• DoD contracts Raytheon for the procurement of Griffin missiles

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD11.9 million contract for the procurement of the Griffin missile. The contract, which was disclosed on 29 May, is scheduled to be complete by 31 January 2016. While the number of Griffins being procured has not been disclosed, IHS Jane's

  • Harris completes Exelis acquisition

    Harris Corporation announced on 29 May that it had completed the acquisition of US electronics and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) firm Exelis. The deal, valued at USD4.75 billion, will see former Exelis shareholders take a 15%

  • Indonesia conducts first test firing of Exocet from Bung Tomo corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentera Nasional Indonesia - Angkatan Laut, or TNI-AL) has fired an Exocet anti-ship missile from a Bung Tomo-class corvette for the first time. The test, in which a MM40 Block 2 version of the missile was fired from first-of-class KRI Bung Tomo (357), was conducted on 28 May

  • Kazkah shipyard expands as patrol boat build gets under way

    Kazkah shipbuilder Zenit Uralsk Shipyard has revealed plans to expand production facilities to allow the construction of vessels up to 600 tonnes. Kazakh media, quoting Zenit's first deputy director Victor Garchev, reported on 28 May that the yard would be expanding its facilities for military and

  • Rolls-Royce awarded Scout SV engine subcontract

    Rolls-Royce Power Systems has been awarded an EUR80 million (USD87 million) contract for the engines for the British Army's future fleet of General Dynamics European Land Systems Scout Specialist Vehicles (SV), the company has announced. The company will deliver 589 MTU Series 199 TE21 V-8 diesel

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  • AFSOC retires its last AC-130H Spectre gunship

    The US Air Force's (USAF's) Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has retired from service the last of its Lockheed Martin AC-130H Spectre gunships after more than 45 years of service, it was announced on 28 May. A ceremony marking the departure of aircraft 69-6569 'Excalibur' from the 16th Special
  • DoD contracts Raytheon for the procurement of Griffin missiles

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon a USD11.9 million contract for the procurement of the Griffin missile. The contract, which was disclosed on 29 May, is scheduled to be complete by 31 January 2016. While the number of Griffins being procured has not been disclosed, IHS Jane's
  • USAF certifies SpaceX for military satellite launches

    Key Points SpaceX is now certified to place US military satellites in orbit using its Falcon 9 rocket ULA has not had a launch services competitor for over 10 years The US Air Force (USAF) has certified SpaceX to launch US military satellites with its Falcon 9 rocket after about two years of
  • 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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