• GTV tests loom for ESSM Block 2

    Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) are gearing up for two key live test events for the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 programme. Planned to occur on the Self-Defence Test Ship (SDTS) by the end of the first quarter of this year, Guided Test Vehicle-1 (GTV-1) and GTV-2 will exercise

  • Japan completes development of ASM-3 supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Japan has completed development of its first domestically designed supersonic air-to-ship missile, according to a 7 January report by The Mainichi newspaper. Known as the ASM-3, the radar-guided missile is set to enter series production in Fiscal Year 2019, said the report, adding that development

  • US Navy begins JAGM flight-testing on AH-1Z Viper

    The US Navy (USN) on 5 December 2017 conducted the first flight test of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) on a US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. According to a US Naval Air Systems Command report released on 9

  • BAE Systems contracted to integrate APKWS II onto USMC legacy Hornets

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a USD577,300 contract to integrate the WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) onto F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The contract, which was awarded on 3 October 2017 but not disclosed until 10 January,

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK plans to test 6 lb air-dropped Hatchet munition in 2018

    In 2018 Orbital ATK plans to conduct live-fire guide-to-hit trials with an all-up Hatchet air-launched munition, an internally funded effort to develop a 6 lb (2.72 kg) precision-guided weapon. Company officials told Jane’s that, although it has a small explosive charge, Hatchet’s

  • Russia set to finalise PBK-500U glide bomb evaluation

    Vladimir Lepin, head of Russia’s Techmash Corporation, disclosed on 8 January that NPO Bazalt company, a subsidiary of Techmash, is close to accomplishing state evaluations of a new aerial bomb, designated ‘Drel’. “After successful completion of the state tests in 2018, this

  • Poland orders AMRAAMs for its F-16s

    On 27 December the Polish Ministry of National Defence announced that it had ordered 95 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for its F-16C/D Block 52 fighters in a contract worth PLN590 million (USD171 million). The deal was preceded by the US State Department’s

  • Turkish military receives first SOM B1s

    The first batch of seven Roketsan Stand-off-Munition B1 (SOM-B1) air-to-surface cruise missiles have been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces, the country’s Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) stated on 4 January. SOM cruise missiles come in four different variants: the SOM-A, SOM-J,

  • Russian bombers to be armed with new Kh-50 theatre-level cruise missile

    Russian sources in early December disclosed the designation ‘Kh-50’ for new Russian airborne theatre-level (substrategic) cruise missile. Purchases of production Kh-50 missiles are planned under Russia’s State Armament Programme for 2018–27 (GPV-2027), the sources added.

  • 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

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