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  • Ballistic Missile Trial
    Ballistic Missile Trial 4 May 2020
    New generation ballistic missile development and test studies are continuing both to replace the systems that end of their economic life and within the scope of new requirements. Lockheed Martin, one of the leading manufacturers of the United States, recently added a new one to its launch trial activities. As part of the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) Program, the trial was conducted at the White Sands Missile Range based in New Mexico. It was stated that th...
  • Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel
    Bofors Gun System for Attack Vessel 22 August 2019
    Indonesia will work with BAE Systems. The Indonesian Navy has selected BAE Systems’ Bofors 57 Mk3 naval gun system for the country’s KCR-60 fast-attack vessel program. The initial contracts with government-owned shipbuilder PT PAL Indonesia include four 57 Mk3 gun systems. Two of the new 57 Mk3 systems will be for two KCR-60 vessels currently under construction, while the remaining two guns will be integrated onto two existing KCR-60 ships. The Bofors 57mm naval gun is d...
  • Raytheon Moving Fast
    Raytheon Moving Fast 26 October 2018
    US-based company, Raytheon has reported two important news. The first of these is from Mexico. Company has delivered the RIM-116 RAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) Block 2 systems which ordered by Mexico. System will be used on the POLA (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance) platforms built for the Mexican Navy. RAM system is developed for intercepting enemy anti-ship threats. Block 2 models have a more powerful engine, more advanced control unit and radio frequency receiver. RAM i...
  • Mexico Gets Evolved Seasparrow Missiles
    Mexico Gets Evolved Seasparrow Missiles 11 August 2018
    Mexico is buying an 8-cell MK56 VLS launcher and Evolved Seasparrow (RIM-162) Missiles (ESSM) for its new Sigma 10514 Class corvette, a US Defence Security Cooperation Agency statement has said. The State Department has decided approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of six Evolved ESSM and two Evolved Seasparrow telemetry missiles for an estimated cost of $41 million.  The Defence Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress ...
  • US to Proceed 100 kW Laser
    US to Proceed 100 kW Laser 8 August 2018
    US Army has signed an agreement with Dynetics and Lockheed Martin. With the agreement, the companies will proceed to the next phase of the HEL TVD (High Energy Laser Tactical Vehicle Demonstrator) development process. HEL TVD program aims to develop a 100 kW class laser weapon system. In this context, the first phase was left behind and Lockheed Martin completed the System Requirements Review.  Design review phase will begin in January 2019. The HEL TVD...
  • One More LCS Accepted
    One More LCS Accepted 3 August 2018
    United States Naval Systems Command (NAVSEA) has announced that USS Charleston (LCS 18) littoral combat ship has completed the acceptance trials. During tests conducted in the Gulf of Mexico, ship made  11-meter boat operation, detection and engagement against air and surface targets, bow thruster and anchorage operations were tested. After delivery, USS Charleston  will undergo a post-delivery availability that includes crew training, certifications and familiarization exercises in...
  • Patriot Missile Breaks Its Own Distance Record to Defeat Threat Target in Test
    Patriot Missile Breaks Its Own Distance Record to Defeat Threat Target in Test 28 July 2018
    In a U.S. Army-led test on July 26, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile broke its own distant record to take out an air-breathing target simulating a cruise missile or fixed-wing aircraft . Test demonstrated the Hit-to-Kill capability of the PAC-3 family of missiles, which defends against threats through body-to-body contact. The test also reconfirmed PAC-3 MSE's ability to detect, track and interc...
  • MH-60R Approval to Mexico
    MH-60R Approval to Mexico 24 April 2018
    The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters for an estimated cost of $1,20 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the Congress of this possible sale on 18 April. The Government of Mexico has requested to buy eight MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters equipped with T-700 GE 401 C engines with four engines as spares, APS-153(V) Multi-Mode radar...
  • US Greenlight to Mexico
    US Greenlight to Mexico 8 January 2018
    The US State Department has approved an estimated $98,4-million sales of RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface-launched missiles, Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) tactical missiles and MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes to Mexico on 5 January.  The Government of Mexico has requested to buy six RGM-84L Harpoon Block II, 23 Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) and six MK 54 Mod 0 torpedoes, along with containers; spare and repair parts; support and te...
  • Seoul: Under Crossfire in Asia…
    Seoul: Under Crossfire in Asia… 11 December 2017
    On November 9, Republic of Korea’s President Moon Jae-in launched the “New Southern Policy,” with the intention of deepening relations with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries. Already a member of the ASEAN + 3 platform since 1997 together with Japan and China, Seoul seeks to raise relations with Southeast Asia to an equivalent level of its relations with the United States, China, Japan and Russia.  Seul’s new initiative in its ...
  • 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...
  • 30th Arleigh Burke, Ready For Delivery
    30th Arleigh Burke, Ready For Delivery 26 July 2017
    The HHI-built 30th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114) has completed a builder's trials programme. Built by shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), USS Ralph Johnson spent four days underway in the Gulf of Mexico last week, testing the vessel’s systems and its readiness before delivery. HII has also launched the US Navy's 31st Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) guided missile destroyer, Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), just a week ago. ...
  • Tomahawk Test Fire From US Submarine
    Tomahawk Test Fire From US Submarine 20 July 2017
    The US Navy (USN) has tested the new Block III Virginia Payload Tube on the Virginia-class submarine USS North Dakota (SSN-784), firing two Tomahawk cruise missiles in the Gulf of Mexico. The test fire was the first demonstration of the submarine's potential to load, carry and vertically launch Tomahawk missiles from the submarine. The service is also working on enabling the submarines to carry three times the number of Tomahawk missiles that t...
  • Two New Vessels for Mexican Navy
    Two New Vessels for Mexican Navy 28 November 2016
    Mexican Navy commissioned two new vessels on 23 November. The offshore patrol vessel (OPV) ARM Chiapas (PO 165) and the logistics ship ARM Isla Maria Madre (BAL 11) entered service during a ceremony attended by President Enrique Peña Nieto. Chiapas was constructed by the Shipyard Marina 20 (Astilleros de la Secretaría de Marina (ASTIMAR 20)- Mexican Secretary of The Navy Shipyards) in Salina Cruz. The logistics ship Isla Maria Madre, on the other hand, built by ASTIMAR 6 in Guay...
  • TACMS in first flight test
    TACMS in first flight test 12 November 2016
    Lockheed Martin’s modernised Tactical Missile System (TACMS) has successfully completed its first flight test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. Lockheed Martin carries out upgrade work under a $78 million contract. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher fired the missile at a target area over 130km away, successfully hitting the target with a proximity sensor-enabled detonation. The missile has been modernised under the army’s TACMS Ser...
  • Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed
    Firing Tests of 'Scorpion' Completed 21 October 2016
    Textron AirLand’s Scorpion light attack fighter aircraft conducted its first weapons capability exercise at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico between 10-14 October. During tests Scorpion launched Hydra-70 unguided 2.75 in rockets, the BAE Systems Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, and Lockheed Martin AGM-114F Hellfire missile.
  • New 'Panther' in Mexico
    New 'Panther' in Mexico 3 October 2016
    Mexico, the first customer for the latest variant of the multirole Airbus AS565 MBe Panther helicopters, received the first 10 units on 28 September. The Mexican Navy is set to receive three more aircraft before the end of the year under the contract signed in 2014. The new aircraft is equipped with two Safran Arriel 2N engines, and a new main gearbox that makes maintenance easier. The Panther is used for a wide range of military roles, including combat assault, fire support, anti-submarine w...
  • IAI and Honeywell co-develop UAS ‘Sense and Avoid’ System
    IAI and Honeywell co-develop UAS ‘Sense and Avoid’ System 19 July 2016
    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and avionics manufacturer Honeywell will jointly develop a “sense-and-avoid” capability for IAI’s Heron series of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The project is funded by the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (Bird) Foundation. Honeywell will provide a single line replaceable unit for the project, integrating software, hardware and fusion capability for different sensors. IAI will contribute a ground contr...
  • Taiwan ‘to test-fire missiles in US’ as China tensions rise 28 June 2016
    Taiwan plans to test-fire its newest anti-missile system for the first time in the United States next month as relations with rival China deteriorate, a defence source and media reports said Monday. Relations between China and Taiwan have cooled rapidly under the island’s new Beijing-sceptic president Tsai Ing-wen, who took office in May, ending an eight-year rapprochement. The test of the US-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) system will be launched at the W...
  • Lightweight pilots to fly with F-35 20 April 2016
    The first test of a new, lightweight F-35 helmet was successful, according to the program office. Even though it seems to be a minor issue at first glance, this is a promising sign that the Pentagon can move forward to fix F-35’s escape system by the end of the year. On March 31 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, Lockheed Martin's F-35 conducted a test with a new light helmet design that weighs about 4.63 pounds to reduce the risk of neck injury to F-35 pilots during seat ejection...