• RAM Block 2 achieves initial operational capability

    Key Points IOC was achieved on 15 May RAM Block 2 was subject to DT/OT at the Pacific Missile Range between May 2013 and March 2015 The RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) on board the LPD 17 San Antonio-class

  • SDB II cleared for low-rate production

    The US Department of Defense has cleared the Raytheon Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) for low-rate initial production (LRIP) with a 'Milestone C' decision, the company announced on 18 May. "The Milestone C decision enables us to begin putting this game-changing capability into the warfighters'

  • Update: Yemeni 'Scud' launcher survives Saudi-led onslaught

    Amateur video footage released on 17 May suggested that one of the transporter erector launchers (TELs) for Yemen's 'Scud'-type ballistic missiles has survived the Saudi-led air campaign that began on 25 March and has been moved north from its base outside Sanaa. The video showed a large vehicle

  • US approves sale of submarine-launched Harpoon Block II to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of UGM-84L Harpoon Block II submarine-launched missiles to Japan. The announcement was made on 13 May by the Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA), which said the approval covered the sale of the missiles and associated equipment,

  • USN's submarine chief seeks longer-range torpedoes, undersea anti-access countermeasures

    Key Points New propulsion technology can boost torpedo range to 100-200 miles Acoustic, radar, and cyber countermeasures will help undersea community overcome A2/AD threats The US Navy's (USN's) submarine force is pursuing technologies to expand the reach of its torpedoes and missiles to counter

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  • US approves large guided bomb sale to Israel

    The US State Department has approved the sale to Israel of over 20,000 guided bomb kits and 8,650 associated warheads, including additional 5,000 lb 'bunker busters', the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 19 May. The DSCA notification said the estimated cost of the proposed
  • Russia's armour revolution

    Key Points Russia's 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow marked the formal debut for the country's sweeping range of new armoured vehicle designs The parade revealed many new details about the vehicles, which appeared fully uncovered for the first time Paraded uncovered for the first time on 9 May
  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

    Key Points The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval cruise missile was fired from multimission frigate Aquitaine on a DGA test range off the Île du Levant The qualification firing marks the first firing of a cruise missile from a European surface ship and the first shipborne



    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

  • Mk 1 and Mk 2 540 lb UK general purpose bombs

    Type General purpose bomb. Development The last UK in-service 500 lb class bombs were developed by Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, now BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Munitions) from World War II type bombs. The many design changes since that period included

  • Mk 10, 13, 20 and 22 1,000 lb general purpose bombs

    Type General purpose bomb. Development The current range of in-service British 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs was developed by Royal Ordnance (later BAE Systems Royal Ordnance Defence, now BAE Systems Global Combat Systems Munitions) from World War II type bombs. The major changes introduced since that

  • MBDA Missile de Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank missile system

    Development MBDA developed the Missile de Moyenne Portée or medium range missile (MMP) as a potential replacement for the MILAN ATGW for the French Army. MBDA started development of the MMP in 2009 and completed the full scale mock-up of the firing post in May 2010. It was first unveiled by