• Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters

    Germany’s Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters. A company official told Jane’s at the 18–20 DSEI Japan defence exhibition in

  • Pentagon intensifies warning over pending programme delays

    With the US House of Representatives set to begin public impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump, the military services are ramping up their warnings of programme delays if lawmakers fail to pass a fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020) defence spending bill. Nearly a month-and-a-half into FY 2020, the

  • Chinese air-launched ballistic missile may enter service soon

    An article published in the Chinese bi-monthly magazine Modern Ships illustrating how a Xian H-6N strategic bomber would carry an air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) may indicate that this capability is in the final stages of development, or may even have entered service. The 1 November issue of

  • Raytheon to provide Qatari air force with JSOW training

    Raytheon Missile Systems will be awarded a contract to provide the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) with initial integrated logistics support and training for the AGM-154C Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW), according to a notice released on the US Federal Business Opportunities website on 1 November. The

  • Gap remains between France and UK on FCASW requirements

    France and the United Kingdom remain apart on their respective operational requirements for the projected Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) programme, according to a French parliamentary report. The two governments plan to agree the next phase of the FCASW programme by the end of next year,

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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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  • Bundeswehr orders more Spike launchers and missiles

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, ordered 1,500 Spike missiles and hundreds of Integrated Control Launch Unit (ICLU) dismounted
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