Iron Dome Defeats Mortar Attacks from Gaza

Israel’s air defenses that were busy in recent weeks repelling rocket attacks from Syria and the Gaza strip succeeded yesterday, for the first time, to defeat Palestinian mortar attacks that targeted Israel's border villages. In the four years since operation ‘Pillar of Defense’, the last conflict that erupted between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, Iron Dome went through several spiral developmental cycles to expand the system’s capabilities against new threats, such as unmanned aerial vehicles and mortars. Yesterday, the system demonstrated for the first time, in combat conditions, its capacity to defeat a barrage of mortar bombs.

DEFEXPO 2018 – Aerospace Highlights

Models of India's future hope for indigenous airpower: Ghatak stealth combat UAV and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) on display at DEFEXPO 2018. Other models included Airborne Early Warning (AEW) platforms and the Advanced Air Defence missile, part of India's strategic missile defense network, can be seen in the background.

DEFEXPO 2018 – Photo Highlights

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Four Multinational Teams Bid for £1.5 billion UK-MOD Operational Readiness Training Services Contract

The British Ministry of Defense has selected four groups to bid for its upcoming Air Support to Defense Operational Training (ASDOT) requirement. Each of the groups selected for the program has teamed with training services specialists from the USA, Canada, and Israel to deliver adversary aircraft and weapons. The winning group will operate various high-performance jets simulating aggressor fighter and attack planes, cruise missiles and electronic combat to training British air, land and naval forces. A final selection is expected in September 2018 followed by the contract award in 2020 that could be worth up to £1.5 billion over 15 years.

US Drone Maker Cleared to Export Jet Powered Combat Drones

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a manufacturer of jet-powered tactical unmanned aerial drone systems, will soon offer its Mako militarized, combat unmanned aerial vehicles systems for export, following approval of such export by the U.S. State Department to certain European and Asia Pacific region countries.

Hypersonic Weapons Enter Service with Russian Aviation

Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Republic confirmed today that Russia began deploying new strategic weapons that are virtually immune to enemy missile defense capabilities. These weapons include a hypersonic air-launched attack missile and ground-launched hypersonic glider, that can be used with nuclear or conventional warheads. Russian scientists have also matured a compact nuclear propulsion system that can be fitted to unmanned aerial vehicles and torpedo-like submersibles, used as cruise missiles. Nuclear powered Representing new weapon categories, both systems are not likely to be covered by the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

Sikorsky Teams with Rheinmetall to Offer CH-53K to Germany

Lockheed Martin Sikorsky has signed a strategic agreement with and German defense firm Rheinmetall teaming for competing in the German Air Force planned replacement of Sikorsky's CH-53G heavy transport helicopter program (Schwerer Transporthubschrauber - STH). The Germans evaluate two options - the CH-47F Chinook from Boeing and CH-53K from Lockheed Martin Sikorsky. The team plans to introduce more German teammates in the weeks to come.

New Configuration of MHTK Miniature Missile Validated In Flight Test

Lockheed Martin has tested a new configuration of its Miniature Hit-to-Kill (MHTK) missile at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, Friday, January 26th. The test comprised a controlled flight of the miniature missile to demonstrate the interceptor's increased agility and to validate the performance of its airframe and electronics. The missile now uses a common configuration for both active and semi-active guided missiles.

U.S. Clears $133 Million Sale of Extended Range Missile Interceptor to Japan

The State Department has approved a request from Japan for an initial buy of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles, for an estimated cost of $133.3 million. The sale that includes only four missiles will likely provide missiles for test and evaluation of Japan's current missile defense assets, likely the AEGIS equipped missile destroyers that currently carry SM-3 Block IB missiles.

Yemen Claims a New SAM Scored Recent Hits on Saudi Fighter Jets

new details about the surface-to-air missile claimed to have downed a Royal Saudi Air Force Tornado IDS over Sa'ada and hit another F-15S over Sana'a earlier this week. The missile shown in the photo does not look like any known Iranian surface-to-air missiles.

Long Range, Hyperspectral Vision and Staring IRST – Air Force Essentials in Counter-A2AD Operations

Leidos has been selected to deliver the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) extended-range, high-resolution imaging, hyperspectral sensing, and close-in imaging with expendable sensor technologies designed to defeat adversary anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) threats.

UVision’s Hero 400EC Demonstrates Loitering, Precision Attack Capabilities

Israel's UVision demonstrated their Hero-400EC extended-range loitering missile system last month, pitching the enhanced drone to a strategic customer that already operates the company's other Hero loitering weapons.

Russia to Introduce Prometheus, a Successor to S-400 in 2020

Amid growing demand for its current S-400 system, Almaz Antey continues development of a successor to the 'Triumf'. Known as 'Prometheus', the S-500 is a more advanced air and missile defense system originally scheduled for deployment by the Russian air defense forces in 2020.

Amphibious Ships Transformed Into Aircraft Carriers Debut in Asia-Pacific

The planned arrival of amphibious support ship USS Wasp (LHD-1) in the Pacific Ocean introduces a new capability for amphibious support ships carrying the F-35B fifth-generation stealth fighters without relying on large aircraft carriers. Apart from the American LHD, both Japan and South Korea are interested in the new potential mating STOVL fighters with flat-deck helicopter carriers. Both countries already acquired the conventional take-off variant (F-35A), and consider operating the Short Take-Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) B version from ships.

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