• Trump to nominate Heather Wilson as USAF secretary

    President Donald Trump announced on 23 January that he plans to nominate Heather Wilson, a former congresswoman, to become the next secretary of the US Air Force (USAF). Wilson is a USAF Academy graduate, current president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and formerly a New Mexican

  • 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

  • Upgraded South Korean F-16s capable of striking key North Korean underground targets, says report

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has enhanced the capability of some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters by equipping them with bombs and missiles respectively capable of hitting key underground facilities in North Korea and shooting down combat aircraft at long-range, RoKAF officials told

  • China's Liaoning carrier battle group conducts first live-fire drill

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted its first live-fire exercise for its aircraft carrier battle group, the China Daily newspaper quoted the PLAN as saying in a statement. Liaoning , the country's first aircraft carrier, performed "various drills with several destroyers

  • DARIN-III-equipped Jaguars receive Indian IOC

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received initial operational clearance (IOC) for its upgraded SEPECAT Jaguar fighters featuring the locally developed Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation-III (DARIN-III) avionics suite for precision bombing. Subhash Bhamre, minister of state for defence, told

  • Diehl develops air-to-surface capability for IRIS-T AAM

    Key Points Upgraded software insertion is the only requirement for the IRIS-T air-to-surface solution No further air-to-surface trials currently planned with F-16 or other platforms The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has tested a new air-to-surface capability developed by Diehl BGT Defence for

  • China unveils 5th-Generation PL-10E AAM

    Key Points The PL-10E will be sold as a potential weapons upgrade for existing 4th-generation fighter fleets, or as part of a package with the Chengdu J-10B or Shenyang FC-31 fighter aircraft PL-10/PL-10E has a maximum range of 20 km During the 11th China International Aviation & Aerospace

  • Korea to develop air-to-surface missiles for KFX aircraft

    South Korea's military procurement agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), has launched a programme to develop an indigenous long-range air-to-surface missile to equip its next-generation Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft, a DAPA official confirmed to IHS Jane's.

  • UK-specific weapons testing of F-35 continues with guided Paveway IV drop

    UK-specific weapons trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) have continued with the first guided drop of a Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided munition (PGM) announced on 5 December. A US Marine Corps aircraft assigned to the 461st Flight Test Squadron dropped

  • USAF issues draft RfP for improved 'bunker buster' bomb

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a draft request for proposals (RfP) for a new penetrator warhead to replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. The draft RfP for the BLU-137/B Penetrator Warhead, released on 2 December, covers low-rate initial production (LRIP) and four full-rate

  • Images show PLAAF testing possible new air-to-air missile

    China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has been flight testing what appears to be a new long-range air-to-air missile (AAM), according to images posted on Chinese online forums. Published on the social media platform Weibo on 20 November, the photographs show a PLAAF Shenyang Aircraft

  • Poland requests to buy 70 JASSM-ER missiles

    Poland has requested to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) with related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 November. The JASSM-ER is fitted with a more efficient Williams

  • USN plans extended range JSOW test

    Key Points NAVAIR plans a contract award to Raytheon in early 2017 for JSOW ER all-up-round test support Scope of work includes adding a production-representative engine/fuel/inlet system, and software modifications to optimise mid-course/endgame performance The US Navy (USN) is finalising plans

  • Raytheon, Lockheed awarded HAWC research contracts

    Key Points The HAWC programme aims to mature critical technologies to develop an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile HAWC will leverage advances in hypersonics made under earlier funded programmes including Falcon, HyFly, and X-51 The US Defense Advanced Research

  • Rafael unveils 'hybrid' Spike Typhoon MLS development

    Key Points New all-missile Typhoon MLS variant deploys two Spike-ER and one Spike-NLOS missile Development expected to be finalised 'shortly Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is evolving a 'hybrid' variant of its Typhoon MLS (missile launch system) family of stabilised naval weapon stations. The

  • IOMAX showcases Archangel to US Marine Corps

    IOMAX demonstrated the capabilities of its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) to the US Marine Corps (USMC) during a series of recent training courses in southern California and Arizona. In mid-October a pair of Archangels took part in a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course at the Marine

  • European and US defence companies report third quarter profits

    European and US defence companies began publishing reports covering the third quarter of their 2016 financial year on 24 October, with results revealed ranging from a 21.5% rise in operating income at Saab to a 29.3% fall in Airbus's profits on a similar measure. Airbus and Safran The same day as

  • Scorpion jet performs first weapons trials

    Textron AirLand conducted the first air-to-surface weapons trials of its Scorpion jet during a series of live-firings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in mid-October. The firings, which took place from 10 to 14 October and announced on 19 October, saw the Scorpion fire the Lockheed

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