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    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

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    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

  • Farnborough 2014: Sweden to firm up stand-off missile requirement

    Swedish Air Force planners are working to refine requirements to equip their Saab Gripen C/D combat aircraft with long-range stand-off missiles by 2018. Speaking ahead of the Farnborough International Airshow at a Swedish Air Force Fan Club event in London on 12 July, the service's chief-of-staff

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  • Drifting apart

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  • Distant memories - glimpses of the past from the IHS Jane's archives

    The IHS Jane's archives hold a wealth of fascinating content. Here is page 123 of the 1915 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships providing the reader with a profile of the German Derfflinger-class battlecruiser which was built just before the outbreak of World War I
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  • China unveils Type 11 sidearm

    China's Type 11 (QSZ-11) 5.8 mm self-loading pistol was given its first public showing at Hong Kong Garrison open days at the end of June and beginning of July. Accepted into service in 2011, the Type 11 is intended for use as a personal protection sidearm for senior officers and officials. It is
  • New Zealand's OPVs complete Typhoon gun acceptance trials

    The Royal New Zealand Navy's (RNZN's) Otago-class offshore patrol vessels (OPVs), HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Wellington , have completed successful acceptance trials of the Typhoon naval gun system, an RNZN spokesperson told IHS Jane's on 20 August. The trials were conducted over 11-12 August at an

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