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    Air Defense: Magic Wand Arrives




    January 16, 2016: In late 2015 Israel announced that it would begin deploying the first battery of its Magic Wand (David’s Sling) anti-aircraft system in 2016. This is the Israeli replacement for existing American Patriot and Hawk systems. Throughout 2015 Israel conducted several successful tests of Magic Wand. This included intercepting and destroying a short range ballistic missile and other targets representing manned aircraft. Magic Wand was supposed to enter service in 2014 but there were technical problems that had to be fixed.

    In development for over a decade Magic Wand was designed to be an improvement over American made Patriot systems Israel already has. The Magic Wand missiles (called Stunner) have a longer range (300 kilometers) and better capabilities. The American manufacturer of Patriot is cooperating with an Israeli firm to develop and produce Magic Wand and will apparently adopt some Magic Wand features for Patriot upgrades.

    Stunner and Magic Wand are meant to complement the Iron Dome anti-rocket system, which can take down rockets with a range of up to 70 kilometers. Iron Dome has a unique feature in which the radar system computes where the incoming rocket will land. If the rocket will not hit an inhabited area, it will be ignored. Otherwise, an interceptor missile will be fired. Stunner will be used against larger rockets that will be aimed (by Syria or Hezbollah) at large urban areas, and these will almost always get a Stunner fired at them. This is part of the Magic Wand system for defending Israelis from rocket attacks. Magic Wand is expected to eventually replace the 17 Hawk anti-aircraft batteries as well and, eventually, the six Patriot batteries. Because of the long range of the Stunner two Magic Wand batteries can cover all of Israel.
     
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    Basically saying the F-35 sucks.

    The USAF has to get more modernized F-22s or build a new jet with incremental capabilities that they can induct around the same time as the FGFA.
     
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    The will always ask for more money. Even if there were laser satellites buzzing around, they'd still ask for more.
     
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    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dynetics-unveils-new-glide-bomb-with-16kg-warhead-426349/

    Alabama-based Dynetics has unveiled a design for a 27kg-class guided bomb with a warhead significantly larger than even heavier munitions, such as the 50kg-class Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire.

    US Special Operations Command has already taken notice of the new product, awarding Dynetics an $11.6 million contract earlier this month to continue development of small glide munition (SGM) ahead of a potential production go-ahead decision next year.

    According to Dynetics, SOCOM has for several years called on industry to develop a new munition compatible for release from the common launch tube, but with significantly heavier explosive module than even the 9kg warhead on the rocket-powered Hellfire.

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    But larger contractors passed on the SOCOM need, perhaps driven away by the relatively low volume of production. For Dynetics, however, SOCOM’s niche requirement seemed a perfect fit. The company has been involved in munitions development for 40 years, specializing in niche capabilities, such as the lattice control fins of the Boeing-built Massive Ordnance Penetrator and supplying the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb to the USAF.

    To meet the SOCOM requirement, Dynetics redefined the configuration of a glide munition. Separate modules for the nose section, tail kit and wing are mounted directly to the warhead case, affording space for a

    By mounting modules for the nose section, tail kit and wing directly to the warhead case, the small glide munition (SGM) can afford 16kg blast-fragmentation warhead with detonation by direct impact or a pre-selected height above the ground. That configuration also gives the weapon flexibility to swap the warhead or the sensors with other capabilities, Dynetics says.

    A deployable wing gives the glide bomb a “significant” stand-off range, along with the ability to launch the SGM at the target from any direction.

    The munition package includes a GPS receiver with anti-spoofing software. The sensor is adapted from the BAE Systems WGU-59/B advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS), with a semi-active laser seeker with four apertures distributed in the nose of the SGM.

    SOCOM plans to integrate such a capability first on the Lockheed AC-130U gunship. The Dynetics weapon is compatible with any aircraft carrying a common launch tube, which include the US Marine Corps’ KC-130 tanker/gunship and MV-22 Osprey.

    Dynetics also is integrating the SGM into a Harris GBU-71 launch rack, allowing it to be released from the wing of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 Reaper.
     
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    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-pentagon-will-test-fire-its-new-larger-sm-3iia-16568

    The Pentagon Will Test-Fire its New Larger SM-3IIA Interceptor Missile in Space
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    The Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon plan to fire a new SM-3 missile variant into space to destroy an approaching enemy missile target - as a way to develop a new interceptor better able to detect and destroy ballistic missile threats approaching the earth’s atmosphere from space.

    The new missile, called the SM-3IIA, is slated to fire from a land-based missile defense site planned by the Pentagon for Poland by 2018, a Missile Defense Agency spokesman, told Scout Warrior in a statement.

    SM-3 missiles, first deployed on Navy ships, are exo-atmospheric interceptor missiles designed to destroy short and intermediate range incoming enemy ballistic missiles in above the earth’s atmosphere. With the weapon, threats are destroyed in space during what’s described as the mid-course phase of flight.

    The planned Poland deployment is a key part of what the Pentagon calls the Aegis Ashore program, an effort to leverage the ship-based Aegis Radar for land-fired missile defense technology. As of last year, Aegis Ashore locations are already operational in Romania as part of the Obama administration’s European Phased Adaptive Approach program.

    The concept with the program is to engineer a land-based missile defense envelope, by using already successful and operational Aegis Radar and SM-3 technology, to better protect the European continent from potential ballistic missile threats.

    While not specifically identified for particular countries such as Iran, Russia or other potentially hostile Middle Eastern Countries, the sites are designed to protect Europe and NATO allies from the broadest possible range of missile threats to Europe. Land-based defensive intercept missiles in Romania and Poland, such as the SM-3 variants, could knock-out and destroy approaching missile threats aimed at European targets.

    (This piece first appeared in Scout Warrior.)

    The SM-3 is a kinetic energy warhead able to travel more than 6000 miles per hour; it carries no explosive but instead relies on the sheer force of impact and collision to destroy an enemy target.

    The new SM-3IIA missile builds upon a smaller existing operational variant of the missile called the SM-3IB, Raytheon officials said.

    “This is an extended capability of what we have for the SM-3 1B. Because of the larger missile this is a 21-inch air frame. we have a larger area of defended area coverage. we've also brought in some capability advancements into our kinetic warhead so now we have a higher sensitivity - so that is just better seeker,” Amy Cohen, Raytheon SM-3 Director, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

    The SM-3IIA is still finishing up development and is slated for flight test in the second half of this year. The MDA and Raytheon test will assess the kinetic warhead and missile seeker in a space environment, Cohen explained.

    An improved seeker can better see approaching targets from longer distances compared to the SM-3 1B, she added.

    Some of these improvements engineered into the missile are described as “sensitivity increases” which use a larger focal plane array for detection and more computer processing power.

    The SM-3 Block IIA has completed two very successful fly-out tests—with no target missile launched, Missile Defense Agency officials said.

    “The first intercept flight test is planned for second half of this year. We will be engaging against a medium range ballistic missile - the next flight test we have will get us to the point where we have the trajectory very solid that we are there to support EPAA phase III in Poland,” Cohen added.

    In December of last year, Raytheon received a $543 million SM-3IIA production contract to build the missiles. Some of these missiles will be sent to Poland for the Aegis Ashore site planned for 2018, officials said.

    Production of the missile involves a collaborative effort between the Raytheon in the U.S. and Japan. Both Japan and Raytheon produce 50-percent of the missile which is then integrated by Raytheon.

    Meanwhile, Raytheon and the MDA are also upgrading the existing SM-3IB missile with improved software such that it can better detect and destroy new threats, Kenyon Hiser, Raytheon’s SM-3 Block IIA program manager.

    Some of the technologies designed for the SM-3IIA are being retrofitted onto the SM-3IB, he added.

    Kris Osborn became the Managing Editor of Scout Warrior in August of 2015. His role with Scout.com includes managing content on the Scout Warrior site and generating independently sourced original material. Scout Warrior is aimed at providing engaging, substantial military-specific content covering a range of key areas such as weapons, emerging or next-generation technologies and issues of relevance to the military. Just prior to coming to Scout Warrior, Osborn served as an Associate Editor at the Military.com. This story originally appeared in Scout Warrior.
     
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    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...nge-discrimination-radar-track-2020/88871568/

    Alaska's Long Range Discrimination Radar on Track for 2020

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Long Range Discrimination Radar that will be operational in Alaska in 2020 is on track despite the aggressive schedule, a Lockheed Martin official said at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium.

    Lockheed is 10 months into the program to field a very large and powerful radar to support the ballistic missile defense system, primarily for the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System. It will also be networked to the company’s Command, Control Battle Management and Communication (C2BMC) system, Brad Hicks, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for Mission Systems and Training, said.

    The Missile Defense Agency awarded the contract after an “intense competition” to Lockheed Martin in October 2015, he said. MDA went from coming up with the requirement for the LRDR to awarding the contract in less than two years, which is “fairly unheard of,” Hicks added.

    “Now we have to deliver,” Hicks said, which is to build a “very significant radar that will last 40 years in Alaska.”

    Lockheed Martin beat out Raytheon and Northrop Grumman to build the radar, a vital component to intercepting possible intercontinental ballistic missiles from North Korea and Iran. MDA awarded Lockheed with a $784 million contract. MDA leaders have called the radar one of their biggest priorities in beefing up homeland ballistic-missile defense.

    The LRDR is a Gallium Nitride (GaN)-based, solid-state Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. Lockheed’s other GaN projects include the Air Force’s Space Fence to be built in Kwajalein Atoll and new long-range radar it expects to bring to market as well as offer to the US Army’s potential Integrated Air-and-Missile Defense system radar in competition next year.

    The LRDR completed a successful system readiness review in February and an integrated baseline review in April, according to Chandra Marshall, LRDR director at Lockheed. The company is on track to achieve 35 percent of its facilities design review by November and expects a preliminary design review in January 2017.

    LRDR construction in Alaska is scheduled to being in 2019, Marshall added.

    Additionally, Lockheed will begin integrating the radar into the ballistic missile defense system by the end of the year, according to Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR at Lockheed.
     
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    The anti ballistic missile defense system just adds another X to mix,, If some one shoots a missile at USA and it doesn't get thru, then their ass is our grass..
     
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    http://www.defensenews.com/articles/dynetics-looks-to-fit-niche-with-small-glide-munition




    Dynetics Looks to Fit Niche With Small Glide Munition
    By: Jen Judson, August 22, 2016 (Photo Credit: Dynetics)
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A mid-sized, Huntsville-based defense firm is looking to fill a niche in the US Army’s munition inventory with its Small Glide Munition (SGM) while preparing to field a similar weapon to US special operators.

    Dynetics’ SGM is a 60-lb tactical munition that has – like the name implies – a capability to glide provided through wings that unfold after launch from a Common Launch Tube (CLT). The design is modular so the munitions could fit on a variety of platforms, according to the program manager for the SGM at Dynetics, who asked not to be named due to security concerns.

    The munition also packs a wallop with a 35-lb warhead, which means it’s smaller in size than a Hellfire missile but its effect on a target is far greater than other smaller munitions. For example, Griffin, a small precision guided munition made by Raytheon, has a 13-lb warhead.

    But while it’s a niche munition, it has application across many platforms beyond what Dynetics is developing for US Special Operations.
     
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    http://www.dodbuzz.com/2016/08/23/abrams-tank-upgrades-will-give-marines-killer-edge/

    Abrams Tank Upgrades Will Give Marines ‘Killer Edge’

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    The Marine Corps is modernizing one of its most reliable battle platforms: the M1A1 Abrams tank.

    A trio of upgrades to the tank commander’s weapon station will give tank commanders and gunners a “hunter-killer edge” over the enemy, according to an announcement from Marine Corps Systems Command. The improvements include better sights on the Abrams integrated display and targeting system [AIDATS], simplified handling with a single set of controls, and a “slew to cue” button that repositions the turret with a single command, officials said.

    The display improvements will replace a black-and-white camera view with a color one and add thermal sights that can be used day or night. The color display is a particularly significant gain, said Michael Kreiner, AIDATS project officer in SYSCOM’s Armor and Fire Support Systems division.

    “Users didn’t like the black and white camera that was in the tank before, because they have a hard time distinguishing between different color trucks,” Kreiner said in a statement.

    Taken together, these systems could be a significant boon for the tank commander. Officials said preliminary testing showed use of the upgrades reduced target engagement time from six seconds to three by allowing the commander and the gunner to work more closely and collaborate better on target acquisition.

    Testing on the upgrades is ongoing at Abderdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. All three systems are expected to be fielded at the same time in the first quarter of 2018, according to the announcement.

    This additional capability allows the commander to assist the gunner when the tank is moving, making it easier to manipulate the turret toward a target, said Shaffer. Preliminary tests show the three systems used together reduce target engagement time from six seconds to three seconds. The team hopes to field all three systems simultaneously in the first quarter of 2018. Currently, the team is conducting qualification testing on five demonstration AIDATS systems at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
     
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