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Monitor The Strategic Trends


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.









Barry McGuire




Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense



Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Space Command Moving Quickly to Uphold US Space Supremacy

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
McLean VA (SPX) May 20, 2015
In organizations around the world, "studying" a problem is often just a way of postponing a difficult decision. One of my key takeaways from last month's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs is that the U.S. Air Force Space Command wants to focus less on conducting studies of "what" will best serve the DoD's global communications requirements, and more on executing "how" the command can best meet

N. Korea says can arm long-range missiles with nuclear warheads

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 20, 2015
North Korea ramped up its nuclear threats on Wednesday, boasting of its ability to deliver miniaturised warheads on high-precision long range rockets - a claim denied by the United States. At the same time, the North denounced "reckless" remarks made in Seoul this week by US Secretary of State John Kerry, and cancelled an invitation to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to visit a joint indu

N Korea Readies Rocket to Orbit a Satellite in October

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered earlier this year a new aerospace entity to prepare to test-launch what the country calls a rocket carrying a space satellite, Japanese media reported Tuesday. The planned launch is timed for the 70th anniversary in October of the country's ruling Korean Workers Party, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported, citing unnamed "sources in a number of governm

Iran rules out nuclear inspections of military sites

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) May 20, 2015
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday ruled out allowing nuclear inspectors to visit military sites or to question scientists if Tehran strikes a long-sought deal with world powers. "We have already said that we will not allow any inspections of military sites by foreigners," the official IRNA news agency quoted him as saying. "They also say that we must allow intervi

Army produces laser weapon demonstrator

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) May 20, 2015
U.S. Army engineers have developed a laser weapon that has proved successful at destroying 60mm mortar rounds and unmanned aerial vehicles. The weapon - the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator - is a product of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command - Technical Center, at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., and has been tested at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The

US Air Force to Equip Fighter Jets with Laser Weapons by 2022

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2015
If you were beginning to lose hope that futuristic laser weapons would ever become a reality - it's 2015, people! - then you may be in luck. The US Air Force is working on it, and could be attaching laser artillery to fighter jets as early as 2022. Last September, the US Navy spent $40 million installing a 30-kilowatt Laser Weapons System (LaWS) onboard the USS Ponce. The first of its kind

Work on Russia's Unitary System of Missile Warning on Schedule

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2015
Work on the creation of Russia's unitary space system of early warning missile strikes is currently on schedule, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of Russia's space industry, said Tuesday. "We have got no questions on the state defense order. The schedule prescribes work in progress on the creation of a unitary space system that provides a full space tier system of mis

AFIMSC activates detachment at AFSPC

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) May 20, 2015
Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center activated Detachment 1 at Air Force Space Command in a ceremony here May 12. Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, AFIMSC commander, presided over the ceremony as Col. Nathan Mooney assumed command of the newly established detachment. Carter highlighted the importance of the detachment activation ceremony, saying, "It's a visible way to demonstrate that we a

Ideological mountain to climb for China-India business

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Shanghai (AFP) May 20, 2015
India's democratically elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi viewed Shanghai's gleaming skyscrapers at the weekend in search of pointers for his economy, but China believes its one-party state is a key reason for its growth miracle. China began moving away from its closed-off, Maoist command economy in 1978, recruiting market forces under Deng Xiaoping's "reform and opening up" banner to powe

Nuclear modernization programs threaten to prolong the nuclear era

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Chicago IL (SPX) May 20, 2015
In the latest issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE, experts from the United States, Russia, and China present global perspectives on ambitious nuclear modernization programs that the world's nuclear-armed countries have begun. In the latest edition of the Bulletin's Global Forum, Georgetown University professor Matthew Kroenig argues that: "Failure to moderni

IS enters Syria's Palmyra, threatening ancient site

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Damascus (AFP) May 20, 2015
Islamic State group fighters recaptured the north of Syria's historic city of Palmyra Wednesday in another setback to efforts to repel the advancing jihadists after the fall of Iraq's Ramadi. Palmyra's UNESCO-listed heritage site, including ancient temples and colonnaded streets, and its adjacent museum housing priceless artefacts, are in the city's southwest. "The situation is very bad,

Intelsat General Provide Links That Gets Military Supplies to Afghanistan

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
McLean VA (SPX) May 20, 2015
Delivering food, fuel, and other vital supplies to U.S. military personnel operating in remote areas of Afghanistan is not an easy task. An important first step is finding out which supplies are needed at what location and relaying that information back along the supply chain from Afghanistan to the point of shipment, often in the United States. In most cases, such communications are only

Russian activists say find fresh graves of soldiers killed in Ukraine

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) May 20, 2015
Russian opposition activists investigating the deaths of three special forces soldiers said Wednesday their findings indicate that elite Russian army reconnaissance units are operating in Ukraine. Two activists who travelled around central Russia this week said they found fresh graves of soldiers from a special forces brigade of the army's Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU), which is based

Despite US strikes, IS advances in Syria, Iraq

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) May 19, 2015
The Islamic State jihadist group has made several high-profile advances in recent days, despite a US-led air campaign against the movement in Syria and Iraq. Here are answers to some key questions about the group's progress and the international effort to stop them: Q: Where has IS advanced recently? A: On Sunday, Islamic State group fighters seized Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's larg

Ten nabbed in Canada's fight against radicalized youth

‎21 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:50:31 AMGo to full article
Montreal (AFP) May 20, 2015
With a combination of new anti-terror measures and appeals to parents, Canada is striving to keep its youths from joining Islamist extremist groups and leaving to fight in Syria. Last weekend, the drive seemed to pay off. Ten would-be jihadists were arrested at a Montreal airport as they waited to board a flight to Turkey, a popular crossing point into neighboring Syria. There, the young

NATO's missile defense capability set for modernization

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) May 19, 2015
NATO's missile command-and-control system is to be modernized by ThalesRaytheonSystems under a contract worth more than $105 million. The upgrades will strengthen and expand the functions of the alliance's current missile defense command-and-control system and allow the alliance to link national sensors and interceptors with NATO's Air Command at Ramstein Air Base Germany. "The e

USMC F-35Bs undergoing shipboard operational tests

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) May 19, 2015
The first shipboard operational tests of U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighters are being conducted from the carrier USS Wasp. The Marine Corps said six of its F-35B aircraft landed on the carrier on Monday and that the OT-1 phase will occur over the next two weeks while the vessel cruises off the U.S. East Coast. The testing is to assess the integration of the F-35B while

Tech firms, activists press US on encryption

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 19, 2015
Some 140 tech companies, civil liberties and privacy activists urged the White House Tuesday to pull back efforts to weaken encryption or include law enforcement "backdoors" on technology products. The effort marked the latest turn of events in a dispute between Silicon Valley firms and the US government, which is seeking ways to access encrypted phones and other devices to root out criminal

Pentagon's Mysterious X-37B Space Drone Heads Back Into Orbit

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2015
The US Air Force is preparing to launch its super-secretive space drone into orbit again, and this time NASA will use the flight to see how 100 or so "materials of interest" hold up in space's harsh zero-gravity environment. No details were released about the nature of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle's three previous orbital missions, which typically have lasted more than a year. So far, th

China Voice: An end to irresponsible China military report

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) May 20, 2015
There are two reports Washington never forgets to release every year: One is on human rights in China, the other on the Chinese military. In the 2015 report on China's military development the Pentagon continued to espouse its theory that China's cyber and space programs pose a threat, as well as distorting China's legitimate land reclamation in South China Sea. While America attacks China

Japan to earmark $100 bn for Asian infrastructure: report

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) May 19, 2015
Japan will announce a $100 billion plan to invest in roads, bridges, railways and other building projects in Asia, a report said Tuesday, weeks after China outlined its vision for a new infrastructure development bank in the region. In the latest twist of a tussle for influence in the fast-growing region, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to unveil the five-year public-private partnership thi

NATO urges Russia to be more 'transparent' on military exercises

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) May 19, 2015
NATO head Jens Stoltenberg urged Russia on Tuesday for full transparency during snap military exercises in order to avoid potentially catastrophic misunderstandings as the Ukraine crisis stokes tensions. Transparency is paramount, Stoltenberg said after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a Council of Europe meeting in Brussels. "For NATO it is important

S. Korea holds live-fire drill off east coast

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 19, 2015
South Korea's military said it was holding live-fire drills on Tuesday off its country's east coast involving anti-ship missiles and jet fighters after North Korea conducted a submarine-launched ballistic missile test condemned by Seoul and Washington. The joint naval and air force exercise involves some 20 warships as well as an unspecified number of jet fighters, Seoul's defence ministry d

UK serviceman in custody over nuclear subs safety 'flaws' leak

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) May 19, 2015
A junior British serviceman who published allegations of safety and security lapses around Britain's submarine-based nuclear missile defence system is now in military police custody, the Royal Navy said Tuesday. William McNeilly, 25, claimed Britain's nuclear deterrent was a "disaster waiting to happen" and vulnerable to a terror attack. The newly-qualified engineer published an 18-page

US House Committee seeks to increase Nuclear Triad Modernization Funds

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 20, 2015
Over the next ten to fifteen years, the Navy and Air Force will spend over $100 billion each to modernize all three units of the nuclear triad: ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), nuclear-capable bombers, and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The recently passed annual defense policy bill by the US House Armed Services Committee said that the nuclear ballistic missi

Iraq forces eye swift Ramadi fightback before IS digs in

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 19, 2015
Iraq's army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Ramadi on Tuesday, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State group before it builds up defences. With his security strategy in tatters and his authority facing its biggest challenge since he took office eight months ago, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was looking for quick redemption. Reeling from the wo

Airbus warns of bug that could affect A400M engines

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) May 19, 2015
Airbus on Tuesday warned of a technical bug potentially affecting the engines of its A400M that was discovered during an internal test after one of the military planes crashed in Spain. The company said in a statement it had sent out an alert to its clients urging them to carry out "specific checks of the Electronic Control Units (ECU) on each of the aircraft's engines." The ECU control

Saudi-led warplanes resume bombing of Yemeni capital

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Sanaa (AFP) May 19, 2015
Saudi-led warplanes pounded rebel targets in Yemen's capital Tuesday for the first time since the end of a five-day ceasefire, as hopes of a political breakthrough in the conflict fade. A UN-sponsored peace conference for Yemen originally set for next week has been put on hold due to the resumption of fighting, which the United Nations says has killed some 1,850 people and displaced more tha

Sri Lanka's president marks anniversary of war's end

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Matara, Sri Lanka (AFP) May 19, 2015
Sri Lanka's new president pledged his support for the military as he marked six years since the end of the civil war on Tuesday, a day after his predecessor accused him of forgetting the country's "war heroes". Maithripala Sirisena pledged to ensure that the Tamil Tigers, who waged a violent 37-year campaign for a separate homeland on the island, never raised their heads again as he attended

Kuwait MPs reject minister's grilling over Yemen war

‎20 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎07:13:19 AMGo to full article
Kuwait City (AFP) May 19, 2015
Parliament on Tuesday rejected a demand by a Shiite MP to question the foreign minister over Kuwait's participation in Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite Huthi rebels in Yemen. A majority of lawmakers approved Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah's stand that questioning on the Yemen war would breach the constitution. Forty-five MPs voted in favour, nine against while two abst

US anxious over China's 'great wall of sand'

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2015
The United States is weighing sending warships and surveillance aircraft near artificial islands built by China to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, officials said Wednesday. But the US officials acknowledge Beijing's massive land reclamation effort, dubbed by an American naval commander as China's "great wall of sand," may be difficult to stop. The Pentagon

Ukraine navy left high and dry after Crimea losses

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Odessa, Ukraine (AFP) May 14, 2015
A clutch of rusty old naval boats bob about mournfully in the Black Sea off the harbour of Ukraine's southern city Odessa near an ageing missile boat. "The only way to get those pieces of junk moving is to get some paddles and start rowing," an officer says derisively. Close by floats the remaining flagship, the Getman Sagaidachniy frigate named after a 17th century military leader - wh

Japan cabinet OKs military expansion rules

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) May 14, 2015
Japan's cabinet on Thursday approved a set of bills bolstering the role and scope of the military, as the pacifist country redefines its position in the increasingly roiled Asia-Pacific region. The bills are a pet project of nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who says Japan can no longer shy away from its responsibility to help safeguard regional stability, and must step out from under t

Japan, Norway seek U.S. missile buys

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 14, 2015
Anti-ship missiles and air-to-air missiles are on the shopping lists of two U.S. allies separately seeking Foreign Military Sales deals. The two packages, already approved by the State Department and reported to Congress by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, have a combined estimated value of $544 million. DSCA, which manages the FMS program, said both would serve U.S.

Reform doubts grow as India's Modi marks year in office

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2015
Narendra Modi marks the first anniversary of his landslide election win in a bullish mood about his mission to transform India into a great power, despite doubts about the delivery of economic reforms. A year on from his victory, the prime minister's domestic opponents are in disarray while the one-time pariah has won the respect of international peers. But while the economy is purring a

China warns soldiers against wearable gadgets: PLA Daily

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2015
China has warned soldiers against using smartwatches, high-tech spectacles and other Internet-connected wearable gadgets, saying they could "endanger security" after a recruit was caught trying to take a photograph of troops. "The use of watches that have internet access, location information, and telephone conversation functions should be considered a violation of secrecy regulations at arm

Baltics to ask NATO for thousands of troops

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Vilnius (AFP) May 14, 2015
The Baltic states will formally ask NATO to deploy several thousand troops as a deterrent to Russia, Lithuania said Thursday, but the alliance gave no assurance that the request would be accepted. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at meeting of the alliance's foreign ministers in the Turkish city of Antalya that he was aware such a request was being made but emphasised it was too

Indian PM meets China's Xi on home ground

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 14, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his ancestral home province Thursday, highlighting ancient ties as the Asian giants reportedly discussed a simmering border dispute. Attempting to put their relationship on a more personal footing, Xi met his visitor in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province, telling him it was "the first time I have treated a foreig

India awards Airbus $1.9 billion military plane order

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) May 14, 2015
India's defence ministry has agreed to buy 56 planes from Airbus for $1.87 billion, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi moves to modernise the country's military, an official said Thursday. The ministry's defence acquisition council, which approves big ticket orders, agreed Airbus and India's Tata Advanced Systems would jointly build military transport aircraft to replace an ageing fleet. Th

Thales granted multiple-award IDIQ contract for Army radios

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) May 13, 2015
The U.S. Army has contracted Thales to provide it with Rifleman Radio systems through an indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity award. The award, which allows Thales to compete for orders under the Rifleman Radio program, has a five-year base period of performance with a five-year option. The Army's acquisition strategy is to let multiple award recipients to compete for individu

Shiite pilgrimage violence leaves four dead in Baghdad

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 14, 2015
Deadly violence erupted overnight when Shiite worshippers marched through a Sunni neighbourhood of Baghdad on their way to a shrine for an annual ritual, police said Thursday. Mobs burned several buildings in the Sunni district of Adhamiyah which the pilgrims have to cross to reach the holy Shiite site on the other side of the Tigris river. "Some elements infiltrated in the midst of the

NATO, EU work to tighten cooperation against 'new threats'

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Antalya, Turkey (AFP) May 14, 2015
NATO and the European Union on Thursday said they wanted to tighten cooperation in the face of "new threats" emanating from the assertive policies of Russia in the ex-USSR and violence to the south of the military alliance's borders. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, attending a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Turkey's southern resort of Antalya, said the two organisations wer

N. Korea sub missile test genuine, but exaggerated: experts

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 14, 2015
North Korea's recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile was probably genuine but almost certainly exaggerated, and did not present the imminent threat promoted by Pyongyang, weapons experts and analysts said Thursday. Reaffirming suspicions that last Friday's exercise was an "ejection" test rather than a full-scale test, the experts said the North was still likely in the early st

IS leader urges Muslims to move to 'caliphate': recording

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 14, 2015
The leader of the Islamic State group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Thursday urged Muslims to emigrate to his self-proclaimed "caliphate", in the jihadist supremo's first audio recording in six months. "And we call upon every Muslim in every place to perform hijrah (emigration) to the Islamic State or fight in his land wherever that may be," he said. The voice reading the half-hour speech appe

Iranians fire warning shots at commercial ship in Gulf: US

‎15 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:47:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 14, 2015
Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired warning shots Thursday at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf that had collided recently with an Iranian oil rig, US officials said Thursday. After hearing a radio call for help, the United Arab Emirates dispatched coast guard vessels to aid the tanker and the Iranian boats then departed the area, US officials said. The Iranian Revolutionary

US weighs moves to counter China's 'wall of sand'

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 13, 2015
The US military might deploy warships and surveillance aircraft near artificial islands being built by China to challenge Beijing's territorial claims in the South China Sea, officials said Wednesday. But the US officials acknowledge such a move may fail to halt Beijing's massive land reclamation effort, recently dubbed China's "great wall of sand" by an American naval commander. The Pen

N. Korea launches firing drills in Yellow Sea: Yonhap

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:29 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 13, 2015
North Korea launched live-fire drills near the disputed sea border with South Korea late Wednesday, the Yonhap news agency reported, amid high tensions over Pyongyang's recent submarine-launched ballistic missile test. The reported firing drills - some shot from a war ship - came just hours after Pyongyang informed South Korea of its plans to conduct the exercise. The artillery rounds

'Critical' for Putin to implement Ukraine truce: NATO

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:29 AMGo to full article
Antalya, Turkey (AFP) May 13, 2015
NATO leaders on Wednesday warned President Vladimir Putin to waste no time in implementing a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after the Russian strongman's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry raised hopes of a slackening in tensions. Kerry said at the NATO foreign ministers' meeting in the southern Turkish city of Antalya - hours after talking with Putin in Russi

NATO worried by 'wide-ranging' Russia Crimea build-up

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:29 AMGo to full article
Antalya, Turkey (AFP) May 13, 2015
NATO on Wednesday expressed alarm over a "wide-ranging" military build-up by Russia in Crimea, as well as talk that Moscow could even install nuclear weapons on the annexed Black Sea peninsula. A statement issued during two days of talks by the military alliance's top diplomats, in the Turkish resort of Antalya, said "we do not and will not" recognise Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea from

Proba-V maps world air traffic from space

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎02:38:29 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) May 13, 2015
As ESA's Proba-V works quietly on its main task of monitoring vegetation growth across Earth, the minisatellite is also picking up something from a little higher: signals from thousands of aircraft. Launched two years ago, Proba-V has picked up upwards of 25 million positions from more than 15 000 separate aircraft. This is a technical world-first, demonstrating the feasibility of follow-o






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Session Listing

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.

Session Listing

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.

Session Listing

Isaiah 52 (and Acts 8)

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

in Acts Chapter 8. The Mercy Seat.

Isaiah 53 (Part 1)

The Holy of Holies of the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53 (Part 2)

The Fulcrum of the Entire Universe.

Isaiah 54 - 59

Israel, the Restored Wife. Idolaters rebuked.

Isaiah 60 - 62

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

Isaiah 63

Day of Vengeance. Isaiah Prays for Redemption of Israel.

Isaiah 64 - 66

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



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Iranium DVD

The movie Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't want you to see




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

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

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

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

For a more detailed look at this DVD in relationship to current events we encourage you to watch Sean Hannity's interview with the producer here:



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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

U.S. Navy grants IOC status to missile variant

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:28 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 18, 2015 - The new variant of a U.S.-German developed missile for defeating anti-ship cruise missiles has gained Initial Operational Capability with the U.S. Navy.

The Block II Rolling Airframe Missile features improved kinematic performance in maneuverability and range, as well as a more sophisticated radio frequency receiver. It received IOC status after its latest U.S. Navy tests in the Pacific aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington.

"We're very excited about the significantly increased capability Block 2 gives our warfighters," said Capt. Craig Bowden, RAM program manager. "It could not have been done without the outstanding cooperation between the U.S. and German governments. This program has become the hallmark of trans-Atlantic cooperation."

RAM is a small, lightweight, infrared homing surface-to-air missile, which came about from a 1970sm U.S. German Cooperative agreement. The missile is manufactured by Raytheon and Diehl BGT Defense.

The U.S. Navy IOC declaration for the Block II RAM comes after two years of joint development and operational testing by the U.S. Navy and the German government.

"Through cooperation, this program has continuously met all challenges and has successfully produced more than 3000 RAM missiles (Block 0, 1A, 2) and 200 launchers," said Steven Holsworth, U.S. national deputy program manager for RAM,. "The strength of the RAM community is also evident in the high success rate in our 450-plus live firing events in its history.

"The on-time, on-cost delivery of the first Block 2 missiles embodies the best of the U.S. and German design/production capabilities. With the completion of recent test events, we are ready to write the next chapter of the RAM success story by delivering the enhanced capability to the U.S., German, and allied warships on which RAM is deployed."

RAM is deployed on U.S Navy CVN, LCS, LHA, LHD, LSD and LPD 17 class warships and 22 vessels of the Germany Navy.



Japan, Norway seek U.S. missile buys

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Washington (UPI) May 14, 2015 - Anti-ship missiles and air-to-air missiles are on the shopping lists of two U.S. allies separately seeking Foreign Military Sales deals.

The two packages, already approved by the State Department and reported to Congress by the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, have a combined estimated value of $544 million.

DSCA, which manages the FMS program, said both would serve U.S. national Security interests by boosting the security of the allies -- Japan and Norway -- and helping to maintain peace and stability in their respective regions.

Japan is seeking to acquire 48 UGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles, with spare parts and associated equipment, for $199 million. The Harpoon is an over-the-horizon anti-ship weapon manufactured by Boeing that uses active radar homing.

The sea-skimming Harpoon, first introduced in 1977, has an operational range of more than 67 nautical miles, a speed of more than 500 miles per hour and can be launched from surface ships, submarines and fixed-wing aircraft.

"Japan intends to use the Harpoon Block II missiles to supplement its existing Harpoon missile capability," DSCA said in its required notification to Congress. "This sale will strengthen the capabilities of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and enhance its interoperability with U.S. Naval forces.

"It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives and the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security."

Earlier this month Congress was notified of a proposed sale to Japan of 17 V-22B Block C Osprey aircraft. The deal for the planes, together with extra engines and a variety of avionics and other systems, carried a price tag of about $3 billion.

DSCA said Norway's request is for as many as 200 AIM-9X Block II Sidewinder Tactical Missiles Tactical Missiles with associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated price of $345 million.

The Sidewinder is a short-range weapon first developed by the Navy and came into service in 1956. Most of its variants use infrared homing for guidance. It has an operational range of as much as 22 miles.

Additional equipment in the proposed sales package include training missiles, guidance units, containers and support and test equipment, technical support and logistics support.

"Norway requires these capabilities for mutual defense, regional security, force modernization, and U.S. and NATO interoperability," DSCA said. "This sale will enhance the Royal Norwegian Air Force's ability to defend Norway against future threats and contribute to current and future NATO operations.

Raytheon Missile Systems would be the principle contractor for the missiles and assignment of U.S. government or contractor personnel to Norway may be required.



Lockheed Martin producing ATACMS for UAE

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Dallas (UPI) May 13, 2015 - Lockheed Martin has received a Foreign Military Sales contract to produce Army Tactical Missile Systems for the U.S. Army and the United Arab Emirates.

The award for the Army long-range, precision-strike surface-to-surface weapon system carries a value of $174 million.

"ATACMS has unsurpassed surface-to-surface capability," said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "It is extremely reliable and proven in combat, which is why it continues to be our customers' choice for long-range strike requirements."

An ATACMS missile is packaged in a guided missile launch assembly pod and fired from the MLRS family of launchers. The missile system is fielded with a number of allied nations, including the Republic of Korea, Greece, Bahrain, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Lockheed Martin said the missiles will be manufactured at its facility in Camden, Ark. No information was given as to the exact number of missiles to be produced but in September of last year the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of 100 ATACMS to the UAE.



N. Korea says successfully test-fired underwater ballistic missile

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Seoul (AFP) May 8, 2015 - North Korea announced Saturday the successful test-firing of a submarine-based ballistic missile -- a technology that would offer the nuclear-armed state a survivable second-strike nuclear capability.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who personally oversaw the test, hailed the newly developed missile as a "world-level strategic weapon," according to a report by the official KCNA news agency.

There was no immediate independent confirmation of the test, which would mark a major breakthrough for the North's missile programme and violate UN resolutions prohibiting Pyongyang from conducting ballistic missile tests.

Development of a submarine-launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula.

Satellite images earlier this year had shown the conning tower of a new North Korean submarine, which US analysts said appeared to house one or two vertical launch tubes for either ballistic or cruise missiles.

According to the KCNA report, the test was carried out by a sub that dived to launch depth on the sounding of a combat alarm.

"After a while, the ballistic missile soared into the sky from underwater," the agency said, adding that the weapon had been developed on the personal initiative of Kim Jong-Un.

It gave no detail of the size or range of the missile, nor did it specify when the test was carried out.

Kim described the test as an "eye-opening success" on a par with North Korea's successful launch of a satellite into orbit in 2012.

The satellite launch was condemned by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test and resulted in a tightening of UN sanctions.

- 'World-level' weapon -

Kim said the underwater test meant the Korean military now possessed a "world-level strategic weapon capable of striking and wiping out in any waters the hostile forces infringing upon (North Korea's) sovereignty and dignity."

The announcement of the test came a day after the Korean People's Army (KPA) warned that it was prepared to fire on sight, without warning, at South Korean naval vessels it accused of violating their disputed Yellow Sea border.

While there is no doubt that the North has been running an active ballistic missile development programme, expert opinion is split on just how much progress it has made.

The North has yet to conduct a test showing it has mastered the re-entry technology required for an effective intercontinental ballistic missile.

There are also competing opinions on whether the North has the ability to miniaturise a nuclear device that would fit onto a delivery missile.

North Korea's small submarine fleet is comprised of largely obsolete Soviet-era and modified Chinese vessels, but suggestions that it was experimenting with a marine-based missile system have been around for a while.

The South Korean Defence Ministry cited intelligence reports last September that Pyongyang was understood to be developing a vertical missile launch tube for submarine use.

- Adapted submarine -

Ministry officials said the North's 3,000-ton Golf-class submarine could be modified to fire medium-range ballistic missiles.

And in October last year, a separate satellite image analysis by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University identified a new missile test stand at the Sinpo South Shipyard in northeastern North Korea.

The size and design of the stand suggested it was intended to explore the possibility of launching ballistic missiles from submarines or a surface naval vessel, the institute said.

While submarines carrying ballistic missiles could provide the North Korea with a survivable second-strike nuclear capability, the institute had suggested that Pyongyang was likely "years" from achieving the required technology.



Iraq, Indonesia, Malaysia seek ammunition, missile systems

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:28 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 7, 2015 - Three countries are separately seeking to procure ammunition and two types of air-to-air missiles worth a combined total of an estimated $363 million.

The proposed sales to Iraq, Indonesia and Malaysia for high-explosive mortar ammunition, AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles, and AIM-120C7 AMRAAM missiles would be through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, told Congress the sales would serve U.S. national security interests and that all three proposed deals had passed muster with the U.S. State Department.

Iraq, the agency said, is specifically seeking a package deal worth $363 million for 5,000 81mm high explosive mortar ammunition, 684,000 M203 40mm high explosive ammunition, 532,000 MK19 40mm high explosive dual-purpose ammunition, and 40,000 155mm high explosives for its cannons. Also included in the request are small arms ammunition, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment.

"This proposed sale of additional ammunition is critical in providing continued combat power capability as Iraq continues its fight against an organized insurgency of extremists in Iraq," the agency said.

Iraq is fighting troops of the Islamic State, known also by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL, which have captured large areas of territory to the north of Baghdad. The United States and others are conducting bombing raids in northern Iraq in support of the Iraqi government, while Iran has reportedly been providing support on the ground to Iraqi troops closer to the Iraqi capital.

Last December Iraq had asked the United States for the sale of 175 M1A1 Abrams tanks and for Humvees, machine guns and grenade launchers.

An unknown number of Iraqi Army vehicles and weapon systems had been captured by insurgents last year as Iraqi troops fled from IS's drive south from Northern Iraq and Syria.

The prime contractors for the current FMS request would be American Ordinance in Middletown, Iowa and AMTEC in Janesville, Wis.

Indonesia, meanwhile, is requesting 30 AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles and associated systems to become more capable of defeating threats to regional stability and its homeland and improve its capability in current and future coalition efforts.

The Sidewinder is an air-to-air missile from Raytheon that uses infrared homing for guidance.

In addition to the 30 operational missiles, Indonesia's FMS request also includes AIM-9X-2 captive air training missiles, Block II tactical missile guidance units, Block II guidance units, and dummy air training missiles.

Containers, test sets and support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, and logistics are also covered by the proposed $47 million deal.

DSCA told Congress temporary assignment to Indonesia of government or contractor personnel may be required.

No government or contractor personnel would be required for temporary assignment for implementation of the sales package sought by Malaysia, which is worth $21 million.

The Malaysian request is for the possible sale of 10 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, or AMRAAM, plus spare parts and accessories, which would ensure a sustained capability of the country's F/A-18D aircraft.

Raytheon would be the principal contractor for the package.



Indian Army inducts missile system

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New Delhi (UPI) May 6, 2015 - An indigenously developed short-range surface-to-air missile system has been inducted into service by the Indian Army.

The Akash missile system, designed and developed by the country's Defense Research and Development Organization, has a maximum range of about 15.5 miles.

"The event [induction ceremony] marks the beginning of the new era for the Army Air Defense towards its drive for modernization to counter the challenges posed by the enhanced air threat due to rapid improvements in the avionics field," said India's Ministry of Defense. "This will also give a boost to the all-round capability enhancement and operational effectiveness of the army to meet all the contemporary and emerging challenges of negating the enemy's air threat."

The ministry said two army regiments are scheduled to receive six batteries each of the missile system that can simultaneously engage multiple targets.

About 96 percent of the missile system's components are produced locally. MBDL is the system lead integrator for the Army. Other major system providers are BEL, ECIL, HAL, TATA Power SED, and L&T.



Raytheon's SM-6 missile in full-rate production

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Tucson (UPI) May 6, 2015 - Raytheon reports that its supersonic Standard Missile-6 system deployed on U.S. Navy cruisers and destroyers has advanced to full-rate production status.

The ramp up from low-rate production means an increase in the number of missiles produced and more opportunities for lowering unit costs, it said.

"SM-6 is proven against a broad range of advanced threats, which makes it very valuable to combatant commanders who need and want that flexibility," said Mike Campisi, Standard Missile-6 senior program director. "Full-rate production allows us to significantly ramp up production and deliver to the U.S. Navy the quantities it needs to further increase operational effectiveness."

Earlier this year the Navy announced an expansion in the use of the air defense missile -- from five ships to 35 ships. Initially, the SM-6 was only configured for use by ships using an Aegis radar combat weapons system known as baseline nine. It is now being integrated with software and electronics used in earlier Aegis Combat Weapon System baselines.

The Navy deployed the SM-6 in December of last year and Raytheon has so far produced more than 180 of the weapons for the service.

The SM-6 is for defense against manned and unmanned aircraft and land-attack and anti-ship cruise missiles. It uses active and semi-active guidance modes and advanced fuzing technologies.



India Test-Fires Dhanush Missile From Ship

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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 30, 2015 - The launch was carried out at 11:02 local time off the Odisha state coast. Dhanush is a maneuvering missile and is a naval variant of the Prithvi-II missile. It is capable of carrying a 500-kilogram nuclear payload.

The Indian Armed Forces conducted a successful test launch from a navy ship of the Dhanush missile which is capable of carrying a nuclear payload.

The launch was carried out by personnel of the Strategic Forces Command at 11:02 local time off the Odisha state coast.

"The missile successfully destroyed the target on the water with a high degree of accuracy," India's Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) reported.

Dhanush is a maneuvering missile and is a naval variant of the Prithvi-II missile. It is one of the five rockets which were designed by DRDO engineers and scientists under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.

The missile can hit both land and sea targets and is capable of carrying a 500-kilogram nuclear payload.

Source: Sputnik News



Russia Conducts Simulated Launches of Iskander-M Missiles

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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 30, 2015 - An Iskander-M missile unit of Russia's Eastern Military District performed a computer-simulated launch of one of Russia's most advanced rockets during a snap drill, the RMD's press spokesman Alexander Gordeyev said Friday.

"Members of a missile brigade of the Eastern Military District deployed Iskander-M missile complexes at the Bidzhan test range and performed electronically simulated launches as part of a test check for the winter training season," Colonel Gordeyev said.

The Iskander-M tactical missile system (also referred to as NATO's reporting name SS-26 Stone) is considered to be among the most advanced surface-to-surface missiles available today.

The system is characterized by high mobility and maneuverability, as it takes just 20 minutes to be readied for launch.

The system is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 500 kilometers, with a precision of around 30 centimeters.

It can hit adversary troops or underground command centers, depending on the warheads placed on the rockets. If necessary, its missiles can also be armed with nuclear warheads.

The advanced missile system has been used by the Russian military since 2006.

Source: Sputnik News



Chinese Military Expert Warns of THAAD Risks to Regional Security

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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 29, 2015 - Expect China to respond with counter measures if the US goes ahead with placing their THAAD battery in South Korea, warned a senior researcher at the state-run China Institute of International Studies.

Teng Jianqun, director of the Center for Arms Control at the China Institute of International Studies has warned that the US's planned deployment of a THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system on South Korean soil "will test relationships among China, South Korea, the United States or even Russia," and that "if necessary, China will take some solid measures to counter the power of the US missile defense program, including updating and increasing the number of its conventional and nuclear warheads."

In a commentary published earlier this month by the Institute, a think tank for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, and entitled 'Why Is China Unhappy WIth Deployment in the ROK?', Jianqun explains that the US is damaging Asia-Pacific regional stability in pushing its THAAD system for South Korea, and quotes China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, who told a briefing in October 2014 that the US policy "to seek unilateral security" in the region "runs against regional stability and mutual trust as well as peace and stability in Northeast Asia" cautioned the spokesperson, commenting on the occasion of the US's delivery of X-band radar to the Kyogamisaki military base in Kyoto. The X-band radar, which the US is deploying in Alaska and Japan, has a surveillance distance of 1,300 kilometers, and as such covers large areas of China and Russia.

Jianqun points out that "China's senior officials take every opportunity to express their concerns over the US missile defense program," citing a recent warning from the Chinese Ambassador to South Korea Qiu Guohong that THAAD deployment would hurt Sino-Korean relations, explaining that "The THAAD would have a range of around 2,000 kilometers, which goes beyond the goal of countering missiles from North Korea."

The US, with its missile defense system in Alaska, joint missile defense system in Japan and sales of its Patriot missile defense system to buyers including the UAE and Taiwan, is viewed by the Chinese as pursuing a Cold War-era policy of ballistic aggression and "has appeared determined to surround China with its anti-missile systems from Alaska to Taiwan," writes the analyst. With the proposed installment of a THAAD battery, "the ROK would become a crucial part of this chain."

As well as publically expressing its concerns about anti-ballistic missile programs placed in South Korea, China is also closely monitoring negotiations between the US and India on missile defense cooperation, says Jianqun, since the integration of India into the US global missile defense system "would profoundly affect China's security."

The US has about 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, headed by General Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of United States Forces Korea, who last year told the media that there was "a US initiative" to deploy THAAD in South Korea, and explained, "in fact, I recommended it as the commander."

When asked last week about whether the deployment would go ahead despite China's oft-repeated opposition, Scaparrotti said, "Personally I think this is a decision for South Korea, having to do with the defense of their country, and from my perspective as a commander there, defense of our troops."

Source: Sputnik News



Russia Ready to SellS-300 Missiles to Iran if Sanctions Fall

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:21:43 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 23, 2015 - Russia may resume a deal to deliver S-300 surface-to-air defense systems to Iran if only the UN decides to lift its ban on arms sales to Tehran, a leading Russian defense expert said on Friday.

Negotiators from Iran, the United States and other world powers agreed on Thursday to a framework for a final agreement to curb Tehran's nuclear program.

Iran agreed in principle to accept significant restrictions on its nuclear facilities for at least a decade and submit to international inspections.

In return, economic sanctions unilaterally imposed on the Islamic Republic by the US and EU will be lifted. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov then said that a UN arms embargo against Iran should also go.

"Lifting sanctions on Iran, including the arms embargo, would be an absolutely logical thing to do," said Igor Korotchenko, who heads the Global Arms Trade Analysis Center think tank in Moscow.

"Of key importance to us is the delivery of the upgraded S-300 missiles to Iran... A contract to this effect could be resumed on terms acceptable to both Moscow and Tehran," he added.

In 2007, Russia contracted to sell to Iran $800 million worth of S-300 missile units. Moscow suspended the contract in 2010 following a UN Security Council resolution to stop the sale of arms to Iran due to its controversial nuclear energy program.

Iran then sued Russia's state arms exporter Rosoboronexport at the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration in Geneva, with Moscow eventually offering Tehran a settlement and a promise to deliver the Antei-2500 missile systems at a later date, which was not specified.

Tehran refused, insisting on the implementation of the original deal.

Source: Sputnik News



Russian Armed Forces Carry Out Field-Testing of Maneuverable S-400 Missile

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:21:43 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 23, 2015 - The Russian military has carried out successful field testing of a new rocket with maneuverability capability for the S-400 surface-to-air air defense system, Aerospace Defense Forces told Russian Radio on Saturday.

"Testing is still underway at present. Three days ago we successfully carried out testing of a maneuverable surface-to-air missile which successfully hit its target," Deputy Commander of Aerospace Defense Forces Major General Kirill Makarov told Russian radio station Russian News Service Saturday.

Makarov clarified that the rocket was tested at a distance of slightly less than 400 kilometers. The deputy commander also noted that the S-400 air defense system is rated as capable of defending against incoming missiles at a distance of up to 250 kilometers.

Earlier this year, Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Alexei Zolotukhin stated that in the course of combat readiness exercises conducted in January, units of the Space Defense Forces carried out a successful readiness check against a hypothetical aircraft and missile attack on Moscow, noting that testing succeeded in identifying and destroying the attacking targets.

The 3RS-S-400 Triumf is the latest generation of Russia's service-to-air air defense systems, designed to intercept all types of aerial targets, including combat aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles.

Source: Sputnik News



Navy Warfare Center Division conducts production acceptance test of Tomahawk missile

‎14 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎04:21:43 AMGo to full article
Indian Head MD (SPX) Apr 23, 2015 - The Navy's Tactical Tomahawk missile, underwent a successful production acceptance test, March 19, using Functional Ground Test (FGT) capability at Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division's (NSWC IHEODTD) Large Rocket Motor Test Facility in Indian Head, Md.

The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile - managed by Naval Air Systems Command's (NAVAIR) Program Executive Office for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO(U&W)) - is an all-weather, long-range, sub-sonic cruise missile used for land attack warfare, and is launched from U. S. Navy surface ships and submarines.

"This latest FGT - which is the 84th we've conducted in the past 25 years - was in support of the RGM-109E Block IV, Vertical Launch System (VLS) full-rate production lot acceptance," said NSWC IHEODTD's Michael Spriggs, senior engineer and FGT test conductor.

"For the test, we used a single, representative missile from the full-rate production line to demonstrate the capability of this lot to perform mission requirements. The data we collected from the test will be used to verify the manufacturing processes and quality of missiles produced."

During the test, the missile is exercised at the system level as it would be in an operational flight through the detonation command, except that the missile is restrained in a specially designed test stand and is equipped with an inert warhead.

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

Because the missile remains intact, special instrumentation can be applied and thorough post-flight inspections can be conducted.

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

According to Spriggs, the FGT program at NSWC IHEODTD began in 1990 as a basic test capability to support NAVAIR's Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280), and has evolved along with the missile to support all variants. In addition to acceptance testing, FGTs are conducted to verify new missiles; assess service life of aged missiles; monitor stockpiled missiles; or observe newly engineered components.

"We anticipate conducting the next FGT later this fiscal year to sample a Capsule Launching System variant," said NSWC IHEODTD's Phillip Vaughn, FGT Program Manager.

NSWC IHEODTD is a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command and is part of the Department of the Navy's science and engineering enterprise. The Division is the leader in energetics, energetic materials, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) knowledge, tools, equipment.

Our Division focuses on the research, development, test, evaluation, in-service support, and disposal of energetics and energetic systems as well as works to provide Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen worldwide with the information and technological solutions they need to detect/locate, access, identify, render safe, recover/exploit, and dispose of both conventional and unconventional explosive threats.



Obama 'not surprised' at Russia missile sale to Iran

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 17, 2015 - US President Barack Obama said Friday he was not surprised that Russia lifted its ban on supplying missile systems to Iran, despite the move coming at the height of intense international talks on Tehran's nuclear program.

President Vladimir Putin, whose own government is under strict economic sanctions for Russia's involvement in unrest in Crimea and Ukraine, earlier this week removed the ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defense missile systems.

The move triggered concern that such sales could embolden Tehran in talks with the West on curbing its nuclear program.

"I'm not surprised, given some of the deterioration in the relationship between Russia and the United States, and the fact that their economy's under strain and this was a substantial sale," Obama said at a joint press conference in the White House with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

"This is a sale that was slated to happen in 2009, when I first met with then-prime minister Putin. They actually stopped the sale, paused or suspended the sale, at our request," Obama added.

"And I'm frankly surprised that it held this long, given that they were not prohibited by sanctions from selling these defensive weapons."

On Thursday, the White House had suggested that economic desperation may have driven Moscow to lift the ban.

The move has infuriated some US lawmakers, who warned it could escalate tensions just as international powers -- including Russia -- seek to finalize an accord with Iran that would severely restrict its nuclear program and prevent it from developing an atomic bomb.

Obama warned against congressional moves to "just slap on even more sanctions" on Iran, arguing that the reason they have worked is that Washington "painstakingly" built an international sanctions coalition that has held for years.



Navy modifies contract for missile launch canisters

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
Minneapolis (UPI) Apr 14, 2015 - Additional MK 41 Vertical Launching System canisters are to be supplied to the U.S. Navy by BAE Systems under a contract modification. The modification is to a 2013 contract and is worth $52.9 million.

"We have a long history with the VLS canister program," said Chris Hughes, vice president and general manager of Weapon Systems at BAE Systems. "This contract reflects the trust the Navy has in us for this highly effective system."

The canisters are used for shipping and storage of missiles. Aboard a ship, they are positioned within the Mk 41 VLS, which is located below a ship's deck, where they contain rocket motor exhaust, provide launch rail support during firings, and provide identification and firing support to multiple missile types. Among the missiles: Tomahawks, Standard Missile-3, Standard Missile-6, and SeaSparrow missiles.

BAE Systems said work under the contract will be conducted over a two-year period at its facilities in South Dakota and Minnesota. The original contract will continue in force until 2019.



Russia's sale of missile defence to Iran could help secure nuclear deal: experts

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) April 14, 2015 - Russia's decision to supply Iran with the S-300 missile air defence system was seen by critics in Israel and the United States as proof this month's framework nuclear agreement was already making Tehran more of a threat.

But some experts said the controversial move could make it difficult for Iran's enemies to propose air strikes against its nuclear facilities, thus bolstering the case for a diplomatic solution.

Israel was predictably angered by Russia's decision to arm its arch-foe.

"Instead of demanding that Iran desist from the terrorist activity that it is carrying out in the Middle East and throughout the world, it is being allowed to arm itself with advanced weapons that will only increase its aggression," said Israel's Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz.

The United States took a similar line, with State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf saying: "We think given Iran's destabilising actions in the region, in places like Yemen or Syria or Lebanon, that this isn't the time to be selling these kinds of system to them."

But some analysts said Russia's decision was in line with its hopes to secure a lasting deal that will stop Iran building a nuclear bomb and removed global sanctions on the Islamic republic.

"The goal of the Russians is certainly not to help out the West, but nor do they want to see a nuclear Iran," said Francois Heisbourg, chairman of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

"This S-300 deal could be a way of ensuring Tehran stays in line with the negotiations."

The announcement serves two purposes -- demonstrating to Tehran the advantages of sticking with the nuclear talks, while also making military alternatives more difficult for its opponents, said Jeremy Binnie, Middle East editor of IHS Jane's Defence Weekly in London.

"It is a carrot to Iran. But it is also a stick against US and Israeli officials who say the military option is still on the table," he said.

Israel and many US officials, particularly among the Republicans, have opposed the nuclear accord, saying air strikes are the only way to prevent Iran getting the bomb.

- 'Dark arts of defence' -

Iran currently lacks the sort of sophisticated air defences that could take down modern fighter planes.

The capabilities of the S-300 are not fully known and have yet to be tested in a real-world combat situation.

"We are talking about the really dark arts of air defence here," said Binnie.

But the S-300 would be a major upgrade of the country's defences, and the updated V-series being offered by Russia will also allow Iran to intercept missiles fired by regional foes such as Saudi Arabia.

It may not be a match for the latest US planes, said Andrey Bablitskiy, from the PIR think tank in Moscow, "but they could make an operation more costly and make them think twice".

Iran has also invested heavily in radar and jamming technology to help spot stealth bombers and other foreign aircraft -- capabilities it demonstrated when it brought down a US spy drone in 2011.

Despite calls from hawks in Washington and elsewhere, it has never been clear whether enemy air strikes could have "a meaningful impact" on Iran's nuclear capabilities even without a high-performance defence system, said Binnie.

"They can get an aircraft over Iran, but can they carry enough bombs and can those bombs have enough penetration ability? It would be hard," he said.

- Offensive or defensive? -

Nor is it certain whether Russia had to ban the supply of the S-300 system in the first place.

The original sale was agreed in 2007, and was only called off by Russia two years later as a "voluntary" move to show its dedication to the nuclear talks, in which it is working alongside fellow UN Security Council permanent members the US, Britain, China, and France plus Germany.

Loopholes meant the S-300 system could possibly have been exempted from the sanctions regime on the grounds it is only a defensive system.

"It's debatable," said Binnie. "It has a range of 300 km (190 miles) that means it could shoot down aircraft in another country's airspace, and you could use it for surface-to-surface missiles.

"But you wouldn't want to -- it is not designed for that and would not be very accurate."

Despite its statement against the S-300 deal, the US has effectively accepted that Iran will soon resume arms purchases.

Its criticism may have been designed simply to placate allies in the region such as Israel and Saudi Arabia that have been deeply distrustful of the peace process.

"(The Americans) weren't rolling on the floor in a rage," said Heisbourg. "Their protest felt like it was just for show."





Raytheon testing new target seeker for Tomahawk missiles

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Apr 15, 2015 - Raytheon plans to test a multi-mode seeker for Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles to show it can enable the missile to hit moving land and sea targets.

The self-funded captive flight test will use a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone equipped with active and passive radio frequency antennas integrated with Raytheon's new modular, multi-mode processor and fitted to a T-39 aircraft, which will simulate a Tomahawk flight regime.

Raytheon said the multi-mode seeker and its multi-function processor will operate the active radar against fixed and mobile targets on land and at sea.

"Completion of this test and last year's passive seeker test will demonstrate that Tomahawk can hit moving targets on land and at sea," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "Raytheon is working to quickly and affordably modernize this already advanced weapon for naval warfighters."

The seeker last year was tested and successfully showed the ability of its processor to broadcast active radar as well as passively receive target electromagnetic radiation in high-density electromagnetic environments.

The new test is slated for the second quarter of this year.



Israel Tests David's Sling Missile System Amid Iran Nuclear Talks

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 15, 2015 - The Israeli David's Sling missile defense system, designed to fill in a gap in the country's air defense, has successfully passed a series of advanced tests putting it on course for a possible 2016 deployment, the Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

"This system, which will be part of a multi-layered defense system, will in the near future work with existing components to defend Israel against the threat of missiles, and deal more efficiently with threats," the ministry added.

During the trial, carried out this week in central Israel by the Defense Ministry and the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, David's Sling radar identified a mock Sparrow missile heading into its air space, and fired an interceptor that struck and destroyed the target.

The new US-backed David's Sling air defense system is designed to intercept medium-range rockets and missiles, as well as hostile aircraft, missiles with longer ranges and cruise missiles, according to Israeli ministry. It will thus fill the operational gap between the Iron Dome short-range rocket interceptor and the Arrow ballistic missile interceptor, both already active.

Israeli missile defense is being developed to protect the country from a potential nuclear showdown with Tehran. Apart from Iran, Israel sees threats from Syria and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.

The tests for David's Sling took place last week and on Tuesday, coinciding with last-ditch international negotiations on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

The terms of this talks have been vehemently opposed by Israel as insufficient. On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the concessions offered to Iran by P5+1 world powers group, negotiating with Iran for its nuclear energy program, would ensure a "bad deal" which would endanger Israel and world peace.

Meanwhile, the deadline for reaching a final agreement on Iran nuclear energy program has been postponed several times, with the most recent one set for July 1, 2015.

Source: Sputnik News



Australia tests BAE Systems rocket

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
Nashua, N.H. (UPI) Apr 14, 2015 - The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, a laser-guided rocket from BAE Systems, was 10 for 10 in live fire flight trials by Australia's Defense Force.

The trials were held as part of an assessment for possible acquisition of the weapon and employed an Airbus Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter and APKWS systems equipped with Forges de Zeebrugge rocket motors.

"These demonstrations have proven the versatility and flexibility of the APKWS rocket," said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems. "The results are clear that our unique mid-body design can quickly and cost-effectively transform current inventory of unguided FZ rockets into highly precise weapons for greater mission success as it has done for Hydra rockets since initial fielding in 2012."

The APKWS is a guided weapon using distributed aperture semi-active laser seeker technology and is compatible with existing Hydra 70 rocket components, such as launchers, warheads and fuzes.

BAE Systems said ground-launch trials were held in Australia last year.

In the live fire tests from a helicopter, the rocket was fired from targets at a distance of about 1,500 yards to 4,500 yards at altitudes from between 200 feet and 1,500 feet. All 10 shots hit the target within about three feet of the laser spot.

"The combination of a perfect seven-for-seven from the ground trial and 10 for 10 from the flight trial confirms this as a fully functioning capability," said Maj. David Paterson, Rotary Wing Flight Commander of the Australian Aircraft Stores Compatibility Engineering Squadron, part of the Aerospace Operational Support Group. "This testing supports the potential use of the APKWS rocket on the ARH."



Raytheon, Kongsberg team for naval missile

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:56 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2015 - Raytheon and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace of Norway are in a teaming agreement for continuing development and production of Kongsberg's Naval Strike Missile.

The missile, which can be fired from land or sea, is for use against land and maritime targets. It has a range of more than 124 miles and is currently operational with the Royal Norwegian Navy and is part of Poland's land-based coastal defense system.

"Raytheon and Kongsberg have a proud history of consistent partnerships to produce and improve the world's most trusted weapon systems," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "This agreement enables us to bring a complete suite of solutions to the warfighter for the critical OASuW (offensive anti-surface warfare) mission."

Added Kongsberg Defense Systems President Harald Annestad: "We are very pleased to be extending our teaming with Raytheon to also include the proven NSM."

The two companies last year entered into a similar agreement for development of the Joint Strike Missile, the air-launched version of the NSM.



Raytheon expects production okay for weapon systems

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Apr 9, 2015 - The newest variants of Raytheon's Advanced Medium Range Air-to-air Missile and Small Diameter Bomb II are moving toward Milestone C production decisions.

The decisions, which will move the weapon systems from the engineering and development phase to production and deployment, are expected next month and follow the successful passing of milestone testing by the company and the U.S. Air Force, the company said in separate announcements.

"AMRAAM is the most capable air-to-air weapon ever produced," said Ron Krebs, AMRAAM program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. "The AIM-120D represents a significant improvement in air-to-air weapons capabilities and the technologies it brings to the battlefield give U.S. warfighters an unmatched advantage in the air-to-air arena."

AMRAAM, in service is more than 30 countries, is a beyond-visual-range missile for use by a variety of aircraft. It has an operational range of as much as 97 nautical miles and a speed of more than 3,000 miles per hour. Its new D variant features increased range, GPS-aided navigation and two-way data link.

Raytheon said testing with the Air Force involved scenarios designed to represent realistic combat conditions. The missile, which has been fielded with the service, is now ready for overseas deployment as a result of the latest airborne tests.

Meanwhile, Raytheon's Small Diameter Bomb II has recently completed important program reviews. During the past two months Raytheon and the Air Force completed a functional configuration audit, a production readiness review and a system verification review.

"Raytheon has fully tested SDB II and verified that we meet or exceed the requirements necessary for a Lot 1 production decision laid out in the specifications provided by the U.S. government," said Jim Sweetman, SDB II program director for Raytheon Missile Systems. "Every success moves us one step closer to delivering this game-changing capability to our U.S. warfighters."

The Small Diameter Bomb is a precision-glide weapon. Its size and weight -- about 285 pounds -- enables an aircraft to carry more ordnance than if it used standard bomb units. It uses a tri-mode seeker that operates in multi-attack modes: millimeter-wave radar, uncooled imaging infrared and semi-active laser. The SDB II can hit targets from a range of more than 40 nautical miles. The bomb can change targets in-flight through the use of a secure data link.



N. Korea fires missiles ahead of Pentagon chief's visit

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 9, 2015 - North Korea fired two surface-to-air missiles into the sea this week as US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter visited the region for talks in Tokyo and Seoul, South Korea's defence ministry said Thursday.

The North launched the missiles from a west coast base into the Yellow Sea on Tuesday in what appeared to be a routine test-firing, ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said.

It coincided with Carter's arrival in Japan for a two-leg Asia trip. The Pentagon chief flew on to South Korea on Thursday for talks that will focus on the threat posed by the North.

"North Korea regularly test-fires such surface-to-air missiles," Kim said, adding that the ministry did not view them as a serious security threat.

Although explicitly banned from doing so by UN resolutions, North Korea repeatedly carries out ballistic missile tests -- often as a means of voicing its displeasure.

It fired a series of short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) last week and in March to protest annual US-South Korea military drills that Pyongyang views as rehearsals for invasion.

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

The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions between the two Koreas, who remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.



Navy MH-60R Seahawks getting Digital Rocket Launchers

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Patuxent River, Md. (UPI) Apr 8, 2015 - U.S. Navy anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopters are being equipped with Digital Rocket Launchers as part of an early operational capability.

Naval Air Systems Command said the EOC is part of a program by the program offices of the Rapid Deployment Capability Team (PMA-299) and the Direct Time and Sensitive Strike Weapons unit (PMA-24) to better enable MH-60R Seahawks to combat threats from fast attack and fast inshore attack craft.

"The DRL enables the MH-60R to carry the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System," said D'Ann Morris, MH-60 Weapons integrated product team co-lead for PMA-299. "This allows for a greater number of precision guided munitions to be used against the threat during a single attack. So not only do we reduce the number of attacks needed to accomplish a given mission, but we decrease operational cost, increase warfighting effectiveness, and enhance crew safety."

Equipping the R variant Seahawks follows EOC integration of DRL systems onto S variant multi-purpose MH-60 aircraft last year.

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron, onboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, will be the first MH-60R squadron to deploy with the DRL, the Navy said. All MH-60R squadrons will be equipped with the co-called smart launchers by the end of fiscal 2018.



Hellfire missiles approved for Egypt

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 8, 2015 - Egypt has been approved by the U.S. State Department for purchase of more than 300 Hellfire missiles through the Foreign Military Sales program.

The 356 AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II Air-to-Ground missiles, together with associated equipment and support, would be worth an estimated $57 million, according to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which notified Congress of the possible sale.

"Egypt will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense," the agency said. "While this potential sale would be the first transfer of the R variant of this missile to Egypt, Egypt already has the F and K variants in its inventory and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles."

The R variant of the air-to-ground weapon has a range of more than 8,700 yards and is suitable for use against bunkers, caves, light vehicles and urban targets.

DSCA said the principal contractor would be Lockheed Martin and that the proposed sale would not require the assignment of U.S. government or contractor personnel to Egypt.



Korea requests FMS sale of Hellfire missiles

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 2, 2015 - The Republic of Korea is poised for approval of its request for a possible sale of hundreds of Hellfire missiles through the Foreign Military Sales program.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees the FMS program, said in a notification to Congress that the State Department had already signed off on the deal.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by meeting the legitimate security and defense needs of an ally and partner nation," the agency told Congress. "The ROK is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific and a key partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in that region."

The Korean request is for 400 AGM-114R1 II semi-active laser missiles with containers, 100 ATM-114Q air training missiles, and 12 M36E8 Hellfire II captive air training missiles.

Related parts, training and logistical support would be part of the package, which carries a value of $81 million.

"The ROK intends to use these Hellfire missiles to supplement its existing missile capability and current weapon inventory," DSCA said. "The ROK will use this enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats."

Principal contractor for the missiles would be Lockheed Martin.



N. Korea fires four short-range missiles into sea

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 3, 2015 - North Korea test-fired four short-range missiles into the sea off its west coast Friday in an operation apparently supervised by leader Kim Jong-Un amid heightened military tensions, a South Korean military spokesman said.

The missiles were launched from a base on the west coast and flew more than 100 kilometres (60 miles), the spokesman for the South's joint chiefs of staff told AFP.

"The missile test launch, which lasted 45 minutes from 4:15 pm (0715 GMT), appeared to have been supervised by Kim Jong-Un," he said, adding that the exact model of the projectiles was not known.

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

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

The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions between the two Koreas, who remain technically at war because the 1950-53 Korean conflict ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty.

Seoul and Washington insist the exercises are defence-based in nature, but they are regularly condemned by Pyongyang as provocative rehearsals for invasion.

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

It also fired seven ground-to-air missiles into the sea off its east coast on March 13.

Friday's launch came a day after North Korea test-fired a short-range missile from the same base in Dongchang-ri, a rocket launching site close to the northern border with China, the South Korean military spokesman said.

The Dongchang-ri site is bigger than the Musudan-ri site on the east coast where the North has launched long-range missiles.

UN resolutions ban any ballistic missile test by North Korea.

The nuclear-armed country has pushed ahead with the development of ballistic missiles and rockets, despite tough sanctions imposed by the international community.

In 2012, Pyongyang demonstrated its rocket capabilities by sending a satellite into orbit, but it has yet to conduct a test that proves it has mastered the technology required for an effective inter-continental ballistic missile.



Raytheon delivering Stinger missiles to Korea

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Apr 1, 2015 - Stinger missiles and air-to-air launchers are being delivered to the Army of the Republic of Korea by Raytheon under a Foreign Military Sales deal.

The missiles and their launchers will be used on AH-64 Apache helicopters being acquired by the country.

"Stinger provides vital self-protection capabilities as well as defensive counter-air protection of aviation and ground forces," said Michelle Lohmeier, vice president of Raytheon's Land Warfare Systems product line. "Most importantly, Stinger operates day and night, in all environmental conditions and allows for the engagement of multiple targets within seconds."

The Stinger was originally brought into service in 1981 as a shoulder-fired ground-to-air weapon and has since been adapted for air-to-air use.

"With the emergence of unmanned aerial vehicles in the battlespace and the key role of helicopters, the evolved technology of air-to-air Stinger is easily adapted to defeat evolving threats," said Jack Elliot, Raytheon's Stinger program director. "Stinger is an immediate- response weapon of choice against a wide range of air threats for protection of both fixed sites and maneuver forces."

Raytheon said the contract for Stinger-RMP (reprogrammable microprocessor) Blk 1 missiles is worth $35 million. Deliveries of the missiles and launchers to South Korea will begin in 2017.



Navy tests new production lot Tomahawk

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
Indian Head, Md. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015 - Functional ground testing for a new production lot of the U.S. Navy's Tomahawk tactical cruise missile has been conducted by the Navy Warfare Center Division.

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

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

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

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



Army tests missile launch demonstrator

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:59 AMGo to full article
White Sands, N.M. (UPI) Mar 26, 2015 - The tube integrity and missile stack integration of a demonstrator multi-mission launch system has been successfully verified in U.S. Army testing.

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

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

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

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

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

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



Canada orders missile protection system

‎08 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:50:51 AMGo to full article
Rolling Meadows, Ill. (UPI) Mar 25, 2015 - Northrop Grumman announced it has been selected to supply its latest infrared missile protection system to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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

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

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

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

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

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







News About Ballistic Missile Defense

US Missile Defense System Beset by Delays

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 09, 2015 - The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has advanced in developing an anti-ballistic missile defense system but continues to be beset by testing delays and acquisition problems, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in an annual report on the program on Wednesday.

"MDA did not conduct six planned flight tests in fiscal year 2014, and it has been unable to conduct all of its planned tests since fiscal year 2010 because its test plan is ambitious and success-oriented," GAO said.

The situation, GAO explained, "makes it difficult to adjust the schedule if necessary and results in frequent changes and disruptions to its test plan."

While GAO noted two intercept tests demonstrated an increased capability, failure to carry out the other six tests reduced the MDA"s ability to learn from the tests and any potential mistakes.

Despite not carrying out the tests, GAO said, the MDA continued with acquisition which could lead to delays and unnecessary cost expenditures.

The MDA has continued to deliver elements of the missile defense system despite testing delays and failure, explaining that "without completing planned testing, MDA is delaying or foregoing the full breadth and depth of knowledge it planned to have attained prior to the delivery of its assets."

"MDA is still allowing production to get ahead of testing - a practice which has consistently led to cost and schedule growth as well as performance problems in the past," GAO said.

Since 2002, MDA has spent $105 billion developing a missile defense system. The Agency said it plans to spend an additional $38 billion between 2014 and 2019.

Ballistic missile defense combines space based sensors, ground and sea based radars and missile interceptors, and a command and control centre designed to target short, medium and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

The United States plans to build missile defense systems on its west coast to defend against attacks originating from Asia as well as a system in Europe under the NATO umbrella.

The move is viewed in Russia as a threat to its national security and nuclear deterrence capabilities, while the United States and NATO claim their ballistic missile defense system is aimed at intercepting a small number of missiles launched from countries like Iran and North Korea, and is not directed against Moscow.

Source: Sputnik News



Turkish firm joins NATO BMD support effort

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Ankara, Turkey (UPI) Apr 29, 2015 - Turkish defense electronics company Aselsan has joined a multinational industry team for engineering support of NATO's Ballistic Missile Defense program.

The team, led by Leidos of the United States, will provide engineering and integration support for the NATO BMD capability, including BMD enhancements to NATO command, control and communications systems, and refinement and maintenance of the NATO BMD architecture.

Members of the Leidos-led team include companies from Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The team's work comes under the NATO BMD System Engineering, Integration and Test contract, a four-year firm fixed-price vehicle worth $77 million if all options -- two one-year options and one seven-month option -- are exercised.

"Being a developer of system architecture for future BMD requirements, Aselsan ensures NATO and team-members that Aselsan is committed to transfer know-how gained in the field of BMD in full service of NATO, its agencies and member states," the company said.



Teledyne to provide missile defense test and evaluation services

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Thousand Oaks, Calif. (UPI) May 1, 2015 - Test and evaluation services for U.S. missile defense weapon systems are to be performed by Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. under a $64.7 million task order.

The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity Target Execution, Asset and Material Development, Lethality Testing and Analysis, or Team DELTA, task order is for three to four years, depending on options exercised.

Teledyne Technologies Inc., parent company of Teledyne Brown Engineering, said the task order for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command is for provision of services such as test execution, lethality development and validation, analyses, flight and ground test data collection, live fire test and evaluation, and missile integration and flight testing for weapon systems.

"For decades, Teledyne has been a leading provider of missile defense software, hardware in the loop simulation, and test and integration services," said Robert Mehrabian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Teledyne. "We are proud to bring our team's test and evaluation expertise to the U.S. government, and look forward to providing high-technology solutions to meet our military's current and future needs."

The task order, under a Test Execution Services and Launch Augmentation contract, supports the Test Execution Support Division within the Technical Center at USASMDC/ARSTRAT.



US Awards $600 Million for NATO's Ballistic Missile Defense Kill Vehicle

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 05, 2015 - The SM-3 Block IB is a kill vehicle that destroys ballistic missiles through high-speed impact; it will be deployed ashore in Romania in 2015.

"Under this contract action... Raytheon will deliver an initial quantity of 44 Standard Missile-3 Block IB all-up rounds and provide the work required to produce and deliver the third stage rocket motor reliability growth and design enhancements."

Raytheon noted that the US government intended to buy up to 52 of the missiles in total.

Under NATO's Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system plans, radars and interceptors will also be placed in NATO member states Turkey and Spain.

The United States will install an Aegis Ashore BMD complex in Romania in 2015, and a similar system in Poland by 2018, according to the US Missile Defense Agency.

The Aegis system is the command and control as well as weapons control component of the BMD. The system identifies and tracks targets for destruction using advanced computers and radars.

Russia has repeatedly warned that the BMD in Europe is a threat to its national security. The United States and NATO said the BMD was not aimed at countering Russia's massive nuclear arsenal, but rather limited to intercepting a small number of missiles potentially launched from Iran, North Korea or rogue non-state actors.

Source: Sputnik News



Lockheed Martin opens center for interceptor missile technology

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Sunnyvale, Calif. (UPI) Apr 30, 2015 - A laboratory has been opened in California by Lockheed Martin to develop next-generation target seekers for interceptor missiles.

A seeker, no bigger than a loaf of bread, is the part of the interceptor that directly strikes an incoming missile. It locates and tracks the enemy warhead, sending trajectory data to an interceptor's onboard guidance system, which in turn steers the kill vehicle to the target.

"The technology we will develop and demonstrate in this laboratory is important because a seeker is the on-board eyes for a missile defense interceptor, and it must perform with perfect '20/20 vision' in the final moments before interception," said Doug Graham, vice president of missile systems and advanced programs, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. "This facility is part of Lockheed Martin's commitment to research, development and innovation to advance technologies for missile defense."

The facility is located in Sunnyvale, heart of California's Silicon Valley.



Poland speeding up Patriot system buy

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Warsaw, Poland (UPI) Apr 22, 2015 - Poland is buying the Patriot air defense system from the United States and will begin negotiations for it in Washington next month.

The decision, announced Tuesday by top government officials, has been spurred by the deteriorating security situation in Eastern Europe resulting from Russia's annexation of the Crimea from Ukraine and continued Russian-supported rebellion in eastern Ukraine.

"One of the top priorities of my presidency is security ... and defense issues, with a particular emphasis on the modernization of the Polish armed forces ... especially "In the dangerous world, and where there is a regression in the level of security due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, said President Bronislaw Komorowski.

"For technical modernization, and for Polish defense against potential threats to be effective, the priority of priorities has become missile defense."

The president said Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Thomas Siemoniak would travel to Washington next month to to quickly conclude a contract to purchase the system through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

The deal would be worth more than $5 billion.

The Patriot system, made by Raytheon, will be part of a modernization program called Vistula.

Additional arms procurement projects would be announced in the near future, he said.



$2B Patriot order for Raytheon

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Apr 20, 2015 - The Patriot Air and Missile Defense System is being delivered to an unidentified country by Raytheon under a new contract worth more than $2 billion.

Included in the sale package are digitized fire units with enhanced threat detection, identification and engagement capabilities. A Full training package and support equipment are also part of the deal.

"In the past five months Qatar, Korea and now this international partner have all chosen Raytheon's global Patriot solution because they have confidence in the world's most advanced air and missile defense system," said Daniel J. Crowley, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. "Including this most recent contract, Raytheon has booked more than $5 billion in international Patriot orders since late December 2014."

The Patriot system, effective against ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft, is a key air defense weapon of U.S. forces and of a number of NATO countries. Latest enhancements to it include GaN-based AESA radar technology for greater target detection range, power and a 360 degree area of coverage; a common command and control system; and the ability to fire multiple missile types.

Details as to the number of units to be provided and their delivery schedule were not disclosed.



Romania 'Agression Platform' Against Russia With US Missile Defense Systems

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 12, 2015 - Alexander Mosesov - The planned deployment of the shore-based Aegis command and control component of the US Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system in Romania is turning the country into a platform for aggression against Russia, leader of the National-European Communitarian Party (NCP) told Sputnik on Tuesday.

According to the US Missile Defense Agency, the United States will install an Aegis Ashore BMD complex in Romania in 2015 and a similar system in Poland by 2018.

"Romania is transforming into an aggression platform against Russia," Luc Michel stated, adding that Poland, Baltic countries and Bulgaria are also following the NATO strategy.

Under NATO BMD system plans, radars and interceptors will also be placed in the NATO members Turkey and Spain.

The United States and NATO have said the BMD is not aimed at countering Russia's massive nuclear arsenal, but rather limited to intercepting a small number of missiles launched from countries like Iran.

Russia has argued that BMD in Europe is a threat to its national security and nuclear deterrence capabilities.

Source: Sputnik News



David's Sling successsfully intercepts targets

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Fort Belvoir, Va. (UPI) Apr 2, 2015 - Israel's middle-tier defense system against missiles and rockets successfully passed a series of tests conducted by Israel and the United States.

The tests of the David's Sling weapon system were conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and involved interception of threat representative targets.

David's Sling shot down targets simulating longer-range missiles like Scuds that could be fired out of Syria or from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.

"We believe that next year it's going to be operational," Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said of the system.

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems is the prime contractor for the David's Sling system with Raytheon as a sub-contractor. It's radar comes from Elta, while its Battle Management Center is a product of Elsra, an Elbit subsidiary.

The tests conducted last month is the third series of testing, which began in 2012.



Raytheon modernizing South Korean Patriot system

‎19 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎01:17:26 PMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Mar 31, 2015 - The Patriot Air and Missile Defense system of South Korea is to be upgraded by Raytheon, which will also provide the country with UAV ground stations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Russia warns US against sending missile defence system to South Korea

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:55 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) March 24, 2015 - Russia on Tuesday warned the United States against sending a ballistic missile defence system to South Korea, saying it could threaten regional security.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:55 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 26, 2015 - North Korea weighed in Thursday on the proposed deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea, criticising it as a Cold War-era move to "contain" China and Russia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:55 PMGo to full article
Copenhagen (AFP) March 21, 2015 - Russia's ambassador to Denmark said Saturday that the NATO country's navy could be targeted by nuclear missiles if it joins the Western alliance's anti-missile shield.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



US official dismisses China's concern over missile defence

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:55 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 17, 2015 - A senior US official on Tuesday brushed off Beijing's objection to the possible deployment of a US missile defence system in South Korea, saying North Korea's missile programme poses a "significant threat."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Korea hosts some 28,000 US troops.

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

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

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



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

‎28 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:01:55 PMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2015 - Russian Strategic Missile Forces will parry all nuclear attacks and punish the enemy with a devastating retaliatory strike.

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

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

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

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

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




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

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:58 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (XNA) Feb 27, 2015 - The U.S. military launched three suborbital rockets near-simultaneously Tuesday as part of a ballistic missile defense (BMD) test involving the Aegis weapon system.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Source: Xinhua



GaN-based AESA technology available for Patriot system users

‎12 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎06:28:58 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Feb 23, 2015 - Nations using the Patriot defense system can now receive an active electronically scanned array Patriot radar sensor that uses Gallium Nitride technology.

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

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

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



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

‎08 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎05:50:50 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Feb 11, 2015 - BAE Systems reports it will provide hardware, software, and systems integration support for the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command.

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

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

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

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



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

‎01 ‎April ‎2015, ‏‎07:56:24 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 05, 2015 - The Obama administration asked for $9.6 billion to counter the increasing threat from North Korea and Iran.

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

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

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

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

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




China voices concern about US missile defence in S.Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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




Raytheon given $2.4B FMS contract for Patriot fire units

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



US delivers second radar defense system to Japan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Israel, US in abortive missile defence test

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Israel has been working on upgrading its missile defence capabilities to defend against long- and short-range incoming projectiles.

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

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



Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Between USSR, US in Details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



Chinese Hypersonic Strike Vehicle May Overcome US Missile Defense: Expert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



Raytheon building air and missile defense center for Qatar

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

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

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

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



India test fires nuclear capable strategic missile

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

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

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

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

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

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






















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