Raytheon/Rafael to Bring Iron Dome to US | US State Dept Approves $1.15B Saudi Deal | Japanese Mil to Engage NK Missiles Approaching Airspace
- Raytheon and Rafael are to partner on marketing the Iron Dome for the US Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2 — Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) program. Dubbed Sky Hunter, both companies will utilize Rafael’s Tamir interceptor for the developmental Multi-Missile Launcher (MML). The MML successfully launched a Tamir missile back in April as part of tests on several different types of munitions.
- Inaugural testing of Lockheed Martin’s new Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb has been successful. Two 500-pound Mk-82 inert warheads were fitted with Dual Mode Plus guidance kits and released from an F/A-18 Super Hornet at the Naval Air Ware Center Weapons Division in California. The company claims the kits provide benefits to the reliability and affordability of the Paveway II Plus laser-guided bomb system while integrating the GPS/INS, all-weather moving target capability.
- Ground has been broken on the new $44 million KC-46A Pegasus sustainment campus at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. The facility will be responsible for all the maintenance, repair and overhaul operations required for the tanker. The first KC-46A are expected to roll into Tinker in 2018.
Middle East North Africa
- Iraq’s Defense Ministry has received delivery of its latest batch of four F-16 fighters. This brings to eight the number of fighters operational out of 36 promised by the US government. The sale goes toward bolstering the country’s growing air force fleet, replacing older Su-25s, in the government’s fight against the Islamic State.
- The US State Department has approved a $1.15 billion armor deal with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Included in the sale are 130 Abram main battle tanks, 20 armored recovery vehicles and other equipment. While the sale can be still blocked by Congress, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said that it would “increase the Royal Saudi Land Force’s (RSLF) interoperability with US forces, and conveys US commitment to Saudi Arabia’s security and armed forces modernization.”
- Navalized versions of the Ka-52K are to be installed with a compact active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar. The radar operates in dual-band millimetric and centimetric wavelengths which allows the Ka-52K to detect large naval targets up to a range of 180 km. Initially developed for French-built Mistral-class vessels, the sale was cancelled by France after Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The helicopters already built are likely to be added to the air wing of the Project 11435 Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier.
- Germany and the Netherlands are to conduct joint Patriot air and missile defense systems operations this October. Project APOLLO has been developed by both governments over the last year and will see 300 German and 100 Dutch soldiers cooperate as a Bi-national Air & Missile Defence Task Force in Crete with more than 40 missiles scheduled to be fired during the exercise. Once completed, the task force will be deemed combat ready with potential for an eastern deployment.
- Calls have been made to the Japanese military to engage any future North Korean ballistic missiles that come near Japanese skies. The government order also approved a three month state of alert for all its forces in case of any further launches in the short term. A review of the standby will be conducted to see if an extension is deemed necessary at the end of the three month period.
Tamir Firing from IFPC Inc 2-I Multi Mission Launcher:
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