14 Nov 12. Taiwan test fires Hsiung Feng III long-range missile. The Taiwanese Military has test-fired a long-range variant of its domestically manufactured Hsiung Feng III missile, a month after China inducted its first aircraft carrier into operational service. Test-firings were conducted by Taiwan’s primary research and development organisation, Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology (CSIST), in October 2012. The new missile possesses an operational range of 400km and cruises at a speed of Mach 3.0, which is almost equal to triple the speed of sound. An undisclosed military official said to United Daily News: “No ship is capable of withstanding its high-velocity impact.” However, Taiwan’s Ministry of national Defence (MND) spokesman major general Luo Shou refused to comment on the report. Hsiung Feng III, developed by CSIST, is a short-range, surface-to-surface cruise missile designed to intercept a wide range of enemy ships and land-based targets at ranges of up to 130km in all weather conditions. Powered by a rocket-ramjet propulsion system, the missile features a single 225kg self-forging fragment warhead, which can be launched from both ship and surface platforms, and can travel at speeds of Mach 2.0 at an altitude between 20 and 200m. The missile is equipped with an X-band monopulse planar array active radar seeker to meet shorter reaction time requirements of a supersonic anti-ship missile, and also provides resistance to range gate pull-off (RGPO) techniques. Hsiung Feng III missiles entered operational service in early 2008 and are currently installed onboard the Taiwanese Navy’s Perry-class frigates and other missile boats. (Source: navaltechnology.com)
13 Nov 12. SELEX Galileo secures export contracts for InfraRed detectors
SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica company, has been awarded contracts to supply InfraRed (IR) detectors to export markets including the USA, Russia and Singapore. The contracts will see SELEX Galileo delivering their Hawk, Osprey S, Eagle, Condor II, Merlin and DLATGS detectors for a range of applications including airborne search and rescue, air traffic control, handheld cameras for border security, long range surveillance systems and IR spectroscopy. The company’s engineers have been working closely with the customers to ensure that the most effective detector is chosen for the each application.
“Our IR research and production facility in Southampton, England is recognised internationally for producing benchmark infrared detector technology.” said Stewart Miller, Vice President of SELEX Galileo’s detector business, adding “From cricket’s Hot Spot cameras to night-time surveillance systems used by Armed Forces around the world, SELEX Galileo’s IR detectors see what the eye can’t to give our customers the information they need.”
08 Nov 12. On 9th October 2012, MBDA Germany completed a further major step towards a laser weapon system capable of providing air defence. For the first time, the company’s high-energy laser demonstrator was used to demonstrate the complete deployment sequence in countering rockets, artillery and mortar shells (C-RAM). Using 40 kW of laser power, the laser demonstrator successfully acted on airborne targets at a range of over 2,000m. For these tests, MBDA Germany’s laser demonstrator was equipped with a new, improved performance, significantly more compact and lighter optical system which was integrated in a transportable container. During the tests, the illumination and effect laser was pre-targeted using a radar (SPEXER™ 2000) and an IR optronics system (MEOS II) supplied by Cassidian. A multi-stage control system, incorporating an in-house developed image processing system, was used to lock onto the target at close range. To serve as targets, the MBDA test team used artillery shell models towed in a wide variety of flight paths at an altitude of 1,000 m. Function control and monitoring as well as data recording, security technology and visualisation were