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 Introduction:

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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Trump pressured to approve defense deals with India

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Two U.S. Senators have penned letters to President Donald Trump encouraging him to green light two pending defense deals with the Indian government. The letters, written by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas and Mark Warner, D-Va., were addressed to U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson. The first letter calls for the approval of a plan to co-produce F
 

A novel hybrid UAV that may change the way people operate drones

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Beijing, China (SPX) Mar 29, 2017
Two PhD students in National University of Singapore, Unmanned System Research Group spent four years in developing the novel hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles(UAV), U-Lion as shown in Figure 1. U-Lion is a hybrid UAV which can take-off and land vertically like helicopter UAVs, and transit to cruise flight like normal airplanes. The wings can be fully retracted or expended, to favor the stab
 

Poland to withdraw troops from Eurocorps force: official

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Strasbourg, France (AFP) March 28, 2017
Poland will withdraw its contingent from the Eurocorps military group by 2020, a spokesman for the Strasbourg-based intergovernmental body said Tuesday. "The Polish soldiers will leave as their individual contracts end, within three years at the latest," Colonel Vicente Dalmau told AFP, adding the the Polish government had made the decision "several months ago". NATO member Poland, whi
 

New talks on eve of Tillerson visit

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) March 28, 2017
NATO ambassadors will meet the Russian envoy on Thursday in a new bid to ease tensions on the eve of the alliance's first talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The ambassadors will discuss the crisis in Ukraine as well as Afghanistan's security, and terrorism in the region, a NATO official said. "Following consultations with the members of the NATO-Russia Council (NRC), I have
 

US general seeks weapons support for Ukraine

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 28, 2017
The commander of US forces in Europe said Tuesday that United States should consider arming Ukraine with defensive weapons as it fights Russian-backed rebels in the country's east. Ukraine has long sought supplies of US weapons, but was rebuffed by former president Barack Obama's administration, which sent US military personnel to train Ukrainian forces instead. "I personally believe we
 

General Atomics building ground control station for drones

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
General Atomics received a $39.5 million contract modification to support production for an unmanned aircraft system ground control station. The contract, which calls for a station to manage medium-altitude craft, was awarded by the U.S. Air Force. Such stations are designed to allow military personnel to connect with remotely piloted aircraft such as the MQ-1 Predator or the MQ-9 Reape
 

Saudi shoots down 'smuggled' Yemen rebel missiles

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) March 28, 2017
Saudi Arabia intercepted four missiles fired by Yemeni rebels on Tuesday, a Saudi-led coalition said, in what it described as evidence of arms smuggling through a rebel-held Red Sea port. The coalition has said previously that it destroyed much of the Shiite rebels' missile capability early in its two-year-old bombing campaign and says persistent launches show they are receiving new deliveri
 

Raytheon tapped for two more MK 99 ship sets

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
The U.S. Navy awarded Raytheon with a $37 million contract modification to produce two additional MK 99 Mission Fire Control System sets. Under the agreement, the company will provide the Navy with more equipment to support the Aegis Weapon System used on a variety of the branch's war ships. The Fire Control System serves as an interface between a ship's missiles and radar system
 

Taiwan NGO worker detained by Chinese security units: wife

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Taipei (AFP) March 28, 2017
A Taiwanese NGO worker who promoted democracy in China and went missing after visiting the mainland earlier this month has been detained there, his wife said Tuesday. Lee Ming-cheh, 42, "lost contact" on March 19 after he entered the southeastern Chinese city of Zhuhai from Macau, according to Taiwan's government. The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), Taiwan's top policy-making body on C
 

U.K., France join forces for new anti-ship weapon

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Britain and France have inked an agreement to share the the cost of a new cruise missile program lead by MBDA Missile Systems. Under the terms of the pact, signed by British Defense Minister Harriett Baldwin and French counterpart Laurent Collet-Billon, each country will contribute roughly $62 million for the Future Cruise / Anti-Ship Weapon program. "We are launching today a maj
 

Serbia to receive MiG-29 fighters from Russia

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Serbia is to soon receive six Mikoyan MiG-29 jets from Russia as a gift, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said. Vucic made the comment after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who personally approved the transfer, Tass {link: "http://tass.com/defense/937813",nw} reported. "President Putin will sign a decree in the coming days to transfer the planes to us," Vu
 

Boeing gets $59 million contract mod for KC-46 production

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Boeing has received a $59 million contract modification to continue its production for the U.S. Air Force's KC-46 tanker aircraft. Under the modification, the company will provide interim contracting support, a temporary service conducted in lieu of organic capability for a predetermined time. The deal allows Boeing to defer investment in all or part of required support resources.
 

Harris touts reduced costs for F-35 components

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017
Harris Corporation says it has reduced by 64 percent the cost of its avionics ship sets for F-35 fighters and boasts a 99.8 percent production accuracy rate. "By investing our own resources and continuing to search for innovative solutions, Harris is driving results that deliver value to the customer and warfighter," Ed Zoiss, president of Harris Electronic Systems, said in a press rele
 

Northrop Grumman gets contract mod for E-2D production

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Northrop Grumman received a $32.7 million contract modification to continue full-rate production for the U.S. Navy's Lot 5 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. The modification gives the company the green light for exercising an option for software support activity and additional production work. Most of the work will be performed in Melbourne, Fla., with additional tasks set to take
 

Pakistan extends secret military courts

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Islamabad (AFP) March 28, 2017
An expired Pakistani law allowing secret military courts to try civilians on terror charges was extended by the Senate for another two years Tuesday, despite stringent criticism from rights groups. The law expired in January with the controversial tribunals having hanged 12 people and ordered the executions of 149 more. The courts will now be revived as soon as Pakistani President Mamno
 

US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
United Nations, United States (AFP) March 27, 2017
More than 100 countries on Monday launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic. Before the conference had even begun, the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, spoke out to reject the proposal in the light of current global security threats. "As a mom and a daughter th
 

China to open first drone factory in Saudi Arabia

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
China will soon construct the first unmanned aerial vehicle factory in the Middle East following a meeting with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. The New Arab reports Saudi Arabia granted the Chinese permission to move forward with the plan when the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology signed a partnership agreement with China Aerospace Science and Technology Co
 

IS releases video threatening Iran

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Tehran (AFP) March 27, 2017
The Islamic State group threatened Iran for its role in the region's conflicts, in a rare Farsi-language propaganda video released on Monday. The 36-minute video, entitled "The Farsi Land: from Yesterday till Today", was issued through IS's social media channels from Diyala province in neighbouring Iraq. A masked man directs his message to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
 

U.K. Typhoons to deploy to Romania for air policing mission

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Typhoon fighter jets from Britain's Royal Air Force will soon deploy to Romania to conduct an air policing mission in the region. The NATO operation will be conducted alongside pilots from Romania's air force. The planes will patrol the skies over the Black Sea, a move U.K. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says underscores his country's growing support for the alliance. "The U.K.
 

Japan loans Manila military planes for South China Sea

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Manila (AFP) March 27, 2017
The Philippines Monday took delivery of two Japanese military surveillance aircraft to help it patrol vital sea lanes in the South China Sea, despite Manila's increasingly conciliatory stance to Beijing's claims over the disputed waters. Japan will lease a total of five surplus Beechcraft TC-90 planes to the Philippines, according to Manila's defence secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Philip
 

NATO confirms Tillerson meeting Friday

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Brussels (AFP) March 27, 2017
NATO said it has rescheduled a key meeting of foreign ministers for Friday after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was unable to make the original date next week. "Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers moved forward to 31 March," NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said on Twitter on Monday. The NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels had been planned for April 5 and 6, but that was thrown i
 

US Senate advances approval of Montenegro into NATO

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 27, 2017
The US Senate voted overwhelmingly Monday to advance the approval of Montenegro as the newest member of NATO, in what supporters of the alliance's expansion argue would send a stern message to Russia. The procedural step, which advanced on a 97-2 vote, sets up a final approval in the chamber in the coming days. President Donald Trump's administration has encouraged lawmakers to back the
 

U.S. Air Force buys additional laser materials

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
UES Inc. received a $48.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to research and develop laser materials. The contract supports the branch's Blue Systems Survivability program. Work will include research for advanced laser hardened materials and techniques. The U.S. Department of Defense says the goal of the research will be to develop a wide range of laser applications, but di
 

Turning to Chemistry for New "Computing" Concepts

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
As the complexity and volume of global digital data grows, so too does the need for more capable and compact means of processing and storing data. To address this challenge, DARPA has announced its Molecular Informatics program, which seeks a new paradigm for data storage, retrieval, and processing. Instead of relying on the binary digital logic of computers based on the Von Neumann archit
 

Vietnam set to produce satellites by 2022

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Hanoi (XNA) Mar 27, 2017
Vietnam targets to self-develop Lotusat-2 by 2022 when its technical facilities for satellite research, assembly, integration and testing are ready to operate, according to the Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC). Pham Anh Tuan, director of VNSC, was quoted by local Nhan Dan (People) newspaper as saying on Friday that after developing one-kilogram PicoDragon, the first Vietnamese self
 

Bangladesh to join India's South Asia Satellite initiative

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Dhaka (IANS) Mar 27, 2017
Bangladesh has signed an agreement with India to formally join New Delhi's 'South Asia Satellite' initiative, through which the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a communication satellite for serving the South Asia region. The agreement was inked by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood and Indian High Commissioner Harsh Va
 

NASA Selects High Performance Spaceflight Computing (HPSC) Processor Contract

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
NASA has selected Boeing Company in St. Louis for the High Performance Spaceflight Computing Processor (Chiplet) contract for the development of prototype Chiplet devices including packaged parts and bare die, a Chiplet behavioral model, Chiplet Evaluation Boards and System Software. This is a cost-plus fixed-fee contract with a total contract value of $26.6 million which includes five opt
 

The "Brain" of the Space Launch System RS-25 Engine Passes Critical Test

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Stennis Space Center, MS (SPX) Mar 27, 2017
An RS-25 rocket engine with a new flight-model engine controller and flight configuration software was tested for the first time at NASA's Stennis Space Center last week. Four RS-25 engines, manufactured by Aerojet Rocketdyne, a subsidiary of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc., will help propel NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, America's next generation heavy-lift launch vehicle, and
 

SRC's counter-drone system on display

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
A counter-drone system from SRC Inc., a non-profit research and development company, is being exhibited at next month's Navy League's Sea Air Space Exposition, the company recently announced. Silent Archer provides defense against low, slow and small UAS threats, including quadcopters. It is comprised of air surveillance radar, an electronic warfare system, a direction-finding un
 

Smiths Detection tapped for airport security

 
‎Yesterday, ‎March ‎28, ‎2017, ‏‎7:25:54 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 27, 2017
Smiths Detection has selected by Britain's Ministry of Defense to provide aviation security equipment at its military airports worldwide, the company announced on Monday. The specific value of the award was not detailed but was said to be worth millions of dollars. "This key contract will deliver checkpoint and hold baggage security for all UK Ministry of Defense airports over th
 

China denies plans to build on disputed shoal

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Beijing (AFP) March 22, 2017
China Wednesday denied plans to build an environmental monitoring station on a disputed shoal near the Philippines' coastline, after a local official last week announced the plan. "As we have learned from relevant authorities, the report on establishing an environmental monitoring station is false. This is not true at all," foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regula
 

After Trump tweet, Pentagon chief explains NATO funding

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 22, 2017
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers Wednesday that NATO does not track "past money owed," days after President Donald Trump claimed Germany has shortchanged the alliance by massive amounts. "I cannot give you an accounting for past money owed, because that's not the way we do that in NATO," Mattis said at a Senate hearing in Washington. After meeting with German Chancellor Ang
 

British tanks join NATO battle group in Estonia

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Tallinn (AFP) March 22, 2017
British army equipment including tanks and self-propelled guns on Wednesday arrived by boat in Estonia, part of a NATO move to reinforce its eastern flank to deter a militarily resurgent Russia, according to Estonia's defence forces. The 130 units of equipment arrived at the Paldiski seaport in northern Estonia but will be transferred to the town of Tapa to join the 200 British troops and 5
 

'Lab-on-a-glove' could bring nerve-agent detection to a wearer's fingertips

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (SPX) Mar 23, 2017
There's a reason why farmers wear protective gear when applying organophosphate pesticides. The substances are very effective at getting rid of unwanted bugs, but they can also make people sick. Related compounds - organophosphate nerve agents - can be used as deadly weapons. Now researchers have developed a fast way to detect the presence of such compounds in the field using a disposable
 

World leaders stand with Britain after London attack

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Paris (AFP) March 23, 2017
World leaders unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they stand with Britain. At least four people were killed and more than 40 injured in the attack outside parliament Wednesday when a man mowed down pedestrians with a car then leapt out and stabbed a police officer. In an address outside her Downing Street of
 

Lockheed Martin gets $98M for SEWIP production

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Lockheed Martin received a $98 million contract modification to continue producing the U.S. Navy's Surface Electronic Warfare Improvement Program systems. The modification covers work for the program's Block 2 subsystems, which aim to expand upon the receiver and antenna groups necessary to support threat detection and improved system integration. Surface Electronic Warfare Impro
 

ST Engineering to produce next-gen AFV for Singapore

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
ST Engineering has received a contract from Singapore's defense ministry to produce and supply its Next Generation Armored Fighting Vehicle. Singapore is procuring the platform as a replacement for its aging Ultra M113 AFV. The country's government is expecting deliveries to begin in 2019. Under the contract, ST Engineering subsidiary ST Kinetics will also provide integrated logi
 

Thales delivers flight simulator to Malaysian air force

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Thales Group supplied the Malaysian air force with a new FNPT II Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer, marking the product's first delivery in the market. The trainer is designed to prepare pilots for operating H120 helicopters, a civil rotorcraft developed by Airbus. Thales says the software it delivered will reduce costs for the force and limit the environmental impact of its trai
 

U.S. Army emphasizing mobility for next combat vehicle

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
The U.S. Army is seeking lighter armored vehicle concepts to better prepare for fighting in future battlefields, the service announced. Lighter combat vehicles, Army officials say, support the branch's strategy for placing a heavier emphasis on armored mobility. Army leaders discussed future designs and procurement concepts ahead of releasing a new maneuver force modernization strategy.
 

US senator warns of 'tough decisions' with Syrian Kurds

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 22, 2017
The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria faces "tough decisions" on how much it should support Kurdish fighters in an offensive to reclaim Raqa from the jihadists, a senior US lawmaker warned Wednesday. Senator John McCain, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Trump administration is weighing the thorny issue of giving the Kurds heavy arms and a major
 

U.S. Air Force orders KC-10 engine overhauls

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
The U.S. Air Force placed a $16.9 million order to Northrop Grumman to provide engine overhauls for the branch's KC-10 Extender aircraft. The agreement with Northrop Grumman continues the Air Force's engine support projects for the tanker. Earlier in March, the branch awarded Kelly Aviation Center with a $1 billion KC-10 engine support deal. The work will be performed in Cincinna
 

Coalition vows victory against Islamic State

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 22, 2017
Senior diplomats from the 68-strong US-led coalition against the Islamic State group vowed to seek a quick and lasting victory against the jihadists Wednesday at a major meeting. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed his counterparts from the mainly Western and Arab alliance to Washington with a vow to hunt down IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Envoys were keen to hear details of U
 

Allies vow to destroy IS as attacks overshadow talks

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 23, 2017
The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group vowed to crush the jihadists Wednesday at a meeting overshadowed by an attack in London and civilian deaths in Syria. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed his counterparts from the mainly Western and Arab 68-nation alliance to Washington with a promise to hunt down IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. But he also warned the coalition i
 

U.S. Air Force delivers refurbished F-16s to Indonesia

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎23, ‎2017, ‏‎7:54:44 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 22, 2017
Four refurbished F-16 Fighting Falcons were flown from the United States to Indonesia recently for delivery to the Indonesian Air Force. The delivery of the aircraft was the fifth of six from the U.S. Air Force Ogden Air Logistics Complex as part of a Foreign Military Sales deal for 24 Block-25 F-16s, Air Force officials said in a press release. The F-16 aircraft involved were or
 

Israel's David's Sling missile system to be operational in weeks

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10:59:12 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017
David's Sling, Israel's developing mid-tier missile defense system, is set to become operational within weeks, according to local media reports. Once operational, the system will be used to supplement Israel's existing Iron Dome and Arrow missile defense systems. The new platform specializes in intercepting tactical ballistic missiles, medium to long-range rockets, and cruise missiles.
 

North Korea fails in new missile test: Seoul

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10:59:12 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 22, 2017
A new North Korean missile test failed on Wednesday, the South and US said, two weeks after Pyongyang launched four rockets in what it called a drill for an attack on American bases in Japan. The nuclear-armed North is under several sets of United Nations sanctions over its atomic and ballistic missile programmes. It is on a quest to develop a long-range missile capable of hitting the US
 

Coalition gathers to hear Trump Islamic State plan

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10:59:12 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) March 22, 2017
Ministers from the 68-nation US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group meet in Washington Wednesday to hear more about US President Donald Trump's plan to destroy the jihadists' remaining strongholds in Iraq and Syria. Trump has ordered his generals to craft an accelerated strategy to "eradicate" the group's so-called caliphate, and allied partners are keen to learn more at the day-l
 

U.S., South Korea to conduct naval exercises

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10:59:12 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 20, 2017
Naval forces from the United States and South Korea are preparing to conduct a series of training exercises, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. The exercises will aim to improve regional security and interoperability between the two forces. South Korean navy officials say the event is necessary to prepare both parties to respond to North Korean aggression. "This defensive
 

Swedish parliament holds first war game in 20 years

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10:59:12 AMGo to full article
Stockholm (AFP) March 21, 2017
The Swedish parliament has held its first war game in 20 years in response to worries over global politics, its speaker said Tuesday, as tensions with Russia rise. A delegation of 50 lawmakers - which would have the power to replace parliament in the event of the threat of war or an outright conflict - held the drill on Monday at an unknown location, said speaker Urban Ahlin, declining to
 

North Korea's parliament to hold rare meeting: KCNA

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎22, ‎2017, ‏‎10:59:12 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) March 22, 2017
North Korea will hold a rare parliamentary session next month, state media reported Wednesday, as regional tensions intensify following the nuclear-armed state's recent missile tests. The country's legislative body meets only once or twice a year, mostly for day-long sessions to rubber-stamp budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers' Party. The last meeting was

 

 

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Israel's David's Sling missile system to be operational in weeks

 
‎Friday, ‎March ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎12:53:30 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 21, 2017 - David's Sling, Israel's developing mid-tier missile defense system, is set to become operational within weeks, according to local media reports.

Once operational, the system will be used to supplement Israel's existing Iron Dome and Arrow missile defense systems. The new platform specializes in intercepting tactical ballistic missiles, medium to long-range rockets, and cruise missiles.

The Iron Dome was built to engage short-range rockets, and the Arrow was designed to intercept ballistic missiles outside Earth's atmosphere. Israeli defense officials say the addition of David's Sling fills critical gaps for the country's defenses.

"One of the threats against us is heavy rockets, not Katyushas or Grads, which can travel 25 miles, but things that can travel several hundred kilometers," Israeli missile engineer Uzi Rubin told Times of Israel. "There are also things like air-to-ground weapons, which act like missiles -- the David's Sling needs to intercept those too."

Operational capability for David's Sling comes as tensions mount between Israel and its neighbor states, including Syria. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Arrow system was used to intercept a ballistic missile fired toward Israel by the Syrian army.

On Friday, Israeli pilots conducted a series of airstrikes against Syrian targets, and rejected Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's claims his regime managed to take down one of their aircraft.

Senior Israeli defense officials are confident the addition of a new system will make the country safer than ever from missile and rocket attacks.

David's Sling is a joint project between Israel Aerospace Industries and U.S. manufacturer Raytheon.

 

 

Russia takes swipe at US missile defence in South Korea

 
‎Friday, ‎March ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎12:53:30 PMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) March 20, 2017 - Russia on Monday criticised the deployment of a US anti-missile system aimed at North Korea, saying it poses "serious risks" to the region.

The US this month began installing the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea in response to the North's intensifying ballistic missile development.

Allies Washington and Seoul say it is for purely defensive purposes. China fears it could undermine its own nuclear deterrent and has lashed out, imposing measures seen as economic retaliation on South Korea.

Russia, meanwhile, took advantage of diplomatic and defence talks with US ally Japan to criticise the development.

"We drew attention to the serious risks posed by the deployment of elements of the American global anti-missile system in the Asia-Pacific region," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference, saying Moscow raised the issue in the talks.

"If this is meant to counter threats coming from North Korea, then the deployment of this system and accumulating armaments in the region is a disproportionate reply," he added, apparently referring to THAAD.

Russia last year also expressed worries over plans for the deployment in South Korea.

Lavrov's comments came after so-called two-plus-two talks between the foreign and defence ministers of Russia and Japan.

They also followed a high-profile visit to the region by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who warned that American military action against the North was an option "on the table."

North Korea did come in for criticism at the Russia-Japan meeting for its nuclear and missile development.

"We shared the view that we will strongly urge North Korea to exercise self-restraint over further provocative actions and follow UN Security Council resolutions," said Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.

North Korea is banned by the international community from pursuing nuclear and missile programmes but has defiantly ploughed ahead.

It staged its two latest nuclear tests last year and recently fired off missiles which it described as practice for an attack on US bases in Japan.

Japan and Russia also tried to further bridge differences over a long-standing territorial dispute dating from World War II but achieved no major breakthroughs.

The Soviet Union seized four islands off Japan's northern coast in 1945 in the closing days of the war and the dispute has prevented a peace treaty to formally end the conflict.

The foreign and defence ministers' meeting, the first since late 2013, followed a December summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin that focused on the territorial row.

Kishida announced that Abe will visit Russia in late April to continue their discussions on efforts to finally conclude a peace treaty ending the war.

 

 

Israel says it foiled Syrian ballistic missile threat

 
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Jerusalem (AFP) March 20, 2017 - A senior army officer said Monday that Israel had fired its Arrow missile at a Syrian rocket which posed a "ballistic threat" during clashes over the weekend.

Israeli warplanes struck several targets in Syria on Friday, drawing retaliatory missile fire, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the start of the Syrian war six years ago.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah, and that Israel would do the same again if necessary.

Syria's military launched anti-aircraft missiles at the attackers and said it had downed an Israeli plane and hit another as they carried out pre-dawn strikes near the desert city of Palmyra.

Israel denied any of its aircraft was hit.

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Sunday threatened to destroy Syrian air defence systems "without the slightest hesitation" if they fired on Israeli planes in future.

During the sortie, Israel threw its Arrow interceptor into the fray to take out what the officer said Monday was believed to have been a Russian-made SA 5 missile.

"It was a ballistic threat focused on the state of Israel," he said, speaking in English to foreign media on condition of anonymity.

"Our mission is to defend the state and the people of Israel," he added. "That was exactly the case last week."

Former prime minister and defence minister Ehud Barak has questioned the wisdom of the Arrow launch, saying it may have escalated tensions with Syria in too public a manner.

Missile fragments fell in Jordan, which borders both Israel and Syria, without causing casualties.

But the Israeli officer said Monday that the Syrian missile, weighing "tonnes and carrying hundreds of kilos of explosives" had posed a threat that could not have been ignored.

"Try to imagine the meaning if this kind of threat would hit the cities and towns of Israel," he said.

Launching the Arrow, jointly developed by the United States and Israel, was "a correct and effective solution", he added.

Russia's foreign ministry on Monday said it had summoned Israel's ambassador over the strikes and "expressed concern".

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the border had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict broke out.

Iranian-backed Hezbollah has been fighting inside Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad against rebels.

While Israel has largely avoided getting sucked into the conflict directly, it has repeatedly struck Syrian territory, particularly targeting alleged Hezbollah weapons convoys.

 

 

Raytheon developing next-gen missile defense communications

 
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Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017 - Raytheon received an $11.8 million contract to develop new communication technologies for the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

The new technologies, known as Communications and Interoperability for Integrated Fires, or CIIF, will aim to enhance situational awareness capabilities for the U.S. Navy's air and missile defense operations.

According to Raytheon, CIIF will enable new and existing Navy ships to share information across common data links. Operators will be able to relay messages to aircraft, U.S. Marine Corps expeditionary systems, and ground-based test sites.

"CIIF brings the Navy closer to full spectrum awareness and supports distributed lethality," Raytheon's Colin Whelan explained in a press release. "Battlefield commanders need instant access to as much information as possible to protect critical assets and save lives. CIIF ties together that information -- from land, sea and air-based sensors, across the services -- in ways never before possible."

 

 

Saudi intercepts Yemen rebel missile as camp toll rises

 
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Riyadh (AFP) March 18, 2017 - A Yemeni rebel missile was intercepted over Saudi Arabia late Friday, a Saudi-led coalition said, as the death toll from a rebel attack on a Yemeni army camp rose to 32.

The rebels' Saba news agency said the missile was aimed at offices of Saudi oil giant Aramco in the town of Jizan.

The coalition, which has been fighting the rebels in support of government forces for the past two years, said the missile was intercepted without casualties or damage.

The Yemeni army said the toll from Friday's rebel rocket attack on its camp in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa, had risen to 32 dead and 81 wounded.

Marib province lies on the border with Saudi Arabia and most of it has been retaken by government forces.

Military sources said the rebels hit the Kofel camp in Sarwah district with a Katyusha-type multiple rocket launcher and hit a mosque crowded with soldiers for the main weekly prayers.

Despite the coalition's military intervention, the rebels still control Sanaa and much of the northern highlands and Red Sea coast.

 

 

Lockheed Martin gets $80M for Aegis foreign military sales

 
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Washington (UPI) Mar 16, 2017 - Lockheed Martin received an $80.5 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to study Aegis implementation studies for various international customers.

Under the modification, the company will examine how effectively foreign Aegis users are integrating and operating the maritime combat system. The study will target naval forces in Japan, South Korea, Spain, Australia and Norway.

The U.S. Department of Defense says most of the work will be performed in New Jersey with additional tasks being done in Japan and South Korea. Lockheed Martin is expected to complete the contract by November 2019.

The company received $54.9 million at the time of the modification award. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

The Aegis combat system is a weapon control platform designed to allow surface vessels to engage submarines, land targets and other warships more efficiently. The system can also be used to protect equipped vessels from cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and enemy aircraft.

 

 

Australia's HMAS Hobart completes sea trials with Aegis

 
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Washington (UPI) Mar 14, 2017 - Australia's navy and various industry partners completed sea trials with an Aegis-equipped HMAS Hobart destroyer.

The trials were conducted to verify the platform's compatibility with the Aegis combat system built by Lockheed Martin. Other industry partners involved with the event include Raytheon Australia, Navantia and ASC Shipbuilding.

The team, known as the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance, says the trial's completion puts Hobart one step closer to joining Australia's naval fleet. The vessel is the first of three to be equipped with the Aegis combat system.

"This is yet another significant milestone for the Commonwealth and for the Aegis combat system aboard Australia's first Hobart Class destroyer, capable of simultaneously defending against advanced air, surface and subsurface threats," Lockheed Martin's Jim Sheridan said in a press release. "Having these three destroyers with the Aegis combat system provides Australia with new game changing capabilities to address modern threats."

Aegis is a battle management system designed to provide operators with detection and engagement capabilities. According to Lockheed Martin, the system is able to engage several targets at a time, and can be used against ground-based enemies, surface ships, submarines and incoming missiles.

HMAS Hobart is the 107th ship to be equipped with the system, making Australia the sixth nation allied to the United States to receive the capability. Additional operators include Spain, South Korea, Norway and Japan.

Hobart-class destroyers are being constructed as part of Australia's SEA 4000 program, which defense leaders say is one of the largest naval projects in the country's history.

 

 

UN hopes for easing of tensions after Chinese anger over THAAD

 
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United Nations, United States (AFP) March 7, 2017 - The United Nations on Tuesday said it hoped for fresh efforts to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula after China angrily responded to the US deployment of the THAAD missile-defence system in South Korea.

"We hope that efforts will be stepped up to find a path to reduce tensions and to work for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

The US Pacific Command said Monday its military had begun deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea, which is aimed at defending the US ally from a North Korean attack.

China responded that it was "firmly opposed" to the deployment and vowed to "resolutely take necessary measures" to defend its security interests.

The announcement from the US military came after North Korea launched four missiles that it said were part of a training exercise for a strike on US bases in Japan. Three of the missiles came down in waters close to Japan.

The UN Security Council will meet on Wednesday to discuss the latest North Korean missile launches and possible new measures to punish Pyongyang for violating UN resolutions.

China, a permanent council member and Pyongyang's main ally, has argued that deployment of the THAAD would further destabilize the situation on the Korean peninsula.

The council has imposed six sets of sanctions on North Korea -- two of which were adopted last year to significantly ramp up measures and deny Kim Jong-Un's regime hard currency revenue.

A recent report by a UN panel of experts said North Korea was resorting to ingenious ways to circumvent sanctions, by setting up front companies, notably in China and Malaysia.

The report raised questions about China's commitment to implement sanctions against North Korea.

 

 

China vows 'resolute' measures after THAAD deployment

 
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Beijing (AFP) March 7, 2017 - China said Tuesday it would "resolutely" defend its security interests as the US began deploying the THAAD missile-defence system in South Korea that Beijing fears will undermine its own military capabilities.

"We are firmly opposed to the deployment of THAAD in the Republic of Korea by the US and the ROK," foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

"China will resolutely take necessary measures to defend our own security interests. All consequences entailed from this will be borne by the US and the ROK."

The US Pacific Command said Monday its military had begun deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea, which is aimed at defending the US ally from a North Korean attack.

The latest tests by nuclear-armed North Korea came Monday when it launched four missiles that it said were part of training for a strike on US bases in Japan.

Three of the missiles came down in waters provocatively close to Japan.

Beijing has railed against the deployment of THAAD, while the South Korean conglomerate Lotte Group has come under pressure in China for providing land to host the system.

Geng, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, did not specify what measures China would take.

"We strongly urge relevant parties to stop the deployment and not to travel down that wrong path," he said.

Chinese protesters have held demonstrations denouncing Lotte, which also faces multiple threats of consumer or business boycotts.

South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Tuesday that Chinese authorities had shut down 39 of Lotte's retail outlets in the country, citing fire-safety concerns.

The THAAD system is meant to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.

Dozens of Lotte stores suspended in China amid missile row
Seoul (AFP) March 7, 2017 - South Korean retail giant Lotte has been forced to shut down dozens of stores in China, it said Tuesday as diplomatic rows over a controversial US missile system sparked boycott calls against Seoul.

Lotte has faced growing opposition in China since signing a deal to provide land to host the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system loathed by Beijing.

The first parts of the system -- intended to guard against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea -- arrived on Monday and China fears it would undermine its own military capabilities.

Chinese officials have shut down 39 out of retail chain Lotte Mart's 99 stores in the country over fire safety concerns, a Lotte spokesman said.

Each Lotte Mart employs about 130 Chinese workers, the spokesman said, adding the suspensions, if prolonged, would put nearly 5,000 jobs at risk.

"We are afraid that the recent development may cause a loss of thousands of jobs for Chinese people," he told AFP.

"We will ask the South Korean government for diplomatic support to help resolve the incidents believed to be retaliations," he said, without elaborating further.

Lotte -- the South's number five business group -- has invested more than $8 billion in its Chinese operations and has a total of 120 outlets in the country.

Chinese protesters have held demonstrations denouncing Lotte, which was previously forced to halt construction of $2.6 billion theme-park project in the northeastern city of Shenyang by state safety inspectors.

Beijing has not directly threatened Lotte Group, but it vowed Tuesday to "resolutely" defend its security interests.

 

 

India stages successful test of missile interceptor

 
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Balasore, India (UPI) Mar 1, 2017 - India has successfully test-fired its Advanced Air Defense interceptor against a ballistic missile traveling at low altitude.

The test on Monday was the second within a month and is part of India's effort to develop a multi-layer missile defense system.

"Today's test launch was conducted in order to validate various parameters of the interceptor in flight mode," an Indian defense official told reporters.

In the test, a Prithvi ballistic missile was launched from a test range at Chandipur, while the AAD interceptor was launched four minutes later from Abdul Kalam Island in the Bay of Bengal after receiving signals from tracking radars.

The AAD destroyed the Prithvi in mid-air at an endo-atmospheric altitude, or less than 60 miles high.

The AAF interceptor, fired from a mobile launcher, was a single-stage missile with a navigation system, a high-tech computer, an electro-mechanical activator and independent tracking and homing capabilities.

 

 

Protesters sue to stop US missile system in S. Korea

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎5:48:57 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Feb 28, 2017 - People living near a South Korean golf course on Tuesday sued to stop it hosting a controversial US missile system loathed by Beijing, lawyers said, after Chinese media issued a veiled threat of a consumer boycott over the plan.

A subsidiary of retail giant Lotte Group, South Korea's fifth-biggest company, signed an agreement Tuesday with the defence ministry to provide the course in the southeast of the country, authorities said, despite coming under growing pressure from crucial market China over the proposal.

The plan by Washington and Seoul to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in response to threats from nuclear-armed North Korea has angered Beijing, which fears it will undermine its own ballistic capabilities.

Chinese authorities have forced Lotte to suspend a $2.6 billion theme park construction project, and other South Korean businesses have faced tougher regulatory hurdles from Beijing.

But the Lotte board on Monday approved the swap of a company-owned golf course in Seongju county, in southeastern South Korea, for a parcel of military-owned ground near Seoul.

China's official Xinhua news agency said the decision "could turn into a nightmare for Lotte".

"Exasperated Chinese people may boycott Lotte products and services in their country," it added.

The plan has also stirred protest closer to home, with riled locals launching a lawsuit with the Seoul administrative court against South Korea's defence ministry.

"This is only the beginning of our legal battles to stop this project," lawyer Kim Yu-Jeong told journalists outside the defence ministry, where some 40 activists and residents mounted a demonstration.

Kim Chung-Hwan, the protest leader in Seongju county, told AFP by phone that hundreds of soldiers and riot police had been deployed at the nearby golf course to guard entrances.

- Barbed wire -

Yonhap news agency said the military planned to use helicopters to bring in barbed wire fencing to close off the site after weeks of daily protests. It quoted an unidentified defence ministry official as saying that the THAAD system will be in place as early as in May or June.

The lawsuit from residents of Seongju county and neighbouring Gimcheon accuses the defence ministry of bypassing legally-required procedures, including prior agreement from local people and an environmental impact assessment.

Under the agreement, Lotte will provide 1,480,000 square metres of land in Seongju -- with an estimated value of 8.9 billion won ($7.9 million) -- for 67,000 square metres on the outskirts of the capital.

China's foreign ministry on Monday reiterated its strong opposition to the planned installation, warning of "consequences" for Seoul and Washington.

Food- and retail-focussed Lotte has reportedly invested some 10 trillion won ($8.8 billion) in China and some 80 percent of sales at its duty free shops are to Chinese customers.

Last year the impoverished but nuclear-armed North staged two atomic tests and a number of missile launches.

The most recent missile test on February 12 -- the first since US President Donald Trump took office -- showed some signs of progress in its missile capabilities, according to the South Korean military.

 

 

Jenoptik contracted for Patriot missile components

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎5:48:57 AMGo to full article
Berlin (UPI) Feb 24, 2017 - German manufacturer Jenoptik received a $13.8 million contract to deliver components supporting the Patriot air and missile defense system.

Jenoptik received the order as a follow-on to earlier assignments from 2016. The contract includes the delivery of electrical generators, spare parts packages and testing equipment.

In a statement announcing the contract, Jenoptik notes it has been a long-term supplier for the Patriot program. The company produces power supply units and sub-systems for the weapon at its facilities in Germany.

The Patriot air and missile defense system is a U.S.-led program aiming to develop solutions for countering airborne threats such as enemy aircraft and ballistic missile attacks. The surface-to-air missiles are manufactured by Raytheon.

In addition to the United States and Germany, the system is employed by armed forces in Israel, Greece, Japan, Saudi Arabia and several other U.S. military allies.

 

 

Raytheon developing new tool for war game assessment

 
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Dulles, Va. (UPI) Feb 16, 2017 - Raytheon is developing an automated assessment system for judging the effectiveness of 21st century weapons in war game scenarios.

The first-of-its-kind tool, commissioned by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, will automatically teach war game participants which weapons to use in every possible scenario, including missiles, kinetic interceptors, cyber and electronic warfare weapons.

Raytheon said its Coordinated Cyber/Electronic Warfare Integrated Fires program, or CCEWIF, uses analytics to assess the probabilities of success within a war game scenario, using a mix of kinetic and non-kinetic options.

The company anticipates delivering the initial CCEWIF war game tool by early next year.

"This really is a first of its kind tool that brings together automation, analytics and cyber capabilities," said Todd Probert, vice president of Mission Support and Modernization at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. "This unique program will give our military an edge in today's digital battlespace when seconds count and they need options and answers fast."

Raytheon said the CCEWIF system will take in real-world data about threats and kinetic and non-kinetic effects of weapons to generate realistic simulations. Raytheon's mathematical foundation then provides probabilities of success and predicted battle damage.

 

 

U.S. Army awards $3 billion in missile defense contracts

 
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Washington (UPI) Feb 10, 2017 - Eight defense contractors have been selected to share a $3 billion contract to develop new missile defense solutions for the U.S. Army.

The award's recipients include BAE Systems, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Dynetics, QWK Integrated Solutions, Teledyne Brown Engineering, KBRwyle Technology Solutions and Science Applications International Corporation.

Under the agreement, the companies will perform design, development, demonstration and integration services for the Domain 1 - Space/High Altitude and Missile Defense Program. The effort aims to facilitate research on appropriate hardware and software components to bolster U.S. missile defenses.

The U.S. Department of Defense says work locations will be determined with each order, and expects tasks to be complete by Feb. 8 2026.

Bids for the contracts were solicited via the internet. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is the contracting activity.

 

 

New US Missile Hits Target in Space

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎5:48:57 AMGo to full article
Washington DC (Sputnik) Feb 08, 2017 - The US Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon have successfully tested a missile that intercepts enemy missiles in space.

The SM-3 IIA missile can sense ballistic missile attacks from space and neutralize the threats. The SM-3 made its debut by eliminating a ballistic missile fired from the Navy's USS John Paul Jones destroyer.

The idea for the mission was conceived and motivated, in part, by Star Wars, according to Scout Warrior's Kris Osborn. "Now that technology is getting better," he said, "exoatmospheric" missiles can intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles descending from outer space. The anti-missile technology would come in handy if the medium-range DF-16 missile tested by the Chinese People's Liberation Army gets deployed.

The next-generation missile is being developed by both Washington and Tokyo, Scout reported. Further, the US plans to deploy the missile in Poland by 2018. The successful launch took place in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii.

Raytheon said that the 21-inch airframe allows US and Japanese forces to defend a larger area. "Now we have a higher sensitivity-so that is just a better seeker," Raytheon SM-3 program director Amy Cohen said.

"The SM-3 Block IIA missile is a larger version of the SM-3 IB in terms of boosters and the kinetic warhead, which allows for increased operating time," the Missile Defense Agency said in a statement. Other officials asserted that the test was a "critical milestone" and that it was a "vitally important" achievement for preparing against "increasing ballistic missile threats around the world."

The administration of US President Donald Trump has made state-of-the-art missile defense a top priority.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

New Age, New Aims: CIS Air Defense to Be Upgraded for Aerospace Tasks

 
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Moscow (Sputnik) Feb 07, 2017 - The Commonwealth of Independent States' (CIS) joint air defense system will be adapted to meet the challenges of aerospace defense, the press service of the CIS Executive Committee stated. On February 8-9, the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk will host an expert group meeting to consult on draft documents regarding the cooperation of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the military sphere.

"At the meeting, experts will consider two draft documents. The first - a draft of guidelines for the adaptation of the united air defense system of the CIS countries to address aerospace defense tasks," the CIS Executive Committee said in a statement.

The draft document has been developed to implement the concept of aerospace defense, and is intended to replace the prospective guidelines of the united air defense system from December 2012, which have already been accomplished, the press service specified.

"The document sets out the measures to improve the regulatory framework of cooperation for the construction of an integrated system of aerospace defense of the CIS countries, as well as sub-systems of intelligence and warning of aerospace attack, destruction and suppression of air and space attacks, the organizational structure and unified air defense management system," the press service added.

In addition, the guidelines prescribe measures of military and technical cooperation, taking into account the tasks of aerospace defense, joint activities of operational and combat training in the frameworks of both the united CIS air defense system and in regional air defense systems.

After the draft is fully agreed upon, the final decision on the guidelines will be considered in accordance with established procedure by the Council of the CIS heads of state.

The second document, proposed by Kazakhstan's Defense Ministry, concerns the establishment of an association of higher military educational institutions in the CIS states.

The CIS is a regional organization formed by former Soviet Union members in the 1990s. The organization aims to promote economic, political and cultural cooperation.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Lockheed Martin to perform additional THAAD development

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎11:25:17 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Feb 1, 2017 - Lockheed Martin received a $345.5 million contract modification to perform additional development services for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense elements.

The modification, awarded by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, brings the cumulative contract value to $1.3 billion. Under the agreement, Lockheed Martin will continue to perform flight and ground tests for the Ballistic Missile Defense System.

The U.S. Department of Defense did not disclose when the work is expected to be complete, but reports it will be performed in Sunnyvale, Calif., and Huntsville, Ala.

Lockheed Martin did not receive any funding at the time of the modification award. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, is a missile defense platform designed to provide operators protection from short- and medium-range ballistic missile attacks. The system is designed to engage threats using a variety of interceptor munitions.

While primarily used by the U.S. Army, THAAD has also been procured by the Untied Arab Emirates, Oman and South Korea.

 

 

Raytheon contracted for Patriot missile support

 
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Washington (UPI) Feb 2, 2017 - Raytheon received a $202 million foreign military sales contract to provide engineering services for its Patriot weapon system.

The contract includes sales to various U.S. allies, including Germany, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Spain, Taiwan and the Netherlands. Bids for the contract were solicited via the internet with one received.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the work will be performed in multiple locations, and is expected to be complete by the end of January 2018.

Raytheon received $202 million in funding for the project at the time of the contract award. The Army Contracting Command is listed as the contracting activity.

Raytheon's Patriot weapon system is a long-range, all-weather platform that can be used for defense against various airborne attacks, such as ballistic missiles, cruise missiles or enemy aircraft. The system is equipped with GaN-based AESA radar technology to boost detection range.

The long-range missile solution is capable of firing multiple missile types, allowing operators to tailor their munitions to meet specific threats.

 

 

MEADS team submits updated proposal for Poland's Wilsa program

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎11:25:17 AMGo to full article
Warsaw, Poland (UPI) Feb 1, 2017 - The Polish government received an updated offer for its medium-range air defense program from MEADS International.

The offer updates the company's proposal alongside Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa in September, intensifying the competition between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin for the contract.

Included in the proposal for Poland's missile defense project, known as Wilsa, is MEADS International's Technology Transfer Plan. The package is comprised of active electronically scanned array radar and digital defense systems designed to provide 360 degrees of coverage.

"MEADS represents the most affordable and the quickest path to the capabilities Poland requires," MEADS vice president Tom Oles said in a press release. "If MEADS is selected for Wisła, the Polish industry will benefit from technology implementation and future sales of MEADS in partnership with global leaders in defense."

The MEADS System has been jointly developed between industry partners in Germany, Italy and the United States to replace the Patriot missile defense system developed by Raytheon. The industry team says the ground-based platform can engage threats from any direction and works with other NATO-aligned forces.

 

 

S. Korea, US defence chiefs back anti-missile system

 
‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Jan 31, 2017 - South Korea's defence chief and his new US counterpart vowed Tuesday to push ahead with a plan to deploy a US anti-missile system this year, Seoul's military said, despite angry protests by China.

The two allies last year announced the plan to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system following a series of atomic and missile tests by nuclear-armed North Korea.

New US Defense Secretary James Mattis and his South Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo reaffirmed the plan in a phone conversation, Seoul's defence ministry said, days before Mattis visits Asia.

How the incoming administration of President Donald Trump will approach the region has raised worries in South Korea and Japan, both of them longstanding US allies.

During his campaign, Trump threatened to withdraw US forces from the two countries if they did not step up their financial support for their defence.

Mattis and Han voiced grave concern over growing threats from North Korea and agreed on "a need...to push ahead with the deployment of the THAAD as planned", the ministry said in a statement.

The two ministers also warned that the North may stage armed provocations at times of power transitions in the South and the US.

Their conversation came after Trump and South Korea's acting president Hwang Kyo-Ahn agreed Monday to strengthen their joint defence capabilities, but with the White House's official statement making no specific reference to THAAD.

The North's leader Kim Jong-Un boasted early this month that the country was in the "final stages" of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The THAAD plan has infuriated China, which fears it will undermine its own ballistic capabilities and has slapped a series of measures seen by Seoul as economic retaliation.

It also sparked angry protests from residents of the area chosen to host the powerful missile system, with several South Korean presidential hopefuls vowing to scrap the plan if elected.

Mattis, during his first overseas tour since taking office this month, visits South Korea from Thursday to Friday before flying to Japan.

He is expected to meet with Han as well as Hwang, who has been serving as acting head of state since parliament impeached President Park Geun-Hye last month.

The South's Constitutional Court is reviewing the validity of the motion. If the court confirms the impeachment, a presidential election will be held within 60 days.

 

 

Russia Restores Radar Field Securing All-Round Defense Against Missile Attacks

 
‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 27, 2017 - The Russian Aerospace Forces have restored the united radar field, which provides control and warns of missile launches and attacks outside the state borders, media reported Thursday, citing Russian military.

The radar field of the missile attack warning system allows controlling the missile launches within a radius of 6,000 kilometers (3,700 miles) around the Russian borders, the Russian Izvestia newspaper said.

The restoration of the united radar field around Russia was finished in late 2016, however, the part of the field, which monitors the missile activity beyond the Arctic Circle has not become operational yet, the publication said, citing a source in the Russia Aerospace Forces.

According to the media outlet, the Russian missile attack warning system consists of three elements - space satellites monitoring missile launches, ground early warning radar systems calculating the movement trajectory of a missile, and the Don-2N radar station based in the Moscow Region and designed to detect and track the ballistic missiles, as well as to aim interceptor missiles at a target.

Since 2008, Russia has been developing a unified air and missile defense system, designed to integrate not only its own air and missile defense systems, but also those of other CIS countries.

In fact, the creation of this system means the gradual obliteration of the line between tactical and strategic air and missile defense systems.

The concept of a unified system involves the creation of a multilayered and multitiered air and missile defense system capable of effectively engaging aerial targets at different ranges and altitudes.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Moscow's Air Defense Registered a Dozen Missile Launches in 2016

 
‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 27, 2017 - In 2016 the crew of a Don-2N radar facility, one of many keeping an eye on the skies over Moscow and the Central Industrial Region, registered nearly a dozen ballistic and space rocket launches, Rossiiskaya Gazeta reported, citing the Defense Ministry's press service in Moscow.

Also in 2016, air and missile defense units stationed outside Moscow conducted a series of drills to spot, track and "destroy" hundreds of hypothetical aircraft and missiles.

"There are over 200 radar operators taking up their 'battle stations' every day to secure their designated area," the press service said in a statement.

The Don-2N radar is a large missile defense and early warning passive electronically scanned array radar outside Moscow, and a key part of the Russian anti-ballistic missile system designed for the defense of the capital against ballistic missiles.

The system is run by a supercomputer and has a range of 3,700 km for targets the size of a typical ICBM warhead.

The Don-2N radar is designed to be the control center of the system and can operate autonomously if connection is lost to its command and control center.

The Don-2N radar is used to register launches of space rockets and ballistic missiles from Plesetsk and Baikonur spaceports, ICBM launches from submarines in the Barents and White Seas, the Sea of Okhotsk and also from the Kapustin Yar missile range in southern Russia.

In 2016 Don-2N radars tracked about 250 space targets, over 80 of which were designated as "significant."

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

New tests for David's Sling weapon system

 
‎Sunday, ‎February ‎12, ‎2017, ‏‎5:55:56 AMGo to full article
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Jan 26, 2017 - Israel and the United States have completed a fifth series of tests on the David's Sling missile defense system.

Israel's Ministry of Defense said the tests occurred at the Yanat Sea Range, operated out of Palmachim Air Base in Israel, and was conducted by the Israel Missile Defense Organization of the Directorate of Defense Research and Development and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

"This test campaign is a critical step in ensuring Israel has the capability to defend itself from a very real and growing threat," U.S. Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. Jim Syring said. "We remain strongly committed to supporting Israel's development of a missile defense system."

David's Sling, a missile defense system, is a central part of Israel's multi-tiered anti-missile array. Its interceptor missiles have a range of as much as about 186 miles.

The prime contractor for the weapon system program is Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., while Raytheon Missile Systems is a subcontractor.

The Israeli Ministry of Defense said in the latest tests threat-representative targets were launched and successfully intercepted by Stunner missiles. The system's multimission radar detected the target after launch and transferred flight information to the battle management center, which calculated the defense plan.

The interceptors were successfully launched, performed all flight phases, and engaged the targets as planned, the ministry said.

The David's Sling project is for defense against large-caliber rockets and short-range ballistic missiles.

 

 

S. Korea's acting president urges 'swift' THAAD deployment

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Jan 23, 2017 - North Korea's nuclear and missile capabilities are accelerating at an "unprecedented" pace, the South's acting president said Monday, urging the swift deployment of a US anti-missile system that has infuriated Beijing.

Seoul and Washington agreed last year to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in the South after a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests -- prompting strong objections from China, which fears it will undermine its own ballistic capabilities.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn said the North had conducted two nuclear tests and fired multiple ballistic missiles last year, averaging two per month.

"Its nuclear and missile capabilities are developing at an unprecedented pace," Hwang said. "They are real and obvious threat."

A "swift" deployment of the THAAD system "is necessary to protect the lives and safety of our people", he added.

Within South Korea, voices opposing the installation have grown louder, with some opposition candidates pledging to scrap the agreement if they win a presidential election due this year.

The plan has also angered Beijing, which has imposed a string of measures seen in the South as economic retaliation, including effectively barring K-pop stars from performing on the mainland and not authorising South Korean airlines to operate charter flights between the countries.

"There are various concerns about economic retaliation from THAAD but the relationship between South Korea and China did not happen in just one or two years," Hwang said.

He took over President Park Geun-Hye's sweeping executive powers after she was impeached in December, becoming the de facto leader of Asia's fourth largest economy.

Park is accused of colluding with close friend Choi Soon-Sil to strong-arm companies into handing over tens of millions of dollars to dubious foundations which Choi controlled.

The case is now being considered by the Constitutional Court -- which has up to six months to reach a ruling -- but hundreds of thousands of South Koreans have joined weekly protests calling for Park's immediate departure from office.

If the court confirms the impeachment, a presidential election will have to be held within 60 days.

 

 

S-500 to Strengthen Russia's 'Air Defense System of the 21 Century'

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 24, 2017 - Russia is in the process of creating an integrated national air defense system, which is expected to become fully operational once the cutting-edge S-500 Prometey surface-to-air missile system, also known as the 55R6M Triumfator-M, enters service, Major General Andrei Cheburin said.

Cheburin, commander of the missile defense division of the 1st Air and Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense Army of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, told the newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda that activities aimed at creating "an integrated national defense system of the 21st century are in full swing."

"This system will be finalized when [the Russian] Armed Forces receive the brand new long-range S-500 surface-to-air missile system and advanced radars," he explained.

The S-500 is currently in development. Russian defense officials have not specified when the next-generation air defense system will begin tests.

The S-500, designed by Almaz Antey, is said to have a range of 600 kilometers (more than 370 miles). The system can simultaneously intercept up to ten ballistic and hypersonic missiles traveling at a speed of 7 kilometers per second. The Prometey is capable of engaging targets at an altitude of up to 200 kilometers (more than 120 miles).

The system is capable of intercepting aircraft and UAVs, as well as destroying low-earth-orbit satellites, space destruction devices and orbital weaponry.

The S-500 will be a major upgrade to the state-of-the-art S-400 complex that is already in service with the Russian Armed Forces.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Now We're Talking: SBIRS Missile Warning Satellite Responding to Ground Control

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Cape Canaveral AFS FL (SPX) Jan 20, 2017 - After a successful evening launch, the third U.S. Air Force Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO satellite is now responding to commands as planned, approximately 37 minutes after lift-off.

Built by Lockheed Martin, SBIRS GEO Flight 3 is equipped with powerful scanning and staring sensors that collect and transmit infrared surveillance information to ground stations.

This information is used by the U.S. military to detect missile launches, support ballistic missile defense, expand technical intelligence gathering, and bolster situational awareness on the battlefield.

The satellite was launched at 7:42 p.m. EST aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. Downloadable images and video b-roll of SBIRS are available here: www.lockheedmartin.com/SBIRS.

"After a successful ULA launch, signal acquisition is the first critical event in SBIRS' mission to support the Air Force with early missile warning and defense," said David Sheridan, vice president of Lockheed Martin's Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) systems mission area.

"With communications now established, our job begins to deliver SBIRS to its final orbit so we can complete deployments and operational testing in anticipation of the satellite's formal acceptance by the Air Force."

"Adding this third geostationary satellite to the SBIRS constellation continues our proud legacy of providing best-of-class OPIR solutions that provide real time, 24/7 data to our military and allies," said Robert Mehltretter, vice president, Northrop Grumman Military and Civil Space.

"We are looking forward to seeing our sensors capture the first light of real-time world events shortly, and seeing this data delivered to the warfighter will make us proud."

The satellite will begin transitioning to its final location in geosynchronous orbit, approximately 22,000 miles above the Earth. There, the satellite's solar arrays, light shade and antennas will be deployed to begin early on-orbit testing.

SBIRS GEO-1 and GEO-2, which were launched in 2011 and 2013 respectively, continue to meet or exceed performance expectations. The satellites' sensor pointing accuracy and sensitivity for detection of targets significantly exceed specifications.

While SBIRS' primary mission is strategic missile warning, infrared data will also be made available for new qualified military and civilian applications at the Air Force's recently opened Tools, Applications and Processing Lab in Boulder, Colorado.

The next satellite, GEO Flight 4, will undergo final assembly, integration and test prior to its planned 2017 launch. SBIRS GEO-5 and GEO-6, which are currently in production, incorporate a new common spacecraft bus, the modernized A2100, to dramatically reduce costs and cycle times while increasing the potential to incorporate future, modernized sensor suites.

 

 

Defending from Outer Space? Israel Introduces Arrow-3 Missile Interceptor System

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Jan 20, 2017 - Arrow-3, a missile-defense system capable of destroying targets in space, codeveloped by Israel Aerospace Industries and Boeing, has officially entered service, according to Jerusalem.

The Israeli Air Force announced that the Arrow-3, its newest missile defense system, has officially entered service. The first round of Arrow-3 installations have been delivered to the air force's Aerial Defense Array. US Air Force Brig. Gen. William Cooley joined Israeli Ministry of Defense representatives in a ceremony marking the delivery.

"Arrow-3 is the result of many years of development efforts, based on a solution designed by Israeli Aerospace Industries, which have today come to fruition," said Boaz Levi, Israel Aerospace Industries vice president and general manager of the Systems, Missiles and Space Group. "This is a milestone for the Israel's Defense Establishment, and for Israel's defense industries."

Arrow-3 will complement its lower-range predecessor, Arrow-2, and a short-range missile-defense system known as the Iron Dome. The new missile has half the weight of an Arrow-2, and, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz, offers users better "control and monitoring abilities while also expanding radar detection range."

Arrow-3 is reported as being able to destroy targets as high as 62 miles, the boundary of outer space, also known as the Karman line. When the missile reaches a desired altitude, its warhead splits into individual 'kamikaze satellites' that can track and destroy targets, including long-range and intercontinental missiles. If an Arrow-3 fails, the shorter-range and lower-altitude Arrow-2 will serve as a backup. However, it is unclear whether Arrow-3 can actually hit a satellite, since 'low orbit' begins at the altitude of about 100 miles.

According to public data, since 2008, the United States has contributed almost $600 million to the development of the Arrow-3. In September 2016, the US and Israel signed a 10-year military-aid deal assuring Israel $5 billion in missile-defense funding from fiscal year 2019 through fiscal year 2028, according to Defense News.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Israel army gets new ballistic missile interceptors

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Jerusalem (AFP) Jan 18, 2017 - The Israeli army on Wednesday received new ballistic missile interceptors that significantly upgrade the Jewish state's aerial defence systems in the face of "emerging threats", the defence ministry said.

The Arrow 3 interceptor, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was handed to air force bases in Israel after successful testing by Israel and the United States at the end of 2015.

A defence ministry statement said Israel and the US were dedicated to the continued development and enhancement of ballistic missile defence systems as "threats continue to grow and new emerging threats surface".

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.

Arrow 3 is intended to serve as Israel's uppermost missile interception system. Lower-altitude interception systems are either already deployed or close to being operational.

Partly financed by the United States, the Arrow system was developed and produced by Israeli Aerospace Industries in partnership with Boeing.

Israel's foe Iran has carried out a number of missile tests in recent months, which the United States and European governments have said are a breach of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Western powers say the missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads and therefore go against the deal, while Iran says its missile programme is "non-negotiable".

Israel had opposed the deal between Iran and major powers, which lifted a wide range of international sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran's nuclear programme.

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Italy joins EUROSAM's Aster 30 B1NT program

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎31, ‎2017, ‏‎12:38:29 PMGo to full article
Rome (UPI) Jan 13, 2017 - EUROSAM, a consortium formed by Thales Group and MBDA Systems, has formally welcomed Italy to its Aster 30 Block 1 NT program.

The B1NT program is an effort supported by the French and Italian defense ministries to develop new technology for the Aster missile in addition to modernizing SAMP/T systems currently in service.

"The Italian notification strengthens the Aster program well beyond the financial and technological contribution," MBDA CEO Antoine Bouvier said in a press release. "Once again, cooperation in Europe adds up to far more than the sum of its parts."

Aster missiles are currently used by European operators to defend against ballistic missile threats. The B1NT program aims to expand the capability against additional threats.

"After the current Aster 30 Block 1, which gave Europe its first defence capability against theatre ballistic missiles, the Aster 30 Block 1 NT will allow to extend this capability to more complex threats and will also deal with the emerging threat of Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles," Bouvier added.

 

 

S. Korea vows US missile system as opposition lawmakers head to China

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Jan 4, 2017 - South Korea is committed to deploying an advanced US missile defense system this year despite opposition from China, a minister said Wednesday, even as opposition lawmakers headed to Beijing with a different message.

Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after a string of North Korean nuclear and missile tests -- prompting strong objections from China.

"THAAD deployment is part of our efforts to bolster defense against threats from North Korea," Defence Minister Han Min-Koo said in a report to the country's acting president.

"This is not a subject for political considerations," he told Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn, who took over the executive powers of scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye after she was impeached last month.

But the opposition Democratic Party has said they will review the deployment if they win upcoming presidential elections, and a group of their lawmakers flew to Beijing to meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other top officials.

"They are going to convey our belief to China that the THAAD issue should be left in the hands of the next president," the party's parliamentary floor leader Woo Sang-Ho said.

Originally set for December 2017, the country's presidential election may be brought forward if Park's impeachment is upheld by the Constitutional Court, which has up to six months to decide.

The Democratic Party's presidential hopeful Moon Jae-In is currently the frontrunner in the race.

Beijing argues THAAD will hurt its security interests and increase the risk of military conflict in the region, and has imposed what have been seen in South Korea as a string of sanctions in retaliation for the development.

These include new restrictions on Korean K-pop stars and other celebrities appearing on Chinese TV programs or performing in the mainland.

China also refused to approve chartered flights from South Korea for the Lunar New Year holiday, hitting the lucrative tourism industry.

Washington maintains THAAD is no threat to Beijing.

"There's no reason for China to oppose that system. This is a defensive system. And there's no reason for anyone in the region to have concern about that, other than, perhaps, North Korea," Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Tuesday.

The proposed missile system has also sparked angry protests from both residents of the areas where it is set to be deployed.

 

 

US can defend itself from N.Korea missile attack: Pentagon

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Jan 3, 2017 - The United States is certain it can defend itself from an attack by North Korea, the Defense Department said Tuesday after Pyongyang warned it was close to test launching a ballistic missile.

"We remain confident in our ballistic missile defense and in our defense of our allies and our defense of the homeland," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said at a news briefing.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, in a New Year's speech Sunday, said the country was "in the final stages of test-launching the intercontinental ballistic missile."

In 2016, North Korea conducted two nuclear tests and numerous missile launches last year alone in its quest to develop a nuclear weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.

"We would once again call on the North Koreans to refrain from provocative actions," Cook said.

Analysts are divided over how close Pyongyang is to realizing its full nuclear ambitions, especially since it has never successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

US President-elect Donald Trump, who will take office on January 20, dismissed Pyongyang's missile claims late Monday.

"North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the US," Trump tweeted. "It won't happen!"

North Korea's drive to develop nuclear ballistic missiles capable of striking the United States and its allies has prompted Washington to reinforce its antimissile defenses in the region.

The defense strategy is based notably on the AEGIS system, powerful TPY-2 radars and the antiballistic missile system THAAD that Washington is relocating to South Korea, a move that has provoked China, North Korea's main ally.

The Pentagon spokesman declined to comment to reporters on whether the US had prepared scenarios on deterrent military actions to stop North Korea from developing nuclear missiles.

"We're constantly adjusting to the threat North Korea poses," Cook said.

Pyongyang "has shown disregard to the international community for its international obligations," he said. "And we're watching this very, very carefully."

 

 

Unidentified country orders Patriot system upgrade

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Andover, Mass. (UPI) Dec 29, 2016 - Raytheon is to modernize the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System of an unidentified country under a $600 million commercial sales contract.

The upgrade will advance the country's Patriot system to the most advanced configuration available, the Configuration 3+ with Post Deployment Build 8 software and hardware.

The configuration enables the Patriot to use the PAC-3 missile Segment Enhancement interceptor, which provides greater range and mobility in destroying tactical ballistic missiles.

"Patriot saves lives," said Ralph Acaba, Raytheon vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense. "Our customer faces a very real, evolving threat; by upgrading Patriot, they will continue to protect their civilians, military and critical infrastructure."

The contract was awarded less than 120 days after Poland officially requested Patriot from the United States government.

Additional contract details were not disclosed.

 

 

MBDA submits proposal for TLVS development in Germany

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Berlin (UPI) Dec 29, 2016 - MBDA Missile Systems' German subsidiary submitted its proposal for the development of TLVS, the planned follow-up to the MEADS defense system.

The new system will be based on MEADS technology, and is planned for both civilian and military defense applications. Company officials say the development for the new product will deepen their cooperation with the German government.

"The offer presented to BAAINBw is the result of a detailed analysis and negotiation process with our partners and suppliers. It is based on the RFP we received at the end of February 2016 and forms the basis for negotiations with the German customer," MBDA Deutschland managing director Thomas Gottschild said in a press release.

The Medium Extended Air Defense System is a ground-based air and missile defense solution slated to replace Patriot missile defenses by NATO. Italy and the United States are also involved with the program.

TLVS, the upcoming MEADS-based project, will provide operators with 360-degree coverage, open system architecture, and a "plug and fight" capability for attaching and detaching additional sensors and effectors. MBDA Systems says the system will lower costs for the the user and require fewer personnel.

 

 

Lockheed Martin receives $1.4 billion for Patriot missile sales

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Dec 23, 2016 - Lockheed Martin has received a $1.4 billion foreign military sales contract for Patriot advanced capability production.

The contract supports the sale of 205 missile segment enhancements for the governments of South Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. The agreement also includes associated ground support equipment for the missiles.

The U.S. Department of Defense reports the work will be performed at several locations, and expects it to be completed by June 2020. $711 million in procurement funds were obligated at the time of the contract award. Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is listed as the contracting activity.

The Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, is a land-based element designed to provide simultaneous and and missile defense capabilities for U.S. and allied forces. The system is compatible with THAAD launchers for targeting multiple threats at a time.

Lockheed Martin says the interceptor is ideal for engaging incoming tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and enemy aircraft. The company says the product has been sold to 10 international customers.

 

 

U.S. Air Force approves Lockheed Martin's SBIRS ground system

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. (UPI) Dec 6, 2016 - The U.S. Air Force has signed off on Lockheed Martin's planned Space Based Infrared System ground system.

The Space Based Infrared System, or SBIRS, is a component of the branch's satellite constellation responsible for compiling large amounts of data for defense and intelligence reports. Lockheed Martin officials say the upcoming upgrades will make the constellation more effective.

"With the Block 10 upgrade, the mission-critical data supplied by SBIRS is now being managed from a single ground control station, which is not only cost-efficient, but also more effective in providing our Air Force operators with the ability to characterize threats and quickly provide that information to military commanders deployed around the globe," Lockheed Martin Overhead Persistent Infrared Systems vice president David Sheridan said in a press release.

Once completed, the ground system will support existing missions such as missile warning, technical intelligence gathering, and battlespace awareness. Lockheed Martin will tasked with providing operations and sustainment support while continuing to bolster cybersecurity capabilities.

The new project aims to replace the existing ground support segment which has been in operation since 2001.

 

 

Raytheon to provide Patriot missile capability for undisclosed country

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Andover, Mass. (UPI) Nov 28, 2016 - Raytheon has received a $225 million contract to provide additional Patriot missile capabilities for an undisclosed customer.

The buyer is a member of the 13-nation group participating in the Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense System program. While Raytheon officials did not hint at the identity of their customer, they say their product was chosen for its defensive capabilities.

"Our customer chose to continue investing in Patriot because Patriot saves lives," Raytheon Integrated Air and Missile Defense vice president Ralph Acaba said in a press release. "That added capability will strengthen our customer's protection against the evolving threats of tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and enemy aircraft."

The contract for the missile capabilities was signed 45 days after Poland requested the same product from the United States government, and when Raytheon received another contract from the Netherlands to upgrade their own systems.

The Patriot missile defense system is a long-range, high-altitude missile system designed to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, in addition to remotely piloted and manned aircraft. The system has been tested over 2,500 times with U.S. Army oversight.

 

 

Saudis intercept missile fired from Yemen

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Nov 15, 2016 - Saudi air defence forces on Tuesday intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired from Yemen towards the kingdom, the Riyadh-led anti-rebel coalition said.

The missile was fired towards the Najran region but was shot down, said a coalition statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Coalition forces responded by targeting the source of the fire inside Yemen, it added.

The coalition has been engaged in a bombing campaign against the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies since March last year, and the insurgents have targeted their air bases.

Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missiles to counter such attacks.

Last month, the rebels launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was brought down near the holy Muslim city of Mecca, an attack that was roundly condemned by Riyadh's Gulf allies.

The rebels insisted that the missile had been fired at Jeddah, the Red Sea city in the sprawling Mecca region, not at the holy city itself.

 

 

US general says missile system in S. Korea in 8-10 months

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) Nov 4, 2016 - The United States will deploy an advanced missile defense system in South Korea in eight to 10 months despite strong objections from China and Russia, a US military chief said Friday.

Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in the South after North Korea conducted a series of missile launches in the wake of its fourth nuclear test in January.

The decision was condemned by Pyongyang and also caused a damaging rift between Seoul and Beijing, which sees the deployment as a US bid to flex its military muscle in the region and undermine China's own missile capabilities.

Speaking at a seminar, General Vincent Brooks, commander of the US Forces in Korea (USFK), said the THAAD battery would be deployed in eight to 10 months and would be bigger than the one currently in Guam, according to USFK Spokesman Kim Yong-Kyu.

Brooks also said that recent calls for South Korea to have its own nuclear arsenal to deter the North would seriously "complicate" the situation in the Asia-Pacific region, Yonhap news agency reported.

China responded to Brooks' timetable by repeating its opposition to the THAAD deployment and calling for its "immediate" cancellation.

Deploying the system "undermines the regional strategic balance and jeopardizes the strategic security interests of China and other regional countries," said foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

China will take "necessary measures to safeguard our own security interests," Hua said.

South Korea in September announced a new location for deploying THAAD, after vocal protests from local residents near the original site over potential health and environmental hazards.

Some opposition lawmakers are also opposed to THAAD, despite President Park Geun-Hye's insistence that the system is crucial to national defence.

Since Seoul and Washington announced the THAAD deployment was going ahead, North Korea has continued to conduct missile tests and carried out a fifth nuclear test on September 9.

 

 

Yemen rebel missile shot down near Mecca: coalition

 
‎Tuesday, ‎January ‎10, ‎2017, ‏‎4:04:04 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) Oct 28, 2016 - Yemeni rebels have launched one of their longest-range strikes against Saudi Arabia, firing a ballistic missile that was shot down near the holy city of Mecca, the Saudi-led coalition said Friday.

The rebels insisted that the missile had targeted Jeddah, the Red Sea city in the sprawling Mecca region, not the holy Muslim city.

The coalition has been carrying out a bombing campaign against the rebels since March last year and there have been rebel strikes towards their air bases.

Saudi Arabia has deployed Patriot missiles to intercept the rebel fire.

Huthi rebels launched the missile "toward the Mecca area" on Thursday from their Saada province stronghold across the border, a coalition statement said.

"The air defence was able to intercept and destroyed it about 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Mecca without any damage."

The rebels' sabanews website said their ballistic missile targeted Jeddah international airport.

Islam's holiest sites are located in Mecca and Medina.

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council condemned what it called "clear evidence" that the rebels are unwilling to accept a political solution to Yemen's 19-month-old conflict.

The United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan went further, criticising Iran for the attack.

"The Iranian regime backs a terrorist group that fires its rockets on Mecca... Is this an Islamic regime as it claims to be?" he wrote on Twitter.

Qatar called the attack "a provocation to the feelings of millions of Muslims worldwide".

All GCC states, apart from Oman, are members of the Saudi-led coalition. The UAE itself is a major pillar of the Sunni alliance.

The coalition and the United States accuse Shiite-dominated Iran of arming the rebels, a charge Tehran denies.

- 'Political nonsense' -

The Huthis are a minority group belonging to the Zaidi sect of Shiite Islam. They fought six wars against Yemen's government between 2004 and 2010.

In a statement on sabanews.net, Huthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam accused Saudi Arabia of "political nonsense".

"The Saudi regime which claims it intercepted the missile 65 kilometres away from Mecca which is holy and precious to the hearts of every Yemeni and Muslim could have avoided such media platitude and political nonsense by directly mentioning the city of Jeddah where a military target for the 'Burkan 1' missile lies on its northern outskirts," said Abdulsalam.

"Hiding behind holy sites is... a repugnant attempt to instigate the feelings of Muslims."

Unless the coalition ends its "aggression, lifts the blockade, and seeks peace", the rebels "have the right to confront the aggressors in all legitimate and rightful means," Abdulsalam added.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi called the claims that a missile was fired at Mecca "ridiculous", the official IRNA news agency said.

"We advise Emirati and Saudi officials not to use the holy places of Islam to justify their pathetic political objectives and try to compensate for their failures by such hypocritic and dangerous propaganda," Ghassemi said.

Mecca lies more than 500 kilometres (more than 300 miles) from the border.

It is the second time this month that the rebels have fired a missile of that range.

On October 9, the coalition said it had intercepted a missile near Taif, the site of a Saudi airbase some 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Mecca.

That launch came a day after a coalition air strike killed more than 140 people attending a wake for the father of a rebel leader in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, prompting threats of revenge.

In a separate incident on Thursday, rebel fire hit a two-storey residential building in the Saudi border district of Jazan without causing casualties, the civil defence agency said.

 

 

US to deploy missile defense to South Korea 'soon'

 
‎Tuesday, ‎December ‎27, ‎2016, ‏‎12:58:02 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) Oct 19, 2016 - The United States said Wednesday that it would deploy a missile-defense system to South Korea as soon as possible, despite opposition from China.

US Secretary Of State John Kerry confirmed that the THAAD system would soon be sent to the peninsula at a meeting with South Korean ministers in Washington.

Washington sees the US-built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system as protection against North Korea's pursuit of missile and nuclear technology.

But China has warned it sees it as a threat to the balance of power in the region, fearing it would make its own nuclear deterrent less credible.

"The United States will do whatever is necessary to defend ourselves and to honor the security commitment we have made to our allies," Kerry said.

"And we will deploy as soon as possible a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery to our Korean ally," he added.

Kerry and US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter were welcoming South Korea's foreign minister, Yun Byung-Se, and defense minister, Han Min-Koo.

Washington and Seoul agreed to install THAAD this summer following repeated nuclear and missile tests by Kim Jong-Un's authoritarian Pyongyang regime.

The move angered Beijing, the main trading partner of otherwise isolated North Korea and a key player in international efforts to control the regime.

Last week, Chinese General Cai Jun told a defense forum in Beijing that THAAD is "not conducive to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula."

 

 

 

DVD Price R 899.00

 

Session Listing

Introduction and Isaiah 1

Introduction. Case against Judah.

Isaiah 2 - 5

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

Nation’s Judgment and Exile.

Isaiah 6 - 7

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

of the Virgin.

Isaiah 8 - 9

Overthrow of Damascus and Samaria. Christ’s Birth.

Isaiah 10 - 12

Predicted Judgment upon Assyria. A Future Kingdom.

Isaiah 13 - 14

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

Isaiah 15 -18

Moab’s Devastation. Damascus will Fall. Ethiopia.

Isaiah 19 - 22

The Doom of Egypt. A Burden about Jerusalem.

Isaiah 23 - 27

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

Session Listing

Isaiah 28 - 30

Prophetic warning concerning Ephraim and Judah.

Isaiah 31 - 35

Future Kingdom Blessings. Focus on Jerusalem.

Isaiah 36 - 39

Historical Parenthesis. Hezekiah and Rabshakeh.

Isaiah 40 - 42

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

Isaiah 43 - 44

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

Isaiah 45 (and the Gap Theory)

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

 The Gap Theory.

Isaiah 46 - 48

Babylon, the Pride of the Caldeans.

Isaiah 49 - 51

The Restoration of Israel. Vision of the Kingdom Age.

Session Listing

Isaiah 52 (and Acts 8)

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

in Acts Chapter 8. The Mercy Seat.

Isaiah 53 (Part 1)

The Holy of Holies of the Old Testament.

Isaiah 53 (Part 2)

The Fulcrum of the Entire Universe.

Isaiah 54 - 59

Israel, the Restored Wife. Idolaters rebuked.

Isaiah 60 - 62

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

Isaiah 63

Day of Vengeance. Isaiah Prays for Redemption of Israel.

Isaiah 64 - 66

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

 

 
 

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Iranium DVD

The movie Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't want you to see

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




 
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Robotic Weapons - Chuck MIssler

In this segment, Chuck Missler discusses the use of robotic weapons. This segment comes from "The Hybrid Age" briefing pack recorded in 2011 and pu...

 

 

 
 
 

Nuclear Weapons, Proliferation and Policy Doctrine

 

 

 

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