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British Royal Navy test fires Sea Ceptor missile
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017

Lockheed completes intitial design of helicopter-mounted missile jammers
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017 - The Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare system for MH-60 Seahawk helicopters has completed its Preliminary Design Review, according to Lockheed Martin.

The AEOW AMP AN/ALQ-248 is designed to work independently or with shipboard systems like the SEWIP Block 2 AN/SLQ-32(V)6 to detect incoming anti-ship missiles and determine their targets. It then uses radio-frequency electronic warfare jammers to attempt to divert the missile.

"The battlefield at sea is constantly changing," electronic warfare program director Joe Ottaviano said in a press release. "Our Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare capabilities will give the U.S. Navy a powerful tool to detect threats and respond to our adversaries."

The U.S. Navy last year awarded Lockheed Martin a $42 million contract for system design and development. The company said it expects to be awarded a contract to begin construction of the system early next year, with its subsidiary Sikorsky expected to oversee the integration of the system into MH-60 helicopters.

The British Royal Navy has conducted its first firings of the new Sea Ceptor air defense system which will help defend the country's new aircraft carriers, the English Ministry of Defense announced on Monday.

The missile, capable of destroying an enemy missile that is traveling at supersonic speed, was fired off the coast of Scotland by HMS Argyll, a Type 23 frigate.

"Sea Ceptor will protect our interests against threats both known and unknown," Harriett Baldwin, England's Minister for Defense Procurement, said in a press release. "It will launch from the Royal Navy's new Type 26 frigates as they keep our nuclear deterrent submarines and the UK's two new aircraft carriers safe on operations around the globe."

The Sea Ceptor is made by MBDA. It is the company's next-generation Common Anti-air Modular Missile and will replace the Sea Wolf weapon system on the Type 23 frigates. It is also slated for new Type 26 frigates.

The Ministry of Defense said HMS Argyll will conduct additional firing trials of the missile before the frigate deploys to Japan next year.

Iran tests home-grown air defence system: official
Tehran (AFP) Sept 3, 2017
Iran has tested its home-grown air defence system, designed to match the Russian S-300, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' air defence has said. "In parallel with the deployment of the S-300, work on Bavar-373 system is underway," Farzad Esmaili told state broadcaster IRIB late Saturday. "The system is made completely in Iran and some of its parts are different from the S-300. All of ... read more

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