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  • US Army sets first PrSM flight test for 9 December

    If everything goes according to plan, the US Army will conduct its first flight test of a Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype on 9 December at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, with tentative plans to test extended ranges in 2021. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s

  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final

  • South Korea to advance development of indigenous long-range SAM system

    South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 December that it has decided to advance the development of an indigenous long-range surface-to air missile (SAM) system amid concerns about North Korea’s growing ballistic missile capabilities. Referred to as

  • LM awarded nearly USD1 bn for Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon

    Lockheed Martin has been awarded nearly USD1 billion for the critical design review, test, and production readiness support of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon. Announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 2 December, the award for

  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM on RoKAF KF-X

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has awarded MBDA a contract, of undisclosed value, to integrate the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) future Korean Fighter eXperimental (KF-X) fifth-generation fighter aircraft. Awarded during the

  • MAC ramps up production of .50 calibre polymer ammo

    MAC, based in Mississippi, is expected to start delivering its latest .50 calibre (12.7×99 mm) polymer cased ammunition to the US Marine Corps (USMC) in 2020, according to Joe Gibbons, the company’s plant manager. This .50 calibre ammunition was originally developed with funding from the

  • Norwegian Army MGBADS IOC by mid-2023

    The Norwegian Army is scheduled to accept initial deliveries of a new mobile ground-based short-range air-defence system from prime contractor Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (Kongsberg) in late 2022, with all units expected to be delivered, and an initial operating capability (IOC), by mid-2023.

  • North Korea releases image of 28 November weapon test

    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media shows that the weapon system the country tested on 28 November was the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had tested on 31 October, 10 September, and 24 August. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

  • MBDA Deutschland pitches air-launched Enforcer missile

    MBDA Deutschland is pitching an air-launched version of its Enforcer missile to Germany and beyond, a senior company representative told Jane’s on 27 November. Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference 2019 in the German capital, Head of Sales and Marketing, Guido Brendler, said that

  • Turkey test fires OMTAS missiles from moving anti-tank vehicles

    Roketsan medium-range anti-tank missiles that were test fired from moving Pars 4×4 and Kaplan armoured vehicles hit their targets, Turkey’s Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) tweeted on 25 November. Qualification testing is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year and

  • Iran uses new SAM with indigenous HAWKs

    A new type of surface-to-air missile was used with a Mersad system during a recent air defence exercise, Iranian media coverage from 22 November showed. Photographs and TV news footage showed the modified system in action during Exercise ‘Guardians of the Velayet Sky 98’ earlier in the

  • MBDA to integrate Meteor BVRAAM onto RoKAF’s future KF-X fighter

    MBDA Missile Systems announced on 22 November that it has been awarded a contract by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) for the integration of the Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) onto the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF's) future KF-X fighter aircraft. “The

  • Uzbekistan conducts first FD-2000 air-defence test

    Uzbekistan’s Air Defence Force has conducted its first practical test of the Chinese FD-2000 medium-range air-defence system against a target drone, according to a video released by the Uzbek Army on 7 November. The video footage shows a battery of two FD-2000 transport erector launchers

  • HUMAT study looks to improve human/machine interface

    MBDA Missile Systems has revealed details of research into novel Human Machine Teaming (HUMAT) approaches applicable to future surface attack and air defence weapon and control systems. Funded through the French/UK Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation and Technology Partnership (MCM

  • MBDA positions ‘disruptive’ interceptor solution for TWISTER missile defence project

    MBDA is positioning a developmental disruptive endo-atmospheric missile concept for the interceptor component of the nascent European Timely Warning and Interception with Space-based TheatER surveillance (TWISTER) missile defence capability project. The Council of The European Union (EU) on 12

  • US approves sale of 13 Mk 45 naval guns to Indian Navy

    The United States has approved the sale of 13 BAE Systems 127 mm Mk 45 naval gun systems (NGSs) to the Indian Navy (IN) for an estimated USD1.021 billion via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on 20 November that the NGS sale includes

  • NAVSEA to solicit for SM-6 Block IB rocket motor development

    The US Navy (USN) has set out plans for solid-propellent rocket motor prototyping and engineering development for a new extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile. Intended to achieve initial capability in fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023), the SM-6 Block IB variant will introduce a

  • Details emerge of Russia’s Sokol-V gun-launched missile

    The next-generation 3UBK25 Sokol-V (Falcon) 125 mm gun-launched missile designed by the Tochmash Nudelman Precision Design Bureau is due to enter its first testing phase, according to information released through Russian sources. The tests will include 25 all-up missiles including a warhead and

  • DSEI Japan 2019: Tokyo outlines hypersonic weapons’ development plan

    Japan has outlined its plan for the coming decades to develop and acquire hypersonic weapons amid concerns by Tokyo of the growing military capabilities of neighbouring countries such as China and North Korea. An 18-page report distributed by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo at the

  • Taurus Systems offers KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for JASDF’s F-2 and F-15 fighters

    Germany’s Taurus Systems is offering its KEPD 350E air-to-surface cruise missiles for fitment onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) fleet of F-2 and F-15J Eagle multirole fighters. A company official told Jane’s at the 18–20 DSEI Japan defence exhibition in

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