• Russia, India developing lightweight BrahMos variant, says report

    India and Russia are developing a new lightweight variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile for use on submarines and the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA (Perspektivny Aviatsionny Kompleks Frontovoy Aviatsii) fifth-generation fighter, Russia's TASS news agency reported on 27 January. "We are working

  • USN seeks to come up to speed with electric weapons, DEWs

    Key Points USN leadership want to gage how quickly electric and laser weapons technology can be integrated into the fleet The navy may emphasise modernisation investments and weapons systems upgrades US Navy (USN) leadership is investigating how quickly electronic weapons and lasers can be

  • Raytheon evaluates seeker options for Maritime Strike Tomahawk

    Key Points The US Navy plans that the Maritime Strike Tomahawk will introduce an anti-ship seeker The upgrade will provide in-flight terminal guidance for Tomahawk Block IV against moving maritime targets Raytheon Missile Systems is exploring seeker options to meet the requirements of the US

  • US Army details new modular handgun based on Sig Sauer P320

    The US Army has confirmed that its new XM17 handgun is to be a 9 mm Sig Sauer model P320 and the contract allows the government to buy Sig Sauer's proposed XM1152 Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) and XM1153 Special Purpose (SP) ammunition and training rounds. The long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System

  • Israel adds upper tier missile defence capability

    Key Points High-velocity exo-atmospheric hit-to-kill interceptor will be integrated with Israel's Arrow Weapon System Software block increments will increase the interceptor's capabilities appropriate to the evolving threat set The Israel Missile Defence Organization (IMDO), a division of the

  • Rafael reveals Spike SR details

    Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has provided IHS Jane's with additional details on its Spike Short Range (SR) infantry missile system, which it demonstrated for 15 international delegations in December 2016. "We believe the Spike SR is the lightest, smallest, most cost-effective, and

  • First JASSMs delivered to Poland

    Poland has received its first batch of AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs), Polish deputy defence minister Bartosz Kownacki announced. The missiles were ordered in December 2014 in an arms package worth USD250 million. The sale includes 40 AGM-158As, and the modernisation of

  • US Army selects Sig Sauer for new XM17 Modular Handgun System

    Sig Sauer has been awarded the long-running XM17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) contract for replacing legacy 9 mm M9 Beretta pistols, the US Army announced on 19 January. It is understood that Sig Sauer bested bids from Beretta, FN Herstal, and Glock, after Smith & Wesson and partner General

  • Germany seeks new special forces assault rifle

    Germany's special forces are seeking new assault rifles, with the German defence procurement office issuing a tender for their purchase. According to the tender issued by the BAAINBw, Germany is interesting in purchasing 1,750 rifles in total. The new rifle is expected to replace the G36 rifles

  • TDA expands Aculeus portfolio

    Key Points Final qualification of the Aculeus HE-MM scheduled for March 2017 TDA is also evaluating a surface-to-surface capability for the Aculeus LG for land and maritime platforms With final development of its Aculeus LG induction laser-guided rocket (ILGR) system now under way for the French

  • Turkish Army receives first 500 MPT-76 rifles

    Turkey's state-owned Machines and Chemical Industries Board (MKEK) delivered on 11 January the first 500 serially-produced MPT-76 battle rifles to the Turkish Land Forces Command (TLFC). The rifles delivered on 11 January are the first batch from a 2015 deal which will see the production of around

  • Surface Navy 2017: SM-6 upgrade to begin flight testing in 2017

    Key Points At-sea testing of the SM-6 Block IA missile is expected to start later in 2017 Full-rate production is due to commence in 2018 Flight testing of an improved Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up-round for the US Navy (USN) will start later in 2017, ahead of planned full-rate production in

  • Surface Navy 2017: Carrier, destroyer eyed for solid-state laser weapon system testing

    Key Points LWSD is scheduled to be tested on SDTS in 2018 Plans are being explored for installation on a carrier or destroyer The US Navy (USN) is drawing up plans to a put a prototype 100-150 kW class solid-state laser weapon on an operational warship, the service's director of surface warfare

  • Pakistan test-fires first nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile

    Pakistan has successfully test-fired its first nuclear-capable submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to a 9 January statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military. Named Babur-3, the SLCM was fired to a range of 450 km from an underwater,

  • China's H-6K bomber shows new strike capabilities

    Images posted in Chinese online forums in late December 2016 show for the first time a Xian Aircraft Corporation (XAC) H-6K bomber carrying what appear to be six 250 kg bombs on each of its six under-wing pylons for a total of 36 bombs: a new demonstration of the aircraft's strike capabilities.

  • India successfully test-fires two Agni ballistic missiles

    India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired its Agni 4 and Agni 5 nuclear-capable ballistic missiles from the Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island off the country's east coast. An Agni 4 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) was tested to a

  • Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher unveil RS556 assault rifle

    Rheinmetall and Steyr Mannlicher have partnered to offer the RS556 assault rifle in 5.56 x 45 mm to the Bundeswehr as a potential replacement for the service's G36 standard issue rifle. The RS556 (RS stands for Rheinmetall Steyr in 5.56 mm calibre) is a derivative of the AR-15 and a variant of

  • Poland buys TRG M10 sniper rifles

    The Polish Armed Forces have bought 150 SAKO TRG M10 bolt-action sniper rifles. The PLN32.9 million (USD7.8 million) deal will see the TRG M10 become the Polish Armed Forces' first precision rifle chambered in the 8.6x70 mm (.338 LM) cartridge. The rifles will be delivered through IBCOL Polska.

  • MBDA scopes two-phase Sea Viper IAMD implementation

    Key Points The two-stage roadmap envisages an initial capability to defeat ASBMs, to be followed by an evolved capability to counter medium-range ballistic missile threats Work performed by MBDA has included examination of the contribution of both the Aster Block 1 and Aster Block 1NT missiles

  • Iran tests Talash air defence system

    Iran's air defence command conducted what was billed as the first test launch of the indigenously developed Talash air defence system on 28 December. Iran's air defence command invited journalists to cover the event, which was held at an air defence base just outside the coastal city of Bushehr and

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