• 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

  • Hungary seeks 81 mm mortars

    Hungary's Ministry of Defence has announced a tender for 81 mm medium mortars to replace its 50 Soviet-made 82-BM-37 82 mm mortars. The tender is for 40 mortars, with an option for 20 more, 24 fire control systems, and a logistic package. The tender also includes 28,000 high explosive (HE), 7,500

  • Farnborough 2018: Raytheon outlines hypersonic weapon work

    Raytheon took the opportunity at Farnborough to outline its work on hypersonic weapons, along with some of the key technologies that are making such systems viable. Speaking to journalists on 18 July, Dr Thomas Bussing, Advanced Missile Systems Vice President at Raytheon Missile Systems, first

  • India tests BrahMos cruise missile under ‘extreme weather conditions’

    India successfully test-fired the BrahMos (PJ-10) supersonic cruise missile on 16 July to validate its “life-extension” capabilities and confirm the operational efficacy of the weapon system under “extreme weather conditions”, according to a statement by the

  • Indonesia equips second KCR-60M attack craft with Chinese-made naval weapon

    Key Points Indonesia has removed missile launchers from its second KCR-60M fast attack craft, and replaced these with a Chinese-made naval gun The vessel has also been equipped with Chinese-made fire-control sensors and a combat management system The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia

  • Farnborough 2018: Saab unveils next-generation RBS15 anti-ship missile system

    Saab Dynamics has unveiled the next-generation evolution of its RBS15 family of anti-ship missile systems: the RBS15 Mk4. The RBS15 Mk4 will be the principal effector for what Saab is now marketing as the RBS15 ‘Gungnir’ (Odin’s Spear) system. Gungnir is the system level

  • Farnborough 2018: Spice 250 operational capability expected in 2019

    Rafael Advanced Defence Systems’ Spice 250 precision-guided stand-off glide munition is expected to be declared operational in 2019, following the scheduled conclusion of the programme’s Full Scale Development (FSD) phase later this year. The company successfully completed a number of

  • RAMSYS contracted for MK 49 Guided Missile Launching Systems

    RAM-System GmbH (RAMSYS), a consortium of Diehl Defence and MBDA Deutschland, has been awarded a EUR79.5 million (USD92.9 million) contract for the delivery of 10 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) MK 49 Guided Missile Launching Systems (GMLSs) to equip the German Navy’s second batch of five K 130

  • ESSM Block II successfully intercepts target in test

    The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block II successfully intercepted a BQM-74E aerial target during a recent flight test, the US Navy (USN) has confirmed. The test, conducted by the NATO Seasparrow Project Office, was the first ESSM flight test to use the new Block II active guidance seeker

  • Polish Armed Forces receive final Beryl rifles

    Poland’s Ministry of Defence has announced that small-arms manufacturer Fabryka Broni Lucznik-Radom (FBLR) has delivered the final 2,131 wz. 96C Beryl rifles to the Polish Armed Forces. This will be followed in August by the final 1,800 wz. 96C Mini Beryl carbines to be handed over to

  • New Russian long-range AAM integration to expand to four fighter models

    Russia’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 5 July that its long-running Vympel R-37M air-to-air missile (AAM) programme is finishing its operational validation tests. The missile, which is capable of hitting targets up to 300 km away, has been in development with different variants since

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