• Aero India 2019: India’s Nirbhay cruise missile to make final developmental flight in April

    The Nirbhay cruise missile developed by India’s Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) is set to make its final developmental trial in April, more than a year after the weapon successfully completed its previous flight test, an ADE official told Jane’s during the 20–24

  • MBDA offers SPIMM for ‘bolt-on’ ship self-protection

    MBDA has unveiled details of a new self-protection system designed to provide otherwise unarmed containerised ships with a short-range defence capability in high threat zones. Known as SPIMM (Self-Protection Integrated Mistral Module), the new system was unveiled in February at the IDEX 2019

  • Rafael unveils Rocks air-to-surface missile

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled a new, advanced stand-off high-speed air-to-surface missile (ASM) designed to engage high-value stationary and re-locatable targets in heavily GPS-denied environments. Designated ‘Rocks’, the new missile is furnished with a single-stage solid

  • IDEX 2019: ALIT displays small MANPADS for UAVs

    China Aerospace Long-March International (ALIT) displayed what was labelled as the FN-M Multi-role Missile System at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. An ALIT official said it is primarily designed for shooting down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), making it a manportable

  • IDEX 2019: Jadara developing new sight for Terminator missile

    Jordan’s Jadara Equipment and Defence Systems is developing a new sight for the Terminator man-portable guided missile system, a company official told Jane’s during the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi from 17–21 February. Unveiled at the SOFEX show held in Jordan in March 2018, the

  • Taiwan to upgrade Hsiung Feng II Block II anti-ship missile

    Taiwan has decided to upgrade its Hsiung Feng II Block II (also referred to as Hsiung Feng IIB or HF-IIB) anti-ship missile and complete mass production of the improved weapon system by 2023, defence officials told Jane’s on 18 February The upgrade is being carried out by Taiwan’s

  • IDEX 2019: Yugoimport unveils RALAS missile

    Serbia’s Yugoimport unveiled the RALAS non-line-of-sight missile at the IDEX show held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 17 to 21 February, prominently displaying an eight-round launcher mounted on the company’s Lazar 3 8×8 armoured vehicle. The RALAS is essentially a smaller version of the

  • IDEX 2019: Finland, Sweden interested in NEMO Container

    Finland’s Patria has provided Jane’s with an update on the NEMO Container 120 mm mortar system, following on from extensive testing in the Baltic Sea last year. According to Kari Reunamäki, Patria’s vice-president for Weapon Systems, the design of the system is now locked

  • IDEX 2019: UAE confirms EOS weapon station contract

    The UAE Armed Forces confirmed during the IDEX 2019 show, held from 17 to 21 February in Abu Dhabi, UAE, that it has placed a large contract for remote weapon stations (RWS) with the Australian company EOS Defence Systems. The military spokesperson announced on 17 February that a contract worth

  • French Rafales conduct first Meteor firings

    French Air Force (FAF) and navy Rafale combat aircraft conducted the first test firings of the Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile on 13 February, the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 15 February.

  • Aero India 2019: Tejas Mk 1 aircraft receives final operational clearance

    India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over a final operational capability (FOC) certification to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Mk 1 variant of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA). IAF Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh

  • Belarusian special forces receive first Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles

    The Belarusian Special Operations Forces’ (SSO’s) 103rd Airborne Brigade has received its first batch of Kaiman armoured reconnaissance vehicles (ARVs), a Belarusian Ministry of Defence (MoD) source told Jane’s on 16 February. “On 15 February the 103rd Airborne

  • IDEX 2019: Aselsan Serdar weapon aims for export market

    Aselsan has completed development and testing of its latest Serdar anti-tank missile launching system (ATMLS) remote weapon station (RWS), and production can commence as soon as orders are placed. This Serdar was developed as a private venture and builds on the experience Aselsan has had in

  • US Air Force chief of staff unconcerned with F-35A gun inaccuracy

    Key Points The US Air Force chief of staff is not concerned with the F-35A gun’s inaccuracy He said the aircraft’s primary task is to fuse information and adjust combat strategies on the fly The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) top officer is not concerned with Lockheed Martin

  • IDEX 2019: Mirach 40 conducts first live training missions

    Leonardo announced in a press release on 17 February that its Mirach 40 (M-40) target drone had flown its first live missions during a recent training exercise, simulating missile attacks against naval vessels and fighter jets in air-to-air combat scenarios. The exercise involved the Italian Navy

  • Chinese military ‘likely’ to field ground-based ASAT laser weapon by 2020, says DIA

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will likely field a ground-based laser weapon by next year that can counter the sensors of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites, and by the mid- to late 2020s it might field higher power systems that “extend the threat to the structures of

  • IAI announces new Mini Harpy loitering munition

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced a new tactical loitering munition called Mini Harpy on 18 February. The system combines capabilities from IAI's two previous flagship loitering munitions, the Harop and Harpy, bringing together the ability to lock on to radiation-emitting threats like

  • IDEX 2019: UVZ looking at alternative applications for 57 mm gun

    Russia’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) is investing in further developing its new rapid-firing 57 mm gun, a source from the company told Jane’s at the IDEX defence show held in Abu Dhabi on 17–21 February. “UVZ’s Burevestnik Institute has laid the research and technological

  • Indian MoD approves local production of 114 Dhanush howitzers

    India’s state-owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has been granted formal approval by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to licence-build 114 Dhanush 155 mm/45-calibre towed howitzers for the Indian Army (IA). Official sources told Jane’s the OFB’s Gun Carriage Factory (GCF) in

  • China looking to procure test systems for ‘magnetised plasma artillery’

    China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is looking to acquire systems to test so-called ‘magnetised plasma artillery’, according to a 13 February announcement made on the service’s weapon and equipment procurement website. The notice, which invites tenders for the

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