• Japan approves Meteor research JV between MBDA, Mitsubishi

    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

  • Update: Israel requests AIM-9X Sidewinders

    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

  • Farnborough 2014: UK and France ink FCAS and cruise missile deals

    The United Kingdom and France signed a series of contracts, covering unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) and air-launched cruise missiles, on 15 July at the Farnborough International Airshow 2014. The primary contract progresses the joint Future Combat Air System (FCAS) programme into a new

  • RIMPAC 2014: Norway tests NSM as multinational navies target decommissioned US vessels in live firing phase

    The Royal Norwegian Navy has conducted a successful test firing of its Naval Strike Missile (NSM) for the first time outside northern European waters at the 'RIMPAC 2014' multinational naval exercise, according to a statement released by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence on 11 July. The test, which

  • India, UK agree GBP250 million ASRAAM deal

    The United Kingdom and India have signed a GBP250 million deal to equip the Indian Air Force's (IAF's) SEPECAT Jaguar fleet with MBDA's Advanced Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM), UK government officials confirmed to IHS Jane's on 8 July. ASRAAM, which will be known as the New Generation

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  • South Sudan takes delivery of Chinese ATGWs

    South Sudan has taken delivery of a large shipment of Chinese infantry weapons that includes anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), according to shipping documents obtained by Bloomberg and passed on to IHS Jane's . The documentation said the shipment was carried by the Cosco cargo ship Feng Huang Song
  • RAN conducts tests of Mk 54 torpedoes from naval helicopter

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed three test firings of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, a Department of Defence spokesperson confirmed on 21 July. The test firings were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's) Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation

RELEVANT PROFILE LISTINGS

  • Air-to-Air Mistral (ATAM)

    Type Infra-red guided air-to-air missile. Development The French Mistral 1 short-range surface-to-air missile started development at Matra around 1974 and has gone on to become a multipurpose multi-platform weapon. It was primarily intended to be a man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) weapon

  • FAB bombs (early model)

    Type General purpose bomb. Development Dozens of different types of free-fall aerial bombs were developed in the Soviet Union after World War II and even though those bombs remained unchanged for many years from a baseline of wartime bomb designs, they continued to be produced and updated. The

  • FAB bombs (M-62 series)

    Type Demolition bomb. Development Russia's M-62 (1962) series of general purpose bombs was fielded in the early 1960s becoming the standard low-drag high-explosive freefall bomb design for the Soviet Union, Warsaw Pact and allied nations. As with all previous designs, the bombs are designated FAB

  • FAB-100 (M80), FAB-250 (M79) and FAB-500 general purpose bombs

    Type General purpose bomb. Development A range of general purpose and fragmentation bombs (both free-fall and retarded) was developed by local industry for the former Yugoslav Air Force. Stocks of these weapons remain in the former Yugoslavia and a production capability still exists in Serbia.

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