• 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,

  • DSA 2018: Thales’ FZ220 rocket launcher completes qualification for MD 530G helicopter

    Thales Belgium’s FZ220 rocket launcher has completed its qualification process for MD Helicopters Inc’s (MDHI’s) MD 530G light attack helicopter. The development follows comprehensive live-fire trials carried out in March at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) facility

  • Italian Air Force finalises AARGM OT&E campaign

    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has finalised the operational evaluation and testing (OT&E) of its AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block 1 supersonic air-to-surface missile system with a live fire campaign at the US Naval Air Weapons Station

  • Defexpo 2018: DRDO showcases guided variant of Pinaka Mk II rocket

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) showcased a guided version of the locally developed 214 mm Pinaka Mk II rocket at the 11-14 April Defexpo 2018 exhibition in Chennai. The weapon, which is being developed by the DRDO’s Armament Research and

  • GBU-49 to meet urgent moving target requirement for USMC F-35Bs

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is to receive 300 Raytheon GBU-49 Enhanced Paveway II precision-guided munitions (PGMs) as it looks to afford its Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) with an interim moving target capability. The US Air Force Material Command (AFMC) said on 10

  • USAF to launch LRSO and B-52 integration in 2019

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to begin integrating the nuclear-capable Long-Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile onto its Boeing B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft from the beginning of 2019, the service disclosed on 10 April. As noted in a presolicitation notification issued by Air Force Materiel

  • AARGM-ER development to begin in 2019

    The US Navy (USN) aims to improve the reach of its AGM-88E Block 1 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) with a new extended range (ER) variant that could be fielded by 2023. The AGM-88E Block 1 AARGM is now in full-rate production and more than 600 have been delivered, but the USN

  • Qatar to arm Apache helos with APKWS II

    Qatar is to arm its Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon Systems (APKWS) II guided rocket. US State Department approval for the sale of 5,000 of the 70 mm rocket kits to the Gulf state was announced by the Defense Security Cooperation

  • Saab Dynamics awarded USD28 million contract for Taurus KEPD 350 components

    Taurus Systems GmbH has awarded Saab Dynamics a SEK236 million (USD28.12 million) for the supply of components and hardware for the Taurus KEPD 350 modular stand-off precision missile system. Taurus Systems is a joint venture between MBDA Deutschland (67%) and Saab Dynamics AB (33%) for the

  • Turkey carries out first test firing of air-to-air missiles

    Turkey has successfully test fired its first Gokdogan (Peregrine) and Bozdogan (Merlin) air-to-air missiles at a range close to the Black Sea town of Sinop, the state-owned Anatolia news agency reported on 25 March. The first ballistic tests of the missiles involved firing them from the ground. The

  • MBDA to develop ‘Brimstone 3’

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded MBDA in the United Kingdom a GBP400 million (USD565 million) contract to develop, manufacture, and deliver a new spirally developed Capability Sustainment Programme (CSP) variant of the Brimstone 2 precision-guided air-to-surface missile. Brimstone 2 CSP

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