free-floated inside handguards.

As of now, Heckler – Koch HK G28 designated marksman / sniper rifle is available in two configurations, which can be changed from one to another at the base. These are Standard configuration (with long forend, bipod, telescoping shoulder stock with adjustable cheek rest, and Schmidt & Bender PMII 3-20×50 daytime telescope sight with laser rangefinder installed on the top) and Patrol configuration (with shorter and lighter forend, simplified telescoping buttstock and Schmidt & Bender PMII 1-8×24 daytime telescope sight). Rifle is equipped with new STANAG 4694 NATO accessory rails (backward compatible with Mil-Std 1913 / Picatinny rails) on the top of receiver and on the forend.


Russian Navy Aircraft Carrier Project 23000E

The new ship has to become rather impressive and have displacement about 100 000 tons. The length of the ship will be 330 meters, width – 40 meters, and draft – 11 meters.

As calculations the maximum speed of an aircraft carrier has to make about 30 knots. However, it isn’t clear what power plant will be used.

Air Group will make a new aircraft carrier deck fighters MiG-29K, T-50 (PAK FA), AEW and multi-purpose helicopters Ka-27. But the numerical structure of air group is unknown. However, when compared with well-known classmates, for example, the latest generation of US aircraft carrier Gerald Ford, it can be assumed that the air group will be about 70-80 aircrafts (on American air group of 75 aircrafts). This will make our ship better than American competitors.

The flight deck of an aircraft carrier which you can see on the model will be mixed type with four launching sites. The aircrafts will be able to take off with traditional trampoline and using two electromagnetic catapults. Landing of aircraft will be provided by means of one arrester gear. Source alternathistory.com



The aircraft carrier of the project 23000 “Storm”

Developer: Central Research Institute. Krylova (Russia)

23000 “Storm” – the project of a multi-purpose heavy aircraft carrier (super-navy).

The aircraft carrier 23000 “Storm” is designed for

  • performance of various tasks in the far ocean zone:
  • Striking ground and sea targets of the enemy with the help of their own armament and airborne group aircraft
  • air defense by air defense means and air group means
  • ensuring combat stability and air defense of naval groups
  • support landing

23000 “Storm” is not supposed to equip own armament in addition to two shipborne air defense systems. In this regard, he will need a large grouping of security ships, which will provide him with anti-aircraft, anti-ship and anti-submarine defense. The aircraft carrier group will be able to project forces on a global scale.

The superstructure is divided into two separate captain’s bridges. There are four lifts for communication with the hangar: three on the right side (in front, between and behind the captain’s bridges) and one on the left side.

23000 vessels are equipped with a standard power plant, but two nuclear reactors are supposed to be installed, which will free up considerable space for aviation fuel, equipment and ammunition and increase the military benefit of the aircraft carrier.


  • Storm is the base version
  • Storm 23000E – export option


  • The length is 330 m.
  • The width is 40 m.
  • Displacement – 100+ tons.
  • Simultaneous takeoff and landing of aircraft – YES
  • The initial setting is ‘sky ramp’
  • Start catapults – 2 x steam + 2 x type EMALS
  • Deceleration during landing – YES
  • Crew – 4000 sailors and pilots
  • The aircraft carrier group – 80 – 90 MiG-29K aircraft, T-50 marine modification and early warning aircraft, and helicopters of various types
  • Speed ​​- up to 30 knots

Source vpk.name

RITM-200 nuclear power plant

The power plant would likely be the RITM-200 nuclear power plant reactors built for Project 22220 nuclear-powered icebreaker Arktika according to Russian sources.


The project is a promising Russian aircraft carrier “Storm” 23000e. Russian Navy (Проект перспективного российского авианосца “Шторм” 23000э. ВМФ России)

Russian Navy planned to strengthen the new multi-purpose heavy nuclear aircraft carrier (MTAA) “Storm”. Designing this unique ship carried Krylov State Research Center. With it, the Russian Navy will be able to deploy mobile base for a large air group in the most remote parts of the oceans.

Due to ice class, “Storm” is able to perform combat missions, not only in warm seas, but also strategically important, but it is bad development of the Arctic region, which lies up to 25% of the world’s hydrocarbon reserves. Aboard the aircraft carrier will be able to accommodate up to 90 aircraft for various purposes, including the latest fighter planes, helicopters and aircraft radar reconnaissance.

With the air carrier will defend the naval version of the promising ground missile systems S-500. This SAM can detect aerodynamic and ballistic targets at a range of 800 km and hit targets flying at a speed of up to 7000 meters per second. Under the water the aircraft carrier “will cover” the latest means of torpedo defense, information about where in the public yet.

According to the declared data, the length of “Storm” will be 330 meters, width – 40 meters, depth – 11 meters, displacement – 95 thousand tons.. Aircraft carrier with autonomy in the course of 120 days will be able to reach speeds of 30 knots (56 km / h). The movement of the ship will lead propulsion system of the mixed type, consisting of nuclear and gas turbine units. In total, the aircraft carrier will serve up to 5,000 crew members. The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has not yet signed a contract for construction of the “Storm”, so some of its basic parameters, depending on the wishes of the customer, may subsequently change.

It is also important to note that the carrier – it’s not the ship that goes through the seas alone. For its effective use of the Russian Navy will have to raise or re-build a full-fledged aircraft carrier groups. In her will should include at least two missile cruiser, three destroyers, two nuclear submarines and several supply ships. Also, carrier battle groups would require the construction of all necessary infrastructure for it.

Translated by google – Source arms-expo.ru


Global military spending rises to $1.7 trillion [Infographic]

Belfast Telegraph


Graphic shows global military expenditure from 1998 to 2015, and top spenders in 2015Graphic shows global military expenditure from 1998 to 2015, and top spenders in 2015

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase since 2011, driven by Middle East conflicts including the battle against Isis and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Global military spending rose in 2015 to nearly $1.7 trillion, the first increase since 2011, driven by Middle East conflicts including the battle against Isis and the Saudi-led war in Yemen.



Shifting Global Defense Market: Prospects and Challenges for US Defense Industries

By on February 11th, 2015

The global defense market is in the midst of a fundamental shift. Pressured by relatively slow economic growth and large debt burdens, Western governments’ defense spending is either stagnating or declining. For instance, US defense spending is anticipated to decline at an annualized 2.5% over the 10 years to 2020. On the other hand, geopolitical tensions in Asia and the Middle East, combined with the general shift in economic balance to the developing world, is forecast to cause non-NATO defense spending to increase at an annualized 4.2% to $1.0 trillion over the 10-year period.

As a result of this shift, the global defense industry is expected to increase their focus on non-western markets. For US defense contractors this trend provides an opportunity to offset weakening domestic demand. For instance, exports share of the US Tank & Armored Vehicle Manufacturing industry’s (IBISWorld report 33699b) revenue is projected to climb from 9.3% in 2010 to 26.7% in 2020. On the other hand, as non-NATO nation’s share of global defense spending increases, so will their leverage with US-based contractors. Therefore, in order to win orders, defense exporters will have to offer greater “offsets”, which include sharing technological knowhow, manufacturing products within export markets and setting up joint ventures with importing nation contractors.

Moreover, not all defense market will be open for US companies. For instance, the large and rapidly increasing Chinese and Russian markets are for the most part closed off to foreign contractors. Combined with increasing “offsets”, this will mean that US contractors’ share of the global defense industry will also slowly start to decline. US defense companies’ reliance on the Middle East export market may also end up hurting them as lower oil and gas prices may slow the pace of the region’s rise in defense spending. Nevertheless, in the long-run, the shift in global defense spending will force domestic defense firms to alter their strategy to one that tailors more to international markets. Companies that fail to do so will find themselves out-competed in an increasingly globalized defense market.

Published by @ibisworld.com

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