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  • Next Gen Kh-32 ant-ship cruise missile tests drawing to a close in Russia

    08/24/2016 10:43:32 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 24 August 2016
    Russia is finalizing the trials of a sophisticated cruise missile designated as Kh-32 and intended to equip the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic long-range bomber fleet, according to the Izvestia daily. The cutting-edge missile is virtually invulnerable to ground-based air defenses and interceptors of a potential adversary. Once launched, the product of the Raduga Design Bureau climbs to an altitude of 40 km, to the stratosphere, to dive on the target at a steep angle. Picture by Mikhail Polyakov, http://russianplanes.net A source in Russias defense industry has confirmed that the Kh-32 missiles tests were in final stages, and the weapon itself was...
  • China eyes artificial intelligence for new cruise missiles

    08/19/2016 6:26:09 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Aug 19, 2016
    China is eyeing the use of a high level of artificial intelligence and automation for its next generation of cruise missiles, a senior designer was quoted as saying on Friday. "We plan to adopt a 'plug and play' approach in the development of new cruise missiles, which will enable our military commanders to tailor-make missiles in accordance with combat conditions," Wang Changqing of the China Aerospace and Industry Corp told the state-run China Daily newspaper. "Moreover, our future cruise missiles will have a very high level of artificial intelligence and automation," Wang added. "They will allow commanders to control them...
  • Taurus missiles to start operation with S. Korean Air Force this year

    08/09/2016 10:32:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korea plans to deploy dozens of "jamming proof" air-to-ground guided missiles that can be carried on its F-15K fighters in a bid to bolster its strike capabilities amid mounting military threats from North Korea, military officials said Tuesday. Dozens of Taurus missiles will be brought in from Germany by the end of this year as the U.S. government has recently approved the exports of critical military GPS receivers which can be attached to war planes, according to the military. The receivers are vital because they are not affected by North Korean GPS jamming. The...
  • Eurofighter Fires Storm Shadow In First Live Test

    07/07/2016 10:37:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Defense-Aerospace.com ^ | July 07, 2016 | Giovanni de Briganti
    PARIS --- Three years after initial ground trials began in Italy, a Eurofighter Typhoon trials aircraft has carried out its first live firing of a Storm Shadow cruise missile. Storm Shadow has been fired from Eurofighter Typhoon and the integration programme is on track, BAE Systems Senior Communications Advisor Combat Air Matthew Squires said in a July 6 e-mail. The functional test referred to in our previous statement was a firing of a Storm Shadow weapon from a development aircraft which took place in June 2016. He added that This is the position of Eurofighter and the [Eurofighter Partner...
  • British soldiers training Saudi forces in cruise missile attacks

    04/15/2016 9:12:17 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    MIDDLE EAST EYE ^ | 15 April 2016 | Graeme Baker
    British soldiers have provided Saudi Arabian forces with training for cruise missile and artillery attacks since Riyadh entered the war in Yemen, despite international condemnation of the kingdoms air strikes and claims they have killed scores of civilians. The details of the training were revealed on Friday after freedom of information requests, made by the human rights group Reprieve and seen by Middle East Eye, were released. The Ministry of Defence has maintained that British forces are not helping Saudi forces direct strikes, select targets or conduct operations in Yemen. However, information in the FoI shows how close military cooperation...
  • Israels Navy New Anti-Ship Missile

    03/29/2016 2:03:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Mar 27, 2016
    Israels Navy conducted a successful test firing of surface-surface missiles from a Saar 5 corvette. The test included the launch of missile RGM-84 Harpoon and a new weapon, assumed to be an indigenous surface-to-surface missile developed for the Israel Navy by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). The blurred images shown on this video depict a missile longer and faster than the Harpoon, possibly driven by ram-air propulsion to achieve supersonic cruise and extended range. IAI has been known to continue the development of surface-to-surface missiles beyond Gabriel 3, the latest variant of the Gabriel family that entered service in the early...
  • Silent Hunter: Russias Akula Subs Upgraded With Kalibr Cruise Missiles

    03/20/2016 9:51:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 03/20/2016
    Russia plans to upgrade its Project 971 nuclear submarines with Kalibr cruise missiles, Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov said in a radio interview on Saturday. The Kalibr cruise missile is a highly efficient weapon as was amply proved by the recent launches from the Rostov-on-Don submarine. Kalibr missiles will be installed on the modernized Project 971 submarines, Admiral Kochemazov told Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei (Russian News Service) radio station in Moscow. Project 971 Shchuka-B or Bars, designated by NATO as the Akula, are the codenames for the multirole nuclear-powered attack submarines which are the backbone of Russia's maritime nuclear deterrence. First deployed...
  • Russia sends brand new cruise missile ship to Syria: report

    02/14/2016 3:17:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Agence France Presse (AFP) ^ | February 12, 2016
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia has dispatched a new ship armed with cruise missiles to the Mediterranean, the navy announced Saturday, as reports said it is bound for Syria. The Zelyony Dol, a patrol ship armed with Kalibr cruise missiles that only joined the Black Sea fleet in December, departed for the Mediterranean, the Black Sea fleet said in a statement. RIA-Novosti news agency further quoted a security source in Crimea -- where the Black Sea fleet is based -- saying that the ship is bound for Syria and may take part in Russia's campaign to support the Syrian army. "The...
  • Plan to turn a 747 into a missile launcher revealed: Design would have put 70 cruise missiles ...

    01/23/2016 5:06:41 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 53 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 22 January 2016 | ELLIE ZOLFAGHARIFARD
    The B-52 had long been one of the Air Force's key weapons, being the first aircraft to attack Baghdad during the Persian Gulf War. But over the past two decades, half of the military's B-52s have been scrapped due to budget constraints, leading several companies to come up with suggestions for a replacement. One of these groups was Boeing, who came up with a plan in the 1980s to turn a 747 into a launcher capable of carrying 70 cruise missiles. The aim was to create a low-cost bomber, at 15 per cent the price of the B-2, but able...
  • Ted Cruz’s Pitch to Jewish Leaders: ‘If You Vote For Me, Iran Will Never Have Nuclear Weapons’

    12/03/2015 9:03:19 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 9 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 12/3/15 | Leigh Munsil
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) made his pitch to Jewish leaders Thursday in Washington, vowing that if he’s elected president, he’ll undo the Iran nuclear deal. “ We need to nominate a candidate who has the clarity to stand up and say: If you vote for Hillary Clinton, you are voting for the Ayatollah Khamenei to have nuclear weapons,” Cruz said when wrapping up his speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition. “ And if you vote for me, Iran will never have nuclear weapons.” In a tailored version of his stump speech, Cruz vowed to “ rip to shreds ”...
  • Kalibr-NK Cruise Missiles Combat Record Underlines Need for it to Equip Russian Navy ships

    12/02/2015 5:36:30 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    TASS-DEFENSE ^ | December 1, 2015 | Maxim Klimov
    MOSCOW, December 1. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The performance of the Kalibr-NK system’s (NATO reporting name: SS-N-Sizzler) 3M-14 cruise missile in attacks on terrorists in Syria highlighted the need for the en masse introduction of the type to equip the Navy’s in-service and in-construction surface combatants and submarines, military expert Maxim Klimov writes in the Military Industrial Courier weekly. "Decisive measures are due in order to afford the Navy a real conventional strike capability, with the measures to include a revision of the earlier-made steps (e.g. the governmental armament acquisition program, shipbuilding program, research and development) and modification of the organization and distribution...
  • How Offering Tomahawks for Foreign Military Sales Will Strengthen Allies and Deter Adversaries

    11/30/2015 8:38:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 30, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) has long been a mainstay of the U.S. strike weapon inventory. Launching from ranges out to 1,000 miles and armed with a 1,000-pound warhead, it is the Navy’s “Kick Down the Door” weapon, attacking well-defended high-value land targets. The BLK IV missile is the latest variant in a steady progression of capability, incorporating mission planning, navigation and guidance, and command and control upgrades designed to improve responsiveness and target flexibility. Combat-proven and operationally reliable, Tomahawk remains a weapon of choice for planners and commanders alike. The FY 2016 budget maintains production and inventory levels,...
  • Military mulls Taurus missile variant for arming of FA-50 light combat jet (Korea)

    10/22/2015 5:42:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- The military is reviewing whether it is possible to arm its FA-50 light combat fighters with a new variant of the Taurus air-to-surface missile to enhance combat capabilities, a military official said Thursday. Europe-based Taurus Systems is now developing a new version of the Taurus missile, numbered 350K-2, for possible use for the Air Force and the Army, the official said. The target specifications for the new variant under development are a range of 400 kilometers and a cruise speed of Mach 0.6~0.9, according to the official. The original version, the Taurus KEPD 350, has...
  • U.S. Navy Considering Adding Anti-Ship Missiles Back to Submarine Force

    10/21/2015 8:49:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    USNI News ^ | October 21, 2015 | Sam LaGrone
    The Navy is investigating adding an anti-ship missile to its submarine force bringing it inline with the majority of the world naval submarines, the director of Naval Reactors said on Wednesday. In response to a question from the audience at the 2015 Naval Submarine League Symposium, Adm. Frank Caldwell said the Navy was exploring adding the capability to the fleet. For this audience, Ill tell you we are considering that and we are taking some some steps to delivering that kind of capability to our submarine force and I cant really say anymore than that, he said. The U.S....
  • Russias New Mega-Missile Stuns the Globe

    10/08/2015 10:28:08 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10.09.15 | DAVID AXE
    On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 high-tech cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syriaa staggering 1,000 miles away. The missiles in question, which the Pentagon calls SS-N-30s, were mostly unknown to the outside world before the Oct. 7 raid. Even close watchers of the Russian military were surprised to see them. The missile attack was also highly visible. In many ways, it was an announcement to the world, and America in particular, that the once-dilapidated Russian navy is back in actionand that Putins missileers are now among the planets most advanced. Planning for the missile...
  • Cruise Missile Strikes in Syria: Russia's Big Ad Campaign?

    10/08/2015 10:29:52 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    THE NATIONAL INTEREST ^ | October 8, 2015 | Dave Majumdar
    The Russian navys Caspian Sea flotilla launched a barrage of some twenty-six long-range cruise missiles against eleven targets more than 950 miles away in Syria yesterday. While its well known that Russia possesses long-range cruise missiles, the fact that the missiles were launched from relatively diminutive corvettes that caught some by surprise. While the roughly 1,900-ton displacement Project 1166.1 Gepard-class frigate Dagestan led the Russian cruise missile strike, the rest of Moscows fleet consisted of tiny 950-ton Project 2163.1 Buyan-M-class corvettes. Three of these vessels, Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug took part in the attack using long-range Novator 3M-14T...
  • Russia Ready to Equip Frigates for Vietnam With Club-Class Missiles

    10/05/2015 6:58:06 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    KUBINKA (Moscow Region) (Sputnik) Russia is ready to equip the Gepard-class 3.9 frigates for Vietnam with Club-class cruise missile systems, the director of Zelenodolsk shipbuilding plant said Monday. "If the Vietnamese partners want to install Club missiles [on the frigates], we are ready to provide them with these weapons," Sergei Rudenko told RIA Novosti. At present, Gepard-class frigates are equipped with Russian Uran anti-ship missiles. Club missiles are designed for warships to hit both surface and ground targets. Gepard-class 3.9 frigates are an export version of Project 11661 guard vessels, built in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. In 2011,...
  • Sokov on Russian Cruise Missiles

    08/25/2015 10:55:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    ARMS CONTROL WONK ^ | 25 AUGUST 2015 | Jeffrey Lewis
    I was discussing reports of a new Russian sea-launched cruise missile with my colleague, Nikolai Sokov. He has a number of thoughts about what is going on, so I was delighted when he offered to write them up. There are a lot of really interesting things in Nikolais piece. One comment I remain undecided about the idea that the alleged Russian INF violation arises from a ground-based test of a sea-launched cruise missile. The new information, though, does seem to bolster that case, at least a bit, but my intuition is that it is a new ground-launched cruise missile....
  • Russia Nearing Deployment of New Intermediate-Range Naval Missile

    08/22/2015 6:55:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 21, 2015 | Bill Gertz
    Russia is nearing deployment of a new missile capable of targeting all of Europe with nuclear or conventional warheads, according to defense officials. Disclosure of the new SSN-30A missile threat comes as Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday warned that Moscow under Vladmir Putin is reemerging as an existential security threat. Russia is a very, very significant threat, Carter told reporters at the Pentagon. And I think a point that theyve made, but I would certainly make: Russia poses an existential threat to the United States by virtue simply of the size of the nuclear arsenal that it has. Regarding...
  • New Mobile Coastal Variant of YJ-18 Supersonic Anti-Ship Missile Spotted in China

    08/05/2015 10:20:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 05 August 2015
    Images have emerged on the Chinese internet showing what seems to be a mobile coastal variant of the YJ-18 (YingJi-18 or Eagle/Hawk-18) vertically-launched, long-range, supersonic, anti-ship missile. Two types of vehicles are shown in the recent pictures: a 12x12 chassis acting as the transporter erector launcher (TEL) vehicle and a smaller 8x8 chassis that could be the transporter/reloader vehicle (or a different missile as the canisters appear to be quite smaller than on the 12x12). The missile launched from the 12x12 vehicle seems quite large, but one has to remember that a shore based anti-ship variant of YJ-18 could be...
  • Essay: Changing the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Paradigm

    05/26/2015 6:27:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    USNI News ^ | May 26, 2015 | Robert Crumplar
    During the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis (199596), United States naval dominance was demonstrated through the deployment of two carrier battle groups as a show of force within 100 miles of the Chinese mainland. Then-Secretary of Defense William Perry could state that while the Chinese are a great military power, the premierthe strongestmilitary power in the Western Pacific is the United States. Since then, there has been a steady encroachment on the U.S. Navys maritime dominance through the development of technologically advanced and increasingly effective anti- ship cruise missiles (ASCM). While American forces have been focused on irregular warfare operations over...
  • 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,
  • CHINA SHOWS OFF ITS DEADLY NEW CRUISE MISSILES

    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 Chinas 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 PRCs 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...
  • MBDAs 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 Russias 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 Russias 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 theyre 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
    MBDAs 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 Warsaws 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 Syrias 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. Navys 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 Russias 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 Italys 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 Koreas 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...