• Tomahawk recertification/modernisation line starts ramp up

    The US Navy is planning to begin fielding the modernised and recertified Tomahawk Block V cruise missile from 2021, with the Block Va Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) variant to debut two years later, according to the Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR’s) programme manager. Stood up in

  • Civil Aviation Organization of Iran confirms Tor-M1s fired at airliner

    The Civil Aviation Organization of Iran (CAOI) has confirmed that a Tor-M1 launched two missiles at Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) before it crashed soon after taking off from Tehran’s international airport on 8 January. The Tor-M1 is a mobile short-range air defence system

  • Expal Systems to provide ammo, mortars for Philippine Navy

    Spain’s Expal Systems has been awarded two separate contracts to supply the Philippine Navy (PN) with naval gun ammunition and mortars. Under a USD1.2 million contract Expal is set to deliver 720 training and 748 high-explosive, point-detonating 76 mm rounds for the service’s two

  • US Navy kicks off with mine modernisation effort

    The US Navy (USN) is embarking on a major recapitalisation of its offensive mining portfolio to deny freedom of movement to adversary forces in a future high-end conflict. Speaking at the Surface Navy Association annual symposium on 16 January, Captain Danielle George, Mine Warfare Program Manager

  • Philippines developing remote weapon station for naval vessels

    The Philippines is developing its own remote weapon station (RWS) for potential use on its warships and patrol vessels. The RWS is being developed by the Philippine Navy (PN), the Department of Science and Technology’s Metals Industry Research and Development Centre, and the Mechatronics and

  • India test-fires locally developed K-4 SLBM

    India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully test-fired on 19 January its locally developed, nuclear-capable K-4 intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the country’s east coast to its longest range so far, military

  • Turkey tests air-to-air missiles

    Turkey’s Gokdogan (Peregrine) beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been test-fired for the first time, the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute (SAGE) of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) tweeted with a video on 10 January.

  • Surface Navy 2020: Boeing promotes its Compact Laser Weapon System for US Navy use

    Key Points Boeing is offering its Compact Laser Weapon System to the US Navy The weapon comes in both 2 and 5 kW configurations Boeing is promoting its Compact Laser Weapon System (CLWS) at the 2020 National Surface Navy Association Symposium as an option for the US Navy (USN) to perform

  • Lockheed Martin awarded OpFires Phase 3 integration contract

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on 14 January announced the award to Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control of a USD31.9 million contract for the Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System component of the Operational Fires (OpFires) programme. “The joint DARPA/US Army

  • Surface Navy 2020: USN, USMC eye shore-based Naval Strike Missile

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are considering a shore-based version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM), said James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for Research, Development & Acquisition (RD&A). “It’s certainly something we’re looking at

  • Italian Army orders new weapon systems to offset recent funding woes

    The Italian Army signed several contracts in late December 2019 for the acquisition of new high-tech weapon systems. This follows the launch by army chief Lieutenant General Salvatore Farina of five challenges, the fourth of which is ‘capabilities and systems’ aimed at modernising the

  • US AROC approves Spike NLOS acquisition

    The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has approved the acquisition of an undisclosed number of Rafael Advanced Defence System Spike NLOS (non-line-of-sight) air-to-surface missiles (ASMs) to equip the service’s AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters with a stand-off ASM

  • Israel announces laser breakthrough

    The Israel Ministry of Defense announced on 8 January that its investment in laser technology has led to a breakthrough that paves the way for the development of weapons that “will prompt a strategic change in the defence capabilities of the state of Israel”. The MoD said the

  • USAF issues RFI for F-35A SiAW missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a request for information (RFI) to develop the Stand In Attack Weapon (SiAW) to equip the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). The sources sought solicitation issued on 8 January calls for potential vendors ahead of the engineering and

  • China aiming to procure airborne laser-based weapon pod

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has issued an invitation to tender for the procurement of a laser-based weapon pod, as reflected in an entry on the Chinese military and weapon procurement website: weain.mil.cn. The website, which lists a “tender announcement for a laser

  • CV90 tested with Spike LR

    A CV90 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) has test fired a Spike long-range (LR) anti-tank missile for the first time, BAE Systems announced in a press release on 7 January. The company added that this was the first time an integrated long-range anti-tank guided missile has been launched from the CV90.

  • Serbia unveils upgraded M-80 IFV

    The Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) published photos of the prototype of the upgraded M80AB1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) at a demonstration at the Nikinci testing centre on 30 December, nearly two years after the Serbian Armed Forces (VS) announced plans to modernise the M-80A. The upgraded

  • France awards pistol and sniper rifle contracts

    The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release on 6 January the award of a EUR44 million (USD49 million) contract to Glock for the provision of 74,596 semi-automatic pistols. The ministry also confirmed the choice of the FN SCAR H PR as the French Army’s new sniper rifle.

  • Germany selects Enforcer

    Following a competitive evaluation, the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has selected the MBDA Enforcer weapon system to meet the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) ‘Leichtes Wirkmittel 1800+’ requirement: a lightweight

  • Serbia begins testing indigenous weapons on new H145M attack helicopters

    Serbia began live firing trials of indigenously developed weapons on its new HForce H145M attack helicopters at the Nikinci testing centre on 19 December, the Serbian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reported on its website the same day. Lieutenant Colonel Miroslav Zecevic of the planning and

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