US AFRL plans Rapid Dragon palletised munitions experiments with additional weapons
01 October 2021
by Pat Host
A quarter scale model of an AFRL Rapid Dragon palletised munition rack on display 20 to 22 September 2021 at the Air Force Association's annual conference held outside Washington, DC. (Janes/Pat Host)
The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) plans to experiment with additional weapons and effects, such as jamming and decoys, in its Rapid Dragon palletised munitions campaign in fiscal year 2022.
Dean Evans, Rapid Dragon programme manager, told
on 22 September that he intends to award contracts to Raytheon and Boeing to integrate Raytheon's ADM-160B Miniature Air-Launched Decoy (MALD) and Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition – Extended Range (JDAM-ER) into the programme. The JDAM-ER is in production and in use by the Royal Australian Air Force, according to
Janes Weapons: Air Launched
These contracts are being negotiated. Lockheed Martin and its subcontractors are the only companies under contract for Rapid Dragon.
This graphic issued by Japan's MoD shows the trajectory of the IRBM launched by North Korea on 4 October. According to the MoD, the missile travelled 4,600 km – and over Japan's northernmost Aomori prefecture – before landing in the Pacific Ocean, outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japan Ministry of Defense)
North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan on 4 October, according to neighbouring countries.
It is the first time that North Korea has fired a missile over Japan since 2017. Data also show that the missile flew farther than any other IRBM launched by Pyongyang. The range and characteristics of the missile suggest the missile could have been a Hwaseong-12 IRBM.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said it assessed that the IRBM travelled 4,500 km at an apogee of about 970 km. It said its top speed was Mach 17. The JCS said the IRBM was launched from Mupyong-ni in North Korea's northwest Jagang province at around 0720 h local time and “flew past Japan”.
Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) said a “single ballistic missile” passed over the country's northernmost Aomori prefecture.
Thailand's D11A, the prototype of which is pictured above, is a local version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS). (Janes/Jon Grevatt)
Thailand's Defense Technology Institute (DTI) has started trials of a locally produced version of Elbit Systems' multicalibre Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS).
The DTI said on 27 September 2022 that trials of the prototype platform – named the D11A Multi-Purpose Rocket and Missile Launcher – took place recently at the Royal Thai Army's (RTA's) artillery firing range in Lopburi, central Thailand.
The DTI, the Ministry of Defence's research and development arm, said initial trials were focused on testing the D11A's performance and stability, and its ability to meet the Thai armed forces' “tactical requirements”.
It added that the results of the tests will inform continued research and development of the platform.
understands that this work has mainly been focused on the integration of Elbit Systems' rocket launcher on a 6×6 10-tonne Tatra truck from the Czech Republic.
The D11A prototype was unveiled by the DTI at the Defense and Security 2022 exhibition held in Bangkok in August.
Yemeni rebels unveil new missiles in largest parade to date
26 September 2022
by Jeremy Binnie
One of the Falaq ballistic missiles that were displayed during the parade. (Ansar Allah)
The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) unveiled several new weapon systems, many of them seemingly of Iranian origin, during a parade in Sanaa on 21 September.
Three ballistic missiles labelled as the Falaq were displayed that looked similar to a version of Iran's Qiam liquid-fuel ballistic missile that has fins on its re-entry vehicle. The ballistic missiles that Ansar Allah refers to as the Burkan-2H and Zulfiqar have earlier been identified as Qiams that have been modified to extend their range, although both have fins at the base of their rocket motors, unlike the original Iranian missile.
The parade included three other new missile types that all appeared to be members of Iran's Fateh-110 family of solid-propellant tactical ballistic missiles. Ansar Allah's Ministry of Defence (MoD) released a video that gave specifications for the Karar similar to those attributed to the standard Fateh-110: a length of 9 m, a diameter of 60 cm, a range of 300 km, and a payload of 500 kg.