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      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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Kerry Appeals to Congress to ‘Hold Off’ on New Iran Sanctions - Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to Congress to “hold off” on new sanctions against Iran, testifying Tuesday that such legislation would be “gratuitous” and could give Tehran an excuse to “flout” the recently struck nuclear deal.


Now Lloyd’s of London Warns of EMP - Lloyd’s of London, the world’s specialist insurance company providing services to companies in more than 200 countries, has issued a dire warning of the potential consequences of an electromagnetic pulse event from a solar storm. Lloyd’s study, titled “Solar Storm Risk to the North American Electric Grid,” centered on the highly populated region from New York City to Washington, D.C., but added that other high-risk regions are in the Midwest and in regions along the Gulf Coast.


Revealed: Iran’s Secret Nuke Deal with China, N. Korea - Iran is well launched on two programs with North Korean and Chinese help to develop nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems with the goal of having both ready in less than a year, according to an intelligence officer of the regime.


Aircraft Carriers Could Manufacture Weapons on the Go - The Armed Forces Journal brings word of a systematic implementation of 3D-printed warfare. According to Lieutenant Commander Michael Llenza writing in the Armed Forces Journal, the Navy’s future lies in converting aircraft carriers into “floating factories,” each carrying a fleet of 3D printers to churn out weapons, drones, and even shelters at a moment’s notice.


Putin Defends Missiles For Syria - Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his plan to supply missiles to Syria’s government, hours after the United Nations urged against all weapons transfers to the war-torn country. A U.N. commission report called on the international community to restrict arms transfers to the country, saying it would only worsen a conflict that has hit “new levels of cruelty and brutality.”






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Iran to West: resist outside pressure in nuclear talks

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) May 27, 2014
Iran urged western powers Tuesday to resist any pressure from third parties not directly involved in negotiations over its nuclear activities, in a clear reference to Israeli-led influence. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted by the official IRNA news agency after meetings with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, also called for "seriousness and realism," in the next round of

US hacker-FBI informant walks free

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
New York (AFP) May 27, 2014
The founder of an offshoot of the shadowy hacker group Anonymous, who directed hundreds of cyber attacks before turning FBI informant, walked free Tuesday after getting a symbolic seven-month sentence. Hector Xavier Monsegur, 30, better known by his screen name "Sabu," was first arrested in 2011 and had already served seven months in jail before being released on bail in December 2012. M

Dozens dead as Ukraine claims control of Donetsk airport

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Donetsk, Ukraine (AFP) May 27, 2014
Ukraine said Tuesday it had recaptured the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of air strikes and fierce gun battles with pro-Moscow separatist militants that left dozens of people dead. Caught up in the drama in Donetsk were a team of international monitors with the OSCE who have gone missing after being detained at a checkpoint. As fear gripped the city's streets, Russia

Vietnam accuses Chinese ship of sinking fishing boat

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Hanoi (AFP) May 27, 2014
Vietnam on Tuesday accused a Chinese ship of ramming and sinking one of its fishing boats, fanning territorial tensions over Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in contested waters. The incident, which China's rival Japan described as "extremely dangerous", comes during an ongoing tense confrontation between the communist neighbours in the South China Sea that has triggered international alar

China's BeiDou system standard ratified by IMO

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) May 27, 2014
The International Maritime Organization has ratified the performance standard of a receiver of the shipborne BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), the Ministry of Transport revealed Wednesday. This is the first BDS to be standard approved by an international organization. It marks the first step for China's home-grown system in its quest to go global, according to the ministry. T

SSTL announces TechDemoSat-1 launch date

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Guildford, UK (SPX) May 27, 2014
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is announcing the launch of TechDemoSat-1, an in-orbit technology demonstration mission for innovative UK spacecraft equipment and software, planned for 28th June 2014 by a Soyuz-2 launch vehicle with a Fregat upper stage from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. TechDemoSat-1 is based on the SSTL-150 platform and is part-funded by a grant from the

NATO agency extends Globalcomms services

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Hauppauge, N.Y. (UPI) May 27, 2013
Communications services and on-site support for NATO's GPS-based force tracking system will continue to be provided by U.S.-headquartered Globecomm. The award from the NATO Communications and Information Agency is worth $9.6 million and an extension of its earlier work for NATO, which encompassed the design and deployment of the system. "Globecomm is pleased to receive this contr

US seeks light on shadowy online data collection

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 27, 2014
US regulators called Tuesday for more transparency from data brokers, citing potential for abuse in a rapidly growing industry that buys and sells information on people's Internet and offline activities. A study by the US Federal Trade Commission said the industry collects vast amounts of potentially sensitive data on ethnicity, income, religion, political leanings, age, and health conditio

Combined Diehl, Elbit missile counter-measures for Germany's A400Ms

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Uberlingen, Germany (UPI) May 26, 2013
Germany's A400M military transports are being equipped with anti-missile defense systems that combine products from Diehl Defense and Elba Systems of Israel. Diehl said the agreement with Elbit, signed at the International Aviation and Space Exhibition in Germany, is for inclusion of three of Elbit's J-MUSIC, or multi-spectral infrared counter-measures, into Diehl's multi-turret directe

Norway arrests three suspected of supporting Syria jihad

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Oslo (AFP) May 27, 2014
Norwegian intelligence services announced Tuesday the arrest of three men suspected of wanting to support or join a radical group in Syria. "There are strong reasons to believe that two of the arrested people have acted as foreign fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)," the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) said in a statement. The three men were Norwegian ci

Construction starts on China to North Korea bridge: Xinhua

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 27, 2014
Construction has started on a new bridge between China and North Korea, state media reported on Tuesday, as tensions simmer over the North's nuclear program. The 804-metre long bridge spanning the Tumen river separating the two countries will cost 137 million yuan ($21.93 million), and is expected to open by 2016, China's official Xinhua news agency cited local authorities as saying. Chi

Government aircraft repair plants now managed by Russian Helicopters

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Moscow (UPI) May 26, 2013
Russian Helicopters has announced it has taken over the management of five aircraft repair plants to strengthen its after-sale services. The plants, formerly owned by the Ministry of Defense, are in the cities of Khabarovsk, Svetly, Engels, St. Petersburg and Chita, it said. "The aircraft repair plants that have joined Russian Helicopters will play an important role in strengthen

India receives fourth P-8I Poseidon

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Seattle (UPI) May 27, 2013
India has received a fourth P-8I Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft from Boeing, featuring India-specific design features and Indian-built sub-systems. The aircraft arrived in India last week, Boeing said, after leaving Seattle, Wash. "This marks an important milestone - the halfway point for P-8I deliveries to India," said Dennis Swanson, Boeing Defense and Space vice president

ICF International providing services to Army to counter cyber threats

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Fairfax, Va. (UPI) May 27, 2013
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has selected ICF International to provide cyber network defense research and services, the company announced Tuesday. The contract covers analytical and engineering services in core areas of computer network defense - including protect and sustainment services and system engineering/development support - for the capture and use large quantities of rea

Marines select SAIC for AAV upgrade work

‎28 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:38:08 PMGo to full article
Mclean, Va. (UPI) May 27, 2013
Upgrades to U.S. Marine Corps Assault Amphibious Vehicles are to be performed by Science Applications International Corporation. Under the contract from the Marine's Program Executive Office - Land Systems, the company will engineer, design and test upgrades to 10 prototype and 52 low-rate initial production vehicles for the Legacy Assault Amphibious Vehicle Personnel Carrier Variant P

Three defense satellites launched from Plesetsk reached final orbit

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 26, 2014
A Rokot launch vehicle powered with a Briz-KM upper stage has delivered three defense satellites to a final orbit, Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department spokesman for the Aerospace Defense Forces Col. Alexei Zolotukhin told Interfax-AVN on the phone. "The defense satellite cluster has successfully reached the final orbit," Zolotukhin said. Ground stations of the

Airbus partners with BAE for radar satellite imagery

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Berlin, Germany (SPX) May 23, 2014
Airbus Defence and Space and BAE Systems have launched a strategic alliance to produce, market and sell innovative geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) products and solutions using state-of-the-art data collected exclusively by TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites. Under the terms of the partnership, Airbus Defence and Space and BAE Systems will jointly develop a new line of global SAR (sy

N. Korea says danger of 'catastrophic' clash at truce village

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 27, 2014
North Korea on Tuesday warned that recent "provocative" activities by US troops at a truce village on the heavily fortified inter-Korean border could lead to a "catastrophic" military clash. The warning came from the head of the North Korean forces stationed in the frontier village of Panmunjom - where the ceasefire agreement to end fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War was signed. Panmunj

Russian Rocket Engine Replacement to Cost US $1.5Bln, Take 6 Years

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) May 26, 2014
The development of a rocket engine to replace the Russian-made RD-180 used to launch the American Atlas V rocket, would cost $1.5 billion and take up to six years, Bloomberg said Wednesday, citing data from an independent panel advising the Pentagon. The loss of the RD-180 may have a "significant" impact, as there are few "near-terms options to mitigate" the consequences, according to a st

45th Space Wing launches NRO satellite on board Atlas 5

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) May 27, 2014
The 45th Space Wing successfully launched a United Launch Alliance-built Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at 9:09 a.m. May 22 carrying a classified national security payload. The payload was designed and built by the National Reconnaissance Office. The 45th Space Wing commander was pleased with the performance of the team for this launch. "This is the culmination of

US launches spy satellite, seeks alternative to Russian rocket engine

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 27, 2014
The US has launched a military satellite into orbit using an Atlas 5 rocket with a Russian-made engine. Following warnings that non-civilian launches may force Russia to ban delivery, the US Senate approved $100mn in funding to create a US equivalent. Five minutes into the successful flight, the command center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station stopped its video feed to disguise the class

Nature inspires drones of the future

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
London, UK (SPX) May 27, 2014
Researchers have been taking tips from nature to build the next generation of flying robots. Based on the mechanisms adopted by birds, bats, insects and snakes, 14 distinguished research teams have developed solutions to some of the common problems that drones could be faced with when navigating through an urban environment and performing novel tasks for the benefit of society. Whether thi

Virgin Galactic Rocket Motor Milestone

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Mojave CA (SPX) May 26, 2014
Virgin Galactic has selected a polyamide-based fuel grain to power its hybrid rocket motor for the remainder of the test flight program and start of commercial operations. This decision follows numerous ground test firings and is supported by data collected over an extensive development program. In 2008, Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic's primary contractor, appointed rocket propul

After Injunction lifted, US rocket with Russian RD-180 Engine takes off

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Washington (Voice of Russia) May 23, 2014
Privately owned SpaceX sued to halt the sale of the Russian RD-180 engine to the United States on the grounds that it would violate US sanctions against Russia. Critics said that within two years, this could seriously damage both the US space program as well as national security interests. The RD-180 engine is considered the best in the world and is the engine of choice for Lockheed Martin

Russia develops manned space program to replace ISS

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Saint Petersburg, Russia (XNA) May 26, 2014
Russia is developing a national program of manned space explorations which will replace the International Space Station (ISS) program after 2020, the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said Thursday. "The development of the national strategy of manned spaceflight is underway now. Along with the Russian Academy of Sciences and the industrial sector we are preparing a certain concept b

Japan launches land observing satellite

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (XNA) May 26, 2014
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. announced that a rocket carrying a land observing satellite has been launched successfully on Saturday. The H-2A rocket, which carries an advanced land observing satellite named Daichi-2, lifted off at 12:05 p.m. from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture. Using radar, Daichi-2, which is 4.5

China police seize 1.8 tonnes of bomb material in Xinjiang: govt

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 27, 2014
Police in China's Xinjiang have seized 1.8 tonnes of bombmaking material and detained five people, authorities said Tuesday, following a string of deadly attacks blamed on militants from the Muslim Uighur homeland. China at the weekend vowed a year-long crackdown on terrorism, with violence attributed to separatists from Xinjiang increasingly targeting civilians and spreading far outside the

Syria refugees denied cancer treatment: UNHCR

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Geneva (AFP) May 25, 2014
Lack of funds is forcing aid workers to deny Syrian war victims and other refugees with cancer the care they need, the UN refugee agency's top medical expert warned on Monday. With millions of Syrians driven from their homes by three years of conflict, and huge numbers having fled a decade of violence in Iraq, health systems in the region have been overwhelmed. "We can treat everyone wit

Iraq using barrel bombs, hitting Fallujah hospital: HRW

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 27, 2014
Iraq's government is dropping barrel bombs and may also be targeting a hospital in its battle with militants in the conflict-hit city of Fallujah, Human Rights Watch alleged Tuesday. The Iraqi authorities denied the claims, which come with Baghdad locked in a months-long standoff with anti-government fighters in Fallujah amid a protracted surge in nationwide bloodshed, all of which is fuelli

India PM Modi, Pakistan's Sharif meet for talks

‎27 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎11:28:22 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) May 27, 2014
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif for landmark talks in New Delhi on Tuesday in a bid to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. The leaders shook hands and smiled for the media on the steps of a former palace used by the government for receptions in the capital, before heading inside for talks on Modi's first full day in government.

US allocates $100 million for Russian rocket engine replacement

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 26, 2014
The US Senate Committee on Armed Services has approved a plan to allocate $100 million from the military budget for development of a rocket engine. According to the plan that was approved on May 22, the US should reduce its dependence on Russian producers and allow to put satellites in orbit, Reuters reports. The matter concerns an engine, which will replace the RD-180. According to expert

China fighters in 'dangerous' brush with Japanese planes

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) May 25, 2014
Japan on Sunday accused China of "dangerous" manoeuvres above disputed areas of the East China Sea, saying a Chinese fighter flew within roughly 30 metres (100 feet) of a Japanese military aircraft. A defence ministry spokesman said a Chinese Su-27 jet on Saturday flew close to a Japanese OP-3C surveillance plane above the waters where the countries' air defence identification zones overlap

Cyber failures spark search for new security approach

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 24, 2014
With cybersecurity's most glaring failures in the limelight, many experts say it's time for a new approach. In recent weeks, the security community has been rocked by news of a massive breach at online giant eBay affecting as many as 145 million customers, following another that hit as many as 110 million at retailer Target. A US indictment earlier this month accused members of a shadowy

China vows year-long terrorism crackdown after attack

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) May 25, 2014
China on Sunday vowed a year-long campaign against terrorism, days after attackers in the western region of Xinjiang killed 39 people in a suicide raid. "With Xinjiang as the centre, and with cooperation from other provinces, we will start a year-long specialised hard-strike campaign against violent terrorism," the ministry of public security said on its website. The statement reflects t

French PM vows to keep defence budget intact after warnings

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) May 23, 2014
France's prime minister promised Friday there would be no extra military budget cuts after a warning by the defence minister and reports that the heads of the army, navy and air force would quit if there was further belt-tightening. Manuel Valls's assurances came after Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian wrote a letter to President Francois Hollande saying any more cuts would badly hamper Fr

UMD Establishes Orbital Debris Research Center

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
College Park MD (SPX) May 23, 2014
The University of Maryland has announced the establishment of the Center for Orbital Debris Education and Research (CODER) to address critical issues in orbiting space debris and serve as a hub for academic, industry and government research collaboration. "CODER is the first academically led center established to address the full range of issues surrounding the orbital debris problem," sai

Japan launches new satellite to survey disasters

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) May 24, 2014
Japan successfully launched a new mapping satellite on Saturday that will be used to survey damage from natural disasters and changes affecting rainforests. The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) will be able to see scars left by catastrophes such as Japan's 2011 tsunami as well as monitor progress made in reconstruction, officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.

Typhoon fighters to get upgraded capabilities

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Berlin (UPI) May 21, 2013
Eurofighter Jagdflugzeug GmbH has announced a capability enhancement package for its Typhoon combat plane, flown or ordered by seven countries. The package was announced Wednesday at the 2014 ILA Berlin Air Show by Paul Smith, a Eurofighter capability manager and former British Royal Air Force pilot. "What we are showcasing at ILA here in Germany represents a paradigm shift in th

Syria activists say army uses chlorine gas against rebel towns

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) May 23, 2014
Activists and a medic in war-torn Syria on Friday claimed President Bashar al-Assad's regime used chlorine gas a day earlier to attack opposition-held towns in Hama and Idlib provinces. The reports could not be confirmed by independent sources, including the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group. "Kafr Zita in Hama province was hit on Thursday with barrel

ThalesRaytheonSystems, Kazakhstan in radar deal

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Astana, Kazakhstan (UPI) May 23, 2013
Fully digital 3D air defense radars are to be developed and delivered to the air force of Kazakhstan under an agreement with ThalesRaytheonSystems. The company reported it signed the memorandum of understanding for its Ground Master 400 long-range air defense radars earlier this week at the KADEX defense exhibition in Astana, the capital of the former Soviet republic. The company

Water mission boosts food security

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) May 23, 2014
ESA's Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity mission has gone beyond its original scientific brief of delivering critical information for understanding the water cycle - this versatile satellite is now being used to predict drought and improve crop yield in regions prone to famine. The US Department of Agriculture use satellite images and soil moisture data to help identify abnormal weather that

Fully qualified Flash Memory optimizes Satellite Data Storage

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Paris, France (SPX) May 23, 2014
The flash memory Solid-State Recorder (SSR) products of Airbus Defense and Space have passed all NASA space qualification test requirements successfully. In addition, the company's flash-based SSR has exceeded 20 months of operation in orbit onboard SPOT 6, the first commercial satellite to deploy this technology. The Electronics Business Line of Airbus Defense and Space is the only compan

Engineers Test NASA's SLS Booster Forward Skirt to the Limits

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Huntsville AL (SPX) May 23, 2014
A critical connection between NASA's new rocket and its twin solid rocket boosters that will help it get to space proved it could withstand millions of pounds of launch stress during a series of ground tests that ended May 20. The booster forward skirt, which houses the electronics responsible for igniting, steering and jettisoning the two five-segment boosters and carries most of the forc

Pentagon chief to take in Singapore, Europe next week

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 23, 2014
Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel will embark Wednesday on a 12-day trip that will take in Singapore before heading to Europe for talks with NATO allies. The tour will begin with a brief stop at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, where the US defense secretary will receive briefings on missile defense, his office said. Two dozen GBI interceptors are deployed in Alaska to deal with the b

Pay and go: 'Soyuz' space ticket at US$45-50 million

‎26 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:54 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 23, 2014
Anybody willing to go to orbit may travel to the International Space Station for $45-50 million. This is the price tag for a two-week tour, delivery by Soyuz spacecraft, Russia's Energia Rocket and Space Corporation revealed. "A trip to deep space is a trip for a distance of no more than 100 kilometers. Speaking about trips to the orbit, there have been a few tourists, but there are no man

Military drill staged as China market attack toll rises

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Urumqi, China (AFP) May 23, 2014
China staged a huge show of force in the Muslim Uighur homeland of Xinjiang Friday and vowed a one-year campaign against "terrorist violence" as the death toll from a bloody market attack rose to 39. At least 1,000 personnel in military and police vehicles took to the streets in Urumqi, the capital of the volatile region, where authorities said assailants in two vehicles ploughed into shoppe

Pakistan pounds Taliban hideouts for third day

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Miranshah, Pakistan (AFP) May 23, 2014
Four suspected militants were killed Friday as Pakistan's armed forces hit insurgent targets in a third day of action in a restive tribal area close to the Afghan border. The military used mortars and helicopter gunships to pound suspected Taliban hideouts in North Waziristan, one of seven tribal districts where militants have strongholds. Friday's operation comes after two days of fight

Airbus' VTOL Quancruiser UAV successfully transitions to fixed-wing flight

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) May 23, 2013
A proof-of-concept unmanned aerial vehicle that combines fixed-wing and helicopter capabilities is being tested by the Airbus Group. The electric-powered Quadcruiser is a joint effort of Airbus Group Innovations and Airbus Defense, with the participation of Steinbeis Flugzeug-und Leichtbau GmbH. Airbus Group it has four vertically-oriented electric lift motors for vertical takeof

ATC coms system in works for Predator

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Berlin (UPI) May 23, 2013
Integration and use of air traffic control radios on Predator B unmanned aerial systems is to be performed by U.S. and German companies. General Atomics Aeronautical systems Inc., maker of the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper reports it signed the teaming agreement with communications company Rohde & Schwarz, part of an effort to add more European content to its aircraft system. "We are co

US drone deployed in Japan for first time

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) May 24, 2014
A US surveillance drone arrived at an air base in northern Japan on Saturday for the first deployment of the spy aircraft in the country, the US Air Force said. The Global Hawk was brought to the US Misawa Air Base from Guam "to support US intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions and contingency operations throughout the Pacific theater," America's air force said on its websit

General Atomics Grey Eagle again proves enhanced endurance capability

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Tampa, Fla. (UPI) May 23, 2013
The Improved Grey Eagle prototype unmanned aerial system by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has demonstrated its improved endurance. During a second endurance flight test of the prototype for the U.S. Army, the aircraft flew 36.7 hours, compared to the 30-hour endurance of the unimproved model. In October last year it flew more than 45 hours in a reconnaissance, surveil

Brazil buying 28 airlifters from Embraer

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil (UPI) May 21, 2013
The Brazilian Air Force has signed a series production contract with Embraer for the purchase of 28 KC-390 aircraft over a 10-year period. The deal is worth about $3.26 billion and was inked at a ceremony to open the final assembly line for the military transport, the first of which to be delivered in 2016. The procurement agreement, which includes provisions for logistics suppor

Iran addresses nuclear bomb allegations for first time: IAEA

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) May 23, 2014
Iran has for the first time in six years addressed concerns about the so-called "possible military dimensions" of its nuclear programme, a new IAEA report showed Friday. Tehran handed over information related to detonators that can be used for several purposes but also for a nuclear weapon under a key November interim nuclear deal, the quarterly report, seen by AFP, showed. In technical

Exelis to help repair, modernize tactical radios

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Basingstoke, England (UPI) May 23, 2013
Exelis is to support work by General Dynamics UK in modernization and other services in modernizing British military's tactical radios. Work will be performed under two contracts from General Dynamics UK. The first The first award is a five-year contract to provide post-engineering design services for VHF and UHF radios manufactured by Exelis for the U.K. Bowman team. Exelis was the man

Consequences of EU sanctions against Russia for space exploration

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 23, 2014
EU sanctions are a two-edged knife, aimed at the Russian Federation but hurting Europe as well. Due to western sanctions the Russian leadership has decided to give up the International Space Station (ISS) in 2020. Instead, the money and intellectual resources will be spent on cooperation with China in space research. How will Europe cope without Russia? "EU sanction logic does not fit mode

US Senate panel budgets $100 mn for non-Russian rocket

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2014
A Senate panel set aside $100 million Thursday to develop a US rocket engine as an alternative to Russian equipment currently used to launch military satellites into orbit. Amid broader disputes with President Vladimir Putin over Kremlin aggression in neighboring Ukraine, US lawmakers have considered ways to break from Russian rocket dependence, including blocking US firms from purchasing Ru

India To Launch PSLV On Commercial Mission

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (IANS) May 23, 2014
Preparations are on at the rocket port in Sriharikota for the launch of a commercial rocket that would carry five satellites - two from Canada, and one each from France, Germany and Singapore, an official said Thursday. "Work on the next launch has started. The rocket launch is slated for last week of June. The rocket will put into orbit a French satellite SPOT-7 weighing around 720 kg,"

Russian space agency set to resume Glonass talks with US

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 23, 2014
The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is set to resume negotiations on the possible deployment of Glonass global navigation satellite system elements in the United States, the newspaper Izvestia wrote on Tuesday. "Roscosmos has done paperwork for the Americans and have filed the documents with the Foreign Ministry. They [the documents] state that our countries have made big progress in bila

Halting Russian rocket engine deliveries may cost US $5 billion

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 23, 2014
The US is expected to lose some $5 billion if Russia goes ahead with the idea of halting delivery of rocket engines used to launch American defense satellites. American military experts counted the cost after Russian Vice President Dmitry Rogozin and head of the Roscosmos space agency Oleg Ostapenko hinted last week that supplies of the RD-180 engines might not continue. Calculations came

Russia working out national manned spaceflight strategy unrelated to ISS

‎25 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎07:25:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) May 23, 2014
The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) is developing a national manned spaceflight strategy to replace the International Space Station program after 2020, Roscosmos deputy chief Sergei Savelyev said. "The development of the national strategy of manned spaceflight is under way now. Along with the Russian Academy of Sciences and the industrial sector, we are preparing a certain concept

N. Korea fires shells near S. Korea warship

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) May 22, 2014
North Korea on Thursday fired shells into waters near a South Korean warship on patrol south of the disputed Yellow Sea border, prompting an evacuation of residents on a nearby island, officials said. Two shells fell near the South Korean ship, which was sailing near the frontline island of Yeonpyeong, the South's defence ministry said. Residents on the island were advised to move to civ

31 dead, scores wounded in attack in China's Xinjiang

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Urumqi, China (AFP) May 22, 2014
Attackers killed at least 31 people Thursday when they ploughed two vehicles into a market and threw explosives in the capital of China's Xinjiang region, in what authorities called the latest "severe terrorist incident" to hit the Muslim Uighur homeland. More than 90 people were also wounded when two off-road vehicles drove into a crowd in Urumqi, with one of them exploding, the regional go

House maintains obstacles to shuttering Guantanamo

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 22, 2014
The US House of Representatives passed a mammoth annual defense bill Thursday, thumbing its nose at President Barack Obama by including obstacles preventing him from taking steps to close Guantanamo. The National Defense Authorization Act which lays out military-related budget requests for 2015 passed easily, but Obama has threatened to veto the massive bill if it includes provisions that ba

Possible Russian withdrawal from Ukraine border: NATO

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Podgorica, Montenegro (AFP) May 22, 2014
Limited Russian troop movements near the border with Ukraine "may suggest" preparations for a withdrawal, NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Thursday. "Late yesterday (Wednesday), we have seen limited Russian troop activity in the vicinity of the border with Ukraine that may suggest that some of these forces are preparing to withdraw," Rasmussen said in Montenegro. "It is too early

Syria army breaks year-old Aleppo prison siege

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Damascus (AFP) May 22, 2014
Syria's army broke a siege of Aleppo prison Thursday, cutting off a major rebel supply route, as Damascus allies China and Russia vetoed a bid to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court. The Western-proposed UN Security Council resolution, which would have covered war crimes committed by both sides in the civil war, comes less than a fortnight before President Bashar al-Assad's expe

'Hundreds' held as anti-China riots quelled: Vietnam

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) May 22, 2014
Hundreds of people have been arrested in a government crackdown after deadly riots targeting Chinese people in Vietnam, senior Vietnamese officials said Thursday, warning anyone found in breach of the law would face tough punishment. "The Vietnamese government has... contained the acts of law infringement and (will) strictly punish violators in accordance with the law," Prime Minister Nguyen

Lockheed Martin receives orders for Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Archbald, Pa. (UPI) May 22, 2013
The U.S. and Canada have ordered Lockheed Martin's Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds, which imitate the characteristics of the Paveway II weapons system. Lockheed Martin said the two separate contracts have a combined value of $34.3 million. The contract from the U.S. Navy for the training rounds is a follow-on award, and the second order of the training rounds against a 2013

Malaysia stresses China ties despite Asian rows

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) May 22, 2014
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has distanced himself from growing territorial conflicts in Asia, telling a Japanese newspaper they should not jeopardise the "strategic importance" of his country's ties with Beijing. "We must look at the big picture and not define relations with China on a single-issue basis but look at the broad spectrum of the relations, and recognise the strategic im

Iraq attacks on Shiite pilgrims kill 16

‎24 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎10:41:37 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) May 22, 2014
A series of bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims, including by a suicide attacker disguised as a woman, killed 16 people in Baghdad Thursday despite heavy security across the capital. The blasts are the latest in a protracted surge of nationwide bloodshed that has left more than 3,600 people dead this year, fuelling fears Iraq is slipping back into the brutal communal bloodshed that blighted t

Thales, Alcatel-Lucent in partnership talks

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎12:51:49 PMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) May 22, 2013
Thales is negotiating with Alcatel-Lucent over a possible takeover of Alcatel-Lucent's cyber-security services and communications security business. Thales said the exclusive negotiation is part of "a strategic partnership to provide end-to-end solutions for securing networks." "With this strategic partnership, Thales strengthens its position in cyber-security and consolidates i



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

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Isaiah 6 - 7

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

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Isaiah 13 - 14

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

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Prophetic warning concerning Ephraim and Judah.

Isaiah 31 - 35

Future Kingdom Blessings. Focus on Jerusalem.

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Isaiah 40 - 42

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

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

Isaiah 45 (and the Gap Theory)

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Isaiah 46 - 48

Babylon, the Pride of the Caldeans.

Isaiah 49 - 51

The Restoration of Israel. Vision of the Kingdom Age.

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The Holy of Holies of the Old Testament.

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The Fulcrum of the Entire Universe.

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Israel, the Restored Wife. Idolaters rebuked.

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Iranium DVD

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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.

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.  

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News About Missiles

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Javelin Firing From Turret in UK Test

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Dallas TX (SPX) May 19, 2014 - Lockheed Martin recently demonstrated the successful firing of a Javelin missile from a turret at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre (COTEC) near Wiltshire, England.

The turret was designed and built as a joint project between Lockheed Martin U.K. in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, U.K., and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas, and Orlando, Florida. The production of the turret and successful firing of both a 30mm cannon and a fully integrated Javelin missile has been achieved in a nine-month period.

Building on Lockheed Martin's expertise in designing Infantry Fighting Vehicle turrets and its experience in missile systems, this development work is being conducted to support a number of potential business opportunities around the world.

"This firing is the culmination of a tremendous amount of cooperation and hard work between the U.K. and U.S. teams," said Alan Lines, vice president and managing director, LMUK Ampthill. "The team was able to leverage knowledge gained from other Ground Vehicles programs, such as the Warrior Capability Sustainment Programme and Scout Specialist Vehicle, as well as the U.S. Ground Combat Vehicle and Amphibious Combat Vehicle."

Lockheed Martin turret solutions exceed the accuracy requirements for both static and on-the-move firing, combined with enhanced protection and ergonomically driven fightability improvements, maximizing mission success and significantly increasing crew effectiveness.

Javelin is the World's most versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-tank, guided munition and surveillance weapon system. It is made by the Javelin Joint Venture, a partnership between Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin.



Lockheed Martin weapons turret demonstrated with missile system

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Ampthill, England (UPI) May 15, 2013 - A new vehicle weapons turret developed by Lockheed Martin has been demonstrated in Britain with both a Javelin missile and a 30mm cannon fired from it.

Development of the turret and the integration of the weapons was a nine-month effort by Lockheed Martin U.K. and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in the United States.

"This firing is the culmination of a tremendous amount of cooperation and hard work between the U.K. and U.S. teams," said Alan Lines, vice president and managing director, LMUK Ampthill. "The team was able to leverage knowledge gained from other ground vehicle programs, such as the Warrior Capability Sustainment Program and Scout Specialist Vehicle, as well as the U.S. ground combat vehicle and amphibious combat vehicle."

In the demonstration, the turret solution "exceed the accuracy requirements for both static and on-the-move firing, combined with enhanced protection and ergonomically driven fightability improvements, maximizing mission success and significantly increasing crew effectiveness," the company said.

The Javelin missile, a joint venture product by Raytheon and Lockheed, is a man-portable anti-tank weapon with an effective firing range of more than 2,700 yards.



Raytheon's JSOW scores direct hits in back-to-back flight tests

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
China Lake CA (SPX) May 12, 2014 - Raytheon and the U.S. Navy showcased the operational capability of the Joint Standoff Weapon in challenging back-to-back flight tests. Launched from F/A-18F Super Hornets, at approximately 25,000 feet, two JSOW II C air-to-ground weapons flew preplanned routes before destroying simulated cave targets.

"These test shots further validate JSOW's ability to deliver decisive battlefield effects against one of the most challenging land targets facing our warfighters," said Celeste Mohr, JSOW program director for Raytheon Missile Systems.

"Naval aviators employed JSOW's firepower in a tactically realistic cave scenario that included heavy radio frequency countermeasures. The result was two direct hits -- it's all about sharpening the edge."

JSOW C is designed to provide fleet forces with robust and flexible capability against high value land targets, at launch ranges up to 70 nautical miles.

JSOW is a family of air-to-ground weapons that employ an integrated GPS-inertial navigation system, with highly capable guidance algorithms.

JSOW C prosecutes fixed land targets and uses an imaging infrared seeker for increased accuracy in the terminal phase. A JSOW C-1 variant adds the two-way Strike Common Weapon Datalink enabling additional target sets with moving maritime target capability.


Harpoon missile sale in works for Brazil

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 7, 2013 - The Brazilian government has requested a $169 million Foreign Military Sales deal from the United States for AGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles Harpoon missiles.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in its required notification to Congress, said the deal would be for 16 missiles, along with CATM-84L Harpoon Block II captive air training missiles, containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, and publications and technical documentation.

Training of Brazilian personnel, training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services would also be included.

"The Brazilian Air Force (BrAF) is in the process of modernizing and upgrading its anti-surface warfare capability on its P-3 aircraft," DSCA said. "The modernization will enhance the BrAF P-3's capabilities for its counter-transnational organized crime efforts, maritime border security, and protection of off-shore assets."

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale, the agency said.

The principal contractors will be Boeing and Delex Systems Inc. No U.S. government or contractor representatives would be required for assignment to Brazil if the sale is approved, the agency said.



Enhanced infrared sensor system for Seasparrow missiles

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Boulder, Colo. (UPI) May 7, 2013 - An electro-optical, infrared laser sensor system that enhances the ability of ships to detect potential threats has been ordered by NATO.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. said the order for the Seasparrow long-range electro-optical infrared laser sensor system, or SLREOSS, was issued by the NATO Seasparrow Program Office and worth an initial $23.9 million, with options worth an additional $10 million.

Under the contract, Ball Aerospace will transition the current Stalker sensor developmental prototype design to production and in direct mount and independent mount configurations.

"Stalker provides an important capability to the NATO Seasparrow missile system," said Rob Freedman, vice president and general manager for Ball's Tactical Solutions business unit. "Ball's improved technology and independent mount application will provide increased ship self-defense capability across more of the U.S. Naval fleet -- providing protection against new threats at sea."

The Seasparrow is an anti-ship and air defense missile system installed on a number of ships of NATO member states, including the U.S. Navy. The new sensor system improves upon the missile systems original sensor capability to detect, identify and classify potential threats, including small boats.

Ball Aerospace currently has three experimental and eight developmental sensor system prototypes based on its original Stalker sensor system, currently installed on multiple ships.



Britain eyes adaption of naval air defense missile for army

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) May 5, 2013 - European missile-maker MBDA is to explore a ground-based air defense missile system based on its Sea Ceptor system for Royal Navy frigates.

Under a $60.7 million contract from Britain's Ministry of Defense, MBDA will demonstrate the adaptation and evolution of core weapon system sub-systems, such as command and control, for a land environment and prepare the system to replace the Royal Army's Rapier air defense system.

The contract is in support of the ministry's Future Local Area Air Defense System (Land) program, with MBDA's Common Anti-air Modular Missile, or CAMM at its heart. By using the system already contracted for installation on Type 23 frigates, the development costs for a land system will be reduced.

"This new contract further demonstrates the value of the partnership strategy that MBDA is advancing with its domestic customers," said Antoine Bouvier, chief executive officer of MBDA. "By extending the FLAADS program to land applications, the British MOD is showing that MBDA continues to be its complex weapons company of choice and recognizes its ingenuity in maximizing cost benefits through modularity and the re-use of existing technologies.

"… CAMM-based missile systems offer advantages in terms of capability and through-life costs which I'm sure will interest many armies and navies around the world."

The Ministry of Defense said a decision on whether or not to procure MBDA's Common Anti-air Modular Missile for land use will be made next year.



Certification process for Talon Laser-Guided Rocket kit completed

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) May 4, 2013 - A digital semi-active laser guidance and control kit for legacy 2.75-inch Hydra rockets is heading for operational use, according to Raytheon.

The kit is called the Talon Laser-Guided Rocket, co-developed with the United Arab Emirates, and can be attached to Hydras without hardware or software modifications to M260/261 launchers or the aircraft platform.

Raytheon announced on Sunday that together with the Army it had completed the certification process for Air Worthiness Release for Talon.

U.S. Army Apache AH-64D/E attack helicopters carry Hydra rockets, which without the kit are unguided in flight and which have an 8,700-yard effective firing range.

"With completion of the AWR, we can offer Apache customers an affordable guided-rocket solution that provides capability within the current Hydra-70 rocket firing envelope," said Darryl Kreitman, Raytheon TALON program director. "TALON's architecture and ease of employment make it a low-cost, highly precise weapon for missions in urban environments, counter-insurgency and swarming boat defense missions."



Raytheon tests new guidance system for Tomahawk cruise missile

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 30, 2014 - Raytheon has completed a passive seeker test designed for a Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile using company-funded independent research and development investment.

The captive flight test, using a modified Tomahawk Block IV missile nose cone, demonstrated that Raytheon's advanced, next-generation; multi-function processor can enable the cruise missile to navigate to and track moving targets emitting radio frequency signals.

For the test, the nosecone of a Tomahawk Block IV missile was equipped with passive antennas integrated with Raytheon's new modular, multi-mode processor, and fitted to a T-39 aircraft.

Flying at subsonic speed and at varying altitudes, the aircraft simulated a Tomahawk flight regime. The passive seeker and multi-function processor successfully received numerous electronic signals from tactical targets in a complex, high density electromagnetic environment.

"Completion of this test is a significant milestone in Raytheon's effort to quickly and affordably modernize this already advanced weapon for naval warfighters," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president.

"We have assessed our company-funded multi-mission processor at Technical Readiness Level 6, enabling it to move to the engineering, manufacturing and development phase. Besides Tomahawk, the processor could be used in other sophisticated weapon systems."

A Raytheon-funded active seeker test with the company's new processor inside a Tomahawk nosecone is planned for early next year.

That event will demonstrate the processor's ability to broadcast active radar as well as passively receive target electromagnetic information - a critical step in enabling the missile to strike moving targets on land and at sea.



Lockheed Martin Receives Contract for Production of First PAC-3 MSE Missiles

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Dallas TX (SPX) Apr 30, 2014 - Lockheed Martin has received a $611 million contract from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for the first production order of the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) following the Army's successful Milestone C decision earlier this year. The contract includes the production of both PAC-3 MSE missiles and Launcher Modifications Kits (LMKs).

The PAC-3 MSE's revolutionary two-pulse solid rocket motor provides increased performance in both altitude and range - while employing the same proven hit-to-kill technology that the PAC-3 Missile uniquely brings to the Patriot system.

In 2003, Lockheed Martin received a contract to increase the altitude and range of the PAC-3 missile. The missile received the larger, more powerful dual-pulse motor for added thrust, along with larger fins and other structural modifications for more agility.

The larger fins collapse to allow the missile to fit into the current PAC-3 launcher, and give the interceptor more maneuverability against faster and more sophisticated ballistic and cruise missiles.

The launcher modification kits enable the Patriot Configuration 3 launcher to control and launch the hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missiles, as well as heritage Patriot missiles.

"These enhancements are the natural, pre-planned evolution of a system that was first demonstrated 20 years ago," said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Every current Patriot-using nation is a candidate to upgrade their PAC-3 systems to the PAC-3 MSE."



Raytheon advancing cruise missile capabilities

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Apr 28, 2013 - A new passive seeker for Tomahawk Block IV cruise missiles has been put through a captive flight test by Raytheon, the company said on Monday.

The multi-function processor, developed by Raytheon using its own funding, will enable the missile to navigate to and track moving targets that are emitting radio frequency signals.

"Completion of this test is a significant milestone in Raytheon's effort to quickly and affordably modernize this already advanced weapon for naval warfighters," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "We have assessed our company-funded multi-mission processor at Technical Readiness Level 6, enabling it to move to the engineering, manufacturing and development phase.

"Besides Tomahawk, the processor could be used in other sophisticated weapon systems."

For the test, a T-39 aircraft was fitted with a Tomahawk with its nosecone equipped with passive antennas integrated with the new modular processor. The passive seeker and processor received signals from targets in a high-density electromagnetic environment while the plane flew at different altitudes.

Raytheon said an active seeker test with the processor inside a Tomahawk nosecone is planned for early next year and will show its ability to broadcast active radar as well as passively receive target electromagnetic information.

The Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile weighs 2,900 pounds, a range of 1,000 miles and a speed of 550 miles per hour. It is carried on all major U.S. warships, including submarines.



US Navy deploys Standard Missile-3 Block IB for first time

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 25, 2014 - In partnership with the Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy deployed the second-generation Standard Missile-3 Block IB made by Raytheon for the first time, initiating the second phase of the Phased Adaptive Approach.

"The SM-3 Block IB's completion of initial operational testing last year set the stage for a rapid deployment to theater," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "The SM-3's highly successful test performance gives combatant commanders around the world the confidence they need to counter the growing ballistic missile threat."

In 2009, the administration announced the U.S.'s decision to adopt a new, more flexible approach to missile defense of both the U.S. and Europe. The Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) Phase 1 began in March 2011 when the USS Monterey deployed carrying SM-3 Block IAs.

"The SM-3 program's evolution speaks to the importance of harnessing past successes to deliver increasingly capable systems to our customers, while reducing costs and delivery timelines," said Dr. Mitch Stevison, Raytheon's Standard Missile-3 program director.

In Oct. 2013, ground broke in Romania on the first operational Aegis Ashore site, which will be capable of launching SM-3 Block IAs, IBs and IIAs. The site continues on track for 2015 deployment as part of PAA Phase 2.

Along with deployed Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense ships, Romania's Aegis Ashore site will provide additional ballistic missile coverage of NATO countries. The first Aegis Ashore test with the SM-3 Block IB and upgraded Aegis BMD Weapons System will take place this year at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.



International customer signs agreement with USG for Raytheon's TOW missiles

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Tucson AZ (SPX) Apr 25, 2014 - An international customer signed an agreement with the U.S. Government for a foreign military sale (FMS) of tube-launched, optically tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) missiles to be supplied by Raytheon in a deal valued at approximately $750 million.

Raytheon plans to deliver nearly 14,000 TOW missiles to the customer over a three-year period beginning in 2015. A resulting order is expected to be executed by the U.S. government with Raytheon in the coming weeks.

The order will allow Raytheon to further increase TOW's capability while delivering affordable precision to a key U.S. ally for the defense of its borders and sovereignty. This type of multiyear FMS arrangement drives down acquisition costs for the U.S. government and provides economies of scale.

About TOW

+ The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided (TOW) weapon system, with the multi-mission TOW 2A, TOW 2B, and TOW Bunker Buster missiles, is the premier long-range, precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system used throughout the world today.

+ The TOW weapon system is expected to be in service with the U.S. military beyond 2025.

+ TOW is in service in more than 40 international armed forces and integrated on more than 15,000 ground, vehicle and helicopter platforms worldwide.

+ Raytheon has delivered more than 675,000 TOW missiles to U.S. and allied warfighters.



Lockheed Martin GMLRS Alternative Warhead Logs Successful Flight-Test Series

‎09 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎09:19:48 AMGo to full article
Dallas TX (SPX) Apr 19, 2014 - Lockheed Martin has conducted the fifth and final Production Qualification Test (PQT) for the new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Alternative Warhead recently at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

During the long-range test, four rockets were fired from a HIMARS launcher and destroyed their respective targets approximately 65 kilometers away. The test is the final milestone before the Developmental Test/Operational Test (DT/OT) phase, which incorporates soldiers into the system testing.

The DT/OT phase will begin this summer and will conclude with the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) exercise in the fall of 2014.

"This next phase of testing will be critical in determining operational effectiveness," said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

"We are committed to the customer and their success on the battlefield, and these tests ensure production of a trustworthy and effective solution."

In April 2012, Lockheed Martin received a $79.4 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop the Alternative Warhead Program (AWP). Under the terms of the contract, the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) phase of the program runs 36 months, focusing on system performance, warhead qualification and producibility.

The Alternative Warhead is designed to engage the same target set and achieve the same area-effects requirement as the GMLRS submunitions warhead, but without the lingering danger of unexploded ordinance. The Alternative Warhead is being developed by ATK under subcontract to Lockheed Martin.

The AWP is part of a U.S. Department of Defense plan to create a GMLRS variant which meets the DoD's cluster munition policy. The Lockheed Martin GMLRS Alternative Warhead program will also be compliant with the provisions of the Convention on Cluster Munitions international treaty.



Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System rockets for Jordan

‎07 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎01:54:18 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) May 6, 2013 - Jordan is to deploy BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System laser-guided rocket on its aerial gunships, BAE Systems announced.

Deployment of the weapon comes as a result of Jordan and the U.S. Navy signing a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the laser-guided APKWS under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

"We're pleased that the Jordanian armed forces will be the first international customer of our APKWS rocket," said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems. "As part of this sale, we'll deliver an advanced, highly-accurate weapon system to help strengthen the Kingdom's military.

"Through the Foreign Military Sale process, the APKWS rocket can provide precision strike capabilities to Jordan and other military allies that would benefit from an affordable, proven, low-risk laser-guided rocket system currently in the U.S. inventory."

The APKWS 2.75-inch rocket uses semi-active laser guidance technology to strike soft and lightly armored targets in confined areas. BAE Systems said it is one-third the weight of other laser-guided weapons and fills the gap between unguided small diameter rockets, such as the Hydra, and anti-armor missiles in larger diameters through the use of a mid-body kit.

A delivery schedule for the APKWS rockets was not disclosed.



Raytheon awaits FMS order for TOW missiles

‎07 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎01:54:18 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Apr 24, 2013 - Raytheon reports that it expects to deliver nearly 14,000 tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided missiles to an unidentified country.

The manufacture and delivery of the TOW missiles will come under a U.S. Foreign Military Sales agreement signed by the United States and the customer, which has a value of about $750 million.

Raytheon said it expects to complete an agreement with the U.S. government soon and begin delivering the TOW systems over a three-year period beginning next year.

The tube-launched, optically-tracked, wireless-guided weapon system first became operational in 1970, and continues to be a premier long-range, precision anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious landing weapon system. It has a range of as much as 4,500 yards and is expected to be in service with the U.S. military beyond 2025.

"The order will allow Raytheon to further increase TOW's capability while delivering affordable precision to a key U.S. ally for the defense of its borders and sovereignty," Raytheon said. "This type of multi-year FMS arrangement drives down acquisition costs for the U.S. government and provides economies of scale."



Raytheon awarded first international contract for Paveway IV

‎30 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:45:50 AMGo to full article
Harlow, UK (SPX) Apr 16, 2014 - Raytheon Company received a contract from an international customer for Paveway IV precision guided bombs valued at more than $200m.

As part of the sale Raytheon will deliver hundreds of the advanced munitions, which are regarded as the 'weapon of choice' for the Royal Air Force. The contract represents the first sale of Paveway IV outside the U.K.

"This contract is an export boost to the U.K. It will help support hundreds of manufacturing and engineering jobs at Raytheon's facilities and in the supply chain across the U.K.," said Richard Daniel, Chief Executive, Raytheon UK.

"Developed in Harlow, with the advanced guidance system produced in Glenrothes, Paveway IV has delivered considerable operational capability to the U.K. and allied forces in numerous military operations."

The Paveway family of laser-guided and GPS and laser-guided bombs has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by converting "dumb" bombs into precision-guided munitions. Bombs equipped with Paveway kits have been put to the test and proved themselves, time and again, as the weapon of choice by 43 customers.

Paveway laser-guided bomb kits comprised more than half the air-to-ground precision-guided weapons used in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Unified Protector.



GMLRS alternative warhead completes production qualification tests

‎30 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:45:50 AMGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Apr 17, 2013 - The fifth and final production qualification test for Lockheed Martin's Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System alternative warhead has been completed.

During the long-range test at the White Sands missile range in New Mexico, four missiles with an alternative warhead were fired from a HIMARS launcher and destroyed targets located about 40 miles away, Lockheed said.

The developmental/operational phase of testing of the system is now scheduled to begin this summer, with the initial operational test and evaluation phase of testing taking place before the end of the year.

"This next phase of testing will be critical in determining operational effectiveness," said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are committed to the customer and their success on the battlefield, and these tests ensure production of a trustworthy and effective solution."

The Alternative Warhead program is part of a U.S. military project for a GMLRS variant that meets Department of Defense policy for cluster munitions as well as an international treaty on cluster munitions. The warhead is designed to meet the destruction area requirements as the usual GMLRS sub-munitions warhead but without a danger of unexploded ordinance remaining.

The alternative warhead is being developed by ATK under a sub-contract from Lockheed Martin.



Raytheon UK to export Paveway IV

‎30 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:45:50 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Apr 16, 2013 - Raytheon UK reports it has received an order for Paveway IV precision guided bombs from an unidentified international customer.

The order, worth more than $200 million, is the first sale of Paveway IV bombs outside of Britain, it said.

"This contract is an export boost to the U.K," said Richard Daniel, chief executive of the company. "It will help support hundreds of manufacturing and engineering jobs at Raytheon's facilities and in the supply chain across the U.K."

Paveway is a dual-mode, GPS/INS and laser guided weapon. It consists of a guidance kit attached to a free fall, or so-called dumb bomb. It became operational with the Royal Air Force in 2008 and has been used in military operations in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.

Raytheon UK said it will deliver hundreds of the advanced munitions under the order but no delivery schedule was provided.

Raytheon UK is a prime contractor and major supplier to Britain's Ministry of Defense. It is a subsidiary of Raytheon in the United States, which manufactures Paveway II guided bombs.







News About Ballistic Missile Defense

Land-based variant of Aegis tested

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 21, 2013 - Components of the Aegis Ashore anti-ballistic missile system have successfully undergone a first flight test, according to the Department of Defense.

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

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

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

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

Additional details of the test on Tuesday were not disclosed.



Canadian missile defense radar to be operated, maintained by Raytheon

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Ottawa (UPI) May 16, 2013 - A missile warning radar system for the north of Canada is to be operated and maintained by Raytheon Canada Limited.

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

The financial terms of the award were not disclosed.

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

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

Additional contract details were not disclosed.



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

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) May 12, 2014 - Lockheed Martin has completed the propulsion module for the fourth Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO-4) space vehicle and is now proceeding with satellite assembly, integration and test. SBIRS provides our nation with continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Canada revisiting ballistic missile defense: official

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Ottawa (AFP) May 08, 2014 - Canada is revisiting a decade-old decision not to join the US ballistic missile defense program, a top official in Ottawa said on Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



South Korea orders missile defense systems from ATK

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) May 9, 2013 - An electronic warfare suite to protect aircraft from missile threats is to be provided and installed on South Korean helicopters by U.S. company ATK.

The award from the Republic of Korea Army is worth $7 million.

"We are pleased that we were selected for this program and we look forward to a long lasting relationship with the (Korean) Defense Acquisition Program Administration," said Mike Kahn, president of ATK Defense Group. "This contract supports our focus on providing high-value to our customers, allowing ATK to have continued expansion of its aircraft survivability equipment across key international platforms."

The order is for the company's AAR-47 missile warning system -- with hostile fire indication and laser warning -- and the AN/ALE-47 counter-measure dispensing system for integration on AH-1S Cobra attack helicopters.

ATK said its AAR-47 missile warning system is the only system in use that integrates missile, laser and hostile fire threat warning into a single system.

The added hostile fire capability enables aircrews to also detect small-caliber weapon fire and rocket propelled grenades, the company said.

"Aircraft face many hostile threats in combat and ATK warning systems provide the ability to detect and react," said Bill Kasting, vice president and general manager of ATK Defense Group's Defense Electronic Systems division.

The AN/ALE-47 counter-measure dispensing system is made by Symetrics Industries, which is headquartered in Florida. It dispenses chaff or flares.

The number of systems ordered and a delivery schedule for them were not disclosed.



MEADS Technology Will Enable Germany To Build Its Future Air And Missile Defense System

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Apr 30, 2014 - The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) development results will enable Germany to build its future air and missile defense system. This was underscored by Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson and MBDA Germany Managing Director Thomas Homberg in Berlin Monday.

"The collaboration between Germany, Italy and the United States on the Medium Extended Air Defense System is a shining example of strength in the face of today's threats," said Hewson during a speech she gave at the German Council on Foreign Relations event.

"MEADS delivers the absolute best capability to protect European air space from tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and aircraft."

"The risks from current and future threats can only be countered effectively and efficiently using leading-edge technologies, as the MEADS program delivers," said Homberg.

"For Germany as well as its co-operation partners, the MEADS technology development results create the prerequisites for building sustainable air and missile defense tailored to current and future threats, and thus provide a substantial contribution to NATO missile defense."

MEADS is a highly mobile and inter-operative air and missile defense system with an open, expandable plug and fight system architecture developed to replace the Patriot system in Germany.

Following the start of development in 2004, the MEADS program successfully demonstrated an unprecedented 360-degree, dual intercept against a tactical ballistic missile and an air-breathing target approaching from opposite directions in November 2013.

During her remarks, Hewson emphasized that Lockheed Martin has had a long-term strategic partnership with the Federal Armed Forces, as well as the German aviation and defense industries, going back more than 50 years.

She added that, "Germany's contributions to MEADS have been tremendous, and our industry partners at MBDA and Airbus have played a critical role in the development of this system. This industry partnership is exemplary."

Hewson also underscored that Lockheed Martin is absolutely committed to support planned national follow-on programs based on MEADS technologies in Germany and Italy. For the European partners, the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile will be available. PAC-3 MSE is the world's most advanced, capable and powerful terminal air defense missile.



Army orders Patriot missile segment enhancement

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Apr 28, 2013 - Lockheed Martin has received a first production order from the U.S. Army for the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Missile Segment Enhancement.

The PAC-3 MSE, an anti-missile missile, features a larger, more powerful dual-pulse motor for added thrust for range and altitude, along with larger fins and other structural modifications for enhanced agility.

The larger fins collapse to allow the missile to fit into the current PAC-3 launcher. They also give the hit-to-kill interceptor more maneuverability against faster ballistic and cruise missiles.

As part of the first production order from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Lockheed will also produce launcher modification kits to allow PAC-3 launcher to control and launch the hit-to-kill PAC-3 Missiles, as well as heritage Patriot missiles.

"These enhancements are the natural, pre-planned evolution of a system that was first demonstrated 20 years ago," said Scott Arnold, vice president of PAC-3 programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Every current Patriot-using nation is a candidate to upgrade their PAC-3 systems to the PAC-3 MSE."

The Patriot-3 has a range of about 12.4 miles. The Missile Segment Enhancement, for which Lockheed is the prime contractor, will increase its range to more than 18 miles.



India test-fires anti-ballistic missile

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) April 27, 2014 - India successfully test-fired a new anti-ballistic missile on Sunday in a step towards developing a missile defence system which only an elite club of countries has built.

India, which shares borders with arch-rival Pakistan and giant China, both of whom are nuclear-armed, is developing the system that aims to shield it against a ballistic missile attack.

The test was conducted off the east coast on Sunday morning, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) told the Press Trust of India news agency.

"The trial was conducted successfully and all the mission objectives were met," said DRDO spokesman Ravi Kumar Gupta.

The missile, which was tested at Wheeler Island off the coast of Orissa, is capable of intercepting targets outside the earth's atmosphere.

India has a double-layered ballistic missile defence programme which can destroy missiles at higher as well as lower altitudes.

Only a small number of countries including the United States and Russia have anti-ballistic missile systems.

India, the world's second-most populous country, has been stepping up efforts to position itself as a strong regional power in Asia.

The nuclear-armed country has fought three wars with Pakistan and one war with China.



Raytheon touts ballistic missile defense weapon

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Apr 24, 2013 - The second generation Standard Missile-3 Block IB missile made by Raytheon has been deployed for the first time by the U.S. Navy.

Raytheon, in headlining the missile's deployment, said the event marks the start of the second phase of the U.S. Phased Adaptive Approach to countering ballistic missile threats.

"The SM-3 Block IB's completion of initial operational testing last year set the stage for a rapid deployment to theater," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "The SM-3's highly successful test performance gives combatant commanders around the world the confidence they need to counter the growing ballistic missile threat."

The Phased Adaptive Approach was announced in 2009 and is a new, more flexible approach to missile defense of both the U.S. and Europe. Phase 1 began in 2011 when the USS Monterey deployed carrying SM-3 Block IA missiles. And last year, ground was broken in Romania for the first operational Aegis Ashore site, which will use Standard Missile-3 variants to protect NATO countries from ballistic missile attack beginning next year.

The program, which involves the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, has so far completed 26 successful intercepts in space and more than 180 shipboard SM-3s have been delivered to the U.S. and Japan.

Raytheon says the Block IB variant of the missile features an enhanced two-color infrared seeker and upgraded steering and propulsion. It uses short bursts of precision power to maneuver toward its target. The SM-3 Block IIA, co-developed with Japan, will have a larger kinetic warhead.



Russia warns Ukraine against missile technologies proliferation

‎23 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎02:46:53 PMGo to full article
Moscow (XNA) Apr 08, 2014 - Russia on Monday drew Kiev's attention over media reports that a Ukrainian military-space enterprise had allegedly been negotiating with third countries on missile technology sale.

Referring to the Yuzhmash plant based in the city of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry reminded that Ukraine is a participant of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and a signatory of The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC).

Moscow said Kiev has been bearing serious political obligations and must be especially restrained when it comes to technologies of building the missiles with the range over 300 km and workload over 500 kg.

"According to the MTCR, the most likely outcome of these negotiations must be refusal to hand over those technologies," the ministry said in a statement.

Yuzhmash produces the silo-based Voyevoda (SS-18, or Satan in NATO classification) inter-continental ballistic missiles capable of carrying eight-piece nuclear warhead. Yuzhmash also produces Dnepr space rockets conversed from the Voyevoda.

Russia reminded that participants of the HCoC have obligations not to facilitate, nor to support other countries in their efforts to build the ballistic missiles capable to carry weapons of mass destruction.

Russia hoped that despite complicated political situation in Ukraine in the absence of legitimate authorities, the leaders of the country should show due responsibility and stick to their obligations under the MTCR and HCoC not to undermine non- proliferation regimes.

Established in 1987 by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, the MTCR has been signed by 34 countries to date. The Hague Code of Conduct was signed in 2002 with the number of its participants currently reaching 137.

Source: Xinhua News Agency



Japan orders to shoot down any new N Korea ballistic missile launches

‎21 ‎May ‎2014, ‏‎01:41:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Apr 07, 2014 - Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Koreain the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday.

According to the Reuters report citing an unidentified government source, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order on Thursday, but did not make it public in order to avoid putting a chill on renewed talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang, the first in more than a year, local media reported earlier.

"The defense minister made the order from April 3rd through to the 25th to prepare for any additional missile launches," the source said.

Onodera, the source said, did not deploy Patriot missile batteries that would be the last line of defense against incoming warheads.

Media reports said the North Korean-Japanese talks in Beijing this week broke no new ground, but ended with an agreement for further meetings.

The firing of the Rodong coincided with a meeting in The Hague between U.S. PresidentBarack Obama and the leaders of South Korea and Japan and followed a series of short-range rocket launches.

The launch appeared to be a show of defiance by North Korea.

The missile fell into the sea after flying 650 km (400 miles), short of a maximum range thought to be some 1,300 km.

Japanese Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan are equipped with advanced radar equipment able to track multiple targets and carry missiles designed to take out targets at the edge of space.

Source: Voice of Russia



Britain, France give MBDA missile development contract

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Mar 28, 2014 - European missile-maker MBDA is to develop and produce a light anti-ship missile for Britain and France under a $826 million contract.

The award for the ANL/FASGW(H) missile was issued earlier this week by Britain's Ministry of Defense on behalf of the two countries, marking the consolidation of the countries' missile industries.

"This program initiates a new era of cooperation that will allow significant efficiencies on future programs," said Antoine Bouvier, chief executive officer MBDA. "Instead of combining their efforts program by program, as has been the case up to now, France and the UK will coordinate their development and acquisition approach to eliminate duplication in the missile sector.

"A decisive step has been made towards the reinforcement and sustainability of the missile industry sector in Europe. This development also ensures a long-term commitment to our armed forces customers with regard to their security of supply based on mutual access to sovereign technologies."

The missiles will equip the Royal Navy's AW159 Lynx Wildcat helicopters and the French Navy's helicopters. They will weigh about 220 pounds and will be used from stand-off range to destroy small, fast inshore attack vessels and other craft up to corvette size.

MBDA said the missile will also have a surface attack capability for coastal targets ashore.

Britain and France have increasingly cooperated with each other in the defense sector and say this contract is the result of defense ministerial summits over the past several years.

France's Directorate General of Armaments and its British counterpart will management development of the missile through a joint program office in Britain.

MBDA is owned by Airbus Group of France, BAE Systems of Britain, and Italy's Finmeccanica.



Russia's new S-500 system to destroy any target at any altitude

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Apr 01, 2014 - Russia's new fifth-generation air defence system S-500 will be able to destroy any target at any altitude, Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday, March 26.

"Work is underway to create a new fifth-generation air defence system S-500 which can destroy aerodynamic and ballistic targets of all types at all altitudes used in combat," he said.

Borisov said S-400 systems would continue to be supplied to the Aerospace Defence Troops this year. The system "is about 2-2.5 times better than existing systems in terms of cost efficiency", he added.

S-400 Triumf air defence systems were put on combat duty in Russia's Southern Military District at the end of last year to replace S-300PM missiles.

Supplies of new air defence systems to the 4th Air Force and Air Defence Command in the District started in 2009. Since then, more than 60 pieces of new military hardware have been delivered and put into operation.

The Triumf system is more than two times more effective that previous systems. Each system can attack 10 targets with up to 20 missiles.

The S-400 uses 3 different missiles to cover its entire performance envelope.

The Russian Ministry of Defence has stated that the S-400 is for the Russian Armed Forces only; it will not be exported to other countries.

The Russian Defence Ministry and the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) are also building a new carrier rocket called Angara and have stepped up preparations for its first launch. "We have done a tremendous amount of work to step up preparations for the Angara launch and to catch up with the schedule. And there is no doubt today that Angara will fly in July," he said.

The new carrier rocket will be used to launch both civilian and military spacecraft and for international space cooperation projects.

A mock-up of the Angara carrier rocket was taken out of the assembly shop at the northern Plesetsk Cosmodrome and installed in the launch pad area in February.

Angara is one of the priorities in the development of the Plesetsk spaceport. In November 2013, a full-scale mock-up of the rocket was for the first time put up at the launch pad. It was a fully operational rocket but intended for ground testing only, not for launching.

A super-heavy lift launch vehicle will be able to carry a payload of 80 tonnes to low-earth orbits. In the future, its capacity can be increased to 160 tonnes and more.

The launch site for super-heavy lift vehicles will be built at Russia's new Vostochny Cosmodrome now under construction in the Far Eastern Amur Region.

Khrunichev Space Centre Director-General Alexander Seliverstov said that the Angara development had reached the flight test stage and the focus was on finalising the launch site in Plesetsk.

The Angara 1.2 vehicle was shipped to Plesetsk in late May 2013 to allow adequate time for extensive testing and interface verification efforts being performed prior to the planned launch in the first half of 2014. The Angara 5 vehicle is expected to launch later in 2014, he said.

Seliverstov said that light and heavy versions of Angara rockets would be launched in 2014 and work was proceeding as scheduled.

"The first rocket is to be launched in 2014," Seliverstov said.

A heavy version of the rocket is being assembled. "Work is proceeding as scheduled. We have to make the heavy version before the end of the year as its launch is scheduled for the end of 2014," he said last year.

Angara will allow Russia to launch all kinds of spacecraft to any orbit. Now Russia can launch heavy satellites only aboard Proton rockets from Baikonur, which it leases from Kazakhstan for about 115 million U.S. dollars a year.

According to Khrunichev, a big advantage of the new rocket carrier is that "it is a universal space rocket system" capable of taking three types of rockets into space: light with a payload of up to 3.5 tonnes, medium with a payload of up to 14.6 tonnes, and heavy with a payload of up to 24.5 tonnes.

Medium lift and heavy lift launch vehicles can take payloads to the geostationary orbit as well.

The vehicle uses a unique engineering solution: the carrier can be assembled of the same modules. Their maximum number is five in a heavy version, three in a medium version, and one in a light version. They can all be launched form the same pad, not like now at Baikonur where each carrier requires its own launching pad.

The Angara class of rockets comprises four types of vehicles, with payload capacities ranging between 3.7 tones /light class, intended for low orbits/ and 28.5 tonnes



US gains additional protection against ballistic missiles

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Mar 24, 2014 - The U.S. will soon have another system to defend against ballistic missiles. Raytheon delivered its ninth AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar to the Missile Defense Agency, six months ahead of schedule.

AN/TPY-2 is an integral element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System. It is a mobile X-band radar that helps protect civilians and infrastructure in the U.S., deployed warfighters, and allied nations and security partners, from the growing ballistic missile threat. U.S. public intelligence estimates indicate there are more than 6,300 ballistic missiles not controlled by the U.S., NATO, China or Russia, with that number expected to reach almost 8,000 by 2020.

"Delivering this ninth radar is crucial because our nation's enemies continue to improve and proliferate their ballistic missile technology and tactics," said Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated Sensors business area. "The AN/TPY-2 consistently demonstrates its ability to pace the evolving threat, and test after test has proven it effectively defends against every category of ballistic missile."

The radar will be integrated into the U.S. Army's fourth Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense battery, serving as the "eyes and ears" of the system by searching, detecting, tracking and discriminating threats, and guiding the intercepting missile. Raytheon serves as one of MDA's prime contractors for THAAD.

Raytheon is currently under contract to provide three additional AN/TPY-2 radars for the MDA, and is in the process of building two radars for a U.S. ally in the Arabian Gulf.

AN/TPY-2 is a high resolution, mobile, rapidly deployable X-band radar capable of providing long range acquisition, precision track, and discrimination of all classes of ballistic missiles. The AN/TPY-2 may be deployed globally in either terminal or forward-based mode.

The AN/TPY-2 radar has two modes. In forward-based mode, the AN/TPY-2 cues the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS), by detecting, discriminating and tracking enemy ballistic missiles in the ascent phase of flight. In terminal mode, it serves as the fire control radar for the THAAD system.

+ AN/TPY-2 has performed flawlessly in both terminal and forward-based mode in all major tests.

+ On Sept 10, 2013, two AN/TPY-2 radars - one terminal and one forward-based - achieved all test objectives in FTO-01, the U.S. military's first operational test of the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

+ The forward-based AN/TPY-2 extended the battlespace during FTM-15 by enabling a Standard Missile-3 to launch on remote and intercept a separating Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile.

+ Raytheon has delivered nine AN/TPY-2s to the Missile Defense Agency. Some of those radars are currently helping defend the U.S. and its allies in the European, Pacific and Central Command area of responsibilities.



US to continue technology development against ballistic missile threat

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Washington (XNA) Mar 10, 2014 - The United States will continue developing technology and equipment against growing ballistic missile threats around the world, a senior defense official said Tuesday.

Besides the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, an increasing number of nations are testing ballistic missiles, said Navy Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the U.S. Defense Department's Missile Defense Agency.

"And the capability of these ballistic missiles is increasing as well," he told the Defense Technologies and Requirements Conference, adding that his agency has briefed the U.S. Congress on the threats the United States faces.

He said the DPRK's demonstration of its ability to put a payload into space "means something," and continues to develop.

Syring detailed the agency's ballistic missile defense ship fleet, the Patriot system, ground-based interceptors, Standard Missile-3s, the Terminal High Altitude Aerial Defense System and Sea-based Terminal Defense.

He said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's recent budget preview will support strengthening homeland defense.

This includes deploying an additional 14 interceptors at Fort Greeley, Alaska, which will be fielded before the end of 2017.

The official noted that his agency is also planning to deploy an additional radar in Japan's Kyogamisaki air defense base.

He also talked about a new ground-based interceptor site in one of four potential locations, and said the environmental impact statement process is ongoing for the potential sites.

Officials will focus on those four sites over the next 24 months, Syring said, and develop a contingency plan from a schedule cost and technical standpoint for building a site at any of the four locations.

"We are taking these steps to stay ahead of the challenges posed by Iran and the DPRK in terms of what they're doing with the longer-range ballistic missile defense capability," he added.

Source: Xinhua News Agency



Israel says long-range rockets aboard 'Iran arms ship'

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Eilat, Israel (AFP) March 09, 2014 - Israel said Sunday it had found 40 long-range rockets aboard a ship it intercepted in the Red Sea, charging that it carried weapons sent by Iran to Gaza Strip militants.

A statement from the Israeli military said the M-302 rockets with a range of 160 kilometres (100 miles) were found in containers offloaded from the Panamanian-flagged Klos-C.

The vessel was intercepted by Israeli naval commandos on the high seas on Wednesday between Sudan and Eritrea and escorted to the Red Sea port of Eilat by two warships.

It arrived late on Saturday and was inspected and unloaded on Sunday in an operation dubbed "Full Disclosure".

A statement said security forces searching the Klos-C had found "40 rockets (type M-302), up to the range of 160 kilometres, 181 122mm mortar shells, approximately 400,000 7.62-calibre rounds".

It said the unloading and inspection of containers was carried out by a combined task-force including the Israeli Navy, the Combat Engineering Corps and the Ordnance Corps.

"Each one of these rockets poses a threat to the safety of the citizens of Israel -- each bullet and each rocket that was discovered had an Israeli address," army chief Lieutenant General Benny Gantz told sailors who took part in the operation.

"Our efforts in preventing the proliferation of weapons and the supply of critical components with strategic influence over the region is not over," Gantz said.

"There are many other missions ahead of us."

Iran has flatly denied any involvement with the shipment, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday accused the Islamic republic of "brazenly lying".

The premier and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon are due to attend a news conference in Eilat on Monday at which the weaponry will be put on display.

Public radio said ambassadors and military attaches would also be there to see the equipment "to prove to the world that Iran sends military aid to terrorist groups active in the Gaza Strip".

- 'Iran brazenly lying' -

Netanyahu accused Tehran of "brazenly lying" over its involvement in the shipment, in remarks he said were directed at EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton who is in Iran.

"I'd like to ask her if she asked her Iranian hosts about the delivery of weapons to the terror groups, and if she didn't, why not?" he said at the weekly cabinet meeting.

"Nobody has the right to ignore the real, murderous actions of the regime in Tehran," he added.

Ashton's visit, the first by a EU foreign affairs chief since 2008, comes after Iran signed a preliminary deal in November with world powers under which it agreed to curb its disputed nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Israel was harshly critical of the interim nuclear agreement with Iran and is pushing hard for world powers to keep a series of crippling economic sanctions in place.

The West and Israel have long suspected Iran of using its nuclear energy programme as a cover for developing atomic weapons, a charge Iran denies.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday rejected the Israeli allegation of Tehran's involvement in the weapons shipment.

The ship's seizure coincided with a high-profile trip to the US by Netanyahu.

"Netanyahu is in Washington... and all of a sudden as a godsend, they capture a ship from Iran with missiles. Just a coincidence?" Zarif said in Jakarta, adding that "it is a lie".

If fired from Gaza, rockets with a range of 160 kilometres could easily reach Israel's commercial capital Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu told public radio Israel would not hesitate to stage further interceptions of weapons shipments.

"We are going to prove that Iran organises secret operations to arm terrorist groups in Gaza," he said.

The Islamist Hamas movement ruling Gaza, as well as the militant group Islamic Jihad, have denied they are linked to the weapons shipment.

And Sudan, where Israel said the weapons were to be offloaded before being shipped overland to Gaza via Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, has also denied any involvement.



Raytheon awarded contract for Patriot

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, MA (SPX) Mar 05, 2014 - Raytheon has received a $655 million contract for new-production fire units of the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for Kuwait. These units are an addition to the Patriot fire units Kuwait currently owns to counter current and evolving threats.

Awarded by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., as a Foreign Military Sale agreement, the contract includes new Patriot fire units with increased computing power and radar processing efficiency, improved man-machine interface and reduced life-cycle costs.

"We continue to see an increased interest in and demand for the advanced Patriot as the system is called to duty in hot spots around the world," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"Kuwait is part of Patriot's current family of 12 nations that have already selected Patriot as the cornerstone of their air and missile defense strategy. Their decision to further strengthen their defenses with technologically advanced new production fire units reaffirms our strong partnership and their trust in Patriot to protect Kuwait's people and critical infrastructure."

Work under this contract will be performed at Raytheon's Integrated Air Defense Center, Andover, Mass., supported by a global team of Patriot system suppliers.



Lockheed Martin Adapts Missile Defense Analytics for Early Sepsis Detection

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Orlando FL (SPX) Feb 27, 2014 - Using analytical technology developed to detect launched missiles, Lockheed Martin has discovered a way to identify sepsis, a potentially fatal blood condition, between 14 to 16 hours earlier than physicians currently do.

"Vitals and lab data are, essentially, continuously updated streams of information - just like missile signals detected by our defense systems," explained Melanie Lang, Lockheed Martin business development lead within Information Systems and Global Solutions. "Lockheed Martin took insights from real-time, streaming sensor data, detecting missiles at mach speeds, and reapplied those same techniques to real-time patient data."

Lockheed Martin's analytic framework, called Sia, monitors changing signals from the body and provides alerts for anomaly detection. The same data analytic techniques used to diagnose sepsis may also be able to predict heart attacks, the onset of diabetes and blood clots. In addition to the health field, Sia can be applied to other disciplines in which continuously changing signals need to be processed quickly and accurately.

What separates Sia from current automated sepsis detection methods is its high rate of detection and low rate of false diagnosis. In an initial trial, 4,500 patients were tested for sepsis using Lockheed Martin's solution. It correctly alerted sepsis detection 90 percent of the time, while incorrectly labeling less than one percent of patients as potentially septic.

This is a significant improvement from the Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) method for detecting sepsis. SIRS only detects sepsis in patients 69 percent of the time and will incorrectly flag 65 percent of uninfected patients, burdening hospital staff and resources.

"Lockheed Martin's solution leverages the best in science, clinical protocols and data processing to achieve unparalleled levels of detection accuracy," said Heather Lavoie, president of Geneia, a Capital Blue Cross subsidiary that focuses on health care innovations. "We see broad potential to use the Sia solution for early detection and high accuracy across numerous conditions to cost-effectively improve the health of our customers."

A leading cause of death in the United States, sepsis kills 258,000 people annually in the nation. A recent study labels it as the most expensive condition treated in hospitals today - accounting for more than $20 billion in annual costs to the U.S. healthcare system.



First US missile shield destroyer arrives in Europe

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Voice of Russia) Feb 12, 2014 - The first of four US Navy destroyers, the USS Donald Cook, set to be a cornerstone of NATO's European missile defense shield has arrived at the Spanish naval port of Rota, its new home. Russia says the system is a direct threat to its security.

The USS Donald Cook will be joined by three more Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers, which all are fitted with the Aegis weapon system. Over the next two years the USS Ross, USS Porter and USS Carney will all be based at Rota in southern Spain.

"For the first time, a ship of the United States Navy equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile-defense system is permanently based in Europe," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO Secretary General. "The arrival of the USS Donald Cook marks a step forward for NATO, for European security, and for transatlantic cooperation."

The deployment of the four destroyers, known as the European Phased Adaptive Approach, is a centerpiece of the European missile defense shield, which will also include interceptor batteries in Poland and Romania, radar in Turkey and a command center at Ramstein in Germany, a US Air Force base.

US military interest in the Mediterranean has increased in recent years because of conflict and instability across the Middle East and North Africa.

"Permanently forward deploying four ships in Rota will enable us to be in the right place, not just at the right time, but all the time," US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a Defense Department statement when USS Cook left its home port in the US in January.

The four destroyers will also take part in other maritime security operations, NATO deployments and training exercises, the Defense Department said.

According to a NATO statement, the system is designed to "protect all NATO European populations and territory."Its advocates say it is necessary to protect Europe from the threat of Iranian missiles, as well as other so-called rogue states, such as North Korea.

Russia says the system is major threat to its own security and has threated to beef up its own nuclear arsenal in response.

The issue has become a major sticking point in relations between the two countries. Washington insists that Russia's fears are groundless.

When news first broke of the USS Cook's deployment to Spain, Russia reacted by saying that it may be forced to quit the START nuclear treaty.

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, was signed by the US and Russia in April 2010 and is planned to last until at least 2021. The treaty is designed to limit and gradually reduce the nuclear arsenals of both countries.

"We are concerned that the US is continuing to build up missile defense capability without considering the interests and concerns of Russia. Such a policy can undermine strategic stability and lead to a situation where Russia will be forced to exercise [its] right of withdrawal from the [START] treaty,"said Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's top disarmament official.

Ulyanov added that the legal basis for Moscow to withdraw from START is legislated for within the text of the agreement. The treaty explicitly describes the buildup of missile defense systems as "exceptional circumstances" that threaten "the potential of the Russian Federation's strategic nuclear forces."

Aleksey Pushkov, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Russian State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has said that Russia's stance on the missile defense shield will only change if it is accepted into the program as an equal partner.

Russia is demanding legally binding obligations that the missile defense will not target its forces and therefore result in a shift in the strategic balance of forces. In response, Russian authorities have already ordered the deployment of short-range missiles to the country's western Kaliningrad enclave, which is situated between Poland and Lithuania, both NATO members.

Russia will not allow any nation to dominate it in military terms, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, said in a December speech to the country's Federal Assembly.

"We realize clearly that the AMD system is only called defensive, while in fact it is a significant part of the strategic offensive potential," he said.

Putin also announced that Russia is pouring resources into new strategic missiles as well as their launch systems, including new nuclear-powered submarines and strategic bombers as well as a space-based system for reconnaissance and targeting.

Source: Voice of Russia



NATO gets first US destroyer for missile shield

‎01 ‎April ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:41 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Feb 11, 2014 - The first of four US high-tech destroyers arrived in Spain Tuesday to form a key part of a ballistic missile shield for Europe which Russia says directly threatens its security.

The USS Donald Cook took up station in the southern port of Rota from where it will operate as an anti-missile platform and take part in other tasks such as maritime security and NATO deployments, a statement said.

"For the first time, a ship of the United States Navy equipped with the Aegis ballistic missile-defence system is permanently based in Europe" NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

"The arrival of the USS Donald Cook marks a step forward for NATO, for European security, and for transatlantic cooperation," Rasmussen said.

Three other Aegis destroyers will be deployed over the next two years as the missile shield takes form after NATO agreed its deployment at a summit in 2010.

The system is designed to "protect all NATO European populations and territory," the statement said.

Supporters cited a major concern as being the threat to Europe from Iranian missiles, especially if Tehran were to acquire nuclear weapons.

Russia however says the system directly threatens its security and the issue has become a major bone of contention with Washington which in turn insists that Moscow's fears are groundless.

The Aegis ships will operate in tandem with land- and other air- and space-based systems to monitor for possible hostile missile launches and then direct missiles to destroy them.




















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