HEADLINES

  • WB Electronics discloses next-generation Warmate development

    WB Electronics of Poland has disclosed development of a new generation of Warmate combat unmanned aerial system. While its product designation is currently unspecified, the new, heavier variant builds on the legacy Warmate micro-class air vehicle and is expected to be officially unveiled in late

  • BAT-120 GL begins live-fire testing

    Live-fire testing of the Thales BAT-120 GL laser-guided, lightweight, air-to-surface munition commenced in June with the launch of a guidance-equipped prototype weapon from a French Air Force Mirage 2000D multirole fighter at the French Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) Biscarrosse test

  • Belarus re-arms airborne troops

    Belarusian airborne troops are receiving new mortars and armoured personnel carriers (APCs), according to the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD). In late July, Belarusian Deputy Minister of Defence for Armament and Chief of Armament Major General Sergei Simonenko handed over new 2B23 Nona-M1

  • Portuguese Army receives AGLs

    The Portuguese Army is receiving 30 GMG 40x53 mm automatic grenade launchers (AGLs) from Heckler & Koch. They were acquired through a letter of acceptance signed with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) in November 2015, the army told Jane’s on 6 August. The Portuguese Marine

  • Kuwait to replenish F/A-18 munitions

    Kuwait is to replenish its stocks of munitions for its air force’s fleet of Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft, with a USD40.4 million procurement approved by the US government on 2 August. According to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Gulf nation has been cleared to buy

  • Valhalla advances Midgard 300 RWS development

    Slovenian remote weapon station (RWS) and turret developer Valhalla will perform the first firing trials of its Midgard 300 RWS in the United Kingdom in late September 2018, Jane’s has learned. The first version of the modular Midguard 300 RWS is armed with the UK-made AEI Systems stabilised

  • France could replace US parts in SCALP missile to circumvent ITAR restrictions for Egypt, but at some delay

    Egypt could still receive MBDA SCALP cruise missiles from France, if it is willing to accept a delay while US-manufactured components are replaced with French ones. Answering questions on weapons exports in the country’s National Assembly, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that the

  • Hellfire missiles approved for Kuwait

    The US State Department has approved the sale of 300 Lockheed Martin AGM-114R Hellfire air-to-surface missiles to Kuwait, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 30 July. The DSCA said the proposed deal, which includes 19 M261 launchers for 70 mm rockets, spares,

  • US Naval Special Warfare targets precision engagement capability

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is looking to equip Naval Special Warfare (NSW) combatant craft with a Maritime Precision Engagement (MPE) capability to defeat asymmetric threats on land and at sea. Giving a briefing on 23 May at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC)

  • China prepares to test S-400 SAM system

    China plans to test for the first time the Almaz-Antei S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) system it recently received from Russia, according to a 27 July report by the TASS news agency. “It is planned that in late July/early August the unit of the Chinese

  • Indian MoD approves import of NASAMS air-defence system

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the USD1 billion acquisition of an upgraded version of the Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace/Raytheon National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) – commonly referred to as NASAMS II – for the Indian Air Force (IAF) to

  • French government approves MICA NG development

    French government ministers on 24 July signed off their consent for industry to begin development of MICA NG (new generation) – a new variant of the MICA family of air-to-air missile (AAM). The MICA NG missiles will replace the current MICA medium-range infrared (IR) and radio frequency

  • UK considers options for possible off-the-shelf Harpoon replacement

    The United Kingdom may look to acquire an off-the-shelf surface-to-surface guided weapon (SSGW) to bridge the gap between the retirement of Harpoon and the planned introduction of a Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FC/ASW). Providing evidence on 11 July to the joint UK House of Commons Defence

  • Russian MoD details second quarter military equipment deliveries

    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexey Krivoruchko has detailed the military equipment accepted by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) during the second quarter of 2018. “Within the prescribed period, the land forces and the airborne troops have accepted 62 new and 70 overhauled main battle tanks

  • Iran announces mass production of Fakour air-to-air missile

    The Fakour radar-guided air-to-air missile is now being mass produced, the Iranian military announced on 23 July. A ceremony attended by Iranian defence minister Amir Hatami was held to mark the announcement, during which at least six missiles were displayed as well as the front ends of another

  • RAAF P-8A Poseidon fires first Harpoon missile

    The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has successfully fired its first Harpoon medium-range anti-ship/land-attack missile from one of its Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft: a move that brings the platform closer to reaching full operational capability (FOC). A ATM-84J Harpoon

  • StormBreaker enters operational test phase

    Following the successful conclusion of its Operational Test Readiness Review (OTRR) earlier this year, Raytheon Missile Systems’ GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II (SDB II) air-to-surface munition – now re-designated ‘StormBreaker’– has entered the operational testing and

  • UK MoD writes off Fire Shadow loitering munition

    A project to equip the British Army with a loitering munition weapon system has been formally cancelled by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD). The Fire Shadow system was written off at a loss of GBP95.494 million (USD125.5 million), according to the ministry’s 2017-18 annual accounts, which

  • India's special forces getting equipment upgrade

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has finalised several contracts in recent months for weapons and other assorted equipment designed to enhance the capabilities of the country’s special forces. Official sources told Jane’s that miscellaneous equipment for the special forces of all

  • Qatar orders Kornet anti-tank missiles

    Qatar has ordered Kornet anti-tank missile systems, Kalashnikov assault rifles, grenade launchers, and machine guns under an agreement it signed with Russia in October 2017, the Russian ambassador to Doha told the Tass news agency on 21 July. The signing of a military contract was announced that

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