• Raytheon to leverage hypersonic R&D for next-generation AAM solution

    Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) is expected to leverage its expanded research in hypersonic weapons technologies to inform the development of its next-generation air-to-air missile solution as a follow-on to the current AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) capability. Over the

  • Som-A missile enters service in Turkey

    Roketsan's SOM-A stand-off air-to-surface missile, with a range of over 250 km, has entered the inventory of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), the Turkish Ministry of Defence tweeted on 13 June. "The delivery of SOM-B1s to the TSK has, meanwhile, been continuing," it said. However, the

  • MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role

    The United States is looking to field a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) towards the middle of the next decade, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) disclosed on 13 June. In a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)

  • Raytheon contracted for extended-range JSOW test

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy (USN) to test an extended-range (ER) variant of the air-launched AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW). The USD8.86 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract will see the company conduct a flight test demonstration of the powered JSOW C-1

  • French Navy HIL helicopters to carry Sea Venom/ANL missile

    Key Points MBDA's Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile will be carried by the new HIL in French Navy service The Airbus Helicopters H160 forms the basis for the HIL programme The French Navy is planning to arm its new Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger (HIL) helicopters with MBDA's Sea

  • New ramjet engine to enhance range, speed of China's air-launched missiles

    China has successfully tested a solid-fuel, variable-flow ramjet engine designed to enhance the firing range and speed of air-launched missiles, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 5 June. The paper quoted a report by the Science and Technology Daily of China's Ministry of Science

  • Germany to acquire Mk 54 torpedoes for P-3 aircraft

    The German Navy is planning to replace the existing Mk 46 lightweight torpedo (LWT) carried by its P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft with the Raytheon Mk 54. Commander René Levien, a German Navy Staff underwater warfare expert, told the Undersea Defence Technology conference in Bremen that

  • TDW advances SPEAR warhead solution

    TDW, a wholly owned subsidiary of MBDA Germany, is evolving the design and development of a new unique warhead for the SPEAR stand-off air-to-surface weapon. SPEAR is the MBDA UK solution for the UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 3 (SPEAR Cap 3)

  • Textron Systems finalises development of Fury glide munition

    Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems has finalised development of the Fury lightweight air-launched precision-guided glide munition. Marketed jointly by Textron and Thales UK for the global market, the munition is derived from technologies in the Lightweight Multirole Missile (LMM) family of

  • Kuwaiti Hornets to get Sniper targeting pods

    Lockheed Martin announced on 15 May it will begin deliveries of its AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to the Kuwaiti Air Force (KAF) in 2018. It said the pods had been ordered for the KAF's F/A-18C/D Hornet multirole fighters to meet an urgent operational requirement. "Sniper ATP

  • India's Tejas LCA successfully test-fires Derby BVRAAM

    India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) has successfully test-fired a Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Derby beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) in radar-guided mode. "The missile launch was performed in 'lock-on after launch mode' for a beyond-visual-range (BVR) target in the

  • Tactical targets: US addresses naval aviation challenges in a rapidly changing landscape

    Although US naval TACAIR is without operational parallel, the navy and marines face significant challenges to maintain their edge and relevance. The JNI editorial team - Mike Fabey , Richard Scott , Martin Streetly , and Anika Torruella - explores progress, pitfalls, and potential Since 2010, US

  • IDEF 2017: First Turkish air-to-air missiles revealed

    Two indigenous Turkish air-to-air missiles have been revealed by Tübitak Sage at the IDEF 2017 defence exhibition in Istanbul: the first such air-to-air missiles to be developed by the country. Comprising the within-visual-range missile known as the Gökdogan ('Peregrine') and

  • USAF adds JDAM to MQ-9 Reaper inventory

    The US Air Force (USAF) has added the GPS-guided GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) to its current inventory of air-launched weapons (GBU-12 Paveway II, AGM-114 Hellfire) for the MQ-Reaper remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS). For the first time in combat operations, an MQ-9 operated by

  • Europe picks up pace of Meteor integration

    Integration of the MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto Europe's fighter aircraft has stepped up a gear with the announcements towards the end of April of three major milestones within a few days of each other. With the 100+ km BVRAAM missile already operational and

  • As China ascends, PACOM chief wants more lethal weapons, submarines

    The US military in the Asia-Pacific region wants longer-range weapons and more submarines, Admiral Harry Harris, head of US Pacific Command (PACOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 26 April. "China has developed and fielded capability and capacity to challenge our regional maritime

  • UK MoD green lights Meteor integration on F-35B

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has officially approved the integration of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the UK F-35B Lightning II multirole stealth aircraft under one of a raft of separate missile-related contract awards to MBDA announced on 21 April. A GBP41

  • F-35 drops PGM on a moving target using Block 3F software

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has for the first time dropped a Raytheon GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided munition (PGM) against a moving target using the aircraft's Block 3F software. The inert drop, which was announced on 20

  • Inert, upgraded B61 gravity bomb dropped by USAF F-16C

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-16C multirole fighter aircraft released an inert upgraded B61 nuclear bomb during a development flight test over the Nellis Test and Training Range Complex on 14 March. This was the first test use of the upgraded B61, known as the B61-12, with an F-16 platform. Conducted by

  • Australia signs for enhanced JSM guidance capability

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an NOK150 million (USD17.4 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence Systems for the integration of an additional terminal guidance capability with the stand-off Joint Strike Missile (JSM). Designed for anti-surface warfare and naval fire support

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