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Weapons Proliferation

      Modern Technology has made it possible for countries all over the world to possess the means for controlling their own populations and to threaten other nations with mass destruction. It no longer matters whether a nation is rich or poor, large or small, first world or third world. Almost anyone can make or purchase weapons that 50 years ago could not even be imagined.









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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense



Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Raytheon moves forward with Multi-Object Kill Vehicle program

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Nov 20, 2015
Raytheon completed the first Program Planning Review with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for its Multi-Object Kill Vehicle concept, advancing the program. The completion marks a milestone for the program's Concept Development Phase, designed to ensure the company is meeting the Missile Defense Agency's expectations. The Concept Review takes place in December. Raytheon is develop

Navy, Boeing test new Harpoon missile variant

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Patuxent River, Md. (UPI) Nov 20, 2015
The U.S. Navy has free-flight tested a new Harpoon missile that can receive in-flight information for improved targeting of moving maritime targets. The test of the missile, designated as the Harpoon Block II+, conducted with Boeing, was the "culmination of 152 lab-test sessions, 15 aircraft ground tests and 16 flight tests," the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command said. "This success

In fight on terror, encryption is double-edged sword

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 21, 2015
Encryption can be a terrorist's tool. But it's also a key for those hunting attackers, and for many others. The technology for encryption can keep data and conversations private, making it a double-edged sword that can equally be used by democracy campaigners, law enforcement or violent extremists. The November 13 attacks in Paris spurred calls for better tools for investigators to track

Thales sub-contracted for NATO BMD test activities

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Nov 20, 2015
Thales is to perform test and integration support activities to help validate NATO's Ballistic Missile Defense capability. The work, under a sub-contract from U.S.-based Leidos, is to be conducted as part of Leidos' multi-national team for NATO's BMD architecture. The team is responsible for the design, development and test of the BMD sensor interfaces with NATO's weapons and sensors an

Rockwell Collins opens new facility in India

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (UPI) Nov 20, 2015
A new facility in India has been opened by Rockwell Collins, which hs signed a 15-year lease for the building located in Bangalore. The facility will employ 30 workers initially but the workforce is expected to grow to 100 in the first year of operation. "The opening is a reflection of our commitment to India, as well as the increasing demand for services from our India Design Ce

Japan to acquire Global Hawk drones

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2015
Japan is seeking to enhance its intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities through the acquisition Global Hawk remotely piloted vehicles. The three high-altitude RQ-4 Block 30 aircraft being sought would be obtained through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program at an estimated cost of $1.2 billion. "This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and n

Streamlining mobile image processing

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 18, 2015
As smartphones become people's primary computers and their primary cameras, there is growing demand for mobile versions of image-processing applications. Image processing, however, can be computationally intensive and could quickly drain a cellphone's battery. Some mobile applications try to solve this problem by sending image files to a central server, which processes the images and sends

Russia's nuclear torpedo at the cutting edge of underwater warfare tech

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 18, 2015
The top secret project known as Ocean Multipurpose System: Status-6 will incorporate all the cutting-edge underwater technology and research Russia has to offer, military expert Igor Korotchenko told Radio Sputnik. "We hope that nuclear weapons will never be used," he added. The underwater drone which Russia is apparently developing will primarily serve as a deterrent meant to assure a pot

Australian port lease to China firm under spotlight

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) Nov 20, 2015
Australia is reviewing rules that allow its states to sell strategic assets to foreign firms without federal scrutiny, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday as he defended a port leasing to a Chinese firm. Turnbull was reportedly chided by United States President Barack Obama at the APEC summit in the Philippines over the 99-year lease for the Port of Darwin granted to China's Landbrid

Next Giant Leap, No Small Steps

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 18, 2015
Our focus at the Space Launch System (SLS) program is on building a new rocket - the most powerful in the world. On its first test flight, Exploration Mission-1, SLS will carry atop it an uncrewed Orion spacecraft, which will someday carry astronauts on a journey to deep space. A similar scene was unfolding at NASA 48 years ago. On Nov. 9, 1967, the Saturn V rocket launched for the first t

CACI launches SkyTracker UAV detection system

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Nov 20, 2015
CACI International released its SkyTracker, a precision system designed to track the unlawful misuse of unmanned aerial vehicles. SkyTracker's detection, identification and tracking system establishes a sensor perimeter that uses a UAV's radio links to locate drone systems flying in banned or protected airspace. The system can also track the location of the UAV's ground operator. CACI s

Dozens dead in heaviest east Syria strikes since war began

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) Nov 21, 2015
At least 36 people were killed Friday in air strikes by Russian and Syrian jets on Islamic State-controlled Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said, describing them as the heaviest in the region since the start of the war. Russia pounded the jihadist group in Syria, firing cruise missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea after President Vladimir Putin vowed retaliation for a bombing that brought

Chinese police shoot dead 28 from 'terrorist group': authorities

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Nov 20, 2015
Chinese police have killed 28 members of a "terrorist group" in the mainly Muslim Xinjiang region, authorities announced Friday, in the bloodiest such operation in months and as Beijing denounces Western "double standards" in the wake of the Paris attacks. The killings took place over the course of a 56-day manhunt following an attack on a colliery in Aksu in September that left 16 people de

US says strike in Iraq 'likely' killed four civilians

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 20, 2015
Four civilians, including possibly a child, were "likely" killed in a US air strike against an Islamic State group checkpoint in Iraq in March, an investigation released Friday found. It marks only the second such acknowledgement since the start of a coalition air campaign in Iraq and Syria. In November 2014, the US military admitted accidentally killing two children during a strike in Syria

Mali in mourning after at least 21 killed in hotel attack

‎22 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:10 AMGo to full article
Bamako (AFP) Nov 21, 2015
Mali on Saturday began three days of national mourning and declared a state of emergency after a nine-hour siege by jihadist gunmen at a top hotel in the capital left 21 people dead. The assault, claimed by Al-Qaeda affiliate the Al-Murabitoun group led by notorious one-eyed Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, ended after Malian and international troops stormed the luxury Radisson Blu hote



China tells Obama to keep out of South China Sea disputes

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
Beijing said Wednesday US President Barack Obama should not get involved in disputes in the South China Sea, after he demanded an end to artificial island building in the hotly contested region. "The United States should stop playing up the South China Sea issue, stop heightening tensions in the South China Sea and stop complicating disputes in the South China Sea," Hong Lei, a foreign minis

Northrop Grumman tests Battle Command System against cruise missiles

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Huntsville, Ala. (UPI) Nov 17, 2015
Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Army tested the company's integrated air and missile defense Battle Command System against cruise missiles in a demonstration. During the test, the IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS) used tracking data provided by Sentinel and Patriot radars to intercept cruise missile targets. The test validated the system's ability to engage and defeat targets using sensor

Iran has begun dismantling nuclear facilities: UN watchdog

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
Iran has begun dismantling parts of its nuclear programme, as agreed under July's landmark deal with major powers, a UN atomic watchdog report showed Wednesday. Iran "has started removing centrifuges and related infrastructure" at both the Natanz and Fordo enrichment facilities, said the restricted International Atomic Energy Agency quarterly report, seen by AFP. Under the July 14 deal t

Thales Group unveils Spy'Ranger mini-drone

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Nov 18, 2015
Thales Group formally introduced its latest surveillance and reconnaissance mini-drone, the Spy'Ranger, on Wednesday. The company says the new tactical unmanned aerial vehicle is a response to an increase in battlefield anti-drone measures, and the need to ensure tactical reconnaissance vehicles have high security and survivability capabilities. "Surveillance and reconnaissance d

Raytheon supplies sonar for DARPA's anti-submarine warfare program

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Nov 18, 2015
Raytheon completed delivery of sonar equipment to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to support its unmanned anti-submarine warfare program. Raytheon delivered its latest Modular Scalable Sonar System, or MS3, a fifth-generation hull-mounted system designed to alert crew members of incoming threats including torpedoes, naval mines and smaller objects to enhance navigation saf

Russian army map shown by TV suggests ground forces in Syria

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
A map shown by the Russian military on state television appears to show that some Russian artillery contingents could be operating on the ground in central Syria's Homs region. Russia has servicemen at bases in government-held Syria helping to conduct an air campaign in support of forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad but denies it has deployed ground troops. The detailed map shown i

Crack discovered on F-35 test plane

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Nov 17, 2015
Pentagon testers for the F-35C reported a crack on the wing spar of a test aircraft, prompting contractor engineers to formulate a solution. The cracks were discovered on a heavily tested plane in a main structural element on the C-variant of the Lockheed Martin-made F-35 Lightning II, which is for use on U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. The damage is not expected to affect the current flig

U.S. tests new unarmed nuclear gravity bomb

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Nov 18, 2015
A third development flight test of the B61-12 nuclear gravity bomb has been conducted by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration and the Air Force. The test of the bomb - without nuclear explosives - was conducted late last month at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada as part of a life-extension program for the weapon using hardware designed by Sandia National Laboratory and Los Al

Construction begin on U.S. Navy's USS Thomas Hudner

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Bath, Maine (UPI) Nov 18, 2015
Construction on the U.S. Navy's 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, USS Thomas Hudner, formally began as the vessel's keel was laid at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The Navy expects the warship to be commissioned in Boston in 2018. The ship's namesake, naval aviator Navy Captain Thomas J. Hudner Jr., received the Medal of Honor for displaying uncommon valor during the

Ban Ki-moon not visiting North Korea: UN

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has no plans to visit North Korea in the coming days, the United Nations said Tuesday, dispelling reports that he would meet with the nation's diplomatically reclusive leader Kim Jong-Un. Ban "will be in New York most of next week and then travel to Malta," the UN said in a statement. "The Secretary-General will not be traveling to the DPRK next week," the United Na

Obama ups pressure on China at Asia-Pacific summit

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday demanded China end artificial island building in the hotly contested South China Sea, upping the pressure on Beijing at a regional leaders' summit. The annual Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) gathering is meant to forge unity on trade among 21 Pacific rim economies encompassing three billion people. But the territorial row over the strategi

US rebuilding in Afghanistan beset with waste: inspector

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
Chronic corruption, poor planning and wasteful spending are bedeviling American reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, a top US inspector warned Wednesday. The United States has spent in total about $1 trillion during the 14 years it has been in Afghanistan and some 2,200 US lives have been lost in the longest war in US history. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan r

McDonald's in ex-Taiwan leader's home stirs controversy in China

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
A branch of Mcdonald's opened in a historic Chinese building once inhabited by a former leader of Taiwan is serving up muffins and coffee amid a storm of controversy, state media said Wednesday. The "McCafe" opened last week in Hangzhou city near the famed West Lake tourist spot in the former home of late Taiwanese President Chiang Ching-kuo, the China Daily newspaper reported. He was th

Russia hits IS stronghold Raqa with air strikes: US officials

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2015
Russia struck the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa in Syria on Tuesday with a "significant number" of strikes that included long-range bombers and sea-launched cruise missiles, US defense officials said. "We are aware that over the past several hours Russia conducted a significant number of strikes in Raqa, some of which may have included sea-launched cruise missiles and long-range bombers,"

World unites after Islamic State terror but strikes may backfire: experts

‎19 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎12:56:57 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) Nov 18, 2015
The spate of Islamic State terror attacks has brought France and Russia together and raised hopes of a united political effort to resolve the Syria conflict, but experts question the logic of more air strikes. In the wake of the brutal attacks in France and the downing of a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, Paris and Moscow are now keen to present themselves as partners - a poten



Diving Deep: Inside Russia's Next-Gen Nuclear Submarines

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Nov 11, 2015
Russia is developing two new types of nuclear submarines to replace its Project 949A Oscar-class and Project 945 Sierra-class vessels. The new vessels are the next generation of Russia's Project 955 Borei-class ballistic missile submarine and Project 855M Yasen-class guided-missile submarines, which are late-Soviet-era designs, reported international affairs magazine the National Interest.

Chinese plane to arrive, six years late: report

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 10, 2015
China's main commercial aircraft maker will deliver its long-delayed first homegrown regional jet by the end of 2015, state media reported Tuesday, years behind the originally announced deadline. State-owned Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) will deliver a 78-90 seat ARJ21 to domestic carrier Chengdu Airlines in late November or early December, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Coalition strikes, fighting kill 24 Yemen rebels

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) Nov 12, 2015
Saudi-led coalition air strikes and attacks by pro-government forces killed at least 24 rebels Thursday in Yemen's south, where the insurgents have been pushing to regain lost ground, military sources said. Warplanes bombed two rebel troop transports north of Damt, the Daleh province's second-largest city, which the Iran-backed Huthi rebels and their allies recaptured on Saturday, a military

New York City turns tide on homeless vets

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
New York (AFP) Nov 11, 2015
Four years ago Craig Hinds was homeless. A US Navy vet who served back-to-back tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he had no job and was suffering from PTSD. His life turned around when he moved into a veterans-only housing unit in New York City. He is one of thousands who have been saved from living on the streets in a US push to end homelessness among ex military. The homeless population ma

Okinawa governor refuses order on US base landfill work

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Tokyo Nov 11, 2015
The governor of the southern Japanese island of Okinawa on Wednesday rejected a state order to proceed with landfill work on a new US military base in the latest move in a nearly 20-year battle over the controversial project. Outspoken governor Takeshi Onaga told reporters he will "do his best" to prevent the government from building the base. The dispute is over a proposal, first mooted

3D printed UAV makes debut

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Minneapolis (UPI) Nov 12, 2015
A jet-powered, 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle has been unveiled this week by Stratasys Ltd and Aurora flight sciences. The UAV has a nine-foot wingspan, weighs just 33 pounds and has a speed of more than 150 miles per hour, according to Stratasys Ltd., which is headquartered in Minnesota. "A primary goal for us was to show the aerospace industry just how quickly you can go fr

Pentagon to unveil Guantanamo closure plan

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 12, 2015
The Pentagon is poised to release a much-anticipated report on shutting down Guantanamo Bay, even as Congress battles to block the transfer of the military prison inmates from Cuba to US soil. Officials have said the report on US prison sites that could house the last Guantanamo detainees - enabling President Barack Obama to fulfil a key election pledge - would be published in the coming d

Taiwan's president on defensive after China summit

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Nov 12, 2015
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has hit back at opponents who have accused him of selling out by holding a historic summit with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Ma said he had not shied away from referring to Taiwan as the Republic of China (ROC) - its official name, which China does not recognise. "I stated it so clearly," he told broadcaster TVBS in an interview aired on Wednesday. "No

Syria army takes Aleppo rebel town in new advance

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Damascus (AFP) Nov 12, 2015
Syria's army, backed by allied forces and Russian air strikes, seized a key rebel town south of Aleppo on Thursday, scoring its second major advance in the province this week. State television announced the capture of Al-Hader, a former opposition bastion near the key Aleppo-Damascus highway, just 48 hours after regime forces broke a siege by the Islamic State group of the Kweyris air base i

Kremlin admits TV stations showed 'secret' nuclear torpedo plan

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Nov 11, 2015
The Kremlin admitted Wednesday that Russian television had accidentally shown secret plans detailing a nuclear torpedo system in development. Two Kremlin-controlled channels, NTV and Channel One, showed a military official looking at a confidential document containing drawings and details of a weapons system called Status-6, designed by Rubin, a nuclear submarine construction company based i

U.K. armed forces lead NATO exercise in Baltic states

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Nov 10, 2015
U.K. armed forces are leading a NATO land training exercise in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in an effort to support military strength in the region. The exercise, known as Arrcade Fusion, brings in around 1,400 troops from 18 NATO countries. For the training event, the U.K has committed 800 troops in addition to 350 Army logistics vehicles. The exercise aims to enhance the responsive

Rockwell Collins to supply another system for KC-390 aircraft

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Sao Josedos Campos, Brazil (UPI) Nov 12, 2015
Rockwell Collins is to supply the cargo-handling and aerial delivery control system, or CHADS, for the Brazilian Air Force's KC-390 transports by Embraer. The estimated value of the Embraer contact was not disclosed. "The CHADCS selection is a significant increase to our KC-390 content and is an example of both continuing to leverage our advanced Pro Line Fusion capabilities in e

Iraq Kurds block key IS supply line in battle for Sinjar

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Mount Sinjar, Iraq (AFP) Nov 12, 2015
Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US-led air strikes blocked a key Islamic State group supply line with Syria Thursday as they fought to retake the town of Sinjar from the jihadists. A permanent cut in the supply line would hamper IS's ability to move fighters and supplies between northern Iraq and Syria, where the jihadists hold significant territory and have declared a "caliphate". Retaki

Finland seeks acquisition of rocket launchers, rockets from U.S.

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Nov 11, 2015
Congress has been informed of a possible Foreign Military Sales deal to Finland of rocket launch systems and rockets. The notification from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the weapons package had received approval from the U.S. State Department. "The proposed sale of the GMLRS M31A1 Unitary and M30A1 GMLRS Alternative Warhead Rockets will improve Finland's capability

As ties thaw, Iran's Rouhani in historic visit to Europe

‎13 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎03:04:39 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Nov 12, 2015
Hassan Rouhani heads to Italy and France from Saturday for the first visit of an Iranian leader to Europe in 16 years, as ties thaw after Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. In Rome on Saturday and Sunday, Rouhani will meet Italian officials and Pope Francis, while on Monday and Tuesday in Paris he will see President Francois Hollande. On the agenda will be potential business deals



America's next superbomber to be shrouded in secret for years

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 28, 2015
Almost every aspect of America's newest bomber is top secret, but experts predict the warplane will be very "stealthy," packed with sensors - and able to deliver nuclear payloads anywhere. The Pentagon this week announced Northrop Grumman as the winner of the much-anticipated contest to build the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRSB, in a decades-long program that will likely end up costing in

Lockheed Martin, Boeing want answers on bomber contract award

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 28, 2015
The Air Force's selection of Northrop Grumman to build a next-generation bomber may run into flak from contract-losers Lockheed Martin and Boeing. The two companies, who teamed for the multi-billion dollar contract, indicated they are seeking information as to how and why they failed to be chosen for the Long Range Strike Bomber program that will be worth as much as $80 billion.

Air Force Awards Contract for Long Range Strike Bomber

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (AFNS) Oct 28, 2015
The US Air Force announced Tuesday a contract award for the engineering and manufacturing development and early production of the Long Range Strike Bomber, or LRS-B, to Northrop Grumman Corp. "Over the past century, no nation has used air power to accomplish its global reach - to compress time and space - like the United States," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a Pentagon briefing

US Air Force renews ISR support contract with Raytheon

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Robins Air Base, Ga. (UPI) Oct 28, 2015
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon with a new $393 million contract to continue its support for its Distributed Common Ground System. The DCGS is the Air Force's primary intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance collection system. Under the new contract, Raytheon is tasked to sustain and maintain a number of systems the force uses for intelligence gathering. These platf

Russian observers visit NATO's Trident Juncture exercise

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 28, 2015
NATO leaders have invited Russian observers to view Trident Juncture, the alliance's largest military exercise in over a decade. The exercise, part of NATO's initiative to ramp up defenses in the face of a changing security environment, has been widely seen as a response to Russian military aggression. Moscow authorities are currently in their most complex standing with NATO and

U.S. Navy plans to launch drone submarine squadron by 2020

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 28, 2015
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced plans to deploy a squadron of underwater drones by 2020. The squadron will include the Large Displacement Unmanned Underwater Vehicle, or LDUUV, a 10-foot-long unmanned submarine. The vehicle is still under development, but it is expected to be fitted for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. "These systems are affordable

Central, East Europe leaders seek bigger NATO presence

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Bucharest (AFP) Oct 28, 2015
Romania's president said on Wednesday that nine central and eastern European countries would press at a November 4 summit for a greater NATO presence in the region in response to increasing security threats from the "east and south". The Romanian presidency said in a statement that NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow would represent the military alliance at the summit in Buchare

U.S. demos Standard Missile 3 in Europe

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Faslane, Scotland (UPI) Oct 28, 2015
The U.S. Navy reports it has performed the first at sea ballistic missile defense firing of a Standard Missile 3 in Europe. The firing this month took place during three weeks of at sea demonstrations by allied navies at the Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum in Faslane, Scotland. The MTMD Forum, started in 1999, is to facilitate and improve interoperability and enhance indiv

Runaway military blimp causes power outages in US

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 28, 2015
A massive US surveillance blimp broke loose from its mooring Wednesday, sparking power outages as it drifted around Pennsylvania dragging a 6,600-foot cable before eventually easing down to Earth, officials said. Two US F-16s fighter jets were scrambled to pursue the so-called JLENS blimp as it floated north of Washington at an altitude of about 15,000 feet (4,600 meters). The North Amer

Lockheed Martin delivers 31st C-5M Super Galaxy to U.S. Air Force

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Marietta, Ga. (UPI) Oct 27, 2015
Lockheed Martin delivered the 31st C-5M Super Galaxy to the U.S. Air Force on October 23, the company announced on Monday. The Super Galaxy, a large military transport aircraft, was flown by the 22nd Airlift Squadron from the Travis Air Force Base to Stewart Air National Guard Base for internal paint restoration. The craft will be flown back to Travis once the paint restoration is compl

Russia Plans to Grant Private Companies Access to Space Services Market

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 28, 2015
Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, will allow private companies access to the market of space services by 2020, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday. "By 2020, we plan to form an effective system of support for Russian corporations on the market of space services and allow private companies onto the market," Rogozin, who oversees the country's space industry, said durin

Soldiers assemble newly developed tactical command post

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Kaiserslautern, Germany (UPI) Oct 27, 2015
Soldiers from the 7th Mission Support Command at Panzer Kaserne in Germany assembled a newly-developed tactical command tent designed to support them in any environment. The tent is a star-shaped structure covering 6,000 square feet, capable of expanding quickly and being used as a brigade-sized operations shelter for up to 200 people. "It's designed to withstand high winds of up

Wal-Mart eyes drone home deliveries

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 27, 2015
Wal-Mart is actively looking at the possibility of using drones to make deliveries to US customers, a spokesman said Monday, following the lead of Amazon and other retailers. The retail behemoth has been testing the technology indoors "for several months" and on Monday made a request to US aviation authorities to do likewise outside. In addition to deliveries, Wal-Mart wants to use the u

Austal launches Oman Navy support ship

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article
Henderson, Australia (UPI) Oct 26, 2015
Austal, the Australian shipbuilder, has launched a high speed support vessel being built and outfitted for the Royal Navy of Oman. The vessel is 236.2 feet in length and was launched Saturday from the company's facility in Henderson, South Australia, after 13 months of construction work. The future RNOV Al Mubshir will complete final fitting before sea trials. It will be delivere

Schiebel demos unmanned helicopter for South Africans

‎29 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎04:45:02 AMGo to full article


Vienna (UPI) Oct 27, 2015
An unmanned helicopter from an Austrian technology company has demonstrated its capabilities in maritime operations in South Africa. Schiebel said its Camcopter S-100 unmanned aerial system successfully completed the flight trials off the South African coast this month for the South African Navy and other government agencies from the deck of the SAS Protea, a Hecla-class deep ocean hydr



Avio Aero to develop hybrid propulsion system for UAVs

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Rivalta Di Torino, Italy (UPI) Oct 22, 2015
A hybrid electric propulsion system for unmanned aerial vehicles is being developed by Avio Aero in partnership with Finmeccanica - Selex ES of Italy. Avio Aero, part of GE Aviation, said the research project is part of an accord between Italy's Puglia regional government and the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research. Funding for the two-year project is more than $5.6 mi

U.S. Air Force long-range radar systems reach full operational capability

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Hill Air Force Base, Utah (UPI) Oct 22, 2015
Upgraded AN/FPS-117 long-range radar systems for the U.S. Air Force were deemed effective and certified, the Air Force announced on Wednesday. The AN/FPS-117 is an active electronically scanned array 3-D radar system developed by Lockheed Martin, which provides advanced warning and air traffic surveillance. Upgrades to the system were done through the Essential Parts Replacement Program

Iran to monitor actions of world powers in nuclear deal: Rouhani

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Oct 22, 2015
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani moved Thursday to dispel concerns voiced by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over Iran's landmark nuclear deal, insisting Tehran would carry out its obligations while monitoring the actions of world powers. In a letter to the president on Wednesday, Supreme Leader Khamenei for the first time endorsed the accord Tehran struck in July with world powers, but warned that I

Trident Juncture combat camera captures amphibious assault exercise

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 21, 2015
Trident Juncture, NATO's largest military exercise in more than a decade, is underway as Russia's government deepens military involvement in Syria. The military exercise is being hosted by Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Around 36,000 personnel, 60 ships and 140 aircraft from allied and partner nations are taking part in the event. Exercises are taking place at 16 locations on land, as well

General Dynamics receives U.S. Navy contract for submarine planning

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Groton, Conn. (UPI) Oct 22, 2015
The U.S. Navy awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat with a $21.1 million contract modification for reactor-plant planning yard services for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, was initially awarded the planning contract in November 2011, bringing the cumulative contract value to $121.2 million through 2016 given the parties go through with all planned o

Latvia orders additional RBS 70 missiles

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Oct 22, 2015
Latvia has ordered an undisclosed number of RBS 70 air defense missiles from Saab, together with training services and associated equipment. Saab, which did not disclose the monetary value of the man portable missiles, said deliveries to the Baltic state will take place this year and next. "We are very pleased that Latvia has decided to place further orders for RBS 70 missiles,"

Obama vetoes $612 bn defense bill citing Gitmo, 'gimmicks'

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 22, 2015
US President Barack Obama vetoed a $612 billion defense spending bill Thursday, saying it prevented the closure of Guantanamo Bay prison and wasted money on unwanted programs. Making a rare public show of rejecting a law, Obama said the text agreed by the Republican-controlled Congress "falls woefully short" in key areas. Obama said the bill did "a number of good things," including refo

Britain, France extend joint research program funding

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Oct 22, 2015
Britain and France are extending their funding for cooperative research into missile technologies under development. The funding is for the Materials & Components for Missiles Innovation Technology Partnership, or MCM ITP, between the countries and industry partners, such as European missile-maker MBDA. The program is to help the countries weapons capability, strengthen their tec

Google invests in Chinese artificial intelligence firm

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 20, 2015
Google has taken a stake in a Chinese artificial intelligence startup which is aiming to develop smart wearable technologies, the companies said Tuesday. The amount on investment in Mobvoi was not disclosed. But the companies said that the firm, created by a former Google researcher, has now raised $75 million in equity financing. Google will lead the latest round and hold a minority

10th Anniversary of the Final Titan

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 21, 2015
It was 10 years ago when Barb Sande gazed upward to watch the last Titan rocket soar into a cloudless, blue sky from its launch pad at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. "My husband and I attended the final Titan launch and it's an enduring memory," Barb reflected. "It was Oct. 19, 2005, and it was a gorgeous, clear day - which also happened to be the day before my 50th birthday. It was bitt

Lockheed Martin's F-16V takes flight

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Fort Worth, Texas (UPI) Oct 21, 2015
Lockheed Martin's F-16V "Viper" took flight for the first time, the company announced on Wednesday. Lockheed Martin says the F-16V fighter is the most advanced fourth-generation F-16 on the market today. It comes equipped with a new cockpit featuring a modernized mission computer and other enhancements aimed to bolster combat capabilities. During the maiden flight, the jet was fitted wi

Iridium Completes First Iridium Certus Broadband Call

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
McLean VA (SPX) Oct 21, 2015
Iridium Communications Inc. has successfully conducted the first ever voice and data ground test call over the next-generation Iridium Certus broadband network, currently under development. Iridium Certus is the new global broadband capability being introduced on Iridium NEXT - Iridium's next-generation satellite constellation. The voice and data call utilized and demonstrated the capabili

Dayton U.S. Air Force unit handles major sales

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Dayton, Ohio (UPI) Oct 19, 2015
A U.S. Air Force unit headquartered in Ohio chalked up $19 billion in military sales to foreign countries in fiscal 2015, according to the Dayton Daily News. The sales, handled by the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, included F-35 Lightning II aircraft to South Korea for $6.3 bil

Army orders more counter-fire target radars

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Syracuse, N.Y. (UPI) Oct 20, 2015
The U.S. Army has ordered additional counter-fire target acquisition radars from Lockheed Martin to track incoming enemy fire. The order is for seven AN/TPQ-53 (Q-53) systems and is valued at $85 million. The Q-53, which provides 360-degree coverage, is a mobile active electronically scanned array counter-battery radar system mounted on a five-ton truck that can be remotely opera

Australia banners industry work on F-35

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:03:15 PMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Oct 22, 2015
BAE Systems Australia's contract to supply circuit boards and sub-system assemblies for F-35 jets is being touted by the Australian government. The government's Minister for Defense Materiel and Science, Mal Brough, called the company's long-term $15 million deal with Northrop Grumman a milestone for Australian industry. "I congratulate BAE Systems Australia on achieving this mil



Beijing warns against US South China Sea move

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2015
Beijing warned Thursday that it would "firmly oppose" infringement of its sovereignty after indications Washington will soon send warships close to its artificial islands in the South China Sea. Tensions have mounted since China transformed reefs in the area - also claimed by several neighbouring countries - into small islands capable of supporting military facilities, a move that the US s

Japan, China must move on from 'excessive focus' on past: Abe

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 14, 2015
Japan's premier Wednesday said his country's relationship with China must move away from an "excessive focus" on the past during a meeting with a top Beijing envoy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the remarks to State Councillor Yang Jiechi, the highest-ranking Chinese diplomat to make an official trip to Tokyo for several years, a senior Japanese government official said. His visit signa

Chinese admiral in Iran calls for closer defence ties

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Oct 15, 2015
China wants to strengthen military ties with Iran, a senior Chinese admiral said Thursday, three months after Tehran sealed a deal with world powers over its nuclear programme. Sun Jianguo made the remarks to Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan during a visit to Tehran, China's defence ministry said in statement, noting that he hoped to continue pushing forward military relations betwee

Russia, US nearing deal on crowded Syria skies

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) Oct 14, 2015
Russia and the United States said Wednesday that they were close to agreeing a deal to avoid clashes between their warplanes over Syria, as regime forces bombarded rebels near Damascus. Fighting was also reported on the ground in the northern city of Aleppo, where jihadists from the Islamic State group were advancing against rebels. Talks by videoconference Wednesday came after US and Ru

Russian Rocket Engine Delivery to China May Be Agreed by December

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Harbin, China (Sputnik) Oct 13, 2015
Russia may sign a rocket engine delivery agreement with China during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit in mid-December, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday. "We are talking about an agreement to deliver Russian rocket engines to China, as well as counter deliveries of Chinese microelectronics we need in spacecraft development," Rogozin said after meeting Chinese V

SMC Stands Up New Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles AFB CA (AFNS) Oct 16, 2015
The Space and Missile Systems Center's newest directorate, the Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate (SMC/LE), stood up at a ceremony held at Los Angeles Air Force Base on Oct. 14. Under the leadership of Dr. Claire Leon, the new directorate brings together the Launch Systems Directorate and the Rocket Systems Launch Program (which formerly fell under SMC's Advance Systems and Development Direct

Advanced Airborne Networking Capabilities Sought for Hostile Environments

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 16, 2015
Modern airborne warfare is becoming increasingly complex, with manned and unmanned systems having to rapidly share information in a volatile environment where adversaries use advanced, commercially available electronic systems to disrupt U.S. and allied communications. Complicating the communications challenge for allied warfighters, many current airborne radio networks are incompatible wi

China orders academics to push Communist doctrine online

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Oct 15, 2015
Chinese academics will be required to promote Communist party doctrine on the Internet, state-run media said Thursday, with promotions dependent on their ability to guide political discussions online. New guidelines from the country's education ministry call on teachers of political doctrine to promote "core socialist values" on social media, the state-run Global Times said. The move is

Britain's Charles to skip banquet with Chinese president

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) Oct 14, 2015
Britain's Prince Charles is to skip a state banquet during a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping next week, the office of the heir to the throne said on Wednesday. The Prince of Wales will hold "one-to-one talks" with the president but will not attend the banquet, to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. Charles is a supporter of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader whom Chin

Montenegro PM optimistic over bid to join NATO this year

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Podgorica, Montenegro (AFP) Oct 15, 2015
Montenegro's premier expressed optimism Thursday that the tiny Balkan country would join NATO by the year's end, after the chief of the military alliance visited Podgorica and commended its reforms. At the end of a two-day visit by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said he was "full of optimism... that Montenegro hopefully will be invited to join NATO as

CubeSat Launchers Expected to Open Research Opportunities for All

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Kennedy Space Center FL (SPX) Oct 15, 2015
NASA opened a new avenue for exploration and technology development with awards to three companies to launch missions dedicated to CubeSats. The tiny, box-shaped spacecraft have emerged in the last 16 years as a quick, viable way to test components and techniques that, if proven, can be applied to much larger missions where the stakes are far greater than a simple, 4-inch cube. The price tag for

Ascent Trajectories and the Gravity Turn

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Bethesda MD (SPX) Oct 14, 2015
Almost all space launch vehicles liftoff from the ground in the vertical direction and continue to orbit along an ascent trajectory that is usually optimized for the conditions in order to maximize performance while maintaining conservative safety margins. The actual shape of the path to orbit is influenced by a number of factors, including winds and the desired payload injection parameters.

Iridium Certus delivers latest Broadband developer kits to manufacturers

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
McLean VA (SPX) Oct 14, 2015
Iridium Communications has announced the availability of its next-generation broadband technology to manufacturing partners, to assist in their development of the first Iridium Certus broadband terminals, which will operate over the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation. Functional terminal prototypes using these Iridium broadband core transceiver (BCX) modules, are expected to begin end-to

Obama abandons pledge to pull troops from Afghanistan

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 15, 2015
President Barack Obama on Thursday announced thousands of US troops will remain in Afghanistan past 2016, retreating from a major campaign pledge as he admitted Afghan forces are not ready to stand alone. Calling his decision to keep a 9,800-strong US force in Afghanistan through much of next year "the right thing to do," Obama acknowledged "Afghan forces are still not as strong as they need

Pakistan deploys 10,000 troops to prevent sectarian violence

‎16 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:34:51 AMGo to full article
Islamabad (AFP) Oct 14, 2015
Pakistan is deploying some 10,000 troops and 6,000 paramilitary members to prevent sectarian violence during the holy month of Moharram, the interior minister said Wednesday. Moharram, which begins on Thursday and sees Shiites hold gatherings and processions to mourn the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussain, is frequently marred by sectarian violence, which has risen mar






News About Ballistic Missile Defense


Putin: Russia Has Weapons Capable of Penetrating Any Missile Defenses

‎16 ‎November ‎2015, ‏‎07:47:27 AMGo to full article
Sochi, Russia (Sputnik) Nov 11, 2015 - Russia will strengthen its strategic nuclear potential in response to the deployment of US missile defense systems, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

"Russia will take necessary retaliatory measures to strengthen the capacity of its strategic nuclear forces. We will work on our missile defense system as well. Initially, as we have repeatedly said, we will work on the strike systems able to overcome any missile defenses," Putin said at a meeting on the situation in the Russian military-industrial complex

The Russian leader added that references to the threats allegedly posed by the Iranian and North Korea nuclear programs conceal true Washington's intentions to achieve military superiority.

"Iranian and North Korean nuclear missile threats merely cover up the true plans [of the United States]. Their true purpose is to neutralize the strategic nuclear potential of other nuclear states - except the United States and its allies - including Russia first and foremost," Putin said.

Speaking at a session on the military-industrial complex, the Russian leader pointed to continued air defense system development by the United States despite the fact that the Iranian nuclear deal had been reached this summer.

"In the past three years, the [Russian] defense companies have developed and successfully tested several advanced weapons systems that are capable of accomplishing tasks in heavy missile defense environment," Putin said at a meeting with government and defense industry officials.

"The Russian armed forces started receiving these systems this year," Putin added.

Source: Sputnik News


Lockheed Martin Awarded $784 Million Contract to Build Ballistic Missile Defense Radar

‎28 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎09:59:31 AMGo to full article
Moorestown NJ (SPX) Oct 28, 2015 - The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded a team, led by Lockheed Martin, a contract to develop, build and test the Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR). The radar system will support a layered ballistic missile defense strategy to protect the U.S. homeland from ballistic missile attacks.

The nine-year contract, with options, will have the potential contract value of approximately $784 million. Work on the contract will be primarily performed in New Jersey, Alaska, Alabama, Florida, and New York.

LRDR is a high-powered S-Band radar incorporating solid-state gallium nitride (GaN) components and will be capable of discriminating threats at extreme distances. LRDR is a key component of the MDA's Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) that will provide acquisition, tracking, and discrimination data to enable separate defense systems to lock on and engage ballistic missile threats, a capability that stems from Lockheed Martin's decades of experience in creating ballistic missile defense systems for the U.S. and allied governments.

"The U.S. has a limited number of ground-based interceptors to detect threats, yet the number of potential missile threats - and countermeasures used to hide those threats - is growing," said Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors business.

"Our offering meets the MDA's vision for LRDR by pairing innovative radar discrimination capability with proven ballistic missile defense algorithms."

This MDA selection builds upon the U.S. government's long-term investment in S-Band radar, ground-based radar, and systems integration, as evident in such Lockheed Martin technologies as the Aegis Combat System, Space Fence, and Aegis Ashore. Since 2012, Lockheed Martin has offered solid state ground-based S-Band radar utilizing an Open GaN Foundry model that leverages relationships with strategic suppliers.

"Our mature, scalable, GaN-based S-Band technology was ideally suited for this high performance ballistic missile defense application," Bannar said. "LRDR represents the latest evolution in ground-based radar and ballistic missile defense."

When constructed, LRDR will consist of a solid-state, active electronically-scanned antenna, and the facility to house and operate this radar antenna. Lockheed Martin's proposed LRDR system will be built on an aggressive timeline ready for operational testing in Clear Air Force Station, Alaska by 2020.

Lockheed Martin has developed a team of corporate partners to meet the challenges of the LRDR program, including deciBel research (Huntsville, AL), Amec Foster Wheeler (Alpharetta, GA), ASRC Federal (Barrow, AK), IERUS Technologies (Huntsville, AL), PENTA Research (Huntsville, AL), and Davidson Technologies (Huntsville, AL).



USS Ross intercepts ballistic missile during coalition test

‎23 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎12:27:07 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 21, 2015 - The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ross successfully intercepted a ballistic missile during a defense exercise in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The coalition exercise marked the first time a Standard Missile-3 was fired outside of a U.S. range, and also the first time a ballistic missile was intercepted in the European theater. The At Sea Demonstration, known as ASD-15, was organized by the Maritime Theater Missile Defense Forum, which serves as a cooperative body for navies to develop and improve sea-based missile defense strategies.

"ASD-15 shows that with communication, collaboration and commitment nations can come together and flawlessly defend against a complex threat scenario," said U.S. 6th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. James Foggo in a statement.

During the event, a short-range Terrier ballistic missile was launched from the Herbrides Range along with two anti-ship cruise missiles. Ross intercepted the ballistic missile by firing the SM-3. This also marked the first time an SM-2 was fired on the Herbrides Range.

Eight nations provided ships and aircraft for the event, including France, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.



Russia Calls on US to Abandon Plans to Place Missile Defense in Romania

‎14 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎06:25:01 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 13, 2015 - Moscow calls for abandoning of plans to place US missile defense systems in Romania, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Non-proliferation, Disarmament, and Arms Control said, as quoted by the ministerial website Monday.

According to Mikhail Ulyanov, placing the systems in Romania would be a flagrant violation by the United States of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty.

According to the official, target missiles and attack drones, which could be used for launching cruise missiles of intermediate range, could be placed on Navy ships, but not on land.

"We are calling on the United States and Romania to understand their full responsibility for the development of these events, and abandon these plans while it's not too late," Ulyanov said, as quoted by the ministerial website.

Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa said in May that the elements of the NATO missile shield in Europe would be deployed at a military base in Deveselu, Romania, by the end of 2015.

Romania, a NATO member since 2004, is among several Eastern European nations seeking greater US presence in missile technology and expanded military exercises.

The United States and Russia signed the INF Treaty in 1987 to eliminate the threat of nuclear missiles capable of striking targets on the European continent.

Russia has repeatedly expressed concerns over NATO's military buildup along its western borders, warning that the alliance's expansion undermines regional and global security.

Source: Sputnik News



Space-based missile warning continues expansion

‎09 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:13:07 AMGo to full article
Buckley AFB CO (SPX) Oct 06, 2015 - Our Air Force's space-based missile warning program has a robust history stemming from the 1960s through the present. As these programs have evolved over the decades, their continued presence demonstrates their necessity to ensuring our national defense.

The United States' first true operational satellite defense program was known as the Missile Defense Alarm System. Initiated in 1958, MIDAS began with the first of nine launch attempts of infrared missile warning satellites in February 1960, but only achieved mission success on two of them--MIDAS 7 on May 9, 1963 and MIDAS 9 on July 18 of the same year.

These satellites attained orbit cycles of 44 days and 11 days, respectively, and gathered enough data during their brief operational life to convince top officials of the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense to pursue a follow-on program for enhanced infrared satellite missile detection.

The requirements for this program led to the creation of the Defense Support Program in the late 1960s and progressed in the ensuing decades into the Space-Based Infrared System.

The first launch of a DSP spacecraft took place on Nov. 6, 1970, onboard a Titan IIIC rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Since the inaugural DSP launch, subsequent satellite launches secured the DSP program as the primary space-based ballistic missile early warning system for the United States and its allies abroad.

As America's primary space sentinel for 45 years, DSP continues to provide early warning to command authorities of intercontinental ballistic missile launches from around the world that could threaten the United States and its foreign mission partners. Since its initiation as a Cold War program, the DSP system has expanded, evolved and taken on new capabilities, including early warning alerts of short-range theater ballistic missile launches in high-interest areas.

Between 1970 and 1985, six DSP ground stations were instituted across the globe to receive data from satellites within their field of view, including at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. Following the creation of the SBIRS program on Aug. 15, 1996 a Mission Control Station was established at Buckley AFB and became operational in December 2001.

This station consolidated all telemetry, tracking, command, and mission processing operations for the DSP constellation while providing an infrastructural asset for the eventual operation of SBIRS. In the years that followed, the MCS has continued to evolve, integrate SBIRS space assets, and synergize with mission partners across the globe.

Through these improvements, the MCS has enhanced its capability to detect, process and provide warning to combatant commanders, deployed warfighters, our nation and its allies from foreign missile threats.

As the SBIRS program continues to advance, new mission opportunities are underway, including support civil agencies, in order to enhance their respective missions such as U.S. Forest Services with early forest fire detection.

The next advancement in space-based missile warning will be complete with the SBIRS Block 10 upgrade. This effort will consolidate all SBIRS operations, including DSP and SBIRS geosynchronous satellites and highly elliptical orbit sensor constellations, into one facility.

The Block 10 program encompasses upgrades at multiple SBIRS sites and consists of major software revisions, additional computer processing hardware at the MCS, and numerous additional hardware components at each relay ground station to include fully leveraging new SBIRS scanner and starer sensor capabilities.

Block 10 is scheduled to achieve operations acceptance by August 2016. The evolution of the SBIRS program also continues with the anticipated launch of GEO-4 in 2016 and GEO-3 in late 2017, as well as development of the GEO-5/GEO-6 satellites and HEO-3/HEO-4 sensors.



Russia's Aerospace Forces Never Miss a Missile Launch... Anywhere

‎09 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:13:07 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Oct 06, 2015 - The Russian Aerospace Forces registered over 20 ballistic missile space rocket launches and held about 400 satellite linkups in 2015, the Defense Ministry said in a statement Sunday.

"Our missile attack warning center registered over 20 launches by Russian and foreign ballistic missiles and space rockets," the ministry press-service said, RIA Novosti reported.

"The Russian Aerospace Forces have also placed in orbit 16 satellites for the Defense Ministry, the Federal Space Agency and as part of the GLONASS and international cooperation programs," the press release said.

The fourth of October is celebrated each year in Russia as Aerospace Forces Day; the date was timed to coincide with the first-ever launching of an artificial space satellite, known worldwide as Sputnik.

The Aerospace Forces are responsible for commanding the hundreds of planes in the air force arsenal and managing air and missile defenses.

Added to that is complete responsibility for all aspects of Russia's military space operations, from launch to the operation in space of intelligence and nuclear missile warning satellites.

Source: Sputnik News



Lockheed Martin delivers enhanced Patriot interceptor

‎09 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:13:07 AMGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Oct 6, 2015 - The U.S. Army has received its first enhanced range and improved mobility Patriot 3 interceptor missiles from Lockheed Martin.

The Patriot Advanced Capability Missile Segment Enhancement, or PAC-3 MSE, interceptors were delivered Oct. 5, the company said, but the number involved was not disclosed.

"We are proud to deliver these interceptors to the U.S. Army and are confident the men and women of the armed forces can count on the PAC-3 MSE when it matters most," said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

"As enemy threats grow in number and complexity, these interceptors will be critical to protecting soldiers, citizens and infrastructure around the globe."

The PAC-3 MSE interceptor, for use against ballistic missiles and other aerial targets, features a larger, dual-pulse solid rocket motor, larger control fins, and upgraded support systems. Lockheed Martin says the improvements nearly double the missile's range and maneuverability for defending against increasing sophisticated missile threats.



Patriot missiles to be pulled from Turkey as planned

‎09 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎03:13:07 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 1, 2015 - Patriot missiles deployed in Turkey since 2013 to guard against rockets from Syria will be removed for planned upgrades in October, despite the ongoing crisis across the border, the Pentagon said Thursday.

"The Patriots will be redeployed to the United States for critical modernization upgrades that will ensure our missile defense force remains capable of countering evolving global threats and protecting allies and partners -- including Turkey," Defense Department spokeswoman Laura Seal said.

The United States and Turkey had in August announced the withdrawal of the missiles, deployed under NATO authority in 2013.

Germany has also announced its intention to withdraw its two Patriot missile batteries from Turkey.

NATO can still use a Spanish missile battery that has been deployed since January in Adana in the south of Turkey.

Seal said that if needed, the United States could send the Patriot missiles and their personnel back to Turkey "within one week."

"We will also retain a persistent presence of US Navy multi-role Aegis ships in the eastern Mediterranean," she added.

The military situation in Syria is changing at a new pace, after Russia on Wednesday launched its first air strikes in the country.

Patriots can shoot down tactical ballistic weapons, cruise missiles or planes.




Raytheon to gather long-lead components for missile interceptor

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:54:17 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Sep 16, 2015 - Long-lead items for production of 17 SM-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptors are to be procured by Raytheon under a U.S. Missile Defense Agency award.

The contract from MDA is worth $87 million, and a follow-on contract for additional parts procurement is ecpected early next year, Raytheon said.

The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA is a defense against intermediate-range ballistic missiles. It is part of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and was developed by the United States and Japan.

It is scheduled for deployment in 2018.

The SM-3 Block IIA has larger rocket motors than earlier variants and an enhanced kill vehicle for destroying threats earlier flight.

The interceptor is a hit-to-kill weapon.

"The SM-3 Block IIA can be used at sea or on land with no modification to the missile," said Amy Cohen, Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 program director. "The SM-3 is the only ballistic missile defense interceptor that can be deployed both ways, and that flexibility is a tremendous asset."

Raytheon said more 230 earlier variant SM-3s have been delivered to date. The SM-3 Block IB will be deployed at sea and ashore this year in Romania.


Russian Anti-Missile Warning System Protects on Multiple Tiers

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 18, 2015 - The Russian anti-missile warning system has the primary task to detect a missile attack and pass on the data to the anti-missile defense system.

Based on the system of missile warning the information about the extent and source of attack provides the defenses with needed calculation to respond.

The anti-missile warning system consists of a ground-based radar with a detection range of 6000 km and a group of orbiting satellites that can detect the launch of intercontinental missiles from anywhere in the world.

The early-warning system allows you to define a class of missiles launched and assess the direction of its flight, Colonel Viktor Tymoshenko said during an interview with radio RSN.

"The anti-missile warning system evaluates the energy of the 'torch' itself and based on that it registers what type of a ballistic missile it is."

According to him, the early warning system is constructed in such a way that it is 'multi-channeled' and can function on mass launches of dozens of ballistic missiles.

However, he did not rule out the emergence of ambiguous situations with such a technology, in which case specialists join in the process.

"The incidence of false alarms over the years is less and less. But with technology anything can be possible so such incidents are not excluded. Hence, there is a trained crew who carries out the assessment and make the right decisions," Tymoshenko said.

Source: Sputnik News



Russian Missile Warning System Can Detect Mass Launch of Ballistic Missiles

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Aug 18, 2015 - The missile early warning system can detect any launch from any direction, said Chief of Staff of the Main Centre for Missile Warning of the Russian Aerospace Forces, Colonel Viktor Tymoshenko.

Russia's missile warning system is able to work on at least a dozen ballistic targets.

"The current early warning system can detect any launches from any direction from south or north or any other. It is impossible to commit any act of aggression without us finding out," Tymoshenko said in an interview with radio RSN.

According to him, the early warning system is constructed in such a way that it is 'multi-channeled' and can function on mass launches of dozens of ballistic missiles.

The Russian Aerospace Forces are engaged in the centralized management of the air forces, air defense and missile defense, operation and supervision of spacecraft of the Russian orbital grouping. It is also responsible for the space control and early warning of missile attacks.

Source: Sputnik News



US Army Held Missile Defense War Games to Subvert 'Russian Jamming'

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Aug 18, 2015 - In an effort shore up its missile defense capabilities, the US military has conducted a massive electronic warfare exercise. The concern? Russian radar jamming technology.

Last spring, the US Army conducted a highly classified exercise deep in the New Mexico desert. Held at White Sands Missile Range, the electronic warfare drills were designed to find weaknesses in the Pentagon's missile defense capabilities.

To accomplish this, the military mimicked a series of offensive jamming attacks to test the readiness of the defense system. Evidently, those networks need a lot of improvement, as the results of the exercise produced nearly 70 terabytes of data, roughly twice the size of Wikipedia.

But the prime reason for the drills is concern that Russian and Chinese technology is too advanced for the US military to confront. According to Brig. Gen. Neil Thurgood, the Army's Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Missiles and Space, America's principal foes have developed advanced digital jamming far beyond old-school analog technology.

That advanced tech is not only capable of blocking missile defense radars from intercepting incoming signals, but can also fool the defenses with a false radar pulse.

Essentially, Russian and Chinese jammers can trick US missile defense networks into firing at empty sky.

To improve those defenses, the Army is hoping to streamline its computer networks. Testing the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System, the exercise at White Sands experimented with combining multiple radars into one, fluid, detection apparatus.

"Today, we don't hook all those together. We don't see one single air picture, one composite track for one target," Thurgood told Breaking Defense. "[But in the exercise] we had the Patriot weapon platform, the Sentinel [radar], the Avenger weapon platform, all linked to IBCS, all making the composite track, one track from all the sensors, and we practiced engagements..."

By relying on multiple radar platforms, it will prove more difficult to fool any one installation.

Of course, even with new ideas for improvement, it could still take over a year to fully analyze the results of the exercise, and even longer to implement any corrections.

This isn't the first sign that Western missile defense systems need drastic overhauls. On Wednesday, the head of the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) announced that the organizations missile defense program "will not work" against an enemy attack.

While NORAD's concerns don't involve radar jamming, specifically, it is adopting a similar strategy to fix its flaws. By developing a global network capable of quickly transmitting targeting data, the defense organization hopes to improve its response time.

"We have the technology," Admiral Bill Gortney told Breaking Defense. "The technologies are probably all out there. It's getting it aligned."

Source: Sputnik News



US to withdraw Patriot missiles from Turkey in October

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) Aug 16, 2015 - Turkey and the United States said Sunday that Washington would withdraw its Patriot missile batteries from the country in October after bolstering Ankara's air defences against threats from Syria's civil war.

The NATO mandate for the mission will run out in October and will not be renewed, but the US is prepared to return Patriot assets and personnel to Turkey within one week if needed, a joint Turkish-US statement said.

"They will be redeployed to the US for critical modernisation upgrades that will ensure the US missile defence force remains capable of countering evolving global threats and protecting Allies and partners, including Turkey," the statement said.

It also emphasised that Washington remains "committed to supporting Turkey's air defence capabilities, including against ballistic missile risks and threats... and its security and regional stability."

A US defence official stressed that the move by the US military was for the purpose of force modernisation.

"It does not reflect a decision by the NATO Alliance to reduce support for Turkey's air defence," the official told AFP.

The decision comes less than a month after Turkey opened its southeastern Incirlik air base to US fighter jets to carry out bombing raids against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria.

The US and Turkish officials have said their respective armies are currently working to coordinate logistics before starting full-scale operations against IS.

Turkey turned to its NATO allies for help over its troubled frontier after shells landed on its border areas from Syria in October 2012, killing several villagers.

The United States, the Netherlands and Germany have provided a total of six Patriots batteries along the Turkish border with Syria. Germany on Saturday announced it would withdraw its two missile systems from Turkey from January 31, saying that the main threat in the region now came from the Islamic State group.

Originally used as an anti-aircraft missile, Patriots today are used to defend airspace by detecting and destroying incoming missiles. NATO deployed Patriot missiles in Turkey during the 1991 Gulf war and in 2003 during the Iraqi conflict.

Turkey is currently pressing a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against IS jihadists in Syria and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in northern Iraq and southeast Turkey following a wave of attacks inside the country.

Ankara launched its first air strikes against IS targets in late July but then put them on hold, instead concentrating its firepower on Kurdish militants in operations that have troubled its allies.



Japan requests Aegis systems for new destroyers

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Aug 10, 2015 - Japan's plan to build two destroyers is poised to receive tangible U.S. support through the acquisition of weapon systems.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the Foreign Military Sales program, notified Congress Japan has requested Aegis combat systems and underwater weapon systems for the ships at an estimated cost $1.5 billion.

Other systems -- along with associated equipment, parts and support – would be part of the possible sale package approved by the U.S. State Department.

"Japan continues to modernize its fleet to support integrated air and missile defense roles and special mission requirements," DSCA said. "The addition of two new AEGIS DDGs (destroyers) will fulfill Japan's mission goal of acquiring eight ballistic missile defense capable ships and will further enhance interoperability with the U.S. Navy, build upon a longstanding cooperative effort with the United States, and provide enhanced capability with a valued partner in a geographic region of critical importance to Japan and the U.S. Government.

"The proposed sale to Japan will represent an important commitment by the U.S. Government in furtherance of foreign policy and national security goals for both the United States and Japan."

The combat systems will be procured over a period of six or seven years.

In addition to Aegis MK 7 shipsets, shopping list includes computer programs, multi-mission signal processors, AN/MK8 MOD4 Aegis common display systems, MK 99 MOD 8 fire control systems, AN/SPG-62A radar, ballistic missile defense units, identification-friend-or-foe systems, AN/SQQ-89A (V) 15 underwater surveillance and communication system, and other gear.

"The addition of two new AEGIS DDGs to Japan's fleet will afford more flexibility and capability to counter regional threats and continue to enhance stability in the region," DSCA said.

The agency said Japanese industry has requested participation with U.S. industry as sub-contractors as part of the FMS sale on a limited basis to provide selected components and software for the destroyers' weapons systems.

In other FMS developments, the State Department has also approved a request by Bahrain for follow-on support and associated equipment, parts and logistics for its fleet off F-16 aircraft.

The estimated price tag for the proposed deal is $150 million.

"The RBAF's F-16s are aging and periodic maintenance is becoming increasingly expensive," the agency said. "The age of the fleet, combined with an increased operational tempo due to recent involvement in Operation Inherent Resolve (anti ISIL bombings) has led to increased focus on maintenance and sustainment."

"The follow-on support is required to maintain the operational readiness of the Royal Bahrain Air Force's F-16 fleet.



Canada to Buy Israeli Iron Dome Technology

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jul 30, 2015 - Canada will acquire radar technology similar to Israel's Iron Dome Air Defense System to be delivered as early as 2017 to boost the country's defense capabilities, the Canadian Department of National Defense announced in a statement on Wednesday.

"Much like Israel's successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Ranger Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian Armed Forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations," Canada's Defense Minister Jason Kenney was quoted as saying.

The new Canadian radar systems will be capable of simultaneously identifying multiple "airborne threats," tracking "hostile indirect fire," locating enemy positions as well as calculating the "point of impact of a projectile," according to the defense department.

Canadian defense supplier Rheinmetall Canada Inc. has won contracts to produce some 10 Medium Range Radar systems worth up to $243.3 million. It will work with a subcontractor of Israel Aerospace Industries, ELTA Systems Ltd., to receive the radar technology as early as 2017.

"The system is flexible enough to meet a wide range of missions. It is air transportable, is highly mobile, and is rapidly deployable. Users can remotely operate the system through its integrated networking capability," the statement read. "In addition, it can work day and night under all weather conditions to generate a real-time understanding of air traffic above a battlefield."

The Israeli Iron Dome is a missile defense system that has been in use since 2011. The all-weather air defense system was developed to protect the country from a potential nuclear threats from Iran, as well as Syria and Lebanon's Hezbollah militia. Additionally, the Iron Dome was used during Israel's summer 2014 military campaign in Gaza against Hamas forces, and had a 90-percent success rate over the 50-day conflict.




Canada to purchase Iron Dome-like radar systems

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Ottawa (AFP) July 29, 2015 - Canada said Wednesday it will buy missile defense radars modeled after Israel's Iron Dome from German defense contractor Rheinmetall.

The defense ministry put the cost of the 10 medium range radar systems at Cad$243.3 million ($187.2 million).

Canada's National Defense Minister Jason Kenney hailed the deal, saying the technology had proved useful for Israel.

"Much like Israel's successful Iron Dome radar technology, the Medium Range Radar system will be able to instantly track enemy fire aimed at Canadian armed forces personnel and help keep them safe during operations," Kenney said.

The ministry said the radar systems are "capable of detecting hostile indirect fire, locating the position of the enemy weapon and calculating the point of impact of a projectile, as well as simultaneously tracking multiple airborne threats."

They will be manufactured by Rheinmetall's Canadian branch, which will work alongside ELTA Systems, a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries.

The delivery of the radar systems is expected to begin in 2017.

Canada has become one of Israel's closest allies since the election of Canadian conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2006.

Canada was one of the few countries to oppose Palestine's bid for an upgraded status at the United Nations in 2012.

Rheinmetall also announced Wednesday a contract to provide the Canadian army with new communications and navigation technology, the modular Integrated Soldier System (ISS), which it said "greatly improves the situational awareness of the individual soldier."

The ISS contract is for four years, and if the qualification phase is approved by the Canadian government, could amount to a second contract worth a total of $Cad250 million, according to a statement from Rheinmetall Canada.





Saudis to acquire hundreds of advanced Patriot missiles

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jul 29, 2015 - The proposed sales of U.S. Patriot interceptor missiles and aircraft counter-measure systems to Middle East countries have received State Department approval.

The separate packages, through the Foreign Military Sales program, have a combined worth of more than $5.7 billion and would "contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States" by aiding key allies, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program, told Congress the two countries involved are Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Saudi Arabia is seeking to acquire 600 Patriot Advanced Capability-3, Cost-Reduction Initiative Missiles with containers.

Included in the proposed deal would be PAC-3 CRI test missiles, PAC-3 telemetry kits, PAC-3 guidance enhanced flight test target/Patriot as a Target missiles, fire solution computers, launcher modification kits, automated logistics system kits, and other equipment and support services.

The price tag: $5.44 billion.

"The proposed sale will modernize and replenish Saudi Arabia's current Patriot missile stockpile, which is becoming obsolete and difficult to sustain due to age and limited availability of repair parts," DSCA said.

The United Arab Emirates is seeking AN/AAQ 24(V) Directional Infrared Countermeasures Systems, or DIRCM, and associated equipment, parts and logistical support under a proposed package worth $335 million.

In addition to four systems to help aircraft used to fly its head of state, the UAE is seeking small laser transmitter assemblies, system processors, and AN/AAR-54 Missile Warning System sensors. The sale also includes Control Interface Units, selective availability anti-spoofing modules, and other gear, as well as contractor support.

"This proposed sale of DIRCM will help provide protection to the UAE's Head of State aircraft," the agency said. "DIRCM will facilitate a more robust capability against increased missile threats. The sale of this advanced system will enhance the safety of the UAE's political leadership while bolstering U.S.-UAE relations."

The principal contractor for the proposed UAE sales would e Boeing and Northrop Grumman. Implementation of the sale would require one Field Service representative to live in the UAE for up to two years and U.S. government or contractor representatives to travel to the UAE for up to 6 years for support.

DSCA said neither the proposed sale of missiles to Saudi Arabia or DIRCM systems to the UAE would upset the existing military balance in the region. Nor, it said, would either sale have an adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness.



$1.5B contract goes to Lockheed Martin for Patriot interceptors

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Jul 29, 2015 - Lockheed Martin reports receipt of a $1.5 billion contract to produce advanced missiles for Patriot air-defense systems for allied nations.

The PAC-3 and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement missiles deal includes provision of associated equipment and spare parts.

Recipients of the interceptors through the U.S Foreign Military Sales program are the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

"The PAC-3 and the PAC-3 MSE interceptors are the most advanced, capable and reliable terminal air-defense missiles in the world," said Scott Arnold, Lockheed Martin's vice president of PAC-3 programs. "As threats grow in complexity, these interceptors will continue to be in high demand to protect soldiers and citizens around the globe."

The PAC-3 Missile is a high-velocity hit-to-kill interceptor fpr defense against incoming and aircraft. The PAC-3 MSE uses two-pulse solid rocket motor to increased altitude and range.

The U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama is the contracting authority for the production work.



Russia Will Knock Out US Missile Shield Installations If Attacked

‎16 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎06:50:07 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 23, 2015 - If attacked, Russia will respond with retaliatory strikes at US missile defense installations wherever they may be in the world, Russia's former Strategic Missile Forces' commander warned on Tuesday.

"Any military facility of the US global missile shield will become a primary target of a Russian counterattack in the event of a military aggression against this country," Viktor Yesin told RIA Novosti news agency.

The deployment of US missile defenses in Europe under the pretext of protecting America's European allies against an imaginary missile attack by Iran has been a major irritant in US-Russia relations.

Washington insists the European missile shield is not aimed against Russia, but refuses to provide any legal guarantees to Moscow that its missile defense systems in Europe are not directed at Russia's strategic nuclear deterrent.

Source: Sputnik News



US Awards $870Mln Contract to Develop Missile Defense Command System

‎18 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:14:11 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jun 25, 2015 - The C2BMC is an operational system that enables the US President, Defense Secretary and combatant commanders to conduct ballistic missile defense planning, according to the Defense Department.

"[Lockheed Martin] has been awarded a maximum $870,000,000... [to develop] the command and control, battle management and communications [C2BMC] system located worldwide for the Ballistic Missile Defense System," the release said on Monday.

The development of the C2BMC, the release explained, will enhance US homeland defense while meeting requirements for the planned deployment of BMD systems to NATO allies, referred to as the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA).

Lockheed Martin plans to perform the development in Arlington, Virginia; Huntsville, Alabama; and Colorado Springs, Colorado, with an expected completion date of December 31, 2021, the release added.

C2BMC integrates globally deployed sensors, radars, satellites and interceptors into a single network, providing commanders with a unified picture of missile threats across the globe, according to an earlier Lockheed Martin press release.

In March 2015, a Defense Department spokesperson announced that EPAA will include deployment of anti-ballistic missiles and BMD systems to Romania in 2015 and Poland in 2018.

US authorities are reportedly considering deploying missiles to Europe to counter Russia's alleged violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty. Russian officials have pointed out that US missile defense launchers stationed in Poland and Romania are violations of the INF treaty.

Source: Sputnik News



US Authorizes 'Forward-Based' Missile Defense System for Allies

‎18 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎10:14:11 AMGo to full article
Washington (Sputnik) Jun 17, 2015 - US defense industry giant Raytheon said that the US government authorized its allies to purchase missile defense radars for use in forward-based mode for early threat detection. The US government authorized its allies to purchase missile defense radars for use in forward-based mode for early threat detection, US defense industry giant Raytheon said in a press release on Monday.

"The US government has authorized several US allies and security partners to potentially purchase via Foreign Military Sales the Raytheon-made AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar, for use in forward-based mode," the release stated.

In forward-based mode, the release explained, the transportable radar system is positioned near hostile territory so it can detect ballistic missiles in the ascent phase shortly after they are launched.

The AN/TPY-2 will allow US allies to enhance defensive capabilities and improve the performance of existing capabilities such as the Patriot air defense system, the release said.

Raytheon's announcement comes as senior US officials are reportedly contemplating potential responses to alleged Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

The Cold War-era INF Treaty prohibits testing, possessing or producing medium-range ground-based cruise and nuclear missiles.

The United States has accused Russia of conducting test flights of cruise missiles in violation of the Cold War-era INF Treaty. The Treaty prohibits testing, possessing or producing medium-range ground-based cruise and nuclear missiles.

One of the options US officials are considering is to deploy missiles to Europe to defend against any advantage Russia might gain from a ground-based system, or a more aggressive "counterforce" of ground-based strategic weapons or cruise missiles.

Russia claims NATO's ballistic missile defense and the US use of certain drones are a violation of the INF treaty.

Source: Sputnik News



USAF Early Warning Satellites Get No-Cost Update from Lockheed Martin

‎13 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:39:32 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Jun 11, 2015 - The U.S. Air Force's newest infrared surveillance and missile warning satellites will be based on Lockheed Martin's modernized A2100 spacecraft, an update that improves system affordability and resiliency while also adding the flexibility to use future payloads. The fifth and sixth Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites will receive this advanced spacecraft technology at no additional cost to the existing fixed-price contract.

The SBIRS program is responsible for America's early missile warning and infrared surveillance missions, which are crucial to global security.

In response to the Department of Defense's need for more affordable and resilient systems, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin worked to add the A2100 bus update to the 2014 SBIRS block-buy contract, which already saved the Air Force more than $1 billion. The modernized A2100 adds further affordability by using common components, streamlined manufacturing and has a flexible design that reduces the cost to incorporate future, modernized sensor suites.

"Through the leadership of the Air Force's Space and Missile Systems Center, we have been working to address the Department of Defense's Better Buying Power and Bending the Cost Curve initiatives to deliver more value per dollar on this vital national security system," said David Sheridan, Lockheed Martin vice president and SBIRS program manager.

"SBIRS has been providing outstanding global coverage for the Air Force, and migration to the modernized A2100 will help keep SBIRS ahead of America's adversaries while dramatically reducing costs and cycle times."

The modernized A2100 builds on a flight-proven bus that is the foundation for more than 40 satellites in orbit today. Through an internally-funded, multi-year modernization effort, Lockheed Martin has enhanced the spacecraft's power, propulsion and electronics, while also adopting the latest advanced manufacturing techniques to decrease production costs and timelines.



Kremlin Focuses on Alleged US Plans to Aim Missiles at Russia's Nukes

‎13 ‎August ‎2015, ‏‎05:39:32 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jun 09, 2015 - Moscow is paying much attention to US press reports about Washington's possible deployment of nuclear missiles that can threaten Russia's nuclear potential.

Mocow has directed much of its attention on US press reports about Washington's possible deployment of nuclear missiles capable of threatening Russia's nuclear potential and will first analyze them before making any assessments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

"Of course, we paid attention to these reports from the press. We first need to analyze these reports, this information before we give any type of assessment, but we have of course placed much attention on these reports," Peskov told journalists.

Earlier media reports suggested that the United States was considering deploying missile systems in Europe as a response to an alleged violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty by Moscow.

The United States is suspecting Russian authorities of testing ground-launched cruise missiles with a range that is not allowed by the treaty.

The INF Treaty bans nuclear and conventional ground-based cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 kilometers (310-3,400 miles).

Russia, in its turn, has reminded of alleged violations of the treaty by the United States by placing missile defense launchers in Poland and Romania, which, in Moscow's view, could be used to deploy Tomahawk cruise missiles.




Boecore to support Army missile defense

‎29 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎02:05:51 PMGo to full article
Colorado Springs (UPI) Jun 10, 2015 - The U.S. military has contracted Boecore Inc. to provide technical, advisory and operational support to missile defense and strategic commands.

The Space and Missile Defense Advisory and Assistance Services contract is from the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command. It is a multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity award and worth $496 million over a five-year period. Boecore is one of four awardees of the contract.

Its services -- to be performed primarily in Colorado, Alabama, Texas and the National Capital Region -- will be in the areas of missile defense, global strike, cyber operations, warfighter training, friendly force tracking and commercial imagery, among others.

"Winning this contract allows Boecore to further support SMDC/ARSTRAT by providing exceptional technical capabilities and expertise in support of their mission needs," said Kathy Boe, CEO of Boecore.

Boecore Inc. is a woman-owned small business specializing in cybersecurity, software solutions, systems engineering, enterprise networks and mission operations.



Germany opts for MEADS missile defence system

‎29 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎02:05:51 PMGo to full article
Berlin (AFP) June 9, 2015 - The German government has decided to buy the MEADS missile defence system built by European defence group MBDA and Lockheed Martin, instead of the Patriot system made by Raytheon, the defence ministry announced on Tuesday.

German media reports put the value of the contract at several billions of euros.

After long years of deliberation, the German army finally opted for the next-generation Medium Extended Air Defence System (MEADS) made by MBDA, which is a consortium that includes Italy's Finmeccanica SpA, Airbus Group and Britain's BAE Systems Plc, the ministry said in a statement.

It will replace by 2025 the current Patriot system, used by Germany since 1989.

US-based Raytheon had also been in the bidding for the new contract, with an updated version of Patriot.

The number of units that the German army wants to buy was not yet disclosed, but media reports put it at eight or ten.

German news agency DPA said Berlin had already poured four billion euros into the project's development and could invest "three or four billion euros more."

MEADS is a mobile surface-to-air missile system designed to ward off attacks from tactical ballistic missiles and aircraft.

In 2014, developers announced that a MEADS unit had a 360-degree firing arc, and so could successfully deflect simultaneous rocket attacks from different directions.

The choice, taken against a backdrop of budget cutbacks within the army, angered the opposition, with the far-left Linke party slamming it as a "new waste of billions of taxpayers' money," while the environmentalist Green party said the government was "throwing money out of the window."

The decision comes at a time of mounting criticism of the Bundeswehr's faulty and outdated equipment.

Even its standard G36 assault rifle was revealed to have serious technical flaws.

Recent media reports revealed serious problems with several types of aircraft crippling Germany's military abilities at a time when the country is considering greater international engagement.



Northrop's battle command system brings down ballistic missile target

‎29 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎02:05:51 PMGo to full article
White Sands Missile Range, N.M. (UPI) May 28, 2015 - The integrated air and missile defense Battle Command System downed a ballistic missile in its first flight test by Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Army.

The test on Thursday was conducted using the IAMD BCS, a Patriot system radar and two adapted Patriot launchers connected at the component level to the IBCS integrated fire control network, Northrop Grumman said.

Using measurement data from the Patriot radar, the IBCS track manager established a composite track on the ballistic missile, the IBCS mission control software assessed the track as a threat and presented an engagement solution. The engagement operations center operator then used the IBCS mission control software to command the launches of two Patriot PAC-2 interceptor missiles to destroy the target in flight.

"IBCS is crucial to the Army vision for an IAMD C2 [command and control] capability across all echelons and AMD assets, including joint systems," said Brig. Gen. (P) L. Neil Thurgood, Army program executive officer, Missiles and Space. "The success of IBCS allows our ability to acquire needed radars and interceptors to plug into our architecture without having to buy entire systems and to optimize the sensor/shooter relationship to the target.

"Additionally, IBCS allows for a single AMD C2 that is tailorable at every echelon and reduces the training burden while enhancing mission success."

Northrop Grumman's IBCS is to replace seven legacy command-and-control systems to provide a single integrated air picture, reduce single points of failure and offer the flexibility for deployment of smaller force packages. The networking sensors and interceptors – instead of linking them -- provides wider area surveillance and broader protection areas.

IBCS's open systems architecture allows integration of current and future sensors and weapon systems and enables interoperability with joint C2 and the U.S. ballistic missile defense system.



US Defense Department to Deploy Radar in Alaska to Protect Pacific Coast

‎29 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎02:05:51 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 28, 2015 - The Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) will tentatively be deployed in the US state of Alaska to improve defense capabilities of the US west coast, the US Department of Defense said in a statement.

"Clear Air Force Station, an Air Force Space Command radar station located in central Alaska, has been tentatively identified as the preferred location for the LRDR," the statement, issued on Friday, said.

The Department of Defense added that the new radar will "increase the capacity of the ground-based midcourse defense inventory of interceptors in Alaska and California."

The LRDR will also serve as a midcourse sensor for the US Ballistic Missile Defense System and will help to better address potential countermeasures.

The radar, which is pending completion of required environmental and safety studies, is scheduled to start working in 2020, according to the statement.

The final decision on the radar's location will be made after the environmental impact analysis has been completed, the Defense Department added.

In June 2014, US Missile Defense Agency Vice Admiral James Syring said the radar project is "absolutely vital" to the United States amid military threats and rhetoric coming from North Korea.

Source: Sputnik News



US Aegis Ships Could Pose Threat to Russia

‎23 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎07:44:40 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 25, 2015 - Russian Embassy to Washington Counselor Alexander Trofimov says that US Navy Aegis ships based in Europe could secretly carry cruise missiles threatening Russia.

US Navy Aegis ships based in Europe could secretly carry cruise missiles threatening Russia, Russian Embassy to Washington Counselor Alexander Trofimov told a Congressional roundtable discussion on missile defense in Europe in the US Congress.

"Aegis can fire [anti-ballistic missile] interceptors and attack [cruise] missiles like the Tomahawk," Trofimov said on Wednesday.

Trofimov explained the defensive interceptors and offensive Tomahawk cruise missiles would be vertically deployed on the ships, making it difficult for air or space reconnaissance to identify them.

On May 1, 2015, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter joined two other destroyers, USS Donald Cook and USS Ross, at the Naval Station Rota in Spain as part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) to ballistic missile defense (BMD).

A fourth Arleigh Burke-class warship, the USS Carney, will join them later in 2015.

All four ships have had their Aegis combat systems upgraded to handle BMD threats.

Trofimov said the deployment was continuing without any US-Russian dialogue to address Moscow's concerns that it was threatening the power balance in Europe.

"The new missile defense deployment is not just about missile defense. It is about threats to strategic stability," the diplomat said.

US President Barack Obama approved the EPAA in 2009. The EPAA uses mobile radars and interceptors mounted on Aegis-class Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.

Source: Sputnik News



US, NATO Have 'No Plans' to Place Missile Defense Systems in Ukraine

‎09 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎10:16:57 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 22, 2015 - Ukrainian National Security Service Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said earlier on Wednesday that Ukraine may hold consultations to place missile defense systems on its territory to ensure security against nuclear threats.

"I don't think we are exactly sure what they were referring to," Harf said. "NATO ballistic missile defense plans are well-known. All existing and planned elements are on NATO territory."

NATO's missile defense is not directed against Russia, but against threats from the Middle East, Harf said.

"There is no offer or plan to place US or NATO ballistic missile defense systems in Ukraine."

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that if Ukraine deployed elements of US missile defense systems on its territory, then Russia would need to respond in order to ensure its own security.

Source: Sputnik News



NATO's missile defense capability set for modernization

‎18 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎07:00:24 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 execution of this contract will be a major step forward for NATO's missile defense," said Koen Gijsbers, NATO Communications and Information Agency general manager. "This contract further merges two of NATO's largest common funded investments -- air and missile defense -- paving the way for an integrated approach."

Thales said the project will involve 15 industry partners from eight countries and will be completed by 2018.

The modernization project will be rolled out in three steps, with the final step offering an integrated single software baseline able to support both air and missile defense but additional information was not disclosed.



US Missile Defense System Beset by Delays

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo 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

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo 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

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo 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

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo 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

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo 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

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo 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

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo 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

‎24 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:53:06 AMGo 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.






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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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