• 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

  • RAF flies Meteor BVRAAM on Typhoon for first time

    The MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) is now operational aboard UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 December. According to the MoD, for the first time Meteor-armed Typhoons were scrambled from RAF

  • 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

  • US approves missile and munition sales for Japan and NATO

    The US State Department has approved the sale of nearly USD950 million worth of missiles and precision-guided bomb kits to allies, according to notifications released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 19 November. The DSCA notifications cover three proposed sales, two of which

  • China’s CASC quietly rolls out AR-1B precision missile

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has completed the development of a new air-launched precision-guided munition (PGM) designed specifically for use by armed reconnaissance and combat unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Jane’s has learnt from company sources. The new 80

  • Saab announces first Meteor flight on Gripen E

    Saab announced the first flight of the MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on its Gripen E fighter on 12 November. During the test, which took place in October, two missiles were carried on prototype aircraft 39-8 flying out of Saab’s Linkoping production facility in

  • 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

  • Turkey develops 20 mm cannon for attack helicopters

    The Turkish Defence Industries Directorate (SSB) tweeted on 30 October that Turkey is developing a 20 mm cannon for its T129 attack helicopter. Under the project, a 20 mm cannon with three barrels will be produced locally, with applications for naval and land in addition to air platforms. During

  • Northrop Grumman readies Hatchet for all-up testing

    Northrop Grumman is set to conduct the first live end-to-end test of an all-up Hatchet miniature precision strike munition by the end of this year. Developed with internal research and development (IRAD) funding, Hatchet was originally unveiled in April 2012 as a low-cost gravity-dropped weapon

  • AUSA 2018: Lockheed Martin plans ER GMLRS flight for mid-2019

    Lockheed Martin plans in mid-2019 to conduct the first engineering development flights of its extended-range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS), a company spokesperson told reporters on 10 October at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference. ER

  • Italian Air Force completes AARGM testing

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) completed operational testing of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) on its Tornado Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance (ECR) aircraft at the Naval Air Warfare Center at China Lake in California, the missile's manufacturer,

  • MALD-N programme transitions into TMRR phase, splits off jammer payload

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has funded Raytheon Missile Systems for technical maturation and risk reduction (TMRR) of the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy-Navy (MALD-N) air vehicle, but is keeping options open on the final choice of electronic attack (EA) payload. The ADM-160B MALD was

  • IAF test-fires Astra BVRAAM as part of final pre-induction trials

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test-fired the locally developed Astra beyond-visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on 26 September as part of a series of final pre-induction trials, according to a statement by the Indian government’s Press Information Bureau (PIB). The missile,

  • Denel finalises A-Darter guided flight qualification tests

    Denel Dynamics has announced that it has successfully completed the guided missile qualification test series for its A-Darter short-range imaging infrared (IIR) air-to-air missile (AAM) system. A total of four guided firings – all against Denel Skua high-speed target drones – were

  • A-Darter completes flight tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics has completed qualification testing of its fifth-generation A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, Denel announced on 17 September. Four guided launches were carried out at the Overberg Test Range, all of them against Skua targets. The first was carried out on

  • Lockheed Martin contracted by USAF to develop extreme range JASSM variant

    Lockheed Martin has been funded by the US Air Force (USAF) to take the next steps in the development of an ultra long-range version of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) air-launched precision strike missile. Known as the JASSM-Extreme Range (JASSM-XR), the new variant will

  • USAF cancels ‘bunker-buster’ contract with foreign-owned recipient

    The US Air Force (USAF) has cancelled one of two contracts recently awarded to manufacture BLU-137/B penetrator warheads because the recipient is foreign-owned and so ineligible, Jane’s has learnt. Documents seen by Jane’s on 6 September show that the USAF has rescinded a USD419.6

  • Rafael unveils Spike ER2

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has disclosed development of a new, fifth-generation, enhanced stand-off evolution of its 170 mm Spike-ER multipurpose precision-guided missile system, designated Spike ER2. The baseline Spike ER round is effectively a scale-up of the legacy 4 km-range Spike LR, with

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