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  1. #221

    Thursday, November 6, 2014 01:03 PM

    LIG Nex 1 showcases Chiron portable SAM

    This year, the Korean company LIG Nex 1 is participating at InfoDefence exhibition for the forth time and uses this opportunity to showcase its latest products, such as the Chiron portable surface-to-air missile and the Raybolt, a 3rd generation anti-tank guided missile.

    This year, Korean company LIG Nex 1 is participating at InfoDefence exhibition for the forth time and uses this opportunity to showcase its latest products, such as the Chiron portable surface-to-air missile and the Raybolt, a 3rd generation anti-tank guided missile.

    LIG Nex 1 Chiron surface-to-air missile system at IndoDefence 2014

    Chiron is a Korea's indigenously developed portable surface-to-air missile. Combined with the Korea's cutting-edge technology, the missile ensure superior accuracy, stability, and mobility, marking it as one of the invaluable assets.

    The Chiron's maximum range extends to seven kilometers. This portable guided missile can neutralize aircrafts and helicopters at an altitude up to 3.5 kilometers at the speed of Mach 2.0. It provides close air defense against hostile aerial threat such as airacrafts, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles infiltrating at low altitude.

    The guided missile weighs 15 kilograms and extends 1.6 meters in length and eight centimeters in diameter. The reduced size and weight of the missile significantly improves the mobility. The infrared homing technology applied to the Chiron makes it unnecessary for the shooter to align at the target after launching the missile. The missile has a superior SSKP Single-Shot Kill Probability compared to conventional SAMs. The missile is equipped with advanced technologies, such as infrared counter-measures by infrared seeker, a dual-thrust system that enhances the missile's terminal velocity, and a new proximity and impact fuse. The missile's IFF identification friend of roe, developed by LIG Nex 1, enables the identification of enemy aircraft. The missile can also be operated at night if used with a night vision.

  2. #222

    China Unveils New Short-Range SAM System

    Nov. 11, 2014 - 01:33PM | By WENDELL MINNICK

    The PL-9C surface-to-air missile is road-mobile and can be used against UAVs, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. (Wendell Minnick/Staff)

    ZHUHAI, CHINA — Aviation Industry Corporation of China unveiled its new PL-9C surface-to-air short-range missile system at Airshow China here.

    With a kill range of 400-8,000 meters and an operational altitude of 30-5,000 meters, the new SAM comes in three system components: AF902 fire control system, twin 35mm anti-aircraft guns, and a missile launching vehicle capable of handling four missiles.

    The system is road-mobile and uses multi-element infrared passive guidance. The system is a fire-and-forget intercept systems for medium-, low- and very-low-altitude targets, including UAVs, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

    The PL-9C is known largely as a short-range air-to-air missile for fighters, specifically the J-7, J-8 and the JF-17.

    Airshow China, known officially as the 10 China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, is being held from Nov. 11-16. ■

    Email: wminnick@defensenews.com.

  3. #223

    China Displays New Air Defense System

    Nov. 12, 2014 - 11:51AM | By WENDELL MINNICK

    China's FM-3000 air defense missile system is intended for regional air defense. (Wendell Minnick/Staff)

    ZHUHAI, CHINA — The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC) showed off its new FM-3000 air defense missile system at the Airshow China here.

    The short- to medium-range system is made up of three road-mobile vehicles — a vertical launcher, guidance radar and command and control. It is primarily used for regional air defense and asset air defense. It can intercept various aircraft and precision-guided threats, and guard against saturation attack and jamming, according to CASIC. It has a composite guidance system with active radar homing and a rotary phased-array radar that can track multiple targets.

    Airshow China, known officially as the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, ends Sunday. ■

    Email: wminnick@defensenews.com.

  4. #224

    Airshow China 2014: CASIC unveils QW-19 MANPADS

    Reuben F Johnson, Kiev - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    12 November 2014

    The QW-19, CASIC's newest entry into its MANPADS line, at Air Show China 2014. (Reuben F Johnson)

    The China Aerospace Science Industrial Corporation (CASIC) is showing the newest in its line of man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) at Air Show China 2014.

    The QW-19 appears outwardly to be very similar to the previous QW-18 design but there are several differences.

    "The QW-19 utilises a new digital seeker that is a departure from previous models," said a CASIC representative. "This digital technology gives the weapon a much higher jamming immunity compared to other models."

    The CASIC official added that the QW-19 system is still in development and no date has been given for it to be made operational.

    The missile's infrared (IR) seeker is also reportedly a new, dual-band, imaging seeker that provides for better performance in both target acquisition and lock-on. This advancement mirrors the type of improvements in design seen in a number of countries' air-to-air missiles.

    This missile will supposedly be capable of head-on intercepts similar to those of the Russian KBM Igla-S, including the ability to take out cruise missiles. In addition to these performance enhancements, the missile has a consumable launch module that remains in the firing tube after the missile has ignited and is in flight. "This protects the soldier operating the missile better than in previous models" where this piece of hardware detached from the missile once it has left the launcher, the representative said.


    MANPADS are becoming a popular element of very short range air defence (VSHORAD) systems in several nations, and Chinese industry is following this trend. The development of this MANPADS system, which is just a short step above the previous model, will create some significant improvements in the range and lethality of existing short-range and unit-level air defence systems simply by swapping out older missiles for this new one.

    CASIC produces a number of different MANPADS models and the company maintains a dividing line between those systems that are designed for People's Liberation Army use and those for export. The QW-19 will be available for export in several markets, but it remains to be seen how soon customers operating the earlier model QW-18 will be ready to trade in their older units for this new design.

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  5. #225

    Egypt reveals air defence upgrades

    Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

    13 November 2014

    A still from the video clearly shows a Tor short-range air defence system with the phased-array radar from the Tor-M2, rather than the mechanically scanned one used on the Tor-M1 that was previously known to be in Egyptian service. Source: Egyptian MoD

    A still from the video of the Egyptian air defence exercise shows what looks like a TELAR from the Buk-M2 medium-range air defence system without any missiles. The associated 'Snow Drift' target acquisition radar can be seen in the background. The Buk-M2 was not previously known to be in Egyptian service. (Egyptian MoD)

    Egypt has acquired new or upgraded versions of its Russian-made Buk medium-range and Tor short-range surface-to-air missiles systems, a video of a recent air defence exercise that the Ministry of Defence released on 2 November has revealed.

    The video shows what looks like a Buk-M2 transporter erector launcher and radar (TELAR) vehicle. Previously, Egypt had the Buk-M1-2 system with a TELAR, which had a mechanically scanned 'Fire Dome' radar that looked identical to the one used with the Buk-M1 system, but fired the new 9M317 missile. The Buk-M2 also uses the 9M317 missile, but its TELAR has a new phased-array radar.

    According to its manufacturer, Almaz Antey, the Buk-M2 can simultaneously engage four times the number of targets than the Buk-M1-2.

    While the associated command vehicles and 'Snow Drift' target acquisition radar were seen in the exercise footage, Egypt's old Buk-M1-2 TELARs were not on display, raising the possibility that they were upgraded with the new radar or exchanged for newer Buk-M2 counterparts.

    Similarly, the video showed Tor systems with phased array target acquisition radars like the one used on the Tor-M2, rather than the mechanically scanned one on the Tor-M1 systems that Egypt has had in its inventory for several years.

    The Tor-M2 can simultaneously engage four targets, rather than the one that the Tor-M1 can engage, making it a far more effective point-defence system against saturation attacks.

    A Russian official has confirmed that Egypt has also acquired the S-300VM (Antey-2500) long-range SAM system, although it did not feature in the footage of the recent air defence exercise.

    Vyacheslav Dzirkaln, the deputy director general of Russia's Commission for Military and Technology Cooperation with Foreign States, told the TASS news agency on 12 November: "Venezuela became the first recipient of this system, which is also known under the designation S-300VM. This year the Antey-2500 anti-aircraft system was received by Egypt."

    Dzirkaln's comments confirmed a 23 September report by the Russian business daily Vedomosti that cited unidentified defence industry officials and a source close to the leadership of the state arms export agency Rosoboronexport as saying Egypt had entered into an agreement to buy S-300VM long-range air defence systems for about USD500 million.

    St Petersburg's Fontanka newspaper reported on 11 September that the city's Kirov factory had an order to build 22 of the tracked vehicles used with the S-300VM system for an unidentified foreign customer.

    The S-300VM is the current export version of a family of air defence systems developed in parallel with the S-300P series. It can use two different missiles, one for intercepting medium-range ballistic missiles, the other for air-breathing targets.

    Almaz Antey said it can destroy all types of aircraft, including those with very low radar cross sections, cruise missiles, and tactical and medium-range ballistic missiles. It can simultaneously engage up to four targets out to a maximum range of 200 km and altitude of 25,000 m.

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  6. #226

    China's new radar said to detect U.S. F-22 stealth fighter

    2014/11/16 16:51:23

    JY-26 counter stealth radar

    Zhuhai, Nov. 16 (CNA) China has unveiled a new counter stealth radar that can detect and track stealth aircraft like America's famed F-22 Raptor fighter jet.

    The new phased array named JY-26 was showcased at the 10th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai that concluded Sunday, along with four other Chinese radar systems: the YLC-20, the YLC-2V, the YLC-8B and the JY-27A.

    Designed to detect fifth-generation stealth fighters, the JY-26 phased array radar is capable of high accuracy, target tracking, and separation, and can operate up to a range of 500 kilometers, according to the manufacturer.

    Chinese media reported recently that the JY-26 radar had spotted an F-22 Raptor stealth fighter -- the United States' most advanced stealth fighter -- when it flew over South Korea during a recent military exercise.

    Su Guan-chiun, an editor at Taiwanese military magazine Defence International, said the development of China's new radar systems could help it counter the rise of stealth aircraft usage and the growing stealth capabilities of other countries.

    Su said the Zhuhai Airshow also reflected a weakness in China's defense industry. The similarity of some equipment at the show pointed to an overlapping of investment in China's defense sector, he said.

    (By Chen Yi-wei and Jeffrey Wu)

  7. #227

    Lithuanian Soldiers Are Training to Operate Air Defence Missile Systems GROM In Poland

    (Source: Lithuania Ministry of National Defence; issued Nov 27, 2014)

    Purchased for arming the Lithuanian Armed Forces and enhancing defence of its subdivisions and objects against air attacks, the first portion of man-portable air defence system (MANPADS) GROM is due to arrive in Lithuania by the end of this year. Four Lithuanian soldiers are currently deployed in Poland for learning to operate the system.

    The Lithuanian representatives are learning the skills necessary for employing the GROM system from their Polish colleagues at the Polish Air Force training facilities in Koszalin. The over a week-long operator’s course will familiarise them with the MANPADS GROM and help develop skills necessary for operating the GROM in a battle. When back in Lithuania, they will transfer their new knowledge to other troops who will be actually in charge of operating the GROM systems.

    The Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence contracted on buying the GROM short-range MANPADS for the Lithuanian Armed Forces with MESKO S.A., a Polish company, in September earlier this year. According to the procurement agreement, the Lithuanian Armed Forces will buy GROM launchers, missiles, maintenance equipment, field trainers, and simulators, with a view of also acquiring a logistical package, for the total of EUR 34.041 million.

    The procurement will be delivered to Lithuania in several portions. The first shipment including missiles and launchers is expected to arrive in Lithuania in early December.

    The GROM MANPADS is bought from the earlier programmed LTL 130 million that has been committed additionally for national defence this year. The first instalment this year will amount to EUR 4.8 million. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.

    Procurement of the short-range MANPADS is one of the top priorities in equipping the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The mobility and combat capacity of the GROM will reinforce the defence of the Lithuanian Armed Forces subdivisions and objects from air attacks.

    The GROM may be operated by small-sized tactical units deployed at a distance or separately from larger units; the procured GROM MANPADS will be used for equipping units of the Lithuanian Land Force that carry out that function.

    The GROM is the third kind of missile air defence system in the Lithuanian Armed Forces. It will complement the Raytheon FIM-92 Stinger MANPADS launchers and 21 Saab RBS 70.The capacity of the new equipment will enhance defence of the Lithuanian Armed Forces’ units against air attacks and reconnaissance missions from low-altitude flying aircraft and UAVs.


  8. #228

    9 Subjects Considered in the Narew SHORAD Programme

    (Source: Defence24.com Poland; published dec 29, 2014)

    Remember, this is Short Range Air Defence, so some of the companies in here puzzle me............MEADS? Really? Thales Polska? Perhaps STARSTREAK or a derivative? Aselsan? NFI?

    The Polish Armament Inspectorate has released information according to which the technical dialogue regarding the Narew SHORAD system is to involve 9 subjects, including the Polish Armament Group.

    13 subjects expressed their will to participate in the proceedings. 9 of them have been qualified as the Armament Inspectorate states.

    According to the order of placed requests, the following companies have been qualified:

    1. Diehl BGT Defence.
    2. MBDA France.
    3. IAI Systems Missiles And Space Group (Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.)
    4. Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
    5. MEADS International Inc.
    6. Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.
    7. Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. [Polish Armament Group]
    8. Thales Polska Sp. z o.o.
    9. Aselsan.

    The technical dialogue is to be carried out from 12th January until 12th March 2015.

    Earlier it had been stated that the proceedings related to procurement of the Narew SHORAD system are to start in 2016. Such systems are to be capable of destroying aircraft, helicopters, UAV’s and cruise missiles at distances of up to 25 km. They are to replace, inter alia, the modernized Kub and Osa systems.

    According to the current document which defines the plan of technical modernization of the armed forces, the Polish Army is to receive 19 Narew batteries by 2022.


  9. #229

    Iran Tests Anti-UAS Missile Systems

    Iran-Shalamcheh-missilesIran on December 27 successfully tested its Skyguard Air Defence System to shoot down hypothetical enemy drones, according to Fars News Agency.

    The Skyguard missile defence system was put on test on the third day of the ongoing Mohammad Rasoulallah (PBUH) military exercises.

    The missiles fired from the Skyguard Air Defence system successfully hit several drones of the hypothetical enemy, including the home-made Hazem Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

    Skyguard is a laser-based air defence system to protect airports and other areas against a variety of military threats, including short-range ballistic missiles, short- and long-range rockets, artillery shells, mortars, drones and cruise missiles.

    Iran also tested its home-made mid-range Shalamcheh missiles fired from its new air defence system, Mersad, which is capable of destroying different types of modern fighter jets and drones.

    The home-made Shalamcheh missiles hit three drones with very small radar cross section after the stealth aircraft were discovered and detected by the Mersad missile shield’s radars.

    “Although Shalamcheh missile is similar to Hag missile in appearance, it has special advantages compared with the Hag,” Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base Brigadier General Farzad Esmayeeli told FNA. “The drone type targeted in this mission had very small cross sections and the operating systems were not aware of its flight either.”

    Shalamcheh is a Mach 3 mid-range missile that can also be used as a short-range air defence system.

    Photo: Shalamcheh missile

    Source: Defense World

    - See more at: http://www.uasvision.com/2015/01/02/...ms/#more-34768

  10. #230

    Friday, January 2, 2015 09:10 AM

    France's still hope a $6 billion contract for MBDA - DRDO Maitri surface-to-air missile system.

    France is hoping that the new Indian government push to continue the Indo-French $6 billion surface-to-air missile systems project, called Maitri. The Maitri missile project involved a technological collaboration between MBDA, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and defence public sector unit Bharat Dynamics Limited.

    France is hoping that the new Indian government push to continue the Indo-French $6 billion surface-to-air missile systems project, called Maitri. The Maitri missile project involved a technological collaboration between MBDA, India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and defence public sector unit Bharat Dynamics Limited.

    Futuristic view of Indo-French Maitri missile system

    Refusing to comment about the Maitri project, sources in DRDO said that the Akash missile is already in play and is based on a similar platform like the Maitri.

    The project for joint development and production between India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and France's MBDA, was initiated in 2007 and a MoU to co-develop the surface-to-air missile (SRSAM) was signed during French President Francois Hollande's visit to India in February last year.

    Since then, the situation has changed as Indian Air Force feels that its requirements could be met by indigenous Akash surface-to-air missile weapon system.

    According MBDA, the range of SRSAM will be of 40 km, Akash's range is only 25 km.

    Sources at Indian Air Force said that they have nothing against the Maitri project per se but would prefer to use the available Akash missile rather than wait for the Indo-French ones to come.

    However, the French are pushing for Maitri. "SRSAM is part of our strategic dialogue with India and is raised whenever top officials and leaders from both sides meet. We believe that a lot of information has been handed over after the new government has taken over in Delhi," an MBDA official said.

    French officials said that both Akash and Maitri can be inducted as the two will improve overall weapon system of India.

    MBDA believes that the Maitri will be better for India as it will be "more cost-effective to develop a new missile than to upgrade a missile based on outdated propulsion".

    India is working on Akash Mark-II with longer range and MBDA is even calling Maitri as a potential Akash Mark-II.

    As per the deal, the Maitri missiles will be produced only in India and the first deliveries will happen three years after the agreement is signed.

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