First flight of European launcher Ariane 6 postponed until 2024

The first flight of Europe’s new medium/heavy launch vehicle, Ariane 6, has been postponed again. Now it will take place in 2024. The head of the European Space Agency, Josef Aschbacher, said this in a comment to Reuters. Part of the Ariane 6 test, which was scheduled for July 18, ... Read more

Now it’s official: some of the Kh-55 missiles with which Russia fires at Ukraine were Ukrainian

“Skhemy” reporters (“Radio Liberty”) found official evidence of what was clear a year ago – Russia is shelling Ukraine with Kh-55 cruise missiles, which were transferred to Moscow as part of an agreement between the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers and the Russian government in 1999 in exchange for repayment debts ... Read more

The launch of the last Antares launch vehicle, developed with the participation of Ukrainians, took place

On August 2, 2023, at 3:31 a.m. Kyiv time, the Antares launch vehicle was successfully launched from the launch pad of the Space Flight Center on Wallops Island (Virginia, USA). The rocket launched an Orbital Sciences Corporation / Northrop Grumman Space Systems Cygnus automated supply ship into orbit with supplies ... Read more

Kemankes – a miniature cruise missile from the Turkish Baykar Technology

Baykar Technology, manufacturer of attack and reconnaissance UAVs Bayraktar TB2, Bayraktar Akinci and Bayraktar Kızılelma conducted a test of miniature cruise missile Kemankes of its own production. The missile was launched from the Bayraktar TB2 UAV. The miniature intelligent cruise missile Kemankes was presented in April 2023. It is really ... Read more

RAFAEL Sky Sonic – an Israeli missile defense system for intercepting hypersonic missiles

Israel Defense Corporation Rafael Advanced Defense Systems told about the development of the RAFAEL Sky Sonic missile defense system, which is designed to intercept hypersonic missiles. The system will be demonstrated for the first time at the 2023 Paris Air Show in Le Bourge, which will take place on June ... Read more

Iran claims to have developed a hypersonic Fattah missile

The Iranian military presented a supposedly hypersonic missile of its own production – Fattah (“Conqueror”). This is reported by The Guardian with reference to the Iranian news agency IRNA. It is stated that the missile has a range of 1,400 km, can accelerate to a speed of Mach 15, and ... Read more

Another example of excellent work of the air defense of the AFU: 37 cruise missiles and 29 attack UAVs were destroyed [plus 11 cruise and ballistic missiles in the morning]

Another night of air defense in Ukraine. The Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine notifies that on the night of May 29, 2023 during another combined attack by Russian terrorists, 37 Kh-101/Kh-555 cruise missiles, 29 Shahed-136/131 strike UAVs and 1 operational-tactical reconnaissance UAV were destroyed. The attack ... Read more

6 Kinzhals, 9 Kalibrs, 3 ballistic missiles and a bunch of UAVs. Impressive work of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine

The nighttime missile attack by russian terrorists on May 16, 2023 was the densest and most comprehensive since the beginning of the full-scale invasion. So many missiles and UAVs in one place at one time have not yet been destroyed by the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. ... Read more

Great Britain supplied Ukraine with Storm Shadow / SCALP-EG cruise missiles with a range of 250-560 km [UPDATE]

Great Britain supplied Ukraine with Storm Shadow / SCALP-EG cruise missiles, which will give the Armed Forces of Ukraine the opportunity to deliver powerful strikes at a long range. This was reported by CNN, citing several high-ranking Western officials. “Great Britain has previously stated that it will supply long-range weapons ... Read more

Now official: the Ukrainian air defense shot down the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal ballistic missile

After yesterday’s uncertainty and refusal of the Ukrainian Air Force Command to comment, this morning, the Commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Lieutenant General Mykola Oleschuk confirmed the downing of a Russian X-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched hypersonic ballistic missile over Kyiv on May 4, 2023. We join the congratulations of Mr. ... Read more

Ukrainian air defense maybe shot down the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal ballistic missile [UPDATED]

According to Defense Express, on the night of May 4, 2023 Ukrainian Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down the vaunted Russian Kinzhal over Kyiv. Defense Express received from its own sources a photo of the wreckage of the missile that fell on the stadium within the ... Read more

Planet Earth rockets

Preparations for the launch of SpaceX Starship are a good opportunity to recall all the other rockets that mankind has launched into outer space over the past 80 years. We will remind you that the first artificial object was launched into space not on October 4, 1957, but 13 years ... Read more

SpaceX will try to launch Starship: where and when to watch the historic flight test

Over the weekend, SpaceX completed final preparations for the Starship reusable space launch system and its Super Heavy first stage, readying them for their historic first flight test. On Saturday, a flight cancellation system was installed on them again, which will work if the rocket deviates from the intended course. ... Read more

Long March 9: China begins construction of a launch vehicle larger than SpaceX’s Starship

Judging by the photos shown during a presentation at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology by the chief designer of the Long March family launch system rockets, Dr. Long Lehao, China began the construction of the first prototype of the Long March 9 rocket, which should deliver taikonauts to ... Read more

SCALP-EG / Storm Shadow – a British cruise missile for the Armed Forces of Ukraine

During President Zelenskyy’s visit to Great Britain, not only training of Ukrainian pilots (it seems to have already been confirmed that it will be the Eurofighter Typhoon), but also possible deliveries of long-range missiles to Ukraine were discussed. The Times believes these will be Storm Shadow cruise missiles from Matra ... Read more

In 2022, North Korea carried out a record number of ballistic missiles test launches

Tiny, but armed to the teeth, North Korea carried out a record number of test launches of ballistic missiles in 2022 – about 80. This is more than all other countries in the world combined. This situation “slightly” worries the neighbors, especially Japan, because some of these missiles fall within ... Read more

The US Air Force conducted the first complex test of the AGM-183 ARRW hypersonic missile

On December 9, 2022, the US Air Force conducted the first complex test of the AGM-183 ARRW hypersonic missile, a competitor of the Russian Kinzhal and Zircons. This is reported in official press release of the Air Force dated December 12, 2022. The launch was carried out from aboard a ... Read more

Great Britain has confirmed the supply of Brimstone 2 missiles to Ukraine

As we already wrote, modern British Brimstone 2 missiles were spotted recently in Ukraine, and the Ministry of Defence of Great Britain confirmed it, posting a video of the shipment of such missiles for the Armed Forces of Ukraine. 🎬 As part of its aid package, the UK has provided ... Read more

Reuters: The US is considering giving Ukraine GLSDB bombs with a range of 150 km

The Pentagon is considering Boeing’s proposal to supply Ukraine with low-cost, small, precision-guided GLSDB bombs that would allow the Ukrainian military to strike deeper into Russia’s rear, as the West struggles to meet the demand for new weapons, reports Reuters. U.S. and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces ... Read more

How many missiles are left in Russia? Unfortunately, a lot

The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Oleksii Reznikov published detailed information about how many missiles remain in Russia and production of precision weapons since the beginning of a full-scale invasion. Unfortunately, the Russian terrorists still have enough of these weapons, and they somehow miraculously replenish their stocks despite the sanctions. ... Read more

Iran is preparing to transfer ballistic missiles and additional UAVs to Russia

According to information from many sources, including CNN and Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine in early November 2022 Russia is to receive additional UAVs and short-range ballistic missiles from Iran. This means at least 200 Shahed-136, Mohajer-6 and Arash-2 drones and an unspecified number of ... Read more

The South Korean military accidentally hit its own base with a missile during exercises

South Korea’s military accidentally hit its own air base with a missile during exercises on Tuesday, according to new reports of the Korea Times newspaper. The unfortunate incident caused a firestorm and sent the signal opposite to that South Korea and the United States are ready to respond to North ... Read more

Firefly Aerospace successfully launched an Alpha rocket into orbit for the first time

Firefly Aerospace’s Alpha rocket successfully reached orbit after launching from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base on Saturday. The launch was announced as a “100% mission success” in placing a payload of three satellites into orbit, making it “the first company to launch and reach orbit from US soil in only ... Read more

NASA’s Artemis 1 rocket launch delayed again, probably till November

The long-awaited launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket carrying the Artemis 1 mission has been postponed to mid-November after NASA abandoned its plans to launch on September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. The space agency has announced that it aims to launch Artemis 1 between November 12 and ... Read more

Raytheon outbid competitors Lockheed and Boeing in the hypersonic cruise missile tender

Raytheon Technologies beat out Lockheed Martin and Boeing in the race for a $1 billion contract to design, develop and manufacture a new hypersonic weapon for the US Air Force, the Pentagon said Thursday, writes Bloomberg. The “technical assignment” for Raytheon to create a hypersonic attack cruise missile (Hypersonic Attack ... Read more