• MBDA funded for SPEAR Cap 3 development phase

    Key Points An airframe and propulsion flight test demonstration was performed in March this year, with a prototype weapon successfully deployed from a Typhoon aircraft Subject to a Main Gate review planned for 2018, the UK expects SPEAR Cap 3 to enter service on the F-35B in 2025 The UK Ministry

  • BAE Systems, USN are looking to grow the list of APKWS users

    Key Points Five foreign militaries use APKWS along with the US Army, USMC, and USAF BAE Systems is working on a single software load for APKWS BAE Systems expects to see an increase in production of its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) now that the US Air Force is using the guidance

  • ATAS to become a standard air-to-air component for Apache AH-64E

    Key Points Stinger moved from outer wingtips to fixed adapter on the stub wing pylons ATAS will be available to all domestic US and international customers for the E-model Raytheon Missile Systems has entered a System Design and Development (SDD) contract with Boeing to integrate its FIM-92 Block

  • Russia's VDV to acquire new air-droppable SAM system

    The Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) is examining options for a new air-droppable mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) capability - dubbed Ptitselov (Fowler) - designed to replace the Strela-10M3/M4 (US DoD/NATO: SA-13/'Gopher') currently in service with the VDV for its mechanised infantry role. In an

  • USN set to test extended range JSOW variant

    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed plans to move forward with testing of a powered, extended range variant of Raytheon's air-launched AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW). In a pre-solicitation notice posted on 11 May, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said that the Precision Strike Weapons


  • Statement of intent: Australia's White Paper and the RAN's future fleet

    Following the long-awaited publication of Australia's latest Defence White Paper, James Goldrick discusses its implications, and those of its associated investment programme, for the Royal Australian Navy
  • Joint effort

    With tensions along Europe's eastern frontier with Russia fuelling regional efforts to enhance military co-operation, plus looming prospects for involvement in multinational operations further afield, the time may be right for the evolution of an integrated multirole fighter force built around European operators of the Saab Gripen. Jim Dorschner examines the implications of Gripen's growing footprint in Europe.
  • Transitioning for the future: Canadian defence policy review

    The Canadian Armed Forces is looking to reset, rebuild, and reorient after a decade of engagement in Afghanistan and in the face of diverse threats and intense budgetary pressures. Dr Dylan Lee Lehrke reports.
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  • US Army approves Carl Gustaf M3 MAAWS for general use

    Key Points FMR is expected in late 2016 PM CSW is also conducting a FCT on the lighter weight Carl Gustaf M3E1 for SOCOM and the US Army US Army light infantry units are to be equipped with the Saab 84 mm Carl Gustaf M3 Multirole Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) as a standard issue
  • Sweden orders new Tp 47 torpedo from Saab

    Sweden has ordered the development and production of a new lightweight torpedo from Saab, it was announced on 20 May. According to the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the contract is worth SEK1.53 billion (USD184 million). To be called the Torpedo 47 (Tp 47), the new torpedo will