Russian Strategic Missile Forces to Go Fully Digital by 2020
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Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) will completely switch to digital data transmission technologies by 2020, the Defense Ministry press service said in a statement.
According to the MoD press service, missile launch centers, down to the division level, as well as the SMF’s Communications Center, training facilities and the Peter the Great Military Academy in Moscow and its branch in Serpukhov, are now all equipped with digital telecommunications equipment.
Over the past four years new digital communications systems for SMF divisions have been delivered to command points across the country and satellite communications centers have been modernized along with short and ultra-shortwave up radio stations and service and repair centers. “If the current pace of modernization is maintained, by 2020 the Russian Strategic Missile Forces will be 100-percent equipped with digital data transmission technologies,” the statement said.
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Extension for Nirbhay, panel to identify flaws
By Hemant Kumar Rout Express News Service
Published: 07th January 2017 06:11 AM
Last Updated: 07th January 2017 06:11 AM
BHUBANESWAR: India’s own cruise missile project Nirbhay has got an extension of 18 months amid speculations over the weapon system’s operational capabilities. Launched in 2004, the projected date of completion for the prestigious project was December 31 last.
At a recent review meeting, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar gave green signal for the extension. Ministry of Defence sources said the Nirbhay team has been asked to deliver their best by June, 2018.
Under developmental trial since 2013, the missile is yet to perform as per the expectations. Of four tests in as many years, the indigenously developed weapon had failed three times though it could cover the intended range once in 2014.
Meanwhile, an independent technical committee has been formed to identify faults in the system that led to failure of the missile during its fourth trial on December 21.
The probe committee led by founder director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit Dr Nagarajan Vedachalam will not only ascertain the faults but also recommend possible measures to make the system robust.
Like in its maiden trial and third test, the missile had veered off the trajectory minutes after take off during the last launch and the mission had to be aborted mid-air.
An official associated with the project, however, informed that the blame game between two laboratories of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) cost the project more than the faults in the system.
While Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), which has designed the missile, has been blaming Research Centre Imarat (RCI) for supplying defective hardware, the latter points fingers at ADE-developed software for recurring failure of the missile.
‘’The probe committee will ascertain which is defective, the software or hardware. It may also inspect metallurgical deficiencies,’’ the sources said.
Having a strike range of around 1,000 km, Nirbhay is first homegrown subsonic cruise missile project. According to DRDO, the missile can challenge weapons of its class.
Nirbhay blasts off like a rocket and unlike a missile, it turns into a vehicle akin an aircraft. Flying at tree-top level, it can deceive enemy radars making it difficult to be detected. Unlike other ballistic missiles, this cruise missile has wings and distinct tail fins. After reaching near the target area, it can hover around, hitting at its will from any direction.
Well, it certainly seems likely to go the distance. It is just that no-one is quite sure in which direction.
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Importantly though it is made in India.
Delay in wing deployment caused Nirbhay missile’s third failure ...
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Saudis Bow Out of Contract to Develop Ukraine's Grom-2 Missile System
(Source: Sputnik News; posted Jan 21, 2017)
Last year it was reported that Saudi investors had secretly invested about $40 million into the development of the Grom-2: a new Ukrainian tactical short range ballistic missile (SRBM) system designed to compete with Russia's Iskander. However, reports now suggest that the Saudis have cut off funding, leading to the suspension of the program.
Last summer, Ukrainian media reported that military engineers from the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau and the Pavlograd Chemical Plant had begun development work on the Grom-2 ('Thunder') system using money from a mysterious foreign client. That secret client was soon revealed to be Saudi Arabia, whose investors provided about one billion hryvnia ($40 million US) for the design and development of the ground-to-ground tactical short-range missile system.
At the time, experts speculated that the Saudis were looking for a system capable of firing both ballistic and cruise missile interchangeably, and Grom-2, whose initial design goes back to the early 2000s, was supposed to be fitted with two ground-to-ground missiles with a range of 280 km (upgradable to 500 km, although this would be illegal under the Missile Technology Control Regime treaty, to which Ukraine is a party).
Late last year, with design work apparently progressing, Ukrainian media began boasting that their new Grom-2 would be able to strike Moscow, and to finally crush the fledgling breakaway republics in Ukraine's war-torn Donbass region.
The system was said to be so advanced that it would change the balance of power between Ukraine and Russia, and outperform and outprice the Russian 9K720 Iskander SRBM that it was meant to compete with. The missiles' unpredictable trajectory would make them immune to Russian air defenses, including the S-300 and S-400, media said.
Now, however, it looks like development on the Grom-2 has stalled, with Saudi money drying up. BMPD, a blog affiliated with the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, a respected Moscow-based think tank, has kept an eye on the development of the Grom and the Saudi connection from the start. On Thursday, BMPD reported, citing several sources from enterprises involved in the development of the Grom-2, that work on the project has been suspended.
Without getting into detail, BMPD said only that "the reason for the halt is the lack of funding from the customer from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the second stage of design and development work."
Furthermore, the report added that earlier claims by some Ukrainian media that the system would be ready to enter into service with the Ukrainian military later this year "do not reflect the actual situation."
Defense analysts, Ukrainian and Russian alike, are now left with the question of why the Saudis would decide to freeze financing for Grom-2 at this stage. Saudi Arabia, they recalled, had unsuccessfully sought to obtain both Russian and American systems (the Iskander and the ATACMS, respectively), but has had no luck doing so.
CAST senior fellow Andrei Frolov suggested that it's possible that Riyadh was simply unsatisfied with the results of the first stage of R&D work. Alternatively, he noted, the Saudi partners themselves may have run out of money, or Ukraine could have been pressured to stop development by its Western allies. Another option, he said, was that the Saudis may have never planned to see the project through to completion at all, and simply wanted access to the missile technology or its individual components.
For his part, journalist and political analyst Anatoly Wasserman said that, initially, Riyadh seemed to have been interested in the purchase of Ukrainian missiles in commercial quantities. Unfortunately, he added, the Saudis soon came to understand that Ukraine's economy, "ravaged by two coups, first in 2004 and then in 2014, has been finished off" by the halt in economic cooperation with Russia, was incapable of offering what they were looking for.
"It's clear that an economy managed in this way…has difficulty coping with even the simplest of tasks, not to mention something like the development of compact ballistic missiles, and with maneuvering warheads to boot," Wasserman explained. "Therefore even though the word 'Iskander' is Arabic, or rather the Arabic pronunciation of the Greek word 'Alexander', the Arabs didn't get a chance to get these 'Iskanders' on the cheap" from Ukraine.
Russia’s Defense Ministry Considering Iskander Missile System Upgrade
(Source: TASS Defense; published Jan 24, 2017)
As the production of the Iskander-M (NATO designation SS-26 Stone) tactical ballistic missile draws to a close, Russia is considering an upgrade program to begin in the early 2020s. (RUS MoD photo)
MOSCOW --- The Iskander-M (NATO reporting name: SS-26 Stone) tactical ballistic missile system will be operational during the next 25-30 years and proposals for its upgrade are being considered by Russia’s Defense Ministry, General Designer of the Machine-Building Design Bureau Valery Kashin told TASS.
"We have worked out proposals to upgrade the system. They are being considered by the Defense Ministry. However, innovations should be timed to big events. By the early 2020s, ten years will have passed since the first brigade received the Iskander-M system and it will be time to repair it," Kashin said.
According to him, the upgrade of Iskander-M systems should be synchronized with their repair and maintenance so as not to reduce brigades’ combat readiness.
"As far as the service life of operational Iskander-M systems is concerned, we believe that the system will be in service as much as its predecessors, i.e. 25-30 years. The Tochka system entered service more than 40 years ago, while the Tochka-U reached its initial operational capability 30 years ago," the general designer said.
According to him, the deliveries of Iskander-M systems envisage the construction of all required infrastructure, including accommodations, depots and launch sites.
"This implies serious expenses. It will be irrational spending of budget funds if we manufacture new systems every five-ten years. At the same time, new military hardware may be developed and new political problems and border threats may emerge. Naturally, we will respond to this by upgrading the system," Kashin added.
Contract for Iskander Missile System Delivery to Run Through 2017
(Source: TASS Defense; published Jan 24, 2017)
MOSCOW --- The contract for the delivery of C General Designer of Russia’s Machine-Building Design Bureau Valery Kashin told TASS.
"The contract runs through 2017. Next year, we are expected to deliver sets [of the Iskander-M missile system] to another two brigades. Maybe, several more systems will be required but it is up to the Armed Forces’ General Staff to decide," Kashin said.
According to him, the design bureau will continue to produce missiles for the Iskander tactical ballistic missile system.
"Brigades are receiving missile stocks and missile stocks controlled by higher headquarters should be delivered," the general designer said.
The Iskander tactical ballistic missile system is designed to destroy missile systems, multiple launch rocket systems, long-range artillery systems, aircraft and helicopters at airfields, command and control posts and communications centers. The Iskander system has a range of 500 kilometers (311 miles).
As it was reported earlier, the Iskander system’s weapons suite consists of ballistic missiles of five types and a cruise missile.
North Koreans test Trump administration with ballistic missile test
Peter Felstead, London and Neil Gibson, London and Brooks Tigner, Brussels - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
13 February 2017
South Korean TV news footage showing photos published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper recording the 12 February 'cold launch' of a North Korean Pukkuksong-2 ballistic missile. Source: Ahn Young-joon AP/PA Images
A North Korean ballistic missile test conducted on 12 February has been widely condemned by the international community.
The missile was launched at 07:55 local time (22:55 GMT 11 February) from the airbase at Banghyon in North Pyongan province on the west side of the Korean peninsula and flew east for about 500 km into the Sea of Japan. South Korean military officials said it reached an altitude of about 550 km.
The missile was described by North Korean state news agency KCNA as a "surface-to-surface medium- to long-range ballistic missile" called the Pukkuksong-2 that was a "new type strategic weapon system" featuring a solid-fuel engine.
The timing of the launch may well have been specifically intended to occur during a visit to the United States by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was meeting with US president Donald Trump in Florida. While Abe condemned the test as "absolutely intolerable", the US president responded by stating that "America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%".
The launch was the first North Korean ballistic missile test to have occurred during the Trump presidency.
NATO and the EU, meanwhile, were swift to condemn the launch, saying it undermines the international security.
"These consistent provocations and violations of binding UN Security Council resolutions undermine regional and international security," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said immediately after the event, adding, "I call on [North Korea] not to raise tensions further and to re-engage in a credible and meaningful dialogue with the international community."
The EU said North Korea "must abandon once and for all its ballistic missile programmes in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner".
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Pukguksong-2 was launched at an angle of 89 degrees; range could be 2,000km
Posted in Space on February 14th, 2017
South Korea’s intelligence service told lawmakers this morning that the North’s Pukguksong-2 solid fuel ballistic missile was fired at an angle of 89 degrees. If it had been traveling on a normal trajectory of 45 degrees, the canister launched missile could have a range of 2,000km.
BrahMos-ER test fired successfully
India on Mar. 11 successfully conducted the first flight test of the extended range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile.
By Anirvan Shukla (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The missile’s range has been increased from 290 to 450 km.
Taiwan Admits It Has Missiles That Can Destroy PLA Invasion Bases on Mainland China
(Source; ChinaTopix; posted Mar 19, 2017)
By Arthur Dominic Villasanta
Long mistaken for an anti-ship missile because of Taiwan’s disinformation, the HF-2E designation in fact applies to a ground-launched land attack cruise missile whose existence has been officially recognized for the first time. (ROCAF photo)
TAIPEI --- For the first time, the Republic of China (Taiwan) publicly admitted it has a missile that can hit bases and installations of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) inside mainland Chinese territory across the Taiwan Strait, which is 220 km at its widest and 130 km at its narrowest.
Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan told the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan's Parliament) the Republic of China Armed Forces (ROCAF) has the ability to launch missiles deep into Chinese territory, an eye-popping assertion considering what's known about ROCAF's land attack cruise missiles.
Taiwan media quoted ministry officials as claiming Taiwan can fire missiles at PLA bases 1,000 km away. Should this claim be accurate, it means most PLA military bases geared towards an amphibious invasion of Taiwan are within range of this missile, most probably the Hsiung Feng IIE (HF-2E) land attack cruise missile.
Armed with a standard unitary high-explosive 450 kg warhead, the HF-2E can smash targets 700 km away. The closest PLA base is 240 km distant, while the farthest is some 1,300 km out.
"It is the first time the ministry has confirmed this," commented member of parliament Wang Ting-yu.
Lt. Gen. Chiang Chen-chung, director of the Office for Operations and Planning for the Ministry of National Defense, said ROCAF does indeed have the capability to launch a missile counterattack against China.
"We do have the capability and we are continuing to reinforce such capability," said Gen. Chiang.
He revealed ROCAF can also attack PLA bases directing operations against Taiwan some 1,300 km distant.
The Quadrennial Defense Report (QDR) submitted to Parliament affirmed Taiwan's strategy of "double-level deterrence," which the defense ministry defines as a strategy of not just defense, but of rapid response to prevent an invasion.
"Should the enemy insist on invading, we will weaken their capabilities by striking enemy troops at their home bases, fighting them at sea, crushing them as they approach the coastlines and wiping them out on the beaches," noted the QDR.