• Australia signs for enhanced JSM guidance capability

    The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has signed an NOK150 million (USD17.4 million) contract with Kongsberg Defence Systems for the integration of an additional terminal guidance capability with the stand-off Joint Strike Missile (JSM). Designed for anti-surface warfare and naval fire support

  • Arms control 'is at its weakest point in decades', forum concludes

    Compliance across the globe with arms control measures is at its weakest point in decades, although a new forum holds the promise, at least in Europe, of improved transparency and dialogue, according to NATO officials and others. "Arms control efforts across the entire Euro-Atlantic area are

  • China arms Type 818 coastguard ship with close-in weapon system

    Images circulated on Chinese internet sources suggest that the China Coast Guard (CCG) has equipped its lead Type 818 vessel with the Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS). Two turrets of the system, one each on the port and starboard sides, appear to have been installed above the ship's

  • Tomahawk strike in Syria stokes debate about performance of Russian air defences

    The US Navy's ability to hit Syria's Al-Shayrat Air Base with a large number of Raytheon RGM-109 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles (TLAMs) on 7 April raised questions about the capabilities of Russia's air defence systems, specifically its current frontline long-range system: the Almaz-Antey S-400

  • US forces in Afghanistan drop first GBU-43/B MOAB in combat

    US Forces - Afghanistan struck what officials described as an Islamic State "tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan" on 13 April. Notably, the strike used a "GBU-43 bomb dropped from a US aircraft", US Forces - Afghanistan said in a statement. The

  • Hurkus conducts initial missile launch with L-UMTAS

    Turkish Aerospace Industries' (TAI's) Hurkus single-engine turboprop aircraft conducted an initial missile launch with a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided air-to-surface long-range anti-tank missile at the Firing Test and Evaluation Centre range near Karapinar, Konya, on 7 March. Developed by TIA as a

  • Russian cruise missiles add new dimension to EPAA planning, says EUCOM official

    Key Points The EPAA network is designed to deal with ballistic missile threats from the Middle East but must now address a two-fold challenge closer to home This challenge consists of Russian ballistic and cruise missile threats Planners are considering reorienting the European Phased Adaptive

  • MBDA completes Sea Venom/ANL carriage and jettison trials on Lynx

    Key Points MBDA has performed air carriage and jettison trials of the Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile from a Royal Navy Lynx HMA.8 helicopter The initiative is designed to boost the export appeal of Sea Venom/ANL to legacy Lynx and Super Lynx users European missile house MBDA has successfully

  • NASAMS selected for Australian Army GBAD system

    The Australian government has fast-tracked the acquisition of a short-range ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability for the Australian Army by granting First Pass Approval for the Land 19 Phase 7B project. Announced on 10 April, the approval includes the release of a single supplier limited

  • Turkey's Hurkus undergoes debut missile test

    The Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) Hurkus basic trainer/light attack aircraft conducted its first firing test with a missile on 7 March, launching a Roketsan L-UMTAS laser-guided long-range air-to-surface anti-tank missile. The L-UMTAS missile, fired from a Hurkus at the Firing Test and

  • Raytheon ready to hand off SDB II testing to USAF

    Raytheon and the US Air Force (USAF) have conducted the first-ever demonstration of a Small Diameter Bomb II's (SDB II's) ability to hit a moving target in adverse weather. A second test, conducted at Eglin Air Force Base's overwater range demonstrated the ability of a Joint Terminal Attack

  • India signs MRSAM deal

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a near USD2 billion deal with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for advanced air and missile defence systems for the Indian Army (IA) and the Indian Navy (IN), IAI announced on 6 April. The contract includes a USD1.6 billion procurement of the 70 km

  • 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

  • RAF prepares to ramp up Project Centurion testing for Typhoon

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to shortly begin intensive trials and tests of the Project Centurion configuration that is earmarked for the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 combat aircraft from the end of 2018. Speaking to Jane's at RAF Coningsby, the commanding officer of 41 (Reserve) Test and Evaluation

  • Saab reveals plans for next-generation RBS-15 anti-ship missile

    Saab revealed an ambitious re-design of its current Robotsystem 15 (RBS-15) Mk3 anti-ship missile on 5 April at the Latin American Aerospace and Defence exposition. The missile, originally designed as a ship-launched weapon, was subsequently adapted for use aboard Saab's JAS 39 Gripen fighter

  • Navy League 2017: USN AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR completes first ballistic missile test in Hawaii

    Key Points USN's AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR completed its first flight test The test marks the first in a series of planned BMD flight tests for the new AMDR The Raytheon-built AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) completed its first ballistic missile defence (BMD) test at the US Navy's (USN's)

  • FMV orders new anti-ship missile for Swedish armed forces

    Saab Dynamics has been awarded a SEK3.2 billion (USD358.5 million) contract by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of a new, next-generation RBS15 anti-ship missile to equip the Royal Swedish Navy's Visby-class corvettes and Swedish Air Force JAS

  • Navy League 2017: New Phalanx electric gun achieves first milestone as part of tech refresh

    Raytheon has successfully test-fired a new electrically powered gun for its Mk 15 Phalanx 20 mm Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), the company announced on 4 April. The test, which is part of a series of 'tech refresh' projects for Phalanx, served to demonstrate that the electric gun can operate

  • Navy League 2017: USN seeks energetics 'renaissance' for naval weapons

    Key Points USN encouraging renewed focus on the health and development of EMS NSWC IHEODTD is developing a roadmap and stakeholder engagement campaign The US Navy (USN) is seeking to develop a renaissance in energetics through the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance

  • Indian MoD clears import of 100 Barak-1 SR-SAMs

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements worth INR8.6 billion (USD132.3 million) on 3 April that include 100 Israel Aerospace Industries/Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Barak-1 short-range surface-to-air missiles (SR-SAMs) for INR5 billion for the Indian Navy (IN), MoD officials told

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