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  • 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

  • Turkish Naval Forces conduct first ship-launched Atmaca ASM test firing

    The Turkish Naval Forces (Türk Deniz Kuvvetleri – TDK) on 3 November conducted the first ship-launched firing of the Atmaca (Hawk) anti-ship missile (ASM) from the TDK Ada-class (MILGEM) corvette TCG Kinaliada (F-514) at an undisclosed location in the Black Sea. Evolved within the scope

  • 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

  • UK receives first Poseidon MRA1

    The United Kingdom took formal delivery of its first Boeing P-8A Poseidon MRA1 maritime multi-mission aircraft at the manufacturer’s production facility near Seattle, Washington, on 29 October. Aircraft ZP801 was turned over to senior officers from the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy

  • MADEX 2019: South Korea aims to deploy Tiger Shark torpedo by 2020

    South Korea is expected to deploy the Tiger Shark torpedo on its naval submarines by 2020, a South Korean government agency has told Jane’s . The weapon, which has been designed for the KSS-2 and KSS-3 classes of submarines, was showcased at the International Maritime Defense Industry

  • Russia’s Ka-52M combat helicopter to receive AESA radar

    Russia’s new Ka-52M combat helicopter will receive new targeting sensors instead of upgraded versions of present systems. The new V006 Rezets (Cutter) active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is being developed by the St Petersburg-based Zaslon company for the modernised helicopter.

  • 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

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