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  • S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets
    S-400 Hits Hypersonic Targets March 29 2020
    Russia used its S-400 Triumf (NATO reporting name: SA-21 Growler) against a hypersonic missile during the drills in Eastern Siberia.  “During the live-fire exercise, over a dozen targets simulated by Armavir target missiles and Favorit smart hypersonic [target] missiles were destroyed. All the targets were hit,” the press office said in a statement. S-400 Triumf is the latest long-and medium-range surface-to-air missile system that went into service in 200...
  • S-500 System Close to Completing the Final Phase
    S-500 System Close to Completing the Final Phase March 27 2020
    Russia's new generation missile system S-500 has reached the final stage of testing. Vladimir Dolbenkov, CEO of the Design Bureau of Special Machine-Building, announced that important parts of the missile system are about to finish the testing phase. "They have developed and are completing the trials of units for the surface-to-air missile system: the launcher, the elements of the multi-functional locator and the missile defence locator, the equipped chassis for the combat control po...
  • Hisar-A to Become Operational
    Hisar-A to Become Operational March 3 2020
    President of Defence Industry Prof. Dr. İsmail Demir visited Adana Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command, where the UAVs operating in the Operation Spring Shield deployed. Demir, examined the MALE class armed Anka-S UAVs  which are capable of operating at a distance beyond the horizon by their satellite communication system (SATCOM) and high resistance against electronic warfare and and Bayraktar TB2 platforms of the and Baykar company with his delegation. ...
  • Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production
    Russia Denies S-400 Joint Production January 21 2020
    Russia has supplied more than 120 surface-to-air missiles to Turkey as per a delivery and acceptance act signed by Turkey and Russia in December, Russian news agency Tass reported on Monday. Russia has also delivered auxiliary equipment, spare parts and tools, Tass quoted the unnamed source as saying, but the contract with Turkey did not include at all any “technology transfer, even partial.” Turkish Defence Industry Presidency İsmail Demir in January told repo...
  • U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS
    U.S. Army Apaches being armed with Spike NLOS January 12 2020
    The U.S. Army is buying an unspecific number of Israeli-made, Spike Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) missiles for its Apache helicopters. An Army Requirements Oversight Council decision has authorised the service to acquire missiles current and future aviation. The service fired the Spike NLOS missile from AH-64E Apache attack helicopters both in Israel and at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, last year.  Defence News witnessed the demonstration flights; The AH-64 hid behind 1,60...
  • Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles
    Leonardo’s M-40 Target Drone Used to Prove Latest Mistral Missiles December 25 2019
    Leonardo has demonstrated its new M-40 target drone against MBDA-made Mistral surface-to-air missile, in Italy. Leonardo has concluded a series of flights with its M-40 target drone as part of a trials campaign in Italy. This saw the drones simulating modern airborne threats, allowing for the realistic demonstration of MBDA’s latest surface-to-air Mistral missile. The missile intercepted the target, proving its capabilities and allowing MBDA to collect valuable dat...
  • China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles
    China Equips Destroyer with Long-Range Land-Attack Missiles December 24 2019
    Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy equips the Type 055 class guided-missile destroyer Nanchang with long-range land-attack cruise missiles. The PLA Navy said on China's Twitter-like social platform Sina Weibo that the service operates not only vessels but also submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles with strategic missile submarines and long-range land-attack cruise missiles with 10,000 ton-class guided-missile destroyer. China displayed its...
  • Russian Military Receives Newest S-350 Vityaz
    Russian Military Receives Newest S-350 Vityaz December 23 2019
      Russia's Almaz-Antey arms producer has delivered to the Defence Ministry the first set of the newest S-350 Vityaz long-range air defence system, the company said on Monday. The system is to replace S-300PS surface-to-air missile complexes in the Russian troops The official ceremony was held the other day at the Kapustin Yar proving ground in the Astrakhan Region," the Almaz-Antey press office said in a statement. The S-350 ‘Vityaz&...
  • HQ-9 Tested
    HQ-9 Tested November 12 2019
      Uzbekistan, procured China's HQ-9 (FD-2000) surface-to-air missile system, in 2018. The Ministry of Defence of Uzbekistan announced this week that the system had performed its first firing test. The exercise had been conducted at the Kulkuduk range in Navoiy Region. According to footage officially released by the Uzbek military, the FD-2000 air defence system was supported by the Pechora-2M medium-range SAM systems. The targets were simulated by unmanned aerial vehicles; ...
  • 15-Year Development Process Concludes
    15-Year Development Process Concludes November 11 2019
    India’s first indigenous beyond visual range air-to-air missile Astra is now finally ready for duty after 15  years of development. Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) of India expecting the Indian Air Force to initially order at least 200 missiles for its Sukhoi-30MKI jets. DRDO is trying to increase the current range of the missile from 110 kilometers to 160 kilometers. With a weight of 154 kg and a length of 3.57 meters, the Astra flies more than four times the ...
  • Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built
    Third and Fourth Frigates are being Built November 4 2019
    China has begun work on a third, and fourth Type 054A frigates on order for the Pakistan Navy. A steel cutting ceremony was held for the third and fourth ship at the Hudong Zhonghua Shipyard in China on November 1st. The contract signed between China Shipbuilding Trading Co. Ltd (CSTC) and the Pakistani government for procurement was announced in June 2018. According to Chinese sources, the deal includes four platforms. The class of ships built for Pakistan was named Type 054AP. Almost equal ...
  • The second round of S-400
    The second round of S-400 August 26 2019
    The deliveries of the second battalion of Russian-made S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems to Turkey will begin on August 27, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar announced on Monday. "The process of transporting and delivering the second battery of the S-400 to Turkey will begin tomorrow," the defence minister said in a live broadcast of Turkish NTV television channel. Missiles are expected to be delivered by ship. According to TASS News Agency, 120 ...
  • Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program
    Israel Progress on Corvette Upgrade Program August 18 2019
      Israeli Navy has integrated ALPHA radar to one of its three Saar-5 corvettes. The new IAI-Elta ELM-2258 Advanced Lightweight Phased Array (ALPHA) radar, is a multifunction active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar that operates in the S-band to detect and track threats and provide guidance for weapon systems. Jane's found out the progress at multinational Exercise 'Mighty Waves'. The ALPHA is a multifunction active electronically sc...
  • Smerch Tested August 15 2019
        Russia’s upgraded missile corvette holds live-fire exercise in Sea of Japan. The warship successfully employed surface-to-air missiles, launching them against the target that simulated a surface ship and a simulated air target. Smerch is also set to test its 30mm AK-630 six-barrel automatic artillery gun, the press office of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported. The Russian shipbuilders completed the upgrade of the missile corvette Smerch in 2019. Duri...
  • The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials
    The Hellenic Navy Started Sea Trials July 25 2019
    For the Hellenic Navy, 6th Roussen-Class fast attack missile boat (FACM) started sea trials. The platform, which was under construction went into the water in Elefsina Bay for a limited time. Final ship acceptance board checks of the No. 6 FACM are scheduled to be executed in the third quarter of this year. The Roussen-class FACM are based a stretched variant of the successful Vita design in used with the navies of Qatar and Oman. The Platform has a length of 62 meters, full load di...
  • New Support for Qatar Defence Capability July 13 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 ...
  • Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year
    Missile Frigates to be Delivered Next Year June 24 2019
    Philippine Navy (PN) flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad said the country's first missile frigates will be delivered in April and September of next year. The Department of National Defence signed a PHP18-billion contract for BRP Jose Rizal and BRP Antonio Luna, including weapons systems.  These ships fully equipped with surface-to-air and surface-to-surface missiles, torpedoes, launchers and weapon systems and sensors for four-dimensional warfare. The s...
  • S-400 Missiles to be Tested
    S-400 Missiles to be Tested June 5 2019
      TASS reports that China will test-fire its S-400 air defence missile system in the first ten days of this month. Two missiles are to be fired, against ballistic and flying targets. China became the first foreign buyer of Russia’s S-400 ‘Triumf’ surface-to-air missile systems.    Russia dispatched the first regiment set of S-400 air defence missile systems to China in late December 2017 aboard three ships; one of the ships was hi...
  • China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations
    China’s Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ Debuts in Celebrations April 25 2019
    The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy celebrated its 70th anniversary Tuesday afternoon in Qingdao, East China's Shandong Province by holding a grand maritime parade, which featured China's latest and most powerful destroyer, the Type 055, for the first time. Making its first public appearance at the PLA Navy’s 70th anniversary parade, the Type 055 destroyer ‘Nanchang’ displaces over 10,000 tonnes and carries 112 vertical launch cells for anti...
  • Successful Testing from LRASM
    Successful Testing from LRASM January 28 2019
    India has added a new one to missile trials. The India has announced the test launch of a ship-based surface-to-air missile system. In the simulated test against an air target approaching from low altitude, the missile destroyed its target with a direct hit. India reported that all of the predetermined parameters were succesful within the scope of trials carried out on the vessel INS Chennai (D 65). The work of the system, which was developed at the request of the Indian Navy, is be...
  • Anti-Satellite Missile Test
    Anti-Satellite Missile Test January 22 2019
        Russia recently added a new one to its missile tests. According to an intelligence report published in the US, Moscow carried out a new anti-satellite missile test.     The system, launched and splashed into target area after a distance of 3450 kilometres on a 17-minute flight. The PL-19 Nudol system, which the United States was particularly focused on, had tested twice test last year. System was developed for the destr...
  • Surprise Capacity for Gür Class
    Surprise Capacity for Gür Class January 11 2019
    Turkish Navy’s Gür Class Submarines will be able to engage land-based targets targets. Until now, submarines were equipped with Harpoon SSM (Surface to Surface Missile) for the above-sea targets. According to the information obtained by C4Defence, submarines will be equipped with Boeing’s Harpoon Block II. Submarines will be modernized to be equipped with such capacity. The all-weather missile can engage a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defence sites, s...
  • Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal
    Russia to fulfil S-400 sale to Turkey despite Patriot deal December 19 2018
    Kremlin believes that Turkey's possible purchase of US Patriot Missile System and of Russian S-400 Triumph air defence systems are not connected, and that Russia-Turkey contract on S-400 purchase will be continued, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Peskov's remarks came a day after the Pentagon announced that the US State Department had approved a possible $3.5 billion sale of Patriot missile systems to its NATO-ally Turkey, after notifying Congress of the certification. Peskov fu...
  • Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles
    Ukraine Tests New or Modernized Missiles December 9 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...
  • Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea
    Pantsir-S Missile Battalion Enters Service in Crimea December 1 2018
    The deployment comes after three Ukrainian ships enters Russia controlled waters as they sailed toward the Kerch Strait last Sunday. Russia has deployed a Pantsir-S missile and anti-aircraft artillery battalion to Crimea, according to the press service of the Russian Southern Military District. "The newest [Pantsir-S] air defence systems have entered service among the anti-aircraft missile units of the Southern Military District deployed in Crimea […] as part of the prog...
  • Pentagon Delivered its Report on Turkey's F-35 program
    Pentagon Delivered its Report on Turkey's F-35 program November 16 2018
    The U.S. Defence Department has delivered a report to Congress detailing implications of Turkey receiving 100 F-35 fighter jets according to Reuters. Turkey plans to acquire Russian S-400 air missile defence system and this decision has raised concerns in US. Turkey last month said it was moving ahead with the controversial S-400 procurement and expected to begin installing the surface-to-air missile systems in October 2019. Turkey is due to receive its third and...
  • UAE Has Shown Interest In Akash Surface-To-Air Missile System
    UAE Has Shown Interest In Akash Surface-To-Air Missile System October 21 2018
    UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falacy was in India recently and he has indicated that the Gulf state is interested in the Akash air defence missile system. According to a section of Indian media, the UAE government is possibly looking at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) `Made in India’ Akash surface-to-air missile system. The `Akash’ missile is designed by DRDO and produced by defence PSU Bharat E...
  • S-400 Gets Longer-Range Missile Operational
    S-400 Gets Longer-Range Missile Operational October 18 2018
    Russian air defence units with S-400 system will receive the 40N6 advanced long-range surface-to-air missile which was recently has been accepted for service in the Russian Army according TASS. The main improvement in the 40N6 over the earlier generation missiles is maximum distance of attack for aerodynamic targets. The missiles that were previously in service with the S-400 system (9M96, 48N6 and 48N6DM) were capable of striking targets at a distance of up to 250 km. 40N6 can trav...
  • China To US: 'No Right' To Meddle In Ties With Russia
    China To US: 'No Right' To Meddle In Ties With Russia September 23 2018
    China has slammed Washington’s move to impose sanctions on Beijing over its decision to purchase Russian missile systems and fighter jets, saying the US has “no right to interfere” in relations between two sovereign countries. “The US approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries,” said Wu in a notic...
  • US Imposes Military Sanctions On China
    US Imposes Military Sanctions On China September 22 2018
    The United States has imposed military sanctions on China’s defence procurement agency over its acquisition of Sukhoi Su-35 fighter aircraft and S-400 surface-to-air missiles. China’s defence procurement agency, the Equipment Development Department (EDD), acquired military equipment from Russia. The US State Department said that the EDD’s recent acquisition of Russian materiel breaches Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanc...
  • US Threatens India Over S-400 Deal August 30 2018
    The United States cannot guarantee that it will provide India with a waiver from sanctions if it purchases major weapons from Russia like the S-400 missile system, a top Pentagon official has said. Radio Free Europe issued a statement on August 29 by Randall Schriver, the Pentagon's top Asia official. Schriver explained the meaning of Congress passed legislation this month allowing the Pentagon to waive penalties against countries that purchase arms from Russian defence companie...
  • Tehran to Unveil New Fighter Jet and domestic S-300- Bavar 373
    Tehran to Unveil New Fighter Jet and domestic S-300- Bavar 373 August 19 2018
    Iran will unveil a new fighter jet next week, Brigadier General Amir Hatami said, cited by Fars news agency on Saturday. "We will present a plane on National Defence Industry Day, and people will see it fly, and the equipment designed for it,” Amir Hatami was quoted as saying by Fars news agency, Reuters reported. The Islamic Republic News Agency reported Friday that Iran would also unveil a domestic version of the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile system, du...
  • Mexico Gets Evolved Seasparrow Missiles
    Mexico Gets Evolved Seasparrow Missiles August 11 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 ...
  • NASAMS For India
    NASAMS For India July 30 2018
    India is working on a missile shield around its capital Delhi to make it immune to military or 9/11 attacks from aircraft, missiles and drones, The Times of India wrote. Indian Defence Ministry has approved the purchase of the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) worth around $1 billion from the US. NASAMS is a medium-range, network-centric air defence system designed and developed jointly by Raytheon and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. ...
  • Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force
    Details About the F-15X That Boeing is Pitching the U.S. Air Force July 30 2018
    The new F-15 combat aircraft that Boeing is pitching to the U.S. Air Force would host of new weapons, including anti-ship missiles, according to US based Defence One magazine. The Air Force and Boeing have been talking about how new F-15Xs would be cheaper to operate than the current fleet of F-15s.  The X variant would benefit from upgrades funded by countries who have bought F-15s: Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Singapore and Republic of Korea. Compared to the Air Force’s existin...
  • DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption
    DOD opposes removing Turkey from F-35 programme, citing supply chain disruption July 21 2018
    US Secretary of Defence James Mattis sent a letter to US Representative Mac Thornberry, chairman of the Armed Services Committee. Mattis acknowledged concerns about the Turkish government but opposed US lawmakers’ efforts to remove the country from the F-35 Lightning II programme, saying the loss of the nation from the supply chain would delay delivery of some aircraft for up to two years. US top lawmakers objected Turkey receiving the Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighter as t...
  • Republic of Korea to deploy K-SAAM on second Dokdo class
    Republic of Korea to deploy K-SAAM on second Dokdo class May 30 2018
    The Republic of Korea Navy’s (RoKN’s) second Dokdo-class helicopter carrier will deploy an indigenously developed weapon referred to in the country as Korean Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile (SAAM, or K-SAAM) Jane’s reported . The vessel, which will be known in service as ROKS Marado with pennant number 6112 has also been equipped with a locally developed vertical launching system (K-VLS).  The K-SAAM is a 3.07 m long ship-based anti-air projectile that employs ine...
  • Derivatsiya-PVO SPAAG Will Begin State Trials in 2018
    Derivatsiya-PVO SPAAG Will Begin State Trials in 2018 May 15 2018
    The Derivatsiya-PVO self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) will enter state trials later this year, a Russian defence industry source has told Jane’s. He added that a prototype of the newest 57 mm SPAAG developed by the Nizhny Novgorod-based Burevestnik institute, a subsidiary of Rostec’s Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), had already been manufactured and sent for preliminary trials. Developed based on the BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle, Derivatsiya-P...
  • Kuznetsov to be Equipped With Pantsyr Missiles
    Kuznetsov to be Equipped With Pantsyr Missiles May 8 2018
    The upgrade work on Russia's only aircraft carrier will begin this month, Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief Viktor Bursuk said. Admiral Kuznetsov will be equipped with new shipborne Pantsyr surface-to-air missile system as well as new flight control systems. The carrier's power-generating equipment will also be replaced by new boilers. The modernization work is expected to be completed by 2021. The 305-metre long carrier can accommodat...
  • Contested Deployment by China
    Contested Deployment by China May 4 2018
    Beijing has installed anti-ship cruise and surface-to-air missiles in the Spratly islands west of the Philippines, the Chinese foreign ministry has confirmed. Intelligence assessments say the missile platforms were moved to the outposts in the strategic Spratly Islands within the past 30 days. The land-based anti-ship cruise missiles, designated as YJ-12B, allow China to strike surface vessels within 295 nautical miles while the long-range surface-to-air missiles designate...