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   In Iran, the serial production of the reconnaissance and strike UAV "Mohajer-6" began

   The difference from the Shahed-129 reconnaissance-strike UAV, the new Mohajer-6, which are already being used in Syria and on the eastern border of Iran, are designed for the needs of the ground forces and probably the naval forces of the IRGC. It is reported that the first released batch of new UAVs will be transferred to the ground forces of the IRGC.

 

   MOSCOW, February 5 (Itar-Tass) - RIA Novosti. Iran has set up a serial production of tactical drones "Mohajer-6" with high-precision "smart" bombs, the website of the Iranian Ministry of Defense said.
   Iran's Defense Minister Amir Khatami attended the production opening ceremony on Monday, calling the Mohajer-6 UAV one of the important achievements of the Iranian defense industry.
   According to him, the UAV has a wide operational range and is capable of long flights, which can help the country's armed forces in carrying out reconnaissance, surveillance, and combat mission missions.
   The opening ceremony was held in the festive days for the country, dedicated to the 39th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. Traditionally, celebrations begin on February 1 and last ten days: from the moment of the return of the leader of the anti-monarchical movement Imam Khomeini from the long-standing exile to the victory of the revolution. Celebrations are called "Dahe-e Fajr" ("Ten Days of Dawn").

 

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2 hours ago, Xlucine said:

Could this mean the B-52 gets to outlast the B-2? That's unexpected, but makes some sense

Almost certainly. Especially if they go ahead with the re-engine plan for them.  Theres a bunch of talk about turning them into arsenal ships and AAM boats for the Stealth airframes.

 

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The second test launch of the new anti-missile PRS-1M in Sary-Shagan

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   As reported by the Department of Information and Communications of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation on February 12, 2018, a new test missile of the Russian missile defense system was conducted

 

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   Test launch of the new anti-missile PRS-1M (53T6M) developed by JSC Experimental Design Bureau Novator (Ekaterinburg, part of the Almaz-Antei Concern) from the multi-channel firing complex 5K60P Amur-P. Sary-Shagan, 12.02.2018 (c) Ministry of Defense of Russia

 

 

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   According to the known information, the second test launch of the new PRS-1M (53T6M) anti-ballistic missile from completely new production of the JSC Novator Experimental Design Bureau (Ekaterinburg, part of the Almaz-Antei Concern OJSC) which is a counter-missile of the near/close range echelon of the new missile defense system in Moscow and the Central Industrial Area A-235 (RTC-181M, "Aircraft-M" R&D). The first launch of the PRS-1M (53T6M) antimissile of completely new production was carried out in Sary-Shagan on November 23, 2017.

   The ABM A-235 (RTC-181M) system is a modernization of the missile defense system of Moscow and the Central Industrial Area A-135 (RTC-181), which was deployed back in the 1980s, accepted for experimental joint operation in December 1990 and engaged in combat duty with February 1992.

   The development of the upgraded version of the A-135 ABM system was set by the Resolution of the CPSU Central Committee and USSR Council of Ministers No. 585-119 of June 7, 1978, which determined the deployment of the A-135 system. The main developer was the Scientific Research Institute of Radio Instrument Engineering (NIIRP, Moscow).

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Chinese unmanned aircraft CH-4V in the Iraqi army aviation

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   UAVs of the CH-4 series (Cai Hong 4 - "Rainbow-4") are designed and manufactured by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA, also known as the Eleventh Academy, formerly NII-701), located in Beijing, which is part of the state corporation China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). Since 2013, the CH-4, considered a kind of analogue to the American General Atomics MQ-1 Predator UAV, are being used by the PLA Air Force.

 

   UAV CH-4 has a wingspan of 18 m and takeoff weight up to 1,300 kg. There are two versions of the CH-4 UAVs, the CH-4A reconnaissance vehicle with a flight duration of up to 30 hours, and the reconnaissance-strike CH-4V capable of carrying up to 350 kg of combat load on four external suspension nodes, which can be used as the new CASC rocket AR-1 (weight 45 kg, laser guidance system) and small-sized controlled air bombs FT-5 (caliber 100 kg, satellite tracking system), flight duration with maximum combat load is limited to 14 hours.

 

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Orbital ATK ramps up for the production of the "Hatchet" small, guided glide bomb.

 

The Hatchet is a small (5kg!) bomb that has GPS, inertial and semi-active laser guidance.  At one point the rationale for JDAMs was that GPS guidance was much cheaper than semi-active laser guidance, so the fact that these tiny bombs (which would presumably be used in large numbers) have both guidance systems suggests that semi-active laser guidance has become cheaper.

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5 hours ago, Collimatrix said:

Orbital ATK ramps up for the production of the "Hatchet" small, guided glide bomb.

 

The Hatchet is a small (5kg!) bomb that has GPS, inertial and semi-active laser guidance.  At one point the rationale for JDAMs was that GPS guidance was much cheaper than semi-active laser guidance, so the fact that these tiny bombs (which would presumably be used in large numbers) have both guidance systems suggests that semi-active laser guidance has become cheaper.

 

Akshually, 6 lb. 2.7 kg!!!!!!! This is probably light enough to replace air-dropped cluster bombs

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The US blocks the sale to Egypt of Scalp-EG airborne cruise missiles

   As reported by Michel Cabirol in the article "Rafale en Egypte: les Etats-Unis bloquent" in the French newspaper "La Tribune", the United States blocked the sale to Egypt of French operational-tactical cruise missiles MBDA Scalp-EG, intended for arming Egypt's acquired French fighters Dassault Rafale. This, in turn, hinders negotiations for a contract for the sale by France of Egypt of 12 more Rafale fighters (in addition to the 24 previously ordered), as the Egyptian side links their purchase with obtaining Scalp-EG missiles.

 

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   Probably, the US opposition to the sale of Egypt to cruise missiles Sсalp-EG, as is usual in such cases on the American side, is connected with the desire to prevent a threat to Israel. It can be assumed that the "American component" in the Scalp-EG missiles is the receiver of the high-precision military GPS signal used in the guidance system of these missiles.

 

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