• 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

  • 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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    Morocco is set to receive at least 50 M1A1 Abrams tanks, according to a contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 28 August. The USD17.2 million contract was awarded to General Dynamics Land Systems and covers the "removal and disposal of 50 M1A1 frontal turret armour

  • MSPO 2015: Fabryka Broni unveils full MSBS-5.56 rifle family

    Polish small arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni unveiled its entire Modular Small Arms System calibre 5.56 mm (MSBS-5.56) assault rifle family, currently on order for the Polish Armed Forces, for the first time at the MSPO defence exhibition in Kielce. Equipped with a quick-release barrel, the

  • Raytheon signs LoI with Poland's PCO

    Raytheon announced on 2 September that it had signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Polish optoelectronics products company PCO to co-operate on developing night-vision systems and thermal weapons sights. The accord is aimed at developing optical systems for both the Polish armed forces and other

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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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