• BAE Systems, Leonardo collaborate on new PGM family

    BAE Systems and Leonardo have announced a collaboration to develop new precision guided munitions (PGMs) based on the Vulcano gun-launched projectile family. The new PGM is slated for use with land and naval-based weapon systems, including 155 mm and 5-inch guns. Plans to enhance the guidance

  • Dynetics receives new Small Glide Munition contract

    US systems and technology house Dynetics has been awarded a USD10.9 million sole-source contract by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, for the supply of GBU-69B Small Glide Munition (SGM) All-Up-Rounds (AURs) for deployment by US Special Operations Command

  • IMDS 2017: Rostec unveils Pantsir-ME naval weapon, adds details on the system

    Rostec unveiled an export version of the Russian Instrument Design Bureau (KBP)-designed integrated gun and surface-to-air missile (SAM) naval weapon system Pantsir-M, designated Pantsir-ME, at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) in St Petersburg. Pantsir-ME is a fully automated

  • MBDA unveils future 'family' of glide munitions

    MBDA is to introduce a new unpowered, stand-off air-launched munition capability to its air-to-surface guided weapons portfolio, through the development of what the company describes as a "family of all-up-round glide weapons" with the designation 'SmartGlider'. Optimised as a

  • Azerbaijan boosts anti-tank capabilities

    Russia has delivered at least 12 9K123-1 Khrizantema-S vehicle-mounted anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) systems to Azerbaijan and more than 15 systems will be delivered by the end of 2018, Jane's has learned. The Azerbaijani Ministry of Defence reported the arms acquisition on 24 June in an official

  • USAF issues Sources Sought notice for rapid fielding of hypersonic strike weapon

    The US Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) on 29 June issued a Sources Sought notice for a rapidly-fielded and developed hypersonic, conventional air-launched strike weapon. According to the notice, capabilities statements are being sought from potential sources "that are capable of

  • Elbit Systems unveils SkyStriker loitering munition

    Elbit Systems has formally unveiled its first venture into the loitering munition (LM) sector with SkyStriker - a remotely-operated, precision-guided LM system designed to seek, locate and acquire operator-marked targets and targets of opportunity in tactical-level engagements. Development of

  • Switzerland orders NLAW

    Saab Dynamics announced on 28 June that it had signed a framework agreement with the Swiss Federal Office for Defence Procurement, Armasuisse, for the procurement of the Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon System (NLAW). Following a competitive evaluation process, in which the NLAW was deployed

  • US military deploys JASSMs to South Korea, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has deployed the air-launched Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to South Korea for use by US Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighters operating from Kunsan Air Base, according to a Yonhap news agency report. "USFK has more than 10 long-range precision-guided

  • F21 torpedo enters final development phase

    Key Points DCNS is under contract to deliver just under 100 F21 heavyweight torpedoes, as well as to undertake integration into the French Navy’s existing and new submarines The F21 will replace the existing F17 Mod 2 torpedo in French service The French Navy’s new F21 heavyweight

  • IDAS partners look to re-plan submarine development firing

    The IDAS Consortium of Diehl Defence and thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (tkMS) is working to reschedule an engineering development firing of the IDAS (Interactive Defence and Attack System for Submarines) missile system from a submarine before the end of 2017. This follows the identification of a

  • USN eyes HELIOS for laser weapon fit on DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    The US Navy (USN) is advancing a fast-track plan to test a high-energy laser weapon system on a DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer. A request for proposal (RFP) for what the navy now refers to as the High Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS) system

  • SM-3 Block IIA intercept test ends in failure

    The Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) hit-to-kill interceptor failed to engage its target in the latest test carried out by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the Japan Ministry of Defense off the coast of Hawaii. "At approximately 7:20 pm Hawaii Standard Time, June 21

  • SM-6 Block 1A missile completes final land-based test

    The US Navy (USN) has successfully completed a third and final land-based flight test of the new Block IA variant of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Extended Range Active Missile, paving the way for at-sea testing to start later this year. Developed and manufactured by Raytheon Missile Systems, the

  • Indian Army rejects locally designed assault rifle for second time

    The Indian Army (IA) has for the second time rejected an indigenously designed assault rifle, and is now poised to issue a global tender to meet its long-pending requirement for 185,000 rifles. Official sources told Jane's on 22 June that the IA cited "poor quality and ineffective

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Raytheon launches Compact Multi-Spectral Targeting System

    Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that it is developing a smaller, lightweight version of its Multi-Spectral Targeting System called the Compact MTS (cMTS). The new system, which retains all the key functions of the MTS product family but weighs less than 60 lb (27.2 kg) and fits

  • Singapore Army acquires Rafael Spike SR anti-armour missile system

    The Singapore Army has acquired the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike Short Range (SR) manportable missile system as its next generation guided anti-armour weapon for its infantry and guards forces, Jane's has learnt at its Army Open House 2017 event that was held in late May. Jane's understands

  • German Special Forces receive new suppressor for G29

    B&T AG has developed a new suppressor for the Bundeswehr's designated marksman rifle, the G29 bolt-action sniper rifle, Jane's has learned. Recent years have seen a growing emphasis on improving the ability for suppressors to reduce muzzle flash; this has led B&T to develop a suppressor

  • Soft-kill technologies could address gap in low-cost naval countermeasures

    Lack of investment in maritime soft-kill countermeasures from the 1980s has stagnated development of affordable countermeasures for the naval arena, limiting the spectrum of responses, a Chemring Countermeasures official told Jane's at the MAST Asia 2017 exhibition in Tokyo. Senior business manager

  • South Korea to mass-produce improved Cheongung M-SAM, says report

    South Korea will begin mass-producing an improved variant of its locally developed Cheongung ('Celestial/Firmament') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM or M-SAM) later this year to better counter North Korea's growing missile threats, the Yonhap news agency reported on 17 June. The

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