Missiles & Rockets

Russian 3M22 Zircon (also spelled Tsirkon) 6670-MPH Scramjet Hypersonic Glide Vehicle/Missile Goes into Mass Production: Can the US Defend Against It?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit(s): TASS (Russian News Agency) November 29, 2021 As if the latest Chicom hypersonic glide-vehicle/missile threat isn’t enough of a problem for us, the Russians have been busy little beavers as well, and have just started mass producing their 6670-mph 3M22 Zircon (also spelled Tsirkon) scramjet hypersonic thermonuclear missile/glide vehicle, and …

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Chinese Military Conducts Low-Orbit Thermonuclear-Capable Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV)/Missile Test in Space, Stunning US Intelligence Community

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Twitter, and Xinhua/Wang Jiangbo October 17, 2021 As if we didn’t already have enough bad news coming out of China, it’s being reported that they just conducted a low-orbit thermonuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV)/missile test in space, catching the “geniuses” in our (US) intelligence services by surprise. The new weapon …

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Dynetics’ Enduring Shield Beats Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (RADS)/Raytheon Missiles & Defense’s Improved Iron Dome Missile Defense System in 3-Shot Slugfest

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: Dynetics September 29, 2021 This one’s interesting, and a biggie. A company called Dynetics ( a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos) has beaten out Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (RADS) and Raytheon Missiles & Defense for the US Army’s Indirect Fire Protection Capability, a fancy name for a missile defense system. …

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Sukhoi Su-57 Felon ‘Raptorsky’ 5th-Gen Low-Observable/Stealth Air-Superiority/Multi-Role Fighter Jet Aircraft Goes Live: Is it Really a Raptor Killer?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: The Russians, and The Aviationist December 31, 2020 Last updated on 1/01/21. Six days ago, RT posted an interesting video (see first/top embedded video below) on the Sukhoi Su-57 Felon “Raptorsky” 5th-generation low-observable/stealth air-superiority/multi-role fighter jet aircraft going into serial production, so DefenseReview (DR) thought it would be nice to …

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Did Soleimani get JAGM’ed? A Little Follow-Up on the Joint-Air-To-Ground Missile, Precision-Guided Goodness

By David Crane defrev (at) gmail (dot) com Photo Credit: Title Image: Lockheed Martin via Defense News January 6, 2020 Last updated on 1/09/20. Well, this year (2020) certainly started off with a very big bang (or several bangs, perhaps), when a US General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper/Predator B weaponized drone/UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) sent what may have been multiple Lockheed …

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Russian Avangard Hypersonic Glide Vehicle Flies at Mach 27, and Can Make ‘Sharp Maneuvers’ around Opponent’s Defenses, according to Claims

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Russian Ministry of Defence December 30, 2019 Well, this one’s gonna’ be a tough one to deal with, assuming it works as advertised, of course. DefenseReview’s been writing about Russian and Chinese hypersonic missile tech for quite some time now (see “Related Articles” below), but Russia’s latest one, the Avangard …

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Russian RS-28 Sarmat Satan 2 ‘Super-Nuke’ and ‘object 4202’ Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV): Russia Getting Ready for for World War III (WWIII)?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Photo(s) Credit: Unknown October 28, 2016 Last updated on 10/28/16. As if Russian hyper-range anti-materiel/sniper rifles aren’t enough to worry about, the Russians are also simultaneously developing a “super-nuke” nuclear ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) called the RS-28 Sarmat Satan 2 AND a nuclear-capable hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) called “object 4202“. Satan 2 …

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Russian Yu-71 Hypersonic Attack Aircraft (HAA)/’Nuke Glider’ and Yu-74 Ultra-Maneuverable Hypersonic Glide Vehicle (HGV) Nuclear Attack Threats: Can We Defend Against Them?

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image Credit: Sputnik News June 18, 2016 DefenseReview (DR) has been following both U.S. and Chinese hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) technology for awhile now, so the new Russian Yu-71 Hypersonic Attack Aircraft (HAA)/”nuclear glider” (or, “nuke glider”) and Yu-74 ultra-maneuverable HGV don’t exactly come as a surprise to us. They’re expected, particularly …

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Chinese YJ-18 (YingJi-18) Low-Flying Subsonic-to-Supersonic Anti-Ship Cruise Missile (ASCM): Aircraft Carrier Killer Going Operational

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com Image(s) Credit: qianzhan.com and wantchinatimes.com October, 30, 2015 As if the Chinese DF-21D ASBM (Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile), WU-14 HGV (Hypersonic Glide Vehicle) and developmental supercavitating, supersonic submarine weren’t already enough to contend with in the future, the U.S. Navy will now have to contend with the Chinese YJ-18 (YingJi-18) missile, a submarine …

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Thales Defense TDA Armaments Induction Laser Guided Rocket/Sub-Metric Precision Rocket (ILGR/SMPR) Wireless 2.75″/70mm Precision-Guided Rocket with ACULEUS LG Warhead for Special Operations Forces (SOF) Precision Strike and Kill Missions

By David Crane david (at) defensereview (dot) com July 7, 2015 Last updated on 7/19/15. Thales Defense subsidiary TDA Armaments SAS appears to have designed and developed one hell of a 2.75″ (2.75-inch)/70mm wireless laser-guded rocket called the Induction Laser Guided Rocket (ILGR), also known as the Sub-Metric Precision Rocket (SMPR), or Roquette à Précision Métrique (RPM) in French. DefenseReview …

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