• Brazilian anti-tank weapon matures for international market

    The Brazilian Army's new light anti-tank weapon Arma Leve Anti-Carro (ALAC) is to be exported to four countries, according to 14 October Brazilian media reports. These countries have so far been identified as one in Africa, one in Asia, and two in the Middle East. COMMENT ALAC is a shoulder-fired

  • AUSA 2014: Raytheon to provide MDA with new AN/TPY-2 EEUs and CEUs

    Raytheon has delivered its 10th AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defence radar to the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) six months ahead of schedule. The latest radar will go to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery number 5, Jim Bedingfield, director of missile defence programmes for

  • MBDA details MM 40 Block 3 orders

    European missile house MBDA has revealed that it has now secured orders for approximately 400 MM 40 Block 3 Exocet anti-ship missiles and more than 50 firing installations from nine customers worldwide. The latest instantiation of the Exocet sea-skimming anti-ship missile line, the MM 40 Block 3

  • India cancels LAHAT installation on Arjun Mk II

    The Indian Army recently rejected an Israeli missile that was to have been fitted onto the indigenously designed Arjun Mk II main battle tank (MBT), further delaying the upgraded platform's induction into service. "The IAI [Israel Aerospace Industries]-built Laser Homing Anti-Tank [LAHAT]

  • US approves JASSM sale to Poland

    The US Congress approved a possible sale to Poland for 40 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs) and Polish Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52 fighter aircraft upgrades on 2 October. Poland has requested a possible sale of 40 AGM-158A JASSMs with up to 370 km range; two AGM-158A with

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  • Thinking big

    The arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers will require a mindset change in the Royal Navy. Richard Scott reports
  • Choosing sides - Islamic State's influence in South Asia

    Islamic State's presence in South Asia is on the rise, as an increasing number of young people are being radicalised and joining the group. Bibhu Prasad Routray examines Islamic State's expansion and the rising threat it poses to the region.
  • Keep out zone: RAN reaps ASMD upgrade rewards

    Once listed as a 'Project of Concern', the Project SEA 1448 Phase 2 ANZAC Anti-Ship Missile Defence programme has been turned round to become a flagship defence acquisition programme for Australia. Richard Scott reports
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  • USN bolsters Laser Maverick stockpile

    Key Points The USN is purchasing more AGM-65E2/L laser-guided Maverick close-air-support missiles The out-of-production laser-guided Maverick was recently reconstituted by the USAF as a result of operational experience during Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' The US Navy (USN) has awarded Raytheon a
  • Belarus developing new RPG

    Key Points Belarus' BSVT is developing a new type of RPG launcher It is understood the weapon will be manufactured in partnership with Russia Belarussian company Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) is developing a new rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher, IHS Jane's understands. The new weapon
  • MBDA begins MdCN cruise missile production

    European missile house MBDA has commenced low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval (MdCN) cruise missile at its Selles-Saint-Denis plant in central France. Delivery of the first production lot is expected early in 2015. Manufacture rates will ramp

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