India test-fires first home-made cruise missile

India successfully test-fired its first domestically built nuclear-capable long-range cruise missile Friday, marking another step in building up the country´s defence prowess.

The “Nirbhay”, or “fearless”, missile blasted off from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Missile Test Range in Chandipur in the eastern state of Orissa, the Press Trust of India reported.

“The trial was totally successful,” a senior government official associated with the launch told the Press Trust of India national news agency.

“The outcome of the trial was ascertained by analyzing the data retrieved from radars and telemetry points,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Unlike other ballistic missiles, Nirbhay has a wing and tail fins. The missile is intended to cruise like an aircraft, helped by its small fins, and can be launched from land, sea and air.

The surface-to-surface missile is fitted with a turbojet engine and is capable of flying at low altitudes to avoid detection. It can even hover near the target, striking from any direction without being seen on radar.

With a range of up to 1,000 kilometers (600 miles), it gives India the capability to strike “deep into enemy territory”, NDTV news network reported.

The Nirbhay is regarded by military experts as India´s version of the US Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Friday´s success comes after the subsonic missile´s first test launch in March 2013 had to be aborted midway after it veered off course.

India, which shares borders with arch-rivals Pakistan and giant China, both of which are nuclear-armed, is developing the missile system to strengthen its air-defence capabilities.

India already has in its arsenal the supersonic BrahMos missile which it developed jointly with Russia.

India in 2012 successfully launched its nuclear-capable Agni V ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 kilometers.

The Indian military views the Agni V missile as a key boost to its regional power aspirations and one that narrows — albeit slightly — its huge gap with China´s technologically advanced missile systems.

While the shorter-range Agni I and II were mainly developed with India´s traditional rival Pakistan in mind, later versions with longer range reflect the shift in India´s military focus towards China.

Just last month, Indian government scientists were in the news for winning Asia´s race to Mars when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet´s orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.


Related Topic Tags


Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions

View the Original article

Comments Off

Filed under Defence Talk

Britain to re-deploy drones from Afghanistan to Iraq

By on Friday, October 17th, 2014

Britain will shortly begin re-deploying its unmanned armed drones from Afghanistan to counter Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told parliament on Thursday.

The remotely-piloted Reaper aircraft will provide surveillance, reconnaissance and intelligence support to the Iraqi troops and international coalition forces taking on the IS group in northern Iraq.

The drones can also launch bombs and missiles.

It will be the first time Britain has deployed Reapers outside Afghanistan, where Britain is completing a pull-out of combat troops this year.

“We are in the process of re-deploying some of our Reaper remotely-piloted aircraft from Afghanistan to the Middle East,” Hammond said.

Britain already has eight Royal Air Force (RAF) Tornado fighter jets conducting bombing raids on Islamic State targets in Iraq.

“Approximately 20-30 percent of Iraq’s populated territory could be under ISIL control. Liberating this territory from ISIL is a medium term challenge, to be measured in months and years, not days and weeks,” Hammond said.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “The surveillance capability of Reaper will see it provide vital situational awareness, making it an invaluable asset to the Iraqi government and the coalition allies.

“If strike operations are required then Reaper has the ability to complement the sorties RAF Tornados have already completed.”

The US-made Reapers are normally armed with two Paveway laser-guided bombs and four Hellfire missiles for precision strikes.

The Ministry of Defence also said a small group of British infantry have completed a week training the Kurdish forces fighting extremists in using the heavy machine guns Britain gave them last month.


Related Topic Tags

Keywords:

Vimeo descarga a camara lenta de un air tanker dc-10 vimeo

Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions

View the Original article

Comments Off

Filed under Defence Talk

Tender for 56 Indian Naval Choppers Scrapped

By on Monday, October 20th, 2014

A tender for procuring 56 naval helicopters from abroad at an estimated cost of Rs 9,000 crore was on Tuesday scrapped by the Defence Ministry which decided to get them manufactured in India by local players with foreign collaboration.

This is the third helicopter tender in the recent months to have been scrapped by the government since the cancellation of Rs 3600 crore VVIP chopper deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland in the wake of bribery allegations on January one this year.

The tender for procuring 56 Naval Utility Helicopters has been scrapped and a fresh acquisition process would be initiated where these choppers would be made in the country involving Indian manufacturers who will be allowed to partner with the foreign vendors, Defence Ministry sources told PTI here.

Two contenders were in the race for this Rs 9,000 crore tender including the European Airbus Helicopters and AgustaWestland and they have been intimated about the decision, the sources said.

The Navy had plans of using these choppers for replacing its aging fleet of Cheetah and Chetak helicopters, which have been in service for over 30-35 years.

The tender was issued two years ago by the Navy for procuring twin-engine choppers and was sent to major chopper makers including US firm Sikorsky, Eurocopter, Kamov and Italy’s Agusta Westland.

In the tender, the Navy has specified that the 4.5 tonne helicopters should have twin-engines to allow them to operate in rough sea conditions.


Related Topic Tags


Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions

View the Original article

Comments Off

Filed under Defence Talk

Royal Air Force Now Flying Their Most Advanced Fighter Jets Ever

By on Monday, October 20th, 2014

The Royal Air Force’s (RAF) most advanced fighters ever are now in operational service following the largest ever fighter upgrade programme delivered by BAE Systems.

Known as Phase 1 Enhancements (P1E), the upgrade package delivers a range of enhancements to the Typhoon aircraft. Developed by BAE Systems working together with its Eurofighter Partner companies, the RAF and UK Ministry of Defence, (MOD), the capabilities introduced have been developed on the back of operations in Libya, and cement Typhoon’s place as a world class multi-role fighter.

The aircraft upgrades include enhanced computing power, weapons systems integration advancements and improved sensor suites making Typhoon even more potent whether tasked with air-to-air work, air-to-surface or a combination of both during a single mission. The P1E enhancements package delivers much more flexibility in mission planning. It allows a single pilot, in a single aircraft to simultaneously attack six different targets in one pass.

Royal Air Force Now Flying Their Most Advanced Fighter Jets EverDivided into two elements, Phase 1 Enhancements (a) and Phase 1Enhancements (b), the latter takes the multi-role concept to a new level. Typhoon Requirements Manager, Wing Commander Stephen Williams said: “P1Eb allows Typhoon to begin realising its air-to-surface capability while also delivering in the air-to-air arena. Our ability to switch between air-to-air and air-to-surface modes is a big step, providing great flexibility for our pilots on Operations. This is a key step to delivering capability for the UK’s Interim Force 15.”

The PE1b package also brings upgrades for the aircraft’s Defensive Aids Sub System and the latest interoperability updates for the Multifunction Information and Distribution Systems, which together ensure the Typhoon remains one of the most effective aircraft in the skies.

Testing of the P1E package was conducted through a combined industry and MOD team. Martin Taylor, Director for Combat Air at BAE Systems said: “P1E is a massive leap forward in capability and by working jointly as one team, we’ve ensured that there are no surprises when it enters service. We have delivered a capability with all the necessary training and support to make sure it is ready and usable from day one.”

The first 17 P1E standard aircraft are now in service with the RAF with a further 18 to be delivered by 1st April 2015.


Related Topic Tags


Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions

View the Original article

Comments Off

Filed under Defence Talk

US military’s robot space plane lands back on Earth

A top secret US robot space plane landed back on Earth on Friday after a 22-month orbit, officials said, although the craft’s mission remains shrouded in mystery.

The unmanned X-37B, which looks like a miniature space shuttle, glided into the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California after having launched on December 11, 2012, on a mission that military officers say is still strictly secret.

“I’m extremely proud of our team for coming together to execute this third safe and successful landing, said commander Keith Balts of the US military’s 30th Space Wing, after the 9:24 am (1624 GMT) landing.

Analysts say the X-37B could be a platform for spying from space, including possibly snooping on other countries’ satellites.

But officials have previously denied the project had anything to do with creating a “space weapon” that could knock down other satellites.

The Air Force says the X-37B can test technology for “reusable” spacecraft and conduct unspecified experiments that can be studied on Earth.

The latest mission was the third and the longest so far for the vehicle. An initial flight launched in 2010 lasted about eight months and a second flight had the spacecraft in orbit for more than 15 months.

The X-37B, manufactured by aerospace giant Boeing, weighs five tonnes and measures about 29 feet (8.8 meters) long, with a wing span of roughly 15 feet across.

Traveling at speeds 25 times faster than the speed of sound, the vehicle is launched into space on the back of a rocket and, once its mission is complete, returns from orbit like a plane.

But, unlike NASA’s civilian shuttle, it has two stabilizers in the rear instead of one, forming a “V” shape.


Related Topic Tags


Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions

View the Original article

Comments Off

Filed under Defence Talk

Russia to Create Space-Based Ballistic Missile Warning System

By on Monday, October 20th, 2014

Russia will create a space-based ballistic missile warning system capable of detecting launches of existing and test missiles, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

“The creation of an integrated space system is one of the key directions in which Russian nuclear deterrent forces will be developed.

“As a result, we will be able to detect sea and ground launches of various types of ballistic missiles, including prototypes,” Shoigu said.

According to the defense minister, the system will replace Soviet-made ballistic missile early warning systems.

The integrated space system will comprise next-generation space vehicles and modernized space centers that would ensure control over the satellites and allow for automatic information processing.


Related Topic Tags


Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions

View the Original article

Comments Off

Filed under Defence Talk

Army National Guard activates first cyber protection team

The Army National Guard’s first cyber protection team received its new shoulder sleeve insignia here, Oct. 7, during a ceremony conducted by U.S. Army Cyber Command/Second Army.

Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general, U.S. Army Cyber Command, cited the ceremony as a major milestone for Army cyberspace operations, Guard and Reserve forces and for the Army.

“It is another indication of the tremendous momentum that the Army is building to organize, train and equip its cyberspace operations forces,” Cardon said. “Army Cyber Command is taking a Total Force approach to building and employing the Army’s cyber force.”

Army Maj. Gen. Judd H. Lyons, acting director of the Army Guard, joined Army Lt. Gen. Edward C. Cardon, commanding general of U.S. Army Cyber Command/Second Army, and Col. Jayson M. Spade, commander of the 1st Information Operations Command (Land), to present the patches on a drizzly afternoon.

For many, the ceremony represented something larger than the presentation of a uniform item.

“It’s symbolic of the integration of the Reserve forces into the active forces in the common defense of our networks,” said Maj. Hung Diep, team chief of the 1636th Cyber Protection Team, and an Iraq war veteran. “The team represents one of the most diverse forces that we have in the (Army) National Guard. We represent 19 states and two territories.”

The ceremony also represented a number of firsts for the Army.

“Today this cyber protection team represents another first―the first Army National Guard/active duty cyber protection team,” said Cardon. “The Army plans to build 10 additional Army National Guard cyber protection teams in the future.”

Cardon cited the experience that Army Guard Soldiers bring with them from both the military and civilian sectors as being beneficial to the mission.

“They bring a wide range of experience, not only from serving in the Army National Guard, but also from working in industry, state government or other government agencies,” he said. “They are experienced, educated, and motivated.”

The team will be an invaluable part of the cyber force, said Cardon, adding that the teams will be responsible for conducting defensive cyberspace operations, readiness inspections and vulnerability assessments as well as a variety of other cyber roles and missions.

For Lyons, cyber operations tie into the Guard’s heritage and are the next step forward in the Guard’s history.

“Since 1636, the Army National Guard has been called upon to respond to floods, wildfires, storms and threats far from our shores,” he said. “The cyber threat is no less real, and it is absolutely in keeping with the finest traditions of the National Guard that Guard Soldiers will be fully integrated into the cyberspace force.”

The cyber threat, said Lyons, is synonymous with other key moments in history.

“In 1775, the ‘shot heard round the world’ signaled the start of the American Revolutionary War,” he said. “Today, 239 years later, we face a world in which the first shots of the next war may be fired in cyberspace. And unlike the shots fired in 1775, those shots may indeed be heard around the world, in a very real sense, as systems and components thousands of miles away are instantaneously disabled by a keystroke.”

Protecting against that is critical.

“The billions of lines of code, massive server farms and cloud-based assets that govern our power, water, fuel, communications, transportation, and national defense must be protected,” Lyons said.

The 1636th Cyber Protection Team is just one part of a larger force.

“Today’s ceremony may seem like a small step,” Lyons said. “The men and women here are relatively few in number compared to those who man our divisions, brigades and battalions. But they are true pioneers of the Army Guard; the vanguard of a larger force yet to be built.”

The team is just as important as those larger brigades and divisions.

“Their role is just as essential as that played by our combat units on the front line,” said Lyons. “They defend the nation on a different front – vigilant in ensuring our enemies never get the chance to fire the next ‘shot heard round the world,’ against our nation.”


Related Topic Tags


Related Defense, Military & Aerospace Forum Discussions

View the Original article

Comments Off

Filed under Defence Talk