• Rafael develops missile launcher for light helicopters

    A new missile launcher for light helicopters has been developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Known so far only as the Light Helicopter Launcher, the system carries two missiles and weighs just 27 kg compared to the 55 kg of Rafael's current four-missile launcher. Speaking to Jane's

  • UK to replenish Hellfire stock

    The UK is to replenish its stock of Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles at a cost of USD150 million. According to the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which announced the State Department approval for the sale on 16 March, the UK has requested 1,000

  • First ASRAAM guided firings conducted from F-35

    Key Points The trials mark the first time a UK-designed missile has been fired from the F-35, and also the first time a non-US missile has been fired from the platform. Guided firing trials expected to continue through to mid-2017 The F-35 Integrated Test Force - a joint team comprising prime

  • BAE Systems set to begin Brimstone firing trials with Typhoon

    Key Points Nine Brimstone separation trials are currently scheduled, beginning June 2017 There were 40 carriage trials conducted towards the end of 2016 BAE Systems is set to begin initial firing trials of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface precision attack weapon with the Eurofighter Typhoon

  • Roketsan adds third warhead option for Cirit

    Roketsan is offering a thermobaric warhead option for its Cirit 2.75/70 mm air-to-surface laser-guided rocket. Accordingly, the number of alternative warheads offered for Cirit, which previously featured two options including a multi-purpose warhead - with anti-armour, anti-personnel, and incendiary

  • Lockheed Martin announces Paragon direct attack munition

    Key Points Dual Mode Plus has been designated 'Paragon' as it moves from development to production Paragon has been successfully integrated on the F/A-18 with additional flight testing under way. F-16 integration and flight testing are programmed for Q2CY17. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire

  • Textron Systems finalises G-CLAW development

    Key Points Tests verify end-to-end guidance with incorporated SAL seeker Roll-on/roll-off CLT battle management system enables rapid re-arming, re-configuration of delivery platform Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems has finalised development of the G-CLAW air-launched precision-guided

  • USAF develops new signal processor for AMRAAM

    The US Air Force (USAF), in collaboration with Raytheon Missile Systems, is developing a new signal processor for the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Funded by the USAF, this development falls under the Form Fit Function Refresh(F3R) programme, which is designed to ensure AMRAAM

  • Russia to deploy anti-satellite weapon on MiG-31BM

    Key Points Initiative indicates a potential revival of the Soviet-era Kontakt programme MiG-31BM platform suggests a large missile that is likely to be launched from high altitude Russia's Aerospace Forces (VKF) is to deploy an anti-satellite weapon on its MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft, a VKF

  • IDEX 2017: China's FT-12 glide bomb gets rocket booster

    China's rocket-boosted precision-guided glide bomb, the Fei Teng FT-12, was revealed at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi by China Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd (ALIT), the marketing arm of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). While the existence of an FT-12

  • IDEX 2017: TL-2 to offer wider range of guidance systems

    Further details have emerged of the capabilities of the TL-2 (Thunder Lightning 2) missile. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017, a representative of the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation said that the missile is now in service with the Chinese military, although he declined

  • Aero India 2017: Bazalt pushes bombs and rockets to India

    Russia's Bazalt, a subsidiary of the Techmash Concern, has displayed a range of bombs and rockets for the Indian market. Speaking at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore, a Bazalt official confirmed to Jane's that the PBK-500U SPBE-K unified glide cluster bomb development is in final stage of

  • Aero India 2017: Rafael to offer Derby Mk III under 'Make in India' initiative

    Israel's Rafael is offering to locally build its Derby Mk III beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) for India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the company told Jane's on 14 February. India's Tejas LCA platform has already successfully been configured with the baseline Derby missile as part

  • USAF seeks interim 500 lb bomb with moving target capability for F-35

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking an interim 500 lb-class weapon with a moving target capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). A `sources sought' notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 February calls for information from the US

  • China's AR-2 UAV-capable air-to-surface missile ready for export, says report

    China can now offer foreign users of its Cai Hong (Rainbow) family of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) its AR-2 short-range semi-active laser (SAL) air-to-surface missile for use in anti-terrorism operations and low-intensity conflicts, the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on 3

  • Russia, India developing lightweight BrahMos variant, says report

    India and Russia are developing a new lightweight variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for use on submarines and the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii) fifth-generation fighter, Russia's TASS news agency reported on 27 January. "We are working

  • First JASSMs delivered to Poland

    Poland has received its first batch of AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs), Polish deputy defence minister Bartosz Kownacki announced. The missiles were ordered in December 2014 in an arms package worth USD250 million. The sale includes 40 AGM-158As, and the modernisation of

  • China's H-6K bomber shows new strike capabilities

    Images posted in Chinese online forums in late December 2016 show for the first time a Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6K bomber carrying what appear to be six 250 kg bombs on each of its six under-wing pylons for a total of 36 bombs: a new demonstration of the aircraft's strike capabilities.

  • India successfully tests its locally developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired its Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on the country's east coast, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi

  • JSM completes first powered flight test

    Key Points Two additional flight tests from an F-16 are planned for 2017 Qualification of the missile will be completed on 2018 Kongsberg conducted the first long-range powered flight test of the developmental Joint Strike Missile (JSM) over the Utah Test and Training Range in the United States

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