• US Army aims for new precision-guided mortar competition next year

    The US Army is moving ahead with a programme to buy a new 120 mm High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) and replace its current precision-guided HE mortar, according to Picatinny Arsenal. A solicitation for initial designs closed in late January, Picatinny said in a 6 March statement. It sought

  • India successfully test-fires AAD interceptor missile

    India has conducted another successful test of its locally developed Advanced Area Defence (AAD) interceptor missile from the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island off the country's east coast, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a 1 March statement. The endo-atmospheric missile,

  • Lockheed Martin announces Paragon direct attack munition

    Key Points Dual Mode Plus has been designated 'Paragon' as it moves from development to production Paragon has been successfully integrated on the F/A-18 with additional flight testing under way. F-16 integration and flight testing are programmed for Q2CY17. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire

  • Textron Systems finalises G-CLAW development

    Key Points Tests verify end-to-end guidance with incorporated SAL seeker Roll-on/roll-off CLT battle management system enables rapid re-arming, re-configuration of delivery platform Textron Systems Weapon & Sensor Systems has finalised development of the G-CLAW air-launched precision-guided

  • India test-fires anti-ship missile from lead Kalvari-class submarine

    The Indian Navy has successfully conducted the first test-firing of an anti-ship missile from its lead Kalvari (Scorpène)-class submarine, the country's defence ministry announced on 2 March. The firing, believed to have been conducted with an MBDA Exocet SM39 Block 2 missile based on

  • IDEX 2017: CATIC reveals details about Harpy-type loitering munition

    China's ASN-301 anti-radiation loitering munition system was displayed in model form for the first time at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held in Abu Dhabi from 19 to 23 February, confirming that it is a near-copy of the Israel Aerospace Industries Harpy system that was

  • NORINCO develops 76.2 mm mobile air-defence system

    China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO) has released details of its latest 76.2 mm self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG), which is designated as the SA2. The SA2 is mounted on a 6x6 cross-country truck chassis that is also used for a number other applications developed by Chinese defence

  • Picatinny Arsenal advances M777 extended range howitzer

    Picatinny Arsenal engineers are progressing work with their M777 extended range (ER) howitzer, based on the 155 mm M777 towed artillery system, and expect to soon test the weapon with new ammunition. Test firings in November 2016 helped advance the M777ER programme that officials hope can

  • RN completes last Sea Skua high seas firing

    Key Points Three Sea Skua missiles were successfully fired on 25 February from a Lynx HMA.8 operating from the frigate HMS Portland This was the RN's last high seas firing before the Lynx and Sea Skua are retired from RN service A UK Royal Navy (RN) Lynx HMA.8 helicopter from 815 Naval Air

  • India approves Army MR-SAM acquisition

    Key Points MR-SAM solution will be a co-development between IAI and the DRDO, based of the Barak LR Proposed deal envisages five missile regiments comprising 40 firing units India's Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 22 approved an INR170

  • Kratos MRBM target supports SM-3 Block IIA intercept test

    Key Points The MRBM-T4E is a three-stage separating target MRBM-T4E features a Kratos Oriole solid propellant rocket motor mounted atop two tandem Mk 70 Terrier boost stage motors Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has disclosed details of the Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) target

  • MBDA to regenerate French, UK Storm Shadow/SCALP EG missiles

    Key Points Mid-life refurbishment will address obsolescence and to replace life-expired components Modernisation of the missiles will leverage a joint design phase launched in July 2014 The French and UK ministries of defence have placed a joint contract on MBDA for the mid-life refurbishment of

  • F 110: Profiling Spain's multirole frigate plans

    The F 110 frigate is intended to provide the Armada Española with a versatile and flexible surface combatant, able to perform a range of missions. Dr Lee Willett and Richard Scott assess a hugely significant programme for the navy and Spanish industry The Spanish Navy (Armada Española)

  • IDEX 2017: Leonardo's Vulcano 155 mm guided ammunition to be tested by USN

    Key Points The USN is to explore Vulcano munitions for compatibility with DDG 1000s Leonardo and DRS Technologies will conduct fire trials during 2017 Italy-based Leonardo has been invited by the US Navy (USN) to verify and test its Vulcano guided ammunition for potential application to the DDG

  • USAF develops new signal processor for AMRAAM

    The US Air Force (USAF), in collaboration with Raytheon Missile Systems, is developing a new signal processor for the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Funded by the USAF, this development falls under the Form Fit Function Refresh(F3R) programme, which is designed to ensure AMRAAM

  • Russia to deploy anti-satellite weapon on MiG-31BM

    Key Points Initiative indicates a potential revival of the Soviet-era Kontakt programme MiG-31BM platform suggests a large missile that is likely to be launched from high altitude Russia's Aerospace Forces (VKF) is to deploy an anti-satellite weapon on its MiG-31BM interceptor aircraft, a VKF

  • IDEX 2017: China's FT-12 glide bomb gets rocket booster

    China's rocket-boosted precision-guided glide bomb, the Fei Teng FT-12, was revealed at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi by China Aerospace Long-March International Trade Co, Ltd (ALIT), the marketing arm of the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). While the existence of an FT-12

  • Norway, Germany to co-operate on NSM missile

    Key Points Norway and Germany are to co-develop an evolved version of Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile Agreement on the full terms of the co-operation is planned in mid-2017 Germany is to join with Norway to develop an improved version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) to meet the joint long-term

  • IDEX 2017: Burevestnik unveils new 30 mm remotely operated turret

    Russian company Burevestnik displayed its 30 mm remotely operated turret for the first time at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi. A Burevestnik representative told Jane's that the turret was developed to meet a Russian army requirement for a weapon station that can be fitted to a 4x4 version of the

  • India tests exo-atmospheric interceptor

    India successfully conducted a test of an indigenously designed exo-atmospheric kill vehicle on 12 February. The Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) was launched from the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal at a target

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