New Chinese Shorad Emerges
Nov 16, 2010
By Robert Wall email@example.com
China is putting several new short-range air defense systems into the export market including an upgraded shoulder-launched surface-to-air missile system.
The new infrared-guided MANPADS, called the QW-19, can attack a target at altitudes of 10-4,000 meters and with a slant-range of 500-6,000 meters, according to the China National Precision Machinery Import & Export Corp. (CPMIEC). The maximum engagement slant range is about 500 meters greater than for the QW-18.
The QW-19 also features a laser-proximity fuze to improve lethality, particularly against smaller targets such as unmanned aircraft and cruise missiles. The system manufacturer, the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp., notes that it also features an upgraded seeker.
The frontal control fin configuration also has changed. The QW-19 features four fins compared to two on the QW-18.
CPMIEC also has unveiled the QW-18L. Despite the similar name to the MANPADS, the QW-18L is a larger diameter, longer range surface-to-air missile system. The engagement altitude ranges from zero to 5,000 meters, with a slant range of 500 meters to 8,000 meters. The QW-18Ls are semi-active laser guided missiles.
The company also is showcasing a new air defense vehicle here at the Airshow China, capable of carrying two QW-18Ls and four of the smaller infrared-guided missiles.
Photo: Robert Wall/Aviation Week
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Contracts and Key Events
Defense News reports that Finland is preparing an RFP for Short Range Air Defense (SHORAD) systems. The request for proposals is expected in 2011, with orders placed in the 2011-15 time frame, and first deliveries by 2015. Defense News says that “The value of the contract is certain to be influenced by political decisions regarding the future size of Finland’s regional and reserve forces, which is expected to be significantly reduced by 2014.” On the other hand, recent conflicts teach that anti-aircraft missiles are extraordinarily valuable to defensive forces.
Finland currently operates Russian SA-18 Igla-M and Swedish RBS-70 missiles in this role, and the new buy is reportedly set to replace the Russian SA-18s and 23mm “Sergei” (ZU-23, or 23 ItK 95 in Finland) towed guns. The Finns are reportedly looking at the “usual suspects” from France (MBDA’s Mistral), Sweden (Saab’s RBS-70/Bolide), ad the USA (FIM-92 Stinger, possibly combined mounted Avenger), as well as Russia (SA-24 Igla-S), and SA-18 related Polish (PZR GROM) and South Korean (LIG Nex1’s Chiron) systems.
Defense Industry Daily has been done some research, so I feel obliged correct the obvious shortcomings before some real air-defence person sees this piece of quality journalism.
First, let´s correct what systems we actually have and need to be replaced. Finland hasn´t used Igla for years. Our navy still has some Mistral Manpads, but the the missiles are running out of shelf life. ZU-23-2 is called 23 ItK 61, and although hundred of pieces have been scrapped it has a role against air assaults and as a general purpose shotgun forcing the enemy to adopt safer flying modes. Modernised but slow to operate systems which can actually hit something are called 23 ItK 95. Meanwhile, Oerlikon 35 mm twin cannons need some replacement too, along with Marskman SPAAGs (crew training ended this year).
Secondly, using Manpads in boreal regions is pretty pointless without connection to air defence network and proper launch positions. Idea was to disperse everything and not to give fat targets. Providing air-defense for moving formations could be challenging with Manpads alone. Traditionally 23 ItK 61 was placed on a truck, which helped something.
Forgive my lack of insight, I know very little about air-defence.
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Riđđu, arctic storm
Raytheon's SLAMRAAM completes second test firing from new platform
December 13, 2010
Raytheon Company's SLAMRAAM (Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) system successfully participated in a second ballistic test vehicle firing at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. This is the second test firing of AMRAAM missiles from the new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicle (FMTV) platform.
"Completion of this second test firing in such a short span of time demonstrates the maturity of the design and readiness to enter the next phase of critical tests," said Dave Gulla, vice president, National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "SLAMRAAM is the most cost-effective system in development to combat the increasing cruise missile threat to our deployed forces, high-value fixed assets and population centers."
The primary objective of this second ballistic test vehicle firing was to collect environmental data to characterize missile launch effects on the FMTV platform. These data provide input to engineering level assessments in support of system fielding requirements. In conjunction with the August test, the ballistic test vehicle firings were completed to verify that all system components have been successfully transitioned onto the new platform.
The FMTV was chosen as the new platform for the SLAMRAAM system to provide improved crew and system survivability, particularly in light of lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom. The new platform provides additional armored capability and is more ruggedized to support the SLAMRAAM mission.
SLAMRAAM is a tailorable, state-of-the-art air defense system that can defeat current and emerging cruise missile threats and a wide range of air breathing threats. This affordable adaptation of the AMRAAM to meet emerging needs provides the warfighter with a system of highly mobile battlefield elements networked and geographically distributed to provide integrated fire control capability against airborne threats.
More pics here: http://www.raytheon.com/newsroom/rtn...slmrm_html.htm
Surface-to-air missiles tested by Pak navy
From the Newspaper
(7 hours ago) Today
UNDISCLOSED DESTINATION: December 27 – A group photograph of missile firing crew with Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Noman Bashir as Pakistan Navy successfully tests surface to air missile. – Photo by APP
KARACHI: Pakistan Navy successfully tested its air defence capability in Sonmiani on Monday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir witnessed the surface-to-air missile firing along with Vice Admiral Tayyab Ali Dogar, the Air Defence Commander of Pakistan Navy. All missiles successfully hit their targets.
A combination of SAM series was tested which gave the navy the flexibility to operate with a range of missiles and strengthen the ground-based air defence.
The area of responsibility of the air defence battalion stretches from Sir Creek in the east to Jiwani in the west. A large number of officers of armed forces also witnessed the firing.
Chief of the Naval Staff praised the efforts put in by the air defence battalion of coastal command and urged officers and men to ensure an impeccable defence.
The Commander of Marines said in a briefing on the occasion that air threat being very dynamic in nature had assumed multiple dimensions in today’s warfare and was continuously changing with rapid technological developments.
He said the induction of the state of the art weapons and equipment would augment PN’s ground-based air defence capabilities against hi-tech aircraft and incoming missiles.
The missiles are equipped with highly sensitive infrared homing head which can intercept high-speed aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles. These SAMs are ‘Fire and Forget’ type missiles.
That's a MISTRAL SAM isn't it?
S 125 Neva/ Pechora surface-to-air missile (Photo: Wikipedia)
Burma's Air Defense Force Deploying New SAMs
By KO HTWE Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Burma’s Air Defense Force intends to deploy the S 125 Neva/ Pechora surface-to-air missile after Burmese army soldiers spotted an unidentified flying object assumed to be an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) flying over eastern Shan State in early January.
Originally from Russia, the S-125 Neva/Pechora is a kind of surface-to-air-missile (SAM) that has a shorter effective range and lower engagement than others.
“Air Defense Force troops will be in training between this month and April at Burma’s Air Defense Force schools,” said Khuensai Jaiyen, the editor Thailand-based Shan Herald Agency for News (SHAN). “The training involves the UAV that was spotted in January.”
The UAV flew across Namhsan Township and was identical to a UAV spotted by government troops in the last week of December over Kengtung Township. The Burmese Air Force has reportedly been ordered to shoot the UAV down if spotted again in Burmese airspace.
Normally, Burmese Air Defense Force battalions are equipped with 57 mm and 40 mm anti-aircraft auto-cannons, 37 mm anti-aircraft guns and Russia-made IGLAs, a portable anti-aircraft missile. Burma's military has sent junior Air Defense Force officers to Russia to be trained in portable air defense missile systems.
During the NATO air strikes in Yugoslavia, an F-117 stealth aircraft was shot down by a Serb S-125 air defense system in 1999.
As of December 2008, over 200 Pechora-2M upgraded ramp-launched missiles had been ordered by Egypt, Syria, Libya, Burma, Vietnam, Venezuela and Turkmenistan, according to the website www.deagel.com.
Burma's military has two Air Defense Force schools, one based in Meikhtila in Mandalay Division and the other in Hmawbi in Rangoon Division, and eight Air Defense Force commands.
Åkers Krutbruk to develop protection solutions for Saab's Giraffe AMB
16:29 GMT, February 4, 2011
Åkers Krutbruk Protection AB has received an order from the defence and security company Saab regarding protected shelter developed for the Giraffe AMB multi-mission radar system.
The protected shelter offers the crew a state-of-the-art ballistic protection which can be rapidly deployed when needed. The Giraffe AMB can thereby continue its mission to provide air picture and at the same time warn own units and civilians of incoming rockets, artillery and mortars despite enemy actions. The protected Giraffe AMB provides uninterrupted situational awareness and force protection, even in harsh climates.
The Giraffe AMB is part of Saab’s continuously evolving radar program and provides unmatched performance for critical targets and proven reliability. Whether as a part of vital point protection or area air defence solutions, the Giraffe AMB has become the radar of choice for armed forces worldwide, including those of Sweden, France, Estonia and the UK.
"The order is an excellent recognition of our long-term challenge to design sophisticated survivability systems and engineer high quality protection for personnel operating in various threat scenarios," says Niclas Sahlgren, CEO at Åkers Krutbruk.
Development will start immediately and contract deliveries to Saab will begin in mid-2011. The end user is the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).