• BAE anticipates conclusion of Striker II HMD qualification trials

    BAE Systems is looking to complete qualification trials of its Striker II fully digital, night-vision-capable helmet-mounted display (HMD) on the Eurofighter Typhoon by the end of the second quarter this year, the company has revealed. Speaking on 3 February during a briefing at BAE's facilities in

  • China offers latest FT-series precision-guided bombs for export

    Key Points Three new variants complement eight FT-series precision munitions now offered for export China is seeking to expand its PGB footprint internationally With the release of the improved FT-3A, FT-6A, and FT-7 variants earlier this year, Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co Ltd

  • India's military struggles to spend its modernisation allocations

    India's military has been unable, up to early January, to spend 40% of its modernisation outlay of INR945.88 (USD14.55 billion) for financial year 2015/16, largely because of its inability to take timely decisions in finalising and acquiring equipment. Official sources have said that if a large

  • Mexican Air Force's first UH-60M Blackhawks delivered

    Two photos published online on 5 February appear to confirm that a first batch of three Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk utility helicopters has been delivered to the Mexican Air Force (FAM). The photos were first posted by México Aeroespacial , a Mexican aviation enthusiast group. The aircraft were

  • Indonesia conducts further tests of improved R-Han 122 rocket

    Key Points Indonesia has conducted further tests of an indigenously developed 122 mm rocket The tests were conducted to gather data on the rocket's performance with various payloads An Indonesian consortium comprising defence equipment developers and research institutes has conducted further

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  • USAF F-35 test-fires AIM-9X

    The US Air Force (USAF) successfully test-fired a Raytheon AIM-9X infrared-guided air-to-air missile from a Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft for the first time, the service announced on 21 January. The flight sciences aircraft, AF-1, of the Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test
  • Czech Republic buys first CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has signed two contracts with national firearms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka for the delivery of CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles, CZ 805 G1 grenade launchers, and CZ 75 SP-01 Phantom semi-automatic pistols. The first contract, worth CZK417 million (USD16.6 million), is for
  • Russian submarine fires cruise missiles into Syria

    Russia launched its first-ever submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) strikes on 8 December, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Described as Kalibr missiles (3M-14) by the Russian MoD, the missiles were fired from the Mediterranean into Syria by the Project 636.3 improved



    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