• Raytheon, Kongsberg file joint LRASM protest

    Raytheon Missile Systems and Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace have submitted a joint protest regarding the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) decision to sole-source Lockheed Martin for follow-on development of the US Navy's (USN's) air-launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile

  • Safran reports revenues rise for the first quarter

    French aerospace firm Safran increased its revenue by 3.3% in the first quarter of 2014 due to strong growth in its civil businesses, Safran announced on 23 April. Total sales increased from EUR3.33 billion (USD4.6 billion) in the first quarter of 2013 to EUR3.44 billion in 2014, with sales in

  • DSA 2014: Malaysia signs up for FZ 90 FFARs

    The Malaysian government has signed a RM40 million (USD12.33 million) contract with Malaysian company Destini Prima for an undisclosed number of Belgian FZ 90 70 mm (2.75 in) Folding Fin Aircraft Rockets (FFARs) and associated launchers for the Royal Malaysian Air Force's (RMAF's) Boeing F/A-18

  • DSA 2014: Russia's KNIRTI unveils new stand-off jammer

    Russia's Kaluga Scientific Research Institute for Radio Technology (KNIRTI) presented the new L187AE electronic warfare (EW) system at the DSA exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The L187AE is a stand-off jammer that can fit inside Mil Mi-8/17 helicopters to provide protection against radar-guided

  • AIM-9X Block II resumes IOT&E

    Raytheon's AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder infrared guided air-to-air missile (AAM) has resumed operational testing. The missile has achieved several successful air-to-air shots in recent weeks against target drones, including one at more than 20 n miles (37 km), and one made 'over the shoulder' against

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  • Mexico requests UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Mexico has requested the sale of 18 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters from the United States government, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) disclosed on 21 April. The requested sale is valued at USD680 million, and includes associated equipment, parts, training and
  • 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