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  • USN plans extended range JSOW test

    Key Points NAVAIR plans a contract award to Raytheon in early 2017 for JSOW ER all-up-round test support Scope of work includes adding a production-representative engine/fuel/inlet system, and software modifications to optimise mid-course/endgame performance The US Navy (USN) is finalising plans

  • Raytheon, Lockheed awarded HAWC research contracts

    Key Points The HAWC programme aims to mature critical technologies to develop an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile HAWC will leverage advances in hypersonics made under earlier funded programmes including Falcon, HyFly, and X-51 The US Defense Advanced Research

  • Rafael unveils 'hybrid' Spike Typhoon MLS development

    Key Points New all-missile Typhoon MLS variant deploys two Spike-ER and one Spike-NLOS missile Development expected to be finalised 'shortly Rafael Advanced Defence Systems is evolving a 'hybrid' variant of its Typhoon MLS (missile launch system) family of stabilised naval weapon stations. The

  • IOMAX showcases Archangel to US Marine Corps

    IOMAX demonstrated the capabilities of its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) to the US Marine Corps (USMC) during a series of recent training courses in southern California and Arizona. In mid-October a pair of Archangels took part in a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course at the Marine

  • European and US defence companies report third quarter profits

    European and US defence companies began publishing reports covering the third quarter of their 2016 financial year on 24 October, with results revealed ranging from a 21.5% rise in operating income at Saab to a 29.3% fall in Airbus's profits on a similar measure. Airbus and Safran The same day as

  • Scorpion jet performs first weapons trials

    Textron AirLand conducted the first air-to-surface weapons trials of its Scorpion jet during a series of live-firings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in mid-October. The firings, which took place from 10 to 14 October and announced on 19 October, saw the Scorpion fire the Lockheed

  • US Navy awards APKWS production contract

    The US Navy (USN) has placed a contract with BAE Systems for the supply of additional Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets. The contract, announced by the company on 19 October, is valued at USD600 million if all of the options are exercised, with an initial award of

  • 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

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • Israeli missile found in Syria after airstrikes

    Key Points The discovery of a Popeye missile in Syria confirms Damascus' claim that Israel carried out strikes on 7 December The discovery of the stand-off missile also confirms that Israeli aircraft are not entering Syrian airspace to carry out attacks Syria's claims that Israel carried out

  • Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-22 for AIM-9X missile

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD33.4 million contract to modify its F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to carry the Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile (AAM). The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 October, will see Lockheed Martin upgrade 220 AIM-9

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

    The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October. Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally

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