• DoD contracts Sidewinder missiles for US, FMS customers

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon USD392.4 million to deliver AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to both United States and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 20 March, covers live and training Lot 20 AIM-9X Block II and Block II+ missiles and

  • USAF tests engine for Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has tested a new low-cost turbojet engine to power air-launched cruise missiles being developed under the Gray Wolf programme. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced on 19 March that, along with Northrop Grumman and Technical Directions Inc. (TDI), it had for the

  • Northrop Grumman awarded second HTVSF full-rate production order

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a second full-rate production order for the FMU-167/B Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze (HTVSF). Awarded in September 2019, but disclosed in late February 2020, the award is valued at USD110 million. Developed under a USAF/US Navy Joint Capability

  • MBDA completes first Sea Venom/ANL qualification firing

    European missile house MBDA, in collaboration with the French Direction générale de l'armement (DGA), has conducted the first qualification firing of the new Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) helicopter-launched anti-ship missile. Performed on 20 February at DGA Essais de Missiles

  • Sea Venom completes first qualification firing

    The UK and France has completed the first qualification firing trial of the MBDA Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) anti-ship missile, the Defence Equipment and Support (DES) agency announced on 6 March. The missile, which will equip the Royal Navy’s AgustaWestland AW159 Lynx

  • AFA Winter 2020: USAF picked ARRW hypersonic weapon for size, producibility

    Key Points The US Air Force chose to proceed with the ARRW hypersonic effort instead of HCSW for size and industrial base reasons The service was pleased with the HCSW’s progress, but it was simply deprioritised in the budget The US Air Force (USAF) chose to move forward with the AGM-183A

  • JSOW ER initial development contract expected Q3 2020

    The United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is expected to award a sole-source contract to Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) in the third quarter of 2020 for concept refinement and evaluation of an extended-range variant of the baseline AGM-154C-1 Joint Stand-Off Weapon (JSOW) air-to-surface

  • Japan confirms development of new air-launched anti-ship missile

    Japan is developing a new air-launched anti-ship missile (ASM) to arm the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force’s (JMSDF’s) P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) confirmed to

  • Latvia takes delivery of new Spike missile variants

    The Latvian National Armed Forces have begun to take delivery of initial consignments of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike precision-guided tactical missiles under the provisions of a EUR108 million (USD133 million) contract signed between the Latvian Ministry of Defence and EuroSpike in

  • DARPA touts ‘Gunslinger’ missile/gun combo

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is proposing development of an air-launched missile coupled with a gun to address counter insurgency (COIN) operations, close air support (CAS) and air-to-air engagement mission sets. Disclosed in the US Department of Defense FY 2021 Budget

  • Pakistan test-launches longer-range variant of Ra’ad II ALCM

    Pakistan announced on 18 February that it has test-launched a new variant of its Ra’ad II nuclear-capable, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with a range of 600 km. In a statement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, said that the 600 km range of

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: Indonesia designates final Panther helicopter for anti-submarine operations

    The final AS 565MBe Panther helicopter on order for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) is one of two aircraft that has been designated as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) airframe, an industry source close to the matter has confirmed with Jane’s .

  • MBDA conducts first end-to-end test firing of Marte ER

    MBDA has completed the second of three planned test firings in the design, development, and qualification programme of the Marte ER anti-surface warfare (ASuW) missile. Designed to confirm the overall design and performance of the missile, the end-to-end test firing was conducted in early February

  • Singapore Airshow 2020: HOPE Technik debuts CLAW tactical aircraft munitions loader

    Singapore’s HOPE Technik, a technology developer specialising in bespoke research and manufacturing for the commercial, defence, and government sectors, has taken the opportunity at the Singapore Airshow 2020 to unveil its new tactical aircraft munitions handling and loading system called the

  • Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops hypersonic weapons

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) is increasing its activities in the area of hypersonic weapons, company director general Boris Obnosov said at a briefing on KTRV’s 2019 results on 3 February. He reported that the corporation’s enterprises are implementing dozens of

  • Defexpo 2020: Development of Hanwha Defense’s Chungum air-launched ATGM to be completed by end of 2020

    Development of South Korea’s air-launched Chungum anti-tank guided missile is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, Hanwha Defense officials told Jane’s at the 5–9 February Defexpo 2020 exhibition in Lucknow, northern India. The weapon, which is being developed by South

  • LRASM integration planned for P-8A Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with the integration of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and has also revealed plans to integrate a range of additional weapon systems in due course. In a pre-solicitation

  • Armenia to receive more Su-30SM fighters

    Armenia will soon receive another batch of Su-30SM multirole fighters, Defence Minister David Tonoyan told journalists during Army Day commemorations on 28 January, Russian news agencies reported the same day. Tonoyan also announced an increase in the Armenian Armed Forces’ military equipment

  • US Air Force’s X-60A performs integrated vehicle propulsion system verification test

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Generation Orbit recently performed X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing. The ground test campaign included both cold flow and hot fire testing with the Hadley liquid rocket engine

  • USAF set to field StormBreaker on F-15E

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to declare an initial operating capability (IOC) with the Raytheon Missile Systems GBU-53/B StormBreaker glide munition on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole combat aircraft in the first half of this year, following compliance with a Required Assets Available

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