A multicopter armed with the Smash Dragon system. (Smart Shooter)
Israeli company Smart Shooter unveiled on 10 January its Smash Dragon system, which enables small multicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to be armed with infantry weapons, saying it has completed live-fire tests and is in an advanced stage of development.
The Smash Dragon consists of a mount that it attached to the underside of the multicopter to carry the weapon, which can be various types of assault rifle, sniper rifle, or 40 mm grenade launcher. A version of the company's Smash fire-control system is fitted to the top of the weapon like a standard sight, the difference being that its view is transmitted back to the UAV's operator.
The Smash family incorporates target-acquisition and -tracking algorithms, as well as augmented-reality displays that tell operators where to aim to hit the designated target.
“Extremely lightweight and therefore allowing long mission endurance, Smash Dragon integrates a unique stabilisation concept with the Smash technology that enables the system to accurately hit static and moving targets while flying,” the company said in a press release.
USAF delays ARRW production decision, eyes revamped test plan
20 January 2022
by Ashley Roque
An artist's rendering of the AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon. The US Air Force has decided to delay making a production decision after a trio of failed booster flight tests in 2021. (Lockheed Martin )
US Air Force (USAF) leaders are postponing making an AGM-183A Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) production decision following three failed booster flight tests with the hypersonic weapon prototype in 2021, the service told
“The ARRW procurement plan has not changed from the fiscal year (FY) 2022 president's budget request. However, the production contract award has been delayed as the team resolves the current launch abort,” a USAF spokesperson wrote in a 19 January statement. “The production decision remains event-driven and will occur after operational utility is demonstrated with a successful all-up-round test flight and a successful production readiness review.”
British Army personnel from 3rd UK Division live-firing the NLAW. An unspecified number of these anti-tank weapons have been delivered to Ukraine. (Janes/Patrick Allen)
A batch of Next-generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAWs) has been delivered to Ukraine by the United Kingdom in its first transfer of lethal defence equipment to the country.
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced the delivery in a statement to Parliament on 17 January. He said a UK team would be despatched to Ukraine to train its armed forces in operating the new weapons. No details of the number of weapons involved was given by Wallace and the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) declined to provide
with further details.
A senior MoD source confirmed to
on 18 January that deliveries were under way, with the UK Royal Air Force's Boeing C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft carrying the weapons to Kyiv on 17 and 18 January across three flights. A training team of between 10 and 20 British Army soldiers accompanied the missiles, which the source identified as NLAWs.
Houthis claim long-range cruise missile attack on UAE
18 January 2022
by Jeremy Binnie
The Quds ground-launched cruise missile was unveiled on 7 July 2019. (Ansar Allah)
The Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthis) implied a significant increase in the range of its Quds cruise missile when it claimed the type was used to attack Abu Dhabi on 17 January.
Yahya Saree, the group's spokesman, announced on the following day that four Quds-2 cruise missiles were launched against Abu Dhabi's Musaffah oil refinery and airport, a Zulfiqar ballistic missile had targeted Dubai airport, and Samad-3 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) were used against unidentified “sensitive and important” targets.
He warned that the group was prepared to launch more attacks against a wider range of targets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to the escalating fighting in Yemen.
The UAE confirmed the attack took place but did not provide details of what weapons had been used and if any had been intercepted by its air defences.
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