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RUSSIA MOVING AHEAD WITH SKYFALL MISSILE
Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Putin claims Skyfall is "invincible"

Source: Russia MoD


Putin claims Skyfall is "invincible"

Source: Russia MoD


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MOSCOW -- The Russian government claims its SSC-X-9 Burevestnik (Skyfall) missile will be ready for service in six years. Moscow says this missile has "unlimited range" and capable of finding gaps in air defense systems. This program will move forward dispute recent unsuccessful tests.

Russian President Vladimir Putin first acknowledged the existence of this "nuclear-powered" strike missile in March 2018.

Source:  Scottish Sun
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Author: Guy Birchall 

 
MOD SELECTS THALES AIRBORNE DEFENSIVE AIDS SYSTEM
Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Defensive Aids System (DAS)

Source: Thales Group


Defensive Aids System (DAS)

Source: Thales Group


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PARIS -- The UK Ministry of Defence has chosen Leonardo and Thales, under a single source procurement, to deliver an integrated UK Defensive Aids System (DAS) to meet an Urgent Capability Requirement.

The procurement will equip the RAF’s fleet of eight Shadow R1 intelligence-gathering aircraft, providing an advanced DAS which will protect the aircraft against latest-generation of Infra-Red (heat seeking) missiles.

Designed, developed and manufactured in the UK, the system provides a sovereign capability which will be able to evolve in anticipation of changing threats to air platforms.

The UCR will be delivered by a combined MOD/Leonardo/Thales team under a Leonardo prime systems integration contract, with the equipment being integrated onto the platform by Raytheon UK. Initial Operating Capability is targeted for early 2021. The system consists of the following subsystems:

-- Thales Elix-IR Threat Warner

-- Leonardo DAS Controller

-- Leonardo Miysis Directed Infra-Red Counter Measure (DIRCM)

-- Thales Vicon Countermeasures Dispensing System

The single source selection by the MOD follows the recent SALT III international trials hosted by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration in Sweden. There, the integrated Miysis/Elix-IR system, using a jamming waveform developed by the UK MOD’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, proved its ability to defeat Infra-Red missiles in live fire exercises.

Source:  https://www.thalesgroup.com/en

 
MBDA WORKING ON NEW SPEAR-EW ELECTRONIC WARFARE WEAPON
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
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Source: MBDA


Source: MBDA


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LONDON -- The compact size of the SPEAR family allows four weapons to be carried internally in each of the two internal weapons bays of the F-35, or three per station on the Eurofighter Typhoon.

MBDA has been awarded a contract to demonstrate SPEAR-EW, a new electronic warfare version of the SPEAR weapon system family on order for the Royal Air Force (RAF).

SPEAR-EW is being developed by MBDA in partnership with Leonardo to complete a wide range of Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) missions, under a Technical Demonstration Program (TDP) contract awarded by Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). SPEAR-EW will integrate a cutting-edge miniaturized EW payload from Leonardo, which will act as a stand-in jammer to greatly increase the survivability of RAF aircraft and suppress enemy air defenses, acting as a significant force multiplier.

Defence Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: "These state-of-the-art electronic jammers will confuse our adversaries and keep our pilots safer than ever in the air. Paired with the devastating power of precision Brimstone and Meteor missiles, our world-class F-35 and Typhoon jets will continue to rule the skies in the years to come."

Mike Mew, MBDA UK Director of Sales and Business Development, said: "SPEAR-EW is a revolutionary new capability that, alongside the existing SPEAR3 weapon, marks a fundamental change in the ability of friendly air forces to conduct their missions despite the presence of enemy air defenses. Our vision for SPEAR is to create a swarm of networked weapons able to saturate and neutralize the most sophisticated air defenses."

"Adding SPEAR-EW to the family alongside our existing SPEAR strike missile demonstrates the principle of introducing complementary variants to the SPEAR family that will add significant capability and force multiplication without the need to repeat the platform integration. We have an exciting roadmap of variants, spirals and technology insertions in the pipeline to further enhance the family as we move forward."

The core of SPEAR-EW's payload is Leonardo's advanced, miniaturized Digital Radio Frequency Memory (DRFM) technology, which offers the most advanced and future-proof electronic jamming and deception available on the market today.

The new SPEAR-EW will complement the SPEAR network enabled miniature cruise missile, which is designed to precisely engage long range, mobile, fleeting and re-locatable targets in all weathers, day or night, in the presence of countermeasures, obscurants and camouflage, while ensuring a safe stand-off range between the aircraft and enemy air defenses.

Powered by a turbojet engine the SPEAR missile offers over double the range, and a far more flexible operating envelope, when compared to a conventional glide weapon. SPEAR-EW utilizes this long endurance through its capacity to be launched at enhanced stand-off ranges and loiter while carrying out its jamming mission.

The compact size of the SPEAR family allows four weapons to be carried internally in each of the two internal weapons bay of the F-35, or three per station on the Eurofighter Typhoon. SPEAR-EW will keep the same form and fit as the baseline SPEAR to enable a single integration pathway and launcher solution.

SPEAR family complements MBDA's wider portfolio of strike weapons, filling the gap between the large and very-long range Storm Shadow deep strike missile and the highly accurate Brimstone close-air-support missile.

The SPEAR weapons system also recently completed a set of ground trials and fit-checks of a loaded three-pack SPEAR launcher onto a Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft. The work was undertaken by a joint engineering team from MBDA, BAE Systems, and the Ministry of Defence's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S), and took place at BAE Systems' flight test site in Warton, Lancashire.

Source:  MBDA
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