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[*] posted on 7-10-2018 at 03:29 PM


Marines connect F-35 jet to HIMARS rocket shot for first time

By: Shawn Snow   1 day ago


Marines launch the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System from a Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System during Operation Steel Knight aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 7, 2017. (Pfc. William Chockey/Marine Corps)

The Corps has been experimenting with an innovative slew of ways to use its rocket precision artillery system known as HIMARS.

And just recently, the Corps set another historic milestone: destroying a target by connecting an F-35B with a HIMARS rocket shot for the first time, according to Lt,. Gen. Steven R. Rudder, deputy commandant for aviation.

“We were able to connect the F-35 to a HIMARS, to a rocket shot … and we were able to target a particular conex box,” Rudder told audience members Friday at an aviation readiness discussion at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, or CSIS.

The shot was all done through data link, according to Rudder. The F-35 used sensors and pushed data about the location of the target that was then fed to a HIMARS system.

The HIMARS unit then destroyed the target.

It’s all about “sensor to shooter,” Rudder said.

The historic shot was carried out at the Corps’ latest weapons and tactics course out in Yuma, Arizona, according to Rudder.

But, the Corps has been highly innovative with its HIMARS system and has been sinking a pretty hefty investment into its rocket artillery.

Last fall, the Corps successfully fired and destroyed a target 70 km out on land from the deck of the amphibious transport dock Anchorage.

And in March, Marines with Kilo Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment practiced a rapid air to ground touchdown HIMARS shot.

The Kilo battery Marines strapped the HIMARS down in the belly of an Air Force MC-130 on its way to Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah.

When the aircraft landed the Marines rolled the HIMARS out, fired a total of four shots at two targets and then returned to the aircraft and flew back to Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The exercise showcased the Corps ability to rapidly move the HIMARS by air and destroy a target once landing. A tactic that could prove deadly in the expanse of the Pacific where Marines will be fighting as a distributed force across ships, island and barges.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2018 at 06:56 PM


Raytheon accelerates DeepStrike missile development

Posted On Wednesday, 10 October 2018 07:22

Raytheon completed a significant milestone in the development of its long-range DeepStrike missile to meet the U.S. Army's Precision Strike Missile, or PrSM, requirement. The company has integrated its new launch pod missile container into the Army's M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS launchers.


Raytheon's DeepStrike long-range precision strike missile (Picture source: Raytheon)

The launch pod missile container integration took place at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in July. During the integration, Raytheon technicians worked side-by-side with soldiers and Marines on operational launchers to ensure proper fit and functionality. "Raytheon is responding to the U.S. Army's desire to accelerate its PrSM program," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. "We are on a fast track to deliver an advanced surface-to-surface missile that exceeds the Army's requirements by doubling the firepower while reducing the cost."

Featuring an innovative, two-in-the-pod design and an advanced guidance system, Raytheon's new long-range precision strike missile will fly farther, faster and pack more punch than the current weapon, which is approaching the end of its service life.

As the next-generation surface-to-surface weapon for the Army, the DeepStrike missile will defeat fixed land targets 60-499 kilometers away, improve lethality and responsiveness compared to current systems, and restore the Army's capability to overmatch the threat.
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[*] posted on 11-10-2018 at 09:58 AM


Raytheon Accelerates DeepStrike Missile Development: New Army Weapon Will Deliver Unparalleled Precision, Firepower

(Source: Raytheon Co.; issued Oct 09, 2018)

TUCSON, Ariz. --- Raytheon Company completed a significant milestone in the development of its long-range DeepStrike missile to meet the U.S. Army's Precision Strike Missile, or PrSM, requirement. The company has integrated its new launch pod missile container into the Army's M142 HIMARS and M270 MLRS launchers.

Raytheon’s DeepStrike missile is the U.S. Army’s affordable solution that offers double the firepower, greater range and precision accuracy.

The launch pod missile container integration took place at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in July. During the integration, Raytheon technicians worked side-by-side with soldiers and Marines on operational launchers to ensure proper fit and functionality.

"Raytheon is responding to the U.S. Army's desire to accelerate its PrSM program," said Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president. "We are on a fast track to deliver an advanced surface-to-surface missile that exceeds the Army's requirements by doubling the firepower while reducing the cost."

Raytheon prototype DeepStrike Long Range Precision Fires Missile. Extremely compact, a HIMARS launcher can carry two instead of just one ATACMS. Range is just below 500 km, i.e. within INF treaty restrictions. I bet the Royal Artillery would like a regiment’s worth of these. pic.twitter.com/HZmUHrLTqL
— Nicholas Drummond (@nicholadrummond) October 8, 2018

Featuring an innovative, two-in-the-pod design and an advanced guidance system, Raytheon's new long-range precision strike missile will fly farther, faster and pack more punch than the current weapon, which is approaching the end of its service life.

As the next-generation surface-to-surface weapon for the Army, the DeepStrike missile will defeat fixed land targets 60-499 kilometers away, improve lethality and responsiveness compared to current systems, and restore the Army's capability to overmatch the threat.

Raytheon Company, with 2017 sales of $25 billion and 64,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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[*] posted on 11-10-2018 at 09:19 PM


AUSA 2018: Lockheed Martin plans ER GMLRS flight for mid-2019

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

10 October 2018

Lockheed Martin plans in mid-2019 to conduct the first engineering development flights of its extended-range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (ER GMLRS), a company spokesperson told reporters on 10 October at the Association of the United States Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference.

ER GMLRS’ qualification flights are expected in 2020 and production could start in 2021, the spokesperson said.

The extended-range variant increased the motor size (with an increased diameter for more propellant volume), has a 15 m minimum range, 150 km max range, and a redesigned tail for manoeuvrability, the spokesperson said. The legacy GMLRS reaches out to 70 km.

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Assuming the INF treaty falls through, is anyone making any predictions on how this is going to influence US missile production?



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[*] posted on 11-10-2018 at 11:26 PM


It already has............a vast selection of artillery and missiles that suddenly go hundreds not tens of kilometres..............the US Forces fous is that everything needs to go ten times further than it did previously.

I expect the USA to reintroduce land-launched, "cruise" missiles, and hypersonics raises its ugly head..............
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[*] posted on 12-10-2018 at 12:36 AM


Quote: Originally posted by ARH  
Assuming the INF treaty falls through, is anyone making any predictions on how this is going to influence US missile production?


When the Russians and Chinese ignore it blatantly, what’s the point of pretending it matters anymore?

Treaties ended effectively IMHO when the Chinese deployed ICBM’s as anti-ship missiles...

There is no way to determine whether said weapon is aimed at a carrier in the Pacific or Washington.

If the West chooses to put it’s effort into new offensive ballistic missile capabilities rather than defensive BM capability, the rest of the world will truly be in danger...




In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 22-10-2018 at 07:03 PM


China: HD-1 supersonic cruise missile tested by Hongda Blasting Company

POSTED ON MONDAY, 22 OCTOBER 2018 08:44

Last 15 October, China-based Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company claimed that it had successfully tested a new supersonic cruise missile not intended for the PLA but for export, as reported by The Diplomat. Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company has not designed and manufactured missiles prior to the HD-1. Total company investment into the HD-1 program has been $188 million, according to Hongda.

Hongda said that “All parameters for the supersonic cruising flight of the HD-1 missile achieved their estimated objectives”. The test launch aimed to check the HD-1’s launch, power and flight control systems. The company did not reveal additional details about the test or the missile.

Hongda claims that the HD-1 uses “advanced solid-fuel ramjet technology” and will be available to international customers in air-, ground-, and sea-launched variants. “The HD-1’s advanced solid fuel ramjet needs less fuel than its competitors, rendering the lighter missile able to fly faster and farther,” Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military analyst, was quoted by the Global Times as saying. “The test flight shows that the HD-1’s core components are now mature, with its aerodynamic design, materials and overall structure already proven viable.”

The HD-1 program is still in an “experimental verification stage” and the company will still need to be granted an export license by the Chinese government, after which the company is set to begin serial production. The HD-1’s three-stage engine was reportedly first tested in horizontal configuration in May. The short time interval between engine tests and the HD-1s first launch is noteworthy and may suggest the involvement of an international partner or another Chinese defense contractor.

Chinese military analysts have already touted the HD-1 as superior to the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile, a joint venture between India’s Defense Research Development Organization and Russian rocket design bureau NPO Mashinostroyeniya. “The BrahMos missile is a more expensive, less useful supersonic cruise missile developed by India and Russia,” Wei Dongxu told the Global Times on October 16. “Pakistan and Middle Eastern countries are likely to show interest given the weapon’s potential to break anti-missile systems at supersonic speeds,” he added.

China’s defense industry is also continuing to work on other supersonic cruise missile specifically designed for export, such as the CM-302 or the Chaoxun-1 (CX-1), unveiled in 2016 and 2014 respectively. The latter is available in two variants: the CX-1A ship-borne system and CX-1B road-mobile land-based system. To date, no international customer has been identified for either missile.
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[*] posted on 24-10-2018 at 07:55 PM


US Army’s Precision Strike Missile moves ahead, as US-Russia INF Treaty falters

Daniel Wasserbly, Washington, DC and Robin Hughes, Washington, DC - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

23 October 2018


A rendering of Lockheed Martin’s expected offering for the US Army’s PrSM programme. Source: Lockheed Martin

Tests are upcoming in 2019 for Raytheon and Lockheed Martin systems competing for the US Army's Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) programme, a top acquisition priority to replace the legacy Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). PrSM and similar projects could assume extra urgency as the United States has suggested it will withdraw from an intermediate-range weapons treaty with Russia.

PrSM was formerly called the long-range precision fires (LRPF) munition. The army is now using the LRPF term for an overall 'cross-functional team' that is looking to develop specific programmes prioritised by army leadership: an Extended Range Cannon Artillery (ERCA) for howitzers, PrSM, and a strategic-range strike system that could utilise hypersonics or hypervelocity weapons.

PrSM, the mid-range of those three, could see prototypes fly in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) and a first missile could be delivered in FY 2022 or early FY 2023. That early model would be the 'bus', the basis for the army to spiral out new capabilities.

It is to reach out to 499 km and travel 1.5 times faster than the ATACMS. Two are to fit in a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher pod (versus one ATACMS in that launcher). PrSM's 499 km range is to keep the munition in line with the US-Russia 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that bars ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 km. On 20 October, however, US President Donald Trump suggested the United States would withdraw from that treaty, which the United States first accused Russia of violating in 2014.

Future capabilities for PrSM could include hitting multi-domain moving targets - hitting ships from land, or moving targets on land from a ship. It could also serve as a loitering intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance asset, could home-in on specific signal emitters, and could be used against heavily armoured targets, Brigadier General Stephen Maranian, who leads the army's LRPF cross-functional team, told Jane's .

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Northrop Grumman unveils Surface-Launched AARGM

Robin Hughes, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

23 October 2018


Artist’s impression of the Northrop Grumman’s Surface-Launched Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (SLAARGM) surface-to-surface effector. Source: Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is pursuing the development of a surface-launched stand-off derivative of the AGM-88E Block 1 Advanced Anti‑Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) to address, in the first instance, US Army long-range precision fire requirements.

Designed to engage traditional and advanced land and maritime air-defence threats, as well as non-radar time-sensitive strike targets, the current AGM-88E Block 1 AARGM features an advanced digital anti-radiation homing sensor, millimetre-wave (MMW) radar terminal seeker (developed by Northrop Grumman with subcomponents supplied by MBDA in Italy), Digital Terrain Elevation Database-aided GPS/INS guidance, a weapons datalink for co-operative weapon engagements, and a counter-emitter shutdown capability through active MMW-radar terminal guidance. Block 1 AARGM leverages the legacy AGM-88 High-Speed, Anti-Radiation Missile WAU-7/B warhead section – which comprises the WDU-21/B warhead, FMU-111/B fuze, and MK 44 MOD 1 booster – and rocket motor. The current Block 1 has a stated range of 60+ n miles and an engagement speed of Mach 2+.

The SLAARGM (Surface-Launched AARGM) concept provides for a spiral development of the AGM-88E Block 1 as a high technical readiness level stand-off supersonic, surface-to-surface strike weapon to engage land and maritime targets in complex Anti Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments, through GPS/INS point-to-point or point-to-MMW-terminal guidance.

Northrop Grumman is currently entering the Lot 7 full-rate production of the AGM-88E Block 1 (through a recent USD171 million contract from the US Navy, which also provides for AARGM deliveries to the Italian Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force) and will leverage this to mature the SLAARGM concept, Yakov Krimberg, SLAARGM programme manager, Northrop Grumman told Jane’s . “This approach significantly mitigates development costs,” he said.

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Yemeni rebels unveil new missile

Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

30 October 2018


A rebel spokesman stands in front of a Badr-P1 missile in a still taken from a video released on 28 October. The missile was displayed on a launcher from an S-75 (SA-2) air-defence system. Source: Ansar allah

The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) unveiled a guided version of its Badr-1 artillery rocket on 28 October, potentially giving it a weapon system that can carry out precision strikes on Saudi Arabia.

The group released a video showing a spokesman holding a press conference while standing in front of the new Badr-1P. He said it was developed from the Badr-1, has a range of 150 km, and an accuracy of 3 m.

The presentation included footage of what was said to be a Badr-1P being launched against a disused military facility in a test and then on 27 October against a camp on Yemen's Red Sea coast purportedly used by Sudanese troops serving with the Saudi-led coalition that the rebels are fighting. Both targets were seen being hit in aerial footage.

The latter location could be identified as one 14.5 km south of the port of Al-Hudaydah. Satellite imagery indicates the attack happened recently as the position was not occupied until 16 October and there was no sign that it had been hit before 23 October.

Ansar Allah unveiled the Badr-1 in March and has released footage of a large artillery rocket with a diameter of approximately 300-350 mm and fixed rear fins that require it being launched from a metal frame - rather than a tube - that spins the projectile. Ansar Allah has repeatedly reported using Badr-1s against Saudi Arabia, although the level of damage caused by these attacks remains unclear.

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China’s Hongda details HD-1 supersonic cruise missile family

Kelvin Wong, Zhuhai - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

15 November 2018


A full-scale model of the HD-1 supersonic cruise missile shown to the public for the first time at Airshow China 2018, a month after its developer claimed to have conducted a successful launch of the missile. Source: IHS Markit/Kelvin Wong

China’s Guangdong Hongda Blasting Company (Hongda), a Guangzhou-based company specialising in mining and industrial explosives, has showcased its new indigenously developed and export-oriented HD-1 supersonic cruise missile designed for precision land attack and anti-ship missions.

The ground-based HD-1 is a solid-propellant, ramjet-powered supersonic cruise missile that employs a tandem single-stage solid-propellant rocket booster – as opposed to wraparound boosters to reduce drag – for missile launch and acceleration to a forward velocity suitable for efficient operation of the ramjet’s intake system, which comprises four air intakes arranged in an ‘X’ configuration around the missile body. Tapered control surfaces are mounted on the intake housings near the nozzles.

According to company specifications, the HD-1 has a 2,200 kg launch weight and measures 8.3 m with a missile body and booster diameter of 375 mm and 650 mm respectively. Speed is quoted as 2,716–4,321 km/h depending on the programmed flight profile, with the missile cruising at altitudes of up to 15,000 m (49,212 ft) and performing sea-skimming manoeuvres at altitudes between 16 and 32 ft.

The missile’s maximum range is stated as 290 km, although Jane’s believes this could be higher given the propensity of Chinese missile developers to provide conservative figures to satisfy international Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) export controls and widen their potential customer base.

“The [HD-1] has a high-low trajectory combined with a supersonic manoeuvring penetration capability and it can achieve vertical top attack, sea-skimming horizontal attack, or pop-up attack within a short range of targets,” the company stated.

The missile can be armed with a range of destructive payloads, including unitary 400 kg high-explosive armour-piercing as well as 240 kg blast-fragmentation, blast, and cluster warheads.

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DARPA awards OpFires Propulsion System development contracts

Robin Hughes, London - IHS Jane's Missiles & Rockets

26 November 2018


Artist's concept of the joint DARPA/US Army Operational Fires concept. Source: DARPA

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office has placed separate awards on three contractors to design and develop advanced booster concepts as part of the Operational Fires (OpFires) development programme.

OpFires is a joint DARPA/US Army initiative for a mobile, tactical weapon delivery system capable of carrying a variety of payloads to a variety of ranges, underpinning which is a current imperative to develop and exploit hypersonic weapons technologies. According to DARPA, "the overarching goal of the OpFires program is to develop and demonstrate a novel ground-launched system enabling advanced tactical weapons to penetrate modern enemy air defenses and rapidly and precisely engage critical time sensitive targets."

United States ground-based forces "are currently limited in effective range of surface to-surface precision fires. The OpFires program seeks to provide operational/theater level commanders with flexible capabilities to strike time sensitive targets while providing persistent standoff from unpredictable land launch positions. This flexibility would restore combatant commander options in force deployment and employment, enabling adaptable engagement at extended ranges," the agency said.

DARPA issued a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) in March 2018 seeking innovative solutions for the OpFires Propulsion System, with the provision that "the successful performers for the OpFire Propulsion System programme will have recent, relevant, and significant experience and expertise in propulsion system design and development to include booster performance analysis and missile integration."

According to DARPA, "OpFires Propulsion System focuses on the early development and demonstration of innovative booster solutions, including, but not limited to, liquid and hybrid propellant mixtures, pintle motors, variable thrust nozzles, pulse motors, re-ignitable propellants, and other technologies that vary thrust and manage energy at scale for large tactical missiles. Innovations such as these will need to maximize the operational range envelope of an integrated missile system and adapt to a variety of potential payloads."

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Poland to purchase 20 M142 HIMARS rocket launcher systems from U.S.

POSTED ON SATURDAY, 01 DECEMBER 2018 10:07

Gives a very good idea of the amount of money we would have to spend for what, I suspect, would be a similar amount of firing units............minus all the Hummers of course.....HIMARS truck might change to MAN HX series too......

The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Poland of (20) High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) M142 Launchers, and other related equipment for an estimated cost of $655 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale, November 29,2018.


M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) vehicles with the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery Regiment, Kentucky Army National Guard participating in Saber Strike 18 execute a fire mission at Bemoko Piskie, Poland, June 14, 2018. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

Poland has requested to buy twenty (20) High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) M142 Launchers, thirty-six (36) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31 Unitary, nine (9) Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M30A1 Alternative Warheads, thirty (30) Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) M57 Unitary, twenty-four (24) Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems (AFATDS), twenty (20) Multiple Launcher Pod Assembly M68A2 Trainers, twenty-four (24) M1151A1 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), and nine (9) M1151A1 High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheel Vehicles (HMMWVs).

Also included are twenty (20) Low Cost Reduced Range (LCRR) practice rockets, support equipment, communications equipment, spare and repair parts, test sets, batteries, laptop computers, publications and technical data, facility design, personnel training and equipment, systems integration support, Quality Assurance Teams and a Technical Assistance Fielding Team, United States Government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistics support, training, sensors, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $655 million.

The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is a light multiple rocket launcher developed jointly in the late 1990s by the Companies BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin for the United States Army. The truck chassis is produced by BAE Systems Mobility & Protection Systems while the he rocket launching system is produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control.

The M142 HIMARS is an American-made MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) that carries a single six-pack of rockets on the army's family of medium tactical vehicles (FMTV) 6x6 M1140. It can fires the same rockets as the M270 MLRS with a maximum range of 32 km, but it has also the capacity to fire new extended range guided rocket GMLRS at a range of 70 km and the long-range ATACMS (army tactical missile system) guided missile to a maximum range of 300 km.
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[*] posted on 5-12-2018 at 09:46 PM


Swelling Tactical Missile Demand Reverses Long-Declining Production

Dec 5, 2018 Steve Trimble and Michael Bruno | Aviation Week & Space Technology

Rising global demand for a broad array of U.S.-built tactical missiles is fueling new investments in production capacity for a market sector that recently struggled to keep major factories open.

After decades of managing decline, U.S. government officials have signaled Lockheed Martin and other defense companies to reverse gears on production of all categories of missiles, including the once-imperiled tactical missile sector. For the first time in decades, companies are investing in new production capacity, in anticipation of a long-term shift in spending for a variety of air- and ground-launched missiles.

- Pentagon officials have called on industry to increase production capacity for tactical missiles
- Demand surge boosted by new interest in long-range, ground-launched missiles and hypersonic weapons

The industrial investments also will support multiple new development programs, to include a new class of maneuvering hypersonic weapons. Moreover, the proposed withdrawal by the Trump administration from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty opens another market for tactical missile suppliers, even as China and Russia invest heavily in similar capabilities.

“The defense industry is being called upon to boost missile-making capacity. We are seeing an increase in demand, and we’ve actually been asked to increase our capacity and increase our production rate on a number of our programs, whether it’s Hellfire, PAC-3 and others,” Lockheed Chairman CEO and President Marillyn Hewson told a Credit Suisse investor conference Nov. 28.

She expects the missile ramp-up to be long-running, beyond just the 3-5 years typical in defense budget and corporate planning. It is due to higher demand by U.S. allies, as well as by the Pentagon as it seeks to regrow missile stocks after sequestration budget caps led leaders to push off desired purchases in recent years.

The recent push to buy tactical missiles has also preserved demand for more lucrative air defense systems, including Raytheon’s Patriot and Lockheed’s PAC-3 and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD). Lockheed is reportedly close to a deal with Saudi Arabia for THAADs worth up to $15 billion.

“I don’t think the U.S. government would ask us to increase capacity and increase our production rate if they didn’t expect that to carry on for some time,” says Hewson. “I don’t think it’s a flash in the pan [or] sort of a short-term blip. I really do think it’s something that they have determined, with the demand by our allies as well as by the U.S. government, we are going to see some longer-run production demand for that capability.”


U.S. Army officials have placed a new emphasis on Long-Range Precision Fires, leading to increasing demand for the Army Tactical Missile System (pictured) and the next-generation Precision Strike Missile. Credit: Arkansas Army National Guard

The demand surge has been fed through the supply chain. In January 2017, for example, Norway’s Nammo opened a new factory in Indian Head, Maryland, adding a new U.S.-based source for ramjets, solid rocket motors and tactical warheads.

The impact has also reversed the fortunes of the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (ABL), a Northrop Grumman-owned facility tucked between a hillside and a branch of the Potomac River in West Virginia. The facility opened as an ammunition supplier in 1943, and secretly built the U.S. Navy’s first surface-to-air missiles after World War II. As ownership, over the decades, passed from Hercules to Alliant Techsystems to Orbital ATK and finally Northrop, the facility expanded to become a single source for virtually all components for the tactical missiles business, including cases warheads, motors and fuses.

“This is like the Walmart for the Department of Defense,” says Pat Nolan, vice president and general manager of missile products at Northrop.

By 2012, the site’s existence was in jeopardy, as orders for tactical rockets and missiles slumped. The governors of West Virginia and Maryland teamed up to lobby the Navy to preserve the site by creating an information technology center.

But the slump would be short-lived. The emergence of the Islamic State group in Syria, and the war between Yemen and Saudi Arabia, resurrected demand for tactical missiles by the U.S. and allies. Northrop’s factory complex supplies the components for the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS), Army Tactical Missile System (Atacms), AGM-114 Hellfire and AIM-9X missiles.

In addition, the Trump administration has launched new tactical missile development programs, including the ballistic Precision Strike Missile (PRSM) and several maneuvering hypersonic programs. Northrop is supplying rocket motors for both PRSM competitors—-Lockheed and Raytheon. Two years ago, the ABL developed a 3D-printed combustor for hypersonic missiles, a category analysts expect to grow to more than $5 billion annually by 2025, from $2 billion.

As a result, missile production is booming at the ABL. The facility produced only 400 GMLRS rockets a year through the recent slump, but swiftly grew to its current annual rate of 19,700 units. To accommodate the growth, Northrop invested $100 million to last year open the Large Tactical Motor Manufacturing Facility at the ABL, a 50,000 ft.2 plant focused on GMLRS, Hellfire and PRSM production. The new facility and additional investments at ABL are intended to keep up with future tactical missile demand.

“That gives us the capacity we think we need for the future, with a little bit of headroom,” says Nolan.

Lockheed’s Missiles and Fire Controls division is expected to produce the strongest growth for the company in the next couple of years. The OEM highlighted its missile work during its annual investor day briefing Nov. 16.

“Management noted that demand for missiles is particularly strong at the moment, and the ‘sold-out’ situation in the plants is leading to additional capex spend,” Vertical Research Partners analyst Rob Stallard said after the briefing.
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Successful Test Firing of Long-Range Missile Agni V

(Source: Indian Ministry of Defence; issued Dec 10, 2018)


Sequence of photographs from yesterday’s test launch of an Agni V intercontinental ballistic missile from its transport-erector launch vehicle, mounted on a railway flatbed car. (India MoD photo)

Agni V, a long-range surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile, was successfully launched from a canister on a road-mobile launcher at the Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, today.

The launch operations were carried out and monitored by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) in presence of Scientists from Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and other associated officials.

All the mission objectives were successfully achieved. This launch comes after a series of successful launches of the missile.

It further strengthens the country’s deterrence capability, which has been developed indigenously by assiduous efforts of scientists.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: With a demonstrated range of over 5,000 km (and probably closer to 8,000 km), the Agni V brings most Chinese cities within range of India’s nuclear deterrent – a significant change in the regional balance of power.)

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EDEX 2018: New Serbian 267-122mm MLRS multi-caliber launch rocket system

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 11 DECEMBER 2018 15:49

The Serbian State Defense Company Yugoimport presents its new 267/122mm Multi-Caliber Rocket Launcher System at EDEX 2018, the first Egypt defense exhibition that was held in Egypt from the 3 to 5 December 2018. The new artillery system is based on a 8x8 Kamaz 6560 military truck chassis.


Scale model of Serbian Yugoimport 267/122mm MLRS Multi-Caliber Launch Rocket System at EDEX 2018, Egypt Defense Exhibition in Cairo, December 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The new 122/267mmm Multi-Caliber Launch Rocket System (MLRS) is designed to be a modular artillery system thanks to the possibility to use rockets pods that can fire 267mm rockets and also all types of 122mm rockets. The MLRS vehicle has a weight of 35,000 kg.

The design of the vehicle is similar to the Czech RM-70, that consists of a armored version of the KAMAZ 8x8 military truck fitted with two launcher pods for 25 122mm rockets as the Russian 122 mm BM-21 MLRS located the rear of the hull and two additional packs of 25 122 mm rockets to the rear of the cab for rapid loading. The two pods of 122mm rockets can be replaced by to rows of six 267mm launcher tubes. It has a maximum firing range of 40 km with 122mm rockets and 70 km with 267mm rockets.

The rockets can be launched in single fire or in salvo with variable time intervals from 0.8 to 4 seconds.

Main advantages of the new 267/122 MLRS are its rapid reloading capability, complete armour protection for the crew from small arms fire and shell splinters and much improved cross-country mobility. The time in and out of action is 90 seconds.

The launchers pods are mounted on turntable which has a traverse of 110° and elevation from 3° to 60°. The crew cabin accommodates three military personnel. All fire operations are operated from inside of the crew cabin, but the launch can also be operated remotely by one soldier with an electric remote control connected to the vehicle.

Standard equipment of the 122/267mmm Multi-Caliber Launch Rocket System includes firing control system, INS (Inertial Navigation System) and GPS (Global Positioning System). In firing position, two hydraulic jacks are lowered on the ground on each side of the truck chassis to provide a more stable firing platform.


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Russian missile troops will be fully reequipped with Iskander-M ballistic missiles

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According a statement published on Tuesday, January 1, 2018, by the Russian Defense Ministry, the missile troops of the Russian Ground Forces will be fully reequipped with the Iskander-M missile systems in 2019.


Russian Iskander-M mobile ballistic missile TEL Transporter Erector Launcher unit in firing position at Army-2018, defense exhibition near Moscow, August 2018. (Picture source Army Recognition)

In 2019, the process of reequipping the missile troops of the Russian Ground Forces with the Iskander-M missile systems will be completed. In accordance with the state defense order, the manufacturer will hand a unit of the Iskander-M systems over to the Western Military District.

The 9K720 Iskander is a mobile short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian armed forces. The Iskander-M is an upgrade version of the Iskander missile system which has a maximum range of 500 km.

The Iskander-M system is combined of six types of vehicles. The Transporter-Erector-Launcher (TEL) is based on the MZKT-7930 eight wheeled truck chassis. Fully loaded with two missiles, a TEL weighs 40 tons.

The transporter loader also carries two missile reloads. The mission preparation station is equipped to process intelligence data, converting it to target data fed to the missile's navigation system. Command and staff vehicle, maintenance and life support vehicles complete the Iskander's unit.

The TELs will remain in concealed position throughout the mission preparation, and require only a brief exposure to an open area to erect and fire one or two missiles. After launching, the vehicle immediately leaves the area seeking the safety of another concealed area.
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Pakistani Army Inducts Locally Developed Rocket in Artillery Corps

(Source: Xinhua; issued Jan 06, 2019)



ISLAMABAD --- The Pakistani army has inducted a locally manufactured rocket in the Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) of its corps of artillery, which has a range of 100 kilometers, the military said on Friday.

The A-100 Rocket has been indigenously developed by Pakistani scientists and engineers, an army statement said.

"With over 100 kilometers range the Rocket is highly effective and potent for interdiction that can effectively disrupt enemy's mobilization and assembly," the statement from the army's media wing Inter-Services Public Relations said.

Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the induction of the rocket at a ceremony. He said that the rocket "shall augment the existing conventional fire power capabilities of the Pakistan Army."

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First Tornado-S MLRS supplied to Russian Southern district

POSTED ON MONDAY, 14 JANUARY 2019 14:20

The first Tornado-S multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) have been supplied to the Southern Military District. They are the most powerful MLRS in the Russian army. Tornado-S are fully automatic and can independently aim missiles. The rearmament with the weapons will be a step towards robotic automation of the Russian artillery, the Izvestia daily writes. Tornado is an MLRS family. Besides 300mm Tornado-S, there is the operational Tornado-G which replaces Grad in regimental and division artillery.


Tornado-S MLRS (Picture source: Army Recognition)

The Defense Ministry told the newspaper Tornado-S MLRS were supplied to the 439th rocket artillery brigade deployed in Znemansk in Astrakhan region. It inherited the honorary Perekop Kutuzov Order title and the guards status from the 4th mortar division which operated in 1942-1945. It is now one of the most powerful artillery formations manned with the best officers and armed with the latest hardware. From October 1999 to March 2003 the brigade participated in combat in Dagestan and Chechnya. 150 men were awarded. The brigade is directly subordinated to the district commander.

Tornado-S is the longest-range and most powerful MLRS weapon in the world. Each vehicle carries 12 launchers which can fire salvos and solo missiles. The missile range is 120 km and designers promise to increase it to 200 km. Tornado-S is to replace Smerch MLRS in artillery formations. Tornado-S accelerates the missions: only several minutes are necessary to fire at the adversary; it takes one minute to deploy the weapon and abandon the position, so escaping retaliatory fire.

The range of munitions was expanded to select the warhead depending on the target. Besides unguided missiles, Tornado-S fires smart munitions. It can simultaneously hit eight targets by separating projectiles on the trajectory.

The new MLRS is equipped with GLONASS devices and automatic aiming and fire control system (ASUNO). The operator has to put in coordinates and order to aim the launchers and fire. It is not necessary to manually put in the data, as the system can independently receive and process information from reconnaissance vehicles and drones.

In the coming years all artillery formations subordinated to districts and the central command will be armed with Tornado-S. "The structure which existed at the peak of the Soviet army is being recreated," expert Viktor Murakhovsky said. "Tornado-S units will reinforce missile and artillery troops in the most decisive areas of the operation. Rocket artillery plays a major role in that, as Tornado-S destroys targets in the whole tactical depth of the adversary. Such weapons can be rapidly redeployed from one position to another. Their columns can march 300 and even 500 km a day," he said.

ASUNO and the integration of the artillery into a single command field will decrease deployment time several-fold and accelerate tactical maneuvers after fire, the Izvestia said.
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Russian MoD details 9M729 GLCM

Dmitry Fediushko, Kubinka - Jane's Defence Weekly

23 January 2019


Russia's MoD briefed foreign diplomats on the 9M729 GLCM at Patriot Park, Kubinka, on 23 January 2019. Source: Sergei Bobylev/TASS

Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) briefed foreign diplomats on the 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) at Patriot Park, Kubinka, in the Moscow region, on 23 January.

According to the MoD, the new missile is an updated variant of the 9M728 GLCM that has already been integrated into the Iskander-M missile system. "The 9M729 features a more powerful warhead and a more accurate guidance system. This modernisation has resulted in an increase in the lengths of both the missile and its container, with the latter being 53 cm longer compared to the 9M728," said Missile Troops and Artillery Commander Lieutenant General Mikhail Matveevskiy. He added that the missile is assembled at a factory and supplied in sealed containers and therefore cannot be rearmed and refuelled in the field.

The 9M728 and the 9M729 feature the same booster, engine, and fuel load, which provide a range compliant with the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, according to the general. "As the 9M729 is armed with a heavier warhead, it has a slightly reduced maximum range of up to 480 km. This range was confirmed during the 'Zapad [West] 2017' exercise," he said.

The 9M729 comprises a warhead, modernised system, guidance unit, fuel system, engine, and booster. According to the Russian MoD, the missile has a range of 50-480 km, compared with 50-490 km for the 9M728, while its container is 7.93 m long and 0.514 m wide.

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Pakistan Today Successfully Conducted Training Launch of Short-Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile “Nasr”

(Source: Pakistan Inter-Services Public Relations Directorate; issued Jan 24, 2019)


The Hatf 9 “Nasr” is a Pakistani surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile, believed to be nuclear-capable, and with a range of about 70 km. It was first fired in 2011. (Pakistan MoD photo)

RAWALPINDI --- Pakistan today successfully conducted training launch of short-range surface to surface ballistic missile “Nasr” to enhance the operational efficiency of Army Strategic Forces Command besides re-validating the desired technical parameters.

This training exercise involved launching of quad salvo for desired effects.

Nasr is a high precision, shoot and scoot weapon system with the ability of in-flight maneuverability. This weapon system has augmented Full Spectrum Deterrence posture remaining within the precincts of policy of Credible Minimum Deterrence, against prevailing and evolving threat spectrum more effectively including enemy’s ballistic missile defence and other air defence systems.

The launch was witnessed by General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

VIDEO:https://youtu.be/QDm6FVWhZP8

Chairman JCS Committee appreciated the standard of training and operational preparedness of Army Strategic Forces Command. He also congratulated the scientists and engineers on developing this sophisticated weapon system to enhance Pakistan's deterrence capability.

He expressed his complete confidence in effective command, control and security of all strategic assets and measures being taken to augment these aspects.

President and Prime Minister of Pakistan and Services Chiefs have also congratulated on successful conduct of the training launch.

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ATACMS Production Will Yield to Follow-on System in Mid-2020s

(Source: Forecast International; issued Jan 30, 2019)

The acquisition of theater ballistic missiles is gaining popularity among Western militaries. For decades, the West and its allies depended on tactical aircraft to provide the necessary support to frontline troops. Now, militaries want to shift some of this responsibility to ground-based missile systems.

The U.S. Army will provide its maneuver units with an enhanced organic fire support capability. A weapon that is already meeting part of this need is the ATACMS.

Lockheed Martin developed the ATACMS originally to smash Soviet tank formations. However, this missile came into service just as the Soviet Union disintegrated. With the Soviet collapse, demand for the ATACMS evaporated. The U.S. still procured the ATACMS, but in lower numbers than once anticipated.

Nevertheless, the ATACMS did manage to make a combat debut. The U.S. Army fired over two dozen of the missiles during Operation Desert Storm and 10 times this number during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Some missiles reportedly hit targets in Afghanistan, and later the ATACMS struck strongholds of the Islamic State. Still, the combat success of the ATACMS did not result in a flood of foreign orders.

For a time, few countries apart from major military powers had a real need for a weapon such as the ATACMS. As the years passed, this situation changed and the number of countries interested in ATACMS-like weapons began to grow. A short-range tactical ballistic missile could provide rocket artillery units with the ability to strike targets at greater distances, as well as to penetrate reinforced and hardened facilities. Despite the export interest in the ATACMS, the United States was reluctant to allow all potential customers to place orders for the system.

The inability of customers to procure ATACMS-like missiles spawned a number of local development programs. Brazil, Israel, and Turkey all have active tactical missile programs.

Brazil’s program could remain a design study. Israel has begun procurement of the LORA and has won export sales (although it delayed announcement of this first foreign sale). Like the United States, Israel wants to lessen the dependence of its ground units on manned combat aircraft for support missions.

At present, the U.S. military is working to acquire an ATACMS replacement. The Precision Strike Missile, also known as the Long-Range Precision Fires missile, will provide the U.S. Army with an enhanced deep-strike capability. The U.S. Army is considering its options, and might try to accelerate the introduction of this new missile system.

The original schedule called for low-rate initial production to start in 2025 or 2026, with the missile entering service in 2027. Now, the U.S. Army could achieve Initial Operational Capability (IOC) as early as 2023 or 2024.

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Pakistan Today Conducted Another Successful Launch of Short-Range Surface to Surface Ballistic Missile “Nasr”

(Source: Pakistan Inter Services Public Relations Directorate; issued Jan 31, 2019)

RAWALPINDI --- Pakistan today conducted another successful launch of short-range surface to surface ballistic missile “Nasr” as part of Army Strategic Forces Command training exercise which included quad salvo on 24 January and single shots on 28 & 31 January 2019.

The 2nd phase of this exercise was aimed at testing the extreme inflight maneuverability, including the end flight maneuverability; capable of defeating, by assured penetration, any currently available BMD system in our neighborhood or any other system under procurement / development.

The launch was witnessed by General Zubair Mahmood Hayat, Chairman JCS Committee, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, Chairman NESCOM, senior officers from the Army Strategic Forces Command, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

Chairman JCS Committee appreciated the participating troops, scientists and engineers on achieving yet another milestone of national significance towards Pakistan's strategic deterrence capability. He praised the professional attributes and dedicated efforts of all concerned which made possible the successful launch of Weapon System.

President and Prime Minister of Pakistan along with Services Chiefs have congratulated the scientists, engineers and the participating troops on their outstanding achievement.

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Iran Claims Successful Test of New Cruise Missile

(Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; issued Feb 02, 2019)

State media in Iran have reported the successful test of a new cruise missile with a range of 1,350 kilometers.

The February 2 test came as Iran was celebrating the 40th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

"The test of the Hoveizeh cruise missile was carried out successfully at a range of 1,200 kilometers and accurately hit the intended target," Defense Minister Amir Hatami said on state television. \


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He also said the missile was manufactured entirely in Iran without foreign assistance.

One of the reasons that the United States gave for withdrawing from a landmark 2015 agreement that restricted Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief was that it did not prevent Iran from developing missiles that could threaten Israel.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231, adopted in 2015, "calls upon" Tehran to refrain from developing nuclear-capable missiles for a period of eight years.

Tehran says its missiles cannot carry nuclear warheads.

The test could not be independently verified, and Iran frequently overstates the capabilities of its weaponry.

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