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US Navy Tests Rafael Spike Missiles on Unmanned vessels

Spike missile fired form Mini Typhoon weapon station mounted USV-PEM, during an evaluation of the missile by the US Navy last week. Photos: US Navy, Rafael
The US Navy has test fired the Israeli Spike Electro-Optically Guided Missile from an unmanned boat last week, on Oct. 24th, as part of an operational demonstration of the weapon conducted as part of an international agreement between Israel Ministry of Defense and the US Combating Terrorist Tactics Support Office.

The Sensor Becoming the Shooter

Spike LR Missile launched from a Typhoon weapon station on an Israel Navy Super Dvora Mk 2. A similar configuration was recently tested by the US Navy, from an unmanned surface vessel (USV-PEM). Photo: RAFAEL
After decades of relying exclusively on laser and GPS for precision attack, the military and US special operations community is slowly opening to consider Electro-Optically (EO) guided weapons, gaining strike precision at extended range.

Special Forces Mobility

The opportunity to sell thousands of medium and light tactical vehicles to SOCOM has attracted almost all major US military vehicle manufacturers to last...

Textron Defense Systems to produce ‘Clean Munitions’ for SOCOM

Textron Defense Systems will develop and certify its Guided Clean Area Weapon (G-CLAW) to integrate with the Common Launch Tube, under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Special Operations Command (SOCOM).

New AC-130J Gunship In Production

The first MC-130J Commando II that will be converted to become an AC-130J Gunship is being built at the Lockheed Martin C-130 production facility here. The AC-130J will be equipped with a Precision Strike Package creating the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command's newest gunship. Sixteen AC-130Js are planned with an Initial Operating Capability scheduled for 2015.

SOCOM Hires Arma Global to Deliver Deployed C2 Networks

Arma Global Corp. will develop and deploy an advanced intelligence management, mission planning and control system for the US Special Operations Command. The company has been awarded SOCOM contract worth half a billion US$ for the job for the delivery of the Tactical Local Area Network (TACLAN) system.

HC-130J Combat King II

The HC-130J is replacing the Air Combat Command's aging HC-130P/N fleet as the dedicated fixed-wing personnel recovery platform in the Air Force inventory. Lockheed Martin delivered the first of 11 aircraft on order on September 24, 2011.

A New Bird of Prey Soaring over Western Afghanistan?

Pakistani sources claimed an unidentified, bird shaped UAV suspected to be an American surveillance drone, crashed in southwestern Pakistan on 25 August at the town of Chaman near the Afghan border.

Frontier to Upgrade Two Hummingbird UAVs for the U.S. Army

Frontier Systems was awarded $14 million cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the upgrade of two YMQ-18A Hummingbird (A-160T) unmanned helicopters. The two Hummingbirds will be completed by year's...

Aerovironment, Textron Systems, IAT to Deliver Lethal Mini-Drone Prototypes in Four...

The U.S. Air Force Rapid Acquisition Cell launched a urgent procurement program for lethal mini-drones, aiming to field such weapons with Special Operations command...

Investigation Rules Out Enemy Fire, Brownout as Possible Causes for the...

The CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft that crashed in Qalat, Afghanistan on April 8, 2010 was not hit by enemy fire, an Air Force Investigation...

L3 Geneva Aerospace to Deliver Expeditionary UAV to SOCOM

L3 subsidiary Geneva Aerospace was awarded a $6 million contract by US Special Operations Command, for the development and production of the Expeditionary Unmanned...

Boeing, Northrop Grumman to Develop New Unmanned Aerial Systems

Two recent contracts awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense unveil yet unpublished UAV development programs underway at Northrop Grumman and Boeing. On April 29...

SOCOM Selects the Puma for Hand-Launched Multi-Purpose UAV

The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) selected the Puma AE mini-UAV as its All Environment Capable Variant (AECV), a multi-purpose, hand-held mini-UAV that should...

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