• Australia seeks participation in Kongsberg's JSM

    Australia is seeking expanded engagement in Norway's air-launched anti-ship Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) programme, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra confirmed to IHS Jane's on 21 July. The collaboration project is framed around both countries' participation in the Lockheed Martin

  • RIMPAC 2014: Royal Brunei Navy fires missiles in first SINKEX

    The Royal Brunei Navy (RBN) has successfully fired two anti-ship missiles at an ex-US Navy (USN) ship during the sinking exercise (SINKEX) phase of the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise, the RIMPAC maritime force commander confirmed to IHS Jane's on 15 July. With the RBN making its debut at

  • Japan approves Meteor research JV between MBDA, Mitsubishi

    The Japanese government has approved the overseas transfer of missile seeker technology to allow joint research on air-to-air missiles for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Officials at the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) told IHS

  • Kongsberg signs JSM test contract

    Kongsberg Defence Systems has been awarded a NOK280 million (USD45.2 million) contract by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) for the second part of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) Phase 3 development contract. This latest contract comprises production of test missiles and test

  • Update: Israel requests AIM-9X Sidewinders

    In a blow to Rafael and its Python 5 missile, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 14 July that the Israeli government has requested to purchase of the rival Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder missile. The DSCA said the request covered 600 AIM-9X-2 Block II missiles, 50 captive

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  • MBDA in advanced talks for Marte ER

    The Italian arm of European missile house MBDA is looking to secure a launch customer for its new Marte ER (Extended Range) anti-ship missile by the end of 2014. Speaking to IHS Jane's on 16 July during the Farnborough International Airshow, a company official said the company was in advanced
  • RAN to decommission three Balikpapan-class LCHs

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 21 July that it will retire the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) three 45 m Balikpapan-class heavy landing craft (LCH) in a decommissioning ceremony that will be held in Cairns in November 2014. The 360-tonne vessels - HMAS Brunei (L 127), HMAS
  • RAN conducts tests of Mk 54 torpedoes from naval helicopter

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed three test firings of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, a Department of Defence spokesperson confirmed on 21 July. The test firings were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's) Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation

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