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  • 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)

  • 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

  • USN declares full operational capability for JSOW C-1 glide weapon

    The US Navy (USN) has declared Full Operational Capability with its first air-to-ground network-enabled weapon (NEW) capable of attacking stationary land and moving maritime targets. Announcing the milestone on 11 October, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed that all USN tactical

  • Saab contracted to supply PFS for Meteor BVRAAM

    Saab has signed a contract worth approximately SEK150 million (USD18.4 million) with MBDA to deliver the radar proximity fuze subsystem (PFS) for the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). Deliveries to MBDA will take place during the 2020-2021 timeframe. The PFS, which is developed

  • AMRDEC to assess Thales induction rocket technology

    The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October. Under the provisions of the FTAS

  • US Air Force ramping up JDAM, SDB I munition production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up production of its Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) munitions, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, military deputy,

  • Japan to receive additional AMRAAM missiles

    Japan is to receive a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) following approval of a potential sale by the US State Department. The approval, announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 October, covers 56 AIM-120C-7-variant

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