• No hand at the helm: US Navy pushes ahead with unmanned surface vessel development

    The USN is accelerating its bid to field a new fleet of unmanned surface vessels that could interact with the rest of the force in tactical situations. Christopher P Cavas reports A corvette-like vessel manoeuvres on a distant sea, periodically changing course and speeds to get into a firing

  • US approves sale of 13 Mk 45 naval guns to Indian Navy

    The United States has approved the sale of 13 BAE Systems 127 mm Mk 45 naval gun systems (NGSs) to the Indian Navy (IN) for an estimated USD1.021 billion via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on 20 November that the NGS sale includes

  • NAVSEA to solicit for SM-6 Block IB rocket motor development

    The US Navy (USN) has set out plans for solid-propellent rocket motor prototyping and engineering development for a new extended range version of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) missile. Intended to achieve initial capability in fiscal year 2023 (FY 2023), the SM-6 Block IB variant will introduce a

  • Gap remains between France and UK on FCASW requirements

    France and the United Kingdom remain apart on their respective operational requirements for the projected Future Cruise/Anti-Ship Weapon (FCASW) programme, according to a French parliamentary report. The two governments plan to agree the next phase of the FCASW programme by the end of next year,

  • US Air Force increases potential JASSM, LRASM production quantities

    The US Air Force (USAF) is increasing the potential production quantities of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158A Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) and plans a sole-source contract to the prime contractor for this effort. The USAF will

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  • USAF retires CALCM cruise missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) has retired the Boeing AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) that has been operational for nearly 35 years. The event, announced on 4 December, saw the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale Air Force Base (AFB) in Louisiana disassemble and decommission the final
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