• Malaysia to arm Sea Kings in response to Islamic State threat

    Malaysian defence minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein announced on 23 January that the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF's) Sikorsky S-61A-4 Sea King helicopters would be armed and that Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAF) S-70A Black Hawks would be transferred to RMAF service. In a statement released in

  • Colombian Kfir fighter lost to accident

    A Colombian Air Force IAI Kfir C10 combat aircraft from 111 Squadron of the 1st Combat Air Command (CACOM-1) crashed on 31 December while undertaking a training mission over La Dorada in Caldas. The pilot ejected following a technical failure while on approach to the Palanquero airbase in Puerto

  • Brazil registers over 2,000 defence products in strategic defence system initiative

    During 2014 Brazil's Registration of Companies and Products in the Defence sector (Sistema de Cadastramento de Produtos e Empresas de Defesa - SisCaPED) system accredited 60 companies and catalogued more than 2,000 products, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to IHS Jane's on 18 December.

  • RAF completes first Paveway IV in-service releases from Typhoon

    The Royal Air Force (RAF) has completed the first in-service releases of the Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided bomb from a Eurofighter Typhoon. 1(Fighter) Squadron, based at RAF Lossiemouth, successfully released two live Paveway IV weapons at Cape Wrath Training Area on 25 November as part of

  • US approves sale of APKWS 'smart rockets' to Iraq

    The US State Department has approved the possible sale to Iraq of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS): a semi-active laser guidance kit for 70 mm ground-to-air rocket that will increase the ability of Iraqi Army Aviation Command (IAAC) helicopters to carry out precision strikes. The

Subscribe to Air-Launched Weapons for access to more latest Air-Launched Weapons news, analysis and data
  • USMC prepares for amphibious combat vehicle contest

    Key Points The USMC is looking to acquire 204 ACV 1.1 vehicles between 2018 and 2022 ACV 1.2 will reintroduce an organic over-the-horizon, ship-to-shore capability The US Marine Corps (USMC) is assessing industry responses to the second of two draft requests for proposals (RfPs) for an
  • Indian Navy selects OTO Melara 127/64 LW gun

    Key Points OTO Melara's 127/64 LW - Vulcano gun system has been chosen to arm 13 Shivalik-class frigates and Delhi-class destroyers OTO Melara was the sole bidder for the requirement after BAE Systems decided not to go for the contest India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) recently approved the INR15


  • Hanwha 70-mm (2.75-in) rocket systems

    Type 70-mm rocket system. Development South Korea's Hanwha Corporation produces a number of 70-mm (2.75-in) rocket motors and warheads. They are intended for use by the Republic of Korea's armed forces, to equip Korean battlefield helicopters and combat aircraft. Hanwha exports its rockets to a

  • AN/AWS-2 RAMICS (Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System)

    Type Airborne anti-mine system. Development The AN/AWS-2 Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance System (RAMICS) was designed to rapidly re-acquire, target and neutralise floating and near-surface moored sea mines in the upper water column (12 m to 91 m or 40 ft to 300 ft) that have been detected,

  • Cheong Sangeo (K745, Blue Shark) torpedo

    Type Homing torpedo. Development The K745 Cheong Sangeo (Blue Shark) torpedo is one of several new guided weapons developed indigenously, and largely in secret, by South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). Other related projects include the Chiron and Pegasus surface-to-air

  • Chinese aircraft cannon

    Type 23-mm and 30-mm cannon. Development Over the years the People's Republic of China has developed, from what are believed to be former Soviet Union designs, three basic types of aircraft cannon. A 23 mm cannon has been developed in several forms including the following, Type 1 designed for