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  • Hurkus conducts initial missile launch with L-UMTAS

    Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI's) Hurkus single-engine turboprop aircraft conducted an initial missile launch with a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided air-to-surface long-range anti-tank missile at the Firing Test and Evaluation Centre range near Karapinar, Konya, on 7 March. Developed by TIA as a

  • MBDA completes Sea Venom/ANL carriage and jettison trials on Lynx

    Key Points MBDA has performed air carriage and jettison trials of the Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile from a Royal Navy Lynx HMA.8 helicopter The initiative is designed to boost the export appeal of Sea Venom/ANL to legacy Lynx and Super Lynx users European missile house MBDA has successfully

  • Turkey's Hurkus undergoes debut missile test

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hurkus basic trainer/light attack aircraft conducted its first firing test with a missile on 7 March, launching a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided long-range air-to-surface anti-tank missile. The L-UMTAS missile, fired from a Hurkus at the Firing Test and

  • Raytheon ready to hand off SDB II testing to USAF

    Raytheon and the US Air Force (USAF) have conducted the first-ever demonstration of a Small Diameter Bomb II's (SDB II's) ability to hit a moving target in adverse weather. A second test, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base's overwater range demonstrated the ability of a Joint Terminal Attack

  • RAF prepares to ramp up Project Centurion testing for Typhoon

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to shortly begin intensive trials and tests of the Project Centurion configuration that is earmarked for the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 combat aircraft from the end of 2018. Speaking to Jane's at RAF Coningsby, the commanding officer of 41 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation

  • FMV orders new anti-ship missile for Swedish armed forces

    Saab Dynamics has been awarded a SEK3.2 billion (USD358.5 million) contract by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of a new, next-generation RBS15 anti-ship missile to equip the Royal Swedish Navy's Visby-class corvettes and Swedish Air Force JAS

  • Saab to develop Sweden's next-generation anti-ship missile

    Saab has signed a SEK3.2 billion (USD358.5 million) contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and production of a new-generation extended-range anti-ship missile system to enter service with the Swedish armed forces in the early 2020s. Building on the

  • UK funds initial SPEAR Cap 3 integration for F-35B

    Key Points The UK has funded initial de-risking of SPEAR Cap 3 integration on the F-35B Lightning II SPEAR Cap 3 integration is planned as part of the Block 4 update The United Kingdom has funded initial integration of the Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 on the F-35B

  • UK, France sign off FC/ASW concept phase

    On 28 March the UK and France signed a new weapon system agreement initiating a three-year concept phase to develop the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme. The FC/ASW programme - which will be executed by MBDA - will examine options to replace and improve existing Naval and Air Force

  • USAF completes verification of new GPS anti-jam architecture for JASSM

    The US Air Force (USAF) has finalised product upgrade verification (PUV) flight tests of GPS anti-jam software and hardware for the AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and AGM-158B JASSM-Extended Range (ER) long-range, conventionally armed, precision stealth weapons in

  • Rafael develops missile launcher for light helicopters

    A new missile launcher for light helicopters has been developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Known so far only as the Light Helicopter Launcher, the system carries two missiles and weighs just 27 kg compared to the 55 kg of Rafael's current four-missile launcher. Speaking to Jane's

  • UK to replenish Hellfire stock

    The UK is to replenish its stock of Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles at a cost of USD150 million. According to the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which announced the State Department approval for the sale on 16 March, the UK has requested 1,000

  • First ASRAAM guided firings conducted from F-35

    Key Points The trials mark the first time a UK-designed missile has been fired from the F-35, and also the first time a non-US missile has been fired from the platform. Guided firing trials expected to continue through to mid-2017 The F-35 Integrated Test Force - a joint team comprising prime

  • BAE Systems set to begin Brimstone firing trials with Typhoon

    Key Points Nine Brimstone separation trials are currently scheduled, beginning June 2017 There were 40 carriage trials conducted towards the end of 2016 BAE Systems is set to begin initial firing trials of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface precision attack weapon with the Eurofighter Typhoon

  • Roketsan adds third warhead option for Cirit

    Roketsan is offering a thermobaric warhead option for its Cirit 2.75/70 mm air-to-surface laser-guided rocket. Accordingly, the number of alternative warheads offered for Cirit, which previously featured two options including a multi-purpose warhead - with anti-armour, anti-personnel, and incendiary

  • Lockheed Martin announces Paragon direct attack munition

    Key Points Dual Mode Plus has been designated 'Paragon' as it moves from development to production Paragon has been successfully integrated on the F/A-18 with additional flight testing under way. F-16 integration and flight testing are programmed for Q2CY17. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire

  • Textron Systems finalises G-CLAW development

    Key Points Tests verify end-to-end guidance with incorporated SAL seeker Roll-on/roll-off CLT battle management system enables rapid re-arming, re-configuration of delivery platform Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems has finalised development of the G-CLAW air-launched precision-guided

  • USAF develops new signal processor for AMRAAM

    The US Air Force (USAF), in collaboration with Raytheon Missile Systems, is developing a new signal processor for the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Funded by the USAF, this development falls under the Form Fit Function Refresh(F3R) programme, which is designed to ensure AMRAAM

  • Russia to deploy anti-satellite weapon on MiG-31BM

    Key Points Initiative indicates a potential revival of the Soviet-era Kontakt programme MiG-31BM platform suggests a large missile that is likely to be launched from high altitude Russia's Aerospace Forces (VKF) is to deploy an anti-satellite weapon on its MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft, a VKF

  • IDEX 2017: China's FT-12 glide bomb gets rocket booster

    China's rocket-boosted precision-guided glide bomb, the Fei Teng FT-12, was revealed at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi by China Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd (ALIT), the marketing arm of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). While the existence of an FT-12

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