Raytheon's new Pike guided-missile measures just 17 inches long, 1.5 inches wide and weighs less than 1.7 pounds. (Photo courtesy Raytheon) Caption: Raytheon’s new Pike laser-guided missile measures just 17 inches long, 1.5 inches wide and weighs less than 1.7 pounds. (Photo courtesy Raytheon)


Raytheon Co., the world’s largest missile maker, unveiled a new miniature laser-guided missile for Special Forces and infantry troops.

The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company displayed a model of the so-called Pike precision-guided munition on Monday at the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. [Continue reading…]

A Turkish Air Force F-16D Fighting Falcon lands during Anatolian Eagle 15, June 11, 2015, at 3rd Main Jet Base, Turkey. Turkey is hosting the two-week flying training exercise focused on improving interoperability and partnership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Eric Burks/Released)

Syrian jets and surface-to-air missile systems again locked onto Turkish F-16s, according to news reports.

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The USS Somerset docked in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2015, as part of Fleet Week. (Photo by Brendan McGarry/Military.com)

SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Navy teamed with civilian authorities to test how its ships could help provide humanitarian relief following a domestic emergency such as an earthquake, officials said.

As part of the 35th annual Fleet Week held this week in the city, the sea service conducted exercises that included driving emergency vehicles such as utility trucks onto the USS Somerset (LPD-25), the newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock in the fleet. [Continue reading…]

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Russia’s recent cruise missile strike in Syria — despite reports that some wayward munitions landed in Iran — demonstrates the country’s advances in developing the technology, an expert said.

“It’s still good news for the Russians because they have actually used these new cruise missiles in combat for the first time and demonstrated their capability,” Paul Schwartz, a senior associate in the Russia and Eurasia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in an interview with Military​.com.

“The fact that four of them went off track … does not negate to a major extent the fact that most of these seem to have hit their target,” he added. “It shows that the underlying technology seems to be sound.” [Continue reading…]

(Photo RT / YouTube / Russian Defence Ministry)

Russian warships have launched more than more than two dozen missiles at targets in Syria, according to a news report.

Four Russian naval vessels in the Caspian Sea launched a total of 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an article Wednesday from the Russian news organization RT.
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