• UK contracts for additional Phalanx Block 1B buy

    Key Points UK contracts Babcock to deliver four Phalanx Block 1B CIWS upgrade kits and their embodiment on four Land Phalanx weapons systems being returned to original marinised configuration for the Royal Navy Three of the four systems are destined for new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth

  • UK contracts Spearfish torpedo upgrade

    The UK Royal Navy's (RN's) Spearfish Mod 0 heavyweight torpedo will be improved to the Spearfish Mod 1 standard, it was announced on 15 December. The Spearfish Upgrade (SFU) programme, while re-using the existing hull and thermal propulsion system from Spearfish Mod 0, is designed to address the

  • USAF approves JASSM-ER FRP

    Key Points JASSM-ER is expected to enter FRP in 2017 Lockheed Martin is capable of producing up to 360 of the stealthy cruise missiles per year The US Air Force (USAF) has approved full-rate production (FRP) for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range

  • US MDA to take delivery of first CE II block 1 interceptor by end of December

    Key Points MDA to issue RFP for LRDR by end of 2014 Agency exploring potential of pursuing new directed energy efforts The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is set to begin a new round of tests to validate upgrades made to improve reliability and maintainability of missiles and ground systems

  • DRDO completes development trials for Pinaka Mk II rocket

    India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) completed development of its 214 mm Pinaka Mk II unguided rocket with trials at the Chandipur range in Odisha from 9-12 December. The development of the Mk II version is being run by the DRDO's Armament Research & Development

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  • USAF approves JASSM-ER FRP

    Key Points JASSM-ER is expected to enter FRP in 2017 Lockheed Martin is capable of producing up to 360 of the stealthy cruise missiles per year The US Air Force (USAF) has approved full-rate production (FRP) for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range
  • Analysis: Hamas displays long-range rockets

    The Palestinian militant group Hamas provided an insight into its rocket manufacturing programme on 14 December when it paraded its longer-range models for the first time through Gaza city. The rockets on display included the self-produced J-90 and R-160, as well as a quad launcher for the M-75 and
  • Indonesia lays keel for second PKR frigate

    Key Points Indonesia holds keel-laying ceremony for second PKR frigate Defence minister sees the keel-laying as a vote of confidence in Indonesia's indigenous shipbuilding capability State-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has held a keel-laying ceremony for the Indonesian Navy's (Tentera Nasional

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