• US approves latest-variant Sidewinder sale to UAE

    The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 300 of the latest variant Raytheon AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II short-range air-to-air missiles (AAMs). The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation

  • USAF launches effort to equip Reaper UAS with air-to-air missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to equip its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with an air-to-air missile (AAM) capability for the first time. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Medium Altitude UAS Division disclosed

  • Israeli Air Force declares SPICE 1000 operational

    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) announced on 7 March that the Rafael SPICE 1000 guided bomb had reached initial operational capability (IOC) on its F-16C/D Barak fighter aircraft following a series of trials. The IAF said the guided bomb was integrated in recent months by the 190th and 110th Fighter

  • MBDA studies Sea Venom for surface-launched coastal defence role

    MBDA has launched an internal study to evaluate the application of its Sea Venom/Anti-Navire Léger (ANL) lightweight medium-range anti-ship missile in a surface-launched role, as part of a networked multilayered coastal defence solution. Co-funded by the governments of France and the United

  • USMC set to deploy APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to introduce 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. In a 27 February Twitter post, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) released a photograph of APKWS loaded

  • USSOCOM seeks powered stand-off precision-guided munition for gunships and other aircraft

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has issued a request for information (RFI) for the procurement of a powered stand-off precision-guided munition (SOPGM) for employment aboard gunship variants of the Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules and Cessna Grand Caravan, as well as for other undisclosed

  • Germany, Spain to acquire Thales FZ 70 mm rockets for Tiger fleets

    Germany’s Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support and the Spanish Army’s Logistics Support Command have awarded Thales contracts of an undisclosed value to supply 70 mm (2.75 inch) air-to-surface rockets for their respective armed forces'

  • JASSM-ER achieves FOC on F-15E Strike Eagle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has declared full operational capability (FOC) of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missile on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole strike fighter. The USAF’s Seek Eagle Office – which leads

  • Yemeni rebels claim Patriot battery destroyed

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah group claimed on 10 February that it had destroyed the Patriot PAC-3 air defence system deployed to the Red Sea town of Al-Mukha (Mocha). It said this had been achieved in a joint operation by its missile and air defence forces, which bombarded the Patriot system. There

  • Harpoon Block II+ seeker upgrade included in US FY 2019 budget

    The US Navy (USN) is planning to introduce an upgraded active radar seeker for the service’s Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ air-launched anti-ship missile. According to the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the improved seeker is required to improve the ability of the Harpoon II+

  • Airbus Helicopters conducts laser-guided rocket trials of HForce GWS

    Airbus Helicopters announced on 31 January the first rocket firing from an H145M fitted with the company’s new HForce generic weapon system (GWS). The test, which took place in Sweden in early December 2017, saw the company demonstrate the ability of its HForce-equipped H145M helicopter to

  • Harpoon Block II+ completes operational test shot

    The US Navy (USN) has completed a live-fire test of the Boeing AGM-84N Harpoon Block II+ anti-ship missile demonstrating interoperability with the latest F/A-18E/F Super Hornet software upgrade. A modification of the existing AGM-84D Harpoon Block 1C missile, the Block II+ weapon is a net-enabled,

  • GTV tests loom for ESSM Block 2

    Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) are gearing up for two key live test events for the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 programme. Planned to occur on the Self-Defence Test Ship (SDTS) by the end of the first quarter of this year, Guided Test Vehicle-1 (GTV-1) and GTV-2 will exercise

  • Japan completes development of ASM-3 supersonic air-to-ship missile, says report

    Japan has completed development of its first domestically designed supersonic air-to-ship missile, according to a 7 January report by The Mainichi newspaper. Known as the ASM-3, the radar-guided missile is set to enter series production in Fiscal Year 2019, said the report, adding that development

  • US Navy begins JAGM flight-testing on AH-1Z Viper

    The US Navy (USN) on 5 December 2017 conducted the first flight test of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) on a US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. According to a US Naval Air Systems Command report released on 9

  • BAE Systems contracted to integrate APKWS II onto USMC legacy Hornets

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a USD577,300 contract to integrate the WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) onto F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. The contract, which was awarded on 3 October 2017 but not disclosed until 10 January,

  • Surface Navy 2018: Orbital ATK plans to test 6 lb air-dropped Hatchet munition in 2018

    In 2018 Orbital ATK plans to conduct live-fire guide-to-hit trials with an all-up Hatchet air-launched munition, an internally funded effort to develop a 6 lb (2.72 kg) precision-guided weapon. Company officials told Jane’s that, although it has a small explosive charge, Hatchet’s

  • Russia set to finalise PBK-500U glide bomb evaluation

    Vladimir Lepin, head of Russia’s Techmash Corporation, disclosed on 8 January that NPO Bazalt company, a subsidiary of Techmash, is close to accomplishing state evaluations of a new aerial bomb, designated ‘Drel’. “After successful completion of the state tests in 2018, this

  • Poland orders AMRAAMs for its F-16s

    On 27 December the Polish Ministry of National Defence announced that it had ordered 95 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for its F-16C/D Block 52 fighters in a contract worth PLN590 million (USD171 million). The deal was preceded by the US State Department’s

  • Turkish military receives first SOM B1s

    The first batch of seven Roketsan Stand-off-Munition B1 (SOM-B1) air-to-surface cruise missiles have been delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces, the country’s Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) stated on 4 January. SOM cruise missiles come in four different variants: the SOM-A, SOM-J,

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