Army NLOS Dead. Will the Navy Keep it Alive

While the cancellation of the XM-501 Non Line of Sight Launch System and Missile (NLOS-LS) will relieve the Army of financial burden of a weapon system considered too costly and redundant, the U.S. Navy, which counted on the weapon will have to support the continued development and fielding of the system by itself. The Navy is scheduled to begin at-sea testing of the NLOS-LS medium range surface to surface missile module by 2012. According to the Navy's plans, NLOS-LS would become the principal weapon for the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) 'Surface Warfare' Module, enabling the vessel to dominate a large coastal and littoral area. (read more... )

Gel-Based Rocket Propellant Matures at Bayern-Chemie

Gel-Based Rocket Propellant Matures at Bayern-ChemieRocket propulsion expert Bayern-Chemie has demonstrated the maturity of a gel-based rocket propulsion enabling efficient missiles, drones and rockets to implement variable-thrust, therefore extend mission range, endurance and maneuverability. According to the manufacturer, the full advantages of gelled propellant propulsion systems will be realized when they are integrated within air-to-ground or surface-to-surface missiles. Meanwhile, Bayern-Chemie considers implementing the new propulsion technology with reusable start boosters for drones, cruise missiles and aircraft. (read more...)

Missile Cooperation Between Iran and China

Nasr-1 (Victory 1) medium range anti-ship missileChina inaugurated a new missile assembly plant in Iran last month, Jane's Defense Weekly reports. According to Robert Hewson, editor of Jane's Air-Launched Weapons, quoted by UPI, the new production line is producing Iran's Nasr-1 (Victory 1) medium range anti-ship missile which is actually the Chinese C-704 anti-ship missile. The event marked "another milestone in the continuing military/industrial bond between the two countries." observed Hewson, indicating that "unlike Russia, China has been very successful in offering Iran technology and capabilities that are actually wanted, as opposed to those that might be 'nice to have.' While these Chinese-origin systems have provided Iran with invaluable missile technology, this has had little or no impact on the development of its ballistic missile capabilities." Hewston said. "Iran's strategic weapons can only (ultimately) involve it in a losing battle with the United States,' Hewson concluded, "but its tactical weapons have already altered the regional balance of power in a much more practical way." (read more...)

Pantsir-S1, S-300 Tested on a Russian Air Defense Drill

Pantsir S1 hybrid gun/missile system

The Russian Air Defense command carried out an exercise engaging targets representing cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and rockets. The exercise took place at the Ashuluk missile test range in the Astrakhan Region at the Kola Peninsula. The video recorded at the exercise depicts multiple launches of the S-300 Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) and several engagements of Pantsir S1 hybrid gun/missile system, engaging targets with both 30mm cannons and missiles. According to the Novosty news agency reporting about the event, 23 missiles were launched to intercept 10 targets. Representatives from the air defense forces in Kazakhstan and Belarus watched the exercise.

Iran Unveils S-300 Like Missile Carrier

Iran Unveils S-300 Like Missile CarrierIran has unveiled several new missiles and UAVs at the 2010 Army Day Parade, highlighting long-range ballistic missiles of the solid-propelled Sejjil-2 and liquid propelled Shahab family. Iran also hints on the existence of a new missile in its arsenal, an S-300 'look-alike'. The vehicle displayed on the parade carries four cylindrical canisters measuring roughly as the S-300 container-launcher, but the Iranian vehicle does not show any erection apparatus. If these vehicles are part of a real system, they could be vehicles carrying reload missiles. The system is definitely not the Russian S-300, but could be a derivative of the Chinese HQ-9. (Read the full report...)

APKWS Rockets Enter Production, to arm USMC Gunships

APKWS, the lightweight 2.75" laser guided rocket developed by BAE Systems in partnership with the U.S. government, has been approved for production. The U.S. Marine Corps will initially deploy APKWS from AH-1W Cobra helicopters. APKWS also has been successfully demonstrated from a U.S. Army OH-58 Kiowa Warrior.(read more...)

First Exocet Block III Anti-Ship Missile Fired at Sea

Exocet MM40 Block IIIFirst A first firing of an Exocet MM40 Block 3 anti-ship missile took place March 18, 2010 at the missile test site operated by the Directorate General Armaments (DGA) the Ile du Levant, in the Mediterranean Sea, off the port city of Toulon. The missile was fired by the Horizon type frigate Chevalier Paul, recently delivered to the French Navy. The Exocet manufacturer, MBDA is converting 45 Exocet MM40 Block 2 missiles into block 3 configuration improve their operational capability, particularly in the littoral area. (read more...)

A Nuclear Missile Launched on a Joint U.S-Saudi Test

Official U.S. sources confirmed today a Trident submarine-launched ballistic missile was launched on March 30, 2010 from a U.S. navy submarine, during joint military exercise with Saudi-Arabia. AP news agency reported today from Cairo. This unprecedented demonstration is seen as a move demonstrating U.S. commitment to strengthen the missile defenses in allied Arab nations in the Gulf to help counter any potential missile strike from Iran. Saudi Arabia has long warned of the potential for a nuclear arms race in the Gulf region if Iran were to gain the bomb.

Counter-IED Micro-Rocket Developed by Israel's Rafael

PINCHER Counter-IED RocketNew robotic operated countermeasures designed to disable Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) from long distance are in development in Israel at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. The micro-rocket system called 'Pincher' is currently in prototype phase, and could become operational next year. The Pincher uses 'pencil size' rockets capable of destroying explosive charges from extended range. The rocket causes the charge to burn, instead of explode (a process called 'deflagration'), eliminating the risk of blast, shrapnel and debris. Rafael's Pincher system comprises a miniature remotely operated multi-launcher system, which comes integral with a robotic platform, sensors, aiming devices, and remote control. (read more...)

High Power Laser Mature into Weapons Systems

Defense industries and U.S. government research and development authorities are rapidly progressing to mature high power solid-state lasers (SSL), for use as directed energy weapons capable of delivering lethal effects at long range, at the speed of light. "It really is a historical event," said Michael Rinn, vice president and program director of Boeing's Airborne Laser Systems. "As we look back ... we'll understand how important it was." (read more...)

Israel Simulates Multi-Layered Integrated Missile Defense

The Air Force and Israel's defense industries have concluded a major simulative test of a future, multi-layered active air defense system to be deployed in Israel in the coming years. The test evaluated new doctrines, techniques and technologies currently in service or in various stages of development. The test was conducted at the Israeli air defense battlelab, established as part of the Israel TestBed (ITB) established since 1992 as part of the Arrow program. The battlelab provides a virtual environment to test, define and improve the national air and missile defense doctrines, assess early warning capabilities and active defense means. These simulations are combined with live fire tests, field drills and other simulations, to keep Israel's active defense sharp and effective. (read more...)

France Evaluates Two Anti-Tank Missile Options

SpikeThe competition for the supply the French Army with multi-purpose guided weapons is not over yet, even after the French Ministry of Defense has ordered an initial batch of 36 Javelin missiles systems, to equip French forces operating in Afghanistan. After the announcement of this preliminary order, fulfilling urgent operational requirement for Afghanistan operations, the head of the Direction Generale pour l'Armement (DGA) procurement office Laurent Collet-Billon said a follow-on competition will determine which company will win this contract.  (read more...)

Reality Check for NLOS Missile System

After scoring poorly in the Limited User Test (LUT), the Non-Line-of-Sight Launch System (NLOS-LS) could be facing a go-no-go decision, after soldiers operating the system missed four out of six shots fired at realistic simulated targets. NLOS-LS was one of the 'survivors' of the Army's ambitious Future Combat Systems (FCS) program -  a missile system considered to provide a smart, flexible weapon supporting light forces, fired from stand-alone, self-contained modular containerized fire base that could be flown-in by helicopter, loaded on trucks or dropped by parachute. The system was developed as a joint program, to support Army as well as navy units, deployed on board the new Littoral Combat System.

Another Successful Launch for the Sineva

A Russian nuclear powered submarine launched a Sineva class intercontinental ballistic missile from the Barents Sea. The submarine performing the launch was the Tula, a Delta IV missile carrying nuclear powered submarine. The same submarine was also used in October 2008, launching the same type of missile. The Sineva RSM-54 (NATO code name SS-N-23 Skiff) is a liquid-propellant submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) designed for Delta IV-class submarines that can carry up to 16 missiles each. The missile uses up to 10 multiple independent reentry vehicles (MIRV). The Russian northern fleet currently has several operational Delta IV subs, including the Tula, Yekaterinburg and recently modernized Kareliya.

Russian Forces to deploy a Second Iskander Battalion Near Leningrad

Land Forces Commander of the Armed Forces Colonel General Alexander Postnikov reported that in 2010 the troops of the Leningrad military district will be equipped with Iskander medium range tactical missile systems. Postnikov advised not to link the adoption of this complex on the planned deployment of U.S. Patriot missiles in Poland. The Russian Defense Ministry said in June 2009 that the first Iskander battalion entered service with the Armed Forces in 2008 and that the second battalion would become operational in 2009.

Sagem to Deliver 3,400 AASM Weapons

Sagem has been awarded a contract to supply 3,400 AASM Air-to-Ground Weapons to equip the French Air Force Rafale aircraft. The order also covers the initial order of 680 weapons. This latest order follows the initial contract won by Sagem for 750 AASMs to be delivered to the French air force. The AASM has been deployed on Rafale fighters in Afghanistan for the last two years. (read more... )

Saudis buy Storm Shadow

Saudi Arabia will equip its Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft with standoff, MBDA Storm Shadow precision attack weapons. The weapons package ordered for the RSAF will also include the Brimstone anti-armor missile. For the air-to-air role the Saudis opted for the IRIS-T short range AAM, from Diehl BGT Defence, this missile is also being used by the German Air Force. According to news sources, the weapons package for the Typhoons could be worth over $1.8 billion.

New and Enhanced Patriot Scores a First Kill in an Intercept Test

PAC-3 MSEA modified version of the PAC-3 Missile has been tested successfully in February 2010, verifying the latest enhancement of the system known as PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE). During the test the missile successfully intercepted a threat representative tactical ballistic missile target over the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (read more...)

Iran is Seeking a Missile defense System

Tehran is concerned about its vulnerability absorbing hostile missile attacks, and is considering deploying a missile defense system to offset the potential use of such weapons by an adversary. "Given the type of enemies' capabilities, we are planning and designing for confrontation against the threats posed by ballistic missiles," said General Hassan Mansourian, Deputy Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base. "We have considered special measures for safeguarding nuclear centers such as Tehran, Isfahan and other sensitive and vital centers." The General added, referring to the planning to implement layered air defense systems, extending the protection of those sites over larger areas. Such air-defense system could fill the void left by Russia's failure to deliver its S-300 system to Tehran.

India Test Fires AGNI-3 NuclearCapable Ballistic Missile

AGNI-3The fourth flight of the Indian long range missile AGNI-3 with a range capability of 3,500 km was tested successfully by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) last week. The missile was launched from the Wheeler Island, in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha. Overall, with a range of 3,500 km, Agni III is considered a potent weapon designed to balance a potential Chinese threat, rather than the Pakistani missiles. Compared to its Chinese peers - CSS-5 and DF-21, Agni III is considered more advanced. (read more...)

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