HEADLINES

  • Denel tests BVR missile seeker

    The radar seeker on the beyond-visual-range (BVR) air-to-air missile that Denel Dynamics is developing has been tested on a range, the company revealed on 31 May in its Insights magazine. The article on the test said it was carried out at the South African company’s Overberg Test Range and

  • No changes planned for USN version of NSM

    The US Navy (USN) will essentially be using the same version of the Naval Strike Missile (NSM) on its Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) as is deployed in Norway, said Chris Daily, senior director of the NSM, the Joint Strike Missile (JSM), and the Tomahawk for Raytheon Missile Systems. There are no

  • Second Sea Venom/ANL missile test firing successful

    A Panther test helicopter of the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, conducted the second successful test firing of the MBDA Sea Venom/Missile Antinavire Léger (ANL) light anti-ship missile on 18 April, the European missile house and

  • Australia launches first Pacific Patrol Boat

    Key Points Australia has launched the first vessel under its Pacific Patrol Boat security assistance initiative First vessel is on track for delivery to Papua New Guinea in October 2018 Australian shipbuilder Austal has launched the first vessel ordered under Canberra’s SEA 3036 Pacific

  • SOFIC 2018: USSOCOM eyes 6.5 mm ammo for new Sniper Support Rifle and Assault Machine Gun

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) plans to approach industry to satisfy a requirement for 6.5 mm intermediate-calibre ammunition, in a move which could signal the proliferation of a new calibre across the organisation. According to Lieutenant Colonel Mark Owens, programme manager for

  • Slovakia unveils Predator AX-1 loitering munition

    Slovakian companies Incoff Aerospace and Compel Industries presented a new lightweight loitering munition development at the IDEB 2018 exhibition in Bratislava on 16–18 May. Development of the new loitering munition, designated Predator AX-1, began in May 2017 in response to a Slovak Ministry

  • Rafael launches Fire Weaver networked attack system

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has unveiled the development of an advanced networked attack system designed to deliver multiple simultaneous selected precision effects on time-critical targets within seconds of their acquisition. Fire Weaver is an open-architecture target acquisition and precision

  • LRASM completes second dual-missile flight test

    Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has successfully completed a second ‘dual-LRASM’ flight test event ahead of achieving Early Operational Capability (EOC) on US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber later this year. The test, performed on 22 May on the

  • Sea Ceptor enters UK Royal Navy service

    The GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile has been declared operational with the Royal Navy (RN), UK secretary of state for defence Gavin Williamson has announced. Developed and manufactured by MBDA under the umbrella of the company’s Portfolio Management Agreement with the Ministry

  • Slovakia procures domestically produced Zuzana 2 155 mm SPHs

    The Slovak government on 23 May approved a Ministry of Defence (MoD) request for a EUR175 million (USD206 million) procurement of 25 ShKH Zuzana 2 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) for the Slovak armed forces. The MoD will award the contract to Slovak defence company Konstrukta-Defence, with

  • India tests BrahMos cruise missile to validate ‘life-extension’ features

    India successfully test-fired the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile on 21 May to validate its “life-extension” capabilities and confirm the operational “efficacy and longevity” of the weapon system, according to a statement by the government’s Press Information

  • Continuing Resolution impacts Maritime Strike Tomahawk schedule

    Delays attributed to the US government’s fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) Continuing Resolution mean that initial operational capability (IOC) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) missile will slip into the third quarter of FY 2022, documentation released by the Naval

  • Russian military to receive Sarmat ICBM in 2020

    Delivery of the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to Russia’s military is scheduled for 2020, President Vladimir Putin said. He told a meeting with top military and defence industry officials in Sochi on 18 May, “The systems, which will beef up our strategic forces in

  • Dutch 81 mm mortars fire again

    The German-led NATO enhanced Forward Presence multinational battalion’s Dutch mortar group in Lithuania resumed live firing of 81 mm mortars on 16 May after a 10-month hiatus, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The problem that caused a loss in pressure when mortar rounds were

  • Rafael unveils EPIK add-on precision guidance kit for rocket artillery

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems has released details of its EPIK (Electro-Optical Precision Integration Kit) technology development; a capability enhancement designed to furnish unguided surface-to-surface rocket system effectors with autonomous stand-off precision guidance and increased range.

  • Belarus showcases MM-60 rocket launcher

    Belarusian company BSVT-VV has completed development of its MM-60 multipurpose rocket launcher and has already attracted interest from a number of Asia Pacific countries, a company representative told Jane's. The disposable MM-60 rocket launcher is designed to defeat troops under cover, lightly

  • Russia to modernise some Kh-22 air-to-surface missiles

    Russia plans to modernise some retired Kh-22 (AS-4 ‘Kitchen’) air-to-surface missiles and return them to operational status, according to a 15 May report in Izvestia . Ministry of Defence sources told the newspaper a total of 32 missiles will be refurbished under a three-year contract

  • Australia selects Spike LR2

    Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has been selected by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) to supply its Spike LR2 anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) for the Australian Army. Australia becomes the second export customer for Spike LR2, after Latvia ordered an undisclosed quantity earlier this

  • US Air Force seeks ‘smart’ commonality with navy, army hypersonic weapon efforts

    Key Points The USAF seeks commonality with other US military services on hypersonics It could allow the service to find better technology at lower costs The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking “smart commonality” with the US Army and US Navy (USN) on its hypersonic weapon efforts as the

  • IDF using Elbit Spear mortars

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has used Elbit’s Spear vehicle-mounted mortar system during border security incidents in recent months, a senior company official said. Colonel (res) Boaz Cohen, vice-president of land systems at Elbit System, told the Fire, Maneuvering, and Intelligence

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