• Research papers point to PLAN’s next-generation submarine technologies

    Two Chinese research papers that emerged in early April through social media provide further evidence of significant technological developments that may be incorporated in the design of the next generation of nuclear submarines for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). The first

  • Ukrainian MiG-29MU2 flies with Kh-29T air-to-surface missile

    A photo of a Ukrainian Air Force (UAF) MiG-29 fighter flying with a Kh-29T TV-guided air-to-surface missile under its port wing began circulating in the local defence media on 30 March. This confirms reports that Ukraine is flight testing the MiG-29MU2 upgrade of the nation’s already

  • Lockheed Martin receives LRASM Lot 3 production contract

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been awarded a USD 167.47 million contract for fiscal year (FY) 2019 procurement of the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) for the US Air Force (USAF) and the US Navy (USN). The contract, awarded on 7 April by the Air Force Life Cycle

  • South Korea’s Poniard guided rocket system passes Pentagon’s Foreign Comparative Testing

    South Korea’s Poniard (known locally as Bigung) multiple launch guided rocket system has passed the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Foreign Comparative Testing: a move that paves the way for the system to enter the US arms procurement market. The Defense Acquisition Program

  • Lockheed Martin set to receive new PrSM development contract

    The US Army is set to award Lockheed Martin with an enhanced technology maturation risk reduction (E-TMRR) contract for its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototyping effort after Raytheon exited the competition. In March, Jane’s first reported that the army has opted not to fund

  • South Korea deploys PAC-3 missile battery to Cheongju Air Base

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has deployed a battery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles to Cheongju Air Base, which hosts the service’s fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and is believed to be within range of North Korea’s newly developed

  • Raytheon secures multiyear deal for SM-3 Block 1B interceptor production

    Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a USD2.14 billion contract by the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 26 March to manufacture and deliver Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B ballistic missile interceptors under a multiyear buy contracting arrangement. The SM-3 interceptor is associated with the

  • SCEPS power plant in the frame for next Mk 54 torpedo upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) is returning to a stored chemical energy propulsion system (SCEPS) to power an improved variant of the Mk 54 lightweight torpedo. The Mk 54 Mod 2 – also known as the Advanced Lightweight Torpedo (ALWT) – will additionally feature upgrades to guidance and control, and

  • DoD contracts 790 JASSM-ER missiles for US and FMS customers

    Lockheed Martin has been contracted to deliver 790 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) systems to US Department of Defense (DoD) and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 1 April, is valued at USD818.2 million and covers Lots 17 and 18 of production. As

  • Turkey deploys HAWK to Idlib

    The Turkish Armed Forces have deployed at least one MIM-23 HAWK surface-to-air missile system to Syria’s Idlib province. Video clips began to circulate on 27 March showing a convoy of Turkish military vehicles that included MAN trucks towing HAWK components, purportedly near the Kafrlusin

  • 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.

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