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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


Trump aims for 'unquestioned' US military dominance

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 20, 2017
President Donald Trump will "rebuild" America's vast military, boost its anti-missile capabilities and prioritize defeating the Islamic State group, according to the first policy statements published on the White House website Friday. Published moments after Trump was inaugurated president, the statements say he will end limits on Pentagon spending agreed by Congress and the Obama administra

James Mattis sworn in as Trump's defense secretary

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 21, 2017
Retired Marine general James Mattis was sworn in Friday as US defense secretary, praising intelligence agencies and calling for stronger ties with allies in a break from positions taken by President Donald Trump. Mattis was confirmed by a 98-1 vote earlier Friday in the first action taken by US senators after Trump took the oath of office, and was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. "

Taiwan envoy hails US ties after Trump inauguration

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 21, 2017
The leader of a Taiwanese delegation that defied Chinese anger to attend US President Donald Trump's inauguration said Friday that US-Taiwan ties were at a "historic high." Former premier Yu Shyi-kun, who headed the Taiwanese government between 2002 and 2005, led an 11-strong team to the ceremony on Washington's National Mall. His invitation to the event had enraged Beijing - which sees

Airbus to supply French satellite communication systems

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Jan 20, 2017
The government of France has contracted Airbus Defense and Space to supply satellite communication systems supporting civilian and military uses. The four-year contract was awarded by UGAP, France's public procurement agency. The agreement tasks Airbus with providing Satcom technologies in the Ku and Ka frequencies. Eric Souleres, who leads the company's operations in the company, welco

British PM says Trump 'recognises importance of NATO'

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
London (AFP) Jan 20, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that she believed US President Donald Trump "recognises the importance and significance of NATO", despite him days earlier dubbing the military alliance obsolete. In an interview with the Financial Times, May said: "I'm also confident the USA will recognise the importance of the cooperation we have in Europe to ensure our collective defence and

Japan to conduct simulated drills for China-Taiwan clash

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 20, 2017
Japan will carry out a tabletop exercise next week to simulate its response in the event of a military clash between China and Taiwan, Japanese media said. The Self-Defence Forces will conduct drills from Monday through Friday with the US military participating as an observer, a Japanese government source told Kyodo News. The exercises, which do not involve actual troop deployments, assu

Netanyahu wants to discuss Iran 'threat' with Trump

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Jan 21, 2017
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Saturday he planned to discuss soon with US President Donald Trump how to "counter the threat" from Iran. "I plan to speak soon with President Trump about how to counter the threat of Iranian regime which calls for Israel's destruction," Netanyahu said in a video message posted on his Facebook page. Before his inauguration on Friday, Trum

B-52 bomber drops unarmed nuclear cruise missiles in demo

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Kirtland Afb, N.M. (UPI) Jan 20, 2017
The nuclear capability of U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers was demonstrated recently with the launch of three unarmed AGM-86B cruise missiles. The Air-Launched Cruise Missile, or ALCM, is designed to deliver a nuclear payload and is a key air component of the nation's nuclear triad. In the recent test over the Utah Test and Training Range, a B-52H Stratofortress bomber dropped three A

U.S. Navy expecting USS Gerald R. Ford delivery in April

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jan 12, 2017
The U.S. Navy is set to receive the USS Gerald R. Ford supercarrier as soon as April, the branch announced. The 1,100-foot long USS Gerald R. Ford is the lead ship of the developing class of supercarriers, a follow-up to the Navy's legacy Nimitz-class fleet. The Navy plans to use the vessel to replace its inactive USS Enterprise. It is one of the most expensive aircraft carriers ever bu

U.S. Army taps Leidos for training and simulation equipment

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Reston, Va. (UPI) Jan 19, 2017
Leidos has received a $22 million contract to provide training and simulation equipment for the U.S. Army. The order was placed under the Synthetic Environment Core Common Virtual Environment Management program, or SE Core CVEM. The program aims to bolster the Army's training simulation technologies to ensure the branch's personnel are more prepared for the battlefield. Under the

Northrop Grumman, Lufthansa partner for Australian tanker support

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Sydney (UPI) Jan 19, 2017
Northrop Grumman and Lufthansa Technik have signed a pact to cooperate on the Royal Australian Air Force's KC-30A tanker Through-Life Support program. Under the program, both defense contractors will provide the Australian armed forces with a larger access to a global inventory network, landing gear services, and aim to reduce repair times. Northrop Grumman officials say the deal provid

Israeli air force conducts first F-35 night sortie

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Jerusalem (UPI) Jan 18, 2017
Israeli air force pilots conducted their first night flight with the F-35 since receiving the new 5th-generation fighter jets. The flight was conducted to assess the aircraft's nighttime capabilities. After the mission's completion, Israeli air force officials commended what they called a successful operation, going as far as to say there was no difference between day flight and night f

BAE Systems to perform depot maintenance for USS Roosevelt

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jan 20, 2017
BAE Systems has received a $51 million contract to perform depot maintenance for the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. In addition to maintenance operations, the contract includes modernization and repair services for the carrier. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed in Jacksonville, Fla., and is expected to be co

French schools join Australia's Future Submarine program

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Jan 20, 2017
Four French graduate engineering schools plan to join Flinders University to conduct research in support of Australia's Future Submarine Program. A Memorandum of Understanding is scheduled to be signed by academic officials at French shipbuilder DCNS's headquarters in Paris. Under the agreement, the partners will conduct joint research projects related to the new submarine's development

Palomar contracted for M1 Abrams tank display systems

‎Today, ‎January ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎3 hours agoGo to full article
Carlsbad, Calif. (UPI) Jan 10, 2017
Palomar Display Products has received $4.2 million in contracts to provide display systems for the U.S. military's M1A battle tank. The agreement includes two separate fixed-price contracts for the systems, which the company says have been designed, tested and qualified for the M1A Abrams battle tank. Deliveries are planned to take place through 2017. "2016 was a very good year f

Gangs of US Navy "Killer" Boats Will Roam the Seas

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Trento, Italy (SPX) Jan 18, 2017
What have been appositely referred to as the "military's smartest toys," robot boats have just become a lot smarter, and so has the US Navy. It has taken the US government some time, but its team of researchers and developers have begun to discover the effectiveness of swarming by means of autonomous boats - Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) or Autonomous Surface Craft (ASCs). The Office of

Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fears

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Narva, Estonia (AFP) Jan 18, 2017
A machine guns rattles as pale and exhausted teams of Estonian weekend warriors struggle to climb a final obstacle: the wall of Narva Castle facing their country's powerful neighbour Russia. The bullets fired on the snowy banks of the Narva river separating Estonia from Russia are blanks, but the steely determination of volunteers participating in Utria Assault, the NATO member's biggest ann

Trump shakes postwar order, in blow to Europe

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Jan 18, 2017
Europe must pull together or risk being sidelined as Donald Trump signals the end of a postwar transatlantic partnership credited with keeping the peace for the past 70 years, analysts and officials say. Fears about the US president-elect's isolationist stance became a reality this week when Trump challenged basic assumptions about the role of an "obsolete" NATO and backed the break-up of th

Saudi Arabia sees China rise as stabilising

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Davos, Switzerland (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
The rise of China will be a source of global stability not conflict, major oil supplier Saudi Arabia said at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday. "As China gets integrated into the world, and into the world financial and economic systems, it has a tremendous interest in stability of those systems," Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. "And so I think the rise of China sho

US, Baltic states sign military pacts as Trump uncertainty grows

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Vilnius (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
The United States and Baltic NATO allies Estonia and Lithuania signed military deals on Tuesday as President-elect Donald Trump's pro-Moscow stance stokes uncertainty about future commitments. Fellow Baltic state Latvia has also inked a similar agreement defining the status of hundreds of US troops that are to be deployed this year to deter a more militarily aggressive Russia on NATO's vulne

Cambodia says China not behind scrapped US military drill

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Phnom Penh (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
Cambodia has cancelled upcoming military exercises with the United States, the defence ministry said Tuesday, denying the decision was made to appease regional ally China, with which it conducted joint drills last month. American and Cambodian troops had been due to take part in the annual "Angkor Sentinel" joint exercise this summer, which has been held for the past seven years. But de

China's sea militarisation 'very troubling': Philippine defence chief

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
China's militarisation of the South China Sea is "very troubling" and neither peaceful nor friendly, the Philippines' defence secretary said on Tuesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to improve his nation's relations with China by adopting a non-confrontational approach over their competing claims in the strategically vital waters. But, even as other senior government officials so

Xi says globalisation here to stay as Trump readies for office

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Davos, Switzerland (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
China's President Xi Jinping warned Tuesday against scapegoating globalisation for the world's ills or retreating behind protectionist walls, days before Donald Trump takes office. In what amounted to a rewriting of the global economic order, led for decades by the United States, Xi used his debut speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos to insist that globalisation was irreversible despi

EU says Lithuania can use funds for border surveillance, not fences

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
Lithuania can use EU funds to install surveillance systems on its border with Russia's militarised Kaliningrad exclave but not to build a fence, the EU said on Tuesday. Vilnius has said it wants to build a fence on the border with Kaliningrad amid concern from fellow Baltic states over the Russian military build-up. The so-called exclave of Kaliningrad is sandwiched between Poland and Li

Russia test-fires Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Moscow (UPI) Jan 17, 2017
Russia's military successfully test-fired a Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile, according to the country's defense ministry. The missile, one of Russia's first ICBMs developed after the fall of the Soviet Union, was fired from the Plesetsk spaceport and struck its target at a firing range in the Kamchatka Peninsula. Russian defense authorities say the test was conducted to confi

Taiwan begins F-16 upgrade program

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Taipei, Taiwan (UPI) Jan 17, 2017
A $3.4 billion Taiwanese program to upgrade its F-16A/B Fighting Falcons got underway this week with the first four aircraft flown to a plant in Taichung. The retrofitting of the aircraft to a "V" configuration is being performed by Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. in Taichung with Lockheed Martin, manufacturer of the aircraft. According to the Taipei Times, the fo

China to develop prototype super, super computer in 2017

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Jan 17, 2017
China plans to develop a prototype exascale computer by the end of the year, state media said Tuesday, as it seeks to win a global race to be the first to build a machine capable of a billion, billion calculations per second. If successful, the achievement would cement its place as a leading power in the world of supercomputing. The Asian giant built the world's fastest supercomputer, th

Russia-China Joint Space Studies Center May Be Created in Southeastern Russia

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Krasnoyarsk (Sputnik) Jan 17, 2017
A joint-working space center of Russian and Chinese specialists could be built in Russia's southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory, the press service of the region's head said Monday in a statement. A center for joint work of Russian and Chinese specialists in the sphere of space studies could be built in Russia's southeastern Zabaikalsky Territory as a part of the comprehensive plan of the reg

Russia, China Work on Joint High-Precision Satellite Navigation System

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 18, 2017
Russia and China are in the process of setting up a joint Differential Corrections and Monitoring (SDCM) high-precision satellite navigation system, China National Space Administration (CNSA) chief representative in Russia Zhang Yuan said Tuesday. "We are not in the process of implementing [the system]," Zhang told RIA Novosti in response to a question on the time frame for building the sy

Raytheon completes qualification testing of next-gen GPS Launch and Checkout System

‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎18, ‎2017, ‏‎10:38:16 AMGo to full article
Aurora CO (SPX) Jan 18, 2017
Raytheon has reached another milestone in developing the U.S. Air Force Global Positioning System Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the Factory Qualification Test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). GPS OCX will unleash dramatically increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide. Raythe

NATO obsolete says Trump as he suggests Russia nuclear deal

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Jan 16, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump, in remarks published on Sunday, described NATO as "obsolete" and suggested a deal with Russia that would reduce nuclear arsenals and ease sanctions on Moscow. He also hailed Britain's exit from the EU and backed a speedy trade deal with the UK, but condemned as "catastrophic" Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to open Germany's doors to a flood of refugees.

Beijing warns Trump: One China 'not negotiable'

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Beijing, China Jan 15, 2017
Beijing on Saturday warned the US that the One China policy was non-negotiable, after Donald Trump suggested he could abandon the decades-old diplomatic principle and boost ties with Taiwan. "It is not up for negotiation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement. "There is only one China in the world, Taiwan is an inalienable region of China, and the government of

Poles welcome US troops as NATO eyes Russia

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Zagan, Poland (AFP) Jan 14, 2017
Polish authorities and ordinary Poles welcomed Saturday US troops who arrived this week as part of an unprecedented deployment to NATO's eastern flank aimed at deterring Russia. "Welcome to Poland," Prime Minister Beata Szydlo told US troops in Zagan, the Polish town on the German border where the brigade will be headquartered, adding "we hope you feel at home." "The presence of American

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Jakarta (AFP) Jan 15, 2017
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory. Abe - in Indonesia on a regional tour that has taken in Australia and the Philippines and will include Vietnam - said their two island nations gave maritime cooperation the "

Trump says cabinet picks free to express own ideas

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 13, 2017
US President-elect Donald Trump on Friday shrugged off the strikingly divergent positions his cabinet picks have taken on Russia, torture, and a host of other issues, saying he wanted them to express their own ideas. "All of my Cabinet nominee (sic) are looking good and doing a great job," he said in an early morning tweet exactly one week before he takes office. "I want them to be themselve

Swiss police detain Tibet protesters as Xi arrives

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Geneva (AFP) Jan 15, 2017
Swiss police on Sunday detained 32 people protesting conditions in Tibet as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a state visit in the wealthy Alpine nation. A statement from police in the capital Bern said one protester had doused himself in flammable liquid but was stopped by security forces from setting himself alight before being taken into custody. Xi is in Switzerland for two days

China muted after Tillerson vows islands blockade

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Jan 12, 2017
China offered a muted response Thursday after Donald Trump's secretary of state pick Rex Tillerson warned the US would stop it from using its artificial islands in the South China Sea. Tillerson's comments, during his confirmation hearing in the US senate, are the latest salvo the Trump team has aimed at Beijing. "We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first the island

SpaceX launches, lands rocket for first time since Sept blast

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Miami (AFP) Jan 14, 2017
SpaceX on Saturday successfully launched and landed its first unmanned Falcon 9 rocket since a costly and complicated launchpad explosion in September. "Liftoff of the Falcon 9," a SpaceX commentator said as the tall white rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 9:54 am (1754 GMT), carrying a payload of 10 satellites for Iridium, a mobile and data communications compa

26 killed as Yemeni forces push rebels back

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) Jan 14, 2017
At least 26 Yemeni fighters died in fresh clashes and an air strike as government forces advanced against Shiite Huthi rebels near a key shipping strait, medics and officials said Saturday. A week-long assault by government forces and their allies aims to expel the Iran-backed Huthis from Dhubab region, close to the Bab al-Mandab strait linking the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Twelve bodies

In Iraq's Mosul, university a casualty of anti-IS war

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Mosul, Iraq (AFP) Jan 15, 2017
Some buildings at the University of Mosul are charred by fires, others rigged with explosives, and bullets still periodically fly past a campus scarred by the battle for the city. The sound of a jet, the whoosh of a descending missile and the explosion as it hits home mark an air strike nearby that sends a stream of black smoke rising toward the grey clouds blanketing the sky over Mosul.

Turkey arrests two Uighurs over nightclub attack

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) Jan 14, 2017
Turkey has arrested two Chinese nationals of Uighur origin in connection with a mass shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve claimed by the Islamic State group, media reports said. The suspects, named as Omar Asim and Abuliezi Abuduhamiti, were arrested on charges of "being members of a terrorist organisation", of "purchasing unlicensed firearms" and "being accomplices to the m

IS gains ground near key eastern Syrian city: monitor

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) Jan 15, 2017
The Islamic State group gained ground around a key eastern Syrian city on Sunday, a monitor said, despite a heavy air strikes by government warplanes. The jihadists pressed their brutal assault on Deir Ezzor for the second day, seizing territory near an air base on the city's edges, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "IS seized several hilltops that overlook the airpor

A year after nuclear deal, Iran wary of rising US 'hostility'

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Jan 15, 2017
A year after its nuclear deal took effect, Iran is increasingly concerned over the arrival of US President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to tear up the historic accord. Analysts say it is unlikely the Trump administration will completely dismantle the agreement, which he described as "the worst deal ever negotiated". A series of cabinet appointments, however, have signalled Trum

US Marines send F-35 stealth fighter squadron to Japan

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 10, 2017
The US Marine Corps said Tuesday it has sent a squadron of F-35B fighters to Japan, marking the first operational overseas deployment for the controversial jet that is under scrutiny from President-elect Donald Trump. The planes' deployment to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Honshu Island marks a major milestone for the F-35, which has been bedeviled by technical glitches and soaring cos

Eurofighter signs support deals for Typhoon fighters

‎Monday, ‎January ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎12:23:51 AMGo to full article
Hallbergmoos, Germany (UPI) Jan 13, 2017
Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH has signed two contracts for the support of Typhoon fighters flown by four NATO countries. The two deals were signed with NETMA, the NATO Eurofighter & Tornado Management Organization on behalf of core Eurofighter nations, and Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH on behalf of aircraft makers Airbus Defense and Space, BAE Systems and Leonardo. The first five

US troops arriving in Poland draw Russian ire

‎Friday, ‎January ‎13, ‎2017, ‏‎2:52:46 AMGo to full article
Olszyna, Poland (AFP) Jan 12, 2017
US troops and tanks began streaming into Poland Thursday as part of one of the largest deployments of US forces in Europe since the Cold War, an operation that Russia angrily branded a "threat". The Atlantic Resolve mission will see more than 3,000 American soldiers and heavy equipment deployed in Poland and nearby NATO partners Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary on a

Raytheon, U.S. Navy complete Tomahawk flight tests

‎Friday, ‎January ‎13, ‎2017, ‏‎2:52:46 AMGo to full article
San Nicolas Island, Calif. (UPI) Jan 11, 2017
Raytheon and the U.S. Navy have recently completed two flight tests with the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile. According to the company, the tests were conducted to demonstrate the missile's ability to engage time-sensitive targets. Raytheon officials praised their product's performance following the demonstration. "Tomahawk's tactics and procedures have evolved to support the ne

Trump's Pentagon pick takes aim at Russia

‎Friday, ‎January ‎13, ‎2017, ‏‎2:52:46 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 12, 2017
James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's pick for US defense secretary, on Thursday accused Russia of trying to break up NATO and said the United States needs to stand up to its old foe. The retired Marine Corps general's stinging criticism of Russia stands in sharp contrast to the views of his future boss. Trump has repeatedly praised "very smart" Russian President Vladimir Putin's lead

Liteye, Tribalco to deliver AUDS systems to U.S. armed forces

‎Friday, ‎January ‎13, ‎2017, ‏‎2:52:46 AMGo to full article
Centennial, Colo. (UPI) Jan 12, 2017
Liteye Systems and Tribalco are collaborating for the delivery of AUDS counter-UAV defense systems to the U.S. military. AUDS is a defense solution designed to detect, track, identify, and defeat hostile unmanned aerial vehicles. According to Liteye, operators can use the system to thwart surveillance maneuvers from enemy forces. Company officials say the proliferation of drones

GenDyn offers Bluefin SandShark mini-drone for sale online

‎Friday, ‎January ‎13, ‎2017, ‏‎2:52:46 AMGo to full article
Pittsfield, Mass. (UPI) Jan 12, 2017
A small autonomous underwater vehicle for defense and commercial use in now available for purchase online from General Dynamics Mission Systems. The new Bluefin SandShark weighs less than 11 pounds - before adding a mission payload - fits in a backpack, can swim up to five knots and dive down to 656 feet, the company said. Its tail section houses the battery and system electron





News About Ballistic Missile Defense


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

‎Yesterday, ‎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

‎Yesterday, ‎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

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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

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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

‎Yesterday, ‎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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.



Russia's 'US Missile Defense-Killing' Hypersonic Rockets Arriving Soon

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 23, 2016 - Russian defense analyst Vladimir Tuchkov analyses Russian, Chinese and American developments in hypersonic weapons technology, including the expected timeframe for their deployment, which is sooner than you may expect.

Last week, Tactical Missile Systems Corporation general director Boris Obnosov told Russian media that he was confident that Russia would be introducing hypersonic missiles capable of speeds between Mach 6 and Mach 7 by the year 2020.

The director emphasized that such weapons would significantly weaken the potential of enemy missile defense. "It's obvious that with such speeds - when missiles will be capable of flying through the atmosphere at speeds of 7-12 times the speed of sound, all [air] defense systems will be weakened considerably."

Tactical Missile Systems Corporation (KTRV by its Russian acronym) is based in Korolyev, outside Moscow. Several dozen specialized research institutes and industrial enterprises are involved in the development of Russia's hypersonic missile potential, with KTRV a leader in this area not only in Russia but also compared to defense engineering companies globally.

Obnosov's comments come on the heels of a recent speech by Admiral Cecil Haney, the Head of US Strategic Command, in which the admiral warned that American anti-missile and anti-aircraft defense systems will be virtually incapable of intercepting the Russian hypersonic systems expected to be deployed soon.

Commenting on these developments in a piece for Svobodnaya Pressa, Russian defense analyst Vladimir Tuchkov pointed out that while supersonic weapons have become a very popular topic of discussion today, their development actually began much, much earlier, going back to the Cold War.

The analyst recalled that "in the 1970s, the Raduga Design Bureau, now a part of KTRV, began research exploring the possibility of creating a cruise missile with a speed of Mach 5 or greater. At the time, the problem was little studied. Firstly, it was impossible to use ordinary turbojet engines for speeds in excess of Mach 3.

The sharp increase in air speed pressure resulted in a loss of efficiency in the engines, with a sharp rise in temperature in the combustion chamber of the air-fuel mixture also reducing efficiency. The higher the temperature, the lower the thrust. Moreover, as temperatures rose, so too did the risk of the rocket's turbine blades becoming deformed and simply melting."

"In this situation," Tuchkov noted, "the only option is the use of a ramjet engine - in this case a hypersonic scramjet. The use of a rocket engine, either liquid or solid fueled, for cruise missiles, is impossible, since the entire trajectory of the flight must be actively controlled and adjustable."

"The design of the scramjet is very simple, with the number of moving parts reduced to a minimum. Theoretically, these craft can reach speeds of up to Mach 25, although the practical ceiling of operation is about Mach 17-19. However, the scramjet also has a significant drawback - its normal operation begins at speeds exceeding Mach 3. Before this speed, it is necessary to accelerate the missile using a solid booster, or some other method, similar to the kind used to launch a high-speed aircraft."

The analyst recalled that when development of hypersonic missile technology first began in the Soviet period, one of the key problems for engineers was overheating. "It was necessary to create the kind of heat shield through which the onboard flight control equipment would continue to work flawlessly."

In the 1980s, Raduga Design Bureau created several prototypes of a new cruise missile - the Kh-90, NATO codenamed Koala. The cruise missile weighed 15 tons, had a length of 9 meters, and a 7 meter wingspan. With an expected range of up to 3,000 km, the missile had a design speed of Mach 5. "The project," Tuchkov noted, "advanced far enough for several test launches to be conducted. During the last of them, the missile reached speeds ranging from Mach 3 to Mach 4." The missile was aircraft-launched.

Of course, "all of the USSR's hypersonic weapons designs were strictly classified. It was only due to the fact that the project was closed in 1992 thanks to a lack of financing and the collapse of the defense industry in general that some information about the Kh-90 has become publically available."

After a period of stagnation in the 1990s, development resumed. Today, the analyst noted, Russia has reached a point where it has created and is actively testing at least two hypersonic systems. "This includes the 3K-22 Zircon anti-ship cruise missile, the main developer of which is the NPO Machine Building plant in Reutov, outside Moscow, which is also part of KTRV. At the same time, an export version of the missile, known as the Brahmos, is being developed for the Indian Navy."

The first information about the Zircon appeared in 2011, with testing beginning a year later. "To date, five test launches have been made...During the last launch, in March of this year, the rocket was successfully tested in normal operation mode."

Effectively, Tuchkov noted, "work on the Zircon is progressing so rapidly that the first state testing is expected to begin next year, and mass production the year after that, in 2018. In this connection, the Tactical Missile System Corporation director's forecasts about the year 2020 looks quite modest."

"Of course, he is talking about speeds of Mach 6-7, while the Zircon's design speed is 'only' Mach 5. Various estimates suggest its range may be between 400 and 1,000 km. Precise information on the engines is not available, but informed analysts suggest that acceleration is carried out via a reactive solid booster, with a scramjet used as the main engine."

Furthermore, the Zircon has already been slated for installation onboard the heavy nuclear missile cruisers - the Peter the Great and the Admiral Nakhimov. It is also expected that a new Russian nuclear submarine, codenamed Project-Husky, currently under development, will be equipped with the Zircon.

"As for Project 4202, it appears that this system will be able to meet and surpass the speeds discussed by Tactical Missiles Corporation's director. This missile too is being developed by the NPO Machine Building plant. To be more precise - this is not an independent missile, but rather a warhead onboard an intercontinental ballistic missile, which, after separation from the launch vehicle, acts like a hypersonic cruise missile would, maneuvering freely to determine direction and pitch."

According to informed estimates, Project 4202 is capable of speeds between Mach 7 and Mach 12. For this reason, Tuchkov noted, the system can overcome "not only modern means of US missile defense, but even those systems which American engineers have not even begun to develop yet."

The testing of Russia's hypersonic gliders is taking place using the tried and true RS-18B 'Stiletto' silo-based ICBMs, used to accelerate them up to the appropriate speed. "After being adopted by the military, Project 4202 will be installed aboard the new RS-28 Sarmat, and on future Russian ICBM designs. This is expected to take place between 2020 and 2025. When the expected first batch of 20 supersonic warheads is rolled out, it will effectively make the US missile defense system pointless. Every Sarmat will feature three hypersonic combat gliders."

Foreign Analogues: USA
Of course Russia is not the only country engaged in the creation of prospective hypersonic weaponry. The X-51, being developed by the Boeing Corporation under the aegis of the Pentagon's 'prompt global strike' concept, is expected to reach speeds of Mach 6-7.

Testing began in 2010, but, as Tuchkov pointed out, none of them have been deemed successful so far. Brought into the air aboard a B-52 strategic bomber, the X-51, with a range of 500 km, has clocked a maximum speed of Mach 5.1. "However, all flights ended in the destruction of the test missile before the end of its planned flight."

"Setting out on this costly project, the US positioned it as a tool for effective and lighting-speed strikes against terrorist groups. However, there is no doubt that the Pentagon also had in mind the traditional confrontation with Russia, and against a rapidly developing China. Yet the X-51, even if it is brought into mass production, will not solve the problems it was designed to handle, since the prospective Russian S-500 anti-aircraft missile system is expected to be capable of destroying hypersonic missiles."

In this sense, Tuchkov noted, the DARPA program's Falcon HTV-2 has better characteristics in terms of its speed, having been successfully clocked at Mach 20. But the vehicle was launched from near space, first carried up by rocket booster, from where it hurled back down to earth.

"In other words, there's nothing new here; the US Space Shuttles and our Buran flew in similar fashion. Following the second test, which took place in 2011, the missile was recognized as unpromising, since it was almost uncontrollable, and impossible to establish communications with."

Foreign Analogues: China
China too is actively involved in the development of hypersonic technology, beginning with its WU-14 rocket, which began testing in 2013. An average of three tests per year has taken place since then. The system's declared speed is Mach 10, although as Tuchkov pointed out, a variety of contradictory information has been circulating, estimating speeds from Mach 1.5 to Mach 7.

"Series production of the WU-14 is expected to begin in the second half of the 2020s, and it is expected to be mounted on ballistic missiles, which for the Chinese is very important. Today, only a small number of Chinese ICBMs is capable of reaching the US, giving the Pentagon the hypothetical ability to fight off a Chinese nuclear attack. For Beijing, this is not only insulting, but disadvantageous in the diplomatic competition between the powers. With the arrival of hypersonic warheads, the US is expected to 'behave' more prudently."

"Another task entrusted to the new weapon is the destruction of aircraft carriers; their defenses would be powerless against maneuverable warheads traveling at speeds of Mach 10."

Source: Sputnik News



Lockheed Martin gets $112 million Aegis modernization contract modification

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2016 - Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training has received a $112 million U.S. Navy contract modification for the fiscal 2016 Aegis Modernization program.

The procurement covers the production of multi-mission signal processor equipment sets, ballistic missile defense 4.0.2 equipment, Aegis weapon system modernization upgrade equipment, as well as associated spares to support the fielding of Aegis modernization capabilities to the fleet.

Work will be performed in New Jersey, Florida and New York, and has an expected completion date of November 2018.

Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

The Aegis modernization program increases the computing power of equipped ships while providing radar upgrades that improve detection and reaction capabilities against modern threats.

Lockheed Martin gets $490 million Aegis contract modification
Washington (UPI) Aug 15, 2016 - Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training has been awarded a $490 million U.S. Navy contract modification for Aegis Weapon System MK-7 work.

The previously awarded contract covers MK-7 ship sets and associated spares, engineering efforts and support equipment, as well as engineering efforts to support production, system testing, shipyard installation and related requirements.

The contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy, Japan and South Korea under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

It will specifically support the naval forces of those countries and the Navy's Arleigh Burke-class shipbuilding program.

Work will be performed in New Jersey, Florida and New York, with an expected completion date of May 2022.

Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.



New SBIRS ground system enters into dedicated operational testing

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Aug 10, 2016 - Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and 460th Space Wing are pleased to announce the successful completion of the Space-Based Infrared Systems Block 10 ground system's Integrated Test and Evaluation (IT and E) phase and entry into Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE), the dedicated operational testing phase of the program.

Key development, operations and test stakeholders met to provide an accurate readiness assessment of the Block 10 ground system's ability to enter and successfully complete dedicated operational testing.

Based on stakeholder inputs, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Command began dedicated operational testing at the Mission Control Station at Buckley Air Force Base June 12 and shifted to the backup Mission Control Station at Schriever AFB July 16.

The new Block 10 ground system consolidates operational command and control of Defense Support Program satellites, SBIRS Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting satellites and SBIRS Highly Elliptical Orbit sensors under one primary Mission Control Station at Buckley AFB, Colorado.

It also significantly increases performance capability across the four SBIRS mission areas of missile-warning, missile-defense, battlespace awareness, and technical intelligence.

"Our operators successfully completed their longest run to date on the new SBIRS Block 10 Ground weapon system. We are already seeing improvements across the board with improved surveillance and warning utilizing SBIRS Block 10 Ground," said Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander.

"I'm proud to see the 'can do' attitude and partnerships between our operations, support, contractor, and system acquisition teams.

They are knocking down obstacles and solving problems together, and rapidly building the best possible solution for advanced U.S. and allied warning as one integrated team."

"The IT and E Phase tested total system readiness, to include trained operational crews. Its successful completion is a true indicator of the new ground system's readiness for live operations," said Brig. Gen. Mike Guetlein, Remote Sensing Systems director.

"Entry into Operational Utility Evaluation is a significant milestone that demonstrates we're on track for operational acceptance this November."

The Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center manages the SBIRS Block 10 development program. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, is the SBIRS prime contractor, and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, California, is the payload integrator. The 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB in Aurora, Colorado, operates the SBIRS system.



Lockheed Martin gets $36 million Aegis Ashore missile defense contract

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Aug 10, 2016 - Lockheed Martin Missions Systems and Training has been awarded a $36 million U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract to install Aegis Ashore equipment in Poland.

The contract covers installation, integration and testing of Aegis Ashore equipment in a deckhouse and deckhouse support building.

Work will be performed at the Aegis site in Poland and is expected to be completed by December 2018.

The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

Aegis Ashore is the land-based component of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

The land-based Aegis system is designed to be removable to support worldwide deployment.



The USAF's Next SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite Ships to Cape Canaveral for October Launch

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Aug 08, 2016 - The U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin delivered the next Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Aug. 2, ahead of its October launch.

SBIRS includes a combination of satellites in GEO orbit, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), and ground hardware and software. The data provided by SBIRS enhances the military's ability to detect missile launches, supports ballistic missile defense, expands technical intelligence gathering, and bolsters situational awareness on the battlefield.

"SBIRS GEO satellites are our nation's missile warning sentinels and are critical assets to the U.S. military's continually evolving mission," said David Sheridan, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared systems mission area. "With GEO Flight 3's successful testing and delivery to the launch site, we're expanding the military's ability to receive timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information."

Lockheed Martin manufactured SBIRS GEO Flight 3 at its Sunnyvale, California, facility. For its trip to Florida, the satellite was loaded aboard a C-5 Galaxy aircraft at nearby Moffett Federal Air Field. It will launch aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.

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

The SBIRS development team is led by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Sunnyvale, California, is the SBIRS prime contractor, with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Azusa, California, as the payload integrator. The 460th Space Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, operates the SBIRS system.



S. Korea's Park gets personal in US missile system row

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Aug 2, 2016 - President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday evoked memories of her parents' assassination as she hit back at opposition to the planned deployment of an advanced US anti-missile system in South Korea.

The defence ministry announced last month that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system, or THAAD, will be installed in Seongju -- a rural county about 200 kilometres (135 miles) southeast of Seoul -- by the end of next year.

The decision was predicated on the growing threat posed by North Korea's advancing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme.

Protesting Seongju residents have alleged that the system's powerful radar poses health and environmental hazards, while opposition lawmakers have been less than supportive of the move.

At a cabinet meeting Park voiced frustration at the objections to what she insisted was an "unchangeable" decision to deploy the system.

"If we cannot take basic defensive steps like deploying THAAD, how can we protect the country and the people?" she said in remarks posted on her official website.

"I have lost my parents in the most excruciatingly painful way. My only remaining calling is to safeguard the country and people from various threats," she added.

Park's father, the former president and military strongman Park Chung-Hee, was shot dead by his own intelligence chief in 1979.

Her mother was killed in 1974 during an earlier assassination attempt on her father by a North Korean sympathiser.

Park Geun-Hye never married or had children and once proclaimed herself wedded to the nation and its welfare.

While promising to listen to the complaints of the Seongju residents, the president warned against listening to "strange and groundless rumours rather than scientific evidence" about the THAAD deployment.

"I ask the political circle to gather their wisdom and efforts to prevent internal division and conflict," she added.

Tensions on the divided Korean peninsula have been running high since Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test in January, followed by a series of ballistic missile tests.

North Korea has threatened to take "physical action" against the THAAD deployment, saying any South Korean ports and airfields hosting US military "hardware" would become a target.



China Mulls Ramping Up Its Missile Defense With Russia

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Beijing (Sputnik) Aug 04, 2016 - With the televised demonstration of China's latest system of intercepting incoming ballistic missiles during the intermediate stage of their flight, it looks like the People's Republic is poised to become the second country after the US to deploy a missile shield.

In an interview with Sputnik, Vasily Kashin, a Moscow-based military expert, said that in their effort to develop what may be dubbed HQ-19, the Chinese may possibly be working closely with Russia, whose S-500 Prometey missile defense system, now under development, and the strategic missile system A-235 Nudol, which is currently undergoing trials, will be able to shoot down incoming warheads even before they enter the atmosphere.

The long-range A-235 missile will have a range of up to 1,500 km and will be able to carry a nuclear warhead which will dramatically improve its ability to shoot down enemy warheads.

"What really matters here is just how many such missile defense systems China will be able to deploy and who they are going to be used against. The modern US ballistic missiles are either land or sea-based intercontinental ones the ATACMS short-range Chinese missiles will hardly be able to deal with," Kashin said.

As for Japan, Kashin said that even though it has no ballistic missiles of its own, Tokyo, with its advanced space program, could have no problem developing such missiles.

Taiwan shuttered its ballistic missile programs back in the 1990s, relying instead on cruise missiles.

South Korea's Hyunmoo ballistic missiles have limited range and pose no real threat to China.

"The deployment of a limited missile defense system will give the Chinese an edge over regional powers, like Iran, Pakistan, India and North Korea, capable of building medium-range missiles and eventually relatively primitive types of ICBMs. And it will also come as a potent means of containing the imaginary missile threat by India," Kashin added.

With the new system in place, China will also be able to shoot down US spy satellites.

Vasily Kashin said that even though the publicized tests of China's new missiles defense system were apparently meant as Beijing's answer to the deployment of US THAAD missiles in South Korea, it would hardly be able to effectively counteract the American missile shield, primarily due to the obvious US edge in the number of nuclear warheads.

"China's most probable answer to the emergence of THAAD in South Korea could be the deployment of its newly developed cruise missiles to destroy the Americans' THAAD system during the initial stage of an armed conflict," Vasily Kashin said in conclusion.

The United States and South Korea announced plans in July to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, ostensibly to counter threats from North Korea, but the move received immediate condemnation from Russia and China, who view the installation as a veiled attempt by Washington to undermine Beijing and Moscow's mutual nuclear deterrent.

Moscow immediately joined Beijing in warning the United States that the deployment would have "irreparable consequences."

Source: Sputnik News



Lockheed Martin gets $58 million Patriot missile contract modification

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2016 - Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been awarded $58 million foreign military sales contract modification to enhance Qatari and Saudi Patriot missile systems.

The U.S. Army contract modification will go toward a modification of the Patriot system missile segment enhancement software.

Work will be performed in Texas and has an estimated completion date of June 2019.

Fielded by the U.S. Army, the Patriot air and missile defense system is fielded by American and allied forces.

It contributes to an entire system's situational awareness by transmitting precision cueing data to other theater elements while simultaneously protecting against short-range ballistic missile, large-caliber rockets and air-breathing threats.



Raytheon gets $130 million missile defense contract modification

‎Thursday, ‎September ‎1, ‎2016, ‏‎10:33:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jul 27, 2016 - Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been awarded a $132 million contract modification for work on the Ballistic Missile Defense System's X-band radar.

The modification takes the total ceiling value of the deal to $1 billion.

The modification covers software maintenance, models and simulations, engineering support and test planning, execution and analysis for the X-band radar. It also covers software development.

Work will be performed in Massachusetts.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

Raytheon's sea-based X-band radar stands more than 250 feet high on a semi-submersible oil production platform.

The floating platform, a modified oil-drilling vessel, offers stability in high winds and storms.

A power plant, bridge, control rooms, living quarters, storage space and other infrastructure support the X-band on the platform.

The radar supports the ground-based mid-course defense phase of the missile defense system.



Russia Designing Blimps Aimed at Reducing Threat of US Cruise Missiles

‎Thursday, ‎August ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎4:24:09 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 26, 2016 - The town of Peresvet outside Moscow is home to the testing area of an exotic type of non-lethal weapon - the aerostat. A decision on whether to include blimps into the state's 2018-2025 armament program will be made following testing, to be completed by this autumn. Military analyst Vladimir Tuchkov comments on the prospects for the battle blimps.

In his analysis, published by the independent online newspaper Svobodnaya Pressa, Tuchkov explained that the project in question is the multi-purpose mobile aerostatic complex 'Peresvet', created by the Dolgoprudnenskoe Scientific Production Plant, part of the Vega Radio Engineering Corporation.

The blimp has a length of 32 meters, and a diameter of 13 meters, with a total envelope volume of 3,000 cubic meters. Peresvet is capable of lifting a 300 kg payload to an altitude of up to 3.5 km (the length of its support cable). At the same time, the blimp can be supplied with up to 4.5 kW-worth of electrical power onboard to power its instruments.

Commenting on the aerial vehicle's capabilities, Tuchkov pointed out that information on the types of devices used on board the aerostat has not been released. "But we do know that the Peresvet is capable of solving tasks including: a) providing long-range radio communications b) monitoring large areas c) reconnaissance, including visual, infrared, radio and radiological monitoring d) serving as a long-range radar, and e) electronic warfare."

"Digressing from this particular model, high-altitude aerostats, according to Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET) deputy head Vladimir Mikheev, can be effectively used for missile defense. Doing so requires equipping the airship with a phased array antenna, which allows launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, and their warheads' flight paths, to be recorded."

At present, Tuchkov noted, "this idea remains only a concept, but one entirely possible to implement. Before embarking on the creation of such ambitious programs, it will be necessary to convince the senior command of the Aerospace Defense Forces of the need to revive the country's aerostat and airship building sectors."

"Not so long ago," the analyst recalled, "during the Great Patriotic War, and in the postwar period, dirigibles were widely used in the country's system of air defense, both to monitor the skies and to repel airstrikes via air-based boundaries. Of course, these functions are no longer of any interest to anyone; the intelligence-gathering role of stratospheric balloons has proved much more enduring."

In the 1950s, the United States began sending large numbers of spy balloons (from 200-300 in the most active years) equipped with powerful cameras to Soviet territory from bases bordering the USSR. After flying over Soviet territory and taking its pictures, the aerostat would drop a container into the water, equipped with a radio beacon and a distinctive orange dye, for recovery.

"These compact balloons became a huge problem for Soviet air defense forces," Tuchkov noted. "Anti-aircraft guns could not hit the target, which flew at altitudes of up to 30 km. Interceptor aircraft also had a flight ceiling which was much lower. Hitting the balloons with air-to-air missiles was also extremely difficult," with "the huge difference in the speed of the slow flying spy probe making it difficult for pilots to accurately lock onto the target."

"Due to the extreme difficulty in destroying these probes, every pilot who managed to destroy one of these spy balloon was awarded the Order of the Red Star," a medal awarded for great contributions in the defense of the USSR.

"These air raids, which were highly effective, continued until the late 1960s, stopping after the Americans developed the U2 high-altitude spy plane, and after the USSR developed effective anti-missile weapons."

Incidentally, Tuchkov noted, the Dolgoprudnenskoe Scientific Production Plant was created in 1956 in response to the US 'aerostat strategy'. Over its history, the design bureau developed balloons and airships from as small as 4 cubic meters to as much as 3 million cubic meters, with the capacity to lift between 1.5 kg to 6.5 metric tons, and a working height between 1.5 km and 45 km, with flight duration up to 20 days.

"In the 1990s, the Plant continued its research. However, a lack of funding prevented its projects from being realized. Among the unrealized projects is a marine radar surveillance blimp, designed to explore sea-based economic zones. The project is very promising in terms of both its cost-effectiveness and ease of implementation. The airship is capable of OTH radiolocation of waters and the surrounding airspace."

The Podsolnukh ('Sunflower') OTH radar, which is significantly more expensive, has similar capabilities.

Ultimately, Tuchkov explained, there are serious advantages to the use of airships. "Airships are cheaper to use than airplanes and helicopters, not least because they are unpiloted, and use less fuel. There are even advantages compared to drones. Firstly, an airship has a greater lifting capacity, and therefore can take more equipment up with it. Secondly, the threat of accidents due to technical problems is virtually eliminated. Of course, this does not apply to aerostats equipped with hydrogen, but their use was abandoned a long time ago."

"Airships have another significant advantage: they are difficult to detect on radar due, since they contain virtually no metal parts. The Dolgoprudnenskoe Scientific Production Plant has advanced their projects' qualities in this area even further, through the use of shell materials virtually invisible to radar waves."

And the Dolgoprudnenskoe Plant is not the only player engaged in the development of aerostats for military applications. The Vladimir Region-based Augur-RosAeroSystems also has a number of interesting proposals.

One particularly impressive project is Augur's Puma blimp, which has the capability to lift a 2.2 ton payload to an altitude of 4.4 km, a flight time of up to 30 days, and a power capacity of up to 40 kW. The aerial vehicle can be equipped with a variety of equipment, including radio-electronic warfare equipment.

"Augur has also made considerable efforts in the creation of manned airships. In 2018, the company plans to test the Atlanta, set to have a 60 ton lift capacity, and a 2,000 km flight range. The company expects this project to find interest in the Ministry of Defense. Naturally, commercial exploitation is also possible."

Still, Tuchkov noted, the creation of airships for use by the military is a risky venture. In the late 2010s, the US firm Worldwide Aeros began the creation of a heavy transport airship dubbed the Aeroscraft. The Pentagon soon showed its interest, becoming the co-financer of the project, which promised to cheaply transfer heavy equipment and personnel (up to a battalion-worth) across long distances.

A prototype with a 40 ton lifting capacity made its first flight in 2013. The project came to naught when the Tustin, California hanger at which it was based collapsed in late 2013, destroying the prototype. The company began a lawsuit against the Pentagon, which soon rejected the project.

"This is not the most ambitious US military project in the field of dirigibles to have 'deflated in the air'. In the mid-2000s, DARPA, the agency specializing in the creation of breakthrough military technologies, announced an airship project with a 1,000 ton lifting capacity, and a range of 22,000 km. That project was abandoned due to the fact that the super-airship's enormous cost of development far outweighed the expected results."

Nonetheless, Tuchkov noted, "the Pentagon remains interested in the creation of an intelligence-collecting suborbital aerostats operating in the upper boundary of the stratosphere (i.e. at an altitude of about 80 km). Its interest is understandable. Such an apparatus has capabilities not much different from a satellite in low orbit, and would repay with interest, since a rocket is not required to launch the balloon."

"The only question," according to the analyst, "is whether American engineers will be able to create a stratospheric balloon in a near airless space. At present, the absolute record belongs to the Japanese, who reached a record altitude of 53 km in May 2002."

"Tethered aerostats with more modest characteristics have long been used by the US Army as observation posts, equipped with tele and infrared cameras. In the early 2010s, the Pentagon decided to strengthen its fleet of unmanned airships, incorporating them into their air and missile defense systems. Now, this initiative, under the $3 billion JLENS program, is beginning to be realized. Testing is being conducted at a US Air Force base in Maryland on customizing the vehicles for the detection of low-flying cruise missiles. They are expected to be accepted into service in 2017 or 2018."

In this sense, the analyst suggested, Russian aerostat engineers are moving in the right direction.

Source: Sputnik News



Will Russia and China Build an SCO-Based Joint Missile Defense System

‎Thursday, ‎August ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎4:24:09 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 26, 2016 - Russia and China may create a unified missile defense system for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. That's the conclusion of experts speaking at a forum dedicated to the US deployment of the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea. What would the Russian-Chinese system look like? Sputnik investigates.

On Monday, experts in Moscow and Beijing spoke via video conference on the implications for regional security of the US deployment of missile defense systems in South Korea. And while the forum focused mostly on political and military implications of the THAAD deployment, experts also intrigued observers by indicating that it was possible for Russia and China to join together to create a single missile defense shield over the entirety of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the political, economic and military organization involving much of eastern Eurasia.

Regarding the THAAD deployment, Moscow has repeatedly indicated that it was categorically opposed to the move. THAAD, capable of monitoring ballistic and aerial targets at distances of up to 1,500 km, is expected to give the US military the capability to 'see' into the territory of the Russian Federation, and even further into that of China.

Speaking at the video conference on Monday, Vladimir Petrovsky, a senior researcher at the Moscow-based Center for the Studies and Forecasting of Russia-China Relations at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, explained that the potential for a joint missile defense shield exists. Moreover, such a shield would be entirely appropriate given recent US moves, from its deployment of missile shield components in Eastern Europe to the deployment of THAAD in South Korea.

"Russia and China could become the driving force in the area of missile defense. Special attention should be paid to the land-based interception systems which we have at our disposal," the analyst said.

Recently, the analyst recalled, Japan, South Korea and the United States conducted drills practicing the interception of ballistic missiles using the maritime-based US Aegis system. The appropriate response from Moscow and Beijing, according to Petrovsky, would be for the two countries' air defense forces to conduct similar joint exercises at the Ashuluk range in Russia's Astrakhan region.

Asked to comment on Petrovsky's words, experts speaking to the independent online news and analysis hub Svobodnaya Pressa indicated that a joint missile defense system was entirely within the realm of possibility.

Vladimir Evseev, the deputy director at the CIS Institute, indicated that he believes the creation of a united anti-missile defense system is definitely possible.

"Just to specify, we are talking about an anti-missile defense system, not air defense in general. In May, Russia and China staged their first joint missile defense exercises using computer simulations in Moscow. This was the first step in a plan to create a joint missile defense system. The next could be to gather real-world experience on the interception of ballistic targets, for example, at the Ashuluk range."

The expert noted that at present, China has two battalions of S-300PMU surface-to-air missile systems, two regiments of S-300PMU-1s and four regiments of S-300PMU-2s. Moreover, they have their own domestically developed SAM system - the HQ-9, created on the basis of its Russian analogues. This includes a maritime variant of the complex - the HHQ-9. "In addition, China has an analogue to the American Aegis system - built on the basis of France's Thomson-CSF TAVITA."

These systems are capable of intercepting ballistic targets at altitudes of up to 30 km and speeds of 1.5-2 km per second. Russia soon plans to supply Beijing with the S-400 Triumf; that system's basic missiles are also capable of intercepting targets at altitudes of about 30 km, but at higher precision.

Russian defense systems, in addition to the S-300 and S-400, also include the Moscow Air Defense System's A-135 missile, capable of intercepting enemy missiles at altitudes of up to 60 km.

"With regard to missile attack early warning systems (EWS), that of Russia is of course more advanced, and includes ground-based early warning radar (including the Daryal, Volga, Don-2N and Voronezh radar systems), plus the group of satellites in high elliptical and geostationary orbit."

Effectively, Evseev noted that "based on available funds, we could carry out exercises and make an attempt to intercept a ballistic target over Russian territory using joint calculations and, later on, eventually strive for the creation of collective missile defense."

"Such a move would serve as an effective response to US plans to deploy elements of missile defense in space. It is space-based ABM specifically which threatens to provide guaranteed interception - during the active phase of the missile's flight. And at this stage it is not necessary to make choices about the real targets within a cloud of decoys, as is the case when interception is carried out during the passive phase," nearer to the ground.

Ultimately, the analyst warned, if the US continues to develop its space-based missile defense components, "the only effective means against such a system would be the use of anti-satellite weapons. We know that China has tested with such systems, and we have similar designs, even if they are not widely advertised. In my view, we can only respond to Washington through the combination of military and diplomatic efforts. Diplomacy alone will not stop the construction of the US missile defense system."

For his part, Vasily Kashin, a senior researcher at the Institute of Far Eastern Studies, noted that Russian-Chinese cooperation in the field of missile defense is possibile, although a full-scale joint shield is unlikely.

At the same time, Kashin indicated, "creating a collective missile defense system in the framework of the SCO is not possible by definition, given the specifics of the organization and the policies of its members. For example, a country like Uzbekistan may have its own dissenting opinion on the issue, not to mention the positions of India and Pakistan," set to join the SCO in 2017.

"As for collective missile defense between Russia and China, it is an unlikely scenario, but possible, given that cooperation in this field already exists. China is now in the process of creating an early warning system, and is developing a strategy for missile defense, including theater missile defense."

In this sense, Kashin suggested, "Beijing is naturally interested in our experience and, possibly, in an automated system of data exchange. As we know, missiles, if they begin their flight from the continental United States, will fly to Russia and China over the North Pole.

In principle, the exchange of data in the event of such a global strike may be of interest to our countries. Something of the kind has already been implemented by the US: The Americans receive real-time data from the early warning radar they sold to Taiwan, [and] the same thing seems likely with South Korea."

Still, according to the analyst, a genuine joint Russian-Chinese system of missile defense will most likely remain on the drawing board.

Source: Sputnik News



Protests as S. Korea president defends US anti-missile system

‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎9, ‎2016, ‏‎8:10:49 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) July 21, 2016 - Several thousand South Koreans staged an angry protest Thursday against the planned deployment of a US anti-missile system near their hometown, but President Park Geun-Hye insisted the move was a national security imperative.

South Korea's defence ministry announced last week the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system, or THAAD, will be installed in Seongju -- a rural county about 200 kilometers (135 miles) southeast of Seoul -- by the end of next year.

The decision was predicated on the growing threat posed by North Korea's advancing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programme.

But Seongju residents say the THAAD deployment makes their county a strategic target and complain that it carries health and environmental hazards.

"Let's block the deployment of THAAD, a threat to peace on the Korean peninsula!" chanted some 2,000 protestors, waving flags and banners that read 'No THAAD' as they sat outside Seoul station on Thursday.

The protestors were surrounded by hundreds of police, amid concerns of a repetition of a violent standoff last Friday, which saw Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn pelted with eggs and water bottles.

Hwang had been in Seongju to try and appease the residents, but ended up being trapped in his minivan for hours.

Thursday's protest began just hours after Park urged public support for THAAD.

"The government's decision ... was based on the judgement that it was the best way to protect our country and people from North Korean threats," Park said during a National Security Council meeting Thursday.

"If there is a better way...please let me know," Park added.

Tensions on the divided Korean peninsula have been running high since Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test in January, followed by a series of ballistic missile tests.

On Tuesday, the North fired three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) in an exercise aimed at simulating pre-emptive attacks on South Korean ports and airfields hosting US military "hardware".



Orbital ATK gets $182 million Missile Defense Agency contract

‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎9, ‎2016, ‏‎8:10:49 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jul 21, 2016 - Orbital ATK has been awarded a $182 million U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract for the Medium Range Ballistic Missile Type 3 Configuration 2 target system.

The contract includes production equipment, logistics, associated support equipment, system engineering and analysis and mission operations.

Work will be performed in Arizona and has an estimated completion date of October 2020.

Since ballistic missiles have different ranges, speeds, size and performance characteristics, the system is an integrated, layered architecture that provides multiple opportunities to destroy missiles and their warheads before they reach their targets.



S. Korea confirms anti-missile system site

‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎9, ‎2016, ‏‎8:10:49 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) July 13, 2016 - Seoul said Wednesday an advanced US missile defence system will be deployed in a remote southern county and will have the capacity to protect two thirds of the country against feared attacks from the North.

The plan to deploy the powerful system, which fires projectiles to smash into enemy missiles, came last week after the United States placed North Korea's "Supreme Leader" Kim Jong-Un on its sanctions blacklist for the first time.

The move prompted objections from Russia and China, who accused Washington of flexing its military muscle in the region.

Tensions have soared since Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test in January, followed by a series of missile launches that analysts say show the North is making progress toward being able to strike the US mainland.

The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, will be deployed in Seongju county about 200 kilometres (135 miles) southeast of Seoul, as agreed by US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo, according to the defence ministry in Seoul.

The deployment will be completed by the end of next year and will be able to cover up to two thirds of South Korea from North Korean missiles. It will also protect key industrial facilities, including nuclear power plants and oil depots, the ministry added.

US military bases in the South will also be protected by the missile system, but Seoul and its surrounding areas will be left out. This could mean the military deploying more US Patriot anti-air and missile defence systems in these areas, Yonhap news agency reported.

There have been protests about the system's location, with residents fearing harmful economic and environmental effects.

"We hope the people and residents in Seongju... render support" for the decision, the ministry said in a statement.

But thousands took to the streets Wednesday in Seongju town, carrying banners reading "We absolutely oppose THAAD deployment", Yonhap news agency reported.

The head of the county Kim Hang-Gon and some 10 others staged a hunger strike, cut their fingers and wrote slogans in blood on banners at the Wednesday's rally.

"The THAAD deployment threatens the livelihood of the country's 45,000 residents, 60 percent of whom are engaged in watermelon agriculture", a group against the deployment said in a statement.

North Korea threatened Monday to take "physical action" against the planned deployment of the powerful anti-missile system.

The move has also angered Beijing and Moscow, which both see it as a US bid to boost military might in the region. China on Friday said the move would "seriously damage" regional security in northeast Asia.

The US and South Korea began talks on deploying the THAAD system to the Korean peninsula in February after the North fired a long-range rocket.

South Korean authorities have scrambled to allay fears over possible trade retaliations from its largest trading partner China.

Finance Minister Yoo Il-Ho told the National Assembly Wednesday he believed China will separate politics from economic affairs and is not likely to hit the South with economic sanctions over missile system deployment.



Raytheon, Lockheed report successful Patriot tests

‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎3:29:44 AMGo to full article
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) Jul 11, 2016 - Raytheon and Lockheed Martin each reported successful tests of the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense system at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The tests involved the upgraded system, known as the Post-Deployment Build 8, or PDB-8, detecting, tracking and engaging a cruise missile surrogate target, Raytheon said in a statement.

Raytheon's Guidance Enhance Missile, or GEM-T, then destroyed a target, and a PDB-8 Patriot also destroyed a tactical fighter aircraft target.

The PDB-8 upgrade is expected to be fielded in 2018.

During the tests, the threats were manually engaged by soldiers using the shoot-look-shoot method of fire.

After the first interceptor was fired, Patriot soldiers watched to see if the cruise missile or aircraft was destroyed. The targets were each destroyed by the first interceptor.

As part of the PDB-8 testing, a Lockheed Martin PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement, or MSE, missile successfully intercepted a full-scale air breathing target, the company said.

The PAC-3 missile is a high-velocity interceptor that uses hit-to-kill technology to defend against incoming threats that include tactical ballistic missiles, aircraft and cruise missiles.



Moscow to raise US missile shield at NATO summit

‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎3:29:44 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) July 12, 2016 - Moscow said Tuesday it plans to discuss improving airspace safety over the Baltic Sea and the risks of a US missile shield in Europe at its summit with NATO this week.

The announcement comes after a string of incidents and near-misses in Baltic Sea airspace fuelled tensions between Moscow and the alliance.

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Moscow plans to raise "increasing aviation safety in the Baltic Sea region" when representatives of Russia and NATO convene in Brussels on Wednesday.

Russia's NATO-member Baltic neighbours have accused Moscow of regularly violating their airspace in recent months and flying with switched-off transponders, devices that allow radars to identify planes and prevent collisions.

President Vladimir Putin this month backed a call for all military aircraft flying over the Baltic region to keep their transponders on.

At the summit with NATO, Moscow will also "stress the risks to strategic stability that have appeared as a result of the ongoing construction of the US and NATO anti-missile system in Europe," Zakharova said.

Relations between NATO and Russia have soured since Moscow annexed the Crimea region of Ukraine in March 2014 and eastern European countries are worried that they too might be targets of Russian aggression.

NATO vowed at a summit in Warsaw last week to bolster its eastern flank to counter a resurgent Russia, agreeing to deploy four battalions in Poland and the Baltic states.

Moscow slammed the decision, accusing NATO of working to counter a "non-existent threat."

Putin said last month that Moscow will not be dragged into an arms race by NATO and accused the US-led alliance of skewering the military balance in Europe.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has meanwhile vowed to counter the NATO build-up by sending 2,000 items of new or modernised equipment to the country's western border flanking Baltic nations.




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