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  • Indian Air Force test fires BrahMos

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) Brahmos unit on 21 and 22 October successfully test-fired two BrahMos operationally-configured supersonic cruise missiles from mobile launchers onTrak Island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago, off India’s east coast. “A direct hit [on surrogate targets] close

  • US Army set to lift range ceiling on PrSM

    The US Army is set to revise the baseline objective range requirement for the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) to ‘beyond 500 km’, subsequent to prototype demonstration flights of both competitor solutions in November and December this year. PrSM is an accelerated army initiative, dating

  • South Korea cleared to buy C8 AMRAAM

    South Korea has been cleared to buy the extended-range Raytheon AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as part of a wider package that includes the AIM-120C-7 it already fields. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 October that the State Department

  • AUSA 2019: Bids for US Army’s Next-Generation Squad Weapon break cover

    Key Points The US Army hopes to replace its M4 carbine and M249 squad weapon by 2023 Textron Systems, GD-OTS, and SIG Sauer are competing for the Next-Generation Squad Weapon The US Army plans to replace its 5.56 mm M4/M4A1 Carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon with a 6.8 mm Next-Generation

  • AUSA 2019: Kongsberg on track to deliver wireless fire control to US forces

    Kongsberg is expecting to deliver wireless fire-control capability to US forces – starting with the US Marine Corps (USMC) – by the end of 2020 under an existing 18-month contract. Kongsberg is working to deliver a secure, network-based Multi-User Multi-Station (MUMS) capability under

  • AUSA 2019: DefendTex presents new loitering munition, exploding ‘cephalopod’

    Australian company DefendTex presented a new loitering munition and the prototype of an explosive unmanned underwater vehicle at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA 2019) conference, held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October. The Drone-40 is a low-cost, programmable 40 mm

  • AUSA 2019: Saab and Boeing announce Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb is ready for production

    Saab and Boeing announced at the 2019 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) exposition – held in Washington, DC, on 14–16 October – that their jointly developed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) is ready for production. The announcement follows the latest test

  • ADEX 2019: MBDA pitches Brimstone and Mistral ATAM missiles for South Korean assault helos

    MBDA is offering its Brimstone air-to-surface missile and Mistral ATAM air-to-air missile to South Korea for integration aboard two of its developmental assault helicopters. Jane’s was told at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition (ADEX) on 15 October that the offer of the

  • AUSA 2019: Lockheed Martin weighs options for achieving a 250-300 kW air-defence laser

    Lockheed Martin is working with the US Army to determine an updated design for a forthcoming air-defence laser weapon, seeking to field a 250-300 kW laser. The army in May selected a team of Dynetics, Lockheed Martin, and Rolls-Royce to develop an experimental 100 kW laser weapon system for its

  • AUSA 2019: Boeing, Saab conduct long-range GLSDB firing

    Boeing Defense, in partnership with Saab Dynamics, on 26 September conducted a long-range test firing of the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) from the Andøya Space Center in Andenes, Norway. The Andøya shot marks the third official firing event of GLSDB; earlier shots were

  • Images emerge of naval variant of China's Z-20 helicopter

    The first clear images of a naval variant of China’s Z-20 tactical helicopter have emerged on Chinese online forums. The platform features several significant differences from the variant used by the People’s Liberation Army Ground Force (PLAGF), more details of which emerged during the

  • AUSA 2019: Soldier Lethality CFT moving forward with next-gen technologies

    The US Army’s Soldier Lethality Cross-Function Team (CFT) is showcasing several items of equipment designed to assist the close-combat force at this year’s annual Association of the US Army’s conference in Washington Soldier Lethality CFT director Brigadier General David Hodne

  • Philippines equips lead Parola-class vessel with Israeli-made weapon system

    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has equipped its lead Parola-class patrol vessel, BRP Tubbataha (4401), with a stabilised remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) from Israeli company Elbit Systems. The system, which has been incorporated with a 12.7 mm machine gun, is installed in the forward

  • Rheinmetall expands 120 mm mortar capability

    Rheinmetall Norway has developed to the prototype stage its MWS 120 Ragnarok 120 mm turntable mounted mortar system. According to Gunnar Andersson, director of sales and business development at Rheinmetall Norway AS, “we have already carried out successful firing trials in Sweden”. The

  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval

    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of CTAI (a joint venture between Nexter and BAE

  • Dassault Aviation releases images of second Rafale aircraft for Indian Air Force

    France’s Dassault Aviation has released images of the second of 36 Rafale multirole fighter aircraft New Delhi ordered in September 2016 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) for EUR7.9 billion (USD8.73 billion). The publication of the images, which show the aircraft (tail number RB 002) in flight,

  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a previously unannounced programme to develop a

  • Finland receives interim Torpedo System 45

    Finland has received Torpedo System 45 lightweight torpedo assets on loan from Sweden for installation on board the Hamina-class strike craft FNS Tornio . The loan arrangement forms part of a wider bilateral co-operation, formalised by Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and the

  • Possible Algerian-assembled Boxer spotted

    Photographs of what appeared to be a Boxer wheeled armoured vehicle at a production facility in Algeria have added credence to claims that the type is being assembled in the North African country. The photographs released via Twitter on 7 October showed a Boxer on a trailer at a location that

  • USN completes first GQM-163A Coyote east coast target launch

    The US Navy (USN) has undertaken first launches of the GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) from an east coast range facility. Performed on 12 September from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia, the launch of two GQM-163A targets supported a fleet missile

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