Tag: missile

U.S. Navy’s largest shipbuilder begins fabrication of new guided missile destroyer – Defence Blog

America’s largest military shipbuilding company, Huntington Ingalls Industries announced on Wednesday that its Newport News Shipbuilding division officially started fabrication of the Arleigh Burke­-class (DDG 51) destroyer Ted Stevens (DDG 128) on Monday. The start of fabrication signifies the first 100 tons of steel have been cut. “As we begin this important milestone in the construction of another great warship, we look forward to continuing production and carrying on the extraordinary legacy of the Navy destroyer fleet,” Ingalls DDG 51 Program Manager George Nungesser said. The ship’s name honors former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, who served as a pilot in ... Read more

Ukrainian new ship-killing missile passes first firing trial – Defence Blog

The Defense Express has released footage showing the first qualification firing trial of the new “Neptune” land-based anti-ship missile. On April 2, 2020, in the south of the Odessa region at the “Alibey” proving ground regular tests of the “Neptune” land-based cruise missile system were held. The National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine has set the task of developing, large-scale production of the latest missilery models, in particular, providing the Armed Forces of Ukraine with cruise missile systems to enhance their naval combat potential in the Black and Azov seas. During the firing of the “Neptune” land-based cruise missile ... Read more

COVID-19: Army Delays Missile Defense Network Test EXCLUSIVE « Breaking Defense

The mobile command post for the Army’s new IBCS air and missile defense network. WASHINGTON: The Army has indefinitely postponed a major test of its IBCS air and missile defense network to protect the soldiers and civilians involved from the COVID-19 coronavirus, Breaking Defense has learned. A battalion of air defense troops who’d been training for weeks at White Sands Missile Range have been sent back to home base. Even more important for public health, technical experts from multiple Army agencies and contractors will no longer have to travel to the test. Known formally as a Limited User Test, the ... Read more

Russian Navy Stealth Frigate to Test Fire Hypersonic Missile – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security The Admiral Gorshkovis slated to continue test firing the 3M-22 Tsirkon anti-ship missile in April or May. Advertisement The Admiral Gorshkov, lead ship of the Russian Navy’s new Admiral Gorshkov-class (Project 22350) of guided missile frigates, is expected to test fire the hypersonic 3M-22 Tsirkon or Zircon anti-ship missile (ASM) in April or May, according to a Russian defense industry source. “The frigate Admiral Gorshkov has left for the Belomorsk naval base for undergoing some maintenance work and also for loading a Tsirkon missile launcher,” the source was quoted as saying by TASS news agency on April 6. The source ... Read more

Hawaii military battling COVID-19 with child-care center employee testing positive, troops returning early from Thailand and postponement of key missile test

COVID-19 continues to impact the military in Hawaii with a Fort Shafter child-care center employee testing positive for the coronavirus, Schofield Barracks bringing home early from Thailand a force that at one point numbered 1,440 soldiers, and the postponement of a major missile defense test that was focused on the ability to defend Hawaii. In a letter today to the “Fort Shafter Child Development Center ohana,” U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii commander Col. Tom Barrett said that on Thursday, one of the care center’s employees tested positive for COVID-19. That employee has been on administrative leave since March 24, he said. ... Read more

U.S. Marine Corps releases video showing AH-1Z’s air-to-air missile capability – Defence Blog

The U.S. Marine Corps has released footage that showing air-to-air missile capability of the AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter. A few months ago, the U.S. Marine Corps demonstrated the power of Viper attack helicopter through exercise “Viper Storm” that was held at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton. The Viper Storm exercise took place in Southern Calif. Dec 11, 2019. The attack helicopters flew from two separate locations – one on the coast and one inland – and struck simulated enemy targets representing peer and near peer threats capable of denying naval and joint forces the freedom of navigation essential to ... Read more

Iran’s Military Is a Mighty Missile Machine

Missiles are an essential tool of the Iranian regime. They are used for power projection, particularly towards Iran’s neighbors, or for anti-access/area-denial closer to home, in particular over the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf. Tehran’s missile collection is among the most diverse in the Middle East because Iran relies on modifications to Soviet/Russian and Chinese designs—although there are some domestic improvements thrown into the mix. Iran has thousands of short and medium-range missiles, and could very likely hit targets as far away as eastern Africa, Eastern and Southern Europe, Russia, India, and western China. Here are some of ... Read more

Russian Navy to Speed up Test Launches of Tsirkon Hypersonic Missile – The Diplomat

Asia Defense | Security The Tsirkon hypersonic missile is slated to be test fired from a Yasen-class nuclear-powered submarine this year in conjunction with test launches from Russian Navy surface combatants. Advertisement The Russian Navy is reportedly expediting test launches of the hypersonic 3M-22 Tsirkon or Zircon anti-ship missile (ASM) from submarines and surface combatants, according to two Russian defense industry sources. “The schedule of the hypersonic missile’s test launches from naval ships will be tightened,” the sources were quoted as saying by TASS news agency on March 25. “The Yasen submarines will begin firing drills this year, alongside the continuing series ... Read more

Saudi Arabia Says It Struck Yemen Missile Sites Where Iran’s Military Was Present

The Saudi-led coalition formed to fight the Houthi movement in neighboring Yemen has announced new airstrikes that targeted rebel missile sites and elite Iranian military personnel allegedly stationed at them. Saudi Colonel Turki al-Maliki, head of the Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition, said that “legitimate military targets” of the Houthi movement, also known as Ansar Allah, were struck in response to the Yemeni militia’s ballistic missile attack Saturday on Riyadh and other areas of the kingdom, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Maliki said the targets included sites used by the Houthis for storing and assembling various weapons such as missiles ... Read more

The US Air Force is adapting to the pandemic to keep missile systems running

The new coronavirus known as COVID-19 is changing life across America and the world, from massively shifting our daily work habits to triggering necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. It’s no different for our military, and this widening pandemic has forced many of us to find novel solutions to a unique, unexpected set of problems. One challenge I have as commander of an Air Force squadron that has to continue operating — no matter the circumstances — is something few of us had given a lot of thought. Because the equipment we use for our mission is ... Read more