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  • DoD contracts Sidewinder missiles for US, FMS customers

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Raytheon USD392.4 million to deliver AIM-9X Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to both United States and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers. The award, announced on 20 March, covers live and training Lot 20 AIM-9X Block II and Block II+ missiles and

  • India signs USD117.8 million deal with IWI for LMGs

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed an INR8.8 billion (USD117.8 million) contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) on 19 March for 16,749 Negev NG-7 7.62×51 mm light machine guns (LMGs) for the Indian Army (IA). “The provisioning of this operationally urgent and critically

  • Royal Danish Army buys Weibel muzzle velocity radar for mortars

    The Royal Danish Army is now installing Weibel Scientific’s MVR-700 – a muzzle velocity radar (MVR) – on its recently acquired Elbit Systems/ESL Cardom 10 120 mm muzzle-loaded smoothbore mortars, which arm the service’s Piranha 5 8x8 vehicles. A total of 12 Cardom 10s have

  • USAF tests engine for Gray Wolf low-cost cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has tested a new low-cost turbojet engine to power air-launched cruise missiles being developed under the Gray Wolf programme. The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced on 19 March that, along with Northrop Grumman and Technical Directions Inc. (TDI), it had for the

  • Indonesia to upgrade Exocet missile system on KRI Usman-Harun corvette

    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) plans to upgrade the Exocet MM40 Block 2 anti-ship missiles on its KRI Usman-Harun (pennant number 359) multirole corvette/light frigate once the vessel’s mission systems are modernised. Speaking to Jane’s on

  • BAE Systems to develop advanced IR seekers for THAAD interceptor

    Lockheed Martin has awarded BAE Systems a contract of undisclosed value to develop a new generation of infrared (IR) seekers for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) weapon system. Developed by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and a key component of the US integrated Ballistic

  • Raytheon set to deliver new CUAS capability to US Army

    Raytheon is preparing to begin deliveries of a new surface-launched counter-unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) capability to the US Army in mid-second quarter 2020, following the completion of developmental, operational, and customer acceptance testing at the Yuma Proving Ground in December 2019. The

  • Indian MoD issues global RFI for 100 loitering munition systems

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 7 April from foreign original equipment manufacturers and assorted vendors to its request for information (RFI) on the intended procurement of 100 man-portable loitering munition systems for the Indian Army (IA). The MoD’s 6

  • Sea Shrike submarine payload plan suggests hypersonic missile link

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to contract Northrop Grumman for the development of a payload module to enable the integration an undisclosed weapon system on Virginia-class nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs). While the service declines to make any public comment on the plan, the

  • EXPAL Systems to introduce in-house guidance systems for mortar and artillery ammunition

    Spain’s EXPAL Systems has begun the joint development of an in-house guidance system for ballistic munitions with the Spanish Ministry of Defence. This development is beginning with 120 mm mortar ammunition, with the intent to make the technology available to 155 mm, the company said in a 10

  • Russia says Turks only damaged two Syrian Pantsir-S1s

    The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed that two Syrian Pantsir-S1 air defence systems were damaged by Turkish attacks during eight days of intense fighting from 27 February. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed on 10 March that Turkish unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs)

  • Japan developing new anti-surface warheads for future hypersonic missiles

    Japan is developing two advanced anti-surface warheads that will be fitted onto two hypersonic weapons that are currently also under development, as indicated by several documents obtained by Jane’s from the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo. The MoD’s Acquisition, Technology, and

  • MBDA leverages Complex Weapons portfolio in support of British Army CF(L)35 initiative

    MBDA Missile Systems is positioning a developmental surface-to-surface effector concept, along with exploiting derivatives of the Complex Weapons portfolio, to support prospective near- and longer-term Land Joint Fires requirements within the scope of the British Army’s new Conceptual Force

  • Northrop Grumman awarded second HTVSF full-rate production order

    The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Northrop Grumman a second full-rate production order for the FMU-167/B Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze (HTVSF). Awarded in September 2019, but disclosed in late February 2020, the award is valued at USD110 million. Developed under a USAF/US Navy Joint Capability

  • Ukraine evolves thermobaric rockets, grenades

    Based on lessons learned from fighting in the Donbass region, the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking new thermobaric rockets and has introduced new grenades. Domestic development of thermobaric rockets had been initiated in 2016, with UkrOboronProm (UOP) announcing in 2018 that the

  • Lockheed Martin conducts second PrSM test

    Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control conducted the second consecutive flight test of its candidate next-generation surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico on 10 March. Fired from an M142 High

  • Images show North Korea fired ‘super large MRL’ again on 9 March

    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media show that one of the weapon systems the country fired on 9 March appears to have been the same ‘super-large multiple rocket launcher [MRL]’ it had launched a week earlier as well as on 28 November, 31 October, 10 September, and 24

  • US approves possible Javelin sale to Poland

    The US State Department notified Congress on 4 March of a possible US Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Poland of 180 Javelin anti-tank missiles, 79 command launch units, and related equipment and services for an estimated cost of USD100 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has

  • US Army deciding if Raytheon can proceed in PrSM competition

    As a result of technical problems that have prevented Raytheon from flight testing its Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype, the US Army must now decide if the company can remain in the competition. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s head of the Long Range Precision

  • North Korea fires three short-range projectiles into East Sea

    North Korea launched three short-range projectiles into the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) on 9 March as part of ongoing firing drills, marking Pyongyang’s second such test-firing within a week. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement that the projectiles

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