• Latvia takes delivery of new Spike missile variants

    The Latvian National Armed Forces have begun to take delivery of initial consignments of Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Spike precision-guided tactical missiles under the provisions of a EUR108 million (USD133 million) contract signed between the Latvian Ministry of Defence and EuroSpike in

  • Russian Navy ocean-going warship numbers to be radically reduced

    The number of Russian large ocean-going warships is to decrease significantly by 2027. This development and the prospects for large naval vessel construction were discussed at the end of 2019, at a special meeting of the Naval High Command, local military media disclosed on 14 February. At the end

  • Taking aim: Mk 45 Mod 4 evolves to meet naval gunnery requirements

    Alongside a new generation of extended-range munitions, BAE Systems is introducing an automated ammunition handling system for its 5-inch/62-calibre Mk 45 Mod 4 naval gun. Richard Scott reports More than half a century after the development of the original Mk 45 lightweight, single-barrel 5-inch

  • New Iranian missile reported to be loitering SAM

    The previously undocumented type of missile found on two dhows carrying Iranian weapons to the Houthi rebels in Yemen are surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) that loiter in an area searching for a target, according to a US military official cited by the New York Times on 19 February. Examples of the

  • DARPA touts ‘Gunslinger’ missile/gun combo

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is proposing development of an air-launched missile coupled with a gun to address counter insurgency (COIN) operations, close air support (CAS) and air-to-air engagement mission sets. Disclosed in the US Department of Defense FY 2021 Budget

  • Pakistan test-launches longer-range variant of Ra’ad II ALCM

    Pakistan announced on 18 February that it has test-launched a new variant of its Ra’ad II nuclear-capable, air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) with a range of 600 km. In a statement, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistani military, said that the 600 km range of

  • USAF issues pilots with new carbine rifle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has completed the rollout of a new 5.56 mm rifle to most of its pilots flying in ejection-seat aircraft, the service announced in mid-February. Based on the Colt M4 Carbine, the GAU-5A Aircrew Self Defense Weapon (ASDW) is being issued to provide downed aircrew with

  • China testing hypersonic weapon with intercontinental range, says USNORTHCOM commander

    China is testing an intercontinental-range hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), according to written testimony submitted to the US Senate Armed Services Committee on 13 February 2020 by US Air Force General Terrence J O’Shaughnessy, commander of US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and of North

  • Accuracy International unveils next evolution multicalibre rifle line

    Accuracy International (AI) unveiled its new AX MKIII and AX 50 ELR multicalibre sniper rifles at the British Shooting Show, which is being held in Birmingham on 14–16 February. Both rifles have been produced in line with NATO standards based on operational experience and requirements. The

  • Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation develops hypersonic weapons

    Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) is increasing its activities in the area of hypersonic weapons, company director general Boris Obnosov said at a briefing on KTRV’s 2019 results on 3 February. He reported that the corporation’s enterprises are implementing dozens of

  • AFRL delays first X-60A flight

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is delaying the first test flight of its Generation Orbit X-60A GoLauncher1 (GO1) hypersonic flight research vehicle from March to later this year, according to a programme official. Barry Hellman, X-60A programme manager, declined to elaborate to

  • Iran unveils lightweight tactical ballistic missile

    Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) announced on 9 February that it has developed a lightweight variant of its Fateh-110 family of tactical ballistic missiles called the Raad-500. Iranian television showed a ceremony during which IRGC commander Major General Hossein Salami and

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne awarded Glide Breaker propulsion R&D contract

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Aerojet Rocketdyne a contract to develop enabling propulsion technology for the Glide Breaker hypersonic defence interceptor programme. The contract, awarded on 10 February and worth up to USD19.6 million, is for the research,

  • Pentagon budget 2021: Construction problems delay Aegis Ashore in Poland

    The US Missile Defense Agency’s (MDA’s) Aegis Ashore missile interceptor system is expected to be available in Poland by 2022 – at least three years late – due to construction delays. The weapon system is on site and ready to be installed, but problems continue with site

  • UN report details missiles seized on way to Yemen

    The latest report from the United Nations Panel of Experts on Yemen has revealed that a Quds-1 cruise missile, a C802 anti-ship missile, and what it believes were surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) of a previously unseen type were seized by destroyer USS Forrest Sherman on 25 November 2019. The seizure

  • Pentagon budget 2021: Hypersonic weapons would get USD3.2 billion boost

    Hypersonic speed strike weapons have emerged as a top development priority in the Pentagon’s fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget. The department said it requested USD3.2 billion for emerging programmes. In June 2018 the Pentagon announced that the US Navy (USN) would lead development for a common

  • Pentagon budget 2021: MDA requests funding to augment strategic missile defences

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is requesting about USD1.9 billion in fiscal year 2021 (FY 2021) to improve its strategic homeland missile defence system, including USD664.1 million to develop a new interceptor after a similar programme was cancelled last year. The Pentagon was planning to use

  • Pentagon budget 2021: MDA seeks to counter hypersonic weapons with USD206 million request

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has requested USD206.832 million in fiscal year (FY) 2021 to develop defences against hypersonic speed weapons, as Russia and China have both claimed advances in the technology. In its budget proposal, published on 10 February, the MDA said that funding would

  • Pentagon budget 2021: MDA’s Space-based Kill Assessment programme to go operational

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in fiscal year (FY) 2021 requested USD32.1 million for its Space-based Kill Assessment (SKA) programme that is meant to report on the success or failure of individual interceptor missions. MDA in FY 2020 requested USD27.6 million for SKA and in FY 2019 it

  • Pentagon budget 2021: USN FY 2021 request emphasises enhanced strike capability

    The proposed fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget request for the US Navy (USN) underscores the USN’s desire to develop more capable strike capability, according to USN budget documents released on 10 February. The USN is looking to accelerate the development of long-range hypersonic strike –

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