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  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Syria claims improved performance against Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military has claimed it shot down five Israeli missiles on 1 and 4 December. The state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited an informed source as saying that Israel launched 12 surface-to-surface missiles at a military site in Damascus province at 0030 h on 1 December; two were shot down

  • As Tomahawk production ends, Raytheon targets upgrades

    With the Tomahawk cruise missile production run scheduled to end in the coming year, Raytheon is looking to improve the missile and control systems to make the weapon relevant and attractive for US Navy (USN) and other potential customers through the next decade, Chris Sprinkle, the company's senior

  • Air-launched BrahMos NG missile likely to be ready by 2019, says report

    Following the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) first successful test launch of the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter, India is seeking to finalise development of the lighter BrahMos NG variant by 2019, according to a 26 November report by the

  • India successfully test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI fighter

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 November against a target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5 tonne, two-stage, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) was

  • AFRL awards final component contract for SHiELD development

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to design, develop, and industrialise the Laser Advancement for Next-generation Compact Environments (LANCE) component of its embryonic airborne Self-protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) programme.

  • Congress approves Patriot sale to Poland

    US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) on 14 November notified Congress of a possible USD10.5 billion (PLN37.8 billion) Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of an Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS)-enabled Patriot Configuration-3+ (PAC-3+) with modernized

  • Brazil’s GESPI finalises new 70 mm air-launched rocket

    Brazil’s GESPI Defense Systems has finalised development of its self-funded 70 mm/2.75 inch calibre Strike-70 unguided air-to-surface rocket. The certification phase of the Strike-70 was completed on 31 October with an undisclosed number of firings conducted from a ground-based LAU-68/A

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Raytheon offering new AMRAAM-ER for NASAMS-type applications

    Following a successful test firing in May 2016, Raytheon is now offering an extended-range, ground-launched, air defence variant of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Officially designated as AMRAAM-ER, the new missile is available only in the air defence role and there

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: MDBA gives more details on SmartGlider PGM

    European missile house MBDA revealed more details of its SmartGlider precision-guided munition (PGM) system at this year’s Dubai Airshow. The weapon was revealed for the first time in June at the Paris Airshow and the company is touting it as an effective weapon for the suppression of enemy

  • Norway cleared to buy follow-on AMRAAMs

    The US State Department has approved the potential sale of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Norway. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 15 November, covers 60 AIM-120C-7-variant missiles, plus spares,

  • BAE Systems commences production of LRASM sensor

    BAE Systems has commenced series production of the advanced passive radio frequency (RF) mid-course sensor equipping the US Navy’s (USN’s) new air-launched AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following receipt of a USD40 million Lot 1 contract from LRASM prime contractor

  • India conducts successful test flight of SAAW glide bomb

    The Indian government announced on 3 November that the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully flight-tested the indigenously developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur on the country’s east coast. The Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a

  • Canada cleared to buy latest-variant AMRAAM

    Canada has become the second export customer cleared to buy the latest variant Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM), with approval being announced on 1 November. The Canadian government has been cleared by the US State Department to procure up to 32 AIM-120D-variant

  • United States, Canada eye AMRAAM sale

    The US Department of State approved a possible USD140 million Foreign Military Sale to Canada of Raytheon AIM-120D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs), the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 1 November. Canada requested as many as 32 AIM-120Ds, 18 AMRAAM Captive

  • US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for Paveway II Plus laser guided bombs

    Key Points The US Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for Paveway II Plus kit production Company said it has won nine-straight annual competitions The US Air Force (USAF) awarded Lockheed Martin a USD131 million contract for follow-on production of Paveway II Plus laser guided bomb (LGB)

  • US clears Venom sale to Czech Republic

    The potential sale of Bell UH-1Y Venom utility and assault helicopters to the Czech Republic has been approved by the US State Department, it was announced on 23 October. The Foreign Military Sale (FMS), which is valued at USD575 million, covers 12 helicopters, mission equipment, spares, support,

  • Denel details AAM developments

    South Africa’s state-owned Denel Group, in its “Twenty 16/17 Integrated Report” has detailed a number of development milestones in the air-launched guided weapons segment managed by the Group’s Denel Dynamics division. Released in late September, the report noted that the

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