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L3Harris receives Nulka decoy ADAP payloads award

By Richard Scott 08 October 2021
The Nulka decoy is an expendable soft-kill countermeasure designed to seduce radar-guided anti-ship missiles in their terminal homing phase. (Australian Department of Defence)  L3Harris is to supply a series of next-generation electronic warfare (EW) payloads to equip the MK 234 Nulka active offboard decoy system used by the US and Australian navies.  Nulka is an expendable soft-kill countermeasure designed to seduce radar-guided anti-ship missiles in their terminal homing phase. Under a Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) contract, potentiall...

Estonia selects Blue Spear missile for coastal defence role

By Richard Scott 07 October 2021
Estonia is to equip its coastal defences with a derivative of Israel Aerospace Industries' (IAI's) Gabriel V missile supplied through IAI's joint venture with ST Engineering Land Systems.  In a 6 October announcement, IAI said that the Estonian Cen...

Estonia to receive Blue Spear missiles

By Yaakov Lappin 07 October 2021
The Estonian Defense Forces are due to receive the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)-made Blue Spear land-to-sea missile system, IAI said in a statement on 6 October.  According to the statement, the Estonian Centre for Defence Investment (ECDI) si...

Update: North Korea conducts test-launch of new surface-to-air missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat & Mark Cazalet 07 October 2021
North Korea's Academy of Defence Science (ADS) has test-launched what it claims to be a newly developed surface-to-air missile.  The test-launch was conducted on 30 September to confirm the “general combat functions” of the missile and its accompan...

F-35 completes nuclear flight trials

By Gareth Jennings 06 October 2021
Nuclear flight trials of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) have been completed, paving the way for the type receiving its nuclear design certification.  The US Air Force (USAF) announced on 4 October that two F-35As...

Airshow China 2021: CASIC unveils FK-2000 self-propelled air-defence system

By Mark Cazalet & Gabriel Dominguez 05 October 2021
A screengrab from footage released by CCTV on 30 September showing the FK-2000 self-propelled air-defence system (background) at the Airshow China 2021 exhibition in Zhuhai. (CCTV)  The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) unveiled a new self-propelled air-defence system called the FK-2000 during the Airshow China 2021 exhibition held from 28 September to 3 October in Zhuhai.    In terms of design, the FK-2000 short-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system appears to have been derived from Russia's Pantsir family. It...

Searanger naval guns ordered for Egypt

By Jeremy Binnie 05 October 2021
The Searanger is in service with the Egyptian Navy's new Lürssen patrol vessels. (Egyptian Ministry of Defence)  The US Department of Defense announced on 29 September that it has placed a USD20 million contract on Egypt's behalf for an undisclosed number of Rheinmetall Oerlikon Searanger 20 mm naval gun systems.  It said 90% of the work will be performed at American Rheinmetall Systems' facility in Biddeford, Maine, while the rest will take place in Egypt. The contract is expected to be completed by March 2024.  The Searanger is a lightwei...

US Army awards additional funding for PrSM development

By Ashley Roque 04 October 2021
The US Army has awarded Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control with an additional USD62 million to continue Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) development.  The service announced the modified deal on the final day of fiscal year (FY) 2021, 30 Septe...

AOEW programme transitions to low-rate initial production

By Richard Scott 04 October 2021
Designed for integration on the MH-60R/MH-60S helicopters, the AN/ALQ-248 is a self-contained EW pod hosting both high sensitivity receiver and electronic attack subsystems. (Lockheed Martin + Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  Lockheed Martin has been funded by the US Navy (USN) to begin low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) capability.  Under the AOEW programme, the company's Rotary and Mission Systems business is developing the podded AN/ALQ-248 AOEW Active Mission Payload (AMP) to provide USN battle...

North and South Korea restore military communication hotlines

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 04 October 2021
North and South Korea have restored the military communication lines between the two countries that Pyongyang severed on 10 August following its criticism of joint US-South Korean military exercises.  The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul...

Russia conducts first submarine test launches of Tsirkon hypersonic missile

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 04 October 2021
A still from the video released by the Russian MoD on 4 October showing the Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile being test launched from a submarine for the first time. (Russian MoD)    Russia's Northern Fleet Command has conducted its first two successful test launches of the 3M22 Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the Project 885 Yasen-class nuclear-powered guide-missile submarine   Severodvinsk  against targets in the Barents Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 October.   According to a 4 Octo...

US AFRL plans Rapid Dragon palletised munitions experiments with additional weapons

By Pat Host 01 October 2021
A quarter scale model of an AFRL Rapid Dragon palletised munition rack on display 20 to 22 September 2021 at the Air Force Association's annual conference held outside Washington, DC. (Janes/Pat Host)  The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) plans to experiment with additional weapons and effects, such as jamming and decoys, in its Rapid Dragon palletised munitions campaign in fiscal year 2022.    Dean Evans, Rapid Dragon programme manager, told   Janes  on 22 September that he intends to award contracts to Raytheon and Bo...

North Korea conducts test-firing of new anti-air missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 October 2021
North Korea conducted a launch of what appears to be the new Pon'gae-6 SAM system on 30 September. (KCNA)  North Korea's Academy of Defence Science (ADS) has test-fired what it claims to be a newly developed anti-air missile.  The test-firing was conducted on 30 September to confirm the “general combat functions” of the missile and its accompanying radar, launch system, and commanding vehicle, reads a report from the state-run North Korean news outlet Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 1 October.  Further information from the ADS in the re...

Rheinmetall readies new 155 mm self-propelled artillery system

By Christopher F Foss 01 October 2021
Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles HX3 seen fitted with a full-scale mock-up of its new remote controlled turret armed with a 155 mm/60 calibre ordnance in travelling configuration. (Rheinmetall)  Rheinmetall is using internal funding to develop a new 155 mm wheeled self-propelled (SP) artillery system to meet the potential requirements of the home and export markets.  The first prototype is now being built and is expected to be ready for firing trials at the Rheinmetall proving ground in late 2022 or early 2023, according to a company officia...

NAVSEA award takes ESSM Block 2 into full-rate production

By Richard Scott 01 October 2021
The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded Raytheon Missiles & Defense a contract worth up to USD1.28 billion for full-rate production (FRP) of the Block 2 variant of the Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) ship self-defence missile.  An e...

DARPA, USAF fly Raytheon HAWC design

By Robin Hughes 30 September 2021
Artist's rendering of DARPA's Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept. (DARPA)  The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), in association with the US Air Force (USAF), completed the first free-flight test of Raytheon Technologies' prototype air-launched, air-breathing hypersonic cruise missile design for DARPA's classified Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept (HAWC) programme in mid-September.  Powered by a supersonic combustion ramjet (scramjet) engine that was designed by Northrop Grumman, the missile was released from und...

Taiwan moves forward with Harpoon Coastal Defense System acquisition

By Richard Scott 30 September 2021
Taiwan is moving forward with the acquisition of coastal missile batteries equipped with Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles under a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case.  Boeing was awarded a USD220 million contract by the US Naval Air Systems Com...

Czech government approves SPYDER SHORAD procurement

By Ondrej Stratilik 30 September 2021
The Czech government approved the procurement of Rafael's SPYDER SHORAD system on 27 September. (Czech MoD)  The Czech government approved the procurement of Rafael's Surface-to-air PYthon and DERby (SPYDER) short-range air defence (SHORAD) system on 27 September, the Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced in a press release.  “I appreciate the Israeli government‘s willingness to share with us a state-of-the-art defence system ... finally we can eliminate our dependence on the [Soviet-built 2K12] Kub system,“ Czech Defence Minister Lubomí...

Airshow China 2021: China showcases export variant of YJ-18 submarine-launched cruise missile

By Ridzwan Rahmat 29 September 2021
China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp (CASIC) is showcasing an export variant of the YJ-18 submarine-launched anti-ship cruise missile at Airshow China 2021, which is being held from 28 September to 3 October in Zhuhai.  The missile has been de...

North Korea claims to have tested newly developed ‘hypersonic' missile

By Gabriel Dominguez & Gabriel Dominguez 29 September 2021
North Korea has claimed that the weapon it test-launched into the East Sea (also known as Sea of Japan) on 28 September was a newly developed ‘hypersonic' missile called Hwasong-8 (also spelled Hwaseong-8).  Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central New...
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