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  • 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

  • Buk-M3 SAM enters Russian service

    Russia has received its first Buk-M3 medium range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, defence minister Sergei Shoigu has announced. The new Buk-M3 system was also shown publically on Russian television for the first time on 23 October by TV Zvezda. According to Shoigu, one anti-aircraft missile

  • DETRAC develops remote weapon station

    Malaysia's DETRAC is in the final stages of developing a new remote weapon station (RWS). The RWS programme was initially backed by DEFTECH, but after funding ceased DETRAC continued the effort with internal research and development resources. DETRAC's Armament depends on the end user, but it is

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

  • Helibras concludes first Exocet missile integration tests for Brazilian AH-15B

    Brazilian helicopter specialist Helibras, a local operation of Airbus Helicopters, has concluded a three-week testing phase for integration of MBDA's Exocet AM 39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile and tactical data management system that is to equip the reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare variant

  • Russia reveals 3M-14T cruise missile range

    Key Points Russia has conducted its first operational deployment of the domestic 3M-14T system The apparent precision of Kalibr-NK/3M-14T missiles suggests the possibility of an alternative terminal guidance solution The launch of a salvo of some 26 cruise missiles from Russian Federation Navy's

  • North Korea unveils new version of KN-08 ICBM

    North Korea revealed a modified version of its liquid-fuelled KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) with an apparent smaller nuclear warhead in its 10 October parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea. First seen in North Korea's 15 April 2012 military parade,

  • Russia's KAB-250 guided bomb to complete trials this year

    Region JSC's KAB-250 precision-guided munition (PGM) will soon complete trials, Igor Krylov, director general of Region JSC (a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation, KTRV), told IHS Jane's at the Russian Defence Ministry Innovation Day 2015. Krylov also stated that there are two versions of

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

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