HEADLINES

  • Russian bombers to be armed with new Kh-50 theatre-level cruise missile

    Russian sources in early December disclosed the designation ‘Kh-50’ for new Russian airborne theatre-level (substrategic) cruise missile. Purchases of production Kh-50 missiles are planned under Russia’s State Armament Programme for 2018–27 (GPV-2027), the sources added.

  • Iran displays Zolfaghar missile

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) appears to have provided an explanation for the substantial improvement in the range of its Fateh-110 family of tactical ballistic missiles when it displayed the latest variant, the Zolfaghar, at Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology.

  • Qatar parades Chinese ballistic missiles

    The Qatari military unveiled its previously unseen Chinese-made Joint Attack Rocket & Missile systems (JARMs) on 18 December, when two launchers and two transporter-loader vehicles participated in the National Day parade in Doha. The JARM is promoted by the China National Precision Machinery

  • Mac Jee set to finalise Armadillo TA-2 70 mm rocket launcher development

    Two unnamed countries in the Middle East have issued a request for quotation for the Armadillo TA-2 vehicle-mounted remote-controlled 70mm rocket launch system developed by Brazil’s Mac Jee-Indústria, Comércio e Representação, ahead to its anticipated completion in 2018.

  • Novator reveals new Club system, missile and range details

    Russia’s Novator Joint Stock Company has revealed details of a new export version of the Club missile system – designated Club-T – and its 3M-14E land attack cruise missile (LACM). Additionally, a senior representative has confirmed to Jane’s that the range of the LACM can be

  • Israel declares F-35 to be operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) has declared its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft to be operational, the service announced on 6 December. This milestone for the IAF’s F-35, which is designated F-35I Adir (‘Mighty One’) in national

  • PAKFA flies with production-standard engine

    The Sukhoi T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation fighter has flown with a production-standard engine for the first time, United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) announced on 5 December. The T-50 prototype flew for 17 minutes out of the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovskiy, UAC said, adding that the

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Syria claims improved performance against Israeli strikes

    The Syrian military has claimed it shot down five Israeli missiles on 1 and 4 December. The state Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) cited an informed source as saying that Israel launched 12 surface-to-surface missiles at a military site in Damascus province at 0030 h on 1 December; two were shot down

  • VPK unveils BTR-82V APC

    Russia’s Voyenno-Promyshlennaya Kompaniya (Military Industrial Company, VPK) has developed the BTR-82V armoured personnel carrier (APC), a company representative told Jane’s. “The BTR-82V APC was developed under terms of reference issued by the Rosgvardiya [Russia’s National

  • Brazil launches effort to modernise Cascavel ARVs

    The Brazilian Army on 1 December approved guidelines for a project to modernise its EE-9 Cascavel 6x6 armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV), which is armed with a turreted 90 mm Cockerill Mk2 low-pressure gun. Several cavalry units field 409 Cascavels (comprising 157 Mk IIs, 37 Mk VIs, and 215 Mk

  • France receives first MMP missile systems

    The French Army received its first Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) lightweight medium-range multi-purpose/anti-tank missile systems on 15-23 November, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French procurement agency, announced on 30 November. Fifty missiles and 20

  • IDF declares C-Dome operational

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 27 November that the Rafael C-Dome naval point defense system – the maritime version of the Iron Dome anti-rocket system – is fully operational. The declaration came after intensive sea trials during which a C-Dome system installed on the

  • New sniper rifles for Ratnik soldier system to be tested by end of year

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is planning to conduct tests of new firearms for the second-generation Ratnik-2 soldier system before the end of 2017, military officials have said. “The goal is to conduct operational testing and evaluation [OT&E] of new firearms, including the

  • As Tomahawk production ends, Raytheon targets upgrades

    With the Tomahawk cruise missile production run scheduled to end in the coming year, Raytheon is looking to improve the missile and control systems to make the weapon relevant and attractive for US Navy (USN) and other potential customers through the next decade, Chris Sprinkle, the company's senior

  • Serbia buys Minimi machine guns and Glock 17 pistols

    The Serbian Army will soon be equipped with 5.56 mm FN Herstal Minimi light machine guns and 9 mm Glock 17 pistols, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Belgrade told the Serbian daily newspaper, Politika . The information on numbers ordered, units to be equipped, the value of the procurement, as well

  • US Army begins fielding new Sig Sauer Modular Handgun System

    The US Army on 28 November began fielding its first M17 Modular Handgun System (MHS) sidearms to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, which is to receive about 2,000 of the pistols. The 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, and “one of the army’s new security

  • Stiletto demonstrates efficacy of AP ammunition, equips SF units

    Stiletto Systems’ range of armour-piercing (AP) ammunition is in use with the Ukrainian Special Forces operating in the Donbass region and has completed several NATO-standard test programmes. Test centres have included the Royal Military Academy (École royale militaire) in Belgium, which

  • Air-launched BrahMos NG missile likely to be ready by 2019, says report

    Following the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) first successful test launch of the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter, India is seeking to finalise development of the lighter BrahMos NG variant by 2019, according to a 26 November report by the

  • Algerian SR5 rocket launchers spotted

    Algeria’s National People’s Army (ANP) appears to have acquired Norinco SR5 multiple rocket launchers (MRLs). The MENA Defense website published photographs on 19 November showing two SR5s on transporters that were purportedly part of a convoy carrying newly delivered systems in

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