• Paris Air Show 2019: StormBreaker certified and set for IOC

    Raytheon has completed operational testing (OT) of its StormBreaker smart weapon, the company announced at the Paris Air Show on 17 June. Originally known as the Small Diameter Bomb II, StormBreaker is the first weapon to use a tri-mode seeker – incorporating imaging infrared, millimetre wave

  • US Indo-Pacific Command completes Quickstrike-ER mine demonstration

    The US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) has performed the final and largest demonstration of the Quickstrike 64-ER (QS64-ER) 2,000lb aerial maritime mine. A US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber, assigned to the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana,

  • Raytheon receives contract for HARM Replace Exchange In Kind

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) for the AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Replace Exchange In Kind (REIK) programme. Under the terms of a USD355.5 million contract awarded on 23 May, the company will refurbish HARM missiles for onward sale to

  • Raytheon conducts first arena test of DeepStrike warhead

    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted a successful arena test of the intended advanced warhead for its DeepStrike surface-to-surface missile (SSM). DeepStrike is the Raytheon solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) requirement: an all-weather, precision-strike guided

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 160 additional AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD317 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a

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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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  • Rafael demos Spike LR from JLTV

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has demonstrated a live-fire targeted launch of the Spike weapon system from an Oshkosh-supplied 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The demonstration firing, conducted during the 16th Spike Users Club Meeting (SUCM) in Slovenia from 4–6 June, was the
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