• LAAD 2015: Brazilian, South African weapons 'to be employed on FAB Gripen E/Fs'

    Firms at this year's Latin American Aerospace and Defence (LAAD) defence exhibition have told IHS Jane's that Brazil's Força Aérea Brasileira (FAB) is planning to use a variety of non-European-developed missiles as part of the weapon fit for Sweden's Saab JAS 39E/F Gripen. The aircraft was

  • LAAD 2015: BVRAAM contenders look to lock onto Gripen NG procurement

    With Brazil's procurement of the Gripen NG under the F-X2 fighter programme coming closer to getting the full green light, the contenders for the aircraft's weapon fit are beginning to set out their stalls. The contest to provide its potential long-range air-to-air missile is a particularly

  • US tests compact HEL for airborne laser weapon

    The US has completed beam quality and power measurements of General Atomics' (GA's) Gen 3 High Energy Laser (HEL), the company announced on 8 April. The Gen 3 laser assembly measures 1.3 x 0.4 x 0.5 m, according to GA, and is powered by a compact lithium-ion battery supply. The Gen 3 HEL is a unit

  • Raytheon wins Stinger contract for South Korea's Apaches

    Raytheon has been awarded a USD35 million contract to supply the air-to-air variant of its FIM-92 Stinger missile to South Korea for its new fleet of Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, the company announced on 31 March. Processed through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route, deliveries

  • Jordanian air force to get more Sniper pods

    The Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) is set to get 10 more Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods under a USD8.9 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 27 March. The Sniper pods were the ones fitted to UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Harrier GR.9


  • 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
  • Briefing: Lighter than air

    With the development of new technologies and materials aerostats are enjoying a resurgence, proving to be an inexpensive surveillance solution for military and homeland security applications. Martin Streetly reports
  • Industry briefing: Spanish succession

    Despite suffering from austere defence budgets in recent years, Spain still maintains a highly developed defence industry that continues to produce a wide range of major platforms. Andrew MacDonald reviews the country's current defence-industrial status
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    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