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  • 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

  • Pakistan’s MoDP reveals orders for MANPADSs and other weapon systems in 2017–18

    Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) revealed in its recently released yearbook for 2017–18 that the country ordered 52 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile weapon systems and 295 FN-16 man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADSs) during that period. The document stated

  • BAE Systems outlines new explosive production process

    BAE Systems has unveiled a new manufacturing process for explosive material used in various high explosive munitions. Under development for four years, the explosive material produced using this process offers increased explosive and penetrative power, with additional benefits including more

  • Northrop readies Hatchet glide munition for platform integration

    Northrop Grumman has achieved a technical readiness level (TRL) 7 milestone with its Hatchet unpowered precision strike munition, following the completion of a campaign of live end-to-end guide-to-hit trials in August. The next milestone will be full platform integration. The campaign, which was

  • US ARSOAC/USSOCOM trials GBU-69/B with Gray Eagle UAS

    The United States Army Special Operations Aviation Command (ARSOAC), in association with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), has performed a series of complex launch trials with the Dynetics baseline and Block I variant GBU-69/B Small Glide Munitions (SGMs) from an ARSOAC MQ-1C

  • A-Darter AAM formally qualified

    Denel Dynamics completed the formal qualification review of the A-Darter imaging infrared (IIR) short-range air-to-air missile (SRAAM) in August, followed by certification in September by the South African Air Force’s (SAAF’s) Directorate Systems Integrity and the Brazilian Institute for

  • Turkish laser weapon passes acceptance tests

    The Vehicle-Mounted Laser System (ARMOL) designed and developed by the Informatics and Information Security Research Centre (BILGEM) of Turkey’s Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK) has successfully completed acceptance tests, according to a press release

  • Iran displays guidance upgrade for artillery rockets

    The Iranian Army unveiled what appeared to be a new guidance upgrade called the Labeik that converts existing artillery rockets into surface-to-surface missiles on 3 October. Several Labeik units were displayed in an event attended by General Mohammad Hossein Dadras, the deputy commander of the

  • North Korea says it test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile

    North Korea announced on 3 October that the missile it had test-launched the previous day from waters off its eastern coast was a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called the Pukguksong-3 (also spelled Pukkuksong-3). Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency

  • Poland orders more rifles and pistols

    Poland ordered more 5.56 mm Grot C16 assault rifles and 9 mm Vis 100 semi-automatic pistols from manufacturer Fabryka Broni-Lucznik Radom on 30 September. “By 2022, every third soldier of the Polish Armed Forces will be equipped with the modern Grot rifle manufactured by Fabryka Broni in

  • Brazil and South Africa conclude development of A-Darter AAM

    The Brazilian Air Force has accepted the data package and type certificate of Denel Dynamics’ A-Darter air-to-air missile (AAM), signaling the closure of the project’s development cycle. The data package that contained the material that included all the knowledge that was produced was

  • USAF awards next-gen area-attack weapon contracts

    The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted two manufacturers to deliver 15,000 warhead cases for the BLU-136/B next-generation area-attack weapon. The contracts, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 1 October, are for USD600 million each and include delivery of the cases by Faxon Machining

  • Brazil set to finalise MTC-300 cruise missile development

    Avibras Indústria Aeroespacial is scheduled to complete development of the Míssil Tático de Cruzeiro (MTC-300) surface-launched tactical long-range cruise missile for the Brazilian Army in December 2020, General José Júlio Dias Barreto, project manager of the ASTROS

  • North Korea test-fires possible SLBM

    North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from waters off its eastern coast on 2 October. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that same day that the missile, which it believed to be a type of Pukkuksong/Bukgeukseong SLBM, was launched

  • Russia ready to test extended-range Oniks missile variant

    NPO Mashinostroyenia, part of Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation, is developing an extended-range version of the P-800 Oniks (3M55) supersonic naval cruise missile. The new variant, designated Oniks-M, will have a range of up to 800 km and will feature an improved guidance system and

  • Algeria tests land-attack sub-launched missile

    Algeria has acquired land-attack missiles for its two new Project 636.1 ‘Improved Kilo’-class submarines, its Ministry of National Defence (MDN) revealed on 29 September, when it said both had fired missiles against land targets during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed

  • China showcases JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile at 70th anniversary parade

    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has given the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) its first official appearance. The weapon was one of several missile types that made their debut on 1 October at the 70th National Day celebrations in Beijing, which commemorates the

  • Nammo discloses advanced solid-fuel rocket motor development

    Nammo Raufoss has disclosed development of an advanced solid-fuel ramjet (SFRJ) engine designed to deliver augmented speed up to hypersonic level and range for missiles and artillery shells. An internally funded initiative, the new engine technology is being developed in co-operation with the

  • Meprolight adds new capabilities to M5 optic, explores connected apps for Foresight optic

    Meprolight has added a capability to aim with a .300 Blackout round to its Mepro M5 electro-optical red dot sight. The M5 replaced the M21 in the Israeli army in about 2014, Ilan Abramovich, Meprolight’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing for defence, told reporters in a 24

  • Portuguese Navy reveals existence of ‘tech guerrilla’ unit

    The Portuguese Navy revealed the existence of the Unmanned Vehicle Experimentation Cell (Célula Experimentação Operacional de Veículos Não Tripulados: CEOV), dubbed Q-branch, during the ‘Recognised Environmental Picture Maritime Unmanned Systems’

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