• Exelis to develop Meteor launcher for Gripen E

    Exelis has signed a business agreement with Saab Aeronautics to develop, supply, and support Pneumatic Missile Eject Launcher (PMEL) pylons for use on the Gripen E fighter aircraft. The UK company has received a contract for the design and development phase, which includes the delivery of several

  • Sale of ex-Swedish BMP-1s to Iraq awaits German approval

    The sale of up to 350 ex-Swedish BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Iraq is awaiting German approval, a spokesperson for Excalibur Army, the Czech company that currently owns the vehicles, has told IHS Jane's . The BMP-1s were used by East Germany but sold in the mid-1990s to the Czech

  • RAF flies first A400M mission

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) flew its first mission with the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A400M Atlas airlifter during the week beginning 1 March. The first of 22 A400Ms destined for the United Kingdom flew a cargo logistics mission from its home base at RAF Brize Norton in England to RAF Akrotiri

  • Turkey's T-Loramids technology transfer troubles

    Key Points Technology transfer issues remain a major sticking point for Turkey's T-Loramids air and missile defence programme Recent confusion over integration of the eventual system into NATO systems could indicate the country is pulling back from its down-selection of the Chinese HQ-9 system.

  • A new dynamic: Electric Boat prepares to meet growing submarine demand

    Grace Jean reports from Groton, Connecticut on how one of the two US prime submarine contractors is preparing its strategy and facilities to deliver two boat classes in tandem The US defence budget has been reducing in recent years, in the wake of an intense decade spent supporting two simultaneous

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  • Bulgaria to be offered JF-17 fighter by Pakistan

    Bulgaria is to be offered the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, according to national media reports. The single-seat, single-engined fighter is to be offered by Pakistan as an alternative to the several Western aircraft
  • Turkey's T-Loramids technology transfer troubles

    Key Points Technology transfer issues remain a major sticking point for Turkey's T-Loramids air and missile defence programme Recent confusion over integration of the eventual system into NATO systems could indicate the country is pulling back from its down-selection of the Chinese HQ-9 system.
  • CBO releases new triad upgrade estimate

    The United States will have to spend USD348 billion on nuclear weapons modernisation over the next 10 years if it wants to maintain a triad of nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarines, and bomber aircraft, according to a 22 January report from the Congressional Budget

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  • Agusta-Bell 212.

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    Type Penetration warhead. Development In 1994 Britain's Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, BAE Systems Land and Armaments and now BAE Global Combat Systems Munitions) released details of a new penetrating tandem warhead concept suitable for both bombs and air-to-surface

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