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  • Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off
    Gray Wolf Ready to Take Off 16 July 2020
    The 416th Flight Test Squadron recently completed a round of tests of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s “Gray Wolf” prototype cruise missile at Edwards Air Force Base, California. Gray Wolf is a DoD-directed prototype production and demonstration of low-cost, subsonic and networked collaborative cruise missiles. The missiles are designed to launch in a swarm to target enemy integrated air defence threats. The missiles offer a stand-off solution for the ...
  • New Air-to-Surface Anti-Ship Missile of Roketsan
    New Air-to-Surface Anti-Ship Missile of Roketsan 19 June 2020
    TEI (TUSAŞ Engine Industries) developed TJ-300 medium-range missile engine with the TUBITAK TEYDEB support and conducted the First Start and Presentation Ceremony in its facilities located in Eskişehir. TEI General Manager Prof. Dr. Mahmut Akşit; announced that the TJ-300 was developed for a solution of Roketsan during the event. While giving information about the starting process of the engine, Prof. Dr. Akşit's words: "... we will start with your start...
  • November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit
    November Rumor for Chinese B-2 Spirit 9 May 2020
    The nuclear triad is an important step for countries to become superpowers. Continuing to work in this framework, China is close to completing the great trio. Beijing, which has not been able to bring its strategic bombing capability to the desired level at long range, continues its works. In this context, November is pointed out for the first results of the ongoing H-20 strategic bomber studies, in defence backstage. Rumors are circulating that the platform will be showcased at the...
  • Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial
    Sea Venom at First Qualification Trial 8 March 2020
      The Sea Venom missile has successfully completed its first qualification firing trial. The missile is jointly developed by France and the United Kingdom under the 2010 Lancaster House treaties The trial took place at the French DGA procurement agency's test site at Ile du Levant on Feb. 20, but was only announced Friday. The missile, measuring 240 pounds and 8.2 feet long, carries a 66-pound warhead, which it can deliver at high subsonic speed to an es...
  • First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER
    First End-to-End Firing MBDA Marte-ER 14 February 2020
    MBDA, which continues to expand the air-to-surface missile family, recently conducted a test launch. The first end-to-end system launch was carried out by MARTE-ER, which can be defined as the third generation of MARTE missile family which are among the products of the company. Within the scope of the activity, which was stated to be the second test launch of the missile, there was also an integrated navigation system, proximity fly-over fuze, gun control and actuator systems. MARTE...
  • ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November
    ATMACA to Be Test-Fired At Sea In November 11 September 2019
    Roketsan’s Atmaca anti-ship missile will be test-fired from an Ada-class corvette TCG Kınalıada in November this year. The event will mark the first time that the Atmaca is tested at sea. Atmaca was unveiled for the first time by Roketsan during IDEF 19 defence exhibition. The serial production contract of Atmaca anti-ship missile was signed between the Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB) and Roketsan on November 2nd, 2018. According to Roketsan, Atmaca is a subso...
  • Nirbhay Succeeded in Sixth Test
    Nirbhay Succeeded in Sixth Test 22 May 2019
    India tested Nirbhay subsonic cruise missile successfully. DRDO confirmed that the missile was launched in Chandipur, Odisha. The missile, which has a range of more than 1000 kilometers, has been tested for the sixth time. Nirbhay took off vertically, then turned horizontally into desired direction separating its booster. It was aimed at testing the reliability of boost phase and cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes. Nirbhay is said to have demonstrated its sea-skimmi...
  • Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie Makes Maiden Flight 8 March 2019
    Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator completed its maiden flight on March 5 with a 76-minute-long flight over the United States Army's Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. XQ-58A Valkyrie is a Joint project of Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). AFRL' intends to realise its Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) program with this UAV. The new low-cost, runway-independent demonstrator drone is a long-range, high...
  • LRASM Delivered
    LRASM Delivered 24 December 2018
    The US announced that it received the first batch of LRASM missile. How many missiles delivered within first batch is not disclosed. US announced its early operational capability acquisition with deliveries. LRASM systems, which were delivered to the US Air Force first, will be delivered to the US Navy from next year. The Air Force will use missiles on B-1B strategic bombers. A B-1B Lancer can carry 24 missiles in its internal weapons bay. Navy will use the missile on F/A-...
  • Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles
    Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles 9 December 2018
    Ukraine has successfully tested a new anti-ship cruise missile, ‘Neptune’ and a modernized S-125 surface-to-air missile system, at a firing range in the Odesa Oblast Wednesday. Olexandr Turchynov, the chairman of Ukraine’s Defence and Security Council was quoted as saying during a press briefing after the tests by Kyivpost Thursday. “The task put today before cruise missiles was to check the range and accuracy of hitting surface targets”, adding that th...
  • Vietnam to Hit with Satellite 26 November 2018
    Vietnam has taken action to provide satellite navigation capabilities. As a result of negotiations with Russia, an agreement was has signed.   In the statement made by Roskosmos, the KCT 15 missiles in the Vietnam inventory will gain the ability to GLONASS guidance. GLONASS based guidance system will be used for the missiles that can reach a maximum range of 200 kilometers.   The KCT-15 system is the licensed version of the Russian Kh-35 missi...
  • New Hypersonic Step from Far-East
    New Hypersonic Step from Far-East 1 October 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...
  • US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile
    US Navy Selects Naval Strike Missile for LCS Over-the-Horizon Missile 3 June 2018
    US Navy has selected The Norwegian-designed Naval Strike Missile for the fleet’s littoral combat ships (LCSs) and the future guided-missile frigates. The 'Naval Strike Missile' (NSM) was submitted for consideration to the US Navy by Norwegian defence firm Kongsberg Defence Systems jointly with US defence contractor Raytheon, beating out offerings from Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The $14.8 million contract awarded to Raytheon will purchase the first round of m...
  • DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine
    DARPA Demands Hypersonic Engine 24 January 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...
  • B-52s To Assume Responsibility from Lancers
    B-52s To Assume Responsibility from Lancers 17 January 2018
    Six US B-52H Stratofortress bombers and approximately 300 Airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, are deploying to Andersen AFB, Guam, in support of U.S. Pacific Command’s Continuous Bomber Presence mission.  The Stratofortresses, last deployed to the region in July 2016, will assume responsibility for USPACOM’s CBP operations near the end of January 2018 from the 37th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancers, deployed from Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota. ...
  • Taiwan plans increasing cruise missile range to 1000 km
    Taiwan plans increasing cruise missile range to 1000 km 24 December 2017
    Taiwan plans increasing cruise missile range to 1000 km Taiwan based Up Media claims that Taipei is planning to launch the production of an improved The Hsiung Feng IIE (HF-2E) subsonic cruise missile in 2020. The new missile has a range of 1,000km and can strike deep inside China. Engineers have successfully miniaturized components to free up space for extra fuel and improve the efficient of its engine. HF-2E is a surface-to- surface cruise missile system developed by the National Chung-Shan...
  • High Hopes for Nirbhay
    High Hopes for Nirbhay 6 November 2017
    The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is getting prepared for another trial of India’s first home-grown subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay. the test, scheduled for Tuesday this week, will take place at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) off Odisha coast. It will be fifth launch of the missile in the last five years. Nirbhay will be tested using a turbojet engine for the first time. The six-metre-long two-stage missile can strike a tar...
  • Surface Capability to LRASM
    Surface Capability to LRASM 28 July 2017
    Lockheed Martin successfully conducted the first-ever launch on 26 July of the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) surface-launch variant from a topside canister. During the test, the missile's ability to conduct an angled launch from the newly designed topside canister, replicating a ship-launched environment, has been proved.  Scott Callaway, Subsonic Cruise Missile director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control said, "This test also valid...
  • 'Sitara' Project Resurrects
    'Sitara' Project Resurrects 28 December 2016
    India’s indigeniously developed subsonic Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) ‘Sitara’ will soon undergo spin trials in an effort to revive the troubled project, following a design upgrade. The IJT programme was commenced in 1999, however the aircraft failed to succeed in spin tests, in which the plane is deliberately allowed to stall midair and recovered as part of the training process. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the developer of Sitara, requested external consultancy f...
  • US Navy to simulate threats on supersonic jets 12 May 2016
    The US Navy has awarded a $43.1 million contract to the Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, to exercise an option in support of the Contracted Air Services (CAS) Program Pentagon said on a press release. The CAS Program provides contractor owned and operated Type III High Subsonic and Type IV Supersonic aircraft to United States Navy Fleet customers for a wide variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities, Pentagon also explained. The Airborne Tactical Advantage Company operates British-bu...