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Weapons Proliferation

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









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Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense



Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense


DoD report: defense spending expected to decline

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2015
The U.S. Department of Defense issued it's report on Fiscal Year 2014, and says U.S. government spending for defense purposes is expected to decline, the department announced on Monday. According to the report, defense spending will fall 28 percent from FY 2015 to 2019, which followed a significant rise in defense spending by over 65 percent between FY 2000 and FY 2010. Cuts can be trac

CIA pulled officers from China after govt hack: report

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
The United States withdrew several CIA officers from its embassy in Beijing to protect them from being uncovered through a hack of US federal employee records, The Washington Post has reported. Two cyberthefts targeting the US Office of Personnel Management this year have been widely blamed on China. Beijing has denied all involvement. The Washington Post said senior US officials have de

DHS taps Raytheon for network contract

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 29, 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has selected Raytheon to be the prime contractor and integrator of the agency's Network Security Development Division, the company announced Monday. The NSD is responsible for the agency's National Cybersecurity Protection System, which assists over 100 federal agencies against cybersecurity and theft. Raytheon will be tasked with leading

Russian strikes hit Syria opposition, not IS: US official

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
Russia's air strikes in Syria on Wednesday targeted opposition forces and not Islamic State jihadists, a US defense official said, contradicting Russian claims. At the United Nations in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry made clear that Washington would have "grave concerns" should Moscow opt to strike targets in areas where IS fighters and Al-Qaeda-linked groups are not operating.

Russian strikes again expose US disarray

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
New York (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
Russia's dramatic entry Wednesday into the Syrian war put the United States on the back foot once again and left Washington struggling to regain the military and diplomatic initiative. As US Secretary of State John Kerry was in New York trying to coordinate with his Kremlin opposite number Sergei Lavrov, a Russian officer contacted the US embassy in Baghdad. His message was simple: Russi

Russia carries out first Syria air strikes

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
Russia launched air strikes in war-torn Syria on Wednesday, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. Russian warplanes carried out strikes in several Syrian provinces along with regime aircraft as Vladimir Putin seeks to steal US President Barack Obama's thunder by pushing a rival plan to defeat Islamic State militants in Syri

U.S. Navy orders nuclear reactor components

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Lynchburg, Va. (UPI) Sep 29, 2015
BWX Technologies Inc. is to manufacture components for nuclear reactors aboard U.S. Navy submarines and aircraft carriers under $34.5 million in new contracts. The majority of the work by BWXT Nuclear Operations Group - it has already begun at company facilities in Virginia, Indiana and Ohio - will be conducted over the next two years. BWX Technologies said about $9.4 million o

Ukraine, rebels give initial backing to small arms withdrawal

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Kiev (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
Kiev said on Wednesday it had struck an initial agreement with pro-Russian insurgents to withdraw smaller weapons from the buffer zone splitting eastern rebel lands from the rest of Ukraine. International monitors said the two sides' February committment to pull back heavy weapons from the 500-kilometre (300-mile) line separating the forces was only observed laxly and led to more than 1,000

Taliban takeover in Kunduz echoes IS rout of Mosul

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
The Taliban takeover of Kunduz in northern Afghanistan this week dealt a stinging blow to the country's security forces, in some ways mirroring an offensive in the Iraqi city of Mosul last year. In both cases, Western-backed security forces boosted with billions of dollars in training and equipment crumbled in the face of sudden assaults from a smaller contingent, leaving observers wondering

Raytheon fires new naval variant of combat-proven Excalibur

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Sep 30, 2015
Raytheon successfully fired its new Excalibur N5 during a recent field test at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, the company announced Wednesday. The new projectile is a 5-inch/127 mm naval variant of the Excalibur used by the U.S. Army, the U.S. Marine Corps, and several other armed forces around the world. It boasts triple the maximum effective range capability of conventional naval

N. Korea threatens to scrap family reunion with South

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
North Korea has threatened to cancel a reunion for families separated by the Korean War, after "reckless" remarks by South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme and human rights record. Scrapping the October 20-26 event would effectively tear up an agreement the two Koreas reached in August to de-escalate tensions that had pushed them to the brink of armed c

Coalition says it seized Iran boat with arms for Yemen rebels

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
The Saudi-led coalition said on Wednesday it had seized an Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea loaded with weapons destined for Shiite rebels it is fighting in Yemen. A coalition statement said that the vessel was intercepted on Saturday and that 14 Iranians and weapons including anti-tank shells were found on board. It said that papers found on the boat showed that it was registered

Harris supplying tactical radios to Special Operations Forces

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Rochester, N.Y. (UPI) Sep 30, 2015
U.S. Special Operations Forces has given the Harris Corporation an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for specialized handheld tactical radios. The contract has a ceiling value of $390 million. It is for five years with an option for one additional year. Harris said it will supply its new integrated two-channel, handheld radio that combines communications and intell

China says two Japanese arrested on suspicion of spying

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 30, 2015
China said Wednesday it has arrested two Japanese citizens for suspected spying, a move likely to strain already tense ties between Asia's two largest economies. The detentions - the first since 2010 involving Japanese on such charges - come as relations remain clouded by disputes over islands and Tokyo's wartime history, despite close trade links. In Tokyo Japan's top government spoke

Latvia orders Sentinel 3-D radars

‎01 ‎October ‎2015, ‏‎11:33:35 AMGo to full article
Fullerton, Calif. (UPI) Sep 30, 2015
Latvia has ordered mobile three-dimensional phased-array radar systems from ThalesRaytheonSystems for detecting, identifying and tracking airborne threats. The Improved Sentinel AN/MPQ-64 F1 air defense radars, which operate in the X-band frequency range, are a primary sensing component for NASAMS, or the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems, and are suitable for use in a va



Russia vows to counter reported U.S. nukes in Germany

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Moscow (UPI) Sep 23, 2015
Tensions are rising in Europe as Russia's government announced it will take countermeasures if reports of U.S. plans to upgrade nuclear capabilities in Germany are true. A Kremlin official voiced concern over the reported U.S. plans when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday. "Certainly, it's another, unfortunately, very serious step," Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Pes

US, S. Korea allies discuss N. Korea nuclear, missile threat

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Sept 23, 2015
Senior South Korean and US defence officials met in Seoul on Wednesday for talks focused on responding to the possibility of an imminent North Korean rocket launch and later nuclear test. The two-day talks follow statements earlier this month by the respective heads of the North's space and atomic energy agencies that fuelled concerns over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Th

Russia's Northern Fleet Wraps Up Large-Scale Arctic Drills

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 22, 2015
The large-scale week-long Arctic drills have come to an end with some 50 warships, submarines and other vessels, as well as over 10 aircraft successfully completing all objectives. Russia's Northern Fleet wrapped up large-scale exercises in the Arctic after successfully launching 12 sea- and ground-launched cruise missiles, the head of the fleet press service said Monday. "The Northe

Puma unmanned craft tested on USS Gonzalez

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 23, 2015
The U.S. Navy tested the RQ-20A Puma (Block II) unmanned aircraft at sea on board the guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez, the Navy announced on Wednesday. The testing was part of a Composite Unit Training Exercise (COMPUTEX), and was used to observe the effectiveness of the second iteration of the all-environment Puma variant. The Puma is designed for maritime use, and can be used in

U.S. Navy tests upgraded missile

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Sep 23, 2015
The U.S. Navy's AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile successfully hit a mobile ship target in a live-fire test of its modified software. Orbital ATK, the manufacturer of the weapon, said the test was the first in a series of Block 1 upgrade demonstrations and was conducted at the Navy's Point Mugu Sea Range in California. "The block upgrade testing demonstrated that the

Xi urges less 'suspicion' in US-China ties

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Seattle (AFP) Sept 23, 2015
China's president on Tuesday called for less "suspicion" in ties between the world's top two economies, ahead of landmark talks later this week with US President Barack Obama. Xi Jinping's comments, at a keynote speech in the commercial hub of Seattle, came as US aerospace giant Boeing reportedly clinched a deal with Chinese firms to sell 300 aircraft. "We want to see more understanding

U.S. A-10 jets arrive in Estonia to deter Russian aggression

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Amari Air Base, Estonia (UPI) Sep 22, 2015
Twelve A-10 Thunderbolt II jets and about 350 Airmen arrived at the Amari Air Base in Estonia on Monday as part of the effort to deter Russian aggression in Syria. The airmen and aircraft were deployed from the 23rd Wing out of Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. They are tasked with performing military exercises in conjunction with NATO-allied forces in the region. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col.

Air Force welcomes Blue Origin to Launch Complex 36

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Sep 22, 2015
The 45th Space Wing expanded commercial space launch operations by welcoming Blue Origin to the Eastern Range during a media event held at Space Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, Sept. 15, 2015. During the Blue Origin event, Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com CEO, announced his intent to build rockets on the Space Coast and launch them from Cape

Dynetics and Rocketdyne perform gas generator test using 3D printer

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Huntsville AL (SPX) Sep 17, 2015
The Dynetics and Aerojet Rocketdyne team recently performed with its NASA partner the second successful gas generator test series of the F-1 engine as part of the Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster Engineering Demonstration and/or Risk Reduction (ABEDRR) contract. This test series was unique, however, in that a key component of the gas generator was built using additive manufacturing - o

Secrets of Soviet space race come to London

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) Sept 18, 2015
The space technology that saw the Soviet Union propel the first dog, man and woman into orbit has gone on show in London - most of it being exhibited outside Russia for the first time. Speaking at the opening of the exhibition at the Science Museum, which runs until March 13, the first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova recalled her affection for the spacecraft that took her into orbit for

Moscow to Launch Telecom Satellites on Rokot Carrier Rocket

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 22, 2015
Russian Defense Ministry announced the launch of the Rokot lightweight launch vehicle carrying Rodnik communication satellites from the Plesetsk State Test Cosmodrome. Russian Defense Ministry on Thursday plans to launch a Rokot carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia to put Rodnik communications satellites into orbit, the ministry's press service announced Mon

China's new carrier rocket succeeds in 1st trip

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Taiyuan, China (XNA) Sep 22, 2015
China successfully launched a new model of carrier rocket, Long March-6, at 7:01 a.m. Sunday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in north China's Shanxi Province. The rocket carried 20 micro-satellites into the space for space tests. The new rocket, fueled by liquid propellant made of liquid oxygen and kerosene, is China's first carrier rocket that uses fuel free of toxicity and

US says 5.6 mn fingerprints stolen in breach

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 23, 2015
The massive breaches of US government records resulted in the theft of some 5.6 million sets of fingerprints, officials said Wednesday, raising their estimate from 1.1 million. Officials said the latest analysis of the two breaches - widely attributed to hackers based in China - did not change the number of people affected, which remained at 21.5 million. A statement by the Office of P

China launches new type of carrier rocket: state media

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Shanghai (AFP) Sept 20, 2015
China on Sunday launched a new, smaller type of rocket from its "Long March" family which will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme. The Long March-6, a newly developed carrier rocket which uses liquid propellant, took off from a launch base in the northern province of Shanxi on Sunday morning carr

Britain finance chief slammed over visit to restive China region

‎24 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:31:50 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 23, 2015
Campaign groups on Wednesday condemned Britain's finance minister for touting business opportunities ahead of human rights on a visit to China's violence-wracked Xinjiang region. George Osborne pledged Britain would "support the growth" of the area, the homeland of the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, where clashes have killed hundreds in recent years. China blames Islamist separatists for



Air Force promises to disclose bomber development costs

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
National Harbor, Md. (UPI) Sep 16, 2015
The U.S. Air Force promises to disclose development costs for its Long-Range Strike Bomber program, a top official announced Tuesday. Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition Dr. William LaPlante maintains officials are not trying to hide the cost of development, but would rather wait until more operational phases are completed before disclosing an official amount. "W

US warns North Korea against nuclear 'provocation'

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 16, 2015
The United States warned Wednesday that North Korea will face "severe consequences" if it continues with what Washington sees as its provocative decision to restart a nuclear reactor. Pyongyang has said it has restarted the long-mothballed Yongbyon reactor, which is capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium, and has threatened to launch a rocket which US officials see as a test-bed for ba

U.S. Air Force planning for increased stealth bomber inventory

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Palmdale, Calif. (UPI) Sep 15, 2015
The U.S. Air Force is planning for an overhaul of its B-2 stealth bombers, including lower fuel costs and increased operational capabilities. The Air Force is working with contractor Northrop Grumman Corporation in an effort to improve the B-2's readiness and sustainability. Under the contract signed by both parties in April, each jet will undergo a complete restoration process known as

Pentagon: F-35 not yet combat ready

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Sep 16, 2015
Pentagon officials are saying results for the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter tests aboard the USS Wasp fell short of expectations. Initially, the Marine Corps reported the aircraft performed so well, they declared it combat ready - an assessment the Pentagon's top weapons tester shut down. Pentagon Operational Test and Evaluation Office director Michael Gilmore criticized the tests

Raytheon to gather long-lead components for missile interceptor

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Sep 16, 2015
Long-lead items for production of 17 SM-3 Block IIA ballistic missile interceptors are to be procured by Raytheon under a U.S. Missile Defense Agency award. The contract from MDA is worth $87 million, and a follow-on contract for additional parts procurement is ecpected early next year, Raytheon said. The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA is a defense against intermediate-range ballis

Inside Cold War Oval Office: CIA releases intel briefs

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2015
On October 30, 1962 President John F. Kennedy received a secret CIA briefing on the first results of his diplomatic dance with Nikita Khrushchev to end the Cuban missile crisis. Now, thanks to a major release of previously classified CIA documents, Cold War historians can read along with him the daily memos he and his successor Lyndon B. Johnson received. The 1960s were tumultuous years,

Japan lawmakers scuffle over controversial security bills

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 17, 2015
Japanese lawmakers scuffled Thursday as they tried - and failed - to stop the security bill that could see the military fight abroad for the first time in decades. Opposition lawmakers climbed on top of one another as they tried to grab the committee chairman's microphone to prevent him calling a vote on the controversial bills. In scenes uncommon for Japan's normally sedate parliamen

Netanyahu to visit White House for 'make up' summit

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 17, 2015
US President Barack Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on November 9 - their first meeting after a deep row over the Iranian nuclear deal. The fence-mending meeting, announced by the White House on Wednesday, comes as US-Israeli relations are at their lowest point in decades. Obama and Netanyahu - after years of frosty personal relations --- cl

Youths in military uniform march through Warsaw on Soviet invasion anniversary

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Warsaw (AFP) Sept 17, 2015
Around 5,000 Polish youths wearing military uniform and carrying Kalashnikov replicas marched through Warsaw Thursday, pledging to come to their country's aid if necessary amid concern over Russian activity in neighbouring Ukraine. The unprecedented rally took place 76 years to the day after the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland at the start of World War II - just weeks after Nazi German

Kremlin-backed hackers spying on Europe, Asia, US: cybersecurity firm

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Helsinki (AFP) Sept 17, 2015
Russia has been sponsoring systematic cyberespionage in Europe, the US and Asia for seven years, Finnish data security firm F-Secure claimed in a report published on Thursday. The report "links a number of state-sponsored cyber attacks to a hacking group engaged in Russian intelligence gathering," F-Secure said in a statement. The report identified a group of hackers called "the Dukes"

Typhoon successfully fires Meteor missiles

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Sep 16, 2015
BAE Systems has completed guided firing trials of the Meteor beyond-visual-range, air-to-air (BVRAAM) missile by MBDA from a Eurofighter Typhoon. The trials, part of the Typhoon's Phase 2 Enhancements program to add new weapons, involved the fighter successfully firing the missile against air targets in pre-planned scenarios. "This year is undoubtedly one of the most exciting yea

SIGAR concerned U.S. may be over-supplying Afghans

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Sep 17, 2015
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has voiced concern the U.S. military may be purchasing too much equipment for Afghan National Defense and Security Forces. In a letter addressed to top U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan General John F. Campbell and Major General Todd T. Semonite, Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction John F. Sopko requests

Royal Navy's upgraded Merlin Mk 2 helos gain full operating capability status

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Sep 16, 2015
Merlin Mk 2 helicopters of Britain's Royal Navy have achieved full operating capability status following their upgrade by Lockheed Martin and AgustaWestland. The modernization of the anti-submarine aircraft is part of a $1.24 billion Ministry of Defense program that includes new radar and cockpits, touch-screen displays crew consoles. The Royal Navy has now received 24 out of the

Lockheed Martin receives first order for GMLRS alternative warhead

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Sep 17, 2015
Global security manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin received its first contract for its new Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary (GMLRS). The contract is part of a $227 million deal with the U.S. Army, and includes a U.S. government Foreign Military Sale of GMLRS rockets to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Other customers of previous versions of the rocket include France, G

Dutch air force chief dissatisfied with U.S. Army helicopter plan

‎18 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:57:29 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Sep 15, 2015
The U.S. military's Future Vertical Lift program to develop new battlefield helicopters does not impress the top air force chief in the Netherlands. Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) commander Lt. Gen. Alexander Schnitger spoke at a rotorcraft panel at the Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition in London on Sept. 14, and voiced his disappointment with the ongoing U.S.

N. Korea 'hot cell' unit could mean better, larger nuclear bombs: US experts

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Sept 16, 2015
North Korea could be separating isotopes used to manufacture sophisticated and more powerful nuclear bombs, US experts warned Wednesday, after Pyongyang announced its main atomic weapons complex was fully operational. The head of the North's atomic agency said Tuesday that all facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex - including a uranium enrichment plant and a five-megawatt reactor seen

Obama to host China's Xi for September 25 state visit

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 16, 2015
President Barack Obama will offer his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a full state welcome at the White House on September 25, amid deep and growing tensions between the top economic and political powers. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan, a Chinese folk singing superstar, "at an official state dinner on the evening of September 25," said White House sp

Key vote on Japan security bills delayed as thousands protest

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 16, 2015
Japan's ruling and opposition parties remained deadlocked in parliament early Thursday over proposed security bills as thousands took to the streets in protests against legislation that could see troops fight overseas for the first time in 70 years. An estimated 13,000 people had gathered under drizzle outside parliament in Tokyo demanding the bills be scrapped, ahead of the scheduled commit

China renews islands claim as US think-tank warns on airstrip

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 16, 2015
Beijing will never give up its claims to South China Sea islands, its foreign minister insisted Wednesday ahead of a state visit to the US by President Xi Jinping, after a Washington think-tank said it may be building its third airstrip in the area. China claims almost the whole of the sea and over the past year has asserted its stance by rapidly converting tiny reefs into artificial islands

Chinese American scientists tell of spy case ordeal

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 16, 2015
Two Chinese American scientists who were indicted by the United States for spying only to see their charges abruptly abandoned spoke out Tuesday against the ordeal they had been put through. The cases have led some US lawmakers and Chinese American community groups to demand a probe into whether they were unfairly targeted because of their background. Professor Xiaoxing Xi, former chair

UN names Argentine to head Syria chemical weapons probe

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) Sept 15, 2015
A disarmament expert from Argentina has been appointed to head an independent panel tasked with determining who is behind chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the United Nations said Tuesday. Virginia Gamba, who has been the director of the UN disarmament office for the past two years, will work with two deputies during the one-year mission to assign responsibility for the use of the banned de

Moscow wants talks with US military about Syria ops: Kerry

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 16, 2015
Russia wants talks with the US military to ensure their forces do not come into conflict as it continues its build-up in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. Washington has expressed concern about Moscow's growing military support for the Syrian regime, even as it conducts its own air strikes against Islamic State rebels in the country. "The Russians proposed in a convers

SpaceX Signs New Commercial Launch Contracts

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Hawthorne, CA (SPX) Sep 15, 2015
On Monday at this week's World Satellite Business Conference in Paris, France, SpaceX announced two new orders for Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles. The contracts include launch of a communications satellite for HISPASAT on a Falcon 9 and launch of the Saudi Arabian Arabsat 6A communications satellite on a Falcon Heavy. "We are pleased to add these additional launches to our

Russia successfully launches satellite with Proton rocket

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Sept 14, 2015
Russia on Monday successfully launched a Proton rocket, carrying a Russian telecoms satellite, from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the second successful launch since the disastrous loss of a Mexican satellite in May. The Proton-M took off at 10:10 pm local time (19:10 GMT) from the desert launch site. "The launch of the rocket was normal," the Russian space agency Roscosmos s

Long March-2D carrier rocket blasts off in NW China

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
by Staff Writers
China on Monday launched its most sophisticated observation satellite, Gaofen-9, as part of the country's high-definition Earth observation project. Gaofen-9 was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the northwestern province of Gansu at 12:42 p.m. aboard a Long March-2D carrier rocket. It was the 209th flight of the Long March rocket series. The optical remote sensing

Galileo taking flight: ten satellites now in orbit

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Sep 13, 2015
Europe's own satellite navigation system has come a step nearer to completion, with Galileo 9 and 10 which lifted off together at 02:08 GMT on 11 September (04:08 CEST; 23:08 local time, 10 September) from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, atop a Soyuz launcher. All the Soyuz stages performed as planned, with the Fregat upper stage releasing the satellites into their target orbit close

Europe launches satnav orbiters

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Kourou (AFP) Sept 11, 2015
Europe sent two satellites into space Friday as it pushes to get its beleaguered Galileo satnav programme back on track. Orbiters nine and 10 were launched from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana, at 0208 GMT - bringing the satellite navigation system a third of the way to full deployment. The two satellites were successfully placed in orbit, the space programme's operator Aria

United Launch Alliance Picks US Rocket Engine Over Rival Russian One

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Sep 13, 2015
The US United Launch Alliance (ULA) and the Blue Origin company have signed a production deal that derails plans to provide a Russian engine for the US next-generation Vulcan booster rocket. "ULA and Blue Origin LLC announced [on Thursday] the signing of an agreement to expand production capabilities for the American-made BE-4engine that will power the Vulcan next generation launch system,

Aerojet Rocketdyne breaks ground for facility expansion

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Sacramento (UPI) Sep 11, 2015
Aerojet Rocketdyne has officially broken ground on a project to expand its Camden, Ark., facility. The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other officials, also included the dedication of a 12-megawatt solar field currently under construction by Silicon Ranch Corporation on land adjacent to the 1,200-acre company site. "I'm proud that, for more t

Supervising two rovers from space

‎17 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎08:40:38 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Sep 13, 2015
ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is proving to be an expert space driver after commanding two rovers from space this week. As part of ESA's Meteron project, Andreas drove a second, car-sized rover from the International Space Station to repair a mockup lunar base in the Netherlands. Andreas directly controlled the Eurobot rover in a simulated troubleshooting Moon scenario. A second rover was

British Military to Buy Solar-Powered Drones Flying on Edge of Space

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 11, 2015
Britain's Ministry of Defense (MoD) will acquire three solar-powered drones that can fly on the edge of space for up to three months, the drone's manufacturer said on Wednesday. The Zephyr 8 drones being supplied by Airbus Defence and Space will be capable of flying at a height of about 70,000 feet. The months-long flight time gives military customers the capability to conduct persis

US Tests New Cerberus Electronic Attack System on Drones

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 11, 2015
US Navy scientists and the Raytheon Company have developed and tested a new electronic attack system called CERBERUS that can be carried on an air-launched unmanned decoy vehicle, Raytheon stated in a news release. "The US Naval Research Lab and [the] Raytheon Company have demonstrated successful captive flights of a modular, rapid replacement architecture for electronic warfare (EW) paylo

Russia Builds Unified Air Defense for CIS Collective Security

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 10, 2015
Russia has long been leading efforts to build a joint air defense shield for the CIS, a loose organization of former Soviet republics. A pertinent agreement has already been drawn up with Armenia, similar accords are being worked on with Kirgizia and Tajikistan, and Russian and Belarusian air defense units will start joint combat duty late next year, the deputy head of the Russia's Air Spa

To Watch and to Strike: Russia Developing Multi role Heavy Drone

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 11, 2015
Russia is developing a heavy drone that could be used both as reconnaissance and combat aircraft, one of its designers said in an interview Wednesday. The two ton Avius-1 UAV will bristle with hi-tech gear including an onboard radar and a satellite communications system, Igor Bevzyuk, deputy director of the RTI Holding Company told RIA Novosti news agency. "This will be a multirole m

Israeli nuclear whistle-blower under house arrest over interview

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
An Israeli court put nuclear whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu under seven days' house arrest Thursday for giving a TV interview more than a decade after completing an 18-year jail term, media said. Army radio said he was arrested in the morning after an interview on privately owned Channel 2 last week in defiance of the terms of his 2004 release. He later appeared in a Jerusalem court and

Orbital ATK producing more AARGM missiles

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Dulles, Va. (UPI) Sep 9, 2015
Additional Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles are to be produced by Orbital ATK for the U.S. Navy and the Air Forces of Italy and Australia. The U.S. Navy contract for full-rate production of the Lot Four and Lot Five missiles has a combined total value of $260 million, the company said. "With the rapid proliferation of threats emerging around the world, AARGM provides signi

Republican bid to block Iran nuclear deal fails in US Senate

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
A Democratic minority in the US Senate staved off a united Republican effort to sink the Iran nuclear deal Thursday, handing President Barack Obama a welcome foreign policy victory. As expected, Senators fell two votes shy of the 60 needed to advance a resolution disapproving of the international accord, meaning the legislation aimed at sabotaging the deal is essentially dead. "The Senat

JAXA and UNOOSA to Offer Small Satellite Deployment Opportunity

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Sep 09, 2015
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) agreed to cooperate in providing opportunities to deploy cube satellites (CubeSats) from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station (ISS). The Kibo is equipped with a special airlock system and robotic arm; hence a small satellite can be released to spa

Slam dunk for Andreas in space controlling rover on ground

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Sep 09, 2015
Putting a round peg in a round hole is not hard for someone standing next to it. But yesterday ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen did this while orbiting 400 km up aboard the International Space Station, remotely operating a rover and its robotic arm on the ground. Andreas used a force-feedback control system developed at ESA, letting him feel for himself whenever the rover's flexible arm met

Tensions to mark Xi's White House visit

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
President Barack Obama will offer his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping a full state welcome at the White House later this month, belying tensions fueled by Beijing's increased military assertiveness. The commanders-in-chief from the world's two largest economies will meet amid global financial unease and with mounting US disquiet about Beijing's behavior in cyberspace and on the high seas.

Taiwan wargames against China attack

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Hsinchu, Taiwan (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
Taiwan on Thursday staged a live-fire anti-landing drill simulating an invasion by China as President Ma Ying-jeou pledged to maintain a battle-ready force while seeking peace with the island's giant neighbour. The exercise, presided over by Ma, was part of this year's annual military wargames codenamed "Han Kuang 31" (Han Glory) designed to test how Taiwan's armed forces would repel an att

Defiant Russia pledges more Syria assistance

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
A defiant Russia on Thursday said it was ready to increase military support to Syria's Bashar al-Assad if needed, dismissing suggestions it could hamper Western efforts to fight Islamic State militants. Washington has accused Moscow of solidifying its foothold in Syria, raising concerns it could throw a wrench in plans by the US-led coalition to step up operations against jihadists in the wa

Heavy blasts rock Yemen capital

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Aden (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
Heavy explosions rocked areas in and around the Yemeni capital late Thursday as Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombarded Shiite rebel positions, witnesses said. The latest raids followed reports that warplanes had killed eight civilians, including several beekeepers, during air strikes targeting the Iran-backed rebels. The pro-government coalition has intensified raids against rebel force

Reports of Russian military build-up in Syria fuel concern

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Moscow (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
Photos allegedly showing Russian soldiers, reports of military deliveries and overflight requests are swelling fears among the United States and its allies that Russia is covertly bolstering the Syrian regime. Moscow, an ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, has had a military presence in the country since the Soviet era. Though traditionally confined to a small naval facility in th

Baghdad condemns Turkish incursion into Iraq

‎11 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎12:00:45 PMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 10, 2015
Iraq on Thursday condemned Turkey for sending ground troops onto its territory in pursuit of Kurdish rebels, calling it a "clear violation" of its sovereignty. "The foreign ministry expresses its condemnation of the incursion of a number of Turkish military units inside Iraqi territory," spokesman Ahmed Jamal said in a statement. "It represents a clear violation of Iraqi sovereignty and

Tale of two parades as ordinary Chinese barred from display

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2015
It was the best of shows, it was the worst of shows: as 12,000 troops and hundreds of tanks and missiles rolled through Tiananmen Square in front of invited guests and foreign leaders, ordinary Beijing residents were barred from watching. Barricades were set up hundreds of metres from the parade marking 70 years since Japan's World War II defeat, and squads of police and blue-shirted volunte

China lauds power, proclaims peace at military spectacular

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded his country as a major power and a force for world peace Thursday as he presided over a spectacular military parade marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. With concerns rife over China's rise, Xi announced that the People's Liberation Army - the world's largest military - would be reduced by 300,000 personnel, although the defenc

China's anti-ship missile and troop cuts highlight shifting power

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Sept 3, 2015
China's unveiling of "carrier-killer" missiles and cuts in troop numbers on Thursday underlined its shift towards naval strength amid growing Pacific rivalry with the US, analysts said. More than a dozen anti-ship ballistic missiles capable of travelling at 10 times the speed of sound were shown at a massive military parade in Beijing, with state television calling them a "trump card" in pot

White House clinches support for Iran nuclear deal

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 2, 2015
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday earned sufficient congressional backing to ensure the Iran nuclear deal does not get blocked, when a veteran Democrat became the crucial 34th senator to back the controversial accord. Most US lawmakers are opposed to the deal, which would ease punishing economic sanctions on Tehran while preventing it from advancing its nuclear program. Many Republicans

Five Chinese naval ships spotted in Bering Sea: Pentagon

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Sept 2, 2015
The Pentagon on Wednesday confirmed the presence of five Chinese naval vessels in the Bering Sea between Russia and Alaska, which US President Barack Obama is currently visiting. It was believed to be the first time Chinese military ships have been spotted in the area and is another sign of China's global presence expanding far beyond its own shores. "We respect the freedom of all nation

Philippines, Vietnam to sign partnership deal by year-end

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) Sept 3, 2015
The Philippines and Vietnam will sign a "strategic partnership" agreement by the end of the year, officials have said, as common neighbour and rival China flexes its military muscle in disputed waters. Both governments said the agreement would bolster defence, political and economic ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most critical of China's claims over most of the South China Sea.

Tu-160 Heavy Strategic Bomber Undergoes Major Upgrade

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 03, 2015
The supersonic Tupolev Tu-160, whom Russian pilots lovingly call the White Swan, is about to undergo a major upgrade which will see 60 percent of its equipment replaced with top-end gear, including hypersonic missiles, improved avionics and electronics. The heavy strategic bomber will be fitted with a new satellite navigation system developed by the Moscow-based Kompas design bureau, an up

USAF Next-Gen Long-Range Bomber Prototypes 'Mature' But Haven't Flown Yet

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Sep 03, 2015
Details about the Pentagon's new Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) have been kept tightly under wraps. But with two teams of defense contractors offering competing proposals, each prototype aircraft is surprisingly far along in the testing phase. The US Air Force has set aside a whopping $58.2 billion to develop its next generation B-3 bomber. Meant to replace the aging B-52 and B-2 aircraf

45th SW supports 4th Mobile User Objective System satellite launch

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (AFNS) (SPX) Sep 04, 2015
The 45th Space Wing helped successfully launch the fourth Mobile User Objective System satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket Sept. 2. "Here at the 45th we measure success one launch at a time," said Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, the 45th SW commander. "With this being my first launch as the 45th SW commander, I can tell you the road to achieving that success is no sma

China Deploys New Security System to Ensure Safety at Military Parade

‎04 ‎September ‎2015, ‏‎01:29:16 AMGo to full article
Beijing (Sputnik) Sep 03, 2015
Authorities in the Chinese capital of Beijing will deploy the latest technology, including facial recognition systems, to ensure safety at its military parade on Thursday. An estimated 12,000 Chinese troops and the latest military hardware will march at Tiananmen Square to commemorate the 70th anniversary of China's victory in what Beijing calls the War of Resistance Against Japan. Media o






News About Ballistic Missile Defense


Raytheon to gather long-lead components for missile interceptor

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

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

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

It is scheduled for deployment in 2018.

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

The interceptor is a hit-to-kill weapon.

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

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


Russian Anti-Missile Warning System Protects on Multiple Tiers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



Russian Missile Warning System Can Detect Mass Launch of Ballistic Missiles

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



US to withdraw Patriot missiles from Turkey in October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Japan requests Aegis systems for new destroyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Canada to Buy Israeli Iron Dome Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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




Canada to purchase Iron Dome-like radar systems

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Saudis to acquire hundreds of advanced Patriot missiles

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

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

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

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

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

The price tag: $5.44 billion.

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

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

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

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

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

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



$1.5B contract goes to Lockheed Martin for Patriot interceptors

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

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

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

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

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

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



Russia Will Knock Out US Missile Shield Installations If Attacked

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Boecore to support Army missile defense

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

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

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

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

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



Germany opts for MEADS missile defence system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Northrop's battle command system brings down ballistic missile target

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



US Aegis Ships Could Pose Threat to Russia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



NATO's missile defense capability set for modernization

‎18 ‎June ‎2015, ‏‎07:00:24 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) May 19, 2015 - NATO's missile command-and-control system is to be modernized by ThalesRaytheonSystems under a contract worth more than $105 million.

The upgrades will strengthen and expand the functions of the alliance's current missile defense command-and-control system and allow the alliance to link national sensors and interceptors with NATO's Air Command at Ramstein Air Base Germany.

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

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

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



US Missile Defense System Beset by Delays

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) May 09, 2015 - The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has advanced in developing an anti-ballistic missile defense system but continues to be beset by testing delays and acquisition problems, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in an annual report on the program on Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



Turkish firm joins NATO BMD support effort

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo to full article
Ankara, Turkey (UPI) Apr 29, 2015 - Turkish defense electronics company Aselsan has joined a multinational industry team for engineering support of NATO's Ballistic Missile Defense program.

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

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

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

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



Teledyne to provide missile defense test and evaluation services

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo to full article
Thousand Oaks, Calif. (UPI) May 1, 2015 - Test and evaluation services for U.S. missile defense weapon systems are to be performed by Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. under a $64.7 million task order.

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

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

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

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



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

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) May 05, 2015 - The SM-3 Block IB is a kill vehicle that destroys ballistic missiles through high-speed impact; it will be deployed ashore in Romania in 2015.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



Lockheed Martin opens center for interceptor missile technology

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale, Calif. (UPI) Apr 30, 2015 - A laboratory has been opened in California by Lockheed Martin to develop next-generation target seekers for interceptor missiles.

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

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

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



Poland speeding up Patriot system buy

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo to full article
Warsaw, Poland (UPI) Apr 22, 2015 - Poland is buying the Patriot air defense system from the United States and will begin negotiations for it in Washington next month.

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

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

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

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

The deal would be worth more than $5 billion.

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

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



$2B Patriot order for Raytheon

‎27 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:44:31 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Apr 20, 2015 - The Patriot Air and Missile Defense System is being delivered to an unidentified country by Raytheon under a new contract worth more than $2 billion.

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

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

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

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



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

‎24 ‎May ‎2015, ‏‎11:53:06 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 12, 2015 - Alexander Mosesov - The planned deployment of the shore-based Aegis command and control component of the US Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system in Romania is turning the country into a platform for aggression against Russia, leader of the National-European Communitarian Party (NCP) told Sputnik on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Sputnik News



David's Sling successsfully intercepts targets

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

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

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

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

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

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



Raytheon modernizing South Korean Patriot system

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Russia warns US against sending missile defence system to South Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



US official dismisses China's concern over missile defence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Korea hosts some 28,000 US troops.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Source: Xinhua



GaN-based AESA technology available for Patriot system users

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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






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Session Listing

Introduction and Isaiah 1

Introduction. Case against Judah.

Isaiah 2 - 5

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

Nation’s Judgment and Exile.

Isaiah 6 - 7

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

of the Virgin.

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

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Isaiah 19 - 22

The Doom of Egypt. A Burden about Jerusalem.

Isaiah 23 - 27

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

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Isaiah 28 - 30

Prophetic warning concerning Ephraim and Judah.

Isaiah 31 - 35

Future Kingdom Blessings. Focus on Jerusalem.

Isaiah 36 - 39

Historical Parenthesis. Hezekiah and Rabshakeh.

Isaiah 40 - 42

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

Isaiah 43 - 44

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

Isaiah 45 (and the Gap Theory)

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

 The Gap Theory.

Isaiah 46 - 48

Babylon, the Pride of the Caldeans.

Isaiah 49 - 51

The Restoration of Israel. Vision of the Kingdom Age.

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Isaiah 52 (and Acts 8)

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

in Acts Chapter 8. The Mercy Seat.

Isaiah 53 (Part 1)

The Holy of Holies of the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53 (Part 2)

The Fulcrum of the Entire Universe.

Isaiah 54 - 59

Israel, the Restored Wife. Idolaters rebuked.

Isaiah 60 - 62

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

Isaiah 63

Day of Vengeance. Isaiah Prays for Redemption of Israel.

Isaiah 64 - 66

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



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Iranium DVD

The movie Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't want you to see




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

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

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

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

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



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