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  • DRDO completes development trials of Astra BVRAAM

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the Astra beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The final flight tests of the locally developed weapon system were conducted from 11–14 September over the Bay of

  • MBDA revives Fire Shadow for Polish LM requirement

    European missile house MBDA has resurrected its Fire Shadow weapon system to potentially address the requirements of a Polish request for information (RfI) relating to the acquisition of a loitering munition (LM) capability. The Fire Shadow indirect fire precision attack weapon was originally

  • RoKAF successfully test-fires Taurus KEPD 350K cruise missile

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) announced on 13 September it had successfully test-fired one of its recently acquired German-built KEPD 350K air-to-surface cruise missiles. The missile was fired from an F-15K Slam Eagle fighter over the Yellow Sea (also known as the West Sea) and flew some

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

  • DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

    Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told Jane’s . Poland has been a potential market for the

  • DRDO completes development trials of Nag ATGM

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on 9 September the completion of development trials of the Nag (Snake) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), shortly after conducting further successful flight tests of the weapon. The third-generation fire-and-forget

  • USAF awards separate TMRR contracts for LRSO development

    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNCW) on 23 August disclosed separate cost-plus-fixed-fee contract awards – each valued at “approximately USD900 million” – to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase in the

  • Roketsan begins serial production of UMTAS IIR

    Roketsan has begun serial production of the UMTAS (Uzun Menzilli Tanksavar Sistemi) imaging infrared (UMTAS-IIR) variant, long-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), following successful finalisation of the development and qualification of the missile – including firing trials from a Turkish

  • LRASM tactical configuration completes first flight from B-1B

    A first firing of a production-representative, tactical configuration AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has been completed from a US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber. Conducted on 17 August over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, the LRASM all-up-round executed a number of

  • Images indicate possible precision-guided version of China's KD-20 LACM

    Key Points China may have developed a new optically guided version of the KD-20 land attack cruise missile Such a weapon would allow aircraft like the H-6K bomber to conduct attacks from greater stand-off ranges An image appearing on a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)-linked webpage

  • Thales progresses laser-guided BAT-120 munition

    Thales, with support from the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) – the French government defence procurement and technology agency – is progressing the development of a new 120 mm laser-guided, unpowered, air-to-surface munition evolved from the legacy Thomson Brandt

  • Singapore to despatch F-16 fighters for training exercise in New Zealand

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will deploy six F-16D+ combat aircraft, as well as 110 personnel and associated support equipment, for a flying training exercise to be hosted by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) from 30 August to 25 September at the Ohakea airbase. New Zealand's

  • New wing design adds range to JASSM-ER

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD37.7 million contract for the continued development of a new wing design to equip Lot 17 and follow-on production models of the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) conventional precision-guided

  • 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

  • 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

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