• Latvia takes delivery of new Spike missile variants

    The Latvian National Armed Forces have begun to take delivery of initial consignments of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike precision-guided tactical missiles under the provisions of a EUR108 million (USD133 million) contract signed between the Latvian Ministry of Defence and EuroSpike in

  • Russian Navy ocean-going warship numbers to be radically reduced

    The number of Russian large ocean-going warships is to decrease significantly by 2027. This development and the prospects for large naval vessel construction were discussed at the end of 2019, at a special meeting of the Naval High Command, local military media disclosed on 14 February. At the end

  • Taking aim: Mk 45 Mod 4 evolves to meet naval gunnery requirements

    Alongside a new generation of extended-range munitions, BAE Systems is introducing an automated ammunition handling system for its 5-inch/62-calibre Mk 45 Mod 4 naval gun. Richard Scott reports More than half a century after the development of the original Mk 45 lightweight, single-barrel 5-inch

  • DARPA touts ‘Gunslinger’ missile/gun combo

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is proposing development of an air-launched missile coupled with a gun to address counter insurgency (COIN) operations, close air support (CAS) and air-to-air engagement mission sets. Disclosed in the US Department of Defense FY 2021 Budget

  • Pakistan test-launches longer-range variant of Ra’ad II ALCM

    Pakistan announced on 18 February that it has test-launched a new variant of its Ra’ad II nuclear-capable, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with a range of 600 km. In a statement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, said that the 600 km range of

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  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER

    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-to-end test firing was conducted in early February