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  • USN plans Vulcano GLR firing tests

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to fund BAE Systems Land & Armaments to conduct firing tests of the Vulcano guided long-range (GLR) 5 inch (127 mm) projectile from a Mk 45 gun. Developed by Leonardo Defence Systems (formerly OTO Melara), the Vulcano GLR projectile is designed to achieve

  • BAE Systems commences production of LRASM sensor

    BAE Systems has commenced series production of the advanced passive radio frequency (RF) mid-course sensor equipping the US Navy’s (USN’s) new air-launched AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following receipt of a USD40 million Lot 1 contract from LRASM prime contractor

  • MBDA studies passive radar localisation technique under PAMIR II study

    MBDA, working in conjunction with the University of Birmingham, is exploring a novel bi-static sensing technique for future long-range anti-ship missile systems that would use communications satellite constellations as ‘transmitters of opportunity’ to improve target localisation at

  • Yemeni rebels unveil anti-ship missiles

    Key Points Yemen’s rebels have unveiled an anti-ship missile they claim to be producing. The event confirmed they have Chinese C-801 missiles. Yemen’s rebels unveiled what they said was an indigenously produced anti-ship missile called the Al-Mandab 1 on 6 November. The event was

  • HIMARS test advances USN surface-ship lethality potential

    Recent shipboard testing of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) further advances the US Navy (USN) plans for distributed lethality and also shows further portable missile capability for US forces. HIMARS was fired 22 October from the flight deck of the San Antonio-class

  • Turkey carries out first test firing of Atmaca anti-ship missile

    Admiral Ahmet Çakir, navy technical commander of the Turkish Naval Forces Command, officially confirmed on 16 October that the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship guided missile developed by Roketsan had been test fired for the first time, without giving a date. Addressing a naval systems seminar in

  • Integrated air and missile defence tested in ‘Formidable Shield 2017’

    Key Points An SM-3 Block IB missile launched from USS Donald Cook intercepted a Terrier Oriole medium-range ballistic missile target vehicle in the exo-atmosphere The MDA and the USN subsequently conducted a flight test of a SM-6 missile controlled test vehicle from USS McFaul A Standard

  • USN JSOW C-1 achieves full operational capability

    The US Navy (USN) Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) C-1 has achieved full operational capability, USN officials announced on 11 October. The JSOW C-1 is the latest variant of the AGM-154, the stalwart USN weapon. It is designed to provide fleet forces with the capability and flexibility to engage

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

  • Pacific 2017: Rafael launches Typhoon Mk-30c naval gun system

    Key Points Rafael has officially launched the next generation of its Typhoon range of naval weapon systems Product is positioned as a compact weapon system with improved accuracy and stabilisation, and lowest sustainability costs in its class Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems

  • Pacific 2017: Peru selects Typhoon Mk-30c for Rio Pativilca class

    Key Points Peru has selected the Typhoon Mk-30c as a primary weapon for its Rio Pativilca class Weapon will provide the platform with defence against swarm boat tactics and emerging aerial threats The Peruvian Coast Guard has selected the latest variant of the Typhoon stabilised naval gun from

  • Images show possible submarine-launched variant of China’s YJ-18 missile

    Images have emerged on Chinese online forums showing what could be a submarine-launched variant of the YJ-18 anti-ship cruise missile. The low-resolution images show a missile displayed on presentation slides believed to have been used for a university lecture given by former Rear Admiral Zhao

  • Pakistan Navy test-fires anti-ship missile from Sea King helo

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile (ASM) from one of its Sea King helicopters on 23 September. The missile “hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming [the] weapon’s lethality and the offensive punch of the PN fleet”, said the

  • New SEAHAWK LW variants unveiled

    MSI-Defence Systems has unveiled two new lightweight (LW) variants of its SEAHAWK family of small-calibre naval gun systems. The SEAHAWK LW mounting has been specifically designed by MSI-Defence to provide smaller patrol craft and security vessels with a stabilised remote control weapon system

  • NAVSEA awards Columbia-class SSBN development contract

    The US Naval Sea Systems (NAVSEA) Command has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation a sole-source USD5.071 billion contract for the Integrated Product and Process Development design completion for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Columbia-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs). The

  • Leonardo to modernise Portuguese Black Shark torpedoes

    The Portuguese Ministry of National Defence granted approval for the Portuguese Navy to award Leonardo a maximum EUR7.1 million (USD8.4 million) contract to modernise its Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes on 21 September. Upgrade work will take place during the 2017-2019 timeframe. Portugal

  • Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

    Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September. The contract combines purchases for the US

  • DSEI 2017: IAI unveils maritime version of Harop loitering munition

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled a new maritime version of its Harop long-endurance loitering munition at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 in London. The weapon can be launched from a variety of ships, ranging from offshore patrol vessels to naval frigates, and can

  • DSEI 2017: BAE Systems launches NAUTIS 5 mine warfare combat system

    BAE Systems launched a fifth-generation version of its NAUTIS mine countermeasures (MCM) command-and-control system at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2017 conference in London. Dubbed NAUTIS 5, the system incorporates a number of new features, including new and improved

  • DSEI 2017: UK defers Harpoon retirement

    Key Points The RN has deferred a decision to retire its Harpoon anti-ship missiles The move will partially alleviate a capability gap in RN anti-ship missile capabilities Boeing Harpoon heavy anti-ship missiles will remain in service on Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 frigates after the UK Ministry of

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