• New BVRAAM may have entered PLAAF service

    Images have emerged on Chinese online military forums showing a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) J-10C combat aircraft armed with what appears to be a new beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The fighter was photographed

  • Typhoon fires Brimstone for first time

    Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) of Typhoon moved forward with the first live firing of MBDA's Brimstone air-to-surface missile from the UK’s Instrumented Production Aircraft Six (IPA 6). MBDA on 14 July announced the successful firing, the first of nine designed to expand launch and range

  • First IRBM intercept test for THAAD

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in a test on 11 July, executed a successful intercept of a threat representative intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) with the Lockheed Martin-developed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The test, designated Flight Test THAAD (FTT)-18,

  • SM-2 production re-starts to meet international demand

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy (USN) to restart production of the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missile for Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Raytheon a fixed-price-incentive firm, firm-fixed-price

  • Sea Venom / ANL completes first live firing

    European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first powered-flight test of the new Anglo-French Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. Performed on 21 June at the DGA Essais de

  • Dynetics receives new Small Glide Munition contract

    US systems and technology house Dynetics has been awarded a USD10.9 million sole-source contract by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, for the supply of GBU-69B Small Glide Munition (SGM) All-Up-Rounds (AURs) for deployment by US Special Operations Command

  • MBDA unveils future 'family' of glide munitions

    MBDA is to introduce a new unpowered, stand-off air-launched munition capability to its air-to-surface guided weapons portfolio, through the development of what the company describes as a "family of all-up-round glide weapons" with the designation 'SmartGlider'. Optimised as a

  • USAF issues Sources Sought notice for rapid fielding of hypersonic strike weapon

    The US Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) on 29 June issued a Sources Sought notice for a rapidly-fielded and developed hypersonic, conventional air-launched strike weapon. According to the notice, capabilities statements are being sought from potential sources "that are capable of

  • US military deploys JASSMs to South Korea, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has deployed the air-launched Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to South Korea for use by US Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighters operating from Kunsan Air Base, according to a Yonhap news agency report. "USFK has more than 10 long-range precision-guided

  • SM-6 Block 1A missile completes final land-based test

    The US Navy (USN) has successfully completed a third and final land-based flight test of the new Block IA variant of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Extended Range Active Missile, paving the way for at-sea testing to start later this year. Developed and manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems, the

  • 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

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