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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

 

N. Korea sets party congress date amid nuclear test fears

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 27, 2016
North Korea on Wednesday formally set May 6 for the opening of a landmark ruling party congress - the first in nearly four decades and an event many fear will be preceded by a fifth nuclear test. Anticipation over the congress, last held in 1980, has been mounting since the North signalled its intention to hold the gathering way back in October. Kim Jong-Un is expected to use the event
 

FBI won't disclose iPhone hack details to Apple

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 27, 2016
The FBI said Wednesday it would not disclose details of its hack of an iPhone used by one of the shooters in last year's San Bernardino killing spree. The federal law enforcement agency, which waged a court battle to compel Apple to help unlock the device, said the reason for its decision was a technical one: it did not have the details from the outside party. "The FBI purchased the meth
 

Beijing, Moscow have great potential for space cooperation

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 26, 2016
Russia and China have several areas of fruitful cooperation, in particular, the construction of engines and various electronic components for space exploration, according to the head of the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA). China and Russia have great potential for cooperation in the area of space exploration, the head of the Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) said on
 

India to test Reusable Launch Vehicle in June

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
New Delhi (IANS) Apr 26, 2016
India is set to flight test, in June, a home-grown reusable launch vehicle to demonstrate its capability to re-enter atmosphere and return to earth for more space missions, a top official said on Saturday. "The winged vehicle, in the shape of an aircraft, is on way to Sriharikota for the maiden flight test in June from our spaceport there," Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chairma
 

Hyten comments on use of excess ICBM motors for commercial launches

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Peterson AFB CO (SPX) Apr 28, 2016
At the 32nd Space Symposium I was asked whether I supported the US government making decommissioned ICBM motors available to the commercial space industry. I want to clearly state that I believe this decision is a matter of national policy and law which rests with Congress. We look forward to working with Congress as this matter is considered. I stated that I believe it's appropriate
 

GXV-T revs up research into smarter armored ground vehicles

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 28, 2016
Today's ground-based armored fighting vehicles are better protected than ever, but face a constantly evolving threat: weapons increasingly effective at piercing armor. While adding more armor has provided incremental increases in protection, it has also hobbled vehicle speed and mobility and ballooned development and deployment costs. To help reverse this trend, DARPA's Ground X-Vehicle Te
 

Iran's Khamenei says US lifted sanctions only on paper

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) April 27, 2016
Iran's supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honoured. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei echoed other officials in Tehran who allege that Washington is creating hurdles for European financial institutions, more than three months after the agreement came into force. Wit
 

China open to Sino-US space cooperation

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 26, 2016
China is open to space cooperation with all nations including the United States, the heavyweights of China's space program said on Sunday, the anniversary of China's first satellite launch 46 years ago. "China will not rule out cooperating with any country, and that includes the United States," said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut. Payload has been reserved in the Chinese space station
 

China aiming for reusable manned spacecraft: chief engineer

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 26, 2016
China is studying how to retrieve and reuse manned spacecraft in its future missions, the chief engineer of the nation's manned space program said on Sunday. "It's our next goal to reuse manned spacecraft. We want to make our space exploration cost-effective," Zhou Jianping said, as China marks Space Day, newly designated by the government to commemorate China's first satellite launch on A
 

China's long march into space

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 26, 2016
On clear April nights, Zhu Jin, director of the Beijing Planetarium, retreats into the city's quiet, mountainous suburbs and aims a telescope at the sky. "Dongfanghong-1," Zhu whispered as a dim light passed across his lens on his most recent trip. "Amazing, huh? Seeing it still up there after all these years." Launched on April 24, 1970, Dongfanghong-1, or The East is Red 1, marked China'
 

China's top astronaut goes to "space camp"

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 26, 2016
Liu Wang, one of China's leading astronauts, visited a high school in Beijing Friday and shared his experiences ahead of April 24 celebrations of the launch of the country's first satellite 46 years ago. "Being an astronaut and exploring the space certainly made me feel proud, but before that, you must go through all the tough training and tests, and some unfortunately will sacrifice their
 

SES powers innovative satellite communications ideas with SATLAS

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 27, 2016
SES has launched SATLAS, a business incubator that aims to turn pioneering ideas from a variety of fields, including e-learning, energy, Fintech, resource management, smart cities, media, logistics, and many others, into successful Satcom applications. SATLAS will support entrepreneurs with innovative Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services ideas which could benefit from s
 

Soyuz demonstrates Arianespace mission flexibility

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 26, 2016
Arianespace's third flight of 2016 has demonstrated the versatility of its medium-lift Soyuz launcher, which deployed five European satellites of varying sizes into three different low Earth orbits during a mission lasting four hours. Departing the Spaceport in French Guiana at the precise launch time of 06:02:13 p.m. on April 25, Soyuz first released Sentinel-1B - a spacecraft for radar s
 

Taiwan's president-elect says democracy at heart of China ties

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) April 27, 2016
Taiwan's president-elect said Wednesday that democracy would be at the heart of future relations with China after they hit bumps recently over sensitive issues like the forced deportation of Taiwanese suspects from Kenya to the mainland. Tsai Ing-wen, who will take office on May 20 as the island's first female president, repeated her vow to maintain the "status quo" across the Taiwan Strait
 

UN chief urges end to 'madness' of nuclear weapons testing

 
‎Today, ‎April ‎28, ‎2016, ‏‎2 hours agoGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) April 27, 2016
UN chief Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for the US, China and other nuclear-armed states to end the "madness" of atomic testing by finally ratifying the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which turns 20 this year. "I call on remaining states, the eight remaining states, to sign and ratify the treaty without further delay," Ban said in Vienna at an event marking the anniversary. "Nucle
 

China eyes offshore expansion via floating nuclear plant

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Beijing (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2016
China is pushing ahead with its construction of a first-ever floating nuclear power platform, which is expected to add to Beijing's ever-increasing clout in the South China Sea, according to the Chinese newspaper Global Times. The construction of China's first maritime nuclear power platform in the South China Sea is due to be completed by 2018 and be put into operation by 2019, the Chines
 

China's Xi stresses Communist leadership over religion

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) April 24, 2016
Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organisations and churches. "Religious groups... must adhere to the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC)," Xi told senior party officials at a conference ending on Saturday,
 

China to build on disputed Scarborough Shoal this year: report

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) April 25, 2016
Beijing will start construction this year on a South China Sea islet within the Philippines' claimed exclusive economic zone as it seeks to project its power in the disputed waters, Hong Kong media reported Monday. China will establish an outpost on Scarborough Shoal, 230 kilometres (143 miles) off the Philippine coast, the South China Morning Post newspaper cited an unnamed source close to
 

Sentinel-1B launched to complete radar pair

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Kourou, French Guiana (ESA) Apr 26, 2016
The second Sentinel-1 satellite - Sentinel-1B - was launched today to provide more 'radar vision' for Europe's environmental Copernicus programme. Sentinel-1B lifted off on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST), separating from the rocket's Fregat upper stage 23 min 35 sec later. Sentinel-1B joins its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, i
 

Advanced self-propelled Russian rifle gets satellite-navigated shells

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 26, 2016
Russia's advanced self-propelled howitzer, the Koalitsiya- SV, is capable of firing high-precision shells, which are navigated using a GLONASS module, according to the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Russia's state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV 2S35 self-propelled howitzer will be equipped with high-precision projectiles that will be navigated via the GLONASS satellite system, the Russian
 

Orbital ATK Mississippi facility builds 500th large-scale rocket structure

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Dulles, VA (SPX) Apr 25, 2016
Orbital ATK, Inc reports that the company's Iuka, Mississippi, manufacturing plant has produced its 500th large composite rocket structure for United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicles. Since its establishment in 1998, the Large Structure Center of Excellence manufacturing plant has produced 68 Atlas V, 28 Delta II and 404 Delta IV large composite structures across 106 ULA launches. The
 

China testing own reusable rocket technologies

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 25, 2016
China is working on its own reusable rocket technologies, a source close to the research told Xinhua Thursday. Chinese experts have already built a prototype model to test theories on the reusable rocket booster's landing subsystems. They have completed "experimental verifications" using "multiple parachutes" supposedly attached to the booster, a source with China Academy of Launch Vehicle
 

150 Long March rocket launches scheduled 2016-2020

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 25, 2016
China will launch about 150 of its Long March carrier rockets over the next five years, one of its space chiefs said on Friday, days ahead of celebrations marking the launch of the country's first satellite 46 years ago. "In the 13th Five-Year Plan period [2016-2020], we will see about 30 launches [of the Long March series] each year," Chen Xuechuan, assistant president of China Aerospace
 

Congress seeks partnership on major space policy legislation

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 25, 2016
Congressman Doug Lamborn has partnered with Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-01) as an original cosponsor on the American Space Renaissance Act. This legislation will permanently secure the United States as the world's preeminent space-faring nation. The comprehensive and bold reform bill covers national security, civil, and commercial space policies and programs. "Space is critical t
 

UN says N. Korea missile test 'extremely troubling'

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) April 25, 2016
The United Nations on Monday described North Korea's latest missile test as "extremely troubling" and called on Pyongyang to "cease any further provocative action." North Korea launched the ballistic missile from a submarine on Saturday, prompting the Security Council to issue a strong condemnation of the latest test-launch. "The latest launch is extremely troubling as it constitutes a v
 

Saudi Arabia seeks major boost to its defence industry

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) April 25, 2016
Saudi Arabia, one of the world's biggest military spenders, seeks a major boost to its small local defence industry under a wide-ranging plan unveiled Monday to transform the oil-dependent economy. Currently only two percent of the kingdom's defence spending is within its borders, but this will rise to "30 percent to 50 percent to endow the country with a new industry", Deputy Crown Prince M
 

US approves billion-dollar arms deal with Australia

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 25, 2016
The United States government on Monday approved a deal for US firms to sell its close ally Australia $1.22 billion in air-to-air missiles and support equipment. The main contractor for the major shipment will be Arizona-based arms giant Raytheon, which produces the AIM-120D medium-range missile. Up to 450 of the weapons will arm the Royal Australian Air Force's FA-18 Hornet and F-35 Lig
 

UN welcomes security 'progress' in Yemen

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Kuwait City (AFP) April 25, 2016
The UN special envoy overseeing peace talks in Kuwait between Yemen's warring parties on Monday welcomed "tangible progress" to end hostilities in the war-torn country. "Reports indicate real improvement in the situation which reflects the parties' commitment to the cessation of hostilities," Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said in a statement at the end of the fifth day of negotiations. His re
 

India cancels visa for Chinese Uighur activist

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) April 25, 2016
India has cancelled a visa it gave to an exiled Uighur dissident, an official said Monday, after China protested and described him as a "terrorist" wanted by Interpol. Dolkun Isa, a Germany-based activist from China's Xinjiang region, was due to attend a conference on democracy next week in the Indian hill town of Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile and home of th
 

Prototype Japanese stealth fighter makes maiden flight

 
‎Tuesday, ‎April ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎5:54:05 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (UPI) Apr 22, 2016
A stealth fighter by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries conducted its maiden flight Friday in Japan. The X-2 prototype took off from Nagoya Airport and went through a series of trials to confirm basic maneuvers - including climbing, descent and circling operations – before terminating the 23-minute flight at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Gifu Air Base, the company said. "Control
 

N. Korea tests submarine-launched missile: South

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 23, 2016
North Korea on Saturday tested what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry said. "North Korea launched a projectile which was believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) around 6:30 pm (0930 GMT) in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) near the northeastern port of Sinpo", a defence ministry spokesman said. "W
 

US to buy 32 tonnes of heavy water from Iran: official

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
New York NY (AFP) Apr 23, 2016
The United States will buy 32 tonnes of heavy water from Iran to help it scale back its nuclear program, the State Department said Friday. "This transaction provides US industry with a critical product, while also enabling Iran to sell some of its excess heavy water," spokesman John Kirby said. Iran has agreed to scale back its nuclear program and place it under international inspection
 

US insists European banks can now deal with Iran

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
New York (AFP) April 22, 2016
The United States insisted Friday that foreign banks should feel free to do business with Iran after Tehran's compliance with a nuclear deal with world powers. Secretary of State John Kerry downplayed fears that Asian or European banks could fall afoul of Washington's continuing sanctions against Iran's non-nuclear activities. And, as Kerry met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
 

FBI paid over $1 mn for iPhone hack

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 21, 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation paid hackers more than $1 million to break into the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, director James Comey said Thursday. Asked at the Aspen Security Forum in London how much the US agency paid for help to get into the phone, Comey replied, "A lot." "More than I will make in the remainder of this job, which is seven years and four mon
 

Race for $39 bn Australian submarine contract hots up

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) April 22, 2016
The international race between France, Germany and Japan to win a US$39-billion-dollar contract to build new submarines for Australia is reaching a climax with reports a decision could come next week and that Tokyo is all but out. The Australian cabinet's National Security Committee met this week to weigh up the options from France's shipbuilder DCNS, the Australian subsidiary of Germany's T
 

U.S. Air Force orders 100 more JASSM-ER missiles

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Apr 22, 2016
Lockheed Martin is to continue production of extended range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles for the U.S. Air Force, the company announced. The award for more JASSM-ER missiles is worth $116 million and is the exercise of an earlier contract option for 100 missiles. "JASSM and JASSM-ER offer affordable, survivable, stand-off lethality needed for today's modern threats," sai
 

N. Korea pushes for meet with 'abducted' defectors in South

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 22, 2016
North Korea announced Friday its decision to send to Seoul the relatives of a dozen defectors it insists were abducted by the South. Pyongyang argued that a meeting between the family members and recent North Korea defectors would expose the "fiction" that they had escaped to South Korea voluntarily. The 12 women, working as staff in a North Korean restaurant in China, arrived in the Sou
 

UN envoy hails Yemen peace talks in Kuwait

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Kuwait City (AFP) April 22, 2016
The UN envoy hailed a "constructive" first full day of Yemen peace talks Friday but called for a halt to air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition and missile fire by Iran-backed rebels. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed said firming up an April 11 ceasefire was essential to the success of the hard-won peace negotiations in Kuwait. The United Nations hopes that the negotiations - which were originall
 

Pentagon says replacing Russian engines would cost extra $1Bln

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (Sputnik) Apr 22, 2016
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Logistics Frank Kendall said that the US armed forces will need to buy Russian RD-180 engines for Atlas rocket boosters to send satellites into space for at least another five years. The US armed forces will need to buy Russian RD-180 engines for Atlas rocket boosters to send satellites into space for at least another five years, Under Secretary of
 

US-Russia Space Projects Set Example of Good Cooperation

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 22, 2016
Russian cosmonaut and the executive director for Roscosmos manned programs Sergei Krikalev told Sputnik that the space cooperation between Moscow and Washington was a vivid example of the countries' partnership. The current space cooperation between Russia and the United States sets an example of how the two countries should work together, a Russian cosmonaut and senior official at the spa
 

Russia to put 11 communications satellites into orbit by 2025

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 22, 2016
Russia plans to put a dozen of new communications satellites into the Earth's orbit in the next nine years, the head of the country's communications agency Rossvyaz said Thursday. "A program has been laid out on how to expand the civil satellite constellation in 2017-2025. Under it, we plan to launch seven satellites into the geostationary orbit and four into the highly-elliptical orbit,"
 

Russia, US discuss boosting efficiency of cooperation at ISS

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 22, 2016
The deputy head of the Russian Federal Space Agency said that Russia and the United States discussed the possibility of increasing the efficiency of cooperation at ISS. Russia and the United States discussed the possibility of increasing the efficiency of cooperation at the International Space Station (ISS), including the need to optimize the docking standards, Sergei Savelyev, the deputy
 

India to Launch Navigation Satellite on April 28, Complete Full System

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Chennai, India (IANS) Apr 22, 2016
India is slated to put into orbit its seventh and final navigation satellite on April 28, thereby having its full satellite navigation system up in the sky, said a senior space agency official. "The launch of India's seventh and the final in the series of satellites will be on April 28 afternoon. The IRNSS-1G (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1G) will be put into orbit by our ro
 

US acknowledges killing more civilians in Iraq, Syria strikes

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎23, ‎2016, ‏‎2:39:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 22, 2016
The Pentagon acknowledged Friday that 20 civilians were killed in US air strikes on Islamic State targets over a five-month period, more than doubling an ongoing tally of such deaths to 41. Observers were quick to dismiss the toll as "unbelievable," warning the toll is likely much higher given the intensity of the 20-month-old air campaign that has unleashed 12,000 plane and drone strikes --
 

NATO-Russia talks end in 'profound disagreements'

 
‎Thursday, ‎April ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎6:01:29 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) April 20, 2016
NATO and Russia ran up against "profound disagreements" over Ukraine and other issues as their ambassadors met on Wednesday for the first time since 2014, alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said. The two sides agreed to keep communicating following the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, which has been on ice since the alliance cut practical ties with Moscow to protest the annexation of Crimea
 

UK Dangles Big Money to Attract New Nuke Chief

 
‎Thursday, ‎April ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎6:01:29 AMGo to full article
London (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2016
The British Defense Ministry is seeking to hire a director general for a new organization intended to bring the country's most ambitious nuclear programs under a central organizational umbrella. To attract possible candidates, the department has vowed an official salary twice that of UK Prime Minister David Cameron. According to a headhunter appointed to find the appropriate candidate, the
 

Russian stealth bomber to carry hypersonic missiles

 
‎Thursday, ‎April ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎6:01:29 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2016
Russia is pressing ahead with plans to develop its new PAK-DA stealth bomber, which is on par with its US analogues and will carry an array of modern weapons, including hypersonic missiles. The PAK-DA, which is being developed by Tupolev, is expected to be a subsonic flying-wing aircraft that is roughly analogous to the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit and the US Air Force's forthcoming Long Ra
 

New technique could improve detection of concealed nuclear materials

 
‎Thursday, ‎April ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎6:01:29 AMGo to full article
Atlanta GA (SPX) Apr 21, 2016
Researchers have demonstrated proof of concept for a novel low-energy nuclear reaction imaging technique designed to detect the presence of "special nuclear materials" - weapons-grade uranium and plutonium - in cargo containers arriving at U.S. ports. The method relies on a combination of neutrons and high-energy photons to detect shielded radioactive materials inside the containers. The t
 

Haigh-Farr showcases Antenna Solutions at DATT Summit

 
‎Thursday, ‎April ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎6:01:29 AMGo to full article
National Harbor MD (SPX) Apr 21, 2016
Haigh-Farr will demonstrate its full range of antenna products at booth 402 at the DATT (Defense and Aerospace, Test and Telemetry) Summit 2016. DATT Summit 2016 is the new convention and trade show bringing together the telemetry and test/measurement engineering community, which services the defense and commercial aerospace industries. DATT Summit's goal is to expand the design engi
 

China Tests New Multiple-Warhead Missile, Raising Concerns in Washington

 
‎Thursday, ‎April ‎21, ‎2016, ‏‎6:01:29 AMGo to full article
Beijing (Sputnik) Apr 21, 2016
China has reportedly tested its newest intercontinental ballistic missile Dongfeng-41 (DF-41), which is the world's longest-range missile. The Dongfeng-41 is a Chinese nuclear solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile that can fire six to 10 nuclear multiple independently targetable warheads at a distance of more than 10 thousand kilometers. The test of the DF- 41 o

 

 

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Planned US Missile Defense Units in Asia-Pacific Threaten China, Russia

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 20, 2016 - The planned deployment of units of the US missile defense system in the Asia-Pacific region poses a threat to China and Russia and undermines global security, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.

"The point is that if this small element becomes a part of a missile defense system across the world, then, of course, it will strike down and undermine the system of global security. In fact, it strikes down or even nullifies China's nuclear deterrent force and causes damage to strategic stability, including of the Russian Federation," Antonov told the CCTV broadcaster and the Xinhua news agency in an interview.

According to the deputy minister, Russia also takes a negative view of the fact that the United States uses its military ties with a number of states to establish a missile system on their territory.

"There are not only zero differences between China and Russia, both permanent members of the UN Security Council, but there is a common position to strengthen regional peace and international security. China and Russia are not cooperating against someone in the military sphere. Our cooperation is aimed at strengthening the security of our countries, including with regard to the international obligations of China and the Russian Federation," Antonov said.

The United States has continued to expand its ballistic missile defense systems over the past year. In Europe, the United States recently installed such systems in Romania and plans to do the same in Poland in 2018.

Russia has continuously called on the international community to address the global expansion of the US missile defense shield.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Lockheed Martin tests Aegis on Australian destroyer

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Adelaide, Australia (UPI) Mar 30, 2016 - A Lockheed Martin integrated test team has started installing an Aegis combat system aboard Australia's first Hobart-class air warfare destroyer.

The team includes specialist technicians from the United States as well as technicians trained in Australia for the air warfare destroyer program.

"This milestone is a significant step towards an increase in the Royal Australian Navy's maritime security capabilities through the seamless integration of the Aegis combat system to defend against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats," said Commodore Craig Bourke, CSC, RAN Program manager, Air Warfare Destroyer. "With more than 100 Aegis-equipped ships deployed worldwide, Australia is joining a family of allied nations that continues to push the boundaries of innovation with adaptable and affordable capabilities that meet the warfighter's multi-mission needs."

Aegis is an integrated weapon that combines advanced computer and radar technology to track and guide missiles to a target.

The Aegis combat system for Australia is in the Baseline 8 configuration, which integrates commercial-off-the-shelf technology and open architecture into the combat system. It is equipped with SPY-1D(V) radar and is paired with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System.

 

 

Israeli Air Force deploying 'David's Sling' missile defense system

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (UPI) Mar 3, 2016 - The David's Sling missile defense system is being delivered to the Israel Air Force ahead of the system's full deployment.

"After a series of concluding trials of the David's Sling aerial defense system, Israel's Missile Defense Organization at the Defense Ministry, together with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, began delivering major components of the system to the Israeli Air Force," Israel's Ministry of Defense said in a statement.

"David's Sling will allow Israel to more effectively defend against the wide range of current and future threats to its civilians."

The report of the ministry action appeared in the Times of Israel , an online newspaper.

David's Sling, also known as Magic Wand, is for use against tactical ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range rockets and cruise missiles. It was developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and Raytheon with funding from Israel and the United States.

The system completed a final set of major tests last December and was declared operational.

The Times of Israel said it will take several weeks for all of the components to be delivered beginning with the radar, interception and command and control systems.

"In the near future, the process of testing all of the system components and the final declaration by the Air Force that the system is ready for use will occur," according to the ministry.

 

 

S. Korea, US open missile shield talks

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 4, 2016 - South Korea and the United States were set to open talks Friday on the possible deployment -- vehemently opposed by China -- of an advanced US missile defence system to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

South Korea's defence ministry said initial discussions would focus on potential locations, as well as cost-sharing and a timeline for installation of the THAAD system.

The system fires anti-ballistic missiles into the sky to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

Seoul and Washington announced their intention to begin formal talks on its deployment following Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch on February 7, which was widely regarded as a covert ballistic missile test.

The first official meeting has been on hold amid fierce opposition from China and Russia, with Beijing warning the deployment had the potential to "destroy" relations with Seoul.

China sees THAAD as a threat to the effectiveness of its own nuclear deterrent, arguing that it could be used to monitor Chinese missile launches as far inland as Xian in the northwest.

The defence ministry in Seoul stressed Friday that any deployment would be solely aimed at countering North Korea's "increasing nuclear and missile threats".

"North Korea has continued its nuclear tests and long-range missile provocations and defied South Korea and the international community's deterrence efforts," the ministry said.

China is South Korea's most important trade partner and -- in deference to Beijing's sensitivities on the issue -- South Korea had previously declined to formally discuss bringing in THAAD.

But North Korea's continued testing -- and Beijing's previous resistance to imposing harsh sanctions on Pyongyang -- triggered a change in Seoul's stance.

There is already a THAAD battery stationed in Guam, and Japan, the US's other key ally in the region, is also considering taking on the system.

 

 

US Missile Defense Outdated

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Mar 03, 2016 - The global geopolitical environment has changed, but the US missile defense strategy has stayed the same, making Washington vulnerable to new nuclear challenges, a US analyst wrote.

The US has invested billions in missile defense technology because it believes that the capability to defend against ballistic missiles will help mitigate nuclear risks to Washington and its allies in the 21st century.

The approach is based on the 2010 Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR) which may now prove to be ineffective, Ivanka Barzashka, a nuclear security specialist at Stanford University, wrote in an article for The National Interest.

The author pointed out that the three basic premises of the posture are now being challenged by a new strategic environment.

The first premise was that nuclear threats posed by regional actors had increased, and the new missile defense strategy would help reduce them. However, last year a final deal on the Iranian nuclear program was reached. In October 2015, Tehran tested a ballistic missile without a nuclear warhead.

However conventional weapons pose no strategic threats to the US, especially if relations between Iran and the West normalize. As for North Korea, the situation is worse. Pyongyang wants the world to fear its mounting nuclear capabilities. In January it was reported that North Korea had conducted another nuclear test, the article read.

The second premise was that the nuclear risks posed by Russia had significantly decreased since the Cold War era. The BMDR reads that the US and Russia are "no longer enemies" and there is "no significant prospect of war between them."

But after Crimea reunited with Russia in 2014 that assessment changed. According to Barzashka, "the risk of military confrontation in Eastern Europe has increased, and with it, the risk of nuclear use."

The third premise was that US nuclear deployment would not increase nuclear risks, even though Russia and China strongly opposed the US program. Russia has insisted that the US global defense plan would undermine global stability. Moscow also warned of a new arms race and has threatened countermeasures if Washington did not limit the program, the analyst wrote.

The US has labelled Russia's rhetoric as "politically motivated" and hoped that it would be able to avoid countermeasures from Moscow. However, now "Russia is doing exactly what it has said it was going to do" - modernizing its nuclear arsenal and developing a new aerospace defense system. China has also opposed America's strategy and plans to deploy THAAD to South Korea.

"Today's world is different. It's not like the Cold War. ... In today's world, missile defense might increase some nuclear risks while decreasing others. It might be stabilizing in one context but destabilizing in another," the analyst pointed out.

A new US administration will revise the military strategy, and its nuclear part is likely to be revised too, according to the article.

"This raises many controversial questions. Is it worth building a missile defense system in Europe against Iran? Should regional defenses target Russia? Are verifiable limits to US and Russian missile defense capability desirable?" Barzashka wrote.

According to him, reassessment of these points should constitute the basis for a new US missile defense strategy.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

China Interfering in THAAD Deployment Decision Process Preposterous

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Washington (Sputnik) Feb 26, 2016 - The intervention by China in negotiations about US deploying its THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense system in South Korea is senseless, US Pacific Command (PACOM) Commander Harry Harris said in a briefing on Thursday.

"We are having the discussions now [about THAAD deployment]," Harris stated. "China's interference in a decision that is to be made between alliance partners, the Republic of Korea and the United States, is preposterous, especially when you consider that THAAD is not a threat to China."

Earlier on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Beijing is concerned over US plans to deploy the elements of the THAAD system to South Korea.

Yi also suggested that China's concerns should be taken into consideration.

Earlier in February, the US Department of Defense said Washington and Seoul planned to begin talks on deploying the THAAD system to South Korea to defend the region against North Korea's development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

earlier report
China Concerned Over USPlans to Deploy THAADSystem in South Korea

Beijing is concerned over US plans to deploy the elements of THAAD missile defense systems on the territory of South Korea, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday.

Earlier in February, Pentagon said that Washington and Seoul planned to begin talks on deploying the THAAD anti-ballistic missile system to South Korea to defend the region against North Korea's development of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

"We think that the China's concerns regarding security should be taken into consideration and China should be provided with reasonable explanations. I do not think that we ask for too much. It is a sound position," Xi said, speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the United States.

Tensions over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs escalated after Pyongyang said on January 6 that it had successfully carried out a hydrogen bomb test, triggering condemnation from the international community.

On February 7, North Korea launched a satellite atop a long-range rocket, defying a UN Security Council resolution which bans Pyongyang from launching rockets that could be used as ballistic missiles carrying nuclear warheads.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

S. Korea dismisses China warning on US missile system

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 24, 2016 - South Korea Wednesday dismissed China's warning that the planned deployment of a US missile defence system could damage ties, stressing that it was to counter "growing threats" from North Korea.

"The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD) is a measure of self-defence against growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea," presidential spokesman Jeong Yeon-Guk said.

Jeong said the issue would be "decided in accordance with security and national interests," adding that "China will have to recognise the point."

The remarks came after Chinese ambassador Qiu Guohong warned Tuesday that installation of the THAAD system on the Korean Peninsula could "destroy" relations between Beijing and Seoul.

Qiu, in a meeting with Kim Jong-In, the leader of opposition Minju party, also warned that it would be "hard" to mend the ties once damaged, the party spokesman said Tuesday.

China has repeatedly protested since Washington and Seoul announced plans to deploy the missile defence in the South, in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

But Tuesday was the first time that a Chinese diplomat or official has warned of the effect on diplomatic ties with Seoul.

South Korea's foreign ministry summoned Qiu to make him clarify the comment, Yonhap news agency said, citing a ministry official.

"Qiu sincerely clarified the circumstances around the meeting (with Kim)...and what he actually said then," the official quoted by Yonhap said without elaborating further.

The THAAD system fires anti-ballistic missiles to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

The allies announced their intention to begin talks on its deployment following Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch on February 7, which was seen by the US and its allies as a covert ballistic missile test.

South Korea's defence ministry said it expects official talks on THAAD to begin next week.

 

 

Russian expert says THAAD deployment in S. Korea to raise regional tension

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Moscow (XNA) Feb 23, 2016 - The deployment of an advanced U.S. missile system in South Korea in the wake of the launch of a satellite by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) earlier this month could raise tension in the region, a Russian expert warned Thursday.

The deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) "will lead to a dangerous increase in tension between the United States and a number of Northeast Asian nations," Yevgeni Kim told Xinhua in an interview.

Kim, a senior researcher at the Center for Korean Studies of Russian Academy of Sciences, said the move is aimed at Russia and China, rather than at the DPRK as it claimed.

Washington and Seoul started earlier this month to negotiate the deployment of THAAD to South Korea in response to the launch of a satellite by the DPRK.

The launch, which took place about a month after Pyongyang claimed it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb, raised serious concerns around the world as many considered it was a test of a ballistic missile that could be used to launch a nuclear weapon.

Kim said that though the United States cited DPRK' move as a pretext for deploying THAAD, it is the DPRK's two bigger neighbors that THAAD is targeted.

The THAAD system was designed to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles at an altitude of over 50 km, but if the DPRK wanted to use nuclear weapons against South Korea, it would use rockets that fly at much lower altitudes, Kim said.

"The deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea is not directed against the DPRK. DPRK's nuclear activity is just an excuse," Kim said.

Kim recalled the United States and the Soviet Union signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty in 1972, which for a number of years contained the development of new missile defense systems.

However the treaty was terminated as the United States withdrew in 2002.

"Now the United States is talking more and more about new missile defense areas and about the need for a global missile defense system," Kim said.

He also noted that the United States had not abandoned its plan to deploy missile systems in Europe even after the alleged Iranian missile threat, which the systems are said to counter, was gone.

"Now they are applying the same pattern for the Korean peninsula," he said.

Kim suggested that the deployment of the THAAD system in South Korea is aimed at intercepting Russian and Chinese ballistic missiles that could be launched in retaliation against a possible U.S. nuclear strike.

"It is a step that undermines the global balance of power, and the existing security system in Northeast Asia," Kim said.

BOX China opposes deployment of THAAD in S. Korea: vice FM
Seoul - China unequivocally opposes the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), an advanced U.S. missile defense system, in the Republic of Korea, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui said here Tuesday.

Xinhua interviewed Zhang on the sidelines of the seventh high-level strategic dialogue between the foreign affairs ministries of China and South Korea.

Zhang said that the current situation on the Korean Peninsula is both extremely complicated and extremely sensitive. China has always steadfastly sticked to the denuclearization of the peninsula and tried to maintain peace and stability on the peninsula, always having been committed to solving the issue through dialogue and negotiation.

China supports efforts at the United Nations Security Council to agree on a new and forceful resolution as soon as possible, he said.

"Sanctions are not an end in themselves," Zhang said. "We still would have to find a fundamental solution through dialogue and talks."

He said China is seriously concerned over the intention of the United States and South Korea to hold talks on deploying THAAD in South Korea.

Pyongyang launched a satellite-carrying rocket, which Seoul sees as a cover for a long-range ballistic missile, on Feb. 7, after conducting its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

The United States and South Korea said they have decided to discuss the deployment of THAAD. As one of the most advanced missile defense systems in the world, THAAD can intercept and destroy ballistic missiles inside or just outside the atmosphere during their final phase of flight.

Zhang said the deployment of such a system would exacerbate regional tensions and seriously harm China's strategic security interests as well as the security interests of other countries in the region.

China clearly opposes the deployment of THAAD in South Korea, he said.

"We are hoping that the related parties would seriously consider the concerns of China and be prudent with what they do," he said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

 

 

US missile system in S. Korea would hurt Seoul-Beijing ties: envoy

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 23, 2016 - China's ambassador to South Korea warned Tuesday that the planned deployment of a US missile defence system in the country could damage Beijing-Seoul ties, possibly irreparably.

Once damaged, it would be "hard" to normalise relations between the two former Cold War enemies, ambassador Qiu Guohong said, according to a spokesman for South Korea's main opposition Minju party.

Qiu made the remarks when he met Minju party head Kim Jong-In at parliament. A spokesman for the Chinese embassy said the Minju party's briefing on the meeting to journalists was accurate.

"It has taken much effort to develop China-South Korea ties to this degree. But these efforts could be destroyed in an instant because of one issue," Qiu said in reference to the planned deployment of the advanced US missile defence system in South Korea.

China has repeatedly protested since Washington and Seoul announced plans to instal the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence system (THAAD) in the South, in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test and rocket launch.

But Tuesday was the first time that a Chinese diplomat or official has warned of the effect on diplomatic ties with Seoul.

Qiu repeated Beijing's argument that the THAAD deployment would "greatly undermine" China's security interests, cause instability and spark a regional arms race.

"(South Korea) should consider whether its own security, under these circumstances, could be guaranteed," Qiu said.

China fought alongside North Korea against the South and its allies during the 1950-53 war.

It established diplomatic ties with Seoul only in 1992 but is now the South's top trading partner.

Earlier on Tuesday South Korea's defence ministry said Washington and Seoul had postponed the signing of an accord, originally due on Tuesday, on setting up a joint working group to discuss details of the THAAD deployment.

The delay comes as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit Washington from Tuesday to meet his US counterpart John Kerry for possible talks on the controversial missile defence system and on North Korea.

The THAAD system fires anti-ballistic missiles to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

The allies announced their intention to begin talks on its deployment following Pyongyang's long-range rocket launch on February 7, which was seen by the US and its allies as a covert ballistic missile test.

China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying warned Monday the deployment of THAAD should not be used as a front to "undermine China's own legitimate (security) interests".

The South's defence ministry reiterated Tuesday that the US system only targets North Korean missiles and that its deployment was an issue between the two allies.

The ministry said it expects official talks on THAAD to begin next week once the two sides set up the joint working group later this week.

 

 

US missile system in S. Korea would hurt China's interests: Beijing

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎25, ‎2016, ‏‎6:41:33 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Feb 15, 2016 - The possible US deployment of a missile defence system on the Korean peninsula in response to Pyongyang's ballistic missile programme would threaten China's strategic interests, Beijing said on Monday.

Washington and Seoul will begin talks about the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD), they said a week ago following a surprise nuclear test and satellite launch by the hermit kingdom that raised fresh concerns about its weapons ambitions.

"We are firmly opposed to the relevant country's attempts to damage China's strategic and security interests, with the nuclear issue as an excuse," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a regular briefing.

China was "seriously concerned about the possible deployment of the THAAD system", he added, saying it "covers a range that is far beyond the needs of defence of the Korean peninsula".

Beijing argues that the THAAD deployment would trigger an arms race in the region.

The system fires anti-ballistic missiles into the sky to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

China summoned the South Korean ambassador in Beijing following the country's announcement that it would begin talks with the US, expected as early as this week.

"We will not allow our legitimate rights and national security interests to be damaged," Hong said.

China has long urged a resumption of talks over North Korea's nuclear programme, arguing that sanctions are not an end in themselves.

The government-published China Daily said in an editorial Monday that new United Nations measures "should truly bite" -- but added that the proposed THAAD deployment could prevent agreement on a resolution.

The potential collapse of North Korea is a perennial worry for Beijing, which sees it as a buffer against the US military presence in South Korea and worries that instability could unleash a flood of refugees across its border.

Washington says it will not sit down with Pyongyang until the country takes steps towards halting its nuclear programme, a position that Beijing argues has led to the current impasse.

For its part, the US has long called for Beijing to use its role as one of Pyongyang's most important economic lifelines to pressure the country into changing its behaviour.

 

 

Moscow warns US over missile system deployment to S. Korea

 
‎Monday, ‎April ‎18, ‎2016, ‏‎5:53:38 PMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Feb 10, 2016 - Moscow on Wednesday warned that Washington's deployment of a US missile defence system to South Korea could spark an arms race in the region.

South Korean and US defence officials said last week they would begin formal talks on the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) system in response to North Korea's recent nuclear and missile tests.

"The appearance of elements of the US global missile defence system in the region -- which is characterised by a very difficult security situation -- can provoke an arms race in Northeast Asia and complicate the resolution of the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula," said the Russian foreign ministry.

"On a more global scale, this step can increase the destructive influence of the US global missile defence system on international security and stability."

The foreign ministry reiterated that Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests "could not but inspire strong condemnation" but accused Washington of using them to expand its missile defence system.

The US insists that the defence system is a deterrent necessitated by the North's advancing ballistic missile programme.

China has also argued it would undermine stability in the delicately balanced region.

Pyongyang has said that the deployment of a missile defence system would be a Cold War tactic to "contain" China and Russia.

The THAAD system, in service since 2008, includes truck-mounted launchers, radars, interceptor missiles and global communications links.

Five THAAD batteries are currently operational, according to the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, and two more were ordered in 2014.

North Korea's rocket launch last week, widely seen as a disguised long-range missile test, sparked international fury and prompted an agreement at the UN Security Council to slap new sanctions against the increasingly defiant state.

The launch, which violated multiple UN resolutions, came just weeks after Pyongyang carried out its fourth nuclear test.

 

 

US deploys more Patriot missiles in S. Korea

 
‎Saturday, ‎March ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎11:53:00 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 13, 2016 - The United States has temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea following North Korea's recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch, US Forces Korea said Saturday.

The move came as the two allies plan to start detailed discussions on bringing in an advanced, high-altitude US missile defence system opposed by China as early as next week.

"This deployment is part of an emergency deployment readiness exercise conducted in response to recent North Korean provocations," the US Forces Korea said in a press statement, referring to the temporary roll-out of a Patriot missile battery, which was flown from Fort Bliss, Texas this week.

"Exercises like this ensure we are always ready to defend against an attack from North Korea," said Lieutenant General Thomas Vandal, commander of the US Eighth Army.

The newly deployed Patriot battery is conducting ballistic missile defence training with the Eighth Army's 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade at Osan Air Base, some 47 kilometres (30 miles) south of Seoul.

The brigade has its own two Patriot battalions. One Patriot battalion is reportedly composed of four batteries.

Just hours after North Korea launched a long-range rocket that both condemned as a disguised ballistic missile test, South Korea and the United States announced their intention to start discussions on deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD).

The Pentagon has since stressed that it would like the system to be deployed in South Korea "as quickly as possible".

A senior South Korean defence ministry official said Friday detailed discussions on THAAD deployment would kick off as early as next week.

China and Russia argue that it would trigger an arms race in the region, with Beijing voicing its "deep concern" over the deployment.

South Korea had previously declined to formally discuss bringing in THAAD in deference to the sensitivities of China, its most important trade partner.

But North Korea's continued missile testing and frustration with Beijing's resistance to imposing harsh sanctions on Pyongyang apparently triggered a change in Seoul's stance.

 

 

AMEC receives contract to support Aegis Ashore in Poland

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎1:22:17 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 11, 2016 - The U.S. Army awarded AMEC Programs a $182.7 million contract with options to support the Aegis Ashore missile defense system in Poland.

For the contract, AMEC Programs received funds covering Fiscal 2015 and 2016 military construction in addition to research, development, testing, evaluation and procurement.

The construction of the Aegis Ashore system is part of the European Phased Adaptive Approach Phase III, which aims to boost land-based missile defense capabilities for NATO allies against long-range ballistic attacks.

The EPAA program is divided into four phases. Phase I began in 2011, and focused on short and medium-ranged ballistic missile threats. Phase II began in 2015, and saw the development of a missile defense interceptor site in Romania.

Under Phase III, an Aegis Ashore is scheduled to be installed in Poland to support the defense of northern Europe.

 

 

US missile shield spotlights divisions on handling N. Korea

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎1:22:17 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 8, 2016 - Official moves towards the deployment -- fiercely opposed by China -- of a US missile defence system in South Korea highlight the inherent dangers of disunity in dealing with North Korea's growing military threat, analysts say.

Hours after North Korea's long-range rocket launch on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials announced they would begin formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep.

The rationale was a clear necessity to upgrade the defence posture of the South Korea-US military alliance "against North Korea's advancing threats," said Yoo Jeh-Seung, Seoul's deputy defence minister for policy.

Yoo's reasoning is hard to fault in the wake of the North's fourth nuclear test on January 6 and Monday's rocket launch, which was widely regarded as a covert ballistic missile test.

"This nuclear testing coupled with the testing of ballistic missile technology ... was always likely to strengthen the argument that South Korea needs to bolster its missile defences," said Ben Goodlad, principal weapons analyst at IHS Aerospace, Defence and Security.

But beyond the strategic logic lies a diplomatic imperative, which suggests an eventual THAAD deployment may be less motivated by what North Korea is doing and more by what China is not doing.

- China consequences -

China is North Korea's main diplomatic protector, and both Washington and Seoul have been pressing Beijing to take a tougher line with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme.

But China, wary of the consequences of a collapsing North Korea on its border, has resisted punitive sanctions before, and looks set to do so again as the UN Security Council debates its response to Pyongyang's latest provocations.

According to Joel Wit, a senior fellow at the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the founder of its North Korea website, 38North, frustration with China's stance has driven forward the possibility of deploying THAAD in South Korea.

"This is a way of sending a signal to China that what North Korea does has real consequences, including consequences for Beijing's own security interests," Wit said.

China's response to that signal was swift and unequivocally negative.

While it only managed a rather muted expression of "regret" over the North's rocket launch, it was quick to voice its "deep concern" at the prospect of South Korea introducing the US missile system.

- Beijing's warnings -

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said such a move would escalate tensions on the Korean peninsula, undermine regional peace and stability, and set back efforts to address the North Korean nuclear situation.

"We demand the countries concerned be prudent," Hua said.

China sees THAAD as a threat to the effectiveness of its own nuclear deterrent, arguing that it could be used to monitor Chinese missile launches as far inland as Xian in the northwest.

China is South Korea's most important trade partner and -- in deference to Beijing's sensitivities on the issue -- South Korea had, until now, declined to formally discuss bringing in THAAD.

Instead it had concentrated on developing an indigenous missile defence system for intercepting short to medium range ballistic missiles, using primarily Patriot-type interceptors.

At the same time, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye has made strenuous diplomatic efforts to court China, building a personal rapport with President Xi Jinping in the hope of developing a genuine strategic partnership.

Ties have significantly improved as a result but, on the key issue of dealing with North Korea, Park's diplomatic initiative has not achieved the desired results.

The net result, after the North's latest nuclear test and rocket launch, is the opening of formal talks on THAAD deployment.

- Disunity dangers -

"It's a message to China that if you won't deal with North Korea, we will go our way," said Paul Carrol, program director for the nuclear disarmament and global security organisation Ploughshares Fund.

"And clearly there's a danger there, because unless China and the US can get on the same page with a common approach to North Korea, there won't be any progress and the situation will only get worse," Carroll said.

"THAAD is partly about the US reassuring South Korea that it has its back, but at the same time there must be a broader picture discussion with China about how to handle North Korea," he added.

There is already a THAAD battery stationed in Guam and the other key US ally in the region, Japan, is also considering taking on the system.

"The pressure for the US to reaffirm and extend its deterrent protection to its allies is only going to grow, and there's a real potential for regional tension and instability there," said Wit.

"Instead of curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions, we get an arms build-up instead," he added.

 

 

S. Korea, US to discuss deployment of US missile system

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2016, ‏‎1:22:17 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 7, 2016 - South Korean and US defence officials said Sunday they would begin formal talks on the deployment on the Korean peninsula of a US missile defence system to counter the growing threat from North Korea.

The announcement followed a North Korean rocket launch that the US and its allies condemned as a covert ballistic missile test.

"It has been decided to formally start talks on the possibility of deploying the THAAD system to South Korea as part of steps to bolster the missile defence of the Korea-US alliance," said Yoo Jeh-Seung, the South's deputy defence minister for policy.

There has been speculation for years about the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system -- one of the most advanced in the world -- to the South, one of Washington's main Asian allies.

The US insists that it 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 Korea-US alliance had no choice but to take such a defence action because North Korea staged a strategic provocation and is refusing to have a genuine dialogue on de-nuclearisation," Yoo said in a joint briefing with Lieutenant General Thomas Vandal, commander of the US Eighth Army based in the South.

Vandal argued that it was "time to move forward" with the THAAD issue, claiming there was "growing support" in the South for its deployment.

Pyongyang says any such move would be a Cold War tactic to "contain" China and Russia.

But Yoo stressed the THAAD system -- if deployed -- would "operate only regarding North Korea".

 

 

US hopes to send anti-missile system to SKorea 'as quickly as possible'

 
‎Friday, ‎February ‎26, ‎2016, ‏‎8:35:29 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Feb 8, 2016 - The US military wants to send a sophisticated missile defense system to South Korea "as quickly as possible," the Pentagon said Monday as it seeks to counter an ever-defiant North Korea.

After Pyongyang's launch of a long-range rocket on Sunday, South Korean and US military officials said they would start formal discussions on placing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) on the North's doorstep.

Though the launch saw North Korea successfully blast a satellite into orbit, the United Nations and world powers quickly condemned the action as evidence Pyongyang is continuing to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the US mainland.

The launch came only weeks after North Korea carried the latest in a series of underground nuclear tests.

"Without getting into a timeline, we'd like to see this move as quickly as possible," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said of a possible THAAD deployment.

"We are beginning the consultations now and in the current days with the South Koreans, and we expect that this will move in an expeditious fashion."

America's highly deployable THAAD system fires anti-ballistic missiles into the sky to smash into enemy missiles either inside or outside the Earth's atmosphere during their final flight phase.

The interceptor missiles carry no warheads, instead relying on kinetic energy to destroy their targets.

While China firmly opposes the deployment of such anti-missile hardware so close to its borders, the move to place THAAD in South Korea underscores Washington's frustrations with Beijing's failure to take a tougher line with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program.

Cook stressed the missile defense system was in no way meant to pose a threat to China.

"If the THAAD system were deployed to the Korean Peninsula, it would be focused solely on North Korea, contribute to a layered missile defense that would enhance the alliance's existing missile defense capabilities against potential North Korean missile threats," he said.

"This is a defensive system put in place. We don't believe it should pose any kind of concern to the Chinese."

- Rapidly deployable -

A US defense official told AFP the anti-missile system could be deployed within one to two weeks of a deployment order.

"Once... decisions are made, that (timeframe) is possible," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The THAAD system, in service since 2008, includes truck-mounted launchers, radars, interceptor missiles and global communications links.

Five THAAD batteries are currently operational, according to the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, and two more were ordered in 2014.

One of these is permanently based in Guam, home to a large US military base in the Pacific, to protect against any North Korean missiles.

About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea and the two forces have very close military ties.

Cook said an eventual THAAD deployment would be operated by US forces in South Korea.

"The United States remains fully committed to the security of our allies in the region and we will take all necessary steps to defend ourselves and our allies and respond to North Korean provocations," he said.

 

 

Next-Gen S-500 Offers 'World-Beating' Features to Guard Russia's Skies

 
‎Friday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎11:02:04 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2016 - Russia's newest S-500 Prometey system, which is expected to begin tests shortly, will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex and will, according to member of the advisory council of the Military-Industrial Commission Viktor Murakhovsky, be second to none.

"The S-500 has world-beating characteristics: it can engage air attack weapons, as well as ballistic missiles, including intercontinental ballistic missiles," he told Sputnik.

"In addition, the system provides space defense since it can engage targets in near space, at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (124 miles)."

The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a maximum range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The highly-mobile system could simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic missiles traveling at a speed of 5 kilometers per second.

The system is so good, that "many US defense officials worry that even stealth warplanes like the F-22, F-35 and the B-2 might have problems overcoming" it, defense expert Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest earlier this month.

As a result, the S-500, also known as 55R6M Triumfator-M, will most likely form the basis of the country's multilayered air defense system as soon as it becomes operational in the coming years. First prototypes are expected to begin tests later this year.

The Russian Armed Forces reportedly plan to purchase ten S-500 battalions.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Raytheon developing radar upgrade for Patriot system

 
‎Friday, ‎February ‎19, ‎2016, ‏‎11:02:04 AMGo to full article
Andover, Mass. (UPI) Feb 2, 2016 - The main radar array of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense system is being upgraded by Raytheon for enhanced 360-degree coverage capability.

The enhancement comes through the use of a gallium nitride-, or GaN-based, Active Electronically Scanned Array technology. A full-size, main panel radar array prototype is being worked on and a prototype will be ready for testing this year, the company said.

"Raytheon has invested more than $150 million in GaN technology and learned invaluable lessons while building our GaN-based AESA full-scale prototype," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "This ensures Raytheon is able to rapidly develop, build, test and deliver a combat-ready GaN-based AESA radar that gives Patriot 360-degree capability."

Rytheon last year built a GaN-based AESA rear-panel array and integrated it with a radar for potential use with Patriot, using existing back-end processing hardware and software. The radar tracked targets of opportunity, leveraging a seamless 360-degree view.

"Raytheon's GaN-based AESA radar will outmatch future threats for the same reason today's Patriot is able to outmatch current threats -- because it is designed to be upgraded and we have a growth path for the system," said Tim Glaeser, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense Business Development at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

The Raytheon GaN-based AESA radar uses three antenna arrays mounted on a mobile radar shelter. The main AESA array is a bolt-on replacement for the current Patriot antenna and is oriented toward the primary threat. The new rear panel looks behind and to the sides of the main array allow Patriot to engage threats in all directions.

 

 

Boeing, Northrop Grumman conduct missile system flight test

 
‎Saturday, ‎February ‎13, ‎2016, ‏‎4:03:04 PMGo to full article
Huntsville, Ala (UPI) Feb 03, 2016 - Boeing and Northrop Grumman collaborated with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to test improvements for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

The test was performed to verify the GMD's system components, and assess its ability to engage and destroy ballistic missile targets. During the test, a GMD interceptor was used for an intentional fly-by of a target representing an advanced long-range ballistic missile.

"The Missile Defense Agency's test design enabled the collection of critical data to validate key design improvements for the U.S. homeland defense architecture," Boeing vice president and GMD program director Norm Tew said. "This data will also support future development such as the work that's currently underway on the Boeing-led redesigned kill vehicle."

Northrop Grumman supported Boeing and the Missile Defense Agency in the test by managing the fire control system, which coordinates sensor information and orchestrates the system's target engagement.

"Our system determines which threat to engage, builds the threat picture, allocates resources and provides and updates the information guiding the kill vehicle," Northrop Grumman Missile Systems general manager Dan Verwiel said.

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system is an element of the Ballistic Missile Defense System, which is designed to engage limited intermediate and long-range ballistic missile attacks against the United States. The system uses integrated communication networks, deployed sensors, and the Exo-atmospheric Kill Vehicle to destroy incoming targets.

 

 

Japan orders military to prepare to destroy N. Korea missile: reports

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 29, 2016 - Japan has ordered its military to be ready to destroy any missile fired by North Korea that threatens the country, local media reported Friday, as concerns mount that Pyongyang is preparing a rocket launch.

Defence Minister Gen Nakatani issued the order, the Nikkei daily and Kyodo News reported, after reports of suspicious activity at Pyongyang's main satellite complex fuelled speculation a launch could come as early as next week.

A Japanese defence ministry spokeswoman declined to confirm the report when contacted by AFP, saying that "would reveal our strategy".

"But we are taking all possible measures to respond (to a missile launch) by collecting information and coordinating with countries concerned," she added.

North Korea is banned from using ballistic missile technology by UN Security Council resolutions, so any launch would further raise tensions among the international community only weeks after its latest nuclear test.

Two US defence officials confirmed to AFP on Friday there was ongoing activity at the North's Sohae satellite complex, which Pyongyang has been upgrading to handle larger, longer-range rockets since 2013.

Their comments came after Japan's Kyodo News, citing an anonymous government source, said satellite imagery showed increased movement at Sohae that could suggest a launch as early as next week.

Also on Friday, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida held telephone talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry about the possible launch.

"We can't deny the possibility that North Korea will take further provocative action," Kishida told reporters, adding that he and Kerry had "exchanged information on how to cooperate from now on".

Japan deployed surface-to-air missile defences in 2012, the same year North Korea put a satellite into orbit with its Unha-3 carrier.

Although Pyongyang insisted it was a purely scientific operation, that launch was condemned by the international community as a disguised ballistic missile test and resulted in a tightening of UN sanctions.

 

 

Raytheon, MDA test new thruster for EKV missile

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. (UPI) Jan 29, 2016 - A data-gathering flight test of a Raytheon Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency has validated the missile's redesigned thruster components.

The test, which did not involve striking a target, proved the effectiveness of a recent redesign of EKV thrusters, which provide the control necessary for lethal impact with incoming ballistic missile threats while outside of the Earth's atmosphere.

"This was a remarkable data-collection opportunity," Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems, said in a statement. "These are among our industry's most complex systems. Testing is critically important to ensuring the advancement of reliable kill vehicles for the protection of the U.S. homeland."

The weapon features a multi-color sensor to detect incoming warheads in space; its own propulsion and communications link, discrimination algorithms, guidance and control system and computers to support target selection and target interception.

The EKV is the intercept component of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system.

Raytheon is currently managing four hit-to-kill missile programs: the EKV, Standard Missile-3 kinetic vehicle, the Redesigned Kill Vehicle, and Multi-Object Kill Vehicle.

 

 

Deployment of US Defense System to Increase South Korea's Security

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (Sputnik) Jan 31, 2016 - The deployment of a US anti-missile system in South Korea would boost the country's security as it would help counter possible threats form the North, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Friday.

"Our government will consider every measure to prepare against North Korea's missile threats... If U.S. Forces Korea deploys THAAD, it will help our national security and defense," Kim Min-seok said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

According to Kim, Washington has not offered Seoul any negotiations on the issue yet. However he added that the deployment was under discussion within the US government.

On January 6, North Korea announced it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, a move which triggered international condemnation for a provocative move destabilizing the region.

On January 13, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that the deployment of THAAD systems in the country could be discussed, because of nuclear and missile threat from Pyongyang.

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Another Pyongyang Missile Test Could Lead to'Cycle of Escalation'
Washington (Sputnik) - Japanese media reported on Wednesday that satellite imagery indicated North Korea was preparing to test-launch a long-range missile. Earlier this month, Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon, inciting outrage from the United States and new economic sanctions.

"We are concerned that additional North Korean provocations could heighten tensions, lead to a cycle of escalation and threaten the peace and stability on the Peninsula," Urban said on Thursday.

The spokesman added that the United States is urging North Korea to "refrain from actions and rhetoric that threaten regional peace and security and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations."

The US intelligence community and NORTHCOM have assessed that Pyongyang has the capability of hitting the United States with a long-range ballistic missile, and takes the threat of a nuclear-armed North Korea seriously.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

US missile interceptor and targeting system pass test

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 31, 2016 - An interceptor rocket and its ground-based targeting system successfully completed the latest test in a program to develop a missile defense capable of hitting targets on the edge of outer space, two companies involved in the project said in separate announcements on Friday.

Orbital ATK provided the interceptor rocket, which was guided by Northrup Grumman's targeting equipment and software, in what both companies called a successful test on Thursday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

"Our system determines which threat to engage, builds the threat picture, allocates resources and provides and updates the information guiding the kill vehicle," Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Vice President Dan Verwiel said in one announcement.

In a separate announcement, Orbital ATK's Launch Vehicles Division Vice President Rich Straka said the exercise marked the fourteenth successful flight of its interceptor rocket.

The test targeted an air-launched threat released from a US Air Force C-17 transport aircraft.

The exercise was designed to test in-flight communications between Northrup Grumman's battle management equipment and Orbital ATK's interceptor rocket, without the interceptor actually striking the target, according to the announcements.

The defense system is designed to destroy missiles before they re-enter Earth's atmosphere.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Missile Defense Agency orders more THAAD interceptors

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jan 29, 2016 - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency will purchase 20 additional Lot 8 interceptors under a contract modification with Lockheed Martin.

The modification, valued at $198.7 million, will support the Missile Defense Agency's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense project, bringing the cumulative value of the contract up to $822 million.

THAAD is designed to protect population and high-value infrastructures from short and medium-range ballistic missile attacks, using interceptors to engage incoming targets. The system is capable of intercepting missiles inside and outside of the atmosphere.

Work on the contract will be performed at several locations in Texas, Alabama, and Arkansas, and is expected to be complete by September 2019.

Lockheed Martin announced they received a $528 million contract to produce and deliver THAAD missile systems in early January 2016. The systems were to be used by the U.S. Army to enhance its ballistic missile interception capabilities.

 

 

SBIRS Full Constellation testing going well

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jan 25, 2016 - Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and the 460th Space Wing have confirmed the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate's ongoing success of the Space-Based Infrared System's Block 10 Integrated Test and Evaluation (IT and E) Readiness comprehensive evaluation.

Beginning Jan. 5, the 460th Operations Group personnel conducted the evaluation from the Mission Control Station at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. On Jan. 6, crews from the 460th Space Wing began sending live mission messages for the first time from the Block 10 floor.

Col. Michael Jackson, 460th Operations Group commander said, "As you might expect, crew morale is sky high! January 6 is truly a historic day for the OPIR mission, and I am humbled by what our Airmen have accomplished."

The comprehensive evaluation test will continue through Jan. 19.

This is the final Block 10 Increment 2 system test prior to the formal evaluation by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center. Block 10 consolidates operational Command and Control of Defense Support Program satellites, Space-based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting and Highly Elliptical Orbit sensors under one primary Mission Control Station. This consolidation is also known as Full Constellation.

This evaluation gives the operational crews an opportunity to 'test drive' the Block 10 consolidated ground system. The test is an approximately two-week "day in the life" event that serves as a dry run leading up to the IT and E.

It provides crews the chance to practice normal operations and get a feel for the Block 10 system before entering dedicated operational testing.

 

 

SBIRS ground system celebrates final development capstone

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Los Angeles AFB CA (SPX) Jan 25, 2016 - Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center and the 460th Space Wing announced the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate completion of the Space-Based Infrared System's Block 10 Integrated Test and Evaluation (IT and E) Readiness Soak. This is the final Block 10 Increment 2 system test prior to the formal evaluation by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center.

Beginning January 5, 460th Operations Group personnel conducted the Soak event from the Mission Control Station at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. The 14-day test demonstrated total system readiness and stability for IT and E start.

It included complete command and control (C2) and mission management of the full constellation, and full operational crew posture and execution of operations for the final dependability and maintainability assessment prior to IT and E. This event not only tested total system readiness, but also demonstrated that operational crews have enough confidence in the system to run live operations.

"For the first time, live mission messages were sent from the Block 10 floor" said Col. Mike Guetlein, SMC's Remote Sensing System director. "This is another huge step toward Operational Acceptance."

"This is a full function test flight of our new ground system where our Airmen conduct full warning and detection functionality combined with intensive spacecraft command and control of all three of our spacecraft constellations," added Col. John Wagner, 460th Space Wing commander. "This was our shakedown cruise."

Block 10 consolidates operational C2 of Defense Support Program satellites, Space-based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbiting and Highly Elliptical Orbit sensors under one primary Mission Control Station. Block 10 also significantly increases performance capability across its four mission areas: missile warning, missile defense, battlespace awareness, and technical intelligence.

The Remote Sensing Program Office, in partnership with the operations community, leveraged lessons learned from previous SBIRS upgrades to successfully execute the Soak test. The system will now progress into IT and E and its formal operational and development evaluation activities.

Col. Mike Jackson, 460th SW Operations Group commander, said the completion of the phase marked a "truly historic day for the overhead persistent infrared mission."

The SBIRS program is managed by the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB in El Segundo, California. Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Sunnyvale, California, is the SBIRS prime contractor, and Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Azusa, California, is the payload integrator. The 460th Space Wing at Buckley AFB operates SBIRS.

The SBIRS program delivers timely, reliable and accurate missile warning and infrared surveillance information to the president of the United States, the secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, the intelligence community and other key decision makers.

The system enhances global missile launch detection capability, supports the nation's ballistic missile defense system, expands the country's technical intelligence gathering capacity and bolsters situational awareness for warfighters on the battlefield.

 

 

South Korea, Japan Should Host US THAAD Missiles: Cohen

 
‎Wednesday, ‎February ‎3, ‎2016, ‏‎11:41:04 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Jan 13, 2016 - South Korea and Japan should reconsider deploying US anti-missile batteries on their soil in response to North Korea's recent nuclear test, former US Defense Secretary William Cohen said at a US-China defense forum.

"I would hope also that we would consider and have the South Koreans and the Japanese consider having THAAD [Terminal High Altitude Area Defense] on their territory," Cohen stated on Monday.

Cohen acknowledged that China has and would raise concerns over the anti-missile deployment, but stated, "nonetheless, this is something that is important to us and to our allies."

The United States has raised the possibility of a THAAD battery deployment in East Asia in the past, a decision the Pentagon says will be made through the trilateral Japan- South Korea-US security alliance.

The anti-missile system is one optional response to North Korea's recent nuclear test. China has opposed the THAAD deployment in the past arguing it could upset the regional balance and be used against Chinese interests.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Aegis Combat System upgrade gets Navy approval

 
‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎10:25:34 AMGo to full article
Moorestown, N.J. (UPI) Jan 11, 2016 - The latest evolution of the Aegis Combat System for U.S. destroyers, Baseline 9.C1, has been certified by the U.S. Navy and the Missile Defense Agency.

Certification for deployment follows four test events this past summer aboard the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) in which it detected, tracked and engaged two ballistic missile targets and two air warfare targets.

"The Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C1 offers unprecedented capabilities, including simultaneous air and ballistic missile defense," said Jim Sheridan, Lockheed Martin director of Aegis programs. "This Aegis baseline also improves Aegis networking capabilities, allowing Aegis vessels to automatically coordinate defense with input from satellite and ground-based radar assets -- forming a true shield of defense over a wide area."

Lockheed Martin said the enhanced system -- with enhanced radar resolution and target discrimination capabilities -- includes the most current generation of ballistic missile defense programming, known as BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade, which allows for the destruction of ballistic missiles in both the upper atmosphere and the lower atmosphere.

The BMD capabilities of Baseline 9.C1 are also present in Aegis Ashore, the ground-based missile defense program that is the second phase of the U.S. Phased Adaptive Approach to protect Europe from ballistic missile attack.

 

 

Serbia requests missile defense systems from Russia

 
‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎10:25:34 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jan 11, 2016 - Moscow is considering Serbia's request for defensive weapons and interest in deepening military ties.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin met with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade Monday, and afterward said the final decision on Serbia's request to procure Russian weapons would be made to meet Serbia's minimal security requirements. Russian state-owned Sputnik News reports that during the meeting, Rogozin presented a mock-up of Russian-made S-300 air defense system.

Serbia's request for Russian arms comes after its neighbor Croatia began talks with Norway to acquire ballistic missile defense systems. However, Russian state-owned news agency Tass reports Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic maintains he does not want to start a war with Croatia. Vucic says Croatia's move raises national security concerns.

"I am not nervous, but worried," Vucic told Serbian state news agency Tanjug. "The ballistic rockets and launch pads that Croatia is planning to acquire have ranges of 300 and 350 km. You can target any location in central Serbia from Zagreb or any other location."

Rogozin stressed the requested weapons in question are "not offensive ones but those capable of removing any risks of an attack on Serbia."

 

 

Cavalier AFS significant link to missile warning/space defense

 
‎Wednesday, ‎January ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎10:25:34 AMGo to full article
Cavalier AFS ND (SPX) Jan 12, 2016 - Once a major piece of U.S. nuclear defenses during the Cold War, Cavalier Air Force Station continues to be a significant link in the nation's missile warning and space defense scheme.

The 10th Space Warning Squadron is a geographically separated unit of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. is about 15 miles south of the Canadian border.

The installation initially provided the first and only ballistic missile defense of ICBM fields in the northern U.S. Following the Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty II that mission was terminated.

Soon after, new dual missions of providing missile warning and supporting space surveillance began. The Perimeter Acquisition Radar Attack Characterization System at Cavalier AFS is the only Safeguard component that was not deactivated.

The most prominent structure at Cavalier AFS is the Perimeter Acquisition Radar building, a ground-based Integrated Tactical Warning/Attack Assessment sensor key to the National Military Command System.

The building housing the PARCS radar system, often referred to as the second tallest building in North Dakota after the state capitol, is an electro-magnetic pulse hardened structure built as part of the Army's anti-ballistic missile Safeguard program.

"PARCS' primary mission is Missile Warning; its secondary mission is Space Situational Awareness," said Lt. Col. John Koehler, 10th SWS commander.

"PARCS is uniquely positioned to view objects approaching the United States and Southern Canada from the north. It has a visibility range of 3,300 kilometers, which is approximately 2,000 miles." This allows the world's most capable radar to provide observations on thousands of earth-orbiting satellites."

The PARCS provides around the clock missile warning data to North American Aerospace Defense Command and space surveillance data to United States Strategic Command.

The system monitors and tracks more than half of all earth-orbiting objects to enable space situational awareness. The 10th SWS team provides real-time missile warning data to the secretary of defense and the president to assist in decision making.

"Cavalier AFS is a unique installation with unparalleled personnel," said Koehler.

"The opportunities here rival and exceed what I've experienced at previous bases over my 17 years of service. The missions have direct impact on capabilities provided globally, from the farmers in the local area to operations overseas. This is truly the nation's most capable radar operated and maintained by the most capable team of Airmen."

There are about 130 people working at Cavalier, he said. Most are contractors performing a variety of services like maintenance, custodial services and firefighting. There are about 40 military and five government civilians in the mix. The installation is considered an isolated facility and too small to provide all the functions of a typical base, so some services are made available through other bases.

Grand Forks AFB, 80 miles south, provides security forces personnel and support functions like finance and medical, for example. Emergency services like hazardous waste disposal and explosive ordinance disposal are provided by Minot Air Force Base about 200 miles west.

The site is remote, but Cavalier personnel stay active in the local community, participating in events ranging from parades to providing a color guard at various ceremonies. Volunteering is a big part of the military lifestyle, and there are many opportunities for 10th SWS members to participate.

Extracurricular events like zip-lining in Canada, fishing and ice fishing at local lakes and rivers, camping and boating at Icelandic State Park in the summer, and skiing are available year round. On-site activities like bowling, potlucks, and karaoke are available all year at the Community Activity Center, lovingly called the Mangy Moose.

To bring the installation from the look associated with its time as a prominent Cold War site into the 21st century, a number of upgrades took place. A $4.8 million construction project added 14 new housing units for military families living on station, Koehler said. The project included a new community center and indoor play area aimed for use during cold winter months.

"The project represents a significant increase in the quality of life for base residents," Koehler said.

A $20 million High-altitude Electromagnetic Pulse protection project is nearing completion, including 10 major subprojects at the station. Koehler said these projects should ensure Cavalier's operational relevance far into the future.

 

 

 

 

 

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John

Acts

Romans

I & II Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians and Philemon

I and II

Thessalonians

Timothy/

Titus/Philemon

Hebrews

James

I and II Peter

I, II, and III John

Jude

Revelation
 


 

 

   
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