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  • IDF to get more surface-to-surface missiles

    The Israeli Ministry of Defense (MoD) has signed a contract worth hundreds of millions of shekels with Israel Military Industries (IMI) for surface-to-surface missiles, it was announced on 27 August. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the acquisition would support the establishment of a new

  • JHU/APL completes first year of BOLT hypersonic boundary layer research

    A research team led by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) has completed the first year of a three-year project intended to explore boundary layer transition mechanisms for hypersonic flight vehicles. Funded by a research grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific

  • Army 2018: Russian MoD receives new 2B25 82 mm silenced mortars

    The Russian armed forces are receiving the new 2B25 82 mm silenced mortars developed by the Burevestnik institute of Rostec`s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ) corporation, a military source told Jane’s at the Army 2018 defence show being held in Kubinka near Moscow from 21-26 August. “The Ministry

  • Roketsan begins serial production of OMTAS ATGM

    Roketsan has finalised development of a new 160mm-calibre manportable/vehicle-mounted medium-range anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) weapon system for the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF). The new missile – designated OMTAS – is intended in the first instance to meet a Turkish Land Forces

  • Splav details Tornado-G rockets

    Splav Spa JSC revealed details of three upgraded 122 mm Grad rocket variants for the Tornado-G multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) at the 21–26 August Army International Military-Technical Forum in Kubinka, Russia. While already in service with the Russian Artillery Force, the new rockets are

  • MALD-X stand-in jammer completes free flight testing

    An advanced capability evolution of the Raytheon ADM-160C Miniature Air-Launched Decoy – Jammer (MALD-J) has successfully flown a series of free flight demonstrations on the US Navy’s (USN’s) Point Mugu Sea Range off California. Known as MALD-X, the initiative is intended to

  • Army 2018: China Aerospace showcases mini fire-and-forget weapon

    China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) unveiled a new lightweight shoulder-launched 60 mm guided weapon system during the Army 2018, held in Kubinka, near Moscow, from 21 to 26 August. The FN-M multifunction missile system was developed by the Shanghai Academy of Space Flight

  • Army 2018: Kalashnikov unveils latest AK assault rifle

    On 21 August, the first day of the Army 2018 defence show being held in Kubinka near Moscow until 26 August, a new Kalashnikov assault rifle chambered for the 7.62×51 mm NATO round was unveiled to the public. This most recent addition to the latest generation of the Kalashnikov family of rifles

  • Indian MoD issues RFI for 30,000 light machine guns

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses from local manufacturers by 17 September to a request for information (RFI) regarding the supply of 30,000 7.62 × 51 (7.62 mm NATO) light machine guns (LMGs) to the Indian Army (IA) for an estimated INR30 billion (USD429.4 million).

  • Army 2018: UVZ expands mortar portfolio with 120 mm and 82 mm offerings

    The Burevestnik Institute, a subsidiary of Rostec’s UralVagonZavod (UVZ) research and manufacturing corporation, has unveiled new self-propelled mortars (SPMs) at the Army 2018 defence show near Moscow. The 2S40 Floks SPM is based on a modified chassis of the Ural-43206 mine-resistant

  • India's DRDO tests indigenous precision-guided munition, airborne ATGM

    India’s state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully flight-tested its Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and Helina helicopter-launched anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) at separate firing ranges in the country’s northwestern state of Rajasthan. The

  • Argentine Army receives first modernised FAL rifles

    The Argentine Army has received the first batch of 292 7.62 mm FAL rifles modernised by Fábrica Militar Fray Luis Beltrán. The factory is part of the Dirección General de Fabricaciones Militares: the organisation under the Argentine Defence Ministry that produces weapons and

  • Lockheed Martin secures second hypersonic air-to-surface weapon contract

    Lockheed Martin has secured a USD480 million, sole source undefinitised contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center for the rapid prototyping of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). Officially published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 13 August, the ARRW contract

  • Barak-8 to equip Israeli Sa’ar 6 corvettes

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been awarded a contract by the Israeli Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply the Barak-8 weapon system for the Israeli Navy’s four future Magen-class corvettes. Designated Sa’ar 6 in Israeli service, the new corvettes are being acquired under the

  • Iran unveils new tactical ballistic missile variant

    Iran revealed that it has developed a new version of its Fateh-110 family of solid-propellent tactical ballistic missiles on 13 August, but released few details about its capabilities. The new Fateh Mobin missile that was unveiled by Defence Minister Amir Hatami during a ceremony was similar to

  • Mexico to acquire Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 9 August that the US Department of State has approved an estimated USD41 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) package of eight Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) to Mexico. The prospective FMS package includes six

  • Danish SM-2 missile buy edges closer

    Denmark is moving closer to completing a long-planned buy of Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) area air-defence missiles to equip its three Iver Huitfeldt-class anti-air warfare (AAW) frigates. The US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) advised Congress on 31 July that the State Department had

  • First 18 HIMARS ordered for Romania

    The US Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, in Alabama has awarded Lockheed Martin a USD218 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract for the first 18 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers for Romania, the US Department of Defense announced on 9 August. The

  • China claims successful test of hypersonic waverider

    The China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), the flight technology development arm of state-owned space and defence technology prime China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), announced on 3 August that it has successfully developed and tested China’s first experimental

  • Philippine Navy completes sea acceptance test of Spike ER missile system

    Key Points The Philippine Navy has conducted a successful acceptance firing of the Spike ER missile Weapon significantly improves the service’s anti-surface warfare capabilities Representatives from Rafael Defense Systems and the Philippine Navy (PN) have concluded sea acceptance test of

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