CAMM-ER Completes Trials

SHAH ALAM: CAMM-ER complete trials. MBDA has successfully completed a firing of the CAMM-ER air defence missile against a manoeuvring target, confirming the excellent capability of the CAMM family system. The trial took place at an Italian firing range.

From MBDA:

CAMM-ER is the extended range member of the new-generation CAMM air defence family of systems.
All members of the CAMM family share the same cutting-edge active radar seeker and soft-launch system, with CAMM-ER featuring a larger rocket motor designed by AVIO to provide extended range out beyond 40 km. CAMM-ER was designed to replace the Aspide munition in the Medium Advanced Air Defence System (MAADS) of the Italian Air Force and the GRIFO air defence system of the Italian Army. CAMM-ER is the missile that will be used in the Albatros NG system, which provides an optimized naval based air defence (NBAD) solution to enhance the defence capabilities of naval fleets.

MBDA CAMM-ER firing. MBDA

In other news, the US State Department announced that it has given the approval for the Foreign Military Sale of 10 F-16 Block 70/72and two F-16 Block 70/72 fighter jets for $2.43 billion and their related equipment and ordnance including AMRAAMs to the Philippines.

A USAF F-16C Fighting Falcon assigned to the 85th Test Evaluation Squadron shoots an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile, or AMRAAM over testing ranges near Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 19, 2019. USAF picture

The Philippines is also approved for the sale of AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II and AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Air Launched Block II Missiles to arm the F-16s.

Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 fighters. Lockheed Martin

Do note that approval for FMS does not mean that the sale has take place. The Philippines is must be said is weighing the purchase of up to 15 Saab Gripen C/D fighters instead of the Vipers as they were supposed to be cheaper.

RTAF Saab Gripen C taking off for its display at LIMA 17

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines of F-16 Block 70/72 Aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.43 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

A screengrab of the AIM-9X after it was fired from a RMAF Hornet.

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines of AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II Tactical Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $42.4 million.The Government of the Philippines has requested to buy twenty-four (24) AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles; twenty-four (24) AIM-9X Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs); six (6) Tactical Guidance Units; and ten (10) Captive Air Training Missile (CATM) Guidance Units

RMAF Hornet M45-08 fitted with appears to be live AGM-84A Harpoon and Maverick missiles.

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Philippines of AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Air Launched Block II Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $120 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

US Navy ordnancemen fitting Harpoon missiles on a P-3 Orion MPA. US Navy.

The Government of the Philippines has requested to buy twelve (12) AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II air launched missiles; and two (2) ATM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II Exercise missiles.


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