• Surface Navy 2018: BAE Systems offers a single missile launcher for US surface fleet

    Key Points BAE Systems’ ADL can launch the same missiles as the Mk 41 VLS ADL could enable LCS and FFG(X) to fire multiple variants of missiles BAE Systems is offering an adaptable deck launcher (ADL) to enable US Navy (USN) surface combatants, aircraft carriers, and large deck amphibious

  • BAE Systems contracted to integrate APKWS II onto USMC legacy Hornets

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a USD577,300 contract to integrate the WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) onto F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The contract, which was awarded on 3 October 2017 but not disclosed until 10 January,

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK joins efforts to develop US Navy’s next 5-inch round

    Orbital ATK has unveiled its Precision Guidance Kit (PGK)-Aft Guided 5-inch projectile concept for navy guns, which uses similar technology to the company's 155 mm M1156 PGK. The US Navy (USN) has a need, although not a specific requirement yet, for adding a precision-guidance capability for its

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK plans to test 6 lb air-dropped Hatchet munition in 2018

    In 2018 Orbital ATK plans to conduct live-fire guide-to-hit trials with an all-up Hatchet air-launched munition, an internally funded effort to develop a 6 lb (2.72 kg) precision-guided weapon. Company officials told Jane’s that, although it has a small explosive charge, Hatchet’s

  • Another Israeli Arrow 3 test aborted

    The Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) halted the latest test of the Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptor on 10 January, citing a technical error. The Arrow 3, which became operational a year ago, releases a ‘kill vehicle’ to intercept incoming

  • Hero-400EC development expected to be finalised in 2018

    UVision Air has developed the Hero-400EC (Electric, Cruciform) loitering munition system to Technical Readiness Level (TRL) 8, with final development and a production model initial operating capability anticipated before the end of 2018. An evolution of the earlier Hero-400 system – which was

  • Russia set to finalise PBK-500U glide bomb evaluation

    Vladimir Lepin, head of Russia’s Techmash Corporation, disclosed on 8 January that NPO Bazalt company, a subsidiary of Techmash, is close to accomplishing state evaluations of a new aerial bomb, designated ‘Drel’. “After successful completion of the state tests in 2018, this

  • Mexico to acquire Harpoon Block II, RAM Block 2 for new patrol vessel

    The US State Department has authorised the sale of a number of missiles and torpedoes to Mexico to equip a new long-range ocean patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance: POLA), currently under construction for the Mexican Navy (Armada de México). According to the Defense Security

  • US Air Force secretary vows no change in excess ICBM motor rocket policy

    Key Points USAF secretary vows no change in commercial payload on ICBM motor rocket policy Some in the USAF believe it is not barred from flying commercial payloads on ICBM rockets The US Air Force (USAF) secretary vowed to not change existing policy regarding commercial payloads on excess

  • Javelin ATGMs approved for Ukraine

    Key Points The provision of US Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian military has now been approved Concerns remain, however, over the extent to which such weapons can be used effectively without training and over the import bureaucracy such deliveries will have to overcome A longstanding

  • Saab to supply New Lightweight Torpedo to Finnish Navy

    Key Points Finland is to refit Saab’s New Lightweight Torpedo to its four Hamina-class FACs The NLT award forms part of a larger contract awarded to Saab for the modernisation of the four FACs under the Squadron 2000 mid-life upgrade programme Finland has become the first export customer

  • India successfully tests Ashvin interceptor

    India has conducted a successful test of the Ashvin/Advanced Air Defence (AAD) missile interceptor, according to a joint statement released by India’s Ministry of Defence and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The Ashvin interceptor was launched on 28 December 2017, from

  • Poland orders AMRAAMs for its F-16s

    On 27 December the Polish Ministry of National Defence announced that it had ordered 95 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for its F-16C/D Block 52 fighters in a contract worth PLN590 million (USD171 million). The deal was preceded by the US State Department’s

  • Turkish military receives first SOM B1s

    The first batch of seven Roketsan Stand-off-Munition B1 (SOM-B1) air-to-surface cruise missiles have been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces, the country’s Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) stated on 4 January. SOM cruise missiles come in four different variants: the SOM-A, SOM-J,

  • Bars-8 mortar carrier undertakes acceptance trials

    A Ukraine Mobile Mortar Complex (MMC) system is undergoing acceptance trials in Ukraine, Jane’s understands. The MMC consists of an Alakran Light Mortar System (LMS) integrated into the rear of a Bars-8 (4x4) armoured vehicle. The Alakran has been developed by the Aerospace and Defense

  • Pakistan conducts firing of cruise missile from Azmat-class boat

    Key Points Pakistan has launched a new type of cruise missile from its latest Azmat-class vessel Event further demonstrates the platform’s range of anti-surface capabilities The Pakistan Navy has launched what appears to be a shipborne variant of an indigenously developed cruise missile

  • Vietnam’s ex-US Coast Guard cutter arrives home

    Key Points The Vietnam Coast Guard’s largest vessel has now arrived in-country The platform, which was once deployed by the United States to provide gunfire support in the Vietnam War, will now enforce Hanoi’s claims in the South China Sea The Vietnam Coast Guard’s (Canh

  • US agrees Super Tucano sale to Nigeria

    The United States has agreed the sale to Nigeria of 12 Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC)–Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light-attack turboprops, it was reported on 27 December. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) received from the US ambassador to the country letters of offer and acceptance for the

  • Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll completes Sea Ceptor firings

    The UK Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigate HMS Argyll has successfully completed final first of class firing trials of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile system ahead of formal acceptance into service planned for early 2018. Two salvo firings were performed from Argyll during a two-week

  • Romania procures portable Spike LR

    Romania purchased dozens of Rafael Spike LR (long-range) missiles and launchers in the last quarter of 2017, and is evaluating them to decide whether to purchase more, according to industry sources. The Romanian government signed a similar-sized procurement deal in 2016, and in 2015, it acquired

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