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Defense Update Missiles Systems & Fires Channel - June 2011

Photo above: The U.S. is funding the production of four more batteries of Iron Dome missile systems, to assist Israel in defending against short-range anti-rocket attacks from Gaza and South Lebanon. Photo: Noam Eshel, Defense-Update. (Read More...)

Qiam 1 LaunchIran Embarks on the 6th ‘Great Prophet’ Week-Long Exercise

Iran is planning to launch multiple ballistic missiles this week, as part of the annual, week-long ‘Great Prophet’ series of large scale exercises, incorporating the firing of various types of missiles.
Among the missiles to be launched in the week-long exercise are long-range, mid-range, and short-range missiles, including Khalij-e Fars anti-ship missiles with range of 300 km, the new Qiyam finless-ballistic missile, Shahab 1 and Shahab 2, Sejil (2000 km) ballistic missile and Fateh 110 guided ballistic missile. (Read More...)

yuri dolgoruky submarineSS-NX-30 Bulava Tests to Resume This Week

Russia is set to resume this week the flight testing of its (RSM-56) Bulava Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) system (NATO code name SS-NX-30). According to a Russian Defense Ministry source quoted by Novosti, the next launch is scheduled for June 28, two weeks after the original ‘window’ announced for the flight. The upcoming test was approved by the State Commission for Flight Testing on Saturday June 25. (Read More...)

PARS 3 LRPARS 3 LR Competes for Two Indian Attack Helicopter Programs

MBDA confirmed today that its PARS 3 Long Range (LR) guided missile system has been short listed for the Indian Army helicopter future air-to-ground requirement. MBDA Deutschland is also cooperating with Russian helicopter manufacturers Kamov and Mil, integrating the Ka-52 and Mi-28 with PARS 3 LR air/ground and Mistral Air/Air missiles. MBDA submitted a proposals for its PARS 3 LR multi-target, long range weapon system for HAL’s Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH DHRUV) and for two attack helicopters, the KAMOV KA-52 and the MIL MI-28, proposed for a parallel Indian Air Force replacement of Mi-25 gunships. (Read More...)

Mobile Iron DomeRAFAEL Highlights Flexible Response in Air & Missile Defense

Missile technology is one of the highlights of RAFAEl’s display at this year’s Paris Airshow. The company displays here a range of air defense missiles – including Stunner, heading for full system-testing this year, the Iron Dome Counter-rocket missile system, recently combat- proven in Southern Israel and the Medium Range Spyder, shown here as a complete mobile system. Airborne ordnance on display includes precision guided air/ground weapons (the Spice family), multi-purpose guided missiles (Spike family) and air/air missiles (Python and Derby missiles). (Read More...)

C-MUSICC-MUSIC to Protect Israeli Airlines from Missile Attacks

Offers Part of the development of active protection systems for platforms, Elbit systems is offering effective protection for military and commercial aircraft and helicopters, employing an affordable, highly effective fiber-laser based Directional Infra-Red Counter Measures (DIRCM). While DIRCM systems for large aircraft have been available on the market for several years, Elbit Systems’ Multi-Spectral Infrared Countermeasure (MUSIC) system is the first to the market offering compact, low-power affordable solution suitable for medium aircraft such as C-27J and Boeing 737 and 767 and helicopters of the UH-60, EH-101 and Mi-17 class. (Read More...)

an/tpq-37Modernized AN/TPQ-37 Artillery Fire Locating Redeployed in Iraq

A modernized version of the AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder fire locating radar has been fielded in Iraq, supporting and protecting U.S. troops and allies. The upgraded Firefinders are scheduled to be deployed into Afghanistan in the coming months. The radar are precise detection and location systems designed to find enemy artillery, mortar and rocket firing positions. The radar also predicts impact zones and transmits data to friendly forces, allowing time for effective counter-fire tactics. (Read More...)



Prithvi 2Agni III, Long Range Ballistic Missile Inducted with India’s Strategic Forces

By the end of this year India plans to test a much larger Agni-V Inter-Continental ballistic missile (ICBM), capable of hitting targets at a range of 5,000 km. Agni III intermediate range ballistic missile has already beentested and inducted into the Indian armed forces, offering extended reach (3,000 km) for its deterrent forces said DRDO chief VK Saraswat. he added that the first test of the new ICBM is scheduled for will be tested by the end of this year. “The first trial is expected to start in December this year followed by a series of modifications and further trials over the next few years. This missile would be based on the concept of re-entry vehicle capable of covering whole of Pakistan and China.” DRDO officials aded. (Read More...)

David SlingIsrael to switch Hawks for David’s Sling

After half a century of service, and numerous upgrades, the Israeli air force is finally considering phasing out the Raytheon MIM-23 Hawk surface-to-air missiles, replacing it with with David’s Sling, an air defense missile system  being developed in Israel and the U.S., by a joint venture between Raytheon and Rafael Advances Defense Systems. Israel has 17 operational batteries of MIM-23B Improved Hawk missiles. (Read More...)

THAADFirst THAAD Missiles Delivered to the U.S. Army

The US Army has received the first two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missiles from Lockheed Martin at the Anniston Defense Munitions Center, May 16, 2011 capping off years of planning and development. Two Army units are currently being equipped with the missile, both are located at Ft. Bliss, TX. the first battery was activated in May 2008 and the second in October 2009, currently undergoing training and certification. (Read More...)

Iron DomeIsrael to Buy 4 More Iron Dome Systems with US Aid

The U.S. is funding the production of four more batteries of Iron Dome missile systems, to assist Israel in defending against short-range anti-rocket attacks from Gaza and South Lebanon. According to the director of the U.S. Missile defense Agency, Army Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly, speaking to the the US Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee, the proposed MDA budget includes funding for the  procurement of four more batteries. (Read More...)

PARS 3MBDA Completes Successful PARS-3LR Missiles Test Series

MBDA has recently conducted a successful series of test firing of the PARS 3LR guided anti-missile, carrying a live warhead. The missile was launched from a German Army Tiger helicopter. Three missiles were fired, scoring three hits. MBDA Deutschland conducted the campaign on the test range in Vidsel, Sweden. The three PARS 3 LR firings were part of a MBDA Deutschland export campaign. The guided missile system is on the short list for a procurement project of the Indian Army. (Read More...)