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Ethiopian conflict: Tigray admits firing missiles at Eritrea

Ethiopian conflict: Tigray admits firing missiles at Eritrea

World
Tigray's leader has admitted it fired missiles at the capital of neighbouring Eritrea, in another escalation of the fighting in Ethiopia.Earlier, at least three rockets appeared to have been aimed the airport in the Eritrean capital Asmara, hours after the Tigray regional government warned it might attack. The attacks on an international target represent another dangerous escalation of the conflict in one of Africa's most populous nations, after fighting broke out on 4 November.On Saturday, two other rockets were reported to have hit Ethiopia's Amhara state, after earlier allegations of attacks on reportedly ethnic Amhara people in Tigray.In the tweet, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed responded by saying those committing crimes "against humanity and peace will be held accountable". ...
DARPA’s air-breathing hypersonic missiles ready for free-flight tests

DARPA’s air-breathing hypersonic missiles ready for free-flight tests

Business
Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Captive carry tests of two hypersonic weapons have been completed, with their first free flights scheduled for later this year, according to DARPA and the U.S. Air Force. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon have each designed hypersonic missiles for a combined program of the Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Advertisement The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept program "seeks to develop and demonstrate critical technologies to enable an effective and affordable air-launched hypersonic cruise missile," a DARPA statement on Tuesday said. The HAWC weapon employs "hydrocarbon scramjet-powered propulsion," meaning the traditional fuel and air mixture but in prolonged airflow at speeds in excess of five times the speed of sound. Upcoming flights will de...
Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia is building defenses against hypersonic missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Russia is building defenses against hypersonic missiles

Business
June 15 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia leads the world in hypersonic weapons research and will have defense systems to counteract opponents' weapons. The United States and China have begun hypersonic missile programs, building nuclear-equipped armaments capable of traveling up to 5,000 mph in a flat trajectory, indicating that defenders have less time to react. Advertisement Russia has tested similar missiles and appears to have deployed one, the Avangard cruise missile, into service. It also rolled out a radar station designed to simultaneously track over 1,000 incoming objects, including hypersonic missiles. In a television interview on Sunday, Putin said that by the time foreign missiles are operational, Russia will have all its required defenses. "They [hyperson...
Morocco to purchase missiles, missile defense system from France

Morocco to purchase missiles, missile defense system from France

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May 20 (UPI) -- Morocco will acquire missiles and missile defense systems from the defense industry consortium MBDA France, the Moroccan defense ministry said on Wednesday. Government approval of the contract came after Morocco received a $ 211 million loan in February from the French banking group BNP Paribas. France supplies about 44 percent of Morocco's weapons needs -- the United States supplies most of the rest -- and relations between France and Morocco, a French colony until 1956, have long been cordial. The purchase from MDBA France is part of Morocco's five-year plan, begun in 2017, to establish regional military supremacy by modernizing its military forces. It has devoted $ 20 billion to the objective. Since 2008 the country has acquired a naval frigate, two spy satellites and ...
Raytheon nabs $19M for RAM missiles, GMLS launchers

Raytheon nabs $19M for RAM missiles, GMLS launchers

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May 7 (UPI) -- Raytheon Missile Systems was awarded a $ 19 million contract modification to exercise options for Navy Rolling Airframe Missile and Guided Missile Launching Systems, according to the Department of Defense. The deal modifies a contract awarded in June 2019 to provide the missile system for the U.S. Navy and the Japanese military, under the Foreign Military Sales program. Under the contract Raytheon will procure material, fabricate parts, aassemble and test RAM MK 49 Mof 5 GMLS and GMLS alteration kits. The missile is a small, infrared homing surface-to-air missile used primarily against anti-ship cruise missiles, and developed jointly by the United States and Germany. It is in use aboard Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, Nimitz-class carriers, Wasp-class amphibious as...