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  • Denmark introduces CAESAR 155 mm, Piranha 120 mm indirect fire systems

    The Danish Army indirect fire support capability is being refreshed with the introduction of two new systems: the French Nexter Systems CAESAR 155 mm/52 calibre self-propelled (SP) artillery system and the General Dynamics European Land Systems MOWAG Piranha 5 modified to carry the latest generation

  • MBDA discloses development of SPEAR variants

    MBDA in the UK has disclosed details on the development of two prospective air-launched missile variants evolved from its baseline SPEAR stand-off, air-to-surface developmental weapon system: SPEAR-EW (electronic warfare) and SPEAR-Glide. Still in its development phase, the SPEAR weapon is

  • Return of the WIG: Airfish strives for breakthrough

    Singapore’s Wigetworks is pushing the envelope of wing-in-ground effect technology with its Airfish 8 prototype crafts, and aims to be the first to bring these sea-skimming marine vehicles into mass production for commercial and military applications. Kelvin Wong reports The wing-in-ground

  • Yemen’s rebels unveil air-bursting missile

    Ansar Allah, the Yemeni rebel group popularly known as the Houthis, unveiled a new version of its Badr series of surface-to-surface projectiles that has an airburst warhead on 16 April. “Our missile power, which you once claimed you were able to destroy, is now much stronger than it was years

  • Battle of Marawi pushed Philippines troops to novel equipment usage

    The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) fighting in the Battle of Marawi in 2017 were forced to adjust to urban warfare with several novel uses for legacy equipment, senior sources have disclosed. During a five-month campaign, which started in May 2017 in the city of Marawi against foreign and

  • S-350 SAM production begins in Russia

    Serial production of the Almaz-Antey 50R6 S-350 Vityaz medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system has begun after successful certification tests were completed last month, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. This opens the way for delivery of the first unit set of equipment to the

  • USN details desire for additional HELIOS funding in 2020

    If the US Navy (USN) receives an additional USD80 million above its budget request for the High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) initiative, the service would be able to accelerate development plans, according to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John

  • India and Russia seeking to extend range of BrahMos missile to 500 km

    India and Russia aim to extend the range of their jointly developed BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile from 400 km to 500 km, an official from the joint venture (JV) responsible for producing the weapon system told Jane’s on 10 April. “We have already demonstrated the

  • Bundeswehr orders artillery shells

    The Bundeswehr placed an order with Rheinmetall for 32,000 DM121 155 mm high explosive artillery shells for the Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzer, the German company announced in a press release on 8 April. The order is worth EUR109 million (USD122.8 million) and includes an option

  • Chinese navy trials laser weapon

    Chinese media have reported that a prototype laser weapon is being tested by the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). An article published on 5 April on the Sina news website contains several screengrabs taken from footage broadcast by China Central Television (CCTV) showing a trainable

  • Brazilian AEQ develops 2,000 lb penetrator bomb

    The Brazilian privately owned company AEQ is in the final phase of completing the development of its BPEN 2000 air-launched ground penetration bomb for use by tactical combat aircraft. The development, which was initiated in early 2017 is scheduled to be complete in six months, the company told

  • Saudi Arabia takes delivery of TOS-1A MRLs

    Saudi Arabia has received an initial batch of TOS-1A Solntsepek multiple rocket launchers (MRLs), Russia’s Interfax news agency cited an informed source as saying on 10 April. On the previous day photographs began circulating on social media channels that purportedly showed a TOS-1A in Saudi

  • US Army poised to begin JAGM full-rate production

    The US Army is to begin full-rate production (FRP) of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM), with a pre-solicitation issued by the service on 9 April. The notification issued by the US Army Contracting Command-Redstone (ACC-RSA) covers the acquisition of a maximum quantity of 3,000

  • Indian Army receives first six of 114 Dhanush howitzers

    The Indian Army (IA) has taken delivery of the first six of 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers ordered from the state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). Officials said the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) at Jabalpur, central India, handed over the licence-built guns to the

  • India’s DRDO reveals additional details of recent ASAT missile test

    India’s government-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has revealed additional details about the successful test-firing on 27 March of its first anti-satellite (ASAT) missile that destroyed one of the country’s own satellites in space. Briefing the media on 6 April,

  • Thailand flexes anti-ship missile capabilities in Andaman Sea with C-802A firing

    Key Points Thailand has demonstrated its anti-ship missile capabilities in the Andaman Sea by firing the C-802A The firing comes amid an increase in naval activities and developments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) conducted its first test-firing of the C-802A

  • Australia to buy weapons and decoys for F-35As and Super Hornets for use in ‘densely contested’ environments

    Australia will acquire a range of weapons and countermeasures costing AUD110 million (USD78 million) for use in “densely contested” environments by its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet multirole fighters, Defence Minister

  • French Air Force, Navy conduct technical-operational evaluation firings of Meteor

    The French Air Force and French Navy (Marine Nationale: MN), supported by the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), have completed initial technical and operational evaluation firings of the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) on the Dassault Rafale

  • Kalibr cruise missile fired from Northern Fleet port

    A Kalibr cruise missile has been successfully test fired for the first time from a Russian submarine moored in a port. The test launch of the Novator 3M-14 Kalibr land-attack cruise missiles from the Project 885 Yasen-class submarine Severodvinsk was reported by Russian newspaper Izvestia , citing

  • SOFINS 2019: Thales integrates induction rocket launcher into protected vehicle

    Thales showed a Hawkei tactical vehicle with its induction rocket launcher for four ready-to-fire 68 mm guided or unguided rockets during the 2019 Special Operations Forces Innovation Network Seminar (SOFINS) exhibition, held at Camp de Souge, France, on 2–4 April. The launcher is installed

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