• Mitsubishi reveals industrial strategy behind X-2 development project

    Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has revealed to IHS Jane's details about the industrial strategy behind its programme to develop the fifth-generation X-2 fighter aircraft. A prototype of the X-2 - also known as an Advanced Technology Demonstrator - Experimental (ATD-X) aircraft - was

  • Indonesia conducts further tests of improved R-Han 122 rocket

    Key Points Indonesia has conducted further tests of an indigenously developed 122 mm rocket The tests were conducted to gather data on the rocket's performance with various payloads An Indonesian consortium comprising defence equipment developers and research institutes has conducted further

  • Latest GMD test examines redesigned DACS for EKV

    Key Points The flight test also collected discrimination data on counter-measures CTV-02+ was the first GMD test using an air-launched target The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Raytheon on 28 January conducted a controlled vehicle flight test (CTV-02+) of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense

  • USMC to equip Harriers with Link 16 datalink

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of upgrading its fleet of McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II combat aircraft with the Link 16 datalink, it was disclosed on 28 January. Under a USD7.2 million contract awarded by the US Department of Defense on 27 January, original equipment

  • RAF flight trials Typhoon P2Ea system upgrades

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has flight trialled a series of system-based Phase 2 Enhancements (P2E) for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the international consortium announced on 25 January. The trials, which were flown out of BAE Systems' Warton facility in the north of England, saw an

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  • Czech Republic buys first CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles

    The Army of the Czech Republic (ACR) has signed two contracts with national firearms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka for the delivery of CZ 806 Bren 2 rifles, CZ 805 G1 grenade launchers, and CZ 75 SP-01 Phantom semi-automatic pistols. The first contract, worth CZK417 million (USD16.6 million), is for
  • Russian submarine fires cruise missiles into Syria

    Russia launched its first-ever submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM) strikes on 8 December, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. Described as Kalibr missiles (3M-14) by the Russian MoD, the missiles were fired from the Mediterranean into Syria by the Project 636.3 improved

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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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