HEADLINES

  • Turkey tests air-to-air missiles

    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) tweeted with a video on 10 January.

  • US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition

    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with a stand-off ASM

  • USAF issues RFI for F-35A SiAW missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RFI) to develop the Stand In Attack Weapon (SiAW) to equip the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The sources sought solicitation issued on 8 January calls for potential vendors ahead of the engineering and

  • China aiming to procure airborne laser-based weapon pod

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has issued an invitation to tender for the procurement of a laser-based weapon pod, as reflected in an entry on the Chinese military and weapon procurement website: weain.mil.cn. The website, which lists a “tender announcement for a laser

  • Serbia begins testing indigenous weapons on new H145M attack helicopters

    Serbia began live firing trials of indigenously developed weapons on its new HForce H145M attack helicopters at the Nikinci testing centre on 19 December, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website the same day. Lieutenant Colonel Miroslav Zecevic of the planning and

  • Germany boosts Meteor BVRAAM inventory

    The German Air Force is set to augment its inventory of beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) with the award to MBDA Missile Systems for a consignment of additional new-build Meteor effectors. Signed on 16 December, the contract for the German Air Force was awarded by the Meteor

  • BAE Systems lands major APKWS II contract

    The United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a major contract for the supply of additional WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) 70 mm/2.75 inch guided rocket systems. The award, announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 26 September

  • LRASM achieves early operational capability on F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) has declared an early operational capability (EOC) for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. This milestone, achieved in November, follows the declaration of EOC for LRASM on the US Air

  • Indian Air Force declares integration of BrahMos-A onto Su-30MKI complete

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced on 17 December that it has completed the integration of the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile onto the Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter. The announcement was made after the service successfully launched the weapon from an Su-30MKI off the coast of

  • 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

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