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INDIA WANTS EARLIER DELIVERY OF METEOR MISSILE
Thursday, December 5, 2019
NEW DELHI -- India wants the Rafale fighters it is purchasing from France to come armed with the Meteor medium-range air-to-air missile. This missile is seen as more capable than the weapons that equip Pakistani and Chinese combat aircraft. The first Rafale fighters will arrive at the Ambala airbase in May 2020.

India is requesting at least 8-10 Meteor missiles to be delivered with the first four Rafale fighters. India is purchasing 36 Rafale fighters as part of a Rs 59,000 crore deal signed in September 2016.

Under the original plan, India is to receive the Meteor, as well as the SCALP strike missile, several months after the arrival of the first Rafale fighter. France is examining the request.

Source:  Times of India
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AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE SELECTS GA-ASI'S MQ-9B FOR PROJECT AIR 7003
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
SAN DIEGO -- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has been advised that the Australian Government has selected GA-ASI's MQ-9B SkyGuardian variant to provide the Armed RPAS for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) under Project Air 7003. This follows the Government’s announcement in November 2018 that GA-ASI would provide Armed RPAS to the ADF. The ADF expects to take first delivery in the early 2020s.

"We have worked closely with the ADF to determine the right RPAS to meet their needs," said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. "MQ-9B will provide the all-weather, multi-mission support, and interoperability that the ADF requires. We look forward to working closely with our Australian industry partners to provide a highly capable RPAS to the ADF, while creating high-tech jobs in Australia."

The ADF joins other top-tier military forces in choosing a GA-ASI RPAS because of its proven multi-role combat performance. MQ-9B is part of GA-ASI's Predator series of RPAS, which is the world's most trusted and capable armed Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) RPAS, and hails from a family of aircraft that has flown more than six million flight hours.

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is acquiring the MQ-9B as part of its Protector RG Mk1 program and is scheduled for first delivery in the early 2020s. The Government of Belgium has approved Belgian Defense to negotiate for the acquisition of MQ-9B to meet the nation’s RPA requirements.

MQ-9B development is the result of a five-year, company funded program to deliver an unmanned aircraft system to meet the stringent airworthiness type-certification requirements of NATO and civil aviation authorities throughout the world. MQ-9B is provisioned for the GA-ASI-developed Detect and Avoid (DAA) system, which consists of air-to-air radar, Traffic alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II), and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The MQ-9B is built for all-weather performance with lightning protection, damage tolerance, and de-icing system.

GA-ASI announced its intention to offer a MALE RPAS to the ADF during AVALON 2017 with the launch of Team Reaper Australia, a robust group of Australian industry partners. The team currently consists of ten world-class Australian companies providing a range of innovative sensor, communication, manufacturing and life-cycle support capabilities including Cobham (lead industry partner), CAE, Raytheon, Flight Data Systems, TAE Aerospace, Quickstep, AirSpeed, Collins Aerospace, Ultra, and SentientVision.

Source:  General Atomics
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INDIA TEST FIRES PRITHVI II MISSILE
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
NEW DELHI -- India has performed an additional trial of its Prithvi II intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). This missile is capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

The trial took place during the night of December 3 at the test range in Odisha coast. Back-to-back trials of the Prithvi II were conducted successfully at night from the same base on November 20.

The Prithvi II has a range of 350 kilometers and can carry a 500-1,000 kilogram payload. The missile is powered by liquid propulsion twin engines.

The Prithvi entered Indian service in 2003.

Source:  Financial Express
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