US Army’s PrSM Completed Its Longest Flight | TAI Opens “Iron Bird” Test Facility | New Fuchs Vehicle Version Developed By Rheinmetall
The US Navy’s Amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) arrived in San Diego October 15, after a decade of forward-deployed service in the Indo-Pacific region operating out of Japan. Germantown sailed from San Diego on January 5, 2011, replacing USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). USS Rushmore (LSD 47) will replace Germantown later this year.
The US Army’s Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) has completed its longest flight to date, exceeding maximum threshold, at Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB), California, on Wednesday. This marks the fifth consecutive successful flight test for the missile.
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Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) will open a new flight control system integrated test facility called “Iron Bird” to accelerate the pace of its defense projects, including the one to build a fifth-generation indigenous stealth fighter jet. The facility is supposed to speed up the development, certification and production processes of domestic defense products. According to TAI, the Iron Bird will provide infrastructure for the integrated testing and verification of critical systems in National Combat Aircraft (MMU) as well as Hürjet, Turkey’s advanced jet trainer and light attack aircraft and its different configurations.
Rheinmetall developed a new high-roof version of the 6×6 Fuchs/Fox wheeled armoured transport vehicle. The vehicle can serve in roles ranging from tactical operations centre to armoured field ambulance. The high-roof Fuchs/Fox demonstrator’s modernized exterior design and greater height are particularly striking. The interior volume now measures twelve cubic metres, with headroom increased to 1.60 metres from the previous 1.26 meters.
Boeing won a $131 million contract modification, which exercises an option to provide P-8A Poseidon engine depot-level maintenance and repair in support of the Navy, the government of Australia, and Foreign Military Sales customers. The P-8A Poseidon, the US Navy’s maritime patrol aircraft, is capable of broad-area, maritime and littoral operations, and is also successful at search and rescue. Work will take place in Georgia and Washington. Expected completion date is in October 2022.
The Pakistan Army Air Defense commissions HQ-9/P air defense missile system into service on October 14. The commissioning ceremony was witnessed by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Watch: Rheinmetall Presents Fuchs/Fox Wheeled Armoured Vehicle’s High Roof Variant!