• Iran "successfully" launches Simorgh SLV

    Iran's Tasnim News Agency on July 27 announced what it described as the successful launch and test flight of a Simorgh two-stage, liquid-fuelled satellite launch vehicle (SLV) from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre located in Semnan, in north-central Iran. No information was disclosed on the payload or

  • Israel looks beyond Arrow-3

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel's MAFAT Defense Research and Development Authority have launched concept studies for a future upper-tier missile defence interceptor. Boaz Levi, executive vice-president and general manager of IAI's Systems, Missiles & Space Group, told Jane's that

  • US Army awards Lockheed Martin USD161 million ATACMS contract

    The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD161-million production contract for the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). The contract provides for the production of 150 ATACMS missiles, as part of the ATACMS Service Life Extension Program. As part of the US Army's ATACMS Service Life Extension

  • Private industry help sought to help kickstart ‘Make in India’ projects

    Key Points The Indian Army is to release 11 projects worth USD2.75 billion under the 'Make in India' initiative Indian private-sector companies are being asked to participate to short-circuit the bureaucracy involved with the public sector Daksh Nakra The Indian Army (IA) is to release a list of

  • UVZ unveils M-392 light howitzer

    Russia`s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, a subsidiary of Rostec, has developed the M-392 light howitzer, Jane`s has learnt. The new gun is intended to replace the aging M-30 mod 1938 howitzer that is still in use by more than 40 countries. "The M-392 can fire the

  • Images indicate possible precision-guided version of China's KD-20 LACM

    Key Points China may have developed a new optically guided version of the KD-20 land attack cruise missile Such a weapon would allow aircraft like the H-6K bomber to conduct attacks from greater stand-off ranges An image appearing on a People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF)-linked webpage

  • KAC introduces enhanced Stoner 63 LMG

    Knight’s Armament Company (KAC) has developed a new version of its Stoner 63 machine gun – the Stoner Extra – Light machine gun (X-LMG). The innovative Stoner 63 was an early 1960’s attempt to provide a modular weapon system that could be configured to provide a variety of

  • Thales progresses laser-guided BAT-120 munition

    Thales, with support from the Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) – the French government defence procurement and technology agency – is progressing the development of a new 120 mm laser-guided, unpowered, air-to-surface munition evolved from the legacy Thomson Brandt

  • Lockheed Martin funded for LRASM Lot 1 production

    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to begin production of the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) to support an Early Operational Capability (EOC) requirement for the US Air Force (USAF). Being developed and integrated to meet the near-term Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare (OASuW)

  • Indonesia to homeport newly commissioned Type 209/1400 submarine in Central Sulawesi

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned its first new submarine in 36 years The diesel-electric platform’s base in Central Sulawesi will give it better access to disputed maritime areas in the region The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) will

  • Latest Fantom UGV undertakes weapons tests

    Ukraine’s SpetsTechnoExport has carried out testing of a prototype of its Fantom-2 unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) fitted with a range of weapon systems. The tests were carried out at a military training ground in the Chernihiv region. Pavlo Barbul, director of SpetsTechnoExport, told

  • Singapore to despatch F-16 fighters for training exercise in New Zealand

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will deploy six F-16D+ combat aircraft, as well as 110 personnel and associated support equipment, for a flying training exercise to be hosted by the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) from 30 August to 25 September at the Ohakea airbase. New Zealand's

  • LRASM firing demonstrates canister launch

    Lockheed Martin has completed a first launch of its Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch variant from a topside canister installation. Performed at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on 26 July, the flight test “proved the missile’s ability to conduct an angled

  • New wing design adds range to JASSM-ER

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD37.7 million contract for the continued development of a new wing design to equip Lot 17 and follow-on production models of the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) conventional precision-guided

  • Pentagon tests THAAD against medium-range missile

    The Pentagon tested the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) counter-missile system against a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target on 30 July, the agency announced. An MRBM was air-launched by a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III over the Pacific Ocean and the THAAD system at Pacific

  • Argentina moving forward on multiple defence acquisitions

    Argentine President Mauricio Macri on 31 July signed a decree authorising state credit to finance some of the major defence acquisition programmes included in the 2017 budget. The decree, published on 1 August, stated that the executive authorises public credit for projects to buy offshore patrol

  • Details of Chinese sea-skimming lethal drone prototype emerge

    Jane’s sources have shed new light on a hitherto unseen anti-ship weapon/unmanned air vehicle (UAV)-like system – centred around a wing-in-ground-effect optimised airframe – that was initially circulated on Chinese internet discussion forums around May 2017 in a Mandarin language

  • Canada buying new 7.62 mm general purpose machine guns

    Canada plans to buy 1,148 new 7.62 mm C6A1 FLEX General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMGs) from Colt Canada under a CAD32.1 million (USD25.7 million) deal including related spares and accessories, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 26 July. Colt Canada will begin deliveries of the

  • 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

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