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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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Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) July 2, 2015
Agonising talks towards a grand bargain nuclear deal between Iran and major powers looked set Thursday to drag into the weekend and beyond, with stubborn differences still separating the two sides in Vienna. There was little indication meanwhile whether the head of the UN atomic watchdog had made any progress in Tehran on one of the main sticking points: a probe into allegations of past nucl
 

Beijing's South China Sea runway 'nearly complete': US think-tank

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2015
Beijing has nearly completed building a 3,000-metre (9,800-foot) airstrip on a reef in disputed waters in the South China Sea, where tensions are mounting with its neighbours, a US think-tank said. A satellite picture taken on Sunday showed that China was paving and marking the runway on Fiery Cross Reef and an apron and taxiway have been added, the Center for Strategic and International Stu
 

Russia to loan Armenia $200 million for arms: Yerevan

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Yerevan (AFP) July 2, 2015
Moscow is to give Armenia a $200 million loan to purchase sophisticated Russian weapons at a discount, officials in Yerevan said on Thursday. Armenia, which hosts a Russian military base, has been shaken by nearly two weeks of protests over plans by a Russian-owned company to hike electricity prices in the small Caucasus country. Armenia's deputy defence minister Ara Nazaryan told a par
 

McCain Blows His Top Over US Inability to Abandon Russian Rocket Engines

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jun 28, 2015
US Senator John McCain is blowing a gasket over America's inability to find a suitable substitution for Russia's RD-180 engines, accusing his Republican fellows of playing into Moscow's hands, US journalist Tim Mak notes. Regardless of its widely discussed sanctions policy, the United States still cannot break its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines to get to space, US journalist Tim M
 

Europe teams up for next-gen mission control software

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Jun 25, 2015
Together with national space agencies and industry, ESA is working to develop next-generation software for spacecraft control and monitoring. The initiative is a strategic and technological jump, and will see most space organisations in Europe adopting a common infrastructure, which will improve efficiency, lower technical risk and deliver a major boost to European industrial competitiveness.
 

NASA Gears Up to Test Orion's Powerhouse

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Sandusky OH (SPX) Jul 01, 2015
NASA is getting ready for a series of tests that will check out Orion's service module, a critical part of the spacecraft that will launch atop the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on future missions to an asteroid and on toward Mars. The testing, which will take place at NASA Glenn's Plum Brook Station in Sandusky, Ohio, will begin with the arrival of a crew module adapter simula
 

NovaWurks and Spaceflight Services set for payload test bed mission in 2017

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Los Alamitos CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2015
NovaWurks and Spaceflight Services have announced a signed launch contract for a NovaWurks Payload Test Bed (PTB) mission planned for the third quarter of 2017. PTB-2, the second of the company's Payload Test Bed missions, is scheduled to launch into a sun-synchronous orbit on Spaceflight's SHERPA in-space transportation platform aboard a U.S. commercial launch vehicle. Flown on NovaWurks'
 

European space industry collaborates with ESA for the future

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Jul 01, 2015
More than 80 companies from ESA Member States met recently to begin discussing new models of collaboration to reinforce European space industry's presence in the world market. A first-ever event hosted at ESA's European Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, on 25-26 June brought Agency experts together with space industry to discuss the path for future collaboration in mission operations
 

Deadly clashes rock Yemen as UN raises emergency level

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) July 2, 2015
At least 22 people were killed Thursday in Yemen as fighting raged in the southern port of Aden and Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in the capital Sanaa, officials said. The violence came a day after the UN declared its highest level of humanitarian emergency in the country, where it says some 3,000 people, half of them civilians, have been killed since March. But there was a ra
 

Compact cannon for British armored vehicles

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Jul 2, 2015
Britain's Ministry of Defense has contracted CTA International to supply a compact 40mm cannon system for the army's armored fighting vehicles. The system is the Cased Telescope cannon, which is more compact than currently fielded 40mm cannons. It features a thermal sleeve, automatic ammunition loading and a range of compact ammunition for use against armored vehicles, hardened targets
 

UK police hold two women for alleged terror offences

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) July 2, 2015
British police on Thursday charged a 26-year-old woman with inciting terror through Twitter and membership of the Islamic State group, and arrested a 15-year-old girl on suspicion of preparing an attack. Police were also continuing an investigation into the disappearance of a family of 12, including three generations, believed to have travelled to Syria. The 26-year-old woman was detaine
 

Thai navy votes to buy three Chinese submarines worth $1 bn

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Bangkok (AFP) July 2, 2015
Thailand's navy has voted in favour of buying three Chinese submarines worth US$1 billion, an official said Thursday, the kingdom's first such vessels in decades if the purchase is approved by the cabinet. The country last operated submarines in its waters 50 years ago and wants the new high-tech vessels as a "deterrent", said Thailand's navy chief, without elaborating on the nature of threa
 

Libya peace talks stall again despite UN sanctions threat

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Tripoli (AFP) July 2, 2015
Libya's rival governments will not return to peace talks this week after rebel forces Wednesday rejected the latest proposal, defying threats the UN Security Council would impose sanctions on anyone who stands in the way of a deal. The National General Congress parliament in Tripoli, which was seized by rebel forces last year, said it would consult for a week on the new draft, ruling out ret
 

Australia orders airborne refueling tankers

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jul 2, 2015
Airbus Defense and Space is to provide Australia with two additional TA330 MRTT tanker variant aircraft under a deal worth more than $313.7 million. The multi-role tanker, designated the KC-30A by Australia, has a fuel capacity of more than 110 tons, and transfers fuel to F/A-18A/B Hornets, F/A-18F Super Hornets, E-7A Wedgetails, C-17A Globemasters and other KC-30A aircraft through a lo
 

Air strike kills IS leader in Syria: Pentagon

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎04:44:49 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 2, 2015
A senior Islamic State leader who recruited funds and fighters and procured weapons for the jihadists has been killed in a coalition air strike in Syria, the Pentagon said Thursday. Tariq bin Tahar al-Awni al-Harzi was killed in the northern city of Shaddadi on June 16, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement. His brother Ali, an IS recruiter and person of inter

 

 

In Iran, morale fragile as nuclear talks stumble

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) June 29, 2015
For Amir Moghtader the waiting has become a torment. Uncertainty is the cause, but as the clock ticks down he still hopes there can be a nuclear deal for Iran. "I don't know what the solution is, but the government should find it and it should benefit both sides," he says, parked at Argentine Square, a busy intersection for workers entering and leaving central Tehran. The 52-year-old tax
 

Needed: A brains-based approach to strategy

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Jun 28, 2015
Tomorrow I shall be addressing the Royal United Services Institute's Land Warfare conference, hosted by British Army Chief General Sir Nick Carter. The title of the talk is "An Effective Brains Based Strategy for the 21st Century" to which has been added "And What The (British) Army Can Do About Implementing One. Those who keep up with defense issues know that concern has been registere
 

Kerry says 'too early' to tell if Iran deal sealed

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) June 29, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Monday it was too soon to tell if a nuclear deal with Iran is possible as he awaited the return of Iran's foreign minister from consultations in Tehran. "We're just working and it's too early to make any judgements," Kerry told reporters in Vienna as he met with Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The UN watchdo
 

U.S. Marines test solar-powered drones at annual energy expo

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Camp Lejeune, N.C. (UPI) Jun 28, 2015
U.S. Marines tested prototypes of solar-powered drones along with other concept technologies at an energy-saving expo in Camp Lejeune, N.C. last week. The Tactical Long Endurance UAS, or "TaLEUAS," is a solar- and thermal-powered drone glider designed for high-altitude reconnaissance, surveillance and intelligence operations. Made by the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C., and the N
 

Cleaning Up Orbital Debris - Not!

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Bethesda, MD (SPX) Jun 25, 2015
There has been a great deal of media coverage regarding orbital debris and its possible removal. As it turns out, there is some good news and some bad news about space debris in general. The good news is intended for would be entrepreneurs. Orbital debris can be thought of as a growth industry, just as trash removal and waste management have become large industries. Earthbound humans need and ac
 

KVH Enhances its mini-VSAT Broadband Network with Global MPLS

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Middletown RI (SPX) Jun 25, 2015
KVH Industries has implemented a global private multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) network connecting all of the teleports and satellite beams in its mini-VSAT Broadband network. The benefits of MPLS for the thousands of mini-VSAT Broadband users on commercial and recreational vessels worldwide include increased security, enhanced quality of service, and increased network reliability and
 

Russia Puts Military Satellite Into Orbit

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 25, 2015
A Russian military satellite has reached its designated orbit and established stable contact with ground control services, a spokesman for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. The satellite was launched earlier on Tuesday on board a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia. "The telemetry link with the satellite has been es
 

Iran: Concessions will not bring peace, but aggravate crisis in region

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Brussels (UPI) Jun 28, 2015
With the end-of-June deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran fast approaching, prominent political and government leaders, past and present, from around the world are stepping up calls to beware of making concessions that would embolden the mullahs in Tehran and further destabilize the already shaky Middle East. Nowhere was this more evident than at a recent rally outside Paris atten
 

Fourth MUOS arrives in Florida for August launch

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) Jun 29, 2015
The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin delivered Sunday the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for launch in August. The new Mobile User Objective System satellite, or MUOS, is a part of a network of orbiting satellites from Lockheed Martin and relay ground stations for secure communications for mobile military forces, providing seamless con
 

Finland orders anti-tank weapon from Saab

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Linkoping, Sweden (UPI) Jun 29, 2015
Next-generation Light Anti-tank Weapon system from Saab of Sweden are to be supplied to the Finnish Defense Force under an order worth $35.7 million. Saab's NLAW is a short-range, shoulder-fired weapon with predicted line-of-sight guidance. It was originally developed for Sweden and Great Britain. The contract for Finland, which first ordered the system in 2007, includes training
 

Britain holding competition for cyber-technology for military

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Jun 29, 2015
Britain's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory is starting a competition for new cyber techniques and methods for use to the military. Of particular interest are ways to visualize data, user interfaces and automated techniques to analyze cyber information to improve military decision making. "Processing information in cyberspace and making sense of a potential impact on oper
 

Orbital ATK's artillery guidance kit passes milestone test

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Jun 29, 2015
Orbital ATK's U.S. Army precision guidance kit for 155mm ammunition has successfully completed its first production Lot Acceptance Test, the company says. In the milestone test, the precision guidance kit demonstrated a median accuracy of less than 33 yards and also passed all safety and reliability requirements. "Extensive, rigorous testing continues to prove the maturity of PGK
 

Australia approves funds for continued C-RAM systems

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jun 29, 2015
The Australian government has approved more than $248 million for a continued counter rocket, artillery and mortar system for its military forces. The approval for the C-RAM sense and war capability came late last week with a combined first and second pass budgetary Cabinet approval for project LAND 19 Phase 7A. "Force protection of personnel is of the highest priority, particula
 

UN envoy eyes preliminary Libya deal Thursday

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Skhirat, Morocco (AFP) June 29, 2015
UN envoy Bernardino Leon said Monday he hoped Libya's rival parliaments would endorse his proposals for a unity government later this week after they failed to do so at the weekend. Leon said that there were only two or three remaining stumbling blocks and that he hoped those could be addressed when the talks resume in Morocco on Thursday. "After all these nine months of work we just hav
 

IS threat grows as 'caliphate' enters second year

 
‎30 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎08:37:25 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) June 29, 2015
The Islamic State group's "caliphate" enters its second year Monday with the jihadists expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait. The extremist group headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced on June 29, 2014 that it was reviving a form of Islamic government known as the "caliphate", pledging it would "remain and expand".
 

White House, foes turn up heat ahead of Iran deadline

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2015
Down-to-the-wire talks in Vienna this week will decide whether the United States can reach a landmark nuclear deal with Iran, but a fierce lobbying battle in Washington may decide if it survives. For the last two years, those for and against an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program have traded newspaper opinion pieces, rolled out dueling advocacy campaigns and lobbied "influencers" on the
 

Stage set for weekend showdown in Iran nuclear talks

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) June 25, 2015
Washington and Tehran have set the stage for a heated last weekend of nuclear talks, with Iran's leader sticking to tough "red lines" and US Secretary of State John Kerry warning failure remains possible. Whether or not Iran can satisfy the world that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful "will be determined in the last days, by whether or not the outstanding issues that we've been very
 

Obama urges China to take 'concrete steps' to ease tensions

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2015
President Barack Obama urged Beijing to take "concrete steps" to ease tensions over cyber hacking and its wide-ranging maritime claims, as the United States and China ended three days of candid talks. American officials have voiced deep concerns about both issues at the annual strategic and economic dialogue aimed at setting guidelines to steer future ties between the world's two leading eco
 

Japan may consider South China Sea patrols: military

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) June 25, 2015
Japan's military may join US forces on patrol in the South China Sea, the nation's top uniformed officer said in an interview published Thursday, as Tokyo seeks a greater security role. China's recent moves to build artificial islands have created "very serious potential concerns" for Japan, Katsutoshi Kawano, chief of the Joint Staff of the Japan Self-Defence Forces (SDF), said in an interv
 

NATO warns of risk of more heavy fighting in Ukraine

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) June 25, 2015
NATO head Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday there was still a risk of heavy fighting in Ukraine and urged Russia to halt its support for pro-Moscow rebels. In recent weeks there has been an upsurge in fighting in a conflict which has already killed some 6,500 people, despite a February ceasefire brokered in Minsk which has been regularly breached. "Ceasefire violations persist. There is s
 

US spy chief says China 'leading suspect' in hack

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2015
The head of US intelligence said Thursday that China is "the leading suspect" in a massive data breach of Washington's government personnel files, but that an investigation is ongoing. The comments from James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, were the first on the record remarks by an official implicating Beijing in the hack affecting millions of US government employees and oth
 

Finland plans quicker call-up system for reservists

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Helsinki (AFP) June 25, 2015
Finland's military said Thursday it was planning a quicker call-up system for reservists due to the Ukraine crisis and the changing security situation around the country, which borders Russia. The military has begun asking reservists "if they are ready to join our troops quicker than required by law, which is three months," Colonel Mika Kalliomaa of the Finnish Defence Forces told AFP. F
 

Deal with Iran could turn Middle East into a nuclear tinderbox

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Brussels (UPI) Jun 24, 2015
With the deadline for signing a nuclear deal with Iran looming on 30th June, there is increasing frustration that President Obama seems to be committing to too many concessions and weakening the West's approach to the Iranian regime. Obama has conceded that Iran's expanding ballistic missile programme should be left out of any nuclear deal, despite the fact that they now have missiles c
 

US says Iran nuclear deal deadline may 'slip'

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) June 25, 2015
High-stakes talks to nail down a historic deal with Iran to curtail its nuclear programme may "slip" past a June 30 deadline, a top US official admitted Thursday ahead of crunch weekend negotiations in Vienna. "We may not make June 30, but we will be close," the senior official told reporters as top US diplomat John Kerry prepared to head Friday for what could be the last talks between Iran
 

Libya rivals back in Morocco for fresh peace talks

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Skhirat, Morocco (AFP) June 25, 2015
Libya's warring factions arrived Thursday in Morocco for a fresh round of UN-brokered peace talks aimed at putting an end to months of fighting in the stricken North African state. The talks involving rival parliaments are expected to begin on Friday, as UN envoy Bernardino Leon struggles to bring the factions to agree steps aimed at forming a national unity government. The UN has tried
 

Roscosmos to Launch More Satellites, Set up Imaging Center

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jun 22, 2015
The Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos plans to expand its fleet of satellites for taking images of the Earth, as part of a project to create a new center for global imaging, which aims to become a major player in Earth remote sensing services. The existing Research Center for Earth Operative Monitoring, part of the Russian Space Systems holding, will become the core of the new structu
 

From ESA: more than 300 new companies

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Jun 22, 2015
ESA's business incubators hit a milestone this month: they have now fostered 300 start-up companies - and more are joining all the time. Thanks to innovations from the many Business Incubation Centres (BICs) start-ups, leading-edge applications that spring from space are spreading throughout Europe. "Technologies from Europe's space programmes have turned out to be great problem-solvers he
 

IS jihadists behead 12 Syria rebels

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) June 25, 2015
Islamic State group jihadists beheaded 12 men from rival Syrian rebel movements accused of fighting against them, in a video released on Thursday. It is the latest in a long series of mass beheadings by IS, and comes two days after the group released a video showing it killing 16 people in neighbouring Iraq, drowning some of them in a cage. Three of those killed in the new video were fro
 

Iraqi F-16 jet crashes in Arizona: US military

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) June 25, 2015
An Iraqi F-16 fighter jet crashed late Wednesday during a training flight in the US state of Arizona, reportedly rupturing a gas line and sparking a large fire. Emergency crews rushed to the site of the crash about eight miles (13 kilometers) north of Douglas near the border with Mexico, local fire officials said. US and Iraqi defense officials confirmed that the fighter had been sold to
 

C4I suite installed on Navy's newest Mobile Landing Platform ship

 
‎26 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎05:28:42 AMGo to full article
Panama City, Fla. (UPI) Jun 25, 2015
The U.S. Navy has installed a C4I suite aboard its newest Mobile Landing Platform ship, the USNS Lewis B. Puller. The installation of the command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence suite on the Puller, an afloat forward staging base variant of the MLP, follows the ship's recently completed acceptance trials. It was performed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama
 

US threatening 'chaos' in Asia-Pacific: China

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 28, 2015
China accused the United States on Thursday of threatening to sow "chaos" in the Asia-Pacific region by inciting countries whose territorial claims in the South China Sea clash with those of Beijing. It is the latest round in a war of words over the area, where tensions are mounting and rhetoric escalating. China is rapidly building artificial islands in the disputed waters, and US Defen
 

Putin makes troop deaths in peacetime operations a 'state secret'

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) May 28, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday banned the release of information about troop deaths in "special operations" during peacetime, as the Kremlin continues to rebuff accusations its soldiers are fighting in Ukraine. Putin signed an amendment adding to what Russia classifies as "state secrets" any "information revealing losses of personnel... in peacetime during special operations."
 

US affirms 'ironclad' promise to defend Philippines

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 27, 2015
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told his Philippine counterpart on Wednesday that Washington's pledge to defend the Pacific nation remains "ironclad" and called for an end to land reclamation in the South China Sea, officials said. In talks in Hawaii with Voltaire Gazmin, Philippine secretary of national defense, the Pentagon chief "reaffirmed" the strong ties between the two countries an
 

Baltics mull joint air defence system against Russia

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Panevezys , Lithuania (AFP) May 28, 2015
Defence ministers for the three Baltic states said Thursday they are mulling a joint air defence system in response to security concerns over Russia's activity in the region. The ministers of NATO-members Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania met in the northern Lithuanian city of Panevezys along with their Ukrainian counterpart, at a time when their relations with Russia are at a post-Soviet low
 

Indian wants cooperation with Russia to build nuclear subs

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 27, 2015
Indian company Reliance Infrastructure seeks partnership with Russia to locally manufacture nuclear submarines and stealth warships, the Economic Times newspaper reported Friday. The company's executives are now in Moscow, according to the newspaper. They have already met senior officials in Russia's Defense Ministry, and are also likely to meet Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and n
 

Shedding Light on Untapped Information in Photons

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) May 27, 2015
Conventional optical imaging systems today largely limit themselves to the measurement of light intensity, providing two-dimensional renderings of three-dimensional scenes and ignoring significant amounts of additional information that may be carried by captured light. For example, many photons traverse complex paths punctuated by multiple bounces prior to entering the aperture of a camera or ot
 

Pentagon considers underwater recharging stations for sub drones

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 27, 2015
The US Navy is aiming within the next 10 years to be able deploy unmanned, underwater pods where robotic mini-subs can recharge undetected and securely upload intelligence to Navy networks. "It's a 7-Eleven underwater," for robots, programmer manager Mike Wardlaw, of the Navy's Forward-Deployed Energy and Communications Outpost (FDECO), told Breaking Defense. The pods will allow the unmann
 

IS 'executes' 20 in Palmyra Roman theatre

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 27, 2015
The Islamic State group "executed" 20 men in front of a crowd in the UNESCO-listed Roman theatre of Syria's ancient city of Palmyra on Wednesday, a monitor said. Across the border the jihadists claimed to have abolished when they proclaimed their "caliphate" last year, thousands of Iraqi security forces and paramilitaries deployed across Anbar province. Nearly a week after seizing strate
 

Disaster investigations, relief may benefit from explosion-sizing innovation

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) May 27, 2015
Disaster investigators and emergency personnel may find themselves better able to assess and respond to terrorist attacks and industrial accidents with the aid of a new computational tool that determines the energy from explosions near the Earth's surface. As a first test of the new approach, its developers have analyzed a deadly explosion which reportedly killed dozens of regime soldiers in the
 

Researchers find the 'key' to quantum network solution

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
York UK (SPX) May 27, 2015
Scientists at the University of York's Centre for Quantum Technology have made an important step in establishing scalable and secure high rate quantum networks. Working with colleagues at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Toronto, they have developed a protocol to achieve key-rates at metropolitan distances at thre
 

Top US negotiator with Iran to leave after deadline

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 28, 2015
The "tenacious" top US negotiator in talks with Iran on curtailing its nuclear program will leave her post after a June 30 deadline for an agreement, a senior State Department official said Thursday. Secretary of State John Kerry was effusive in his praise of Wendy Sherman, 65, describing her as "indefatigable, tough and creative" and saying she had played a central role in reining in Tehran
 

Lockheed Martin C4ISR system for new CG cutter

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Moorestown, N.C. (UPI) May 28, 2015
The future USCGC Midgett, the eighth Legend-class National Security Cutter of the U.S. Coast Guard, is to be equipped with C4ISR systems from Lockheed Martin. The company's command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance system will be supplied under a $72 million contract from shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries. "The NSC's C4ISR
 

Fresh upgrades at N. Korea rocket site: US think-tank

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 29, 2015
Fresh satellite images show substantial new construction at North Korea's space rocket launch site, mirroring leader Kim Jong-Un's recent vow to launch more satellites in defiance of UN resolutions, a US think-tank said Friday. The impoverished but nuclear-armed North sent an Unha-3 rocket into space in December 2012 from the Sohae satellite launch site - a move the international community
 

Car bombs rock two upmarket Baghdad hotels, five dead

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 28, 2015
Car bombs ripped through car parks at two high-profile Baghdad hotels on Thursday that had been targeted in deadly attacks five years before, killing at least five people, police said. The explosions occurred just before midnight (2100 GMT) and were heard across the city centre. According to police and an interior ministry source, at least 13 people were also wounded. One of the bombs ex
 

Northrop's battle command system brings down ballistic missile target

 
‎29 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎05:46:27 AMGo 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
 

Rouhani says most Iranians want peace

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) May 26, 2015
An overwhelming majority of Iranians want peace with the rest of the world, President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday, defending the nuclear negotiations under way with major powers. "Despite a small minority that speak loudly, the vast majority of the population are in favour of peace, reconciliation and constructive agreement with the world," Rouhani said during a televised speech in Shahriyar
 

Iranian general says US did 'nothing' to save Ramadi

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) May 25, 2015
The United States has done "nothing" to help Iraq's army battle jihadists in Ramadi, according to a senior Iranian general involved in the fight against the Islamic State group. Qassem Suleimani, the Revolutionary Guards' commander of foreign operations, hit out at Washington after Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Iraqi forces "failed to fight" in Ramadi, which has fallen to IS. "Mr. (B
 

Russia and West hold war games over Arctic

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) May 26, 2015
Russia was conducting huge and unexpected war games on Tuesday, coinciding with a Nato drill in the Arctic at a time of heightened tensions in the region. The snap check launched on the orders of President Vladimir Putin involved up to 700 units of military hardware, 12,000 troops and up to 250 aircraft, the defence ministry said. Russia has recently intensified snap checks of its milita
 

US Aegis Ships Could Pose Threat to Russia

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 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
 

ISRO to Launch Satellite For Strategic Applications

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Bengaluru, India (IANS) May 25, 2015
India will launch an advanced communications satellite (GSAT-6) in July or August for strategic applications, its space agency chief said. "We will launch GSAT-6 for strategic applications in July-end or August beginning, with a special antenna that will have a capability to use a handheld device to communicate from anywhere," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman AS Kiran Kumar tol
 

Seoul Divided on Proposed THAAD Introduction

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 25, 2015
Washington's desire to deploy its advanced missile defense system in South Korea remains a serious cause of concern in Seoul and also in China and Russia, media reported on Thursday. The Pentagon has expressed its willingness to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery on the Korean Peninsula, home to about 28,500 American troops, to better cope with the perceived threa
 

Russia, Iran talks on S-300 missiles end in 'success'

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) May 26, 2015
Moscow and Tehran have concluded talks on the delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran which should take place "quite" soon, Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Monday. "The negotiations on the subject have ended in success. I estimate that the S-300 delivery will take place in quite a short time," Amir-Abdollahian said in Moscow. "It will be done at the soonest oppor
 

N. Korea leader hails 'miracle' missile test

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 26, 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has hailed the recent test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) - which was viewed with wary scepticism outside the reclusive state - as a miraculous leap forward. The North's official KCNA news agency reported Tuesday that Kim hosted a gathering of the scientists and technicians who were behind the test that was announced with great fanfare earl
 

Iraq forces in Anbar push, stir over operation codename

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 26, 2015
Iraqi forces launched a broad operation on Tuesday to tighten the noose on jihadists controlling Anbar, but Shiite militias gave it a name that risked raising sectarian tensions. Ten days after the Islamic State group's shock capture of the capital of Iraq's largest province, a spokesman said an offensive to cut off Anbar and prepare for a bid to retake Ramadi had begun. "The operation's
 

Litany of problems keep Iraqi army weak

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 26, 2015
Iraq's leadership was indignant after US accusations that its forces lack the will to fight but assessments of the army's ability suggest the rank-and-file have reasons to shy from battle. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Sunday, a week after the loss of Ramadi to the Islamic State group, that there was "an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight". The fall of the capital of Iraq's l
 

Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 25, 2015
Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group. Pentagon chief Ashton Carter argued that the May 17 fall of Ramadi, the worst defeat Baghdad has suffered in almost a year, could have been avoided. "We have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselve
 

Russia confirms sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) May 26, 2015
Russia on Tuesday confirmed its decision to deliver S-300 air defence missile systems to Iran, but said it could not yet announce a date. "The decision on delivering S-300 to Iran has been taken but the realisation of the project will take some time," Yevgeny Lukyanov, deputy head of Russia's security council, was quoted by Russian agencies as saying. "As I understand, the time of deliv
 

Budget cut hits Brazilian military

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) May 26, 2015
Brazil's Ministry of Defense is to reschedule its spending for 2015 following a reduction of funds earmarked for 2015 in the annual budget law. The amount now available about 24.8 percent lower that the earlier earmarked amount of about $7.3 billion. "Aware that this budget reduction in 2015 is a prerequisite for economic stability, the Defense Ministry will make efforts to resch
 

Russian missile-maker appealing EU sanctions

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
Moscow (UPI) May 26, 2015
Russian missile-maker Almaz-Antey is appealing its inclusion on a list of Russian companies under sanctions because of Russian activity in Ukraine. Sanctions imposed against the company last year by the European Union as punishment for Russia's annexation of Crimea and support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine are unreasonable since no proof of its products being used in either
 

India to test its home-made multi-object tracking radar next month

 
‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎09:47:25 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (XNA) May 21, 2015
India will next month test its home-made multi-object tracking radar on a rocket, a senior space official has reportedly said. "The multi-object tracking radar will be tested next month during a polar satellite launch vehicle rocket flight. The formal commissioning of the system is expected to happen three months down the line," M.Y.S. Prasad of the state-owned Satish Dhawan Space Centre w
 

Israel thanks US for opposing nuke-free Mideast plan

 
‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:28:04 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) May 24, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his "appreciation" to the United States for opposing an Arab plan for a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, an Israeli official said. The Jewish state is believed to be the only country in the region that has an atomic bomb although it has never confirmed its nuclear military capacity. The Saturday phone call between Netanyahu
 

Iran denies agreement on military site inspections

 
‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:28:04 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) May 24, 2015
An Iranian negotiator on Sunday denied accepting military site inspections as part of a nuclear deal with world powers, a delicate issue in talks that must be concluded by the end of June. Abbas Araghchi, who is also deputy foreign minister, made the remarks as he briefed a parliamentary committee on the progress of the talks with the P5+1 - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United Sta
 

Four decades of tracking European spacecraft

 
‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:28:04 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) May 21, 2015
Forty years ago this week, a satellite ground station in Spain became the first to be assigned to what would become ESA. Since then, the network - Estrack - has expanded worldwide and today employs cutting-edge technology to link mission controllers with spacecraft orbiting Earth, voyaging deep in our Solar System or anywhere in between. On 19 May 1975, a ground station at Villafranca del
 

Russia must be more competitive in commercial space market

 
‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:28:04 AMGo to full article
Moscow (XNA) May 21, 2015
Russia must be more aggressive in the market of commercial space launches, otherwise it might lose its competitiveness, a top Russian government official said Tuesday. It is necessary to find new markets, such as private clients, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin told a meeting in the State Duma, or the lower house of the Russian parliament. He warned that if the Russian space industry
 

Commission on Proton Rocket Failure to Finish Investigation by End of May

 
‎26 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎08:28:04 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 21, 2015
Over the last five years, there have been seven Proton carrier rocket failures. The latest took place on May 16, when a Proton-M was to deliver cargo to the ISS, but after reaching space lost its telemetry contact with Earth and began spinning out of control, burning up in the atmosphere a few days later after falling from an uncontrollable orbit. The commission responsible for investigati

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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State Dept. OKs possible missile sale to Australia

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jun 22, 2015 - The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of AGM-88B High Speed Anti-Radiation missiles to Australia through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

The missiles, associated equipment, parts and logistical support carry an estimated price tag of $69 million.

"This sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of Australia, a major contributor to political stability, security, and economic development in Southeast Asia," the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a required notification to Congress. "Australia is an important ally and partner that contributes significantly to peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world.

"The proposed sale will improve Australia's capability in current and future coalition efforts. Australia will use this capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense."

DSCA is the organization that manages the FMS program.

The Australian request is for as many as 14 HARM tactical missiles, 16 AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles, four CATM-88B Captive Air Training Missiles, eight CATM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles/Captive Air Training Missiles, six AARGM guidance sections, five AARGM control sections, and two AARGM tactical telemetry missiles for live-fire testing.

The principal contractor would be Orbital ATK Defense Electronics Systems.

HARM is a weapon that homes in on electronic transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar systems.

 

 

Russian company shows new man-portable air-defense missile

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Moscow (UPI) Jun 22, 2015 - A next-generation man-portable air defense system from KBM R&P Corp. has made its public debut in Russia.

The system is called Verba, and it is operational with several brigades and divisions of the Russian Army, according to KBM R&P Corp.

"As a weapon system on the whole, the Verba MANPADS outperforms its foreign and local counterparts," the company said in a new release.

"The new MANPADS fielded by the Russian armed forces is used to furnish air cover for units against air threats implementing advanced air defense penetration aids and counter-measures, concentrated raids of cruise missiles, and is instrumental in setting up effective close-in protection of important assets by engaging enemy's aircraft that penetrated distant air defense lines which are overloaded in the modern battlefield by saturated air attacks."

KBM R&P Corp said the system was shown at last week's ARMY 2015 International military technology assembly held near Moscow. No additional information on the system was immediately available.

 

 

Egypt orders AASM missiles from Sagem

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Jun 17, 2015 - The Egyptian Air Force is to receive AASM Hammer air-to-ground missiles from Sagem of France for use on Rafale fighters.

The contract for the missiles was signed by Sagem and the Egyptian Ministry of Defense at the Paris Air Show but details as to the number of missiles and the value of the deal were not disclosed.

"Sagem will deliver the first AASM Hammer missiles by the end of 2016, along with associated support services," the company said. "The contract with Egypt covers all three versions of the AASM Hammer now in service: hybrid inertial/GPS guidance, inertial/GPS and terminal infrared guidance, and inertial/GPS plus laser terminal guidance.

"Offering a range exceeding 60 kilometers (about 27 miles), the AASM Hammer missile will give Egypt's Rafales a significant operational advantage, because of their ability to conduct all-weather, day/night precision ground strikes against fixed or moving targets, while also reducing collateral damage."

The AASM Hammer, deployed by the French military since 2008, is comprised of a frontal guidance kit and a rear-mounted range extension kit matched to a dumb bomb.

 

 

Raytheon, Kongsberg extend missile partnership agreement

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Jun 16, 2015 - Raytheon and Norway's Kongsberg Defense Systems have extended their partnership to further development of the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System.

NASAMS is a medium-range surface-to-air missile system to defeat cruise missile threats and a wide range of air breathing threats. It works seamlessly with the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System and the Hawk Air Defense System.

Among its main components are the AMRAAM missile and the AN/MPQ-64 F1 Sentinel air defense radar.

"Raytheon has partnered with Kongsberg for a decade to develop and produce the most accurate and reliable surface-to-air missile defense capability available," said Ralph Acaba, vice president for Raytheon Integrated Air and Missile Defense. "This NASAMS partnership has resulted in a successful system that is now in service around the globe."

"We truly value our partnership with Raytheon on NASAMS. Together we have continuously improved the technology base for the benefit of the warfighter. In addition to the successful NASAMS system, our two companies have recently teamed on the Naval Strike Missile and the Joint Strike Missile strike missiles," said Eirik Lie, Executive Vice President for Kongsberg Defence Systems.

The 10-year extension of their partnership agreement was signed at the Paris Air Show in France.

 

 

Javelin demos range, versatility

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jun 17, 2015 - The U.S. military's Javelin missile recently performed live-fire engagement of tanks to demonstrate its range and versatility to Foreign Military Sales users.

The demonstrations were conducted at Redstone Arsenal by the U.S. Army and Javelin Joint Venture, comprised of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, using different launcher and platform configurations for the firings -- a Command Launch Unit; from a vehicle using a remote weapon station; and a containerized weapon system using an RWS.

The CLU-launched missile hit a target at 4,000 meters, while the vehicle-launched and CWS-launched missiles hit targets positioned at 1,100 meters and 700 meters, respectively.

"The Javelin Joint Venture is committed to expanding Javelin applications beyond the current man-portable role," said John Halvey, Javelin Joint Venture president and Javelin program director at Raytheon Missile Systems. "We will continue to work with our customers to provide an effective system that improves platform lethality and enhances survivability."

Javelin is a lightweight anti-tank missile and can be operated by a single person. It is fielded with the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps, and has also been approved for 15 FMS customers.

 

 

Aviation security endangered by spread of missiles: study

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) June 10, 2015 - The spread of portable anti-aircraft missiles in the Middle East and North Africa could pose a threat to aviation security if the weapons fall into the hands of Islamic extremists, a report said on Wednesday.

The easy-to-use, lightweight weapons, or man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), are proliferating due to looted stockpiles in Libya, arms trafficking and weapons sales to Iraq and other states, said the report from the Small Arms Survey, a research center based in Geneva.

"The risks associated with international trafficking of advanced MANPADS are heightened by the rise of IS (Islamic State group) in the Middle East and North Africa," the report said.

"Shooting down a commercial airliner would be consistent with the group's use of increasingly brutal acts to heighten its international profile," it said.

"To the extent that IS and its affiliates can obtain access to advanced MANPADS, this represents a particularly acute threat to aviation security," it said.

The report added that even an unsuccessful attack could disrupt air travel to a particular region, "at least temporarily," it said.

Despite a concerted, international effort to stem the flow of the lethal weapons over the past decade, militants continue to acquire the missiles from poorly guarded depots and through trafficking networks, it said.

The report, presented at a conference organized by the Stimson Center think tank in Washington, showed that an anticipated rise in MANPAD attacks using weapons looted from Libya have not materialized.

But a new generation of more advanced versions of the missiles have been spotted among militants in Iraq and Syria, it said.

"These systems include the Russian Ingla-S -- a third generation system with an improvised range, warhead, and fuse -- and the Chinese FN-6, which also features several notable improvements over the first-generation MANPADS currently available in North Africa," it said.

Armed militants in Iraq and Syria "have acquired dozens" of the newer MANPADS, it said.

The Iraqi government has bought the Russian-made system, as part of a $.4.2 billion contract with Russia signed in 2012.

South Sudan has purchased the Chinese-made weapons while the government of Sudan has plans to manufacture a shoulder-fired missile similar to the Chinese FN-6, it said.

But the report said it was unclear if those countries could ensure the security of depots housing the MANPADs.

A recently published photo of a Chinese FN-6 reportedly taken in Libya suggested extremists may have gotten their hands on the sophisticated weapon, but there was no additional evidence to confirm that possibility, it said.

The former Libyan regime led by dictator Moamer Kadhafi never imported the Chinese FN-6.

A NATO air war in Libya in 2011 backed rebel forces that ousted and killed Kadhafi. But security has since deteriorated and stockpiles of shoulder-fired missiles and small arms were looted.

Trafficking of the Libyan MANPADS has been reported in at least nine countries in North Africa and the Middle East but not all the accounts can be verified, the report said.

The use of improvised batteries by militants also has extended the life of the older missiles, the report said.

 

 

US Might Add Missiles to Its Military Buildup in Europe to Counter Russia

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jun 09, 2015 - The United States is contemplating deploying missiles to Europe as part of its military buildup on the continent in response to an overhyped yet non-existent Russian threat and, more specifically, alleged breaking of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty.

Last July, the United States formally notified Moscow of what Washington believed was an INF violation. Russia allegedly tested a ground-launched ballistic missile that had a range between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. This type of nuclear and conventional weapons is prohibited by the treaty signed by the Soviet Union and the United States in 1987.

Russia has denied any wrongdoing and expressed complaints of its own about US compliance with the treaty.

In February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov criticized Washington for violating the INF treaty, saying the United States planned to deploy missiles of the type banned by the bilateral agreement as part of its global anti-missile shield.

The United States is weighing a range of military responses to the alleged violations, including enhancing defenses to stop the missile and pre-emptively striking a missile. Another response, known as the countervailing strike capabilities option, according to the Associated Press, "implies the potential use of nuclear forces."

Should Washington wish to strike military targets on Russia's territory, it would need to deploy missiles to some of the NATO members in Europe.

The initiative, reminiscent of the darkest days of the Cold War, is part of a broader strategy the US has employed following Crimea's reunification with Russia and the outbreak of the civil war in Ukraine.

Washington aims at expanding the presence of the US forces and enhancing war-games in Europe under the banner of Operation Atlantic Resolve, launched in 2014. The US campaign is carried out under the pretext of protecting Washington's European partners, especially in Eastern Europe, from Russia's putative threat despite the fact that Moscow is pushing for peace in Ukraine and is not a party to the conflict.

 

 

 

US Defense Contractor Raytheon Launches State-of-the-Art SM-3 Missile

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jun 09, 2015 - The first live-fire test of Raytheon's new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile has been announced by US and Japanese officials; the multi-billion-dollar project is currently being jointly developed by the two countries.

Last weekend saw the first live-fire test of Raytheon Company's new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile, which is being jointly developed by the United States and Japan, news reports said.

The test, which was carried out from the Point Mugu Sea Range off the coast of California, was a success, according to Rick Lehner, a spokesman for the US Missile Defense Agency.

His praise was echoed by Taylor Lawrence, president of Raytheon's missile systems business, who said that "the success of this test keeps the program on track for a 2018 deployment at sea and ashore."

The United States reportedly spent more than two billion on the program, while Japan contributed around one billion dollars to the project.

The SM-3 IIA is a modified version of an earlier SM-3 missile, which is compatible with the US Aegis combat system designed to destroy incoming ballistic missile threats in space.

More powerful rocket motors and key technology improvements will allow the new missile to protect larger regions from short- to intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.

The goal of Saturday's non-intercept test was to analyze performance of the missile's nosecone, steering control section and booster separation, US officials said.

According to Riki Ellison, head of the non-profit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, three more years of testing for the new missile are planned before it is slated to be put on service on US Navy Aegis ships, aboard Japan's Kongo-class destroyers, and at land-based Aegis Ashore sites in Poland and Romania.

On June 3, Raytheon published its 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report, which stressed the company's commitment to enriching the lives of people, strengthening its performance and reducing its impact on the planet. The report highlighted Raytheon's third consecutive recognition by The Civic 50, an NGO, as one of "the nation's most community-minded companies." Raytheon sells missiles to the United States as well as countries such as Japan, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

 

 

 

Navy orders more Raytheon SM-6 air defense missiles

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Jun 3, 2015 - Raytheon is producing additional Standard Missile-6 all up rounds for the U.S. Navy under a $149 million contract modification.

The modification is for 74 of the air defense missiles, together with spares, containers and company services.

"The SM-6 has advanced capabilities and speed," said Mike Campisi, Raytheon's SM-6 senior program director. "Combatant commanders want their deployed ships armed with as many of these interceptors as possible, and we're ramping up production to meet that need."

SM-6 is a surface-to-air supersonic missile that uses both active and semi-active guidance modes and advanced fuzing techniques to destroy incoming aircraft and missiles. It was first deployed by the Navy in 2013, and Raytheon has so far delivered more than 160 of them.

Raytheon said the new order, when combined with the nearly $110 million long-lead material purchase made in March 2015, brings the total value of full-rate production of SM-6 missiles for fiscal year 2015-16 to $259 million.

"Future contract modifications include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to nearly $563 million," it said.

 

 

Indian Air Force jet test fires Harpoon missile

 
‎03 ‎July ‎2015, ‏‎09:57:59 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (UPI) May 29, 2015 - An anti-ship Harpoon missile has been fired for the first time by an Indian Air Force jet during testing against a target in the Arabian Sea.

The Hindustan Times on Friday reported the test occurred last week about 200 nautical miles off India's west coast and involved an IAF Jaguar, which was refueled during flight to carry out the mission.

The report was based on information from an unidentified official source, who said the test was the first live-firing of an Harpoon since the Boeing-made missile was integrated onto the IAF Jaguar.

The missile proved successful in destroying its predetermined target, the newspaper reported.

The Hapoon missile was first introduced into service in 1977. It has a range of more than 67 nautical miles and a speed of 537 miles per hour. Although considered a maritime target missile, the weapon is also capable of destroying land targets.

 

 

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