• Philippines equips lead Parola-class vessel with Israeli-made weapon system

    The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has equipped its lead Parola-class patrol vessel, BRP Tubbataha (4401), with a stabilised remote-controlled weapon station (RCWS) from Israeli company Elbit Systems. The system, which has been incorporated with a 12.7 mm machine gun, is installed in the forward

  • Thales and Nexter developing 40 mm CTAS RAPIDFireNaval

    Thales and Nexter Systems are teamed to develop a new multi-role weapon system, called RAPIDFireNaval, to meet potential French Navy requirements and are eyeing DGA funding in the first half of 2020, according to Sylvain Richy, managing director of CTAI (a joint venture between Nexter and BAE

  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a previously unannounced programme to develop a

  • Finland receives interim Torpedo System 45

    Finland has received Torpedo System 45 lightweight torpedo assets on loan from Sweden for installation on board the Hamina-class strike craft FNS Tornio . The loan arrangement forms part of a wider bilateral co-operation, formalised by Sweden’s Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and the

  • USN completes first GQM-163A Coyote east coast target launch

    The US Navy (USN) has undertaken first launches of the GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target (SSST) from an east coast range facility. Performed on 12 September from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) in Virginia, the launch of two GQM-163A targets supported a fleet missile

  • Pakistan’s MoDP reveals orders for MANPADSs and other weapon systems in 2017–18

    Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) revealed in its recently released yearbook for 2017–18 that the country ordered 52 9K129 Kornet-E anti-tank guided missile weapon systems and 295 FN-16 man-portable air-defence systems (MANPADSs) during that period. The document stated

  • North Korea says it test-fired a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile

    North Korea announced on 3 October that the missile it had test-launched the previous day from waters off its eastern coast was a new type of submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called the Pukguksong-3 (also spelled Pukkuksong-3). Pyongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency

  • North Korea test-fires possible SLBM

    North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from waters off its eastern coast on 2 October. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that same day that the missile, which it believed to be a type of Pukkuksong/Bukgeukseong SLBM, was launched

  • Russia ready to test extended-range Oniks missile variant

    NPO Mashinostroyenia, part of Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation, is developing an extended-range version of the P-800 Oniks (3M55) supersonic naval cruise missile. The new variant, designated Oniks-M, will have a range of up to 800 km and will feature an improved guidance system and

  • Algeria tests land-attack sub-launched missile

    Algeria has acquired land-attack missiles for its two new Project 636.1 ‘Improved Kilo’-class submarines, its Ministry of National Defence (MDN) revealed on 29 September, when it said both had fired missiles against land targets during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed

  • China showcases JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile at 70th anniversary parade

    The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has given the JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) its first official appearance. The weapon was one of several missile types that made their debut on 1 October at the 70th National Day celebrations in Beijing, which commemorates the

  • Russia upgrades Kalibr cruise missiles

    Russia has improved the targeting system of its ship- and submarine-launched 3M14 Kalibr cruise missiles to improve their ability to conduct time sensitive attacks. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed the development, which was initiated as a result of combat experience in Syria, in an

  • DSEI 2019: BAE Systems showcases Kingfisher naval munition concept

    BAE Systems unveiled its Kingfisher concept round for sub-surface warfare at the 2019 Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI 2019) in London. The Kingfisher is still at an early conceptual phase and is planned to be added to BAE Systems’ naval weapons portfolio as a

  • Indonesia conducts first firing of Exocet MM40 Block 3 from SIGMA corvette

    Key Points The Indonesian Navy has conducted its first firing of the Exocet MM40 Block 3 missile from a Diponegoro-class corvette The firing validates its latest anti-surface capabilities, including the ability to strike targets that are close to the coastline In a demonstration of its latest

  • UK MoD discloses further details of Interim SSGW plan

    The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed more details of its plans to procure a stopgap ship-launched heavyweight anti-ship missile system, revealing that the so-called Interim Surface-to-Surface Guided Weapon System (I-SSGW) is only intended to equip five Type 23 frigates. The I-SSGW is

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 31 Mk 54 lightweight torpedoes to South Korea

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD72 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Mk 54 All-Up-Round lightweight torpedoes along with related equipment and services to South Korea, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 27 August. Seoul had requested to buy 31

  • Images show PLAAF H-6N bomber armed with KD-20 and KD-63 cruise missiles

    Images have emerged on Chinese social media showing a China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) Xian H-6N strategic bomber armed with what appear to be two KD-20/CJ-10K and two KD-63 land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs). The images, which show at least two H-6-series bombers

  • Raytheon secures ESSM Block 2 LRIP contract

    Raytheon Missile Systems has received a long-awaited contract to commence low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Evolved SeaSparrow (ESSM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile to support a 2020 initial operational capability (IOC) with the US Navy (USN). Awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command

  • Indonesia selects BAE Systems 57 mm naval gun for four KCR-60M-class vessels

    Key Points Indonesia has selected BAE Systems 57 mm naval guns for four vessels in the KCR-60M class The weapons will go on board two existing vessels and two under construction Indonesia has selected the Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system from BAE Systems for four vessels in the KCR-60M class. A

  • Australia’s first Hobart-class destroyer conducts test of SM-2 missile

    The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD), HMAS Hobart, has conducted the class’ first in-country firing of the SM-2 Standard Missile. The weapon was deployed against an unmanned target during trials off the coast of New South Wales, the country’s Minister

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