• Eurosatory 2018: Nammo unveils ramjet-assisted artillery round concept

    Norwegian munition manufacturer Nammo revealed at Eurosatory that it is developing a ramjet-assisted, INS/GPS-guided round for 155 mm L52 artillery pieces that will extend the range of precision fires out to 100 km and beyond. Presenting the concept at the show on 12 June, Thomas Danbolt,

  • Eurosatory 2018: ST Engineering, Hirtenberger collaborate on 120 mm mortar

    Singapore’s ST Engineering Land Systems division Hirtenberger Defence Systems (HDS) signed an agreement on 12 June to co-operate on 120 mm mortar systems. Under the agreement, HDS’s UK branch will market ST Engineering’s 120 mm Super Rapid Advanced Mortar Systems (SRAMS), which

  • Eurosatory 2018: Hirtenberger increases first round accuracy by the GRAM

    Hirtenberger Defence Europe has produced an innovative new aiming system for its range of 60 mm mortars called Grid Aiming Mode (GRAM), it was announced during the Eurosatory show in Paris. Target data can either be input as a grid reference, GPS co-ordinates, or via a co-located and

  • US Navy progresses HAAWC high-altitude ASW capability for Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is pushing ahead with plans to field the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), despite recent comments made to the contrary by some senior service officials. The aircraft original equipment

  • India completes trials of licence-built FH-77B howitzer

    India’s state-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has successfully completed the final round of trials of its licence-built, upgraded Dhanush FH-77B 155m/45 cal towed howitzer, paving the way for the imminent induction of the gun into the Indian Army (IA). OFB officials told Jane’s on 11

  • Lockheed Martin develops Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon

    The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCMC) has awarded Lockheed Martin an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design and develop a new stand-off hypersonic air-to-surface missile. Part of a drive by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to field a near-term hypersonic

  • KADDB showcases new artillery systems

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) of Jordan has completed initial firing trials of a locally developed 155 mm/39 calibre wheeled self-propelled (SP) artillery system called Rum II. The weapon achieved a maximum range of 18.1 km with the standard US 155 mm M107

  • Georgia reveals Python SAMs with Ground Master radar

    The Georgian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published photos showing its Rafael Python surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) together with ThalesRaytheon Ground Master 200 and 400 mobile air defence radars. The photos were published on the MoD’s website and Facebook on 31 May on the occasion of the

  • Rafael unveils Firefly loitering weapon system

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has disclosed details of the development of a new variant in its Spike family of precision engagement weapon systems: the Spike Firefly loitering munition (LM). “Firefly is a man-portable day/night situational awareness/lethality system specifically intended to

  • India's Agni V ballistic missile inches closer to induction after successful test-firing

    India has successfully conducted the sixth test-firing of its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface Agni V intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). Launched on 3 June from the integrated test range on Abdul Kalam Island, which is located off the coast of the eastern Indian

  • Denel tests BVR missile seeker

    The radar seeker on the beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air missile that Denel Dynamics is developing has been tested on a range, the company revealed on 31 May in its Insights magazine. The article on the test said it was carried out at the South African company’s Overberg Test Range and

  • No changes planned for USN version of NSM

    The US Navy (USN) will essentially be using the same version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) on its Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) as is deployed in Norway, said Chris Daily, senior director of the NSM, the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), and the Tomahawk for Raytheon Missile Systems. There are no

  • Second Sea Venom/ANL missile test firing successful

    A Panther test helicopter of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, conducted the second successful test firing of the MBDA Sea Venom/Missile Antinavire Léger (ANL) light anti-ship missile on 18 April, the European missile house and

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • SOFIC 2018: USSOCOM eyes 6.5 mm ammo for new Sniper Support Rifle and Assault Machine Gun

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) plans to approach industry to satisfy a requirement for 6.5 mm intermediate-calibre ammunition, in a move which could signal the proliferation of a new calibre across the organisation. According to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Owens, programme manager for

  • Slovakia unveils Predator AX-1 loitering munition

    Slovakian companies Incoff Aerospace and Compel Industries presented a new lightweight loitering munition development at the IDEB 2018 exhibition in Bratislava on 16–18 May. Development of the new loitering munition, designated Predator AX-1, began in May 2017 in response to a Slovak Ministry

  • Rafael launches Fire Weaver networked attack system

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled the development of an advanced networked attack system designed to deliver multiple simultaneous selected precision effects on time-critical targets within seconds of their acquisition. Fire Weaver is an open-architecture target acquisition and precision

  • LRASM completes second dual-missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed a second ‘dual-LRASM’ flight test event ahead of achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) on US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber later this year. The test, performed on 22 May on the

  • Sea Ceptor enters UK Royal Navy service

    The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile has been declared operational with the Royal Navy (RN), UK secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson has announced. Developed and manufactured by MBDA under the umbrella of the company’s Portfolio Management Agreement with the Ministry

  • Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs

    The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces. The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with

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