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Watch: Rafael test-launches missile from light vehicle in Israel

Feb. 7 (UPI) — Israel’s defense contractor, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, has released video of a test of precision-guided SPIKE NLOS missiles launched from a Tomcar light-vehicle launcher. The missiles, known in Israel as Tamuz 5, were fired from a new lightweight buggy that features eight missiles and can be mounted on light SUVs, Army Technology reported. The launch platform ...

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U.S. Army to purchase Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system

Feb. 6 (UPI) — The U.S. Army will purchase Israeli-made and battle-tested Iron Dome missile defense system, it announced on Wednesday. The system is meant to protect soldiers from indirect-fire battlefield threats by intercepting and destroying incoming missiles, rockets and other artillery. Developed by Israel’s state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries, the system has been a part ...

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Ford-class Ship Self Defense System undergoes first live test

Feb. 5 (UPI) — Raytheon and the U.S. Navy completed the first test of the Ship Self Defense System Integrated Combat System aboard the first of the new class of aircraft carriers, the USS Gerald R. Ford. The newest generation of Raytheon’s Ship Self Defense System successfully engaged in its first live-fire test of an unmanned aerial vehicle target off ...

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Air Force names first female flight commander for F-16 Viper team

Feb. 4 (UPI) — Capt. Zoe “SiS” Kotnik has been named the first female commander of a single-aircraft demonstration team, the F-16 Viper Demo Team. She will lead a team of 17 airmen flying F-16V Vipers, the latest variant of the Fighting Falcon, at 20 airshows this year performing precision aerial maneuvers. That includes overseeing maintenance actions performed on three ...

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Navy commissions submarine USS South Dakota

Feb. 2 (UPI) — The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest fast attack submarine, the USS South Dakota, on Saturday in Groton, Conn. Sen. Mike Rounds and Gov. Kristi Noem headed a delegation from South Dakota at the event. Also on hand was Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who represents the state where the $2.6 billion sub was built and its home ...

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