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  • Kongsberg prepares to qualify the Joint Strike Missile

    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to conduct the final flight test (FTM-5) of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) in early 2018, in preparation for the weapon’s integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 is the

  • Australian SDB II request for F-35As approved

    An Australian request to purchase Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment IIs (SDB IIs) for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters has been approved by the US State Department. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency

  • Orbital ATK prepares for Hatchet guide-to-hit trials

    Orbital ATK is preparing to conduct first air-dropped guide-to-hit trials of the Hatchet miniature precision strike weapon in Q3/2017–Q1/2018. Specific detail of the exact date,location of the trials, and the platform type to be used have not been disclosed, other than that they will be

  • Pakistan Navy test-fires anti-ship missile from Sea King helo

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile (ASM) from one of its Sea King helicopters on 23 September. The missile “hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming [the] weapon’s lethality and the offensive punch of the PN fleet”, said the

  • DRDO completes development trials of Astra BVRAAM

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the Astra beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The final flight tests of the locally developed weapon system were conducted from 11–14 September over the Bay of

  • MBDA revives Fire Shadow for Polish LM requirement

    European missile house MBDA has resurrected its Fire Shadow weapon system to potentially address the requirements of a Polish request for information (RfI) relating to the acquisition of a loitering munition (LM) capability. The Fire Shadow indirect fire precision attack weapon was originally

  • RoKAF successfully test-fires Taurus KEPD 350K cruise missile

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) announced on 13 September it had successfully test-fired one of its recently acquired German-built KEPD 350K air-to-surface cruise missiles. The missile was fired from an F-15K Slam Eagle fighter over the Yellow Sea (also known as the West Sea) and flew some

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

  • Croatia to arm OH-58D helicopters with Hellfire missiles

    On 7 September, the government of Croatia approved funding to purchase AGM-114 Hellfire missiles for the Croatian Air Force. The missiles will arm the 16 recently acquired Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters donated to Croatia by the United States. A down payment for the Hellfires is expected

  • DSEI 2017: Roketsan targets Eastern Europe

    Turkey’s Roketsan is moving to target opportunities in Eastern Europe, and is looking at building on its position as a key supplier to Raytheon’s Patriot ground-based air defence (GBAD) system, company representatives have told Jane’s . Poland has been a potential market for the

  • DRDO completes development trials of Nag ATGM

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on 9 September the completion of development trials of the Nag (Snake) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), shortly after conducting further successful flight tests of the weapon. The third-generation fire-and-forget

  • USAF awards separate TMRR contracts for LRSO development

    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNCW) on 23 August disclosed separate cost-plus-fixed-fee contract awards – each valued at “approximately USD900 million” – to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase in the

  • Roketsan begins serial production of UMTAS IIR

    Roketsan has begun serial production of the UMTAS (Uzun Menzilli Tanksavar Sistemi) imaging infrared (UMTAS-IIR) variant, long-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), following successful finalisation of the development and qualification of the missile – including firing trials from a Turkish

  • LRASM tactical configuration completes first flight from B-1B

    A first firing of a production-representative, tactical configuration AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has been completed from a US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber. Conducted on 17 August over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, the LRASM all-up-round executed a number of

  • Images indicate possible precision-guided version of China's KD-20 LACM

    Key Points China may have developed a new optically guided version of the KD-20 land attack cruise missile Such a weapon would allow aircraft like the H-6K bomber to conduct attacks from greater stand-off ranges An image appearing on a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)-linked webpage

  • Thales progresses laser-guided BAT-120 munition

    Thales, with support from the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) – the French government defence procurement and technology agency – is progressing the development of a new 120 mm laser-guided, unpowered, air-to-surface munition evolved from the legacy Thomson Brandt

  • Singapore to despatch F-16 fighters for training exercise in New Zealand

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will deploy six F-16D+ combat aircraft, as well as 110 personnel and associated support equipment, for a flying training exercise to be hosted by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) from 30 August to 25 September at the Ohakea airbase. New Zealand's

  • New wing design adds range to JASSM-ER

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD37.7 million contract for the continued development of a new wing design to equip Lot 17 and follow-on production models of the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) conventional precision-guided

  • DoD awards first LRASM production contract

    The US military is to receive its first air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) in the third quarter of 2019, under a Department of Defense (DoD) contract awarded on 25 July. The contract, which is valued at USD86.5 million, will see Lockheed Martin Missiles and

  • F-35 tracking to SDD flight trials completion by end of year

    Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) are on track to compete System Design and Development (SDD) flight testing of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme before the end of the year, it was announced on 25 July. The remaining development flight testing includes

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