• IDEX 2017: UAE signs up for the RAM Block 2

    Key Points The Direct Commercial Sale contract marks the first sale of the RAM Block 2 in the Middle East region The missiles will equip the UAE Naval Forces' six Baynunah-class corvettes, plus two new Project Arialah offshore patrol vessels due for delivery to CICPA Raytheon Missile Systems is

  • IDEX 2017: TL-2 to offer wider range of guidance systems

    Further details have emerged of the capabilities of the TL-2 (Thunder Lightning 2) missile. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017, a representative of the China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corporation said that the missile is now in service with the Chinese military, although he declined

  • USN begins loading first Trident II D5 LE missiles into SSBNs

    Key Points The USN tested two Trident II D5 missiles on 14 and 16 February SSP to begin looking at follow-on to Trident II D5 The US Navy (USN) has concluded testing of its submarine launched Trident II D5 missile, conducted over a three-day period in the Pacific Missile Range off the coast of

  • Aero India 2017: Russia completes final qualification trials for 6G27 Balkan AGL

    Russia's State Research and Production Enterprise (GNPP) Pribor, a subsidiary of TekhMash Concern, has completed state qualification trials of the 40 mm 6G27 Balkan, and deliveries are due to begin imminently, according to the company. "The 40 mm 6G27 Balkan automatic grenade launcher (AGL) is

  • Norwegian Army to acquire mobile air defence systems

    The Norwegian Army is to acquire a new highly mobile short-to-medium range air defence capability under a sole source contract to be awarded to Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace (Kongsberg) by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA). The NDMA has already initiated the procurement process for the

  • RAN Future Frigates to carry SM-2 Block IIIA anti-air missiles

    The Standard SM-2 Block IIIA medium-range anti-air missile has been mandated for the nine Future Frigates to be acquired for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) under Project Sea 5000, informed sources have confirmed to Jane's . The SM-2, along with the long-range active phased-array CEAFAR2-S/X/L

  • Aero India 2017: BEL details RCWS for Arjun Mk II

    India's Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) showcased a Remote Controlled Weapon Station (RCWS) that it developed for the Arjun Mk II main battle tank (MBT) at Aero India 2017. The RCWS is armed with the 12.7 mm Russian NSVT heavy machine gun (MG), but other weapons can also be fitted, such as a 7.62

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

  • Aero India 2017: Bazalt pushes bombs and rockets to India

    Russia's Bazalt, a subsidiary of the Techmash Concern, has displayed a range of bombs and rockets for the Indian market. Speaking at Aero India 2017 in Bangalore, a Bazalt official confirmed to Jane's that the PBK-500U SPBE-K unified glide cluster bomb development is in final stage of

  • Aero India 2017: Rafael to offer Derby Mk III under 'Make in India' initiative

    Israel's Rafael is offering to locally build its Derby Mk III beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) for India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), the company told Jane's on 14 February. India's Tejas LCA platform has already successfully been configured with the baseline Derby missile as part

  • USAF seeks interim 500 lb bomb with moving target capability for F-35

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking an interim 500 lb-class weapon with a moving target capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). A `sources sought' notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 February calls for information from the US

  • Indian Navy Il-38SD MPA successfully fires Kh-35 anti-ship missile

    An Indian Navy (IN) Ilyushin Il-38SD maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) has fired a Russian-built Kh-35 radar-guided anti-ship missile against a target ship in a demonstration of its long-range sea denial capability, IN spokesperson Captain D K Sharma announced on 8 February. The successful 'maiden'

  • NAVSEA presses launch button on Over-The-Horizon missile competition

    Industry has three months to turn around responses for the US Navy's (USN's) Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) after the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 8 February. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon (teamed with Kongsberg) are all expected to

  • Iran unveils guided 333 mm artillery rocket

    The Iranian Ministry of Defence unveiled a range of new weapons on 6 February, the most potentially significant being a guided version of the 333 mm Fajr-5 artillery rocket. The unguided Fajr-5 is already in service with Iranian-backed militant groups Hizbullah and Hamas, which could use a guided

  • NAVAIR backs AARGM despite censure from DOT&E

    Key Points A FY 2016 report has assessed the current AARGM status as 'not operationally suitable and not operationally effective' The Program Office is intending to maintain the current schedule that supports a 3QFY2017 AARGM Block 1 fleet release The US Navy (USN) Naval Air Systems Command

  • Turkey reveals 'Bora' ballistic missile

    Turkey has made public it has been developing a long-range surface-to-surface missile system called 'Bora' (Storm). The Undersecretariat for Defence Industries (SSM) stated that the Project 'B' missile system had been developed by Roketsan in order to "meet the long range surface-to-surface

  • SM-3 Block IIA missile scores hit in first intercept test

    Key Points Flight test SFTM-01 was flown on 3 February from the USS John Paul Jones The next flight test, SFTM-02, is already in planning The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the Japanese Ministry of Defense and US Navy (USN) have successfully conducted a first intercept of a ballistic missile

  • China's AR-2 UAV-capable air-to-surface missile ready for export, says report

    China can now offer foreign users of its Cai Hong (Rainbow) family of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) its AR-2 short-range semi-active laser (SAL) air-to-surface missile for use in anti-terrorism operations and low-intensity conflicts, the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on 3

  • ONR to examine Otto fuel, Al-Ago battery technologies for extended range Mk 48 torpedo

    Both Otto fuel turbine engine and aluminium silver-oxide (Al-AgO) electric propulsion technologies are to be examined under an Office of Naval Research (ONR) Future Naval Capability (FNC) programme intended to increase the range of the US Navy's (USN's) Mk 48 Mod 7 heavyweight torpedo. However, the

  • Heckler & Koch unveils HK433 modular assault rifle

    German firearms manufacturer Heckler & Koch has unveiled a modular rifle, the HK433, chambered in 5.56x45 mm. It will be proposed to the Bundeswehr as a replacement for the currently issued G36 rifle. This is the fourth rifle family being offered by the Oberndorf-based manufacturer after the

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