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  • USMC trials Harvest HAWK upgrade

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has completed a five-week period of developmental and integrated test (DT/IT) live fire testing using a KC-130J Hercules aircraft configured with the Harvest Hercules Airborne Weapons Kit (HAWK) Plus (HH+) roll-on/roll-off precision strike mission package. Front-line

  • Azerbaijan parades SOM cruise missile

    The Azerbaijani military displayed a Roketsan SOM cruise missile for the first time during its annual parade in Baku on 26 June. This is the first known export of the SOM, which Roketsan says has a range of more than 250 km with a high explosive/blast fragmentation warhead weighing approximately

  • USAF procures new and improved 'bunker buster' bombs

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a contract for a new penetrator warhead to replace its current BLU-109/B and BLU-109C/B systems. The award on 27 June will see Superior Forge and Steel Corporation deliver 300 (possibly rising to 3,500) of the improved BLU-137/B penetrator warheads. Valued at

  • USAF looks to quadruple B-52 external weapons load

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to quadruple the weight of bombs that the Boeing B-52H Stratofortress is able to carry externally. According to a request for information (RFI) issued on 21 June, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is seeking a new external weapons pylon that will take the

  • New Grom air-to-surface missile undergoes flight tests

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) new Grom tactical air-to-ground missile is undergoing flight tests in readiness for commencing series production in November, according to a company presentation). Flight tests of the Grom, carried out on an Su-34 fighter-bomber, began at the end

  • IAI, IMI unveil Rampage stand-off air-to-surface missile

    Israel Aerospace Industries and IMI Systems have disclosed co-development of a new stand-off precision air-to-surface missile (ASM) system – designated Rampage - designed to address protected high value targets including command and control (C2) centres, air bases, maintenance centres, and

  • Dynetics ramps up GBU-69/B production for USSOCOM

    Huntsville-based Dynetics has been awarded a USD470 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to ramp up production levels of its GBU-69/B Small Glide Munition (SGM) for the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The award follows an USSOCOM pre-solicitation notice, issued

  • Thailand procures IRIS-T missiles for F-5 fighters

    Thailand is to integrate the IRIS-T short-range air-to-air missile (AAM) onto its fleet of Northrop F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft, Diehl Defence announced on 18 June. A contract for an unspecified number of IRIS-Ts to equip the Royal Thai Air Force’s (RTAF’s) F-5s was signed on 14

  • JAGM enters LRIP

    Low rate initial production (LRIP) of the US Army’s new Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) has now commenced following the successful completion by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and the Army’s Joint Attack Munitions Systems (JAMS) Project Office of the programme’s

  • Denel Dynamics sheds light on new C-RAM missile

    Denel Dynamics has released details of its Mongoose 3 counter-rocket, artillery, and mortar (C-RAM) missile, which underwent its first flight tests in March and will be shown at Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) show in South Africa in September. The transonic Mongoose 3 is being developed to

  • US Navy progresses HAAWC high-altitude ASW capability for Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is pushing ahead with plans to field the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), despite recent comments made to the contrary by some senior service officials. The aircraft original equipment

  • Lockheed Martin secures contract to prototype the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon

    The US Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre (AFLCMC) has awarded Lockheed Martin an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to design and develop a new stand-off hypersonic air-to-surface missile. Part of a drive by the US Department of Defense (DoD) to field a near-term hypersonic

  • Second Sea Venom/ANL missile test firing successful

    A Panther test helicopter of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, conducted the second successful test firing of the MBDA Sea Venom/Missile Antinavire Léger (ANL) light anti-ship missile on 18 April, the European missile house and

  • Russia to modernise some Kh-22 air-to-surface missiles

    Russia plans to modernise some retired Kh-22 (AS-4 ‘Kitchen’) air-to-surface missiles and return them to operational status, according to a 15 May report in Izvestia . Ministry of Defence sources told the newspaper a total of 32 missiles will be refurbished under a three-year contract

  • China’s Z-19E helicopter completes firing tests

    The export version of China’s Harbin Aviation Industries (Group) Company (HAIG) Z-19 Black Whirlwind armed reconnaissance/attack helicopter has completed firing tests. HAIG’s parent company, the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), said in a 16 May statement that

  • DARPA developing affordable, generic seeker for precision guided weapons

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a low-cost seeker that will fit onto any air-deployed munition and can use parts from any company. Under its Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) programme, DAPRA is designing a seeker with a new open architecture that is

  • MBDA discloses European Modular Missile development

    MBDA has disclosed detail of a revival in Franco-German co-operation in the guided-missile sector through the joint development of a lightweight air-to-ground missile solution for the Airbus Helicopters Tiger attack helicopter. Intended as an anti-armour/anti-structure solution for the respective

  • Raytheon finalises SDB II developmental testing

    Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) has finalised the developmental testing (DT) campaign for the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II (SDB II) network-enabled precision-guided glide munition. Developed under a US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) joint interest programme (with the USAF as the

  • USMC deploys APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has confirmed the introduction of the BAE Systems WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed first operational flights in a news release on

  • US Navy finalises JSOW internal integration on F-35C

    The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), has completed the final development test (DT) for the internal integration of the AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW) air-to-surface glide weapon on the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Announced on 17 April,

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