• IRGC Navy receives Nasir anti-ship missiles

    The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) formally took delivery of the first consignment of the new Nasir anti-ship missile during a ceremony held on 22 April. Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan said the Nasir can be mounted on speedboats, prepared quickly for launch, flies at a low flight

  • Indian Navy successfully test-fires BrahMos land attack variant

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully test-fired a land attack variant of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on 21 April, India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) said in a statement. The missile was launched from INS Teg , a Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided missile frigate, onto an unspecified

  • South Korea develops shipborne land-attack missile variant

    South Korean frigates will have the capability of striking land targets with the recently developed vertically launched (VL) version of the Tactical Surface Launch Missile (TSLM), the country's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced in an 18 April statement. Developed by South

  • China arms Type 818 coastguard ship with close-in weapon system

    Images circulated on Chinese internet sources suggest that the China Coast Guard (CCG) has equipped its lead Type 818 vessel with the Type 630 30 mm close-in weapon system (CIWS). Two turrets of the system, one each on the port and starboard sides, appear to have been installed above the ship's

  • Russian cruise missiles add new dimension to EPAA planning, says EUCOM official

    Key Points The EPAA network is designed to deal with ballistic missile threats from the Middle East but must now address a two-fold challenge closer to home This challenge consists of Russian ballistic and cruise missile threats Planners are considering reorienting the European Phased Adaptive

  • Saab reveals plans for next-generation RBS-15 anti-ship missile

    Saab revealed an ambitious re-design of its current Robotsystem 15 (RBS-15) Mk3 anti-ship missile on 5 April at the Latin American Aerospace and Defence exposition. The missile, originally designed as a ship-launched weapon, was subsequently adapted for use aboard Saab's JAS 39 Gripen fighter

  • Navy League 2017: USN AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR completes first ballistic missile test in Hawaii

    Key Points USN's AN/SPY-6(V) AMDR completed its first flight test The test marks the first in a series of planned BMD flight tests for the new AMDR The Raytheon-built AN/SPY-6(V) Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) completed its first ballistic missile defence (BMD) test at the US Navy's (USN's)

  • Navy League 2017: New Phalanx electric gun achieves first milestone as part of tech refresh

    Raytheon has successfully test-fired a new electrically powered gun for its Mk 15 Phalanx 20 mm Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), the company announced on 4 April. The test, which is part of a series of 'tech refresh' projects for Phalanx, served to demonstrate that the electric gun can operate

  • Navy League 2017: USN seeks energetics 'renaissance' for naval weapons

    Key Points USN encouraging renewed focus on the health and development of EMS NSWC IHEODTD is developing a roadmap and stakeholder engagement campaign The US Navy (USN) is seeking to develop a renaissance in energetics through the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Indian Head Explosive Ordnance

  • Indian MoD clears import of 100 Barak-1 SR-SAMs

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) approved procurements worth INR8.6 billion (USD132.3 million) on 3 April that include 100 Israel Aerospace Industries/Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Barak-1 short-range surface-to-air missiles (SR-SAMs) for INR5 billion for the Indian Navy (IN), MoD officials told

  • Navy League 2017: Lockheed Martin seeks to adapt laser system for USN

    Lockheed Martin is interested in adapting its 60 kW laser systems for the US Navy (USN) Surface Navy Laser Weapons System (SNLWS), Jim Murdoch, Director of Advanced Technologies Business Development for Lockheed Martin, told reporters at the Annual Navy League conference in National Harbor,

  • Saab to develop Sweden's next-generation anti-ship missile

    Saab has signed a SEK3.2 billion (USD358.5 million) contract with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for the development and production of a new-generation extended-range anti-ship missile system to enter service with the Swedish armed forces in the early 2020s. Building on the

  • Indian Navy launches Barak-1 from carrier

    The Indian Navy (IN) successfully conducted the maiden test firing of the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Barak-1 ship point defence missile from INS Vikramaditya , its sole Russian-origin aircraft carrier, on 24 March. IN officials told Jane's that the missile

  • RN retires Sea Skua anti-ship missile from service

    Key Points The Sea Skua anti-ship missile is being officially retired from RN service on 31 March A final high-seas Sea Skua firing was performed on 25 February by a Lynx HMA8 operating from the frigate HMS Portland The UK Royal Navy (RN) has retired the MBDA Sea Skua anti-ship missile from

  • Pakistan test-fires land-based anti-ship missile

    The Pakistan Navy has test-fired a land-based anti-ship missile featuring "advanced technology and avionics [that] enable [the] engagement of targets at sea with high accuracy", according to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed

  • Project 949A submarines to get Kalibr missiles

    The Russian Navy's Project 949A Antey ('Oscar II')-class nuclear-powered attack submarines will be re-armed with the Kalibr-PL missile system during an extensive overhaul at the Zvezda shipyard in the country's Far East, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said while visiting the facility on 7

  • SSMM module completes LCS structural test firing

    Key Points The SSMM utilises the AGM-114L-8A Longbow Hellfire missile in a vertical launch configuration IOC of SSMM Increment 1 is planned for 2018 The US Navy (USN) has conducted a successful structural test firing of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface to Surface Missile Module (SSMM) from

  • Rafael launches Spike missiles from Protector USV

    Rafael has conducted live firing trials of its Spike missile system from the Protector unmanned surface vessel (USV). A Rafael spokesperson told Jane's that the trials, which took place off the coast of Israel, involved multiple launches of an undisclosed variant of the missile against what were

  • USN plans accelerated laser weapon fit on DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer

    Key Points Seasaber Increment 1 will consist of a minimum 60 kW-class High Energy Laser along with counter-ISR dazzling capability The USN plans to fit Seasaber Increment 1 on board a DDG 51 Flight IIA destroyer in the fiscal year 2020 timeframe A fast-track plan is being developed by the US Navy

  • India test-fires anti-ship missile from lead Kalvari-class submarine

    The Indian Navy has successfully conducted the first test-firing of an anti-ship missile from its lead Kalvari (Scorpène)-class submarine, the country's defence ministry announced on 2 March. The firing, believed to have been conducted with an MBDA Exocet SM39 Block 2 missile based on

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