• RAN MH-60R fires first Hellfire

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed its first test firings of the AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missile from an MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopter, the Department of Defence said on 30 July. The test firings - of two ATM-114Q-1 training missiles - were conducted at the US Navy's (USN's)

  • 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

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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

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    Type General purpose bomb. Development During the mid-1990s the French fleet air arm (Aeronavale) began to look for a new generation of bomb/warheads that could be used safely at sea aboard aircraft carriers - specifically the new nuclear-powered Charles de Gaulle . The weapons would have to meet

  • BE general purpose bombs

    Type General purpose bomb. Development In 1997, a family of high-drag, general purpose, free-fall bombs were offered for export by the Romanian company RATMIL (now S.C.U.M. MIJA S .A, subsidiary unit of RomArm SA). These bombs are used for the destruction of manpower, firing positions and large

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    Type Penetration bomb. Development This family of penetration bombs was developed by Russia's Bazalt (the Federal State Unitary Enterprise, State Research and Production Enterprise Bazalt or FSUE SRPE Bazalt) to give Russian and allied air forces a capability to attack hardened structures such as

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    Type Penetration bomb. Development These three low-drag free-fall penetration bombs were developed by the French company Société des Ateliers Mécaniques de Pont-sur-Sambre (SAMP) to meet a French Air Force requirement to increase its range of penetration bombs with equivalent

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