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  • KTRV modifies Kh-38ME missile for improved PAK 50 fit

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has modified its Kh-38ME direct attack air-to-surface guided missile to enable improved integration with the internal weapons bay of the Sukhoi PAK FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The Kh-38-family of air-launched short-range modular guided

  • Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

    The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing (Douglas) AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk (A-4KU and TA-4KU) fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurança to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane’s . The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to

  • MAKS 2017: Russia unveils export-oriented APR-3ME anti-submarine torpedo

    JSC Region state research and manufacturing enterprise, a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), unveiled its APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017. The APR-3ME is an upgraded and lighter variant of the APR-3E torpedo, featuring

  • Raytheon tests HEL system on Apache

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Raytheon have demonstrated the ability to fire a laser from a US Army Apache AH-64 helicopter, although USSOCOM is still likely years away from arming rotary-wing aircraft with directed energy weapons, industry experts have reported. The test was an

  • Baltic leaders call for permanent surface-to-air missile deployment

    Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite on 20 July backed calls for the permanent deployment of the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air, air defence, and anti-missile systems to the Baltic states, local media have reported. “The speed of response to an airborne threat may be crucial. Therefore, it

  • Japan planning to equip F-2 fighters with supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Tokyo plans to start equipping Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 fighter aircraft with a new supersonic air-to-ship missile from the next fiscal year, according to a 19 July report by The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. The paper quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Japanese government will

  • 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

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • Helibras concludes first Exocet missile integration tests for Brazilian AH-15B

    Brazilian helicopter specialist Helibras, a local operation of Airbus Helicopters, has concluded a three-week testing phase for integration of MBDA's Exocet AM 39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile and tactical data management system that is to equip the reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare variant

  • Russia reveals 3M-14T cruise missile range

    Key Points Russia has conducted its first operational deployment of the domestic 3M-14T system The apparent precision of Kalibr-NK/3M-14T missiles suggests the possibility of an alternative terminal guidance solution The launch of a salvo of some 26 cruise missiles from Russian Federation Navy's

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