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09 Jan 14. U.S. Optics, Inc. leader in scope manufacturing announces the release of their much anticipated SR-4C dot sight. The SR-4C features a true 1X power, low setting and a daylight visible red or green dot sight packaged in a lightweight aircraft aluminum housing and is MIL-A-8625 Type III hard anodized 30mm body. The red dot can be set at any of 12 pre-programmed intensity settings. The lower four settings are night vision compatible. The SR-4C by U.S. Optics features the best of a holographic sight and a 1×4 variable magnified optic into a compact, rugged package that is 9.25” in length and weighs just under 20 ounces. Low-profile windage and elevation knobs minimize the profile of the SR-4C. 2/10 MIL knob adjustments make zeroing the Mil Scale reticle quick and effortless. With a true 1X power setting, the 4-MOA red dot sight is perfect for quick and decisive target acquisition in CQB situations. Dial the power ring to 4X to confidently engage targets at short ranges up to 500 yards. Over 8,000 hours of runtime is squeezed out of a 3 Volt CR2032 lithium coin battery.

08 Jan 14. Indian Army test launches Prithvi II nuclear capable missile. The Indian Army has successfully test fired the Prithvi II nuclear capable missile from launch complex III of the integrated test range (ITR) at Chandipur, off the Odisha coast, India. Carried out by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) under supervision of the scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the launch achieved all its targeting and technical parametres set out for the training exercise. An SFC spokesperson said the test launch was carried out as a culmination to a strategic training exercise. Unnamed defence sources were quoted by The Press Trust of India as saying that the missile was randomly selected from the production stock, and its trajectory was tracked by DRDO radars, electro-optical (EO) tracking systems, as well as telemetry stations located along the Odisha coast. The latest trial follows the successful test firings by SFC from the same base on 3 December 2013. Manufactured indigenously by DRDO under the integrated guided missile development (IGMD) programme, the Prithvi-II is a tactical surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile (SRBM), designed to accurately intercept targets located at a distance of 350km. Using an advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory, the 9m-long single stage liquid propelled missile can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads ranging from 500kg to 1,000kg payloads, and also features measures to deceive anti-ballistic missiles. Originally developed for use by the Indian Air Force (IAF), the missile entered operational service with the SFC in 2003. (Source: army-technology.com)

07 Jan 14. Lancer Systems LP, a leading advanced weapons and components manufacturer, announces the launch of the new L7AWM, an advanced hybrid magazine that combines the strength of steel with the toughness of polymer to form a lightweight, reliable 7.62x51mm magazine. The Lancer L7AWM incorporates a unique, dual steel design that wraps completely around the magazine to maximize stiffness and feeding reliability while minimizing wear and dimpling to the front of the magazine that can result from high volume firing. The magazine body is made from impact resistant polymer and, like the L5AWM, is available with either a translucent or opaque body. The magazine also contains a switchable drain located on the floor plate lock. This feature, in conjunction with drain channels in the floor plate, allows users to configure the L7 between water-borne and extreme dust conditions. The magazine is designed to work in multiple weapon systems, including the SR25, SIG716, DPMS 308 and LM308. It is currently available in 5,10 and 20-round capacities with higher capacity versions planned for late 2014. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)

06 Jan 14. Bangladesh Army adopts Metis-M1 ATGM. The Bangladesh Army f

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