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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


South Korean Satellite Faces Collision With Space Junk: Reports

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 04, 2015
A South Korean geological monitoring satellite is on course to come within close hazardous proximity with space debris, Yonhap reports. The South Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning specialists are preparing measures to avert a highly probable collision that could be fatal for the Science and Technology Satellite 3. They will try to change the spacecraft's altitude so that

US-led warplanes target jihadist oil pipeline in Syria

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
US and coalition aircraft on Sunday targeted a crude oil pipeline and collection depots in Syria held by Islamic State jihadists, the American military said, in the latest bid to undercut the group's oil smuggling. Allied fighter jets and bombers carried out 14 air raids near the eastern city of Dayr-az-Zawr since Sunday morning, including six strikes on five crude oil collection points, a

France 'will not yield' on Iran nuclear demand: Hollande

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
French President Francois Hollande said on Monday his country would stand firm on its demand that Tehran vow not to pursue nuclear weapons ahead of fresh international negotiations. "If there is no clear statement from Iran on giving up nuclear weapons, there will be no agreement," Hollande said on France Inter radio. "France will not yield on that point. It will remain absolutely firm,"

Opinion: No more terrorism and patronage under de facto military government in Pakistan

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Islamabad (UPI) Jan 5, 2015
The notorious leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Mullah Fazlullah, was killed in an air strike in Afghanistan on Dec. 19. Fazlullah masterminded many ruthless, vicious and brutal attacks including the massacre of 151 innocent teachers & students mostly school children. Officials said that high level intelligence sharing entitled the forces to target the most wanted man. /

3D printing could revolutionise war and foreign policy

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
3D printing will revolutionise war and foreign policy, say experts, not only by making possible incredible new designs but by turning the defence industry - and possibly the entire global economy - on its head. For many, 3D printing still looks like a gimmick, used for printing useless plastic figurines and not much else. But with key patents running out this year, new printers that u

Abe says to stick to Japan apology in new WWII statement

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
Japan's conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday he would release a fresh statement on World War II this year, but would stand by previous apologies for wartime misdeeds. The comment may help allay fears that the nationalist premier, who has equivocated on Japan's guilt for its formalised system of sex slavery, would play down a landmark 1993 statement on the subject which both Chi

NASA launching spacecraft with 19 foot lasso

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Jan 4, 2015
NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive, SMAP, will measure moisture in the Earth's soil, which will help farmers combat the effects of drought. Set to launch on Jan. 29 in California, SMAP will orbit the Earth every three days or less to measure moisture in the top two inches of soil with the highest accuracy and resolution, NASA said in a press release. The spacecraft is equipped w

3 Saudi guards killed by 'terrorists' on Iraq border

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
Three Saudi guards including a top commander were killed on Monday in a rare attack and suicide bombing by "terrorists" on the kingdom's border with Iraq, the interior ministry said. Four attackers were also killed in the clash, two in suicide blasts. No group claimed responsiblity for the clash, but Saudi Arabia is among countries that have joined the US-led coalition carrying out air s

IS mortars target Iraqi base in Anbar: US military

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
An Iraqi military base in the country's western Anbar province is coming under frequent mortar fire from Islamic State jihadists, but the attacks have caused no injuries to US troops deployed there, the Pentagon said Monday. The mortar attacks - which began in recent weeks - underline the risks of an expanding role for the US military in Iraq, as hundreds of American troops deploy to train

IS jihadists claim execution of eight people in Iraq

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
The Islamic State jihadist group has executed eight people, four of them policemen, in Iraq's Salaheddin province, according to a series of pictures posted online. A message that accompanied the pictures, the authenticity of which could not be independently confirmed, said the eight men had reneged on a pledge to stop working for the Iraqi government. It was not immediately clear when th

Turkish solder missing on Syria border brought back home: PM

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Istanbul (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
A Turkish soldier who went missing on the border with Syria has been brought home, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu announced on Twitter on Monday. "We've brought back to the country a short time ago our officer who was abducted while on a mission against smugglers on the border with Syria," Davutoglu said. Davutoglu said only that the soldier was rescued thanks to a "successful operation"

Bulgaria to extradite boy, 15, to Spain on terror charges

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Sofia (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
A Bulgarian court ordered the extradition of three alleged would-be jihadists to Spain on Monday, including one aged 15. The Brazilian man and two Moroccans are wanted on terrorism charges. The three were allegedly on their way to join insurgents in Syria when they were detained in mid-December at the southeastern Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey on international arrest wa

Lithuania receives Polish shoulder-fired air defense missiles

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Vilnius, Lithuania (UPI) Jan 5, 2015
Lithuania's Ministry of National Defense has added Polish-made shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles to its air defense missile inventory. The short-range man-portable missiles, or MANPADS, are the GROM, a 72mm weapon with an operational range of about 3.4 miles and an infrared guidance system. The first batch of missiles and launchers, provided by Poland's MESKO S.A., were de

Iraq PM calls for 'tribal revolution' against IS

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called Monday for a "tribal revolution" against the Islamic State group, in a sign of the importance Baghdad places on tribal resistance against the jihadists. In a meeting with Suhaib al-Rawi, the newly elected governor of embattled Anbar province, Abadi "stressed the need for a tribal revolution to rid the body of Iraqi society of this foreign enemy", t

Japan proposes joint work on Australia sub fleet: report

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:06:52 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
Japan is proposing jointly building Australia's new submarines, instead of exporting a new fleet, a report said Monday, after concerns in Canberra over the effect on the domestic ship-building industry. Under the proposal, Japan's defence ministry is to cooperate with Australia in developing special steel and other materials for its new submarines, while Tokyo will be in charge of assembling

Navy prepares for Jan. 20 communications satellite launch

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
San Diego (AFNS) Jan 05, 2015
Navy military and civilian engineers are preparing the latest military communications satellite for a planned Jan. 20 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The satellite is part of MUOS, or Mobile User Objective System, which operates like a smartphone network from space, vastly improving secure satellite communications for mobile U.S. forces. Unlike its predecessor system

Iran must end isolation for economy to boom: Rouhani

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Jan 04, 2015
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that foreign investors should no longer be viewed as a threat and signalled his country's decades-long isolation from the world economy could soon end. Speaking at an economic conference in Tehran, he said the Islamic republic would not give up its principles but it would be better placed to conclusively emerge from recession if it opened up. I

Russia Remains World Leader in Space Launches: Roscosmos

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Jan 02, 2015
Russia carried out a total of 38 successful space launches in 2014, maintaining its first place in the world, the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said Tuesday. "As a result, Russia orbited a record number of 80 satellites, including 31 for state purposes, five commercial and 44 mini-satellites," a Roscosmos spokesman told RIA Novosti. In addition, Russian experts assisted through th

New Taiwan corvette joins naval exercise

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Taipei, Taiwan (UPI) Jan 2, 2015
The Taiwanese Navy has entered the new year with maritime drills involving destroyers, frigates, missile boats and its newest stealth missile corvette. The twin-hull missile corvette, the Tuo Chiang, is locally made. It was only delivered to the Republic of China Navy late last month by Lung Teh Shipbuilding Co. According to The China Post, the vessel weighs about 502 tons, is ca

Opinion: A New Year's resolution, to finally win a war

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (UPI) Jan 04, 2015
Isn't it about time that America won a war? Some will rightly observe that every war the U.S. started, it lost. Forget the misnomered wars on drugs, poverty, racism and the like. Think instead about Vietnam, the war on terror, Afghanistan and the second Iraq war. Why did we lose or, more generously, failed to succeed in each? Understanding why and permanently imbedding that understandin

31 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes: officials

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Islamabad (AFP) Jan 03, 2015
At least 31 militants were killed Saturday during airstrikes by Pakistani fighter jets in the country's restive northwest, the military said. The attacks, which took place in the Tirrah Valley of Khyber tribal district, also destroyed four hideouts. The military has been targeting Taliban and Lashkar-e-Islam militants in the region since October. "Four terrorist hideouts and a suicid

Pakistani boat blows self up after India navy chase

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
New Delhi (AFP) Jan 02, 2015
The crew of a Pakistani fishing boat blew up and sank their vessel after trying to evade capture at the hands of the Indian navy in a high-speed chase at sea, officials said Friday. All four people on board the vessel from near the Pakistani port city of Karachi are believed to have been killed in the dramatic episode in the Arabian Sea on New Year's Eve, according to India's defence minist

Opinion: Let us fight the Islamic State but not with the help of Iran

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Brussels (UPI) Dec 24, 2015
Iraq is burning and despite efforts by the coalition against the Islamic State, little has improved since the central government in Baghdad lost control over large swathes of its territory last June. Lawlessness, terrorism, corruption and the systematic abuse of human rights are each a daily feature of life in Iraq. The World Bank lists Iraq as having one of the worst qualities of gover

Shanghai stampede reveals gleaming China's hidden weakness

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Shanghai (AFP) Jan 02, 2015
Dozens of deaths from a crush in Shanghai highlight China's enduring vulnerabilities even as the country races ahead economically, commentators say, with authorities' management outpaced by new buildings and advanced transport. A New Year's Eve celebration on Shanghai's signature waterfront Bund turned deadly, killing 36 people, most of them young women, in a city that hosted the World Expo

Runaway N. Korean soldier kills four Chinese: reports

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
A North Korean believed to be a runaway soldier killed four Chinese citizens during a robbery after he crossed the border into China in search of food, media reports said Monday. The young North Korean soldier crossed the border in late December and stole money and food at a house before killing four residents in China's northeastern city of Helong, South Korea's Yonhap news agency and Dong-

Iraq asks Australian PM for more military aid

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Jan 04, 2015
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday asked Australian counterpart Tony Abott to step up military assistance to aid Baghdad's fight against the Islamic State jihadist group. Australia is part of a US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against IS, which spearheaded an offensive that overrun swathes of Iraq, and has also deployed special forces to assist Iraqi troops. Abbot vi

China replaces head of state news agency Xinhua

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Jan 02, 2015
China has appointed a top official of the ruling party's propaganda department as president of the Xinhua news agency, the key mouthpiece of the Communist state. The appointment of Cai Mingzhao, a vice director of the propaganda department, is the latest of several replacements in the party's key information and media agencies over the past year. Cai, 59, replaced Li Congjun, who turned

Saudi to reopen Iraq embassy after nearly 25 years

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Jan 03, 2015
Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it was sending a delegation to Iraq ahead of opening an embassy in Baghdad where its last mission closed nearly 25 years ago. A foreign ministry statement said the delegation would "take the necessary decisions to choose and equip buildings" for an embassy in Baghdad and a consulate in Arbil, capital of the autonomous Kurdistan region in the north. Dipl

Soldier killed, 3 hurt in rebel raids in Philippines: army

‎06 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎07:23:00 AMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) Jan 03, 2015
A soldier was killed and three others wounded when Muslim rebels simultaneously attacked military detachments in two southern Philippine provinces on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said. An hour-long gun battle broke out when separatist rebel group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters raided a camp in President Quirino town in Sultan Kudarat province shortly after midnight, Captain Jo-ann P

Afghanistan faces economic timebomb as NATO war ends

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Kabul (AFP) Jan 02, 2015
The Taliban insurgency may still be raging but the poor state of the economy could pose a bigger threat to Afghanistan's long-term viability, and huge mineral reserves are unlikely to offer a quick fix. In Kabul's Sarayee Shahzada market, moneychangers wave thick bundles of Afghanis, dollars, rupees and dirhams, but the customers are not packing the alleyways like they used to and business i

UK Home Office Flat Out Rejected Nuclear Winter Threat in 1984: Archives

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
London, UK (Sputnik) Jan 02, 2015
The British Home Office rejected the in-depth study of the nuclear winter effect in 1984 claiming the threat of nuclear war was exaggerated, documents released on the UK National Archives' website Tuesday reveal. A declassified set of documents entitled "Nuclear winter: global atmospheric consequences of nuclear war" has shown that the Emergency Planning Division of the British Home Office

Iran's Air Force Shoots Down 3 Drones in Massive Military Drills

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Tehran (Sputnik) Jan 02, 2015
The Iranian Air Force has shot down three drones Saturday in the third day of an ongoing massive military exercise in southern parts of the country, Press TV reported. The unmanned aerial vehicles were brought down by three domestically designed and manufactured missiles fired from an ambush missile system known as Mersad, the news agency reported. According to Press TV, the Islamic

IS Releases 'Interview' With Captured Jordanian Pilot

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 02, 2015
An IS-related media outlet has published an alleged interview with the Jordanian pilot who they claim was captured last week, AP reports. The pilot allegedly describes how his aircraft was brought down by a heat-seeking missile as he was providing cover for planes conducting an airstrike against IS targets. The interviewee also provides details on how the airstrikes against IS are be

Estonia accuses Russia of alleged airspace violation

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Tallinn, Estonia (SPX) Jan 02, 2015
The Estonian Ministry of Defense has accused a Russian military jet of entering Estonian airspace without permission on Christmas Day, local media reported on Tuesday. A Russian An-72 military airplane entered Estonian airspace without permission at 5:25 p.m. local time on December 25, the Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) reported. Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced it

Pakistan, India swap lists of nuclear facilities, prisoners

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Islamabad (AFP) Jan 01, 2015
Pakistan and India on Thursday exchanged lists of their nuclear sites under an agreement barring them from attacking each other's atomic facilities in the event of war, officials said. The annual New Year's Day exchange was established under a 1988 agreement. The neighbours, who have fought three wars, have also set up a telephone hotline to prevent accidential nuclear conflict. The list

France wants firm signs of Ukraine peace before warship delivery

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) Jan 01, 2015
France would only deliver two warships ordered by Russia if there were concrete signs of lasting peace in Ukraine, the French defence minister said Thursday. Russia has been accused by the West of arming and bankrolling a rebellion in eastern Ukraine, a charge Moscow denies. But sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States on Russia have complicated France's commitment t

Iraq violence killed 15,000 in 2014, worst in 7 years: govt

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Jan 01, 2015
Violence in Iraq killed more than 15,000 civilians and security personnel in 2014, government figures showed Thursday, making it one of the deadliest years since the 2003 US-led invasion. Figures compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries put the death toll at 15,538, compared with 17,956 killed in 2007 during the height of Sunni-Shiite sectarian killings. Last year's toll w

76,000 killed in Syria's deadliest year yet

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Beirut (AFP) Jan 01, 2015
More than 76,000 people were killed in Syria's brutal conflict in 2014, making it the bloodiest year since the country's war erupted in March 2011, a monitoring group said Thursday. The almost four-year-old conflict shows no sign of abating, with President Bashar al-Assad making a rare public appearance on a front line for New Year's Eve to bolster the morale of soldiers and pro-government f

US aims to quickly train Iraq forces for anti-IS fight

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Taji Base, Iraq (AFP) Jan 01, 2015
American and allied soldiers are aiming to rapidly train thousands of Iraqi security personnel in the "bare minimum basics" needed to join the fight against militants who swept Baghdad's troops aside. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group spearheaded a major June offensive that overran much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland, and while pro-government forces have since regained some ground, swath

USAF inactivating two C-17 squadrons

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Scott Air Force Base, Ill. (UPI) Dec 31, 2014
Two Air Force squadrons of C-17 transport aircraft are being inactivated over the next two years as a cost-saving measure, the service announced. The two squadrons - 16 planes in all - are located at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The inactivation, the Air Force said, is based on President Barack Obama's defense budget for fiscal 2015. "

U.S. military seeks new UAV perception technology

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Dec 31, 2014
The U.S. military is seeking the development of enhanced unmanned aerial vehicle technology for autonomous operations within complex indoor spaces. The technologies would allow small UAVs - small enough to fit through a window - to fly as fast as 45 miles per hour and navigate without the communications from operators while within a building. "Birds of prey and flying insects e

Turkey receives second A400M transport

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Istanbul, Turkey (UPI) Dec 31, 2014
The second of 10 A400M tactical transport aircraft has been received by Turkey from from the Airbus. The receipt of the aircraft was reported by Hurryet Daily News, quoting an announcement of the country's Undersecretariat for Defense Industries. The A400M Atlas is a four-engine turboprop airlifter introduced into service in 2013. It has a cruise speed of 485 miles per hour and a

US adds nine to Iran sanctions blacklist

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Dec 31, 2014
The United States added nine individuals and entities to its Iran sanctions blacklist in a move condemned Wednesday by Tehran as a "blatant violation" of goodwill amid long-running nuclear talks. The US Treasury named five men from Iran and elsewhere as well as Dubai-based Belfast General Trading for sanctions violations linked to efforts to support the Islamic republic's acquisition of US c

Iran in new deal to boost Iraq army

‎02 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:30:51 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Dec 31, 2014
Iran is to help Iraq rebuild its army under an agreement that could formalise Tehran's military support for its neighbour, which remains under assault by the Islamic State (IS) group. No details of the pact were released but state television said the two sides had "agreed to continue cooperation in the defence arena with the creation of a national army to protect the territorial integrity an

Taiwan kicks off plan to build its own submarines

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
Taiwan said Monday it was launching a project to build a fleet of its own submarines, after years spent waiting in vain for US models. Deputy Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told parliament the ministry has approved guidelines for the design contract for an Indigenous Defence Submarine. "This means the military has officially kicked off the self-built submarine project," legislator Lin Y

French-Japanese couple missing since leaving for IS-controlled area

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
A French-Japanese couple who planned to visit areas controlled by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group went missing after leaving Tokyo last month, reports and a source said Monday. The Algerian-French husband and his Japanese wife, both Muslims in their 20s, had told Japanese officials they wanted to travel to the region to engage in "humanitarian assistance" but denied they would take par

Boeing, USAF fly KC-46 prototype

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Everett, Wash. (UPI) Dec 29, 2014
Boeing and the U.S. Air Force have for the first time flown a prototype aircraft in the KC-46 Pegasus development program. The aircraft flown in the engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the program was a modified 767-2C freighter, upon which the aerial refueler will be based. "Getting in the air is a critical step in the development of this important capability for

IS claims killing of Iranian military adviser in Iraq

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
The Islamic State group has claimed the killing of a senior Iranian officer advising Iraqi forces in their fight against the jihadists, in posts on jihadist Internet forums on Monday. Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Sunday announced the death of Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi, who had been training the army and Iraqi volunteers in the city of Samarra, north of Baghdad. One jihadist forum

No US embassy in Iran for now, says Obama

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
US President Barack Obama said Washington was not ready to open an embassy in Iran due to differences over nuclear policy, a position that contrasts with his new approach to Cuba. "I never say never, but I think these things have to go in steps," Obama said in an interview with National Public Radio that aired Monday, regarding re-opening the long-shuttered US mission in Tehran. "Cuba is

China touts new weapon platforms, transparency

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Manila (UPI) Dec 29, 2014
China's military is touting its introduction of new weapons platforms in 2014 and says that having done so publicly underlines its commitment to transparency. The new platforms comprise air, sea and land assets, including a stealth jet fighter, destroyers and a main battle tank. "A series of 'big moves' have stunned all people with the fact that China had made rapid progress in u

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
China has blocked the last remaining way to access Google's popular e-mail service, experts said Monday, as authorities work to establish "Internet sovereignty" by controlling what enters the country via the web. Gmail, the world's biggest e-mail service, has been largely inaccessible from within China since the run-up to the 25th anniversary in June of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-

Suicide bomber hits Shiites in Iraq, killing 17

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
A suicide bomber attacked Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 17 people, officials and a survivor of the blast said. The attack in the Taji area, which targeted a tent serving refreshments to pilgrims, also wounded at least 35 people. Pilgrims from Iraq and abroad are making their way to Samarra, north of Baghdad, to commemorate the death of Hassan al-Askari, one

Afghan soldiers at small outpost vow to hold firm as US exits

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Zhari, Afghanistan (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
One ergonomic office chair, heaters that don't work and some maps are the only signs that US troops once battled daily with the Taliban at Siah Choy, a small combat outpost in southern Afghanistan. Now manned by just 30 Afghan soldiers, the base is in Kandahar province's Zhari district - the birthplace of the Taliban movement and scene of years of heavy fighting as NATO forces struggled to

Second ballistic missile defense radar deployed in Japan

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Dec 29, 2014
A second radar system for the detection of ballistic missiles is being deployed in Japan by the U.S. Department of Defense and Japan's Ministry of Defense. The system is the Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance, or AN/TPY-2, system developed by Raytheon. The system "continually searches the sky for ballistic missiles. Once it detects a missile, it acquires it, tracks it, an

Russia's New Military Doctrine Permits Retaliatory Nuclear Strike Only

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 29, 2014
Russia stopped short of including the "preemptive strike" notion into its new military doctrine released Friday, permitting the use of its nuclear arsenal only as a retaliatory measure. Earlier media reports suggested that Russia's military doctrine could be updated to include the term "preemptive strike." However, provisions concerning the possibility of a nuclear strike remain largely si

Chechen president offers 'special regiment' to defend Russia

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Moscow (AFP) Dec 28, 2014
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov on Sunday proposed the creation of a "special regiment" made up from Chechnya's armed forces to help defend Russia from Western aggression. Kadyrov said his country stood firmly behind Russian President Vladimir Putin as Europe and the United States waged an "economic war" against Russia. "For 15 years Vladimir Putin has helped our people! Now we're askin

First air strikes hit Libya's militia-held Misrata

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Tripoli (AFP) Dec 28, 2014
Forces loyal to Libya's internationally recognised government carried out their first air strikes on Sunday against the country's militia-held third city of Misrata, a spokesman said. Colonel Ahmed Mesmari said the raids were a response to a renewed attempt early Sunday by the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) militia to seize the key Al-Sidra oil export terminal. Residents said the strikes target

Japan plans law to speed up overseas deployment of troops

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) Dec 28, 2014
Japan plans to draw up a law to speed the deployment of troops overseas for peacekeeping operations and to support allies, reports said Sunday, in a move that could strain relations with neighbours wary about Japan's wartime history. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) plan to draw bills early next year aimed at facilitating administrative processes

Iraqi forces launch offensive on IS in Dhuluiyah

‎01 ‎January ‎2015, ‏‎01:27:59 AMGo to full article
Baghdad (AFP) Dec 28, 2014
Iraqi forces backed by Sunni tribes advanced into the town of Dhuluiyah north of Baghdad on Sunday in a new attempt to push out Islamic State group jihadists, officials said. In October, Iraqi forces retook most of Dhuluiyah from IS, but the jihadists later launched a counter-offensive and were able to seize ground they had lost. A Sunni tribe in the south of the town, 90 kilometres (55

Russia's New Ballistic Missile Can Become Operational in 2016

‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎02:06:49 AMGo to full article
Vlasikha, Russia (Sputnik) Dec 29, 2014
Russia's new-generation strategic ballistic missile RS-26 could be put on combat duty as early as in 2016, Commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), Col. Gen. Sergei Karakayev, said Thursday. "Tests of the RS-26 ballistic missile are still underway. We are planning to complete them next year and begin putting the missile on combat duty in 2016," Karakayev told RIA Novosti.

Russia to Debate US Discrimination of Glonass System in UN: Reports

‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎02:06:48 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 29, 2014
Moscow intends to bring the issue of alleged discrimination against Russia's navigation satellite system GLONASS by the United States to the United Nations, Russian newspaper Izvestiya reported Thursday, citing GLONASS Union President Alexander Gurko. According to the newspaper, earlier in December US Federal Communications Commission stated it would introduce a compulsory licensing proced

Taliban claim NATO 'defeat' in 13-year Afghan war

‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎02:06:48 AMGo to full article
Kabul (AFP) Dec 29, 2014
The Taliban responded scornfully Monday to the formal end of NATO's war in Afghanistan, describing the US-led mission as a "fire of barbarism and cruelty" that had drowned the country "in a pool of blood". The insurgent group issued the statement in English a day after NATO marked the closure of its combat mission with a low-key ceremony in Kabul, arranged in secret due to the threat of Tali

Radar testing for JLENS aerostat

‎30 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎02:06:48 AMGo to full article
Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md. (UPI) Dec 29, 2014
The first of two radar blimps to protect the nation's capital from cruise missiles is being readied for operational transfer to a U.S. Army air defense unit. The helium-filled aerostat system, called JLENS, is undergoing additional testing of its radar systems by its maker, Raytheon, following its recent raising in Maryland. "JLENS is strategically emplaced to help defend Washing

Russia Test Launches RS-24 Yars ICBM From Plesetsk: Ministry

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 29, 2014
Russian Strategic Arms Forces on Friday successfully test launched a Yars solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Space Complex in the country's northwest, an official spokesman for the country's Strategic Arms Forces said. "On December 26, 2014, at 11:02 Moscow time [08:02 GMT]...a test launch of an RS-24 Yars solid fuel intercontinental ballistic missile with a de

China Launches Yaogan-26 Remote Sensing Satellite

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
Beijing (Sputnik) Dec 29, 2014
The Chinese launched Yaogan Weixing series satellite on Saturday. The launch of Yaogan Weixing-26 took place at 03:22 UTC using a Long March-4B launch rocket from the LC9 launch complex at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, reports NASA. The launch marked the 202nd mission for the Long March rocket family, reports Xinhua News. According to a website, China Org, the spacecraft will be us

Iran military adviser killed in Iraq

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) Dec 28, 2014
A senior Iranian military officer has been killed while advising Iraqi troops in their fight against the Islamic State group, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday. "Brigadier General Hamid Taghavi was martyred during a mission to advise the army and Iraqi volunteers... in the city of Samarra," north of Baghdad, said a statement from the elite Iranian military force. His funeral wil

Small CubeSat Provides Big Space Experience

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 26, 2014
Any way you slice it, space exploration - done right - requires an inordinate range of technical expertise. From designing the spacecraft, the mission proposal and the circuit boards to testing the flight software and putting together budgets, sending something, anything, into the cosmos depends on good people who know their job. "Although significantly smaller in size, CubeSats contain

Russia's Glonass to Provide Brazil With Alternative to GPS

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Dec 26, 2014
The Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) will provide Brazilians with an alternative to the American Global Positioning System (GPS), giving them more localized data and stability, the Glonass project coordinator in Brazil told Sputnik. "Brazil will have an alternative to GPS as a civil-use localization system. So all Brazilians will be able to access this system, and this

Four Galileo satellites at ESA test centre

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Dec 26, 2014
ESA engineers unwrapped a welcome Christmas present: the latest Galileo satellite. The navigation satellite will undergo a full checkout in Europe's largest satellite test facility to prove its readiness for space. The satellite was carried by lorry from its manufacturer in Germany, cocooned within an environmentally controlled container. It arrived inside the cleanroom environment o

Angara-A5 Launch Opens New Page in Russia's Space Exploration

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎10:48:53 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 23, 2014
The successful launch of Russia's newest heavy rocket, the Angara A5, from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, is a significant milestone in the history of Russia's rocket industry, providing the state with independent access to space. The collapse of the USSR in the beginning of 1990s resulted in dissolution of the Soviet airspace industry infrastructure: plants and design bureaus located in former



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News About Missiles

Taiwan launches its largest ever missile ship

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Suao, Taiwan (AFP) Dec 23, 2014 - Taiwan on Tuesday launched its largest ever missile ship Tuesday as the island strives to modernise its armed forces in response to a perceived threat from China.

The 500-tonne corvette named 'Tuo Chiang' -- 'Tuo River' -- is the first of its kind ever produced by Taiwan and was touted by defence minister Yen Ming as "the fastest and most powerful" in Asia.

Armed with 16 missiles including eight supersonic Hsiung-feng III (Brave Wind) anti-ship missiles, it will boost Taiwan's defence capabilities against its giant neighbour, which considers the island part of China's territory awaiting to be reunited by force if necessary.

"From now on, the navy's combat capabilities will reach a crucial milestone, Yen said at a launch ceremony held in the port of Suao, in northeastern Yilan county.

"The completion of the new generation of naval warship is expected to ensure security in the Taiwan Strait and protect shipping lanes," he added.

Vice Admiral Wen Chen-kuo told AFP that "the supersonic missile is very difficult to intercept"

The sleek twin-hulled ship uses stealth technology to reduce the reflection of radar waves, making it harder to detect, with a maximum speed of 38 knots per hour and a range of 2,000 nautical miles (3,704 kilometres).

It set sail briefly Tuesday to show its capabilities to reporters before returning to the port again.

The corvette is scheduled to be deployed in Taiwan waters after further tests and is the prototype of up to 11 others to be built by the navy.

Its launch comes after the US Congress passed a bill last week authorising President Barack Obama to transfer up to four Perry-class guided missile frigates to Taipei.

China slammed the deal, saying a diplomatic protest had been lodged with the US.

"We are firmly opposed to arms sales to Taiwan by the US," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang.

Ties between Taiwan and China have eased markedly since Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Kuomintang party came to power in 2008, ramping up trade and allowing in more Chinese tourists.

But Beijing still refuses to renounce the use of force, even though Taiwan has been self-governing since the end of a civil war in 1949, prompting the island to continually modernise its armed forces.



French tactical air defense system set for upgrade

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Massy, France (UPI) Dec 23, 2014 - The main tactical component of the French military's SCCOA2 air command-and-control system is being upgraded by ThalesRaytheonSystems.

The contract, issued by DGA, the French defense procurement agency, covers software and hardware upgrades for MARTHA -- Maillage Antiaérien des Radars Tactiques pour la lutte contre les Hélicoptères et les Aéronefs à voilure fixe -- the French Army system that merges the command-and-control situation for low, medium and high-altitude planning and tasking from the Air Force for delegation to the Army, the company said.

MARTHA offers command, coordination and optimization of the firing of all types of anti-air weapon systems, it said.

ThalesRaytheonSystems said it will strengthen the systems data security to NATO's Secret level as well as upgrade the system to provide better integration and coordination with the French Army's air defense weapon systems and helicopters.

"MARTHA allows the command and tactical control of assets in the third dimension," ThalesRaytheonSystems said. "It permanently manages mission execution and maneuvers, communicating in real time with air defense and artillery units, light aviation helicopters and intelligence assets deployed in the battlespace.

"The system makes it possible to counter air threats in a timely fashion, as well as to safely coordinate and efficiently manage the actors in the third dimension requiring real-time analysis of large volumes of data."

The monetary value of the award and the contract's period of performance were not detailed.



Poland orders more Norwegian missiles

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Kongsberg, Norway (UPI) Dec 19, 2014 - Poland is getting a second coastal defense missile squadron equipped with truck-mounted naval strike missiles from Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.

The Norwegian company said the contract from Poland's Ministry of National Defense is worth about $175.3 million.

"This agreement proves the leading position of NSM and our position as a reliable partner and supplier to Poland," said Harald Annestad, president of Kongsberg Defense.

"Polish industry and Kongsberg successfully delivered the first NSM Coastal Defense Squadron through a close cooperation with the Polish Government. With this contract we continue our ambition of involving even more Polish companies and expand our cooperation into a broader technological arena."

Kongsberg first supplied its NSM system to Poland under a 2008 contract. Maintenance of the system is provided in partnership with WZE, or Wojskowe Zakłady Elektroniczne S.A.

The trucks radar and communications system for NSMs used in Poland are provided by Polish companies.

The NSM was originally developed for the Norwegin Navy and is operational on new Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates and the Skjold-class corvettes.



JASSM-ER cruise missile enters full-rate production

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Dec 16, 2014 - The U.S. Air Force has given the go-ahead for full-rate production of Lockheed Martin's extended range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile.

JASSM-ER is an air-to-surface missile that successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing last year, achieving a 96 percent success rate -- 20 successes in 21 flights.

The cruise missile is armed with a dual-mode penetrator and blast-fragmentation warhead, an infrared seeker and Global Positioning System receiver, and has more than 2.5 times the range of the baseline JASSM, which is more than 230 miles.

"The full rate production decision demonstrates that our customer, at all levels of the U.S. Air Force, has confidence in JASSM-ER," said Jason Denney, long-range strike systems program director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "JASSM-ER provides warfighters with a first day, first strike capability in an anti-access, area-denial environment."

The JASSM-ER is integrated Air Force B-1B bombers. The baseline JASSM is integrated on the U.S. Air Force's B-2, B-52, F-16, F-15E aircraft.

Australia also deploys the 2,000-pound missile on its F/A-18A/B fighters.



Japan asks U.S. for AMRAAM sales deal

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Dec 15, 2014 - Japan has asked the United States for medium-range air-to-air missiles and associated equipment through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program,

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees FMS sales, notified Congress of the potential deal which is worth an estimated $33 million.

"The Government of Japan requires these missiles for national defense, regional security, inventory modernization, and U.S. interoperability," the agency said. "This sale will enhance the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's ability to defend Japan's territory and protect critical Japanese and U.S. installations.

"Japan, which currently has AIM-120C5 missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces."

The proposed sales package is for 17 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, or AMRAAMs, two captive air training missiles, containers, missile support and test equipment, support equipment and spare and repair parts.

Logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support are also included.

Raytheon Missile Systems would be the principal contractor, and multiple trips to Japan involving U.S. government and contractor personnel would be required for technical reviews, support and program management.

U.S. contractor representatives would also be required in Japan to conduct modification kit installation, testing, and training.

DSCA said the U.S. State Department has given its approval for the deal.



Lockheed Martin producing more missile launch systems for Navy

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Baltimore (UPI) Dec 15, 2014 - Lockheed Martin is to continue producing its MK 41 vertical launch systems for missiles fired from U.S. Navy warships.

The contract from the Navy is worth $235 million. If all contract options are exercised, however, the value would rise to $356 million.

"We are proud to continue building these launchers and bring this significant capability to the U.S. Navy for its critical missions as we have for 32 years," said Joe North, vice president of Littoral Ships and Systems at Lockheed Martin. "The fact that the VLS can launch any type of missile from any cell brings unparalleled flexibility in addressing threats from land, air and sea."

Lockheed Martin's MK 41 VLS was first produced in 1984. It is used primarily on cruisers and destroyers. A dozen U.S. allies also use the VLS on nearly 200 ships, the company said.

"The launching system is the only one in use that can simultaneously accommodate the weapon control system and the missiles of every warfighting mission area -- anti-aircraft, anti-surface, antisubmarine and land attack. The system is designed to accept any missile into any cell," according to Lockheed Martin.



French military orders Ground Master air defense radar systems

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Massy, France (UPI) Dec 12, 2014 - The French military has ordered more than a dozen air defense radars from ThalesRaytheonSystems for coupling with NATO's Air Command and Control System.

The contract, for which no monetary figure was given, is for 12 fixed Ground Master 400 radars and four mobile tactical Ground Master 200 radars.

The Ground Master 400 is a long-range, digital 3D active electronically scanned array long-range radar for tracking aircraft and cruise missiles flying from low to high altitudes. The Ground Master 200 is a medium-range S band radar system.

ThalesRaytheonSystems said France has already acquired Ground Master radars for its military bases in Kourou, Nice and Lyon, which have been coupled with the NATO command and control system.

"ThalesRaytheonSystems is proud to be contributing with its Ground Master radars to the modernization of France's air surveillance capability, which is already underway with the delivery of these latest-generation radars for the bases in Kourou, Nice and Lyon," said Jerome Bendell, chief executive officer of ThalesRaytheonSystems France.

The radar contract also provides for through-life support of the radars and installation and civil engineering work for the 12 Ground Master 400 systems.



40,000th Javelin ant-armor missile produced

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Orlando, Fla. (UPI) Dec 8, 2014 - A joint venture company of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin is touting the delivery of its 40,000th Javelin shoulder-fired anti-armor missile system to the U.S. Army.

The Javelin is made by Javelin Joint Venture. It is a fire-and-forget system that guides itself to its target and first came into service in 1996.

"Javelin provides a real battlefield advantage for U.S. and allied warfighters," said Richard Benton, Javelin Joint Venture vice president and Javelin program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Javelin's reliability, accuracy and lethality make it a key weapon in operators' arsenals.

"The attention to detail that our entire production team, including our subcontractors, give to the Javelin missile have made this significant production milestone possible."

Javelin Joint Venture said the missile has a 94 percent effectiveness rate in combat operations. Recent tests have also shown its adaptability to many platforms, including tripods, trucks and lightly armored vehicles.

The missile has an effective range of as much as 2,500 yards and is equipped with an imaging infrared guidance system.

"The Javelin Joint Venture is providing U.S. and allied warfighters with an affordable, versatile and lethal one-man-portable, anti-armor, guided missile and superior battlefield surveillance system," said John Halvey, Javelin Joint Venture president and program manager at Raytheon. "The industry and government Javelin team is committed to providing warfighters with the most advanced close combat weapons on the battlefield."



Taiwan develops new missiles to counter China's threat

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Lungtan, Taiwan (AFP) Dec 02, 2014 - Taiwan arms developers said Tuesday that new surface-to-air missiles would defend its airspace for "up to 20 years" as it aims to update weaponry to counter a perceived military threat from China.

Production of the Tienkung III (Sky Bow III), the most advanced model in a line of locally-developed air defence missiles, is slated to last from 2015 until 2024.

Parliament recently approved the budget for the Tw$74.8 billion ($2.5 billion) project.

"The missile is capable of intercepting short-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and fighter jets," a senior official in charge of the missile project at Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, the island's arms development hub, told AFP.

"Together with US-made Patriot missiles, Tienkung III system will guard Taiwan's airspace in the next 15 to 20 years," said the official, surnamed Huang.

The institute also released a video to reporters visiting the tightly-guarded compound in northern Taiwan.

In the short film two Tienkung III missiles were fired from vertical launchers at the Chiupeng air base, soaring into the sky and destroying targets.

Huang declined to give specifications of the new missile, aimed at replacing the ageing US-made Hawk missiles -- but media speculated that Tienkung III has a range of up to 200 kilometres (124 miles).

The project is part of the island's efforts to build an air defence shield against any Chinese attacks.

According to Taiwan's defence ministry, China has more than 1,500 ballistic and cruise missiles trained on the island.

Taiwan split from China in 1949 after a civil war, but China sees it as part of its territory awaiting reunification -- by force if necessary.

Ties between China and Taiwan have improved markedly since Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008 and strengthened trade and other links, but fears of a Chinese invasion remain.



RAF successfully launches Paveway guided bombs from Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:30 PMGo to full article
Patuxent River, Md. (UPI) Dec 1, 2014 - The United Kingdom's Royal Air Force has completed the first in-flight test launches of the Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided bomb from a Eurofighter Typhoon and F-35B fighter jet.

According to Raytheon, "The Paveway family of laser guided bombs has revolutionized tactical air-to-ground warfare by converting 'dumb' bombs into precision guided munitions."

"Newer versions of Paveway include GPS/INS guidance capabilities. This innovation combines the accuracy and flexibility of traditional laser-guided weapons with the all-weather capability of GPS guidance, resulting in a weapon that decreases the required sortie count and weapon inventory while simultaneously increasing the mission success rate."

"[...] Standard Typhoons can carry up to six Paveway IV weapons, which can be released simultaneously against multiple targets," simplified British Aerospace test pilot Steve Formoso to IHS Jane's 360.

The Eurofighter's successful trial run occurred at the Cape Wrath Training Center in Scotland, while the F-35B was tested at the United States Navy's Patuxent River Naval Air Station in Maryland.

"These latest trials ... help us to move confidently into the next phase of weapons testing," F-35 lead test pilot Pete Wilson told AirForce-Technology.com.

"This is another landmark moment for the Typhoon Force, and highlights the aircraft's potent swing-role capability," echoed British Wing Commander Mike Sutton from across the Atlantic.

"The swing-role capability of the Typhoon ensures that we are well equipped to respond to the challenges of contingent operations across the globe, while also maintaining the security of UK skies through the delivery of Quick Reaction Alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."



Brazil, Russia in talks on air defense system

‎26 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎12:24:12 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.

The talks, as well as visits to Brazilian military facilities, were "to strengthening cooperation between the two countries in the air defense sector."

"Brazil and Russia have established a series of conversations over the past few years on the Brazilian armed forces' need of a medium-range air defense system, able to engage targets flying at altitudes of up to 10,000 meters (nearly 33,000 feet)," the ministry said.

"In August this year, a Brazilian delegation was in Moscow to conduct additional assessments of the Pantsir-S1 medium altitude anti-aircraft artillery system, which could be purchased by Brazil to meet this need.

By the end of this year, another delegation is expected to visit the Russian Ministry of Defense, as part of the continuation of negotiations between the two countries on the subject."



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

‎21 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎04:25:46 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 daughter while his wife had been tending to their thirteen- month granddaughter in the room next door before the explosion.

"I was confused," he says. "We could not see anything."

Suddenly he heard the sound of the baby crying. Then he realised that he could make out another noise: his wife groaning in agony.

She was surrounded by debris in the hallway, her right shoulder smashed and blood flowing from where shrapnel had pierced her thigh.

But miraculously she was still standing, clutching her granddaughter -- safe and sound -- in her arms.

Some neighbours came quickly to the rescue. They placed the injured on a stretcher made from a blanket and carried her to a vehicle that set off quickly for the hospital.

- Blood and dust -

Balabanov is a small man of 64 with sad eyes, who tells his story now sitting in the middle of his wrecked living room, wrapped in a jacket that is too big for him.

Under his feet are shrapnel fragments and chunks of plaster.

His wife's dried blood can be seen on the ground mixed with the dust from the blast.

The rocket burst through the roof of his small home Saturday night, exploding in his modest kitchen.

In the more than seven months of fighting between government forces and rebels in this blighted region the terror felt by Balabanov has become a terrifying new reality for those living here.

As both sides have unleashed ageing and imprecise Soviet-made weapons at each other, civilians have paid the highest price.

More that 4,300 people -- mostly innocent local residents -- have been killed and some 10,000 more have been wounded.

No one knows who fired the missile that hit Balabanov's house.

Up until now, his district in the west of the rebel city of Donetsk -- studded with coalmines -- has got off relatively easy and shelling here has been lighter than in some other areas.

But the Ukrainian army and the insurgent fighters face off just kilometres away and the threat and distant thud of shelling remains ever present.

Despite the damage, Balabanov considers his family lucky. Like most here, he now has his own tale of lucky escape.

"A quarter of an hour earlier, we were all sitting in the kitchen," he told AFP.

"If we had stayed there, then all four of us would have been killed."

He trembled as he thought about how close three generations of his family came to being wiped out.

"It is a miracle that my wife was able to protect the baby despite all her wounds," he said.

She will soon be out of hospital, however, as there are no places left in the casualty ward for her.

Before she came back Balabanov had planned to come back to the house to start work with a few friends and neighbours clearing the debris.

They returned the day after the attack but as they set to work eight loud explosions shook around them, sending what was left of it crashing to the ground.

Once again, Ivan says, he was left lying dazed on the ground.



Elbit's anti-missile system to feature on German A400M transports

‎07 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎03:53:32 AMGo to full article
Haifa, Israel (UPI) Nov 21, 2014 - Airbus A400M airlifters of the German Air Force are to be equipped with Elbit Systems' J-MUSIC Multi-Spectral Directed Infrared Counter Measure systems.

J-MUSIC is a high-performance, fiber-laser based DIRCM solution that enables an aircraft to defend against man-portable ground-to-air heat-seeking missiles by sending them off target.

Elbit Systems Ltd of Israel said its systems are being provided under a contract from Diehl Defense. They will be integrated into a DIRCM multi-turret to ensure 360-degree protection of the aircraft.

"We are proud of our cooperation with DIEHL Defense on DIRCM that has resulted in this initial contract for the protection of the German Air Force's A400M aircraft," said Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems. "Our DIRCM systems provide effective protection to the growing threat of MANPADS, and we hope that additional customers will follow and select our systems as their preferred solution."

Elbit Systems did not disclose the monetary value of the award.

The German Air Force is scheduled to receive its first A400M transport from Airbus later this year, becoming the fourth operator of the aircraft.


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

US delivers second radar defense system to Japan

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Dec 26, 2014 - The United States has sent a second missile defense radar system to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday.

The new Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance system (AN/TPY-2) aims to "enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the US homeland," the Defense Department said in a statement.

The United States has said it wanted its allies to enhance their missile defenses to help protect against a belligerent North Korea.

North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program is a major security concern in the Pacific region and beyond.

"We will continue to emphasize the importance of developing regional ballistic missile defense systems," Joints Chief of Staff vice-chairman James Winnefeld said earlier this year, emphasizing that cooperation would "result in better performance than individual countries acting alone."

"This is a very politically sensitive topic for several of our regional allies, but progress in this area would only increase our confidence in the face of persistent North Korean provocations," he added.

Dubbed the Kyogamisaki Communications Site, the new radar will be located in Kyogamisaki, some 375 miles (600 kilometers) west of Tokyo. The existing radar system is in Shariki, in northern Japan.

The facility was tested and constructed in Japan by the US military in cooperation with Japan, the Pentagon said.



Raytheon given $2.4B FMS contract for Patriot fire units

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Dec 23, 2014 - Qatar is being supplied by Raytheon with new-production Patriot Air and Missile Defense System fire units, the company announced.

The U.S. Foreign Military Sales contract for the equipment is worth $2.4 billion.

"This award is yet another example of the trust countries around the world place in the combat-proven Patriot," said Dan Crowley, president of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems business.

"As our customer base continues to grow, our global partners benefit from the shared costs for system upgrades and enhancements through Raytheon's unique Engineering Services Program. This ensures that Patriot remains at the highest level of readiness to counter current and evolving threats anywhere in the world."

Patriot provides protection against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles and is used by 13 countries.

Qatar will use the air defense system as a cornerstone its advanced integrated air and missile defense capability. Raytheon was recently contracted by the U.S. Air Force to build an Air and Missile Defense Operations Center for Qatar that will integrate U.S. defense systems such as the Patriot, and early warning radars with European air defense systems operated by the country.

The new Patriot fire units provide increased computing power and radar processing, improved man-machine interface and reduced life-cycle costs, Raytheon said.



US Ballistic Missile Defense Needs More Testing

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Dec 18, 2014 - The proposed placement of ballistic missile interceptors on the US East Coast has the advantage of providing more time and distance to shoot down an enemy missile, but still has a lot of shortfalls and needs to be tested further, missile experts have told Sputnik.

"The argument for East Coast sites is that it opens up the battle space, meaning it provides more time and distance during which you might be able to down an enemy missile," senior fellow at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Phillip Coyle explained in an interview with Sputnik Tuesday.

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is currently conducting a study mandated by Congress to identify potential East Coast ballistic missile defense sites.

The East Coast sites would be part of a layered monitoring and defense system which already includes 26 interceptors located in Alaska and four in California, with plans to add 14 interceptors by 2017.

Coyle said MDA has advocated a "shoot-look-shoot strategy", when a missile is identified, fired upon, and in case it is not destroyed, the interceptors would fire again to increase the chances of a kill.

"The firing doctrine is that you would have to shoot more than one interceptor at each incoming missile in order to have a reasonable chance of success," Coyle said, critiquing in-flight interceptor performance.

Riki Ellison, the chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, told Sputnik Tuesday that missile interceptors need to be tested and perfected first, before any East Coast defense sites are established.

"The number one priority is to make these systems work the best they can," Ellison said, stressing that there are still things that need to be fixed, such as radar and censor capabilities, to make the system reliable.

"The Missile Defense Agency has to fix the system first or make it better," the expert emphasized, adding that after several years without tests, US missile defense needs more tests to "evolve the system and demonstrate its ability".

According to both Ellison and Coyle, the US missile defense system would be able to destroy only a limited number of incoming ballistic missiles (one or two) and is aimed primarily at addressing the potential threat of attacks from North Korea or Iran.

Coyle pointed out that the system could be used against an accidental launch of a ballistic missile by China or Russia as well.

The 2015 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the US Congress late last week does not authorize funding for the actual planning and design of East Coast missile defense sites.

The Pentagon has said they do not require the East Coast sites, but Congress asked MDA to study possible missile defense location sites last year. According to MDA, the study is set to be completed by the end of 2015.




Israel, US in abortive missile defence test

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Dec 16, 2014 - Israel and the United States on Tuesday tested the Jewish state's Arrow 3 ballistic missile interception system, the defence ministry said, with local media reporting the trial was cut short.

"A target missile was successfully launched and tracked by the Arrow Weapon System, as part of the planned joint testing programme," the ministry said in a statement, providing no further details.

A defence ministry official was quoted by the Jerusalem Post website as saying the test was "neither a success nor a failure".

"The first part of the launch involved tracking the target missile, which was fired over the Mediterranean Sea towards Israel" in a simulated attack on Israeli airspace, Yair Ramati told the Post.

But it was decided mid-test not to fire the Arrow 3 interceptor missile, he said, citing unsuitable test conditions.

"This is not the first time that not all conditions are met for a trial," Ramati said.

The two countries carried out similar tests in September and January, and in 2013 as Washington was considering military action against Syria.

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.

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 weapon, a charge that Tehran denies.



Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Between USSR, US in Details

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 16, 2014 - On December 13, 2002, US President George W. Bush announced that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty with the USSR. The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) between the Soviet Union and the United States was signed on May 26, 1972 in Moscow and entered into force on October 3, 1972.

The treaty barred the parties from deploying anti-ballistic missile systems that could cover the entire territory of their countries, or providing a base for such broad-range defense.

The Treaty obligated the parties to limit their deployed ABM systems to two sites: one within a circle of 150-kilometer radius around the national capital, and the other within a circle of 150-kilometer radius around intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) silo launchers.

Within each of these sites the parties could deploy no more than 100 ABM launchers and no more than 100 ABM interceptor missiles.

These limitations did not apply to ABM systems used for development or testing, nor those located within agreed test ranges, where each party could have no more that a total of 15 ABM launchers. In addition, the treaty also limited the number and capacity of ABM radars.

The treaty allowed the deployment of fixed land-based defense ABM systems only. Both counties undertook not to develop, test, or deploy sea-based, air-based, space-based and mobile land-based ABM systems or components.

The parties also agreed not to develop, test or deploy ABM launchers for firing more than one ABM interceptor missile at a time from each launcher, as well as automatic or semi-automatic or other similar systems for rapid reload of ABM launchers.

The parties pledged not to transfer to other states and not to deploy outside their national territory ABM systems or their components limited by the ABM Treaty.

Compliance with the treaty was to be assured using national technical means of verification in a manner consistent with generally recognized principles of international law.

The treaty was of unlimited duration, but stipulated that each party had a right to withdraw if it decided that extraordinary events related to the subject matter of the treaty had jeopardized its supreme interests.

On July 3, 1974 the parties signed in Moscow a Protocol to the ABM Treaty, which reduced the number of sites to one per party. The Soviet Union pledged not to deploy ABM systems or their components around ICBM silo launchers, and the United States pledged not to deploy ABM systems or their components around the national capital.

For 30 years, the ABM Treaty served as the foundation of the existing system of international agreements on the limitation and reduction of strategic offensive weapons. Russia consistently advocated the continuation of the treaty. Its value has been repeatedly recognized by the international community. For three years in a row, the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted for a resolution to support the continuation of and compliance with the ABM Treaty at its 54th, 55th and 56th sessions in 1999-2001.

On December 13, 2001, President George W. Bush announced that the United States was unilaterally withdrawing from the Treaty. On June 13, 2002, the Treaty became invalid.

Source: Sputnik News



New Russian Space Anti-Ballistic Missile System On-Track for 2020: Engineer

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 09, 2014 - An improved early warning system in space for detecting ballistic missile launches will be in place by 2020, a chief engineer from the Russian defense corporation Almaz Antey said Monday.

"In the development of the space echelon, everything necessary has been accepted and the technical solutions have been tested, and we expect that the low-Earth orbit space echelon early warning ballistic missile system in its improved form will by 2020, or even earlier, provide the necessary characteristics of a constant warning of ballistic missile launches," Pavel Sozinov said during a conference.

The possibilities to detect moving targets have significantly improved in recent years, Sozinov stated, speaking of the creation of an identification system over the territory of Russia at medium and high altitudes.

When it comes to detecting enemy targets at low and very low altitudes, "the possibilities at this perimeter are, of course, very limited," the chief engineer said.

Sozinov also noted that the Russian defense industry has made significant progress in the creation of fuel for interceptor missiles and thermal barrier coatings that can withstand heat up to 3,500 degrees Celsius.

The creation of a unified space-based ballistic missile warning system in Russia was announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in October.

The system is set to replace Soviet-made ballistic missile early warning systems and will comprise next-generation space vehicles and modernized space centers that would ensure control over satellites and allow automatic information processing.

Source: Sputnik News



Chinese Hypersonic Strike Vehicle May Overcome US Missile Defense: Expert

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Beijing (Sputnik) Dec 08, 2014 - Igor Korotchenko, Director of the Center for the Analysis of the World Arms Trade told Sputnik on Friday that China's successful testing of a Hypersonic Strike Vehicle (the HGV) demonstrates the country's potential to affect US national security in a serious way.

"US anxiety is centered on the fact that China is actively experimenting with weaponry that is based on hypersonic speed, which is nearly impossible to intercept using currently-available US missile defense systems," Korotchenko told Sputnik.

It had been reported earlier that China had conducted another test of the HGV, dubbed the WU-14 by the Pentagon, an ultra-high speed vehicle capable of travelling up to eight times the speed of sound. Earlier tests of the vehicle had shown it capable of carrying nuclear warheads at a speed of over Mach 10, or 12,359 kilometers per hour.

The experimental weapon, which is designed to thwart anti-ballistic missile countermeasures, is capable of approaching its target at a relatively flat glide, reducing the likelihood of detection and the ability of any foe to launch countermeasures. The serialized production of such a delivery system would also extend the range of existing Chinese intercontinental ballistic missiles by up to a third.

Korotchenko noted that the creation of these HGVs by China "demonstrates the country's capability of creating the necessary technology to [negatively] affect US national security."

"At present, China's defense industry is informed by the concept that the United States is the country's main enemy. The Chinese military's development plans, the configuration of Chinese forces, and the country's desire to build a carrier fleet -all of this is taking place in the context of its rivalry with the United States," Korotchenko said.

"Therefore, the negative commentary which may be found in the American media is a reflection of the fact that the US is coming to realize the extent of the growth in China's military capabilities, and is alarmed by it," the expert added.

Korochenko noted that Russia too is actively working on the development of hypersonic technology, recently 'unfreezing' developments which had been stopped in the 1980s due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Among the companies presently working on this task is the state corporation Tactical Missiles Corporation JSC.

Source: Sputnik News



Raytheon building air and missile defense center for Qatar

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Tewksbury, Mass. (UPI) Dec 8, 2014 - An air and missile defense operations center that will integrate U.S. and European defense and radar systems is to be designed and built for Qatar by Raytheon.

The work, which carries a maximum value of $75.6 million, comes under an undefinitized contract action for a Foreign Military Sales contract.

The ADOC, the first in the Gulf region, is part of the Qatari armed forces modernization and recapitalization effort announced earlier this year. In addition to providing the capability to integrate U.S. and European air defense systems and radars, the system will be integrated with Qatar's Raytheon-made air operations center.

"This contract reinforces the depth of our systems integration capability and expertise in integrated air and missile defense," said Raytheon's Dave Gulla, vice president of Integrated Defense Systems' Global Integrated Sensors business area. "The ADOC will have the latest command and control, cyber, and information assurance capability in partnership with the Air Force to enhance regional security and meet the State of Qatar's requirements."



India test fires nuclear capable strategic missile

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Mumbai, India (XNA) Dec 03, 2014 - India on Tuesday test-fired its nuclear capable strategic missile Agni-4 from a test range off eastern state of Odisha's coast. Supported by a mobile launcher, the sleek missile was flight tested from the launch complex-4 of Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island, at about 10:20 a.m. local time, local media reported.

The test conducted by the specially formed Strategic Force Command was successful, Ravi Kumar Gupta, director of the Directorate of Public Interface, Defence Research and Development Organisation, was quoted as saying.

The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability, sources said.

According to media reports, the Agni-4 missile is equipped with state of the art Avionics, 5th generation On Board Computer and distributed architecture, and has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances.

The accurate Ring Laser Gyro based Inertial Navigation System and highly reliable redundant Micro Navigation System ensures the vehicle reach the target within two-digit accuracy, the reports said.

This is the second test of the missile this year. It was successfully tested from the same place on Jan. 20.




Ballistic Missile Launches Detected by Russia's Aerospace Defense

‎28 ‎December ‎2014, ‏‎11:39:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow, Russia (Sputnik) Dec 03, 2014 - Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces (ADF) have detected the launch of three foreign ballistic missiles, Major General Anatoly Nestechuk, the deputy chief of the Space Command, said.

"We've detected a foreign ballistic missile launch this morning, and another two similar launches were detected the day before yesterday - that is exactly the kind of job our crews perform," Major General Nestechuk said.

He also added that Russia was notified about these launches beforehand, but the fact that they were successfully detected illustrates the high combat readiness level and professionalism of the ADF.

Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces were formed on December 1, 2011.

They are responsible for air and missile defense, as well as for launches and the control of satellites.




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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