• Denmark restarts artillery purchase

    Denmark has restarted its plans to purchase a new artillery system, the country's defence minister has announced. According to Peter Christensen, "An efficient and modern artillery is important for the army and the tasks they must solve. Therefore, it has been very important to me to make the

  • Iraqi army receives heavy air-launched rockets

    The Iraqi Army Aviation Command has taken delivery of an initial consignment of 128 mm air-launched rockets, the Iraqi Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on 23 November. The MoD did not identify the rockets or their manufacturer, saying only that they are of "international origin". It

  • PAC-3 scores two successful tests in November

    Lockheed Martin's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor has successfully detected, tracked, and shot down a representative tactical ballistic missile, the second successful test for the PAC-3 in November. On 12 November a PAC-3 intercepted a surrogate cruise missile during the US Army's

  • First free-flight test for Harpoon Block II+

    The US Navy (USN) has successfully completed a first free-flight test of the network-enabled AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile in a test on the Point Mugu sea range off the California coast. A modification of the existing AGM-84D Harpoon Block 1C missile, the Block II+ weapon

  • Raytheon readies for December MOKV concept review

    Raytheon announced on 20 November that it has completed the first programme planning review with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on the future Multi-Object Kill Vehicle (MOKV) concept. The company is now preparing for the MOKV Concept Review, scheduled for 15 December at its facility in


  • Back to the future

    As Russia flexes its military muscle, Sweden's air and naval forces find themselves adapting to a changed Baltic security environment with echoes of the Cold War. Gareth Jennings and Richard Scott report
  • Commercial UAVs pose rising security challenge

    Greater accessibility of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened up new security threats. Andrew White surveys the insurgent and criminal groups showing the most interest in this new technology, and assesses the defence industry's response.
  • China's ICBM modernisation alters threat profile

    China's continuing ballistic missile modernisation programme is expanding the range of its targeting options. Sean O'Connor examines the implications for the country's nuclear posture towards the United States, as well as regional states such as Russia and India.
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  • IDF to get new Meprolight sights

    The Israeli optics company Meprolight has said it will deliver "thousands" of its MEPRO M5 weapon sights to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from December. The M5 red dot sight is designed for 'both-eyes-open' shooting and can be used with magnification devices and night-vision goggles.
  • Israeli ship launches Barak-8 SAM for the first time

    A Barak-8 naval surface-to-air missile (SAM) was launched from a ship for the first time on 26 November and successfully intercepted a target drone. The Barak-8 is being developed for both the Israeli and Indian navies, with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) acting as prime contractor. The test



    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