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  • Ovod-R brings precision engagement to RPG-7

    Minsk, Belarus-based Scientific Research and Production Centre has developed a new grenade launcher that is based on the RPG-7. The Ovod-R has a design that sees the original PGO-7V3 optical sight replaced by the new PD-7 smart sight, along with a laser rangefinder and optional NV/A-1 night vision

  • USSOCOM seeks PDW kit

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has released a request for information (RFI) for the possible procurement of 550 conversion kits for the M4A1 carbine to create a Personal Defence Weapon (PDW) in 5.56x45 mm and 7.62x35 mm (300 BLK) calibres. The complete PDW Kit should include an upper

  • NAWCWD reveals solid-fuel ramjet testing to meet future strike needs

    Key Points NAWCWD has used off-the-shelf components to flight test a low-cost solid-fuel ramjet in an accelerated timeframe Follow-on work is focused on making the solid-fuel ramjet engine more tactically relevant The US Navy (USN) has revealed the in-house development and flight test of a

  • UK funds initial SPEAR Cap 3 integration for F-35B

    Key Points The UK has funded initial de-risking of SPEAR Cap 3 integration on the F-35B Lightning II SPEAR Cap 3 integration is planned as part of the Block 4 update The United Kingdom has funded initial integration of the Selective Precision Effects At Range (SPEAR) Capability 3 on the F-35B

  • RN retires Sea Skua anti-ship missile from service

    Key Points The Sea Skua anti-ship missile is being officially retired from RN service on 31 March A final high-seas Sea Skua firing was performed on 25 February by a Lynx HMA8 operating from the frigate HMS Portland The UK Royal Navy (RN) has retired the MBDA Sea Skua anti-ship missile from

  • UK, France sign off FC/ASW concept phase

    On 28 March the UK and France signed a new weapon system agreement initiating a three-year concept phase to develop the Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW) programme. The FC/ASW programme - which will be executed by MBDA - will examine options to replace and improve existing Naval and Air Force

  • US Army resumes Javelin FGM-148F development testing

    The US Army has resumed testing of the Spiral 2 FGM-148F missile component of the Javelin medium close combat system improvement programme. The trials were suspended in late 2016 due to technical issues with the precursor warhead (PCWH). Developed by the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), a partnership

  • USAF completes verification of new GPS anti-jam architecture for JASSM

    The US Air Force (USAF) has finalised product upgrade verification (PUV) flight tests of GPS anti-jam software and hardware for the AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and AGM-158B JASSM-Extended Range (ER) long-range, conventionally armed, precision stealth weapons in

  • Belarus finalises new Shershen ATGM system variant

    The Scientific Research and Production Centre of Belarus has finalised work on a new vehicle-mounted variant of the Shershen family of anti-tank guided missile systems (ATGMs). The latest system - which utilises the Ukrainian Luch-developed and produced RK-2 and RK-3 variant ATGMs - is designated

  • SM-2 acquisition a priority consideration for Denmark's next defence bill

    Denmark has begun initial steps to acquire the Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-2 Block IIIA anti-air warfare (AAW) missile through a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case, but final approval for the acquisition will hinge on the government's 2018-22 defence bill. The Royal Danish Navy's (RDN's) three

  • MILREM up-guns THeMIS with Protector weapon station

    Estonia's MILREM has broadened the range of remote weapon stations (RWS) that can be fitted to its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The company has worked with Kongsberg to integrate the Protector RWS on THeMIS, in a configuration that includes a

  • Shotgun conversion kit should give Marines improved capability

    Key Points The M500A2 requires no modification for reconfiguration The new shotgun configuration will be useful in VBSS operations The US Marine Corps is testing a new Marine Corps Systems Command Military Enhancement Kit (MEK) that will enable personnel to convert their M500A2 shotgun into a

  • North Korea ground-tests new 'high-thrust' rocket engine

    North Korea has carried out a ground test of a "Korean-style, high-thrust engine" developed by the country's Academy of the National Defence Science, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 19 March. "The test was conducted to confirm the overall technical indices

  • Rafael develops missile launcher for light helicopters

    A new missile launcher for light helicopters has been developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Known so far only as the Light Helicopter Launcher, the system carries two missiles and weighs just 27 kg compared to the 55 kg of Rafael's current four-missile launcher. Speaking to Jane's

  • MBDA readies Enforcer for moving target, air-burst trials

    Key Points First shoulder-launched firings of a qualified Enforcer system are scheduled for 2018 An optional anti-armour warhead is under consideration MBDA Deutschland is preparing for a series of moving target and air-burst engagement trials with its KFK (Kleinflugkörper - small missile)

  • Army demonstrates first defensive laser mounted on Stryker combat vehicle

    US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has demonstrated a 5 kW laser mounted on a Stryker infantry carrier vehicle to shoot down small unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the army. The army used a Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser 2.0 (MEHEL 2.0) to engage small fixed-wing

  • Pakistan test-fires land-based anti-ship missile

    The Pakistan Navy has test-fired a land-based anti-ship missile featuring "advanced technology and avionics [that] enable [the] engagement of targets at sea with high accuracy", according to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed

  • Czech armed forces order Desert Tech HTI sniper rifles

    The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a contract worth CZK75 million (USD3 million) for Desert Tech Hard Target Interdiction (HTI) rifles for use by Czech special forces in international operations. The contract includes the delivery of 30 sniper rifles, each with a set of conversion kits

  • UK to replenish Hellfire stock

    The UK is to replenish its stock of Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles at a cost of USD150 million. According to the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which announced the State Department approval for the sale on 16 March, the UK has requested 1,000

  • US Army to begin testing vehicle-mounted laser in 2017

    Key Points 58 kW beam demonstrated during trials in March Lockheed Martin will work with the US military to scale the capability to scale "well beyond 150 kW" Lockheed Martin will deliver a 60 kW-class beam combined fibre laser to the US Army for integration onto a Heavy Expanded

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