• China’s Norinco announces first export of HJ-12E ATGW system

    The China North Industries Corporation (Norinco) announced on 25 March that it has completed deliveries of its Red Arrow 12E (‘Hongjian-12E’, or HJ-12E) man-portable anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system to a foreign customer. The company said via its WeChat account that the move marked

  • NAVAIR to award AARGM-ER LRIP 1 contract

    The US Navy (USN) issued a sole-source contract notification for the commencement of low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Northrop Grumman AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER) on 31 March. The notification, posted by the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on

  • Polish Army seeks disposable anti-tank weapons

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate (AI) on 26 March announced that it is to begin a technical dialogue with industry on 2-3 April for the provision of a lightweight disposable anti-tank weapon to replace the Polish Army’s RPG-7. The AI will assess the initial technical requirements, the

  • UVZ upgrades STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 155 mm howitzer

    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ: a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec) has upgraded its STANAG-compatible 2S19M1-155 Msta-S 155 mm self-propelled howitzer (SPH), a spokesperson for Rostec told Jane’s on 25 March. “The modernised 2S19M1-155 has received a fully automated

  • Northrop Grumman moves to LW30 PROX qualification, M-ACE CUAS testing

    Northrop Grumman Defense Systems has completed US government testing of its programmable Light Weight 30 mm Proximity Sensing Ammunition (LW30 PROX) round, and is moving towards qualification and fielding of the round to US Army and US Marine Corps air defence echelons within the year. A

  • Brazil to receive Bofors 40 Mk4 weapon systems

    Two 40 mm BAE Systems Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun systems are scheduled to be shipped to Brazil in August, the Brazilian Navy told Jane’s . The weapon systems, together with special tools, spares, and training, were purchased in 2013 worth EUR8.3 million by the Navy Weapons Systems Directorate

  • US Army removes Raytheon from PrSM competition, leaving only Lockheed Martin

    The US Army decided not to provide Raytheon additional funding for the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototyping competition, leaving Lockheed Martin as the only remaining competitor. The move comes after Raytheon was unable to test fly its PrSM bid, its DeepStrike missile, due to what the

  • BAE Systems receives USD339 million order for new US Army howitzers

    The US Army has awarded BAE Systems with a USD339 million contract to produce an additional 48 self-propelled howitzer and ammunition carrier vehicle sets. In a 23 March contract announcement, the service said it was awarding the company with this contract modification and was expecting this latest

  • USMC says goodbye to tanks and hello to long-range fires

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to make a host of sweeping changes to its operating concept with plans to bid adieu to tanks while also expanding its long-range fires capabilities. It’s been less than a year since General David Berger took the reins as the commandant of the USMC and

  • US DoD conducts second Common Hypersonic Glide Body test

    The US Army and US Navy, under the auspices of the US Department of Defense (DoD), jointly executed the second test of the developmental Common Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) in a flight experiment conducted from the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on 19 March.

  • DoD contracts Sidewinder missiles for US, FMS customers

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon USD392.4 million to deliver AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to both United States and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 20 March, covers live and training Lot 20 AIM-9X Block II and Block II+ missiles and

  • India signs USD117.8 million deal with IWI for LMGs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA). “The provisioning of this operationally urgent and critically

  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars

    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles. A total of 12 Cardom 10s have

  • USAF tests engine for Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has tested a new low-cost turbojet engine to power air-launched cruise missiles being developed under the Gray Wolf programme. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced on 19 March that, along with Northrop Grumman and Technical Directions Inc. (TDI), it had for the

  • Indonesia to upgrade Exocet missile system on KRI Usman-Harun corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) plans to upgrade the Exocet MM40 Block 2 anti-ship missiles on its KRI Usman-Harun (pennant number 359) multirole corvette/light frigate once the vessel’s mission systems are modernised. Speaking to Jane’s on

  • BAE Systems to develop advanced IR seekers for THAAD interceptor

    Lockheed Martin has awarded BAE Systems a contract of undisclosed value to develop a new generation of infrared (IR) seekers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system. Developed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and a key component of the US integrated Ballistic

  • Raytheon set to deliver new CUAS capability to US Army

    Raytheon is preparing to begin deliveries of a new surface-launched counter-unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) capability to the US Army in mid-second quarter 2020, following the completion of developmental, operational, and customer acceptance testing at the Yuma Proving Ground in December 2019. The

  • Indian MoD issues global RFI for 100 loitering munition systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 7 April from foreign original equipment manufacturers and assorted vendors to its request for information (RFI) on the intended procurement of 100 man-portable loitering munition systems for the Indian Army (IA). The MoD’s 6

  • Sea Shrike submarine payload plan suggests hypersonic missile link

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to contract Northrop Grumman for the development of a payload module to enable the integration an undisclosed weapon system on Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs). While the service declines to make any public comment on the plan, the

  • EXPAL Systems to introduce in-house guidance systems for mortar and artillery ammunition

    Spain’s EXPAL Systems has begun the joint development of an in-house guidance system for ballistic munitions with the Spanish Ministry of Defence. This development is beginning with 120 mm mortar ammunition, with the intent to make the technology available to 155 mm, the company said in a 10

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