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    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

  • MSPO 2014: Poland could acquire JASSM-ER

    The Polish Air Force could soon acquire the extended-range (ER) variant of Lockheed Martin's AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), it has emerged. Poland is already preparing to receive the baseline JASSM model, but the longer-range variant is likely to be approved for sale to

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    Key Points USMC Harrier aircrews employed GBU-12F/B bombs with upgraded Paveway II DMLGB kits in recent training This is the first USMC training with the weapon since Lockheed Martin upgraded the DMLGB's block II operational flight programme software last year US Marine Corps (USMC) McDonnell

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    The Japanese government has approved the overseas transfer of missile seeker technology to allow joint research on air-to-air missiles for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. Officials at the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) told IHS

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    In a blow to Rafael and its Python 5 missile, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 14 July that the Israeli government has requested to purchase of the rival Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder missile. The DSCA said the request covered 600 AIM-9X-2 Block II missiles, 50 captive

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    The Asefeh rotary cannon that Iran says it is developing for use in a close-in weapon system (CIWS) was finally seen in its entirety on 28 September. Iran announced in November 2013 that it was working on the three-barrelled weapon, but only the front of the barrels and their muzzle shroud were
  • US, S Korean sources suggest North has SLBM ambitions

    US and South Korean sources have claimed that North Korea is building a tube capable of firing a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), a move that could potentially give Pyongyang a second strike nuclear capability. US officials disclosed to the Washington Free Beacon in late August that

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • AAM-3 (Type 90)

    Type Infrared (IR) guided air-to-air missile (AAM). Development Little is known about the development of air-to-air missiles in Japan because all such programmes are treated with the utmost secrecy. While Japanese industry has built several models of AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow under

  • AS 34 Kormoran

    Type Radar-guided anti-ship missile (AAM). Development AS 34 Kormoran programme was started in 1962, when Bölkow KG was requested by the German Ministry of Defence to study "the capabilities and limitations of air-to-surface missiles". Parallel studies were carried out by Nord

  • ASM-1, ASM-1C (Type 80, Type 91)

    Type Radar-guided anti-ship missile. Development ASM-1, or Type 80, was the first air-to-surface missile (ASM) developed by Japan. The programme was initiated in 1973 in parallel with the development of Mitsubishi F-1 attack aircraft. The requirement was for an air-launched anti-ship missile with

  • ASM-2 (Type 93)

    Type Infrared (IR) guided anti-ship missile. Development Japan's ASM-2 (Type 93) is a derivative of Mitsubishi's extended range ASM-1C anti-ship missile and work on the programme started in 1985. Full-scale development followed from 1987 to 1994. The first flight trials were undertaken in 1990

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