• MBDA discloses development of SPEAR variants

    MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide. Still in its development phase, the SPEAR weapon is

  • Yemen’s rebels unveil air-bursting missile

    Ansar Allah, the Yemeni rebel group popularly known as the Houthis, unveiled a new version of its Badr series of surface-to-surface projectiles that has an airburst warhead on 16 April. “Our missile power, which you once claimed you were able to destroy, is now much stronger than it was years

  • Brazilian AEQ develops 2,000 lb penetrator bomb

    The Brazilian privately owned company AEQ is in the final phase of completing the development of its BPEN 2000 air-launched ground penetration bomb for use by tactical combat aircraft. The development, which was initiated in early 2017 is scheduled to be complete in six months, the company told

  • US Army poised to begin JAGM full-rate production

    The US Army is to begin full-rate production (FRP) of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), with a pre-solicitation issued by the service on 9 April. The notification issued by the US Army Contracting Command-Redstone (ACC-RSA) covers the acquisition of a maximum quantity of 3,000

  • Australia to buy weapons and decoys for F-35As and Super Hornets for use in ‘densely contested’ environments

    Australia will acquire a range of weapons and countermeasures costing AUD110 million (USD78 million) for use in “densely contested” environments by its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole fighters, Defence Minister

  • French Air Force, Navy conduct technical-operational evaluation firings of Meteor

    The French Air Force and French Navy (Marine Nationale: MN), supported by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), have completed initial technical and operational evaluation firings of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Dassault Rafale

  • LAAD 2019: Companies promote armament upgrades for regional utility helicopters

    Key Points Contractors are offering armament upgrades and kits for utility helicopters Companies see opportunities to make utility aircraft multi-mission Sikorsky and Rafael are offering armament upgrades to utility helicopters fielded by Latin American air arms at the 2019 LAAD Defence and

  • US to award AARGM integration contract for German Tornados

    Germany is moving ahead with plans to integrate the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) onto its fleet of Panavia Tornado combat aircraft, with a software development contract disclosed by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 21 March. The contract to be awarded by the US Naval

  • Update: BAE begins Meteor and SPEAR integration for F-35

    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been sub-contracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile

  • Japan to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles

    Key Points Japan will extend the range of its ASM-3 air-launched anti-ship missile The weapon will be used to extend Japan’s ability to defend its remote southwestern islands Tokyo is planning to develop long-range air-to-surface cruise missiles to bolster the defence capabilities of the

  • Belarus to adopt extended-range missile for V-300 Polonez-M MRL system

    The Belarusian armed forces are set to adopt an extended-range missile for the new V-300-M Polonez multiple rocket launch (MRL) system, a source from the Belarusian defence industry told Jane’s . “The development of a longer-range missile for the upgraded V-300 Polonez-M system is

  • Northrop Grumman awarded AARGM-ER EMD contract

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Northrop Grumman a USD322.5 million contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) development programme. A USD17.2 million preliminary design

  • Raytheon awarded TBG concept maturation contract

    As the United States continues to ramp up its efforts to field a hypersonic weapons capability – and close the gap with its peer adversaries – the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Raytheon a follow-on contract to mature its air-launched Tactical Boost

  • UK begins integrating next-gen weapons for F-35

    BAE Systems has begun integrating the next tranche of UK-specific weapons onto the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning combat aircraft. The company announced on 18 March that it had been subcontracted by Lockheed Martin to begin integrating the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM)

  • USSOCOM, AFSOC test Block 1 GBU-69/B SGM datalink variant

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), in collaboration with Dynetics, have conducted a series of tests of the Block 1 variant of the Dynetics GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) – an enhanced variant of the baseline SGM equipped

  • Boeing contracted to integrate LRSO cruise missile with the B-52H bomber

    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Center has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system with the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft. Under the provisions of the contract, Boeing will undertake

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Australia

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD240.5 million foreign military sale of ground-launched Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) and related equipment to Australia, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a 13 March statement.

  • BEL-led team unveils new airborne weapon prototypes

    A collaborative Indian industry team led by Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled an array of new air-launched precision-guided weapons and lightweight cruise missiles. The team disclosed the development of a family of three prototype airborne weapon systems, respectively designated Waghnak,

  • Kongsberg awarded contract to supply JSMs for Japanese F-35s

    Norwegian company Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace announced on 11 March that it has signed a contract to provide “the initial deliveries” of precision-guided Joint Strike Missiles (JSMs) for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) growing fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35

  • India likely to induct air-launched BrahMos-A by early 2020

    The air-launched BrahMos cruise missile developed by the Indo-Russian joint venture (JV) BrahMos Aerospace is likely to be inducted with the Indian Air Force (IAF) in early 2020, a JV official told Jane’s during the 20–24 February Aero India 2019 exhibition in Bangalore. The official

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