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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


France at the UN warns N. Korea over nuclear threat

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
France warned North Korea on Monday that it would likely face more UN sanctions if it follows through on threats to carry out a nuclear test. North Korea has reacted angrily to a UN resolution condemning its human rights record and calling on the Security Council to refer Pyongyang to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. Pyongyang has said it felt no need to refr

Iran nuclear deal deadline extended to July 1

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
Iran and world powers missed a Monday deadline to clinch a landmark nuclear deal and defuse a 12-year standoff but gave themselves seven more months to reach agreement. The failure followed an intensive five-day diplomatic push in the Austrian capital Vienna involving the foreign ministers of Iran, the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. But US Secretary of State J

China blasts 'irresponsible' US comments on island project

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
Beijing on Monday dismissed as "irresponsible" US criticism of its construction of an artificial island reportedly large enough for an airstrip in a disputed section of the South China Sea. The statement by China's foreign ministry came after a US military spokesman urged Beijing to stop what it described as a vast land reclamation project on the Spratly Islands. The island chain, which

The fear and the chaos of a missile attack in east Ukraine

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Donetsk, Ukraine (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
There was a blinding flash, then complete darkness and thick clouds of dust. A missile had just hit Ivan Balabanov's house in rebel-held east Ukraine. Stunned, Ivan groped around in the pitch black to find his flashlight. His ears ringing from the explosion, he took a few seconds to regain his senses and remember what was around him. He remembered he was in one room with his daughte

French shipbuilder DCNS creates Australian subsidiary

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Nov 24, 2014
French shipbuilder and naval defense firm DCNS has opened a subsidiary in Australia in a bid to win a contract to replace Australia's Collins-class submarines. The creation of DCNS Australia Pty Ltd was marked with a ceremony attended by not only Herve Guillou, chief executive officer of DCNS Group but also by Australian Defense Minister David Johnston. "I am very pleased to offi

Frontrunners emerge for top Pentagon job

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
A pair of frontrunners have emerged to take charge at the Pentagon after President Barack Obama announced the departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. If former under-secretary Michele Flournoy gets the nod, she would be the first woman to hold the role, and neither she nor former deputy secretary Ashton Carter have served in uniform. Now working as policy academics, Flournoy and Cart

Brazil, Russia in talks on air defense system

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Brasilia, Brazil (UPI) Nov 24, 2014
Brazilian and Russian military officials have been talking medium-range air defense systems. The Brazilian Ministry of Defense reports the talks took place in Brazil last week and were conducted by delegations led by Brig. Gershon Machado, head of Logistics at the Ministry of Defense and Gen. Sergei Babakov, commander of the anti-aircraft missile troops of the Russian Air Force.

Lockheed Martin UK opens F-35 software simulation facility

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Ampthill, England (UPI) Nov 24, 2014
Lockheed Martin UK has opened a simulation facility for pilots and engineers of F-35 Lightning II fighters assess the aircraft's mission system and software. "By simulating battle scenarios, users are able to get a realistic understanding of how the F-35B will operate," the company said. "The virtual cockpits, networked together to emulate multi aircraft operations, allow military perso

Offsets may delay Korea's decision on buying aerial refulers

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Seoul (UPI) Nov 24, 2014
South Korea may delay an acquisition decision on a billion-dollar project to equip its armed forces with four aerial refueling aircraft. According to Chosun Ilbo, selection by South Korea of one of three aircraft types was scheduled for next month but may now take place next February. "It seems that the plan to choose the model in December will be delayed because offset deals off

Global conundrum

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Nov 23, 2014
Global disarray coupled with the decline of superpower USA are flip sides of the same coin. The Republican victory in the mid-term elections was not a resounding triumph for internationalism coupled with U.S. defense superiority. A dysfunctional Congress, where many of the new Republicans are neo-isolationists who give priority to rebuilding America's decaying infrastructure, and an iso

Iran president says nuclear deal will be done

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that a nuclear deal with world powers would be done despite a missed deadline in Vienna that prompted a seven-month extension in talks. He also pledged that Iran would not give up its nuclear programme and insisted that seeking an accord with the West had not damaged its progress. "This path of negotiation will reach a final agreement," Rouhani

Cyberspying tool could have US, British origins

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
A sophisticated cybersespionage tool has been stealing information from governments and businesses since 2008, researchers said Monday, and one report linked it to US and British intelligence. The security firm Symantec identified the malware, known as Regin, and said it was used "in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets," including governments, businesses, r

Pentagon chief Hagel out as IS war heats up

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
President Barack Obama announced the departure of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, with the White House under fire over perceived fumbling in its response to the Islamic State threat. The former Republican senator, who has been in the job for less than two years, was chosen to oversee a shift to a peacetime military with smaller defense budgets, but found the United States at war

Baghdad car bomb kills at least 10: officials

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
A car bomb exploded in a crowded Shiite-majority area of the Iraqi capital on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding at least 31, security and medical officials said. The blast in the Shaab area of northern Baghdad struck an area where minibuses gather near a market. There was no immediate claim for the blast, but the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which frequently targets m

Sagem demos drone for use in civilian airspace

‎25 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎05:38:16 AMGo to full article
Boulogne, France (UPI) Nov 24, 2014
European technology company Sagem has conducted test flights of its Patroller to demonstrate safe use of drones in civilian airspace. About 20 flights were conducted between late October and early November near the city of Toulouse, France, with the French air navigation and safety agency, DSNA, the laboratory run by the national civil aviation school ENAC, and Rockwell Collins France t

Last chance saloon for Iran nuclear talks

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Nov 24, 2014
Time runs out Monday for the biggest chance in years to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff, as Tehran and world powers make a final push for a deal but with a risky extension looking likely. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (the P5+1) have been locked in talks with Iran for months, seeking to turn an interim deal that expires at midnight (2300 GMT) on Monda

China's Xi wraps up Pacific talks with Fiji aid boost

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Suva, Fiji (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
Chinese President Xi Jinping injected a further 70 million yuan (US$11.4 million) of aid money into Fiji as he wrapped up a round of talks in the Pacific nation Sunday aimed at strengthening ties in the region. In a stopover following the Group of 20 summit in Australia, Xi held talks with Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and seven other island nation leaders who form the nucleus of

Sudan rebels claim raids on Blue Nile army bases

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Khartoum (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
Sudanese rebels said Sunday they attacked two military bases in war-torn Blue Nile state, days after attending a round of peace talks with the government. The Sudan Peoples Liberation Army-North raided the bases in Blue Nile last week "in retaliation for the aerial bombardment" of two towns, SPLA-N spokesman Arnu Lodi said in a statement. Fighting flared in the state last month after the

China defence minister brushes off fears over military growth

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Nov 21, 2014
China's defence minister on Friday sought to soothe concerns over the country's growing armed forces, saying its military modernisation is rooted in both past humiliations and a present need to combat threats including terrorism. "The remarkable growth of China's comprehensive national power, and the continued progress in national defence modernisation, have become a focus of international a

World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
World powers and Iran began discussing late Sunday whether more time is needed to reach a nuclear deal, a US official said, as they struggled to overcome major gaps barely 24 hours before a deadline. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (the P5+1) have been locked in talks with Iran for months to turn an interim deal struck in Geneva that expires on Monday into a

Albania opens Hoxha's top secret Cold War nuclear bunker to public

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Tirana (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
The massive, top secret Cold War nuclear bunker of former Albanian dictator Enver Hoxha was opened to the public on Saturday, decades after it was built by the paranoid communist regime fearing an attack by the West that never came. The ex-dictator's bed, covered with a red mattress, is still in place in his bunker bedroom, with a Soviet-era radio placed on his bedside table. During Hox

Lockheed advancing technologies for U.S. Navy

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Moorestown, N.J. (UPI) Nov 21, 2014
A new Lockheed Martin facility - the Surface Navy Innovation Center - has been opened to support development of new technologies for the U.S. Navy. Lockheed said the center in New Jersey will bring together industry, government and academia and foster the design of next-generation capabilities for surface vessels to counter evolving threats. "The SNIC establishes a community sp

US delivers anti-mortar radars to Ukraine: Pentagon

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 21, 2014
The US military has delivered three radars to Ukraine designed to detect incoming mortar fire, the Pentagon said Friday, amid appeals from Kiev for Washington to send weapons to help fight pro-Russian rebels. The counter-mortar radar systems were flown to Ukraine in a C-17 cargo plane that accompanied US Vice President Joe Biden, who paid a visit to Kiev on the first anniversary of protests

UN airlifts winter aid to desperate Iraqis

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Geneva (AFP) Nov 21, 2014
The UN said Friday it had begun airlifting tent isolation kits into Iraq to help some of the around two million people displaced in the conflict-torn country get through the harsh winter. The United Nations' refugee agency said the first of seven planned flights from Pakistan had touched down in Erbil in the northern Kurdish region late Thursday. The flight was carrying 3,600 tent insula

N.Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences' over UN rights ruling

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
North Korea's top military body warned Sunday of "catastrophic consequences" for supporters of a UN resolution censuring its human rights record, as state media reported its leader presiding over a fresh military exercise. A resolution urging the United Nations Security Council to refer the North's leadership to the International Criminal Court for possible charges of "crimes against humanit

Biden leaves Turkey without breakthrough on Syria

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
US Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday wrapped up a key visit to Turkey without a breakthrough on military cooperation in the Syrian crisis but with officials confident the talks brought their positions closer. During his three-day trip to Istanbul, Biden held several hours of talks with both Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on the crises created by th

Iraq sentences Sunni ex-MP to death for murder

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
An Iraqi court sentenced former Sunni MP Ahmed al-Alwani to death on Sunday for murder, a verdict that could damage Baghdad's ties with a powerful tribe that is battling jihadists. "The central criminal court sentenced Ahmed al-Alwani to death... for his killing of two soldiers," judicial spokesman Abdelsattar Bayraqdar told AFP, without saying when the murders took place. He has a month

Iraqi forces retake ground from jihadists

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Kirkuk, Iraq (AFP) Nov 23, 2014
Iraqi security forces and pro-government fighters on Sunday retook areas from jihadists near the Iranian border in an operation that left 20 Kurdish troops dead, security officials said. The assault, launched early Sunday northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, is the latest in a series of drives that have seen some territory lost to a sweeping June offensive by the Islamic State group bein

Israeli strike threat 'diplomatic card' against Iran: experts

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Nov 22, 2014
Despite Israeli threats of a strike on Iran if world powers fail to halt its nuclear drive at talks entering an endgame in Vienna, experts see the sabre-rattling as largely diplomatic brinkmanship. With Monday's deadline for a lasting agreement fast approaching, Israel has been keeping up pressure on the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany which are involved in the

Signs N.Korea preparing bomb material amid nuclear test threats

‎24 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎12:25:46 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
New satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be firing up a facility for processing weapons-grade plutonium, as Pyongyang threatened a fresh nuclear test in response to UN condemnation of its rights record. The images show steam rising from a re-processing plant at the North's main Yongbyon nuclear complex - a sign consistent with maintenance and testing prior to beginning operations, the

Sense and Avoid system for UAVs in civilian airspace closer to reality

‎23 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎06:43:57 PMGo to full article
San Diego (UPI) Nov 21, 2014
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is advancing its Sense and Avoid system for unmanned aerial vehicles in non-segregated civilian airspace. A proof of concept SAA system was successfully tested in collaboration with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Honeywell in a demonstration of the FAA's Airborne Collision Avoidance System for Unmanned Aircraft. The company

China policies fuel tensions with US: commission

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
China's souring foreign investment climate, "unfair" trade practices and inceased military spending heightened tensions between the United States and Beijing in 2014, a US commission said Thursday. Security ties between the two world powers deteriorated this year amid increased territorial disputes in the South China Sea. These potential China-US military confrontations risk escalating i

China Premier calls for greater role in shaping Web

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Hangzhou, China (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Thursday demanded a greater role for Beijing in shaping the global Internet, calling for "order" online as he failed to address his government's censorship of content it deems politically sensitive. "We believe in an open, transparent and above all safe Internet," Li said on the sidelines of a Chinese-created Internet conference. "That requires an Internet shar

'Concerned' Kerry joins troubled Iran nuclear talks

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry joined troubled Iran nuclear talks in Vienna on Thursday, four days before a looming deadline, with Russia warning that getting a deal will be "very difficult". Speaking in Paris earlier, Kerry said that with British counterpart Philip Hammond - who said on Wednesday he was "not optimistic" - and the other powers he was "concerned about the gaps". "We a

Syrian team, Putin to discuss relaunching peace talks: source

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Damascus (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
A high-level Syrian delegation is to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to discuss a possible relaunch of peace talks with the opposition, a senior Syrian official said Thursday. "President Putin will receive the delegation headed by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, and the meeting will centre on the relaunch of negotiations," he said of the talks next Wednesday with the k

Swedish military gets upgraded radar facilityw/lll

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Stockholm, Sweden (UPI) Nov 20, 2014
A refurbished and upgraded radar facility for air and surface surveillance has been returned to the Swedish armed forces. The handover of the Radar 871 facility was effected by FMV, the country's military procurement agency. Work on refurbishing and modernizing the facility began in 2007. "This is an upgraded version of the Radar System 870 which the Armed Forces use for a

Modernized Russian Tu-160 bomber completes 1st flight

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Moscow (XNA) Nov 20, 2014
Russian strategic bomber Tu-160 has completed its first flight after modernization, the aircraft's design bureau Tupolev said Wednesday. "On Nov. 16, 2014, the Tu-160 bomber performed the first flight after a major modernized overhaul," Tupolev said in a statement, adding that the flight lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes. According to the company, the bomber took off from airfield in Kaz

NATO reports 400 intercepts of Russian aircraft in 2014

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Tallinn (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
NATO said Thursday there have been around 400 intercepts of Russian military flights near its member countries this year, amid heightened tension between Moscow and the West over the Ukraine crisis. "If you look at the number of intercepts around NATO, we can talk about 400 intercepts, 50 percent more than last year," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in western Estonia.

Marines get counter-IED training from A-T Solutions

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Nov 20, 2014
Training to counter improvised explosive devices is to be provided to the U.S. Marine Corps Engineer School by A-T solutions. The training, plus ancillary support, for the school's counter-IED program comes a task order from the GSA Federal Systems Integration and Management Center on behalf of the Department of Defense's Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization Joint Cente

Northrop Grumman announces new Viper anti-missile laser

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Apopka, Fla. (UPI) Nov 20, 2014
A new laser for use on all directed infrared counter-measure systems on military aircraft has been introduced by Northrop Grumman's Laser Systems business unit. The new Viper 2.1, part of the company's Viper family of lasers, is the result of five years of development and testing, the company said. The laser features increased power and efficiency, simplified optical path alignme

China expects to introduce space law around 2020

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Nov 19, 2014
China will always abide by international space law and is making great efforts to introduce its own laws in 2020, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) said on Monday. Xu Dazhe, director of the CNSA, said the country has already made policies and regulations in the administration of civil space launch, registration of space objects and reduction and prevention of space debris, at

Launched Russian satellites to reach 150 by 2025

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Moscow (XNA) Nov 19, 2014
Russia will increase the number of its orbital satellites to 150 by 2025, head of Russia's United Rocket Space Corporation (URSC) said Monday. "According to the federal space program's new project, the number of orbital satellites with social-economic purpose will be doubled to 75, while the number of the satellites for government needs is expected to reach 150 by 2025," Igor Komarov said.

NASA Skunkworks Team Set to Deliver 6U CubeSat

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 19, 2014
A NASA "skunkworks" team gave itself just one year to develop, test and integrate a newfangled CubeSat that could reliably and easily accommodate agency-class science investigations and technology demonstrations at a lower cost. The team, comprised of engineers and scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is on track to meet its self-imposed deadline.

Elbit to Supply DIRCM Systems to German A400M Aircraft

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Haifa, Israel (SPX) Nov 20, 2014
Elbit Systems has announced that it was awarded a contract from DIEHL BGT Defence to provide J-MUSIC Multi-Spectral Directed Infrared Counter Measure (DIRCM) systems for the first phase of the German Air Force's Self-Protection program for its new Airbus A400 aircraft. The contract will be performed over approximately one-year. and is in an amount that is not material to Elbit Systems.

IS claims suicide bombing in Iraq's Arbil

‎21 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎03:29:12 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Nov 20, 2014
The Islamic State jihadist group on Thursday claimed a rare suicide car bombing in the usually secure capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region that killed four people. IS boasted in an online statement that it had "breached all the security checkpoints of the agent Kurdistan government and reached the heart of the city of Arbil." It identified the bomber as Abdulrahman al-Kurdi, ind

F-35Cs complete initial testing from aircraft carrier

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
San Diego (UPI) Nov 19, 2014
The carrier variant of the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter has successfully completed the first phase of developmental testing at sea. The U.S. Navy said two F-35s aboard the USS Nimitz logged a total of 39.2 flight hours, conducted 124 catapults, 222 touch-and-go landings, and 124 arrestments. There were no unintentional hook-down bolters, or missed attempts to catch an

Russia urges Ukraine not to join NATO

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
Russia on Wednesday called for Ukraine to stay out of the NATO alliance, insisting that a "non-aligned status" was in the interests of the ex-Soviet country. "There is no doubt that (Ukraine's) non-aligned status is important not only from the point of view of ensuring stability in the European Atlantic but also from the point of view of fundamental national interests of the Ukrainian people

Iran, US go face-to-face in crunch nuclear talks

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
Iran and the US held one-on-one talks Wednesday as a deadline loomed to reach a mammoth nuclear deal, seeking common ground on the two crucial remaining issues: uranium enrichment and sanctions relief. US Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign ministers from the six powers meanwhile decided to hold off for at least another 24 hours joining the final round of negotiations before Mond

Law firm forms unit for civilian UAV issues

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
New York (UPI) Nov 18, 2014
Hunton & Williams LLP has opened a unit to help clients navigate the complexities of the developing regulatory framework for using drones in civilian airspace. The New York-headquartered law firm said its multi-disciplinary Unmanned Aircraft Systems integration Unit is part of its larger Unmanned Systems Group and is composed of business, litigation and regulatory professionals who will

Top China official urges stronger Internet management

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Wuzhen, China (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
A top Beijing official called for stronger management of the Internet Wednesday at a government-organised conference condemned by rights campaigners as a Chinese attempt to promote its online controls globally. China, which censors online content it deems to be politically sensitive, opened the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen with the country's biggest Internet companies in attendance al

US condemns IS bombing in Kurdish region of Iraq

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
The United States on Wednesday condemned a suicide bombing by Islamic State extremists in the usually safe Kurdish region of Iraq that killed at least four people and left more than two dozen injured. "The United States strongly condemns the continued terrorist attacks in Iraq, including the suicide car bomb attacks today in Basrah and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in front of the Arbil Provinc

War in Iraq 'different' this time: US military chief

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
US military action in Iraq has a better chance of success than the last war there because American troops are playing a supporting role to local forces from the start, top officer General Martin Dempsey said Wednesday. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff also voiced cautious optimism that Iraqi forces were gaining strength and predicted they would make progress on the battlefield in th

China launches new remote sensing satellite

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Taiyuan, China(XNA) Nov 19, 2014
China launched the Yaogan-23 remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit at 2:53 a.m. on Saturday Beijing Time from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. The satellite will mainly be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief. It was carried by a Long March-2C rocket, marking the 198th mission for the Long March rocket family.

Boeing Stacks Two Satellites to Launch as a Pair

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
El Segundo CA (SPX) Nov 19, 2014
Boeing has successfully mated two 702SP (small platform) satellites in a stacked configuration in preparation for the first-ever conjoined satellite launch. The milestone is a significant step towards the early 2015 launch of the satellites ABS-3A and Eutelsat 115 West B, the first-ever all-electric propulsion satellites scheduled to enter service. The 702SP, designed by Boeing Netwo

CubeSat Instruments to Demonstrate NASA Firsts

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Nov 19, 2014
The Dellingr six-unit CubeSat, which is taking its developers just one year to design, build and integrate, won't be the only potentially groundbreaking capability for NASA. Its heliophysics payloads also are expected to significantly advance science on tiny platforms. Making Dellingr's maiden journey perhaps as early as January 2016 are two different magnetometer systems and a miniaturize

New sites will boost European search and rescue

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Nov 17, 2014
A trio of stations has taken shape on three islands at the far corners of our continent, ready to pick up distress calls via satellite from all across Europe and its surrounding waters. The ground network for Galileo's search and rescue service has now passed a major exam, coming a step closer to saving lives. These stations sit on Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic, Maspalomas on the lar

European Space Agency and Airbus sign on to Orion mission

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Berlin (UPI) Nov 18, 2014
The European Space Agency and Airbus have been contracted to build a service module for NASA's Orion mission. The service module will be affixed to the crew module and will help propel Orion through space, as well as carry food, water and provisions for onboard astronauts. Officials from NASA, ESA, the German space agency and Airbus gathered in Berlin this week to put their signatures o

Airbus building periscope maintenance plant in India

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
Unterschleissheim, Germany (UPI) Nov 18, 2014
A facility for the maintenance and repair of Indian Navy submarine periscopes is being built in India by Airbus Defense and Space's Optronics business unit. Airbus Defense and Space said the contract is worth more than $16.2 million and that the facility will be completed in September of 2016. "The maintenance facility contract demonstrates Airbus Defense and Space's commitment t

Eurofighter unveils 1.0-billion-euro radar upgrade

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
London (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
Europe's Eurofighter consortium committed Wednesday to a 1.0-billion-euro ($1.25-billion) upgrade to equip Typhoon combat jets with a more advanced type of radar. It said defence ministers from the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain attended the signing ceremony for a 1.0-billion-euro contract that will enable the integration of Captor E-Scan onto the multirole fighters. The Eurofi

Fabrication starts on Navy's new air-cushioned landing craft

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎01:39:54 AMGo to full article
New Orleans (UPI) Nov 19, 2014
The U.S. Navy says Textron Inc. has started fabrication of the Navy's first Ship to Shore Connector, a next-generation Landing Craft, Air Cushion boat. The Ship to Shore Connector is to replace existing LCACs, which are coming to the end of their operational service life. Navy approval of construction of the first of 73 planned boats follows the SSC Production Readiness Review, d

Whispers about Russia's so-called 'satellite killer' grow louder

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Nov 18, 2014
Earlier this year, Russia rocketed several satellites into space. They also deposited what was at the time believed to be a piece of space junk. With no declared orbit, the object was tracked by most of the world's space agencies, as well as amateur astronomers. Now, whispers are growing the so-called junk might actually be a "satellite killer." The Russian name for satellite killer is

Iran nuclear talks get down to nitty-gritty

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Vienna (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
Iran and six world powers get down to business in Vienna Wednesday, groping for the elusive magic formula to secure a milestone nuclear deal that satisfies hardliners in Tehran and Washington. The clock will be ticking though on the second day of a final round of talks, with the deadline for Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany on Monday. "This is a

US can pursue 'reckless' drone flyers, panel rules

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 18, 2014
US aviation authorities are allowed to pursue small drone operators suspected of operating their radio-controlled devices in a reckless manner, a US government agency ruled Tuesday. The decision by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the latest chapter in an ongoing legal battle between a Swiss drone entrepreneur based in Hong Kong and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Complex turns for Xi on China's diplomatic path

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Nov 19, 2014
In a flurry of diplomacy, Chinese President Xi Jinping has agreed environmental targets with the US, held a first formal summit with Japan and pledged friendship with Vladimir Putin, even as the Russian leader is ostracised by Western countries. Two years since becoming head of the ruling Communist Party, Xi, an establishment scion of the country's post-1949 elite, has moved from offering hi

Kerry broadside against IS: 'We are not intimidated'

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Nov 17, 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry launched a withering critique of the Islamic State Monday, blasting extremist brutality and insisting the world will not be intimidated in the battle against "barbarism." Kerry's anti-IS broadside followed the jihadist group's claim that it had beheaded US aid worker Peter Kassig and 18 Syrian military personnel in a video that triggered worldwide revulsion.

Amnesty feels 'chill' from China Internet meeting

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Shanghai (AFP) Nov 18, 2014
Rights group Amnesty International on Tuesday described a major Chinese-organised Internet conference as chilling, calling it an attempt to have a greater say in the rules that govern the web. The Chinese government has set up the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen this week with the theme "An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All", according to its website. "China appears eag

Hollande on first state visit by French president to Australia

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Sydney (AFP) Nov 18, 2014
Francois Hollande on Tuesday became the first French president to make a state visit to Australia, pushing to strengthen ties almost two decades after nuclear tests in the South Pacific sparked fierce criticism of Paris. The president, welcomed with a 21-gun salute in parklands on Sydney harbour, said his visit was also designed to underline France's presence in the Pacific and its intention

Iraq is starting to push back jihadists: UN

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) Nov 18, 2014
The new Iraqi government's strategy of enlisting Kurds and local tribes in the fight against Islamists is yielding results, the UN envoy for Iraq told the Security Council on Tuesday. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has made it a priority to pay salaries, arm and train fighters from local tribes and communities, and provide legal guarantees for volunteers, envoy Nickolay Mladenov said.

Unidentified Asian country orders ECA naval simulators

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Nov 17, 2014
Simulators for tactical anti-submarine systems training and sonar systems use are to be provided to an unidentified Asian country by the ECA Group. The French company, a subsidiary of Groupe Gorgé, said the simulators will enable sailors at all levels to become familiar with the tactical procedures and sensor settings for the equipment in realistic scenarios. "The anti-submarine

NATO sees 'very serious' Russian military Ukraine build-up

‎19 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎07:12:01 PMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) Nov 18, 2014
Russia has launched a "very serious" military build-up inside Ukraine and on their shared border, deploying troops and sophisticated equipment including air defence systems, NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. Troops, artillery and "very modern" air defence weapons could be seen "both inside of Ukraine and also on the Russian side of the border," Stoltenberg said as he arrived for a mee



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News About Missiles

Destroyer simultaneously fires SM-2 and SM-3 missiles

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Kauai, Hawaii (UPI) Nov 7, 2014 - Raytheon SM-2 and SM-3 missiles were launched simultaneously from a U.S. Navy destroyer in a recent integrated air and missile defense exercise in the Pacific.

In the test by the Navy and the Missile Defense Agency, a Standard Missile-3 Block IB destroyed a short-range ballistic missile target, while two SM-2 Block IIIAs destroyed two cruise missile targets.

"This test showcases the U.S.'s ability to defend against numerous ballistic and cruise missile threats in 'raid' scenarios," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. "No other nation in the world has the capability to do what the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency demonstrated."

SM-3 Block IIA, was co-developed with Japan. It destroys an incoming ballistic missile threat in space by crashing into it. More than 200 SM-3s have been delivered to the U.S. and Japan so far. SM-3 Block IB missiles are being deployed in Romania next year as part of the Aegis-Ashore missile defense program.

Raytheon said advanced technologies used on the next-generation Block IB missile include enhanced a two-color infrared seeker and a Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System, a mechanism that helps propels the missile toward its target.

SM-2s are fleet-area defense weapons but are also capable of extended-area air defense. The missile has been integrated with Aegis and non-Aegis combat systems with the U.S. Navy and the navies of allied countries. Among them: Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan.



Air Force orders more Paveway II Plus guided bomb kits

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Archbald, Pa. (UPI) Nov 11, 2014 - Lockheed Martin reports it has received a follow-on production contract from the U.S. Air Force for Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb kits.

The $40.3 million contract is the eighth under a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract and involves computer control groups and airfoil groups for GBU-10 and GBU-12 bombs.

Deliveries of the kits will begin in June of next year, the company said.

Paveway is a kit attached to freefall MK-84 (2,000 lb.), GBU-12 MK-82 (500 lb.) and GBU-16 MK-83 (1,000 lb.) bombs and converts them into precision-guided weapons through the use of a nose-mounted laser seeker.

Lockheed said its Paveway II Plus kit consists of a MAU-209C/B computer control group that contains the electronic guidance system and an airfoil group to provide lift and stability to the weapon.

"Lockheed Martin is focused on continuous improvement in our current and emerging line of precision guided systems so we can deliver exceptional capability at the best value to the warfighter," said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This contract extends U.S. Air Force production at our Archbald, Pa., facility through first quarter 2016."



Exelis, Airbus offer missile warning capability for F-16s

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Clifton, N.J. (UPI) Nov 10, 2014 - Exelis and Europe's Airbus Group have partnered to provide new advanced missile warning capabilities for F-16 fighters.

Exelis, the lead U.S. contractor for the AAR-60(V)2 Missile Launch Detection System for Fighters, or MILDS F, said the system will include lightweight protection against short-range air defense missiles and man-portable air defense systems.

The system will be affordable, it said, and immediately available for deployment.

"The agreement ensures that this affordable, ready-now solution is available to U.S. customers and global allies through foreign military sales," said Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of the Exelis integrated electronic warfare systems business. "This is another important step in advancing our electronic warfare strategic growth platform."

MILDS F, by Airbus Defense and Space, can be installed on the Pylon Integrated Dispenser System Plus by Terma. It is the only missile warning system cleared through the U.S. Air Force's Seek Eagle aircraft stores certification process to fly on the F-16.

Under their agreement, Exelis will provide maintenance and sustainment for all U.S. customer requirements for MILDS F, as well as for future foreign military sales program opportunities. It will also assume responsibility for the manufacture of system components in the United States.

"With this agreement, Exelis continues to expand its relationship with Airbus through defense and commercial solutions, including commercial aerostructures and geographical information systems." Exelis said.



Anti-missile system for airliners passes testing

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Nov 7, 2014 - An autonomous system that protects aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles is to be installed on Israeli civilian aircraft.

The system from Elbit Systems Electro-Optic is called Flight Guard and uses thermal imaging and laser-fiber technology, which creates high-intensity laser beams, according to an announcement by the Israeli Air Force and Elbit Systems.

"Flight Guard is installed on the lower part of the aircraft and contains four sensors that enable detection, identification, tracking and, ultimately, disruption of the flight path of a missile fired in the direction of the flight path of a plane on which the system is installed," the Air Force said.

"The Flight Guard' works completely autonomously and like many payloads on aerial platforms, it is not subject to the control of the aircrews and they do not receive any information from it directly."

Tests on the system by Elbit, the Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Transportation have been completed, and under contract Flight Guard will be installed on Israeli civilian aircraft, such as passenger planes.

"It is also intended to be installed on refueling and reconnaissance helicopters and jets," said Adi Dar, chief executive officer of Electro-Optic.

"This is one of the biggest experiments ever conducted in Israel," he said. The ministries "examined the system against all relevant threats, most of which I cannot elaborate on, but I can say that the system was successful in every scenario."

No information was provided as to when the system would be installed on aircraft.



Air Force orders more Griffin missiles from Raytheon

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Nov 7, 2014 - The U.S. Air Force has given Raytheon an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for supply of Griffin missiles and support services.

The award has a maximum value of $85.5 million. The first increment was funded at $32.5 million.

"Raytheon will deliver Griffin A and B Block II/III missiles as well as test and support equipment under firm-fixed-price contract line item number along with engineering support under a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract line item number," the company said. "Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is expected to be completed by Oct. 30, 2017."

The Griffin AGM-176A features a simple user interface to guide the weapon to a target using GPS coordinates and/or laser designation. It is just 43 inches long and weighs 33 pounds.

The missile comes in two variants. The A variant is ejected from the rear of an aircraft such as the C-130 Hercules, while the B variant is a forward-fired weapon for use by helicopters and fixed-wing assets. It can also be used as a ground-launched and maritime weapon system.



Fearing US raids, Syria seeks Russian S-300s: Muallem

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) Nov 06, 2014 - Syria has asked Russia to speed up delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, concerned about a possible US attack, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said in an interview published Thursday.

Speaking to Lebanon's Al-Akhbar newspaper, Muallem said Washington had pledged that US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group would not hit the Syrian army.

"Do we trust this commitment? For now, we realise that President Barack Obama, for domestic reasons, wants to avoid war with Syria," he told the newspaper.

"But we do not know how Obama will act under mounting pressure, and the pressure will only increase if the Republicans achieve a majority in the US mid-term elections, so we have to prepare ourselves."

The interview was conducted before Tuesday's US elections, which saw the Republicans regain control of Congress.

"This is what we explained bluntly to the Russians, and we asked them to use take advantage of the situation and provide us with advanced weapons," he said.

Asked if he was referring to S-300 anti-aircraft missiles, which Damascus has long sought from Russia, Muallem replied: "Yes, and other advanced weapons."

"We will get them and other advanced weapons in a reasonable period," he said.

"The main problem is on the road to a speedy solution, meaning the Kremlin's political approval. It is just around the corner," he added.

S-300 batteries are advanced surface-to-air weapons that can take out aircraft or guided missiles, and Russia's planned sale of the missiles to Damascus has raised international concerns.

Last September, Russian President Vladimir Putin said delivery of the weapons had been suspended "for the moment" without saying why.

His comments came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a special visit to Russia to convince Moscow to halt the shipments.

Syria has reportedly paid a deposit of several hundred million dollars for between three to six missile system units.

The entire deal is reportedly valued at around $1 billion.

Russia is a key ally of the Syrian government and has been a staunch supporter of President Bashar al-Assad throughout the uprising that began in March 2011.

It has continued to provide other weapons, as well as credit lines and diplomatic cover to the Syrian government.

Washington last year threatened military action against the Syrian regime, but eventually settled for a deal that saw Damascus give up its chemical weapons arsenal.

Since late September, a US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes on Syrian territory, but primarily against the Islamic State jihadist group.

Muallem said Washington had given Damascus advanced warning before the strikes began, both through its UN ambassador, as well as via Baghdad and Moscow, and pledged that the bombing would not hit the Syrian army.



New Paveway IV capability for upgraded Typhoon fighters

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
London (UPI) Nov 6, 2014 - An upgraded Royal Air Force Typhoon jet fighter has demonstrated the ability to simultaneously drop multiple Paveway IV-equipped precision-guided bombs.

Raytheon UK said the simultaneous release of two Paveway IV bombs at multiple targets by the fighter during a series of flight trials was a first for a Typhoon aircraft.

The Phase 1 Enhancements package, or P1Eb, implements full air-to-surface capability onto Typhoon Tranche 2 aircraft.

"P1Eb allows Typhoon to begin realizing its air-to-ground capability using Paveway IV, while also delivering in the air-to-air arena," said Sean Cutler, deputy head of FAST Capability Acquisition at the Ministry of Defense's Defense Equipment and Support organization. "Our ability to switch between air-to-air and air-to-ground modes is a big step, providing flexibility for our pilots on operations."

Raytheon's Paveway IV is a kit attached to modified MK 82 general purpose freefall bombs, giving them precision laser guidance and GPS/inertial navigation.

The recent trials build on earlier flight trials to fully exploit the Paveway system on the Typhoon. Raytheon said the tests involved self-designation with laser guidance drops to the target and GPS-only guided releases.

The trials demonstrated the full air-to-surface capability of the P1Eb product, with the Paveway IV weapon, including self-designation with laser guidance to the target and GPS-only guided releases



Naval cruise missile set for deployment on French warships

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Oct 29, 2014 - A naval cruise missile developed by MBDA France has completed its final qualification firing conducted by the French military procurement agency, DGA, and navy.

The Missile de Croisière Naval, or MdCN, will be deployed aboard French Navy FREMM frigates beginning next year and aboard Barracuda-class nuclear attack submarines around 2018.

"Featuring a range of several hundred kilometers (miles), MdCN has been devised for striking targets deep within enemy territory," DGA said. "It complements the air-launched cruise missile, Storm Shadow/SCALP, from which it is derived."

The final qualification test took place early this week at DGA's missile test center. All requirements and objectives were met, the agency said, including the missile's range performance.

Additional technical details of the testing, however, were not disclosed.

DGA awarded MBDA the contract to build the missile in 2006. The weapon is now in low-rate production.

The French Navy intends to acquire about 150 of the cruise missiles.

In other missile developments, MBDA has designed a lightweight missile for use by helicopters to defeat small, fast boats at sea.

The missile is called the Anti-Navire Leger and is the result of an accord between France and Britain for greater defense industrial cooperation.

The fire-and-forget missile, which includes a man-in-the-loop option, uses an infrared seeker and a datalink that enables bi-directional transmission of real-time information between the helicopter and the missile.

"The missile operator receives on his monitor the same image that is 'seen' by the missile so that, during the flight, he can re-designate another target or select the missile's impact point on a larger target, like a ship," said Nicolas Duchesne, DGA's manager of the anti-ship missile program. "For example, by disabling the rudder to immobilize the ship without destroying it.

"The operator can also abort the engagement, in which case the missile will fall into the water," said Nicolas Duchesne, DGA's manager of the anti-ship missile program. "This dual capability simplifies the missile's operation, while allowing the operator to adapt its mission in real time for a measured and gradual response, which can limit collateral damage."

Further development of the missile is being pursued by French and British companies and it is expected to undergo qualification testing in 2017-2018.

The French Ministry of Defense said parts are already being machined to manufacture prototype components of the missile.

"When we have a missile with a mature definition, DGA will carry out qualification firings," Duchesne said.

Britain intends for the missile to be carried by Royal Navy Lynx Wildcat helicopters. France has yet to decide on an aircraft for the weapon's use.

MBDA's contract to develop the Anti-Navire Leger, awarded in March of this year, is managed by a French-British government team.



N. Korea researching sea-based missiles: US think-tank

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Oct 29, 2014 - North Korea has built a test facility that may be intended to develop a marine-based ballistic missile launch capability, using submarines or surface vessels, a US think-tank said Tuesday.

While submarines carrying ballistic missiles could provide the North Korea with a survivable second-strike nuclear capability, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University stressed that Pyongyang was likely "years" from achieving the required technology.

Reviewing recent commercial satellite imagery, the institute said a new test stand had been identified at the Sinpo South Shipyard in northeastern North Korea.

The size and design of the stand suggested it was intended "to explore the possibility of launching ballistic missiles from submarines or of a shipboard vertical launch ballistic missile capability," it said in an analysis on the closely followed 38 North website.

The analysis said it was difficult to speculate what kind of missile system the North might use on a submarine-based system, noting that existing large, liquid-fuelled missiles like the medium-range Musudan and Nodong would be difficult to adapt.

A naval version of existing short-range Scud missiles or an entirely new system might present less of an engineering challenge, but whatever system is chosen, "it is likely to take years to design, develop, manufacture, and deploy", it added.

Despite those caveats, the prospect of a second-strike capability -- the ability to survive an initial nuclear attack and hit back -- will only fuel concerns about the pace of North Korea's nuclear weapons development.

Last week, the commander of US forces in South Korea, General Curtis Scaparrotti, said the North had progressed to the point where it could probably miniaturise a nuclear device to be fitted on the tip of a missile.

"We have not seen it tested ... (but) I don't think as a commander we can afford the luxury of believing perhaps they haven't gotten there," Scaparrotti told a news conference in Washington.

A Defense Intelligence Agency report leaked last year had also concluded the North had mastered the necessary miniaturisation technology, although US officials at the time said it did not represent a consensus view of all the country's spy agencies.

The ability to fit a nuclear warhead device on a credible delivery system would be a major breakthrough for the North, which is also seen as pushing the development of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of reaching the mainland United States.



Poland to buy short-range missiles amid tensions with Russia

‎20 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎08:59:23 AMGo to full article
Warsaw (AFP) Nov 03, 2014 - NATO member Poland on Monday invited manufacturers of short-range surface-to-air missiles for technical talks for a planned military revamp amid heightened tensions with Russia.

The defence ministry said the new acquisitions will be part of a planned anti-missile shield and air defence system which is pegged to cost 7.1 billion euros ($8.8 billion).

A supplier will be chosen in 2016, according to officials.

With a population of 38 million people, central Europe's largest country had said last year it would spend 33 billion euros over a decade to upgrade its army.

But Warsaw accelerated the plan after Russia, its Soviet-era master, annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in March and gave backing to pro-Moscow separatist rebels fighting in Ukraine's east.

Warsaw shortlisted French manufacturer Thales and American Raytheon in June for a medium range anti-missile and anti-aircraft system, in a contract valued at six billion euros over a decade.

Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said in September that Warsaw was "determined to build its missile shield and air defence system... and ... uphold our obligations for the US portion of this project".

NATO's 28 members decided in 2010 to create a missile shield based on US technology. The project is due to be completed in 2020, with significant elements in Poland and Romania.

The Western defence alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states", and is in no way directed against Russia.

But Moscow has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its very doorstep.

The escalation of tensions with Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis has sounded the alarm on NATO's eastern flank in countries that were once under Moscow's thumb.

Tensions have mounted further as NATO intercepted nuclear-capable Russian bombers and other warplanes in European airspace on more than 100 occasions so far this year, three times more than in all of 2013.



U.S. Navy authorizes building of Common Missile Compartment tubes

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:11 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2014 - The start of missile tube construction for U.S. and British submarines by General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp. has been authorized to begin by the U.S. Navy.

The authorization, worth $84 million, comes through a contract modification that funds a total of 17 of the tactical missile tubes -- 12 for the Royal Navy's Successor submarine; four for the U.S. Navy's Ohio Replacement submarine; and one for the Strategic Weapons System-Ashore test facility.

"This contract modification represents over five years of design and prototyping efforts between the U.S. and U.K. governments and their respective industry partners, and marks a key transition point for the joint CMC (Common Missile Compartment) effort," a statement from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command said.

"The OR (Ohio Replacement) program will provide the nation with its most survivable leg of the strategic deterrence triad. The program is harnessing 50-plus years of SSBN design and operational experience with the cost-control and production lessons of the Virginia-class attack submarine program, thereby providing the nation and its allies with an assured sea-based strategic deterrent at the best possible cost."

A joint U.S.-U.K. multi-year program for the nuclear submarines will eventually see a total of 241 missile tubes manufactured for the two navies.

Each Common Missile Container is about 45 feet tall and weighs about 50 tons. The U.S. Navy said the height is that of a four-story building.

Construction of the first Ohio Replacement submarine is expected to begin in 2021.



Raytheon touts success of its enhanced Griffin C missile

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:11 AMGo to full article
Paris (UPI) Oct 28, 2014 - Raytheon's Griffin C missile has completed its development phase with flight tests to demonstrate its readiness for deployment on Littoral Combat Ships.

The Griffin C features increased range -- three times the 12.5 miles of the Griffin B Block II deployed on Coast Guard patrol boats -- mid-flight retargeting capability, and a dual-mode seeker.

In three flight tests at the Yuma Proving Grounds in Arizona, Griffin C's in-flight target update system was on the mark.

The capability, the company said, makes the missile vital for naval forces facing swarming boat threats that may be intermingled with non-hostile vessels, such as cargo ships.

"With its extended range motor, Griffin C's increased capability addresses the need for a longer range missile with in-flight retargeting," said Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, vice president of Advanced Missile Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems.

"Because they often operate in a high-traffic, littoral waters, naval warfighters must make split-second decisions to engage or disengage targets. By enhancing an already tested and fielded system, we can deliver a missile with significantly improved capabilities at lower costs and risk."

In addition to its naval uses, Raytheon's Griffin missile system has demonstrated rapid integration onto land and air platforms.

Raytheon announced the test results from the Euronaval International Naval Defense and Maritime Exhibition in France.



India chooses Israel over US for $525m missile deal: defence sources

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:11 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) Oct 26, 2014 - India has chosen to buy anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, rejecting a rival US offer, as the right-wing government clears projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise its ageing military, official sources said Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will buy 8,356 Spike missiles and 321 launchers from Israel in a deal worth 32 billion rupees ($525 million), defence ministry sources told AFP.

The government is moving to speed up long-delayed defence orders and bolster its military. The Israeli deal comes after recent firing along India's border with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan and tensions with giant neighbour China.

The procurement deals, worth 800 billion rupees ($13.1 billion) in total, were cleared at a meeting of India's Defence Acquisition Council, headed by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, on Saturday.

"It (the council) has cleared a deal for Spikes," a defence ministry official, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

"It's a fire and forget kind of missile," the official said, referring to the fact the missile locks onto targets before firing.

"You can say there was a rival bid from the US for its Javelin missiles," the official said, adding that India's army trialled the Spike missiles "successfully last year".

India, the world's biggest arms importer, is in the midst of a $100-billion defence upgrade programme and cleared proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion in June.

Nationalist leader Modi, who stormed to power at elections in May, has said India must build up its military might to the point that no other country "dare cast an evil eye" on the South Asian nation.

A series of corruption scandals under the previous government had brought defence procurement to a near standstill.

Modi and US President Barack Obama agreed on greater defence cooperation during a meeting in Washington last month, when the US reportedly lobbied for its Javelin missiles.

"The DAC (Defence Acquisition Council) took the decision based on purely technical reasons and based on hard facts. It had been on the agenda for some time," another unnamed defence ministry official told AFP.

"The process of bringing them (equipment) here will be done over a period of time, in stages," he added without giving details.

The council also agreed to go ahead with locally building six submarines, in collaboration with a foreign partner, in a project worth $8.2 billion, according to local media reports on Sunday.

French, Russian, German and Spanish firms are interested in partnering with India for the project, according to the Hindustan Times.

The government has raised the foreign investment cap on India's defence industries to speed up the military's modernisation.

Twelve Dornier aircraft will also be bought for the navy and 362 infantry combat vehicles, the local reports said.

Indian soldiers were this month embroiled in days of deadly tit-for-tat firing along the border with Pakistan, while tensions were also hiked at a remote border frontier in September during a stand off with Chinese troops.



SM-6 interceptors down targets using remote targeting data

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:11 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Oct 24, 2014 - U.S. Navy Standard Missile 6 interceptors recently destroyed low-altitude supersonic and subsonic targets using remote data for targeting.

Raytheon, maker of the RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile, said the interceptors were fired from the cruiser USS Chancellorsville as part of an "engage and remote" scenario in which the interceptors were launched using data from another cruiser in the area before the Chancellorsville's own radar had even detected the targets.

The first SM-6 launched intercepted a low-altitude, short-range supersonic target. The second intercepted a low-altitude, medium-range subsonic target.

"Advanced warning and cueing from another sensor or ship allows the U.S. Navy to take full advantage of SM-6's over-the-horizon capability," said Mike Campisi, Standard Missile-6 senior program director. "Now the warfighter does not have to wait until the threat is knocking at the door to take it out.

"Targets are destroyed much sooner and one ship can defend a much larger area."

The SM-6 is designed for over-the-horizon use against fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and cruise missiles. It was first deployed by the Navy last year.

More than 130 of the interceptors are now in service.



BAE Systems Australia producing more missile decoy systems

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:11 AMGo to full article
Richmond, Australia (UPI) Oct 23, 2014 - BAE Systems says it is producing more Nulka active missile decoys for the Royal Australian Navy and U.S. Navy ships.

The decoys are being produced under a follow-on order worth nearly $44 million. The order is the 16th consecutive order for the system and brings the total of Nulka decoys delivered by the company to more than 1,400.

"This contract continues our provision of the world's most advanced soft-kill anti-ship missile defense system to the Royal Australian Navy and the United States Navy," said BAE Systems Director Aerospace Steve Drury. "I'm looking forward to continuing our long-term and strategically aligned partnership with both navies."

The Nulka comes from an Australia-U.S. collaborative effort. The rocket-propelled decoy hovers in mid-air and draws incoming missiles away from their surface vessel targets. It is deployed on more than 140 surface combat ships in the U.S., Canadian and Australian navies.

Australian companies Milspec Engineering, Thales Australia and Varley are involved in production of the system.



Successful test for India's Nirbhay cruise missile

‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:33:40 PMGo to full article
New Delhi (UPI) Oct 21, 2014 - The second test flight of India's Nirbhay long-range cruise missile achieved all its mission objectives, the India Defense R&D Organization reports.

The missile, the first Indian cruise missile designed and developed locally, flew 621 miles in a 70-minute flight.

"The missile maintained an accuracy better than 10 meters (32.8 feet) throughout its path and covered a distance of more than 1,000 km," said Dr. Avinash Chander. "The successful indigenous development of Nirbhay cruise missile will fill a vital gap in the war fighting capabilities of our armed forces."

The Nirbhay was developed by India's ADE, or Aeronautical Development Establishment. It was first flight tested in March of 2013 but the demonstration was terminated after a component malfunction and a deviation from its flight path.

The Nirbhay is a subsonic weapon. It weighs about 2,200 pounds and is expected to enter full production in 2016.



Raytheon receives production order for laser-guided missile

‎04 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:33:40 PMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Oct 17, 2014 - New laser-guided Maverick air-to-surface missiles are set for Raytheon's production line under a $49.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy.

The new enhanced missile, designated the AGM-65E2/L, was developed by Raytheon as a result of a joint U.S. Air Force and Navy program.

Among its features are: a digital laser seeker; new software that reduces the risk of collateral damage; advanced flight algorithms for improved performance in a variety of operational situations; and compatibility with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 & A-10C aircraft.

"The enhanced Laser Maverick provides the U.S. warfighter with even greater capabilities that will meet today's and tomorrow's threats," said Mike Jarrett, Raytheon Air Warfare Systems vice president. "This is the latest step for this impressive weapon as we continue to work to ensure that future requirements are met."

Raytheon said the Navy contract contains an option for additional missiles, which if exercised would bring the total contract value to $54.9 million.



Taiwan tests submarine-launched missiles: report

‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:08:46 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Oct 19, 2014 - Taiwan's navy successfully test-fired two anti-ship missiles from a submarine, in the first such exercise since the weapons were acquired from the United States, local media reported Sunday.

The Harpoon missiles were launched from Hai Hu (Sea Tiger), a Dutch-built conventional submarine, during a drill last week, the Liberty Times and the United Daily News said, citing unnamed naval sources.

Taiwanese navy started taking delivery of the missiles last year to arm two submarines.

The missiles, which have a range of 150 nautical miles (278 kilometres), would boost the attack capabilities of the two submarines previously only armed with torpedoes with a limited range, the naval sources were quoted as saying.

The defence ministry declined to comment on the reports.

Taiwan, which already has Harpoons installed on frigates and F-16 fighter jets, ordered the submarine-launched missiles in 2008 as part of a $6.5 billion arms sale that sparked strong protests from Beijing.

The deal also included advanced interceptor Patriot missiles and Apache attack helicopters.

Ties between Taipei and Beijing have improved markedly since Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in 2008 promising to boost trade links and allow more Chinese tourists to visit the island. Ma was re-elected in 2012.

But Beijing still sees the island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though Taiwan has governed itself since 1949 at the end of a civil war.

China has repeatedly threatened to invade Taiwan should the island declare formal independence, prompting Taipei to seek more advanced weapons, largely from the United States.



BAE Systems rocket conversion kit a hit with Australians

‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:08:46 AMGo to full article
Arlington, Va. (UPI) Oct 14, 2014 - BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, which converts 2.75-inch standard rockets into laser-guided weapons, has been tested by Australia.

The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System, or APKWS, was demonstrated in live-fire testing with the Belgian Forges de Zeebrugge rocket carried by Tiger helicopters of Australia's army and navy.

"Through its long track record of success with the U.S. military, the APKWS technology has always been used with a Hydra rocket," said David Harrold, director of precision guidance solutions at BAE Systems. "This demonstration highlights the unique mid-body design and versatility of the APKWS technology by showcasing the ease of deployment on the FZ rocket and its native launcher."

During the ground-based live fire event, the APKWS-equipped FZ rockets were seven-for-seven in destroying their targets, BAE Systems said. No modification had been required for the APKWS guidance kit for integrate with the FZ rocket.

A second round of tests are scheduled for next month by the Australian Army, which could lead to the APKWS rocket fielding on the Army's Airbus Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter and Navy's MH-60R Seahawk platforms -- both made by Airbus -- as early as next year.

"The APKWS laser-guided rocket is an easy-to-use, cost-effective, and flexible system," said Maj. David Paterson, Rotary Wing Flight Commander of the Australian Army's Aircraft Stores Compatibility Engineering Squadron. "Delivering this capability to our troops while leveraging existing equipment is a significant accomplishment that will greatly expand and enhance our military helicopters' mission success."



Lockheed orders more cruise missile bodies from Exelis

‎31 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎05:08:46 AMGo to full article
Salt Lake City (UPI) Oct 9, 2014 - Lockheed Martin has contracted Exelis to manufacture composite-material bodies and structures for more than 400 air-to-ground cruise missiles.

The award, for production Lot 11 and Lot 12 of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile is a follow-on contract and carries a value of about $20 million.

"We believe this contract is a reflection of our customer's confidence in Exelis as a trusted and capable supplier," said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of Exelis Aerostructures. "Our shared commitment to operational excellence began more than a decade ago, and we are prepared to deliver on this contract with the same product integrity our customer expects."

JASSM is a long-range precision guided weapon used by the United States and the air forces of Australia and Finland. The JASSM has a range of more than 230 miles. The missile's extended range variant can fly more than 620 miles.

Exelis said it will fabricate the missile structures using automated composite braiding and resin-transfer mold technologies.

Additional details of the contract were not disclosed.







News About Ballistic Missile Defense

U.S Navy sending Aegis-equipped destroyers to Japan

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 22, 2014 - Two U.S. Navy destroyers with ballistic missile defense capabilities are being forward deployed to Japan, the U.S. Navy announced.

The ships with Aegis systems are the USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69), both of which are currently homeported in San Diego, Calif.

The two ships will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces based at Yokosuka, Japan.

The USS Benfold will deploy to Japan next summer, while the USS Milius will make the move in the summer of 2017.

"The move directly supports the announcement made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in April of this year that the Navy would commit to sending two additional BMD-capable ships to the defense of Japan by 2017," the Navy said in reporting the re-basing.

The Navy said the two destroyers will have completed all midlife modernization before the change. They will be equipped with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system, which includes state of the art air defense, ballistic missile defense, surface warfare and undersea warfare capabilities. Other upgrades will include a fully-integrated bridge, improved machinery, damage control and quality of life improvements, an advanced galley and commercial-off-the-shelf computing equipment.

"As part of their Aegis combat systems, each ship is outfitted with the Mark-41 Vertical Launch System for multiple types of guided missiles and is capable of defensive and offensive operations against aircraft, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, surface ships, submarines and shore targets, the Navy said.

"These U.S. BMD-capable forces, combined with the sea-based missile defense systems operated by their counterparts in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, as well as the new TPY-2 radar at Kyogamisaki, Japan, scheduled to start operations later this year, provide the U.S.-Japan alliance a regionally responsive missile defense capability.

"They also represent a significant improvement in capability and will provide the FDNF with greater capacity in all mission areas including regional ballistic missile defense and ballistic missile defense of the Homeland."

In addition to the two ship augmentation of the Navy's 7th Fleet forward operating force, the Navy intends to send another Aegis-equipped destroyer to Japan in early 2016.

The USS Barry (DDG 52) will swap out with the USS Lassen (DDG 82), which has been based in Japan for about a decade.

The announced movement comes as the Navy continues a strategy to focus naval capabilities on the Asia-Pacific region, where vital sea lanes, potential gas and oil deposits and a growing Chinese navy feature prominently.

China and Japan are in dispute over ownership of the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. China is also in dispute with Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Japan and the United States are currently in the process of revising their guidelines for mutual defense, which will feature enhanced capabilities and responsibilities in the face of shared threats in the region. Part of that equation is a decision by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reinterpret the country's pacifist constitution to allow Japan's self-defense forces to physically defend its allies and officially engage in collective self-defense.

In other Asian news, South Korea's military is reportedly considering the procurement of two additional early warning aerial surveillance aircraft.

The country's Yonhap news agency said the intention to augment the air force's fleet of Boeing 737-based Peace Eye airborne early warning and control aircraft is apparently aimed its new air defense zone and claims of sovereignty over a reef and islands off its southern coat.

The possible acquisition appears a response to China last year unilaterally declaring an air defense identification zone that included the reef and islands as well as the Senkaku Islands. In declaring the zone, China imposed regulations governing the use of the air zone and maritime waters within it.

"For surveillance over the KADIZ (Korean Air Defense Identification Zone), we are seeking to secure two more such planes over the long term," the agency quoted an unidentified air force official.



Russia to Create Space-Based Ballistic Missile Warning System

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Moscow (RIA Novosti) Oct 21, 2014 - Russia will create a space-based ballistic missile warning system capable of detecting launches of existing and test missiles, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

"The creation of an integrated space system is one of the key directions in which Russian nuclear deterrent forces will be developed.

"As a result, we will be able to detect sea and ground launches of various types of ballistic missiles, including prototypes," Shoigu said.

According to the defense minister, the system will replace Soviet-made ballistic missile early warning systems.

The integrated space system will comprise next-generation space vehicles and modernized space centers that would ensure control over the satellites and allow for automatic information processing.


Source: RIA Novosti



Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman Deliver Payload for Fourth SBIRS Missile Defense Early Warning Satellite

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale CA (SPX) Oct 21, 2014 - Prime contractor Lockheed Martin and payload provider Northrop Grumman have delivered the payload for the fourth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite of the U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS).

The payload, delivered on Sept. 30, will now be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly, integration and test at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility.

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

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

The SBIRS GEO-4 payload includes highly sophisticated scanning and staring sensors, which will provide the satellite with improved infrared sensitivity and a reduction in area revisit times over the legacy constellation. The scanning sensor will provide a wide area surveillance of missile launches and natural phenomena across the earth, while the staring sensor will be used to observe smaller areas of interest with superior sensitivity.

"The completion of this payload is a critical milestone keeping us on schedule for delivering the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite to the Air Force in 2016," said Louie Lombardo, director of Lockheed Martin's SBIRS Follow-on Production (SFP) program.

"This payload delivery -- the third of four payload deliveries for the SBIRS SFP program in the past 15 months -- further demonstrates that SBIRS is in the regular cadence of full production."

"This is an unprecedented production rate of sophisticated infrared payloads for operational deployment," said Anne Ostroff, vice president of the Military/Civil Space and Ground business area, Northrop Grumman. "The performance of payloads on-orbit has been excellent and demonstrates unique capabilities that are needed to address current and evolving threats."

The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in GEO, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), and ground hardware and software. The GEO-1 and GEO-2 satellites have been launched and both received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance in 2013, with performance that matches, and in some cases exceeds, requirements.

GEO-3 recently completed acoustic testing and is currently undergoing thermal vacuum testing. In June 2014, the Air Force contracted Lockheed Martin for full production of GEO-5 and GEO-6.

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



Missile Defense Agency orders THAAD system components

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Dallas (UPI) Oct 16, 2014 - Ground components for a key element of U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System are to be manufactured and delivered by Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency contract for Terminal High Altitude Defense system equipment covers interceptor launchers, support equipment, fire control and communication spares, and launcher spares.

The contract value is $124.6 million.

"THAAD provides the warfighter with the requisite deployability, combat power and lethality to counter current and emerging ballistic missile threats around the globe," said Richard McDaniel, Lockheed Martin vice president for THAAD. "The Lockheed Martin team is totally committed to meeting the growing demand for THAAD's unique strategic capabilities."

THAAD is a missile system for shooting down short, medium, and intermediate ballistic missiles in their terminal phase. The interceptor missile carries no warhead. It directly strikes the incoming enemy missile to destroy it. It is currently deployed on the U.S. island of Guam.

Lockheed notes the THAAD interceptor system has performed 11 successful missile intercepts in 13 flight tests since 2005.

Work on the contract will begin in 2016 and be completed the following year. Lockheed Martin facilities in Texas, Alabama, Florida, California and Arkansas will be involved in the project.



U.S. holds test on Aegis tracking capability

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 21, 2014 - The U.S. military has demonstrated that Lockheed Martin's Aegis weapon system can destroy a ballistic missile solely on tracks from remote airborne sensors.

Results of the demonstration by the Ballistic Missile Defense Agency and the Navy will be used to enhance the Ballistic Missile Defense System and support the advancement of Phase 2 of the Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe, where a land-based variant of Aegis is to be deployed.

In the technology test, a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched on Oct. 16 from a range facility in Hawaii. The USS John Paul Jones, positioned west of Hawaii, detected and tracked the missile with its onboard AN/SPY-1 radar using the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 (BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade) Weapon System.

Several fire control, discrimination, and engagement functions were also exercised, as well as an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a multi-spectral targeting system.

No Standard Missile-3, however, was actually launched against the target.

"Program officials will evaluate system performance based upon telemetry and other data obtained during the test," MDA said.

The United States earlier this month inaugurated an Aegis Ashore base in Romania, from where missiles will protect deployed U.S. troops and NATO members from ballistic missiles. The system is expected to begin operations in Romania next year.



Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense facility established in Romania

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Deveselu, Romania (UPI) Oct 14, 2014 - The U.S. Navy has established a support facility in Romania as part of NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system.

The Naval Support Facility in Deveselu. Romania, was officially established earlier this month during an establishment and assumption of command ceremony.

It will become operational next year, the Navy said.

"This is a historic occasion because ballistic missile threats to the U.S. and our allies are real and growing," said Rear Adm. John Scorby, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia. "Fortunately, NATO's capabilities and defenses against these threats are also real and growing."

The missile defense shield for Europe, called Aegis Ashore, was originally proposed by then-President George W. Bush and is now is part of the U.S. plan for a phased deployment of a missile defense umbrella in Europe for defense against ballistic missiles.

The system being established uses nearly the same technology used on U.S. Navy Aegis-capable guided-missile destroyers and cruisers for detecting, tracking and destroying in-coming missiles.

The Navy said NSF Deveselu will utilize both a SM-3 missile interceptor battery platform and an Aegis SPY-1 radar platform. The SM-3 missiles will have no offensive capability and only target incoming ballistic missiles launched by hostile countries.

"Naval Support Facility Deveselu will be a crucial component in expanding the effectiveness of NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system," Scorby said. "It will also address the threat posed by short and intermediate range ballistic missiles to U.S., European and Allied personnel and assets throughout the region."

A facility similar to that in Romania is planned for Poland. Currently the Navy plans for a total of four Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers to be based in Spain to bolster the ballistic missile defense system for Europe.

NSF Deveselu is about 430 acres in size at a former Romanian military base. It will feature a fire-control radar deckhouse with an associated Aegis command, control and communications suite.

Its SM-3 missiles and launch modules and be manned by U.S. military personnel. U.S. government civilians and support contractors will also be located at the facility.



US Rear Admiral to head missile shield base in Romania

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Bucharest (AFP) Oct 10, 2014 - US Rear Admiral John Scorby was Friday named commander of a base in Romania that will form part of a NATO ballistic missile shield system which has drawn Russia's ire.

The Deveselu base in southern Romania is slated to be operational next year. It will house SM-3 interceptor missiles and radar equipment.

"Today's ceremony is an important milestone as we improve our ballistic missile defence capability in Europe," said Scorby, commander for the Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.

"Our continued close work with our Romanian partners exemplifies how crucial our European allies are to building up NATO's overall ballistic missile defense system," he said.

NATO's 28 members decided in 2010 to create a missile shield based on US technology. The project is due to be completed in 2020, with installations in Romania and Poland.

The Western military alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states", and is in no way directed against Russia.

But Moscow has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its very doorstep.



SBIRS GEO-4 payload ready for integration

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Sunnyvale, Calif. (UPI) Oct 8, 2014 - The payload for a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite of the U.S. Air Force's Space Based Infrared System has been delivered, Lockheed Martin reports.

The payload, delivered by Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to Lockheed's satellite manufacturing facility, will be integrated with the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite bus in final assembly.

Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor for the satellite system, while Northrop is the payload provider.

The SBIRS program of the U.S. Air Force consists of multiple satellites to deliver 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.

It supports the U.S. ballistic missile defense system, expands technical intelligence gathering and improves battlefield situational awareness.

The payload delivered, for the fourth GEO satellite, includes scanning and staring sensors, which give the satellite enhanced infrared sensitivity. Wide-area surveillance of missile launches and natural phenomena and observation of smaller areas with superior sensitivity will also be provided by the payload package.

"The completion of this payload is a critical milestone keeping us on schedule for delivering the SBIRS GEO-4 satellite to the Air Force in 2016," said Louie Lombardo, director of Lockheed Martin's SBIRS Follow-on Production program. "This payload delivery -- the third of four payload deliveries for the SBIRS SFP program in the past 15 months -- further demonstrates that SBIRS is in the regular cadence of full production."

The GEO-1 and GEO-2 satellites, which have been launched, have both received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance. GEO-3 recently completed acoustic testing and is currently undergoing thermal vacuum testing.

Lockheed Martin received an Air Force contract in June for full production of GEO-5 and GEO-6.



Poland urges NATO to push ahead with missle shield

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Warsaw (AFP) Oct 06, 2014 - Poland on Monday urged NATO's new secretary general to push ahead with a missile shield system amid the West's worst standoff with Russia since the Cold War.

"We firmly support the creation of this (missile shield) system as a pan-NATO one because only this makes deep sense both politically and in terms of defence," Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski said at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

"Poland is determined to build its missile shield and air defence system -- it's important not only for Poland -- and we uphold our obligations for the US portion of this project," Komorowski said.

Stoltenberg, who chose Warsaw for his first foreign visit, said Poland "was a key contributor to our missile defence system."

The new NATO chief said last week that Russia must reverse course in Ukraine but stressed that the alliance remains ready to have a constructive relationship with Moscow.

Poland said last year it would spend 33.6 billion euros ($43.3 billion) to set up its own missile shield.

NATO's 28 members decided in 2010 to create a missile shield based on US technology. The project is due to be completed in 2020, with significant elements in Romania and Poland.

The Western defence alliance insists the role of the planned shield is a "purely defensive" response to external threats, notably from so-called "rogue states", and is in no way directed against Russia.

But Moscow has taken a dim view of the project, seeing it as a security threat on its very doorstep.

The escalation of tensions with Russia since January over its role in the Ukraine crisis has sounded the alarm on NATO's eastern flank in countries that were under Moscow's thumb during the Soviet era.

Tension mounted further after Russian President Vladimir Putin was quoted last month as saying that "if I wanted, Russian troops could not only be in Kiev in two days, but in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Warsaw or Bucharest, too."

Stoltenberg, who took over as NATO chief last week, insists that Russia must reverse course in Ukraine but stressed that the alliance remains open to a constructive relationship with Moscow.



Saudi Arabia seeks billion-dollar air defense deal

‎07 ‎November ‎2014, ‏‎04:04:10 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Oct 2, 2014 - More than 200 Patriot Air Defense Systems with PAC-3 enhancement may be sold to Saudi Arabia under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which acts as the middle man for FMS deals, said in its required notification to Congress the possible deal carries a value of $1.750 billion.

"The proposed sale will help replenish Saudi's current Patriot missiles, which are becoming obsolete and difficult to sustain due to age and the limited availability of repair parts," the agency said.

"The purchase of PAC-3 missiles will support current and future defense missions and promote stability within the region."

The Saudi shopping list is for 202 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles with containers, PAC-3 telemetry kits, fire solution computers and launcher station modification kits. Also included are missile round trainers, Patriot automated logistics systems kits, spare and repair parts and ground support equipment.

Technical and logistics support services and other related elements of logistics and program support would also be part of the deal.

"The program will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a partner which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," DSCA said.

The principal contractors would be Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and Raytheon.



Israel taps Raytheon for Iron Dome interceptor components

‎24 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎06:13:59 AMGo to full article
Tucson (UPI) Oct 1, 2014 - Components for Israel's Iron Dome defense system are to be supplied by Raytheon under a $143 million award.

The contract was awarded to the company by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., with which Raytheon has had a co-marketing agreement since 2011.

The components will specifically be for Iron Dome's Tamir interceptor for use against incoming artillery, rockets and mortars.

"Iron Dome has proven itself time and again by protecting Israel's population from incoming rockets, artillery and mortars," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon Missile Systems president. "The sourcing of Tamir interceptor components in the U.S. will go a long way to ensuring sufficient volumes of available Tamir missiles for Israel's defense."

Raytheon said it will use its technology resources and supplier network to provide a second source of supply for essential Iron Dome interceptor components.

The Iron Dome system began operating in 2011 and has so far chalked up more than 1,000 successful intercepts.

The United States has provided Israel with funding for the Iron Dome -- an estimated $700 million since 2011.

"The partnership between the (U.S.) Missile Defense Agency and the Israeli Missile Defense Organization has been extraordinary," said DiDi Yaari, chief executive officer of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. "We're very appreciative of the U.S.'s support for this life-saving system. Maintaining Iron Dome's supply gives Israelis great peace of mind."



US plans Patriot missile sale to Saudi Arabia:Pentagon

‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:33:59 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 01, 2014 - The United States plans to sell Patriot missile batteries to Saudi Arabia worth $1.75 billion and long-range artillery to the United Arab Emirates valued at about $900 million, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

The Defense Department informed Congress of the potential arms sales this week as fighter jets from both of the Gulf states took part in a US-led air campaign against the Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq and Syria.

The Saudi government had requested the purchase of 202 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-3 missiles -- the most sophisticated version of the Patriot anti-missile weapons -- as well as a flight test target, telemetry kits and other related equipment, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

"The proposed sale will help replenish Saudi's current Patriot missiles which are becoming obsolete and difficult to sustain due to age and the limited availability of repair parts," the agency said.

"The program will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a partner which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," it added.

Both Kuwait and Qatar already have purchased the PAC-3 weapons, which are designed to knock out incoming ballistic missiles as well as enemy aircraft and cruise missiles using ground radar.

Gulf countries in recent years have invested heavily in missile defense weapons, radar as well as air power, mainly as a hedge against Iran which they view as a regional threat.

The Patriot missiles, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have an estimated range of up to 300 kilometers (186 miles) and have more advanced radar than the older systems.

Separately, the Defense Department notified lawmakers about a planned sale of 12 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) Launchers to the United Arab Emirates for nearly one billion dollars.

The system "will improve the UAE's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure," the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. The weapons, which deliver precise and powerful artillery fire at a long range, would also bolster the UAE military's ability to operate with US forces, it said.

Congress has 30 days to raise objections to the potential arms sales. Without any move to block the deals, the US government can then negotiate contracts with the two countries.



Raytheon producing backup components for missile defense radar

‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:33:59 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Sep 19, 2014 - Major sub-components of the AN/TPY-2 Ballistic Missile Defense system's radar are being built as backups to keep the radars running during maintenance periods.

Raytheon said the two trailer-sized sub-components it is building are the Electronic Equipment Unit and the Cooling Equipment Unit.

The EEU contains the processors of the AN/TPY-2 system with upgrades that enable the radar to rapidly discriminate threats from non-threats. The CEU keeps the radar operating at the optimal temperature, and distributes power to the system.

Construction of additional EEU and CEU units will enable the Missile Defense Agency to rotate sub-components out of the field for depot-level upgrades without having to temporarily shut down the radar system, Raytheon said.

"The AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile defense radar is a strategic asset which helps protect the people and things that matter 24/7/365," said Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated Sensors business area.

The AN/TPY-2 provides long-range acquisition, precision tracking and discrimination of all classes of ballistic missiles and can be deployed around the world in either terminal or forward-based mode. In terminal mode it is the fire-control radar for the THAAD missile defense system.

The contract from the Department of Defense for the two sub-systems is worth $53 million.

Raytheon said it is now constructing the equipment but gave no details as to when they will be delivered.



Raytheon providing ongoing support for Patriot air defense system

‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:33:59 AMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Sep 12, 2014 - The U.S. Army has given Raytheon a $109 million contract for ongoing engineering services and support for the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.

Work under the contract for the Army and Foreign Military Sales customers will include system analysis, software development, testing and logistics support, and other country-specific system requirements.

Raytheon said the work will be performed at its facilities in Massachusetts, Alabama and New Mexico.

"Customers around the world will benefit from the maintenance and upgrades that result from this contract -- especially the technical baseline improvements designed to counter evolving threats," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "The U.S. Army recognizes the importance of investing in Patriot sustainment, especially given the instability in the world today."

Raytheon did not disclose additional details of the contract, which was issued by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.



Israel, US test upgraded Arrow 2 missile interceptor

‎15 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:33:59 AMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Sept 09, 2014 - Israel and the United States on Tuesday successfully conducted a joint test of an upgraded Arrow 2 ballistic missile interception system over the Mediterranean Sea, the defence ministry said.

"An Arrow 2 missile was launched and performed its flight sequence as planned," the defence ministry said in a statement, with a spokesman confirming the system had been upgraded.

The two countries carried out similar tests in January, and in September last year, as Washington was considering military action against Syria.

Russia's defence ministry earlier released a statement reporting a missile launch from the Mediterranean Sea towards the eastern Mediterranean coast.

The Arrow Ballistic Missile Defence System, designed to counter long-range missiles, has successfully intercepted missiles similar to Iran's Shihab-3 in a variety of test conditions.

Israel has been working on upgrading its missile defence capabilities to defend against long- and short-range incoming projectiles, and speeded various projects after being hit by Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War.

The Arrow project was first launched in 1988 as part of the then Star Wars programme under late US president Ronald Reagan that was abandoned in 1993.

The Jewish state accuses its arch-foe Iran of seeking to develop a nuclear warhead, a charge that Tehran denies.



INFORMS Study on Iron Dome Asks: What Was its Impact?

‎11 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:18:05 AMGo to full article
Catonsville MD (SPX) Sep 03, 2014 - A new study published by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Iron Dome system, which Israeli authorities have credited with saving lives during the recent conflict with Hamas.

Modeling Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense and Israel's Iron Dome System is by Michael J. Armstrong of the Goodman School of Business, Brock University, in Ontario, Canada. It appears in the Articles in Advance section of the INFORMS journal Operations Research.

The study examines the previous Israel-Gaza conflict of November 2012, but Prof. Armstrong can apply the same method to the recent 2014 conflict to obtain several points of interest:

1.The Israeli military claimed to have intercepted 83% of urban-bound rockets in 2014, slightly lower than 2012's 87%.

2.If Iron Dome worked as claimed, then it prevented about 1778 Israeli casualties in 2012, and 525 in 2014, more than the savings from airstrikes against rocket launchers. This made an invasion of Gaza six to eight times less valuable for Israel.

3.If instead its interception rate was as low as critics argue, then the system made little impact.

4.Imperfect rocket categorization by the Iron Dome systems could partly explain the differences between the supporters' and critics' estimates of the interception rates.

5.Gaza militants could have inflicted far more damage by concentrating their rockets into fewer larger salvos, but this may have been counter-productive given Israel's air strikes.

6.Counterbattery fire by the militants against Iron Dome sites would not have been worthwhile given the rockets' low accuracy.

7.System success depends on the number of simultaneous inbound missiles. As salvo sizes increase, losses first rise slowly, but then climb drastically. The better the batteries perform, the larger that jump will be.

8.The rocket fire was 34% less accurate this year than in the previous conflict. Only 21% of rockets hit towns or were intercepted along the way in 2014, versus 32% in 2012.

9.Iron Dome reduced human losses from rocket hits, but not economic losses from rocket threats. In 2012 Israel lost $240 million in GDP, or $159 thousand per rocket fired. Estimates for 2014 are around $1.3 billion, or $387 thousand per rocket fired.

10.After 2012, Israel spent $200 million to resupply its batteries, about $475 thousand per rocket intercepted, or $112 thousand per casualty avoided. This year it allocated $225 million of American aid for this resupply, so $389,000 for each rocket intercepted, or $429,000 per casualty avoided.

Professor Armstrong is available for interview. He can expand on some of his findings and share opinions on the ways that military and economic strategists can potentially leverage the study's findings to answer questions such as:

What could have caused the rocket fire accuracy and interception success rate to be lower this year than in the prior conflict?

Why do the economic costs and losses differ between 2012 and 2014, and what do they suggest about missile defense?

What do defense planners and political leaders need to keep in mind when relying on this kind of interception system?



Raytheon AI3 missile intercepts first cruise missile target

‎08 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:08:07 AMGo to full article
Pt. Mugu CA (SPX) Sep 03, 2014 - Raytheon and the U.S. Army achieved the first intercept of a cruise missile by the Accelerated Improved Intercept Initiative missile. An AI3 missile also destroyed an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Both intercepts occurred during the recent Black Dart demonstration - a U.S. military exercise held July 29 - August 11.

Fired from the Avenger launcher, AI3 missiles intercepted both targets at low altitude over water and in a high-clutter marine environment - capabilities made possible by upgrades to the missile's semi-active seeker and radar.

The ability to defeat UAS and cruise missile threats is the key requirement of the U.S. Army's Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) Block 1. IFPC is a mobile, ground-based weapon system designed to acquire, track, engage and defeat UAS, cruise missiles, rockets, artillery and mortars.

"Raytheon's AI3 missile is breaking new ground with its destruction of these challenging targets that are real threats to today's warfighter," said Dr. Thomas R. Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president.

"We've developed a missile that integrates easily into the Army's existing systems. It's affordable, the risk is low and we can get it in the field soon."

Earlier this year, in preparation for the Black Dart event, AI3 missiles destroyed a 240 mm rocket and a UAS at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona.

"Black Dart was the ideal venue for us to demonstrate AI3's expanded capabilities and to showcase the missile as a low-cost, complimentary interceptor for IFPC Block 1," added Bussing.



Taiwan to spend $2.5 billion on anti-missile systems

‎08 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎04:08:07 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Aug 30, 2014 - Taiwan plans to spend Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) in the next nine years to acquire anti-missile systems to boost its aerial defences against China, a lawmaker and media said Saturday.

The defence ministry aims to purchase the locally-made Tien Kung 3 (Sky Bow 3) surface-to-air missile system between 2015 and 2024 to replace the ageing Hawk missile systems, said lawmaker Lin Yu-fang of the parliament's defence committee.

This will be the biggest procurement of domestically-made weapon systems in recent years, Lin said, citing a defence budget plan submitted to the parliament for approval on Friday.

The Tien Kung 3 surface-to-air missile system, developed by Taiwan's Chungshan Institute of Science and Technology, is designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles for air defence missions and missile interception, according to Lin.

The institute reportedly has spent more than Tw$20 billion to develop the anti-missile system since 1996.

Taiwan unveiled the Tien Kung 3 missile to the public at a national day parade in 2007 and tested it at a major missile drill in 2011.

Taiwan's Apple Daily newspaper quoted former defence minister Kao Hua-chu as saying that the Tien Kung 3 system can help intercept China's cruise missiles and counter the threats of its J-20 stealth fighter to strengthen Taiwan's aerial defence capabilities.

Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have eased markedly since Ma Ying-jeou became Taiwan's president in 2008 on a China-friendly platform. He was re-elected in 2012.

But China still considers the self-ruled island as part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary. The two sides split in 1949 at the end of a civil war.

Taiwanese experts estimate the People's Liberation Army currently has more than 1,600 missiles aimed at the island.

Defence officials were not immediately available for comment.



US Congress approves funding for Israel's Iron Dome

‎06 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:45:15 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Aug 02, 2014 - The US Congress on Friday approved $225 million for Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, credited with destroying missiles fired by Hamas before they could reach their targets.

House of Representatives approved the funding by 395-8 in a late Friday vote. The Senate earlier approved the measure unanimously before the start of its five week summer recess.

The measure now awaits President Barack Obama's signature.

The emergency spending funds, which adds to the US deficit, will restock Israel's Iron Dome system with interceptor missiles.

The funding is part of the administration's request of $3.1 billion for military assistance to Israel, the world's largest beneficiary of US foreign aid.

Congress appropriated $235 million to Iron Dome last year.

The White House had originally requested about $176 million for the system for 2015, but lawmakers increased the amount. Congress often increases funding for Israeli security projects sought by the president.



MEADS International touts its air defense system capabilities

‎01 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:13 PMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Jul 24, 2013 - The Medium Extended Air Defense System designed to replace the Patriot system reportedly achieved "outstanding" results in a recent comprehensive system demonstration.

MEADS International -- a consortium composed of MBDA in Italy and Germany, and Lockheed Martin in the United States -- said the testing by German and Italian military personnel took place over two weeks in Italy under representative combat conditions.

Among the achievements: using plug-and-fight technologies that enable automatic integration of disparate system elements into a single super-system, MEADS rapidly attached and controlled an external Italian deployable air defense radar to track air objects and supply a common integrated air picture around the demonstration area.

Using an external sensor and track data provided via a Link 16 data-exchange network, MEADS engaged a simulated cruise missile and other threats simultaneously, selecting the best launcher for target engagement, the company said.

Interoperability with German and Italian air defense assets was demonstrated.

"The outstanding result is that we have demonstrated the full range of advanced network capabilities that only MEADS can provide," said MEADS International Executive Vice President Volker Weidemann. "These ground-breaking capabilities are ready to be carried forward to meet national needs."



Patriot getting enhanced radar capabilities

‎01 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:13 PMGo to full article
London (UPI) Jul 16, 2013 - Raytheon is enhancing the Patriot air defense system for the U.S. Army and two allied countries through the supply of radar digital processor kits.

The kits provide improved target detection and identification, a 40 percent improvement in overall radar reliability and decreased need for spare batteries for the system.

"These RDP upgrades are yet another example of how we continue to advance Patriot technology to stay ahead of evolving threats," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business. "All of our 12 Patriot partners participate in prioritizing these enhancements and funding them through the Patriot International Engineering Services Program."

The contract was awarded to Raytheon by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. It is worth $235.5 million.

Raytheon did not disclose a delivery schedule or identify the partner countries receiving the enhancement.

Work under this contract will be performed at Raytheon's Integrated Air Defense Center in Andover, Mass.



Space surveillance satellites being sent into orbit

‎01 ‎October ‎2014, ‏‎07:15:13 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jul 23, 2013 - Three U.S. Air Force satellites were being launched into space on Wednesday to provide a "space neighborhood watch" capability.

Two of the spacecraft will be operational satellites of the Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, and will provide the U.S. Strategic Command with space situational awareness data allowing for more accurate tracking and identification of orbiting objects.

The third will be an experimental satellite in near-geosynchronous orbit. It is part of a program called Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space.

ANGELS will conduct safe research activities around the upper stage of its Delta IV launch vehicle.

"ANGELS will test new space situational awareness techniques and technologies while performing safe, automated spacecraft operations to support and enhance future U.S. missions," the Air Force said.

"...These operational and experimental systems will enhance the nation's ability to monitor and assess events regarding our military and commercial systems," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "In essence, they will create a space neighborhood watch capability."

The two GSSAP spacecraft and the ANGELS experimental satellite were being launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on the same United Launch Alliance Delta IV booster.



US lawmakers boost funding for Israel's Iron Dome

‎18 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎11:26:47 PMGo to full article
Washington July 15, 2014 - With US ally Israel facing a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza, a Senate panel on Tuesday approved a 50 percent funding boost for the Jewish State's Iron Dome anti-missile system. The measure, if it becomes law, would provide $621.6 million for Israeli missile defense programs for the 2015 fiscal year starting in October, including $351 million for the short-range Iron Dome system that has been put to the test over the past eight days amid a raging conflict between Israel and Hamas. Congress appropriated $235 million to Iron Dome last year. The White House had requested about $176 million for the system for 2015, but lawmakers doubled the amount. Congress often increases funding for Israeli security projects sought by the president. The funding is part of the administration's request of $3.1 billion for military assistance to Israel, the world's largest beneficiary of US foreign aid. In May, the House of Representatives adopted its own National Defense Authorization Act, which matches the Senate's Iron Dome funding proposal. The Senate measure is part of an overall Defense Department spending bill backed by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Tuesday that commits $549.3 billion to military operations for 2015. The package keeps several Pentagon projects that had been on the chopping block, including the tank-killing A-10 planes Senator John McCain described as "the best close-air support weapon in our nation's arsenal." The measure still has to be approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and the full Senate.

Qatar to buy Patriot missiles in $11 bln arms deal: US

‎12 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎10:53:44 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) July 15, 2014 - Qatar will buy US Patriot missiles for the first time in a major arms deal worth $11 billion, officials said Monday, as Washington awaits a decision by the Gulf state on a lucrative fighter jet contract.

The sale will provide Qatar with roughly 10 batteries for Patriot systems designed to knock out incoming missiles, as well as 24 Apache helicopters and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles, the US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

Qatar was investing in missile defense systems to counter what it sees as the threat from Iran across the Gulf, as Tehran has built up its missile arsenal, officials said.

The weapons deal was the biggest for the United States in 2014 and came as Qatar weighs proposals in a fighter jet competition, with US aerospace firm Boeing vying against British BAE Systems and Dassault Aviation of France.

"It's a good sign," said a senior defense official, referring to the arms sale and the prospects for the fighter jet bidding.

"It's a pretty significant step."

Qatar's minister of state for defense, Major General Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah, committed to the sale in a signing ceremony Monday in Washington after talks with his American counterpart, Chuck Hagel.

"Today's signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations," said Hagel's press secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby.

It was also the first time Qatar had acquired Patriot missiles, which other Gulf countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased in the past.

Qatari Ambassador Mohammed Jaham Al-Kuwari told AFP the missiles and other arms purchased were "defensive" in nature and not directed at any other country.

"As you know our region is going through a lot of instability. What we bought are weapons to defend Qatar," he said.

He said the sale conveyed the importance of Qatar's relationship with the United States adding there were other negotiations that would produce new deals "very soon."

- Building ties with Qatar -

US officials and commanders have long urged their Gulf partners to set up a coordinated missile defense network to counter Iran, but cooperation has been slow in coming.

The weapons would enhance America's security and diplomatic ties to Qatar, the US official said, despite disagreement over Syria and Qatar's assistance to some rebel groups deemed too radical by Washington.

Gulf allies also have voiced concern about US diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear program, fearing the United States may shift away from its long-standing hostility to Tehran.

Officials said the arms sale offered a way of forging closer ties to Qatar and to cultivate relationships with the country's military through training on US-made aircraft and weapons.

"This is an investment in the next generation (of military leaders) ... It's an investment for the long-run," the senior official said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden welcomed al-Attiyah at the White House and discussed the deal.

The sale follows a visit to Qatar last December by the US defense secretary, and talks in May between Hagel and Qatari and other Gulf defense chiefs.

Qatar hosts a vital hub for the US military, the Combined Air Operations Center, where officers oversee combat aircraft in Afghanistan and track air traffic across the volatile Middle East.

In his talks with the Qatari minister, Hagel expressed his "appreciation for the support that Qatar provides US forces in the country," Kirby said.

"This is a critically important relationship in the region," said Kirby. "And the secretary is pleased to be able to continue to make it stronger."

- Creating US jobs -

Arms sales also are a way of boosting the US economy, and the deal with Qatar is expected to produce up to 54,000 jobs, according to estimates cited by Pentagon officials.

US defense giants Raytheon and Lockheed Martin manufacture the Patriot missile hardware and Javelin anti-tank missiles, while Boeing produces the AH-64 Apache chopper.

The Patriot missile sale, involving 247 PAC-3 and 117 GEM-T missiles, was worth more than $7 billion. The Apache helicopters and related gear came to more than $3 billion and the Javelin anti-tank missiles over $100 million, according to officials.

Qatar has stepped up weapons purchases as it takes on an increasingly influential role in the region.

The government took the extraordinary step last year of delaying a deadline for proposals by three months in its fighter jet competition after the United States asked for an extension.

The gas-rich kingdom wants to buy a new fleet of modern fighter jets. BAE is offering the Typhoon, while Dassault Aviation hopes Qatar will select the Rafale aircraft. Boeing is promoting F-18 Super Hornets and F-15 fighters for the contract.

It remains unclear when the country will choose a new fighter.



Industries study enhanced missile defense capability

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:02 AMGo to full article
Denver (UPI) Jun 27, 2013 - The possible linkage of two separate systems for a more complete global missile defense network is being conducted by an industry team led by Lockheed Martin.

The linkage would be between the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's integrated command and control system, or C2BMC, with the U.S. Army's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System.

"Potential air and ballistic missile threats may cross regions and outpace the capabilities of individual missile defense systems operated by one service," said Dr. Rob Smith, vice president of C4ISR for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. "Linking C2BMC with the Army's system will be a step toward a more powerful integrated air and ballistic missile defense capability."

C2BMC is a system that integrates separate elements (etc.) of the ballistic missile defense system - such as Aegis, THAAD, SBIRS -- into a global network that can link any sensor, any shooter, at any phase of missile flight in any region, against any type of ballistic threat.

The system was first deployed in 2004. It is fielded in 33 locations in more than 17 time zones and is supported by more than 48,000 miles of Defense Information Systems Agency communication lines.

The Lockheed-led Missile Defense National Team - members include Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and others - is studying the feasibility of the C2BMC system with the Army system to provide the United States with an advanced capability enabling more complete air and ballistic missile situational awareness.

The study involves identifying potential interface changes that would pave the way for the joining of the two systems.



New missile defense equipment installed on frigate

‎01 ‎September ‎2014, ‏‎05:47:02 AMGo to full article
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jun 27, 2013 - The second of eight ANZAC-class frigates of the Royal Australian Navy has completed an anti-missile defense upgrade program and is undergoing sea trials.

The 18-month upgrade to HMAS Arunta involved integration of new radar, installation of a new combat management system from Saab of Sweden, the laying of more than 98,000 feet of new fiber-optic cable and routine maintenance and repair.

The work improves the ship's capability to defend itself against modern anti-ship missiles, according to the Australian Department of Defense.

"This has been achieved by successfully integrating the Australian designed CEA Phased Array Radar with an upgraded SAAB combat management system," said Warren King, chief executive officer, Defense Materiel Organization.

The five remaining ANZAC-class frigates are to receive the air defense upgrade by 2017. Involved in the work are BAE Systems, SAAB, and CEA Technologies.

In other Australian naval news, Minister for Defense David Johnston has announced that the Australian subsidiary of Kellogg, Brown & Root has been contracted to provide support services for the Navy's Landing Helicopter Dock ships.

The contract is for five years but details on its monetary value were not disclosed.

"KBR will bring their world-class asset management expertise to the sustainment of Australia's new LHDs," said Minister for Defense David Johnston. "This will ensure the vessels are always ready to meet their operational commitments, and maximize the availability of the ships throughout their 40-year lives."



Navy touts destroyer's at-sea Aegis tests

‎27 ‎August ‎2014, ‏‎08:13:40 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Jun 30, 2013 - A series of five live-fire tests of the Aegis combat system were performed earlier this month by the guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones.

The U.S. Navy said the tests in the Pacific were for the Baseline 9C Aegis Combat System and part of the ship's combat systems qualification trials.

A total of six targets were engaged, the Navy said, using Standard Missile-6 missiles and a Standard Missile-2 missile.

During the ship's underway period, it also performed its first ballistic missile tracking exercise while simultaneously tracking two supersonic and two subsonic missile targets.

The USS John Paul Jones had recently received modernization of its combat systems. Among the upgrades: the latest commercial-off-the-shelf computing infrastructure, upgrades to its SPY-1D transmitter, and a new multi-mission signal processor, which comprises the Aegis Baseline 9C suite.

Additional details of the tests conducted were not provided by the Navy.



Lockheed Martin To Build Next Two SBIRS Missile Defense Satellites

‎29 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎09:25:23 PMGo to full article
Sunnyvale, CA (SPX) Jun 26, 2014 - The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.86 billion fixed-price contract to complete the production of the fifth and sixth Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, known as GEO-5 and GEO-6, for the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS). SBIRS provides our nation continuous early warning of ballistic missile launches and other tactical intelligence.

The Air Force awarded initial funding for the two satellites in a 2012 contract to complete non-recurring engineering activities and to procure select long lead parts. In 2013, the service awarded the advance procurement contract to secure additional long lead parts.

"SBIRS provides capabilities critical to our nation's defense but we also understand in today's environment that we need to find that perfect balance between capability and affordability," said Jeffrey Smith, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared mission area.

"This contract is the third part of a thoughtful acquisition strategy aimed at further reducing cost and cycle time for GEO-5 and GEO-6, while still providing exceptional data to the warfighter."

The SBIRS architecture includes a resilient mix of satellites in GEO, hosted payloads in Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), and ground hardware and software. The GEO-1 and GEO-2 satellites both received Air Force Space Command Operational Acceptance in 2013, and have performance that matches, and in some cases exceeds, requirements.

On schedule for delivery at the end of 2014, GEO-3 currently is undergoing acoustic and thermal vacuum testing at Lockheed Martin's Sunnyvale, California satellite manufacturing facility. GEO-4 recently entered final assembly, integration and test.

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

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

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



US missile defense system strikes target in test

‎24 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎05:36:08 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) June 23, 2014 - The Boeing-managed ground-based system intended to shield the continental United States successfully intercepted a simulated incoming missile over the Pacific Ocean for the first time Sunday, the Pentagon said.

The Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, with a $40 billion price tag, aims to protect against long-range ballistic missiles from so-called rogue states such as North Korea and Iran. But government records show it has failed a series of tests.

President Barack Obama's administration has announced it plans to spend about $1.3 billion on 14 more interceptors, but only if the closely-watched test was successful.

The interceptor missile was fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and struck a dummy intermediate-range ballistic missile launched from the US Army's Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

"This is a very important step in our continuing efforts to improve and increase the reliability of our homeland ballistic missile defense system," Missile Defense Agency chief Vice Admiral James Syring said in a statement.

The successful test followed the system's failure to hit a simulated missile in five of eight previous tests since president George W. Bush's administration launched the program in 2004.

The latest version of the warhead flown for the test contained hardware and software upgrades, according to manufacturer Raytheon.

It was the first successful intercept by Raytheon's Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle Capability Enhancement II, or EKV CE-II, which failed in both previous tests conducted in 2010.

"We made the fixes needed to be made from the last test, which was back in December of 2010," Pentagon spokesman Admiral John Kirby told reporters on Friday.

He compared the test to "hitting a BB with a BB... It's pretty significant if it works."

"Testing is critically important to ensuring the advancement of reliable kill vehicles for the protection of the US and its allies," Raytheon Missile Systems president Taylor Lawrence said.

Overall, the test marked the 65th successful intercept out of 81 attempts since 2001 for the Ballistic Missile Defense System, according to the Pentagon.

"This mission met several complex test objectives, including a long-duration flight time for the ground-based interceptor and high velocity closing speeds for intercept," a "proud" Boeing said.



Poland's Bumar Elektronika and Raytheon Partner to Develop New Patriot IFF Antenna

‎22 ‎July ‎2014, ‏‎10:04:52 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury MA (SPX) Jun 16, 2014 - Raytheon has announced that it will partner with Bumar Elektronika on the design and development of a modernized Patriot Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) antenna. This new antenna is a key element of the advanced Patriot 360 degree radar proposed by Raytheon for Poland's medium-range air and missile defense system program named "WISLA."

The component will also be compatible with previous Patriot configurations, allowing for future upgrades of the existing worldwide Patriot radar fleet.

"There is a considerable level of technical complexity associated with this effort, which highlights Raytheon's commitment to deliver significant, long term benefits to Poland's defense industry," said Daniel J Crowley, President, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.

"In addition, this antenna opens an export market for Bumar Elektronika among established users worldwide - an opportunity unique to the Patriot system."

The initial agreement between the parties enables the respective engineering teams to begin work on defining the concept and could potentially lead to a multi-year design, development, test program and production contract.

"We are pleased to initiate this project in cooperation with Raytheon, which gives us the opportunity to make an important contribution to future improvements of Patriot. This offers clear benefits to nations around the world that depend on the system's proven capability," said Dr. Ryszard Kardasz, President of Bumar Elektronika.

The announcement comes two months after Raytheon and Polski Holding Obronny sp.z o.o. (PHO) hosted a partnering conference in Warsaw, which brought together over 100 Polish suppliers and government officials during two days of active dialogue. Raytheon is actively pursuing several other opportunities with Polish industry in preparation for the WISLA program.

The company's offer for WISLA includes the development with Polish industry of a next generation Patriot solution, which incorporates: + A new Common Command and Control (CC2) system that offers open architecture and multi-role capability, which builds on and preserves the combat-proven functionality of Patriot and its inherent US/NATO interoperability,

+ Introduction of a 360-degree multi-function radar using the latest advanced radar technology to provide unmatched performance, unprecedented operational readiness and the lowest maintenance cost and,

+ The potential for integration of a new advanced Low Cost Interceptor (LCI) to further expand Patriot's ability to simultaneously fire multiple missile types to address the continuously evolving threat spectrum.

Patriot is designed with modular components allowing the system to be continually upgraded and modernized. Today, Patriot is the only combat-proven air and missile defense system, protecting the U.S. and allied forces around the world. Its 12-nation global community, including 5 NATO nations, and future Patriot partners offer Poland benefits through system enhancement, training, maintenance, testing, logistics and shared costs.




















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