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  • Bangladesh to acquire 155 mm howitzers

    Bangladesh’s military procurement agency, the Directorate General Defence Purchases (DGDP), has issued a notice to foreign vendors to submit bids in support of a programme to procure artillery for the Bangladesh Army. The notice was issued by the DGDP in late September and outlines a

  • Kongsberg prepares to qualify the Joint Strike Missile

    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to conduct the final flight test (FTM-5) of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) in early 2018, in preparation for the weapon’s integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 is the

  • Australian SDB II request for F-35As approved

    An Australian request to purchase Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment IIs (SDB IIs) for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters has been approved by the US State Department. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency

  • USAF seeks directed energy-based counters to UAVs

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to develop laser and microwave-based solutions for combating small and tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be ready for trials in fiscal year (FY) 2018. The Directed Energy (DE) Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (DE C-UAS) is an experimental programme recently

  • Pacific 2017: Rafael launches Typhoon Mk-30c naval gun system

    Key Points Rafael has officially launched the next generation of its Typhoon range of naval weapon systems Product is positioned as a compact weapon system with improved accuracy and stabilisation, and lowest sustainability costs in its class Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

  • Pacific 2017: Peru selects Typhoon Mk-30c for Rio Pativilca class

    Key Points Peru has selected the Typhoon Mk-30c as a primary weapon for its Rio Pativilca class Weapon will provide the platform with defence against swarm boat tactics and emerging aerial threats The Peruvian Coast Guard has selected the latest variant of the Typhoon stabilised naval gun from

  • Orbital ATK prepares for Hatchet guide-to-hit trials

    Orbital ATK is preparing to conduct first air-dropped guide-to-hit trials of the Hatchet miniature precision strike weapon in Q3/2017–Q1/2018. Specific detail of the exact date,location of the trials, and the platform type to be used have not been disclosed, other than that they will be

  • Colombia working to sell its new Cordova pistol in North America

    Colombia’s Military Industry (Industria Militar: INDUMIL) is negotiating to sell its new 9 mm Cordova pistol, the first such weapon fully designed in Colombia, to North American customers as it nears completion of local orders. The state-run INDUMIL began design and development of the Cordova

  • Escribano offers add-on SAL section for 70 mm artillery rockets

    Spanish engineering house Escribano is developing a new, add-on semi-active laser terminal guidance section for integration with government-furnished equipment (GFE) surface-launched, fin-stabilised, unguided 70 mm artillery rockets. Escribano’s Semi-Active Laser Kit (SALK) section comprises

  • Images show possible submarine-launched variant of China’s YJ-18 missile

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what could be a submarine-launched variant of the YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile. The low-resolution images show a missile displayed on presentation slides believed to have been used for a university lecture given by former Rear Admiral Zhao

  • Pakistan Navy test-fires anti-ship missile from Sea King helo

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile (ASM) from one of its Sea King helicopters on 23 September. The missile “hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming [the] weapon’s lethality and the offensive punch of the PN fleet”, said the

  • New SEAHAWK LW variants unveiled

    MSI-Defence Systems has unveiled two new lightweight (LW) variants of its SEAHAWK family of small-calibre naval gun systems. The SEAHAWK LW mounting has been specifically designed by MSI-Defence to provide smaller patrol craft and security vessels with a stabilised remote control weapon system

  • NAVSEA awards Columbia-class SSBN development contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation a sole-source USD5.071 billion contract for the Integrated Product and Process Development design completion for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). The

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

    Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September. The contract combines purchases for the US

  • DRDO completes development trials of Astra BVRAAM

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the Astra beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The final flight tests of the locally developed weapon system were conducted from 11–14 September over the Bay of

  • DSEI 2017: IAI unveils maritime version of Harop loitering munition

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new maritime version of its Harop long-endurance loitering munition at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 in London. The weapon can be launched from a variety of ships, ranging from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates, and can

  • MBDA revives Fire Shadow for Polish LM requirement

    European missile house MBDA has resurrected its Fire Shadow weapon system to potentially address the requirements of a Polish request for information (RfI) relating to the acquisition of a loitering munition (LM) capability. The Fire Shadow indirect fire precision attack weapon was originally

  • DSEI 2017: Orbital ATK looks to extend range and accuracy with new 120 mm mortar initiative

    Orbital ATK has revealed it is working on a development beyond its 120 mm Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) to address a requirement to achieve increased precision and range from 120 mm mortars for the US Army. Building on work that the company has already done with APMI, the new High

  • DSEI 2017: Patria NEMO Container completes land test firings

    Finland’s Patria has completed test firings of its deployable NEMO Container mortar system, the company has told Jane’s . During test firings throughout August, the 120 mm mortar system underwent firings while mounted on a Sisu ETP E13TP 8×8 tactical transporter as well as

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