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  • Russia claims its new hypersonic weapon “Avangard” is in inventory
    Russia claims its new hypersonic weapon “Avangard” is in inventory December 29 2019
    Russia’s defence minister Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday declared a new hypersonic weapon is in inventory. Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces chief, Gen. Sergei Karakayev, added that Avangard was put on duty with a unit in the Orenburg region in the southern Ural Mountains. Avangard can travel at least five times the speed of sound, or about one mile per second. Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled Avangard in March 2018 and clai...
  • DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry
    DARPA Head Resigns, Moving On to Industry December 18 2019
    Steven Walker, the director of the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced his resignation Dec. 17, a DARPA spokesman said. Walker’s resignation is effective January 10, 2020. Walker succeeded Arati Prabhakar, who left the agency in January 2017. Walker will move on to a position in the industry, though a DARPA spokesman did not reveal where. DARPA Deputy Director Peter Highnam, a former director of research at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency...
  • Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic
    Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic December 1 2019
    The MiG-31K interceptor took off from the Olenegorsk airfield in the northern Murmansk region and fired the missile against a ground target at the Pemboi training ground in Russia’s Arctic Komi region, earlier this month TASS reported. It did not provide any further detail. Russia's MiG-31K interceptor jet carried out a test of the Kinjal (Dagger) hypersonic missile in Russia's part of Arctic earlier this month, TASS news agency reported on Saturday, citing two militar...
  • Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End
    Putin Announces Russian Navy to Deploy Zircon Missiles by Year’s End November 4 2019
    Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the Russian Navy is set to deploy the world’s first-class of the hypersonic cruise missile, the Zircon, by the end of 2019. Putin declared the development during an inspection of the new corvette Gremyashchiy at a shipyard in the Kaliningrad region. The warship is expected to enter service in December 2019. President Putin stated regarding the launch of the new ship: “the Zircons will certainly be there.” The missile is expected t...
  • U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km
    U.S. to Expand Cannon’s Range to 1850 Km October 20 2019
      The U.S. Army is developing a new weapon capable of reaching 1,850 km. The U.S. Army released Directive 2017-33, which led to the establishment of the Army Futures Command Task Force and the outlining of six modernisation priorities. One of the concepts unveiled by the Army Futures Command, known as the "Strategic Long-Range Cannon" (SLRC) is based on scaling up existing howitzers and rocket-boosted artillery shells to a much bigger size and range capability. Army b...
  • Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed
    Lockheed Martin at Hypersonic Speed September 2 2019
    The U.S. Department of Defence and Lockheed Martin has signed a contract worth about 347 million US Dollars part of a multi-year hypersonic weapons development in support of the Army’s focus on long-range precision strike missiles. The Lockheed Martin-team will develop and integrate a land-based hypersonic strike prototype in partnership with the Army Hypersonic Project Office. Army plans to receive first prototypes at 2023. The hypersonic weapon system, which can re...
  • H-6K with  Hypersonic Weapon
    H-6K with Hypersonic Weapon August 19 2019
    China has begun to develop hypersonic weapons in recent years and now plans to equip the bomber H-6K aircraft with hypersonic weapons. The main mission objective of China's H-6K bomber is to strike key strategic points deep within enemy territories, the state broadcaster revealed, leading experts to predict that the warplane could eventually be armed with hypersonic weapons that can destroy hostile military hubs 3,000 kilometres away within minutes. "In a war, our main objective is t...
  • New Generation Aircraft from Russia
    New Generation Aircraft from Russia August 16 2019
    Russia plans to complete the MiG-41 project in 2019. Russia has been working on a new platform project since 2018. "Our future MiG-41 fighter will be able to fly into space,” said Ilia Tarassenko, CEO of the Russian aircraft manufacturer Mikoyan-Gourevitch. Tarasenko has revealed that the project is due to be completed by 2019 and he also stated that “the aircraft will use new types of weapons and can carry a large volume of weapons.” The device would reach a ...
  • Texas to Become Test Center August 12 2019
    A Texas university will be home to a 130 million US Dollar combat development complex used by Army Futures Command.    Texas A&M University System’s RELLIS campus in Bryan will be the new home to accelerator space, laboratories and offices for the four-star command. The announcement was made in a news release Thursday after the board of regents authorized the contract.   The building will cost Texas A&M System 50 million US ...
  • Su-57 Serial Production Begins
    Su-57 Serial Production Begins July 30 2019
    The Sukhoi Aircraft Company has started to implement its contract for the delivery of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets to the country’s Aerospace Force, the office of Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov told TASS on Monday. The state contract envisages the delivery of 76 Su-57 fighter jets to Russia’s Aerospace Force. The vice-premier’s office also confirmed the earlier-stated timeframe of delivering the first Su-57 plane to the Aerospace Force. "T...
  • Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology
    Rolls-Royce to Develop Hypersonic Technology July 18 2019
    Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract to develop hypersonic propulsion systems for increased aircraft performance and capability. Typhoon’s engine EJ-200 will provide base for further works. Britain’s defence ministry is stepping up its interest in hypersonics with a $12 million contract to Rolls-Royce and its industrial partners to develop high-Mach aircraft propulsion systems. The contract will be with Rolls-Royce Plc, (RR) and its technology partners, BAE Systems an...
  • New Weapon Systems from Russia
    New Weapon Systems from Russia June 21 2019
      The Russian Armed Forces are about to get a whole new weapon based on laser energy and hypersonic, the first of its samples have already been introduced into trial combat duty. According to the General of the Army Sergei Shoigu. The President of the Russian Federation said that, “The Peresvet laser systems operated in the troops would take on duty this December, the nuclear submarine carrier for the Poseidon will be launched this spring; serial production of t...
  • DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons
    DARPA to Launch Test Flight for Two Hypersonic Weapons May 7 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 March 23 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...
  • X-60A Completes Critical Design Review
    X-60A Completes Critical Design Review March 7 2019
    The X-60A, an air-dropped liquid rocket for hypersonic flight research, has completed its critical design review. The first flight is scheduled in about a year, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) says. AFRL, Aerospace Systems Directorate, High Speed Systems Division, in partnership with Generation Orbit Launch Services, Inc., is developing the X-60A vehicle. It is an air-dropped liquid rocket specifically designed for hypersonic flight research. AFRL&r...
  • France Prepares Hypersonic Test Flight by 2021
    France Prepares Hypersonic Test Flight by 2021 January 29 2019
      France has awarded ArianeGroup a contract to develop a hypersonic glider technology demonstrator that is due to make its first flight by the end of 2021, Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly announced Jan. 21. "We have decided to award a contract for a hypersonic glider demonstrator," able to reach a speed of over Mach 5 (over 6,000 km/h),” Parly said during her New Year’s address to the armed forces. France is already conducting stud...
  • US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise
    US Expects Chinese Stealth Surprise January 18 2019
    US Military Intelligence Organisation “Defence Intelligence Agency” (DIA) released “China Military Power, report. A product that examines the core capabilities of China’s military. The work provides details on China’s defence and military goals, strategy, plans, and intentions. US is expecting to face new Chinese another stealth fighter within next years. US intelligence is trying to solve Chinese official announcements and the unofficial revelatio...
  • Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight
    Upgraded ‘Backfire-C’ Made Maiden Flight January 3 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...
  • Lockheed Martin Works Hypersonic
    Lockheed Martin Works Hypersonic December 4 2018
      US signed a new development agreement with Lockheed Martin. Under the agreement, which has a total cost of US $ 28.5 million, company will conduct development and technology demonstration work on hypersonic booster technology. It is planned to evaluate the hypersonic booster technology for intermediate-range systems. If the design is found to be successful, the company will carry out fabrication and validation tests.
  • Russia Deploys Radar to Southern District
    Russia Deploys Radar to Southern District November 30 2018
    Russia has decided to deploy advanced radar systems to southern region. Increasing Western aircraft reconnaissance flights are announced as reason for this decision. After increasing NATO flights of Western reconnaissance aircraft over the Black Sea, the Moscow administration announced the deployment of Nebo-UM radar system to the southern part of the country. The radar system launched last Saturday is known as a modernized version of Nebo-U series radars. Nebo-UM, is a VHF / multi-...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" November 8 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot"
    Anti-Ship Market Gets "Hot" November 8 2018
    China, introduced its CM-401 system at Air show China 2018 in Zhuhai. CM-401 is an anti-ship ballistic missile, has developed by CASIC (China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation Limited). The missile has a 6 Mach speed. System can perform hypersonic manoeuvres which can perform ballistic flights and cruise from upper layers of atmosphere. When the CM-401 reaches its target, the terminal phase starts and it starts to dive. The system, which is effective against medium and larg...
  • Hypersonic Radar
    Hypersonic Radar October 24 2018
      Hypersonic threats poses a significant risk for surface platforms. The answer to these threats, which become common in future at the battlefield, came from Saab. The company has begun work on the integration of Hypersonic Detection Mode (HDM) to Sea Giraffe radars.   The system, which aims to give more time to the ships against hypersonic threats, uses Saab's next generation track while scan technology. This allows the system to continue scanning ...
  • Hypersonic Radar
    Hypersonic Radar October 24 2018
      Hypersonic threats poses a significant risk for surface platforms. The answer to these threats, which become common in future at the battlefield, came from Saab. The company has begun work on the integration of Hypersonic Detection Mode (HDM) to Sea Giraffe radars.   The system, which aims to give more time to the ships against hypersonic threats, uses Saab's next generation track while scan technology. This allows the system to continue scanning ...
  • Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons
    Japan Is Developing Supersonic Glide Weapons October 22 2018
    Japanese defence industry is pursuing to produce a new kind of weapon to deliver an explosive payload at supersonic speeds. The unconventional technique is designed have high precision guidance. On Oct. 15, 2018, Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said the country’s Ministry of Defence had crafted the hypersonic weapon plan with an eye toward having the initial system in service no later than 2026. Hyper-Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP) is consisted of t...
  • New Hypersonic Step from Far-East
    New Hypersonic Step from Far-East October 1 2018
    China conducted a test on scale models of three hypersonic aircraft. Tested vehicles can fly at both subsonic and hypersonic speeds. Platforms designed in different shapes and called D18-1S, D-18-2S and D18-3S. They were raised by balloon up to a predetermined altitude and then released to free fall. According to a report published in Chinese media, the speed of the vehicles can be adjusted to provide more accurate impacts and platforms can carry nuclear warheads. It was announ...
  • Drones Prepare For Dog Fight September 20 2018
    The US Air Force (USAF) scored the first air-to-air kill for the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during trials late last year, the service disclosed on 19 September. The successful test late last year showed the U.S. Air Force that an unmanned vehicle like the MQ-9 has the ability to conduct air-to-air combat, much like its manned fighter brethren such as an F-15 Eagle or F-22 Raptor, according to Col. Julian Cheater, comma...
  • China Claims Success in Test of Its First Hypersonic Glider
    China Claims Success in Test of Its First Hypersonic Glider August 6 2018
    China has reportedly conducted the maiden flight of a new hypersonic test vehicle, achieving speeds of Mach 5.5 for over six minutes, and reaching Mach 6, the newspaper Global Times reported, citing a statement released by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics. The Xingkong-2, 2, waverider flies in the atmosphere and uses shockwaves generated after it breaks the sound barrier to glide at hypersonic speeds. Launched in a rocket at a target range in north western China...
  • Hyper Competition
    Hyper Competition July 31 2018
    Hyper competition rising. During the Cold War period, the West studied on hypersonic technologies for many years but could not find their hopes. After success works of Russia and China in this area US-based companies moved forward in this area. Hypersonic ammunition, which is very difficult to prevent because of the it's high speed has attracted attention from the US Army. Pentagon has given the firm the necessary signal. Northrop Grumman, who assessed the intense...
  • Russia's new hypersonic missile, will likely be ready for combat by 2020
    Russia's new hypersonic missile, will likely be ready for combat by 2020 July 16 2018
    Russia has successfully tested a hypersonic missile the United States is currently unable to defend against, according to sources with direct knowledge of U.S. intelligence reports US based CNBC reported. Russia has tested the weapon, dubbed "Kinzhal," meaning "dagger,” and last successful test was carried out against a target nearly 500 miles away. US is expecting the missile to be combat ready by 2020 and considers that Russia is going to install them on strategic bombe...
  • Electromagnetic Gun Agreement
    Electromagnetic Gun Agreement May 25 2018
    Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) announced a new development with a press release today. SSM and Anadolu Yönlendirmiş Enerji Teknolojileri A.Ş. signed the "Electromagnetic Gun System Field Prototype Procurement Project Contract" signed by the Undersecretariat of Defense Industry. Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir, OSTİM Chairman Orhan Aydın, OSTİM Savunma ve Havacılık Kümelenmesi (OSSA) officials and sector representatives attended. Undersecretary D...
  • New Missile Operational in 2020
    New Missile Operational in 2020 May 20 2018
    Russia has announced that the new intercontinental ballistic missile will be operational in 2020. In a meeting with leading companies of the Russian defense industry, it was announced that the Avangard hypersonic missile system, which carried by the RS-28 Sarmat ICBM, will be operational in 2019. It is stated that the system will be in active service in 2020. RS-28 Sarmat, is a liquid-fueled intermittent ballistic missile, was developed to replace the R-36M2 Voevoda (NATO Code: SS-1...
  • Russia: Kinzhal Ready for Use on MiG-31
    Russia: Kinzhal Ready for Use on MiG-31 May 10 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 April 20 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...
  • Sarmat to Enter Duty Replacing Satan Missiles
    Sarmat to Enter Duty Replacing Satan Missiles March 13 2018
    Russia is to begin disposal of ageing Voyevoda (NATO reporting name SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missiles and replace them with Sarmat missiles, Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov said on 12 March. "There can be no doubts we will have the new missile Sarmat by the time Voyevoda’s service life is over. It is expected that in contrast to its predecessors this missile will be armed with hypersonic warheads, which will make it far harder for defence sy...
  • Russian Hypersonic Missile Can Destroy Carriers
    Russian Hypersonic Missile Can Destroy Carriers March 13 2018
    Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuriy Borisov said in a statement to the Russian military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda that the Kinzhal (Dagger) hypersonic missile system could destroy large naval targets including aircraft carriers and destroyers. The newspaper also published details on test launch of the Dagger hypersonic missile, which Russian President Vladimir Putin referred to its capability to neutralize all current and future missile defence systems in his state-...
  • DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine
    DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine January 24 2018
    DARPA has signed an agreement to develop an aircraft propulsion system under the ARFE (Advanced Full Range Engine) program with Orbital ATK. Under the agreement of $ 21.4 million, Orbital ATK will develop an engine that can be used with subsonic and hypersonic (+5 Mach) speeds. In October 2017, DARPA signed an agreement with Aerojet Rocketdyne under the same program. The Defense Agency aims to have a propulsion system that has been developed with the Turbine Based Combined...
  • Blackbird Replacement Concept by Boeing
    Blackbird Replacement Concept by Boeing January 15 2018
    Boeing unveiled a conceptual model for a new hypersonic jet what might be a replacement for the SR-71 Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft. According to Aviation Week Aerospace Daily, the model was displayed at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics SciTech forum in Orlando.  Boeing says the plane would be capable of speeds in excess of Mach 5. The company envisions a two-step process beginning with flight tests of an F-16-sized, singl...
  • DF-17 Tests by China December 29 2017
    China's first hypersonic glide vehicle-equipped missile DF-17 has been tested in November, the Diplomat reports.  According to a U.S. government source who described recent intelligence assessments on the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force (PLARF) on the condition of anonymity, China recently conducted two tests of a new missile known as the DF-17. The first test took place on November 1 and the second test took place on November 15. During the Novem...
  • Russia has precise vision
    Russia has precise vision December 28 2017
    Russia’s new state armament plan for 2018-2027 will focus on developing long-range supersonic and hypersonic precision weapons and furnishing the Army with modern weaponry, Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin said on Wednesday. Speaking to Russian news agency, TASS, Rogozin stated that Russia’s new state armament program will differ from the previous defence procurement plans both its volume and its focus.