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10 Nov 16. AN’s HMAS Melbourne successfully test-fires Evolved Sea Sparrow missile. The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Majestic-class light aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne has successfully launched an Evolved Sea Sparrow missile (ESSM) during a test off the east coast of Australia.
The test was carried out as a part of HMAS Melbourne’s three-week sea qualification trials after a period of dry docking and maintenance.
Able Seaman Electronics Technician Nazmi Kenar acted as the fire control officer and was responsible for coordinating and controlling the entire weapon systems under the direction of the air warfare officer. Kenar said: “We had weeks of preparation including late night drills and early morning starts, but in the end it was all was very successful and very much worth it.”
HMAS Melbourne air warfare officer lieutenant Rhys Ryan stated that the missile firing validated the ship’s capability to defend itself in hostile environments.
Ryan said: “Our mission is to fight and win at sea, and the test was not only important in proving our combat system works but to give confidence to our ship’s company in our war fighting ability.”
Recently, HMAS Melbourne’s combat system tracked and engaged a Pheonix Jet unmanned aerial vehicle target drone operated by Air Affairs Australia.
A cooperative upgrade of Raytheon’s RIM-7 Seasparrow Missile, the ESSM can be deployed against high-speed, highly manoeuvrable anti-ship missiles in naval environments.
The missile is being used by the members under the Nato Seasparrow consortium, which are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the US. (Source: naval-technology.com)
10 Nov 16. Israeli Ministry of Defense Director General, Gen. (res) Udi Adam, instructed the Directorate of Production and Procurement (DOPP) to purchase hundreds of additional Trophy active protection systems (APS), manufactured by Rafael. The volume is estimated at hundreds of millions of shekels. The new order will ensure that every new Merkava 4 tank and Namer APC will be equipped with the Trophy system, providing significant additional protection for every tank and APC. In recent months, the Tank Management Program at the Ministry of Defense, together with the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) Ground Forces, conducted a series of successful tests on the Namer APC equipped with the Trophy System. Completion of the trials and the integration process allowed for the procurement and production of hundreds of additional Trophy systems. Trophy, the winner of Israel’s Security Prize, is considered the best active protection system of its kind in the world, and is the only operational, combat-proven APS. During Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Trophy intercepted numerous Hamas anti-tank missile attacks on IDF tanks and APCs. As a result, Trophy changed the image
09 Nov 16. PK-6 VSHORAD interceptor concept unveiled. Key Points:
• Development expected to be completed within three years
• The PZ-6 will be manufactured by ZM Mesko if selected by the Polish armed forces
CRW Telesystem-Mesko – a leading Polish research and development company which specialises in the design of missile guidance systems – in partnership with the Polish Military Institute of Technology, has unveiled a very short-range air defence (VSHORAD) missile concept, developed under the working designator PK-6. The new PK-6 missile is, in concept, designed to deliver a similar effect as the UK Thales Starstreak or Russian KB Tochmash SOSNA-R 9M337 (SA-24) hyper-velocity beam-riding interceptors, according to a CRW Telesystem-Mesko spokesperson. The PK-6 concept will leverage as many components as possible from previous missile designs to create a new interceptor, the spokesperson told IHS Jane’s. CRW Telesystem-Mesko is the design auth