• France completes testing of Neuron UCAV

    France has completed its flight test campaign of the Neuron unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) technology demonstrator, the country's defence procurement agency has stated. Flight trials were completed on 26 February, according to the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), 26 months

  • Update: Bulgaria to be offered JF-17 fighter by Pakistan

    Bulgaria is to be offered the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft, according to national media reports. The single-seat, single-engined fighter is to be offered by Pakistan as an alternative to the several Western aircraft

  • USN, USMC project future munitions shortages

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) may face future munitions shortfalls in the next five years, service leaders told Congress on 10 March. Admiral Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, said the USN has ample supplies for current operations, but is projected to "have

  • UPDATE: IDEX 2015: Blue Arrow 9 further expands Chinese UAV weapon options

    China's promotion of domestic weapons competition has resulted in customers getting a wider choice of missiles for their unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The two Chinese companies leading this competition are Norinco and the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), which have

  • IDEX 2015: US special forces eye Hatchet

    Orbital ATK is confident that its Hatchet miniature air launched munition is soon to enter service with the United States, a senior spokesman told IHS Jane's at IDEX. Jeff Janey, vice president for business development, Armament Systems at Orbital ATK, stated that both the US Navy and US Air Force

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  • Brazil inducts locally developed 30 mm ammunition

    The Brazilian Army is scheduled on 20 March to officially induct 30x173 mm ammunition developed by local company Companhia Brasileira de Cartuchos (CBC), intended for the ATK Mk44 Bushmaster automatic cannon that arm the AEL Sistemas UT30BR remote weapon station. A batch of 30,000 rounds comprised

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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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