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02 Nov 17. New Typhoon Missiles Pass Landmark Tests. A series of live firings of the MBDA Brimstone precision strike missile from a Eurofighter Typhoon have been completed successfully. The missile will significantly enhance the aircraft’s capability. The trials, conducted from Warton in Lancashire are designed to help the typhoon remain at its peak combat capability. Planning for the next stages of work on the new missiles is now underway.
Andy Flynn, a spokesperson for BAE Systems, said:
“Brimstone will add a low-collateral, high precision strike capability and ensure Typhoon remains fit to meet the threats of the future for decades to come.”
Brimstone is part of the Phase 3 Enhancement (P3E) package, part of the programme to ensure a smooth transition from the Tornado GR4 to Typhoon for the RAF. The aim of the trials was to ensure that the weapons were ready for operational use. They covered a range of specific release scenarios, testing at various heights, speeds, levels of G-force and in different positions on the aircraft wing and in the launcher. (Source: News Now/Forces Network)
01 Nov 17. Indonesia strikes $77m deal for air-defense system by Norway’s Kongsberg. Indonesia’s Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with Kongsberg for the supply of the NASAMS ground-based air-defense system.
The Norwegian company announced Oct. 31 that Indonesia will receive “a complete NASAMS system with command posts, radars, launchers, radios and integration, and training and logistics support” under the contract, which it says is worth $77m.
A typical NASAMS consists of two to four launchers with associated radars, with each launcher carrying six Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, or AMRAAM. The system’s modularity means it does not need to be tied to a particular radar type, with the Thales-Raytheon AN/MPQ-64F1 Sentinel or EADS TRML-3D radar being used by various NASAMS operators.
The announcement did not specify a delivery date for the system, which is likely to be the upgraded NASAMS 2 that features the Link 16 data link and improved AN/MPQ-64F1 radars.
Indonesia will also need to purchase the AIM-120 missiles separately from the United States to equip the system under the Foreign Military Sales program. The country has previously been cleared by the U.S. State Department to purchase the AMRAAM to equip its Lockheed Martin F-16C/D fighter jets.
NASAMS is an acronym for Norwegian (which Raytheon calls “National“ in U.S. service) Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, which Kongsberg says is used to defend “high value civilian and military assets on the ground against air threats.”
Indonesia’s procurement of the NASAMS will be done in stages, with more systems to be ordered in the future as it seeks to protect its capital Jakarta and other strategic cities and locations. The Indonesian armed forces currently operates short-range surface-to-air missiles and gun-based air-defense systems. The Southeast Asian country, which is made up of more than 18,000 islands, has been undertaking a modernization of its armed forces, and air defense is one of its key concerns. The NASAMS has also been selected by neighboring Australia, which earlier issued a single-supplier limited request for render to Raytheon Australia to meet its Project Land 19 Phase 7B program to replace Australia’s Saab RBS 70 surface-to-air missiles. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/Defense News)
01 Nov 17. Orbital ATK (NYSE:OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced it has successfully completed a series of static test firings of a prototype tactical solid rocket motor built with critical metal components fabricated by additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing. These tests marked the first industry demonstration of a 3-D printed complex rocke