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  • Rafael unveils Rocks air-to-surface missile

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) designed to engage high-value stationary and re-locatable targets in heavily GPS-denied environments. Designated ‘Rocks’, the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid

  • French Rafales conduct first Meteor firings

    French Air Force (FAF) and navy Rafale combat aircraft conducted the first test firings of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 13 February, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 February.

  • Aero India 2019: Tejas Mk 1 aircraft receives final operational clearance

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over a final operational capability (FOC) certification to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Mk 1 variant of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). IAF Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh

  • US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

  • IDEX 2019: Mirach 40 conducts first live training missions

    Leonardo announced in a press release on 17 February that its Mirach 40 (M-40) target drone had flown its first live missions during a recent training exercise, simulating missile attacks against naval vessels and fighter jets in air-to-air combat scenarios. The exercise involved the Italian Navy

  • IAI announces new Mini Harpy loitering munition

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced a new tactical loitering munition called Mini Harpy on 18 February. The system combines capabilities from IAI's two previous flagship loitering munitions, the Harop and Harpy, bringing together the ability to lock on to radiation-emitting threats like

  • Lebanon receives first APKWS rockets

    Lebanon has received its first consignment of BAE Systems’ Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) air-to-surface rockets for use on its ground attack aircraft and helicopters. The delivery, which was announced by the US Embassy in Beirut on 13 February, was flown to the country aboard

  • Thales conducts first laser-guided BAT-120LG shot

    Thales, in collaboration with the French Directorate General of Armaments (Direction Générale de l’Armement: DGA), has conducted the first guided targeting shot of its prototype 120mm BAT-120 LG unpowered, lightweight, laser-guided, air-to-surface munition. The BAT-120LG munition

  • Raytheon to be awarded TMRR and EMD contracts for JSOW-ER missile

    The US Navy (USN) is to award Raytheon a sole-source contract for the technology maturation risk-reduction (TMRR) and engineering, manufacturing, and development (EMD) phase of the extended-range (ER) variant of the AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW). A notification, issued by the US Naval Air

  • Nigerian APKWS order announced

    The Nigerian Air Force will receive the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS), the US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed in a 6 February contract announcement. The USD225 million contract awarded to BAE Systems covers APKWSs for all four branches of the US military, as well as the

  • Brimstone, Paveway to equip UK Protector RPAS

    MBDA and Raytheon UK have been awarded separate contracts by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) to respectively integrate the Brimstone 3 precision strike missile and Paveway IV precision-guided munition with the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) future Protector RG Mk1

  • DOT&E says F-35A gun accuracy issues remain

    Key Points The F-35A continues to have issues with gun accuracy as identified in last year’s DOT&E report The programme is considering options for re-boresighting and correcting gun alignments The Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) conventional variant’s

  • MALD-N programme funded into EMD phase

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems a USD33 million contract modification that will fund engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) of the Miniature Air Launched Decoy – Navy (MALD-N). Announced on 30 January the 24-month EMD phase follows on

  • India tests new anti-radiation missile

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired the indigenously developed New Generation Anti-Radiation Missile (NGARM) from an Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter aircraft to a range of 100 km on 18 January. IAF sources told

  • Surface Navy 2019: Pentagon boosts StormBreaker munition Lot 5 quantity

    Key Points The Pentagon has boosted the total Lot 5 buy for the StormBreaker munition Raytheon will provide 190 more munitions than originally expected The Pentagon recently increased the quantity of a contract for Raytheon’s StormBreaker GBU-53/B StormBreaker air-to-surface munition, a

  • Surface Navy 2019: Lockheed Martin readies for LRASM flight tests on board USN’s F/A-18

    Now that the US Air Force (USAF) has declared the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) operational for the B-1B Lancer bomber, weapons prime contractor Lockheed Martin is focusing on getting the LRASM operational for the US Navy’s (USN’s) F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. Lockheed Martin has

  • US Navy to convert AGM-154C-1 JSOWs to AGM-154C configuration

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201) announced on 2 January that it intends to award a firm-fixed price (FFP) sole-source contract to Raytheon Missile Systems to convert 242 AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW) all-up rounds (AURs) to the

  • L-39NG makes maiden flight

    Aero Vodochody performed the maiden flight of the L-39NG jet trainer and light-attack platform at its production facility near Prague on 22 December. The Czech aircraft manufacturer flew the latest variant of the L-39 Albatross – in service since the late-1960s – two-and-a-half months

  • USAF receives first LRASM missiles

    The US Air Force (USAF) has received into service the first Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs), the company announced on 18 December. The rollout of an undisclosed number of missiles to unspecified operational units coincides with the declaration of early operational

  • Sea Venom/ANL missile service entry faces year-long delay

    The introduction of the Sea Venom/ANL helicopter-launched anti-ship missile into UK Royal Navy (RN) service faces a delay of up to 12 months because of unspecified technical issues, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed. The slippage would leave the RN’s Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter

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