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Pakistan tests Hatf-IX missile designed to beat Indian S-400s

Pakistan tests Hatf-IX missile designed to beat Indian S-400s


Pakistan Armed Forces has claimed that it successfully conducted a “ training launch” of Nasr/Hatf-IX close-range ballistic missile. In addition to the statement, a video was released that showed four of these missiles being launched in a salvo. The test was conducted to beef up the operational efficiency of Army Strategic Forces Command as well as to validate the technical parameters of the missile. The statement noted that the missile has the ability for “in-flight maneuverability” and claimed that it has given a boost to Pakistan’s “full spectrum deterrence.”

Pakistan tests Hatf-IX missile designed to beat Indian S-400s

Pakistan tests Hatf-IX missile designed to beat Indian S-400s


The mobility, range, precision and rapid-fire capability of the Nasr all play into Pakistan’s response to Cold Start. Cold Start is designed to nevertheless use India’s conventional superiority to punish Pakistan by conducting a large number of shallow attacks into Pakistani territory. The hope is that the shallowness of such an attack will prevent Pakistan from finding a justifiable cause for using its nuclear weapons, while the width and number of attacks will both prevent Pakistan from being able to defend itself and allow India to capture some territory to force Pakistan to be amenable to Indian political demands.
Pakistan tests Hatf-IX missile designed to beat Indian S-400s

Pakistan tests Hatf-IX missile designed to beat Indian S-400s


Pakistan boasts that the missile, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, can beat India’s best missile defense systems: the S-400s it recently bought from Russia. Designed for forward deployment, experts fear Nasr makes the use of nuclear weapons more likely. The Hatf 9 “Nasr” is a Pakistani surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile. Information regarding this new missile is sparse, but it is believed to be a modified Norico AR-series launcher procured from the People’s Republic of China. The Hatf 9 is also believed to be a nuclear capable missile, but it could potentially carry an HE or submunitions payload as well.

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Russia to develop ground-based Kalibr cruise missile

Russia to develop ground-based Kalibr cruise missile

A ground-based version of Kalibr (NATO codenames SS-N-27 Sizzler) sea-based complexes with a long-range cruise missile should be developed in 2019-2020 in response to the US decision to suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday. The sea-launched Kalibr-NK missile will have a range of 2,600 kilometers if it is remodeled into ground-launched one. The intermediate-range ground-launched hypersonic missile will be created on the basis of the 3M22 Tsirkon product of NPO Mashinostroyenia.

Indian Navy frigate INS Tabar firing Kalibr missile

Indian Navy frigate INS Tabar firing Kalibr missile


On Friday, the United States announced the suspension of its participation in the Cold War era treaty that banned ground-launched medium-range missiles with a range of 310-3,400 miles. Next day, Russia suspended its obligations under the treaty as well. At the same time, US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said on Monday that Washington reserved the right to freeze its withdrawal notice from the INF Treaty if Russia returned to verifiable compliance with the arms limitations pact within six months.
Kalibr missile erected in a standard container

Kalibr missile erected in a standard container


The Russian 3M54_1 Kalibr, 3M14 Biryuza, 91R1, 91RT2 is a group of surface ship-, submarine-launched, airborne anti-ship and coastal anti ship (AShM), land attack cruise missiles (LACM) and anti-submarine missiles developed by the Novator Design Bureau (OKB-8). Derived export versions are the 3M54E, 3M54E1, 3M14E, 91RE1, 91RTE2. The 3M54T, 3M54K, 3M54A, 3M54E (3M54TE), 3M54KE and 3M54AE have a second stage that performs a supersonic sprint in the terminal approach to the target, reducing the time that target’s defense systems have to react. Club is the designation used for the export versions. The Kalibr was used in military operations in Syria. Russia says its hypersonic weapons can breach the US missile defense system.

Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher

Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher


Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. unveiled video from a series of recently completed launching trials of Spike NLOS precision guided missile (known in Israel as Tamuz 5) from a lightweight launching platform that can operate from a small Tomcar field vehicle. The trials were conducted at Rafael’s Shedma test site in the Negev. Spike NLOS (non-line of sight) missiles were launched at ranges of 25-30 kilometers. In the experiment, a number of missiles were fired at different ranges, at different attack angles, according to the scenario and target type. Rafael said that the new missile launcher in the trials was lightweight, contained eight missiles, and due to the launcher’s light weight, it could be air-deployed deep in enemy territory, and mounted on any light type vehicle.

Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher

Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher


The SPIKE NLOS missile can be fired in LOS to target using the same principals of the other SPIKE Missiles of tracker lock-on and F&F abilities. The main concept of the weapon system includes the capability to fire in Non Line of sight. The Firing to a NLOS target, is based on grid coordinates using INS/GPS navigation and ending missile flight in terminal guidance based on the Electro optical guidance using missile seeker image transmitted to operator via wireless RF data link. The target coordinates are fed either manually to the SPIKE NLOS system or selected from pre-defined targets or mission data bank. After launch the Missile flight is according to its automatic navigation algorithm. During flight, manual scan of the target area is possible within the Field of Regard (FOR). Pointing to the target may be resumed any time by pushing a button. Terminal guidance is either performed by using tracker lock-on or manual steering the seeker.
Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher

Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher


Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd believes that extending the system’s launching capability will make it more attractive to the world’s armies, longer range, more accurate, and now lighter. Rafael added that thanks to the launchers’ light weight and the light weight of the Tomcar vehicle launcher, the system could be transported by helicopter to various fields of action and landed deep in enemy territory. The system will give ground forces precise long-range firing capability at a low signature for hitting mobile and stationary targets, independent of GPS. Rafael are continuing development of cutting edge technology for capabilities and systems that provide maneuvering and accuracy capabilities for forces in various battle environments giving them an advantage over the enemy.
Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher

Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher


The SPIKE NLOS missile can be fired from a variety of sources on land, air and sea, and allow for the destruction of a wide range of targets, including hidden targets, without a line of sight. Extending the launching capabilities of Spike NLOS missiles is designed to help Rafael to sell these systems to various customers around the world by making them adaptable to the dynamic needs of special forces in Western countries. These multi-task missiles can destroy different types of targets, including concealed targets with no direct line of vision. Other types of Spike missiles have already been sold to over 30 armies worldwide, including the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which calls them Gil missiles. The Spike missile family has already been sold to 31 armies, including the IDF, and some 30,000 missiles have been delivered to date.
Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher

Rafael Spike NLOS Air Deployable Launcher

Israel Aerospace Industries receives USD93 million contract from Indian Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries receives USD93 million contract from Indian Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced Wednesday it has received a $93 million contract to supply long range surface-to-air missile defense systems for seven ships in the Indian navy. India’s state-owned Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) inked the deal with IAI, to provide additional equipment for the IN’s Barak-8 air- and missile-defence systems. The LRSAM system belongs to the Barak-8 family of air missile defense systems, which the Israeli navy uses on its vessels. The system includes a digital radar, command and control, launchers and interceptors with modern RF seekers. It delivers broad aerial and point defense against threats from the air, sea or land.

Israel Aerospace Industries receives USD93 million contract from Indian Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries receives USD93 million contract from Indian Navy


This latest deal comes a year after IAI signed a $2 billion to supply India’s army and navy with missile defense systems, followed by a $630 million contract to provide Barak-8 surface-to-air missile systems to four Indian navy ships. India’s DRDO Defense Research and Development Organization developed the Barak-8 AMD system in collaboration with IAI, Israel’s ministry of defense, each country’s naval forces and local companies in India. Barak-8-series missiles with a 70-km range are intended for fitment onto INS Vikrant , the 37,500-tonne aircraft carrier on order for the IN that is under construction at CSL and scheduled to begin sea trials in 2020.
Israel Aerospace Industries receives USD93 million contract from Indian Navy

Israel Aerospace Industries receives USD93 million contract from Indian Navy

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin awards contract for 2,100 Javelin FGM-148F Missiles


Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture has received a contract for an advanced version of Javelin anti-tank missiles was awarded a production contract for 2,100 F-Model (FGM-148F) missiles, following a successful and rigorous system qualification test program that included 21 successful flight tests. The contract launches the initial full-rate production agreement for the Javelin F-Model missile, replacing the Javelin FGM-148E (Block I).

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles


The Javelin FGM-148F missile features an advanced multipurpose warhead (MPWH) as part of the man portable, fire-and-forget Javelin missile system. The MPWH incorporates the latest generation shaped charged technology to defeat present and future advanced armored threats while adding a fragmenting steel warhead case to significantly improve lethality against soft targets and light armored vehicles. The Javelin F-Model round deliveries are planned for early 2020 and will be available for international allies, with U.S. government permission.
Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles


There are also funded efforts underway to develop a higher performance Lightweight Command Launch Unit (CLU) and FGM-148G Model missile that will dramatically improve system performance while reducing weight and lowering system cost. First deployed in 1996, Javelin is the world’s most versatile and lethal one-man-portable and platform-employed anti-tank and multi-target precision weapon system. To date, more than 45,000 missiles and 12,000 CLUs have been produced. The Javelin weapon system has experienced numerous technology insertions since its initial fielding to stay ahead of advancing threats.
Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles

Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin FGM-148F Missiles


Javelin, which is produced by a joint venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, has been used extensively and to great advantage in combat operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Over 5,000 engagements have been successfully conducted by U.S. and coalition forces. Current U.S. allies that have Javelin in inventory include France, Taiwan, Jordan, Qatar, Turkey, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Ukraine, Georgia, Australia, Estonia, UAE and the United Kingdom. The Javelin Joint Venture is an award-winning enterprise recognized in 2015 by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for its outstanding achievements in providing operational support to warfighters with the highest level of mission success and tactical operational readiness.

Raytheon wins $17 million contract to provide Zumwalt to get Standard Missile-2

Raytheon wins $17 million contract to provide Zumwalt to get Standard Missile-2

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $17,011,832 modification to previously awarded contract N00024‑17-C-5420 to exercise an option for providing Zumwalt capability and design agent support to the Standard Missile-2. Fiscal 2017 and 2018 weapons procurement (Navy); and foreign military sales funding in the amount of $16,951,832 will be obligated at time of award and will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.

An SM-2 missile destroys an airborne training target during a successful first test of the updated Aegis Baseline 9 weapons system aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)

An SM-2 missile destroys an airborne training target during a successful first test of the updated Aegis Baseline 9 weapons system aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)


The Standard Missile-2 is the world’s premier fleet-area air defense weapon, providing superior anti-air warfare and limited anti-surface warfare capability against today’s advanced anti-ship missiles and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles. The SM-2 missile is an integral part of layered defense that protects the world’s important naval assets and gives warfighters a greater reach in the battlespace. Both SM-2 missile variants have successfully intercepted targets and are lethal against subsonic, supersonic, low- and high- altitude, high-maneuvering, diving, sea-skimming, anti-ship cruise missiles fighters, bombers and helicopters in an advanced electronic countermeasures environment.
USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) steams in formation with USS Independence (LCS 2)

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) steams in formation with USS Independence (LCS 2)


The SM-2 missile has extensive area- and self-defense flight test history with more than 2,700 successful flight tests from domestic and international ships. The SM-2 missile is supported by intermediate-level maintenance facilities worldwide. These facilities use state-of-the-art MK-698 test equipment to recertify and maintain all-up-round missiles at locations close to the user Navy, minimizing downtime for those missiles. Section-level maintenance is performed in the United States, when required.

China test launch DF-26 Guam Killers missile amid strait tensions with US

China test launch DF-26 Guam Killers missile amid strait tensions with US


Chinese state television has released a video showing the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force firing a DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). DF-26 also known as ‘Guam Killers’ for their ability to strike American military installations on the Pacific island, amid ongoing US ‘freedom of navigation’ missions in the South China Sea and through the Taiwan Strait. he video, filmed during a live-fire exercise somewhere in Northwest China, showed one of two DF-26 missiles which were launched last week.

China test launch DF-26 Guam Killers missile amid strait tensions with US

China test launch DF-26 Guam Killers missile amid strait tensions with US


Four fin-like flight control surfaces are seen around the missile nose in the report on an exercise in northwest China. The fin-like flight control surfaces provided better stability for the missile as it neared a moving target, such as a US aircraft carrier. The DF-26 has a range of 3,000–5,471 km (1,864–3,400 mi), and may be used in the nuclear, conventional, and anti-ship strike roles. The DF-26 is China’s first conventionally-armed ballistic missile capable of reaching Guam and the American military installations located there; this has led to the missile being referred to by netizens as the “Guam Express” or “Guam Killer”.
China test launch DF-26 Guam Killers missile amid strait tensions with US

China test launch DF-26 Guam Killers missile amid strait tensions with US


Military tension between the two countries is escalating, with the US sending two warships through the strait on Thursday, and Taiwan saying multiple PLA military jets had also flown near the southern tip of the self-ruled island to the western Pacific for a drill that day. Footage of the exercise was released just one week after the US Navy sailed two vessels through the Taiwan Strait. Beijing has repeatedly called on Washington to stay clear of the strait over concerns that the US was providing military support to Taiwan. Although the island has been a self-governing entity since the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949, Beijing considers it an integral part of China.