• Rafael enhances SPICE 250 with advanced automatic target recognition capability

    Rafael Advanced Defence System is in the final stages of equipping its SPICE 250 precision-guided stand-off glide munition with moving target detection and innovative pre-strike automatic target recognition (ATR) engagement capabilities. Unlike the heavier SPICE (Smart, Precise-Impact, and

  • US Indo-Pacific Command completes Quickstrike-ER mine demonstration

    The US Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) has performed the final and largest demonstration of the Quickstrike 64-ER (QS64-ER) 2,000lb aerial maritime mine. A US Air Force B-52H Stratofortress bomber, assigned to the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana,

  • IAF plans to arm its Su-30MKI fleet with I-Derby ER BVRAAMs

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is planning to arm its fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters with the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems I-Derby ER (extended range) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) once the service phases out its ageing Russian-made Vympel R-77 (AA-12

  • US approves APKWS, Javelin, Blackjack for UAE

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 24 May that the State Department has approved United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) request for air-to-surface missiles, additional Javelin anti-tank missiles, RQ-21A Blackjack small tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and

  • Raytheon receives contract for HARM Replace Exchange In Kind

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Air Force (USAF) for the AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) Replace Exchange In Kind (REIK) programme. Under the terms of a USD355.5 million contract awarded on 23 May, the company will refurbish HARM missiles for onward sale to

  • Raytheon conducts first arena test of DeepStrike warhead

    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted a successful arena test of the intended advanced warhead for its DeepStrike surface-to-surface missile (SSM). DeepStrike is the Raytheon solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) requirement: an all-weather, precision-strike guided

  • Indian Air Force test fires BrahMos-A from Su-30MKI

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully test fired the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter on 22 May against a land target off the country’s east coast in the Bay of Bengal. The 2.5-tonne, two-stage, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) –

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 160 additional AIM-120C-7 AMRAAMs to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD317 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a

  • NAVAIR awards APKWS II ‘upgrade’ contract

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems Information and Electronics Systems a USD10.9 million contract to upgrade the guidance section of the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) 70 mm (2.75 inch) guided rocket. According to a US Department of Defense

  • Russia adopts new-generation guided bomb

    The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) began receiving deliveries of new extended-range 500 kg and 1,500 kg guided bombs from Russia’s leading developer of guided bombs and torpedoes, GNPP Region, a subsidiary of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), during the first quarter of 2019.

  • Missile shootdown marks programme milestone for AFRL’s SHiELD.

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) disclosed on 3 May that its Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) Advanced Technology Demonstrator (ATD) programme achieved a major milestone with the shootdown of multiple missiles in flight. During a series of tests conducted on 23 April

  • DARPA preparing to test fly two hypersonic weapons

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is eyeing flight tests later this year for two hypersonic weapons, and it is teaming up with the US Army on developing such a ground-launched capability. However, at the same time, army leaders are drafting plans to consolidate duelling lines

  • Lockheed Martin ‘Sidekick’ development offers six internal AIM-120s for F-35A/C variants

    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control has disclosed development of a new internal weapons rack to increase the AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) internal loadout on the A and C variant F-35 Lightning Joint Strike Fighter multirole stealth aircraft. The F-35A and F-35C

  • Qatar to arm F-15QAs with Harpoon Block 2 anti-shipping missile

    Qatar is to equip its recently procured Boeing F-15QA Advanced Eagle combat aircraft with the Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block 2 anti-shipping missile, it was disclosed on 29 April. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201) said that it is to issue

  • US Air Force provides X-60A hypersonic flight test details

    The US Air Force (USAF) plans to use the first two test flights of its X-60A GOLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle as capability demonstrations before using further test flights for experimentation, according to a key official. Doug Dolvin, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

  • 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

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