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Weapons Proliferation

      Modern Technology has made it possible for countries all over the world to possess the means for controlling their own populations and to threaten other nations with mass destruction. It no longer matters whether a nation is rich or poor, large or small, first world or third world. Almost anyone can make or purchase weapons that 50 years ago could not even be imagined.


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Britain begins assembly of new aircraft carrier in Scotland

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
London (UPI) Sep 11, 2014
The largest hull sections of Britain's second of two new aircraft carriers have been docked in Scotland, marking the beginning of the ship's assembly. The two hull sections - one weighing about 6,700 tons and one weighing at nearly 9,000 tons - were built by BAE Systems at company facilities in Portsmouth, England, and Glasgow, Scotland and are now in dry dock at Rosyth. "Every
 

U.S. military taps Northrop Grumman for new technology

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Linthicum, Md. (UPI) Sep 11, 2014
Wideband digital antenna technology for new radio frequency sensors using active electronically scanned arrays is to be developed by Northrop Grumman. The work was commissioned by the Microsystems Technology Office of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The Phase One contract for the Arrays on Commercial Timescales program is worth $11.9 million. The progra
 

Lockheed opens center for optical payload development in California

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Palo Alto, Calif. (UPI) Sep 11, 2014
Lockheed Martin has opened a digital technology center in California for the development of optical payloads for satellites, targeting systems and lasers. The Optical Payload Center of Excellence brings together various design teams and experts across the world from Lockheed Martin, its industry partners and leading research universities into one collaborative unit. "The Optical
 

ISIS is targeting Southeast Asia

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 11, 2014
IS isn't just targeting the Middle East and the US. It's aiming at Southeast Asia, too. Malaysian authorities recently stopped a major IS-influenced attack, and Indonesian and Philippine officials are scrambling to prevent their own growing flocks of IS-inspired terrorists from going on the rampage. IS is a global threat. The Philippines' Foreign Ministry says that 200 of its citizens h
 

Additional live-fire target systems ordered by U.S. Army

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Suwanee, Ga. (UPI) Sep 11, 2014
Targets for U.S. Army infantry and armored units have been ordered from Meggitt Training Systems for use at live-fire training ranges. The order, in support of the Army Targeting Systems program, was issued by the Army's TACOM Life Cycle Command. It carries a value of $17.7 million. "Meggitt's long-standing association with the ATS program coupled with the delivery of these new t
 

Indian Navy added a fifth P-8I to its maritime patrol fleet of aircraft

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Seattle (UPI) Sep 11, 2014
The Indian Navy received its fifth P-8I maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing, the company reported. The Poseidon, delivered under a 2009 order for eight aircraft, was configured to Indian Navy requirements and features Indian-built sub-systems. "The P-8I program is progressing on schedule, and the aircraft are providing the capabilities to meet our maritime reconnaissance and ant
 

US war on jihadists hinges on shoring up local forces

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2014
President Barack Obama's war on Islamic State jihadists could damage the militants without defeating them, while increasing the risk of America being sucked into Syria's hellish civil war, experts and former US officials say. The strategy unveiled by Obama in a national address Wednesday envisions local forces trained and armed by the West eventually defeating the well-organized militants in
 

China shows off new missile test on primetime television

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 11, 2014
China has unveiled its latest military hardware on primetime television, an advanced air defence system that reports said has a "high success rate" destroying incoming missiles and aircraft. The HongQi-10 (Reg Flag 10) surface-to-air missile was shown in the evening news bulletin Wednesday being fired from ships and land-based mobile launchers, and exploding in the sky on impact with its tar
 

India and China in wary dance as Xi visits South Asia

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 11, 2014
China's president will kick off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing's latest investment in Sri Lanka, a $1.4-billion port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track - all just 250 kilometres (150 miles) from India's coast. Xi Jinping's trip to the site, next to a major Chinese-funded commercial port, will provide a vivid reminder of Beijing's growing economic
 

Iran, European countries hold nuclear talks in Vienna

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Sept 11, 2014
Officials from Iran and Britain, France and Germany were due Thursday to hold nuclear talks in Vienna towards reaching a potentially historic accord by November. The three European countries form part of a six-nation group including the United States, Russia and China due to resume negotiations with Iran in New York on September 18. The closed-door discussions in the Austrian capital, an
 

Obama eyes air strikes in Syria, fixing Iraqi army

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2014
President Barack Obama will vow in a national address Wednesday to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist" in a sign he plans to attack the jihadists inside Syria for the first time. According to excerpts of his speech released by the White House, Obama will also pledge to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with "partner forces" on the ground in Syria and Ira
 

Most US strikes in Iraq focused on defending Mosul dam

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2014
The majority of US air strikes in Iraq over the past month have targeted jihadists in the country's north fighting for control of the strategic Mosul dam, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, citing a tally of the raids. Out of 154 American bombing raids conducted since August 8 in Iraq, 91 of them were aimed at Islamic State (IS) militants threatening the Mosul dam in the country's north, US
 

What if 9/11 had not happened?

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 10, 2014
This week marks the 13th anniversary of al Qaeda's September 11th attacks against America. Many of the consequences of those attacks and subsequent U.S. interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the global war on terror have been tragic. Chaos in Iraq has infected Syria. An Islamic State (IS) that combines the most evil and vile elements of radical Islam has staked claims to grea
 

Space Traffic Control Architecture

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Bethesda MD (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
The number of organizations using the near-Earth space environment for applications ranging from exploration to exploitation and national security is impressive and continues to grow. Safety is a prime concern for both equipment and personnel. For government operators, the control of risk is mandatory. For commercial operators, operational efficiency and favorable cost/benefit consideratio
 

Lockheed Martin to help in Aussie data processing system revamp

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:10:01 PMGo to full article
Kingston, Australia (UPI) Sep 10, 2014
Lockheed Martin Australia is to provide centralized data processing services to Australia's Department of Defense. The services, under a contract worth about $740 million, will consolidate infrastructure and applications and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of data center delivery, the department said. "Centralized processing will deliver a smaller number of more reliable
 

Russia to boost nuclear, space defence forces against US

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:58:50 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Sept 10, 2014
Russia will respond to the United States' "prompt global strike" programme designed to take out targets within an hour by upgrading its nuclear and space defence forces, its deputy prime minister said Wednesday. "Our response to the prompt global strike strategy is upgrading our strategic nuclear forces and resources - the strategic rocket forces and the naval ones - and also developing ai
 

More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:58:50 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 10, 2014
More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll revealed Wednesday, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles. A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.4 percent of Chinese envisage a future conflict, with more than a fifth of those saying it would happen "within a few years", while 29 percent of Japanese view military c
 

Israeli army launches 5 criminal probes over Gaza war

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:58:50 PMGo to full article
Tel Aviv (AFP) Sept 10, 2014
Israel's army has launched five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces during the Gaza war, a top legal official said on Wednesday, two weeks after a truce took hold. The United Nations and international rights groups have condemned Israel for numerous attacks which resulted in heavy civilian casualties, in a conflict that killed more than 2,140 Palestinians. The ar
 

What will the US-led war against jihadists look like?

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:58:50 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 11, 2014
President Barack Obama's vow to take the fight to jihadists in Syria and Iraq will expand a US-led air war already underway and likely require deploying more special forces to help local troops. This is a breakdown of current military operations and what a larger effort might entail: Strikes in Syria Bombing IS jihadists in Syria represents the biggest gamble in Obama's war plan. Wi
 

Israeli Navy awaits arrival of new submarine

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:58:50 PMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Sep 10, 2014
A new submarine from Germany is sailing toward Israel to join the Israeli Navy following crew training in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. The vessel is the INS Tanin, the fourth of six Dolphin-class submarines Israel ordered from German shipbuilder Howaldtswerke Deeutsche Werk and the first in an upgraded design. Upgrades include improved air-independent propulsion, and more mo
 

Vietnam accuses China of attacking fishermen

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:58:50 PMGo to full article
Hanoi (AFP) Sept 10, 2014
Hanoi has accused Chinese sailors of attacking a group of Vietnamese fishermen near a disputed island chain, the latest in a string of maritime spats between the communist neighbours. Vietnam's Foreign Ministry said the vessels were fishing in waters around the Paracel Islands - claimed by Vietnam but controlled by China - when they were attacked. They were stopped by Chinese sailors i
 

Chile military groups proudly claim 1973 coup

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:39:44 PMGo to full article
Santiago (AFP) Sept 10, 2014
Organizations of active and retired Chilean military personnel took out a newspaper advertisement Wednesday proudly claiming the 1973 coup that launched dictator Augusto Pinochet's 17-year rule. Published the day before the 41st anniversary of the coup, the letter said the overthrow of socialist president Salvador Allende set the South American country on the path to "security" and "progress
 

Mitsubishi Electric to Deliver Satellite to Qatari Operator

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:39:44 PMGo to full article
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has been awarded a contract to deliver the Es'hail 2 communications satellite to operator Qatar Satellite Company (Es'hailSat) in Doha. In-orbit delivery is scheduled for the end of 2016. Mitsubishi Electric is the first Japanese satellite manufacturer to enter the Arab commercial communications satellite market. With a more than 15-year design life, t
 

SpaceX launches AsiaSat 6 satellite

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:39:44 PMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral AFB FL (SPX) Sep 09, 2014
The 45th Space Wing supported Space Exploration Technologies' (SpaceX) successful launch of the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the AsiaSat 6 satellite here from Space Launch Complex 40 at 1 a.m. EDT Sept. 7. The Falcon 9 topped with the SpaceX fairing is 224.4 feet (68.4 meters) tall and 12 feet in diameter (the fairing is 17 feet in diameter). Its nine first-stage Merlin engines generate 1.3 mi
 

China launches remote sensing satellite

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:39:44 PMGo to full article
Taiyuan, China (XNA) Sep 09, 2014
China successfully launched the Yaogan-21 remote sensing satellite into preset orbit at 11:22 a.m. on Monday Beijing Time (0322 GMT) from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The carrier rocket, a Long March-4B, is also carrying the Tiantuo-2 satellite, designed and built by the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). Yaogan-21 will be used for scientific experiments, natural r
 

US Army Europe uses technology to conduct exercises with different nations

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Hohenfels, Germany (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
U.S. Army Europe uses its latest simulation technology to join two training exercises from different countries and allow commanders to view and control troop movements as though units from both exercises are operating in the same area. Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will appear to drop into Germany near Munich, which is just south of the main body of the Saber Junction exerci
 

FirstNet-related Tactical LTE Communications System at Urban Shield Exercise

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Oakland CA (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
At Urban Shield 2014, Mutualink, Sonim and Oceus will participate in a FirstNet-related deployment of an Enhanced System on Wheels (ESOW). The exercise will give public safety officials in northern California the opportunity to prepare for a coordinated, multi-agency, emergency response using advanced collaboration across LTE Band 14. During the Urban Shield exercise, officials from the No
 

Intelsat General Extends Contract to Provide Satellite Capacity to Forces in Afghanistan

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
Intelsat General has confirmed that it had received a one-year contract renewal for satellite capacity from DRS Technologies, one of several previously referenced renewals that were received in the 2014 third quarter under the Future Commercial Satellite Communications Acquisition (FCSA) vehicle. Under the contract, entering its third year, Intelsat General is supplying satellite services
 

Russian Defense Ministry Denies Reports that Its Satellite Exploded Above US

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 10, 2014
The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday denied media reports of a Russian military satellite that allegedly exploded above the United States. Earlier in the day, the American Meteor Society published more than 30 reports from alleged eyewitnesses, who claimed they observed a blast of Russia's Kosmos-2495 imaging reconnaissance satellite. "The Russian satellite group functions normall
 

Helicopter-Type UAVs May Appear in Russian Navy in One Year

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 10, 2014
Research and development company Radar MMS is waiting for the Russian Navy to place orders for its Breeze, a helicopter-type unmanned flying radar. "If the Navy wants, we are ready to supply it in one year," Sergey Ptitsyn, head of the company's department of electronic equipment development, said at a press conference at the international water and ship-based aviation exhibition Gidroavia
 

Penn study demonstrates wearable sensors to detect firearm use

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
University Park PA (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
A new study from the University of Pennsylvania demonstrates that wearable sensors could one day transform the correctional system by tracking gun use by community-based offenders, who account for a disproportionate share of fatal and non-fatal shootings. Currently, detecting and deterring this type of crime can be challenging in the absence of reliable evidence that a particular community
 

Armored Ground Vehicles Could Sprint, Dodge And Shield Their Way Out Of Danger

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
One of the key goals of DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) program is improving the survivability of ground-based armored fighting vehicles by increasing vehicle agility. Vehicle agility involves the ability to autonomously avoid incoming threats, either by rapidly moving out of the way or reconfiguring the vehicle so incoming threats have a low probability of hitting and penetrat
 

IBC Engineered Materials to Supply BeralCast Castings for F-35

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Wilmington MA (SPX) Sep 10, 2014
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp reports that its wholly owned US subsidiary, IBC Engineered Materials Corp., has been selected by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control to provide critical cast components for the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) on the F-35 Lightning II. The first component covered by this contract is an EOTS azimuth gimbal housing to be manufactured using Beralcast, the Comp
 

China's President Xi to visit India next week

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
China's President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to rival Asian giant India next week, officials said Tuesday, as Beijing sought to allay fears it is encircling its neighbour. The announcement came just a week after India's recently elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to take ties to a "new level" with Japan, a move seen as an attempt to shore up regional alliances to c
 

US, Russia to hold talks on 1987 arms control treaty

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
A US delegation heads to Moscow Thursday to discuss the 1987 arms control treaty with their Russian counterparts, with both sides accusing the other of violations. The United States has raised concerns over Moscow's development since 2008 of a new missile banned under the accord, while Russia wants the United States to abandon or limit its anti-missile shield plans in Europe, saying the proj
 

Software improvements to Tomahawk cruise missile demonstrated

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Sep 9, 2014
Raytheon reports that software improvements to the Tomahawk cruise missile have been validated in testing by the U.S. Navy. The first test involved the submarine USS Hampton firing a Tomahawk Block IV missile from its vertical capsule launch system. The missile first flew a pre-planned mission until directed to a new target by strike control personnel. In the second test, a Tomah
 

Obama tries to sell plan to defeat Islamic State

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
President Barack Obama stepped up his bid to convince Americans he has a plan to defeat the Islamic State, meeting top congressional leaders and scheduling a primetime speech for Wednesday. Obama will summon the symbolic weight of a televised address to the nation at 9:00 pm (0100 GMT Thursday), speaking from the ceremonial state floor of the White House. The speech will attempt to redre
 

Ukraine in NATO would be 'unprecedented challenge': Russia

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
Russia said emphatically on Tuesday it did not want Ukraine to become a NATO member, describing such a possibility as an "unprecedented challenge to European security". "Ukraine in NATO would be an unprecedented challenge to European security, the biggest since the collapse of the Berlin Wall," said Vladimir Chizhov, Russia's envoy to the European Union. Kiev announced its intentions to
 

Israel, US test upgraded Arrow 2 missile interceptor

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
Israel and the United States on Tuesday successfully conducted a joint test of an upgraded Arrow 2 ballistic missile interception system over the Mediterranean Sea, the defence ministry said. "An Arrow 2 missile was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned," the defence ministry said in a statement, with a spokesman confirming the system had been upgraded. The two countries
 

Arabs rally behind US efforts for anti-jihadist coalition

 
‎11 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:46:40 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
Arab nations rallied Tuesday behind US efforts to form a broad coalition against jihadists in Iraq and Syria as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the region to cement their support. Regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia is to host talks Thursday between Kerry and ministers from 10 Arab states and Turkey on joint action against the Islamic State group. The moves came as Britain announce
 

NATO pushes initiatives in face of Russian aggression

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Brussels (UPI) Sep 8, 2014
NATO leaders are aiming to strengthen alliance capabilities amid Russian aggression in the Ukraine and growing threats elsewhere that threaten Europe. First, leaders of the 28 member countries meeting in Wales last week resolved to maintain a continuous air, land, and sea presence in Eastern Europe - including the Baltics - on a rotational basis given Russian machinations in the regio
 

Turkey in talks with France over missile purchase: Erdogan

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Ankara (AFP) Sept 07, 2014
Turkey has resumed talks with France on purchasing a new missile system after negotiations on a controversial deal with a US-blacklisted Chinese company hit a rock, the Turkish president was reported Sunday as saying. "Some disagreements have emerged with China on the issues of joint production and technology transfer during negotiations over missile defence system," President Recep Tayyip E
 

CACI continues logistics support for Navy's LCS program

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Sep 8, 2014
Logistics and acquisition support services will continue to be provided for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ships program by CACI International Inc. The bridge contract is for a base period of performance of eight months, with two options of three months each. It carries a value of $44 million if the options are exercised. "With our ongoing support of the littoral combat ship pro
 

Government okays JLTV production facility

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Camden, Ark. (UPI) Sep 8, 2014
Lockheed Martin Team's production facility in Arkansas for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles has gotten a thumbs-up from the U.S. government. Approval for the plant came as a result of a government Production Readiness Review, a mandated and detailed evaluation of Lockheed Martin's JLTV production planning and readiness in terms of schedule, performance, cost and other criteria. "Our
 

India expects 'substantial' results from Xi visit

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) Sept 08, 2014
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Monday that India expected "substantial" results from Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to New Delhi later this month while classifying Beijing as a competitor. "Our relationship with China is of cooperation and competition," Swaraj told reporters in New Delhi. "The outcome of the visit will be substantial and solid." Although there wa
 

DHS facilities to feature Canadian access control solution

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Vancouver, British Columbia (UPI) Sep 8, 2014
Access control solutions for U.S. government facilities in Washington, D.C., and Ohio are being provided by Canada's Viscount Systems. The solution for the Department of Homeland Security - United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is called Freedom Access Control, an IT-centric system that eliminates the need for traditional access control panels. Viscount Systems says
 

Russian plane overflies Canadian ship in Black Sea

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Ottawa (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
A Russian military plane circled over a Canadian frigate on a NATO mission in the Black Sea, a maneuver Ottawa denounced Monday as "unnecessarily provocative." The Russian aircraft "did not in any way pose a threat to the Canadian ship," said Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson. However, "their actions were unnecessarily provocative and risk escalating tensions even further" in the r
 

Philippines' Aquino to seek Europe's help in China sea dispute

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) Sept 08, 2014
President Benigno Aquino will seek European support for Philippine efforts to resolve maritime territorial disputes with China during a week-long visit to EU nations including France and Germany, a foreign ministry official said Monday. Aquino will also raise his proposal to stop China from further escalating tensions in the strategically-vital South China Sea, assistant foreign secretary Ze
 

Officials expand space-tracking website

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (AFNS) Sep 04, 2014
Defense Department officials announced additions to its space situational awareness program's Space-Track.org website. In a recent telephone interview with DOD News, Maj. Gen. David D. Thompson, U.S. Strategic Command's director of plans and policy at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, said the release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help
 

Putin Approves Developing Super-Heavy Rockets With Up to 150-Ton Cargo Capacity

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 03, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the development of super-heavy rockets with a cargo capacity of up to 150 tons, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday. "I was told today that the president gave his preliminary approval to begin this work [on creating super-heavy rockets]. This means that after the development of the entire string of light-, mid-, and heavy-
 

Lockheed Martin-Built gps IIR/IIR-M satellites reach 200 years of combined operational life

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Denver CO (SPX) Sep 03, 2014
The U.S. Air Force's fleet of Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], have reached 200 collective years of operational life. These 20 satellites - about two thirds of the current GPS constellation - help deliver precise positioning, navigation and timing services to more than one billion global military, civilian and com
 

Control over Vostochny Cosmodrome Construction Handed Over to Russian Government

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 03, 2014
Roscosmos is going to hand over the reins of the construction of the Vostochny cosmodrome to the Russian government, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday. "The President supports my proposal with regard to improvement of the standards of the construction projects coordination. The President has been informed of the establishment of a coordinated center within the cosmo
 

NASA Completes Battery of Tests on Composite Cryotank

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Sep 04, 2014
NASA has completed a complex series of tests on one of the largest composite cryogenic fuel tanks ever manufactured, bringing the aerospace industry much closer to designing, building, and flying lightweight, composite tanks on rockets. "This is one of NASA's major technology accomplishments for 2014," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for Space Technology. "This i
 

Obama to host Security Council session September 24

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 09, 2014
President Barack Obama will lead a UN Security Council session on the threat of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria on September 24, a US official said Monday. Initially scheduled for the day after, the meeting will see the council debate a resolution to address the growing problem of foreign fighters. It will coincide with the annual United Nations General Assembly. "The date has cha
 

Brazil, Angola sign memo on patrol boats

 
‎09 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎06:34:16 PMGo to full article
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Sep 8, 2014
Brazil is to help Angola build its naval capability through the supply of naval patrol boats and the transfer of technology. The effort comes under a memorandum of understanding that was signed late last week in Brazil by the defense ministers of both countries. Under the deal, Brazil will supply Angola with seven patrol boats. Four will be produced in Brazil by the Brazilian Nav
 

Scottish independence may force UK nuclear deterrent rethink

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
London (AFP) Sept 06, 2014
Britain's future as a nuclear-armed nation could be thrown into doubt if Scotland votes for independence on September 18, experts say, raising serious questions about its future status in the international community. The UK's Trident nuclear submarines are currently based at Faslane naval base on a sea loch west of Glasgow surrounded by dramatic mountain scenery. But the Scottish Nationa
 

Syria raids on jihadist bastion kill 53, mostly civilians: NGO

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) Sept 06, 2014
Syrian air strikes against the northern jihadist bastion of Raqa on Saturday killed 53 people, a monitor said, updating an earlier toll and adding that at least 31 of the dead were civilians. "We have documented the deaths of 31 civilians, among them five women and three children, in Raqa and its surroundings," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman. Another
 

Japan PM travels to South Asia to offset China influence

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Dhaka (AFP) Sept 06, 2014
Japan's prime minister won Dhaka's support for Tokyo's bid for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council as he began a visit to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka aimed at offsetting China's mounting influence in South Asia. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Dhaka would withdraw its candidacy in favour of Tokyo in view of Japan's "continued and strong support in Bangladesh's developm
 

Six NATO countries start weapons initiative

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Brussels (UPI) Sep 5, 2014
Six NATO countries have launched a program for greater cooperation in the procurement and fielding of air-to-ground precision-guided weapons. The initiative was launched at the NATO Summit in Wales by Denmark - the lead actor in the initiative - the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Portugal and Spain. NATO said the project will focus on multi-national approaches toward
 

Mongolia balances between the dragon and the bear

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Ulan Bator (AFP) Sept 05, 2014
Mongolia was a Soviet satellite for decades but now fears economic domination by China, with this week's visit by Russia's Vladimir Putin, hard on the heels of Xi Jinping, highlighting its delicate balancing act, analysts say. Although dwarfed by its massive neighbours, landlocked Mongolia is still one of the world's 20 largest - though least densely populated - countries, its three millio
 

NKorea nuclear reactor may be operating again: UN watchdog

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Sept 05, 2014
North Korea's reactor at its main nuclear site, capable of giving the isolated regime plutonium for nuclear weapons, may be operational again, the UN atomic watchdog said in a report seen by AFP Friday. "Since late August 2013, the agency has observed, through analysis of satellite imagery, steam discharges and the outflow of cooling water" at the reactor at Yongbyon, the International Atomi
 

Chinese president's Pakistan visit postponed due to protests

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Islamabad (AFP) Sept 06, 2014
Pakistan's foreign ministry Saturday said Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit scheduled for this month had been postponed due to anti-government protests in Islamabad. Pakistani opposition groups on Wednesday resumed talks with the government in a bid to end the political crisis rocking the country, but remained in a stalemate over demands for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation
 

Bush-era memos: president can wiretap Americans at all times

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 06, 2014
The US Justice Department has released two memos detailing the Bush administration's legal justification for monitoring the phone calls and emails of Americans without a warrant. The documents, released late Friday, relate to a secret program dubbed Stellar Wind that began after the September 11, 2001 attacks. It allowed the National Security Agency to obtain communications data within
 

Obama calls on allies to defeat Islamic State

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Newport, United Kingdom (AFP) Sept 06, 2014
US President Barack Obama outlined plans on Friday for a broad international coalition to defeat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, but they received a cautious response from European allies. Speaking at a NATO summit, Obama said the United States would also try to involve Middle Eastern allies in a strategy to counter the jihadists, who have overrun large swathes of territory.
 

Italian shipbuilder hands over new vessel to Algerian Navy

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Trieste, Italy (UPI) Sep 5, 2014
Italy's Orizzonte Sistemi Navali has delivered a landing platform dock ship to the Navy of Algeria. The Kalaat Beni-Abbes, which will serve as the Algerian navy's flagship, was turned over to Algerian authorities on Thursday at the company shipyard in La Spezia. The ship is a derivative of the Italian navy's San Giusto-class of LPDs. It is about 460 feet long and displaces about
 

Singapore has full fleet of Alenia Aermacchi trainer planes

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Cazaux, France (UPI) Sep 5, 2014
Singapore has inaugurated its fleet of Alenia Aermacchi M-346 trainer jets used by its Air Force training squadron at a base in France. The aircraft replaces the A-4SE Super Skyhawk previously used by Singapore's 150 Squadron at Cazaux Air Base. "It (the new aircraft) allows our trainee pilots to be able to be exposed to air combat environments within the cockpit - they can be s
 

Rheinmetall in Australia sets vehicle project team

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Deakin West, Australia (UPI) Sep 4, 2014
The Australian subsidiary of Rheinmetall Man Military Vehicles has awarded major sub-contracts related to production of logistics trucks. "Each of the successful companies has demonstrated expertise and many years of experience supplying premium products for the Australian military or the Australian civilian market," Rheinmetall Man Military Vehicles Australia said. The Varley Gr
 

US 'not serious' in fight against IS: Iran

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Sept 07, 2014
Iran accused the United States Sunday of not taking the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria seriously, and charged that US aid had previously helped the jihadists. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif levelled the accusations despite an expanding US air campaign in Iraq since August 8 that provided key support in relieving a jihadist siege of a Shiite Turkmen town north of
 

Iran failing to provide answers in nuke probe: UN

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Sept 05, 2014
Iran failed to meet a deadline to provide answers about its controversial nuclear programme, a UN atomic watchdog report showed Friday, throwing into doubt prospects for a deal with world powers. Tehran had agreed to provide information to allay concerns it was developing nuclear weapons, something it denies, including explosives tests that could potentially be used in a bomb. Not answer
 

Laser weapon engages targets despite adverse weather conditions

 
‎08 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:46:22 PMGo to full article
Huntsville, Ala. (UPI) Sep 5, 2014
A high-energy laser demonstrator from Boeing has successfully engaged numerous aerial targets in adverse weather conditions. The tests of the laser system, which was mounted on a truck, were recently conducted by Boeing and the U.S. Army at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. More than 150 targets were involved. They included unmanned aerial vehicles and 60mm mortars, Boeing said. /
 

US, S. Korea set up wartime unit to destroy North's nukes: report

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea's weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out. The mechanised unit led by a US major general will be set up in the first half of next year, the South's defence ministry said, as part of elaborate preparations for any future w
 

World powers, Iran to meet in New York on September 18: EU

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
Six world powers and Iran will hold new talks in New York on September 18, EU officials said Thursday, as efforts intensify toward clinching a nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline. The talks involving the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany and led by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton "will continue in New York as of September 18", Ashton spokesman Michael M
 

NATO leaders accuse Russia, aid Ukraine

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Newport, United Kingdom (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
NATO leaders on Thursday accused Russia of failing to take "a single step towards peace" in Ukraine even as President Petro Poroshenko voiced "careful optimism" about forging a ceasefire with pro-Moscow rebels. The leaders gathered at a summit of the Western military alliance in Newport, Wales agreed to set up new funds to help Ukraine's military effort and treat wounded soldiers in a five-m
 

Time pressing on Afghan troop accords: NATO head

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Newport, United Kingdom (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
Time is pressing for Afghanistan, without a new president since June elections, to sign accords allowing NATO to carry out its post-2014 military training mission, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday. "Time is of the essence," Rasmussen said as he arrived for a two-day NATO summit in Newport, Wales. "We need to know very soon whether (the accords) will be signed," he said,
 

France 'still building' controversial warship

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
France may have frozen the delivery of the controversial "Mistral-class" helicopter gunship to Russia, but its construction is still ongoing, a well-informed source said on Thursday. President Francois Hollande announced on Wednesday that the time was not right to deliver the high-end warship to Russia given the situation in Ukraine. But a source close to the issue said that Hollande's o
 

China makes rare admission of naval near-miss

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
China has honoured a submarine captain for averting an underwater "emergency" after his crew reportedly saved the vessel from sinking into waters thousands of metres deep, in a rare disclosure of a near-disaster. Beijing has been increasing its naval might and reach in recent years, and it is an unusual admission for China's military, which President Xi Jinping regularly urges to strengthen
 

Iraq strikes kill IS chief's aide: general

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
Air strikes in northern Iraq on Thursday killed the top aide of jihadist Islamic State (IS) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the country's ranking army officer said. "Iraqi warplanes carried out a security operation today, resulting in the killing of... Abu Hajr al-Suri," General Babaker Zebari told AFP. Zebari said the strikes in Nineveh province were "based on accurate intelligence informat
 

US to hold new nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
American and Iranian officials will resume negotiations in Geneva on Thursday as they seek to hammer out a full nuclear deal ahead of a November deadline, US officials said. The US team led by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns and Under Secretary Wendy Sherman will meet with Iranian officials on Thursday and Friday in the Swiss city, the State Department said in a surprise late-night stat
 

Raytheon's Small Diameter II bomb completes GTV testing

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Sep 4, 2014
Small Diameter Bomb II is closer to low-rate initial production following guide test vehicle flights against stationary and moving targets. The testing - the final required GTV tests before Milestone C acquisition approval - was recently conducted with the U.S. Air Force, the company said. "These guided tests were successfully accomplished against separate targets in both movin
 

South Africa 'refuses' Dalai Lama visa for Nobel summit

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Cape Town (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
South Africa has refused to grant a visa for the Dalai Lama to attend the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town next month, his representative said Thursday. The government "conveyed by phone to me they will not be able to grant the visa for the reason that it would disturb relations between China and South Africa," Nangsa Choedon told AFP. The refusal could provoke a boycot
 

DARPA issues RFI for robotic space services for satellites

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 4, 2014
The U.S. military is looking for space robotic services for critical satellites in geostationary Earth orbit. Satellites currently in geostationary orbit - 22,000 miles above the Earth - are designed to operate without upgrades or repairs for their lifespan, meaning they are larger in size, more complex and more costly than satellites in low Earth orbit. The U.S. Defense Advanc
 

Possible death of Shebab chief something to celebrate: AU commander

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Bujumbura, Burundi (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
The commander of African Union troops in Somalia said Thursday the continent would celebrate if the death of the chief of extremist Shebab rebels in a US missile strike was true. General Silas Ntigurirwa, commander of the 22,000-strong AU force (AMISOM), said the killing of the feared Islamist chief Ahmed Abdi Godane - if confirmed - would be a "proud and happy moment for all Africa".
 

Navy center of Excellence continues under SCRA management

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Charleston, S.C. (UPI) Sep 04, 2014
The U.S. Navy's Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing of Center of Excellence will continue to be run by SCRA Applied R&D. The five-year indefinite-quantity contract carries a maximum value of $99 million and is a re-compete win for South Carolina Research Authority Applied Research & Development, which has operated the center in Charleston, S.C., for the past 11 years. "SCRA A
 

EU considers travel ban on Russian defence minister

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Sept 04, 2014
The European Union may impose a travel ban on Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu as part of a new package of sanctions targeting Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine, sources said Thursday. The 28-nation bloc is set to decide by Friday on fresh economic and other measures against Russia over allegations that it has sent troops and weapons to support Ukrainian rebels. "The minister's nam
 

Embraer receives flight test software system

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:27:44 PMGo to full article
Sao Jose Dos Campos, Brazil (UPI) Sep 4, 2014
Software that will allow Embraer to complete aircraft systems integration on its new KC-390 airlifter has been delivered by Rockwell Collins. The Pro Line Fusion flight test software is now under configuration control, the company said, but additional explanation was not provided. "This milestone is very important for Embraer to progress to their first flight and exemplifies how
 

US sending 200 troops for drills in Ukraine: Pentagon

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 03, 2014
The United States will send about 200 troops to take part in a US-led annual exercise in Ukraine later this month, the Pentagon said Wednesday, in a show of solidarity with Kiev. The presence of 200 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade will mark the first deployment of US ground troops to Ukraine since the Kiev government's conflict with pro-Russia separatists erupted earlier this year.
 

Obama calls for anti-jihadist front as Europeans weigh strikes

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 03, 2014
US President Barack Obama called Wednesday for an international front against jihadists in Iraq and Syria after they beheaded a second American reporter, as Britain and France weighed military action. "We know that if we are joined by the international community, we can continue to shrink ISIL's sphere of influence, its effectiveness, its financing, its military capabilities," said Obama, re
 

Why Obama's lack of strategic thought is helping IS

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Sep 03, 2014
Shortly after Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched in March 2003 and the rout of Saddam Hussein's army was assured, competent commentators of all political stripes universally raised the question of "what next," i.e. what to do in Iraq when the fighting ended. The George W. Bush administration was stone deaf. The result was the tragedy that persists today except that it is now on steroids.
 

Paris suspends delivery of warship to Russia over Ukraine

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) Sept 03, 2014
France suspended Wednesday the delivery of the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia "until November" after fierce criticism from its allies given the crisis in Ukraine. Paris agreed in 2011 to build and sell the two advanced helicopter assault ships to Russia for a total of 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion), with the first scheduled for delivery in October or November and the second
 

China brooks no opposition in Hong Kong clampdown

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 03, 2014
Beijing's denial of open elections for Hong Kong's next leader demonstrates the ruling Communist Party's desire for complete political control and its resolve to quash any opposition, whatever the cost, observers say. The standing committee of China's rubber-stamp parliament on Sunday ruled out public nominations for Hong Kong's next chief executive in 2017, with candidates for the city's to
 

Selex ES adds to its radar product line

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Rome (UPI) Sep 3, 2014
A new surveillance radar system has been introduced by Selex ES at the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Poland. The system is the Gabbiano TS-80 PLUS, the latest member of the Gabbiano family of radars and features solid state technology to provide the same performance of the Gabbiano T200 system but with less system weight. The TS-80 weighs 97 pounds, 55 pounds less
 

Romania gives green light to NATO fighter force

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Bucharest (AFP) Sept 03, 2014
Romania has given the green light to NATO to base fighters there as the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine deepens, its president said Wednesday. "These planes will be part of the NATO integrated defence system alongside the Romanian air force," Traian Basescu said after a meeting of the country's defence council. "As many as 200 pilots, mechanics and maintenance personnel will be stationed
 

Marines manning checkpoints receiving attention-getter

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Quantico, Va. (UPI) Sep 3, 2014
A non-lethal munition system for helping to determine a possible vehicular threat to a checkpoint at standoff range is being deployed by the U.S. Marines. The munitions are part of the Non-Lethal Tube-Launched Munitions System, which is comprised of a vehicle-mounted 40mm grenade launcher. The launcher has a digital fire control and can shoot between one and 30 non-lethal rounds out to
 

Australia approves GPS project

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Sep 04, 2014
The Australian government has approved a project to upgrade its military's global positioning system capability and its protection against jamming. The project, which has a cost of about $27.9 million, was announced this week by Minister for Defense David Johnston. "The government recognizes that to ensure the ADF (Australian Defense Force) remains viable and robust, we need to i
 

Mitsubishi Electric Ready to Deliver Himawari-8 to Tanegashima

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 04, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric has announced that it has completed work on the Himawari-8 satellite, the next-generation geostationary meteorological satellite based on a contract awarded by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Himawari-8 will be delivered soon to Tanegashima Space Center, Japan, from where it is scheduled to be launched into orbit on October 7. Himawari-8, the successor to the Multi-fun
 

Russia May Continue ISS Work Beyond 2020

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 04, 2014
Russia may continue working at the International Space Station (ISS) beyond 2020, Izvestia newspaper reported Monday. "The issue of Russia's participation at the ISS after 2020 remains open, but there is a 90-percent chance that the state's leadership will agree to participate in the project further," the paper wrote citing a source at Russia's Federal Space Agency Roscosmos. Russian
 

Russia Considers Meteor Impact Prevention Project

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Sep 04, 2014
A project to protect people and economic facilities from the impact of space objects could be launched in Russia this year, Russian Emergencies Ministry has announced. "The Emergencies Ministry, working jointly with the Academy of Sciences, has been instructed to produce a design for a pilot project for the protection of people and social facilities from the impact of space objects," reads
 

Singapore launches world's first ZigBee inter-satellite comms system

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Singapore (SPX) Sep 04, 2014
Engineers at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have successfully piloted the world's first ZigBee-based inter-satellite communication system. The team at the Satellite Research Centre launched the VELOX-I, which consists of a nanosatellite weighing 3.5 kg and a piggyback picosatellite weighing 1.5 kg, from the two highest points on campus. Both miniature satellites we
 

Magal introducing RoboGuard security system in Israel

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Yahud, Israel (UPI) Sep 3, 2014
A sensor system that travels a monorail attached to a perimeter fence for surveillance has been introduced by Magal Security Systems Ltd. The Israeli company says RoboGuard is powered by a rechargeable battery. In routine patrol mode, it travels autonomously along the monorail at a speed of about 4 miles per hour while searching for anomalies such as fence holes or nearby suspicious obj
 

Kerry building coalition to fight Islamic militants

 
‎05 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎08:56:25 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 03, 2014
Top US diplomat John Kerry revealed Wednesday he was working to forge a global coalition to fight the "medieval savagery" of Islamic militants terrorizing a swathe of Syria and Iraq and blamed for killing two journalists. As President Barack Obama called for an international front against the group known as the Islamic State (IS), US officials also revealed that two videos showing the behead

 

 

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China shows off new missile test on primetime television

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 11, 2014 - China has unveiled its latest military hardware on primetime television, an advanced air defence system that reports said has a "high success rate" destroying incoming missiles and aircraft.

The HongQi-10 (Reg Flag 10) surface-to-air missile was shown in the evening news bulletin Wednesday being fired from ships and land-based mobile launchers, and exploding in the sky on impact with its target.

It will protect warships against rockets over a limited area, and will be used alongside an "area defence system" which covers a larger area but has a slower response time, the state-run Global Times newspaper said Thursday.

"As a naval point defence missile system, HongQi-10 boasts a particularly quick response to low-altitude missiles that area defence systems fail to intercept," it quoted Lan Yun, deputy chief editor of monthly journal Modern Ships, as saying.

It cited him adding that it had a high success rate in hitting its targets.

Missiles only 1.5-10 metres (5-30 feet) above sea level can be targeted with the new system, which takes only 10 seconds to launch, Lan said.

The missiles can also used to protect ground forces from air attacks by "jets, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles", the Global Times report said, citing an expert.

Beijing has been increasing its military might and naval reach in recent years, and President Xi Jinping regularly urges the country to strengthen its ability to "win battles".

 

 

Software improvements to Tomahawk cruise missile demonstrated

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Sep 9, 2014 - Raytheon reports that software improvements to the Tomahawk cruise missile have been validated in testing by the U.S. Navy.

The first test involved the submarine USS Hampton firing a Tomahawk Block IV missile from its vertical capsule launch system. The missile first flew a pre-planned mission until directed to a new target by strike control personnel.

In the second test, a Tomahawk fired from the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain flew a series of pre-planned high-altitude maneuvers before homing in on its target and destroying it, the company said.

"These flight tests demonstrate how Raytheon and the U.S. Navy are working together to enhance this already sophisticated weapon," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "By constantly improving Tomahawk, we are helping to ensure that U.S. and allied warfighters have this critical capability far into the future."

The Tomahawk is a battle-proven sub-sonic weapon system that has been in service with the U.S. Navy since the early 1980s.

 

 

Diehl delivers 4,000th production IRIS-T missile to Sweden

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Uberlingen, Germany (UPI) Sep 9, 2014 - The 4,000th production IRIS-T series missile from Dielh Defense of Germany has been delivered to the Swedish military, the company announced.

The IRIS-T, or infrared imaging system tail/thrust vector controlled, missile is a short-range weapon with an IR seeker-assisted radar proximity fuse and the large warhead.

It was originally developed under a multi-national program involving Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden as a replacement for the U.S.-made Sidewinder air-to-air missile but is now also used as a ground-based air defense system.

"Based on its outstanding capabilities and performances, IRIS-T represents a dual-role missile also suitable for surface-to-air missions," Diehl said.

"The jubilee missile will enter service in a Swedish Armed Forces Ground Based Air Defense regiment. "IRIS-T program partner Sweden is the launch customer for the IRIS-T SLS GBAD system."

Other features of the missile include predictive flight path tracking and lock-on-after-launch capability.

IRIS-T first entered production in 2005.

 

 

Turkey in talks with France over missile purchase: Erdogan

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Ankara (AFP) Sept 07, 2014 - Turkey has resumed talks with France on purchasing a new missile system after negotiations on a controversial deal with a US-blacklisted Chinese company hit a rock, the Turkish president was reported Sunday as saying.

"Some disagreements have emerged with China on the issues of joint production and technology transfer during negotiations over missile defence system," President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters as he returned from the NATO summit in Wales, according to private television NTV.

"Talks are continuing despite that, but France which is second on the list has come up with a new offer. Right now we are holding ongoing talks with France," he said.

"Here joint production is important to us."

Last September, Turkey reached a deal with China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) for its first long-range anti-missile system, but the contract has sparked concerns in Washington.

Turkish officials had since said the deal with China was not finalised and that Ankara was open to new offers from other bidders.

CPMIEC beat competition from a US partnership of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, Russia's Rosoboronexport, and Italian-French consortium Eurosam for the deal, estimated at $4 billion (2.9 billion euros).

The Chinese group, which makes the HQ-9 missile system, is under US sanctions for selling arms and missile technology to Iran and Syria.

The Turkish move also irritated its allies in NATO, which has said missile systems within the transatlantic military alliance must be compatible with each other.

 

 

Iran unveils new missile, radar systems

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Sept 02, 2014 - Iran unveiled a new surface-to-air missile Tuesday and two radar systems it said would improve its defences against "enemies".

The military ceremony came just one week after Iran said it downed an Israeli spy drone that had reportedly been deployed above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in central Iran.

The Talash-3 (Effort-3, in Persian) missile is capable of hitting targets at higher altitudes than previously possible, said General Farzad Esmaili, Iran's aviation defence commander, without stating its range.

But he said the new missile meant that the military "no longer thought about" the S-300 missile system that Russia stopped delivering to Iran because of sanctions linked to the latter's nuclear programme.

Iran and Russia signed a contract worth $800 million in 2007 for the S-300, which is capable of intercepting planes or missiles, but the deal was cancelled by Moscow three years later under a UN resolution.

Iran is demanding compensation for the S-300 contract being axed.

Esmaili sought to play up Iran's defence capabilities as he revealed the Talash-3.

"The enemies saw what we did with their drones," he said, alluding to last week's apparent downing of the Israeli aircraft.

Esmaili also showed off two radar systems -- the Arash-2, which can detect small drones at a distance of 150 kilometres (93 miles), he said, and the Kayhan system which can locate missiles and drones.

Iran often uses such ceremonies to project its defence capabilities against the threat of a foreign military strike on its nuclear sites, which are the subject of international concern.

Iran and the P5+1 group of powers (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, plus Germany) are in negotiations aimed at ending a decade-long standoff over Tehran's nuclear activities.

Iran insists its atomic programme is solely for peaceful energy purposes and denies it is seeking to develop a nuclear bomb.

An interim deal was agreed last November that saw Iran curtail some parts of its nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief, but a July deadline for a final settlement was missed.

The two sides, however, agreed to extend the talks for four months, with November 24 now the end date for a deal.

 

 

N. Korea test-fires suspected missile into sea

 
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Seoul (AFP) Sept 01, 2014 - North Korea test-fired what appeared to be a short-range missile into the sea off its east coast Monday in the latest of a series of missile and rocket tests, military officials said.

It was launched at 10:30 am (0130 GMT) from a site northeast of Pyongyang towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and flew about 220 kilometres (130 miles), the South's joint chiefs of staff said.

Details were not given, but a military official told AFP on condition of anonymity: "North Korea appeared to have test-fired a new tactical or short-range Scud missile."

The launch was made near Ryongnim, some 60 kilometres south of the border with China, he said, declining to confirm a Yonhap news agency report that North Korea has built an underground Scud missile base in the region.

Monday's exercise came as cross-border military tensions run high following a series of missile, rocket and artillery launches in July and August.

Almost three weeks ago the North fired five short-range rockets into the sea just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul for a five-day visit.

The North often fires missiles and rockets as a show of force or to express anger at perceived provocations, but the frequency of the recent tests is unusual.

UN resolutions bar North Korea from conducting any launches using ballistic missile technology.

But the North has defended the missile launches as a legitimate exercise in self-defence and a response to US war manoeuvres.

 

 

Block 2 Rolling Airframe Missile delivered to Navy

 
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Tucson (UPI) Aug 28, 2014 - The first Block 2 variant of Raytheon's Rolling Airframe Missile for defense against airborne threats has been delivered to the U.S. Navy.

The RAM Block 2, with enhanced kinematics, improvements to its radio frequency receiver and an upgraded control system, is the result of a low-rate initial production contract given to Raytheon by the Navy in 2014.

"As today's threats continue to evolve, RAM Block 2's enhanced features give an unfair advantage to naval warfighters across the globe," said Rick Nelson, vice president of Raytheon Missile System's Naval and Area Mission Defense product line. "Along with demonstrating a long-standing international partnership, the RAM program has a record of 91 consecutive months of contractual on-time deliveries, and continues its remarkable success rate of over 90 percent during flight tests."

RAM is a fire-and-forget missile providing defense against anti-ship cruise missiles, helicopter and airborne threats, and hostile surface craft. It is installed, or planned, for installation aboard more than 165 navy ships worldwide.

Raytheon and RAMSYS of Germany collaborated in its development, as did the governments of both countries.

The missile is called rolling because the projectile spins for increased stability in its trajectory toward

its target.

 

 

Hypersonic weapon detonated after lift-off: US military

 
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Washington (AFP) Aug 25, 2014 - The US military had to detonate a hypersonic weapon seconds after lift-off Monday due to a technical problem, cutting short a flight test for the experimental project, officials said.

"Less than four seconds into the lift-off phase, we terminated the flight," Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann told AFP.

The decision to abort the flight test in Alaska was due to a technological "anomaly," she said, without providing more details.

The launch of the "Advanced Hypersonic Weapon" occurred after 4 am local time at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, Pentagon officials said.

The weapon is part of the Pentagon's "prompt global strike" program designed to build conventional weapons that could take out targets anywhere on the planet within an hour's notice.

"Due to an anomaly, the test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after lift-off to ensure public safety," the Pentagon said in a statement.

There were no injuries in the incident, it said, adding that officials are conducting an "extensive investigation" to determine what went wrong.

A previous flight test for the weapon was carried out in November 2011.

 

 

SM-6 missile undergoes follow-on testing

 
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White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) Aug 18, 2014 - The U.S. Navy's new Standard Missile-6 has demonstrated its capability to intercept low-altitude, slow-moving targets in a cluttered environment.

Testing of the Raytheon-made surface-to-air missile was part of a series of follow on test and evaluation events for the weapon, which obtained operational status last year following seven years of development.

"This event demonstrated SM-6's ability to detect and engage a slow moving target in the presence of complex land clutter," said Jim Schuh, anti-air warfare missiles technical director at the Johns Hopkins University applied physics lab, which is among the Navy's SM-6 partners. "It is another victory for this very versatile weapon."

The SM-6 provides an over-the-horizon target engagement weapon when launched from an Aegis warship.

Follow-on operational test and evaluation events are expected to be completed by mid-2016.

Neither Raytheon nor the U.S. Navy provided additional information of the latest test of the weapon, which features advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities.

 

 

U.S. Navy, Italy receiving more AARGM missiles

 
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Arlington, Va. (UPI) Aug 15, 2014 - ATK reports it will manufacture more Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles for the U.S. Navy under a third full-rate production contract.

The contract is valued at $96.2 million and includes Captive Air Training Missiles.

"AARGM continues to provide significant advanced capabilities to those who protect our nation each and every day," said Bill Kasting, vice president and general manager of ATK's Defense Electronic Systems division. "We look forward to continuing to provide this critical weapons system on schedule and on budget to the U.S. Navy and our allies."

AARGM is a stand-off, air-to-ground tactical missile system that upgrades the existing HARM weapon system with a new guidance technology. It is used by the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Italian Air Force. It received Navy approval for full rate production in 2012.

The Navy said the new full-rate production contract includes missiles for Italy under an international cooperative major acquisition program.

ATK, manufacturer of precision-guided weapons, missile products and rocket motors, provided no details on the number of missiles to be produced under the contract and their delivery schedule.

 

 

Nearly all Gaza rockets self-made: Israeli army

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:27:28 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 07, 2014 - The vast majority of rockets fired by Hamas at Israel over the past month were made in Gaza using civilian materials, a senior Israeli military official said Thursday.

The coastal Palestinian enclave was the setting for the 28-day conflict with Israel, during which Israel set out to seriously impair the Islamist movement's military abilities.

Over the course of the conflict, the de-facto rulers of Gaza fired over 3,300 rockets and mortar shells at Israel, with over 500 rockets intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system, according to the Israeli military.

"The vast majority of those launched were homemade, only a small minority were Fajr 5 made by Iran," the official told reporters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Gaza manufacturers of these rockets used "water pipes" of different diameters for the bodies of the rockets, filling them with explosives made from materials such as products used in agriculture, the official said.

Hamas had adapted to manufacturing its own weapons after Egypt had cracked down on smuggling through tunnels in the Rafah area into the Palestinian enclave, the official said.

Men from outside Gaza had in the past taught locals how to build the weapons, while some Gazans went to other countries in the region, including Syria and Iran, to acquire knowledge in the field, the Israeli official said, estimating some 150 people in Gaza were directly involved in producing projectiles.

Hamas surprised Israel during the campaign that began July 8 with its armed resistance to the Israeli military, experts have said, and was now seeking to make political gains in its negotiations on a long-term truce taking place in Cairo.

 

 

Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US

 
‎04 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎02:27:28 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 29, 2014 - The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said late Monday, calling the matter "very serious."

The announcement adds a new dispute at a time of already heightened tensions between Washington and the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, with western countries accusing Russia of arming Ukrainian separatists and destabilizing the country.

The US concluded in a 2014 report that Russia had violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which barred it from possessing, producing or flight-testing such cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, the official told AFP.

President Barack Obama has sent a letter to his counterpart Vladimir Putin on the subject, which the administration official described as "a very serious matter which we have attempted to address with Russia for some time now."

Washington was prepared to discuss its determination with Moscow "immediately" in senior-level bilateral talks, the official added, saying Congress and US allies have been kept abreast of the matter.

"The United States is committed to the viability of the INF Treaty," the official said. "We encourage Russia to return to compliance with its obligations under the treaty and to eliminate any prohibited items in a verifiable manner."

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), signed by then US president Ronald Reagan and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev, eliminated nuclear and conventional intermediate range ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles.

The official said the INF treaty served the "mutual security interests of the parties" -- not only the United States and Russia but also 11 other successor states of the Soviet Union.

"Moreover, this treaty contributes to the security of our allies and to regional security in Europe and in the Far East."

"The United States will, of course, consult with allies on this matter to take into account the impact of this Russian violation on our collective security if Russia does not return to compliance," the official said.

In January, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington had raised concerns with Moscow following a New York Times report it had begun testing a new ground-launched cruise missile as early as 2008, and that the State Department's senior arms control official had repeatedly raised the issue with Moscow since May 2013.

Psaki said at the time she could not refute the details of the Times report, and that there was an ongoing interagency review to determine whether the Russians had violated the terms of a US-Russian arms control pact.

- Ground-launched cruise missile -

The Times said the State Department's will publish its allegation in its annual report on international compliance with arms control agreements.

"The United States has determined that the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the INF treaty not to possess, produce or flight test a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 kilometers to 5,500 kilometers or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles," the Times said the report will say.

Independent Russian military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer told AFP he believes that the US is concerned about a cruise missile version of the Iskander short-range ballistic missile system, the Iskander-K.

He said the missile has been tested at a range of 1,000 km, but could the range could be extended up to 2,000-3,000 km by adding extra fuel tanks.

Felgenhauer noted that Russian leaders were not enthusiastic about the INF treaty.

"Putin and (Putin's chief of staff and former defense minister) Sergei Ivanov have spoken about the INF treaty being detrimental and no longer needed by Russia, with Ivanov referring to the Iskander-K," said Felgenhauer.

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MD 530G attack helicopters fires Talon rockets

 
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Tucson (UPI) Jul 31, 2013 - Raytheon's Talon laser-guided rocket has been fired from an MD 530G helicopter to demonstrate its multi-platform capability.

The small rocket, co-developed with the United Arab Emirates, needs no hardware or software modifications to the launcher or aircraft platform for any aircraft that fires 2.75-inch Hydra-70 unguided rockets using the standard M260/261 launchers.

Talon is also compatible with existing airborne and ground laser designation systems.

"This test further demonstrates the maturity of the TALON Laser Guided Rocket weapon system as a complement to MD's AAS platform," said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON program director. "These test shots included four firings showcasing Talon's versatility over the entire firing envelope with direct hits for all events.

"In just a few months, Raytheon worked closely with MD to integrate TALON onto the MD 530G, subjecting the helicopter and rocket to number of realistic mission profiles. The successful testing once again demonstrated TALON's precision guidance capabilities."

The tests with the MD 530G armed aerial scout helicopter took place at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona. The tests follow achievement of certification for the weapon to be fired from Apache helicopters and earlier test firings from naval platforms for use against swarming small vessels.

 

 

Missile decoy system on Australian, U.S. warships to be upgraded

 
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Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jul 29, 2013 - The Australian government has given preliminary approval for updating the launch system of the Nulka Active Missile Decoy system.

The system, developed in collaboration with the United States in the 1990s, is a rocket propelled decoy with the ability to hover in-air to lure incoming missiles from their target. They are in service on Royal Australian and U.S. Navy ships.

"I am pleased to be able to announce that the government has approved First Pass for SEA 1397 Phase 5B -- Nulka launch sub-system upgrade, including around $45 million in funding," Minister for Defense David Johnston said. "This project aims to update and replace the existing Nulka launch sub-system for Australian ships."

According to Australia's Department of Defense, the current fire control and launcher sub-systems of the Nulka have obsolescence and sustainment issues and the project will enhance system effectiveness.

"Initial development of the updated launch system is proposed to be conducted by BAE Systems Australia, the original equipment manufacturer of the Nulka capability, however there may be opportunities for wider Australian industry involvement as the project progresses," the department said.

The preliminary approval, also called First Pass approval, initiates engineering design and risk reduction activities.

 

 

Man-portable missile successfully fired from vehicle

 
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Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 29, 2013 - The man-portable Javelin anti-tank missile has successfully been fired from a remote weapons station on a vehicle to demonstrate its vehicle launch capability.

The test by Javelin Joint Venture, a Lockheed Martin and Raytheon company, was conducted at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama for an unidentified customer interested in procuring wheeled vehicles integrated with the fire-and-forget system.

"This demonstration highlights the ability to mount Javelin on a vehicle," said Richard Benton, Javelin Joint Venture vice president and Javelin senior manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The international customer already uses the combat-proven Javelin for dismounted troops, but this test demonstrated the Javelin's versatility and how easily it can be integrated with the vehicle to enhance mission capability."

Added Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems' Land Warfare Systems product line: "This effort demonstrates the Javelin Joint Venture's commitment to expand Javelin's capability beyond the current man-portable role. "We are working closely with end-user customers and industry partners to provide the warfighter with an effective system for improving vehicle lethality and enhancing survivability."

Javelin is a lightweight missile that can be operated by a single dismounted soldier. It is in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and other militaries worldwide.

In the demonstration the missile launched successfully destroyed a T-62 tank target from a range of 1,000 yards. Immediately following missile launch, the remote weapon station engaged an alternate target with its ballistic weapon, demonstrating that integration of the Javelin onto the vehicle did not interfere with the vehicle's ability to rapidly transition between multiple weapon systems.

 

 

 

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Israel, US test upgraded Arrow 2 missile interceptor

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 09, 2014 - Israel and the United States on Tuesday successfully conducted a joint test of an upgraded Arrow 2 ballistic missile interception system over the Mediterranean Sea, the defence ministry said.

"An Arrow 2 missile was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned," the defence ministry said in a statement, with a spokesman confirming the system had been upgraded.

The two countries carried out similar tests in January, and in September last year, as Washington was considering military action against Syria.

Russia's defence ministry earlier released a statement reporting a missile launch from the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern Mediterranean coast.

The Arrow Ballistic Missile Defence System, designed to counter long-range missiles, has successfully intercepted missiles similar to Iran's Shihab-3 in a variety of test conditions.

Israel has been working on upgrading its missile defence capabilities to defend against long- and short-range incoming projectiles, and speeded various projects after being hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War.

The Arrow project was first launched in 1988 as part of the then Star Wars programme under late US president Ronald Reagan that was abandoned in 1993.

The Jewish state accuses its arch-foe Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear warhead, a charge that Tehran denies.

 

 

INFORMS Study on Iron Dome Asks: What Was its Impact?

 
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Catonsville MD (SPX) Sep 03, 2014 - A new study published by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Iron Dome system, which Israeli authorities have credited with saving lives during the recent conflict with Hamas.

Modeling Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense and Israel's Iron Dome System is by Michael J. Armstrong of the Goodman School of Business, Brock University, in Ontario, Canada. It appears in the Articles in Advance section of the INFORMS journal Operations Research.

The study examines the previous Israel-Gaza conflict of November 2012, but Prof. Armstrong can apply the same method to the recent 2014 conflict to obtain several points of interest:

1.The Israeli military claimed to have intercepted 83% of urban-bound rockets in 2014, slightly lower than 2012's 87%.

2.If Iron Dome worked as claimed, then it prevented about 1778 Israeli casualties in 2012, and 525 in 2014, more than the savings from airstrikes against rocket launchers. This made an invasion of Gaza six to eight times less valuable for Israel.

3.If instead its interception rate was as low as critics argue, then the system made little impact.

4.Imperfect rocket categorization by the Iron Dome systems could partly explain the differences between the supporters' and critics' estimates of the interception rates.

5.Gaza militants could have inflicted far more damage by concentrating their rockets into fewer larger salvos, but this may have been counter-productive given Israel's air strikes.

6.Counterbattery fire by the militants against Iron Dome sites would not have been worthwhile given the rockets' low accuracy.

7.System success depends on the number of simultaneous inbound missiles. As salvo sizes increase, losses first rise slowly, but then climb drastically. The better the batteries perform, the larger that jump will be.

8.The rocket fire was 34% less accurate this year than in the previous conflict. Only 21% of rockets hit towns or were intercepted along the way in 2014, versus 32% in 2012.

9.Iron Dome reduced human losses from rocket hits, but not economic losses from rocket threats. In 2012 Israel lost $240 million in GDP, or $159 thousand per rocket fired. Estimates for 2014 are around $1.3 billion, or $387 thousand per rocket fired.

10.After 2012, Israel spent $200 million to resupply its batteries, about $475 thousand per rocket intercepted, or $112 thousand per casualty avoided. This year it allocated $225 million of American aid for this resupply, so $389,000 for each rocket intercepted, or $429,000 per casualty avoided.

Professor Armstrong is available for interview. He can expand on some of his findings and share opinions on the ways that military and economic strategists can potentially leverage the study's findings to answer questions such as:

What could have caused the rocket fire accuracy and interception success rate to be lower this year than in the prior conflict?

Why do the economic costs and losses differ between 2012 and 2014, and what do they suggest about missile defense?

What do defense planners and political leaders need to keep in mind when relying on this kind of interception system?

 

 

Raytheon AI3 missile intercepts first cruise missile target

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Pt. Mugu CA (SPX) Sep 03, 2014 - Raytheon and the U.S. Army achieved the first intercept of a cruise missile by the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative missile. An AI3 missile also destroyed an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Both intercepts occurred during the recent Black Dart demonstration - a U.S. military exercise held July 29 - August 11.

Fired from the Avenger launcher, AI3 missiles intercepted both targets at low altitude over water and in a high-clutter marine environment - capabilities made possible by upgrades to the missile's semi-active seeker and radar.

The ability to defeat UAS and cruise missile threats is the key requirement of the U.S. Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) Block 1. IFPC is a mobile, ground-based weapon system designed to acquire, track, engage and defeat UAS, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars.

"Raytheon's AI3 missile is breaking new ground with its destruction of these challenging targets that are real threats to today's warfighter," said Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president.

"We've developed a missile that integrates easily into the Army's existing systems. It's affordable, the risk is low and we can get it in the field soon."

Earlier this year, in preparation for the Black Dart event, AI3 missiles destroyed a 240 mm rocket and a UAS at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

"Black Dart was the ideal venue for us to demonstrate AI3's expanded capabilities and to showcase the missile as a low-cost, complimentary interceptor for IFPC Block 1," added Bussing.

 

 

Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Aug 30, 2014 - Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday.

The defence ministry aims to purchase the locally-made Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow 3) surface-to-air missile system between 2015 and 2024 to replace the ageing Hawk missile systems, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang of the parliament's defence committee.

This will be the biggest procurement of domestically-made weapon systems in recent years, Lin said, citing a defence budget plan submitted to the parliament for approval on Friday.

The Tien Kung 3 surface-to-air missile system, developed by Taiwan's Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, is designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles for air defence missions and missile interception, according to Lin.

The institute reportedly has spent more than Tw$20 billion to develop the anti-missile system since 1996.

Taiwan unveiled the Tien Kung 3 missile to the public at a national day parade in 2007 and tested it at a major missile drill in 2011.

Taiwan's Apple Daily newspaper quoted former defence minister Kao Hua-chu as saying that the Tien Kung 3 system can help intercept China's cruise missiles and counter the threats of its J-20 stealth fighter to strengthen Taiwan's aerial defence capabilities.

Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have eased markedly since Ma Ying-jeou became Taiwan's president in 2008 on a China-friendly platform. He was re-elected in 2012.

But China still considers the self-ruled island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. The two sides split in 1949 at the end of a civil war.

Taiwanese experts estimate the People's Liberation Army currently has more than 1,600 missiles aimed at the island.

Defence officials were not immediately available for comment.

 

 

US Congress approves funding for Israel's Iron Dome

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 02, 2014 - The US Congress on Friday approved $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, credited with destroying missiles fired by Hamas before they could reach their targets.

House of Representatives approved the funding by 395-8 in a late Friday vote. The Senate earlier approved the measure unanimously before the start of its five week summer recess.

The measure now awaits President Barack Obama's signature.

The emergency spending funds, which adds to the US deficit, will restock Israel's Iron Dome system with interceptor missiles.

The funding is part of the administration's request of $3.1 billion for military assistance to Israel, the world's largest beneficiary of US foreign aid.

Congress appropriated $235 million to Iron Dome last year.

The White House had originally requested about $176 million for the system for 2015, but lawmakers increased the amount. Congress often increases funding for Israeli security projects sought by the president.

 

 

MEADS International touts its air defense system capabilities

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 24, 2013 - The Medium Extended Air Defense System designed to replace the Patriot system reportedly achieved "outstanding" results in a recent comprehensive system demonstration.

MEADS International -- a consortium composed of MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States -- said the testing by German and Italian military personnel took place over two weeks in Italy under representative combat conditions.

Among the achievements: using plug-and-fight technologies that enable automatic integration of disparate system elements into a single super-system, MEADS rapidly attached and controlled an external Italian deployable air defense radar to track air objects and supply a common integrated air picture around the demonstration area.

Using an external sensor and track data provided via a Link 16 data-exchange network, MEADS engaged a simulated cruise missile and other threats simultaneously, selecting the best launcher for target engagement, the company said.

Interoperability with German and Italian air defense assets was demonstrated.

"The outstanding result is that we have demonstrated the full range of advanced network capabilities that only MEADS can provide," said MEADS International Executive Vice President Volker Weidemann. "These ground-breaking capabilities are ready to be carried forward to meet national needs."

 

 

Patriot getting enhanced radar capabilities

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
London (UPI) Jul 16, 2013 - Raytheon is enhancing the Patriot air defense system for the U.S. Army and two allied countries through the supply of radar digital processor kits.

The kits provide improved target detection and identification, a 40 percent improvement in overall radar reliability and decreased need for spare batteries for the system.

"These RDP upgrades are yet another example of how we continue to advance Patriot technology to stay ahead of evolving threats," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "All of our 12 Patriot partners participate in prioritizing these enhancements and funding them through the Patriot International Engineering Services Program."

The contract was awarded to Raytheon by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. It is worth $235.5 million.

Raytheon did not disclose a delivery schedule or identify the partner countries receiving the enhancement.

Work under this contract will be performed at Raytheon's Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Mass.

 

 

Space surveillance satellites being sent into orbit

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jul 23, 2013 - Three U.S. Air Force satellites were being launched into space on Wednesday to provide a "space neighborhood watch" capability.

Two of the spacecraft will be operational satellites of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, and will provide the U.S. Strategic Command with space situational awareness data allowing for more accurate tracking and identification of orbiting objects.

The third will be an experimental satellite in near-geosynchronous orbit. It is part of a program called Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space.

ANGELS will conduct safe research activities around the upper stage of its Delta IV launch vehicle.

"ANGELS will test new space situational awareness techniques and technologies while performing safe, automated spacecraft operations to support and enhance future U.S. missions," the Air Force said.

"...These operational and experimental systems will enhance the nation's ability to monitor and assess events regarding our military and commercial systems," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "In essence, they will create a space neighborhood watch capability."

The two GSSAP spacecraft and the ANGELS experimental satellite were being launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on the same United Launch Alliance Delta IV booster.

 

 

US lawmakers boost funding for Israel's Iron Dome

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Washington July 15, 2014 - With US ally Israel facing a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza, a Senate panel on Tuesday approved a 50 percent funding boost for the Jewish State's Iron Dome anti-missile system. The measure, if it becomes law, would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense programs for the 2015 fiscal year starting in October, including $351 million for the short-range Iron Dome system that has been put to the test over the past eight days amid a raging conflict between Israel and Hamas. Congress appropriated $235 million to Iron Dome last year. The White House had requested about $176 million for the system for 2015, but lawmakers doubled the amount. Congress often increases funding for Israeli security projects sought by the president. The funding is part of the administration's request of $3.1 billion for military assistance to Israel, the world's largest beneficiary of US foreign aid. In May, the House of Representatives adopted its own National Defense Authorization Act, which matches the Senate's Iron Dome funding proposal. The Senate measure is part of an overall Defense Department spending bill backed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday that commits $549.3 billion to military operations for 2015. The package keeps several Pentagon projects that had been on the chopping block, including the tank-killing A-10 planes Senator John McCain described as "the best close-air support weapon in our nation's arsenal." The measure still has to be approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and the full Senate.
 

Qatar to buy Patriot missiles in $11 bln arms deal: US

 
‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 15, 2014 - Qatar will buy US Patriot missiles for the first time in a major arms deal worth $11 billion, officials said Monday, as Washington awaits a decision by the Gulf state on a lucrative fighter jet contract.

The sale will provide Qatar with roughly 10 batteries for Patriot systems designed to knock out incoming missiles, as well as 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles, the US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

Qatar was investing in missile defense systems to counter what it sees as the threat from Iran across the Gulf, as Tehran has built up its missile arsenal, officials said.

The weapons deal was the biggest for the United States in 2014 and came as Qatar weighs proposals in a fighter jet competition, with US aerospace firm Boeing vying against British BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation of France.

"It's a good sign," said a senior defense official, referring to the arms sale and the prospects for the fighter jet bidding.

"It's a pretty significant step."

Qatar's minister of state for defense, Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, committed to the sale in a signing ceremony Monday in Washington after talks with his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel.

"Today's signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations," said Hagel's press secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby.

It was also the first time Qatar had acquired Patriot missiles, which other Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased in the past.

Qatari Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari told AFP the missiles and other arms purchased were "defensive" in nature and not directed at any other country.

"As you know our region is going through a lot of instability. What we bought are weapons to defend Qatar," he said.

He said the sale conveyed the importance of Qatar's relationship with the United States adding there were other negotiations that would produce new deals "very soon."

- Building ties with Qatar -

US officials and commanders have long urged their Gulf partners to set up a coordinated missile defense network to counter Iran, but cooperation has been slow in coming.

The weapons would enhance America's security and diplomatic ties to Qatar, the US official said, despite disagreement over Syria and Qatar's assistance to some rebel groups deemed too radical by Washington.

Gulf allies also have voiced concern about US diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program, fearing the United States may shift away from its long-standing hostility to Tehran.

Officials said the arms sale offered a way of forging closer ties to Qatar and to cultivate relationships with the country's military through training on US-made aircraft and weapons.

"This is an investment in the next generation (of military leaders) ... It's an investment for the long-run," the senior official said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden welcomed al-Attiyah at the White House and discussed the deal.

The sale follows a visit to Qatar last December by the US defense secretary, and talks in May between Hagel and Qatari and other Gulf defense chiefs.

Qatar hosts a vital hub for the US military, the Combined Air Operations Center, where officers oversee combat aircraft in Afghanistan and track air traffic across the volatile Middle East.

In his talks with the Qatari minister, Hagel expressed his "appreciation for the support that Qatar provides US forces in the country," Kirby said.

"This is a critically important relationship in the region," said Kirby. "And the secretary is pleased to be able to continue to make it stronger."

- Creating US jobs -

Arms sales also are a way of boosting the US economy, and the deal with Qatar is expected to produce up to 54,000 jobs, according to estimates cited by Pentagon officials.

US defense giants Raytheon and Lockheed Martin manufacture the Patriot missile hardware and Javelin anti-tank missiles, while Boeing produces the AH-64 Apache chopper.

The Patriot missile sale, involving 247 PAC-3 and 117 GEM-T missiles, was worth more than $7 billion. The Apache helicopters and related gear came to more than $3 billion and the Javelin anti-tank missiles over $100 million, according to officials.

Qatar has stepped up weapons purchases as it takes on an increasingly influential role in the region.

The government took the extraordinary step last year of delaying a deadline for proposals by three months in its fighter jet competition after the United States asked for an extension.

The gas-rich kingdom wants to buy a new fleet of modern fighter jets. BAE is offering the Typhoon, while Dassault Aviation hopes Qatar will select the Rafale aircraft. Boeing is promoting F-18 Super Hornets and F-15 fighters for the contract.

It remains unclear when the country will choose a new fighter.

 

 

Industries study enhanced missile defense capability

 
‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:02 AMGo to full article
Denver (UPI) Jun 27, 2013 - The possible linkage of two separate systems for a more complete global missile defense network is being conducted by an industry team led by Lockheed Martin.

The linkage would be between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's integrated command and control system, or C2BMC, with the U.S. Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System.

"Potential air and ballistic missile threats may cross regions and outpace the capabilities of individual missile defense systems operated by one service," said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. "Linking C2BMC with the Army's system will be a step toward a more powerful integrated air and ballistic missile defense capability."

C2BMC is a system that integrates separate elements (etc.) of the ballistic missile defense system - such as Aegis, THAAD, SBIRS -- into a global network that can link any sensor, any shooter, at any phase of missile flight in any region, against any type of ballistic threat.

The system was first deployed in 2004. It is fielded in 33 locations in more than 17 time zones and is supported by more than 48,000 miles of Defense Information Systems Agency communication lines.

The Lockheed-led Missile Defense National Team - members include Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and others - is studying the feasibility of the C2BMC system with the Army system to provide the United States with an advanced capability enabling more complete air and ballistic missile situational awareness.

The study involves identifying potential interface changes that would pave the way for the joining of the two systems.

 

 

New missile defense equipment installed on frigate

 
‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:02 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jun 27, 2013 - The second of eight ANZAC-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy has completed an anti-missile defense upgrade program and is undergoing sea trials.

The 18-month upgrade to HMAS Arunta involved integration of new radar, installation of a new combat management system from Saab of Sweden, the laying of more than 98,000 feet of new fiber-optic cable and routine maintenance and repair.

The work improves the ship's capability to defend itself against modern anti-ship missiles, according to the Australian Department of Defense.

"This has been achieved by successfully integrating the Australian designed CEA Phased Array Radar with an upgraded SAAB combat management system," said Warren King, chief executive officer, Defense Materiel Organization.

The five remaining ANZAC-class frigates are to receive the air defense upgrade by 2017. Involved in the work are BAE Systems, SAAB, and CEA Technologies.

In other Australian naval news, Minister for Defense David Johnston has announced that the Australian subsidiary of Kellogg, Brown & Root has been contracted to provide support services for the Navy's Landing Helicopter Dock ships.

The contract is for five years but details on its monetary value were not disclosed.

"KBR will bring their world-class asset management expertise to the sustainment of Australia's new LHDs," said Minister for Defense David Johnston. "This will ensure the vessels are always ready to meet their operational commitments, and maximize the availability of the ships throughout their 40-year lives."

 

 

Navy touts destroyer's at-sea Aegis tests

 
‎27 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:13:40 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2013 - A series of five live-fire tests of the Aegis combat system were performed earlier this month by the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones.

The U.S. Navy said the tests in the Pacific were for the Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System and part of the ship's combat systems qualification trials.

A total of six targets were engaged, the Navy said, using Standard Missile-6 missiles and a Standard Missile-2 missile.

During the ship's underway period, it also performed its first ballistic missile tracking exercise while simultaneously tracking two supersonic and two subsonic missile targets.

The USS John Paul Jones had recently received modernization of its combat systems. Among the upgrades: the latest commercial-off-the-shelf computing infrastructure, upgrades to its SPY-1D transmitter, and a new multi-mission signal processor, which comprises the Aegis Baseline 9C suite.

Additional details of the tests conducted were not provided by the Navy.

 

 

Lockheed Martin To Build Next Two SBIRS Missile Defense Satellites

 
‎29 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:25:23 PMGo to full article
Sunnyvale, CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2014 - The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). SBIRS provides our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence.

The Air Force awarded initial funding for the two satellites in a 2012 contract to complete non-recurring engineering activities and to procure select long lead parts. In 2013, the service awarded the advance procurement contract to secure additional long lead parts.

"SBIRS provides capabilities critical to our nation's defense but we also understand in today's environment that we need to find that perfect balance between capability and affordability," said Jeffrey Smith, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared mission area.

"This contract is the third part of a thoughtful acquisition strategy aimed at further reducing cost and cycle time for GEO-5 and GEO-6, while still providing exceptional data to the warfighter."

The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in GEO, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), and ground hardware and software. The GEO-1 and GEO-2 satellites both received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance in 2013, and have performance that matches, and in some cases exceeds, requirements.

On schedule for delivery at the end of 2014, GEO-3 currently is undergoing acoustic and thermal vacuum testing at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility. GEO-4 recently entered final assembly, integration and test.

The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers.

The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield.

The SBIRS team is led by the Infrared Space Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.

 

 

US missile defense system strikes target in test

 
‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:36:08 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) June 23, 2014 - The Boeing-managed ground-based system intended to shield the continental United States successfully intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean for the first time Sunday, the Pentagon said.

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, with a $40 billion price tag, aims to protect against long-range ballistic missiles from so-called rogue states such as North Korea and Iran. But government records show it has failed a series of tests.

President Barack Obama's administration has announced it plans to spend about $1.3 billion on 14 more interceptors, but only if the closely-watched test was successful.

The interceptor missile was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and struck a dummy intermediate-range ballistic missile launched from the US Army's Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

"This is a very important step in our continuing efforts to improve and increase the reliability of our homeland ballistic missile defense system," Missile Defense Agency chief Vice Admiral James Syring said in a statement.

The successful test followed the system's failure to hit a simulated missile in five of eight previous tests since president George W. Bush's administration launched the program in 2004.

The latest version of the warhead flown for the test contained hardware and software upgrades, according to manufacturer Raytheon.

It was the first successful intercept by Raytheon's Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle Capability Enhancement II, or EKV CE-II, which failed in both previous tests conducted in 2010.

"We made the fixes needed to be made from the last test, which was back in December of 2010," Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby told reporters on Friday.

He compared the test to "hitting a BB with a BB... It's pretty significant if it works."

"Testing is critically important to ensuring the advancement of reliable kill vehicles for the protection of the US and its allies," Raytheon Missile Systems president Taylor Lawrence said.

Overall, the test marked the 65th successful intercept out of 81 attempts since 2001 for the Ballistic Missile Defense System, according to the Pentagon.

"This mission met several complex test objectives, including a long-duration flight time for the ground-based interceptor and high velocity closing speeds for intercept," a "proud" Boeing said.

 

 

Poland's Bumar Elektronika and Raytheon Partner to Develop New Patriot IFF Antenna

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:04:52 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2014 - Raytheon has announced that it will partner with Bumar Elektronika on the design and development of a modernized Patriot Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) antenna. This new antenna is a key element of the advanced Patriot 360 degree radar proposed by Raytheon for Poland's medium-range air and missile defense system program named "WISLA."

The component will also be compatible with previous Patriot configurations, allowing for future upgrades of the existing worldwide Patriot radar fleet.

"There is a considerable level of technical complexity associated with this effort, which highlights Raytheon's commitment to deliver significant, long term benefits to Poland's defense industry," said Daniel J Crowley, President, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

"In addition, this antenna opens an export market for Bumar Elektronika among established users worldwide - an opportunity unique to the Patriot system."

The initial agreement between the parties enables the respective engineering teams to begin work on defining the concept and could potentially lead to a multi-year design, development, test program and production contract.

"We are pleased to initiate this project in cooperation with Raytheon, which gives us the opportunity to make an important contribution to future improvements of Patriot. This offers clear benefits to nations around the world that depend on the system's proven capability," said Dr. Ryszard Kardasz, President of Bumar Elektronika.

The announcement comes two months after Raytheon and Polski Holding Obronny sp.z o.o. (PHO) hosted a partnering conference in Warsaw, which brought together over 100 Polish suppliers and government officials during two days of active dialogue. Raytheon is actively pursuing several other opportunities with Polish industry in preparation for the WISLA program.

The company's offer for WISLA includes the development with Polish industry of a next generation Patriot solution, which incorporates: + A new Common Command and Control (CC2) system that offers open architecture and multi-role capability, which builds on and preserves the combat-proven functionality of Patriot and its inherent US/NATO interoperability,

+ Introduction of a 360-degree multi-function radar using the latest advanced radar technology to provide unmatched performance, unprecedented operational readiness and the lowest maintenance cost and,

+ The potential for integration of a new advanced Low Cost Interceptor (LCI) to further expand Patriot's ability to simultaneously fire multiple missile types to address the continuously evolving threat spectrum.

Patriot is designed with modular components allowing the system to be continually upgraded and modernized. Today, Patriot is the only combat-proven air and missile defense system, protecting the U.S. and allied forces around the world. Its 12-nation global community, including 5 NATO nations, and future Patriot partners offer Poland benefits through system enhancement, training, maintenance, testing, logistics and shared costs.

 

 

U.S., Polish companies to improve radar of Patriot missile defense system

 
‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:04:52 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Jun 13, 2013 - A modernized Indentification-Friend-or-Foe antenna for the Patriot air defense system is to be jointly developed by Raytheon and Poland's Bumar Elektronika.

The IFF antenna will be a main element of the Patriot's advanced 360-degree radar that Raytheon is proposing for a Polish missile defense program.

"There is a considerable level of technical complexity associated with this effort, which highlights Raytheon's commitment to deliver significant, long-term benefits to Poland's defense industry," said Daniel J Crowley, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "In addition, this antenna opens an export market for Bumar Elektronika among established users worldwide -- an opportunity unique to the Patriot system."

Under an initial agreement, engineer teams of both companies are to begin work on defining the concept.

Earlier this year Raytheon, together with Polski Holding Obronny, held a partnering conference in Poland. More agreements with Polish companies on the missile defense project are expected, Raytheon said.

"We are pleased to initiate this project in cooperation with Raytheon, which gives us the opportunity to make an important contribution to future improvements of Patriot," said Dr. Ryszard Kardasz, president of Bumar Elektronika. "This offers clear benefits to nations around the world that depend on the system's proven capability."

 

 

US MDA and Northrop Grumman Conduct Wargame to Improve Understanding of BMD Complexity

 
‎11 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:29 AMGo to full article
Mclean VA (SPX) Jun 10, 2014 - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Northrop Grumman have successfully completed multiple sessions of a missile defense wargame for the second annual Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Forum recently concluded at Fort Belvoir.

Wargames are often used to demonstrate future ballistic missile defense system (BMDS) capabilities to the warfighting communities, allowing them to develop concepts of operations and tactics in advance of MDA's future capability delivery.

Forum participants engaged in a wargame that used a simulated 2020 scenario representing a future BMDS architecture in European theater. Through 16 sessions, participants were provided an opportunity to experience the complexities of the missile defense mission.

"Wargames look at 'the art of the possible' for countering future threats and they are crucial for developing solutions comprising technical and tactical adjustments," said Dan Verwiel, vice president of air and missile defense systems, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

"Through hands-on operations and close observations, forum participants gained appreciation for how promptly they must react, coordinate and make decisions when facing the complex environment and short timelines typical of the ballistic missile challenge."

Northrop Grumman developed the wargame under the MDA's Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract (JRDC) with direction from the MDA Branch Chief of Wargames and Experiments.

The company drew from its wealth of JRDC experience integrating BMDS elements to affordably complete the wargame under a compressed schedule, reducing the cost by approximately 50 percent and the project timeline by 40 percent as compared to a standard wargame. The wargame threats were coordinated with the JRDC Threat Modeling Center for accuracy.

As the prime contractor of the JRDC, Northrop Grumman leads a world-class team to conduct BMDS-level modeling and simulation, ground and flight tests, wargames, exercises, analysis and operations in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Huntsville, Alabama; and other locations.

 

 

South Korea to develop homegrown interceptor instead of THAAD

 
‎11 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:29 AMGo to full article
Seoul, Korea (XNA) Jun 12, 2014 - South Korea's arms procurement agency said on Wednesday that the country plans to develop its own interceptor, dismissing speculation that it may adopt the U.S.- developed missile defense system.

Baek Yun-hyung, the spokesman for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), told a press briefing that a defense project committee's meeting chaired earlier by Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin decided to develop the long-range surface-to- air missile (L-SAM) based on its indigenous technology.

The L-SAM development was aimed at enhancing capability to intercept ballistic missiles at a higher altitude during the terminal phase, Baek said.

The development will be launched next year, and will take some seven to eight years to complete, said the spokesman, noting some 1 trillion won (980 million U.S. dollars) of budget will be earmarked for the development alone.

Meanwhile, Baek said the country will develop its own reconnaissance satellite to enhance capability of collecting imagery information on the Korean Peninsula.

Development of the satellite, which collects information while orbiting the earth, will be launched next year, and some 1 trillion won was expected to be spent on the development and production of a total of five satellites, said the spokesman.

The announcement came amid expectations that South Korea may purchase the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), developed by the U.S.-based Lockheed Martin, designed to intercept missiles at an altitude of 40-150 km.

Chief of the United States Forces Korea (USFK) said in early June that the United States was considering the deployment of the THAAD on the Korean Peninsula, noting he recommended the deployment as the commander.

Vice-chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff James Winnefeld said on May 28 that the U.S. military was mulling an additional deployment of missile defense in the Asia-Pacific region to prepare for what he called threats from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

The spokesman said that if the L-SAM development is completed, the multi-layered missile defense system will be established, noting PAC-3 and medium-range surface-to-air (M-SAM) missiles would intercept missiles at a lower altitude after the L-SAM may fail to shoot down missiles at a higher phase.

Regarding the THAAD, Baek said the THAAD and the L-SAM are not a target of comparison, adding the country is targeting intercepting missiles at an altitude of some 40 km, unlike the THAAD shooting down missiles as high as 150 km.

South Korea has pushed for the Korea Air and Missile Defense ( KAMD), or a South Korea-type MD system, which focuses on a terminal-phase, low-altitude missile defense. Seoul's Defense Ministry has said that the low-tier MD refers to intercepting missiles at an altitude of less than 100 km.

Seoul will upgrade its PAC-2 missiles to Lockheed Martin's PAC- 3 to shoot down missiles at an altitude of less than 40 km. The M- SAM will help PAC-3 intercept missiles at such altitudes.

The L-SAM will intercept missiles at an altitude of 40 km or above, moderating worries that the PAC-3 and the M-SAM may not be enough to shoot down missiles.

It will improve the multi-layered missile defense, which the South Korean military has been targeting. The multi-layered system means the failure of the first-stage interceptors leads to the second-stage interception at different altitudes.

 

 

 

US seeks greater missile defense cooperation by Japan, South Korea

 
‎11 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎08:39:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 28, 2014 - A top US military official on Wednesday called for better missile defense cooperation between Japan and South Korea, in the face of strained ties between America's two closest Asia allies and a belligerent North Korea.

"We're encouraging our allies and partners to acquire their own missile defenses and to strengthen regional missile defense cooperation that will result in better performance than individual countries acting alone," said James Winnefeld, vice-chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff.

"We will continue to emphasize the importance of developing regional ballistic missile defense systems," Winnefeld said during a speech at the Atlantic Council think tank.

"This is a very politically sensitive topic for several of our regional allies, but progress in this area would only increase our confidence in the face of persistent North Korean provocations," Winnefeld said.

"This is about ensuring we can deny the objectives of any insecure authoritarian state that believes acquisition of deliverable weapons of mass destruction is key to the preservation of its regime."

Winnefeld said that in terms of weapons capability Pyongyang poses the greatest threat, "followed by Iran."

His appeal comes with relations between Seoul and Tokyo at their lowest level in years, strained by Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea and a territorial dispute over islets in waters between the two countries.

Despite those regional tensions, Washington likely will "come to rely more" on its Asian allies "to resource the means for their defense," the general said -- especially "in a world of declining budgets."

North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program is a major security concern in the Pacific region and beyond.

Despite international isolation and extensive sanctions, Pyongyang appears to be readying a fourth nuclear test, observers have said.

While it's among the states most concerned about North Korea, resource-poor Japan has maintained friendly relations with oil-rich Iran through its years of ostracism, keeping up a diplomatic dialogue during Tehran's decades long confrontation with Washington.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Washington is weighing a plan to deploy an advanced missile-defense system in South Korea, one that could intercept short, medium and intermediate missiles.

The anti-missile system THAAD, short for Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, is similar to one deployed by the United States to protect bases in its territory of Guam.

A Pentagon spokesman, Colonel Steven Warren, said Wednesday that while THAAD is "a very capable system... as of today, there's been no decision" by Seoul or Washington to deploy a battery in South Korea.

Winnefeld argued that a regional approach to missile defense could help spread the costs, noting that a single Thaad missile interceptor costs around $11 million compared to $3 million for a Scud, North Korea's preferred missile.

Meanwhile, Winnefeld said the United States will deploy an additional TPY-2 radar in Japan by the end of 2014 "to both improve our homeland and regional defense capabilities."

He added that the United States is also continuing to operate the Sea-based X-Band Radar (SBX) "as needed in the Pacific" and is planning to deploy a new, long-range radar for the Pacific region around 2020.

 

 

Land-based variant of Aegis tested

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎09:56:56 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 21, 2013 - Components of the Aegis Ashore anti-ballistic missile system have successfully undergone a first flight test, according to the Department of Defense.

In the test Tuesday at a facility in Hawaii a simulated ballistic missile target was acquired, tracked, and engaged by the weapon system, which fired a Standard Missile-3 from a vertical launch system.

The primary purpose of the test -- designated Aegis Ashore Controlled Test Vehicle-01 -- was to confirm the functioning of the Aegis Ashore's fire control and engagement systems. It was conducted by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Navy.

"This flight test supports development of the Aegis Ashore capability of Phase 2 of the European Phased Adaptive Approach, planned to begin operations in Romania in 2015," the Pentagon said.

Aegis, part of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense, enables warships to shoot down short to intermediate range enemy ballistic missiles. Aegis Ashore is a land-based variant of the system, which will soon be deployed.

Additional details of the test on Tuesday were not disclosed.

 

 

Canadian missile defense radar to be operated, maintained by Raytheon

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎09:56:56 PMGo to full article
Ottawa (UPI) May 16, 2013 - A missile warning radar system for the north of Canada is to be operated and maintained by Raytheon Canada Limited.

The contract for the North Warning System was issued by Public Works and Government Services Canada, a department of the government of Canada. It is for five years with two options for an additional five years.

The financial terms of the award were not disclosed.

The radar system is a joint Canadian and United States radar system that covers areas Labrador to the Yukon, including North American polar regions and which provides a command-and-control capability to the Canadian Air Defense Sector of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Raytheon Canada said that under the contract it will assume full care, custody and control of the missile warning system and all its components, including 47 radar sites, five logistics sites, a monitoring and control center and a radar depot.

Additional contract details were not disclosed.

 

 

Propulsion Module For Lockheed Martin-Built SBIRS GEO-4 Missile Defense Early Warning Satellite Completed

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎09:56:56 PMGo to full article
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) May 12, 2014 - Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion module for the fourth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-4) space vehicle and is now proceeding with satellite assembly, integration and test. SBIRS provides our nation with continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence.

Final assembly and test of the GEO-4 satellite's propulsion module occurred earlier this year at Lockheed Martin's Mississippi Space and Technology Center at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The propulsion module maneuvers the satellite during transfer orbit to its final location and conducts on-orbit repositioning maneuvers throughout its mission life.

The completed propulsion module shipped to the company's Sunnyvale, Calif. facility, where the satellite power and avionics boxes will be added prior to installing the mission payload that will be delivered by Northrop Grumman later this year.

"This is a significant production milestone for the fourth GEO satellite and further demonstrates our commitment to delivering SBIRS' unprecedented capabilities to our nation," said Jeffrey Smith, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) mission area. "We are now seeing the efficiency benefits from full production on the SBIRS program and look forward to delivering GEO-4 to the U.S. Air Force in 2015."

The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers. The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield.

The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in GEO, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO) orbit, and ground hardware and software. The GEO-1 satellite received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance on May 21, 2013. GEO-2 was declared operational Nov. 25, 2013, just eight months after its launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, with performance that matches, and in some cases exceeds requirements.

The SBIRS GEO-3 satellite is preparing for acoustic and thermal vacuum testing, and is on schedule for delivery to the Air Force by the end of 2014. Lockheed Martin is also currently under contract for GEO-5 and GEO-6 long-lead parts procurement.

The SBIRS team is led by the Infrared Space Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Lockheed Martin is the SBIRS prime contractor, Northrop Grumman is the payload integrator. Air Force Space Command operates the SBIRS system.

 

 

Canada revisiting ballistic missile defense: official

 
‎25 ‎June ‎2014, ‏‎04:55:10 PMGo to full article
Ottawa (AFP) May 08, 2014 - Canada is revisiting a decade-old decision not to join the US ballistic missile defense program, a top official in Ottawa said on Thursday.

James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defense, told a defense summit in Ottawa that the issue has come up again before both Senate and House of Commons committees.

"The government hasn't made any decision" on the matter, Bezan said, explaining that it is waiting for the parliamentary committees to report back.

Bezan said there has been some concern about the "accuracy" of missiles being developed by some rogue countries that could target Canada's neighbor, the United States, and end up striking Canada, he said.

He also expressed concern that Canadian officials would be "sidelined" in the decision-making responding to any missile threat incoming to North America.

A change in policy would require political consensus, however, which appears elusive.

Without political agreement -- or if the issue becomes a political hot potato -- Bezan predicted that the status quo would prevail.

There is still considerable opposition, meanwhile, to Canada joining the program.

Jack Harris, opposition New Democratic Party MP and defense critic, said: "We've not seen at this point a necessity for it.

"Threats haven't been outlined sufficiently at this point for us to change our position" against missile defense, he said.

A previous administration in 2005 rejected joining the US missile defense program, which many Canadians feared could spark a new international arms race and damage international peace and security.

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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