Sep 29, 2013 16:00 UTC
Latest updates[?]: Australia signs an agreement; #100 delivered; FRP-2 contract for the USA, Italy & Australia; Background & research links updated.
The AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) is a medium range, supersonic, air-launched tactical missile whose primary job is to attack and kill enemy radars. AARGM is a US Navy major acquisition program, with around 1,750 expected orders from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The Italian Air Force is expected to buy up to 250 of these successors to the AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile, and Germany may also join.
So, why is AARGM a big deal? Perhaps the story of how a Serbian unit using an antiquated SA-3 battery managed to survive the 1999 NATO air campaign – and shoot down an F-117 Nighthawk stealth plane – will help put things into perspective. DID recounts those events, explains the new weapon, and offers updates on contracts and key milestones.
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Sep 27, 2013 11:30 UTC
It’s not an illusion
it’s GOP, er, GOB
The US Senate is expected to send back to the House a “clean” continuing resolution (i.e. without Obamacare defunding) later today, but House Speaker Boehner said they will not accept it, though some Republicans seemed amenable to a short-term deal just a day ago. There is a fair amount of dissent and even publicly-aired acrimony within the Republican ranks, which makes it hard for anyone to suss out when and how a resolution to this fiscal showdown might happen. This showdown countdown is reaching silliness of Arrested Development proportions, so please someone tell Congress they’re not working for Netflix.
- The UN’s security council has agreed to draft language that binds Syria to surrender its chemical weapons, but is otherwise rather toothless. According to intelligence assessments reported by the Washington Post, most of Syria’s stock of chemical weapons is stored as chemical precursors, which would make their destruction less daunting than initially thought. And there’s always burial.
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