• DoD contracts Sidewinder missiles for US, FMS customers

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon USD392.4 million to deliver AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to both United States and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 20 March, covers live and training Lot 20 AIM-9X Block II and Block II+ missiles and

  • Northrop Grumman awarded second HTVSF full-rate production order

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a second full-rate production order for the FMU-167/B Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze (HTVSF). Awarded in September 2019, but disclosed in late February 2020, the award is valued at USD110 million. Developed under a USAF/US Navy Joint Capability

  • MBDA completes first Sea Venom/ANL qualification firing

    European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first qualification firing of the new Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. Performed on 20 February at DGA Essais de Missiles

  • AFA Winter 2020: USAF picked ARRW hypersonic weapon for size, producibility

    Key Points The US Air Force chose to proceed with the ARRW hypersonic effort instead of HCSW for size and industrial base reasons The service was pleased with the HCSW’s progress, but it was simply deprioritised in the budget The US Air Force (USAF) chose to move forward with the AGM-183A

  • JSOW ER initial development contract expected Q3 2020

    The United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is expected to award a sole-source contract to Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in the third quarter of 2020 for concept refinement and evaluation of an extended-range variant of the baseline AGM-154C-1 Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW) air-to-surface

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  • Progressive HARM: An evolution in capability

    The suppression and/or destruction of enemy air-defence systems is essential to sustaining US and allied anti access/area denial mission superiority. Robin Hughes explores the evolution of the AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missile in advancing this capability
  • More bang for your buck: B61 service-life extension upgrades

    Despite being more than 50 years old the B61 nuclear bomb is still in service with armed forces around the globe. As this weapon enters into its sixth decade it is being extensively upgraded to enhance its precision and, by default, its lethality. Thomas Withington reports
  • Striking fresh: Finland’s combat aircraft procurement programme

    Finland is in the midst of a thorough campaign to overhaul its air combat capability through the HX programme, under which the country will procure aircraft, weapons, and sensors to completely replace its current fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornets. Charles Forrester reports
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