• Further delay to Brimstone 2 ISD on Tornado GR.4

    Key Points Warhead detonation failures add six months to the Brimstone 2 development programme No perceived impact to December 2018 ISD on Typhoon FGR4 The intended November 2015 First Use In-Service Date (ISD) for MBDA's Brimstone 2 fastjet precision strike weapon with the UK Royal Air Force

  • Denel launches A-Darter SRAAM production

    Key Points Deliveries of operational missiles to the SAAF due in 2017 Denel Dynamics has begun the industrialisation of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) against a South African Air Force (SAAF) order, and is moving ahead with the development of a

  • TDW progresses flexible effects technology

    Key Points Full development and qualification of the RADIUS scalable warhead technology are anticipated between 2017 and 2020 'Dynamic bomb drops' with RADIUS-equipped systems are expected within the 2019-20 timeframe. MBDA Germany's warhead design house subsidiary, TDW GmbH, has progressed the

  • US Navy test launches two Trident II D5 SLBMs

    The US Navy's Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) office has flown two Trident II D5 submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) for the weapon's 156th and 157th test firings since 1989. The launches occurred separately on 7 and 9 November and were meant "to obtain valid reliability, accuracy,

  • F-35A completes first successful aerial gun test

    Key Points An F-35A for the first time conducted gunfire bursts from its internal Gatling gun system while in flight The gun is scheduled to be tested with a production F-35A next year for integration with the jet's mission systems A Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft for the


  • Commercial UAVs pose rising security challenge

    Greater accessibility of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has opened up new security threats. Andrew White surveys the insurgent and criminal groups showing the most interest in this new technology, and assesses the defence industry's response.
  • China's ICBM modernisation alters threat profile

    China's continuing ballistic missile modernisation programme is expanding the range of its targeting options. Sean O'Connor examines the implications for the country's nuclear posture towards the United States, as well as regional states such as Russia and India.
  • Briefing: Vertical reality

    The United States is pushing ahead with the next generation of vertical take-off and landing aircraft. Marina Malenic reports
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  • IDF to get new Meprolight sights

    The Israeli optics company Meprolight has said it will deliver "thousands" of its MEPRO M5 weapon sights to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from December. The M5 red dot sight is designed for 'both-eyes-open' shooting and can be used with magnification devices and night-vision goggles.
  • Israeli ship launches Barak-8 SAM for the first time

    A Barak-8 naval surface-to-air missile (SAM) was launched from a ship for the first time on 26 November and successfully intercepted a target drone. The Barak-8 is being developed for both the Israeli and Indian navies, with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) acting as prime contractor. The test



    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