• Army 2019: Russian MoD to receive BTR-82AT APCs

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is set to receive the first BTR-82AT armoured personnel carriers (APCs) this year, a military source told Jane's on the first day of the Army 2019 defence exhibition being held in Kubinka near Moscow between 25–30 June. In early April Defence Minister

  • First captive carriage flight test for AGM-183A ARRW

    The US Air Force (USAF), in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, conducted the first captive carriage flight test of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) air-to-surface hypersonic weapon on a B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber out of Edwards Air Force Base, California, on 12 June.

  • Raytheon prepares for first flight of HAWC prototype demonstrator

    Raytheon is preparing for the first flight of its scramjet powered air-launched Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) prototype demonstrator ‘in the near term’, Dr Thomas Bussing VP, Advanced Missile Systems, Raytheon disclosed at the Paris Air Show on 18 June. “We have a

  • Estonia orders Spike

    The Estonian Ministry of Defence (MoD) tweeted on 20 June that it had signed a framework agreement with Eurospike to procure Spike anti-tank guided missiles and ammunition for EUR40 million (over USD45 million). The agreement also covers training and maintenance. The initial procurement will

  • Global Hawk shootdown validates Iran’s indigenous SAM capabilities

    Key Points The US has confirmed Iran’s claim it shot down a Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at a range of about 70 km Iran credited a 3 Khordad, one of several new indigenous surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems, with the shootdown The shooting down of a US Navy RQ-4A Global Hawk

  • Raytheon set to begin RAM Block 2A deliveries

    Raytheon Missile Systems is set to start deliveries of an upgraded version of the RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) to the US Navy (USN) before the end of 2019. The new version, known as RAM Block 2A, introduces a software update to the missile guidance section and the Mk 49 guided missile

  • StormBreaker IOC with USAF expected later this year

    The US Air Force (USAF) is expected to declare an initial operational capability (IOC) with Raytheon Missile Systems’ StormBreaker smart weapon on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole combat aircraft in the third or fourth quarter this year following completion of the operational test and

  • Paris Air Show 2019: StormBreaker certified and set for IOC

    Raytheon has completed operational testing (OT) of its StormBreaker smart weapon, the company announced at the Paris Air Show on 17 June. Originally known as the Small Diameter Bomb II, StormBreaker is the first weapon to use a tri-mode seeker – incorporating imaging infrared, millimetre wave

  • Brazil to launch the last prototype of locally developed anti-ship missile

    The Brazilian Navy is scheduled to launch the third and final prototype of the MANSUP (Míssil Antinavio Nacional de Superfície) surface-to-surface anti-ship missile from Niterói-class frigate Independência (F44) on 18 June, a local industry source told Jane’s . The missile

  • Roketsan developing new directed energy weapon system

    Turkey’s Roketsan is expanding its research and development capability into directed energy weapon systems (DEWS). However, the company declined to comment on whether its DEWS was being developed with Turkish government assistance or as a private venture, and also declined to clarify its

  • BDL to supply locally developed ship-launched torpedoes to Indian Navy

    Indian state-owned defence company Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed an INR11.87 billion (USD170.7 million) contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply heavyweight Varunastra anti-submarine torpedoes for the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) front-line warships. The company

  • Oriole TVC ballistic missile targets support Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’

    Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has revealed successful first flights of its Guided Oriole rocket system with thrust vector control (TVC) as part of NATO Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’. The company’s Defense & Rockets Support Services Division, working alongside the

  • Rafael demos Spike LR from JLTV

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has demonstrated a live-fire targeted launch of the Spike weapon system from an Oshkosh-supplied 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The demonstration firing, conducted during the 16th Spike Users Club Meeting (SUCM) in Slovenia from 4–6 June, was the

  • Paris Air Show 2019: UVision unveils new HERO developments

    UVision has disclosed a series of new developments within its HERO family of precision loitering systems, including a new-generation variant of the Hero-120 and a multi-canister launcher for the Hero-400EC. To be unveiled at the 2019 Paris Air Show, which takes place between 17–23 June in Le

  • Netherlands orders small arms from FN Herstal

    The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation signed a framework contract with FN Herstal in Belgium on 11 June for M2 QCB 12.7 mm, MAG 7.62 mm, and Minimi 5.56 mm machine guns, the Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 12 June. The ministry said the Belgian company would supply it

  • Iran unveils new SAM system

    The Iranian military unveiled on 9 June a new surface-to-air missile (SAM) system named 15 Khordad: the Persian calendar date of an uprising in 1963. The Iranian Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL) released coverage of an open-air ceremony attended by Defence Minister Amir

  • EOS delivers first two remote weapon systems for Australia’s Project Land 400 Phase 2

    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has handed over the first two R400S Mk2 D-HD-3X remote weapon systems (RWSs) for integration onto the Rheinmetall Boxer 8×8 armoured vehicles being acquired by the Australian Army (AA) as part of Project Land 400 Phase 2 – Combat

  • Rafael enhances SPICE 250 with advanced automatic target recognition capability

    Rafael Advanced Defence System is in the final stages of equipping its SPICE 250 precision-guided stand-off glide munition with moving target detection and innovative pre-strike automatic target recognition (ATR) engagement capabilities. Unlike the heavier SPICE (Smart, Precise-Impact, and

  • DARPA issues BAA for OpFires Phase 3 Integrated Weapon System design

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Tactical Technology Office (TTO) on 5 June issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Phase 3 of the Operational Fires (OpFires) Integrated Weapon System programme. OpFires is a joint DARPA/US Army three-phase development initiative for a

  • Ukraine boosts mortar capability with four new systems

    Ukraine’s defence industry has developed and begun building several new mortar systems, details of which were briefed at the recent Omega Mortar Systems Conference in Bristol, UK, by Major Petro Koliennikov, senior lecturer at the National Army Academy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. New

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