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  • 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,

  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a previously unannounced programme to develop a

  • Northrop readies Hatchet glide munition for platform integration

    Northrop Grumman has achieved a technical readiness level (TRL) 7 milestone with its Hatchet unpowered precision strike munition, following the completion of a campaign of live end-to-end guide-to-hit trials in August. The next milestone will be full platform integration. The campaign, which was

  • US ARSOAC/USSOCOM trials GBU-69/B with Gray Eagle UAS

    The United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC), in association with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), has performed a series of complex launch trials with the Dynetics baseline and Block I variant GBU-69/B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) from an ARSOAC MQ-1C

  • A-Darter AAM formally qualified

    Denel Dynamics completed the formal qualification review of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) in August, followed by certification in September by the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Directorate Systems Integrity and the Brazilian Institute for

  • Brazil and South Africa conclude development of A-Darter AAM

    The Brazilian Air Force has accepted the data package and type certificate of Denel Dynamics’ A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM), signaling the closure of the project’s development cycle. The data package that contained the material that included all the knowledge that was produced was

  • USAF awards next-gen area-attack weapon contracts

    The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted two manufacturers to deliver 15,000 warhead cases for the BLU-136/B next-generation area-attack weapon. The contracts, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 1 October, are for USD600 million each and include delivery of the cases by Faxon Machining

  • Nammo discloses advanced solid-fuel rocket motor development

    Nammo Raufoss has disclosed development of an advanced solid-fuel ramjet (SFRJ) engine designed to deliver augmented speed up to hypersonic level and range for missiles and artillery shells. An internally funded initiative, the new engine technology is being developed in co-operation with the

  • MBDA unveils Team Tempest weapon system concepts

    MBDA in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with its partners in Team Tempest, has unveiled a range of advanced weapon system concepts designed to complement and exploit the technologies that will inform the development of a sixth-generation fighter platform under the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD)

  • Russia upgrades Kalibr cruise missiles

    Russia has improved the targeting system of its ship- and submarine-launched 3M14 Kalibr cruise missiles to improve their ability to conduct time sensitive attacks. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed the development, which was initiated as a result of combat experience in Syria, in an

  • Raytheon discloses Peregrine AAM development

    Raytheon has disclosed details of the development of a new, compact supersonic medium-range air-to-air missile (AAM) that, it says, is faster and more manoeuvrable than legacy medium-range AAMs. Primarily an internally-funded initiative, Peregrine is being developed as a day/night all-weather

  • Russia’s Palantin electronic warfare system makes training debut

    The Palantin electronic warfare (EW) system has made its training debut with a Russian battalion tactical group during an exercise near Voronezh, the Western Military District (WMD) press service announced on its website on 17 September. The system was used to “suppress enemy radio

  • Saudi military presents evidence of Iranian involvement in oil facility attacks

    Iranian-made cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used in the 14 September attacks on the Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities but were not launched from Yemen as claimed, Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said in a press briefing four days later. “The attack

  • US Army issues RfI for Long Range Precision Munition System for rotary and unmanned platforms

    The US Army’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Missiles and Space (M&S), Joint Attack Munition Systems (JAMS) Project Office (PO) on 10 September issued a request for information (RfI) “on Long Range Precision Munition [air-to-surface] weapons systems ready for qualification,

  • Eurofighter Typhoon DASS enhancement study contract awarded

    The four-nation European defensive aids subsystem (EuroDASS) industry consortium has been contracted to explore potential upgrades for the Praetorian DASS equipping the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, Eurofighter announced in a press release on 4 September. Lasting 18 months, the Praetorian

  • Bulgarian Su-25s arrive in Belarus for overhaul

    The Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) has begun sending its Su-25 attack aircraft for overhaul to Belarus’s 558th Aircraft Repair Plant (558 ARZ). The first aircraft was airlifted by Il-76 transport to Baranovichi in Belarus in a partially disassembled state on 28 August. The framework agreement

  • MAKS 2019: KTRV nears completion of development of KAB-250LG-E guided bomb

    Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) subsidiary GNPP Region is completing the development of the first Russian 250 kg guided bomb unit, KAB-250LG-E, the company’s director, General Igor Krylov told Jane’s at the MAKS 2019 aerospace show held in Zhukovskiy near Moscow from 27 August to 1

  • Yemeni rebels unveil ‘new’ SAM

    The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) announced a supposedly indigenous air-defence system called the Fater-1 on 24 August, but the only components it displayed were surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) that appeared to be identical to the 3M9 used with the 2K12 Kub/Kvadrat (SA-6

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