• IDEX 2017: TL-2 to offer wider range of guidance systems

    Further details have emerged of the capabilities of the TL-2 (Thunder Lightning 2) missile. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017, a representative of the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation said that the missile is now in service with the Chinese military, although he declined

  • Aero India 2017: Bazalt pushes bombs and rockets to India

    Russia's Bazalt, a subsidiary of the Techmash Concern, has displayed a range of bombs and rockets for the Indian market. Speaking at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore, a Bazalt official confirmed to Jane's that the PBK-500U SPBE-K unified glide cluster bomb development is in final stage of

  • Aero India 2017: Rafael to offer Derby Mk III under 'Make in India' initiative

    Israel's Rafael is offering to locally build its Derby Mk III beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) for India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the company told Jane's on 14 February. India's Tejas LCA platform has already successfully been configured with the baseline Derby missile as part

  • USAF seeks interim 500 lb bomb with moving target capability for F-35

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking an interim 500 lb-class weapon with a moving target capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). A `sources sought' notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 February calls for information from the US

  • China's AR-2 UAV-capable air-to-surface missile ready for export, says report

    China can now offer foreign users of its Cai Hong (Rainbow) family of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) its AR-2 short-range semi-active laser (SAL) air-to-surface missile for use in anti-terrorism operations and low-intensity conflicts, the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on 3

  • Russia, India developing lightweight BrahMos variant, says report

    India and Russia are developing a new lightweight variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for use on submarines and the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii) fifth-generation fighter, Russia's TASS news agency reported on 27 January. "We are working

  • First JASSMs delivered to Poland

    Poland has received its first batch of AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs), Polish deputy defence minister Bartosz Kownacki announced. The missiles were ordered in December 2014 in an arms package worth USD250 million. The sale includes 40 AGM-158As, and the modernisation of

  • China's H-6K bomber shows new strike capabilities

    Images posted in Chinese online forums in late December 2016 show for the first time a Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6K bomber carrying what appear to be six 250 kg bombs on each of its six under-wing pylons for a total of 36 bombs: a new demonstration of the aircraft's strike capabilities.

  • India successfully tests its locally developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired its Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on the country's east coast, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi

  • JSM completes first powered flight test

    Key Points Two additional flight tests from an F-16 are planned for 2017 Qualification of the missile will be completed on 2018 Kongsberg conducted the first long-range powered flight test of the developmental Joint Strike Missile (JSM) over the Utah Test and Training Range in the United States

  • Upgraded South Korean F-16s capable of striking key North Korean underground targets, says report

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has enhanced the capability of some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters by equipping them with bombs and missiles respectively capable of hitting key underground facilities in North Korea and shooting down combat aircraft at long-range, RoKAF officials told

  • China's Liaoning carrier battle group conducts first live-fire drill

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted its first live-fire exercise for its aircraft carrier battle group, the China Daily newspaper quoted the PLAN as saying in a statement. Liaoning , the country's first aircraft carrier, performed "various drills with several destroyers

  • DARIN-III-equipped Jaguars receive Indian IOC

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received initial operational clearance (IOC) for its upgraded SEPECAT Jaguar fighters featuring the locally developed Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation-III (DARIN-III) avionics suite for precision bombing. Subhash Bhamre, minister of state for defence, told

  • Diehl develops air-to-surface capability for IRIS-T AAM

    Key Points Upgraded software insertion is the only requirement for the IRIS-T air-to-surface solution No further air-to-surface trials currently planned with F-16 or other platforms The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has tested a new air-to-surface capability developed by Diehl BGT Defence for

  • China unveils 5th-Generation PL-10E AAM

    Key Points The PL-10E will be sold as a potential weapons upgrade for existing 4th-generation fighter fleets, or as part of a package with the Chengdu J-10B or Shenyang FC-31 fighter aircraft PL-10/PL-10E has a maximum range of 20 km During the 11th China International Aviation & Aerospace

  • Korea to develop air-to-surface missiles for KFX aircraft

    South Korea's military procurement agency, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), has launched a programme to develop an indigenous long-range air-to-surface missile to equip its next-generation Korean Fighter Experimental (KFX) aircraft, a DAPA official confirmed to IHS Jane's.

  • UK-specific weapons testing of F-35 continues with guided Paveway IV drop

    UK-specific weapons trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) have continued with the first guided drop of a Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided munition (PGM) announced on 5 December. A US Marine Corps aircraft assigned to the 461st Flight Test Squadron dropped

  • USAF issues draft RfP for improved 'bunker buster' bomb

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a draft request for proposals (RfP) for a new penetrator warhead to replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. The draft RfP for the BLU-137/B Penetrator Warhead, released on 2 December, covers low-rate initial production (LRIP) and four full-rate

  • Images show PLAAF testing possible new air-to-air missile

    China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has been flight testing what appears to be a new long-range air-to-air missile (AAM), according to images posted on Chinese online forums. Published on the social media platform Weibo on 20 November, the photographs show a PLAAF Shenyang Aircraft

  • Poland requests to buy 70 JASSM-ER missiles

    Poland has requested to buy 70 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) with related support, equipment, and training, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 28 November. The JASSM-ER is fitted with a more efficient Williams

Subscribe to Air-Launched Weapons for access to more latest Air-Launched Weapons news, analysis and data