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IDEX 2023: Black Sky tests long-range missile

The Cyclone missile, seen here from the test, has a length of 3.7 m and a diameter of 0.229 m. The missile is designed to train soldiers regarding the usage of long-range strike capability. (BSA)

The Australian rocket company Black Sky Aerospace (BSA) has successfully launched a prototype of a long-range missile known as TM229 Cyclone, the company announced at IDEX 2023, being held in Abu Dhabi from 20 to 24 February.

According to BSA, the Cyclone has a length of 3.7 m and a diameter of 0.229 m. It is a training missile and was fired remotely in Queensland from a custom weapon pod, which was mounted on the back of an ex-army truck.

BSA CEO Blake Nikolic said that the missile test was the next step in a development that had taken just six months to go from idea to this latest launch.

“BSA is developing, refining, and perfecting its capabilities to respond to the government announcements on Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance (GWEO), so there are local options available to produce these vital defence capabilities,” Nikolic said.

“As the first firing, this was about testing the system, the launch, and the design of the missile, and we were able to gather valuable data for future launches,” he added.

Nikolic said that the hardware, launch pod, avionics, propellant, rocket motor, and nozzle of the missile are indigenously manufactured.

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