• Russia claims import substitution complete on Mi-8

    Russian Helicopters claims to have achieved import substitution during modernisation work on Mi-8AMTsh-V helicopters for the Russian Air Force: a process that involved substituting Ukrainian subsystems for locally produced alternatives. "We understand the importance of being as independent as

  • Second Israeli F-35 squadron confirmed

    Israeli defense minister Moshe Ya'alon and US secretary of defense Chuck Hagel recently confirmed that the Israeli Air Force (IAF) will gain a second squadron of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, a source close to Ya'alon has told IHS Jane's . No official statements have been

  • Manufacture of IFPC Increment 2-I launchers begins

    Work has begun on the design and construction of two prototypes for the Multi-Mission Launcher (MML), the only new-design major system element of Block 1 of the US Army Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) Increment 2-I (Intercept) programme of record under the block acquisition strategy that

  • US approves JASSM sale to Poland

    The US Congress approved a possible sale to Poland for 40 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs) and Polish Lockheed Martin F-16C/D Block 52 fighter aircraft upgrades on 2 October. Poland has requested a possible sale of 40 AGM-158A JASSMs with up to 370 km range; two AGM-158A with

  • 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

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    The CH-47 Chinook has been the stalwart of global military heavy-lift operations for decades. Jamie Hunter analyses the helicopter's service life and future upgrade programmes
  • Briefing: Japan's new dawn

    Tokyo is shrugging off the post-1945 constraints on its military and developing new operational concepts and capabilities in response to China's rise. James Hardy reports
  • Fifth-gen ramp-up

    The F-35 programme has had its fair share of challenges, but meeting key programme milestones in the new year would signal that the largest weapons acquisition effort in history is finally on track. Marina Malenic reports
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  • Belarus developing new RPG

    Key Points Belarus' BSVT is developing a new type of RPG launcher It is understood the weapon will be manufactured in partnership with Russia Belarussian company Belspetsvneshtechnika (BSVT) is developing a new rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher, IHS Jane's understands. The new weapon

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    Type 25-mm cannon system. Development The AV-8B Armament System was developed by General Electric (now General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, formerly General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products) to provide the USMC Harrier V/STOL aircraft with an effective air-to-air and

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