• 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 Documents seen by Jane’s on 6 September show that the USAF has rescinded a USD419.6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

  • Retractable gun gives French special forces’ Caracal greater punch

    The French special forces’ 1/67 Pyrénées Helicopter Squadron has been training with the Nexter SH20 system, which uses the M621 cannon firing NATO-standard 20 x 102 mm ammunition. The new cannon, which was delivered to the squadron in May, provides the multimission Caracal with an

  • MALD-X stand-in jammer completes free flight testing

    An advanced capability evolution of the Raytheon ADM-160C Miniature Air-Launched Decoy – Jammer (MALD-J) has successfully flown a series of free flight demonstrations on the US Navy’s (USN’s) Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Known as MALD-X, the initiative is intended to

  • India's DRDO tests indigenous precision-guided munition, airborne ATGM

    India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested its Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and Helina helicopter-launched anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at separate firing ranges in the country’s northwestern state of Rajasthan. The

  • Lockheed Martin secures second hypersonic air-to-surface weapon contract

    Lockheed Martin has secured a USD480 million, sole source undefinitised contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the rapid prototyping of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). Officially published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 13 August, the ARRW contract

  • BAT-120 GL begins live-fire testing

    Live-fire testing of the Thales BAT-120 GL laser-guided, lightweight, air-to-surface munition commenced in June with the launch of a guidance-equipped prototype weapon from a French Air Force Mirage 2000D multirole fighter at the French Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Biscarrosse test

  • Kuwait to replenish F/A-18 munitions

    Kuwait is to replenish its stocks of munitions for its air force’s fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft, with a USD40.4 million procurement approved by the US government on 2 August. According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Gulf nation has been cleared to buy

  • France could replace US parts in SCALP missile to circumvent ITAR restrictions for Egypt, but at some delay

    Egypt could still receive MBDA SCALP cruise missiles from France, if it is willing to accept a delay while US-manufactured components are replaced with French ones. Answering questions on weapons exports in the country’s National Assembly, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that the

  • Hellfire missiles approved for Kuwait

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 300 Lockheed Martin AGM-114R Hellfire air-to-surface missiles to Kuwait, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 30 July. The DSCA said the proposed deal, which includes 19 M261 launchers for 70 mm rockets, spares,

  • French government approves MICA NG development

    French government ministers on 24 July signed off their consent for industry to begin development of MICA NG (new generation) – a new variant of the MICA family of air-to-air missile (AAM). The MICA NG missiles will replace the current MICA medium-range infrared (IR) and radio frequency

  • UK considers options for possible off-the-shelf Harpoon replacement

    The United Kingdom may look to acquire an off-the-shelf surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW) to bridge the gap between the retirement of Harpoon and the planned introduction of a Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW). Providing evidence on 11 July to the joint UK House of Commons Defence

  • Russian MoD details second quarter military equipment deliveries

    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko has detailed the military equipment accepted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the second quarter of 2018. “Within the prescribed period, the land forces and the airborne troops have accepted 62 new and 70 overhauled main battle tanks

  • Iran announces mass production of Fakour air-to-air missile

    The Fakour radar-guided air-to-air missile is now being mass produced, the Iranian military announced on 23 July. A ceremony attended by Iranian defence minister Amir Hatami was held to mark the announcement, during which at least six missiles were displayed as well as the front ends of another

  • StormBreaker enters operational test phase

    Following the successful conclusion of its Operational Test Readiness Review (OTRR) earlier this year, Raytheon Missile Systems’ GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) air-to-surface munition – now re-designated ‘StormBreaker’– has entered the operational testing and

  • Farnborough 2018: Spice 250 operational capability expected in 2019

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems’ Spice 250 precision-guided stand-off glide munition is expected to be declared operational in 2019, following the scheduled conclusion of the programme’s Full Scale Development (FSD) phase later this year. The company successfully completed a number of

  • New Russian long-range AAM integration to expand to four fighter models

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that its long-running Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile (AAM) programme is finishing its operational validation tests. The missile, which is capable of hitting targets up to 300 km away, has been in development with different variants since

  • Update: Joint Strike Missile development phase concluded

    Following the conclusion of missile qualification flight testing (FTM) in March, and a Final Design Review in late June, the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has announced that the development phase of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) Joint Strike Missile (JSM) is now complete.

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