• USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final

  • LM awarded nearly USD1 bn for Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly USD1 billion for the critical design review, test, and production readiness support of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon. Announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 2 December, the award for

  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM on RoKAF KF-X

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded MBDA a contract, of undisclosed value, to integrate the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Awarded during the

  • MBDA Deutschland pitches air-launched Enforcer missile

    MBDA Deutschland is pitching an air-launched version of its Enforcer missile to Germany and beyond, a senior company representative told Jane’s on 27 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference 2019 in the German capital, Head of Sales and Marketing, Guido Brendler, said that

  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM onto RoKAF’s future KF-X fighter

    MBDA Missile Systems announced on 22 November that it has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF's) future KF-X fighter aircraft. “The

  • 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

  • Japan awards Kongsberg follow-on contract for Joint Strike Missiles

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 12 November that it has signed a NOK450 million (USD49.2 million) follow-on contract to provide additional precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Forces’ (JASDFs’) growing fleet of

  • 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

  • Ugandan air force improves pilot training facilities

    The Ugandan People’s Defence Force - Air Force (UPDF-AF) has upgraded its training facilities at Gulu Air Base in the Northern region, it was revealed when President Yoweri Museveni visited for the graduation of 18 cadet pilots and 20 technicians on 6 November. Photographs released by 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,

  • US Army looks to boost Hellfire Romeo, JAGM stocks

    The US Army Contracting Command has released a sources sought notice for the production of air-to-ground missiles (AGMs) for the army’s fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) assets. According to the notification, “The [US] Government requires the AGMS in Fiscal

  • US Air Force increases potential JASSM, LRASM production quantities

    The US Air Force (USAF) is increasing the potential production quantities of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) and plans a sole-source contract to the prime contractor for this effort. The USAF will

  • France begins process of arming Block 5 Reapers

    France has begun the process for arming its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper Block 5 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), with a weapon integration contract awarded on 25 October. The contract for the France MQ-9 Block 5 weaponisation and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) pod

  • Raytheon reveals NGJ-MB pods for Growler

    Raytheon has released the first images of the Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pod it has developed for the Boeing EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft. The two images show the high-capacity and high-power airborne electronic attack weapon system fitted to the centre underwing

  • South Korea cleared to buy C8 AMRAAM

    South Korea has been cleared to buy the extended-range Raytheon AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as part of a wider package that includes the AIM-120C-7 it already fields. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 October that the State Department

  • ADEX 2019: MBDA pitches Brimstone and Mistral ATAM missiles for South Korean assault helos

    MBDA is offering its Brimstone air-to-surface missile and Mistral ATAM air-to-air missile to South Korea for integration aboard two of its developmental assault helicopters. Jane’s was told at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) on 15 October that the offer of the

  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter

    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), more details of which emerged during the

  • Dassault Aviation releases images of second Rafale aircraft for Indian Air Force

    France’s Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.73 billion). The publication of the images, which show the aircraft (tail number RB 002) in flight,

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