• NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems to integrate CV-22 HMD with Forward Defensive Weapon System

    BAE Systems Controls has been contracted by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the software development associated with the integration of Defensive Weapon System (DWS) enhancements with the CV-22 tiltrotor helmet-mounted display (HMD). The DWS, which is also known as AN/AWG-35(V), is a

  • Iran ‘rebuilds’ Russian air surveillance radar

    Iran’s air-defence force has unveiled what it says is a refurbished version of the Russian-made Gamma-DE air surveillance radar called the Falagh (Falaq). The announcement was made during an event that was held in Tehran on 10 August. Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard, the commander of

  • Upgraded JH-7 fighter-bomber in service with PLAAF

    A new variant of the Xian JH-7 fighter-bomber is in service with the China People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF), according to a 5 August report by the state-owned Xinhua News Agency about the Aviadarts 2019 competition of the International Army Games (IAG) being held from 3 to 17 August.

  • US Army set to fire Spike NLOS missiles from AH-64E Apache

    In its quest to arm future aircraft, the US Army is hosting a demonstration to determine if it can fire Rafael Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles from US helicopters. The service is slated to conduct experiments at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, later this month as a response to army validated

  • Iran holds unveiling event for precision-guided bombs

    Iran announced the unveiling of several types of guided bomb on 6 August, although some of the weapons have been seen previously. The one that has not been seen before was a glide bomb with folding wings called the Balaban. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement summarising comments made by Defence

  • Raytheon, DARPA complete TBG baseline design review

    Raytheon, in co-operation with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has completed a baseline design review of the company’s winged concept solution for the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) hypersonic weapons programme. According to a Raytheon statement on 29 July, the review

  • India signs USD700 million deal with Russia for 1,000 additional air-to-air missiles

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed deals with Russia worth about USD700 million for an additional 1,000 air-to-air missiles (AAMs) to arm its fleets of MiG and Sukhoi combat aircraft. Military sources in Moscow and New Delhi told Jane’s on 30 July that the order for the AAMs, which was

  • IMDO, MDA conduct exoatmospheric testing of Arrow-3 Weapon System

    The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in collaboration with the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), completed a 10-day exoatmospheric test campaign of the Arrow-3 Weapon System at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska (PSCA) in Kodiak on 28 July. The campaign, led by the Israel Ministry of

  • Raytheon awarded HARM CLC supply contract

    US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Raytheon a USD17.8 million contract to supply High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM) command launch computers (CLCs) in support of US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole combat and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft. The contract, which

  • USAF to proceed with next-gen area attack weapon production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to shortly move ahead with production of its next-generation area-attack weapon, with the disclosure on 15 July that it is to issue a request for proposals (RFP) for manufacture of the BLU-136/B warhead. A pre-solicitation notification posted by the Air Force Materiel

  • Qatar to become first AMRAAM-ER user

    Raytheon will carry out the final certification of the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile-Extended Range (AMRAAM-ER) for Qatar, making it the first country to procure the new missile, the US company announced on 10 July. It was providing more detail on an announcement made the previous day

  • Lockheed Martin awarded LRASM upgrade contract

    US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control an undefinitised contract, with a not-to-exceed value of USD174,970,959 million, to upgrade the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). Developed and fielded under an accelerated programme to meet

  • MBDA unveils future air combat weapon systems concepts

    MBDA has unveiled a family of concept air-launched weapons and enabling effectors envisaged to prospectively address the air-to-air, tactical, and deep strike requirements of the next generation of European air combat platforms, such as the French/German/Spanish Next-Generation Fighter/Future Combat

  • KTRV finalises development of Grom air-to-surface munition variants

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has finalised development of new guided air-to-surface weapon system variants, designated Grom-E1 and Grom-E2. Grom-E1 is a guided cruise missile and Grom-E2 is a guided glide weapon; both weapons feature a normal aerodynamic configuration and a

  • Diehl, Safran team for Hussar glide munition development

    Diehl Defence of Germany and Safran Electronics & Defense of France have signed an co-operative agreement for the development of a lightweight tactical air-to-surface guided glide munition. The munition, designated Hussar is, in the first instance, intended to equip fighter aircraft platforms

  • Indian Air Force orders Russian-made anti-tank missiles for USD29 million

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed a INR2 billion (USD29 million) deal with Russia for the acquisition of an undisclosed number of 9M120 Ataka (AT-9 ‘Spiral-2’) anti-tank missiles to arm its fleet of Mil Mi-25/35 ‘Hind’ twin-engined attack helicopters. Official sources

  • US approves AARGM for German Tornados

    The US government has approved Germany’s plans to integrate the Northrop Grumman AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) onto its fleet of Panavia Tornado combat aircraft, with a Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notification published on 28 June. The US State

  • First captive carriage flight test for AGM-183A ARRW

    The US Air Force (USAF), in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, conducted the first captive carriage flight test of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon on a B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, on 12 June.

  • Raytheon prepares for first flight of HAWC prototype demonstrator

    Raytheon is preparing for the first flight of its scramjet powered air-launched Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) prototype demonstrator ‘in the near term’, Dr Thomas Bussing VP, Advanced Missile Systems, Raytheon disclosed at the Paris Air Show on 18 June. “We have a

  • StormBreaker IOC with USAF expected later this year

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to declare an initial operational capability (IOC) with Raytheon Missile Systems’ StormBreaker smart weapon on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole combat aircraft in the third or fourth quarter this year following completion of the operational test and

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