• Update: Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

  • ESSM Block II successfully intercepts target in test

    The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block II successfully intercepted a BQM-74E aerial target during a recent flight test, the US Navy (USN) has confirmed. The test, conducted by the NATO Seasparrow Project Office, was the first ESSM flight test to use the new Block II active guidance seeker

  • Polish Armed Forces receive final Beryl rifles

    Poland’s Ministry of Defence has announced that small-arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni Lucznik-Radom (FBLR) has delivered the final 2,131 wz. 96C Beryl rifles to the Polish Armed Forces. This will be followed in August by the final 1,800 wz. 96C Mini Beryl carbines to be handed over to

  • New Russian long-range AAM integration to expand to four fighter models

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that its long-running Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile (AAM) programme is finishing its operational validation tests. The missile, which is capable of hitting targets up to 300 km away, has been in development with different variants since

  • Leonardo DRS adds RADA MHR to IM-SHORAD effort

    Leonardo DRS has selected RADA’s Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) for the mission equipment package (MEP) solution for the US Army’s Initial Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) capability. IM-SHORAD will provide interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial

  • Finnish Navy to acquire Gabriel anti-ship missile

    The Finnish Ministry of Defence (MoD) has authorised the Finnish Defence Force’s Logistic Command to proceed with an acquisition of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Gabriel anti-ship missile to equip the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2000 Hamina-class missile fast attack craft and future

  • Czech MoD seeks SHORAD SAM system

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in late June that it is resuming the search for a replacement for obsolete Russian-designed 2K12 Kub mobile surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems in service with the Strakonice-based 25th Air Defence Missile (ADM) Regiment of the Army of the Czech

  • Rafael unveils Spike NLOS Modular Launcher development

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has finalised development of a new lightweight, vehicle-integrated evolution of its SPARC trailer-mounted and remote-controlled launch system for the Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multi-purpose tactical missile. Spike NLOS is a multi-purpose precision guided missile

  • Russia reactivates heavy artillery

    The Russian armed forces are reinforcing their artillery, reactivating 2S7M 203 mm Malka self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and 2S4 Tyulpan 240 mm self-propelled mortars, military and industrial sources have told Jane's . “In late June, a Central Military District [CMD] artillery unit based in

  • BAE Systems pursues extended range 155 mm ammunition

    BAE Systems Land UK is developing a new 155 mm extended range (ER) high-explosive (HE) projectile to meet potential home and export market requirements. The 155 mm ER HE projectile features a screw on base bleed (BB) unit that leverages from the company’s development and production of the 4.5

  • IAI unveils Barak MX modular air defence solution

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a new adaptive naval- and land-based air and missile defence solution centred on its family of Barak high-speed interceptors. Barak-MX is a modular and scalable networked air/missile defence system that links various sensors, launchers and Barak

  • Update: Joint Strike Missile development phase concluded

    Following the conclusion of missile qualification flight testing (FTM) in March, and a Final Design Review in late June, the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has announced that the development phase of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is now complete.

  • USMC trials Harvest HAWK upgrade

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has completed a five-week period of developmental and integrated test (DT/IT) live fire testing using a KC-130J Hercules aircraft configured with the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) Plus (HH+) roll-on/roll-off precision strike mission package. Front-line

  • Azerbaijan parades SOM cruise missile

    The Azerbaijani military displayed a Roketsan SOM cruise missile for the first time during its annual parade in Baku on 26 June. This is the first known export of the SOM, which Roketsan says has a range of more than 250 km with a high explosive/blast fragmentation warhead weighing approximately

  • USAF procures new and improved 'bunker buster' bombs

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a contract for a new penetrator warhead to replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. The award on 27 June will see Superior Forge and Steel Corporation deliver 300 (possibly rising to 3,500) of the improved BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Valued at

  • Soft-kill uplift for Canadian frigates

    Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Halifax-class frigates are to receive a third Multi-Ammunition Softkill System (MASS) decoy launcher under a CAD20 million (USD15 million) contract awarded to Rheinmetall. Halifax-class frigates are already fitted with two MASS launcher systems (installed on the bridge

  • MHTK transitions to EMD phase

    The US Army Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD2.6 million contract to progress its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) interceptor solution for the development est and evaluation (DT&E) phase for the Extended Mission Area Missile (EMAM) programme. The award

  • USAF looks to quadruple B-52 external weapons load

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to quadruple the weight of bombs that the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress is able to carry externally. According to a request for information (RFI) issued on 21 June, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is seeking a new external weapons pylon that will take the

  • New Grom air-to-surface missile undergoes flight tests

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) new Grom tactical air-to-ground missile is undergoing flight tests in readiness for commencing series production in November, according to a company presentation). Flight tests of the Grom, carried out on an Su-34 fighter-bomber, began at the end

  • ADF to trial ‘F90-SMASH’ assault rifle

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is set to begin trialling the ‘F90-SMASH’ assault rifle later this year, according to a 21 June joint statement by Israel’s Smart Shooter and Thales Australia. The weapon, which integrates one of Smart Shooter’s SMASH electro-optical

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