After 17 years in service, the Prithvi I missile will give way to smaller and better Prahar

  India plans to withdraw the Prithvi I tactical ballistic missile from active service, replacing it with the more advanced, solid-propelled Prahar. According to the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander, "We are withdrawing the tactical 150 km-range Prithvi missiles and will replace them with the Prahar missiles, which are more capable and have more accuracy."...

AKASH – Air Defense System

The design of the Akash (Sky) surface to air missile, which demonstrated its performance during live fire tests on January 30, 2006, is based on the Russian Kub / Kvadrat (NATO code name SA-6 Gainful) missile, but the AKASH and its subsystems were developed, and are being produced by India’s Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO). The 700 kg...

Successful test for the Indian ASTRA BVR missile

India’s Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile ASTRA completed a successful test flight yesterday. Developed by the Indian Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the unarmed missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30MKI against a Lakshya target over the Integrated Test Range in Balasore, off the coast of Odisha. Telemetry and Electro-optical tracking stations confirmed the successful engagement.

Russia Conducts Direct-Ascent Anti Satellite Weapon from Plesetsk

Contrails left after a Russian anti-satellite weapon test on April 15, 2020
Russia has been engaged in direct ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) anti-satellite weapon tests in the past months. On April 15 a missile launch from the Plesetsk test site on the arctic circle. Russian media sources reports said the missile tested was a variant of 'Nudol' anti-ballistic missile that has reached a speed of over 7,000 m/sec, thus positioned in the 'hypersonic' category.

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India Test Fires the AGNI-3 Strategic Ballistic Missile

The fourth flight of the Indian long range missile AGNI-3 with a range capability of 3,500 km was tested successfully by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) last month. The missile was launched from the Wheeler Island, in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha. Overall, with a range of 3,500 km, Agni III is considered a potent...

Chinese HQ-9 Surface-to-Air Missiles Spotted in the Spratly Islands

Updated satellite images taken by Imagesat Eros B intelligence satellite acquired by ISI on 14/2/16 reveal a deployment of Chinese HQ-9 (the Chinese S-300 equivalent) Surface to Air Missile (SAM) system now positioned in 'Woody Island', previous images obtained by the same source on February 3, 2016 did not show presence of such weapons on the island. This deployment is...

The Failure of the Moscow Talks – What’s Next?

Before the Moscow talks began, President Ahmadinejad said that Iran would be willing to forgo enrichment to 20 percent, in return for fuel for the Tehran research reactor. After the negotiations failed, expecting Iran to abandon its indigenous enrichment in exchange of a supply of 3.5 percent enriched fuel for its Bushehr nuclear power reactor seems unrealistic.

The Afghan National Army and Police are still far away from taking control

// // In the hope that the work invested by their British instructors was paying off already, the 3rd Afghan Kandak (Brigade)- led the way into a Taliban stronghold last Sunday morning, in their first large independent operation aimed to reinstate Government authority and bring security to the terror infested area. The operation, known as Op Omid Do (Hope...

New Arena-3 APS Debut At RAE-2013

A new active protection system from Russia appeared today at RAE-2013, as part of the display of a series of upgrades offered to The T-72 main battle tanks. The new system, dubbed Arena-3 covers 360 degrees in four quadrants with four modules, which seems to comprise two sensors two effectors. According to the manufacturer, two targets can be intercepted...

Poland is interested in an Indo-Israeli naval air defense systems

Israel and India are offering advanced, multi-mission phased array radar systems and Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) naval air defense systems to Poland. Both countries have already implemented the system with their respective navies. Warsaw has yet to specify its requirement for air defense systems for its future fleet.

Pakistan’s Nukes – Al-Qaeda’s Next Strategic Surprise?

Pakistani leaders had never openly admitted that their Muslim nation actually faces a very serious internal threat from an alliance of joint Jihadi forces comprising the Al-Qaeda, Taliban and regional militant groups. But now it seems that this doomsday prediction is already evolving before their very eyes. Teamed with their strategic ally and host - the Afghan Taliban, Al-Qaeda...

Chinese Claimed Airspace Outrages Far East Neighbours

What began two weeks ago as a unilateral declaration of an ‘Air Defense Identification Zone’ (ADIZ) east of the Chinese mainland coast, developed into a regional conflict involving military forces and civilian airlines, struggling to claim national hegemony over disputed territories in the East and South China Seas. On Saturday, November 23 the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Ministry of...

Metis M Anti-Tank Guided Missile

Metis M (also designated AT-13 Saxhorn) is an enhanced version of the Metis (AT-7), first introduced in 1992. It is a light, man portable anti-tank guided missile, similar to the European Milan. This wire-guided system uses semi-automatic command to Line of Sight  (SACLOS) missile is effective at ranges of 80 – 1,500 (standard M missile) or 2,000 meters (enhanced...