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US Navy F/A-18E/F Conducts Successful Jettison of Lockheed Martin LRASM

Lockheed Martin Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Conducts Successful Jettison Flight Test from US Navy F/A-18E/F

ORLANDO, Fla., April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) was successfully released from a U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland.

The jettison release of the first LRASM from the Super Hornet is used to validate the aerodynamic separation models of the missile. This successful test event paves the way for flight clearance to conduct captive carry integration testing scheduled for mid-year at the Navy Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, California.

“The first time event of releasing LRASM from the F/A-18E/F is a major milestone towards meeting early operational capability in 2019,” said Mike Fleming, Lockheed Martin LRASM program director. “The program is executing the integration and test contract, maturing subsystems and proving flight worthiness.”

LRASM is designed to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation.

Once operational, LRASM will play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters, owing to its enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.

LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER). It is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in anti-access/area-denial threat environments. The air-launched variant provides an early operational capability for the Navy’s offensive anti-surface warfare Increment I requirement to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2019.

Original post news.lockheedmartin.com




The JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is a conventional, stealthy, air-launched ground attack cruise missile designed for the U.S. Air Force and international partners. An extended range version, AGM-158B JASSM-ER, was developed alongside the standard variant, and went into service in 2014.


JASSM At A Glance

Originated From: United States
Possessed By: United States, Australia, Finland, Poland
Class: Cruise Missile
Basing: Air-launched
Length: 4.27 m
Wingspan: 2.4 m

Launch Weight: 1,021 kg
Warhead: 450 kg WDU-42/B penetrator
Propulsion: Turbojet (AGM-158A), Turbofan (AGM-158B)
Range: 370 km (AGM-158A), 1,000 km (AGM-158B)
Status: Operational
In Service: 2009-Present


JASSM utilizes a low-observable airframe designed to defeat various targets, to include enemy air defenses. The missile’s low-profile airframe is particularly important given the proliferation of sophisticated air defenses such as the S-300 (and newer variants). The JASSM-ER will eventually incorporate a weapons data link (WDL) into the missile allowing for course corrections after launch.2This is a critical upgrade for road-mobile and maritime targets.

The missile is fitted to the B-1B Lancer, B-2 Spirit, B-52H Stratofortress, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16C/D, F/A-18C/D, and possibly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The B-1B is considered the starting point platform, and can carry 24 missiles, and is currently the only one equipped with JASSM-ER. The B-2 can carry up to 16 missiles and the B-52H can carry 12 internally on rotary launchers. Fighter aircraft can carry one or two missiles under each wing. The F-35, if certified to carry the JASSM, would have to carry the weapon externally, because the missile would not fit in the main internal weapon bays the aircraft boasts.

The standard variant has a range of 370 km, whereas the JASSM-ER has a range of approximately 1,000 km. Their airframes are identical, so the weapons cannot be distinguished merely by appearance. The primary differences lie in a larger internal fuel tank, and a more efficient turbofan engine. The airframe itself can be described as angular, similar to the Taurus KEPD 350, although more rounded and fluid. When the missile is carried by aircraft, the fins and wings are folded, and then unfolded by small explosive charges after released.

Source missilethreat.csis.org

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Antonov’s An-132 first flight

Antonov’s An-132 makes maiden flight

Gareth Jennings, London – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly

03 April 2017

Antonov flew the maiden flights of its An-132 transport and special mission aircraft from its Kyiv Svyatoshin facility in Ukraine on 31 March.

The AN-132D demonstrator of the twin-engined turboprop flew for 1 hour and 50 minutes before being personally greeted by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko on its return.

With Saudi Arabia signed up as the type’s launch customer, the chiefly Ukrainian flight test crew included a test pilot from the Kingdom’s Taqnia Aeronautics Company, and there were a number of dignitaries from the country also in-attendance also. As noted by the chief of the programme, Alexander Kotsyuba Antonivtsi, this first flight of the demonstrator aircraft will be followed by a flight test programme in Ukraine before the aircraft is flown to Saudi Arabia at an undisclosed date.

First revealed in 2015, the An-132 is essentially a modernised version of the Soviet-era An-32 ‘Cline’ transport aircraft that features a number of Western systems, including its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A turboprop engines. Once development is complete, the aircraft will be jointly manufactured in both Ukraine and Saudi Arabia, with the latter expected to field up to 80 of the type (though the Royal Saudi Air Force has to date only committed itself to buying six, with four to be used for search and rescue and two for electronic warfare).

The first production aircraft is anticipated to be delivered to the RSAF sometime in 2018.

As well as equipping the RSAF with a new tactical transport and special mission platform, the An-132 has been acquired to further the Kingdom’s industrial defence aerospace capabilities. The deal involves extensive domestic collaboration from Saudi Arabia’s Taqnia Aeronautics Company, and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology.

Original post janes.com

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Brazil interested in purchasing Pantsir-S1

Brazil interested in purchasing air defense missile systems from Russia

Military & Defense

April 04, 12:15UTC+3
Russia has completed the delivery of Igla-S shoulder-fired air defense missile systems to Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 4. /TASS/. Brazil is still interested in the purchase of Russia’s air defense missile and artillery systems Pantsir-S1, the deputy chief of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, Anatoly Punchuk, has told TASS.

“The latest talks with the Brazilian delegation on this subject took place at the international military-technical forum Army-2016. The Brazilian partners say this theme remains on their agenda. We do hope for a positive outcome,” said Punchuk, who leads Russia’s delegation at the international arms show LAAD-2017.

“The Brazilian military has repeatedly visited the system’s manufacturer and saw Pantsir-S1 in action at Russian firing range. Foreign specialists were able to see for themselves the effectiveness of Russia’s system. All targets were hit at the maximum distance,” Punchuk said.

According to earlier reports, Brazil’s Defense Ministry had plans for acquiring 12 Pantsir-S1 systems installed on a chassis provided by Germany’s Rheinmetall to create three batteries. In the meantime, the European company MBDA declared plans to pool efforts with Brazil’s Avibras to develop a medium range air defense system AV-MMA, the Pantsir-S1’s likely rival. Brazil has conducted talks on acquiring Russia’s air defense systems since 2013. Originally, the signing of the contract was scheduled for 2015. In May 2016 the then head of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Aleksandr Fomin said that Russia was prepared to deliver Pantsir systems to Brazil but the contract had not been signed yet due to internal problems in that country.

Pantsir-S1 is capable of hitting air, surface and naval targets at altitudes of up to 15 kilometers. The effective range of its artillery component is four kilometers. The rate of fire of the 30 mm anti-aircraft gun is 5,000 rounds per minute.

Igla-S shoulder-fired air defense missile system

Russia has completed the delivery of Igla-S shoulder-fired air defense missile systems to Brazil, Deputy Director of the Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation Anatoly Punchuk told TASS on Tuesday.

Punchuk is heading the Russian delegation at the LAAD-2017 defense and security exhibition in Brazil.

“The 2015 contract for the delivery of Igla-S MANPADS has been implemented in full,” Punchuk said.

This is not the first delivery of these systems to Brazil, he noted.

“Brazilian partners highly appreciate the operational characteristics of Russian-made air defense systems,” Punchuk said.

The Igla-S man-portable air defense missile system is designed to hit low-flying air targets in oncoming and catch-up flight paths amid false thermal interference. The Russian Army is being currently rearmed with Verba new-generation MANPADS.

LAAD-2017 arms show

The international Latin American exhibition of aviation and defense systems LAAD-2017 will held in Rio de Janeiro on April 4-7.

The Russian exposition will feature selections provided by 23 organizations, including 11 manufacturers of military products. On display there will be models of advanced samples of military hardware, including a combat and training plane Yakovlev-130, helicopter gunship Mi-28NE, helicopter Ka-226T, light multi-role helicopter Ansat, air defense missile system Tor-M2KM, corvette of project 20382 Tigr, patrol boat of project 12200 Sobol and other defense industry products.

Original post tass.com



The 9K38 Igla is a Man-Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) developed by Soviet Union in the 1970s. It succeeded the older Strela-3 with better range and seeker sensitivity. The system uses 9M39 Surface-to-Air missile (SAM). It was adopted in 1981. This air defense system is known in the West as SA-18 Grouse. The Igla MANPADS can engage aircraft, helicopters and UAVs.

   Comparing with the Strela series, the Igla has increased warhead weight. Its infrared guidance system uses proportional convergence logic for target acquisition and movement prediction.

   The 9M39 missile constitutes a seeker head, control system and propulsion system. The 9E410 seeking head contains photo resistor sensor made of Indium cooled down to -200 degree Celsius for better IR source acquisition. The seeker head also contains logical selection unit to enhance system’s acquisition capability during target engagement. The Igla also uses 9S520 night fire equipment package.

Igla-S, sometimes referred as Igla-Super. It is an improved variant in the Igla, which entered service with Russian Army in 2004. It is known in the West as SA-24 Grinch. It is more efficient weapon with longer range (up to 6 km). The missile was fitted with a new two-channel optical seeker with logic unit. It has higher jamming immunity due to good target selectivity against the background interference. The Igla-S also has increased warhead weight, laser based contact/proximity fuse, algorithm based optimal moment of explosion and high accuracy; all adds to the advantages of the new Igla-S over its predecessor. The warhead also features increased high explosive charge and fragment number. The warhead is made of Indium antimonide which allows lock onto receding target easier. The Igla-S has the same weight and size as the older missile, as well as similar launching/maintenance procedures. With its high combat effectiveness, Igla-S system can be used to engage cruise missiles and drones. This MANPADS has been exported to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Libya, Slovenia, Thailand, Venezuela, Vietnam, and possibly some other countries.

   Verba is the latest version. It was developed as a replacement for the Igla and Igla-S systems. The main improvement is a three-channel optical seeker. It uses three sensors, including ultraviolet, near infrared and mid-infrared. It improved discrimination abilities between real targets and decoys. This air defense system was approved for production in 2011. The Verba was adopted by the Russian Armed Forces in 2014. It has a 1.5 kg warhead and can reach targets at a range of 6 km and maximum altitude of 4.5 km.

Entered service 1981
Missile length 1.57 m
Missile diameter 0.07 m
Fin span 0.3 m (?)
Missile weight 10.8 kg
Weight with launcher 17.9 kg
Warhead weight 1.17 kg
Warhead type High explosive blast fragmentation
Range of fire 5.2 km
Altitude of fire 3.5 km
Guidance Infrared homing

Source military-today.com

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