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  • Poland asks to buy Tomahawk missiles from US for new submarines

    03/12/2015 1:22:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mar 12, 2015 | Marcin Goclowski
    Poland's Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said on Thursday he has asked the United States whether the European nation could buy Tomahawk missiles for its new submarines. "One of the capabilities we want them (the submarines) to have is cruise missiles," Siemoniak told public radio, following a report by daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. Siemoniak also said around 10,000 NATO soldiers will take part in military exercises in Poland this year,

    03/10/2015 6:57:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    Popular Science ^ | MARCH 10, 2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    DH-10 Launch Xinhui, via China Defense Forum This clear image of a TEL vehicle launching a DH-10 provides us with a detailed look at the cruise missile; while the tailfins have deployed, the air intake and wings have not. The debris is from the breaking open of the canister, while the short cylinder attached to the missile's rear is its integrated rocket booster that brings the missile into flight before the turbofan engine starts. A DH-10 land attack cruise missile (LACM) launches out of its canister, heading for parts unknown. Weighing about 1-1.5 tons (about the same size as the...
  • Origin of China’s Latest Cruise Missile Debated

    11/21/2014 6:48:48 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    AIN online ^ | November 21, 2014 | Reuben Johnson
    One of the many new weapons shown for the first time Airshow China this year was the China Aerospace Science Industrial Corporation (CASIC) CX-1 Mach 3 cruise missile. The PRC’s defense industrial complex has a number of cruise missiles that can be either ship- or air-launched, and each successive show at Zhuhai seems to generate new models. So this missile is not a major breakthrough in Chinese defense technology. What makes the CX-1 unusual is its close resemblance to another missile that is well-known to the rest of the world: the joint Indian-Russian project, the BrahMos. The uncanny similarity of...
  • Cruise Missiles Indispensable for Polish Submarines – Required Range: 800 km

    11/07/2014 8:39:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Defence24.com Poland ^ | Nov 06, 2014)
    The Polish Armed Forces plan to acquire cruise missiles for the new type of submarines. The missiles are to be capable of striking ground targets at distances up to 800 km, and are treated as an indispensable element of the Polish Armed Forces strategic deterrence system. According to MoD secretary of state Czesław Mroczek, the process for the acquisition of these new submarines is to start later this year, with contractor selection to follow in 2015. Minister Mroczek stressed that, while it is certain that the Polish Armed Forces will acquire cruise missiles for the submarines, some issues nevertheless remain...
  • Lockheed Martin and Turkey's Roketsan sign F-35 missile deal (new cruise missile)

    10/22/2014 9:20:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 22, 2014
    Lockheed Martin and Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan signed an agreement Wednesday to produce and sell Turkey's SOM-J air-launched cruise missile for the F-35 Lightning II combat jet, the companies said. The agreement, signed in the Turkish capital Ankara, envisages the development, production, marketing, selling and supporting the SOM-J for internal carriage on the F-35 or external carriage on other aircraft."Lockheed Martin has a long history of partnership with Turkey, and we look forward to working closely with Roketsan on this very important project," said Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Edwards also said the...
  • MBDA’s Naval Cruise Missile Production Started and Program is Progressing Well

    10/06/2014 4:45:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 06 October 2014
    As part of the EURONAVAL Press Tour, Navy Recognition had the chance to visit the MBDA site of Selles Saint Denis last week. This “missile factory” is the European Missile Integration Center. During our tour, we got the chance to see the production lines of the Exocet family of anti-ship missiles, Mica and Aster anti-air missiles and Scalp cruise missiles. But the highlight of the visit was by far when MBDA showed us two freshly assembled Naval Cruise Missile (NCM or MdCN in French). NCM Programme The ability to strike strategic and military targets with exceptional precision from extended stand-off...
  • Russian fleet to receive secret new cruise missile

    10/05/2014 10:55:55 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Russia Beyond The Headlines ^ | 10/04/2014 | Alexey Ramm
    The rocket, the technical characteristics of which remain classified, has passed state testing and will soon enter into the service of Russia’s armed forces. Military experts speculate that it could be a completely new development by Russian designers, as well as a product upgrade based on a rocket already in use such as the Yakhont (“Ruby”) In September 2014, state testing was completed on Russia’s newest cruise missile, which has been developed by NPO Mashinostroyenia, part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation. According to the general director of NPO Mashinostroyenia, Alexander Leonov, the new missile was designed for the Russian Navy...
  • Exclusive - Japan, U.S. discussing offensive military capability for Tokyo - Japan officials

    09/09/2014 9:52:52 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 10, 2014 | NOBUHIRO KUBO
    (Reuters) - Japan and the United States are exploring the possibility of Tokyo acquiring offensive weapons that would allow Japan to project power far beyond its borders, Japanese officials said, a move that would likely infuriate China. While Japan's intensifying rivalry with China dominates the headlines, Tokyo's focus would be the ability to take out North Korean missile bases, said three Japanese officials involved in the process. They said Tokyo was holding the informal, previously undisclosed talks with Washington about capabilities that would mark an enhancement of military might for a country that has not fired a shot in anger...
  • Kongsberg unveils for the first time a Submarine Launched NSM at Balt Military Expo 2014

    06/27/2014 8:15:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | Tuesday, 24 June 2014
    At the 13th Baltic Military Fair BALT-MILITARY-EXPO 2014 currently held in Gdansk, Poland, Kongsberg shows for the first time a concept of a submarine launched variant of its NSM (Naval Strike Missile). The missile is based on the JSM (the variant specifically designed to fit inside the F35 JSF jet's weapons bay). Kongsberg with its partner Nammo will design a specific booster to launch the missile after breaking out of the water. Navy Recognition learned that the missile itself may be longer in size than the JSM in order to give it more range. This will be decided during the...
  • Military Blimps Will Float In Aberdeen, Tracking Potential Threats

    06/18/2014 8:18:30 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 26 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | June 17, 2014 | Mike Schuh
    ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ)—Soon, Maryland will be the home to a couple of new landmarks. Actually, sky-marks. As Mike Schuh reports, two large blimps will soon rise over Harford County and stay put. Radar blimps like these have been used on the battlefield to track the enemy, and in the Caribbean to intercept drug runners. Testing in Utah is complete. Now they’re being packed up and sent to Maryland. “There is some equipment already on grounds, yes,” said Kelly Luster, a spokesman for Aberdeen Proving Ground. What will they be looking for? Anti-ship cruise missiles, unmanned aircraft and swarming boats. These...
  • N Korea 'develops Russian cruise missile'

    06/17/2014 8:34:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    BBC News ^ | 17 June 2014
    <p>A North Korean propaganda film has revealed footage of a newly developed cruise missile, according to experts.</p> <p>The missile is believed to be similar to the Russian KH-35 missile, which came into service in 2003.</p> <p>Cruise missiles are short-range weapons guided by on-board computers, used to attack specific targets. The majority of the North's known missiles are much larger, longer-range missiles.</p>
  • PLA's 'Long Sword' missiles deadly to US, Japan, Taiwan: report

    05/14/2014 8:29:05 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-05-14
    China's CJ-10 cruise missiles. (Internet photo) China's CJ-10 "Long Sword" cruise missile has capabilities that match those of the American Block-IV Tomahawk and could be devastating in a potential naval conflict against the US, Japan or Taiwan, according to a report published in US-based political magazine The National Interest. The May 12 article, jointly written by military experts Dennis Gormley from the University of Pittsburgh, Andrew S Erickson from the Naval War College in Newport and Jingdong Yuan from the University of Sydney, claims that China's cruise missile development has been advancing rapidly under the radar while the US Navy...
  • Pakistan navy deploys Chinese C-602 cruise missile

    04/10/2014 9:20:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    WantChinaTimes ^ | 2014-04-11
    Frontline units of the Pakistani navy have been equipped with C-602 anti-ship cruise missiles purchased from China, according to the Kanwa Defense Review published by Andrei Chang, also known as Pinkov, a Canadian a military analyst. Pakistan ordered about 120 C-602 anti-ship cruise missiles from China back in 2009. The first batch of the missiles, enough to equip a company, were delivered in 2011. After personnel completed training on using the missiles, the Pakistani government said that the C-602s have already been deployed to frontline naval units. The missiles were purchased to provide a countermeasure to India's BrahMos supersonic cruise...
  • Pentagon: North Korea Develops Unmanned Strike Aircraft From Stolen U.S. Target Drone

    03/05/2014 5:38:02 PM PST · by Steely Tom · 25 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 5 March 2014 | Bill Gertz
    North Korea has deployed an indigenous unmanned aerial vehicle capable of attacking ground targets based on stolen U.S. target drones, the Pentagon revealed in a report to Congress. Images of the North Korean drone in flight were shown as part of a March 2013 military drill, the Pentagon report said. “The drone appeared to be a North Korean copy of a Raytheon MQM-107 Streaker target drone,” the report said. “North Korean press coverage of the event described the UAV as being capable of precision strikes by crashing into the target.”
  • New image of a Russian Tu-22M Backfire with cruise missile emerges

    12/17/2013 12:26:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec 16, 2013 | David Cenciotti
    Not many images showing the KH-22, a large, long-range cruise missile developed by the Soviet Union to target U.S. Navy aircraft carriers with a conventional or nuclear warhead, can be found on the Internet. Those that you can find if you Google “KH-22″ are mainly old ones, hence a recent clear air-to-air image showing a Tu-22M Backfire flying with a couple of missiles that are dubbed AS-4 “Kitchen” by NATO, deserve a mention. The photograph in this post was uploaded on the Russianplanes.net portal by a user using the nickname “White” and shows the Tu-22 flying with two KH-22s (most...
  • Eurofighter flies with Storm Shadow missiles

    11/28/2013 12:16:01 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Flight International ^ | 11/28/2013 | CRAIG HOYLE
    MBDA’s Storm Shadow cruise missile has been flown with a Eurofighter Typhoon for the first time, with the combination having got airborne from Decimomannu air base in Sardinia on 27 November. Two of the roughly 1.3t weapons were carried by the combat aircraft, using hardpoints usually occupied by external fuel tanks. Alenia Aermacchi Performed by Alenia Aermacchi using instrumented production aircraft 2, the first airborne carriage trial marks the latest stage in a process which will clear the more than 250km (460nm)-range weapon for use with the Eurofighter from 2015. The work falls within a Phase 2 enhancement programme being...
  • France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria

    10/03/2013 10:32:10 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Oct 03 2013
    France had Rafale jets armed with Scalp missiles ready for strike on Syria By Richard Clements According to to French weekly le Nouvel Observateur (LNO) France came within hours of striking Syrian Chemical weapons sites after thinking that the U.S had planned a huge attack on Sept. 1, 2013. The report states that French President Francois Hollande had convened a meeting early in the morning of August 31; the plan on how France was going to attack the chemical weapons sites was formed during this meeting. According to LNO the French planned to fly Rafale jets supported by French tankers...
  • Why is Poland purchasing Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles for its F-16s?

    08/22/2013 4:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Aug 22 2013 | Jacek Siminski
    Why is Poland purchasing Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles for its F-16s? As Rzeczpospolita broadsheet reports the Americans will allow Poland to purchase modern JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) missiles for Warsaw’s F-16s. This will significantly increase the Polish Vipers’ strike capabilities. Poland currently operates 48 F-16 airplanes in Block 52+ variant, where the ‘+’ means they have CFTs (Conformal Fuel Tanks). The strike capability of JASSM is immense, as it is able to destroy targets at distances of 370 km (ca. 220 miles). This allows the Viper to destroy the target outside of the SAMs (Surface to Air Missiles) envelope,...
  • Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria

    05/16/2013 9:35:54 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 22 replies
    Russia has shipped an advanced antiship cruise missile to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said on Thursday. Russia has previously provided Yakhont missiles, as the weapon is known, to Syria. But the missiles that were recently delivered are outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them far more accurate, according to American officials who are familiar with classified intelligence reports. The new missile “contributes to Syria’s overall military capabilities, but specifically it would tend to push Western or allied naval activity further off the...
  • US Navy Instruction Confirms Retirement of Nuclear Tomahawk Cruise Missile

    03/18/2013 2:58:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    FAS Strategic Security Blog ^ | 03/18/2013 | Hans Kristensen
    US Navy Instruction Confirms Retirement of Nuclear Tomahawk Cruise Missile The U.S. Navy has quietly removed the nuclear Tomahawk cruise missile from its inventory, a new Secretary of the Navy Instruction shows. By Hans M. Kristensen Although the U.S. Navy has yet to make a formal announcement that the nuclear Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile (TLAM/N) has been retired, a new updated navy instruction shows that the weapon is gone. The evidence comes not in the form of an explicit statement, but from what has been deleted from the U.S. Navy’s instruction Department of the Navy Nuclear Weapons Responsibilities and Authorities...
  • Russian Frigates to Get Advanced Missile Systems

    03/18/2013 2:44:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 18/03/2013
    Russian Frigates to Get Advanced Missile Systems ST. PETERSBURG, March 18 (RIA Novosti) - Russia will install Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile systems on three of its Project 11356 frigates, the Baltic shipbuilding plant said on Monday. The plant, affiliated with the United Shipbuilding Corporation, will manufacture the missile systems for the Yantar shipyard before the end of 2014. “Under an existing contract, the Baltic plant will install Kalibr systems on the first troika of frigates,” the plant said, adding that the next three frigates are also expected to be equipped with Kalibr missiles. The Kalibr is capable of effectively engaging...
  • PICTURE: Joint Strike Missile makes F-35 debut

    03/12/2013 1:50:23 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 03/12/2013 | Dominic Perry
    PICTURE: Joint Strike Missile makes F-35 debut Kongsberg's developmental Joint Strike Missile (JSM) has been attached to a Lockheed Martin F-35 for the first time at the airframer's Fort Worth, Texas facility. Installed on 27 February as part of a "fit check" to one of the stealthy fighter's weapons pylons, a further test will be conducted later this year to verify that the munition is able to be carried within the F-35's internal weapons bay. Lockheed will conduct similar external trials on all three variants of the fighter, while internal fit checks of the JSM will be confined to the...
  • India aborts testing of new cruise missile

    03/12/2013 1:43:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    India aborts testing of new cruise missile (AFP) – 8 hours ago BHUBANESWAR, India — The maiden flight of India's first domestically developed long-range cruise missile was aborted midway on Tuesday after it veered off course, defence scientists said. The two-stage Nirbhay missile blasted off from the eastern state of Orissa but the test flight was halted prematurely to "ensure coastal safety", the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said. "After travelling approximately midway, deviations were observed from its intended course," spokesman Ravi Gupta said in a statement, which claimed the basic mission objectives from the test firing had...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • In a Rare Move, S. Korean Military Releases Video Footage of Cruise Missiles to Public

    02/14/2013 12:24:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Arirang News ^ | FEB 14, 2013 | Kim Han-ul
    In a Rare Move, S. Korean Military Releases Video Footage of Cruise Missiles to Public Cruise missiles are launched from warships and submarines in the video clip released by the Defense Ministry, hitting targets on land. Although Defense Ministry officials refrained from releasing specific details on the missiles' range, they did say it has the capacity to strike any target in North Korea, no matter where in the South the missile is fired from, which means it probably has a range of more than 1-thousand kilometers. This is not the first time the Defense Ministry has confirmed the deployment of...
  • Russia plans to sell multipurpose submarines abroad

    01/23/2013 12:54:14 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | January 22, 2013 | Andrei Lvov
    Russia plans to sell multipurpose submarines abroad January 22, 2013 Andrei Lvov Russia’s military-industrial complex is increasing arms exports through Rosoboronexport, year after year, and the naval component is no exception. However, the latest contract for the supply of non-nuclear submarines is unique. Rosoboronexport is in continued talks with Italy on the supply of S1000 submarines. However, these boats will not see action in either the Russian or the Italian navy. Instead, they will be sold exclusively to third-party countries. Experts at the Rubin Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering and Italy’s Fincantieri completed the conceptual design of the S1000...
  • Germany offers cruise missiles at half price

    12/24/2012 6:56:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 2012-12-23 | By Lee Tae-hoon
    Germany offers cruise missiles at half price By Lee Tae-hoon A German-based defense company will offer to sell its cutting-edge air-to-ground stand alone cruise missiles to Seoul at almost half its 2009 initial offering price of 3.6 billion won ($3.4 million), multiple sources said Sunday. An industry source said TAURUS Systems GmbH (TSG) has decided to lower the price of a TAURUS missile to 2.2 billion won to overcome challenges that non-U.S. companies face in entering Korea’s growing defense market. “We acknowledge barriers in entering the Korean market as the United States, which has roughly 28.500 troops here, continues to...
  • India Modifies Brahmos Missile With New Nav System

    10/09/2012 2:01:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 09/10/2012
    India Modifies Brahmos Missile With New Nav System India has uprated its BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles by installing the advanced satellite navigation systems from Russia's Kh-555 and Kh-101 strategic long-range cruise missiles, adding GPS-GLONASS technology to the existing doppler-inertial platform, Izvestia reported on Tuesday quoting sources in the military-industrial complex. The integration of the navigation systems from Kh-555 will turn BrahMos, a supersonic cruise missile, into a "super-rocket" with almost a sub-strategic capability above its normal tactical range, capable of hitting targets over 180-300 miles (300-500 km), from sea, land and air launchers, and capable of being armed with a...
  • Nuclear Missile Launch To Increase Rafale's Appeal for India

    06/22/2012 5:54:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Defense World.net ^ | Jun 22, 2012
    Nuclear Missile Launch To Increase Rafale's Appeal for India Fri, Jun 22, 2012 09:27 CET The Rafale fighter aircraft has acquired nuclear deterrent capability following the successful first operational evaluation launch of a nuclear-capable missile carried out by the French Air Force. Winner of the Indian MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) contest, the fighter carried the ASMPA (Air Sol Moyenne Porte Ameliore) cruise missile, minus the nuclear warhead, to test its strike capabilities. The nuclear missile launch will add to the Rafale's multi-role capabilities and the Indian Air Force may get more than what it bargained for. The testing of...
  • Pakistan tests nuclear-capable Ra’ad air-launched cruise missile

    06/06/2012 4:55:30 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 06/06/2012 | Greg Waldron
    Pakistan tests nuclear-capable Ra’ad air-launched cruise missile Pakistan has conducted a successful test firing of the indigenously developed Hatf-VIII (Ra'ad) air launched cruise missile. The missile has a range in excess of 350km (217miles) and can deliver both conventional and nuclear warheads "with pin point accuracy", Pakistan's ministry of defence said in a statement. It added that the missile is a "low altitude, terrain hugging missile with high manoeuvrability". The missile was developed by Pakistan's Air Weapons Complex and the National Engineering and Scientific Commission. Media reports from Pakistan suggest that the Ra'ad will be employed on Pakistan air force...
  • Taiwan declines to comment on report of new missile development

    04/10/2012 10:36:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2012/04/10 | Elaine Hou
    Taiwan declines to comment on report of new missile development 2012/04/10 20:09:24 Taipei, April 10 (CNA) Taiwan's defense ministry declined to comment Tuesday on a foreign report that it is planning to develop a new type of anti-ship missile. The Ministry of National Defense "would not comment" on such an issue, spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he told CNA. Luo was asked to respond to a Defense News report that "Taiwan is planning to build an extended-range anti-ship missile." The weekly U.S. newspaper described the weapon as a possible variant of the locally developed Hsiung Feng (Brave Wind) III anti-ship missile....
  • IDF considering interceptors for sea-based gas platforms

    04/09/2012 9:24:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/10/2012 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IDF considering interceptors for sea-based gas platforms By YAAKOV KATZ Fearing missiles, Navy seeking budget for 4 new vessels to improve defense coverage of Mediterranean Sea; Israel concerned Hezbollah will try to attack platforms. The navy is particularly concerned about Syria’s recent purchase of the Russian Yakhont anti-ship missile, which could be transferred to Hezbollah and used to target the gas rigs. Syria already tested the Yakhont in recent maneuvers. The weapon is said to be a sophisticated missile with a range of about 300 km. Last February, the navy seized an Iranian arms ship whose cargo, Israel said, was...
  • Russian Mystery Missile

    04/04/2012 9:53:17 PM PDT · by U-238 · 8 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 3/4/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Russia announced a new stealthy cruise missile for their heavy bombers and whatever emerges from the effort to develop something to compete with the American F-22 and F-35. The Russian announcement said little more, declaring that details of the new missile were classified. That was probably to avoid embarrassment, as the Russians have been having a hard time completing missile designs that were halted at the end of the Cold War (1991) because there was no more money. One of these missiles was the Kh-102, a stealthy development of the Cold War era Kh-55. The Kh-102 had been in development...
  • Saudi Storm Shadow Sale Confirmed (British cruise missile)

    04/03/2012 9:42:39 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Arms Control Wonk ^ | 3 April 2012 | Jeffrey Lewis
    Saudi Storm Shadow Sale Confirmed By Jeffrey | 3 April 2012 | Thanks to Wikileaks (not work safe!), we now know that the UK did, in fact, sell the Storm Shadow cruise missile — an MTCR category I system if I’ve ever seen one — to Saudi Arabia. LtG Abdulrahman Al-Faisal, Commander of the Royal Saudi Air Force, confirmed the sale to US Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro in October 2009. Regular readers know that I have long believed that the UK sold the Storm Shadow cruise missile to Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that Storm Shadow ought...
  • Pentagon Undecided on Nuclear Warhead for New Cruise Missile

    03/20/2012 8:59:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Global Security Newswire ^ | March 20, 2012 | Elaine M. Grossman
    Pentagon Undecided on Nuclear Warhead for New Cruise Missile WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Defense Department has yet to determine which nuclear warhead will be fielded on a weapon that replaces the 1980s-vintage Air Launched Cruise Missile, according to Pentagon and combatant command officials (see GSN, Feb. 24). Defense officials are “carrying out an Analysis of Alternatives to be completed this fall for an ALCM follow-on system,” John Harvey, a Pentagon nuclear force official, said last month. “Plans are to sustain the ALCM and the W-80 warhead, [the] ALCM warhead,” until the new missile, the Long-Range Stand-Off weapon, “can be fielded,”...
  • Russian Air Force Adopts New Cruise Missile

    03/20/2012 9:13:45 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 20/03/2012 | Alexander Stelliferovsky
    Russian Air Force Adopts New Cruise Missile A new cruise missile has entered service with the Russian Air Force’s strategic long-range arms division, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said on Tuesday. He did not provide any details, only saying it was an air-launched long range missile. AF chief Col Gen Alexander Zelin previously said the new cruise missile was developed by the Taktitcheskoye Raketnoye Vooruzhenie (Tactical Missile) defense corporation and that its specifications were secret. He said the new missiles would also be installed in fifth-generation fighters. Douglas Barrie, an air warfare analyst at the London-based International Institute of Strategic Studies,...
  • Lockheed upgrading Tomahawk system

    03/16/2012 1:00:13 AM PDT · by U-238 · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/14/2012 | UPI
    The control system for U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missiles is being upgraded by Lockheed Martin. The company, which didn't announce the monetary value of the modernization effort, said work will focus on the Tactical Tomahawk Weapons Control System, which allows the preparation, control and launch of the missiles. The TTWCS is one of three prime components of the Tomahawk system. "Lockheed Martin is a key industry partner and continues to make significant and positive impacts directly supporting the Tomahawk Weapons System and our fleet sailors," said Navy Capt. Joe Mauser, Tomahawk program manager. "Lockheed Martin remains committed to enhancing the...
  • Ballistic missiles: a unique instrument for Russia's long-range aviation

    03/07/2012 8:30:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    The Voice of Russia ^ | Mar 7, 2012 | Ilya Kramnik
    Ballistic missiles: a unique instrument for Russia's long-range aviation Russia is developing the air force component of its strategic forces. The Air Force will receive modernized bomber aircraft with new armament. Modern missiles broaden the capabilities of long-range aviation by facilitating its use in various types of combat. From Bludgeon to Sward/Rapier In February 2012 the Russian Air Force received the first upgraded bomber plane Tu-22M3M. With the new armament and equipment these planes will become an important element of the combat power of the Russian military aviation of the 2020-30s. Along with the TU-22M planes Russia is upgrading its...
  • Turkish missiles over Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Rome (and others)

    01/20/2012 5:00:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | January/20/2012 | BURAK BEKD&#304;L
    Turkish missiles over Brussels, Paris, Berlin, Rome (and others) The Ottoman siege of Vienna may have failed in 1683. But the Turks will soon be back at the gates (well, this time, the skies) of Europe. Much to the pride of millions of Turks, the state scientific research institute, TÃœBITAK, recently reported that its scientists this year would finish an all-Turkish missile with a range of 1,500 km, and, in 2014, another with a range of 2,500 km (no typo here). The head of TÃœBITAK said the order for the missile program had come from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan....
  • U.S. To Sell Finland Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles For Its F-18s

    11/01/2011 8:04:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    U.S. To Sell Finland Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles For Its F-18s From the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA): Washington - WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2011 – The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Oct. 28 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Finland for 70 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $255 million. The Government of Finland has requested a sale of 70 AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM), 2 test vehicles, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S....
  • Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Goes to Sea Trials

    10/19/2011 8:32:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | October 19, 2011 | Lajos F. Szaszdi
    Russia’s Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarine Goes to Sea Trials Lajos F. Szaszdi October 19, 2011 It was reported early in October that Russia’s first fourth-generation nuclear-powered multipurpose attack submarine, the Severodvinsk, successfully conducted its first sea trials. In naval terms, a fourth-generation submarine belongs to the latest and most modern generation of submarines. The Severodvinsk is a Project 885 submarine of the Yásen’ (ash tree) class that has been described as “an undersea nuclear-powered guided-missile cruiser.” Plans are for six or seven Yásen’ class submarines to be built, with the second vessel, Kazan, currently under construction. The Severodvinsk has significant characteristics...
  • Virginia-Class Subs Could Bolster Cruise Missile Fleet, But Where's the Money?

    10/18/2011 5:11:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Aol Defense. ^ | October 18, 2011 | David Axe
    Virginia-Class Subs Could Bolster Cruise Missile Fleet, But Where's the Money? By David Axe The nuclear-powered submarine USS Florida was lying in wait, quietly submerged off the Libyan coast, when the order came from then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to launch its cruise missiles. It was the evening of March 19. Two days before, the U.N. Security Council had unanimously voted to approve Resolution 1973, authorizing a no-fly zone over Libya aimed at protecting civilians against the forces of Muammar Gaddafi's repressive regime. To clear the way for the no-fly zone, the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy prepared a barrage...
  • European consortium MBDA offers missiles to India for its Russian Sukhois

    10/17/2011 8:44:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    European consortium MBDA offers missiles to India for its Russian Sukhois NAPLES (Italy): European consortium MBDA has offered their 300 km-range Taurus stand-off missile system to the Indian Air Force (IAF) for its fighter jets such as the Su-30MKI. "We have received a Request for Information (RFI) from the IAF for a stand-off long range missile from the IAF and we have offered the Taurus missiles as we feel that it meets all the desired requirements," Anders Axebark, the business development manager for the missile systems told a group of Indian journalists here. The Taurus air-to-ground missiles are manufactured by...
  • Chasing Norway’s New Stealth Cruise Missile

    09/26/2011 8:12:16 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | September 27, 2011 | Andrew Tarantola
    Chasing Norway’s New Stealth Cruise Missile By Andrew Tarantola on September 27, 2011 at 7:20 am This is the Naval Strike Missile, Kongsberg’s latest and greatest cruise missile, as it skims over the Pacific Ocean before tearing into its target on the far side of an island. The testing for this next-generation anti-ship missile took place off Point Mugu, California, in June of this year. According to Konsgberg, the NSM had only 1.5 seconds to acquire and positively ID the ship as its target before striking. The state-of-the-art missile weighs about 400kg and has a range of 100 nautical miles,...
  • Russia to refit nuclear missile cruisers - media

    09/21/2011 8:17:51 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 21/09/2011
    Russia to refit nuclear missile cruisers - media The Admiral Nakhimov nuclear missile cruisers © RIA Novosti. Oleg Lastochkin The Russian Defense Ministry is planning to refit three mothballed nuclear-powered Kirov-class missile cruisers in a major boost for the Russian Navy's combat strength, Izvestia newspaper said on Wednesday. The Admiral Nakhimov, Admiral Lazarev and Admiral Ushakov nuclear missile cruisers were built in the Soviet era but have been decommissioned and laid up in dock for over a decade. The only active Kirov class cruiser is the Pyotr Veliky, the flagship of Russia's Northern Fleet. Izvestia cited a source in the...
  • DSEi: Turkish cruise missile design breaks cover

    09/14/2011 4:18:31 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 14/09/11 | Craig Hoyle
    DSEi: Turkish cruise missile design breaks cover By Craig Hoyle Turkey has performed a successful first flight test with an indigenously-developed cruise missile design, which the nation hopes could eventually be integrated with its future fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters. Developed by the Defence Industries Research and Development Institute, or Tubitak Sage, the modular stand-off missile (SOM) design was released by a McDonnell Douglas F-4E 2020 strike aircraft on 9 August. "The missile hit its target with a high accuracy by covering a distance of over 100nm [185km]," Tubitak Sage said. The institute is displaying a full-scale...
  • Iran shows off new cruise missile

    08/23/2011 9:06:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 08/23/2011 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran shows off new cruise missile By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press – 7 hours ago TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president claimed on Tuesday the country's military can cripple enemies on their own ground as Tehran put a new Iranian-made cruise missile on display, the latest addition to the nation's growing arsenal. The state TV reported that the new missile, showcased at a ceremony in Tehran, is designed for sea-based targets, with a range of 124 miles (200 kilometers) and is capable of destroying a warship. The TV said it can travel at low altitudes and has a lighter weight...
  • Russian company unveils 'bomb in a box' cruise missile system

    08/17/2011 11:18:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Ria Novosti ^ | 17/08/2011
    Russian company unveils 'bomb in a box' cruise missile system A Russian company has unveiled a unique "Pandora's Box'"cruise missile system which is deployed and can be fired from a standard 40-foot shipping container, from ships, rail cars or even off the back of a truck. Morinformsystem-Agat JSC is marketing the system as a take-anywhere weapon able to destroy ships and attack land targets with the Novator Klub-K 3M-54TE missile, one of the deadliest cruise missiles in existence. "We call it Pandora's box," said a company representative at MAKS air show, where the weapon made its first appearance. The Club...
  • Supersonic Cruise Missile in Development (South Korea)

    08/16/2011 8:48:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Supersonic Cruise Missile in Development South Korea is developing a supersonic cruise missile that can be used to attack aircraft carriers, Aegis ships and up-to-date destroyers. "Think tanks like the Agency for Defense Development have been developing a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile for some years now. They're expected to complete development in three to four years at the earliest," a government source said Tuesday. The missile under development is modeled after Russia's powerful Yakhont missile, which is 8.9 m long and weighs 3 tons, but will be smaller, the source added. It will be able to reach speeds of up...
  • Navy Commemorates 2,000th Tomahawk Shot

    08/03/2011 9:45:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    The Baynet.com ^ | 8/3/2011
    Navy Commemorates 2,000th Tomahawk Shot 8/3/2011 The Navy is scheduled to hold a commemorative ceremony aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) for the 2,000th Tomahawk cruise missile combat launch Aug. 5 at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. The event will recognize the USS Barry crewmembers for their role in launching the milestone missile March 19, against an air defense target in Libya, during Operation Odyssey Dawn. “It was a great feeling to have taken part in the 2,000th missile launch,” said Fire Controlman 3rd Class (SW) Luizous Houser, aboard USS Barry (DDG 52). “There were a lot of...