• 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

  • Aselsan’s LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits undergo firing tests

    Aselsan has begun firing tests of its LGK-84 laser-guided bomb kits, moving closer to serial production, the company says in its annual report. LGK-84s will be mounted on MK-84 general purpose bombs, which continue to be produced. The report noted that Aselsan is continuing deliveries of LGK-82 and

  • South Korea signs for additional Taurus cruise missiles

    South Korea has ordered a further 90 KEPD 350K Taurus air-launched cruise missiles to add to the nearly 200 it is believed to have already signed for. The procurement of the additional batch was disclosed by a spokesperson for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) on 13 March,

  • USSOCOM seeks Griffin missiles for gunships and other aircraft

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to issue a sole-source contract to Raytheon for the procurement of the AGM-176 Griffin powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard fixed-wing aircraft. The pre-solicitation posted by the command on 9 March covers up

  • US approves latest-variant Sidewinder sale to UAE

    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 300 of the latest variant Raytheon AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II short-range air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation

  • USAF launches effort to equip Reaper UAS with air-to-air missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to equip its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with an air-to-air missile (AAM) capability for the first time. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Medium Altitude UAS Division disclosed

  • Israeli Air Force declares SPICE 1000 operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March that the Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb had reached initial operational capability (IOC) on its F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft following a series of trials. The IAF said the guided bomb was integrated in recent months by the 190th and 110th Fighter

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom for surface-launched coastal defence role

    MBDA has launched an internal study to evaluate the application of its Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight medium-range anti-ship missile in a surface-launched role, as part of a networked multilayered coastal defence solution. Co-funded by the governments of France and the United

  • USMC set to deploy APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to introduce 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. In a 27 February Twitter post, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) released a photograph of APKWS loaded

  • USSOCOM seeks powered stand-off precision-guided munition for gunships and other aircraft

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has issued a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of a powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard gunship variants of the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and Cessna Grand Caravan, as well as for other undisclosed

  • Germany, Spain to acquire Thales FZ 70 mm rockets for Tiger fleets

    Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support and the Spanish Army’s Logistics Support Command have awarded Thales contracts of an undisclosed value to supply 70 mm (2.75 inch) air-to-surface rockets for their respective armed forces'

  • JASSM-ER achieves FOC on F-15E Strike Eagle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has declared full operational capability (FOC) of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missile on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole strike fighter. The USAF’s Seek Eagle Office – which leads

  • Yemeni rebels claim Patriot battery destroyed

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah group claimed on 10 February that it had destroyed the Patriot PAC-3 air defence system deployed to the Red Sea town of Al-Mukha (Mocha). It said this had been achieved in a joint operation by its missile and air defence forces, which bombarded the Patriot system. There

  • Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

    The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile. According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+

  • Airbus Helicopters conducts laser-guided rocket trials of HForce GWS

    Airbus Helicopters announced on 31 January the first rocket firing from an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce generic weapon system (GWS). The test, which took place in Sweden in early December 2017, saw the company demonstrate the ability of its HForce-equipped H145M helicopter to

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