• Report claims North Korea's SLBM could have a 600 km strike range carrying a one-tonne warhead

    North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is capable of carrying a 1.5-tonne warhead nearly 450 km or a 1-tonne warhead at least 600 km, Yonhap news agency quoted a report by the Seoul-based Institute of Korean Studies (IKS) as saying. Published in the December edition of the IKS'

  • RoKN accidentally discharges missiles, torpedo into Sea of Japan

    A Republic of Korean Navy (RoKN) P-3CK maritime patrol aircraft has accidentally discharged a number of weapons into the Sea of Japan approximately 26 n miles off South Korea' s Yangyang County. The weapons discharged are namely three Harpoon anti-ship missiles, a depth charge, and a torpedo, the

  • Sweden reactivates RBS15-based mobile coastal defence systems

    Key Points System reconstituted to RBS15 Mk 2 standard First firing trials of a land-based RBS15 Mk 2missile conducted in the Baltic Sea in early 2016. The Swedish Armed Forces has reactivated a land-based mobile RBS15 coastal defence capability on the Baltic coast, some 16 years after it was

  • Further failure for Nirbhay cruise missile

    Key Points Successive Nirbhay failures placing pressure on DRDO Nirbhay is intended to complement India's BrahMos conventional cruise missile capability The fourth test-flight of India's indigenously designed Nirbhay (Fearless) developmental nuclear-capable cruise missile was terminated on 21

  • Investigation begins into Russian reports of Bulgarian arms found in Aleppo

    A Bulgarian prosecutor is launching a probe into allegations published by Russian state-owned media that Bulgarian-made arms had been found in the Syrian city of Aleppo. No independent validation of Russia's claims had occurred at the time this article was published. Russia, as reported by several

  • Lockheed Martin providing additional PAC-3 MSEs to US Army and upgrading PAC-3 missiles for FMS

    Key Points US Army to only acquire PAC-3 MSE missiles under the new contract PAC-3 MSE will enter the Operational Test Phase in 2017 Lockheed Martin will provide Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles for the US Army, and Foreign Military

  • MDA, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon prepare for next Aegis, SM-6 test

    Key Points SM-6 tested against a representative Dong-Feng 21 MRBM Full Aegis BMD system test scheduled for March-May 2017 timeframe In the most recent demonstration of the Raytheon-built Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) Dual 1 interceptor, the US Navy in mid-December test fired two SM-6 missiles in a

  • USN considers options for replacing Zumwalt's LRLAP projectile

    Key Points Three possible solutions exist for a LRLAP replacement: Excalibur, MS-SGP, and the Hyper Velocity Projectile Replacing LRLAP, which was developed specifically for AGS, could add further costs to Zumwalt's price tag The Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP), originally designed for

  • India successfully tests its locally developed Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired its Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) on the country's east coast, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi

  • JSM completes first powered flight test

    Key Points Two additional flight tests from an F-16 are planned for 2017 Qualification of the missile will be completed on 2018 Kongsberg conducted the first long-range powered flight test of the developmental Joint Strike Missile (JSM) over the Utah Test and Training Range in the United States

  • UPDATE: IA issues RFI for 36,000 night sights for general purpose machine guns

    The Indian Army (IA) is looking to procure night sights to equip its 36,000-odd FN MAG 58-based 7.62x51 mm calibre 2A1 general purpose machine guns (GPMGs). A request for information (RFI) issued on 9 December asks companies to submit data by 16 February about available designs for 26,000 night

  • India's fourth Nirbhay cruise missile test flight fails

    The fourth test flight of India's locally designed, nuclear-capable, 1,000 km-class subsonic tactical cruise missile, known as Nirbhay (Fearless), was terminated after an 11-minute flight on 21 December, officials told IHS Jane's . India's Defence Research and Development Organisation had similarly

  • Upgraded South Korean F-16s capable of striking key North Korean underground targets, says report

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has enhanced the capability of some of its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters by equipping them with bombs and missiles respectively capable of hitting key underground facilities in North Korea and shooting down combat aircraft at long-range, RoKAF officials told

  • Bahrain identified as EIMOS mortar user

    The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) is the previously unidentified country that acquired the EXPAL EIMOS 81 mm integrated mortar system, a photograph released by the Egyptian military on 19 December has confirmed. An EIMOS system mounted on a URO VAMTAC ST5 vehicle could be seen in the background of

  • India, Russia to increase BrahMos' strike range

    India and Russia have agreed to extend the range of their jointly developed BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missile beyond 292 km, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told parliament on 16 December. Bhamre said that, subsequent to India joining the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

  • China's Liaoning carrier battle group conducts first live-fire drill

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has conducted its first live-fire exercise for its aircraft carrier battle group, the China Daily newspaper quoted the PLAN as saying in a statement. Liaoning , the country's first aircraft carrier, performed "various drills with several destroyers

  • DARIN-III-equipped Jaguars receive Indian IOC

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received initial operational clearance (IOC) for its upgraded SEPECAT Jaguar fighters featuring the locally developed Display Attack Ranging Inertial Navigation-III (DARIN-III) avionics suite for precision bombing. Subhash Bhamre, minister of state for defence, told

  • Lockheed Martin conducts second TACMS SQT

    Key Points SQT-3 demonstrates the missile's Proximity Sensor Height of Burst enhancement. Lockheed Martin expects to complete TACMS systems qualification tests in July 2017 Lockheed Martin has conducted a second test of its modernised Tactical Missile System (TACMS) at White Sands Missile Range,

  • South Korea's indigenous Cheongung SAM to enter service in 2017, says report

    South Korea plans to deploy its indigenous Cheongung ('Firmament/Celestial') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM) systems from 2017, the Arirang TV network reported on 19 December. Government sources told the media outlet that the military initially planned to have the missiles ready

  • Diehl develops air-to-surface capability for IRIS-T AAM

    Key Points Upgraded software insertion is the only requirement for the IRIS-T air-to-surface solution No further air-to-surface trials currently planned with F-16 or other platforms The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has tested a new air-to-surface capability developed by Diehl BGT Defence for

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