• 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

  • Navy League 2017: Lockheed Martin seeks to adapt laser system for USN

    Lockheed Martin is interested in adapting its 60 kW laser systems for the US Navy (USN) Surface Navy Laser Weapons System (SNLWS), Jim Murdoch, Director of Advanced Technologies Business Development for Lockheed Martin, told reporters at the Annual Navy League conference in National Harbor,

  • US Missile Defense Agency aims for high-power laser tests in 2021

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is eyeing two possible laser solutions for boost phase missile intercepts and hopes to trial the technology with high-power systems by 2021. MDA previously managed a large-scale programme that was intended to destroy boosting missiles with a laser, but it was

  • Indian Navy launches Barak-1 from carrier

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully conducted the maiden test firing of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Barak-1 ship point defence missile from INS Vikramaditya , its sole Russian-origin aircraft carrier, on 24 March. IN officials told Jane's that the missile

  • 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

  • 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

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