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  • Tango III
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    • Sep 2006
    • 25371

    MOD has awarded a 28 million contract to support a long range missile MBDA’s Storm Shadow used by RAF.

    New Contract to Support the RAF’s Long Range Missiles

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    • Tango III
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      • Sep 2006
      • 25371

      N. Korea test-fires submarine-launched missile: Seoul

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      • Tango III
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        • Sep 2006
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        PAC-3 MSE Missile Intercepts Target in Series' Final Test

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        • Tango III
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          • Sep 2006
          • 25371

          Raytheon contracted to develop 'MALD' demonstrator


          Raytheon is being funded to demonstrate improved EW and flight capabilities of MALD-J (pictured) under the MALD-X demonstrator programme

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          • Tango III
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            • Sep 2006
            • 25371

            Long-Range Stand-Off Missile: The Indispensable Weapon

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            • Tango III
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              • Sep 2006
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              MBDA's Meteor Enters Service with the Swedish Air Force

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              • mrmalaya
                Generation 4.75+++
                • Jan 2010
                • 4664

                Spear 3 for F35B and Typhoon development progresses:

                https://www.flightglobal.com/news/ar...opment-427307/

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                • Tango III
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                  • Sep 2006
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                  German ministry sees possible delay in signing missile defense contract

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                  • Tango III
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                    • Sep 2006
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                    UK Eurofighters Test Multi-Role Armaments

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                    • Tango III
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                      • Sep 2006
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                      Raytheon, Norway's Kongsberg Agree to Build Naval Strike Missiles in US

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                      • Tango III
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                        • Sep 2006
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                        Russian Armageddon Convoy Practices for World War III

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                        • Tango III
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                          • Sep 2006
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                          Raytheon Touts Patriot Anti-Missile Performance in Yemen War

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                          • mrmalaya
                            Generation 4.75+++
                            • Jan 2010
                            • 4664

                            Apaches test fire Brimstone for the UK and other Brimstone related news:

                            http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-ne...-trials-apache

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                            • Tango III
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                              • Sep 2006
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                              Science group warns of shortcomings in U.S. missile defense

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                              • Tango III
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                                • Sep 2006
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                                Raytheon Exec Sees Hope Yet for SDB II in UK Inventory

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                                • Tango III
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                                  • Sep 2006
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                                  New Ballistic Missile Under Development in Russia

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                                  • bring_it_on
                                    2005-year of the RAPTOR!!
                                    • Jun 2004
                                    • 12480

                                    FY15 AMRAAM SAR released for the FY17 budget preparation -

                                    - 1498 AIm-120D's delivered to the USAF and USN by the end of 2015
                                    - 2400 Missiles (D) currently contracted for
                                    - More than 5800 missiles to be acquired between 2015 and 2024(All Aim-120D's)
                                    - AMRAAM procurement ends in 2024 (important if they want to fit in a new missile and/or a new variant)
                                    - AMRAAM Systems Improvement Program (SIP), specific to Aim-120D, runs through the end of the decade and into early next decade
                                    - Total Flyaway cost to the USAF and USN As of FY16 (orders) is $1.35 Million


                                    https://www.scribd.com/document/318368345/Amraam-Sar

                                    Meanwhile the ACC Boss has been quite openly advocating for getting a program-of-record in for a new missile. My guess is that the FY18 budget will have a tiny amount for them to set up shop and the FY19 will see a new program emerge. Its been nearly 2.5 years since the Triple Target Terminator concluded (after testing both Boeing and Raytheon's missiles) and was transitioned on to the USAF -

                                    Excerpts from an AvWeek article from James Drew :

                                    In concert with its investigation into next-generation aircraft, the Air Force is examining new weapons that will equip current-generation and tomorrow’s fighters.
                                    The service recently introduced the latest Amraam variant, the AIM-120D, and has initiated an electronics upgrade project that overcomes the latest adversary countermeasures. Air Combat Command has been exploring the dual-mode MBDA Brimstone missile for a close air support requirement, but Carlisle says there have been no significant discussions yet about adopting MBDA’s beyond-visual-range Meteor air-to-air missile.

                                    “Brimstone’s a great weapon; by the way, as is Meteor. But we really haven’t gotten into discussions about Meteor because we’re not there yet in terms of what’s the follow [to] Amraam,” he says. “We have to get to the next level missile [beyond the AIM-120],” he says. “We’re doing improvements and modernization of the AIM-120 and we’ve got a program that has modernized that. It’s showing good success, but we need to get to—and we’re not there yet—a longer-range, more capable and potentially multiple-seeker, broad-spectrum [weapon]. As we finish modernizing the AIM-120, the next thing we have to do is get to that next missile.”
                                    NEXTAAM

                                    Farnborough, UK—The Air Force urgently needs an all-new class of air-to-air missiles, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Hawk Carlisle said Monday. To accomplish the air superiority mission that was supposed to have been handled by twice as many F-22s and F-35s joining the fleet at 100 a year—instead of the 187 F-22s and only 48 F-35s a year—a "combination of fifth generation aircraft … and a fifth generation weapon is the next big thing we have to move into," Carlisle told reporters. The just-completed Air Superiority 2030 analysis indicates "we have to keep the F-35 buy rate up," Carlisle said, and "we have to get at a new missile." A program of record will be coming "soon," he added, without naming a date. The AIM-120D AMRAAM improvement program is "doing very well," he said, but "it's not what we need in the next generation of missiles." To keep up with "what we see out there as the threat," a new missile will have to have longer range and better electronic warfare resiliency. Carlisle has also said previously that an AMRAAM successor should be smaller, to increase the number each fighter can carry, and have better agility. The F-35, he added, "does exceedingly well" at air-to-air combat, and is "truly an amazing air-to-air platform," and will be even better with a new weapon. But, "we have to get to a new missile."
                                    Last edited by bring_it_on; 15th July 2016, 12:19.
                                    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                                    • bring_it_on
                                      2005-year of the RAPTOR!!
                                      • Jun 2004
                                      • 12480

                                      Raytheon plans to add more capability to AIM-9X Block II as USN boosts missile buy



                                      Raytheon has received a contract for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Lot 16 AIM-9X missiles, the largest production contract for the missile to date, while the company begins to explore upgrades to the weapon system.

                                      The USD291 million contract award, announced on 12 July, also includes funds for procuring the AIM-9X Block II Captive Air Training Missiles, containers and spare components for the US Navy (USN), US Air Force, and international militaries.

                                      "Lot 16 is the biggest production contract ever received; it puts us right at factory capacity," Stephen Andersen, AIM-9X business development lead for Raytheon, told IHS Jane's on 15 July.
                                      Lot-16 covers the production of 820 Aim-9X Block II missiles (720 for US and 100 for FMS customers) - Deliveries to conclude by 2018


                                      The Block II missile incorporates a newly designed onboard processor, a new battery, an electronic ignition safe/arm device, and the new DSU-41/B Active Optical Target Detector (AOTD) fuze/datalink assembly (replacing the DSU-37/B laser proximity fuze in the Block I). A one-way datalink (aircraft to weapon) - the same as that employed on the AIM-120D AMRAAM - provides for enhanced range, and improved effectiveness throughout the engagement zone. An associated missile software upgrade - Operational Flight Software (OFS) 9.3 standard - introduces additional functionality for trajectory management (for improved range), datalinking with the launch aircraft, improved lock-on-after-launch, target re-acquisition and improved fuzing...

                                      Mark Justus, AIM-9X programme director at RMS told IHS Jane's that the Block II+ initiative comprises "minor hardware modifications to the external missile body which improve aerodynamics and [launch] platform survivability".

                                      Justus said that for the Block II+, the missile's five main components - the guidance unit, AOTD, warhead, rocket motor, control actuator system, and internal circuitry - remain the same as Block II. "Software versions for AIM-9X are driven by the main processor unit [MPU]. Block II and II+ use the same MPU with identical software versions and associated capability," Justus added.

                                      Justus said that Block II+ is interchangeable with a Block II missile "at any time and on any platform. As with Block II, the Block II+ will remain backward compatible with a Block I AIM-9X. Visually, the differences between a Block II and II+ are small, and difficult to discern, and the mass properties are identical."
                                      Last edited by bring_it_on; 18th July 2016, 16:53.
                                      Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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                                      • BlackArcher
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Dec 2010
                                        • 4374

                                        Israeli Patriot missiles and air to air missiles fail to shoot down Syrian UAV

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                                        • BlackArcher
                                          Rank 5 Registered User
                                          • Dec 2010
                                          • 4374

                                          Brimstone 2 finally declared operational with UK's Tornado GR4

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