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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


US must 'destroy' jihadists in Iraq, Syria: ex-general

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
The US military must take decisive action to "destroy" Islamic extremists in both Iraq and Syria before the threat from the jihadists expands, a former American general said on Thursday. Only the United States has the power and weaponry to lead a coalition - including local Iraqi, Kurdish and tribal forces - to confront the so-called Islamic State (IS), said retired four-star general John

Israeli strikes kill senior Hamas commanders in Gaza

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Rafah, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
Israeli warplanes assassinated three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza on Thursday, inflicting a heavy blow on the movement's armed wing after failing to kill its top military chief. As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on leaving truce talks in tatters, a pre-dawn air strike killed three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. T

Lebanon army arrests Arab-Israeli infiltrator: security

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Hasbaya, Lebanon (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
The Lebanese army has arrested an Arab-Israeli civilian who cut through barbed wire to cross the border into Lebanon, a security official said on Thursday. "Ibrahim Zaydat entered Lebanon on Wednesday afternoon after cutting through a small section of barbed wire at the southeastern border, and was arrested by the army," the official told AFP. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sour

Military Sealift command contracts logistics services

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Aug 21, 2014
CACI International Inc. reports it has been selected by the U.S. Navy to provide logistics support services to the Navy's Military Sealift Command. Services to be rendered worldwide include fleet logistics operations, acquisition logistics, sustainment logistics, logistics systems and data management, ordnance management, and supply chain management. The Worldwide Logistics Servi

Justice elusive for Syria chemical attack victims: HRW

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
Human Rights Watch Thursday said that hundreds of victims of a chemical weapons attack in Syria remained without justice one year on, days after Damascus's stockpile was completely destroyed. The report came as a monitor said Syria's three-year war has now killed more than 180,000 people, and as France announced it delivered weapons to rebels battling to topple the regime months ago. Thu

Iran denies linking Iraq role to Western sanctions

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
Iran on Thursday denied linking any future cooperation with the international community against jihadists in Iraq to the lifting of crippling Western sanctions. Earlier, the official IRNA news agency quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as suggesting that Tehran could help the international community if it lifted the sanctions. "If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side

British arbitration tribunal backs up Raytheon

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Waltham, Mass. (UPI) Aug 21, 2014
An arbitration tribunal in Britain has denied a Home Office claim for damages and a return of money from Raytheon in a dispute resulting from a contract termination. Raytheon in the United States also reported that the tribunal found that the Home Office had unlawfully terminated Raytheon U.K.'s contract for border security program and must pay it $309 million in damages and other relie

Apologise for Spain civil war role, Germany told

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Madrid (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
Spanish campaigners said on Thursday they have written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanding she apologise for her country helping the ex-dictator Franco in Spain's civil war. Merkel is due to land in Spain on Sunday for a two-day visit for meetings with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the northwestern pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. The visit drew the attention

Yemen armed forces on alert as rebel deadline nears

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Sanaa Aug 21, 2014
President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi urged Yemen's armed forces Thursday to "raise their level of vigilance" on the eve of the expiry of a rebel deadline for the government to quit. However, Hadi also sent a delegation to Shiite Zaidi rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi in his Saada stronghold north of Sanaa to invite his group to talk and urge them to join a national unity government. In a sp

Supacat providing vehicles for Australian military

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Port Melbourne, Australia (UPI) Aug 21, 2014
Australia's military has ordered high mobility vehicles from the Supacat Group, a British company with a presence in the country. The vehicle ordered by the Defense Material Organization is the Special Operations Vehicle - Commando, which is based on the latest MK2 version of Supacat's HMT Extenda, and which can be converted to either a 4x4 or 6x6 configuration. The vehicle feat

Pakistan's Khan calls off talks to end protest impasse

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Islamabad (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan Thursday called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests seeking the fall of the prime minister, which have unnerved the nuclear-armed nation. Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri have led followers protesting outside parliament for the past two days demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif quit. Talks to end the standoff - which

Remington Outdoors facility to use Meggitt live-fire range systems

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Suwanee, Ga. (UPI) Aug 21, 2014
Meggitt Training Systems is providing live-fire range systems for firearm and ammunition research and development testing by Remington Outdoor. Remington will utilize the systems at a 900,000 square-foot facility it plans to build in Huntsville, Ala. "Our team is intent on transforming our new world-class facility and campus in Huntsville into a manufacturing center of excellence

Taiwan's ex-China affairs official denies spying claim

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
A former top Taiwanese negotiator on China policy on Thursday rejected allegations he was spying for China, after he was forced to step down over suspicions of leaking secrets. Chang Hsien-hao, ex-deputy minister at Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, resigned last week and has been put under investigation over suspicions of leaking confidential work-related information, according to the coun

Foley captors demanded $132 million ransom: employer

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
Journalist James Foley's jihadist captors had demanded a ransom of 100 million euros - $132 million - for his release, his employer said Thursday after a video of the American's gruesome execution was made public. "GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni confirms that the initial ransom demand from Jim Foley's captors was 100 million euros," a spokesman for the news website told AFP. Foley was r

US strikes Islamic State in Iraq after hostage horror

‎22 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:01:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
The United States sought to maintain pressure on jihadist militants in Iraq on Thursday, launching air strikes after the murder of a journalist underlined the international threat posed by the Islamic State. And, in the latest sign that a reluctant America could be dragged deeper into the fighting, officials revealed that US special forces had already carried out a failed hostage rescue miss

USAF selects GenDyn to study ICBM guidance system

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Aug 20, 2014
Modernization of guidance systems for next-gen U.S. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles is to be conducted by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. The work, under a $6.4 million contract from the U.S. Air Force, will involve performance analyses, development of test strategies and lifecycle support plans for the next-generation missile guidance set architecture. Results

New F-16 configuration features AESA radar

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Fort Worth, Texas (UPI) Aug 20, 2014
The newest configuration of Lockheed Martin's F-16 Fighting Falcon has new capabilities with integration of Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar. AESA radar, with its numerous small solid-state transmit/receive modules, spreads signal emissions across multiple frequencies, increasing the capability of the aircraft using it to avoid detection. Lockheed Martin said the AESA in

China likens Xi to Deng Xiaoping for anniversary

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
China's state propaganda machine is seizing Friday's 110th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping's birth to highlight similarities between President Xi Jinping and the paramount leader who set the country on the road to economic prosperity while crushing dissent. A heavyweight official biography of Deng was published this week, and Chinese television viewers are being regaled with a 48-episode dramat

Harris' tactical manpack radio gets NSA certification

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Rochester, N.Y. (UPI) Aug 20, 2014
The U.S. National Security Agency has given its Type-1 certification for Harris Corporation's Falcon III RF-340M multi-channel manpack radio. Receipt of the certification means the commercially-developed radio system can be fielded and used for secure voice and data communications up through the Top Secret level. "NSA certification of the RF-340M is a significant milestone as the

British Falklands warship towed away for scrap

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) Aug 20, 2014
The British warship on which Argentina formally surrendered the island of South Georgia during the 1982 Falklands War began its final journey on Wednesday before being scrapped. HMS Plymouth could not be saved despite years of attempts to find a permanent home for the frigate. The ship, which entered naval service in 1961, was decommissioned in 1988. Peel Ports, which owns the dock w

Military sensor needs focus of Swedish symposium

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Stockholm, Sweden (UPI) Aug 20, 2014
Sensor capabilities for the Swedish military and other armed forces the next 10-15 years are to be examined next month at a symposium in Stockholm. The event is called the Sensors Symposium 2014, and is being co-sponsored by the Swedish military and the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, or FMV. "The development of new sensor systems for a changed military environment, with

Taiwan's ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Aug 20, 2014
One of Taiwan's top negotiators on China policy is being investigated on suspicion of leaking secrets after resigning, his superior said Wednesday, in the latest political scandal to rock the island. Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latte

Ukraine warplane shot down as clashes kill dozens

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Donetsk, Ukraine (AFP) Aug 20, 2014
A Ukrainian warplane was blown out of the sky over rebel-held territory Wednesday as fierce clashes between government troops and pro-Russian insurgents left dozens of civilians dead. Fighting intensified as Kiev appeared to ramp up a deadly offensive to crush the ailing rebellion in the east ahead of a fresh round of diplomacy that will see the presidents of Russia and Ukraine meet next wee

Critics want clear Obama strategy against IS

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 21, 2014
In calling for global action against the "cancer" of Islamic State militants, President Barack Obama puts the fight against them at the top of his agenda in a move that also raises questions about his military strategy in Iraq. Obama made it clear. The beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of the group that has captured swaths of Iraq and Syria shocks the world's conscien

Test bed demos maritime ISR technology

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
San Diego (UPI) Aug 20, 2014
A new maritime test bed is enabling Lockheed Martin to demonstrate data fusion, predictive analytics and other technologies in naval settings. The software test platform is designed to mimic different naval environments for validation of intelligence, communications and sensor systems before their introduction into an operational environment, the company said. "The Navy is confro

Bodies of two pilots found after fighter jets crash in Italy

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Rome (AFP) Aug 20, 2014
Italian authorities said Wednesday they had found the bodies of two pilots after a pair of Tornado fighter jets crashed following a mid-air collision, while two other crew members were still missing. The country's airforce said the death toll of Tuesday's crash in wooded countryside near Ascoli Piceno in the Marche region had "risen to two," adding that the identity of the pilots had not yet

Exelis wins Army Corps of Engineers support services contract

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Colorado Springs (UPI) Aug 20, 2014
Exelis reports it is to provide information management and technology support services to serve more than 3,700 U.S. Army Corps of Engineer customers. The contract for the services, issued by the USACE Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss. It is a fixed-price incentive award and includes the base year of performance and four one-year options. It carries a value of $517 mil

Obama warns of jihadist 'cancer' as US reveals failed rescue

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 20, 2014
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanded the world take action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq, after militants murdered an American reporter. As US jets continued to strike jihadist targets despite a threat to kill a second reporter, Obama said: "When people harm Americans anywhere, we do what's necessary to see that justice is done." Shortly after he spoke, th

Beheading video puts spotlight on British jihadists

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) Aug 20, 2014
The distinct English accent of the militant seen beheading US journalist James Foley in a grisly online video has forced Britain once again to confront the question of how it became an exporter of jihadist fighters. The video, published on Tuesday, has also left Britain nervously wondering how many potential jihadists are walking its streets and whether the return of fighters from Iraq and

Opinion: Do not defer action against IS

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:40:29 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Aug 19, 2014
While President Barack Obama is contemplating what to do, if anything, about the Islamic State as well as recovering from the "hug-out" in Martha's Vineyard with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after her pointed criticism about the White House's lack of a strategy in Iraq, he ought to consider the consequences, intended or otherwise, of deferring or taking strong action in Iraq.

Ground X-Vehicle Program Aims to Break The "More Armor" Paradigm

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 19, 2014
For the past 100 years of mechanized warfare, protection for ground-based armored fighting vehicles and their occupants has boiled down almost exclusively to a simple equation: More armor equals more protection. Weapons' ability to penetrate armor, however, has advanced faster than armor's ability to withstand penetration. As a result, achieving even incremental improvements in crew surviv

General Hyten takes control of AFSPC

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Aug 18, 2014
General John E. Hyten became the 16th commander of Air Force Space Command, in a change-of-command ceremony, replacing General William L. Shelton. General Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony. General Hyten attended Harvard University on an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in engineering and

Aerojet Rocketdyne To Develop Large Scale Additive Manufacturing

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Sacramento CA (SPX) Aug 19, 2014
Aerojet Rocketdyne was recently awarded a contract by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the Defense Production Act Title III Office for large-scale additive manufacturing development and demonstration. The contract will secure multiple large selective laser melting machines to develop liquid rocket engine applications for national security space launch services. Aerojet Rocketdyne an

Russia's First Exoskeleton to Help Physically Impaired

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 19, 2014
A team of Russian exoskeleton designers said Monday they were looking for disabled patients who would agree to volunteer for human tests in the country's unique ExoAtlet Project, according to Izvestia newspaper. "Preclinical trials are scheduled for autumn: we will look at how comfortable it is for different people to move around in an exoskeleton, and use the feedback to tune the control

World must act to halt Iraq 'genocide': Yazidi leader's son

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Geneva (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
The world is not doing enough to halt a "genocide" of Iraq's Yazidi, the son of the religious minority's leader said Tuesday, blaming international inaction for a recent massacre. "We call upon the free world to immediately act," said Breen Tahseen, an Iraqi diplomat based in Britain and the son of Prince Tahseen Saeed Bek, the leader of the Yazidi people. Speaking to reporters in Geneva

Octopus inspires new camouflage material

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
The octopus's ability to camouflage itself has inspired a new kind of thin, flexible fabric that can automatically match patterns, US researchers said Tuesday. Creatures of the ocean known as cephalopods - including cuttlefish, squid and octopuses - are naturally equipped with sensors in their skin that help in some way to mimic the look of their surroundings. By closely studying how t

SM-6 missile undergoes follow-on testing

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) Aug 18, 2014
The U.S. Navy's new Standard Missile-6 has demonstrated its capability to intercept low-altitude, slow-moving targets in a cluttered environment. Testing of the Raytheon-made surface-to-air missile was part of a series of follow on test and evaluation events for the weapon, which obtained operational status last year following seven years of development. "This event demonstrated

Russia vows to strengthen navy to ward off NATO

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
Russia announced plans Tuesday to bolster its navy with more advanced weapons in response to NATO's vow to halt the Kremlin's push into Ukraine and feared expansion into eastern Europe. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told a general security meeting that he expected to hear a detailed report from Russia's navy commander about how this could be achieved efficiently over the coming six years.

Pope's message lost on China?

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
When Pope Francis sent an unprecedented message to Chinese President Xi Jinping last week, it went missing - an apparent technical glitch laden with symbolism. Communications between the Vatican and Beijing have never been easy or particularly fruitful, and the problem China poses for the Holy See's plans to expand Church membership in Asia loomed large over the pope's first visit to the re

Turkey seeks talks with Iraq-based Kurdish rebels: deputy PM

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Ankara (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
Turkey wants to hold direct talks with Kurdish rebels based in Iraq to help revive stalled peace talks, a senior Turkish official said Tuesday. The military headquarters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - which has waged a 30-year insurgency against the Turkish authorities for self-rule - is in the Kandil mountains of northern Iraq. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay sai

Israel hits Gaza, quits Cairo talks after rocket fire

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
Israel ordered its negotiators back from talks in Cairo and warplanes hit Gaza on Tuesday after Palestinian rockets smashed into the south as the two sides were observing a 24-hour truce. Nine days of relative quiet in the skies over Gaza came to an abrupt halt when three rockets struck southern Israel just hours before the truce was to expire at midnight local time. Israel immediately

Jihadists claim beheading of US journalist

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 20, 2014
Jihadist group the Islamic State on Tuesday claimed to have executed American journalist James Foley in revenge for US air strikes against its fighters and threatened to kill a second reporter. The Sunni Islamist group released a video showing a masked militant purportedly beheading Foley, who has been missing since he was seized by armed men in Syria in November 2012. A second captive,

Iraq forces hit militants as UN readies major aid effort

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
Iraqi forces battled Sunni militants along a string of fronts Tuesday, including in Saddam Hussein's hometown Tikrit, as the United Nations readied a massive aid operation for displaced Iraqis. Kurdish and federal forces, who wrested back control of Iraq's largest dam, fought jihadists in the country's north, buoyed by intensifying US air strikes and Western arms deliveries. Other securi

China troops enter disputed India territory: sources

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Srinagar, India (AFP) Aug 19, 2014
Chinese troops have advanced in recent days into disputed territory claimed by India, echoing a similar incursion last year that raised tensions between the two rival giants, official sources said Tuesday. Chinese troops twice crossed over the border into a remote area of the western Himalayas, with some unfurling a banner that read "this is Chinese territory, go back", an official said on c

New ship for Royal Australian Navy undergoes sea trials

‎20 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎02:23:29 AMGo to full article
Melbourne (UPI) Aug 19, 2014
The largest ship ever built for the Royal Australian Navy is undergoing final builder sea trials, which includes testing of combat and communication systems. BAE Systems, builder of the NUSHIP Canberra, a landing helicopter dock ship, said the trials were taking place until the end of the month off the coast of New South Wales. "This is the last major element of a very complex an

Next gen satellite to be tested during Arctic Shield 2014

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Coast Guard Cutter Healy, At Sea (SPX) Aug 18, 2014
From studying the effects of solar activity to improve radio transmissions to enhancing the capabilities of Automated Identification Systems, the importance of having a reliable communications infrastructure in the Arctic has not been lost on researchers traveling aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy as part of Arctic Shield 2014. The ability to send and receive a clear message quickly to p

Antineutrino detectors could aid non-proliferation

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Blacksburg VA (SPX) Aug 13, 2014
Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland and even in the fictional world of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" look to subatomic particles called neutrinos to answer the big questions about the universe. Now, a group of scientists led by a physics professor at Virginia Tech are asking whether the neutrino could provide the world with clues about nuclear proliferation in Iran and othe

3 SOPS bids farewell to oldest DSCS satellite

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Schriever AFB CO (SPX) Aug 18, 2014
As a cadre of 3rd Space Operations Squadron members looked on, 3 SOPS Commander, Lt. Col. Chris Todd, shut down the final remaining components of a Defense Satellite Communications System satellite here July 30. With those final commands, the vehicle known as DSCS B12 was officially deactivated after serving for more than 22 years. "As with many Department of Defense satellites, DSCS

Lockheed taps GenDyn unit for Space Fence ground equipment structures

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Newton, N.C. (UPI) Aug 14, 2013
Ground structures for housing the U.S. Space Fence program are to be designed and built by a General Dynamics business unit under contract from Lockheed Martin. The structures - as well as integration of mechanical systems for the project - will start next year on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. "Just like the precision radio-telescope antennas, Gener

Optus 10 delivered to French Guiana for Ariane 5 Sept launch

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Paris (SPX) Aug 15, 2014
The return of Optus 10 to French Guiana has set the stage for a new phase of payload preparations at the Spaceport with Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission, which is scheduled for a September liftoff carrying this multi-mission satellite and its MEASAT-3b co-passenger. Optus 10's delivery occurred yesterday as the Space Systems/Loral-built spacecraft landed at Felix Eboue Airport near the

Canada's MDA receives radar antennas for satellite use

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Carpinteria, Calif. (UPI) Aug 14, 2013
Self-deploying radar antennas from Astro Aerospace are to be used on Canada's Earth observation satellites that monitor maritime activity. Astro Aerospace, a business unit of Northrop Grumman, said 13 of the antennas were delivered to Canada's MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., the prime contractor for the government's RADARSAT Constellation Mission. "We are pleased to pro

Russia to Develop New Satellite Communication System

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 15, 2014
Russia intends to create a new powerful satellite communication system that will provide global coverage and communication security, Izvestia newspaper reported Thursday. The development of such a system will require the launch of a space complex ordered by the Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Federal Space Agency. The budget of the project is estimated at 65.6 billion rubles ($1.8

First operational Galileo GPS satellites integrated for Soyuz launch

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Paris (SPX) Aug 15, 2014
"Doresa" and "Milena" have met for the first time, paving the way for their upcoming role in advancing the European Galileo space-based navigation system. The join-up of Doresa and Milena - Europe's first two FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites for the Galileo constellation - occurred at the Spaceport in French Guiana. These 730-kg. satellites are named for children who were among

ADS selected for UK Ministry of Justice electronic tagging program

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Paris (SPX) Aug 15, 2014
Airbus Airbus Defence and Space has been contracted to provide a sophisticated mapping and monitoring service for the UK Ministry of Justice's (MOJ) new Electronic Monitoring programme, supporting the UK government's objective to reduce re-offending rates and better protect the public by monitoring the movement of offenders released under licence. As part of a 3-year contract, Airbus Defen

Digital cockpits for UH-60L Black Hawks

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Woodland Hills, Calif. (UPI) Aug 17, 2013
Hundreds of U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters with cockpit analog gauge displays are to receive a digital upgrade from Northrop Grumman. The system to be supplied and integrated onto the aircraft under a contract from Redstone Defense Systems features a centralized processor with a partitioned, modular operational flight program. Northrop Grumman said it has an integrated a

Pope says he wants to visit China

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Aboard The Papal Plane (AFP) Aug 18, 2014
Pope Francis said Monday that he wants to visit China and called for the Catholic Church in the country to be allowed to do its "job". "You ask me if I want to go to China? Certainly, even tomorrow," he told reporters on board the papal plane as he returned from a visit to South Korea. "But the church asks for the freedom to do its job in China, there is no other condition," he said.

Philippines protests Chinese patrols over sea bank

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) Aug 18, 2014
The Philippines said Monday it would protest to China about what it called Beijing's increasing patrols in a disputed area of the South China Sea believed to hold vast oil and gas resources. Foreign Department spokesman Charles Jose announced the protest a day after the airing of a television interview in which President Benigno Aquino raised the alarm over the Chinese vessels at Reed Bank.

Obama promises 'long-term' strategy against IS

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 18, 2014
President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States has embarked on a long-term mission to defeat the insurgents of the so-called "Islamic State" fighting in Iraq. Ten days after ordering air strikes against the jihadist fighters, Obama warned that IS remains a threat to Iraq and the wider region, telling Baghdad "the wolf is at the door." Previously, Obama has been at pains to des

US hospital firm: Chinese hackers stole patient data

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
New York (AFP) Aug 18, 2014
Community Health Systems, a major US hospital operator, said Monday that hackers likely from China broke into its systems and stole identification data for some 4.5 million patients. Community Health said the hackers infiltrated its systems in April and June this year, using "highly sophisticated malware and technology" to bypass its data security protection. The company said that, worki

N. Korea threatens 'merciless' strike against US-S.Korea drill

‎19 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:26:41 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Aug 17, 2014
North Korea warned Sunday of a possible "merciless" pre-emptive strike as it blasted an upcoming joint US-South Korean military exercise as a rehearsal for nuclear war. South Korea vowed to go ahead from Monday with the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill, which is aimed at testing readiness to combat any North Korean invasion. Although largely played out on computers, the exercise invol

Dialogue not 'displays of force' key to Korean peace: Pope

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
Pope Francis said dialogue and not "displays of force" would bring peace to the divided Korean peninsula as he began a visit Thursday to South Korea that the nuclear-armed North marked with a series of rocket launches. In a speech to President Park Geun-Hye and senior officials and diplomats in Seoul, Francis said the quest for inter-Korean reconciliation was one that had implications for "t

India must build defences so none dares cast 'evil eye': PM

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Mumbai (AFP) Aug 16, 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India must build up its military might to the point that no other country "dare cast an evil eye" on the South Asian nation. Modi made the statement at a ceremony in Mumbai for the commissioning of the country's biggest locally built warship. "Our aim is to achieve such prowess in our defence capabilities that no country dare cast an evil eye

Remotec upgrading Army, Marine EOD robots

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Clinton, Tenn. (UPI) Aug 15, 2013
Robots used by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps in disposal of unexploded ordnance are to be upgraded by their manufacturer, Remotec Inc. The contract for the work was issued by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division in Maryland. It is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award with a value of $8.8 million. Under the awar

Japanese politicians visit controversial war shrine

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 15, 2014
Dozens of Japanese politicians visited a controversial war shrine Friday in a move criticised by China and South Korea, which condemn it as a symbol of Tokyo's militarist past. More than 80 politicians - including three cabinet ministers - went to the leafy Yasukuni shrine in downtown Tokyo, but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stayed away, after a visit in December drew an angry reaction from Ja

UN Council targets jihadists in Iraq, Syria

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) Aug 15, 2014
The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq and Syria with measures to choke off funding and the flow of foreign fighters. It represents the most wide-ranging response yet by the top United Nations body to the jihadists who now control large swaths of territory in both countries and have been accused of atrocities. The British-draf

Tensions soar as Ukraine says destroys Russian armour

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Kiev (AFP) Aug 15, 2014
Ukraine said on Friday it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that crossed onto its territory in an incursion that has sent cross-border tensions rocketing. NATO accused Russia of active involvement in the "destabilisation" of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Kremlin separatists have been fighting against Kiev for four months. The two countries have also been wrangling for days ove

Russia 'guaranteed' no soldiers in Ukraine convoy: US

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 15, 2014
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Russian opposite number Sergei Shoigu on Friday and was promised that no Russian troops are assigned to a "humanitarian convoy" headed to Ukraine. "Minister Shoigu 'guaranteed' that there were no Russian military personnel involved in the humanitarian convoy, nor was the convoy to be used as a pretext to further intervene in Ukraine," the Pentagon

PKK conflict with Turkey 'coming to an end', says Kurdish leader

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) Aug 16, 2014
The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party's 30-year conflict with Turkey is coming to an end, the group's jailed leader said on Saturday, hailing the start of a new democratic process in the country. The PKK, which for three decades fought a bloody insurgency for self-rule for Turkey's Kurdish minority that cost 40,000 lives, launched its armed struggle on August 15, 1984. But the group's jai

Enforced silence at China's Cultural Revolution museum

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Shantou, China (AFP) Aug 15, 2014
No signs along the long and dusty mountain road point the way to the Cultural Revolution museum complex. And this year, no commemoration for the millions of victims of Mao Zedong's mayhem was held on the anniversary of its start. The mountaintop museum on the outskirts of Shantou chronicles an uncomfortable chapter of history that China's ruling Communist Party would rather forget. N

Pope pushes dialogue with Asian nations like China

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Haemi, South Korea (AFP) Aug 17, 2014
Pope Francis on Sunday championed a "creative" Catholicism in Asia that reflects the region's diversity, and urged countries like China and North Korea to respond by fostering a proper dialogue with the Vatican. In a speech to Catholic bishops from 22 Asian countries, the pope said the Church had no choice but to adapt when communicating its message across a region of dramatic contrasts.

N. Korea says rockets not linked to visit by 'so-called pope'

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Aug 15, 2014
North Korea on Friday ridiculed suggestions that it had sought to upstage the visit of the "so-called pope" to South Korea by firing a series of short-range rockets as the pontiff flew into Seoul. A senior rocket scientist, Kim In-Yong, was quoted by the North's official KCNA news agency, accusing Seoul of seeking to tarnish Pyongyang's image. South Korea "is making crazy accusations to

New launch system for aircraft carriers in shipboard testing

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Patuxent River, Md. (UPI) Aug 15, 2013
Below-deck testing of the U.S. Navy's new system for launching aircraft from carriers has started aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, which enters service in 2016. The first sub-system of the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System, or EMALS, undergoing assessment is its launch control sub-system, the Navy said. It is one of six sub-systems that provide EMALS with the capability to launch all

U.S. Navy, Italy receiving more AARGM missiles

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Aug 15, 2013
ATK reports it will manufacture more Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles for the U.S. Navy under a third full-rate production contract. The contract is valued at $96.2 million and includes Captive Air Training Missiles. "AARGM continues to provide significant advanced capabilities to those who protect our nation each and every day," said Bill Kasting, vice president and gener

IS could come to streets of Britain, warns Cameron

‎18 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎03:27:01 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) Aug 16, 2014
Islamic State fighters sweeping across Syria and Iraq are a direct threat to Britain and the country must use all of its "military prowess" to halt their advance, Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday. But the Conservative Party leader said he did not think British troops should be deployed in Iraq, and that he would consider working with Iran to combat the jihadist threat. Writing in

N. Korea fires rockets as Pope arrives in South

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
North Korea fired five short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast Thursday, just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul for a five-day visit. The launches began at 9:30 am (0030 GMT) at a site near the North's eastern port of Wonsan, with the rockets fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at a maximum range of 220 kilometres (130 miles), a defence ministry spokesman said. Three were f

Protests call for end to US military base move in Japan

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
Demonstrators rallied in Japan's southern Okinawa island chain Thursday, calling for work to stop on the long-stalled relocation of a controversial US military base. About 200 protesters shouted and held placards that read "no new base" outside Camp Schwab, where workers started on the first phase of plans to build new runways for military planes - part of a wider relocation that is expecte

Israel, Gaza violence defies truce 'deal'

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
Israeli jets bombed targets across Gaza early Thursday, retaliating to Palestinian rocket attacks in spiralling violence that left a truce extension teetering on the brink of collapse. The resumption of hostilities shattered nearly three days of calm over the skies of Gaza and southern Israel, raising fears that a new ceasefire announced in the Egyptian capital could quickly unravel. Mor

Iraq Yazidis say neighbours enabled jihadist attack

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Fishkhabur, Iraq (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
Yazidis fleeing a jihadist onslaught in northern Iraq say neighbours took up arms alongside their attackers, informing on members of the religious minority and helping the militants take over. "The (non-Iraqi) jihadists were Afghans, Bosnians, Arabs and even Americans and British fighters," said Sabah Hajji Hassan, a 68-year-old Yazidi who managed to flee the bloody offensive by the Islamic

Yemen Qaeda chief praises Iraq jihadists

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Sanaa (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
An influential Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen has praised Islamic State jihadists for their "victories in Iraq" but without pledging allegiance to their self-proclaimed "caliph" or leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. "I congratulate all the mujahedeen on different fronts and all Muslims for the victories won by our brothers in Iraq against the puppets (of Shiite Iran)," ideological leader Ibrahim al-Rub

Navy orders laser weapon for USMC testing

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
El Segundo, Calif. (UPI) Aug 13, 2013
Raytheon is to develop a vehicle-based laser system for U.S. Marine Corps testing under an Office of Naval Research program. The contract for the Ground Based Air Defense device - capable of defeating low-flying aircraft such as drones - is worth $11 million. Raytheon said it will use its planar waveguide, or PWG, technology for the short-range weapon, which will have a 25kW mi

'Far fewer' stranded on Iraq mountain than thought: US

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Dohuk, Iraq (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
The United States said Wednesday its troops found "far fewer" Yazidi refugees marooned on a northern Iraqi mountain than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, after air strikes pummeled besieging Islamic militants. The UN refugee agency has said tens of thousands of civilians, many of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, remain trapped on Mount Sinjar by jihadists fro

Pope sends rare goodwill message to China

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
Pope Francis sent an unprecedented goodwill message to China's leadership on Thursday, offering his blessings to a nation mired in a long-running battle with the Vatican for control of its Catholic community. The pontiff, who was flying to South Korea on his first papal visit to Asia, took advantage of protocol that sees him send messages to the leaders of any countries he flies over. "U

China orders 'patriotic' anti-fascist series on TV

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Aug 14, 2014
China has ordered the country's television broadcasters to air "patriotic" or anti-fascist series for two months from September, reports said, stepping up its propaganda efforts amid disputes with Japan and ahead of national holidays. Such programmes are already a staple of Chinese television, but news portal Netease, citing unnamed industry insiders, said satellite channels - which are all

China Sends Remote-Sensing Satellite into Orbit

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 12, 2014
China on Saturday successfully launched a Long March 4C carrier rocket with the Yaogan XX satellite, Xinhua news agency reported. The carrier lifted off at 1:45 p.m. local time (05:45 GMT) from the launch pad at Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the country's northwestern Gobi desert. The satellite is expected "to conduct scientific experiments, carry out land surveys, monitor crop

US Suppliers Could Lose Global Space Market Share Over Sanctions

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Aug 13, 2014
US companies producing space-qualified components could lose some of their global market share due to Washington's sanctions, which prevent them from trading with Russia, the head of Russia's United Rocket and Space Corporation (URSC), Igor Komarov, said. "There's growing discontent in Russia, as well as globally, with the fact that the overwhelming majority... of radiation-resistant compo

Payload Integration Begins For Next Arianespace Soyuz Galileo Launch

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Paris (SPX) Aug 13, 2014
The first of two Galileo navigation satellites to be orbited on Arianespace's August 21 Soyuz flight has been integrated on its payload dispenser system, marking a key step as preparations advance for this medium-lift mission from French Guiana. Named "Doresa," the spacecraft was installed this month during activity inside the Spaceport's S5A integration hall. It is to be joined on the dis

NASA Engineers Begin Testing for SLS Liquid Oxygen Feed System

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Huntsville AL (SPX) Aug 12, 2014
Let's be honest - geysers are really cool. You've got an eruption of water and vapor that can burst to heights of 185 feet. What's not to like about that? When building propellant tanks for the world's most powerful rocket, NASA engineers want to make sure Old Faithful stays in Yellowstone. So beginning Aug. 5, anti-geyser testing is underway at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Hunt

On the frontiers of cyborg science

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
San Francisco CA (SPX) Aug 12, 2014
No longer just fantastical fodder for sci-fi buffs, cyborg technology is bringing us tangible progress toward real-life electronic skin, prosthetics and ultraflexible circuits. Now taking this human-machine concept to an unprecedented level, pioneering scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics and brain signaling with the potential to transform our understanding of how

China launching 'severe' cyber attacks on Taiwan: minister

‎17 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎07:02:38 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Aug 13, 2014
Taiwan's science and technology minister said Wednesday that China is launching frequent cyber attacks on the island despite warming ties between the two former rivals. "The Chinese cyberwar units have been engaging with Taiwan units almost every day, with some severe attacks every few months," Simon Chang said during an interview with the UFO radio network. "Many of the attacks were aim

US reassures China as 2,500 Marines head to Australia

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
The United States stressed Tuesday it welcomes the rise of China and wants to work constructively with Beijing as it signed a deal to deploy 2,500 Marines to Australia as part of its "rebalance" to Asia. China bristled when the agreement to deploy Marines to the northern city of Darwin was first announced by President Barack Obama in 2011. But after signing the deal at the Australia-Unit

Swiss bar Russian display team from air show due to Ukraine crisis

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Geneva (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
Switzerland said Tuesday that it had decided to block the participation of Russia's air display team at a military show in the neutral nation due to the Ukraine crisis. The Russian Knights, an aerobatic squadron who fly Su-27 fighters, had been due to take part in the Air14 festival starting later this month. "Even in times of crisis it is important to maintain contacts," the Swiss defen

US prepared to increase pressure on N. Korea: Kerry

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday he was prepared to improve relations with North Korea, but warned of further pressure and isolation if it chose the path of confrontation. Kerry, in Sydney for joint security talks with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop, said both sides had discussed hopes for a peaceful move towards a denuclearised Korean peninsula. "The United States,

Chinese group appeals to Japan's emperor over artefact: Xinhua

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
A Chinese organisation has appealed to Japan's Emperor Akihito to return a 1,300 year-old stele taken from China over a century ago, state media reported. The Honglujing Stele was "looted by Japanese soldiers early last century from northeastern China", the official Xinhua news agency said, and now sits in "virtual seclusion" in Tokyo's Imperial Palace. The stone monument, 1.8 metres (si

Britain to transport arms to Kurds as it bolsters Iraq aid

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
Britain is to transport military supplies from other states to Kurdish forces battling militants in northern Iraq and strengthen its aid mission there, the government said on Tuesday. London has "agreed to transport from other contributing states some critical military re-supplies for the Kurdish forces", a statement from Prime Minister David Cameron's office said. Downing Street did not

Raytheon partners with university of technology research

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Aug 12, 2013
A joint research facility to advance innovative technologies is being established by Raytheon and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Raytheon said it is committing $3 million to the Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute project, with options to $5 million throughout the next 10 years. "The creation of the RURI presents a tangible opportunity to advance the research and th

Palestinian football pays high price for Gaza war

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Gaza City, Palestinian Territories (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
Palestinian footballer Ahed Zaqqut was a local legend. Hanging up his boots after a stellar career as a midfielder, he went on to coach in Gaza until an Israeli missile slammed into his home. The 49-year-old was killed outright, robbing Gaza of one of its best-known players and most well-respected coaches. "I heard an enormous explosion. I rushed out of the bathroom and saw a cloud of du

SRA wins new naval contract work

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) Aug 11, 2013
The U.S. Navy's Standard Integrated Personnel System is being modernized by SRA International, the company announced. The modernization will be performed under a $96 million cost-plus-fee single award from the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. The award is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with initial task orders to provide development, moderni

Kerry urges new inclusive government in Iraq, rules out sending troops

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Iraqi prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi quickly to form an inclusive government, while ruling out sending US combat troops to the country. "We are urging him to form a new cabinet as swiftly as possible and the US stands ready to support a new and inclusive Iraqi government and particularly its fight against ISIL," he said after annual

Putin vows to boost arms sales to Egypt's Sisi

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday promised Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speed up the delivery of billions of dollars in arms and invited Cairo to forge free trade ties with a Moscow-led customs bloc. The two strong-willed leaders have developed a warm working relationship since Putin gave his backing to Sisi's presidential run during the Egyptian's visit to Moscow i

Pentagon cites progress destroying Syria chemical arms

‎14 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:02:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 12, 2014
The Pentagon said Tuesday it had made progress in destroying Syrian chemical weapons, saying specialists on a US military ship had neutralized "100 percent" of a precursor used to make lethal Sarin gas. After a global outcry over deadly chemical attacks in a Damascus suburb last year that may have killed as many as 1,400 people, President Bashar al-Assad's regime agreed to an international



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Introduction and Isaiah 1

Introduction. Case against Judah.

Isaiah 2 - 5

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

Nation’s Judgment and Exile.

Isaiah 6 - 7

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

of the Virgin.

Isaiah 8 - 9

Overthrow of Damascus and Samaria. Christ’s Birth.

Isaiah 10 - 12

Predicted Judgment upon Assyria. A Future Kingdom.

Isaiah 13 - 14

Babylon. Babylon’s Defeat. Lucifer’s Pride and Rebellion.

Isaiah 15 -18

Moab’s Devastation. Damascus will Fall. Ethiopia.

Isaiah 19 - 22

The Doom of Egypt. A Burden about Jerusalem.

Isaiah 23 - 27

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

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Isaiah 28 - 30

Prophetic warning concerning Ephraim and Judah.

Isaiah 31 - 35

Future Kingdom Blessings. Focus on Jerusalem.

Isaiah 36 - 39

Historical Parenthesis. Hezekiah and Rabshakeh.

Isaiah 40 - 42

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

Isaiah 43 - 44

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

Isaiah 45 (and the Gap Theory)

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

 The Gap Theory.

Isaiah 46 - 48

Babylon, the Pride of the Caldeans.

Isaiah 49 - 51

The Restoration of Israel. Vision of the Kingdom Age.

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Isaiah 52 (and Acts 8)

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

in Acts Chapter 8. The Mercy Seat.

Isaiah 53 (Part 1)

The Holy of Holies of the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53 (Part 2)

The Fulcrum of the Entire Universe.

Isaiah 54 - 59

Israel, the Restored Wife. Idolaters rebuked.

Isaiah 60 - 62

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

Isaiah 63

Day of Vengeance. Isaiah Prays for Redemption of Israel.

Isaiah 64 - 66

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Iranium DVD

The movie Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't want you to see




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

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

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

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

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Robotic Weapons - Chuck MIssler

In this segment, Chuck Missler discusses the use of robotic weapons. This segment comes from "The Hybrid Age" briefing pack recorded in 2011 and pu...



News About Missiles

SM-6 missile undergoes follow-on testing

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) Aug 18, 2014 - The U.S. Navy's new Standard Missile-6 has demonstrated its capability to intercept low-altitude, slow-moving targets in a cluttered environment.

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

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

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

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

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



U.S. Navy, Italy receiving more AARGM missiles

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Aug 15, 2014 - ATK reports it will manufacture more Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles for the U.S. Navy under a third full-rate production contract.

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

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

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

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

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



Nearly all Gaza rockets self-made: Israeli army

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 07, 2014 - The vast majority of rockets fired by Hamas at Israel over the past month were made in Gaza using civilian materials, a senior Israeli military official said Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Russia has violated arms treaty by testing cruise missile: US

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 29, 2014 - The United States has found that Russia violated a 1987 arms control treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, a senior US official said late Monday, calling the matter "very serious."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Ground-launched cruise missile -

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

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

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

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

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

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




MD 530G attack helicopters fires Talon rockets

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Jul 31, 2013 - Raytheon's Talon laser-guided rocket has been fired from an MD 530G helicopter to demonstrate its multi-platform capability.

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

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

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

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

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



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

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jul 29, 2013 - The Australian government has given preliminary approval for updating the launch system of the Nulka Active Missile Decoy system.

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

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

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

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

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



Man-portable missile successfully fired from vehicle

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 29, 2013 - The man-portable Javelin anti-tank missile has successfully been fired from a remote weapons station on a vehicle to demonstrate its vehicle launch capability.

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

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

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

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

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



Raytheon, TELDAT announce air defense teaming deal

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Jul 28, 2013 - Raytheon and Polish data communications company TELDAT are teaming for air defense architecture opportunities in Poland and abroad.

The cooperation under a letter of intent will be in the areas of IP-based networking solutions, software and devices; militarized communications equipment; command-and-control software; and system integration, verification and validation testing.

"TELDAT and Raytheon have been working together for more than two years, and we are actively pursuing business opportunities with them in electro-mechanical design, software engineering and overarching systems engineering," said Mike Shaughnessy, vice president of Supply Chain, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "This is yet another example of our commitment to deliver significant and sustainable benefits to Poland's defense industry, including work share, co-development, co-production and technology transfer."

The announcement by the two firms follows the Polish government's selection of Raytheon's Patriot air defense systems as one of the two finalists in an air defense contract competition.

"Realization of joint projects creates many opportunities, not only for TELDAT and Raytheon, but also for Poland," said Henryk Kruszynski, chief executive officer of TELDAT. "With our experience and superior products, we will provide important contributions to the next generation of Patriot."



Missile guidance system passes risk reduction test

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 24, 2013 - The dual-mode guidance section for Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Ground missile was successfully demonstrated in a second internally funded flight test.

In the test at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., a rail-mounted JAGM missile's semi-active laser acquired its target and then engaged its millimeter wave radar for precision target destruction.

"This second flight test success demonstrates that Lockheed Martin's JAGM solution is a proven, low-risk capability," said Frank St. John, vice president of tactical missiles and combat maneuver systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

"Our risk reduction activities support the U.S. Army's goal of using a demonstrated guidance section that minimizes cost and risk and eliminates the need for additional development efforts during the engineering and manufacturing development phase."

Lockheed Martin said the flight test was a "risk reduction milestone" critical to company performance on the U.S. Army's 27-month Continued Technology Development program for the weapon.

The initial internally funded risk-reduction test took place last February.

JAGM is expected to be added to the U.S. military's operational inventory in 2016.



BAE Systems supplying latest missile warning system to Army

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:51 AMGo to full article
Nashua, N.H. (UPI) Jul 23, 2013 - BAE Systems has received a series of contracts from the U.S. Army for the supply of third-generation missile warning systems.

BAE's updated Common Missile Warning System aids aircraft crew to not only locate and protect against infrared-guided missiles but also includes hostile fire indication capability to detect and evade small arms fire.

"These latest contracts build on nearly 10 years of experience providing the U.S. Army with thousands of aircraft survivability systems that have been integrated onto more than 45 different platform types," said Bill Staib, director of Threat Management Solutions at BAE Systems. "As a result of these contracts, we'll continue to deliver Gen3 systems in support of U.S. Army and foreign military sale requirements over the next two years."

The contracts received as worth $40 million.

BAE Systems said they are funded under a $496 million, three-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to deliver up to 1,300 Gen3 systems.

Under the awards, the company will provide CMW systems engineering, software, and logistics support services.



Japan, Britain to launch joint missile research

‎15 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:40:35 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) July 17, 2014 - Japan said Thursday it would join forces with Britain to jointly develop missile technology for fighter jets, while also moving to export Japanese-made parts for US surface-to-air missiles.

The decision comes several months after Japan lifted a self-imposed ban on weapons exports, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks to expand Japan's diplomatic and military presence on the global stage.

The exports would be the first since Japan in April approved a new policy that replaces its 1967 blanket ban on shipping arms overseas.

The joint research with Britain was linked to a European missile project called Meteor, with an initial emphasis on how current Japanese technology could enhance British-developed missiles, according to a statement jointly issued by several ministries, including Japan's foreign and defence ministries.

The Meteor project, which is developing missiles for Eurofighter planes, is being led by Franco-British missile maker Matra BAe Dynamics (MBD) along with other European firms.

"We believe that we can create more sophisticated products by bringing together the finest technologies from both Britain and Japan," a Japanese defence official told a press briefing Thursday evening.

A spokesperson for Britain's Ministry of Defence welcomed the joint project.

"This is a positive reflection of growing levels of co-operation between UK industry and Japan," the spokesperson said.

In a separate decision, Tokyo would also allow US-bound exports of parts for the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) missile defence system developed by Washington.

The parts were originally supplied by a US defence contractor that no longer makes the product.

An earlier report this month by the leading Nikkei business daily said Mitsubishi Heavy Industries plans to export a high-performance sensor for the PAC-2 missile defence system.

The sensor is a key component of an infrared device at the tip of the missile that identifies and tracks targets, the Nikkei said.

Under Japan's new arms export rules, weapon sales are still banned to conflict-plagued countries or nations that could undermine international peace and security, and they must contribute to international peace and boost pacifist Japan's security.



AC-235 gunships for Jordan feature missiles, rockets and cannons

‎15 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎06:40:35 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Jul 21, 2013 - A baseline configuration of gunships for Jordan has been announced by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau and ATK of the United States.

The AC-235 aircraft from Airbus - delivered recently - and a C-295 recently ordered feature a variety of weaponry for maximum mission flexibility.

Both will feature integrated fire-control systems, air-to-ground AGM-114M/K missiles and 70mm rockets mounted on pylons. Light-weight 30mm cannons will also be integrated onto the aircraft by ATK.

"We are extending the Kingdom's investment in the AC-235 through the addition of new weapons and mission systems onto the larger C-295 platform to provide additional capabilities, more firepower and flexibility for the defense of the Kingdom," said Maj. Gen. Atef Tell, Chairman of KADDB.

"The successful development, testing and delivery of the AC-235 gunships by the KADDB/ATK team led directly to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan announcing their intent to expand the gunship capability onto a larger aircraft platform," said Bill Kasting, vice president and general manager of ATK's Defense Electronic Systems division.

ATK said the aircrafts' gunship capability package is part of the company's Special Mission Aircraft product portfolio, which has provided intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to aircraft, as well as weapon systems. Among the aircraft provided with the capabilities are the Alenia C-27J, Lockheed Martin C-130 and others.



Russian-made missile key suspect in MH17 crash

‎07 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:47:04 PMGo to full article
London (AFP) July 18, 2014 - A Russian-made surface-to-air missile is the most likely cause of the suspected downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, analysts said on Friday, as claim and counter-claim swirled over who launched the weapon.

The truck-mounted "Buk" missile is capable of soaring to the height of a civilian airliner like Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, unlike lighter and more widely available shoulder-launched weapons, defence experts said.

Developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s to shoot down aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and drones, it is still widely used by both the Ukrainian and Russian militaries.

But pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine had just hours before the disaster announced that they had seized a number of Buks themselves.

"Who has shot it down? There is lots of evidence which shows these were pro-Russian separatists who have done that," Russian defence expert Igor Sutyagin of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) told AFP.

He cited a Twitter post on Thursday by separatists, later deleted, "when they reported that they had captured precisely that piece of hardware known as Buk".

The radar-guided missile can hit targets flying as high as 72,000 feet (22 kilometres) -- more than twice the 33,000 feet MH17 was cruising at -- and have a range of 32km, said IHS Jane's Missiles and Rockets editor Doug Richardson.

The missiles travel at three times the speed of sound and have an explosive warhead weighing 70 kilograms (154 pounds).

There are two variants: the Buk-M1 and Buk M2, codenamed by NATO as the SA-11 Gadfly and the SA-17 Grizzly.

The US envoy to the United Nations, Samantha Power, said on Friday it was likely that an SA-11 was responsible.

The missile is produced by the Russian arms firm Almaz-Antey, recently targeted by US sanctions, at a factory in Ulyanovsk.

- Warning of an airliner -

Richardson said the missile system has a "friend or foe" identification system, but could not distinguish a commercial airliner from another unknown plane.

"It would not give you a warning that you were tracking an airliner," he said.

Buk missiles are complicated to operate, requiring three lorry-sized vehicles -- a command post, a radar vehicle, and a launcher with the missiles -- which suggests that some expertise was needed to operate them, analysts said.

Ukraine pointed the finger at separatist rebels, who -- if responsible -- could have either captured the missile from Ukrainian forces or have had it supplied by Russia, experts say.

Two Ukrainian military planes were shot down in the weeks before the Malaysian Airlines jet crashed.

A message on the official Twitter account of rebel group the Donetsk People's Republic said on Thursday that insurgents had seized a series of Buk systems from a Ukrainian surface-to-air missile regiment.

Hours later, the group's "defence minster" Igor Strelkov on his local social networking page claimed to have downed what they said was a Ukrainian military transport plane. Both messages were later deleted.

Eliot Higgins, who posts detailed analyses of weapons in Syria and other conflicts on his Brown Moses blog, said he had traced a video of a Buk missile launcher about 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) from the crash site.

"The video was uploaded on July 17th. I've found no other versions of it, and it was on a new YouTube account which was deleted a few hours later," he said in an email to AFP.

The launcher was "heading out of an opposition-controlled town, close to the town centre, heading south, which is towards the Russian border", he said.

Jonathan Eyal, International Director at RUSI, said it was "impossible to believe" rebels could have hit their target without radar and other logistical support from the Russian military.

But Russia's defence ministry said Friday that a Ukrainian Buk radar was operating on the day of the crash.



Storm Shadow missiles set for integration of RAF Typhoons

‎29 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:25:23 PMGo to full article
London (UPI) Jul 18, 2013 - New Typhoon fighters to be flown by Britain's Royal Air Force will carry Storm Shadow missiles following an agreement between a NATO agency and Eurofighter.

The Storm Shadow, made by MBDA, is a long-range air-to-surface weapon for use against targets such as bridges, airfields, harbors.

The missiles were previously been deployed on Eurofighter's Tornado GR4 aircraft during operations over Iraq and Libya.

"Storm Shadow has a deserved reputation for accuracy and reliability," said British Minister for Defense Equipment Support and Technology Philip Dunne. "The integration of Storm Shadow onto RAF Typhoons is another powerful sign of our commitment to the continued capability development of this world class aircraft.

"The ability to prosecute stand-off targeting while maintaining control of the airspace will provide Typhoon with unique battle winning capability."

The agreement, worth about $205 million, signed on Tuesday is between Eurofighter GmbH, manufacturer of the Typhoon and Tornado, and the NATO Eurofighter Tornado Management Agency, on behalf of the partner nations.

The key partner nations in the Eurofighter program are Britain Italy, Spain and Germany. The Eurofighter consortium is made up of BAE Systems, Alenia Aermacchi and Airbus.

The missiles, which first became operational in 2002, will be integrated onto Typhoon Tranche 2 and Tranche 3 planes. The aircraft will enter service with the Royal Air Force in 2018.



Brazil interested in Russian air defenses: Rousseff

‎29 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:25:23 PMGo to full article
Brasilia, Brazil (AFP) July 14, 2014 - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday that Brasilia was keen on obtaining air defenses from Moscow and cooperating on nuclear energy.

Putin's visit is part of an ambitious Latin American tour that has already taken him to Cuba and Argentina as he seeks to shore up support for his policies amid a showdown with the West over Ukraine.

The two leaders signed military, economic, technology and health agreements.

"We emphasized the importance of cooperation in defense and in the peaceful use of nuclear energy," Rousseff told reporters while standing alongside Putin after their meeting at the Planalto presidential palace.

According to the military agreement signed by the pair, their respective armies will participate in a joint exercise next month to operate the Pantsir-S1 short to medium range surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery weapon system, which Brazil hopes to purchase soon.

"Our countries are among the largest in the world, and we cannot be satisfied with being dependent in the middle of the 21st century," Rousseff said.

"It is essential that we seek scientific and technological autonomy."

Putin hailed Brazil as Russia's "greatest partner" in Latin America, saying they were united on "key international issues."

Both are aiming to "increase their industrial potential, particularly as concerns technology" as part of joint initiatives, he added.

Putin said the two planned to build equipment together for power plants, train terminals, planes and buses.

Brazil is also aiming for more Russian investment in energy and infrastructure in the hopes of doubling trade ties.

One of the signed commercial deals is targeted at raising trade between the two countries to $10 billion, up from $5.6 billion last year.

"This will help develop initiatives to increase direct investment on both sides," Rousseff said.

"I detailed for President Putin the multiple opportunities that present themselves in energy and infrastructure, sectors in which Russian companies can increase their presence in Brazil, especially for oil, port and railroad licenses."

On Tuesday, Putin will participate in a summit of the BRICS group of emerging economies in the northeastern city of Fortaleza.

He also attended the World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro won by Germany over Argentina.

Russia will host the football extravaganza in 2018 and has pledged to spend billions of dollars on stadiums and infrastructure for the tournament.






News About Ballistic Missile Defense


US Congress approves funding for Israel's Iron Dome

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 02, 2014 - The US Congress on Friday approved $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, credited with destroying missiles fired by Hamas before they could reach their targets.

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

The measure now awaits President Barack Obama's signature.

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

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

Congress appropriated $235 million to Iron Dome last year.

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



MEADS International touts its air defense system capabilities

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 24, 2013 - The Medium Extended Air Defense System designed to replace the Patriot system reportedly achieved "outstanding" results in a recent comprehensive system demonstration.

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

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

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

Interoperability with German and Italian air defense assets was demonstrated.

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



Patriot getting enhanced radar capabilities

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Jul 16, 2013 - Raytheon is enhancing the Patriot air defense system for the U.S. Army and two allied countries through the supply of radar digital processor kits.

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

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

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

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

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



Space surveillance satellites being sent into orbit

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jul 23, 2013 - Three U.S. Air Force satellites were being launched into space on Wednesday to provide a "space neighborhood watch" capability.

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

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

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

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

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

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



US lawmakers boost funding for Israel's Iron Dome

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Washington July 15, 2014 - With US ally Israel facing a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza, a Senate panel on Tuesday approved a 50 percent funding boost for the Jewish State's Iron Dome anti-missile system. The measure, if it becomes law, would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense programs for the 2015 fiscal year starting in October, including $351 million for the short-range Iron Dome system that has been put to the test over the past eight days amid a raging conflict between Israel and Hamas. Congress appropriated $235 million to Iron Dome last year. The White House had requested about $176 million for the system for 2015, but lawmakers doubled the amount. Congress often increases funding for Israeli security projects sought by the president. The funding is part of the administration's request of $3.1 billion for military assistance to Israel, the world's largest beneficiary of US foreign aid. In May, the House of Representatives adopted its own National Defense Authorization Act, which matches the Senate's Iron Dome funding proposal. The Senate measure is part of an overall Defense Department spending bill backed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday that commits $549.3 billion to military operations for 2015. The package keeps several Pentagon projects that had been on the chopping block, including the tank-killing A-10 planes Senator John McCain described as "the best close-air support weapon in our nation's arsenal." The measure still has to be approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and the full Senate.

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

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 15, 2014 - Qatar will buy US Patriot missiles for the first time in a major arms deal worth $11 billion, officials said Monday, as Washington awaits a decision by the Gulf state on a lucrative fighter jet contract.

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

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

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

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

"It's a pretty significant step."

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Building ties with Qatar -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Creating US jobs -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Industries study enhanced missile defense capability

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Denver (UPI) Jun 27, 2013 - The possible linkage of two separate systems for a more complete global missile defense network is being conducted by an industry team led by Lockheed Martin.

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

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

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

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

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

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



New missile defense equipment installed on frigate

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jun 27, 2013 - The second of eight ANZAC-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy has completed an anti-missile defense upgrade program and is undergoing sea trials.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Navy touts destroyer's at-sea Aegis tests

‎21 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎04:35:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2013 - A series of five live-fire tests of the Aegis combat system were performed earlier this month by the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones.

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

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

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

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

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



Lockheed Martin To Build Next Two SBIRS Missile Defense Satellites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



US missile defense system strikes target in test

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



South Korea to develop homegrown interceptor instead of THAAD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




US seeks greater missile defense cooperation by Japan, South Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Land-based variant of Aegis tested

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

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

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

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

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

Additional details of the test on Tuesday were not disclosed.



Canadian missile defense radar to be operated, maintained by Raytheon

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

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

The financial terms of the award were not disclosed.

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

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

Additional contract details were not disclosed.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Canada revisiting ballistic missile defense: official

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



















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