• Handheld test set modified to emulate AMRAAM

    Marvin Test Solutions has upgraded its MTS-3060 SmartCan aircraft armament test set to allow maintainers to test the full functionality of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) interface by emulating the missile. The unit is a lightweight flightline test set capable of

  • USN adds anti-FIAC capability to MH-60S to meet urgent operational need

    US Navy (USN) Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 15 (HSC 15), operating the MH-60S maritime helicopter, has received the new LAU-61 G/A Digital Rocket Launcher (DRL) as a precursor to deploying with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapons System II (APKWS II) guided rocket. Being introduced to meet an

  • Pentagon budget 2015: Weapon programmes take a hit

    Key Points The US military services, except the USAF, have notably scaled back missile procurement plans from last year's request Eventually reductions will result in decreased production revenue from the United States in the weapons market The US Department of Defense's (DoD's) fiscal year 2015

  • Lockheed Martin to expand cruise-missile production plant

    Lockheed Martin has begun construction of a new cruise-missile production annex for its Pike County missile-manufacturing facility in Troy, Alabama, United States. Ground was broken on 27 February, and construction is due to be completed by the first quarter of next year. The planned 62,000 ft 2

  • Norway seeks more AMRAAMs

    Norway has requested a purchase of 36 Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), the United States Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) disclosed on 26 February. The Royal Norwegian Air Force already operates the earlier AIM-120B variant of the AMRAMM, with the

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  • France, UK sign GBP500 million anti-ship missile deal

    The UK and France have placed a contract worth more than GBP500 million (USD827 million) with MBDA to complete the development of and manufacture a new helicopter launched anti-ship missile, it was announced on 27 March. Known as the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy) (FASGW[H]) by the UK


  • IFB-100, -250, -500 Improved Fragmentation Bombs

    Type Fragmentation bomb. Development The Improved Fragmentation Bomb (IFB) family has been developed by Israel Military Industries (IMI) for customers with Russian-built combat aircraft who are seeking a new generation of reliable and effective freefall ordnance. The design of the IFB series

  • KAB-1500 series and UPAB-1500 guided bombs

    Type Laser or TV-guided bomb. Development Russia's KAB-1500L, KAB-1500Kr and KAB-1500LG are heavyweight precision-guided bombs that have no direct western equivalent. These 1,500 kg weapons are larger and heavier than the largest standard US bombs (Mk 84) and come with a range of warhead and

  • Universal Aerial Delivery Dispenser (U-ADD)

    Type INS/satellite-guided dispenser. Development Textron Defense Systems developed the prototype Universal Aerial Delivery Dispenser (U-ADD) system for munitions delivery from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The system was then sponsored by the US Air Force's UAV Battle Lab, Creech AFB, Nevada,

  • 30-552, 30-553 and 30-554 30-mm (DEFA) aircraft cannon

    Type 30-mm cannon. Development Development work on the DEFA 30 mm aircraft cannon programme was started in the late 1940s by the GIAT (Groupement Industriel des Armements Terrestres) group (in 2006 GIAT became Nexter Systems). The design team was led by Anton Politzer, a former German Mauser