11 Feb 14. Iran claims to have tested new missiles. Iran said Monday it has “successfully tested” two missiles on the eve of the 35th anniversary of its Islamic revolution, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iran’s ballistic missile programme has long been a source of concern for Western nations because it is capable of striking its arch-foe Israel. “The new generation of ballistic missile with a fragmentation warhead, and a Bina laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile, have been successfully tested,” Defence Minister Hossein Dehgan said. He said the new ballistic missile could “evade anti-missile systems” and was capable of “great destruction. “The other missile can be fired from a plane or a boat to strike military targets with “great precision,” he added. President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate elected last year on promises to engage the West diplomatically, congratulated the Iranian people and Supreme Guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over the tests, IRNA reported. The UN Security Council, the United States and the European Union have long imposed sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile programme. Iranian officials have said they will not discuss the missile programme at talks with world powers later this month on Tehran’s controversial nuclear activities. Western nations and Israel suspect Iran is covertly pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian programme, allegations denied by Tehran. (Source: ASD Network/AFP)
13 Feb 14. Israel Military Industries unveils new gliding bomb for
CAS aircraft. Israeli Military Industries (IMI) unveiled a new class of small gliding bombs designed for close air support (CAS) aircraft at the Singapore Airshow 2014. Known as the FASTLIGHT, IMI claims the ordnance promises precision-strike capabilities against stationary targets in all weather conditions. FASTLIGHT gliding bombs have been designed for ejection from smaller aircraft and come in the 100lb and 300lb variants. The ordnance can be guided by either GPS or semi-active laser (SAL) and integrated with different types of warhead depending on mission requirements. (Source: IHS Jane’s)
12 Feb 14. LaserLyte®, innovators in firearms laser technologies,
introduce the next evolution of the LaserLyte® V4 laser (FSL-4) that fits on less than one-inch of a Picatinny rail in front of the trigger guard on any full size handgun. Made with a durable 55% glass-filled nylon body for long-term durability with an inner aluminum core that keeps the laser accurate at all times. The new no-snag, contoured lines allow the user to quickly draw and reholster without catching, and with less bulk, reduces printing in concealed carry situations. The new V4 laser with its slimmer, smaller form blends into the gun form yet is easily activated by the user at just a touch of the finger. The V4 laser is easily mounted on a one-inch or less Picatinny rail with a crossbar screw. An auto-off feature prevents accidental activation of the laser and prevents unnecessary battery depletion. The V4 laser is ambidextrous. The LaserLyte® V4 FSL-4 laser gets sport shooters and professionals on the target faster, increasing accuracy and overall hits.
10 Feb 14. Saab and the Kalyani Group Sign a Strategic Partnership for the Air Defence of IndiaDefence and security company Saab and the Kalyani Group, one of India’s leading high-technology multinationals, have entered into a strategic alliance to partner and address key Indian Army air defence projects, including the VSHORAD and SRSAM requirements. The teaming combines Saab’s many decades as a leading developer and supplier of proven high-technology radar and missile systems, with the rich engineering and manufacturing capabilities of Kalyani. The agreement was signed by Saab’s CEO and President Håkan Buskhe and Baba Kalyani, Chairman of the Kalyani Group during the Defexpo exhibition in India. The agreement will initially focus on the VSHORAD and SRSAM programmes for India. Saab is offering a sys