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  • IDEX 2017: China's FT-12 glide bomb gets rocket booster

    China's rocket-boosted precision-guided glide bomb, the Fei Teng FT-12, was revealed at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi by China Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd (ALIT), the marketing arm of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). While the existence of an FT-12

  • 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

  • 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

  • Russia's KAB-250 guided bomb to complete trials this year

    Region JSC's KAB-250 precision-guided munition (PGM) will soon complete trials, Igor Krylov, director general of Region JSC (a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation, KTRV), told IHS Jane's at the Russian Defence Ministry Innovation Day 2015. Krylov also stated that there are two versions of

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

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