• AIM-9X Block II approved for full production

    Full-rate production (FRP) of the latest instantiation of the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile has been approved by the Pentagon. The AIM-9X Block II introduces a full lock-on-after-launch capability - enabled by improved electronics, upgraded software, and a new weapon datalink - to support

  • Analysis: Saudi-led coalition opens new front in Yemen

    ANALYSIS The Saudi-led coalition trying to restore Yemen's internationally recognised government appears to have opened a third front by deploying a substantial force to Marib province. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has already deployed ground forces and Apache attack helicopters to southern

  • Brazilian Navy updates on KC-2 upgrade programme

    The Brazilian Navy released further details of its ongoing KC-2 carrier-on-board delivery (COD) and aerial refuelling aircraft upgrade on 1 September, as its four ex-US Navy Grumman C-1A Trader aircraft are being converted to the KC-2 Turbo Trader configuration at the Elbit Systems of America M7

  • Hill AFB receives first two F-35As

    The first two Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft assigned to the 388th Fighter Wing were delivered to Hill Air Force Base (AFB) in Utah on 2 September, the US Air Force and the company announced. The two aircraft are the first of 72 scheduled for delivery to the base, according to

  • Indonesia selects Su-35 to meet air combat requirement

    The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected the Sukhoi Su-35 'Flanker-E' multirole combat aircraft to replace the Indonesian Air Force's (TNI-AU's) ageing Northrop F-5E Tiger II fighters, Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on 3 September. Ryacudu said in comments published by

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  • 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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    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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