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  • Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile Intend
    Land-Based Anti-Ship Missile Intend 13 July 2020
    Land-based anti-ship missiles have replaced the coastal guns who successfully served in land defence missions against enemy elements attacking from the sea in the history. Maintaining its existence under the threat of China, Taiwan put the coastal defence systems procurement plan on its agenda as part of its armed forces modernization efforts. Upon the recent PLAN Navy activities in the region, the Taiwanese Armed Forces has requested to purchase of the land-based RGM...
  • Drone Launched Drone
    Drone Launched Drone 1 July 2020
    Unmanned aerial vehicles, which are expanding day by day, are gaining new abilities for different mission types. Being the largest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the USArmy inventory, MQ-1C Gray Eagle will use ALTIUS (Air-Launched, Tube Integrated, Unmanned System)-600. Developed for special missions such as intelligence, observation and reconnaissance, the system will be used in environments, where contains high enemy threat. Described as air-launched eff...
  • Anti-Ship Missile and Torpedo Approval
    Anti-Ship Missile and Torpedo Approval 15 April 2020
    In parallel with the increase in marine platforms, investment in the naval aviation field is also growing. Another procurement news came for India, which has recently made significant investments in naval aviation. US gave the green light for the acquisition of anti-ship missiles and torpedoes that New Delhi requested. In this context, possible sale of  the Indian Navy, possible sale of 10 AGM-84L Harpoon Blok II air-launched anti-ship missiles,&nb...
  • Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success
    Pentagon’s Hypersonic Glide Body Flight Test Deemed Success 21 March 2020
    The U.S. Defence Department tested a hypersonic glide body in a flight experiment conducted from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii, on March 19, 2020. The Navy and Army jointly executed the launch. The test was deemed a success. The Common-Hypersonic Glide Body, or C-HGB, launched and flew at hypersonic speed to “a designated impact point,” according to a statement issued March 20 by the Department of Defence. The test was a joint effort betwe...
  • Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16
    Anti-Ship Missile Capability to Chinese J-16 20 February 2020
    China, which continues its shipbuilding activities to improve its naval power, keeps its efforts to increase its effectiveness in the region and oceans, especially in the Taiwan Gulf. In the images published in Chinese State Television CCTV in the past days, it was seen that J-16 aircraft were equipped with anti-ship capability. A J-16 fighter-bomber affiliated to the 40th Air Regiment stationed in the Nanchang-Xiangtan District of China was spotted carrying two YJ-83Ks un...
  • The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service
    The AGM-86C is Bowing out of Service 27 November 2019
    The missile that started Operation Desert Storm is being retired. The AGM-86C/D Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM), the non-nuclear sibling of the AGB-86B that remains in service, is being put rest after decades of service. Pentagon’s Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missile (CALCM) marked the birth of GPS-guided munitions. The technology that birthed the modern guided munition retired. The retirement marks end of an era as the munition is used at every...
  • Bozdoğan (Merlin)  Completed First Tests
    Bozdoğan (Merlin)  Completed First Tests 26 November 2019
    The first air-launched test of Bozdağan (Merlin) took place successfully. The missile is developed by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, (TUBITAK) Defence Industrıes Research and Development Instıtute (SAGE) under Göktuğ Program. First tests were carried out as surface to air guided missile tests.IR- guided long-range tests from air launch campaign was successfully completed. After the completion of the tests in 2020, the missile will enter the inventory of the ...
  • H-6N bomber with ALBM: Hoax News?
    H-6N bomber with ALBM: Hoax News? 11 November 2019
    Recent images in the Chinese magazine showing an H-6N bomber carrying an Air-Launched Ballistic Missile (ALBM) might be a hoax. Some western defence magazines believed that “Chinese air-launched ballistic missile may enter service soon”. UK-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that the H-6N is capable of carrying an ALBM and it could be "in the final stages of development, or may even have entered service." An ALBM could be used to attack an aircr...
  • GLSDB from Norway
    GLSDB from Norway 19 October 2019
      Saab and Boeing announced that they successfully test-fired the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) in Norway. The test-firing took place at the Andøya Test Centre in Andenes, Norway, September 26, 2019. The objective of the test firing was to hit a predetermined target in the sea, 130 km away from the launcher. The launcher used in the test firing was a custom made, fully autonomous, 20-foot container. The GLSDB is essentially a GBU-39 Small Diameter...
  • Okhotnik and Su-57 Flew Together
    Okhotnik and Su-57 Flew Together 30 September 2019
    Russia's S-70 Okhotnik-B, or Hunter-B, and Su-57 advanced combat jet have flown together for the first time. The Russians see at least one of the S-70's future missions being to operate together with the Su-57 in a "loyal wingman" role. The Russian Defence Ministry announced the test flight on September 27th.  The flight reportedly lasted "more than 30 minutes," according to an official statement. "As part of the ongoing test program, ...
  • New Missile to Support AMRAAM and Sidewinder 18 September 2019
    Raytheon unveils the development of the new medium-range Peregrine advanced air-to-air missile.  A company executive says “the Peregrine is meant to complement, not replace, the AMRAAM and Sidewinder”.  Raytheon Company is developing a new medium-range, an air-launched weapon called the Peregrine missile that is half the size and cost of today's air-to-air missiles, yet delivers greater range and effect. The Peregrine missile is a small, fast, lightwei...
  • Additional Test from Russia and India
    Additional Test from Russia and India 29 August 2019
    BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, developed in partnership with Russian Federation NPO Mashinostroyeniya and Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), may undergo additional tests. BrahMos Aerospace may conduct a second air-launch test of its supersonic cruise missile to further demonstrate the weapon’s ability to fly to a number of waypoints before reaching its final destination. The tests would come at the earliest in November, after the monsoon season in India end...
  • New Teeth for Alligator
    New Teeth for Alligator 30 May 2019
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said that Russia planned to sign a contract in 2020 on purchasing 114 upgraded Ka-52M (Alligator) attack helicopters. The upgraded version of the Ka-52 attack helicopter, the Ka-52M, would be created by 2022. The upgraded Ka-52M combat helicopter will get more capabilities for using weapons against targets in the air and on the ground. “In cooperation with other enterprises, we are working on the issue of increasing the helicopter&rsquo...
  • DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons
    DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons 7 May 2019
    Two hypersonic vehicle prototypes developed by US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the US Air Force are due to fly by the end of 2019, the agency’s director said May 1. DARPA Director Dr. Steven Walker met with press on 1 May Defence Writers' Group breakfast and answered questions about ongoing projects inside the Pentagon's research arm. "[They are] two very different concepts but when you're talking hypersonic [weapons], it is good to have what I ...
  • Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles
    Russia to Test Many Kinzhal Missiles 23 March 2019
    Russia has moved nearly 20 Kh-47M2 Kinzhal missiles to a test site. Russia has also test fired 12 times from a MiG-31 fighter jet, CNBC reports. Quoting sources who have seen U. S. intelligence reports, CNBC says the Kinzhal is expected to be mounted on a bomber as well. The air-to-ground hypersonic missile Kinzhal, has been tested at least three times. In July, the Kremlin successfully tested the weapon against a target nearly 500 miles away. What's more, in anot...
  • US Extends Nuclear Range
    US Extends Nuclear Range 16 March 2019
    The US Air Force (USAF) Nuclear Weapons Centre has awarded Boeing a USD250 million contract to integrate the Long Range Stand-Off (LRSO) cruise missile weapon system to replace AGM-86 ALCM (Air-Launched Cruise Missile). The LRSO is expected to be fielded in the B-52H large-payload multirole strategic bomber aircraft in the 2030 timeframe. Boeing will undertake aircraft and missile carriage equipment development and modification, and full integration and testing of the LRSO for the U...
  • Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R
    Hellenic Navy to Procure Four MH-60R 14 February 2019
    The Hellenic Navy plans to procure four Sikorsky MH-60R anti-submarine warfare helicopters from Sikorsky, according to a written statement to the Parliament made by Greek Defence Minister Evangelos Apostolakis. According to statement, the four helicopters will be procured through a Foreign Military Sale and a government-to-government agreement. The new MH-60Rs will replace AgustaBell AB-212ASW platforms. The Hellenic Navy currently operates a fleet of 11 S-70B/B-6 Aegean H...
  • Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project
    Germany and France Announce Next-Generation Fighter Jet Project 7 February 2019
      Ending 33 years of direct competition between Eurofighter and Rafale, and renewing a lapsed defence industrial alliance between their two countries, the French and German defence ministers in Berlin signed agreements launching three major defence programs. Future Combat Air Systems (FCAS), agreement commits both countries to bilateral development and production of common manned and unmanned aircraft, binding them together for several decades to come. The F...
  • Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM
    Lockheed Martin Is Awarded US$172m Contract For LRASM 18 January 2019
    The US Navy and US Air Force have awarded Lockheed Martin a US$172 million contract to produce the second lot of the Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM). LRASM is a long range, precision-guided anti-ship missile leveraging off its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) heritage, and is designed to meet the needs of US Navy and Air Force Aircraft. Armed with a penetrator and blast fragmentation warhead, LRASM employs precision routing and guidanc...
  • Surprise Capacity for Gür Class
    Surprise Capacity for Gür Class 11 January 2019
    Turkish Navy’s Gür Class Submarines will be able to engage land-based targets targets. Until now, submarines were equipped with Harpoon SSM (Surface to Surface Missile) for the above-sea targets. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, submarines will be equipped with Boeing’s Harpoon Block II. Submarines will be modernized to be equipped with such capacity. The all-weather missile can engage a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defence sites, s...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight 3 January 2019
    The Tu-22M3M, extensively upgraded Tupolev Tu-22M3 'Backfire-C' supersonic long-range strategic bomber, made its maiden flight.  Tu-22M3M  take off from an airbase belonging to the Gorbunov Kazan Aviation Plant (KAZ) on 28 December. Aircraft will be able to carry up to four Kinzhal hypersonic air-launched cruise missiles as well as new Russian anti-ship missiles. According to the press office of Russia's United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), the flight l...
  • MALD-X Successfully Completed First Trials
    MALD-X Successfully Completed First Trials 25 August 2018
    US Defence Department announced that MALD-X (Miniature Air-Launched Decoy) successfully completed a “a complex free flight demonstration of advanced electronic warfare techniques.” The decoy builds on previous MALD iterations that can jam an enemy's electronics. Known by its acronym MALD-X, the Miniature Air Launch Decoy confuses enemy air defences by duplicating friendly aircraft flight profiles and radar signatures, according to manufacturer Raytheon, who...
  • France to Remove US Components From SCALP
    France to Remove US Components From SCALP 2 August 2018
    France is seeking to reduce its reliance on U.S. approval for French arms exports.  France has therefore decided to remove an American component from the SCALP cruise missile so that it can proceed with a new sale of Rafale fighters to Egypt. Answering questions on weapons exports in the country’s National Assembly, French Defence Minister Florence Parly said that the decision by the United States to use the International Trade in Arms Regulation (ITAR) agreement to block...
  • Russia: Kinzhal Ready for Use on MiG-31
    Russia: Kinzhal Ready for Use on MiG-31 10 May 2018
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said 10 MiG-31 fighter jets (NATO reporting name: Foxhound) fitted with the air-launched Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile were on test combat duty and were ready for use depending on the situation. The Kinzhal missile has a top speed of Mach 10 and maintains some ability to maneuver throughout its performance envelope including at hypersonic speed. The missile is reported to have a range of approximately 2 thousand kilom...
  • Lockheed Selected to Develop US' New Hypersonic Missile
    Lockheed Selected to Develop US' New Hypersonic Missile 20 April 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $928 million contract for the development of a new hypersonic conventional strike weapon. The contract includes the design, development, engineering, systems integration, test, logistics planning, and aircraft integration support of all the elements of a hypersonic, conventional, air-launched, stand-off weapon. According to the announcement of the US Department of Defence, this award is the result of a competitive acquisition where three offer...
  • Techmash Unveils S-80FP in Malaysia 17 April 2018
    Russia’s Techmash engineering company displayed new S-80FP air-launched rocket at the DSA-2018 held in Malaysia. The S-80FP is designed to hit sole and multiple targets: unarmored and lightly-armored military hardware and surface ships. Techmash also exhibits munitions for artillery systems.
  • Lancer Successfully Test-fired LRASM
    Lancer Successfully Test-fired LRASM 20 March 2018
    Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production-configuration Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber. During the test announced by the company on 19 March, a B-1B has launched an LRASM over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, successfully impacting the maritime target and meeting test objectives.  LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence...
  • Brahmos Missile's Range to be Extended
    Brahmos Missile's Range to be Extended 1 February 2018
    The BrahMos Aerospace company will develop a new variant of the BRAHMOS missile with a range of up to 800 km, according to the Hindustan Times newspaper. According to the article, the missile might be tested before the end of this year.  In March 2017, India successfully tested the BRAHMOS-ER (Extended Range) missile that had a range of 400 km. An air-launched variant of the BRAHMOS, designated BRAHMOS-A and intended for use on Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30MKI, wa...
  • Su-30MKI Successfully Test-fired Brahmos
    Su-30MKI Successfully Test-fired Brahmos 23 November 2017
    The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI successfully fired Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 22 November for the first time. Indian Ministry of Defence announced the flight test was conducted against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal. Brahmos ALCM weighing 2,5 ton is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft modified by HAL to carry weapons.  Reportedly, 42 Sukhoi fighters will even...
  • BrahMos Deliveries To Begin in January
    BrahMos Deliveries To Begin in January 15 November 2017
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) will begin taking delivery of the air-launched version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles in January 2018, Russian TASS news agency reported on 13 November. The Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace is to begin deliveries of the BrahMos-A following the completion of trials against naval and ground targets. BrahMos-A missiles are fitted with a 300 kg warhead, has a range of 290 km and a cruise speed of 2.80 Mach. ...
  • SmartGlider Expands to Middle East
    SmartGlider Expands to Middle East 14 November 2017
    MBDA presents SmartGlider, a new family of air-launched guided weapons, for the first time outside Europe in Dubai AirShow. The new SmartGlider family of guided weapons is optimised to counter anti-access strategies and other emerging battlespace threats. MBDA Vice-President Middle East Florent Duleux said they were seeing a huge interest in the SmartGlider family from the region. 
  • Russia Introduced 'Orel'
    Russia Introduced 'Orel' 25 July 2017
    Russian "Region" Scientific & Production Enterprise JSC has unveiled APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017. Developed based on APR-3E, APR-3ME Orel is an upgraded variant of its predecessor featuring improved endurance, longer detection ranges, increased accuracy, and an anti-jamming capability. Weighing 470 kg, the new variant can engage targets located in depths of up to 800 m utilizing hydroacous...
  • Extended Range Boost to RBS 15 Family
    Extended Range Boost to RBS 15 Family 7 April 2017
    Sweden awarded a $358,5 million contract to Saab Dynamics for the development and production of a next-generation, extended range RBS15 anti-ship missile on 31 March. The missile will have both air-launched and ship-launched configurations. Saab will also reduce the weight of the missile and enhance its airframe to extend its range. The new missiles will be used on the Royal Swedish Navy's Visby-class corvettes and Swedish Air Force JAS Gripen E multi-role fighter...
  • $358,5 Million Saab Support to Defence
    $358,5 Million Saab Support to Defence 31 March 2017
    Saab has been awarded a contract by Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for the development and production of the next-generation anti-ship missile system. The contract covers development of both air-launched and ship-launched variants and amounts to $358,5 million.  Saabs CEO Håkan Buskhe said these next generation missiles would provide the Swedish Air Force and the Royal Swedish Navy with greatly improved capabilities, compared to oth...
  • Paris and London Upgrade Missiles
    Paris and London Upgrade Missiles 27 February 2017
    MBDA has been awarded contracts by France and the United Kingdom for Storm Shadow/SCALP EG long-range air-launched cruise missiles' overhaul work. According to UK Ministry of Defence, MBDA will upgrade the weapons in order to sustain the missile until its planned retirement in 2032 under the agreement announced on 22 February. The turbo-jet engine, navigational system and cabling, seals, and gaskets of the missile will be refurbished. The deliveries of u...
  • The US Conducted Trials With Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile
    The US Conducted Trials With Nuclear-Capable Cruise Missile 21 January 2017
    The US Air Force (USAF) revelaed that it has air-launched a nuclear-capable AGM-86B cruise missile for trial purposes. The service indicated that three tests were conducted with AGM-86B Air-Launched Cruise Missiles which did not carry warheads, keeping the dates undiclosed. The trials were conducted from the USAF's strategic bomber aircraft B-52H Stratofortress at Utah Test and Training Range. Stratofortress is able to carry 20 AGM-86Bs simultaneously.
  • Orbital ATK Firm Wins Contract to Design Advanced Anti-Air-Defense Missile
    Orbital ATK Firm Wins Contract to Design Advanced Anti-Air-Defense Missile 3 November 2016
    "Orbital ATK Inc., Defense Electronic Systems, Northridge, California, is being awarded $14,303,613 for engineering studies to conduct a set of design analyses for the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile front end, including engineering studies and assessments related to the platform interface compliance, structural integrity, thermal capabilities, millimeter wave performance, and anti-radiation homing effectiveness," according to company’s  press release. The missile ...