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  • Lockheed Martin progresses concept studies for PAC-3-MSE derivatives

    Lockheed Martin is advancing a series of internally funded concept studies to leverage the hit-to-kill technologies evolved for its Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor. The idea is to establish a family of hit-to-kill interceptors in various classes for

  • First Sea Ceptor firings from Type 23

    Key Points HMS Argyll undertook first-of-class firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system in July Sea Ceptor will replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence missile system The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has completed initial firings of the new

  • KBP unveils ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle

    Russia's Tula-based Instrument Design Bureau (KBP), a subsidiary of the High-Precision Weapons holding, has developed the ShAK-12 heavy assault rifle, which it unveiled at the KBP firing range. The ShAK-12 is intended for engaging soldiers wearing body armour, under light cover or in soft-skin

  • Nigerian Super Tucano package includes laser-guided weapons

    Nigeria has requested Paveway II and Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guidance kits for the 12 EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano turboprop aircraft it is planning to acquire. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 3 August that the US State Department had approved

  • Kalashnikov expands small arms portfolio

    The Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has been expanding its product portfolio. The company displayed its latest small arms designs at the Army-2017 military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow on 22-27 August. The company unveiled the compact versions of its

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov demonstrates electric motorcycle for special forces

    Russia`s Kalashnikov Group, a subsidiary of the Rostec state corporation, has demonstrated a new electric motorcycle for special operations forces at the Army-2017 international military-technical exhibition held outside Moscow. The motorcycle is designed for search and reconnaissance missions in

  • Army-2017: Kalashnikov unveils BK-16 fast attack craft

    After the acquisition of the Rybinsk Shipyard, the Kalashnikov Group is diversifying its boat portfolio, which includes the BK-16 fast attack craft (FAC) unveiled at the Army-2017 exhibition. The BK-16 is intended for offshore operations, troop transport, fire support, counter-piracy and

  • ZALA Aero develops counter-UAV system

    Kalashnikov Group subsidiary ZALA Aero Group unveiled a manportable counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system at the Army 2017 exhibition, held near Moscow from 22-27 August. The company’s REX 1 system is configured as a rifle – it is on the MP-514K rifle – and is equipped with

  • USAF awards separate TMRR contracts for LRSO development

    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNCW) on 23 August disclosed separate cost-plus-fixed-fee contract awards – each valued at “approximately USD900 million” – to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for the technology maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) phase in the

  • NATO receives bids from Spain and Turkey for Portuguese 4x4 vehicle project

    A request for proposals (RfP) published by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) on 24 April for the acquisition of 167 4x4 Viaturas Táticas Ligeiras Blindadas (Light Tactical Armoured Vehicles, VTLB) for the Portuguese Army closed on 16 August. Jane’s has learned that URO

  • Roketsan begins serial production of UMTAS IIR

    Roketsan has begun serial production of the UMTAS (Uzun Menzilli Tanksavar Sistemi) imaging infrared (UMTAS-IIR) variant, long-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), following successful finalisation of the development and qualification of the missile – including firing trials from a Turkish

  • USAF awards GBSD TMRR contracts

    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) on 21 August awarded two Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contracts for its prospective Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system requirement. The GBSD is the weapon system

  • USN flexes LCS’ missile capabilities off Guam amid threats from North Korea

    Key Points The US Navy has demonstrated the Littoral Combat Ship’s anti-surface capabilities near Guam Missile firing comes in the wake of threats by North Korea to launch missiles at the Western Pacific island, and demonstrates the LCS’ lethal capabilities even while on overseas

  • LRASM tactical configuration completes first flight from B-1B

    A first firing of a production-representative, tactical configuration AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has been completed from a US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber. Conducted on 17 August over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, the LRASM all-up-round executed a number of

  • Chile eyes new shipborne long-range land attack capability

    Chile may become the first South American nation to deploy a shipborne cruise missile with the capability to reach targets deep in land, as its navy is eyeing IAI/Malam’s Long Range Attack (LORA) hybrid missile and ballistic weapon, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Interest in LORA,

  • NORINCO demonstrates GL5 APS

    China North Industries Group Corporation (NORINCO) has released details on a previously opaque active protection system (APS) known as the GL5. The hard-kill APS was demonstrated during a live-fire display as part of NORINCO’s second ‘Armour Day’ in Bautou, Inner Mongolia. The

  • USN plans 'raid' upgrade ECP for RAM Block 2

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans for a further update of the RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile, as part of efforts to improve performance against complex multi-missile raids. Known as the RAM Block 2B Raid Engineering Change Proposal (ECP), the upgrade

  • Indonesia eyes Black Shark torpedoes for Type 209/1400 submarines

    Key Points Indonesia is looking to acquire the Black Shark torpedo for its Type 209/1400 submarines from South Korea Move will equip the new submarines with the same capability as regional submarine operators Indonesia will acquire the Black Shark fibre optic wire-guided heavyweight torpedo for

  • Iran "successfully" launches Simorgh SLV

    Iran's Tasnim News Agency on July 27 announced what it described as the successful launch and test flight of a Simorgh two-stage, liquid-fuelled satellite launch vehicle (SLV) from the Imam Khomeini Space Centre located in Semnan, in north-central Iran. No information was disclosed on the payload or

  • Israel looks beyond Arrow-3

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Israel's MAFAT Defense Research and Development Authority have launched concept studies for a future upper-tier missile defence interceptor. Boaz Levi, executive vice-president and general manager of IAI's Systems, Missiles & Space Group, told Jane's that

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