• Russia to modernise some Kh-22 air-to-surface missiles

    Russia plans to modernise some retired Kh-22 (AS-4 ‘Kitchen’) air-to-surface missiles and return them to operational status, according to a 15 May report in Izvestia . Ministry of Defence sources told the newspaper a total of 32 missiles will be refurbished under a three-year contract

  • Australia selects Spike LR2

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to supply its Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Australian Army. Australia becomes the second export customer for Spike LR2, after Latvia ordered an undisclosed quantity earlier this

  • US Air Force seeks ‘smart’ commonality with navy, army hypersonic weapon efforts

    Key Points The USAF seeks commonality with other US military services on hypersonics It could allow the service to find better technology at lower costs The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking “smart commonality” with the US Army and US Navy (USN) on its hypersonic weapon efforts as the

  • IDF using Elbit Spear mortars

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has used Elbit’s Spear vehicle-mounted mortar system during border security incidents in recent months, a senior company official said. Colonel (res) Boaz Cohen, vice-president of land systems at Elbit System, told the Fire, Maneuvering, and Intelligence

  • US Army to order Bonus rounds

    The US Army is about to order 500 BAE Systems Bofors Bonus 155 mm sensor-fuzed munitions as part of a larger order for the anti-tank rounds. Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition, announced at the IQPC

  • China’s Z-19E helicopter completes firing tests

    The export version of China’s Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has completed firing tests. HAIG’s parent company, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said in a 16 May statement that

  • Pentagon official backs current ICBM motor rocket commercial rideshare policy

    Key Points A top Pentagon official backs the current policy barring commercial payloads on ICBM motor rockets Changing the policy could allow a company to undercut a developing small launch base A top Pentagon official is backing current policy that bars commercial secondary payloads from flying

  • US search for DPICM replacement about to get under way

    The US Army is seeking a new anti-armour round as a replacement for its 155 mm M864A1 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM). Speaking at the IQPC Future Artillery 2018 conference, held in London from 14-16 May, Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within

  • DARPA developing affordable, generic seeker for precision guided weapons

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a low-cost seeker that will fit onto any air-deployed munition and can use parts from any company. Under its Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) programme, DAPRA is designing a seeker with a new open architecture that is

  • Indian Army finalises USD2.23 billion ammunition procurement plan

    The Indian Army (IA) has finalised an INR150 billion (USD2 billion) plan to indigenously source assorted ammunition over the next 10 years through public- and private-sector manufacturers. Official sources told Jane’s on 14 May that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has shortlisted 11 private

  • Algeria unveils Tos-1A

    Algeria has confirmed the acquisition of TOS-1A multiple rocket launchers from Russia after one system was seen during television footage of an exercise on 12 May. The system consists of a launcher for 24 rockets mounted on a T-72 hull. Described by the Russians as a heavy flamethrower, it is a

  • SOFEX: Jadara develops first guided missile system

    Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems unveiled its new Terminator anti-tank missile system during the SOFEX show held in Amman from 8-10 May. The missile has a calibre of 107 mm and a range of 100-2,500 m. It is available in two variants, one with a tandem high-explosive anti-tank

  • SOFEX 2018: Terminator ATGW enters production

    Jordanian firm Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems has completed development and commenced production of the new Terminator anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system. This comprises a tripod-based launching unit weighing 6.3 kg and 4.3 kg respectively, the 7.2 kg PUT-1 guidance unit, and the

  • BAE Systems readies new missile seeker for acceptance tests

    BAE Systems is developing a new optical seeker that can be integrated to a wide range of precision guided munitions. The optical seeker, which features a modular, open architecture framework, will also be designed to enable operations in GPS-denied environments. The company is a third of the way

  • India's L&T develops inclined launcher for BrahMos cruise missile

    India’s private-sector defence manufacturer Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has developed a launcher prototype for the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile for fitment onto frontline Indian Navy (IN) warships. L&T said in a statement that the Quadruple Canisterised Inclined Launcher

  • MBDA discloses European Modular Missile development

    MBDA has disclosed detail of a revival in Franco-German co-operation in the guided-missile sector through the joint development of a lightweight air-to-ground missile solution for the Airbus Helicopters Tiger attack helicopter. Intended as an anti-armour/anti-structure solution for the respective

  • Philippine Navy receives Spike ER missile systems

    Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has delivered a consignment of Spike Extended Range (ER) surface-to-surface missile systems to the Philippine Navy (PN) to be deployed from the service’s newest multi-purpose attack craft (MPAC). Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson

  • Algeria unveils new mortar system

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) has taken into service what appears to be Norinco’s vehicle-mounted rapid deployment system for the W86 120 mm mortar, it was revealed when Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah visited the Central Logistics Base in Blida on

  • US MDA tests THAAD upgrade and ability to link with Patriot

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and US Army are a step closer to achieving full interoperability between the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and the Patriot weapon systems following the successful tracking of a simulated target. Flight Test Other (FTX)-35, conducted at White Sands

  • Ukraine receives Javelins

    Ukraine has received Javelin anti-tank missiles from the United States, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on 30 April, citing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Facebook and a US State Department official. RFE/RL recalled the US approval of a USD47 million military aid package

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