• USSOCOM seeks Griffin missiles for gunships and other aircraft

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) intends to issue a sole-source contract to Raytheon for the procurement of the AGM-176 Griffin powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard fixed-wing aircraft. The pre-solicitation posted by the command on 9 March covers up

  • Malaysian Army trials Ingwe missile

    The Malaysian Army conducted firing trials of the Denel Dynamics ZT35 Ingwe anti-tank missile system from the anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) variant of its 8×8 Deftech AV8 Gempita armoured fighting vehicle on 8 March, the service disclosed via the social media account of its official Berita

  • B&T unveils APC308 rifle and USW-P pistol

    Swiss company B&T unveiled its APC308 semi-automatic rifle and a USW-P/SF semi-automatic pistol at the Enforce Tac exhibition in Nuremberg. The APC308 is a short-stroke gas piston 7.62x51 mm rifle fed from a Magpul PMAG LR/SR magazine, which has a gas regulator that enables it to fire in the

  • Haenel Defence debuts CR 308 rifle

    Haenel Defence unveiled a prototype of its 7.62x51 mm CR 308 semi-automatic rifle at the Enforce TAC exhibition, held in Nuremberg, Germany, on 7–8 March. The company is expanding its line of 5.56 mm CR 223/CR 556 assault rifles by introducing a similarly designed 7.62 mm AR-10-type weapon.

  • US approves latest-variant Sidewinder sale to UAE

    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 300 of the latest variant Raytheon AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II short-range air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation

  • German Army finalises Spike qualification on Puma IFV

    The German Army has successfully completed qualification of the in-service Spike LR anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). The final qualification trials of Spike LR on Puma were undertaken by the German Army and Rheinmetall at the company’s

  • Portuguese Army boosts its special ops firepower

    The Portuguese Army’s Special Operations Force (FOE) has received an undisclosed quantity of new small arms and accessories. Deliveries mainly comprised Barret M107A1 .50 cal and Accuracy AXMC .338 precision rifles, Heckler & Koch HK417 7.62x51 mm assault rifles, FABARM STF/12 Compact FE

  • USAF launches effort to equip Reaper UAS with air-to-air missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to equip its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with an air-to-air missile (AAM) capability for the first time. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Medium Altitude UAS Division disclosed

  • First export order for MMP

    MBDA has achieved the first export order for its fifth-generation MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée or medium-range missile) anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), just months after initial deliveries to the French Army began in November 2017. Whilst MBDA declined to provide details about the order, the

  • Israeli Air Force declares SPICE 1000 operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March that the Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb had reached initial operational capability (IOC) on its F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft following a series of trials. The IAF said the guided bomb was integrated in recent months by the 190th and 110th Fighter

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom for surface-launched coastal defence role

    MBDA has launched an internal study to evaluate the application of its Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight medium-range anti-ship missile in a surface-launched role, as part of a networked multilayered coastal defence solution. Co-funded by the governments of France and the United

  • Rafael reveals additional Spike LR2 capability

    Launched onto the international marketplace in mid-2017, Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has unveiled a previously unknown capability of the new Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). While the Spike LR2 was explained upon its debut as being available with two separate missiles

  • Russian Navy to receive 73 UET-1 torpedoes by 2023

    JSC Zavod Dagdizel, Russia’s oldest producer of underwater weapons, has been contracted to supply the Russian Navy with 73 UET-1 multipurpose electric torpedoes. A five-year contract for the weapons worth RUB7.2 billion (USD126.5 million) and running until 2023 was announced by the Russian

  • Eyeing China, hypersonics technologies are Pentagon’s top development priority

    Key Points Griffin wants hypersonics sooner He is pushing a number of offensive and defensive efforts forward, and expects more funding in 2020 Fielding hypersonics technologies is the highest priority for the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) new top development official. Michael

  • Estonia invites tenders for 155 mm ammunition

    The Estonian State Defence Investment Centre has invited submissions for tenders by 5 April for the provision of 155 mm artillery rounds for the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) in tranches over the next five to seven years, the centre told Jane’s on 6 March. The contract’s value was

  • PN, PAF successfully test-fire C-802 anti-ship cruise missiles

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) and the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have successfully test-fired various Chinese-built radar-guided anti-ship cruise missiles to demonstrate the services’ “firepower and combat readiness”, according to a 5 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations

  • DARPA to start hypersonic weapon flight tests

    Key Points The agency requested USD102 million in FY 2019 for TBG testing DARPA and US Army join up for programme to extend long-range fires In its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking increased funding to enable the Defense Advanced Research

  • Raytheon to embody Maritime Targeting Capability in Tomahawk Block IV

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy to embody a new maritime targeting software load into the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to support a flight test and subsequent fleet release. Awarded on 25 January, the USD627,000 contract introduces a Maritime Targeting Capability

  • US Army seeks Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle prototypes

    The US Army has released a Prototype Opportunity Notice (PON) for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) as it considers replacing the 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Published on 1 March, the PON said the army intends to award up to five contracts for the design of prototype

  • DRDO finalises NAG ATGM development trials

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) announced on 28 February that it had conducted two successful test shots of its 190 mm NAG anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) against separate main battle tank (MBT) targets at the Indian Army’s Pokhran test range in the Thar

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