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  • France Continues Delivery of Interceptors to Saudi Arabia
    France Continues Delivery of Interceptors to Saudi Arabia 22 September 2020
    France-based CMN Shipyard has completed the delivery of a second and third party HSI32 interceptors to the Royal Saudi Navy. The delivery ceremony was held on September 20, 2020 in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. In April 2018, Saudi firm Zamil Offshore Services signed a $480 million deal with CMN for 39 HSI32 boats. CMN delivered the first two platforms to Saudi Arabia in July 2019. Under the agreement, CMN will build 21 ships in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 platforms wi...
  • Additional MiG-31 to Pacific Fleet
    Additional MiG-31 to Pacific Fleet 8 July 2020
    Russia is increasing its military concentration in the Far East. The Moscow government decided to deploy an additional interceptor aircraft to the region. According to reports in the Russian media, the air-to-air interception capabilities of the Pacific Fleet will be increased. In this context, Russia will shift additional MiG-31 (NATO Code: Foxhound) interceptor aircraft to the 317th Composite Air Regiment stationed at Yelizovo Air Base. The platforms will be transferred to new pos...
  • Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets
    Ireland May Acquire Interceptor Jets 1 July 2020
    Republic of Ireland airspace has been frequently visited by Russian fighters recently. The Irish government wants to put an end to these visits. It also wants to be less dependent on British Royal Air fighters to defend its sovereignty. The Irish Air Corps has had no combat jet since 1998, when the Light Strike Squadron, operating on second-hand French Fouga CM170 Magister, was disbanded. The corps also lacks a national radar system.   To address the increasing threat...
  • Intercept Trainings over Arctic
    Intercept Trainings over Arctic 10 April 2020
    The temperature in the Arctic Region is increasing day by day. In addition to the Russian bombers that warmed the cold climate of the geography and the western aircraft that took off to intercept them, the Russians also started high-altitude trainings. Aircraft assigned to the Russian Northern Fleet launched stratospheric altitude training on the Arctic. In the statement made by the command, 10 Su-24 (NATO Code: Fencer) and five MiG-31 (Foxhound) conducted day and night trainin...
  • Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft
    Taiwan and Japan Intercept Chinese KJ-500 Aircraft 26 March 2020
    Taiwan and Japan intercepted China's KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft. The Japan Defence Ministry announced that the Air Self Defence Force (JASDF) was carrying out operations to intercept one Shaanxi KJ-500 aircraft on the East China Sea. On the map, it was shared that the KJ-500 was intercepted in the north of the Ishigaki Islands of Japan and in the west of Okinawa, where JASDF came. The JASDF has two regiments of Mitsubishi F-15J/DJ Eagle interceptors based at Naha in ...
  • Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade
    Thai Air Force Releases Wish List for The Next Decade 22 February 2020
    The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has set out its procurement priorities for the upcoming decade; transport aircraft, combat search-and-rescue helicopters, and light attack aircraft are on the top of the list. RTAF’s long term plans include new fighters to replace the ageing fleet. RTAF plans to replace its Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules transport aircraft fleet. The new aircraft will require to be compatible with Thailand’s Link T data link system. This is a process that...
  • UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense
    UK’s Card for Scotland; £1.7bn a year Defence Expense 31 January 2020
    The United Kingdom officially exits from the European Union with concerns about Scotland behind. Political aspirations have peculiar and unexpected results. British conservatives voted against the European Union with the fear that the Union would divide them. The result, however, brings the concern to reality. While the member of Kingdom leaves Union, Scotland wants to stay. The Kingdom self divides. Under the shadow of Britain exiting from EU, British defence journal ukde...
  • Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s
    Indonesia to Acquire Two Squadrons of New F-16s 27 December 2019
    Indonesian Air Force wants to acquire both US and Russian aircraft in the inventory. According to Indonesia’s next five-year strategic plan, running from 2020-2024, the country will pursue the goal of acquiring both F-16 Block 72 and Su-35. The chief of the Indonesian Air Force Air Marshal Yuyu Sutisna talked to state-owned national news agency Antara, about the southeast Asian nation plans to submit a request to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 fighters...
  • Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic
    Russia Tests Hypersonic Missile In Arctic 1 December 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...
  • PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games
    PAC-3 Protection for Olympic Games 6 November 2019
    According to Japanese media reports, Japan may deploy an upgraded version of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence systems in the Tokyo metropolitan area before the Olympic Games in July 2020. Patriot batteries will be deployed in Tokyo between April and July before the other regions; The ministry wants to equip the 1st Air Defence Missile Group with PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement interceptors to defend against possible threats such as ballistic missiles, drones and u...
  • Star Wars Project of USA 10 September 2019
    At the heart of the Cold War, there was the nuclear rivalry between the US and the USSR, and the balance of power, also known as Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). The main variable of this nuclear equation was the nuclear warheads, and hence the means and systems to deliver them to their targets. The tactical nuclear warheads to be used on the battlefield were delivered to the targets by tactical ballistic missiles, which were based on the German V-2 missiles in World War II....
  • Israel Tested Arrow-3 in Alaska
    Israel Tested Arrow-3 in Alaska 29 July 2019
      Israel’s Arrow-3 missiles were tested for high-altitude, hit-to-kill engagements at the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska in Kodiak. The tests were a joint effort between the Israel Missile Defence Organization of the Directorate of Defence Research and Development and the U.S. Missile Defence Agency. The Arrow weapon system, which intercepts missiles outside of the atmosphere, is part of Israel’s layered defence system that includes Iron Dome, David&rsqu...
  • HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation
    HSI32: Saudi Arabia and France Cooperation 25 July 2019
    French Shipyard CMN delivered the first two HSI32 Interceptors for the Royal Saudi Navy. In April 2018, Saudi company Zamil Offshore Services concluded an agreement worth 480 million dollars with CMN for the construction of 39 HSI32 interceptors for the Saudi Naval Forces. According to the agreement, 21 vessels are set to be built by CMN in Cherbourg, France, and the remaining 19 will be assembled at the facilities of Zamil Offshore Services in Saudi Arabia. The vessel has a range of 800 naut...
  • New Support for Qatar Defence Capability 13 July 2019
    Qatar signed two contracts worth $ 2.2 billion with Raytheon Company for integrated air and missile defence capability. The contracts include the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, final certification of the AMRAAM-Extended Range missile, and an unspecified quantity of additional Patriot fire units. Qatar is the first country to procure AMRAAM-ER, the surface-to-air extended-range variant of the AMRAAM air-to-air-missile. Qatar also becomes the 11th country to procure NASAMS, a ...
  • Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB
    Japan to Acquire Standard Missile (SM)-3 Block IB 10 April 2019
    The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan of up to 56 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IB missiles for an estimated cost of $1.150 billion. The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Japan has also requested missile canisters. The SM-3® interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to interm...
  • LM to Manufacture THAAD Interceptors for Saudi Arabia
    LM to Manufacture THAAD Interceptors for Saudi Arabia 2 April 2019
    The Pentagon has given $2.4 billion to Lockheed Martin for the production of A Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) interceptors, some of these missiles are destined for Saudi Arabia. The Gulf State signed a letter of acceptance to buy the air defence missile system in November last year. The $15 billion deal was seen as paving the way for the sale of 44 THAAD launchers, missiles and equipment.
  • Major Milestone at US Homeland Missile Defence System
    Major Milestone at US Homeland Missile Defence System 27 March 2019
    The U.S. Missile Defence Agency, announced that it had conducted a successful test against an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) class target. This test was the first salvo engagement of a threat-representative ICBM target by two Ground Based Interceptors (GBI), which were designated GBI-Lead, and GBI-Trail for the test. The GBI-Lead destroyed the re-entry vehicle, as it was designed to do. The GBI-Trail then looked at the resulting debris and remaining objects, and, not finding any ot...
  • U.S. Army Seeking Two Iron Dome Units
    U.S. Army Seeking Two Iron Dome Units 17 January 2019
    News reports says the U.S. Army is asking Congress for $373 million to buy the two Iron Dome missile interceptor batteries, developed and manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems Ltd. According to “Inside Defence”, US Army acquisition executive Bruce Jette told Congress that the key benefits of the Iron Dome is its magazine depth of 20 interceptors and is proven in combat. The US Army is seeking to have them delivered by 2020.
  • Fifth Generation MiG-41 On The Way
    Fifth Generation MiG-41 On The Way 26 November 2018
    Russia has announced the development of a new generation aircraft. According to the Russian press, the new platform will be a fifth-generation interceptor aircraft. The platform, will known as MiG-41, will replace MiG-31 (NATO Code: Foxhound) aircraft that are nearing the end of their life. It was stated that the project was not new and that the design work for some time has been continuing and the works for the new platform started in the beginning of 2018 by UAC company. The detai...
  • Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet
    Iran Launches Serial Production of Kowsar Interceptor Jet 5 November 2018
    Iran has started the mass production of a fourth-generation domestically-manufactured interceptor jet in a major step toward the renovation of its Air Force, Iran’in state television reported. "Soon the needed number of this plane will be produced and put into service with the Air Force," Iranian Defence Minister Amir Hatami stated at a ceremony launching the plane's production. The production of each Kowsar jet would save the country about $16.5 millio...
  • Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target
    Japan’s SM-3 TU Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target 14 September 2018
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defence Agency (MDA) completed a successful intercept flight test in cooperation with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Kauai in Hawai. The target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and the interceptor was launched from the Japanese ship JS Atago (DDG-177), verifying the newest ballistic missile defence engagement capability of the upgraded destroyer. JS ATAGO crew members detected an...
  • Russia Successfully Tests New Interceptor Missile 30 August 2018
    "An air and missile defence unit of the Russian Aerospace Forces has carried out another successful test of a new interceptor missile at the Sary Shagan anti-ballistic missile testing range in Kazakhstan," the ministry said in a statement. According to the Russian Defence Ministry's statement, the new missile interceptor successfully accomplished the set task by destroying a simulated target with a required accuracy. The Defence Ministry previously reported a...
  • MiG-41 Experimental Design Work Begins Soon
    MiG-41 Experimental Design Work Begins Soon 21 August 2018
    Russia’s new next gen fighter aircraft Mig-41 will get in shape soon.  Russian MiG Aircraft Corporation is developing fighter-interceptor to replace the MiG-31 fighters. "No, this is not a mythical project, this is a long-standing project for the MiG and now we are carrying out intensive work under the aegis of the UAC [the United Aircraft Corporation] and will present it to the public soon," MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko was quoted as saying by TASS Friday. ...
  • First Operational Use Of Israel's David's Sling System
    First Operational Use Of Israel's David's Sling System 24 July 2018
    Israel’s David’s Sling anti-ballistic missile system made its combat debut on Jul. 23 when two interceptors were fired when a pair of Syrian OTR-21 (NATO: SS-21) ballistic missiles were detected approaching Israel’s border. Israel has used its David's Sling missile-defence system for the first time in battle, firing at two Syrian surface-to-surface missiles Monday morning, the military said. One of the interceptor was ordered to self-destruct after it...
  • THAAD Contract Value Increased to $1,4B
    THAAD Contract Value Increased to $1,4B 4 May 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a Lot 10 production modification contract for THAAD interceptors and associated product support services by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The award brought the total contract value to $1,431 billion from $1,285 billion. The work has an expected completion date of 31 August 2021.
  • Funding Trip For Laser Weapons
    Funding Trip For Laser Weapons 26 March 2018
    The US’ process of deploying laser weapons proceeds slower than expected. According to the former director of the Missile Defense Agency and executive vice president at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, Trey Obering who spoke to a military-focused website that the use of laser weapons was targeted instead of million-dollar missile interceptors in counterattack operations, but the process is slower than expected. The main reason for this is the different needs of the forces in terms o...
  • Target in Space to 'Arrow 3'
    Target in Space to 'Arrow 3' 21 February 2018
    The US Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Missile Defense Organization successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow 3 weapons system on 19 February. The test was conducted at a test site in central Israel and was led by Israel Aerospace Industries, in collaboration with the Israeli air force.  Designed to defend against ballistic missiles outside of the atmosphere, Arrow 3 intercepted a simulated target in space. First, the target was detected by the...
  • Interceptor Suggestion for Hawaii
    Interceptor Suggestion for Hawaii 20 February 2018
    US Pacific Command, Adm. Harry Harris said on Wednesday that projections of North Korea’s weapons capabilities in a few years mean the United States must bolster its missile defences, particularly on Hawaii.  Harris also suggests examining the feasibility of deploying ground-based interceptors in Hawaii as well as a defensive radar system. He added that the US must continue to improve the capabilities of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in ...
  • $500 Million Contract for THAAD
    $500 Million Contract for THAAD 29 January 2018
    Lockheed Martin has been awarded a modification contract for additional Lot 10 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors on 26 January, increasing the initial contract value to approximately $1,3 billion. Work under the contract is expected to be completed by 25 June 2021. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) is a transportable system that intercepts ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their&nb...
  • Successfull Test by India's Indigenous Interceptor
    Successfull Test by India's Indigenous Interceptor 29 December 2017
    India has successfully test fired its indigenously designed and built Advanced Air Defense (AAD)/ Ashvin Advanced Defense interceptor missile on 28 December. The tests have been conducted in the Integrated Test Range off the coast of Odisha in the Bay of Bengal.  This was the third interceptor test carried out in 2017. The AAD interceptor destroyed an incoming Prithvi ballistic missile within 30 kilometres of the earth atmosphere, according to India's De...
  • Eurofighter as Main Option
    Eurofighter as Main Option 15 December 2017
    The Colombian Air Force is currently evaluating a series of options that will boost its fighter-interceptor fleet capabilities. The main option is the second-hand Trance 2 standard Eurofighter Typhoons from Spain, equipped with the advanced Meteor missile.  Other options being considered include Dassault Mirage 2000 and Rafale fighters, Lockheed-Martin F-16 and Boeing F/A-18, the Swedish Saab JAS-39 Gripen, and the Russian Sukhoi Su-30.
  • Russia May Begin Development of 'Sixth Gen' in 2018
    Russia May Begin Development of 'Sixth Gen' in 2018 15 December 2017
    The development of Russia's PAK-DP ‘sixth-generation’ long-range interceptor may begin as soon as 2018. Russian news outlet Interfax published an interview with United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) Vice-President of Innovation Sergei Korotkov on 13 December, during which Korotkov explained that the development would most likely to begin in 2018 depending on Russian State Armament Programme. 
  • Romania Sealed the Deal for PAC-3
    Romania Sealed the Deal for PAC-3 1 December 2017
    The government of Romania signed an agreement to purchase Raytheon's Patriot integrated air and missile defence system from the U.S. Army, Raytheon announced in a press release on 29 November. Romania will receive the Patriot Configuration 3+, the most advanced configuration available, as well as an undisclosed quantity of GEM-T and PAC-3 MSE interceptor missiles. 
  • PAC-3 Test Paves Way For Full Rate Production
    PAC-3 Test Paves Way For Full Rate Production 29 November 2017
    Four PAC-3 Cost Reduction Initiative (CRI) and one PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors successfully neutralized four tactical ballistic missile targets recently in a complex test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, according to a Lockheed Martin statement on 28 November. The PAC-3 MSE intercept met a requirement that “supports” a full-rate production decision for that variant, according to the statement.The test also reconfirmed PAC-3 CRI...
  • Japan to Delay F-3 Programme
    Japan to Delay F-3 Programme 15 November 2017
    Japan will likely to delay the decision to develop a new advanced fighter jet, known as the F-3. The new fighter was estimated at more than $40 billion to develop and deploy, and officials struggle to decide whether to proceed with the programme or to purchase additional US equipment including Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 jet and V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, as well as new ballistic missile interceptors. “Regarding the F-3 decision, including whether we will delay a ch...
  • Northrop's Command System Under Evaluation
    Northrop's Command System Under Evaluation 12 October 2017
    The US Army soldiers have successfully completed a major developmental test of the Northrop Grumman-developed Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS), according to a company statement made on 9 October.  The Soldier Checkout Event (SCOE) took place at Tobin Wells in Fort Bliss over three weeks in August. The event allows air defense warfighters the opportunity to provide relevant system performance and interface feedback whe...
  • MiG-41 Will Fly At 4.0 Mach
    MiG-41 Will Fly At 4.0 Mach 28 August 2017
    The CEO of the MiG Corporation, Ilya Tarasenko, revealed details of Russia's new interceptor aircraft, the MiG-41, at the Army 2017 Forum. Tarasenko stated that MiG-41 interceptor aircraft, known earlier as the PAK DP (perspective aviation complex of long-range interceptor), will be an "absolutely new jet," not a modernized version of MiG-31 it would replace.  According to Tarasenko, the aircraft will be a gra...
  • Korea Is Set To Begin Mass Production
    Korea Is Set To Begin Mass Production 20 June 2017
    The Republic of Korea plans to begin mass production of Cheongung medium-range surface-to-air missile interceptor system, according to local media sources. All testing and evaluations of the M-SAM have been reportedly completed, and it now awaits a final process next month to determine its suitability for intended combat missions.  Seoul aims to deploy the indigenous Cheongung between 2018 and 2019. The system, designed to take down targets flying at an altitude ...
  • First Steps Taken
    First Steps Taken 15 June 2017
    Russian MiG Corporation is working on development of a new interceptor aircraft to replace MiG-31 long-range supersonic aircraft. The company's General Director Ilya Tarasenko stated that that work on the new aircraft was already underway.  Derived from MiG-25 Foxbat, MiG-31 'Foxhound' was designed for use against both high and low-altitude airborne targets and has been in service since 1980s.  The company also plans...
  • Tor-M2 Live-Firing by Russia
    Tor-M2 Live-Firing by Russia 12 June 2017
    Russia has carried out live-firing tests with Tor-M2  (NATO reporting name: SA-15 Gauntlet) short range missile defence system in southern Astrakhan region, according to Russian Defence Ministry announcement on Friday. Developed by Almaz-Antey based on Tor-M1 system, Tor-M2 was designed to counter a wide range of targets including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), guided missiles, cruise missiles, aircraft, helicopters and high-precision weapons flying at very low to medium altitudes.&nbs...

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