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  • Tango III
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    • Sep 2006
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    Lockheed Wins $302M for JASSM Production.

    Pentagon Contract Announcement

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    • Tango III
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      • Sep 2006
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      Another Iranian ballistic missile test revealed

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      • Tango III
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        • Sep 2006
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        Kalibr sea-launched missiles prove their efficiency, accuracy — Russian Defense Ministry

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        • Tango III
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          • Sep 2006
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          Raytheon Wins $543M to Produce 17 Block IIA SM-3 Missiles.

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          • Tango III
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            • Sep 2006
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            Israel Successfully Tests 'Arrow 3' Ballistic Missile Interceptor

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            • Tango III
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              • Sep 2006
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              Pakistan test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile

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              • Tango III
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                • Sep 2006
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                Standard Missile Completes First Intercept Test from Aegis Ashore Test Site

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                • Tango III
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                  • Sep 2006
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                  The U.S. Is Running Low on Hellfire Missiles

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                  • Tango III
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                    • Sep 2006
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                    Raytheon hopeful of full UK adoption of Paveway IV upgrades

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                    • Tango III
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                      • Sep 2006
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                      Sineva missile launched successfully from the Verkhoturye sumbarine in the Barents Sea

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                      • Tango III
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                        • Sep 2006
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                        On Heels of Successful Tests, Lockheed Wins $1 Billion in PAC-3 Sales

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                        • Tango III
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                          • Sep 2006
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                          Pakistan test-fires second missile in three days

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                          • Tango III
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                            • Sep 2006
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                            Pentagon Awards $539M for Trident II Upgrade Work.

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                            • Tango III
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                              • Sep 2006
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                              India Clears Purchase of S-400 AD System For $4.5 Billion

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                              • Tango III
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                                • Sep 2006
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                                Lockheed Wins $360M for Export Patriot PAC-3 Missiles to (UAE, Saudi Arabia, Korea).

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                                • bring_it_on
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                                  • Jun 2004
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                                  Raytheon readies for AMRAAM-ER tests



                                  Raytheon has confirmed to IHS Jane's that it has completed construction of its first new long-range AMRAAM-ER surface-to-air missile, and has a second in build, as the project moves towards test firings planned for the first half of 2016.

                                  No date has yet been set for the launches, but the company expects to have a firm date for an available range by the end of January.

                                  AMRAAM-ER is a relatively simple concept that blends the front end of an AIM-120C-7 missile with the rocket motor from a RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM), the whole being encapsulated for use with the Raytheon and Kongsberg-developed NASAMS air defence system.

                                  The basic hardware of each element is virtually unchanged, with a new transition section fitted between the two to blend them together and provide direct communication between them, but Raytheon believes that the work should result in a 50% increase in range and 70% increase in altitude ceiling over the existing surface-launched version of AIM-120C.

                                  Raytheon has confirmed that despite re-using proven major components, AMRAAM-ER will only be constructed as newbuild items, so customers with large legacy stocks of AIM-120C-7 missiles - which can be used interchangeably in air-to-air and surface-to-air roles - will not be able to rework them to the new configuration and add in new rocket motors.

                                  According to Michael Sadlowski, Raytheon's business development lead for AMRAAM-ER, new software has been developed to integrate the missiles into NASAMS. He added that this was tested during 18 simulated engagements using a full NASAMS ensemble - Fire Distribution Centre, AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radar and launcher with live missile - conducted at Raytheon's Pelham facility in New Hampshire, in August 2015.

                                  The new missile is significantly longer than the standard AMRAAM, requiring a 12-inch extension to the front of the launch canister and a revised location within it for the umbilical data connector to interface with the repositioned missile. Sadlowski said that the new AMRAAM-ER canisters would still meet the open architecture baselines of the existing NASAMS infrastructure, however, and could be loaded in mixed configurations with other missiles.

                                  Both of the new AMRAAM-ER test missiles will be fired against live target drones - the exact type of which is yet to be decided and will, in part, be settled by the availability of a test range - but the first will be a telemetered missile and will execute a 'drone save' manoeuvre to reuse the platform. The second will feature a traditional WDU-41/B blast-fragmentation warhead and will aim to destroy the target.

                                  Full ESSM all-up rounds were fired from NASAMS in 2012, but although ESSM offers long ranges, it lacked the active seeker of the AMRAAM, which Sadlowski said "most customers are now asking for".

                                  Analysis

                                  The exact performance figures of the surface-launched version introduction of the AIM-120C are considered sensitive, but the air-launched variant is understood to have a maximum range in the order of 105 km in optimum conditions.

                                  When carried by fighter aircraft, that missile obviously benefits from the velocity and altitude of its launch platform, but the introduction of the highly energetic ESSM booster into AMRAAM-ER should more than make up for the penalties imposed by static surface launch from NASAMS.

                                  In performance terms, this new range and ceiling should outmatch that of MIM-23 HAWK interceptors, the majority of which Raytheon believes will come due for replacement in the next five to seven years. The active seeker and mid-course guidance datalink of the AIM-120 should also enable a single NASAMS fire unit to tackle many more targets simultaneously than a standard HAWK battery can (a standard Norwegian NASAMS battalion can tackle 72 targets with 72 missiles in the air at the same time).

                                  Raytheon currently has no plans to trial the AMRAAM-ER against ballistic missile targets, so it could not take over from the MIM-23K variant, but would afford HAWK users a new upgrade path to tackle more conventional targets. The company may also look to expand those capabilities in the future.

                                  In the meantime, it remains to be seen how the two systems would match up in probability kill terms, but if the missile delivers the range performance that Raytheon claims, even though the base elements from the AIM-120C and ESSM are not new missiles, the AMRAAM-ER will serve as a strong illustration of the development of rocketry and fuel technologies in the last few decades.

                                  Each MIM-23 HAWK interceptor weighs 590 kg, is 5.08 m-long and has a diameter of 37 cm, not including the fins. By contrast, AMRAAM-ER weighs 279 kg, is 3.96 m-long and with a 25.4 cm diameter at its widest point (in the aft section).

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                                  • Tango III
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                                    • Sep 2006
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                                    SpaceX Falcon Rocket Nails Safe Landing In Pivotal Space Feat (excerpt)

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                                    • Tango III
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                                      • Sep 2006
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                                      China missile tests DF-41 launch from railroad train.

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                                      • Tango III
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                                        • Sep 2006
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                                        Russia Delivers Free S-300 Air Defense Systems to Kazakhstan

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                                        • djcross
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