World militaary update

Iranian two-stage SLV passes test launch
Iran has test fired a satellite launch vehicle (SLV) that could pave the way for the eventual firing of a ballistic missile with a range of up to 5,000 km. Iranian state media broadcast images of a 16 August firing of the Safir SLV from the Semnan space-research centre about 175 km west of the capital, Tehran


Lockheed Martin plans Sikorsky ARPDD development


Lockheed Martin is to develop a Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination (ARPDD) system. The ARPDD is an upgrade to the MH-60R’s current Telephonics AN/APS-147 multimode radar and is designed to offer anti-submarine protection for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Carrier Strike Groups. The AN/APS-147 is capable of detecting a periscope but, according to the navy, takes a skilled operator aboard the MH-60R to recognise it as such among other surface objects


US Navy agrees to buy third Zumwalt-class destroyer


The US Navy has agreed to buy a third Zumwalt-class (DDG 1000) destroyer in Fiscal Year 2009 (FY09), just four weeks after deciding to halt the advanced technology programme at two ships and divert funds into Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) destroyers. The decision was confirmed in a letter dated 18 August from Navy Secretary Donald Winter and Admiral Gary Roughead, the chief of Naval Operations, to Congressman Patrick Kennedy, whose Rhode Island constituency includes employers such as Raytheon and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center


NATO withdraws exercise invitation for Russian frigate


NATO has decided that a Krivak-class frigate of the Russian Federation Navy will not be allowed to participate in Operation ‘Active Endeavour’ (OAE) in the Mediterranean Sea. The 3,650-ton RFS Ladny is “not welcome” on the counterterrorism mission, NATO spokesperson Carmen Romero told Jane’s on 21 August






US rebuffs Israel’s request for aerial refuelling tankers


The United States has denied an Israeli request to procure new Boeing KC-767 aerial refuelling aircraft owing to fears they could be used in an Israeli strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, a senior Israeli defence source said. “The Pentagon made it clear that, within the current context of a potential strike on Iran, they will not sell us new aerial tankers,” the source told Jane’s on 17 August of the request made during the July visit to Washington by Defence Minister Ehud Barak







Indian MoD plans programme funding restructure


India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has agreed “in principle” to restructure the way in which defence programmes are funded so that the armed forces begin contributing 10 per cent to the cost of developing new weapon systems. The MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council, the body that approves the military’s capital acquisitions over a 15-year time-span and decides whether to import weapon systems or to develop them locally, has agreed to demands from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the services to invest in high-technology platform and system development projects





MDA expresses concern over 2,000 km-range Iranian missiles

US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Director Lieutenant General Henry ‘Trey’ Obering has claimed that Iran is working on an extended-range version of the Shahab-3 and a new 2,000 km medium-range ballistic missile, designated Ashura, at a 15 July press conference at the Pentagon. Unofficial reports in 2007 and early 2008 suggested that Ashura is a solid-propellant missile, probably of two-stage configuration










Source: Jane’s Defence Journal

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