• Navy League 2018: AeroVironment teams Puma UAS with Switchblade loitering missile

    AeroVironment on 9 April announced at the Navy League annual Sea-Air-Space exposition that it demonstrated an automated sensor-to-shooter capability from a US Navy Coastal Riverine Craft with a Puma unmanned aerial system (UAS) and a Switchblade loitering missile system. The system uses an

  • AARGM-ER development to begin in 2019

    The US Navy (USN) aims to improve the reach of its AGM-88E Block 1 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) with a new extended range (ER) variant that could be fielded by 2023. The AGM-88E Block 1 AARGM is now in full-rate production and more than 600 have been delivered, but the USN

  • Qatar to arm Apache helos with APKWS II

    Qatar is to arm its Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II guided rocket. US State Department approval for the sale of 5,000 of the 70 mm rocket kits to the Gulf state was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation

  • Navy League 2018: BAE Systems wins LCS naval gun contract

    BAE Systems has been awarded a contract by General Dynamics to provide two additional Mk110 Naval Gun Systems for the Independence variant of the US Navy’s (USN's) Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). With this follow-on deal, BAE Systems is now under contract to provide 15 Mk110 systems for the

  • Russia offers Buk-M3 for export

    Russian state arms export corporation Rosoboronexport says it has begun promoting the latest M3 variant of the Buk medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system for export. The export Buk-M3, also known as Viking, "possesses the ability to strike with a very high degree of probability

  • Saab Dynamics awarded USD28 million contract for Taurus KEPD 350 components

    Taurus Systems GmbH has awarded Saab Dynamics a SEK236 million (USD28.12 million) for the supply of components and hardware for the Taurus KEPD 350 modular stand-off precision missile system. Taurus Systems is a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland (67%) and Saab Dynamics AB (33%) for the

  • 40N6 missile for S-400 system could enter service ‘soon’

    A new long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) for Russia’s S-400 Triumf (SA-21 ‘Growler’) air defence system may enter service soon, according to a 3 April report in the Russian daily Izvestia . The newspaper’s source in the Main Command of Aerospace Forces indicates a

  • MBDA contracted for continued RF DEW research

    The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has awarded MBDA a GBP3.2 million contract to continue research into Radio Frequency Directed Energy Weapons (RF DEW) technology on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). RF DEW devices operate by projecting electromagnetic energy

  • Serbia finalises testing of new weapon systems

    The Serbian Armed Forces (Vojska Srbije, VS) are in the final phase of testing over 40 weapon systems that would be issued to the military if they pass final verification tests, Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin has said. Vulin made the remarks while visiting the VS’s Nikinci Technical

  • Saudi M109A6 howitzer request approved

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 180 M109A5/A6 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) structures to Saudi Arabia, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 5 April. These structures will be converted into 177 M109A6 Paladin SPHs and three static training devices. Estimated

  • Brazilian Army reveals ASTROS II MK3M final delivery

    The Brazilian Army will receive the last batch of ASTROS II MK3M self-propelled multiple rocket launching (MRL) system vehicles in October, the service told Jane’s . This fourth order will be comprised of eight vehicles. Modernisation of 38 MK2/MK3 vehicles comprising six 6x6 AV-LMU

  • French Army prepares to deploy MMP

    The French Army is preparing for the first operational deployment of its new 140mm calibre digital Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) land combat system. Major Jean-Luc Dietler of the Section Technique de l’Armée de Terre (STAT) at the French Ministry of Defence told Jane’s that

  • Pakistan test-fires Babur SLCM

    Pakistan has conducted another test-firing of its Babur-3 nuclear-capable, submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), according to a 29 March statement by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military. The locally built SLCM was fired to a range of 450 km from an

  • Update: India test-fires BrahMos cruise missile with indigenous seeker

    A BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired for the first time using an indigenously developed seeker on 22 March. Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced in a tweet that the test was carried out at 0842 h local time at the Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan, adding

  • Update: Singapore reveals first images of Aster 30 SAM system, confirms delivery

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has revealed the first images of its newly delivered MBDA Aster 30 SAMP/T (Sol-Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre, or surface-to-air medium range/land) self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. Screengrabs from a video commemorating its 50th

  • Nigeria to manufacture Polish assault rifles

    The Polish Armaments Group (PGZ) holding company and Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria (DICON) signed a letter of intent on 26 March covering the production of Beryl M762 assault rifles in Nigeria, the rifle’s manufacturer Fabryka Broni announced. Signed by PGZ president Jakub Skiba

  • Turkey carries out first test firing of air-to-air missiles

    Turkey has successfully test fired its first Gokdogan (Peregrine) and Bozdogan (Merlin) air-to-air missiles at a range close to the Black Sea town of Sinop, the state-owned Anatolia news agency reported on 25 March. The first ballistic tests of the missiles involved firing them from the ground. The

  • US Army eyes replacements for SAW, M4 carbine

    The US Army’s new Cross-Functional Team for soldier lethality aims in the near-term to replace the service's 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and perhaps, eventually, the 5.56 M4 carbine. A Next-Generation Squad Weapons (NGSWs) portfolio includes a SAW replacement as well as an M4

  • MBDA to develop ‘Brimstone 3’

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded MBDA in the United Kingdom a GBP400 million (USD565 million) contract to develop, manufacture, and deliver a new spirally developed Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP) variant of the Brimstone 2 precision-guided air-to-surface missile. Brimstone 2 CSP

  • Russia deploys cruise missiles in all strategic directions

    Russia has deployed long-range sea- and air-launched cruise missiles in all strategic directions, the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces said. "Specific attention is being paid to precision weapons to increase effectiveness," First Deputy Defence Minister Army General

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