• Russian defence minister announces Kremlin's strategic plans for next three years

    On 24 May Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu outlined to the Russian Senate increases in the country's nuclear and strategic capabilities over the next three years, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has reported. "Tensions are growing in regions strategically important to Russia," Shoigu

  • TDW advances SPEAR warhead solution

    TDW, a wholly owned subsidiary of MBDA Germany, is evolving the design and development of a new unique warhead for the SPEAR stand-off air-to-surface weapon. SPEAR is the MBDA UK solution for the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 (SPEAR Cap 3)

  • Textron Systems finalises development of Fury glide munition

    Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems has finalised development of the Fury lightweight air-launched precision-guided glide munition. Marketed jointly by Textron and Thales UK for the global market, the munition is derived from technologies in the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) family of

  • Kuwaiti Hornets to get Sniper targeting pods

    Lockheed Martin announced on 15 May it will begin deliveries of its AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to the Kuwaiti Air Force (KAF) in 2018. It said the pods had been ordered for the KAF's F/A-18C/D Hornet multirole fighters to meet an urgent operational requirement. "Sniper ATP

  • India's Tejas LCA successfully test-fires Derby BVRAAM

    India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has successfully test-fired a Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) in radar-guided mode. "The missile launch was performed in 'lock-on after launch mode' for a beyond-visual-range (BVR) target in the

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • IDEF 2017: First Turkish air-to-air missiles revealed

    Two indigenous Turkish air-to-air missiles have been revealed by Tübitak Sage at the IDEF 2017 defence exhibition in Istanbul: the first such air-to-air missiles to be developed by the country. Comprising the within-visual-range missile known as the Gökdogan ('Peregrine') and

  • USAF adds JDAM to MQ-9 Reaper inventory

    The US Air Force (USAF) has added the GPS-guided GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to its current inventory of air-launched weapons (GBU-12 Paveway II, AGM-114 Hellfire) for the MQ-Reaper remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS). For the first time in combat operations, an MQ-9 operated by

  • Europe picks up pace of Meteor integration

    Integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto Europe's fighter aircraft has stepped up a gear with the announcements towards the end of April of three major milestones within a few days of each other. With the 100+ km BVRAAM missile already operational and

  • As China ascends, PACOM chief wants more lethal weapons, submarines

    The US military in the Asia-Pacific region wants longer-range weapons and more submarines, Admiral Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April. "China has developed and fielded capability and capacity to challenge our regional maritime

  • UK MoD green lights Meteor integration on F-35B

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially approved the integration of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the UK F-35B Lightning II multirole stealth aircraft under one of a raft of separate missile-related contract awards to MBDA announced on 21 April. A GBP41

  • F-35 drops PGM on a moving target using Block 3F software

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has for the first time dropped a Raytheon GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided munition (PGM) against a moving target using the aircraft's Block 3F software. The inert drop, which was announced on 20

  • Inert, upgraded B61 gravity bomb dropped by USAF F-16C

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-16C multirole fighter aircraft released an inert upgraded B61 nuclear bomb during a development flight test over the Nellis Test and Training Range Complex on 14 March. This was the first test use of the upgraded B61, known as the B61-12, with an F-16 platform. Conducted by

  • Australia signs for enhanced JSM guidance capability

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an NOK150 million (USD17.4 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence Systems for the integration of an additional terminal guidance capability with the stand-off Joint Strike Missile (JSM). Designed for anti-surface warfare and naval fire support

  • US forces in Afghanistan drop first GBU-43/B MOAB in combat

    US Forces - Afghanistan struck what officials described as an Islamic State "tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan" on 13 April. Notably, the strike used a "GBU-43 bomb dropped from a US aircraft", US Forces - Afghanistan said in a statement. The

  • Hurkus conducts initial missile launch with L-UMTAS

    Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI's) Hurkus single-engine turboprop aircraft conducted an initial missile launch with a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided air-to-surface long-range anti-tank missile at the Firing Test and Evaluation Centre range near Karapinar, Konya, on 7 March. Developed by TIA as a

  • MBDA completes Sea Venom/ANL carriage and jettison trials on Lynx

    Key Points MBDA has performed air carriage and jettison trials of the Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile from a Royal Navy Lynx HMA.8 helicopter The initiative is designed to boost the export appeal of Sea Venom/ANL to legacy Lynx and Super Lynx users European missile house MBDA has successfully

  • Turkey's Hurkus undergoes debut missile test

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hurkus basic trainer/light attack aircraft conducted its first firing test with a missile on 7 March, launching a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided long-range air-to-surface anti-tank missile. The L-UMTAS missile, fired from a Hurkus at the Firing Test and

  • Raytheon ready to hand off SDB II testing to USAF

    Raytheon and the US Air Force (USAF) have conducted the first-ever demonstration of a Small Diameter Bomb II's (SDB II's) ability to hit a moving target in adverse weather. A second test, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base's overwater range demonstrated the ability of a Joint Terminal Attack

  • RAF prepares to ramp up Project Centurion testing for Typhoon

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to shortly begin intensive trials and tests of the Project Centurion configuration that is earmarked for the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 combat aircraft from the end of 2018. Speaking to Jane's at RAF Coningsby, the commanding officer of 41 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation

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