US hypersonic missiles can strike within six inches of a target after traveling thousands of miles at Mach 5 or faster, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said. Speaking at a conference of the US Association of the Army on Tuesday, McCarthy referred to a March 19 test of the missile, which was fired from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii. It flew at hypersonic speed, defined as five or more times the speed of sound, before striking its “designated impact point,” the Army said. The test reportedly demonstrated that the weapon, which consists of a warhead, guidance system and thermal protection, can fly five times the speed of sound, maneuver in varying flight paths and azimuths to avoid detection before striking its target.

The first Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to be upgraded to the UH-60V standard has been released into service by the US Army. The milestone was announced by the service on October 9. It was marked by a release ceremony held at Corpus Christi Army Depot in Texas, and came some six months after the US Army completed its initial operational test and evaluation for the configuration in April. Redstone Defense Systems is the lead contractor for the effort, which involves replacing the analogue avionics of the UH-60L (itself an upgraded UH-60A) with a digital set up provided by Northrop Grumman. The work is done in partnership with the US Army Prototype Integration Facility.

Middle East & Africa

The Senate remains skeptical of the F-35 Sale to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). According to „Military Times“, two key democrats accuse President Donald Trump of rushing a deal for political advantage instead of thinking through potentially dire national security implications. The letter Friday to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Jack Reed, D-R.I., is another sign that the sale might be slowing down. The duo questioned whether such a deal with Abu Dhabi, which has security ties to Russia and China, would compromise the F-35, an advanced and sophisticated stealth warplane, and whether such a sale would set off a Middle Eastern arms race in which Iran seeks advanced warplanes from Russia and China. At the end of September, a State Department Official had raised questions over the F-35 sale to the UAE. Asked about reports of the deal, the undersecretary of State for political affairs David Hale told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee there are talks ongoing about the UAE’s “security needs,” adding he was not aware if UAE had submitted a letter of request, a move needed to formally kick off the arms sale process in Washington.


The third of nine P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has arrived in Scotland from the United States. Nine Poseidon MRA1 aircraft have been ordered, the first of which landed on British soil for the first time in February 2020. The latest Poseidon touched down October 14 at a hangar facility and runway at Lossiemouth. The hangar facility – a joint investment by Boeing and the MOD – was designed and built by Boeing and its construction partner Robertson, headquartered in nearby Elgin. Over 300 people were employed on site at the project’s peak.


Japan unveiled its newest class of submarine, ceremonially launching the attack submarine Taigei. The diesel-electric-powered vessel is equipped with lithium-ion batteries, currently used only by Japanese submarines, for longer underwater travel. At 275 feet in length and weighing 3,000 tons, Taigei, a name that means Big Whale in Japanese, was built and launched at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard in Kobe at a cost of $720 million. The vessel, which will carry a crew of 70 and was designed for stealth capability, is scheduled for service in March 2022.

South Korea has taken delivery of its fourth and final RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned air vehicle last month. This was disclosed by Kim Jin-pyo, a member of the Democratic Party of Korea. The first UAV was reported to have arrived at Sacheon Air Base in South Gyeongsang Province on December 23, 2019. A few months later, on April 19, Harry Harris, the US ambassador to South Korea, released an image showing the second UAV alongside the first one in a hangar at an undisclosed location. The RoKAF is believed to be operating the platforms from Sacheon Air Base as part of a recently established reconnaissance squadron.

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