• Lockheed Martin secures second hypersonic air-to-surface weapon contract

    Lockheed Martin has secured a USD480 million, sole source undefinitised contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the rapid prototyping of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). Officially published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 13 August, the ARRW contract

  • BAT-120 GL begins live-fire testing

    Live-fire testing of the Thales BAT-120 GL laser-guided, lightweight, air-to-surface munition commenced in June with the launch of a guidance-equipped prototype weapon from a French Air Force Mirage 2000D multirole fighter at the French Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Biscarrosse test

  • Kuwait to replenish F/A-18 munitions

    Kuwait is to replenish its stocks of munitions for its air force’s fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft, with a USD40.4 million procurement approved by the US government on 2 August. According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Gulf nation has been cleared to buy

  • Hellfire missiles approved for Kuwait

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 300 Lockheed Martin AGM-114R Hellfire air-to-surface missiles to Kuwait, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 30 July. The DSCA said the proposed deal, which includes 19 M261 launchers for 70 mm rockets, spares,

  • French government approves MICA NG development

    French government ministers on 24 July signed off their consent for industry to begin development of MICA NG (new generation) – a new variant of the MICA family of air-to-air missile (AAM). The MICA NG missiles will replace the current MICA medium-range infrared (IR) and radio frequency

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  • First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

    The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The
  • Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the