• Raytheon finalises SDB II developmental testing

    Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) has finalised the developmental testing (DT) campaign for the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) network-enabled precision-guided glide munition. Developed under a US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) joint interest programme (with the USAF as the

  • USMC deploys APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has confirmed the introduction of the BAE Systems WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed first operational flights in a news release on

  • US Navy finalises JSOW internal integration on F-35C

    The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), has completed the final development test (DT) for the internal integration of the AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW) air-to-surface glide weapon on the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Announced on 17 April,

  • DSA 2018: Thales’ FZ220 rocket launcher completes qualification for MD 530G helicopter

    Thales Belgium’s FZ220 rocket launcher has completed its qualification process for MD Helicopters Inc’s (MDHI’s) MD 530G light attack helicopter. The development follows comprehensive live-fire trials carried out in March at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) facility

  • Italian Air Force finalises AARGM OT&E campaign

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has finalised the operational evaluation and testing (OT&E) of its AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block 1 supersonic air-to-surface missile system with a live fire campaign at the US Naval Air Weapons Station

  • Defexpo 2018: DRDO showcases guided variant of Pinaka Mk II rocket

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased a guided version of the locally developed 214 mm Pinaka Mk II rocket at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The weapon, which is being developed by the DRDO’s Armament Research and

  • GBU-49 to meet urgent moving target requirement for USMC F-35Bs

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to receive 300 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) with an interim moving target capability. The US Air Force Material Command (AFMC) said on 10

  • USAF to launch LRSO and B-52 integration in 2019

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to begin integrating the nuclear-capable Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile onto its Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the beginning of 2019, the service disclosed on 10 April. As noted in a presolicitation notification issued by Air Force Materiel

  • AARGM-ER development to begin in 2019

    The US Navy (USN) aims to improve the reach of its AGM-88E Block 1 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) with a new extended range (ER) variant that could be fielded by 2023. The AGM-88E Block 1 AARGM is now in full-rate production and more than 600 have been delivered, but the USN

  • Qatar to arm Apache helos with APKWS II

    Qatar is to arm its Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II guided rocket. US State Department approval for the sale of 5,000 of the 70 mm rocket kits to the Gulf state was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation

  • Saab Dynamics awarded USD28 million contract for Taurus KEPD 350 components

    Taurus Systems GmbH has awarded Saab Dynamics a SEK236 million (USD28.12 million) for the supply of components and hardware for the Taurus KEPD 350 modular stand-off precision missile system. Taurus Systems is a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland (67%) and Saab Dynamics AB (33%) for the

  • Turkey carries out first test firing of air-to-air missiles

    Turkey has successfully test fired its first Gokdogan (Peregrine) and Bozdogan (Merlin) air-to-air missiles at a range close to the Black Sea town of Sinop, the state-owned Anatolia news agency reported on 25 March. The first ballistic tests of the missiles involved firing them from the ground. The

  • MBDA to develop ‘Brimstone 3’

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded MBDA in the United Kingdom a GBP400 million (USD565 million) contract to develop, manufacture, and deliver a new spirally developed Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP) variant of the Brimstone 2 precision-guided air-to-surface missile. Brimstone 2 CSP

  • Russia deploys cruise missiles in all strategic directions

    Russia has deployed long-range sea- and air-launched cruise missiles in all strategic directions, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces said. "Specific attention is being paid to precision weapons to increase effectiveness," First Deputy Defence Minister Army General

  • France looks to MAST-F options

    The French Direction générale de l’armement (DGA – Directorate General of Armaments) has awarded MBDA in France a EUR1.657 million (USD204.3 million) contract to submit detail on three air-to-surface missile options to inform a French Army decision on its Future Tactical

  • Russian Aerospace Forces take delivery of 'new' Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile

    The Russian Aerospace Forces have taken delivery of the Kinzhal (Dagger) – an air-launched, precision-guided ballistic missile designed to engage ground-based and seaborne targets. Also referred to by its air-to-ground missile code of Kh-47M2, the Kinzhal has been shown being carried by, and

  • LRASM moves forward with successful test firing

    The air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) is on course to provide the US Navy (USN) with an early anti-surface warfare (ASuW) Increment 1 capability following a sixth successful test firing announced by the company on 19 March. The test saw two

  • USSOCOM boosts GBU-69/B SGM stocks

    The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to award Dynetics Inc. a sole-source contract for the supply of additional GBU-69B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) and related engineering support between calendar year (CY) 2018 and CY 2022, according to a USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice

  • Russia unveils Kinzhal hypersonic missile

    The Russian Ministry of Defence has released video of a modified MiG-31BM interceptor conducting a combat training launch of a Kinzhal (Dagger, high-precision hypersonic missile, also referred to as the Kh-47M2). The footage, placed online on 10 March, shows the crew scrambling to the fighter and

  • US seeks 400 GBU-49 PGMs as interim moving target munition for F-35

    The US military is to procure 400 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) with an interim moving target capability. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), which is the

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