Toward an All-New Russian ICBM Force

As Russia continues the modernization of its strategic missile force, twenty additional RS-24s Yars ICBMs will be delivered in 2018. By 2020 these new missiles are expected to replace all the remaining 30 silo-based UR-100 (NATO Reporting name: SS-19 Stiletto) liquid-fueled ICBM.

A Stronger, More Powerful Satan-2

Moscow is moving to replace its heaviest strategic missile – the R-36M2 Satan, with a new liquid-propelled ICBM – RS-28 Sarmat. The need for a new missile is evident since its predecessor, the R-36 (SS-18) Satan that uses a liquid propulsion system designed and produced in Ukraine, that cannot be relied upon to support the weapon.

New Weapons Initiatives Violating Strategic Arms Control Treaties

As Russia continues the modernization of its strategic forces, Moscow is testing the limits of compliance to arms reduction treaties it is committed to. The United States complained about two Russian weapon categories that allegedly violate the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty - the RS-26 Rubezh and 9M729 Iskander-K.

Russia Continues Modernizing its Strategic Missile Force

The challenges posed by ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, not only those developed and tested by North Korea and Iran, but the large Chinese and Russian nuclear arsenals being modernized, and enhanced with new capabilities that pose significant new challenges to American missile defenses.

Canada to buy Australia’s used Hornets

Canada plans to buy 18 used F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes from Australia to fill the air forces’ fighters shortage. The purchase is regarded as a stopgap measure as Ottawa moves forward with a more permanent selection of a future replacement for the CF-18.

Boeing Awarded US$6 Billion to Build 36 Eagles for Qatar

Boeing Defense, Space, & Security company has been awarded a $6,173,500,000 undefinitized contract action contract for the F-15 Qatar program. FMS funds in the amount of $3,019,750,000 are being obligated at the time of award. This sole source contract provides for the foreign military sales (FMS) requirement to procure 36 new F-15QA aircraft for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, with an expected completion date of Dec. 30, 2022.

A400M Performs Mass Air Refueling Over Spain

An Airbus A400M has successfully refueled six Spanish Air Force F-18 fighters in a single mission as part of an air-to-air refueling (AAR) human...

Airbus Helicopters Delivers Modernized Tiger HAD Attack Helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first Tiger helicopter retrofitted into the HAD version of the French Army Aviation. In the UK, after completing a modernization of Puma 2 helicopters, the company entered an agreement to support the Royal Air Force Puma 2 fleet.

M-346 Undergoing Weapons Tests

As part of the expanded weapon's capability of the M-346 Master aircraft, the Leonardo Group tested the fighter/attack trainer with air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities, launching Raytheon's AIM-9L Sidewinder air-to-air missile and drop laser-guided bombs.

$944 Million Contract for PAC-3 Missiles

The United States and allied military forces will upgrade their missile defense capabilities under a new $944 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin, for production and delivery of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) interceptors and launcher modification kits for the U.S. Army, Romania and other foreign customers.

Aussie Super Hornets to Return Home from Iraq in January 2018

Australia is set to pull out six F/A-18F Super Hornets currently operating as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Australian Air Task Group flying Super...

US Air Force to Experiment With Counter-Air Defense Cruise Missiles

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) munitions directorate awarded two competitive contracts for the first phase of development of a new cruise missile designed to defeat modern, integrated air defense systems (IADS).

India Issues Request for 83 Tejas MK1A Light Combat Aircraft

The Indian Air Force intends to buy 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas MK1A from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), according to a tender issued to HAL, as the sole source for the indigenously developed and built aircraft.

Brazilian KC-390 Achieves Initial Operational Capability

The Brazilian Air Force Embraer KC-390 achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC) today. As part of the IOC, Embraer obtained a KC-390 Provisional Type Certificate from the Brazilian National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), According to the schedule, in 2018, the final Type Certificate will be issued. Delivery of the first series aircraft to the FAB is also scheduled to take place in 2018.

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