• USAF clears production of nuclear bomb tail-kits

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to begin production of a new guided tail-kit assembly (TKA) for the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb, the service announced on 7 December. The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) said that this Milestone C decision, which marks the end of the engineering and manufacturing

  • Philippines selects Elbit to meet guided rocket requirement

    The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has invited Elbit Systems from Israel to bid for a programme to supply the service with lightweight laser-guided rocket systems. In a tender notice issued by the PAF in late November it said the proposed procurement would proceed on a sole-source basis through an

  • USAF boosts LRASM stocks

    The US Air Force (USAF) Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD172.1 million contract for Lot 2 production AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs). The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense on 15 November, provides for the production of 50 Lot

  • Cheetah C-RAM development picks up speed

    A series of successful trials of Denel’s Cheetah C-RAM (counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar) effector earlier this year have taken it closer to full integration with Rheinmetall Defence’s Oerlikon Skyshield close aerial protection systems, according to Reinart Moraal, Denel

  • MBDA awarded MICA NG development contract

    The French government Defence Procurement Agency (Direction générale de l’armement – DGA) has awarded MBDA a contract to develop the next-generation of the MICA air-to-air missile (AAM) for the French Air Force and French Navy. The contract, announced on 9 November, provides

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  • Philippines Navy demos new Spike ER capability

    The Philippines Navy conducted an open demonstration of its first surface-to-surface missile capability on 21 November, firing two Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike ER (extended range) effectors from a Multipurpose Assault Craft (MPAC) Mk III platform.  The Navy’s three current MPAC