• Ukraine developing new tactical missiles Thunder-2

    Ukraine developing new tactical missiles “Thunder-2″ Ukraine has finished the first stage of the project on the creation of “Thunder-2” multifunctional missile operational tactical complex. Ukrainian company Yuzhnoye Design Bureau is holding negotiations with several countries to participate in the MOTC program.
  • Italy Looks To Poland As Meads Production Partner

    MEADS (c) Lockheed Martin
    ROME — Italy’s top military brass is hopeful that Poland, and possibly Japan, will step in to fill the vacuum left by the U.S. after it abandoned plans to produce a next-generation air and missile defense system with Rome and Berlin. The U.S. plans to continue funding the Medium Extended Air Defense System (Meads) through fiscal 2013, but its support will end with the completion of development of the ambitious project in fiscal 2014. Washington has contributed 58% of the funding, with Germany providing 25% and the remaining 17% coming from Italy. The U.S. supported the completion of development, but was unable to move into production as the economic downturn pinched defense spending. The U.S. Army ultimately chose upgrading its legacy Patriot system over buying Meads. This has left Berlin and Rome without a partner for producing the system. Lt. Gen. Claudio Debertolis, secretary general of defense and national armaments director for Italy, told Aviation Week May 8 that Poland is “very interested” in joining the Meads partnership. “Two international customers are interested, and have started discussions with us about getting involved in development and production,” says Rick Edwards, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control, which is leading development of Meads. “They are interested in the 360-degree performance of Meads and industrial participation, and the ‘noble’ work share that would result from getting involved at the front end,” he says, indicating that one of the nations is Poland. Though Italy’s political leadership has implemented austerity plans and cut defense spending, Debertolis says he wants to buy at least one Meads battery for the defense of Rome. Poland, he says, is also interested in purchasing the entire system. Because Italy cannot afford a layered missile defense system like Washington, its armed forces see Meads as the solution it can afford with the most capability, said Brig. Gen. Alberto Rosso, logistics branch chief for the Italian air force, also interviewed by Aviation Week. The military here cannot afford to invest in both Meads and an upper-tier system such as the U.S. Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system or Israel’s Arrow. If the Meads team cannot find a new partner, defense officials here hope to at least use some of the hardware produced during the development phase for a “minimum engagement capability.” Through Meads, the Lockheed-led team has developed “plug-and-play” systems including a 360-deg. radar, new launcher, upgraded PAC-3 missile interceptor and command-and-control element. Meads was designed to interoperate with legacy missile defense systems such as the Patriot and be quickly deployable. Late this year, Meads is slated to counter its first theater ballistic missile target, its most taxing test to date, in a development graduation exercise. The system last year successfully destroyed an MQM-107 air-breathing target after the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptor performed a 180-deg. maneuver for a so-called over-the-shoulder kill. “We will do another full-up system demonstration this fall,” Edwards says. This will complete the so-called “proof of concept” phase. “We could go into low-rate initial production pretty quickly, depending on the customer,” he says, noting the remaining work involves formal qualification of all system elements except the PAC-3 MSE, which is already qualified and entering production. Debertolis and Rosso did not say when Poland or Japan may sign up. However, it is likely that a successful test at year’s end will generate more support for the program. By Amy Butler, Graham Warwick Source: Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
  • Lenco Industries Completes 88 Unit Morocco Tactical Vehicle Contract

    BearCat armored vehicles to the Moroccan Auxiliary Forces
    Lenco Industries, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of armored police vehicles, recently completed delivery of 88 BearCat® armored vehicles to the Moroccan Auxiliary Forces. The BearCat® is part of Lenco’s line of light and medium armored response vehicles, which are used by hundreds of Specialized Tactical teams in the United States and abroad. With military grade armor materials, an open floor plan and a powerful 4×4 system, the BearCat® can easily accommodate 10 to 12 operators across rugged terrain. The BearCat can also reach speeds up to 90 Mph (145 Kph) for rapid response in critical incidents. Due to its ease of use, low maintenance costs, and innovative designs, the BearCat® is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to up-armored military vehicles around the globe. The Moroccan Auxiliary Forces order included 5 different BearCat® variants, designed to address a variety of mission profiles. The BearCat® Riot Control model, which is specifically designed for international police forces, was among the variants. This BearCat® model is equipped with a heavy-duty hydraulic plow capable of moving cars, debris, and other barriers. The BearCat Riot Control variant also has protective screens on all windows and lights, fire suppression capabilities and several non-lethal options for hostile riot conditions. The remaining BearCat variants delivered to Morocco included Troop Transport, Communications, Convoy Protection and SWAT. The Lenco BearCat APC is built on a commercially available chassis, which allows for warranty-covered repairs with maintenance and parts replacement through OEM dealers and truck centers. This greatly reduces lifecycle maintenance costs and training expenses when compared with specialized military vehicles. The armored trucks for the order were manufactured at Lenco’s primary facility in Pittsfield,
  • Textron Marine & Land Systems presented Tiger Light Protected Vehicle for Slidell Police Department

    (c) Textron Marine & Land Systems
    Textron Marine & Land Systems presented the Slidell Police Department with the Tiger Light Protected Vehicle it donated last month to the City of Slidell. Textron Marine & Land Systems (TM&LS) Senior Vice President and General Manager Tom Walmsley gave the keys to the armored vehicle, valued at $225,000, to Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith during Thursday’s presentation at the company’s 1010 Gause Blvd. headquarters 
  • Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer®

    Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer®
    Armored F-550 SWAT Truck Boxer® Engine: 6.7L V8 Turbo Diesel Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Power: 400 hp @ 2,800 rpm Tire: 225/70R19 (run-flat inserts) Height: 96 in. (244 cm) Length: 312 in. (792 cm) Width: 96 in. (244 cm) Wheelbase: 212 in. (538 cm) Final Weight: 14,700 lb (6,674 kg)
  • ARCA is developing a high performance unmanned aerial vehicle

    ARCA UAV Air Array
    The aircraft is named Air Strato and is part of a larger UAV family that will carry out various missions for ARCA and our partners. The first prototype is completed and is already in testing. This is the largest version having a wingspan of 16m (52 ft) and is intended for stratospheric flights up to an altitude of 18 km. The aircraft is electrically powered and has autonomy of 7 hours on internal batteries and 3 days using solar panels. It can carry a payload of 30 kg consisting of aerial photography and surveillance equipment, scientific instruments or other payloads for various tasks including additional battery pods for extended autonomy. The second prototype is already under construction and it will have a retractable landing gear and improved avionics. The other versions of Air Strato have a smaller wingspan and lower flight ceiling but higher maximum speed and larger payloads. “Our activity requires that we perform stratospheric missions for our partners and clients, and solar and helium balloons we used until now, although capable of lifting heavier payloads to higher altitudes, are more expensive and time consuming in construction, are dependent on calm weather conditions and require aerial safety zones to be established. “Air Strato can fill their roles much cheaper and reliable for an extended period of time and perform additional tasks for clients such as surveillance over a fixed area, telemetry testing and scientific experiments for extended period of time or other missions. It will make our entire aerospace activity much easier and less expensive.” – Dumitru Popescu, ARCA, CEO. If tests are successful ARCA is considering developing commercial versions of Air Strato and other UAV in the 
  • Photo shows U.S. E-4B doomsday plane on the ground at Incirlik, Turkey

    Everybody know E-4Bs are extremely important. In the event of a war, a terrorist attack, an alien invasion and so on (hence the “doomsday plane” nickname), these aircraft are destined to keep the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other “decision makers” alive to direct nuclear (and conventional) forces, by receiving, verifying and relaying EAM (Emergency Action Messages). One aircraft is usually airborne every 12 hours, with another one ready for departure with a 5-minute notice. If national command centers on the ground are attacked or unavailable, an E-4B is immediately scrambled: that’s why a “doomsday plane” was seen orbiting above Washington DC minutes after a hijacked plane had crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. The E-6B Mercury, whose mission could be a sign that the Syria air war has just started, can do the same job. Anyway, an E-4B was on the ground at Incirlik on Aug. 27. What was the doomsday plane doing in Turkey? Update: Hagel visited Malaysia on Aug. 24 and later was in Jordan to discuss about Syria. Maybe his plane made a stopover on its way back to the U.S. Image courtesy of Kokpit.Aero website
  • Canada’s new CH-147F Chinook Helicopter

    CH-147F Chinook

    Canada’s new CH-147F Chinook Helicopter

    As part of the Government’s commitment to strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), the Department of National Defence is acquiring 15 advanced, multi-mission, medium- to heavy-lift helicopters, or more specifically the Canadian version of the F-model Chinook (also known as CH-147F). The delivery of Canada’s first of these versatile workhorse aircraft was marked with a ceremony held at the Canada Reception Centre in Ottawa on June 27, 2013.

  • The new Polish PL-01 stealth light tank could enter in service in 2018.

    PL-01 Concept
    The PL-01 prototype of stealth light tank, developed by Polish Defence Company Obrum and Britain’s BAE Systems that uses stealth technology thanks to thermal painting camouflage to blend in with its surroundings could enter in service in 2018. At MSPO 2013 (International Defense Industry Exhibition in Poland), the Polish Defence Company Obrum (a subdivision of Polish Defence Holding) has unveiled a new concept of direct fire support combat vehicle, the PL-01. The new vehicle is created at the OBRUM sp. z o.o. Research and Development Centre of Mechanical Devices in Gliwice. The goal of the PL-01 project is to create a light combat vehicle with the mobility and the fire power of the latest generation of main battle tank. A modern main battle tank has a total weight from 50 to 60 tonnes while the PL-01 has a weight of 35 tons. A real advantage to be quickly deploys by military transport aircraft. The layout of the PL-01 is very similar to a standard main battle tank with the driver at the front of the hull, with an unmanned turret mounted at the rear. The PL-01 has been designed with lot of angles to reduce its radar signature. It used also a cooled wafers mounted on the hull and turret to increase its stealth technology camouflage. These technologies allow the PL-01 to match the infrared signature of its environment to confuse the tracking systems of weapons that use infrared. The PL-01 is also fitted with external infrared sensors to create an infrared suitable camouflage on the field. The tank can also create effects to its temperature controlled wafers to look like a car or another common object, an effective countermeasure against radar, infrared and visual signature detection equipment. The PL-01 is fitted with an unmanned turret which can be armed with a 105 mm or 120mm caliber cannon adapted to fire with classic ammunitions or anti-tank guided missiles. Loading is carried out by using an autoloader unit located in the rear part of the turret, with 16 rounds ready to fire in the turret autoloader and 29 rounds stored in the chassis.
  • Vietnamese Army Upgraded BTR-152

    BTR-152 of the Vietnamese People’s Army
    Council technical acceptance Military Region 2 recently conducted test improved , upgraded armored vehicles BTR – 152. BTR – 152 armored cars produced by the Soviet Army and Vietnam are now widely used, however, because the BTR – 152 has gone through many years of use, this does not fit the requirements, training duties and maneuverability, the Military Zone 2 command has directed a series of improvements focused on vehicle equipment. Vehicle BTR – 152 engine was fitted to diesel instead of gasoline engines before, clutch assembly, new gearbox, steering system to convert hydraulic power assist; mounting system signals, lights, horn priority, rearview mirror, upgraded drivetrain, brakes, suspension runs, roof, upgraded bodywork repair, brushed rain, fire, ventilation, communication, padded seat, tire pump, maintenance contracts set, change oil, grease clusters . After improvements, upgrade the car has been running tests on different types of roads, has been tested specifically in sports coaching in schools and perform mobility tasks. Through activities, vehicles have good technical condition, the cluster system on the car stable synchronous operation … Through direct and organize test for driving in different terrain, the council accepted technical improvements Military Zone 2 rated outcomes and quality of content upgrades, improvements of vehicles BTR – 152 and agreed to vehicles in operation serving coaching duties, SSCD . Soviet BTR – 152 was designed in 1946 and mass production started in 1950-1962 with 15,000 units shipped, serving in 25 countries around the world as of this moment . BTR – 152 chassis designed on the basis of ZiS – 151 truck, the engine is mounted in front, the cabin was located shortly thereafter and troop transport compartment located in the rear. Several variations later used ZIL – 157 chassis. Body structure is steel welding type, armor thickness from 15 – 9mm, located at the thinnest part of the floor, 4mm. Cabin has two doors, the windshield is protected by two iron plates have slots look, have private open bar. Rear passenger compartment troops capable of carrying 1.9 tons of cargo or 18 troops. Soldiers in vehicles with guns can fight through personal loophole on both sides of the car, on/off via car by climbing through the roof because the car does not smell. BTR – 152 armored vehicles were also armed with a machine gun and a 12.7mm air defense machine gun 7.62 mm. Originally BTR – 152 is mounted petrol engine cooled 11.1 horsepower ZIS – 123 allows speed 75km/h (300 liter fuel tank).
  • Northrop Grumman delivers BACN-equipped Global Hawk to U.S. Air Force

    Northrop Grumman has announced on 19 July that company delivered a Global Hawk autonomous aircraft carrying the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) to the U.S. Air Force fleet.BACN – also developed by Northrop Grumman — is a high-altitude, airborne gateway that translates and distributes voice communications, and other battlespace information from numerous sources. BACN bridges the gaps between those systems and extends communications among disparate users and networks to provide improved situational awareness. BACN has completed more than 10,000 combat missions connecting warfighters in the air and on the ground. The RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is the premier provider of persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information. Able to fly at high altitudes for greater than 30 hours, Global Hawk is designed to gather near-real-time, high-resolution imagery of large areas of land in all types of weather – day or night. Global Hawk has amassed more than 200,000 flight hours with missions flown in support of military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, North Africa, and the greater Asia-Pacific region. The system provides an affordable and flexible platform for multiple sensor payloads to be used together, delivering mission-critical information to various users around the world.
  • Raytheon contracted to conduct flight test demonstrations for the JSOW-ER Phase 3a missile

    Raytheon Company Missile Systems has been awarded a $10 million contract to flight test demonstrations for the Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range (JSOW-ER) low-cost, air-to-surface glide missiles, announced on 19 July by the Department of Defense (DoD).According to the statement, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is awarded a $10,6 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract (N00019-17-C-0059) to conduct flight test demonstrations for the Joint Standoff Weapon Extended Range (JSOW-ER) Phase 3a development, including hardware and software modifications. The Joint Standoff Weapon is a family of low-cost, air-to-ground glide missiles that employ an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system and thermal imaging infrared seeker. The JSOW-ER is a powered variant, where “ER” is for “extended range”. The contract also includes hardware and software modifications with laboratory and ground testing to the existing JSOW AGM-154C-1. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona, and is expected to be completed in July 2019. The extended range version is operated by a Hamilton-Sundstrand TJ-150 engine. The engine can be easily integrated on the back section of the JSOW, and provides an extended range of 300nmi. JSOW-ER will increase range from 130 to 560 kilometers. The engine engages upon safe separation, then uses a 100:1 ratio glide to about 15,000 feet. It can also be fired at low altitude, flying over 200 miles at wave-skimming altitudes on full engine power.
  • AT-802U light attack aircraft spotted during counter-terrorism operations in Sinai

    A light-attack aircraft that appeared to be a heavily armoured version of the AT-802 agricultural and fire fighting aircraft has been spotted during counter-terrorism operations in Sinai, Egypt.According to the observer at Arabic news website SD ArabiaMahmoud Gamal‏, the AT-802U aircraft of the Egyptian Air Force has taken part in ongoing counter-terrorism operations in Sinai.TheAT-802U is a surveillance and light-attack aircraft that based on AT-802 agricultural and fire fighting aircraft. It is deployed in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), precision-strike, command and control, counter-insurgency (COIN), close-air support, weapons training, forward arming and refuelling point missions.According to, the wing and fuselage hard points of AT-802U can be armed with a range of weapon systems, including dual .50 cal. GAU-19/A three-barrel gatling guns, Hellfire missiles, dual M260 seven-tube rocket launchers, and 500lb Mk-82 bombs. The hard points can be increased to 15 to carry additional armament. According to the current information, about twelve AT-802U light-attack aircraft are operated by the Egyptian Air Force. AT-802U were gifted by the UAE in 2016.
  • Turkey expected to receive first locally-made aircraft carrier on 2021

    The Turkish Navy is expected to receive the first nationally built aircraft carrier, the TCG Anadolu, which can be configured as a light aircraft carrier on 2021, said on 18 July.Turkish news website reported on 18 July that the TCG Anadolu multipurpose amphibious assault ship will be delivered to the Naval Forces Command in April 2021. With the multipurpose amphibious assault ship joining the navy, Turkey will be one of 14 countries in the world with an aircraft carrier. The TCG Anadolu, which is being produced with a local content ratio of 68 percent, will be one of the world’s most advanced aircraft carriers. The 32-meter-wide giant ship will be capable of moving 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) without refueling. The production of the highly anticipated attack ship, which consists of 114 blocks, will boost the capacity of Turkish naval forces and increase the operational capability of the Turkish Navy. Officials said in March approximately 90 percent of the [building] blocks were at the end of production, adding that immediately after the manufacturing phase, fittings will be carried out. The construction works began on 30 April 2016 at the shipyard of Sedef Shipbuilding Inc. in Istanbul, with the keel being laid 7 February 2018. The TCG Anadolu multipurpose amphibious assault ship is based on the Spanish LHD Juan Carlos I and Australian Canberra-class landing helicopter docks and can be configured as a light aircraft carrier. It will be capable of operating up to 12 F-35B STOVL stealth multirole combat aircraft and 12 helicopters in “light aircraft carrier” configuration. The new multipurpose amphibious assault ship has a 5,440m² flight deck and a 990m² aviation hangar which can accommodate either 12 medium-size helicopters or 8 CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters. Additionally, the ship will have a 1,880m² light cargo garage for TEU containers and 27 Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAV); a 1,165m² dock which can host four Landing Craft Mechanized (LCM) or two Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), or two Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel (LCVP); and a 1,410m² garage for heavy loads, which can host 29 Main Battle Tanks (MBT), The ship’s crew will consist of 261 personnel: 30 officers, 49 NCOs, 59 leading seamen and 123 ratings. With a displacement of 28,000 tonnes at full load and a length of 225 meters, the ship will be capable of reaching speeds of up to 21 knots.
  • Russia released the first footage of Poseidon nuclear-tipped underwater complex

    Russian Defense Ministry has released a video of the new Poseidon nuclear-tipped underwater complex, also called super-power nuclear torpedo.The first footage showing the new nuclear-tipped autonomous underwater complex at the test facility. The new video shows a static test of the sub, which is basically an enormous nuclear-capable torpedo. Rudders of the large device and its propeller are moving while developers observe its performance. The most intriguing part of the drone submarine – its propeller – is blurred out. The device is launched from a crewed submarine and travels to its target at high speeds deep underwater, which makes it nearly impossible to intercept, according to the Russian military. “Unique characteristics of the Poseidon system will help the Navy to successfully combat aircraft carrier and strike groups of a potential adversary in any oceanic theater of war and destroy shore infrastructure facilities,” chief analyst of the General Staff, Admiral Igor Katasonov, has said. Also early, Russian military analyst Leonid Nersisyan noted that the idea of developing giant torpedoes with a nuclear propulsion system and a powerful nuclear-tipped charge appeared in the USSR back in the 1950s, the project was called the T-15 and was actively promoted by A.D. Sakharov. However, modern technologies have made the old concept realizable – the scheme of the “Status-6” unmanned underwater vehicle with a nuclear propulsion system was “accidentally” released at Russian media in 2015. Since then, there has been virtually no official information on it, but there have been a lot of rumors about whether the project is real or it’s just some kind of concept. Recently, the existence of the project was recognized in the report of the US Department of Defence. Now it was officially confirmed by Russian military officials. Previously the media reported the range of new Poseidon underwater complex will be more up 10,000 km, a depth of 1 km and a cruising speed of up to 185 km/h.
  • Russia for the first time shows assembly line of new nuclear-powered cruise missiles

    Russian Defense Ministry has released video showed for the first time the final assembly line of the new Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missiles.The released video showed the several cruise missiles in red colored in a workshop, some of them already placed into launch containers. It is the first time when showing the assembly line of the newest Russian nuclear-powered cruise missiles. According to the source in the Defense Ministry, the new nuclear-powered cruise missile, which is designed to have “unlimited range and unlimited ability to maneuver,” undergoes additional ground tests and is expected to get into flight tests following the tweaks. Russia’s next-generation nuclear-powered cruise missiles are capable of hitting targets throughout the United States. Meeting with members of the Senate Armed Services Committee in March, General Lori Robinson, head of the US Northern Command and North American Aerospace Command said she was “concerned” about the potential for those advanced cruise missiles, which could be launched from bombers or submarines at much greater ranges than legacy systems, to penetrate our air defense network due to their expanded range, low visibility, and limited radar cross section.” The main purpose of the new cruise missiles is the suppression of the operational bases of the probable enemy and the destruction of interceptor-based missile defenсe systems or group of ships with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defenсe System. The missile has an intercontinental range in excess of 10,000+ kilometers (probably close to 20,000 kilometers) and may be equipped with a nuclear warhead.
  • Russian claims that new Peresvet combat laser system already in service

    The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation has claimed that the new truck-mounted Peresvet combat laser systems are already in service and deployed in the place of permanent stationing.On 19 July, the Russian Defense Ministry has released a new video showing some of newest Russian combat laser systems. The video features a military unit, operating at least two truck-mounted Peresvet combat laser systems, accompanied by several command and support vehicles. When deployed, the complex unfolds and exposes a cannon-like device, which is presumably the laser system. The exact purpose of the complex is still kept secret. It might be a jamming system, which can “blind” the optical electronic equipment of enemy vehicles with a laser beam, since several prototypes of such systems have been developed by the Soviet Union. Early, ex Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that the “combat laser systems” Putin spoke of in his State of the Nation speech in March were in fact delivered to the country’s armed forces last year. Once found only in works of fiction, Borisov said such devices were now a very real and necessary tool of modern warfare. “We can talk a lot about laser weapons and movies were made about them a long time ago and fantastic books have been written, and everyone knows about this. But the fact that these systems have started entering service is indeed today’s reality,” Borisov said in comments translated by the state-run Tass Russian News Agency.
  • Aero, IAI introduces F/A-259 Striker cost-effective fighter attack aircraft

    Czech manufacturer Aero Vodochody and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) introduced a new version of cost-effective, combat proven fighter attack aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow on 16 July.During the Farnborough Airshow, Aero Vodochody and IAI have unveiled the new project of multirole aircraft for close air support, counter-insurgency operations and border patrolling with interception capabilities, called the F/A-259 Striker. The F/A-259 Striker combines the robustness and effectiveness of its successful predecessor, the L-159 Alca, with the latest advances in avionics and aircraft systems technology. Using benefits of a wet wing, F/A-259 Striker provides superior performance, great maneuverability, and a high range. Giuseppe Giordo, the President and CEO of Aero, said: “Nowadays, national air forces are looking for a solution how to fulfill a great variety of missions in an affordable way, while keeping high survivability of the aircraft and its crew. Aero and IAI are introducing a multirole fighter F/A-259 Striker with a wide range of combat capabilities that meet those needs of Air Forces all around the world by bringing great performance with low acquisition, operation and maintenance cost.” Giuseppe Giordo added: “There are not so many aircraft on the market providing such capabilities, because it is a new requirement.” Benjamin Cohen, General Manager of Israel Aerospace Industries’ Lahav Division, said: “Our cooperation with Aero Vodochody offers the USAF impressive proven performance of the F/A-259, with new innovative IAI systems, to provide customers with aircraft that meet their OA-X requirements.”
    F/A-259 Striker aircraft
    The F/A-259 is able to operate from unpaved runways and has seven hard points for any combination of fuel, weapons, or mission equipment, allowing smart weapons integration and standoff weapon capabilities. As an optional upgrade, the F/A-259 can be equipped by EASA radar and helmet mounted display. Another optional upgrade is air-to-air refueling, increasing the aircraft’s range and endurance. Advance 4th generation avionics for the F/A-259 Striker has an open architecture concept, allowing future updates based on customer’s requirements and use of Real Time Data Link, supporting a high situational awareness capability. The advanced digital cockpit is equipped by two large multifunctional displays, electronic flight instrument system, and other features.
  • US troops with Allies conducted four-day intensive exercise on creating live munitions

    US troops with allies and partners have taken part in a four-day intensive exercise on creating live munitions in an austere environment provided planning and production necessary to support future contingency operation.Airmen from the 48th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group hosted approximately 160 Airmen to participate in the United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa’s inaugural Combat Ammunition Production Exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England July 16-19, 2018. The purpose of the exercise is to train units in the mass production of conventional munitions at rates necessary to support future contingency operations, while bolstering USAFE-AFARICA’s wartime readiness and demonstrating to allies and partners its ability to rapidly deter adversaries and defend their sovereign skies against malign aggression. “Our Total Force Airmen are focused on warfighting readiness,” said Brigadier General Roy Agustin, Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters USAFE-AFARICA. “Exercises like this help us to refine our best practices and keep our skills razor sharp, which ultimately bolsters readiness and demonstrates our ability to act rapidly, deter adversaries and defend our Allies and partners.”
    U.S. Air Force Munitions Airmen prepare a GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb for transport during the United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa’s inaugural Combat Ammunition Production Exercise July 17, 2018. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew
    Participating units included the 9th Munitions Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif., 31st MXG, Aviano Air Base, Italy, 48th MXG, 52nd MXG, Spangdahlem AB, Germany, 86th Logistics Readiness Group, Ramstein AB, Germany, the 422nd Air Base Group, 501st Combat Support Wing, RAF Alconbury, England and the 913th Maintenance Squadron, 913th Airlift Group, Little Rock AFB, Ark. During the exercise, munitions experts demonstrated their ability to build a variety of munitions including the AGM-158 joint air-to-surface standoff missiles, AIM-9/120 air-to-air missiles, GBU-31/38/54 joint direct attack munitions, GBU-10/12/24/28 laser-guided bombs and GBU-39 small diameter bombs.
    48th Fighter Wing munitions Airmen secure a GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb for transport during the United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa’s inaugural Combat Ammunition Production Exercise July 17, 2018. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew
    “The goal is to ensure we are postured correctly to bring the fight to the enemy,” said Master Sgt. Philip Severance, 48th Munitions Squadron, Munitions Accountable Systems Officer. “A lot of planning with our host nation went into setting up this event to ensure our Airmen could have this experience.” The training provided Airmen an avenue to learn and ask questions as they refine tactics, techniques and procedures, which contributes to their overall professional development and combat readiness. “We have the opportunity to clarify and identify what our protocols are and ultimately determine which tasks we’re proficient in and which tasks we need to improve on,” said Senior Airman Jacob Head, 48th Munitions Squadron. Planning for the exercise began in late 2017. Continued CAPEX training is expected in the future and will enable a faster response from U.S. Airmen to any aggression by any adversary against the sovereign territory of U.S. partners and NATO allies.
    48th Fighter Wing munitions Airmen move a GBU-24 Paveway III laser-guided bomb during the United States Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa’s inaugural Combat Ammunition Production Exercise July 17, 2018. Photo by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew
  • Russia reveals new images of Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile

    On 19 July, the official Facebook account of Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation posted a video showing the newest Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile.The MoD released video showing the liquid-fueled, MIRV-equipped, superheavy thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile is developed to replace the old SS-18 Satan missile. According to the official statement, the program for the deployment of the Sarmat missile system is synchronized in time with the gradual withdrawal of its predecessor, the R-36M2 Voevoda missile system, also known as the SS-18 Satan. The energy capabilities of the Sarmat missile system make it possible to use an extended range of combat capability on the missile. It can carry combat blocks of small, medium, high or large power classes. President Vladimir Putin early said that delivery of the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile to Russia’s military is scheduled for 2020. “The systems, which will beef up our strategic forces in the foreseeable future, I mean, first of all, the Sarmat system, which is to be delivered to the troops in 2020, the Avangard system, the delivery of which is scheduled for 2019, and other systems are being tested according to the original schedule,” – said Vladimir Putin during a meeting with top military and defence industry officials in Sochi on 18 May. The serial production of the Sarmat missile would probably be conducted at the Krasmash factory in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. Developed by the Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, the new hypersonic Sarmat missile is capable of striking targets both via the North and the South Poles. “The missile’s uniquely cross-functional combat platform allows the use of all types of individually targeted warheads, including ones which are still on the drawing board,” Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces Commander, Col. Gen. Karatayev. According to the Center’s Missile Defense Project, the Sarmat as being able to carry 10 large warheads, 16 smaller ones, a combination of warheads and countermeasures, or up to 24 YU-74 hypersonic boost-glide vehicles. That means one Satan 2 ICBM could pack as much as eight megatons of TNT-equivalent explosive power. The Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile is small enough to fit into existing missile silos with minimum modifications to launch area infrastructure.