The US Air Force (USAF) Future Hypersonics office in late August/early September exercised follow-on contract options with Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Technologies to mature a conventionally armed solid-rocket boosted, air-breathing, hypersonic air-launched cruise missile prototype to Preliminary Design Review stage for the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE) project.
Switchblade 300 fired from USV as part of US/UK sensor-to-shooter demo
21 October 2021
by Richard Scott
An AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile is fired from the UK's MADFOX USV during the NATO ‘REP(MUS) 21' exercise. (AeroVironment)
The US Navy (USN) and UK Royal Navy (RN) have successfully executed a maritime sensor-to-shooter (S2S) demonstration culminating in the firing of an AeroVironment Switchblade 300 tactical precision-guided missile from an experimental unmanned surface vessel (USV).
Russia to extend service life of UR-100N ‘Stiletto' ICBM to 2023
21 October 2021
by Samuel Cranny-Evans
The service life of Russia's UR-100N (SS-19 ‘Stiletto') intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is to be extended to 2023, NPO Mashinostroyenia general director Alexander Leonov told the RIA Novosti news agency on 18 October.
The last UR-100N missile was delivered to Soviet forces in 1985 with a guaranteed service life of 10 years, which Leonov said was repeatedly extended by checking the missile's fuel tanks, the condition of the liquid propellant, and the safety margins of the load-bearing structures.
Arnold Defense unveils ‘Trident' 2.75-inch rocket air launcher concept
20 October 2021
by Robin Hughes
The Arnold Defense ‘Trident' three-round launcher prototype concept demonstrator mounted on Moog Space and Defense Group's Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher. (Arnold Defense)
Arnold Defense has unveiled a three-round air launcher concept protoytpe for 2.75 inch/70 mm laser-guided rockets. Developed in partnership with Moog Space and Defense Group, the concept demonstrator – designated ‘Trident' – was unveiled at the AUSA 2021 exhibition in Washington, mounted on a Moog Lightweight Dual Rail Launcher.
Cryptocurrency and Terrorist Financing in the Middle East and North Africa
In this episode we discuss the use of various cryptocurrencies in terrorist financing in the Middle East and Africa.
Ahmed Buckley is an independent expert serving on the Analytical Support and Monitoring Team supporting the UN Security Counci...