Russia looking for replacement for “troubled” Pantsir air defense system

Pantsir S-1 Missile


The Russian Armed Forces are looking more advanced and cost-effectivity air defense system to replace “troubled” Pantsir (SA-22 according to the NATO designation) anti-aircraft defense system.

According to sources in the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Russian Army and Navy are dissatisfied with Pantsir complex and looking on absolute new air defense systems. For the army, the Pantsir air defense system proved too heavy, complex and not effective to protect against most of the potential threats. To protect the ships in the coastal zone and in harbors, the naval version of Pantsir has also become too expensive and not very effective.

Boeing receives $10M in support of Harpoon missile production for Saudi Arabia

Harpoon Missile History


U.S. aerospace manufacturer Boeing is awarded a $10,8 million modification to a previously awarded contract in support of Harpoon missile production for Saudi Arabia, said the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday.

According to a Department of Defense statement, this modification provides for obsolescence redesign efforts in support of the production and delivery of AGM-84 Harpoon Block II Missiles for the government of Saudi Arabia.

The Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security).

US develops secret "Ninja Bomb" R9X Blade Missile

Ninja Bomb


The US apparently has a unique approach to minimizing bystander casualties from drone strikes: replace the warhead with old-fashioned knives. The Wall Street Journal has learned that both the CIA and the Pentagon have been using a variant of the Hellfire air-to-ground missile, the R9X (aka "Ninja bomb"), that deploys six blades moments before impact to cut through virtually anything in its path, including buildings and cars. The idea is to take out a terrorist leader or a similarly prominent target without risking the lives of nearby civilians.

The Department of Defense has reportedly only used the knife-wielding missile "about a half-dozen times," according to the WSJ. The CIA reportedly used one to take out an al-Qaeda second-in-command, Ahmad Hasan Abu Khayr al-Masri, in February 2017. The Defense Department, meanwhile, was said to have used one in January 2019 to take down alleged USS Cole bombing mastermind Jamal al-Badawi. There's evidence to support the R9X's use -- evidence of the al-Masri strike shows a hole torn into the roof of his car, but no signs of an explosion.

US Navy Will Make Its Next Fighter Without the Air Force


The U.S. Navy’s next fighter will be designed exclusively for naval service and without cooperation that will result in variants for other services. The unnamed fighter, tentatively named F/A-XX, will replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet strike fighter on the decks of navy carriers sometime in the 2030s.

Flightglobal, reporting from the Navy League Sea-Air-Space conference in National Harbor, Maryland, states the navy has decided it has different priorities than the U.S. Air Force. Angie Knappenberger, USN deputy director of air warfare, told reporters that the Navy does not plan on using the fighter to penetrate enemy airspace, a key requirement for the U.S. Air Force’s Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) jet.