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  • CASC readies CH-5 UAV for production

    A production-ready model of Chinese defence prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s (CASC’s) latest Cai Hong 5 (Rainbow 5, or CH-5) strike capable medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made its maiden flight on 14 July, less than two years

  • DoD awards first LRASM production contract

    The US military is to receive its first air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) in the third quarter of 2019, under a Department of Defense (DoD) contract awarded on 25 July. The contract, which is valued at USD86.5 million, will see Lockheed Martin Missiles and

  • Egypt receives first single-seat Rafales

    Egypt has received the first of eight single-seat Dassault Rafale C multirole combat aircraft, the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 26 July. Two aircraft making up the fourth installment of Rafale deliveries (the previous three installments being made up of twin-seat Rafale B

  • High frontiers: Maritime BMD developments in Europe

    European navies are viewing maritime ballistic missile defence requirements through a number of different prisms. Richard Scott reports History was made on 20 October 2015 when a US Navy (USN) Aegis guided-missile destroyer became the first ship to perform a live intercept of an exo-atmospheric

  • SAT develops SR-10-based UAV concept

    Russia’s Modern Aviation Technologies (SAT - Sovremennye Aviatsionnye Teknologii) Design Bureau has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) concept based on its SR-10 jet trainer aircraft. Dubbed the AR-10 Argument, a SAT representative told Jane’s that the concept aircraft is

  • China to take extra measures on border amid stand-off with India

    China has warned India that it will defend its territorial sovereignty "at all costs" and step up “targeted deployment” as the nuclear-armed neighbours remain locked in a stand-off over a border dispute that has lasted more than a month. Speaking at a press conference on 24

  • F-35 tracking to SDD flight trials completion by end of year

    Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) are on track to compete System Design and Development (SDD) flight testing of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme before the end of the year, it was announced on 25 July. The remaining development flight testing includes

  • KTRV modifies Kh-38ME missile for improved PAK 50 fit

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has modified its Kh-38ME direct attack air-to-surface guided missile to enable improved integration with the internal weapons bay of the Sukhoi PAK FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The Kh-38-family of air-launched short-range modular guided

  • Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

    The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing (Douglas) AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk (A-4KU and TA-4KU) fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurança to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane’s . The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to

  • MAKS 2017: Russia unveils export-oriented APR-3ME anti-submarine torpedo

    JSC Region state research and manufacturing enterprise, a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), unveiled its APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017. The APR-3ME is an upgraded and lighter variant of the APR-3E torpedo, featuring

  • Baltic leaders call for permanent surface-to-air missile deployment

    Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite on 20 July backed calls for the permanent deployment of the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air, air defence, and anti-missile systems to the Baltic states, local media have reported. “The speed of response to an airborne threat may be crucial. Therefore, it

  • Japan planning to equip F-2 fighters with supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Tokyo plans to start equipping Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 fighter aircraft with a new supersonic air-to-ship missile from the next fiscal year, according to a 19 July report by The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. The paper quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Japanese government will

  • New BVRAAM may have entered PLAAF service

    Images have emerged on Chinese online military forums showing a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) J-10C combat aircraft armed with what appears to be a new beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The fighter was photographed

  • Typhoon fires Brimstone for first time

    Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) of Typhoon moved forward with the first live firing of MBDA's Brimstone air-to-surface missile from the UK’s Instrumented Production Aircraft Six (IPA 6). MBDA on 14 July announced the successful firing, the first of nine designed to expand launch and range

  • First IRBM intercept test for THAAD

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in a test on 11 July, executed a successful intercept of a threat representative intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) with the Lockheed Martin-developed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The test, designated Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18,

  • SM-2 production re-starts to meet international demand

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy (USN) to restart production of the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missile for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Raytheon a fixed-price-incentive firm, firm-fixed-price

  • Sea Venom / ANL completes first live firing

    European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first powered-flight test of the new Anglo-French Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. Performed on 21 June at the DGA Essais de

  • Dynetics receives new Small Glide Munition contract

    US systems and technology house Dynetics has been awarded a USD10.9 million sole-source contract by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, for the supply of GBU-69B Small Glide Munition (SGM) All-Up-Rounds (AURs) for deployment by US Special Operations Command

  • MBDA unveils future 'family' of glide munitions

    MBDA is to introduce a new unpowered, stand-off air-launched munition capability to its air-to-surface guided weapons portfolio, through the development of what the company describes as a "family of all-up-round glide weapons" with the designation 'SmartGlider'. Optimised as a

  • USAF issues Sources Sought notice for rapid fielding of hypersonic strike weapon

    The US Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) on 29 June issued a Sources Sought notice for a rapidly-fielded and developed hypersonic, conventional air-launched strike weapon. According to the notice, capabilities statements are being sought from potential sources "that are capable of

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