Army & Land Forces

Explore defence news items on topics such as military vehicles, modern artillery, infantry weapons, tactical communications and defence logistics. Our land defence analysis now also includes border security and non-military counter-terror operations.

Contributor: Richard de Silva
Posted: 08/24/2016
Mortar Systems

In an active battlefield, the factor of response time is vital. Digital systems have been taking the effort in calculation out of the hands of soldiers for some time, enabling split-second turnaround from decision-to-action and minimising the risk of error. However, the transition is not without its challenges. Defence IQ caught up with Full Article »
Posted: 07/26/2012
Total Recoil: KRISS discuss .45 sub machine gun

Martin Schiffer from Swiss-based arms company KRISS walks us through the mechanics of how his firm is countering the problem of recoil on a .45 sub machine gun. The system also reduces muzzle climb and offers fewer and lighter weight components, enabling it to perform at extremely high rates of fire.


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Posted: 02/23/2014
on point podcast series
Spanish Artillery Training: structure, history and development This year, the Spanish Artillery School of Segovia turns 250 years old. As we discover from this podcast discussion with the head of the facility, Commander Alfredo Sanz, in order to progress into the future of this field, we must remember the principles learnt from our past. Sanz Full Podcast »
Contributor: Andrew Elwell
Posted: 08/22/2016
Andrew Elwell
The most commonly operated towed or hand-held indirect fire mortar calibres are 60mm, 81mm and 120mm, but others, such as 82mm and 107mm are also in use. There are over 85,000 towed/hand-held and self-propelled (SP) mortars in use worldwide. Of these, around 5,500 are SP systems. Asia-Pacific countries hold 41.5% of the world’s towed/hand-held mort Full Sector Report »