US MDA plans to turn on Polish Aegis Ashore site in June, after years of delay

by Daniel Wasserbly

Aegis Ashore's four-storey deckhouse and launch tower provide a static home in Romania and Poland for the SPY-1D(V) radar, SM-3 missiles, and other systems derived from the US Navy's Aegis BMD ships. (MDA)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is planning for a 5 June ‘light-off' to turn on and test its long-delayed Aegis Ashore missile interceptor system in Poland, according to MDA Director Vice Admiral Jon Hill.

US Navy sailors are ‘aboard' the system in Poland and the radar arrays are up, and “full functional checks all through the system” will begin after 5 June, Vice Adm Hill said on 23 May at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Those checks and a series of certifications are to ultimately lead to official acceptance via the US chief of naval operations, US European Command, and NATO, so the timeline for the Aegis Ashore's actual operation is unclear, he said.

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Russia's Sarmat heavy ICBM to enter service at end of year

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Russia plans for its RS-28 Sarmat heavy ICBM (pictured), leaving a silo during its first test launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Oblast on 20 April, to begin combat duty at the end of this year. (Russian MoD)

Russia's first RS-28 Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will begin combat duty at the end of the year, Russian President Vladimir Putin told military university graduates he met in the Kremlin on 21 June.

The announcement came two months after the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Russian Federation reported the first test launch of the ICBM with a dummy warhead from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk Oblast on 20 April.

Armed with a multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV), Sarmat will replace the Voyevoda RS-20 ICBM, also known by its NATO designation SS-18 ‘Satan' Mod 5, which Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) plan to retain until the RS-28 is officially accepted into service.

Developed by State Rocket Center ‘Academician V P Makeyev', the three-stage Sarmat is produced by the Krasnoyarsk Machine-Building Plant (KrasMash), a subsidiary of Russian State Space Corporation Roscosmos.

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IWI details new ACE Sniper rifle

by Amael Kotlarski

IWI ACE Sniper 7.62 mm self-loading rifle. (IWI )

Israel Weapons Industry (IWI) representatives provided further details of the company's new ACE Sniper rifle at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition.

Announced in April, the ACE Sniper is the successor to the company's Galil Sniper SA self-loading sniper rifle. Based on the ACE-N 52, the ACE Sniper brings all the improved features of the ACE series over the Galil pattern rifles, including steel and polymer receiver; left-hand side cocking handle with spring-loaded dust cover; redesigned ambidextrous fire-selector levers; side-folding stock; and modern optics and accessory rail capability.

The ACE Sniper is a long-stroke gas piston-operated weapon, with a semi-automatic only mode of fire. It is fitted with a 584 mm long, heavy profile barrel, featuring a double baffle muzzle brake. The barrel features six grooves, with a right-hand turn every 241 mm.

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Eurosatory 2022: Lockheed Martin outlines the road ahead for Javelin

by Amael Kotlarski

FGM-148F launch tube assemblies on the production line. (Javelin Joint Venture)

Lockheed Martin representatives outlined the road map for the Javelin anti-armour weapon system at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.

Speaking to Janes , company representatives confirmed that missile production had completely switched over to the FGM-148F model, which was developed under the Spiral 2 missile improvement programme. Any new customers, or follow-on orders from existing customers, would now be receiving this missile model.

Produced by the Javelin Joint Venture (JJV), which consists of Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Missiles & Defense, the system entered service with the United States in 1996 and has received a number of updates since then, with further updates planned in the next few years.

The F-model is an evolution of the FGM-148E (Spiral 1), which was introduced in 2006 and saw its final improvement made in 2017 with the replacement of the missile's analog control and actuation system (CAS) with a single digital card. The F-model brought a new multi-purpose warhead (MPWH) to increase lethality against lightly armoured targets and personnel.

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