• AIM-9X Block II approved for full production

    Full-rate production (FRP) of the latest instantiation of the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile has been approved by the Pentagon. The AIM-9X Block II introduces a full lock-on-after-launch capability - enabled by improved electronics, upgraded software, and a new weapon datalink - to support

  • Poland set to acquire Poprad SHORAD system

    Pit Radwar (formerly Bumar Elektronika) has been selected by the Armament's Inspectorate of the Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) to engage in exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of its Poprad short-range air defence (SHORAD) system for the Polish Army. MND spokesperson Colonel Jacek

  • Taiwan conducts first Apache live-firings

    The Republic of China Army (RoCA) confirmed on 27 August that it has conducted the first live-fire drills of its recently acquired Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. According to the RoCA, the drill included test-firing AGM-114L Hellfire missiles and AIM-92 Stinger air-to-air missiles. The

  • Ukrainian industry offers surface-launched R-27

    In an effort to develop a new product line independent of their traditional Russian partners, two Ukrainian enterprises - Artem and Radionix - have entered into a co-operative programme to develop a new, air defence version of the Vympel R-27 (NATO reporting name: AA-10 'Alamo') air-to-air missile

  • Pentagon awards JAGM development contract

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has received a USD66 million EMD contract for JAGM The missile will be integrated onto the Apache and Viper attack helicopters while the production line is qualified The US Army and the US Navy on 31 July awarded Lockheed Martin a USD66 million engineering and

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  • Out with the old: Polish land systems modernisation

    Poland is pressing ahead with a wide-ranging military modernisation, seeking to build the capacity of its recently consolidated defence industrial sector and swiftly replace its ageing land systems amid rising regional tension. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • Special delivery: exploiting the network for smarter weapon effects

    Modern weapons are increasingly being outfitted with datalinks and one- and two-way communications for more precise control and to provide forces with greater flexibility in how they are employed. Geoff Fein explores the US' approach to network-enabled weapons
  • Packing a punch

    Despite its small size, the New Zealand Defence Force takes pride in its ability to deliver a credible contribution to multinational operations and continues to grow a full spectrum of capabilities able to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain strategic environment both at home and abroad. Kate Tringham reports
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  • New Zealand selects LMT rifle for Steyr replacement

    US small arms manufacturer Lewis Machine & Tool Co (LMT) has been named the preferred tenderer in the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) Individual Weapon Replacement programme. IHS Jane's understands that LMT's AR-15-derived CQB16 has been selected to replace the Steyr AUG A1 assault rifle in

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  • BROACH

    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

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