Facing the pressure of economic sanctions imposed by Western countries, the Russian civilian aviation market has experienced reduced business volume, due to dropping demand from domestic airlines. Against this background the military aviation market took center stage at the MAKS 2015 airshow at Zhukhovsky near Moscow, Russia. Despite the absence of new military aircraft, Russian manufacturers unveiled a number of new systems and capabilities at the airshow, positioned as the largest aerospace event of the Eastern bloc.
Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems have won additional funding from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to continue developing their concepts for the United States military's XS-1 robotic space plane under the program's second phase (Phase 1B).
Among the aerospace technologies displayed at MAKS 2015 in Zhukovsky last week were quite a few missiles, presented by different divisions of the Tactical Missile Corporation, and independent manufacturers. Some of the new missiles on display are outlined below:
Iran unveiled yesterday a new member of the Fateh ballistic guided missile family. The new Fateh 313 missile has a range of 500 km - twice the range of the former Fateh 110 version. According to Iranian sources the new missile will enter production soon, following a recent successful test flight.
The Israeli robot company Roboteam has won a prestigious contract award worth $25 million to deliver and support small, lightweight MTGR (?) Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots to the U.S. Air Force. The contract funds the delivery and support of the robots through 2022.
A new UGV introduced by the Estonian company MILREM made its international debut at DSEI 2015. The multipurpose robot was developed as a universal platform, supporting a wide range of military and first response applications.
In a recent test series performed by the US Navy, eight Army/Lockheed martin AGM-114L ‘Longbow Hellfire’ missiles destroyed seven fast naval craft simulating fast attack craft performing swarm attacks, similar to those practiced by the Iranian navy in the Arabian Sea and the Persian Gulf. The test was part of the engineering development test of the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM), for use on littoral combat ships (LCS).