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JAGM has entered LRIP.

 

Spudman noticed FY19 funding includes money to begin qualifying the ejector launched JAGM-F variant on aircraft (think internal F-35 carriage).

 

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CoAspire personnel attended the open HASC Markup session on May 9, 2018 where JAGM-F and other issues were debated and voted on. JAGM-F Missile amendments (an additional $10M total authorized for Navy and Marine Corps) were voted on "En Bloc" and the vote was bi-partisan and unanimous. (CoAspire Photo)


On Wednesday, May 9th 2018 during the FY19 NDAA markup, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed two "En Bloc" amendments for the JAGM-F missile program for the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act. En Bloc amendments are cleared in a bi-partisan process in advance by the HASC and are voted on during the day-long markup process. Both En Bloc votes that included JAGM-F were unanimous.

For those not familiar with the process, the House Armed Services Committee conducts their mark-up of the NDAA in an open, televised forum and members of the public can sit in the limited public seating area and watch the debate and votes in person. Some of the amendments can be controversial. The ones on the JAGM-F were not, and had senior, bi-partisan support. 

Here is a link to a Defense News article that lists the En Bloc amendments.

The first amendment passed by the full committee (EB7 117r1) authorizes an additional $5M for JAGM-F missile studies and analysis for the Navy for their F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-35C aircraft, and an additional $5M on a separate line for the USMC for their F/A-18C/D, AV-8B and F-35B/C aircraft.

The second amendment (EB2 177) requests a briefing by the Department of the Navy to the committee on the services' plans for JAGM-F integration on its fighter aircraft to replace the Laser Maverick missile that will be out of inventory in the coming decade. This type of briefing request is expected when the committee authorizes additional funding, to ensure the services have a good plan moving forward.

The US Air Force has requested $31.596M in the FY19 budget to begin JAGM-F integration activities on their aircraft, and the $10M for the DoN will allow both the Navy and Marine Corps to begin their studies and analysis in concert with the Air Force in FY19 and beyond. 

The JAGM-F missile is an eject-launched, fighter-capable derivative the JAGM missile that is a dual-mode seeker missile incorporating an active millimeter-wave radar and a semi-active laser seeker. The JAGM missile is a follow-on to the the Hellfire missile and will IOC on the US Army's Apache helicopter and the US Marine Corps' Cobra helicopter.

https://www.coaspire.com/news/2018/5/10/jagm-f-missile-hasc-approves-5m-for-navy-and-5m-for-marine-corps-fighters-in-fy19-ndaa

 

 

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   Hypersonic missiles from the newest Dagger [Kinzhal] complex will be tested on a long-range Tu-22M3 bomber, a source in the Russian defense industrial complex told TASS. "Kinzhal" will be tested on the Tu-22M3, " source said, adding that "several hypersonic rockets will be tested on a single bomber". The source did not name the dates of the tests.

 

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At the end (3:05) of a short promo video by Dassault we see what could be a first concept of the future fighter for the European SCAF program:

 

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Twin engine, stealth, no direction governs (thrust vectoring?)

Other than that I leave more knowledgeable peoples dissect this initial design.

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UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced the new, national Combat Air Strategy and unveiled a concept model of a brand-new, next-generation fighter jet at Farnborough International Air Show.
Probably related but yet unconfirmed by any officials is the cooperation with SAAB.

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I always thought Gavins are boxier

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The mockup behind the M113 is just a mockup (and may bear no relation to the final design). We haven't announced production or a finished design yet, this is just some money for scoping studies and tech demonstrators to determine what we'll have designed for us (and an excuse to start seriously asking to be let into one of the other fast jet programmes spinning up)

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There appears to have been some sort of leak at Roskosmos

 

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The state space agency Roskosmos said its security staff were co-operating with FSB officers on a criminal case.

Russia's Kommersant daily says about 10 staff at a Roskosmos facility called TsNIIMash are under suspicion. A director's office was searched.

On Thursday Russia released video of new hypersonic missile systems.

"It was established that the leak came from a TsNIIMash employee," a source told Kommersant.

TsNIIMash is a top scientific subsidiary of Roskosmos, which runs Russian space programmes.

 

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After so many years...

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https://bmpd.livejournal.com/3278291.html

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   The photo of the first prototype of a Russian unmanned aerial vehicle of a long duration of flight - "Orion"  (board number 01) with two suspended munitions of an unknown type appeared. Creation of UAV "Orion" within the framework of R & D "Inker" under the contract with the Ministry of Defense of Russia is led by the company "Kronstadt" (which until 2015 was called Transas), which is part of AFK Sistema.

 

   "Orion" has a maximum take-off weight of 1000 kg and a payload weight of up to 200 kg. The length of the apparatus is 8 m, the wing span is 16 m, the flight duration is 24 hours. The prototypes of the UAV are equipped with a Rotax 914 engine with a power of 86 kW (115 hp), equipped with a turbocharger for increasing altitude. Two-bladed propeller AB-115 with a diameter of 1.9 meters is produced by Aerosila. For serial production of UAVs by Agat, in cooperation with CIAM, the Russian engine APD-110/120 is being developed.

 

   In the front compartment of the Orion UAV, the gyrostabilized optoelectronic system (MES) is designed by Moscow-based NGK SPP on the Argos platform, supplied by DS Optronics (the South African branch of the Airbus group). The MES system has a diameter of 410 mm and a mass of 56 kg. It consists of two thermal imaging cameras with a variable angular field, a wide-angle television camera and a laser range finder / target designator. MOSE can detect and maintain/track in an automatic mode targets for guided weapons. In the central compartment can be placed a platform with digital cameras or a developed "Phazotron-NIIR" radar.

 

   The type of armament suspended under the UAV is unknown, but during the 2017 Army-2017 forum OKB Aviaavtomatika LLC (Kursk) presented a new armament armament for the UAV (CAVB), developed jointly with VAIS-Tekhnika (Zhukovsky). The complex includes three samples of guided bombs - one 25 kg caliber and two 50 kg each, the Aviaautomatika spokesman "said that a 25 kg bomb was dropped from the Orion during the tests.

In addition, the Tactical Missile Armament Corporation (KTRV) also develops guided weapons for use with UAVs.

 

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4 hours ago, LoooSeR said:

   The type of armament suspended under the UAV is unknown, but during the 2017 Army-2017 forum OKB Aviaavtomatika LLC (Kursk) presented a new armament armament for the UAV (CAVB), developed jointly with VAIS-Tekhnika (Zhukovsky). The complex includes three samples of guided bombs - one 25 kg caliber and two 50 kg each, the Aviaautomatika spokesman "said that a 25 kg bomb was dropped from the Orion during the tests.

 

 

 

Interesting.  Butowski had mentioned that there was work being done on a Russian GBU-39 equivalent, but that progress was slow.  Maybe they've got something now.

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https://imp-navigator.livejournal.com/745576.html

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The Fakour medium-range air-to-air missile (Fakour-90) is a long-standing project by the Iranian military-industrial complex to create an analog of the American Phoenix AIM-54 missiles for the F-14 fighters remaining in the Air Force of Iran. Tests of the rocket went for several years, last year it was officially presented to the president and finally Fakour reached serial production.

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The Royal Malaysian Air Force's Cap55 plan is out.

 

We're looking at reduction in simultaneously operated types, notably with combat capable aircraft. We're going from 3 (2 in practice since the Fulcrums are grounded indefinitely) fighter types to just one.

 

MALE drones would be pretty useful for dealing with those damned Sulus, but we shall see if the budget exists for what the TUDM wants.

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https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/lockheed-martin-claims-both-usaf-hypersonic-programm-450968/

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The US Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin to rapidly develop and field both new hypersonic missiles launched as a response to surprise developments in high-speed weapons by China and Russia, newly-released acquisition documents confirm.

The service already announced a $928 million award in April deal for Lockheed’s Missiles and Space company to develop the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon (HCSW, pronounced “Hacksaw”).

But a new document reveals that the USAF awarded a separate deal to Lockheed’s Missiles and Fire Control division in July 2017 to rapidly develop and field the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW, pronounced “Arrow”).

The ARRW, now assigned the designation AGM-183A, evolves from the Tactical Boost Glide (TBG) programme launched in 2014 by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). By using a rocket to boost the missile to very high altitudes, the unpowered ARRW then glides down to lower altitudes at speeds up to Mach 20.

 

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08.08.08 war, about some of the results of the air force's actions, that are known by general public. So, bearing quite tangible losses, on the third day of the war, the Russian Air Force changed tactics. The attack aircraft began to operate under the cover of the AN-12PP jammers, the EW Mi-8PP helicopters, and also began actively suppressing the Georgian air defense system. Several newest (at that time) Su-34 bombers entered the battle. They successfully destroyed both 36D6 radars (new anti-radar Kh-31P missiles were tested), and also the electronic suppression of "Buk" was carried out. As a result, in the last 2 days, Russian aviation did not have any losses. One of the destroyed radar 36D6

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Virgin investing in a vaporware product is unexpected (how many years ago were suborbital tourist flights supposed to start?). JAL showing interest gives me better hopes there might actually be something to the project. Have they decided on an engine yet? Not like they can just phone up P&W and order some F119s.

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