• DSA 2014: CSTC unveils Algerian corvette design

    The state-owned enterprise China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC) revealed the final design of the Algerian Navy's C28A corvette at DSA 2014 in Kuala Lumpur. Li Jun, CSTC's senior manager of sales for Asia and Latin America, told IHS Jane's on 16 April that the C28A's hull has been specifically

  • Raytheon's Tomahawk faces unknown future as company lays out upgrade roadmap

    Key Points Raytheon says USN FY 2015 budget request will end Tomahawk production Raytheon hoping to get funding for JMEWS and communications suite upgrades Raytheon will flight-test a passive seeker being developed for its Tomahawk Block IV land attack cruise missile on 14 April, and flight tests

  • Mk 45 Mod 4 gun in frame for UK's Type 26 programme

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has earmarked BAE Systems' Mk 45 Mod 4 5-inch (127 mm)/62-calibre gun system to meet the Maritime Indirect Fire System (MIFS) requirement for the Royal Navy's (RN's) Type 26 Global Combat Ship. Although the MoD has yet to officially confirm the MIFS downselection,

  • UK, France place long-awaited anti-ship missile contract

    The UK and France have confirmed the long-delayed Demonstration and Manufacture (D&M) contract for the Future Anti-Surface Guided Weapon (Heavy)/Anti Navire Léger (FASGW(H)/ANL) anti-ship missile programme. MBDA was awarded the jointly funded D&M contract by the UK's Defence Equipment

  • MASS, Nav-Guard prove missile self-protection capability

    Details have been revealed of a joint test of Rheinmetall's Multi-Ammunition Soft-kill System (MASS) and IAI Elta's EL/M-2222S Nav-Guard active missile approach warning system. The test involved the German HL 352-class mine countermeasures vessel FGS Auerbach . Performed in late October 2013 under

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  • Mexico requests UH-60M Black Hawk helos

    Mexico has requested the sale of 18 Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters from the United States government, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) disclosed on 21 April. The requested sale is valued at USD680 million, and includes associated equipment, parts, training and


  • Kortik/Kashtan (CADS-N-1)/SA-N-11 'Grison'

    Type Close-in weapon systems. Development Since the early 1960s, the Soviet Army had relied upon the ZSU-23-4 Shilka (Awl) self-propelled radar-directed quad 23 mm anti-aircraft gun for short-range air defence. However, the limitations of this weapon system were clearly demonstrated during the

  • Palma (Palash-Palma)/Palista

    Type Close-in weapon system (CIWS). Development Palma (NATO designation CADS-N-2), also referred-to as Palash-Palma, uses the main principles in the Kortik/Kashtan CIWS but is designed for use with SACLOS (semi-automatic command to line of sight) missiles, such as the Russian Federation Sosna-R


    Type Multipurpose rocket launcher. Development SCLAR-H, which has its origins in the SCLAR chaff/infrared decoy system, is a remote controlled system developed by Oto Melara for launching any type of multipurpose ammunition in the 105 mm to 118 mm calibre range. Primarily intended for use with

  • SA-N-20 'Gargoyle' (Fort-M/Rif-M)

    Type Area defence system. Development In 1969, the Soviet Defence Ministry began to consider a long-range (75 km) or area defence missile system that could engage multiple targets. Development was under the direction of the Almaz Central Design Bureau with the Altair Scientific Research Institute