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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


Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


The Unique Triumph of PSLV-C37

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Sriharikota, India (SPX) Feb 21, 2017
On February 15, 2017, PSLV-C37, the 39th mission of the workhorse launch vehicle of ISRO, injected ISRO's Cartosat-2 Series Satellite weighing 714 kg and two ISRO Nano-satellites namely INS-1A (8.4 kg) and INS-1B (9.7 kg) and 101 Nano-satellites, from six foreign countries into a Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) at an orbit of 506 km above earth, with an inclination of 97.46 . The mass of nano-

Pence reassures Europe, demands NATO funds

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence told nervous Europeans Monday that Donald Trump will remain committed to transatlantic ties, but warned NATO allies they must boost their defence spending in return. Capping a European trip aimed at allaying fears about the new administration's support, Pence said Washington's backing for the EU remained "steadfast and enduring". "Today it is my privilege on

Iraq forces battle IS to close in on Mosul's west bank

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Aqrab Checkpoint, Iraq (AFP) Feb 20, 2017
Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled their way towards southern Mosul on Monday and prepared to take on the Islamic State group's stronghold in the city's west bank. The fresh push in the four-month-old operation to retake Mosul has sparked fears for 750,000 trapped civilians who risk being killed if they try to flee and starvation if they stay. Federal police forces reach

Lockheed Martin completes tests with modernized TACMS missiles

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin announced two rounds of successful testing with the modernized Tactical Missile System for the U.S. Army. The trials were completed in December and early February at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, representing the third and fourth consecutive demonstrations with the weapon. The missiles were launched using a High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, for

UAE orders battle management system from Harris

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Melbourne, Fla. (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
The United Arab Emirates has given the Harris Corporation a two-year contract to provide its military with an integrated battle management system. The contract, issued under the UAE's Emirates Command & Control System Land Tactical System program, is worth $189 million. "This Land Tactical System project represents a major milestone in the advancement of battlefield management an

SES and Gilat Join Forces to Make Connectivity at Sea More Accessible

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Petah Tikva, Israel (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
SES S.A. and Gilat Satellite Networks have announced a strategic collaboration focused on delivering affordable connectivity to a broad range of small ships and vessels left underserved at sea in the Caribbean and beyond. Set for commercial launch in April 2017, the plug-and-play platform is the latest offering within the SES Maritime+ service, which was first introduced late last year. Th

Iridium Announces Target Date for Second Launch of Iridium NEXT

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
McLean, VA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Iridium Communications has announced it has received a targeted launch date of mid-June for the second mission of ten Iridium NEXT satellites. Originally anticipated for mid-April of 2017, the date has shifted due to a backlog in SpaceX's launch manifest as a result of last year's September 1st anomaly. This second launch will deliver another ten Iridium NEXT satellites to low-Earth-orbit

Alphabet's 'Loon' internet plan closer to deployment

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Mountain View, United States (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Google parent Alphabet said Thursday that artificial intelligence-infused navigation software has significantly sped up plans to deploy Project Loon internet balloons to serve remote regions of the world Word that being able to more smartly guide high-altitude baloons promised to improve coverage while curbing cost came as Loon hit headwinds in some locales where it has been testing the tech

Brazil to retire its only aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Rio De Janeiro (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Brazil's navy will decommission its sole aircraft carrier, Sao Paulo, after concluding the vessel's maintenance costs are too high. Navy officials made the decision to retire the aircraft carrier after studies revealed it would take 10 years to upgrade the ship. IHS Janes reports the country will make procuring a replacement the service's third-highest priority after its submarine and T

Curtiss-Wright offers COTS Module for measuring microgravity acceleration

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Ashburn VA (SPX) Feb 17, 2017
Curtiss-Wright's Defense Solutions division has introduced the space industry's first COTS-based solution for measuring microgravity acceleration. Previously, the measurement of microgravity acceleration has required costly custom-designed electronic systems. What's more, the high cost of these solutions has encouraged the sharing of this capability by multiple users on-board the micrograv

Qioptiq wins $102 million targeting equipment order

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
London (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Wales-based contractor Qioptiq received a $102 million contract from Britain's Ministry of Defense to support surveillance and targeting equipment. The contract was announced during IDEX 2017, an international defense conference which aims to foster relationships between governments and security industry companies. The order includes support for night-vision goggles and day and n

Russian Helicopters in talks with India for 200 aircraft

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Moscow (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Russian Helicopters is in talks with the government of India for the potential sale of 200 helicopters to support various security roles. Representatives for the state-owned defense enterprise say both parties are finalizing the terms of the contract. Under the current draft, 140 of the rotorcraft will be built in India. The remaining 60 will be supplied by the company's existing facili

SIPRI: Arms imports rise in Asia, Middle East

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Stockholm, Sweden (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Major arms imports in the Middle East rose by 86 percent between the periods of 2007-2011 and 2012-2016 and by 7.7 percent in Asia and Oceania. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, or SIPRI, said Monday the arms import figures for the Middle East accounted for 29 percent of global imports during the 2012 to 2016 period, while Asia and Oceania accounted for 43 percent of

Russia ready to export new T-90 tank variant

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UPI) Feb 20, 2017
Russia's Uralvagonzavod scientific-production corporation is ready to export the latest variant of the T-90 main battle tank, Russian news agency Tass reports. General of the Army Alexei Maslov, the special representative of UVZ for military-technical cooperation, was quoted by the news agency as saying the decision comes as production of the T-90MS is ready to accelerate. "We ha

Russian defense ministry shows off Su-35S maneuverability

‎Today, ‎February ‎21, ‎2017, ‏‎10 hours agoGo to full article
Moscow (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
The Russian Ministry of Defense recently demonstrated the flight capabilities of its Sukhoi Su-35S multirole fighter jet. In a video released by the ministry, an Su-35S takes off from a runway and performs various flight maneuvers. The Su-35S is a revamped version of the Su-35, a plane built to replace Soviet-era Su-27 fighters. The Russian government and its state-owned aerospac

Tillerson, Wang in highest-level US-China meet under Trump

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Bonn (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday used his first meeting with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi to urge Beijing to help rein in North Korea after its series of nuclear and ballistic missile tests. Their talks, the highest level Sino-US encounter since President Donald Trump was elected, had appeared unlikely after he infuriated Beijing by calling into question Washington's long-standin

Germany warns US off hurting Europe, favouring Russia

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Munich, Germany (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Germany on Friday fired a salvo of warnings against Washington, cautioning it against hurting European cohesion, abandoning core Western values and seeking a rapprochement with Russia behind the backs of its allies. In a hard-hitting speech at the Munich Security Conference against President Donald Trump's administration, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen urged the United States n

US role 'necessary' in Baltic air defence: Lithuania

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Vilnius (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
Lithuania wants US President Donald Trump's administration to help beef up air defence in the Baltic region as security concerns grow over Russia, President Dalia Grybauskaite said Saturday. She also warned that measures adopted last year by NATO to reinforce its eastern flank "are no longer sufficient". Europe has been rattled by Trump's campaign rhetoric questioning NATO's relevance,

European partners look to Pentagon chief for reassurance

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Munich, Germany (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Jittery European partners looking for reassurance from a member of US President Donald Trump's new administration might have found it Friday in the form of Defense Secretary James Mattis. Allies are deeply troubled after Trump's campaign rhetoric questioned long-established alliances, and they worry about a simmering scandal over possible ties between the White House and Moscow. Mattis,

US remains 'your greatest ally', Pence tells Europe

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Munich, Germany (AFP) Feb 18, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday pledged an "unwavering" commitment to transatlantic ties, aiming to reassure allies including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who pleaded with nations not to go it alone. Capping a week of whirlwind diplomacy by American officials who have descended on Europe to calm nerves rattled by President Donald Trump, Pence underlined the United States' loyalt

Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
Raytheon is developing an automated assessment system for judging the effectiveness of 21st century weapons in war game scenarios. The first-of-its-kind tool, commissioned by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, will automatically teach war game participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, including missiles, kinetic interceptors, cyber and electronic warfare weapons.

Navy flight-tests sub-launched Trident II ballistic missiles

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
A U.S. Navy submarine has conducted four successful Trident II D ballistic missile test flights over a three-day period. The submarine, which was unidentified in a U.S. Navy report, was an Ohio-class vessel and part of Submarine Group 9, which operates in the Pacific. Trident II carries a thermonuclear warhead and is part of the nuclear deterrent triad of the United States.

China urges nuclear talks resumption with NKorea

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Munich, Germany (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
China on Friday urged a resumption of six-party talks with North Korea on Pyongyang's nuclear programme, saying a "negative cycle" of nuclear missile tests followed by sanctions must end. "Today, what we see is nuclear test, sanction, nuclear test and then sanction again," said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. "This negative cycle should not continue. Because the ultimate end result cou

Croatia, Albania warn NATO on Balkans security threats

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Zagreb (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
NATO members Croatia and Albania have written to the alliance to raise concerns that Serbia is threatening Kosovo's security as well as stability across the wider Balkans, officials said Friday. In a joint letter to NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, the defence ministers of the two countries "stressed concerns over recent events which might influence the security of Kosovo but also security in a

Raytheon, Rheinmetall to collaborate on future defense projects

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Berlin (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Rheinmetall and Raytheon have entered into an agreement to cooperate on future defense-related projects. Representatives from both companies signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize the arrangement, and say the pact will facilitate deepened ties on missile defense systems and rocket-based solutions. "With this groundbreaking cooperation, we are starting a new chapter for

Lockheed providing Poland with live-fire training rounds

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Archbald, Pa. (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
Lockheed Martin is producing Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds for the Polish military under a $1.9 million contract. The award was issued by Poland's Megmar Logistics & Consulting on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Defense. "Lockheed Martin has a long and successful history of partnership with the Republic of Poland and we're looking forward to working with Megmar to delive

Indonesia first to purchase Skeldar V-200 drone

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Jakarta (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
UMS Skeldar, a joint venture between Saab Group and UMS Aero, received a contract to supply its V-200 unmanned aerial vehicle to Indonesia's defense ministry. The contract signing follows a series of performance and acceptance tests conducted with the UAV during the fourth quarter of 2016. The V-200 has vertical takeoff and landing capabilities. Indonesia is the first country to procure

Kim's modest Macau life no protection from Pyongyang

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Macau, China (AFP) Feb 17, 2017
Kim Jong-Nam's modest life in Macau was a far cry from the opulence and power enjoyed by his half-brother, the supreme leader of North Korea, but he was still seen by Pyongyang as a dangerous pretender to the ruling family throne. Friends in the Chinese gambling enclave spoke this week of a man who wined and dined in relative freedom, despite what Seoul's spy chiefs say was a "standing order

General Dynamics gets $170 million cybersecurity order

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017
The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has awarded General Dynamics a $170 million contract to perform various cybersecurity services. Under the five-year contract, the company will provide technical, functional and managerial cybersecurity forces including engineering, incident detection, and threat fusion and response services. General Dynamics representatives say the agreement will str

U.S. Navy to buy 40 MRAP MaxxPro Dash DXM vehicles

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎4:05:11 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 17, 2017
The U.S. Navy awarded Navistar Defense a $35 million contract to procure 40 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected MaxxPro Dash DXM vehicles. The vehicles are a lighter variant of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, or MRAP, vehicle family. Navistar says their maneuverability makes them an ideal fit for operations in countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan. The deal supports foreign mi

Pentagon's robot satellite repair system sued by aerospace company

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 10, 2017
American aerospace manufacturer Orbital ATK is leveling a lawsuit against the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), to halt a robot-satellite repair system being developed by the agency in conjunction with a non-US-owned competitor. The National Reconnaissance Office, which operates spy satellites, stands to benefit from robotic servicing of geosynchronous satellites (RSGS) te

NATO backs Ukraine as clashes surge: deputy chief

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
All 28 NATO allies fully support Ukraine as it faces the worst upsurge in fighting against pro-Russian rebels in two years, alliance deputy head Rose Gottemoeller said Thursday. US President Donald Trump has stoked concerns in NATO and Europe by dubbing the alliance "obsolete" and taking a softer stance on Russia, in marked contrast to his predecessor. "There was unanimity around the NAT

Trump sends letter of thanks to China's Xi

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said, weeks after receiving a letter of congratulations from the leader of the Asian giant. Beijing has been on tenterhooks waiting for a contact from the billionaire president, who seems set to take a hard line against the Asian giant on a wide range of issues from trade to security. During his cam

Trump to attend NATO summit in unfinished HQ: sources

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
NATO will host a summit of leaders including US President Donald Trump in May at its new Brussels headquarters, even though it will not be ready by then, officials and sources said Thursday. Security and IT systems at the $1.2-billion headquarters in the Belgian capital are behind schedule and so the transatlantic military alliance will only properly move in come September, sources told AFP.

Lithuania says it 'trusts' Trump on defence

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Riga (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
NATO member Lithuania said Thursday it trusts US President Donald Trump to make good on his predecessor's commitment to beef up the alliance's eastern flank. The previous administration of president Barack Obama ordered an unprecedented deployment of troops to reassure NATO allies in eastern Europe after Russia's annexation of the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. "We trust the US administr

Iran's Rouhani says military power 'purely defensive'

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday Iran's military power was "purely defensive", after tensions with the United States over its missile programme and a nuclear deal soared following Donald Trump's inauguration. "The Islamic Republic of Iran has showed that it doesn't intend to interfere with the internal affairs of other countries," Rouhani told foreign diplomats in Tehran, according to

French MPs clear way for payouts to atomic test victims

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
More than 50 years after France began conducting dozens of nuclear tests in the South Pacific, the French parliament on Thursday significantly eased the criteria for islanders who suffered health effects to be compensated. The upper house Senate is expected to follow suit next Tuesday, scrapping barriers to compensation that deemed most claimants to have been at "insignificant risk" of devel

Turkey developing long-range ballistic missile

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Ankara, Turkey (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
Turkey is constructing its first long-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile system, the country's government disclosed. The missile system, known as Bora, is being developed by Turkish weapons manufacturer Roketsan to meet the "long rage-range surface-to-surface missile requirement" for the country's ground forces, IHS Janes reported quoting Turkey's Undersecretariat for Defense In

US general says NATO needs more troops in Afghanistan

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
The US general commanding NATO forces in Afghanistan warned Thursday that he needs thousands more troops and accused Russia of seeking to prop up the Taliban rebels. US-led forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for 16 years, making it already America's longest-ever war, but General John Nicholson told Congress: "I believe we're in a stalemate." The question of whether to double down i

Russia air strike 'accidentally' kills 3 Turkish troops in Syria

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
Three Turkish soldiers were "accidentally" killed and 11 wounded on Thursday when a Russian air strike targeting jihadists in Syria hit a building where the troops were deployed, the Turkish army said. With Moscow and Ankara cooperating ever more closely on Syria, President Vladimir Putin quickly reached out to Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to express condolences and promise bette

Two Palestinians killed in Egypt after rocket fire on Israel: Hamas

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians on the Egyptian side of the border with Gaza early Thursday following rocket fire from the area into Israel, the territory's Islamist rulers Hamas said. Israel denied it had carried out any strikes over the border into Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula in response to the rockets, which caused no casualties. The spokesman of Gaza's Hamas-run hea

Mass graves found in western Iraq: officials

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Habbaniyah, Iraq (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
Iraqi soldiers have discovered two shallow graves containing the bodies of people executed by the Islamic State group in the western desert town of Rutba, officials said Thursday. "The Iraqi army found two mass graves in Rutba containing the bodies of members of the security forces and of civilians," a captain in the army's 1st division told AFP. He said the first indications suggested t

Victim of Colombia's ELN rebels paints his pain

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Cali, Colombia (AFP) Feb 9, 2017
Juan Daniel Otoya was 10 years old when ELN guerrillas burst into the church in western Colombia where he was attending mass with his family and kidnapped 180 people. Today, the leftist guerrillas - the last active rebel group in Colombia - are in peace talks with the government to end a 53-year conflict that has claimed 260,000 lives. Otoya, meanwhile, is a 28-year-old artist who has

Pentagon seeks to rent space in Trump Tower

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2017
The Pentagon wants to rent space in Trump Tower in New York for equipment and military personnel accompanying President Donald Trump during his stays there, it confirmed Wednesday. First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron are still living in Trump Tower and the real estate tycoon-turned-president plans to make regular visits. US presidents are accompanied around-the-clock by militar

Leidos contracted for counter-WMD support

‎Friday, ‎February ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:07 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 9, 2017
Leidos received a contract from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency to support countermeasure training against weapons of mass destruction. Under the agreement, the company will support the agency's Cooperative Biological Engagement Program, or CBEP, as well as the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, also known as CTR. The contract includes four one-year options, and has a potent

America's 6th Generation Fighter Jets of the Future

‎Monday, ‎February ‎6, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:32 AMGo to full article
Trento, Italy (SPX) Feb 06, 2017
America's 6th generation fighter jets will probably be the real game changer over its predecessor, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), that in spite of repeated setbacks (often referred to as a "nightmare" with its unsavory "bug" list) stands as a strong portend for offensive and defensive platforms. Just a handful of countries have 6th generation fighter jet concepts. Fighters jets, just

The Outer Space Treaty has been remarkably successful - but is it fit for the modern age?

‎Monday, ‎February ‎6, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:32 AMGo to full article
London, UK (SPX) Feb 01, 2017
Visiting Fellow, Department of Government, London School of Economics and Political Science Space exploration is governed by a complex series of international treaties and agreements which have been in place for years. The first and probably most important of them celebrates its 50th anniversary on January 27 - The Outer Space Treaty. This treaty, which was signed in 1967, was agreed through the

Trump to meet NATO leaders in May: White House

‎Monday, ‎February ‎6, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:32 AMGo to full article
Palm Beach, United States (AFP) Feb 6, 2017
Donald Trump will meet fellow NATO leaders in May, the White House said Sunday after the president's call with the alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Trump expressed "strong support for NATO" but called on European members to pitch in more, the White House said in a statement, adding that Trump "agreed to join in a meeting of NATO leaders in Europe in late May." "The parties

VP Pence warns Iran against testing Trump's resolve

‎Monday, ‎February ‎6, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:32 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Feb 5, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence in an interview airing Sunday warned Iran "not to test the resolve" of the Donald Trump administration, days after Washington slapped new sanctions on Tehran following a ballistic missile test launch. Relations between the two sides have deteriorated sharply since Trump took office last month promising a tough line on what he sees as Iranian belligerence toward U

Tensions flare between uneasy allies Greece and Turkey

‎Monday, ‎February ‎6, ‎2017, ‏‎6:12:32 AMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) Feb 5, 2017
Turkey is once again facing off against historic foe-turned-ally Greece in one of their fiercest rows in years, though the war of words is unlikely to spill over into military confrontation. With some two months before Turks vote on a critical referendum to enhance presidential powers, this renewed dispute is fuelling nationalistic sentiment inside Turkey. Forging a less ideological and





News About Ballistic Missile Defense


U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 10, 2017 - Eight defense contractors have been selected to share a $3 billion contract to develop new missile defense solutions for the U.S. Army.

The award's recipients include BAE Systems, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Dynetics, QWK Integrated Solutions, Teledyne Brown Engineering, KBRwyle Technology Solutions and Science Applications International Corporation.

Under the agreement, the companies will perform design, development, demonstration and integration services for the Domain 1 - Space/High Altitude and Missile Defense Program. The effort aims to facilitate research on appropriate hardware and software components to bolster U.S. missile defenses.

The U.S. Department of Defense says work locations will be determined with each order, and expects tasks to be complete by Feb. 8 2026.

Bids for the contracts were solicited via the internet. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.



New US Missile Hits Target in Space

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 08, 2017 - The US Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon have successfully tested a missile that intercepts enemy missiles in space.

The SM-3 IIA missile can sense ballistic missile attacks from space and neutralize the threats. The SM-3 made its debut by eliminating a ballistic missile fired from the Navy's USS John Paul Jones destroyer.

The idea for the mission was conceived and motivated, in part, by Star Wars, according to Scout Warrior's Kris Osborn. "Now that technology is getting better," he said, "exoatmospheric" missiles can intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles descending from outer space. The anti-missile technology would come in handy if the medium-range DF-16 missile tested by the Chinese People's Liberation Army gets deployed.

The next-generation missile is being developed by both Washington and Tokyo, Scout reported. Further, the US plans to deploy the missile in Poland by 2018. The successful launch took place in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.

Raytheon said that the 21-inch airframe allows US and Japanese forces to defend a larger area. "Now we have a higher sensitivity-so that is just a better seeker," Raytheon SM-3 program director Amy Cohen said.

"The SM-3 Block IIA missile is a larger version of the SM-3 IB in terms of boosters and the kinetic warhead, which allows for increased operating time," the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement. Other officials asserted that the test was a "critical milestone" and that it was a "vitally important" achievement for preparing against "increasing ballistic missile threats around the world."

The administration of US President Donald Trump has made state-of-the-art missile defense a top priority.

Source: Sputnik News



New Age, New Aims: CIS Air Defense to Be Upgraded for Aerospace Tasks

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2017 - The Commonwealth of Independent States' (CIS) joint air defense system will be adapted to meet the challenges of aerospace defense, the press service of the CIS Executive Committee stated. On February 8-9, the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk will host an expert group meeting to consult on draft documents regarding the cooperation of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the military sphere.

"At the meeting, experts will consider two draft documents. The first - a draft of guidelines for the adaptation of the united air defense system of the CIS countries to address aerospace defense tasks," the CIS Executive Committee said in a statement.

The draft document has been developed to implement the concept of aerospace defense, and is intended to replace the prospective guidelines of the united air defense system from December 2012, which have already been accomplished, the press service specified.

"The document sets out the measures to improve the regulatory framework of cooperation for the construction of an integrated system of aerospace defense of the CIS countries, as well as sub-systems of intelligence and warning of aerospace attack, destruction and suppression of air and space attacks, the organizational structure and unified air defense management system," the press service added.

In addition, the guidelines prescribe measures of military and technical cooperation, taking into account the tasks of aerospace defense, joint activities of operational and combat training in the frameworks of both the united CIS air defense system and in regional air defense systems.

After the draft is fully agreed upon, the final decision on the guidelines will be considered in accordance with established procedure by the Council of the CIS heads of state.

The second document, proposed by Kazakhstan's Defense Ministry, concerns the establishment of an association of higher military educational institutions in the CIS states.

The CIS is a regional organization formed by former Soviet Union members in the 1990s. The organization aims to promote economic, political and cultural cooperation.

Source: Sputnik News



Lockheed Martin to perform additional THAAD development

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 1, 2017 - Lockheed Martin received a $345.5 million contract modification to perform additional development services for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense elements.

The modification, awarded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, brings the cumulative contract value to $1.3 billion. Under the agreement, Lockheed Martin will continue to perform flight and ground tests for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

The U.S. Department of Defense did not disclose when the work is expected to be complete, but reports it will be performed in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Huntsville, Ala.

Lockheed Martin did not receive any funding at the time of the modification award. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, is a missile defense platform designed to provide operators protection from short- and medium-range ballistic missile attacks. The system is designed to engage threats using a variety of interceptor munitions.

While primarily used by the U.S. Army, THAAD has also been procured by the Untied Arab Emirates, Oman and South Korea.



Raytheon contracted for Patriot missile support

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2017 - Raytheon received a $202 million foreign military sales contract to provide engineering services for its Patriot weapon system.

The contract includes sales to various U.S. allies, including Germany, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain, Taiwan and the Netherlands. Bids for the contract were solicited via the internet with one received.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed in multiple locations, and is expected to be complete by the end of January 2018.

Raytheon received $202 million in funding for the project at the time of the contract award. The Army Contracting Command is listed as the contracting activity.

Raytheon's Patriot weapon system is a long-range, all-weather platform that can be used for defense against various airborne attacks, such as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or enemy aircraft. The system is equipped with GaN-based AESA radar technology to boost detection range.

The long-range missile solution is capable of firing multiple missile types, allowing operators to tailor their munitions to meet specific threats.



MEADS team submits updated proposal for Poland's Wilsa program

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Warsaw, Poland (UPI) Feb 1, 2017 - The Polish government received an updated offer for its medium-range air defense program from MEADS International.

The offer updates the company's proposal alongside Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa in September, intensifying the competition between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin for the contract.

Included in the proposal for Poland's missile defense project, known as Wilsa, is MEADS International's Technology Transfer Plan. The package is comprised of active electronically scanned array radar and digital defense systems designed to provide 360 degrees of coverage.

"MEADS represents the most affordable and the quickest path to the capabilities Poland requires," MEADS vice president Tom Oles said in a press release. "If MEADS is selected for Wisła, the Polish industry will benefit from technology implementation and future sales of MEADS in partnership with global leaders in defense."

The MEADS System has been jointly developed between industry partners in Germany, Italy and the United States to replace the Patriot missile defense system developed by Raytheon. The industry team says the ground-based platform can engage threats from any direction and works with other NATO-aligned forces.



S. Korea, US defence chiefs back anti-missile system

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Jan 31, 2017 - South Korea's defence chief and his new US counterpart vowed Tuesday to push ahead with a plan to deploy a US anti-missile system this year, Seoul's military said, despite angry protests by China.

The two allies last year announced the plan to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system following a series of atomic and missile tests by nuclear-armed North Korea.

New US Defense Secretary James Mattis and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo reaffirmed the plan in a phone conversation, Seoul's defence ministry said, days before Mattis visits Asia.

How the incoming administration of President Donald Trump will approach the region has raised worries in South Korea and Japan, both of them longstanding US allies.

During his campaign, Trump threatened to withdraw US forces from the two countries if they did not step up their financial support for their defence.

Mattis and Han voiced grave concern over growing threats from North Korea and agreed on "a need...to push ahead with the deployment of the THAAD as planned", the ministry said in a statement.

The two ministers also warned that the North may stage armed provocations at times of power transitions in the South and the US.

Their conversation came after Trump and South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-Ahn agreed Monday to strengthen their joint defence capabilities, but with the White House's official statement making no specific reference to THAAD.

The North's leader Kim Jong-Un boasted early this month that the country was in the "final stages" of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The THAAD plan has infuriated China, which fears it will undermine its own ballistic capabilities and has slapped a series of measures seen by Seoul as economic retaliation.

It also sparked angry protests from residents of the area chosen to host the powerful missile system, with several South Korean presidential hopefuls vowing to scrap the plan if elected.

Mattis, during his first overseas tour since taking office this month, visits South Korea from Thursday to Friday before flying to Japan.

He is expected to meet with Han as well as Hwang, who has been serving as acting head of state since parliament impeached President Park Geun-Hye last month.

The South's Constitutional Court is reviewing the validity of the motion. If the court confirms the impeachment, a presidential election will be held within 60 days.



Russia Restores Radar Field Securing All-Round Defense Against Missile Attacks

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 27, 2017 - The Russian Aerospace Forces have restored the united radar field, which provides control and warns of missile launches and attacks outside the state borders, media reported Thursday, citing Russian military.

The radar field of the missile attack warning system allows controlling the missile launches within a radius of 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) around the Russian borders, the Russian Izvestia newspaper said.

The restoration of the united radar field around Russia was finished in late 2016, however, the part of the field, which monitors the missile activity beyond the Arctic Circle has not become operational yet, the publication said, citing a source in the Russia Aerospace Forces.

According to the media outlet, the Russian missile attack warning system consists of three elements - space satellites monitoring missile launches, ground early warning radar systems calculating the movement trajectory of a missile, and the Don-2N radar station based in the Moscow Region and designed to detect and track the ballistic missiles, as well as to aim interceptor missiles at a target.

Since 2008, Russia has been developing a unified air and missile defense system, designed to integrate not only its own air and missile defense systems, but also those of other CIS countries.

In fact, the creation of this system means the gradual obliteration of the line between tactical and strategic air and missile defense systems.

The concept of a unified system involves the creation of a multilayered and multitiered air and missile defense system capable of effectively engaging aerial targets at different ranges and altitudes.

Source: Sputnik News



Moscow's Air Defense Registered a Dozen Missile Launches in 2016

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 27, 2017 - In 2016 the crew of a Don-2N radar facility, one of many keeping an eye on the skies over Moscow and the Central Industrial Region, registered nearly a dozen ballistic and space rocket launches, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported, citing the Defense Ministry's press service in Moscow.

Also in 2016, air and missile defense units stationed outside Moscow conducted a series of drills to spot, track and "destroy" hundreds of hypothetical aircraft and missiles.

"There are over 200 radar operators taking up their 'battle stations' every day to secure their designated area," the press service said in a statement.

The Don-2N radar is a large missile defense and early warning passive electronically scanned array radar outside Moscow, and a key part of the Russian anti-ballistic missile system designed for the defense of the capital against ballistic missiles.

The system is run by a supercomputer and has a range of 3,700 km for targets the size of a typical ICBM warhead.

The Don-2N radar is designed to be the control center of the system and can operate autonomously if connection is lost to its command and control center.

The Don-2N radar is used to register launches of space rockets and ballistic missiles from Plesetsk and Baikonur spaceports, ICBM launches from submarines in the Barents and White Seas, the Sea of Okhotsk and also from the Kapustin Yar missile range in southern Russia.

In 2016 Don-2N radars tracked about 250 space targets, over 80 of which were designated as "significant."

Source: Sputnik News



New tests for David's Sling weapon system

‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Jan 26, 2017 - Israel and the United States have completed a fifth series of tests on the David's Sling missile defense system.

Israel's Ministry of Defense said the tests occurred at the Yanat Sea Range, operated out of Palmachim Air Base in Israel, and was conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

"This test campaign is a critical step in ensuring Israel has the capability to defend itself from a very real and growing threat," U.S. Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said. "We remain strongly committed to supporting Israel's development of a missile defense system."

David's Sling, a missile defense system, is a central part of Israel's multi-tiered anti-missile array. Its interceptor missiles have a range of as much as about 186 miles.

The prime contractor for the weapon system program is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., while Raytheon Missile Systems is a subcontractor.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense said in the latest tests threat-representative targets were launched and successfully intercepted by Stunner missiles. The system's multimission radar detected the target after launch and transferred flight information to the battle management center, which calculated the defense plan.

The interceptors were successfully launched, performed all flight phases, and engaged the targets as planned, the ministry said.

The David's Sling project is for defense against large-caliber rockets and short-range ballistic missiles.



S. Korea's acting president urges 'swift' THAAD deployment

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Jan 23, 2017 - North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities are accelerating at an "unprecedented" pace, the South's acting president said Monday, urging the swift deployment of a US anti-missile system that has infuriated Beijing.

Seoul and Washington agreed last year to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in the South after a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests -- prompting strong objections from China, which fears it will undermine its own ballistic capabilities.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn said the North had conducted two nuclear tests and fired multiple ballistic missiles last year, averaging two per month.

"Its nuclear and missile capabilities are developing at an unprecedented pace," Hwang said. "They are real and obvious threat."

A "swift" deployment of the THAAD system "is necessary to protect the lives and safety of our people", he added.

Within South Korea, voices opposing the installation have grown louder, with some opposition candidates pledging to scrap the agreement if they win a presidential election due this year.

The plan has also angered Beijing, which has imposed a string of measures seen in the South as economic retaliation, including effectively barring K-pop stars from performing on the mainland and not authorising South Korean airlines to operate charter flights between the countries.

"There are various concerns about economic retaliation from THAAD but the relationship between South Korea and China did not happen in just one or two years," Hwang said.

He took over President Park Geun-Hye's sweeping executive powers after she was impeached in December, becoming the de facto leader of Asia's fourth largest economy.

Park is accused of colluding with close friend Choi Soon-Sil to strong-arm companies into handing over tens of millions of dollars to dubious foundations which Choi controlled.

The case is now being considered by the Constitutional Court -- which has up to six months to reach a ruling -- but hundreds of thousands of South Koreans have joined weekly protests calling for Park's immediate departure from office.

If the court confirms the impeachment, a presidential election will have to be held within 60 days.



S-500 to Strengthen Russia's 'Air Defense System of the 21 Century'

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 24, 2017 - Russia is in the process of creating an integrated national air defense system, which is expected to become fully operational once the cutting-edge S-500 Prometey surface-to-air missile system, also known as the 55R6M Triumfator-M, enters service, Major General Andrei Cheburin said.

Cheburin, commander of the missile defense division of the 1st Air and Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Army of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, told the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda that activities aimed at creating "an integrated national defense system of the 21st century are in full swing."

"This system will be finalized when [the Russian] Armed Forces receive the brand new long-range S-500 surface-to-air missile system and advanced radars," he explained.

The S-500 is currently in development. Russian defense officials have not specified when the next-generation air defense system will begin tests.

The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The system can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of 7 kilometers per second. The Prometey is capable of engaging targets at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (more than 120 miles).

The system is capable of intercepting aircraft and UAVs, as well as destroying low-earth-orbit satellites, space destruction devices and orbital weaponry.

The S-500 will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex that is already in service with the Russian Armed Forces.

Source: Sputnik News



Now We're Talking: SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite Responding to Ground Control

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Jan 20, 2017 - After a successful evening launch, the third U.S. Air Force Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO satellite is now responding to commands as planned, approximately 37 minutes after lift-off.

Built by Lockheed Martin, SBIRS GEO Flight 3 is equipped with powerful scanning and staring sensors that collect and transmit infrared surveillance information to ground stations.

This information is used by the U.S. military to detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defense, expand technical intelligence gathering, and bolster situational awareness on the battlefield.

The satellite was launched at 7:42 p.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Downloadable images and video b-roll of SBIRS are available here: www.lockheedmartin.com/SBIRS.

"After a successful ULA launch, signal acquisition is the first critical event in SBIRS' mission to support the Air Force with early missile warning and defense," said David Sheridan, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) systems mission area.

"With communications now established, our job begins to deliver SBIRS to its final orbit so we can complete deployments and operational testing in anticipation of the satellite's formal acceptance by the Air Force."

"Adding this third geostationary satellite to the SBIRS constellation continues our proud legacy of providing best-of-class OPIR solutions that provide real time, 24/7 data to our military and allies," said Robert Mehltretter, vice president, Northrop Grumman Military and Civil Space.

"We are looking forward to seeing our sensors capture the first light of real-time world events shortly, and seeing this data delivered to the warfighter will make us proud."

The satellite will begin transitioning to its final location in geosynchronous orbit, approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth. There, the satellite's solar arrays, light shade and antennas will be deployed to begin early on-orbit testing.

SBIRS GEO-1 and GEO-2, which were launched in 2011 and 2013 respectively, continue to meet or exceed performance expectations. The satellites' sensor pointing accuracy and sensitivity for detection of targets significantly exceed specifications.

While SBIRS' primary mission is strategic missile warning, infrared data will also be made available for new qualified military and civilian applications at the Air Force's recently opened Tools, Applications and Processing Lab in Boulder, Colorado.

The next satellite, GEO Flight 4, will undergo final assembly, integration and test prior to its planned 2017 launch. SBIRS GEO-5 and GEO-6, which are currently in production, incorporate a new common spacecraft bus, the modernized A2100, to dramatically reduce costs and cycle times while increasing the potential to incorporate future, modernized sensor suites.



Defending from Outer Space? Israel Introduces Arrow-3 Missile Interceptor System

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 20, 2017 - Arrow-3, a missile-defense system capable of destroying targets in space, codeveloped by Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing, has officially entered service, according to Jerusalem.

The Israeli Air Force announced that the Arrow-3, its newest missile defense system, has officially entered service. The first round of Arrow-3 installations have been delivered to the air force's Aerial Defense Array. US Air Force Brig. Gen. William Cooley joined Israeli Ministry of Defense representatives in a ceremony marking the delivery.

"Arrow-3 is the result of many years of development efforts, based on a solution designed by Israeli Aerospace Industries, which have today come to fruition," said Boaz Levi, Israel Aerospace Industries vice president and general manager of the Systems, Missiles and Space Group. "This is a milestone for the Israel's Defense Establishment, and for Israel's defense industries."

Arrow-3 will complement its lower-range predecessor, Arrow-2, and a short-range missile-defense system known as the Iron Dome. The new missile has half the weight of an Arrow-2, and, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, offers users better "control and monitoring abilities while also expanding radar detection range."

Arrow-3 is reported as being able to destroy targets as high as 62 miles, the boundary of outer space, also known as the Karman line. When the missile reaches a desired altitude, its warhead splits into individual 'kamikaze satellites' that can track and destroy targets, including long-range and intercontinental missiles. If an Arrow-3 fails, the shorter-range and lower-altitude Arrow-2 will serve as a backup. However, it is unclear whether Arrow-3 can actually hit a satellite, since 'low orbit' begins at the altitude of about 100 miles.

According to public data, since 2008, the United States has contributed almost $600 million to the development of the Arrow-3. In September 2016, the US and Israel signed a 10-year military-aid deal assuring Israel $5 billion in missile-defense funding from fiscal year 2019 through fiscal year 2028, according to Defense News.

Source: Sputnik News



Israel army gets new ballistic missile interceptors

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Jan 18, 2017 - The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors that significantly upgrade the Jewish state's aerial defence systems in the face of "emerging threats", the defence ministry said.

The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of 2015.

A defence ministry statement said Israel and the US were dedicated to the continued development and enhancement of ballistic missile defence systems as "threats continue to grow and new emerging threats surface".

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.

Arrow 3 is intended to serve as Israel's uppermost missile interception system. Lower-altitude interception systems are either already deployed or close to being operational.

Partly financed by the United States, the Arrow system was developed and produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries in partnership with Boeing.

Israel's foe Iran has carried out a number of missile tests in recent months, which the United States and European governments have said are a breach of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Western powers say the missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads and therefore go against the deal, while Iran says its missile programme is "non-negotiable".

Israel had opposed the deal between Iran and major powers, which lifted a wide range of international sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran's nuclear programme.





Italy joins EUROSAM's Aster 30 B1NT program

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Rome (UPI) Jan 13, 2017 - EUROSAM, a consortium formed by Thales Group and MBDA Systems, has formally welcomed Italy to its Aster 30 Block 1 NT program.

The B1NT program is an effort supported by the French and Italian defense ministries to develop new technology for the Aster missile in addition to modernizing SAMP/T systems currently in service.

"The Italian notification strengthens the Aster program well beyond the financial and technological contribution," MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier said in a press release. "Once again, cooperation in Europe adds up to far more than the sum of its parts."

Aster missiles are currently used by European operators to defend against ballistic missile threats. The B1NT program aims to expand the capability against additional threats.

"After the current Aster 30 Block 1, which gave Europe its first defence capability against theatre ballistic missiles, the Aster 30 Block 1 NT will allow to extend this capability to more complex threats and will also deal with the emerging threat of Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles," Bouvier added.



S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Jan 4, 2017 - South Korea is committed to deploying an advanced US missile defense system this year despite opposition from China, a minister said Wednesday, even as opposition lawmakers headed to Beijing with a different message.

Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests -- prompting strong objections from China.

"THAAD deployment is part of our efforts to bolster defense against threats from North Korea," Defence Minister Han Min-Koo said in a report to the country's acting president.

"This is not a subject for political considerations," he told Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn, who took over the executive powers of scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye after she was impeached last month.

But the opposition Democratic Party has said they will review the deployment if they win upcoming presidential elections, and a group of their lawmakers flew to Beijing to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other top officials.

"They are going to convey our belief to China that the THAAD issue should be left in the hands of the next president," the party's parliamentary floor leader Woo Sang-Ho said.

Originally set for December 2017, the country's presidential election may be brought forward if Park's impeachment is upheld by the Constitutional Court, which has up to six months to decide.

The Democratic Party's presidential hopeful Moon Jae-In is currently the frontrunner in the race.

Beijing argues THAAD will hurt its security interests and increase the risk of military conflict in the region, and has imposed what have been seen in South Korea as a string of sanctions in retaliation for the development.

These include new restrictions on Korean K-pop stars and other celebrities appearing on Chinese TV programs or performing in the mainland.

China also refused to approve chartered flights from South Korea for the Lunar New Year holiday, hitting the lucrative tourism industry.

Washington maintains THAAD is no threat to Beijing.

"There's no reason for China to oppose that system. This is a defensive system. And there's no reason for anyone in the region to have concern about that, other than, perhaps, North Korea," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Tuesday.

The proposed missile system has also sparked angry protests from both residents of the areas where it is set to be deployed.



US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 3, 2017 - The United States is certain it can defend itself from an attack by North Korea, the Defense Department said Tuesday after Pyongyang warned it was close to test launching a ballistic missile.

"We remain confident in our ballistic missile defense and in our defense of our allies and our defense of the homeland," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said at a news briefing.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in a New Year's speech Sunday, said the country was "in the final stages of test-launching the intercontinental ballistic missile."

In 2016, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and numerous missile launches last year alone in its quest to develop a nuclear weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.

"We would once again call on the North Koreans to refrain from provocative actions," Cook said.

Analysts are divided over how close Pyongyang is to realizing its full nuclear ambitions, especially since it has never successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

US President-elect Donald Trump, who will take office on January 20, dismissed Pyongyang's missile claims late Monday.

"North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US," Trump tweeted. "It won't happen!"

North Korea's drive to develop nuclear ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States and its allies has prompted Washington to reinforce its antimissile defenses in the region.

The defense strategy is based notably on the AEGIS system, powerful TPY-2 radars and the antiballistic missile system THAAD that Washington is relocating to South Korea, a move that has provoked China, North Korea's main ally.

The Pentagon spokesman declined to comment to reporters on whether the US had prepared scenarios on deterrent military actions to stop North Korea from developing nuclear missiles.

"We're constantly adjusting to the threat North Korea poses," Cook said.

Pyongyang "has shown disregard to the international community for its international obligations," he said. "And we're watching this very, very carefully."



Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Andover, Mass. (UPI) Dec 29, 2016 - Raytheon is to modernize the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System of an unidentified country under a $600 million commercial sales contract.

The upgrade will advance the country's Patriot system to the most advanced configuration available, the Configuration 3+ with Post Deployment Build 8 software and hardware.

The configuration enables the Patriot to use the PAC-3 missile Segment Enhancement interceptor, which provides greater range and mobility in destroying tactical ballistic missiles.

"Patriot saves lives," said Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. "Our customer faces a very real, evolving threat; by upgrading Patriot, they will continue to protect their civilians, military and critical infrastructure."

The contract was awarded less than 120 days after Poland officially requested Patriot from the United States government.

Additional contract details were not disclosed.



MBDA submits proposal for TLVS development in Germany

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Berlin (UPI) Dec 29, 2016 - MBDA Missile Systems' German subsidiary submitted its proposal for the development of TLVS, the planned follow-up to the MEADS defense system.

The new system will be based on MEADS technology, and is planned for both civilian and military defense applications. Company officials say the development for the new product will deepen their cooperation with the German government.

"The offer presented to BAAINBw is the result of a detailed analysis and negotiation process with our partners and suppliers. It is based on the RFP we received at the end of February 2016 and forms the basis for negotiations with the German customer," MBDA Deutschland managing director Thomas Gottschild said in a press release.

The Medium Extended Air Defense System is a ground-based air and missile defense solution slated to replace Patriot missile defenses by NATO. Italy and the United States are also involved with the program.

TLVS, the upcoming MEADS-based project, will provide operators with 360-degree coverage, open system architecture, and a "plug and fight" capability for attaching and detaching additional sensors and effectors. MBDA Systems says the system will lower costs for the the user and require fewer personnel.



Lockheed Martin receives $1.4 billion for Patriot missile sales

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Dec 23, 2016 - Lockheed Martin has received a $1.4 billion foreign military sales contract for Patriot advanced capability production.

The contract supports the sale of 205 missile segment enhancements for the governments of South Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. The agreement also includes associated ground support equipment for the missiles.

The U.S. Department of Defense reports the work will be performed at several locations, and expects it to be completed by June 2020. $711 million in procurement funds were obligated at the time of the contract award. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is listed as the contracting activity.

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, is a land-based element designed to provide simultaneous and and missile defense capabilities for U.S. and allied forces. The system is compatible with THAAD launchers for targeting multiple threats at a time.

Lockheed Martin says the interceptor is ideal for engaging incoming tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and enemy aircraft. The company says the product has been sold to 10 international customers.



U.S. Air Force approves Lockheed Martin's SBIRS ground system

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. (UPI) Dec 6, 2016 - The U.S. Air Force has signed off on Lockheed Martin's planned Space Based Infrared System ground system.

The Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, is a component of the branch's satellite constellation responsible for compiling large amounts of data for defense and intelligence reports. Lockheed Martin officials say the upcoming upgrades will make the constellation more effective.

"With the Block 10 upgrade, the mission-critical data supplied by SBIRS is now being managed from a single ground control station, which is not only cost-efficient, but also more effective in providing our Air Force operators with the ability to characterize threats and quickly provide that information to military commanders deployed around the globe," Lockheed Martin Overhead Persistent Infrared Systems vice president David Sheridan said in a press release.

Once completed, the ground system will support existing missions such as missile warning, technical intelligence gathering, and battlespace awareness. Lockheed Martin will tasked with providing operations and sustainment support while continuing to bolster cybersecurity capabilities.

The new project aims to replace the existing ground support segment which has been in operation since 2001.



Raytheon to provide Patriot missile capability for undisclosed country

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Andover, Mass. (UPI) Nov 28, 2016 - Raytheon has received a $225 million contract to provide additional Patriot missile capabilities for an undisclosed customer.

The buyer is a member of the 13-nation group participating in the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System program. While Raytheon officials did not hint at the identity of their customer, they say their product was chosen for its defensive capabilities.

"Our customer chose to continue investing in Patriot because Patriot saves lives," Raytheon Integrated Air and Missile Defense vice president Ralph Acaba said in a press release. "That added capability will strengthen our customer's protection against the evolving threats of tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and enemy aircraft."

The contract for the missile capabilities was signed 45 days after Poland requested the same product from the United States government, and when Raytheon received another contract from the Netherlands to upgrade their own systems.

The Patriot missile defense system is a long-range, high-altitude missile system designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, in addition to remotely piloted and manned aircraft. The system has been tested over 2,500 times with U.S. Army oversight.



Saudis intercept missile fired from Yemen

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 15, 2016 - Saudi air defence forces on Tuesday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen towards the kingdom, the Riyadh-led anti-rebel coalition said.

The missile was fired towards the Najran region but was shot down, said a coalition statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Coalition forces responded by targeting the source of the fire inside Yemen, it added.

The coalition has been engaged in a bombing campaign against the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies since March last year, and the insurgents have targeted their air bases.

Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missiles to counter such attacks.

Last month, the rebels launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was brought down near the holy Muslim city of Mecca, an attack that was roundly condemned by Riyadh's Gulf allies.

The rebels insisted that the missile had been fired at Jeddah, the Red Sea city in the sprawling Mecca region, not at the holy city itself.



US general says missile system in S. Korea in 8-10 months

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Nov 4, 2016 - The United States will deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea in eight to 10 months despite strong objections from China and Russia, a US military chief said Friday.

Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after North Korea conducted a series of missile launches in the wake of its fourth nuclear test in January.

The decision was condemned by Pyongyang and also caused a damaging rift between Seoul and Beijing, which sees the deployment as a US bid to flex its military muscle in the region and undermine China's own missile capabilities.

Speaking at a seminar, General Vincent Brooks, commander of the US Forces in Korea (USFK), said the THAAD battery would be deployed in eight to 10 months and would be bigger than the one currently in Guam, according to USFK Spokesman Kim Yong-Kyu.

Brooks also said that recent calls for South Korea to have its own nuclear arsenal to deter the North would seriously "complicate" the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, Yonhap news agency reported.

China responded to Brooks' timetable by repeating its opposition to the THAAD deployment and calling for its "immediate" cancellation.

Deploying the system "undermines the regional strategic balance and jeopardizes the strategic security interests of China and other regional countries," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

China will take "necessary measures to safeguard our own security interests," Hua said.

South Korea in September announced a new location for deploying THAAD, after vocal protests from local residents near the original site over potential health and environmental hazards.

Some opposition lawmakers are also opposed to THAAD, despite President Park Geun-Hye's insistence that the system is crucial to national defence.

Since Seoul and Washington announced the THAAD deployment was going ahead, North Korea has continued to conduct missile tests and carried out a fifth nuclear test on September 9.



Yemen rebel missile shot down near Mecca: coalition

‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 28, 2016 - Yemeni rebels have launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was shot down near the holy city of Mecca, the Saudi-led coalition said Friday.

The rebels insisted that the missile had targeted Jeddah, the Red Sea city in the sprawling Mecca region, not the holy Muslim city.

The coalition has been carrying out a bombing campaign against the rebels since March last year and there have been rebel strikes towards their air bases.

Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missiles to intercept the rebel fire.

Huthi rebels launched the missile "toward the Mecca area" on Thursday from their Saada province stronghold across the border, a coalition statement said.

"The air defence was able to intercept and destroyed it about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Mecca without any damage."

The rebels' sabanews website said their ballistic missile targeted Jeddah international airport.

Islam's holiest sites are located in Mecca and Medina.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council condemned what it called "clear evidence" that the rebels are unwilling to accept a political solution to Yemen's 19-month-old conflict.

The United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan went further, criticising Iran for the attack.

"The Iranian regime backs a terrorist group that fires its rockets on Mecca... Is this an Islamic regime as it claims to be?" he wrote on Twitter.

Qatar called the attack "a provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims worldwide".

All GCC states, apart from Oman, are members of the Saudi-led coalition. The UAE itself is a major pillar of the Sunni alliance.

The coalition and the United States accuse Shiite-dominated Iran of arming the rebels, a charge Tehran denies.

- 'Political nonsense' -

The Huthis are a minority group belonging to the Zaidi sect of Shiite Islam. They fought six wars against Yemen's government between 2004 and 2010.

In a statement on sabanews.net, Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam accused Saudi Arabia of "political nonsense".

"The Saudi regime which claims it intercepted the missile 65 kilometres away from Mecca which is holy and precious to the hearts of every Yemeni and Muslim could have avoided such media platitude and political nonsense by directly mentioning the city of Jeddah where a military target for the 'Burkan 1' missile lies on its northern outskirts," said Abdulsalam.

"Hiding behind holy sites is... a repugnant attempt to instigate the feelings of Muslims."

Unless the coalition ends its "aggression, lifts the blockade, and seeks peace", the rebels "have the right to confront the aggressors in all legitimate and rightful means," Abdulsalam added.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi called the claims that a missile was fired at Mecca "ridiculous", the official IRNA news agency said.

"We advise Emirati and Saudi officials not to use the holy places of Islam to justify their pathetic political objectives and try to compensate for their failures by such hypocritic and dangerous propaganda," Ghassemi said.

Mecca lies more than 500 kilometres (more than 300 miles) from the border.

It is the second time this month that the rebels have fired a missile of that range.

On October 9, the coalition said it had intercepted a missile near Taif, the site of a Saudi airbase some 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Mecca.

That launch came a day after a coalition air strike killed more than 140 people attending a wake for the father of a rebel leader in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, prompting threats of revenge.

In a separate incident on Thursday, rebel fire hit a two-storey residential building in the Saudi border district of Jazan without causing casualties, the civil defence agency said.



US to deploy missile defense to South Korea 'soon'

‎Tuesday, ‎December ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎12:58:02 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2016 - The United States said Wednesday that it would deploy a missile-defense system to South Korea as soon as possible, despite opposition from China.

US Secretary Of State John Kerry confirmed that the THAAD system would soon be sent to the peninsula at a meeting with South Korean ministers in Washington.

Washington sees the US-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system as protection against North Korea's pursuit of missile and nuclear technology.

But China has warned it sees it as a threat to the balance of power in the region, fearing it would make its own nuclear deterrent less credible.

"The United States will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves and to honor the security commitment we have made to our allies," Kerry said.

"And we will deploy as soon as possible a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery to our Korean ally," he added.

Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter were welcoming South Korea's foreign minister, Yun Byung-Se, and defense minister, Han Min-Koo.

Washington and Seoul agreed to install THAAD this summer following repeated nuclear and missile tests by Kim Jong-Un's authoritarian Pyongyang regime.

The move angered Beijing, the main trading partner of otherwise isolated North Korea and a key player in international efforts to control the regime.

Last week, Chinese General Cai Jun told a defense forum in Beijing that THAAD is "not conducive to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula."



China, Russia blast US missile defence at regional forum

‎Tuesday, ‎December ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎12:58:02 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Oct 11, 2016 - China and Russia blasted Washington Tuesday for its decision to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea in response to Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Speaking at the 7th annual Xiangshan regional defence forum in Beijing, top military officials from the countries said the move by Seoul and Washington represented a threat to regional stability and was a step towards a new global arms race.

The US and South Korea agreed to install the system, known as THAAD, this summer following repeated nuclear and missile tests by Beijing's wayward ally Pyongyang.

Washington was using the North's actions as a pretext to gain military superiority over China, Chinese general Cai Jun told defence officials at a briefing on the forum's sidelines.

Deploying the system in South Korea, he said, was "not conducive to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula", he said, adding "it has increased the risk of military conflict in the region".

Beijing fears that THAAD could be used against its own missiles, effectively undermining its nuclear deterrence capabilities against the US.

From a global perspective, Cai said, the US's insistence on developing its missile defence programme could trigger "an arms race at a high level, even to outer space."

Speaking on a panel during the forum, Russian deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov also slammed the agreement.

"We are concerned about the attempts of certain nations to exploit the complex situation in the Korean peninsula," he said, "pumping this sub-region with clearly excessive defence capabilities."

The decision has "aggravated regional tension" and "adds problems to solving the situation."

North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test last month, drawing international censure and a push to put further sanctions on the isolated country.

- Flashpoint for conflict -

Tuesday's meeting -- themed on "building a new type of international relations" -- followed a year of growing tension in the region, primarily centred on Beijing's actions in the strategically vital South China Sea, where it has built islands capable of supporting military facilities.

China's defence minister Chang Wanquan opened the forum with a thinly veiled criticism of recent US involvement in Asian trouble spots.

"Some countries seek absolute military superiority, ceaselessly strengthen their military alliances, and seek their own absolute security at the costs of other countries' security," Chang told defence officials and academics at the meeting.

The US under President Barack Obama has sought to "pivot" to Asia by increasing military and economic engagement in the region, raising concerns in Beijing that Washington is working to contain the Asian giant's growing power.

Beijing says it has rights to almost the entire South China Sea, while Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam, and Taiwan all have rival claims.

In July, an international tribunal said that almost all of Beijing's claims have no legal basis, a decision China attacked as biased and vowed to ignore.

Washington argues that Beijing's moves pose a challenge to freedom of navigation and has sought to challenge Beijing's claims by dispatching military ships and aircraft to the area.

Addressing the forum, former Australian Prime Minister Robert Hawke warned that the disputes, if not properly managed, could become "a flashpoint for US-China conflict".

"These disputes have the potential to disrupt the entire regional order," he said.



Raytheon to update the Netherlands' Patriot missile system

‎Tuesday, ‎December ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎12:58:02 AMGo to full article
The Hague, Netherlands (UPI) Oct 6, 2016 - Raytheon has been selected by the Netherlands to upgrade its Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system with the Modern Man Station user interface, the company announced Thursday.

The deal for an undisclosed amount and quantity will boost the country's missile defense capabilities, the company said in a statement.

The Netherlands announced at the end of 2015 that it would continue investing in Patriot.

Thirteen nations, including the United States, the Netherlands and three other NATO members, utilize Patriot, which defends against advanced threats such as aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and drones.

The Netherlands will continue to modernize Patriot through at least 2040, Raytheon said, and the incorporation of the Modern Man Station reflects that initiative.

The upgrade will make it easier to operate Patriot and provide enhanced situational awareness.

The Modern Man Station is the latest operator-machine interface upgrade to Patriot command and control shelters.

It is used to identify and display airborne objects, track potential threats and engage hostile targets.



Lockheed's PAC-3 missile destroys ballistic missile targets in test

‎Tuesday, ‎December ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎12:58:02 AMGo to full article
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) Sep 22, 2016 - Two Lockheed Martin PAC-3 missiles successfully intercepted two tactical ballistic missile targets during a flight test Wednesday, the company announced.

The U.S. Army-led defense flight test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., demonstrated the hit-to-kill interceptor's ability to detect, track and destroy an incoming threat, Lockheed said in a statement.

The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity interceptor that defends against incoming threats that include tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft.

It employs hit-to-kill technology, which destroys targets through kinetic energy in body-to-body contact.

PAC-3 is used by the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, Japan, United Arab Emirates and Taiwan.

Lockheed is also on contract for the system with Kuwait, Qatar, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.



Saab gets order for man-portable air defense missile system

‎Wednesday, ‎December ‎14, ‎2016, ‏‎6:02:22 AMGo to full article
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Sep 21, 2016 - Swedish defense and security company Saab is to deliver a very short range air defense system to an unidentified country.

The system is the RBS 70 NG, the latest variant of the company's air defense missile system.

The RBS 70 NG is a man-portable surface-to-air weapon with a range of nearly five miles and an altitude ceiling of about 1,640 feet.

It features a new-generation sight module with integrated high-resolution thermal imager for all-target capability

It also features advanced cueing for enhanced reaction times and target acquisition.

The order is worth about $44 million. Deliveries will take place between in 2018 and 2020, the company said.

"We are very proud of the confidence our customers place in the RBS 70 NG system and are satisfied to have been able to secure this order for the system," said Gorgen Johansson, Saab's senior vice president and Head of the Dynamics business area.



Britain orders miniature anti-missile jammers

‎Tuesday, ‎December ‎6, ‎2016, ‏‎5:34:06 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Sep 19, 2016 - Britain's Ministry of Defense has ordered miniature anti-missile jammers from Leonardo-Finmeccanica aircraft for its Typhoon fighter fleet.

The BriteCloud system will undergo flight trials on Royal Air Force Tornado aircraft later this year as the RAF develops a concept of operations for the technology before its deployment.

BriteCloud, similar in size and appearance to a beverage can, can be fired from an aircraft's flare dispenser. It then uses radar emissions to disrupt systems within radar-guided air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles.

"The cutting-edge technology behind BriteCloud demonstrates the MOD's commitment to harnessing and growing the incredible creativity in our Defense supply chain," said Defense Secretary Michael Fallon.

"Supported by our 178 billion pounds [$231.3 billion] investment in equipment, these new decoy systems show that we are continually pushing the boundaries of innovation, making the most of Great British skills and brains to keep our Armed Forces safe from our adversaries."

The Ministry of Defense said it has been working with Leonardo-Finmeccanica to develop the BriteCloud system since 2012. Nearly $34.5 million has been invested in the system by the government.

The new contract order for the system is worth about $32.5 million.



Lockheed gets $157 million U.S. Navy Aegis contract

‎Monday, ‎November ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎5:25:15 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 19, 2016 - Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems has been awarded a $157 million U.S. Navy contract for the procurement of Aegis combat system follow-on support services.

The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract covers procurement of the DDG 116-118 Aegis follow-on support services representing completion of the development and fielding of the Aegis Baseline 9 weapon system and Integrated Aegis combat system on the remaining Aegis Technical Insertion 12-configured destroyers, as well as TI12- and TI08-configured cruisers.

The deal includes options which would bring the cumulative value of the contract to $426 million if exercised.

Work will be performed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and various other locations. The estimated completion date is September 2017.

Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.



Israel readies for 1,500 rockets a day in next war

‎Monday, ‎November ‎14, ‎2016, ‏‎3:41:43 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 16, 2016 - Israel's army estimates that thousands of rockets could slam into the Jewish state in any future conflagration, military sources said Friday ahead of a nationwide civil defence drill.

"Total war on several fronts, destruction of essential equipment and infrastructure and heavy rocket bombardment" all form part of the scenario for the exercise, which runs from Sunday until September 21, the army said.

The drill is based on projections of the army's Home Front Command, which estimates 1,500 rockets crashing into the country each day, military sources said in a briefing to Israeli reporters, local media reported.

The projectiles could be launched simultaneously by Lebanon's Shiite militia Hezbollah across Israel's northern border and to a far lesser extent from Hamas-ruled Gaza in the south.

Hamas is said to have been left seriously weakened after a 2014 Gaza war against Israel, but it still holds thousands of rockets, according to a military official.

Hezbollah has at least 100,000 and probably more, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Only around one in 100 rockets is likely to hit a building, military sources say, with the rest falling on open ground or being intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.

They say 95 percent of rockets fired will likely carry a light payload and have a range of less than 40 kilometres (25 miles), but Hezbollah can hit densely-populated central Israel with dozens of rockets each day.

The Home Front Command, tasked with leading and coordinating civil defence, regularly publishes maps showing the maximum time, by location, that Israelis have to take shelter after air raid sirens sound.

In Tel Aviv, Israel's seaside commercial and leisure capital, the time to scramble to safety has been reassessed from 90 seconds at present to 60 in the next conflict.

After a 2006 war with Hezbollah, an official inquiry criticised authorities for lack of preparedness and organisation in civil defence procedures.

During that conflict, the Shiite militia rained about 4,000 rockets on Israel and sent a million civilians into shelters, many of them dilapidated and cramped.

The 34 days of fighting took the lives of more than 1,200 on the Lebanese side, mostly civilians, and 160 Israelis, almost all soldiers.



Israeli missiles down rockets fired from Syria: army

‎Thursday, ‎October ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎6:31:19 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 17, 2016 - Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system destroyed two rockets fired from Syria at the Israeli-held zone of the Golan Heights Saturday in an apparent rise in tension between the uneasy neighbours.

"A projectile fired from Syria was intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system. No injuries have been reported," a military statement said on Saturday afternoon.

"This is the first time that fire from Syria has been intercepted by the Iron Dome aerial defence system," a military spokesman told AFP in response to a query.

Later in the day the army said Iron Dome took down a second projectile.

It was a marked departure from recent tit-for-tat artillery fire and occasional retaliatory air strikes.

Israel deployed batteries on its northern flank as a precautionary measure after a 2015 Israeli air strike against the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group's forces in Syria.

Israeli public radio said that the military believed the latest fire from Syria was an unintentional spillover from the country's complex civil war which is now in its sixth year.

Israel has sought to avoid being drawn in to the conflict, but has attacked Syrian military targets when fire fell on its side of the divide.

On Tuesday, Israeli aircraft targeted Syrian army positions after what the military said was probably stray fire hit the Israeli-occupied zone.

Syria said it had shot down an Israeli warplane and a drone, a claim denied by Israel.

The increased tension comes after a fragile new Syrian ceasefire brokered by Russia and the United States came into force on Monday.

The truce does not apply to areas held by jihadists such as the Islamic State group.

The Israeli army holds the Syrian government accountable for any fire from its territory, regardless of the source.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip enclave, Israel deployed its Iron Dome system on land to shoot down rockets fired into the Jewish state.

Funding for the missile system was part of an unprecedented $38 billion US military aid package signed in Washington on Wednesday.

The deal covers the period from 2019 to 2028, and will see Israel receive $3.3 billion per year in foreign military financing -- up from $3.1 billion per year currently -- and $500,000 a year in funding for missile defence.



Saudi shoots down missile from Yemen: coalition

‎Thursday, ‎October ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎6:31:19 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 12, 2016 - The Saudi-led coalition battling rebels in Yemen said Monday it shot down a missile fired by the insurgents towards an airbase in southern Saudi Arabia.

The missile was the latest aimed at the kingdom since the coalition began air raids to support Yemen's internationally-backed government in March last year.

Khamis Mushait air base, in Saudi Arabia's southwest, has been at the forefront of the coalition bombing campaign against Huthi rebels and their allies.

Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missile batteries to counter tactical ballistic missiles fired occasionally from Yemen during the war.

The latest missile attack came after witnesses and residents on Sunday said coalition air strikes killed at least 22 civilians near Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa.

But coalition spokesman General Ahmed Assiri said: "All our operations in the area were targeting Huthi positions and members."

Fighting in Yemen has intensified since the collapse of UN-backed peace talks in Kuwait on August 6.

Rebels have also fired harder-to-detect Katyusha rockets, particularly into the Saudi border city of Najran.

More than 100 civilians and soldiers have died in strikes and skirmishes along the frontier.

In Yemen the fighting since March last year has killed more than 6,600 people, most of them civilians, and displaced at least three million others, according to the United Nations.



US has North Korea missile threat covered: Pentagon

‎Wednesday, ‎October ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎2:28:48 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 9, 2016 - The Pentagon on Friday repeated reassurances that the United States and its regional allies are well protected against any threat from North Korean missiles, after Pyongyang conducted a new nuclear test.

The renegade country has now conducted five nuclear tests and dozens of missile launches, and says it has realized its goal of being able to fit a miniaturized warhead on a rocket.

"This is a threat we recognize as very real and we are always ensuring that we are outpacing it," Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said.

"We take them at their word and have built a defensive architecture that assumes that they have the capability -- but we have never actually seen it demonstrated."

The United States has a range of missile-defense technologies at its disposal, including the Aegis Combat System, Patriot missiles and sophisticated radars.

Washington is also working with Seoul to install a missile defense system known as THAAD in South Korea, though the move has infuriated Beijing, which says the hardware poses a significant threat to regional security.

Davis said the THAAD system would be up and ready in 2017, though it could be installed quicker in an emergency.

"There is a lengthy process we are working through with (Seoul) but of course... we can always move it much more quickly," he said.

The US Air Force will fly a specially equipped WC-135 jet that can detect radiation and other particles in the sky to determine what happened in North Korea.

"Certainly all the indications we've seen based on the seismic activity, it's certainly consistent with a nuclear test," Davis said.



Poland requests multi-billion-euro Patriot missile system

‎Monday, ‎October ‎10, ‎2016, ‏‎3:18:41 AMGo to full article
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 6, 2016 - Polish Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz on Tuesday said he had approached the US defence firm Raytheon about buying the Patriot missile system.

"Today, I signed the decision to address a letter of request to the US government and the firm Raytheon in regard to ordering the Patriot system," Macierewicz told reporters.

"It concerns a total of eight missile batteries," he said.

Macierewicz, who was speaking on the sidelines of an arms fair in the southern city of Kielce, did not mention any price tag for the deal.

But local media had previously valued it at an estimated five billion euros ($5.6 billion euros).

The Patriot is a mobile air defence system designed to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, low-flying cruise missiles and aircraft.

The Eurosam consortium including MBDA France, MBDA Italy and Thales Group of France is the other contender for the deal.

Macierewicz, who inked a letter of intent with Raytheon in July, said Tuesday that Raytheon was offering "extremely advantageous offset conditions".

Raytheon had promised that Polish firms designated by the government would carry out at least 50 percent of the work involved, he said.






Lockheed Martin gets $204 million Aegis contract modification

‎Friday, ‎October ‎7, ‎2016, ‏‎10:09:58 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 1, 2016 - Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training has received a $204 million contract modification for Aegis missile defense efforts.

The cost-plus-incentive-fee, sole-source modification to the previously awarded contract covers Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense continuation of Baseline 5.1, Increment-2 development, as well as the adaptation of Aegis Ashore efforts.

Completion of these efforts will provide a certified Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense 5.1 baseline.

The contract modification boosts the total cumulative value to $2.4 billion.

Work will be performed in New Jersey and is expected to be completed by September 2018.

The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.



Lockheed Martin receives $19 million THAAD contract modification

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2016 - Lockheed Martin has received a $19 million U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract modification for work on the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, element of the Ballistic Missile Defense system.

The modification to the previously awarded contract increases the total value to $916 million.

Under the modification, two additional Lot 8 interceptors will be produced and associated production support efforts will be provided.

Work will be performed in Texas, Alabama and Arkansas.

THAAD provides the missile defense system with a globally transportable, rapidly deployable capability to intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or outside the atmosphere during their final, or terminal, phase of flight.

It is particularly effective against asymmetric ballistic missile threats and utilizes hit-to-kill technology wherein kinetic energy destroys the incoming warhead.





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Introduction and Isaiah 1

Introduction. Case against Judah.

Isaiah 2 - 5

A Vision of the Coming Kingdom. Israel, the Lord’s vineyard. The

Nation’s Judgment and Exile.

Isaiah 6 - 7

Isaiah’s New Commission. Confederacy of Rezin and Pekah. The Sign

of the Virgin.

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Overthrow of Damascus and Samaria. Christ’s Birth.

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The Doom of Egypt. A Burden about Jerusalem.

Isaiah 23 - 27

A Burden about Tyre. Isaiah’s “Little Apocalypse” Chapters.

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Isaiah 28 - 30

Prophetic warning concerning Ephraim and Judah.

Isaiah 31 - 35

Future Kingdom Blessings. Focus on Jerusalem.

Isaiah 36 - 39

Historical Parenthesis. Hezekiah and Rabshakeh.

Isaiah 40 - 42

How Many Isaiahs? Cyrus Predicted. Jesus Christ the Servant.

Isaiah 43 - 44

God’s Blessing on His people. The Rise of Cyrus.

Isaiah 45 (and the Gap Theory)

Cyrus to Restore Jerusalem. God created the Earth “not in vain.”

 The Gap Theory.

Isaiah 46 - 48

Babylon, the Pride of the Caldeans.

Isaiah 49 - 51

The Restoration of Israel. Vision of the Kingdom Age.

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Isaiah 52 (and Acts 8)

Messianic Theme. The Ark of the Covenant. The Ethiopian Treasurer

in Acts Chapter 8. The Mercy Seat.

Isaiah 53 (Part 1)

The Holy of Holies of the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53 (Part 2)

The Fulcrum of the Entire Universe.

Isaiah 54 - 59

Israel, the Restored Wife. Idolaters rebuked.

Isaiah 60 - 62

Sin. Kingdom Age. The Two Comings of Christ. Kingdom Blessings.

Isaiah 63

Day of Vengeance. Isaiah Prays for Redemption of Israel.

Isaiah 64 - 66

A New Wine. New Heaven and New Earth. Judgment and Hope.



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Iranium DVD

The movie Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't want you to see




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.

Although the Stuxnet virus may have slowed down it's nuclear program, it is only a matter of time before Iran crosses the nuclear threshold.  How will a nuclear Iran change the Middle East?  Saudi Arabia has already threatened to develop its own program (or buy one from Pakistan) in response. Iran's nuclear program could be one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century as the potential for nuclear devices to fall into the hands of terrorists increase.  This video will help you to see the emerging challenge we all face in a new urgency.  

Iran had attempted to shut down screenings of this movie in Canada but the Canadian government took a stand and showed this DVD despite the threats.  Find out why Iran is attempting to stop this movie from being seen around the world.

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