• TDA expands Aculeus portfolio

    Key Points Final qualification of the Aculeus HE-MM scheduled for March 2017 TDA is also evaluating a surface-to-surface capability for the Aculeus LG for land and maritime platforms With final development of its Aculeus LG induction laser-guided rocket (ILGR) system now under way for the French

  • Surface Navy 2017: SM-6 upgrade to begin flight testing in 2017

    Key Points At-sea testing of the SM-6 Block IA missile is expected to start later in 2017 Full-rate production is due to commence in 2018 Flight testing of an improved Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up-round for the US Navy (USN) will start later in 2017, ahead of planned full-rate production in

  • Surface Navy 2017: Carrier, destroyer eyed for solid-state laser weapon system testing

    Key Points LWSD is scheduled to be tested on SDTS in 2018 Plans are being explored for installation on a carrier or destroyer The US Navy (USN) is drawing up plans to a put a prototype 100-150 kW class solid-state laser weapon on an operational warship, the service's director of surface warfare

  • China's H-6K bomber shows new strike capabilities

    Images posted in Chinese online forums in late December 2016 show for the first time a Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6K bomber carrying what appear to be six 250 kg bombs on each of its six under-wing pylons for a total of 36 bombs: a new demonstration of the aircraft's strike capabilities.

  • India successfully test-fires two Agni ballistic missiles

    India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired its Agni 4 and Agni 5 nuclear-capable ballistic missiles from the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island off the country's east coast. An Agni 4 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was tested to a

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  • Germany seeks new special forces assault rifle

    Germany's special forces are seeking new assault rifles, with the German defence procurement office issuing a tender for their purchase. According to the tender issued by the BAAINBw, Germany is interesting in purchasing 1,750 rifles in total. The new rifle is expected to replace the G36 rifles
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