• Unmanned upstart: Kratos casts off its cloak

    Key Points The Unmanned Systems Division of Kratos Defense and Security Solutions is leveraging its pedigree in target drones to pursue new opportunities in the tactical UAS market UTAP-22 has been developed as a low-cost, high performance UCAS 'force multiplier' able to operate and survive in

  • F-35 test-fires AIM-9X Block I

    The US Air Force (USAF), US Navy (USN), and Raytheon have successfully test-fired three AIM-9X Block I missiles from an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The demonstration was the first time the AIM-9X Block I has been fired from the F-35. According to a statement from Raytheon, the

  • MBDA awarded UK F-35B ASRAAM production contract

    Key Points ASRAAM will be the first UK-designed missile to equip the F-35 New order provides for a common newbuild ASRAAM stockpile for UK Typhoon and F-35B platforms The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved a GBP184 million (USD238 million) contract with MBDA for the production of an

  • South Korean air force to integrate Taurus KEPD 350K missiles

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) plans to arm its F-15K Slam Eagle fighters with 'jamming proof' air-to-surface guided missiles in a bid to bolster its strike capabilities amid growing threats from North Korea, Yonhap news agency quoted military officials as saying on 9 August. Dozens of

  • F-35A completes first air-to-air kill

    The US Air Force's (USAF's) Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II combat aircraft completed its first air-to-air weapons test against an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) target, the air force announced on 1 August. The USAF test pilot, Major Raven LeClair, launched an AIM-9X missile from an F-35A's


  • New beginnings: Poland reassesses defence plan

    At the hands of the country's newly elected Law and Justice Party, Polish defence is in the midst of a shake-up that will see requirements reprioritised, procurement decisions re-evaluated and some defence competitions rerun. Remigiusz Wilk reports
  • High Flyers

    The USAF's high-altitude ISR assets are more in demand now than ever, yet budget constraints are threatening to limit their numbers even as their utility increases. Marina Malenic reports
  • Russia's war of words advances military goals

    Moscow's apparent belief that it is in a constant state of conflict with the West has led it to employ information warfare (IW) and deception operations as part of military plans. Stephen Blank analyses Russia's sophisticated IW strategy and the multiple state agencies that support it.
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  • LMT to unveil retractable weapon station

    Land Mobility Technologies (LMT), a subsidiary of Denel Land Systems, has developed a system that retracts a weapon station so it sits partially inside the vehicle, with the rest of it concealed under an armoured clamshell cover on the vehicle's roof. The Meerkat uses an all-electric mechanism to