New air-to-surface missile for fixed-wing aircraft from Rafael is optimised for close air support, counterterrorism and anti-A2AD applications.
USN receives ISR-configured Triton
The first LRIP MQ-4C Triton configured to meet critical ISR requirements for the USN was delivered on 1 February to NAVAIR at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Manufacturer Northrop Grumman added on 2 February that the Triton LRIP schedule is progressing as planned.
The US has ordered 65 Tritons while Australia has ordered three, according to Shephard Defence Insight.
FY2022 budget documents showed that the US DoD requested a one-year production gap for Triton in FY2022 to support development of the Multi-INT configuration, with recommencement planned in FY2023.
More from Air Warfare
India continues to develop its BrahMos missile, with the extended-range type recently tested.
India has set in motion yet another tender process to buy UAVs, this time quadcopters able to fly at altitude.
RUAG has announced the completion of the Swiss Cougar modernisation programme, which lasted around three years.
To speed up acquisition, Australia has selected the Austrian-designed Camcopter for a naval UAV requirement.
Replacing European-designed helicopters, Australia has turned back to the US for attack and naval rotorcraft.