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RUAG Aviation wins $25M Sidewinder missile support contract

RUAG Aviation wins $25M Sidewinder missile support contract

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March 28 (UPI) -- RUAG Aviation was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force for guidance and control systems on Sidewinder missiles for the Northrop-manufactured F-5 aircraft.The deal, announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $ 25.1 million under the terms of a firm-fixed-price contract.The agreement enables RUAG Aviation, of Emmen, Switzerland, to provide guidance and control section technology for use on AIM-95P-5 Sidewinder missiles in support of F-5 aircraft used in support of foreign military customers, the Pentagon said.The AIM-95P-5 Sidewinder missiles are integrated onto the Northrop Grumman-produced F-5A and F-5B Freedom Fighter and F-5E and F-5F Tiger II variant aircraft.Work on the contract will occur in Emmen, Switzerland ,and is expected to be ...
Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

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March 27 (UPI) -- Raytheon announced this week that the company has begun work on a contract from the U.S. Army to sustain and modernize missile defense for both military commands and government agencies.Raytheon said on Monday it would start work on the three-year service contract for system upgrades valued at $ 600 million that was first announced in June 2017. The work was held up by a protest bid, the company said.The Army systems set to receive services are the THAAD, the AN/TPY-2 radars, the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System, the Sea-Based X-Band Radar and Upgraded Early Warning Radars, according to the company.The Government Accountability Office defines a bid protest as "a challenge to the award or proposed award of a contract for the procurement of goods and services or a chal...
Russia test-fires Kinzhal hypersonic missile

Russia test-fires Kinzhal hypersonic missile

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March 11 (UPI) -- A Russian jet successfully test-lauched a hypersonic missile Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.The Kinzhal hypersonic missile was launched from an MiG-31 interceptor jet, which departed from an airfield in the Southern Military District, Russia's TASS News Agency reported."A MiG-31 fighter crew of the Russian Aerospace Forces made a training launch of a hypersonic missile of the Kinzhal high-precision air missile system in the predetermined area," the defense ministry said. "The launch was normal; the hypersonic missile hit the preset target on the test site."Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country has developed supersonic nuclear weapons that can reach anywhere in the world, and are "invulnerable to enemy interception," during his state of the union add...
State Department approves $3.2B missile sale to Sweden

State Department approves $3.2B missile sale to Sweden

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Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it has approved a possible foreign military sale to Sweden of Patriot Configuration-3 Modernized Fire Units.The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the $ 3.2 billion sale, for which Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are the primary contractors.The possible foreign military sale would provide Sweden with four Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of 100 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM missiles, 200 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles, and other equipment and technology to aid in the firing process.The deal also includes communications equipment and technical publications, along with training equipment. Use of the Patriot units will require approximat...
U.S., Israel test Arrow 3 missile system

U.S., Israel test Arrow 3 missile system

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Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The United States and Israel successfully tested the Arrow 3 weapons system to defend against ballistic missiles.Israel Aerospace Industries, in collaboration with the Israeli air force and the United States' Missile Defense Agency, conducted the test at 2:30 a.m. Monday at an unidentified site in central Israel, the U.S. Defense Department said in a release.The Israeli Ministry of Defense confirmed the test, posting on Twitter that the exercise "designed to defend against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere."Two previous test attempts were called off. In January, a communications glitch resulted in a data transfer problem. Previously, in December, a test was canceled because safety concerns arose when the Anchor-type target missile -- which was fired from a j...