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  • USN declares full operational capability for JSOW C-1 glide weapon

    The US Navy (USN) has declared Full Operational Capability with its first air-to-ground network-enabled weapon (NEW) capable of attacking stationary land and moving maritime targets. Announcing the milestone on 11 October, the US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) confirmed that all USN tactical

  • Saab contracted to supply PFS for Meteor BVRAAM

    Saab has signed a contract worth approximately SEK150 million (USD18.4 million) with MBDA to deliver the radar proximity fuze subsystem (PFS) for the Meteor Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM). Deliveries to MBDA will take place during the 2020-2021 timeframe. The PFS, which is developed

  • AMRDEC to assess Thales induction rocket technology

    The US Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) is to evaluate Thales’ induction rocket system technology under a six-month US Foreign Technology Assessment Support (FTAS) contract, signed in early October. Under the provisions of the FTAS

  • US Air Force ramping up JDAM, SDB I munition production

    The US Air Force (USAF) is ramping up production of its Boeing Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and GBU-39B Small Diameter Bomb I (SDB I) munitions, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, office of the assistant secretary of the air force for acquisition, military deputy,

  • Japan to receive additional AMRAAM missiles

    Japan is to receive a further batch of Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) following approval of a potential sale by the US State Department. The approval, announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 4 October, covers 56 AIM-120C-7-variant

  • Kongsberg prepares to qualify the Joint Strike Missile

    Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace is set to conduct the final flight test (FTM-5) of the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) in early 2018, in preparation for the weapon’s integration with the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s (RNoAF) F-35A Lightning II multirole stealth fighter. FTM-5 is the

  • Australian SDB II request for F-35As approved

    An Australian request to purchase Raytheon GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment IIs (SDB IIs) for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters has been approved by the US State Department. The approval, which was announced by the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency

  • Orbital ATK prepares for Hatchet guide-to-hit trials

    Orbital ATK is preparing to conduct first air-dropped guide-to-hit trials of the Hatchet miniature precision strike weapon in Q3/2017–Q1/2018. Specific detail of the exact date,location of the trials, and the platform type to be used have not been disclosed, other than that they will be

  • Pakistan Navy test-fires anti-ship missile from Sea King helo

    The Pakistan Navy (PN) successfully test-fired an anti-ship missile (ASM) from one of its Sea King helicopters on 23 September. The missile “hit the intended target with pinpoint accuracy, reaffirming [the] weapon’s lethality and the offensive punch of the PN fleet”, said the

  • Motor Sich proposes Ukrainian Mi-8 MSB-V upgrades, new variants

    Ukraine's Motor Sich is offering a number of indigenously developed enhancements for the Ukrainian army's Mi-8 MSB-V medium multirole helicopters, which are aimed at addressing threats posed by anti-aircraft weapon systems employed by pro-Russian separatist militants in the contested eastern region

  • Analysis: Syrian rebel video corroborates Iranian UAV strike claims

    ANALYSIS A video released by a Syrian rebel group on 7 February appears to show an Iranian Shahed-129 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) carrying a weapon, corroborating early Iranian claims that this type of remotely piloted aircraft is carrying out strikes in Syria. Released by Harakat Fajr al-Sham

  • Helibras concludes first Exocet missile integration tests for Brazilian AH-15B

    Brazilian helicopter specialist Helibras, a local operation of Airbus Helicopters, has concluded a three-week testing phase for integration of MBDA's Exocet AM 39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile and tactical data management system that is to equip the reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare variant

  • Russia reveals 3M-14T cruise missile range

    Key Points Russia has conducted its first operational deployment of the domestic 3M-14T system The apparent precision of Kalibr-NK/3M-14T missiles suggests the possibility of an alternative terminal guidance solution The launch of a salvo of some 26 cruise missiles from Russian Federation Navy's

  • Russia's KAB-250 guided bomb to complete trials this year

    Region JSC's KAB-250 precision-guided munition (PGM) will soon complete trials, Igor Krylov, director general of Region JSC (a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation, KTRV), told IHS Jane's at the Russian Defence Ministry Innovation Day 2015. Krylov also stated that there are two versions of

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Saudi Arabia requests USD500 million ammo replenishment

    The US State Department has approved the sale of a large amount of ammunition to Saudi Arabia to replenish stocks depleted by the ongoing conflict in Yemen, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 29 July. The DSCA said the proposed sales were worth an estimated USD500 million

  • Israeli missile found in Syria after airstrikes

    Key Points The discovery of a Popeye missile in Syria confirms Damascus' claim that Israel carried out strikes on 7 December The discovery of the stand-off missile also confirms that Israeli aircraft are not entering Syrian airspace to carry out attacks Syria's claims that Israel carried out

  • Lockheed Martin to upgrade F-22 for AIM-9X missile

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a USD33.4 million contract to modify its F-22 Raptor combat aircraft to carry the Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missile (AAM). The contract, which was announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 24 October, will see Lockheed Martin upgrade 220 AIM-9

  • F-35 completes Block 2B weapon accuracy trials

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter passed its latest milestone with the final weapon delivery accuracy test for a Block 2B munition, it was announced on 11 December. The 6 December drop, which took place at the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards Air Force Base in

  • Norway's new government to strengthen defence and security

    The new minority government of Norway, currently being formed, unveiled its defence plans for its term of office on 14 October. Following its success in Norway's September elections, the new government is a coalition of the right-wing Conservative and Progressive parties. Both have traditionally

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