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  • US State Department approves potential sale of up to 200 LRASMs to Australia

    The US Department of State has approved a potential USD990 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 200 AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs), along with related equipment and services, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 7 February. Also

  • Defexpo 2020: DRDO developing extended-range variant of Prahaar CRBM

    India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing an extended-range variant of its Prahaar close-range ballistic missile (CRBM) system, DRDO officials told Jane’s at the 5–9 February Defexpo 2020 exhibition in Lucknow. Designated Pranash, the 200

  • Defexpo 2020: Development of Hanwha Defense’s Chungum air-launched ATGM to be completed by end of 2020

    Development of South Korea’s air-launched Chungum anti-tank guided missile is expected to be completed by the end of 2020, Hanwha Defense officials told Jane’s at the 5–9 February Defexpo 2020 exhibition in Lucknow, northern India. The weapon, which is being developed by South

  • Defexpo 2020: DRDO says ASAT weapon system is ‘ready for further limited production’

    Officials from India’s state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have said that the anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon system tested by New Delhi in March 2019 is now “ready for further limited production”. However, speaking to Jane’s at the 5–9

  • Defexpo 2020: India unveils Wheeled Armoured Platform, upgraded Sarath IFVs

    India’s defence industry unveiled two new infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), the Wheeled Armoured Platform (WhAP) and an upgraded variant of the BMP-2/2K Sarath, during the 5-9 February Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow, northern India. The WhAP IFV, which is powered by a Cummins

  • BDL unveils new Amogha-III ATGM

    India’s Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) unveiled a model of a new, third generation anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at the Defexpo 2020 defence exhibition in Lucknow from 05–09 February. Designated ‘Amogha-III’, the new man-portable, ‘fire-and-forget’ missile has a

  • Defexpo 2020: Almaz-Antey upgrades Club-T cruise missile system

    Russian state-owned defence company Almaz-Antey has expanded its family of Club cruise missiles with an upgraded variant of the Club-T system, a company spokesperson told Jane's at the 5–9 February Defexpo 2020 defence show in Lucknow, northern India. "The Club-T system, which made its

  • Malaysia looking to buy new medium-range anti-tank guided missiles

    Malaysia has requested bids for the supply of an undisclosed number of medium-range, anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) that are likely to be deployed from the Malaysian Army’s future 4×4 vehicles. The request, which was published by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Kuala Lumpur on 24

  • Australia to acquire Spike LR2 missile system to meet long-range direct-fire support capability requirement

    The Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 5 February that the Australian Army and the wider Australian Defence Force (ADF) will acquire the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR2 missile system as its “Long Range Direct Fire Support Weapon capability”. The DoD quoted

  • French Army receives first O-NYX night vision goggles

    The French Army has begun receiving Thales O-NYX night vision goggles (NVGs), Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced on the website of the Direction générale de l’armement (DGA), the French armament procurement agency, on 30 January 2020. The first deliveries were to the 21st

  • Greece prepares to deploy Patriot to Saudi Arabia

    A Greek Patriot air-defence unit was activated on 20 January ahead of its deployment to Saudi Arabia, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said in a radio interview on 3 February. He said about 130 personnel will be deployed to Saudi Arabia, which is covering all the costs. Petsas said the

  • Indian Army stockpiling ammunition for 10 days of 'intense war'

    The Indian Army (IA) is looking to boost its depleted ammunition stocks to enable it to sustain 10 days of ‘intense’ combat by 2022–23, after which it aims to further stockpile its munition reserves for 40 days of combat. Senior IA officers told Jane’s on 3 February that the

  • LRASM integration planned for P-8A Poseidon

    The US Navy (USN) is moving forward with the integration of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, and has also revealed plans to integrate a range of additional weapon systems in due course. In a pre-solicitation

  • Raytheon tests laser-guided Excalibur S round for US Navy

    Raytheon Missile Systems has conducted live firing tests of its Excalibur S semi-active laser (SAL) guided artillery projectile against a moving target. Conducted at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona in April 2019, but not disclosed until 5 February this year, two Excalibur S rounds were fired

  • Armenia to receive more Su-30SM fighters

    Armenia will soon receive another batch of Su-30SM multirole fighters, Defence Minister David Tonoyan told journalists during Army Day commemorations on 28 January, Russian news agencies reported the same day. Tonoyan also announced an increase in the Armenian Armed Forces’ military equipment

  • Pentagon confirms deployment of W76-2 low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile

    The US Navy (USN) has fielded the W76-2 low-yield submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) warhead, John Rood, US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy said on 4 February in a statement. “In the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, the department identified the requirement to ‘modify a small

  • US Air Force’s X-60A performs integrated vehicle propulsion system verification test

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Generation Orbit recently performed X-60A hypersonic flight research vehicle integrated vehicle propulsion system verification ground testing. The ground test campaign included both cold flow and hot fire testing with the Hadley liquid rocket engine

  • Indonesia completes CIWS installation on second Martadinata frigate

    Key Points Work to install weapon systems on Indonesia’s second Martadinata-class frigate has begun The vessel is expected to be fully operational for high-tempo operations by early 2021 Indonesian state-owned shipbuilder PT PAL has completed installation of the Rheinmetall Oerlikon 35 mm

  • MDA issues DRPP for new hypersonic defence programme

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 28 January released a pre-solicitation notice – in the form of a draft request for prototype proposal (DRPP) and system requirements document (SRD) – for a Hypersonic Defense Regional Glide Phase Weapon System (RGPWS) prototype development

  • USN acting secretary details hypersonic development goals

    A hypersonic weapon Flight Experiment 2 is scheduled for the second quarter of fiscal year (FY) 2020 to demonstrate the Hypersonic Glide Body designed by the US Navy (USN), Thomas Modly, acting USN secretary said. Hypersonic launcher testing will continue through FY 2020, Modly said on 31 January

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