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NIGHT VISION, MUNITIONS AND BALLISTICS UPDATE

24 Sep 10. Wen Jiabao, the Chinese premier, has for the first time raised the possibility of removing some of the thousand-plus missiles China has deployed facing Taiwan. Mr Wen’s comment this week to overseas Chinese media while on a visit to the US makes clear Beijing’s wish to engage in political and military discussions with the island it regards as a runaway province. His conciliatory tone stands in contrast to China’s increasingly assertive stance towards other neighbours. (Source: FT.com)

24 Sep 10. The Denel Dynamics Seeker 400 will soon be available as an armed reconnaissance platform, capable of carrying the company’s latest missile – the 25kg Impi, a hybrid of the business’ existing Mokopa and Ingwe precision uided missiles (PGM). The combination is on display at this year’s Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition at AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town. (Source: Google)

20 Sep 10. Sensis radar offers multiple projectile detection. The US Army is evaluating a new type of shot-detection system intended to work in noise-polluted areas and against silenced weapons. Sensis announced on 13 September 2010 that it has successfully completed a second round of testing for its small-arms counter-fire radar: a vehicle-mounted system that employs radio frequency (RF) technology as opposed to microphones. (Source: Jane’s, IDR)

24 Sep 10. The US Air Force has successfully completed flight tests of an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile from Launch Facility-09 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US. During the test, the missile’s single re-entry test vehicle travelled 5,300 miles to hit a pre-determined target about 200 miles south-west of Guam. ICBM analysts and officials from the Department of Defense and Department of
Energy will use the data collected from the test to ensure the readiness and capability of the ICBM fleet. Minuteman III missiles have a range of 6,000 miles and can travel at speeds of Mach 23. At the peak of their flight trajectory, they can reach altitudes higher than the International Space Station, which orbits Earth at an altitude of about 220 miles. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

27 Sep 10. The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) battle management capability successfully demonstrated interoperability with the NATO Air Command and Control System (ACCS) during a Joint Project Optic Windmill (JPOW) test in July. The interface test was conducted using the Active Layer Theatre Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) Integration Test Bed being developed by NATO. The test proved a key interoperability milestone for the MEADS, ALTBMD and ACCS programs, and is an early maturity demonstration for the MEADS battle management and command, control, computers, communication and intelligence (BMC4I) capability. MEADS is designed to interoperate with a wide range of platforms and command and control structures. NATO’s ALTBMD program is tasked with designing a theater missile defense architecture that will include MEADS as a key component. The NATO Air Command and Control System is the overarching tactical command and control element for NATO theater missile defense. Through interoperability features designed into the system, MEADS will dramatically improve combat effectiveness and situational awareness, reducing the potential for fratricide. The result is air and missile defense designed for coalition warfare. MEADS units from the U.S., Germany or Italy will seamlessly integrate into each nation’s, or NATO’s, combat architecture as required.

29 Sep 10. Raytheon Company rolled out the first modernized Information Coordination Central since the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System was redesigned as part of the resurgence of Patriot. The first two ICCs will soon be delivered to the Republic of Korea, and work has already begun on the new production Patriot for the United Arab Emirates and Taiwan. Within the Patriot system, the ICC coordinates battalion and fire unit o

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