Archive for December 17th, 2016

IRIS-T now has air-to-surface capability via software update

Posted in Industry on December 17th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on IRIS-T now has air-to-surface capability via software update

Norway has proved that the IRIS-T dogfight missile also has a surface attack capability by firing one at a small boat target in September.

IRIS-T air-to-air-missile
By Photo taken 2005-07-16 in Koblenz by Owly K (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons
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China says defense weapons on artificial islands are just slingshots

Posted in Air Defense on December 17th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on China says defense weapons on artificial islands are just slingshots

China’s Defense Ministry said in a statement on its website that military installations on artificial islands it created in the South China Sea are for defense and self-protection.

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DDG 53 took out MRBM target in terminal phase using 2 SM-6s

Posted in Air Defense, Navy on December 17th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on DDG 53 took out MRBM target in terminal phase using 2 SM-6s

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced that on Dec. 14, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) demonstrated the ability of the Aegis baseline 9.C1 to tackle against a “complex medium-range ballistic missile target” by destroying it using a salvo of two SM-6 Dual I interceptors.

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Photo: MDA
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Thai government orders a third Superjet

Posted in Air Force, Industry on December 17th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Thai government orders a third Superjet

Superjet International announced that the Thai government has ordered a third Superjet and a contract has been signed with the Royal Thai Air Force.

RTAF Superjet 100
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Russia has stood up a Su-34 squadron near its border with China

Posted in Air Force on December 17th, 2016 by alert5 – Comments Off on Russia has stood up a Su-34 squadron near its border with China

A spokesman for Russia’s Eastern Military District said a squadron of Su-34 fighter bombers has been set up in the Khabarovsk region which is close to the border with China.

MAKS Airshow 2015 (21227868692) (2)
By Dmitry Terekhov from Odintsovo, Russian Federation (IMG_9040) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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