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  • ESSM Block 2 completes GTV-1 flight test

    Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) have successfully executed a first guided flight test of the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile. Performed from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Self-Defense Test Ship (SDTS) in June, the Guided Test Vehicle-1 (GTV-1) event saw the new Block 2

  • Farnborough 2018: Spice 250 operational capability expected in 2019

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems’ Spice 250 precision-guided stand-off glide munition is expected to be declared operational in 2019, following the scheduled conclusion of the programme’s Full Scale Development (FSD) phase later this year. The company successfully completed a number of

  • New Russian long-range AAM integration to expand to four fighter models

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that its long-running Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile (AAM) programme is finishing its operational validation tests. The missile, which is capable of hitting targets up to 300 km away, has been in development with different variants since

  • Update: Joint Strike Missile development phase concluded

    Following the conclusion of missile qualification flight testing (FTM) in March, and a Final Design Review in late June, the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has announced that the development phase of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is now complete.

  • USMC trials Harvest HAWK upgrade

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has completed a five-week period of developmental and integrated test (DT/IT) live fire testing using a KC-130J Hercules aircraft configured with the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) Plus (HH+) roll-on/roll-off precision strike mission package. Front-line

  • Azerbaijan parades SOM cruise missile

    The Azerbaijani military displayed a Roketsan SOM cruise missile for the first time during its annual parade in Baku on 26 June. This is the first known export of the SOM, which Roketsan says has a range of more than 250 km with a high explosive/blast fragmentation warhead weighing approximately

  • USAF procures new and improved 'bunker buster' bombs

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a contract for a new penetrator warhead to replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. The award on 27 June will see Superior Forge and Steel Corporation deliver 300 (possibly rising to 3,500) of the improved BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Valued at

  • USAF looks to quadruple B-52 external weapons load

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to quadruple the weight of bombs that the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress is able to carry externally. According to a request for information (RFI) issued on 21 June, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is seeking a new external weapons pylon that will take the

  • New Grom air-to-surface missile undergoes flight tests

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) new Grom tactical air-to-ground missile is undergoing flight tests in readiness for commencing series production in November, according to a company presentation). Flight tests of the Grom, carried out on an Su-34 fighter-bomber, began at the end

  • IAI, IMI unveil Rampage stand-off air-to-surface missile

    Israel Aerospace Industries and IMI Systems have disclosed co-development of a new stand-off precision air-to-surface missile (ASM) system – designated Rampage - designed to address protected high value targets including command and control (C2) centres, air bases, maintenance centres, and

  • Dynetics ramps up GBU-69/B production for USSOCOM

    Huntsville-based Dynetics has been awarded a USD470 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to ramp up production levels of its GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The award follows an USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice, issued

  • Thailand procures IRIS-T missiles for F-5 fighters

    Thailand is to integrate the IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missile (AAM) onto its fleet of Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft, Diehl Defence announced on 18 June. A contract for an unspecified number of IRIS-Ts to equip the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF’s) F-5s was signed on 14

  • JAGM enters LRIP

    Low rate initial production (LRIP) of the US Army’s new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) has now commenced following the successful completion by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the Army’s Joint Attack Munitions Systems (JAMS) Project Office of the programme’s

  • Denel Dynamics sheds light on new C-RAM missile

    Denel Dynamics has released details of its Mongoose 3 counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) missile, which underwent its first flight tests in March and will be shown at Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show in South Africa in September. The transonic Mongoose 3 is being developed to

  • US Navy progresses HAAWC high-altitude ASW capability for Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is pushing ahead with plans to field the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), despite recent comments made to the contrary by some senior service officials. The aircraft original equipment

  • Lockheed Martin secures contract to prototype the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon

    The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCMC) has awarded Lockheed Martin an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design and develop a new stand-off hypersonic air-to-surface missile. Part of a drive by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to field a near-term hypersonic

  • Second Sea Venom/ANL missile test firing successful

    A Panther test helicopter of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, conducted the second successful test firing of the MBDA Sea Venom/Missile Antinavire Léger (ANL) light anti-ship missile on 18 April, the European missile house and

  • Russia to modernise some Kh-22 air-to-surface missiles

    Russia plans to modernise some retired Kh-22 (AS-4 ‘Kitchen’) air-to-surface missiles and return them to operational status, according to a 15 May report in Izvestia . Ministry of Defence sources told the newspaper a total of 32 missiles will be refurbished under a three-year contract

  • China’s Z-19E helicopter completes firing tests

    The export version of China’s Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has completed firing tests. HAIG’s parent company, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said in a 16 May statement that

  • DARPA developing affordable, generic seeker for precision guided weapons

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a low-cost seeker that will fit onto any air-deployed munition and can use parts from any company. Under its Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) programme, DAPRA is designing a seeker with a new open architecture that is

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