AM39 Exocet

Operator: Egypt Kuwait Qatar Saudi Arabia United Arab Emirates
Status: In Service In Service In Service In Service In Service
Number: 40 36 20 24 64
Acquired: 1982 – 1983 1985 – 1991 1984 1990 1983 – 2003
General Specs:
Country of origin: France
Manufacturer: Aérospatiale/MBDA
Introduced: 1979
Range: 31.07 miles (50 km); 43.50 miles (70 km) from 6.21 miles (10 km) altitude
Warhead: 363.76 lb (165 kg) HE-fragmentation warhead and proximity fuze
Speed: Mach 0.9
Weight: 1,477.1 lb (670 kg)
Length: 15.39 ft (4.69 m)
Diameter: 1.15 ft (0.35 m)
Wingspan: 3.61 ft (1.1 m)
Propellant: Single-stage solid propellant rocket motor
Guidance System: Active radar homing out to 14.91 miles (24 km), inertial navigation
Launch Platform: Fixed-wing and helicopter launched
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Lebanon receives first Bradleys

The United States handed over the first eight of 32 Bradley M2A2 infantry fighting vehicles to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) on 14 August, in a ceremony held at Beirut’s port. Speaking during the ceremony, US Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said the Bradleys represented an investment of more than USD100 million that will “provide the Lebanese […]

Algeria confirms Buk delivery

Algeria’s acquisition of Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems has effectively been confirmed by the August issue of the People’s National Army’s (ANP) El-Djeichmagazine. The publication included an article covering the ‘Majd 2017’ exercise held in July, which was supported by a collage of Algerian military equipment – including a transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle […]

Boeing wins $222m Chinook order for Saudi Arabia

The Boeing Co.-Philadelphia, Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a $222,549,505 firm-fixed-price modification (P00069) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0002 for eight each CH-47F new build helicopters to support the Royal Saudi Land Forces Aviation Command (RSLFAC). Work will be performed in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, with an estimated completion date of July 30, 2021. Fiscal 2017 foreign military […]

BAE Rolls Out First Omani Typhoon, Hawk

The first of the 12 Eurofighter Typhoon multirole fighters and eight Hawk Mk 166 advanced jet trainers ordered by Oman were “formally presented” to the customer on 15 May, BAE Systems announced. The event was held at the company’s Warton production and testing facility in the United Kingdom and attended by Sayyid Badr bin Saud […]

Raytheon Awarded $12 Million to Provide Engineering Services to Israeli Patriot Missiles

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The Mideast’s Precision Guided Arms Race

Precision guided munitions (PGMs) encompass a growing range of bombs and missiles designed to destroy targets on land, at sea, or in the air. While platforms like fighters, armored vehicles, and warships often receive more attention, their lethality is almost negligible if not bolstered by advanced munitions. With minor updates, today’s PGMs allow even older […]