• TADTE 2019: Taiwan’s MPC readies new low-profile RCWS for Cloud Leopard

    The Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense’s (MND’s) Materiel Production Center (MPC) has unveiled a new remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) that has been specifically designed to reduce the target profile of the Republic of China Army (RoCA)’s 8×8 CM-32 Cloud Leopard

  • Lockheed Martin wins US Navy Ship Self Defense System contract

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD56 million cost-plus-incentive fee, cost-only, firm-fixed-price contract on 15 August for combat system engineering support on the Ship Self-Defense System (SSDS). Under the contract, the SSDS combat system engineering agent and software design

  • NAVAIR contracts BAE Systems to integrate CV-22 HMD with Forward Defensive Weapon System

    BAE Systems Controls has been contracted by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) for the software development associated with the integration of Defensive Weapon System (DWS) enhancements with the CV-22 tiltrotor helmet-mounted display (HMD). The DWS, which is also known as AN/AWG-35(V), is a

  • USN scans for replacement AN/SPS-49 radar antenna

    The US Navy (USN) is examining the possibility of acquiring a replacement rotating antenna system for the Raytheon AN/SPS-49(V) L-band 2D air search radar. In a sources sort notice published on 9 August, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division said it was “conducting market

  • Colombian Navy test-fires Hae Seong anti-ship missile and DM2A3 torpedo on live targets

    The Colombian Navy test-fired the South Korean-made SSM-700K Hae Seong anti-ship missile and the German-made Seehecht DM2A3 torpedo against live targets for the first time in Colombian waters during the sinking exercises (SINKEX) as part of the ‘Neptune III’ naval exercises. A

  • Iran ‘rebuilds’ Russian air surveillance radar

    Iran’s air-defence force has unveiled what it says is a refurbished version of the Russian-made Gamma-DE air surveillance radar called the Falagh (Falaq). The announcement was made during an event that was held in Tehran on 10 August. Brigadier General Alireza Sabahi-Fard, the commander of

  • Rheinmetall offers new 60 mm for infantry, special forces

    Rheinmetall announced in a press release on 13 August that it has developed the new RSG60 60 mm mortar for infantry and special forces. Rheinmetall Waffe Munition began development of the mortar in October 2017. The company said the mortar is designed to be lightweight, quick to operate, and

  • Indian MoD approves procurement of coastal batteries armed with BrahMos missiles

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of locally developed Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries (NGMMCBs) and software-defined radios (SDRs) for the Indian Navy (IN). The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which is headed by Defence Minister

  • Rheinmetall, MBDA to develop laser for German Navy

    Rheinmetall and MBDA Deutschland announced in a press release on 8 August that they would co-operate in the development of a high-energy laser (HEL) for the German Navy. The two companies agreed to build, integrate, and test a laser demonstrator for the German Navy’s K130 corvette. The

  • US DoD SARs detail cross-service missile cost changes

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) on 1 August released details on major defence acquisition programme cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2018 reporting period. Included in the information – which is based on the comprehensive annual Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs)

  • US Army set to fire Spike NLOS missiles from AH-64E Apache

    In its quest to arm future aircraft, the US Army is hosting a demonstration to determine if it can fire Rafael Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles from US helicopters. The service is slated to conduct experiments at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, later this month as a response to army validated

  • Iran holds unveiling event for precision-guided bombs

    Iran announced the unveiling of several types of guided bomb on 6 August, although some of the weapons have been seen previously. The one that has not been seen before was a glide bomb with folding wings called the Balaban. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) statement summarising comments made by Defence

  • US Air Force expects second high-energy laser system contract

    Key Points The US Air Force expects to award another contract for a high-energy laser system Additional companies are being considered as the effort moves closer to a programme of record The US Air Force (USAF) expects to award another High Energy Laser Weapon System (HELWS) contract, having made

  • Lockheed Martin unveils evolved SkyKeeper BMC4I solution

    Lockheed Martin is expected to unveil a significantly evolved version of its SkyKeeper ground-based air-defence (GBAD) battle management system at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London in September. An early iteration of SkyKeeper has, since December

  • North Korea says it tested new ‘multiple-launch guided rocket system’ again on 2 August

    North Korea has announced that the weapon it test-fired on 2 August was the same “large-calibre multiple-launch guided rocket system” it had tested two days earlier. Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 3 August that the latest test-firing, which was

  • Raytheon, DARPA complete TBG baseline design review

    Raytheon, in co-operation with the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), has completed a baseline design review of the company’s winged concept solution for the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) hypersonic weapons programme. According to a Raytheon statement on 29 July, the review

  • Pentagon moves out developing INF-banned weapons

    Just hours after the US formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper formally announced plans to develop ground-based mid-range missiles prohibited under the agreement. On 2 August, Washington said that after giving a six-month notice

  • North Korea conducts third weapon test in eight days

    North Korea test-fired two short-range projectiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on 2 August, according to South Korean officials, in Pyongyang’s third such test launch since 25 July. South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement that the projectiles were

  • North Korea says it tested ‘multiple launch guided rocket system’, not missiles

    North Korea said that it test-fired on 31 July what it described as a new type of “large-calibre multiple launch rocket system”, seemingly contradicting South Korea’s assessment that Pyongyang appeared to have launched two short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs). Pyongyang’s

  • India signs USD700 million deal with Russia for 1,000 additional air-to-air missiles

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed deals with Russia worth about USD700 million for an additional 1,000 air-to-air missiles (AAMs) to arm its fleets of MiG and Sukhoi combat aircraft. Military sources in Moscow and New Delhi told Jane’s on 30 July that the order for the AAMs, which was

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