• 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

  • Aero India 2015: First BrahMos-armed Su-30 handed over to IAF

    India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over its first Su-30MKI fighter armed with the BrahMos-A supersonic cruise missile to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Aero India 2015 on 19 February. Official sources in Bangalore said the first test-firing of the air-launched version of

  • A-Darter programme nears completion

    Denel Dynamics is close to completing the development of its A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, the South African company has announced. The missile is in the final stage of air-launched guided evaluation firing trials, which have seen two missiles being launched from a Saab JAS 39 Gripen at

  • New flight-test success for LRASM missile

    Key Points LRASM goes 'three-for-three' in air-launched flight testing Latest test demonstrates low altitude performance, obstacle avoidance Lockheed Martin's Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed its latest air-launched flight test on the Point Mugu sea test range off

  • US Army releases JAGM solicitation, Lockheed Martin plans to compete

    Significance The US Army has issued a solicitation for the EMD phase of its JAGM programme JAGM would eventually replace the airborne TOW, AGM-114 Hellfire, and AGM-65 Maverick missiles The US Army on 2 February released a request for proposals (RfP) for the engineering and manufacturing

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  • Finland selects FN SCAR-L for its special forces

    Finland's special forces have selected the Belgian FN SCAR-L assault rifle as a new standard firearm. The FN SCAR-L will be the first 5.56x45 mm NATO calibre firearm introduced to the Finnish Defence Forces (FDF). It will supplement the current RK 95 TP assault rifle chambered in the Russian
  • Aselsan, Thales continue LMM launcher development

    Key Points Aselsan and Thales have signed a further agreement for joint development of shipborne launcher systems for the Thales Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) The agreement covers continued development of four- and eight-round LMM Missile Launching System variants Aselsan and Thales UK's

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • 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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