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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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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Obama, Congress tilt over Iran deal

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2015
President Barack Obama now has a framework nuclear deal with America's Iranian foe, but as he tries to build it into a binding accord he faces enemies closer to home. Can he prevent the US Congress from torpedoing his diplomatic efforts to contain Tehran? "If Congress kills this deal, not based on expert analysis and without offering any reasonable alternative, then it's the United Stat

Saudi king hopes final Iran deal will boost security

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) April 3, 2015
Saudi King Salman has told US President Barack Obama that he hoped a final nuclear deal between world powers and Iran would strengthen regional and world security, official media said. In a phone call with Obama on Thursday, Salman "expressed his hope that a final binding deal would be reached to reinforce the stability and security of the region and the world," the SPA news agency said.

Iran deal triumph for Kerry's old-school diplomacy

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2015
Even before he became secretary of state, John Kerry vowed to stop Iran from gaining an atomic bomb and warned the clock was ticking on reining in its nuclear ambitions. But few if any of his fellow senators were aware during his January 2013 confirmation hearing that Kerry had already made tentative steps to try to bring Iran back to nuclear talks as part of a secret overture by President B

Iran says nuclear deal will open 'new page' with world

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) April 3, 2015
Iran vowed to stand by a nuclear deal with world powers Friday as President Hassan Rouhani promised it would open a "new page" in the country's global ties. Keen to win over domestic sceptics, Iran's leaders pushed the merits of a potentially historic agreement, with clerics touting its virtues at Friday prayers in mosques. The framework agreement - reached Thursday after marathon talks

Pentagon chief heading to Japan, S.Korea next week

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2015
Pentagon chief Ashton Carter will travel to Japan and South Korea next week to underscore President Barack Obama's commitment to a strategic shift towards Asia, even as crises in the Middle East preoccupy Washington. Carter embarks on the first of two trips to Asia on Tuesday, stopping in Tokyo and Seoul before meeting the head of US Pacific Command in Hawaii, officials said. In May, Car

N. Korea fires four short-range missiles into sea

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 3, 2015
North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles into the sea off its west coast Friday in an operation apparently supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un amid heightened military tensions, a South Korean military spokesman said. The missiles were launched from a base on the west coast and flew more than 100 kilometres (60 miles), the spokesman for the South's joint chiefs of staff told AFP. "T

French energy company invests in drones

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Apr 1, 2015
French energy company GDF Suez said Wednesday it was investing in Redbird, a civilian drone company, to monitor natural gas infrastructures. The French company's venture capital subsidiary said it invested $2.1 million in Redbird to facilitate drone monitoring of natural gas infrastructure, survey topography and monitor "security for public institutions." GDF Suez said the invest

China ex-security chief charged with bribery, power abuse

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) April 3, 2015
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged Friday with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, authorities said, making him the most senior official prosecuted in decades and setting the stage for a dramatic trial. Zhou - seen as an adversary of President Xi Jinping - is the most prominent victim of the Communist Party's much-publicised anti-corruption drive, whi

Two new satellites join the Galileo constellation

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 02, 2015
The EU's Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit following the launch of the latest pair. Galileo 7 and 8 lifted off at 21:46 GMT (22:46 CET, 18:46 local time) on 27 March from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on top of a Soyuz rocket. All the Soyuz stages performed as planned, with the Fregat upper stage releasing the satellites into their target orbit close to

China launches upgraded satellite for independent SatNav system

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Xichang, China (XNA) Apr 02, 2015
China launched a new-generation satellite into space for its indigenous global navigation and positioning network at 9:52 p.m. Beijing Time Monday. Launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket developed by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. It is the 17th sat

Chinese Army Gets Brand New Early Warning and Control Aircraft

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 02, 2015
Capable of tracking nearly 100 vehicles at once, the Chinese military has launched its new airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW and C), taking to the skies with the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The PLAAF has been offering sneak peeks into the existence of the KJ-500 for months now. Late last year, it released images of the plane's paintjob, a wavy, sky blue with

China evacuates foreigners from Yemen in first such operation

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) April 3, 2015
China evacuated 225 people from 10 different countries from war-ravaged Yemen, Beijing said Friday, an unprecedented move underscoring the country's growing global reach. The Chinese missile frigate Linyi brought them to Djibouti after two weeks of fighting between rebel forces and a Saudi-led coalition that has seen hundreds killed. The evacuees included 176 people from Pakistan, said f

Pakistan army battles Taliban for strategic valley

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) April 4, 2015
High in the mountains along the Afghan border, Pakistan's fight against Taliban militants is focusing on their last, fearsome redoubt - the notorious Tirah Valley, home to renegades and rebels for centuries. The military has mounted a series of air strikes and ground assaults in Tirah in recent weeks that it says have captured key passes in a remote region that has never before come under f

Saudi special forces 'involved in Yemen ops'

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) April 4, 2015
Saudi Arabian special forces are involved in the military operation against Shiite Huthi rebels in neighbouring Yemen, a Saudi adviser said Saturday. A Saudi-led coalition began air strikes on March 26 against the Iran-backed rebels, but says it has no plans for now to deploy ground forces. However, Saudi army and naval special forces have carried out specific operations, said the advise

Despite nuclear deal, US-Iran relations far from rosy

‎05 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎01:49:19 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 3, 2015
US President Barack Obama, eager to resolve at least one intractable conflict in his final two years in office, has his eye on a major prize: reconciliation with Iran. Thursday's agreement on a road map for the final phase of negotiations on a nuclear accord could open a way to a broader realignment that would redraw the map of the Middle East. But analysts warn that the long-time foes r

Iran, world powers agree 'historic' framework nuclear deal

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Lausanne (AFP) April 3, 2015
Iran and six world powers agreed Thursday on the framework of a potentially historic deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear drive, marking a major breakthrough in a 12-year standoff after marathon talks in Switzerland. The framework, agreed between Iran and the West - which has long feared Tehran wants to build a nuclear bomb - raised hopes the deal could help stability in the Middle East.

Even full deal with Iran could fail to stabilise Mideast: analysts

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) April 2, 2015
Negotiators hope a nuclear deal will bring Iran back into the diplomatic fold, but experts are divided on whether it will douse the many fires of the Middle East. Iran and six world powers agreed Thursday on the outline of a potentially historic deal to curtail its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions on the Islamic republic. Even while struggling under sanct

Nuclear sanctions on Iran to be lifted if it meets deal

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Lausanne (AFP) April 2, 2015
A raft of biting global sanctions imposed on Iran for its suspect nuclear activities will be lifted over time, if the Islamic republic sticks to the terms of a final deal with global powers. Under a framework struck Thursday, the US and EU will lift all nuclear-related sanctions after the UN atomic watchdog, the IAEA, has verified that Iran has taken key steps laid out in the final comprehen

Israeli options limited despite warnings on Iran deal

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) April 3, 2015
Israel has warned relentlessly against a nuclear deal with Iran, but experts say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's options are limited and immediate military action is unlikely. Netanyahu slammed Thursday's announcement in Lausanne on the framework of a potentially historic deal, saying that if implemented it would jeopardise the Jewish state's very existence. "PM Netanyahu to Pres Oba

Tweets, bellowing car horns and nuclear hope in Iran

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) April 3, 2015
It was a single message on Twitter that began to raise expectations that the agonising wait would be worth it, as families gathered around their televisions looking for news. The feeling soon turned into joyful scenes in Tehran, with people dancing on the streets in the early hours of Friday as car horns blared and Iranians spoke of their hopes for a different future. "Whatever the final

China blasts Google security move as 'unacceptable'

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) April 2, 2015
A Chinese cyberspace bureau on Thursday denounced Google for deciding not to recognise the agency's authority after a Beijing-linked security breach, calling the US Internet giant's action "unacceptable and unintelligible". The reprimand from the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) came after Google said the agency was implicated in an online security vulnerability and the firm

David's Sling successsfully intercepts targets

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Fort Belvoir, Va. (UPI) Apr 2, 2015
Israel's middle-tier defense system against missiles and rockets successfully passed a series of tests conducted by Israel and the United States. The tests of the David's Sling weapon system were conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and involved interception of threat representative targets. David's Sling shot down targets simul

Poles, Baltics and Scandinavia rally troops as Russia growls

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Warsaw (AFP) April 3, 2015
Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and its subsequent meddling in eastern Ukraine have triggered vigilance in nearby Poland, the Baltic states and Scandinavia. Within Moscow's orbit during Soviet times, Poland and the Baltic three - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - are raising military spending and have asked NATO allies, particularly the US, to step up their presence. NATO already runs

China objects after US fighter planes land in Taiwan

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) April 2, 2015
China protested on Thursday after two American jet fighters landed at an air base in Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory, reportedly for the first time in 30 years. Two US F-18 fighter jets made an emergency landing at an air force base in the southern city of Tainan on Wednesday, with US authorities saying one of the planes had developed a mechanical failure. "We have lau

Russian ships in old Arctic NATO base set alarms bells ringing

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Oslo (AFP) April 3, 2015
Russian ships docked at what was once a secret Norwegian naval base in the Arctic have prompted concern from the NATO country's former top military leaders, anxious about its resurgent eastern neighbour roaming nearby. Norway's jagged Arctic coastline has regained its strategic importance since tensions between Russia and NATO members have spiked to levels not seen since the fall of the Sovi

China former security chief charged with bribery, abuse of power

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) April 3, 2015
China's former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged Friday with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, authorities said, making him the most senior official prosecuted in decades and setting the stage for a dramatic trial. Zhou is the most prominent victim of President Xi Jinping's much-publicised anti-corruption drive, which has targeted high-level "tigers" as well as low

Yemen rebels seize presidential palace in Aden

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) April 2, 2015
Yemeni rebels seized President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's palace in his former southern stronghold Aden Thursday, dealing a symbolic blow to the self-exiled leader despite a week of Saudi-led air strikes. As the war-torn country descended deeper into chaos, Al-Qaeda militants freed hundreds of inmates in a jailbreak. The advance by Iran-backed rebels deep into Aden, the last bastion of Had

Raytheon wins support contract for NORAD

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Apr 2, 2015
The North American Aerospace Defense Command Cheyenne Mountain Complex is to receive sustainment services from Raytheon. The services, as well as products, will be provided until March 30, 2020, under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award worth $700 million, the company said. "Raytheon has deep expertise in sustainment and modification solutions that include sensor and

New York women charged in US bomb plot

‎03 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎02:10:26 AMGo to full article
New York (AFP) April 2, 2015
Two American women inspired by Al-Qaeda and extremists in Syria were arrested in New York on Thursday, charged with planning to build a bomb and attack the United States, prosecutors said. Former roommates Noelle Velentzas, 28, and Asia Siddiqui, 31, risk life behind bars if convicted of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction in the United States. The pair from Queens were shadow

Northrop Grumman delivers first shipset for Australian Growler

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
El Segundo, Calif. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015
The first major sub-assembly for EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft for the Australian Air Force has been delivered to Boeing by Northrop Grumman. The sub-assembly, known as a shipset, is the center/aft fuselage section of the aircraft, together with twin vertical tails and associated sub-systems. "We are honored to celebrate this significant milestone with the U.S. Navy a

AW announces new maintenance deal for Royal Navy helicopters

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Mar 26, 2015
AgustaWestland has won a five-year award from Britain's Ministry of Defense for maintenance support for the Royal Navy's AW101 Merlin MK3 and MK3 helicopters. The new contract is part of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support program signed by the MOD and AgustaWestland in 2006. It carries a value of more than $861.7 million and will sustain more than 1,000 AW jobs in Britain

China hits out at Japan over defence spending worries

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) March 26, 2015
China dismissed Japanese concerns about its defence spending as "ridiculous" on Thursday after Tokyo commissioned its biggest-ever helicopter carrier. Both sides are boosting their military budgets as they grow increasingly wary of each other's ambitions in the Asia-Pacific region, facing off over a maritime territorial dispute and how to interpret Japan's motivations and actions during Worl

Japan launches replacement spy satellite

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) March 26, 2015
Japan on Thursday successfully launched a replacement spy satellite, its aerospace agency said, as an existing device comes to the end of its working life. Tokyo put spy satellites into operation in the 2000s after its erratic neighbour North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile over the Japanese mainland and into the western Pacific in 1998. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (

Saudi strikes Yemen rebels as Iran warns of 'dangerous step'

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Sanaa (AFP) March 26, 2015
Warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition bombed Huthi Shiite rebels Thursday in support of Yemen's embattled president, who headed to an Arab summit to garner support as Iran warned the intervention was "dangerous". Powerful explosions rocked Sanaa soon after rebel leader Abdulmalik al-Huthi criticised the intervention as "unjustified" and called for supporters to confront the "criminal oppressi

Taiwan protesters scuffle with police over China flight route

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) March 26, 2015
Taiwanese protesters scuffled with police on Thursday ahead of China's launch of a controversial flight route, which they say has been allowed to go ahead despite fears over security risks. The route over the Taiwan Strait is due to be inaugurated on Sunday, despite a backlash over security concerns. Around 40 protesters entered the lobby of the headquarters of the Mainland Affairs Counc

UK data hub will maximize benefits of Europe's EO program

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
London, UK (SPX) Mar 25, 2015
The UK is set to host a world-class data facility that will give UK scientists full access to a wealth of new Earth observation data from Europe's cutting-edge Copernicus programme. Europe's most ambitious Earth observation (EO) programme to date, Copernicus is launching a family of satellites, called Sentinels, that will provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improv

US and UAE Ink Bilateral Space Cooperation

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 25, 2015
Officials from several departments and agencies of the United States of America and the United Arab Emirates Space Agency met in Washington, D.C., during the week of March 16-20, 2015, to review a broad list of potential areas of space cooperation. The United States and the United Arab Emirates officials discussed strengthening civil and national security space collaboration. They agree

US 'hijacking' victory in Iraq's Tikrit: militia groups

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) March 26, 2015
Iraqi Shiite militias accused Washington Thursday of hijacking the operation to retake Tikrit, threatening a mass pullout even as regular government forces pressed a final assault. The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group launched its first air strikes on Tikrit late Wednesday, in what Washington and Baghdad have described as a potential game-changer in a stalled operation. I

Air strikes trigger final push on Iraq's Tikrit

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) March 26, 2015
Iraqi government forces revived a stalled ground operation to retake Tikrit Thursday following US-led air strikes that paved the way but left the anti-jihadist camp deeply divided. Wary of being seen as cosying up to Iran's proxies, Washington conditioned its intervention on an enhanced role for regular government forces in the fight against the Islamic State group. The Tehran-backed par

Raytheon, Poland's MESKO increasing collaboration

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Waltham, Mass. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015
Raytheon's Missile Systems business is expanding its cooperation with Polish missile and ammunition manufacturer MESKO with the signing of a Letter of Intent. The agreement, Raytheon said, will lead to collaboration and technology sharing and focuses on Raytheon's KRAB howitzer precision fires and a new Polish Attack Helicopter. "This is a tremendous step forward, allowing Raythe

Rouhani writes to Obama as Iran talks near deadline

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Lausanne (AFP) March 26, 2015
Iran's president Thursday appealed to global leaders including Barack Obama as negotiators raced against the clock to agree the outlines of a deal that puts an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach. Hassan Rouhani wrote to the American president, US officials confirmed, as well as to the leaders of the five other powers heading efforts to resolve the 12-year standoff over Iran's nuclear programm

NATO country orders tactical radios

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Rochester, N.Y. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015
An unidentified country belonging to NATO has ordered secure tactical radios for its military from the Harris Corporation of the United States. The order is worth $25 million, Harris said, but no details were given as to the number of units to be supplied or their delivery schedule. Harris Corporation said it will provide the customer with two variants of its Falcon III communica

Spain approves security laws decried by rights groups

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Madrid (AFP) March 26, 2015
Spain's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved two new security laws which rights groups warn will curb the right to protest, freedom of the press and the right to asylum. The ruling conservative Popular Party used its absolute majority in the assembly to pass the bills, which were opposed by all opposition parties and have sparked numerous noisy street demonstrations. One law re

Saudi-led raids on Yemen rebels 'successful': coalition

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:56:55 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) March 26, 2015
The first wave of Saudi-led air raids against Shiite rebels in Yemen was "successful", the coalition said Thursday, vowing to press on with the intervention until goals are reached. Speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital, spokesman Ahmed Assiri also said that there were no immediate plans to put boots on the ground. However he added that "if there is a need for ground forces, Saudi A

Army tests missile launch demonstrator

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:15:01 AMGo to full article
White Sands, N.M. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015
The tube integrity and missile stack integration of a demonstrator multi-mission launch system has been successfully verified in U.S. Army testing. The testing involved the use of three missiles and was conducted by the Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept Product Office with support from the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

N. Korea says US missile system seeks to contain China, Russia

‎28 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:15:01 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 26, 2015
North Korea weighed in Thursday on the proposed deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea, criticising it as a Cold War-era move to "contain" China and Russia. The North Korean response appeared aimed at exploiting tensions between Washington, Beijing, Moscow and Seoul over the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system. The United States insists THAAD is a deterre

Canada orders missile protection system

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Rolling Meadows, Ill. (UPI) Mar 25, 2015
Northrop Grumman announced it has been selected to supply its latest infrared missile protection system to the Royal Canadian Air Force. The system - the directional infrared countermeasures system - will be used to protect the RCAF's fleet of CH-147 Chinook helicopters, the company said, but details as to the number of units to be delivered, their delivery date and the value of the c

Japan PM not to attend China's war parade: report

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) March 25, 2015
Japan's prime minister is set to rebuff a prickly invitation to a Chinese military parade, a report said Wednesday, as the former World War II enemies jockey over the telling of their shared history. Tokyo has not officially replied to Beijing's comments on the march, being held to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict, but it is unlikely that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will go

USMC orders targeting system from Elbit Systems America

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Fort Worth, Texas (UPI) Mar 23, 2015
The U.S. Marines are to receive a new lightweight all-weather targeting capability from Elbit Systems America LLC through a new IDIQ contract. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award for the Common Laser Range Finder-Integrated Capability, or CLRF-IC, is worth $73.4 million and extends through March of 2020. Elbit Systems America, a subsidiary of Elbit Systems Ltd of Is

Moscow-friendly Greece could 'paralyse' NATO

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Warsaw (AFP) March 25, 2015
A Moscow-friendly Greece could paralyse NATO's ability to react to Russian aggression, former US national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski warned Wednesday. Athens could use its veto to slow the alliance's response if Russia set its sights on its Baltic member states, he told Poland's Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. The Cold War-era hawk, who worked for president Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 19

Airbus DS sells Rostock System Technik subsidiary

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Hamburg, Germany (UPI) Mar 24, 2015
Airbus Defense and Space has announced the sale of its aerospace engineering subsidiary, Rostock System Technik GmbH, to Ferchau Engineering GmbH of Germany. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but Airbus DS said the action was consistent with its strategy of strengthening its core business and divesting non-core activities. "We have conducted an extensive selection

Kerry on historic mission for Iran nuclear deal

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 25, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry left Washington on Wednesday for a date with history, hoping to seal a deal reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions for years to come. After months of closed-door negotiations, Kerry and his team was headed once again for talks in Switzerland with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The two nations broke diplomatic ties more than three decades ago

Squid-inspired 'invisibility stickers' could help soldiers evade detection

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Denver CO (SPX) Mar 25, 2015
Squid are the ultimate camouflage artists, blending almost flawlessly with their backgrounds so that unsuspecting prey can't detect them. Using a protein that's key to this process, scientists have designed "invisibility stickers" that could one day help soldiers disguise themselves, even when sought by enemies with tough-to-fool infrared cameras. The researchers will present their work at

Yemen leader taken to 'secure location' as rebels advance

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) March 25, 2015
Yemen's leader was rushed to a "secure location" Wednesday as rebel forces bore down on his southern stronghold and a warplane attacked his presidential complex, prompting pleas for urgent intervention. The escalating turmoil has stoked fears that Yemen - a front line in the US battle against Al-Qaeda - is teetering on the brink of all-out civil war. A top aide of President Abedrabbo M

Tech firms, activists renew surveillance reform push

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 25, 2015
Big US technology firms joined a coalition of activists Wednesday urging Congress to pass a law scaling back government surveillance ahead of key deadline. A letter endorsed by more than 40 groups including an alliance that includes Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Apple pressed for surveillance reforms ahead of the June 1 expiration of a law allowing bulk collection of telephone records and o

DARPA, Navy contract for new UAS-ship capability

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 24, 2015
AeroVironment and Northrop Grumman are developing systems to allow small ships to launch and recover medium-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial systems. The work on Phase 2 of the system under development, called Tern, was jointly commissioned by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the U.S. Navy to provide long-range intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance

USAF releases requirements for new trainer jet

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
San Antonio (UPI) Mar 23, 2015
Requirements for a new trainer aircraft to replace the T-38 have been released to industry by the U.S. Air Force. The Air Force plans to award a contract for 350 so-called T-Xs to replace T-38s in the fall of 2017, with initial operational capability by the end of 2023. The T-X requirements identify three key performance characteristics for the aircraft for advanced pilot trainin

Japan military eyes recruits with cutesy smartphone game

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) March 25, 2015
Japan's military has released a smartphone game featuring cutesy characters who dodge household objects, marking the latest effort to polish the force's image and lure new recruits. The game, launched last week, calls on cartoonish figures in military uniforms to protect a home while the owners are away, including crawling on the floor and piloting a jet fighter to avoid flying objects inclu

NATO welcomes US slowing of Afghanistan troop withdrawal

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 25, 2015
NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday praised US President Barack Obama's decision to keep the current level of 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan until the end of 2015. On Tuesday, Obama reversed plans to withdraw around 5,000 US troops from Afghanistan this year after talks with the country's new, reform-minded leader, President Ashraf Ghani. "I welcome President Obama's d

Iraq vows to bring is own rights violators to justice

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Geneva (AFP) March 25, 2015
Iraq pledged Wednesday to probe all rights abuses committed in the conflict-torn country, including by its own security forces and pro-government militias, and bring the perpetrators to justice. "Any person involved in any violation will be brought to trial," Iraqi Human Rights Minister Mohammed Al-Bayati told the United Nations Human Rights Council. He was responding to a UN report whic

US launches Tikrit air strikes to support Iraqi forces: officials

‎26 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:45:47 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 25, 2015
US aircraft on Wednesday launched bombing raids to support Iraqi forces fighting to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State group, after Baghdad issued a request for air power, US officials said. The offensive to take back Tikrit - executed dictator Saddam Hussein's home town - from IS jihadists has stalled over the past week. "I can confirm that the government of Iraq has requested co

DoD Works to Build Competition Into Space Launches

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (AFNS) Mar 24, 2015
Space capability is critical to national security, and the Defense Department is working to make its launch program more competitive and end its longtime use of a Russian rocket engine on the Atlas launch system, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said this week. Katrina G. McFarland testified before the House Armed Services Committee's strategic forces subcommittee March 1

China completes second test on new carrier rocket's power system

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Mar 24, 2015
The second ground test of the power system of China's next-generation carrier rocket was completed Monday, ahead of its first flight in 2016. Using non-toxic, non-polluting liquid propellant, the engines of Long March-5 were test-fired on the ground to test current technology, said Tan Yonghua, head of the Academy of Aerospace Propulsion Technology. Long March-5 was first test-fired

India, China agree to foster peace on disputed border

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) March 24, 2015
India and China agreed Tuesday to foster peace along their Himalayan border after wrapping up two days of talks designed to resolve a long-festering boundary dispute. In comments issued after the round of talks in the Indian capital, the governments of both countries stressed their common desire to maintain calm and to press ahead with further negotiations. "Both sides agreed to take nec

Sri Lankan leader to renegotiate China deals on visit

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Colombo (AFP) March 24, 2015
Sri Lanka's new president will use a visit to Beijing to renegotiate more than $5.3 billion-worth of Chinese deals signed by his predecessor, a minister said Tuesday, calling it a strategy of "economic self-defence". President Maithripala Sirisena has already suspended construction work on a major Chinese-funded land reclamation project commissioned by his predecessor Mahinda Rajapakse, who

Israel wraps up mission lobbying against Iran deal

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) March 24, 2015
Israel's intelligence minister on Tuesday wrapped up a two-day European diplomatic offensive against making concessions to Iran in nuclear negotiations with world powers, his spokesman said. "Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz completed two days of intensive discussion in Paris and London," a statement from Eyal Basson said, adding that the minister was accompanied by National Security Adv

Stethoscopes and AK-47s: Pakistan medics face kidnap epidemic

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) March 24, 2015
When Pakistani doctor Mehmood Jafri gets ready for work in the morning, the first thing he does is put his AK-47 in the car. Then, after briefing the armed guards at his home, he sets off for the hospital where he works in the troubled northwestern city of Peshawar with his most trusted relative beside him as an escort. After surviving one murder attempt and one kidnap bid, Jafri takes n

Russia warns US against sending missile defence system to South Korea

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) March 24, 2015
Russia on Tuesday warned the United States against sending a ballistic missile defence system to South Korea, saying it could threaten regional security. Washington says it wants to deploy the system, known as THAAD, to South Korea as a deterrent to military provocation by North Korea. "Such a development cannot but cause concern about the destructive influence of the United States' g

Turkey-China wrangle over suspected Uighurs detained in Thailand

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Bangkok (AFP) March 24, 2015
A family of suspected Uighur Muslims, among hundreds detained in Thailand since last year, will Friday learn their fate in a court case that has sparked a diplomatic wrangle between Turkey and China. Both countries are seeking the repatriation of the family, who use the surname Teklimakan and claim they are Turkish. They were detained by Thai police in March 2014 after illegally entering

Canada to extend airstrikes against IS, go into Syria

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Ottawa (AFP) March 24, 2015
Canada will expand its campaign of air strikes against the Islamic State group and for the first time strike it in Syria as well as Iraq, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday. Opposition leaders raised heated objections, but Harper's motion outlining the enlarged mission was assured of passage with the backing of his Conservative majority. Addressing parliament, Harper said his gov

Russian bombers spark NATO scramble, protest in Baltic

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Vilnius (AFP) March 24, 2015
NATO jets were scrambled Tuesday to escort Russian fighters and nuclear-capable bombers flying near the Baltic states and Sweden with their transponders switched off, sparking protests over the danger they posed to civil aviation. Lithuania's defence ministry spokeswoman Asta Galdikaite said NATO air policing aircraft identified two Tu-22 type bombers and two SU-27 jets. The Swedish military

US mulls air strikes on Tikrit, aids Iraqis with 'eye in the sky'

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) March 25, 2015
Washington is considering launching air strikes, possibly within days, to back up Iraqi and Shiite forces battling to recapture Tikrit from the Islamic State jihadist group, US officials said. The statement came Tuesday after an official said the US was already providing reconnaissance support for Iraqi forces there, the first confirmation of American involvement in the operation. Such a

US drone strike kills 13 Pakistani militants in Afghanistan

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) March 24, 2015
A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan has killed 13 militants linked to the Pakistani Taliban in an area close to the countries' rugged border, officials said Tuesday. The strike came in the Nasyan area of the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, close to the border with the Pakistani tribal district of Khyber. Pakistani security officials said the militants belonged to the Lashkar-e

Chaos in Yemen undercuts US war against AQAP

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 24, 2015
Yemen's descent into chaos has undermined the US campaign against Al-Qaeda there, forcing Washington to abandon a strategy once touted as a model for counter-terrorism efforts. President Barack Obama's decision last week to withdraw all remaining US troops in Yemen from a base in the south underlined the gravity of the situation, with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) now potentially

Arianespace selected by Airbus to launch EDRS-C Satellite

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Paris, France (ESA) Mar 22, 2015
Arianespace and Airbus Defence and Space have reached an agreement for the launch of EDRS-C which is the second geostationary satellite of the SpaceDataHighway system. The launch is scheduled for first quarter in 2017. EDRS-C will increase the system capacity and provide redundancy for the SpaceDataHighway. Its orbital position will be 31 East. Like optical fibre on the Earth, the ED

Global Eagle and SES sign capacity deals on three HTS satellites

‎25 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:35 PMGo to full article
Luxembourg (SPX) Mar 20, 2015
Satellite operator SES and Global Eagle Entertainment have announced they have signed important capacity deals for services on three SES satellites. These agreements are part of a strategic partnership to deliver in-flight connectivity and services to airline passengers around the world. Under the latest agreements, GEE will utilize Ku-band wide beam and High Throughput Satellite (HT

Arms Reductions Treaty Between US, Russia Unlikely in Near Future

‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:52 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2015
Russia and the United States are unlikely to achieve a new nuclear arms reduction treaty in the near future, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Tuesday. "A new deal on strategic arms reduction between Russia and the United States will be difficult to achieve in the near future, if it is ever achievable," Antonov said. The deputy defense minister added that Russia's

Russia to Deploy 10 Strategic Bombers to Crimea for Snap Drills

‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:52 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2015
The Russian military will deploy ten Tu-22M3 Backfire C supersonic strategic bombers to Crimea as part of the current large-scale snap inspection of combat readiness, a source in the Defense Ministry told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. "In the framework of the snap inspection of the combat readiness of the Northern Fleet and some units of the Western Military District, 10 TU-22M3 strategic bomb

Russian Northern Fleet's Nuclear Forces Hold Snap Drills

‎24 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:14:52 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 23, 2015
As part of the check, Russian First Deputy Defense Minister Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov visited one of the fleet's six Delta IV-class ballistic missile submarines. The results of the training confirmed that ballistic missile crews were ready to perform their combat tasks, the ministry said in a statement. Snap inspections of combat readiness that involve all branches of the Russian Ar






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Riots in the Middle East, bloodshed and the overthrow of a Dictator. Does this sound like the Middle East in 2011?  Try 1979, the year the Shah was overthrown in Iran.  Is it possible history is about to repeat itself as Islamic Fundamentalists replace the Arab dictatorships of the Arab world?  What lessons can we learn from the Iranian revolution and the threat this nation currently poses to Israel and the Western world.

In this Documentary you will be taken back to the events of 1979 and the history of terrorism and conflict that has developed since then to bring Iran on it's current nuclear path.  You will learn about the EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse) threat to America, Iran's current treatment of it's own citizens and  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's obsession with the 12th Imam of Islam.

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News About Missiles

Raytheon modernizing South Korean Patriot system

‎01 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:56:24 AMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Mar 31, 2015 - The Patriot Air and Missile Defense system of South Korea is to be upgraded by Raytheon, which will also provide the country with UAV ground stations.

The two separate contracts have a combined total of $815.1 million, the company said.

Under the first award, a commercial sale contact, Raytheon will upgrade an undisclosed number Patriot missile batteries to the latest Patriot Missile Defense System configuration.

Included in the modernization will be integration of an open architecture to ensure the missile system is capable of operating with a variety of networks. A Modern Man Station will also be installed. The system is an operator interface that features touch screen technology and color graphic displays.

A radar digital processor for enhanced target detection and identification in support of PAC-3 MSE missile will also be provided, Raytheon said.

"The upgrade enhances the Republic of Korea's defenses and underscores the value of the 13-nation strong Patriot partnership which funded development of the modernization," said Dan Crowley, President of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems."The Republic of Korea's procurement is also an economic growth engine which will bring good jobs to Korea and preserve jobs in the U.S which would have gone overseas if a foreign system was selected."

Late last year Raytheon was contracted by South Korea to upgrade its Patriot missiles to the GEM-T configuration.

Patriot is a defense system for use against aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles.

The second contract Raytheon received from South Korea is for the provision of stationary and mobile ground segment stations in support of RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Northrop Grumman.

The Republic of Korea recently ordered four of the system, which is primarily used to support anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations, humanitarian assistance missions and disaster relief, airborne communications and information-sharing.

The Global Hawk has a cruise speed of 357 miles per hour, a range of about 8,700 miles and a flight endurance time of 28 hours.

The contract is worth $45.7 million and covers one building-based station and one mobile ground segment station. Raytheon said work on the stations will be conducted at its facility in Dulles, Va., and completed in 2019.

"As the original developer and producer of the Global Hawk ground station, Raytheon is providing a platform that is known globally for reliable mission success," said Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization for Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "Additionally, our investment of technology for this capability will secure Raytheon's ground station solution as reliable, relevant and supportable for decades to come."


Army tests missile launch demonstrator

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
White Sands, N.M. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015 - The tube integrity and missile stack integration of a demonstrator multi-mission launch system has been successfully verified in U.S. Army testing.

The testing involved the use of three missiles and was conducted by the Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept Product Office with support from the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center.

The Army said the three missiles launched included an Air Intercept Missile 9-X that intercepted an unmanned aerial vehicle after launch, a low-cost active seeker and a mini hit-to-kill interceptor.

"This, yet again, demonstrates a positive step forward for the MML," said James Lackey, AMRDEC Director. "MML will be critical in providing expanded ground troop area protection capabilities by enabling kinetic kill lethality effects against a variety of advanced, airborne incoming threats.

"I am very proud of the AMRDEC Team for keeping the focus and solidly executing requirements to both affordable cost and efficient schedule."

AMRDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for the Army. Its MML Program is designing and building two MML prototypes for integration into the IFPC Inc 2-I system during the technology maturation and risk reduction phase of development.

The MML, built on open system architecture, will be able to launch a variety of air defense interceptors against cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles and will be fielded in 2019.



Canada orders missile protection system

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Rolling Meadows, Ill. (UPI) Mar 25, 2015 - Northrop Grumman announced it has been selected to supply its latest infrared missile protection system to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The system -- the directional infrared countermeasures system -- will be used to protect the RCAF's fleet of CH-147 Chinook helicopters, the company said, but details as to the number of units to be delivered, their delivery date and the value of the contract were not disclosed.

CH-147 is the Canadian designation for Boeing's CH-47 cargo aircraft.

"Battle-tested in the harshest conditions and in use around the world, Northrop Grumman's infrared counter-measure systems have been protecting warfighters for more than 50 years," said Carl Smith, vice president, infrared countermeasures, Northrop Grumman. "This mature system will give the Royal Canadian Air Force the ability to provide advanced protection against growing threats."

Northrop Grumman's DIRCM automatically detects a missile launch, determines if it is a threat and if so activates a high-intensity, laser-based counter-measure system to track the missile and interfere with its guidance system.

More than 1,000 military aircraft worldwide as using -- or will receive under current sales contracts -- Northrop Grumman's various infrared counter-measure systems, the company said.

The technologies used by the systems were developed by Northrop Grumman and Selex ES.



Airbus DS teams with Korean company for missile warning system

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Munich, Germany (UPI) Mar 19, 2015 - South Korea's new Surion military helicopters are to be equipped with advanced missile warning systems from Airbus DS and Huneed Technologies Co. Ltd.

Airbus Defense and Space said that under a recently signed cooperation agreement, Huneed Technologies will produce the core electronic components of Airbus Defense and Space's Missile Launch Detection System, or MILDS, which is being supplied for the Surion.

"Airbus Defence and Space follows a dedicated globalization and partnership strategy in a wider perspective", said Thomas Muller, head of the Electronics Business Line of Airbus Defence and Space. "We are convinced that a close cooperation with local industries creates additional value for our customers."

Airbus DS had been awarded several contracts by Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration and Korea Aerospace Industries to develop and locally manufacture the missile warning system for the Surion based on its MILDS system.

Airbus DS' MILDS is a passive, high-resolution imaging sensor that detects the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. It is in service with the Royal Danish Air Force and the Royal Norwegian Air Force.



India test fires Astra missile

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Bengaluru, India (UPI) Mar 20, 2015 - India's first locally produced beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has been successfully launched by the Indian Air Force, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., said.

The test was conducted earlier this week using an Astra missile carrying telemetry equipment in place of the warhead. The missile, developed by the Defense Research and Development Organization, was fired from a Sukhoi-30 aircraft against a pilotless target aircraft.

"The successful launch is an important milestone in enhancing the armament capabilities of Su-30MKI aircraft," said Mr. T. Suvarna Raju, chairman of HAL. "HAL played a vital role in this project in designing and developing the modification scheme for integration of the missile with aircraft navigation, aiming and weapon systems.

"HAL has also designed the flight test instrumentation for data acquisition from aircraft sensors and online telemetry of aircraft data for real-time monitoring of aircraft handling qualities."

The Astra is an active radar homing missile with a range of as much as 50 miles.

HAL said the test validated the weapon's capability to conduct flight maneuvers involving very high gravitational forces.

Before Thursday's test the Indian Air Force conducted captive flight tests with the missile, assessing its aerostructural integrity, and its electrical and avionic interfaces.



N. Korea fires seven surface-to-air missiles into sea

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 13, 2015 - North Korea fired seven surface-to-air missiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday in an operation supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un at a time of heightened military tensions, South Korea's Defence Ministry said Friday.

A ministry spokesman said Kim was understood to have been on hand when the rockets were fired early Thursday evening from a site near the eastern town of Sondok.

The exercise came at a time of elevated tensions with North Korea's condemnation of annual US-South Korea military drills that Pyongyang views as rehearsals for invasion.

"We see this as another show of force by the North related to the exercises," the spokesman told AFP.

One of the joint drills, Key Resolve, wound up Friday, but the other, Foal Eagle, is set to continue until April 24.

The annual exercises are always a particularly testing time for relations between the two Koreas, who remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.

North Korea signalled its displeasure when this year's drills began by firing two short-range Scud missiles into the sea off its east coast.

UN resolutions ban any ballistic missile test by North Korea.

The defence ministry spokesman acknowledged that Thursday's surface-to-air missile tests were not a violation of the resolutions, but added that Pyongyang had failed to announce the firing in advance as a caution to shipping.

- 'Low-intensity' demonstration

"This is a pretty low-intensity show of force, timed to coincide with the wrap-up of the Key Resolve exercise," said Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.

Missile tests have long been a preferred North Korean method of expressing displeasure with what it views as confrontational behaviour by the South and its allies, though Seoul and Washington insist the exercises are defence-based in nature.

Although there is no doubt that North Korea has an extremely active ballistic missile development programme, expert opinion is split on how much progress it has made.

In 2012, Pyongyang demonstrated its rocket capabilities by sending a satellite into orbit, but it has yet to conduct a test that would show it had mastered the re-entry technology required for an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The other key question is how close the North is to being able to miniaturise a nuclear device that could be fitted on the tip of a missile.

In a white paper published earlier this month, the South Korean defence ministry said the North had already taken its miniaturisation technology to a "significant" level.

A US Defense Intelligence Agency report leaked in 2013 reached the same conclusion, although US officials at the time said it did not represent a consensus view of all the country's spy agencies.

North Korea has carried out three nuclear tests -- in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

In January, the North offered a moratorium on further tests if this year's joint military drills were cancelled -- a proposal rejected by Washington as an "implicit threat" to carry out a fourth atomic detonation.



Nuclear Capable Missile Test-Fired in Pakistan

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Mar 13, 2015 - Pakistan conducted a successful test launch of a Shaheen-III Ballistic Missile on Monday, capable of carrying warheads to a range of 2,750 km.

Pakistan successfully conducted a test launch of the surface-to-surface ballistic missile called Shaheen- III, which is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads to a range of 2,750 kilometers.

The test launch was aimed at reviewing various design and technical parameters of the weapon system at a maximum range. The successful launch, with its impact point in the Arabian Sea, was witnessed by senior officers from the strategic plans division, strategic forces, scientists and engineers of strategic organizations.

Director General of Strategic Plans Division Lieutenant General Zubair Mahmood Hayat called the test a major step towards strengthening Pakistan's deterrence capability.

Hayat congratulated the team and appreciated the technical expertise, dedication and commitment of the scientists who contributed to make this launch a success.

General Hayat expressed his confidence over the strategic forces' capability to ensure the security of the country against any aggression.

Last month Pakistan conducted a successful flight test of the indigenously developed Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) Ra'ad. With a range of 350 kilometers, the Ra'ad missile enables Pakistan to achieve strategic standoff capability both on land and at sea as it uses extremely complex "Cruise Technology" that has been developed by only a few countries in the world, the Pakistan's army had said.

Pakistan's President Mamoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif both congratulated the scientists and engineers on their achievement.

Source: Sputnik News



N. Korea readying for medium-range missile test: report

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Seoul March 3, 2015 - North Korea may be readying to test fire a medium-range missile to underscore its anger over joint US-South Korea military drills that began this week, a report said Tuesday. Mobile launchers used for Rodong missiles have been deployed at a North Korean missile base north of Pyongyang, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing military sources. "We've detected signs that North Korea has deployed two transporter erector launchers since a few days back in its Rodong missile station in North Pyongyang Province," one source was quoted as saying. North Korea used similar launchers in March last year to fire two Rodong-class missiles with a maximum range of 1,000-1,500 kilometres, the source said. That test was timed to coincide with US President Barack Obama hosting a landmark Japan-South Korea summit to discuss joint security concerns in the face of Pyongyang's nuclear threat. The South's defence ministry refused to confirm the Yonhap report, but said it was monitoring the situation. "Our troops have been closely watching North Korea for additional (missile) launches," ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok told reporters. "We've stepped up our surveillance in cooperation with the United States, and put the crisis management system into operation," he said. North Korea fired two short-range Scud missiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday as South Korea kicked of a series of joint military drills. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula. UN resolutions ban any ballistic missile test by North Korea, and Seoul has vowed to respond "sternly and strongly to any provocation". Missile tests have long been a preferred North Korean method of expressing anger and displeasure with what it views as confrontational behaviour by the South and its allies. The largest element of the two South Korea-US drills that began Monday is Foal Eagle, an eight-week exercise involving air, ground and naval field training, with around 200,000 Korean and 3,700 US troops. The other is a week-long, largely computer-simulated joint drill called Key Resolve. Seoul and Washington insist the exercises are defence-based in nature, but they are regularly condemned by Pyongyang as provocative rehearsals for invasion.

Anti-missile counter-measures system approved for export

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Mar 3, 2015 - BAE Systems' Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures system, or ATIRCM, detects incoming missiles, tracks their position and then emits a high-energy laser beam to disrupt the incoming weapon's infrared seeker and blind its guidance system.

"In today's environment, with the proliferation of surface-to-air missiles, a proven aircraft survivability system to counter advanced threats meets an immediate need," said Bill Staib, director of threat management solutions at BAE Systems. "We are seeing tremendous international interest for this system, which has proven to be both highly effective and reliable since its fielding in 2009."

BAE Systems said it developed ATIRCM in partnership with the U.S. Army and that the system demonstrated its reliability in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

With the Department of Defense approval, BAE Systems said the system is now available for sale to allied nations.



Thales, ASELSAN continue missile system development

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Feb 27, 2015 - A new precision strike missile system will continue to be developed under a new cooperative contract between Thales and ASELSAN of Turkey.

The missile system under development incorporates Thales's lightweight multi-role missiles, or LMM, and a missile launcher system by ASELSAN.

"The cooperation between the two companies was initiated in 2010 and first stage firings of an integrated Missile Launcher System and LMM were demonstrated in 2014," Thales said in an announcement from a defense airshow in the United Arab Emirates. The agreement covers further firing demonstrations, initially in the naval domain, and allows for further cooperation in other areas where both Thales and ASELSAN are well experienced.

The LMM missile by Thales can be fired from aerial platforms, ground vehicles of ships for destroying a variety of surface threats, including fast in-shore attack craft.

ASELSAN's Missile Launcher System is a compact system for fast patrol boats and larger ships.



Raytheon, UAE partner intergrating Talon-equipped rockets onto ground vehicles

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:59 AMGo to full article
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UPI) Feb 25, 2015 - Talon laser-guided rockets are being integrated onto Middle East-made armored vehicles by Raytheon and NIMR Automotive.

The integration of the rockets will come through the use of Raytheon's remote weapons station, which will allow NIMR 6x6 vehicles to fire the TALON-equipped projectiles while stationary or on the move.

"Integration onto the NIMR vehicle further demonstrates the versatility of TALON," said Michelle Lohmeier, Raytheon vice president of Land Warfare Systems. "In partnership with EDIC, we are providing an affordable, near-term and reliable solution."

EDIC is Emirates Defense Industries Company, of which NIMR Automotive is part.

"The NIMR 6x6 tactical platform provides a range of modular system integration to support a full range of missions including armed reconnaissance, infrastructure defense, defensive fire suppression and border security," said Fahad Saif Harhara, NIMR chief executive officer. "It can also support rapidly advancing infantry.

"The mobile and fixed-firing modes enhance the vehicle's effectiveness and provide a significant advantage over existing heavy artillery."

The TALON LGR is a digital semi-active laser guidance and control kit developed by Raytheon and the United Arab Emirates. The kit fits on to the front of the legacy 2.75-inch Hydra-70 unguided rocket and is compatible with existing airborne and ground laser designators.

Additional information on the project was not disclosed.



Turkey drives hard bargain over crucial missile deal

‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:20:48 PMGo to full article
Ankara (AFP) Feb 25, 2015 - Turkey has alarmed fellow NATO members by raising the prospect of handing China a multi-billion dollar missile contract, yet the long-running saga is far from over and Ankara may just be trading for a better deal.

Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, entered discussions in 2013 with the China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corporation (CPMIEC) over its first anti-missile system, a contract worth $3.4 billion (3 billion euros).

French-Italian consortium Eurosam and US-listed Raytheon Co have also submitted offers, but several recent statements by Turkish officials have indicated the Chinese may be the front-runner.

Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz, in a written answer to a parliamentary commission, sparked speculation that CPMIEC was the winner by saying no new official bid had been received from rivals and its system could be used without integrating with NATO systems.

Yet there are serious concerns over the compatibility of CPMIEC's systems with NATO missile defences, as well as strategic worries about a key member of the military alliance concluding such a big deal with Communist-ruled China.

Other officials said talks were continuing with all bidders.

"This is not a done deal," said Sinan Ulgen, visiting scholar at Carnegie Europe in Brussels.

"It is totally wrong to assume that Turkey made its final decision to buy missile defence systems exclusively from China. American and European firms are still in the game," he told AFP.

Nihat Ali Ozcan, security expert at the Ankara-based TEPAV think tank, said Turkey was doing all it could to secure a better deal by promoting the Chinese bid.

"Talks are continuing at the bargaining table. We are talking about a lucrative deal," he said. "In my opinion, the Europeans and the Americans are the frontrunners, not the Chinese."

- 'Harmony important' -

NATO says missile systems within the alliance must be compatible with each other and has urged Ankara to take this factor into account.

"It is up to each nation to decide what military capabilities they acquire," a NATO official told AFP.

"We have to look into the particulars of what our Turkish allies have decided and whether this decision is final," the official said.

"It is important for NATO that the capabilities allies acquire can operate together."

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin insisted Turkey would make the missile system harmonious and integrated with NATO infrastructure.

But analyst Ulgen said that while the Chinese system could be integrated with Turkey's national defence system it would be "half blind" due to compatibility issues.

"How can you expect NATO's radar system in Kurecik in eastern Turkey to work at full capacity with a would-be Chinese system integrated into Turkish defence architecture?" said Ulgen. "It would be a paradox."

What is not a paradox is that the Chinese are offering very favourable terms, including joint production, which is key element of any deal as Turkey wants to build its own long-range air defence and anti-missile architecture to counter enemy aircraft and missiles.

"China is a strong candidate and in a more advantageous position compared to other bidders," a Turkish government official told AFP, saying the Chinese offer was half the price and came with technology sharing.

The issue has also come to a head as worries grow about the country's future orientation under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with Turkey's historically strong ties with the West showing signs of severe strain.

Selecting a Chinese company that has been hit by a series of US sanctions over the past decade following accusations it sold arms and missile technology to Iran and Syria in defiance of an embargo would be unlikely to go down well with NATO partners.

US embassy officials in Ankara told AFP they would "not speculate on China's bid status, but understand the overall selection process is ongoing."

- Shadow of anniversary -

Commentators have also suggested Turkey may not select a winner for its contract before April 24, the 100th anniversary of mass killings of Armenians in World War I.

Turkey could use the deal as a card to prevent the West putting pressure on Ankara to recognise the killings as a genocide and adopting tough positions on the highly sensitive issue.

"Turkey is trying to secure a better deal not only commercially but also politically," said Ozcan.

France angered Turkey in 2012 when it pushed ahead with a contentious bill to criminalise denial of the Armenian genocide, prompting Ankara to suspend military and political cooperation with Paris. The bill was later struck down by France's top constitutional court.



Russia offers Iran new missiles despite sanctions

‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:20:48 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Feb 23, 2015 - Russia has offered Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles after scrapping a similar deal in 2010 because of UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme, the state defence company said Monday.

Any such a deal is likely to go down badly in Washington as Western countries seek to keep up the pressure on Iran to agree a comprehensive deal on its nuclear activities.

Sergei Chemezov, head of the Rostec corporation which manages Russia's defence industry, said Moscow has offered to supply Antey-2500 missiles, an upgraded version of the S-300 air defence system that figured in the previous contract.

"We have offered them the Antey-2500," Chemezov was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti news agency.

But he added: "The decision has not been made yet."

Moscow signed a contract in 2007 to deliver S-300 missiles to Iran worth $800 million.

The deal was intensely criticised by the United States and Israel, and Moscow later dropped it as being in breach of UN sanctions.

A UN resolution adopted in 2010 bans the supply, sale or transfer to Iran of missiles or missiles systems.

Chemezov said the Antey-2500 is a more modern version of the S-300, which Russia no longer makes. The same surface-to-air missiles were reportedly delivered to Venezuela in 2013.

Now under Western sanctions itself over the conflict in Ukraine, Russia -- a permanent member of the UN Security Council -- has strengthened its alliance with Iran.

During a visit to Tehran by Russia's defence minister last month, the two countries signed a military cooperation agreement touted as a joint response to US "interference".



Raytheon developing extended range AMRAAM

‎17 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:31:17 AMGo to full article
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UPI) Feb 24, 2015 - A longer range, higher altitude Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile for ground-based air defense is under development by Raytheon.

The AMRAAM-ER will be integrated into the NASAMS launcher, the most commonly used short- and medium-range air defense system in NATO, Raytheon said.

"With AMRAAM-ER, Raytheon is rewriting the book on ground-based air defense," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon vice president of Air Warfare Systems. "The new missile will be even faster and more maneuverable than the current AMRAAM.

"By leveraging many existing AMRAAM components, Raytheon can deliver AMRAAM-ER quickly and affordably with very low risk."

AMRAAM, which first came into service in 1991, can be used in both air-to-air and surface-launch scenarios. Some 36 countries use the missile, which has been integrated on the F-15, F-16, F/A-18, F-22, Typhoon, Gripen, Tornado, Harrier, F-4 and the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

The missile is also the baseline missile for the NATO-approved National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.

Raytheon, which said it plans flight testing of the AMRAAM-ER this year, announced its project at an international defense exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.



New missile warning system work for Orbital ATK

‎17 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:31:17 AMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Feb 24, 2015 - Orbital ATK reports it will produce new assemblies, including optical sensor converters and computer processors, for the U.S. Navy's AAR-47 missile warning system for aircraft.

The $30 million Navy contract includes options for retrofitting weapon-replaceable assembly upgrades and delivery of Orbital ATK's counter-measures signals simulator to test systems operability.

"This contract continues to provide the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps our demonstrated AAR-47 aircraft survivability system with hostile fire indication," said Bill Kasting, vice president and general manager of Orbital ATK's Defense Electronic Systems division of the Defense Systems Group. "In 2013 we completed delivery of 500 systems, demonstrating our commitment to deliver affordable innovation on schedule and on budget to those who protect our nation."

Orbital ATK's AAR-47 missile warning system has been deployed since 1987 on a range of U.S. military helicopters and helps protect helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft from surface-to-air threats.

Orbital ATK said addition of hostile fire indication enhances its capability to detect a wider range of threats, including smaller-caliber weapon fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

No information was provided as to the performance period of the contract.



Russia's Strategic Missile Forces Check Combat Readiness During Drills

‎10 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:50:06 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 20, 2015 - Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) have completed command and staff exercises testing troops' combat readiness for war, SMF spokesperson Col. Igor Yegorov said Thursday. The drills were held on February 18-19.

"The training involved the issues of restoring troops' combat readiness and readiness to execute orders in a simulated enemy attack," Yegorov said.

On Monday, the SMF concluded its record-long drills that included over 30 missile regiments.

The SMF is the key component of Russian Strategic Nuclear Forces, designed to deter possible aggression and to defend the country's strategic military and economic targets.

The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier its missile troops were up for more than a hundred of military exercises in 2015.




Flight test success for anti-ship cruise missile

‎10 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎09:50:06 AMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Feb 23, 2015 - Lockheed Martin's Long Range Anti-Ship Missile navigated through planned waypoints with in-flight targeting updates in its third flight test.

In the test, the anti-ship weapon was released from an Air Force B-1B bomber over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, Calif., as part of a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy joint-service LRASM program and received its targeting updates through a weapon data link while in low-altitude flight.

The missile performed as expected, Lockheed Martin said.

"LRASM continues to prove its maturity and capabilities in this flight test program," said Mike Fleming, LRASM air launch program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This much-needed weapon seeks to provide a new capability that would enable deep strike in previously denied battle environments."

The LASRM is a cruise missile and will replace the current Harpoon weapon system employed by the Navy since the late 1970s.



France tests new man-portable missile

‎26 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:44 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Feb 16, 2015 - MBDA's Missile de Moyenne Portée, or Medium Range Missile, has been test fired for the first time by France's military procurement agency.

Direction Generale de l'Armement said the firing was performed at its site in central France and the weapon successfully demonstrated its targeting capabilities by striking its beyond-line-of-sight target at a distance of more than 4,000 yards.

"This success is the result of the coordinated efforts of both state and industrial participants," DGA said. "It (the missile) will enable the armed forces to neutralize, with a high level of precision, the many different types of target that might be confronted during operations, ensuring that collateral damage is kept to a minimum and at the same time maximizing the safety of the operator."

The MMP is a man-portable anti-armor system that can be fired by a two-man crew or from a vehicle. It is to replace the French Army's Milan missile system beginning in 2017.

Missile-maker MBDA France received a French government contract to develop the missile in 2013.



Russian Strategic Missile Forces Begin Wide-Range Drills in 12 Regions

‎26 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:44 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Feb 13, 2015 - Russia's Strategic Missile Forces have begun wide-range exercises in 12 regions in the country, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.

"Russia's SMF with more than 30 missile battalions in 12 regions in Russia (from the Tver to the Irkustsk regions) are taking part in drills. There are both mobile and stationary SMF groups participating," the ministry said in a statement.

The war games are meant to test the troops' combat readiness, drill maneuver operations on patrol routes, actions to counter subversive and terrorist acts, as well as high-precision strikes, the defense ministry said.

The drills will involve Engineer Troops and Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops, who will respond to a mock enemy attack close to patrol routes.

On Tuesday, the Russian Pacific Ocean Fleet began week-long snap drills off the far eastern Kamchatka coast.

Russia's Strategic Missile Forces are the arm of the country's Armed Forces and the main component of it's strategic nuclear forces. Their main goals include nuclear deterrence of a possible aggression and the defeat of possible enemy's strategic objects of military and economic potential by means of nuclear missile attacks.




LRASM Prototype is Three-for-Three on Successful Flight Tests

‎26 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:44 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Feb 10, 2015 - Initiated in 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, DARPA's Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program has been investing in advanced technologies to provide a leap ahead in U.S. surface warfare capability.

The LRASM program aims to reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments while providing innovative terminal survivability approaches and precision lethality in the face of advanced countermeasures.

After LRASM prototypes completed two successful flight tests in 2013, LRASM transitioned from a DARPA technology demonstration program to a formal U.S. Navy program of record in February 2014, with fielding set for 2018.

On February 4, the Navy, Air Force and DARPA completed another successful flight test, marking a significant step in maturing key technologies for the future operational weapon system. The joint-service team, known as the LRASM Deployment Office (LDO), conducted the test to evaluate LRASM's low-altitude performance and obstacle avoidance as part of the program's accelerated development effort.

"We are very pleased with how LRASM performed today and we are looking forward to continuing integration efforts on the Air Force B-1, followed by our Navy F/A-18, over the next few years," said Capt. Jaime Engdahl, the LDO's Navy program manager.

"We have a clear mission, to deliver game-changing capability to our warfighters in theater as quickly as possible."

During the flight from the Sea Test Range in Point Mugu, California, a B-1B bomber released the LRASM prototype, which navigated a series of pre-planned waypoints to verify aerodynamic performance. In the final portion of the flight, the missile detected, tracked and avoided an object that was deliberately placed in the flight pattern to demonstrate LRASM's obstacle-avoidance algorithms.

LRASM reflects initiatives from the Defense Department (DoD)'s Better Buying Power 3.0, which encourages rapid prototyping and other forms of innovative acquisition to keep a technological edge and achieve greater efficiency and productivity in defense spending.

"We've shown that by taking advantage of the Defense Department's evolving acquisition policy, it is possible to significantly accelerate the fielding of a high-payoff technical system for the warfighter," said Artie Mabbett, LDO director.

The LDO is developing LRASM as an air-launched offensive anti-surface warfare weapon to counter the growing maritime threats in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environments. Once operational, LRASM would play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters and the littorals due to its enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.



US Navy Spends $302Mln on Trident Nuclear Missiles

‎24 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎08:32:03 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 11, 2015 - The US Navy has issued a $302 million contract to Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc. to repair and maintain Trident D5 nuclear missiles, according to a US Defense Department statement.

"Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc... is being awarded a maximum amount $302,443,626 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive and cost-plus-incentive-fee contract for the ongoing acquisition of Trident (D5) MK 6 Guidance System Repair Program with failure verification, test, repair and recertification of inertial measurement units, electronic assemblies and electronic modules," the statement, issued on Monday, said.

The Trident D5 is a submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile with a range greater than 4573 miles, according to the Navy.

The US ballistic missile submarine fleet consists of 14 Trident submarines that currently carry approximately 1,000 warheads, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The Navy has programs to keep the Trident missiles in operating condition capable of being deployed throughout the life of the submarines. A new submarine is expected to replace the existing fleet by 2031, according to the Congressional Research Service.

The Trident D5 contract is expected to be completed by March 31, 2019, the Pentagon statement said.








News About Ballistic Missile Defense

Navy tests new production lot Tomahawk

‎01 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:56:25 AMGo to full article
Indian Head, Md. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015 - Functional ground testing for a new production lot of the U.S. Navy's Tomahawk tactical cruise missile has been conducted by the Navy Warfare Center Division.

The FGT involved exercising the Raytheon-produced weapon at the system level – from launch to detonation phase -- but with the missile physically restrained and equipped with an inert warhead.

"After 'launch,' real-time, six-degree-of-freedom accredited mission simulation software provides inputs to the missile's guidance system to mimic flight, targeting and detonation," said Mike Gardner, the software lead for NWCD testing. "The missile 'flew' for about an hour and 45 minutes before it successfully acquired the target,"

Added Michael Spriggs, senior engineer and FGT test conductor: "This latest FGT - which is the 84th we've conducted in the past 25 years - was in support of the RGM-109E Block IV, Vertical Launch System full-rate production lot acceptance. "The data we collected from the test will be used to verify the manufacturing processes and quality of missiles produced.

"Preliminary assessment indicates this missile performed as expected and all test objectives were achieved."


Russia warns US against sending missile defence system to South Korea

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) March 24, 2015 - Russia on Tuesday warned the United States against sending a ballistic missile defence system to South Korea, saying it could threaten regional security.

Washington says it wants to deploy the system, known as THAAD, to South Korea as a deterrent to military provocation by North Korea.

"Such a development cannot but cause concern about the destructive influence of the United States' global missile defence on international security," Russia's foreign ministry said in a statement.

"In a region where the situation is already extremely complicated in terms of security, this could serve as another push toward an arms race in northeast Asia and further complicate any resolution of the nuclear issues on the Korean peninsula," the statement said.

China has also already warned that deployment of the system would undermine peace and stability in the region.

Faced with growing isolation from the West over the Ukraine crisis, Russia has moved to bolster ties with former Cold War-ally North Korea.

Moscow and Pyongyang have named 2015 a "year of friendship" between the two countries and the Kremlin says reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un is set to make his first official trip abroad to visit Russia's World War Two victory commemoration in May.

South Korea and the United States will launch a massive landing drill March 28 as the climax of an ongoing joint military exercise which North Korea views as an invasion rehearsal.



N. Korea says US missile system seeks to contain China, Russia

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 26, 2015 - North Korea weighed in Thursday on the proposed deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea, criticising it as a Cold War-era move to "contain" China and Russia.

The North Korean response appeared aimed at exploiting tensions between Washington, Beijing, Moscow and Seoul over the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

The United States insists THAAD is a deterrent necessitated by the North's advancing ballistic missile programme, while China and Russia argue that it would undermine stability and could trigger an arms race in a delicately balanced region.

The debate has left South Korea in a difficult position, as it seeks to balance the strategic priorities of its main military ally, the United States, against those of its biggest trade partner, China.

In a statement Thursday, the North Korean foreign ministry notably focused more on the idea of THAAD as a regional issue, rather than a direct threat to Pyongyang.

"What the US seeks in this deployment is to... create favourable conditions for containing China and Russia, its strategic rivals, pursuant to its strategy for dominating the world," the spokesman was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency.

The THAAD deployment would "establish a new Cold War structure in Northeast Asia and the peninsula will be again exposed to the danger of being reduced to the theatre of a war of big powers," he added.

South Korea has yet to formally decide whether to host the missile system, although the US military has conducted an "informal" survey of suitable sites.

The issue is likely to be raised during the visit of the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, who arrived in Seoul on Thursday.

Russia has joined China in opposing the THAAD deployment, warning earlier this week that it would have a "destructive influence" on international security.

China and Russia are isolated North Korea's only significant diplomatic protectors, although both have signalled growing impatience with Pyongyang's refusal to rein in its nuclear weapons programme.

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye called on the North to abandon its nuclear weapons in a speech Thursday to mark the fifth anniversary of the sinking of the naval vessel Cheonan.

Seoul says the corvette was sunk in 2010 by a North Korean torpedo -- a charge Pyongyang has always denied.

In her address, Park said the South would boost its deterrent capabilities "to ensure that things like the attack on Cheonan will never happen again".

Earlier, KCNA published a report alleging that the Cheonan sinking had been engineered by the United States to cover up its efforts to salvage a US submarine that sank while on operational duties near the North Korean border.



Denmark could face nuclear attack if joins missile shield: Russian ambassador

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Copenhagen (AFP) March 21, 2015 - Russia's ambassador to Denmark said Saturday that the NATO country's navy could be targeted by nuclear missiles if it joins the Western alliance's anti-missile shield.

The threat made by Ambassador Mikhail Vanin in an opinion piece he wrote for the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten sparked an angry reaction and came amid an increasingly Cold War-style standoff between Moscow and the West.

"I do not think that the Danes fully understand the consequences of what happens if Denmark joins the US-led missile defence," Ambassador Mikhail Vanin wrote in the daily.

"If this happens Danish warships become targets for Russian nuclear missiles."

Russia has long opposed NATO's missile shield -- launched in 2010 and due to be fully operational by 2025 -- in which member countries contribute radar and weaponry to protect Europe against missile attacks.

Denmark has pledged to supply one or more frigates equipped with advanced radar to track incoming missiles.

The chairwoman of the Danish parliament's foreign affairs, Mette Gjerskov told AFP that the comments were "very threatening and not necessary" as the missile shield was simply an "intruder alarm" and no danger to Russia.

"This is a way of escalating the verbal tone between Russia and NATO," she said, adding that the comments were also aimed at Russian public opinion.

"But it doesn't change the fact that we're not afraid."

Denmark's Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said the remarks were "unacceptable rhetoric" and "completely out of proportion".

"One should not threaten such serious things as the ambassador has done here," he told news agency Ritzau.

Tensions between Russia and the Nordic countries have risen in recent years with reports of increased Russian airforce incursions in the Baltic region.

Holger K. Nielsen, defence spokesman for the Socialist People's Party, which is opposed to Denmark's involvement in the NATO shield, called the ambassador's comments "crazy".

"His opinion is based on the assumption that a war has broken out and in that case Denmark, as a member of NATO, would already be a target," he told Jyllands-Posten.

NATO's European missile defence system is headquartered in Ramstein Germany since 2012.

It includes US missile destroying warships in Spain, Patriot anti-missile systems in Turkey, ship borne radar systems carried by several member countries and planned missile interceptors in Romania.



US official dismisses China's concern over missile defence

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2015 - A senior US official on Tuesday brushed off Beijing's objection to the possible deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea, saying North Korea's missile programme poses a "significant threat."

The comments by US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel, who is visiting Seoul, came after China's Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Jianchao expressed concern on Monday over the idea of a US missile defence system on South Korean soil.

Liu's statement followed similar comments made by Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan during his visit to Seoul last month. China sees the system as designed to curb its own military might.

"I find it curious that a third country would presume to make strong presentations about a security system that has not been put in place and that is still a matter of theory," Russel told journalists after meeting with South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-Soo.

US military authorities say they have conducted "informal studies" to find suitable sites for a possible future deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery. But they have stressed that no decisions have been made to deploy such a system.

Russel said South Korea and the United States face a "signficant threat from North Korea's growing ballistic missile programme", which he said the North pursues in violation of international laws.

"Our military authorities have responsibility to consider systems that would protect Republic of Korea (South Korea) citizens, protect the United States from that threat".

"How they do it when they do it is something that the experts will have to determine but I think that it is for the Republic of Korea to decide what measures it will take in its own alliance defence", he added.

Walking a diplomatic tight rope between China and the United States, South Korea remains ambivalent on the sensitive security issue, saying there have been neither consultations with the United States nor a decision on the matter.

South Korea's Defence Ministry Spokesman Kim Min-Seok on Tuesday condemned China's attempt to "influence" South Korea's security policy.

"Neighbours can have their own positions on the (possible) deployment of the THAAD system here by the US Forces Korea. But they should not try to influence our security policy," the spokesman told a regular briefing.

He didn't mention China by name, but the message was clear.

"We will make a decision based upon our own judgement after putting security interests before anything else if the US government asks for consultation," Kim stressed.

South Korea hosts some 28,000 US troops.

Separately, Russel also made a fresh call for China to present evidence that the China-proposed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) meets international standards for governance and transparency.

"We would like to see that done in ways that are consistent with the principles, the standards, good governance and the transparency that have become hallmarks of truly multilateral development banks," he said.

China's Lui had expressed hope Monday that South Korea join as a founding member of the AIIB -- which Washington fears could be a rival to the World Bank and extend Beijing's power.



Russia's SMF Ready to Repel a 'Lightning-Speed' Nuclear Strike

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2015 - Russian Strategic Missile Forces will parry all nuclear attacks and punish the enemy with a devastating retaliatory strike.

The Russian Strategic Missile Forces are prepared to shield the country from a nuclear attack under any circumstances, the SMF Central Command's chief said.

"If we have to accomplish a task of repelling a "lightning-speed" nuclear strike, this objective will be attained within a prescribed period", Andrei Burbin told RSN Radio on Saturday. He added the SMF are ready to deliver a retaliatory nuclear strike "unhesitatingly".

He emphasized that the geographic position of Russia's missile units protects them from destruction by "any global strike".

The Major General also said that the SMF are successfully implementing the rearmament plan. In 2020, 98 percent of the SMF systems will be new.

Currently, more than 6,000 people are on daily duty in the SMF of Russia.




US military launches three rockets near-simultaneously to test Aegis system

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (XNA) Feb 27, 2015 - The U.S. military launched three suborbital rockets near-simultaneously Tuesday as part of a ballistic missile defense (BMD) test involving the Aegis weapon system.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) said in a statement that the rockets were acquired and tracked by sailors aboard two Aegis BMD destroyers while a third destroyer participated in associated operations.

Using this data, the Aegis BMD ships then conducted simulated guided missile engagements with the Distributed Weighted Engagement Scheme (DWES) capability enabled to determine which ship is the preferred shooter, thereby reducing duplication of BMD engagements and missile expenditures while ensuring BMD threat coverage.

Since no guided missiles were launched, the test did not include an attempted intercept, and the MDA noted that the test was "successfully completed."

"This was the first flight test to assess the ability of the Aegis BMD 4.0 weapon system to simulate engagements of a raid consisting of three short-range, separating ballistic missile targets," the statement said. "This was also the first time Aegis BMD 4.0 ships used the DWES capability with live targets."

The rockets were launched between 2:30 a.m. and 2:31 a.m. EDT ( 0730 GMT and 0731 GMT) from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in the state of Virginia, the U.S. space agency said.

Aegis BMD, managed by the MDA and the U.S. Navy, is the naval component of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.

Source: Source: Xinhua



GaN-based AESA technology available for Patriot system users

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Feb 23, 2015 - Nations using the Patriot defense system can now receive an active electronically scanned array Patriot radar sensor that uses Gallium Nitride technology.

Gallium nitride is a semi-conductor material with a high level of heat capacity. Raytheon has been developing the technology for 15 years. It is used in the design of new U.S. Navy air and missile defense radar and a number of U.S. Air Force systems.

"GaN-based AESA technology can bring customers of the combat-proven Patriot optimized 360-degree coverage while setting the stage for future capability improvements," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "GaN-based AESA technology improves Patriot's already high reliability rate and significantly reduces the radar's annual operation and maintenance costs beyond what has already been achieved with other recent Patriot radar improvements."

Approval for export of the technology for the Patriot air and missile defense system was recently approved by the U.S. government, Raytheon said.



BAE Systems providing support for Army's Space and Missile Defense Command

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Feb 11, 2015 - BAE Systems reports it will provide hardware, software, and systems integration support for the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command.

The services will be for the command's Battlespace Command and Control Center for a period of two years for a total estimated value of $23 million.

Under the contract, BAE Systems will upgrade mobile training suites and provide systems and network administration support to the Non-Organic Radar Access program, minimizing the downtime of critical systems. The support will also improve the capability to analyze and manage increasing volumes of data.

"Our experts are helping U.S. forces quickly identify ground, air, space, and undersea threats to national security," said Mark Keeler, vice president and general manager of Integrated Electronics and Warfare Systems at BAE Systems. "We're enhancing system readiness and increasing the warfighter's ability to process information that's critical to protecting our men and women in uniform."

BAE Systems said it was issued the award under an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract it has held for the past six years.



Pentagon Asks for $9.6Bln to Counter Missile Threat From Iran, North Korea

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 05, 2015 - The Obama administration asked for $9.6 billion to counter the increasing threat from North Korea and Iran.

The US Department of Defense has requested $9.6 billion in the 2016 budget year to counter "a maturing long-range missile threat from North Korea and the potential threat from Iran," the Associated Press reports.

"The US Military remains deeply engaged around the world," Pentagon said in its $585-billion defense budget proposal, citing Russian activities in Ukraine, Ebola and the rise of the Islamic State as the three main geopolitical challenges the US faces. The DoD also said that the agency must address both current and emerging challenges, including cyberattacks, rising China and threats to space assets.

The Pentagon's base budget has increased by 7.7 percent from last year, reaching $534 billion, which makes it the largest in US history, according to the Associate Press. However, the $51-billion funding for overseas contingency operations is a 21 percent decrease compared with the 2015 budget year, the news agency said.

The current defense budget proposal ignores the cap of $499 billion, imposed by Congress.

On Monday, US President Barack Obama unveiled a nearly $4-trillion budget for fiscal year 2016, which must be approved by Congress to take effect.




China voices concern about US missile defence in S.Korea

‎27 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:58:58 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 4, 2015 - China expressed concern about the possible deployment of an advanced US missile defence system in South Korea during talks Wednesday between their defence chiefs, Seoul military officials said.

Washington is considering whether to instal the politically sensitive THAAD (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence) system in the South, a close US ally which hosts 29,000 American troops.

US officials have tried to portray any THAAD system based in South Korea as non-threatening. It is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles at a higher altitude with a "hit-to-kill" approach.

At talks in Seoul with his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo, Chinese defence minister Chang Wanquan expressed "concern" at the US move, Han's office said.

In response, it said, Han clarified South Korea's position that there have been no formal discussions about the THAAD deployment. The office declined to disclose details.

South Korea has been reluctant to take part in a proposed US-led regional missile defence system because China and Russia view it as a threat to their security.

It was the first time that a ranking Chinese official had publicly raised the THAAD issue with South Korea, according to Yonhap news agency.

The ministers agreed to establish a hotline between them as soon as possible, Yonhap said, adding related talks would probably begin next week.

Last year South Korea and China signed a memorandum of understanding to set up the hotline, but it has yet to be finalised.

The two have been operating telephone hotlines between their navies and air forces since 2008 to help prevent accidental clashes.

China, despite being North Korea's sole major ally, has gradually strengthened military cooperation and exchanges with South Korea.

The United States, in its strategic "pivot" to Asia, has boosted its military presence in the region, a move that has alarmed China.



US Missile Defense Agency Spends $58 Million on New Facility in Alabama

‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:20:47 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 30, 2015 - The United States has spent about $58 million on a large Missile Defense Agency facility construction at the Von Braun Complex in the US state of Alabama, the agency has announced in a statement.

"The 225,000 square foot facility has office space to accommodate more than 900 employees...The construction cost of Von Braun IV was approximately $58 million," the US Missile Defense Agency's Wednesday press release said.

Earlier in the day, the agency's Deputy Director Kenneth Todorov officiated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which marked the opening of the complex in Huntsville, Alabama.

"This new facility will increase the Agency's efficiency and effectiveness by consolidating the majority of MDA's Huntsville workforce into one central location," Todorov was quoted as saying in the release.

The Von Braun Complex will now accommodate 5,500 personnel from both MDA and the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command, who will thus be working together on one campus, according to MDA.




Raytheon given $2.4B FMS contract for Patriot fire units

‎23 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎04:20:47 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Dec 23, 2014 - Qatar is being supplied by Raytheon with new-production Patriot Air and Missile Defense System fire units, the company announced.

The U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract for the equipment is worth $2.4 billion.

"This award is yet another example of the trust countries around the world place in the combat-proven Patriot," said Dan Crowley, president of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"As our customer base continues to grow, our global partners benefit from the shared costs for system upgrades and enhancements through Raytheon's unique Engineering Services Program. This ensures that Patriot remains at the highest level of readiness to counter current and evolving threats anywhere in the world."

Patriot provides protection against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles and is used by 13 countries.

Qatar will use the air defense system as a cornerstone its advanced integrated air and missile defense capability. Raytheon was recently contracted by the U.S. Air Force to build an Air and Missile Defense Operations Center for Qatar that will integrate U.S. defense systems such as the Patriot, and early warning radars with European air defense systems operated by the country.

The new Patriot fire units provide increased computing power and radar processing, improved man-machine interface and reduced life-cycle costs, Raytheon said.



US delivers second radar defense system to Japan

‎17 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:31:16 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Dec 26, 2014 - The United States has sent a second missile defense radar system to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday.

The new Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance system (AN/TPY-2) aims to "enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the US homeland," the Defense Department said in a statement.

The United States has said it wanted its allies to enhance their missile defenses to help protect against a belligerent North Korea.

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

"We will continue to emphasize the importance of developing regional ballistic missile defense systems," Joints Chief of Staff vice-chairman James Winnefeld said earlier this year, emphasizing that cooperation would "result in better performance than individual countries acting alone."

"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," he added.

Dubbed the Kyogamisaki Communications Site, the new radar will be located in Kyogamisaki, some 375 miles (600 kilometers) west of Tokyo. The existing radar system is in Shariki, in northern Japan.

The facility was tested and constructed in Japan by the US military in cooperation with Japan, the Pentagon said.



US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

‎17 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎03:31:16 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Dec 18, 2014 - The proposed placement of ballistic missile interceptors on the US East Coast has the advantage of providing more time and distance to shoot down an enemy missile, but still has a lot of shortfalls and needs to be tested further, missile experts have told Sputnik.

"The argument for East Coast sites is that it opens up the battle space, meaning it provides more time and distance during which you might be able to down an enemy missile," senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Phillip Coyle explained in an interview with Sputnik Tuesday.

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is currently conducting a study mandated by Congress to identify potential East Coast ballistic missile defense sites.

The East Coast sites would be part of a layered monitoring and defense system which already includes 26 interceptors located in Alaska and four in California, with plans to add 14 interceptors by 2017.

Coyle said MDA has advocated a "shoot-look-shoot strategy", when a missile is identified, fired upon, and in case it is not destroyed, the interceptors would fire again to increase the chances of a kill.

"The firing doctrine is that you would have to shoot more than one interceptor at each incoming missile in order to have a reasonable chance of success," Coyle said, critiquing in-flight interceptor performance.

Riki Ellison, the chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, told Sputnik Tuesday that missile interceptors need to be tested and perfected first, before any East Coast defense sites are established.

"The number one priority is to make these systems work the best they can," Ellison said, stressing that there are still things that need to be fixed, such as radar and censor capabilities, to make the system reliable.

"The Missile Defense Agency has to fix the system first or make it better," the expert emphasized, adding that after several years without tests, US missile defense needs more tests to "evolve the system and demonstrate its ability".

According to both Ellison and Coyle, the US missile defense system would be able to destroy only a limited number of incoming ballistic missiles (one or two) and is aimed primarily at addressing the potential threat of attacks from North Korea or Iran.

Coyle pointed out that the system could be used against an accidental launch of a ballistic missile by China or Russia as well.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the US Congress late last week does not authorize funding for the actual planning and design of East Coast missile defense sites.

The Pentagon has said they do not require the East Coast sites, but Congress asked MDA to study possible missile defense location sites last year. According to MDA, the study is set to be completed by the end of 2015.




Israel, US in abortive missile defence test

‎04 ‎March ‎2015, ‏‎07:09:18 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 16, 2014 - Israel and the United States on Tuesday tested the Jewish state's Arrow 3 ballistic missile interception system, the defence ministry said, with local media reporting the trial was cut short.

"A target missile was successfully launched and tracked by the Arrow Weapon System, as part of the planned joint testing programme," the ministry said in a statement, providing no further details.

A defence ministry official was quoted by the Jerusalem Post website as saying the test was "neither a success nor a failure".

"The first part of the launch involved tracking the target missile, which was fired over the Mediterranean Sea towards Israel" in a simulated attack on Israeli airspace, Yair Ramati told the Post.

But it was decided mid-test not to fire the Arrow 3 interceptor missile, he said, citing unsuitable test conditions.

"This is not the first time that not all conditions are met for a trial," Ramati said.

The two countries carried out similar tests in September and January, and in 2013 as Washington was considering military action against Syria.

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.

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 weapon, a charge that Tehran denies.



Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Between USSR, US in Details

‎26 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎04:06:43 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 16, 2014 - On December 13, 2002, US President George W. Bush announced that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty with the USSR. The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) between the Soviet Union and the United States was signed on May 26, 1972 in Moscow and entered into force on October 3, 1972.

The treaty barred the parties from deploying anti-ballistic missile systems that could cover the entire territory of their countries, or providing a base for such broad-range defense.

The Treaty obligated the parties to limit their deployed ABM systems to two sites: one within a circle of 150-kilometer radius around the national capital, and the other within a circle of 150-kilometer radius around intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silo launchers.

Within each of these sites the parties could deploy no more than 100 ABM launchers and no more than 100 ABM interceptor missiles.

These limitations did not apply to ABM systems used for development or testing, nor those located within agreed test ranges, where each party could have no more that a total of 15 ABM launchers. In addition, the treaty also limited the number and capacity of ABM radars.

The treaty allowed the deployment of fixed land-based defense ABM systems only. Both counties undertook not to develop, test, or deploy sea-based, air-based, space-based and mobile land-based ABM systems or components.

The parties also agreed not to develop, test or deploy ABM launchers for firing more than one ABM interceptor missile at a time from each launcher, as well as automatic or semi-automatic or other similar systems for rapid reload of ABM launchers.

The parties pledged not to transfer to other states and not to deploy outside their national territory ABM systems or their components limited by the ABM Treaty.

Compliance with the treaty was to be assured using national technical means of verification in a manner consistent with generally recognized principles of international law.

The treaty was of unlimited duration, but stipulated that each party had a right to withdraw if it decided that extraordinary events related to the subject matter of the treaty had jeopardized its supreme interests.

On July 3, 1974 the parties signed in Moscow a Protocol to the ABM Treaty, which reduced the number of sites to one per party. The Soviet Union pledged not to deploy ABM systems or their components around ICBM silo launchers, and the United States pledged not to deploy ABM systems or their components around the national capital.

For 30 years, the ABM Treaty served as the foundation of the existing system of international agreements on the limitation and reduction of strategic offensive weapons. Russia consistently advocated the continuation of the treaty. Its value has been repeatedly recognized by the international community. For three years in a row, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted for a resolution to support the continuation of and compliance with the ABM Treaty at its 54th, 55th and 56th sessions in 1999-2001.

On December 13, 2001, President George W. Bush announced that the United States was unilaterally withdrawing from the Treaty. On June 13, 2002, the Treaty became invalid.

Source: Sputnik News



New Russian Space Anti-Ballistic Missile System On-Track for 2020: Engineer

‎18 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:20:17 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 09, 2014 - An improved early warning system in space for detecting ballistic missile launches will be in place by 2020, a chief engineer from the Russian defense corporation Almaz Antey said Monday.

"In the development of the space echelon, everything necessary has been accepted and the technical solutions have been tested, and we expect that the low-Earth orbit space echelon early warning ballistic missile system in its improved form will by 2020, or even earlier, provide the necessary characteristics of a constant warning of ballistic missile launches," Pavel Sozinov said during a conference.

The possibilities to detect moving targets have significantly improved in recent years, Sozinov stated, speaking of the creation of an identification system over the territory of Russia at medium and high altitudes.

When it comes to detecting enemy targets at low and very low altitudes, "the possibilities at this perimeter are, of course, very limited," the chief engineer said.

Sozinov also noted that the Russian defense industry has made significant progress in the creation of fuel for interceptor missiles and thermal barrier coatings that can withstand heat up to 3,500 degrees Celsius.

The creation of a unified space-based ballistic missile warning system in Russia was announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in October.

The system is set to replace Soviet-made ballistic missile early warning systems and will comprise next-generation space vehicles and modernized space centers that would ensure control over satellites and allow automatic information processing.

Source: Sputnik News



Chinese Hypersonic Strike Vehicle May Overcome US Missile Defense: Expert

‎09 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:42 AMGo to full article
Beijing (Sputnik) Dec 08, 2014 - Igor Korotchenko, Director of the Center for the Analysis of the World Arms Trade told Sputnik on Friday that China's successful testing of a Hypersonic Strike Vehicle (the HGV) demonstrates the country's potential to affect US national security in a serious way.

"US anxiety is centered on the fact that China is actively experimenting with weaponry that is based on hypersonic speed, which is nearly impossible to intercept using currently-available US missile defense systems," Korotchenko told Sputnik.

It had been reported earlier that China had conducted another test of the HGV, dubbed the WU-14 by the Pentagon, an ultra-high speed vehicle capable of travelling up to eight times the speed of sound. Earlier tests of the vehicle had shown it capable of carrying nuclear warheads at a speed of over Mach 10, or 12,359 kilometers per hour.

The experimental weapon, which is designed to thwart anti-ballistic missile countermeasures, is capable of approaching its target at a relatively flat glide, reducing the likelihood of detection and the ability of any foe to launch countermeasures. The serialized production of such a delivery system would also extend the range of existing Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles by up to a third.

Korotchenko noted that the creation of these HGVs by China "demonstrates the country's capability of creating the necessary technology to [negatively] affect US national security."

"At present, China's defense industry is informed by the concept that the United States is the country's main enemy. The Chinese military's development plans, the configuration of Chinese forces, and the country's desire to build a carrier fleet -all of this is taking place in the context of its rivalry with the United States," Korotchenko said.

"Therefore, the negative commentary which may be found in the American media is a reflection of the fact that the US is coming to realize the extent of the growth in China's military capabilities, and is alarmed by it," the expert added.

Korochenko noted that Russia too is actively working on the development of hypersonic technology, recently 'unfreezing' developments which had been stopped in the 1980s due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the companies presently working on this task is the state corporation Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC.

Source: Sputnik News



Raytheon building air and missile defense center for Qatar

‎01 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:55:30 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Dec 8, 2014 - An air and missile defense operations center that will integrate U.S. and European defense and radar systems is to be designed and built for Qatar by Raytheon.

The work, which carries a maximum value of $75.6 million, comes under an undefinitized contract action for a Foreign Military Sales contract.

The ADOC, the first in the Gulf region, is part of the Qatari armed forces modernization and recapitalization effort announced earlier this year. In addition to providing the capability to integrate U.S. and European air defense systems and radars, the system will be integrated with Qatar's Raytheon-made air operations center.

"This contract reinforces the depth of our systems integration capability and expertise in integrated air and missile defense," said Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated Sensors business area. "The ADOC will have the latest command and control, cyber, and information assurance capability in partnership with the Air Force to enhance regional security and meet the State of Qatar's requirements."



India test fires nuclear capable strategic missile

‎01 ‎February ‎2015, ‏‎03:55:30 AMGo to full article
Mumbai, India (XNA) Dec 03, 2014 - India on Tuesday test-fired its nuclear capable strategic missile Agni-4 from a test range off eastern state of Odisha's coast. Supported by a mobile launcher, the sleek missile was flight tested from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island, at about 10:20 a.m. local time, local media reported.

The test conducted by the specially formed Strategic Force Command was successful, Ravi Kumar Gupta, director of the Directorate of Public Interface, Defence Research and Development Organisation, was quoted as saying.

The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability, sources said.

According to media reports, the Agni-4 missile is equipped with state of the art Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture, and has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.

The accurate Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System and highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System ensures the vehicle reach the target within two-digit accuracy, the reports said.

This is the second test of the missile this year. It was successfully tested from the same place on Jan. 20.




Ballistic Missile Launches Detected by Russia's Aerospace Defense

‎28 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎02:56:21 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Dec 03, 2014 - Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces (ADF) have detected the launch of three foreign ballistic missiles, Major General Anatoly Nestechuk, the deputy chief of the Space Command, said.

"We've detected a foreign ballistic missile launch this morning, and another two similar launches were detected the day before yesterday - that is exactly the kind of job our crews perform," Major General Nestechuk said.

He also added that Russia was notified about these launches beforehand, but the fact that they were successfully detected illustrates the high combat readiness level and professionalism of the ADF.

Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces were formed on December 1, 2011.

They are responsible for air and missile defense, as well as for launches and the control of satellites.




U.S Navy sending Aegis-equipped destroyers to Japan

‎26 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎12:24:11 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 22, 2014 - Two U.S. Navy destroyers with ballistic missile defense capabilities are being forward deployed to Japan, the U.S. Navy announced.

The ships with Aegis systems are the USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69), both of which are currently homeported in San Diego, Calif.

The two ships will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces based at Yokosuka, Japan.

The USS Benfold will deploy to Japan next summer, while the USS Milius will make the move in the summer of 2017.

"The move directly supports the announcement made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in April of this year that the Navy would commit to sending two additional BMD-capable ships to the defense of Japan by 2017," the Navy said in reporting the re-basing.

The Navy said the two destroyers will have completed all midlife modernization before the change. They will be equipped with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which includes state of the art air defense, ballistic missile defense, surface warfare and undersea warfare capabilities. Other upgrades will include a fully-integrated bridge, improved machinery, damage control and quality of life improvements, an advanced galley and commercial-off-the-shelf computing equipment.

"As part of their Aegis combat systems, each ship is outfitted with the Mark-41 Vertical Launch System for multiple types of guided missiles and is capable of defensive and offensive operations against aircraft, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, surface ships, submarines and shore targets, the Navy said.

"These U.S. BMD-capable forces, combined with the sea-based missile defense systems operated by their counterparts in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, as well as the new TPY-2 radar at Kyogamisaki, Japan, scheduled to start operations later this year, provide the U.S.-Japan alliance a regionally responsive missile defense capability.

"They also represent a significant improvement in capability and will provide the FDNF with greater capacity in all mission areas including regional ballistic missile defense and ballistic missile defense of the Homeland."

In addition to the two ship augmentation of the Navy's 7th Fleet forward operating force, the Navy intends to send another Aegis-equipped destroyer to Japan in early 2016.

The USS Barry (DDG 52) will swap out with the USS Lassen (DDG 82), which has been based in Japan for about a decade.

The announced movement comes as the Navy continues a strategy to focus naval capabilities on the Asia-Pacific region, where vital sea lanes, potential gas and oil deposits and a growing Chinese navy feature prominently.

China and Japan are in dispute over ownership of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. China is also in dispute with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Japan and the United States are currently in the process of revising their guidelines for mutual defense, which will feature enhanced capabilities and responsibilities in the face of shared threats in the region. Part of that equation is a decision by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reinterpret the country's pacifist constitution to allow Japan's self-defense forces to physically defend its allies and officially engage in collective self-defense.

In other Asian news, South Korea's military is reportedly considering the procurement of two additional early warning aerial surveillance aircraft.

The country's Yonhap news agency said the intention to augment the air force's fleet of Boeing 737-based Peace Eye airborne early warning and control aircraft is apparently aimed its new air defense zone and claims of sovereignty over a reef and islands off its southern coat.

The possible acquisition appears a response to China last year unilaterally declaring an air defense identification zone that included the reef and islands as well as the Senkaku Islands. In declaring the zone, China imposed regulations governing the use of the air zone and maritime waters within it.

"For surveillance over the KADIZ (Korean Air Defense Identification Zone), we are seeking to secure two more such planes over the long term," the agency quoted an unidentified air force official.



U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

‎26 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎12:24:11 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 21, 2014 - The U.S. military has demonstrated that Lockheed Martin's Aegis weapon system can destroy a ballistic missile solely on tracks from remote airborne sensors.

Results of the demonstration by the Ballistic Missile Defense Agency and the Navy will be used to enhance the Ballistic Missile Defense System and support the advancement of Phase 2 of the Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe, where a land-based variant of Aegis is to be deployed.

In the technology test, a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched on Oct. 16 from a range facility in Hawaii. The USS John Paul Jones, positioned west of Hawaii, detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 (BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade) Weapon System.

Several fire control, discrimination, and engagement functions were also exercised, as well as an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a multi-spectral targeting system.

No Standard Missile-3, however, was actually launched against the target.

"Program officials will evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test," MDA said.

The United States earlier this month inaugurated an Aegis Ashore base in Romania, from where missiles will protect deployed U.S. troops and NATO members from ballistic missiles. The system is expected to begin operations in Romania next year.



Russia to Create Space-Based Ballistic Missile Warning System

‎07 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:31 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 - Russia will create a space-based ballistic missile warning system capable of detecting launches of existing and test missiles, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

"The creation of an integrated space system is one of the key directions in which Russian nuclear deterrent forces will be developed.

"As a result, we will be able to detect sea and ground launches of various types of ballistic missiles, including prototypes," Shoigu said.

According to the defense minister, the system will replace Soviet-made ballistic missile early warning systems.

The integrated space system will comprise next-generation space vehicles and modernized space centers that would ensure control over the satellites and allow for automatic information processing.


Source: RIA Novosti



Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Deliver Payload for Fourth SBIRS Missile Defense Early Warning Satellite

‎07 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:31 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 21, 2014 - Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite of the U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS).

The payload, delivered on Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration and test at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility.

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 GEO-4 payload includes highly sophisticated scanning and staring sensors, which will provide the satellite with improved infrared sensitivity and a reduction in area revisit times over the legacy constellation. The scanning sensor will provide a wide area surveillance of missile launches and natural phenomena across the earth, while the staring sensor will be used to observe smaller areas of interest with superior sensitivity.

"The completion of this payload is a critical milestone keeping us on schedule for delivering the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite to the Air Force in 2016," said Louie Lombardo, director of Lockheed Martin's SBIRS Follow-on Production (SFP) program.

"This payload delivery -- the third of four payload deliveries for the SBIRS SFP program in the past 15 months -- further demonstrates that SBIRS is in the regular cadence of full production."

"This is an unprecedented production rate of sophisticated infrared payloads for operational deployment," said Anne Ostroff, vice president of the Military/Civil Space and Ground business area, Northrop Grumman. "The performance of payloads on-orbit has been excellent and demonstrates unique capabilities that are needed to address current and evolving threats."

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 have been launched and both received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance in 2013, with performance that matches, and in some cases exceeds, requirements.

GEO-3 recently completed acoustic testing and is currently undergoing thermal vacuum testing. In June 2014, the Air Force contracted Lockheed Martin for full production of GEO-5 and GEO-6.

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



Missile Defense Agency orders THAAD system components

‎07 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:31 AMGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Oct 16, 2014 - Ground components for a key element of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System are to be manufactured and delivered by Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract for Terminal High Altitude Defense system equipment covers interceptor launchers, support equipment, fire control and communication spares, and launcher spares.

The contract value is $124.6 million.

"THAAD provides the warfighter with the requisite deployability, combat power and lethality to counter current and emerging ballistic missile threats around the globe," said Richard McDaniel, Lockheed Martin vice president for THAAD. "The Lockheed Martin team is totally committed to meeting the growing demand for THAAD's unique strategic capabilities."

THAAD is a missile system for shooting down short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. The interceptor missile carries no warhead. It directly strikes the incoming enemy missile to destroy it. It is currently deployed on the U.S. island of Guam.

Lockheed notes the THAAD interceptor system has performed 11 successful missile intercepts in 13 flight tests since 2005.

Work on the contract will begin in 2016 and be completed the following year. Lockheed Martin facilities in Texas, Alabama, Florida, California and Arkansas will be involved in the project.



Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense facility established in Romania

‎07 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:31 AMGo to full article
Deveselu, Romania (UPI) Oct 14, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has established a support facility in Romania as part of NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system.

The Naval Support Facility in Deveselu. Romania, was officially established earlier this month during an establishment and assumption of command ceremony.

It will become operational next year, the Navy said.

"This is a historic occasion because ballistic missile threats to the U.S. and our allies are real and growing," said Rear Adm. John Scorby, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia. "Fortunately, NATO's capabilities and defenses against these threats are also real and growing."

The missile defense shield for Europe, called Aegis Ashore, was originally proposed by then-President George W. Bush and is now is part of the U.S. plan for a phased deployment of a missile defense umbrella in Europe for defense against ballistic missiles.

The system being established uses nearly the same technology used on U.S. Navy Aegis-capable guided-missile destroyers and cruisers for detecting, tracking and destroying in-coming missiles.

The Navy said NSF Deveselu will utilize both a SM-3 missile interceptor battery platform and an Aegis SPY-1 radar platform. The SM-3 missiles will have no offensive capability and only target incoming ballistic missiles launched by hostile countries.

"Naval Support Facility Deveselu will be a crucial component in expanding the effectiveness of NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system," Scorby said. "It will also address the threat posed by short and intermediate range ballistic missiles to U.S., European and Allied personnel and assets throughout the region."

A facility similar to that in Romania is planned for Poland. Currently the Navy plans for a total of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be based in Spain to bolster the ballistic missile defense system for Europe.

NSF Deveselu is about 430 acres in size at a former Romanian military base. It will feature a fire-control radar deckhouse with an associated Aegis command, control and communications suite.

Its SM-3 missiles and launch modules and be manned by U.S. military personnel. U.S. government civilians and support contractors will also be located at the facility.



US Rear Admiral to head missile shield base in Romania

‎07 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:31 AMGo to full article
Bucharest (AFP) Oct 10, 2014 - US Rear Admiral John Scorby was Friday named commander of a base in Romania that will form part of a NATO ballistic missile shield system which has drawn Russia's ire.

The Deveselu base in southern Romania is slated to be operational next year. It will house SM-3 interceptor missiles and radar equipment.

"Today's ceremony is an important milestone as we improve our ballistic missile defence capability in Europe," said Scorby, commander for the Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.

"Our continued close work with our Romanian partners exemplifies how crucial our European allies are to building up NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system," he said.

NATO's 28 members decided in 2010 to create a missile shield based on US technology. The project is due to be completed in 2020, with installations in Romania and Poland.

The Western military alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states", and is in no way directed against Russia.

But Moscow has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its very doorstep.



SBIRS GEO-4 payload ready for integration

‎07 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:31 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale, Calif. (UPI) Oct 8, 2014 - The payload for a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System has been delivered, Lockheed Martin reports.

The payload, delivered by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to Lockheed's satellite manufacturing facility, will be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the satellite system, while Northrop is the payload provider.

The SBIRS program of the U.S. Air Force consists of multiple satellites to deliver 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.

It supports the U.S. ballistic missile defense system, expands technical intelligence gathering and improves battlefield situational awareness.

The payload delivered, for the fourth GEO satellite, includes scanning and staring sensors, which give the satellite enhanced infrared sensitivity. Wide-area surveillance of missile launches and natural phenomena and observation of smaller areas with superior sensitivity will also be provided by the payload package.

"The completion of this payload is a critical milestone keeping us on schedule for delivering the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite to the Air Force in 2016," said Louie Lombardo, director of Lockheed Martin's SBIRS Follow-on Production program. "This payload delivery -- the third of four payload deliveries for the SBIRS SFP program in the past 15 months -- further demonstrates that SBIRS is in the regular cadence of full production."

The GEO-1 and GEO-2 satellites, which have been launched, have both received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance. GEO-3 recently completed acoustic testing and is currently undergoing thermal vacuum testing.

Lockheed Martin received an Air Force contract in June for full production of GEO-5 and GEO-6.



Poland urges NATO to push ahead with missle shield

‎28 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:22:31 AMGo to full article
Warsaw (AFP) Oct 06, 2014 - Poland on Monday urged NATO's new secretary general to push ahead with a missile shield system amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the Cold War.

"We firmly support the creation of this (missile shield) system as a pan-NATO one because only this makes deep sense both politically and in terms of defence," Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"Poland is determined to build its missile shield and air defence system -- it's important not only for Poland -- and we uphold our obligations for the US portion of this project," Komorowski said.

Stoltenberg, who chose Warsaw for his first foreign visit, said Poland "was a key contributor to our missile defence system."

The new NATO chief said last week that Russia must reverse course in Ukraine but stressed that the alliance remains ready to have a constructive relationship with Moscow.

Poland said last year it would spend 33.6 billion euros ($43.3 billion) to set up its own missile shield.

NATO's 28 members decided in 2010 to create a missile shield based on US technology. The project is due to be completed in 2020, with significant elements in Romania and Poland.

The Western defence alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states", and is in no way directed against Russia.

But Moscow has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its very doorstep.

The escalation of tensions with Russia since January over its role in the Ukraine crisis has sounded the alarm on NATO's eastern flank in countries that were under Moscow's thumb during the Soviet era.

Tension mounted further after Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted last month as saying that "if I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too."

Stoltenberg, who took over as NATO chief last week, insists that Russia must reverse course in Ukraine but stressed that the alliance remains open to a constructive relationship with Moscow.




















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