• US approves sale of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles to Indonesia

    The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles and associated components to Indonesia in a deal estimated to be worth USD47 million. According to a statement by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 5 May, Indonesia has requested for a

  • Saab pitches Gripen as Typhoon replacement for Austria

    Saab is touting its Gripen combat aircraft to Austria as a possible replacement for that country's early model Eurofighter Typhoons, a senior company official disclosed on 27 April. Speaking at the Linköping production facility in Sweden, the head of Saab's Aeronautics division, Ulf Nilsson,

  • Denel, South Korea in talks to integrate Al-Tariq bomb kit on FA-50s

    Denel Dynamics, the missile and UAV division of South Africa's Denel, is in talks with South Korea about integrating the Al-Tariq precision-guided bomb kit with the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 light fighter, a senior company executive has disclosed. Thiens Botha, the company's product

  • Sagem looks to arm French C-130s with AASM

    Sagem is preparing to offer an armed upgrade package for the French Air Force's Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, company officials told IHS Jane's . The upgrade would include arming the Hercules with the SSA-1101 Gerfaut system, allowing the C-130 to carry and deploy as many as

  • MV-22 deploys tube-launched weapons during gunship tests

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has tested the deployment of ramp-launched munitions from the Bell-Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor under wider plans to equip the aircraft with a gunship capability, it was announced earlier in April. The tests, which were conducted in late March under the auspices of the


  • Raising HEL: The mirage of laser weapons

    Directed Energy Systems (DES) seem perpetually poised to revolutionise warfare, but their adoption on the front line remains elusive, explains Robin Hughes
  • Canadian defence procurement: constrained renewal

    While Canada faces no direct military threat, its armed forces are actively engaged on the international stage. Andrew MacDonald, Kate Tringham, and Matthew Smith report on the Canadian defence industry's efforts to renew their major platform inventories
  • Briefing: Turkish transformation

    The Turkish defence market and national military industries have been transformed over the past decade as a consequence of economic prosperity and shrewd, long-term strategic planning. Guy Anderson reports
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  • Russia's armour revolution

    Key Points Russia's 9 May Victory Day Parade in Moscow marked the formal debut for the country's sweeping range of new armoured vehicle designs The parade revealed many new details about the vehicles, which appeared fully uncovered for the first time Paraded uncovered for the first time on 9 May
  • MdCN completes first firing from FREMM

    Key Points The French Navy's new Missile de Croisière Naval cruise missile was fired from multimission frigate Aquitaine on a DGA test range off the Île du Levant The qualification firing marks the first firing of a cruise missile from a European surface ship and the first shipborne



    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

  • AR-8L, AR-8 laser-guided rocket

    Type 80 mm rocket. Development Ukraine's Luch design bureau (more properly known as State Kyiv Design Bureau 'Luch') has developed a laser-guided 80-mm airborne rocket designed AR-8L. It is based on the standard Soviet-era S-8 unguided rocket, which is produced by Luch as the AR-8. Work on the