• USAF wants USD16.5 million for unspecified bunker buster modifications

    Key Points The USAF has asked lawmakers to move USD16.5 million into the GBU-57 programme The Pentagon said it is needed for a 'mission critical modification' on the munition The US Air Force (USAF) has asked Congress to move USD16.5 million in war funding into the Boeing GBU-57 Massive Ordnance

  • MSPO 2014: Poland could acquire JASSM-ER

    The Polish Air Force could soon acquire the extended-range (ER) variant of Lockheed Martin's AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), it has emerged. Poland is already preparing to receive the baseline JASSM model, but the longer-range variant is likely to be approved for sale to

  • USMC trains with laser-guided Paveway bombs

    Key Points USMC Harrier aircrews employed GBU-12F/B bombs with upgraded Paveway II DMLGB kits in recent training This is the first USMC training with the weapon since Lockheed Martin upgraded the DMLGB's block II operational flight programme software last year US Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell

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    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

  • 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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  • US, S Korean sources suggest North has SLBM ambitions

    US and South Korean sources have claimed that North Korea is building a tube capable of firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), a move that could potentially give Pyongyang a second strike nuclear capability. US officials disclosed to the Washington Free Beacon in late August that

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