• Yugoimport unveils new MGS-25 Aleksandar self-propelled 155 mm artillery system

    Serbian state-owned defence company Yugoimport has unveiled the MGS-25 Aleksandar, an indigenously developed 155 mm/52-calibre self propelled (SP) artillery system, at the Partner 2017 exhibition in Belgrade. The MGS-25 prototype showcased at the event is based on the Russian-made 8x8 Kamaz-6560

  • Iran announces Sayyad-3 SAM production

    Key Points The Sayyad-3 missile appears to be a development of the Sayyad-2 Iranian reporting indicates it can be used with the Talash system and an improved Talash-2 that is being developed The production line for Iran’s new Sayyad-3 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) was formally

  • DoD awards first LRASM production contract

    The US military is to receive its first air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) in the third quarter of 2019, under a Department of Defense (DoD) contract awarded on 25 July. The contract, which is valued at USD86.5 million, will see Lockheed Martin Missiles and

  • F-35 tracking to SDD flight trials completion by end of year

    Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) are on track to compete System Design and Development (SDD) flight testing of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme before the end of the year, it was announced on 25 July. The remaining development flight testing includes

  • KTRV modifies Kh-38ME missile for improved PAK 50 fit

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has modified its Kh-38ME direct attack air-to-surface guided missile to enable improved integration with the internal weapons bay of the Sukhoi PAK FA fifth-generation fighter aircraft. The Kh-38-family of air-launched short-range modular guided

  • Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

    The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing (Douglas) AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk (A-4KU and TA-4KU) fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurança to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane’s . The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to

  • MAKS 2017: Russia unveils export-oriented APR-3ME anti-submarine torpedo

    JSC Region state research and manufacturing enterprise, a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), unveiled its APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017. The APR-3ME is an upgraded and lighter variant of the APR-3E torpedo, featuring

  • Raytheon tests HEL system on Apache

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Raytheon have demonstrated the ability to fire a laser from a US Army Apache AH-64 helicopter, although USSOCOM is still likely years away from arming rotary-wing aircraft with directed energy weapons, industry experts have reported. The test was an

  • Baltic leaders call for permanent surface-to-air missile deployment

    Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite on 20 July backed calls for the permanent deployment of the MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air, air defence, and anti-missile systems to the Baltic states, local media have reported. “The speed of response to an airborne threat may be crucial. Therefore, it

  • USN conducts first Tomahawk missile launch from the VPT

    Key Points The test examined the impact of a launch on submarine systems By adding the VPT a Block III-class sub will increase its missile capacity The US Navy (USN) has demonstrated the ability to carry and launch Tomahawk cruise missiles from a Block III Virginia-class submarine fitted with the

  • Poland seeks 120 mm APFSDS tank ammunition

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has announced a technical dialogue (request for information) for 120 mm x 570 armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (APFSDS) tank ammunition. Poland seeks to acquire combat rounds as well as cut-away, drill and training cartridges. The new ammunition is for

  • Brazilian Marines may arm ASTROS CFN 2020 rocket systems with precision munitions

    The Brazilian Navy is considering arming its Avibras ASTROS CFN 2020 self-propelled protected multiple rocket launching system (ASTROS II Mk 6) with AV-TM 300 tactical cruise missiles and AV-SS 40G guided rockets being developed by Avibras. No contract has yet been signed, but the purchase will be

  • Japan planning to equip F-2 fighters with supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Tokyo plans to start equipping Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 fighter aircraft with a new supersonic air-to-ship missile from the next fiscal year, according to a 19 July report by The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. The paper quoted unnamed sources as saying that the Japanese government will

  • Slovakia receives Carl-Gustaf M4

    The Slovak armed forces in mid-July received the Carl-Gustaf shoulder-fired recoilless weapons ordered in September 2015, supplier Saab announced on 18 July. Slovakia is the launch customer and the first country to deploy the weapon, which is shorter in length and lighter than the M3 the country

  • New BVRAAM may have entered PLAAF service

    Images have emerged on Chinese online military forums showing a People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC) J-10C combat aircraft armed with what appears to be a new beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM). The fighter was photographed

  • Brazilian Army adopts IA2 rifles

    The Brazilian Army (Exército Brasileiro: EB) is gradually switching to the domestically produced IA2 rifle, the EB confirmed in a 14 July statement. The 5.56x45 mm IA2 carries a 30-round magazine, Picatinny rail, folding stock, and weighs 3.38 kg unloaded. The rifle can be automatic or

  • Typhoon fires Brimstone for first time

    Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) of Typhoon moved forward with the first live firing of MBDA's Brimstone air-to-surface missile from the UK’s Instrumented Production Aircraft Six (IPA 6). MBDA on 14 July announced the successful firing, the first of nine designed to expand launch and range

  • GA-EMS to test 10 MJ railgun in early 2018

    General Atomics Electro Magnetic Systems (GA-EMS) is assembling a 10 MJ railgun in preparation for shipping to Utah, where the company will begin readying the weapon system for testing in 2018. In addition, GA-EMS announced in May that it had successfully tested its hypersonic projectile, which has

  • Egyptian Mistrals using Avengers for air defence

    Key Points The Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that AN/TWQ-1 Avengers are being put on the flight decks of Mistral landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious assault ships to provide short-range air defence. The Avenger, which has been in service with the Egyptian Air Defence Forces

  • Bundeswehr orders additional DM11 rounds for Leopard 2

    Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has ordered additional 120 x 570 mm DM11 programmable high-explosive ammunition from Rheinmetall Waffe und Munition. The EUR45-million (USD51.3 million) contract, signed on 11 July, is for two

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