• Germany orders Enforcer missiles from MBDA

    The Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany’s Federal Office for Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support, signed a contract with MBDA on 20 December for Enforcer missile systems, the European missile

  • Netherlands seeks designated marksman rifle

    The Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation announced a contract notice on 24 December for semi-automatic designated marksman rifles chambered in .260 Remington/6.5 x 51 mm, plus ammunition, additional rifle equipment, spare parts, training, and documentation. The deadline for requests to participate

  • Hanwha Defense awarded contract for additional K55A1 SPHs for RoKA

    South Korean company Hanwha Defense announced on 30 December that it has been awarded a KRW137.4 billion (USD119 million) contract for the production of the fifth batch of K55A1155 mm tracked self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA). The company stated that the

  • Indonesia commissions shore-based 76 mm naval gun

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has commissioned a shore-based 76 mm naval gun It is the first of several weapon types that will be featured at the newly constructed range at Paiton The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has commissioned a shore-based 76 mm

  • Germany boosts Meteor BVRAAM inventory

    The German Air Force is set to augment its inventory of beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs) with the award to MBDA Missile Systems for a consignment of additional new-build Meteor effectors. Signed on 16 December, the contract for the German Air Force was awarded by the Meteor

  • India’s DRDO completes development trials of QRSAM weapon system

    India's state-owned Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has completed development trials of the indigenously designed Quick-Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM) system, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi announced in a 23 December statement. The announcement followed

  • BAE Systems lands major APKWS II contract

    The United States Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded BAE Systems a major contract for the supply of additional WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) 70 mm/2.75 inch guided rocket systems. The award, announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 26 September

  • LRASM achieves early operational capability on F/A-18E/F

    The US Navy (USN) has declared an early operational capability (EOC) for the Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet carrier-borne strike fighter. This milestone, achieved in November, follows the declaration of EOC for LRASM on the US Air

  • Philippines to order BrahMos missile system in 2020, defence secretary confirms

    Philippine Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana confirmed on 16 December that his country is set to order the BrahMos supersonic cruise-missile system from India in 2020 as part of the military’s modernisation programme. "Signing of the contract will be in 2020. Possibly on the

  • Portuguese Army seeks new 155 mm howitzer

    The Portuguese Army is considering procuring a new 155 mm artillery system to replace its M114A1 towed howitzers, an army staff source told Jane’s on 11 December. EUR18 million (USD20 million) has been allocated for the effort in the Portuguese 2019–2030 Military Programming Law. Towed

  • North Korean tests indicate development of new rocket engine

    North Korea appears to have conducted two static tests of a new rocket engine. The engine could be a new variant of one used on the Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The Hwaseong-15 is believed to still be in development. The tests occurred on 7 and 13 December, and both are

  • Indian Air Force declares integration of BrahMos-A onto Su-30MKI complete

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) announced on 17 December that it has completed the integration of the BrahMos-A (Air) supersonic cruise missile onto the Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighter. The announcement was made after the service successfully launched the weapon from an Su-30MKI off the coast of

  • Indian Army acquires Spike LR ATGMs

    India has procured the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Spike LR (long-range) anti-tank guided-missile (ATGM) system to meet Indian Army (IA) operational requirements. Indian Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik told parliament on 11 December that the Israeli-made, man-portable,

  • Indian Army receives first 10,000 SIG Sauer assault rifles

    The Indian Army (IA) has received the first 10,000 of 72,400 SIG Sauer assault rifles it ordered in February. Officials told Jane’s on 16 December that the SIG716 7.62 mm rifles, which are being acquired for INR6.38 billion (USD90 million), will be issued to frontline infantry units deployed

  • Meggitt Training Systems rolls out new immersive marksmanship training system

    Meggitt Training Systems showcased its latest military immersive virtual weapons and tactical training system at the 2019 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando in December. The FATS 180MIL is an immersive, three-screen simulator from which the US

  • Lockheed Martin conducts initial Precision Strike Missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control conducted the first flight test of its candidate hypersonic surface-to-surface missile solution for the US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, on 10 December. During the flight test, the prototype

  • US Army preparing for ERCA Inc 2 prototype competition

    The US Army is set to begin ‘shakedown’ testing for its Extended Range Cannon Artillery Increment 1 (ERCA Inc 1) prototype but is also plotting the course to receive ERCA Inc 2 prototypes in 2022, and these may not be an upgrade to the Paladin M109A7 self-propelled howitzer. Under the

  • Philippines in talks with India to procure BrahMos supersonic cruise missile

    The Philippines is seeking to acquire the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile system from India. Official sources told Jane’s on 9 December that officials from New Delhi and Manila are in advanced negotiations about the number of missiles to be procured and the overall contract value, adding

  • First ERCA prototype nearly complete, US Army prepares for ‘shakedown’ testing

    The US Army is set to ‘accept delivery’ of its first Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) prototype and move into the next testing phase. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s head of the Long Range Precision Fires Cross-Functional Team, spoke with Jane’s on 4

  • US Army sets first PrSM flight test for 9 December

    If everything goes according to plan, the US Army will conduct its first flight test of a Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype on 9 December at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, with tentative plans to test extended ranges in 2021. Brigadier General John Rafferty, the service’s

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