• Spain opts for ESSM Block 2 for future F-110 frigates

    Spain has opted for Raytheon’s Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 missile as the primary ship self-defence system for its five new F-110 frigates. The decision was confirmed to Jane’s by Spain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 20 September. The long-awaited decision –

  • Mexican military shows off new equipment

    The Mexican armed forces presented new weapons and vehicles during the country’s Independence Day parade, held in Mexico City on 16 September. The event saw 18,420 military and federal police personnel parade in front of President Enrique Pe?a Nieto, together with an air display featuring 177

  • DVD 2018: Fletcher laser-guided weapon system goes into low-rate initial production

    US company Arnold Defense announced that the Fletcher 2.75 inch/70 mm weapon system has gone into low-rate initial production. In a press release dated 13 September the company said it was working on the initial production run of the Fletcher launcher system and that the first one was to be

  • US coastal patrol ships complete Griffin missile shoot

    Five Cyclone-class coastal patrol ships from the US Navy’s (USN’s) Bahrain-based 5th Fleet Combined Task Force (CTF) 55 have completed a series of Mk 60 Griffin Missile System (GMS) live firings against high-speed manoeuvring targets during an exercise in the Gulf. USS Hurricane (PC 3),

  • DVD 2018: MBDA teams with Kongsberg to integrate MMP onto remote weapon stations

    European missile house MBDA demonstrated a proof-of-concept mounting for the Missile Moyenne Portée (MMP) anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) on a Kongsberg M153 Protector remote weapon station at the DVD 2018 exhibition held in Millbrook, Bedfordshire, on 19-20 September. The M153 was shown fitted

  • MBDA unveils Future Land Indirect Fires concepts

    MBDA has unveiled a number of land precision effects concepts for integration with the ARTEC 8x8 Boxer infantry fighting vehicle to address the British Army’s future land surface-to-surface fire requirements. In April this year, UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced that it will re-join the

  • A-Darter completes flight tests

    South Africa’s Denel Dynamics has completed qualification testing of its fifth-generation A-Darter short-range air-to-air missile, Denel announced on 17 September. Four guided launches were carried out at the Overberg Test Range, all of them against Skua targets. The first was carried out on

  • Egypt requests latest APFSDS-T tank round

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 60,500 120 mm rounds for Egypt’s M1A1 Abrams tanks, including the latest armoured-piercing, fin-stabilised, discarding-sabot tracer (APFSDS-T) munition, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 September. It said the

  • DX Korea 2018: Hanwha unveils electromagnetic launch system development

    South Korea defence prime Hanwha Corporation has unveiled plans to develop an electromagnetic launch system (EMLS) for surface-to-air missiles (SAM) at the 2018 edition of the DX Korea land forces exhibition in Goyang City. According to company officials, the EMLS programme is an internally funded

  • India test-fires locally developed MPATGM

    India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently conducted the first test-firings of a locally developed, low-weight ‘Man-Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile’ (MPATGM) system, according to a 16 September statement by the government’s Press Information

  • MBDA offers surface-launched Brimstone to Poland

    MBDA is proposing a palletised surface-launched salvo-fire adaptation of its Brimstone air-to-surface missile to address a Polish Armaments Inspectorate requirement for a stand-off anti-armour capability. The proposal is part of an evolved MBDA missile package competing for two current Armaments

  • Lockheed Martin contracted by USAF to develop extreme range JASSM variant

    Lockheed Martin has been funded by the US Air Force (USAF) to take the next steps in the development of an ultra long-range version of the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile (JASSM) air-launched precision strike missile. Known as the JASSM-Extreme Range (JASSM-XR), the new variant will

  • Poland seeks anti-radiation missiles

    The Polish Ministry of National Defence (MND) confirmed to Jane’s on 14 September that Poland wants to acquire Northrop Grumman’s AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) for its armed forces. Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak approved the AARGM as it was found to be

  • Japan, US successfully conduct BMD intercept flight test from JS Atago

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully carried out an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test from Japanese guided-missile destroyer JS Atago (DDG 177) off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii on 11 September. Designated the

  • Japan Aegis BMD flight test successful through intercept

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) confirmed on 12 September the successful completion of an Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) intercept flight test, in co-operation with the US Navy (USN), off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event,

  • Brazilian Army buys 120 .50 cal HMGs

    The Brazilian Army has acquired 120 M2A1 .50 cal heavy machine guns (HMGs) through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) process. A letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) for the newly manufactured weapons was signed in August by the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington (on behalf

  • Iran claims successful ballistic missile intercept test

    The Bavar-373 long-range air defence system that Iran is developing has successfully passed ballistic missile interception tests, Iranian news agencies reported the country’s deputy air defence commander as saying on 10 September. Fars News Agency cited Brigadier General Mahmoud Ebrahiminejad

  • USAF cancels ‘bunker-buster’ contract with foreign-owned recipient

    The US Air Force (USAF) has cancelled one of two contracts recently awarded to manufacture BLU-137/B penetrator warheads because the recipient is foreign-owned and so ineligible, Jane’s has learnt. Documents seen by Jane’s on 6 September show that the USAF has rescinded a USD419.6

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian company launches lightweight RWS

    Australian company Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has officially launched an entry-level remote weapon station (RWS), which it says is half the weight of any other RWS mounting a 7.62 mm-calibre machine gun. Complete with gun but no ammunition, the R150 RWS weighs 75 kg. It can alternatively mount

  • Land Forces 2018: Australian SHORAD receives Mode 5 IFF certification

    The short-range air defence (SHORAD) system used by the Australian Army has received US certification, meaning that the Saab RBS 70 surface-to-air missile system can be safely deployed on operations with US and coalition forces. The certification by the US Department of Defense’s

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