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Weapons Proliferation

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


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Department of Defense awards contract for 240 F-35 Lightning II planes

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received a $1.377 billion contract for low-rate initial production of 130 Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II fighter planes. The contract includes parts, maintenance, and other services for the program, the Department of Defense announced. In addition the Lot 12 F-35 production for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp and other non-Department of Defense and foreign customers, the
 

Raytheon awarded contract to activate first Zumwalt-class destroyer

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 25, 2017
Raytheon has been awarded a $111.3 million contract for engineering services on the U.S. Navy's new Zumwalt-class destroyer. The work will include activation services and testing of the ship's equipment. The contract has options that could eventually expand the program to $490.2 million. The work will take place in districts across the country, including Portsmouth, R.I., Tewksbury, Mas
 

SpaceX launches classified payload for NRO; 1st Stage returns to LZ-1

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Miami (AFP) May 01, 2017
SpaceX on Monday blasted off a secretive US government payload, known only as NROL-76, marking the first military launch for the California-based aerospace company headed by billionaire tycoon Elon Musk. The payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which makes and operates spy satellites for the United States, soared into the sky atop a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:15 am (1115 GMT). T
 

Lockheed Martin receives Trident missile contract

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) May 1, 2017
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has been awarded a $64.6 million dollar contract for engineering on the Common Compartment Strategic Weapons System. The contract includes testing of a special test vehicle, maintenance and the integration of the D5 Trident II SLBM to the system. The contract could increase to $94.1 million. Most of the work will be performed in Sunnyvale, Calif. And Ca
 

Satellite service boosting special flight operations

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Paris (ESA) Apr 21, 2017
Thanks to ESA, aircraft are using satcoms to share realtime information with other aircraft and ground stations to improve flight operations. The satcom-based Planet service, developed with ESA's help by the Atmosphere company, was originally intended to provide light aircraft with inflight updates on weather conditions and hazards. It is now used for larger aircraft and rotorcraft to supp
 

Trump would be 'honored' to meet N.Korea's Kim, if conditions right

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 1, 2017
US President Donald Trump on Monday said he would not rule out meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, under the right conditions, as Pyongyang threatens to carry out a sixth nuclear test. Tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high for weeks, with signs the North might be preparing a long-range missile launch or a new nuclear test - prompting tough talk from Washington, which
 

Philippines' Duterte hesitant on US visit, warm on China

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Davao, Philippines (AFP) May 1, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Monday he may turn down an invitation by Donald Trump to visit the United States, as he welcomed three Chinese warships to his home town. Duterte, who has loosened the Philippines' long alliance with the United States while strengthening ties with China and Russia, said he could not commit to the American president because of a busy schedule that inc
 

THAAD missile defense system now operational in S. Korea

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (AFP) May 2, 2017
A controversial missile defense system whose deployment has angered China is now operational in South Korea, the US military said Monday. Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests. US Forces Korea said THAAD is "operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean mi
 

Eurofighter Typhoon successfully tests Meteor missile

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
A Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft has completed the successful test-firing of two Meteor air-to-air missiles simultaneously, BAE Systems announced on Wednesday. The test confirmed the Typhoon would be able to use a data link to target multiple enemy aircraft at once. The successful launches, the sixth in a series of tests that started last year, occurred over the Britain's Hebrides
 

SES Offers Panoramic Glimpse into the Future of TV with Live Virtual Reality Demo

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Luxembourg (SPX) Apr 26, 2017
SES, together with Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI and Newtec, will demonstrate an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) experience with a live 360-degree Ultra HD VR satellite broadcast this week from the exhibit floor of the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The live VR broadcast will originate from Fraunhofer HHI's OmniCam-360 camera, which will capt
 

Saab taps Poland's Nauta Shiprepair for Swedish vessel construction

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017
A special purpose Signal Intelligence ship for the Swedish navy is to be built by Poland's Nauta Shiprepair Yard, based in Gdynia, Poland. Saab, which signed a contract with the Swedish Defense Material Administration for the vessel earlier this month, said it has contracted the Polish company to build the ship platform. Once finished, it sail to Sweden for the outfitting of signals int
 

Lockheed Martin to upgrade sensor systems Japan's Apache helicopters

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 27, 2017
Lockheed Martin has received a contract to upgrade the Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor, or M-TADS, for Japan's fleet of AH-64 Apache helicopters. The contract includes performance based logistics support, with the plan to deliver 14 of the systems to the Japanese Self Defense Forces through 2020. The improved system is expected to improve
 

Taiwan to begin production of jet trainer aircraft

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017
Taiwan has begun to manufacture next-generation trainer jets as it militarizes an island in the South China Sea in response to Chinese buildup in the Spratly Islands. Taiwanese newspaper Liberty Times reported Wednesday that Chung-shan Institute of Science and Technology president Chang Guang-chung signed a contract, on behalf of the government to produce 66 advanced jet trainers with t
 

Second Boeing T-X trainer aircraft has successful test flight

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 25, 2017
The test flight of Boeing's second T-X trainer aircraft, in a partnership with Saab, took place on April 24th. The plane is marketed as a platform for advanced pilot training, with the US Air Force considered its primary customer. "The jet handled exactly like the first aircraft and the simulator, meeting all expectations," Boeing Test Pilot for Air Force Programs Matt Giese said in a p
 

MIT wireless device can see through walls to detect walking speed

 
‎Today, ‎May ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎4 hours agoGo to full article
Boston MA (SPX) May 02, 2017
We've long known that breathing, blood pressure, body temperature and pulse provide an important window into the complexities of human health. But a growing body of research suggests that another vital sign - how fast you walk - could be a better predictor of health issues like cognitive decline, falls, and even certain cardiac or pulmonary diseases. Unfortunately, it's hard to accurately
 

South Korean missile interceptor in final development

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
A low-tier missile defense system is reportedly in the final phase of development by South Korea, a military official said earlier this week. According to the Yonhap news service the hit-to-kill missile system will undergo final evaluation next month to determine it's suitability for production and deployment. The evaluation process follows completion of earlier testing of the
 

US carrier strike group still far from N. Korea: official

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 18, 2017
A US aircraft carrier the Navy had said was heading toward the Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions has not yet started sailing to the region, a US defense official acknowledged Tuesday. The Navy on April 8 said it was directing a naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier to "sail north" as a "prudent measure" to deter North Korea. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on April
 

Pence reassures Japan as North Korea threatens 'weekly' tests

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) April 18, 2017
US Vice President Mike Pence reiterated his country's commitment to the security of Japan on Tuesday, as North Korea intensified concerns over its weapons programme with a vow to launch missile tests "every week". The North, which is intent on developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States, defied international pressure Sunday with a test that fa
 

Volleyball games at N.Korean nuke test site: monitor

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 18, 2017
North Korea watchers said Tuesday they had observed unusual activity at the reclusive country's nuclear test site - workers playing volleyball. The 38 North monitoring group said satellite imagery captured Sunday showed personnel at the guard barracks and two other areas at the Punggye-ri test site playing the popular game. "It suggests that the facility might be going into a standby m
 

Japan could rescue nationals in Korean crisis: defence chief

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Tokyo (AFP) April 18, 2017
Japan will prepare to send troops to the Korean peninsula to protect its nationals there if a crisis requires their evacuation, its defence chief reportedly said Tuesday. The remarks by Defence Minister Tomomi Inada came as fears grow over North Korea, which is believed to be on the verge of a sixth nuclear test and has threatened to launch missile tests "every week". But her statement i
 

US, China working 'closely' on North Korea: Mattis

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Riyadh (AFP) April 18, 2017
The United States and China are working "closely" together over North Korea, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday, two days after a new missile test by Pyongyang. Sunday's test "shows why we are working so closely right now with the Chinese, coming out of the Mar-a-Lago meeting" in Florida between the two nations' leaders earlier this month, Mattis told reporters. The American
 

Trump's threatened 'armada' still far from N. Korea: official

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 18, 2017
An aircraft carrier the US Navy said was steaming toward the Korean Peninsula amid rising tensions has not yet departed, a US defense official acknowledged Tuesday. The Navy on April 8 said it was directing a naval strike group headed by the USS Carl Vinson supercarrier to "sail north," as a "prudent measure" to deter North Korea. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on April 11 said the Vinson was
 

U.S. Navy taps Raytheon for Standard Missile engineering

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon received a $113 million contract to perform engineering and technical services for several Standard Missile variants used by the U.S. Navy. In addition to the Navy, the contract supports procurement for other government agencies and foreign military sales to undisclosed customers. It also covers engineering work for the Standard Missile 2, 3 and 6. Raytheon's tasks for t
 

SSL completes agreement to partner with DARPA on satellite servicing

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Palo Alto CA (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Space Systems Loral has signed and executed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop advanced capabilities for servicing and maintaining spacecraft in geostationary orbit. Details of the partnership were previously released on February 9, 2017. SSL is a U.S. company, which employs more than 2,000 people in Palo Alto, California, where it has d
 

Raytheon speeds delivery and secures satellite weather data

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Aurora CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
Raytheon has completed an upgrade and final testing of the data transport and processing system for the Joint Polar Satellite System Common Ground System which provides weather and environmental data used by NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Defense and the agencies' international partners. The upgrade accelerates data processing and dissemination, improves system availability and provide
 

France's Melenchon returns with campaigning hologram

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Dijon, France (AFP) April 18, 2017
French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon made a return to hologram campaigning Tuesday, beaming himself and his far-left message to six cities as far away as the overseas territory of Reunion. For his last major rally before Sunday's nailbiting first-round vote, the resurgent leftwinger killed seven birds with one stone by transmitting his onstage appearance in Dijon to crowds in Nan
 

NOAA's GOES-S Satellite in Thermal Vacuum Testing

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Denver CO (SPX) Apr 18, 2017
In March, NOAA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-S (GOES-S) satellite was lifted into a thermal vacuum chamber to test its ability to function in the cold void of space in its orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth. The most complicated and challenging test is thermal vacuum where a satellite experiences four cycles of extreme cold to extreme heat in a giant vacuum chamber. T
 

Russia reveals virtual tour of new Arctic military base

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released a virtual tour showcasing a newly constructed military base located in a remote area in the Arctic. The tour, presented on the defense ministry's website, allows visitors to browse through various structures of the base. It does not depict or discuss any military hardware. The release marks a notable departure from Kremlin tradition re
 

General Atomics providing battery for semi-autonomous underwater vehicle

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
General Atomics has secured a contract to provide a battery to power the U.S. military's developing Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle. Under the contract, awarded Monday, General Atomics will supply its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant battery system, also known as LiFT. The Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle, or SAHRV, is a project intended to develop a pla
 

Russian tank becomes U.S. Army unmanned target vehicle

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎19, ‎2017, ‏‎6:31:21 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017
A Russian T-72 tank has been converted for unmanned operation as a target vehicle by a business unit of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. The tank now operates on Kratos/Micro Systems' Army Ground Aerial Target Control System, a vehicle and datalink agnostic control system that has been interfaced to a wide variety of target vehicles. "Micro Systems is proud to support the
 

'No defense' against multiple Russian missiles: US general

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 4, 2017
The United States and its allies would have "no defense" against large numbers of ground-launched cruise missiles of the type recently deployed by Russia, a top US general warned Tuesday. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of deploying a land-based cruise missile system in contravention of a 1987 US-Russia arms control deal, known as the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Ge
 

Construction of new Chinese carrier progressing

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 31, 2017
China's first domestically built aircraft carrier is currently being outfitted with equipment at a shipyard in Liaoning province and will be launched soon, according to Ministry of Defense spokesman Wu Qian. China Daily reports that Wu said "we won't keep the public waiting for too long" on Thursday while answering questions on whether the new carrier could be launched by April 23, the
 

North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 5, 2017
Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Wednesday, in what analysts said was a warning ahead of a China-US summit at which Pyongyang's accelerating atomic weapons programme is set to top the agenda. South Korea's defence ministry said the missile - launched days after Pyongyang warned of retaliation if the global community ramps up sanctions - had flown
 

China's BeiDou system to expand cooperation to SE Asia

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Beijing (XNA) Apr 04, 2017
China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will expand its cooperation to Thailand and Sri Lanka, and then to the entire Southeast Asia, in a bid to go global, the system's operator has said. Du Li, general manager of Wuhan Optics Valley BeiDou Holding Group Co., told Xinhua recently that his company will continue to explore models for international scientific and technica
 

US, Russia Have Opportunities for Expanding Space Cooperation Despite Tensions

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 04, 2017
The Executive Director for manned space flight programs at Roscosmos said that Russia and the United States have opportunities to broaden their collaboration in space, including on flights beyond low-earth orbit, despite the tense relations between the two countries. Russia and the United States have opportunities to broaden their collaboration in space, including on flights beyond low-ear
 

Space Traffic Management at Mach 25

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Bethesda MD (SPX) Apr 04, 2017
Those familiar with air traffic management architectures understand the constraints of aircraft flying in the atmosphere, vehicle dynamics and command and control techniques. Unfortunately, space traffic has many more degrees of freedom and much less control capability. Add to this the completely uncontrolled nature of space debris and the reality that most debris objects cannot be tracked and m
 

US Hardware Production Begins for Money-Saving Next-Generation Rockets

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (Sputnik) Apr 04, 2017
Orbital ATK's proposed launch system will reduce the cost of US government rocket and missile programs, saving taxpayers up to $600 million on these programs over a ten-year period, according to official statement. Progress in developing advanced solid rocket propulsion and other technologies has allowed early production to begin on next generation hardware for intermediate- and heavy-lift
 

NASA laser communications to provide Orion faster connections

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
NASA is working to forever change the way astronauts communicate to and from space using an advanced laser communications system called LEMNOS, which will enable exponentially faster connections than ever before. Imagine being able to watch 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) video as humans take their first steps on another planet. Or imagine astronauts picking up a cell phone and video-confer
 

Russia defends Syria against 'chemical attack' outcry

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Khan Sheikhun , Syria (AFP) April 5, 2017
Russia defended its ally Damascus on Wednesday in the face of an international outcry over a suspected chemical attack that killed scores of civilians, saying a Syrian air strike hit a "terrorist warehouse". The UN Security Council was to hold an emergency meeting later Wednesday on the attack, which killed at least 72 civilians, among them 20 children, in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhu
 

Russia launches second Yasen-class submarine

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 31, 2017
Russia's second Yasen-class submarine was launched at the Sevmash shipyards in Severodvinsk, the country's state-controlled media reported. Kazan, a nuclear-powered vessel, departed the port following a ceremony attended by high-ranking Russian military officials and their industry partners. "The launch of an advanced multi-role submarine of the improved project Yasen-M is quite
 

Space Flight Laboratory Nanosatellite Validates Aircraft Tracking, Prepares for Deorbit Demo

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Toronto, Canada (SPX) Mar 31, 2017
The CanX-7 nanosatellite built by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) has validated real-time detection and tracking of aircraft by satellite in low-Earth orbit. The next mission phase will begin in early May with deployment of drag sails developed by SFL to accelerate the deorbiting of small satellites as a practical solution to the
 

Raytheon to supply Multi-Object Kill Vehicle technology

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017
Raytheon received a $59 million contract to conduct further Multi-Object Kill Vehicle research for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. Under the terms of the competitively awarded contract, Raytheon will support the Kill Vehicle technology risk reduction effort, which seeks to improve performance and reduce risks. Work will be performed at Raytheon's facility in Tucson, Ariz. The U.
 

Mar-a-Lago hosts foreign leaders in Jazz Age opulence

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (AFP) April 5, 2017
Mar-a-Lago, the sumptuous setting of Donald Trump's summit with China's Xi Jingping this week, isn't the first presidential hideaway to host foreign leaders. But it may be the most opulent. Built during the roaring 1920s by cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, the palm-fringed Mediterranean style compound sits on 17 acres facing the Atlantic in super-rich Palm Beach, Florida. Even
 

Ukraine's AN-132D takes historic first flight

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Ukraine's defense industry marked a milestone after AN-132D, the first plane built without Russian components, took its first flight on Friday. The plane, a multirole military transport aircraft, was designed and built by Ukroboronprom subsidiary Antonov. In a statement announcing the flight, company officials note the project was completed quickly after the program launched in May 2015
 

U.K. begins customizing Tide-class tanker ships

 
‎Wednesday, ‎April ‎5, ‎2017, ‏‎2:14:25 PMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Apr 3, 2017
Britain's Royal Navy signaled the beginning of a customization effort for its Tide-class tanker fleet when the RFA Tidespring arrived in Cornwall. Tide-class Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tankers are a new fleet of four vessels built to bolster the service's maritime capabilities. The ships are intended to replace the U.K.'s aging single-hulled tankers currently in use. RFA Tidespring, t
 

Trump pressured to approve defense deals with India

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎11:40:15 AMGo 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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎11:40:15 AMGo 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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎11:40:15 AMGo 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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎11:40:15 AMGo 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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎11:40:15 AMGo 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

 

 

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Seoul rejects Trump demand it pays for missile system

 
‎Yesterday, ‎May ‎1, ‎2017, ‏‎4:14:45 PMGo to full article
Seoul (AFP) April 28, 2017 - Seoul on Friday brushed aside US President Donald Trump's suggestion it should pay for a $1 billion missile defence system the two allies are installing in South Korea to guard against threats from the North.

The first parts of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system have already been delivered to a former golf course in the South -- infuriating China -- at a time of heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes.

Top US officials have said THAAD will be operational "within days".

"I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It's a billion-dollar system," Trump was quoted as saying by the Reuters news agency. "It's phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky."

The two countries have been in a security alliance since the 1950-53 Korean war, and more than 28,000 US troops are stationed in the South.

Seoul retorted that under the Status of Forces Agreement that governs the US military presence in the country, the South would provide the THAAD site and infrastructure while the US would pay to deploy and operate it.

"There is no change to this basic position," South Korea's defence ministry said in a statement.

The row comes with tensions high on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the Trump administration that military action was an "option on the table".

Trump said there was "a chance" of "a major, major conflict" with the North -- which would put the South, whose capital is within range of Pyongyang's artillery, at risk of horrific casualties.

But earlier this week Washington said it would seek stronger sanctions against Pyongyang and held open the possibility of negotiations, with US Pacific Command chief Admiral Harry Harris saying it wanted to bring leader Kim Jong-Un "to his senses, not to his knees".

The White House also wants China to do more to rein in the North, with Trump saying he believed leader Xi Jinping was "trying very hard".

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that the two presidents had been "in constant touch with each other", which was "good for the two countries and also for the whole world".

But Beijing has been infuriated by the THAAD deployment, which it fears weakens its own ballistic capabilities and says upsets the regional security balance.

- 'Horrible deal' -

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

South Koreans are ambivalent over its deployment, with only 51.8 percent in favour in a Korea Research opinion poll last month.

Social media commentators derided Trump's comments. "So he wants to start a war with North Korea and he wants South Korea to pay for it," wrote one Twitter poster.

On the website of South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper, a reader asked: "Have you been irritating North Korea in order to sell THAAD?"

And on the Kyunghyang Ilbo site another posted: "One billion dollars? Please take it back."

The South's economy has already been hit hard by a series of measures imposed by Beijing as apparent retaliation to the deployment.

The tourist industry has been hammered by a Chinese ban on tour groups, with visitor numbers from the Asian giant plummeting 40 percent in March.

Lotte Group, a South Korean retail giant, has had to shut down 85 of its 99 stores in China due to boycott calls after the group agreed to provide the golf course where THAAD is being installed to the government. Its accumulated losses as a result are reportedly expected to hit $1 billion in the first half of this year alone.

The Export-Import Bank of Korea said this month that South Korea could suffer up to 16 trillion won ($14 billion) losses from reduced trade and falls in Chinese tourist numbers over the next two years.

In the Reuters interview, Trump also said he would renegotiate or terminate the five-year-old free trade agreement between South Korea and the US.

The issue had raised widespread concerns in Asia's fourth-largest economy when he brought it up on the campaign trail, but appeared to have been put on the back burner in his first 100 days in office.

But Trump said: "It is unacceptable, it is a horrible deal made by Hillary."

South Korean business leaders voiced alarm in response, with the Federation of Korean Industries, whose members include the country's biggest manufacturers, saying the FTA was "a major pillar of bilateral ties" and warning of "the spread of global protectionism".

 

 

Israeli missile shoots down 'target' over Golan: army

 
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Jerusalem (AFP) April 27, 2017 - Israel shot down what it identified only as "a target" over the occupied Golan Heights on Thursday, hours after Syria accused it of hitting a military position near Damascus airport.

"The Patriot Aerial Defence System intercepted a target above the Golan Heights," the official Israeli army Twitter account said, without elaborating.

A military spokeswoman refused to comment on Israeli media reports that the object was a drone.

Syria's state news agency SANA said earlier that several Israeli missiles hit near Damascus airport at dawn.

Israel has not confirmed or denied the reported Damascus attack.

But Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said it was consistent with Israel's policy to prevent arms transfers through to Hezbollah, while stopping short of confirming his country was behind the incident.

"We are acting to prevent the transfer of sophisticated weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon by Iran," Katz told army radio.

"When we receive serious information about the intention to transfer weapons to Hezbollah, we will act. This incident is totally consistent with this policy."

In Moscow, the Kremlin called for restraint and the foreign ministry condemned the attack.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not say if Israel had warned Moscow of the strike, saying only that their defence ministries "are in constant dialogue".

In Moscow, visiting Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu that the Jewish state would not allow "concentration of Iranian or Hezbollah forces on the Golan border," Lieberman's office said.

Israel has conducted multiple air strikes in Syria since that country's civil war erupted in 2011, most of which it has said targeted arms convoys or warehouses of its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah, which is a key supporter of the Syrian regime.

Last month, it said it had carried out several strikes near the Syrian desert city of Palmyra, targeting what it said were "advanced weapons" belonging to Hezbollah.

The strikes prompted Syria to launch ground-to-air missiles, one of which was intercepted over Israeli territory in the most serious flare-up between the two neighbours since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Israel seized 1,200 square kilometres (460 square miles) of the Golan from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it in a move never recognised by the international community.

Around 510 square kilometres of the Golan are under Syrian control.

The two countries are still technically at war, although the border remained largely quiet for decades until 2011, when the Syrian conflict broke out.

 

 

Syria to buy latest Russian anti-missile system: Assad

 
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Damascus (AFP) April 27, 2017 - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Damascus is negotiating with regime ally Moscow to buy the latest Russian anti-missile system to repel Israeli and American attacks.

"It's natural that we should have such systems," he said, quoted by Syria's official SANA agency on Thursday, the same day as Damascus accused Israel of firing several missiles at a military position near its international airport.

"Israel has been committing aggressions on the Arab states surrounding it since its creation in 1948," Assad said in the interview with Venezuelan channel Telesur.

"It is natural for us to negotiate with the Russians now with a view to strengthening (our) systems, whether to face any Israeli threats from the air or the threats of American missiles."

"That has become a real possibility after the recent American aggression on Al-Shayrat air base in Syria," he added.

The US military fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at the base overnight on April 6-7 following a suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib province that left 87 dead, including many children.

Washington said the regime base was the launchpad for the attack, a charge Damascus denies.

Russia's military said a day after the attack that Syria's air defences would be boosted.

"To protect Syria's most sensitive infrastructure, a complex of measures will be implemented in the near future to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the Syrian armed forces' air defence system," said spokesman Igor Konashenkov

For its part, Israel has carried out multiple air strikes in Syria since the country's civil war erupted in 2011, most of which it has said targeted arms convoys or warehouses of its Lebanese arch-foe Hezbollah, a key supporter of Assad's regime.

Assad also said that no country which had aided the Syrian opposition should be allowed to take part in Syria's post-war reconstruction.

"All the states which stood against the Syrian people and took part in the destruction and sabotage will never take part in rebuilding Syria. That is final," he said.

International organisations estimate that reconstructing Syria, devastated by a six-year war that has left over 320,000 dead, will cost upwards of $300 billion (275 billion euros).

 

 

US missile system in S.Korea operational soon: US admiral

 
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Washington (AFP) April 26, 2017 - A missile defense system that the United States has begun installing in South Korea will be operational in the coming days, a top American admiral said Wednesday.

US troops began delivering the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system for installation on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju on Wednesday morning.

THAAD "will be operational in the coming days and able to better defend South Korea against the growing North Korean threat," Admiral Harry Harris, who heads Pacific Command, told lawmakers.

Harris also said the US military is weighing whether it needs to install new missile interceptors on Hawaii, which could be one of the first parts of the United States to be in range of a North Korean missile.

"I have suggested we put interceptors in Hawaii," he told the House Armed Services Committee.

Seoul's defense ministry said earlier Wednesday that the military hoped to secure "operational capability of the THAAD as soon as possible," with a goal of fully installing the batteries by the end of this year.

Washington and Seoul agreed to the THAAD deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests.

The THAAD deployment has infuriated China, which fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance.

US missile defence equipment reaches S.Korea site
Seoul (AFP) April 26, 2017 - US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions.

Washington is urging Beijing -- Pyongyang's sole major ally -- to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North.

But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance.

TV footage showed large trailers in camouflage paint carrying what appeared to be missile-related equipment entering a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju on Wednesday morning.

THAAD "will be operational in the coming days and able to better defend South Korea against the growing North Korean threat," Admiral Harry Harris, who heads Pacific Command, told lawmakers in Washington.

Hundreds of residents -- who are concerned over the potential environmental impact -- protested angrily, some clashing with police. More than 10 were injured including three who were hospitalised, activists said.

Seoul's defence ministry said Wednesday's move was aimed at "securing operational capability of the THAAD as soon as possible", with a goal of fully installing the batteries by the end of this year.

The South is holding a presidential election next month to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-Hye, and Seoul and Washington are pressing ahead with the deployment with some candidates ambivalent over the system -- including front-runner Moon Jae-In, of the left-leaning Democratic Party.

His spokesman Park Kwang-On expressed "strong regret" at the delivery, saying it ignored "required procedures".

"This move has shut off any room for policy considerations by the next government and it is very improper," he said.

Beijing condemned the move, with foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang telling reporters the THAAD deployment "severely undermines China's strategic security interests".

"It helps in no way to achieve the denuclearisation of the peninsula and regional peace and stability," he said, adding China would "take necessary measures to safeguard its own interests".

Beijing has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South, including a ban on tour groups.

Retail conglomerate Lotte, which previously owned the golf course, has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down, while South Korea's biggest automaker Hyundai Motor said Wednesday its Chinese sales fell 44 percent last month.

- 'Rain of fire' -

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

The latest move comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the administration of US President Donald Trump that military action was an "option on the table".

Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group to the peninsula in a show of force, amid signs the North could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.

In Pyongyang's latest display, leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the country's largest-ever firing drill to mark the founding anniversary of its military, state-run media said Wednesday.

The drill saw more than 300 large-calibre self-propelled guns firing simultaneously and torpedo attacks by submarines, state-run KCNA said, demonstrating North Korea's determination to pour a "merciless rain of fire on the reckless imperialist US and its dirty followers".

Seoul held a large annual drill of its own Wednesday, involving some 100 artillery pieces, 90 armoured vehicles and 50 aircraft, as well as 2,000 South Korean and US troops, the defence ministry said.

Speaking in Berlin, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged an end to US-South Korean military manoeuvres to calm tensions on the peninsula.

The US has long pushed for China to make more efforts to curb Pyongyang's behaviour.

But Beijing says it has less sway over its wayward neighbour than Washington believes.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called Monday for "restraint" regarding North Korea in a telephone conversation with Trump.

US defence leaders and other top officials are to give a classified briefing on North Korea to all senators in an unusual meeting at the White House later Wednesday.

 

 

U.S. Air Force test-launches antiballistic missile from California

 
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Washington (UPI) Apr 26, 2017 - An intercontinental ballistic missile was test-launched off the California coast Wednesday in what the U.S. Air Force called a show of nuclear deterrent capability.

The Minuteman III missile, equipped with a non-explosive payload of flight data, left Vandenberg Air Force Base in California from a Navy jet shortly after midnight. The launch cast a light over the California coast as the missile traveled 4,200 miles westward to a test range in the Marshall Islands' Kwajalein Atoll, and was declared a success by the USAF 30th Space Wing, which supervised the launch.

The test came as North Korea increased threats that it has developed missiles capable of delivering weapons.

"Tonight's launch was an important demonstration of our nation's nuclear deterrent capability. Test launches like this one are vital to validating the effectiveness and readiness of our operational nuclear systems, so it is critical that they are successful," said Col. John Moss of the USAF 30th Space Wing, in a statement.

The California-based Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a non-profit organization, denounced the timing of the launch, acknowledging the rising military tensions between the United States and North Korea.

"When it comes to missile testing, the U.S. is operating with a clear double standard. It views its own tests as justified and useful, while it views the tests of North Korea as threatening and destabilizing," it said in a statement.

 

 

US missile defence equipment reaches S.Korea site

 
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Seoul (AFP) April 26, 2017 - US troops began delivering a missile defence system that has infuriated China to a deployment site in South Korea Wednesday, amid heightened tensions over the North's nuclear ambitions.

Washington is urging Beijing -- Pyongyang's sole major ally -- to do more to rein it in, but the Asian giant has reacted with fury to the planned installation of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

The US and ally South Korea say its deployment, agreed last year, is intended to guard against missile threats from the nuclear-armed North.

But China fears it will weaken its own ballistic capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance.

TV footage showed large trailers in camouflage paint carrying what appeared to be missile-related equipment entering a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju on Wednesday morning.

Hundreds of residents -- who are concerned over the potential environmental impact -- protested angrily, some clashing with police. More than 10 were injured including three who were hospitalised, activists said.

Seoul's defence ministry said Wednesday's move was aimed at "securing operational capability of the THAAD as soon as possible", with a goal of fully installing the batteries by the end of this year.

The South is holding a presidential election next month to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-Hye, and Seoul and Washington are pressing ahead with the deployment with some candidates ambivalent over the system, including front-runner Moon Jae-In, of the left-leaning Democratic Party.

His spokesman Park Kwang-On expressed "strong regret" at the delivery, saying it ignored "required procedures".

"This move has shut off any room for policy considerations by the next government and it is very improper," he said.

Beijing condemned the move, with foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang telling reporters the THAAD deployment "severely undermines China's strategic security interests".

"It helps in no way to achieve the denuclearisation of the peninsula and regional peace and stability," he said, adding China would "take necessary measures to safeguard its own interests".

Beijing has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South, including a ban on tour groups.

Retail conglomerate Lotte, which previously owned the golf course, has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down, while South Korea's biggest automaker Hyundai Motor said Wednesday its Chinese sales fell 44 percent last month.

- 'Rain of fire' -

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

The latest move comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the administration of US President Donald Trump that military action was an "option on the table".

Washington has deployed an aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS Carl Vinson to the peninsula in a show of force, amid signs the North could be preparing for a sixth nuclear test.

In Pyongyang's latest display, leader Kim Jong-Un oversaw the country's largest-ever firing drill to mark the founding anniversary of its military, state-run media said Wednesday.

The joint drill saw more than 300 large-calibre self-propelled guns firing simultaneously and torpedo attacks by submarines, state-run KCNA said, demonstrating the country's determination to "pour merciless rain of fire on the reckless imperialist US and its dirty followers", it said.

Seoul held a large annual drill of its own Wednesday, involving some 100 artillery pieces, 90 armoured vehicles and 50 aircraft, as well as 2,000 South Korean and US troops, the defence ministry said.

The US has long pushed for China to make more efforts to curb Pyongyang's behaviour.

But Beijing says it has less sway over its wayward neighbour than Washington believes.

Chinese President Xi Jinping called Monday for "restraint" regarding North Korea in a telephone conversation with Trump.

US defence leaders and other top officials are to give a classified briefing on North Korea to all senators in an unusual meeting at the White House later Wednesday.

 

 

South Korean missile interceptor in final development

 
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Washington (UPI) Apr 18, 2017 - A low-tier missile defense system is reportedly in the final phase of development by South Korea, a military official said earlier this week.

According to the Yonhap news service the hit-to-kill missile system will undergo final evaluation next month to determine it's suitability for production and deployment.

The evaluation process follows completion of earlier testing of the medium-range surface-to-air missile known as M-SAM.

"It is fair to say that we only have an administrative procedure to complete the development of the M-SAM," the unidentified military official said.

The indigenously developed M-SAM is a key element of the country's Korea Air and Missile Defense system. It has the capability to destroy incoming ballistic missiles at an altitude of about 12.4 miles.

The missile was developed by South Korea's Agency for Defense Development and LIG Nex1 using the country's existing Cheongung surface-to-air missile. Mass production is expected to be ordered next year, with deployment planned after 2018.

Yonhap said planned production was advanced from the 2020s because of escalating missile threats from North Korea.

The new interceptors will join the Korean military's PAC-2 and PAC-3 missile defense systems -- along with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system of U.S. Forces in Korea -- to help protect the country against missile attack from the north.

 

 

US, South Korea agree early deployment of THAAD: PM Hwang

 
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Seoul (AFP) April 17, 2017 - The United States and South Korea agreed on the early deployment of a controversial US missile defence system in the region, the South's acting president said Monday after talks with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence.

"We have agreed to further strengthen the readiness posture of ROK-US alliance that matches the threats posed by North Korea through a swift deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense)," said Hwang Kyo-Ahn at a joint conference with Pence.

N.Korea puts 'new ICBM' on show, say analysts
Pyongyang (AFP) April 15, 2017 - North Korea unveiled what could be a new intercontinental ballistic missile at a giant military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday, analysts said.

Nearly 60 missiles rolled through Kim Il-Sung Square at an event to mark the 105th anniversary of the North's founder, in a show of strength as tensions mount over the isolated nation's military ambitions.

Its ultimate goal is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the US mainland - something President Donald Trump has vowed "won't happen".

Saturday's parade displayed devices in increasing order of range and it was four huge green missiles, rolled out on articulated trailers towards the end, that caught the attention of military specialists.

"This appears to be a new ICBM," Yonhap news agency quoted an unidentified South Korean military official as saying, adding that they appeared longer than the country's existing KN-08 or KN-14 missiles.

Pyongyang has yet to formally announce it has an operational ICBM, but Chad O'Carroll, managing director of specialist service NK News, said the new rockets could be liquid-fuelled intercontinental ballistic missiles, or an early prototype.

These long-range missiles would be "a big game-changer once it is deployed in service", he said but added there would be a long testing schedule ahead before a trial launch of the missile itself.

But liquid-fuel missiles also "take hours to fuel up and if there is intelligence that they were doing that it would be quite easy to stop it before it was launched", he told AFP.

Solid fuel ICBMs are a "much more difficult threat to prevent", O'Carroll said, adding that risk was still "many many years" away.

But Kim Dong-Yeop of the South's Institute for Eastern Studies said Pyongyang may have already begun developing the technology.

"Judging from the fact that it was contained in a launch tube, it is likely to be a cold-launched, solid-fuel ICBM," he told Yonhap.

- Making mock-ups? -

To achieve its ultimate aim of developing technology capable of hitting US targets, Pyongyang not only needs to improve the range of its missiles, but also miniaturise a nuclear device to the extent that it would fit on the tip of a warhead.

Experts differ on the details of Pyongyang's missile capabilities, but all agree it has made rapid strides in recent years.

The North has paraded what were thought to be KN-08 ICBMs three times since 2012, and in 2015 it unveiled a new variant, the KN-14.

None has ever been launched, although Kim said in his New Year's address that the North was in the "final stages" of developing an ICBM.

The last missiles in the parade, on giant 16-wheeler vehicles, could have been KN14s in launch tubes.

Also on display was the Pukkuksong, a white-painted device on a blue trailer, which is claimed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

Submarine-launched devices could give the North the ability to strike without warning from a vessel somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

They could also reduce the effectiveness of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) defence system, which Washington and Seoul are deploying to the South, to the fury of Beijing.

But the experts sounded a note of caution.

O'Carroll pointed out that the nosecone of one of the final group of missiles "wobbled quite noticeably", raising questions about whether or not it was real.

Since only their launch tubes were visible, Lee Il-Woo, a senior analyst at the private Korea Defence Network, told AFP: "I suspect they all might be mock-ups aimed to impress the outside world."

 

 

BAE Systems to develop U.S. space, missile defense tech

 
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Washington (UPI) Apr 12, 2017 - BAE Systems received a contract to research and develop new space and missile defense technologies for the U.S. Army, the company announced Wednesday.

The enterprise is one of eight contractors to compete for the $3 billion indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity deal. It was awarded by the U.S. Army's Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, or SMDC/ARSTRAT.

Under the agreement, BAE Systems will explore next-generation software and hardware applications for high-altitude defense projects.

"We've had a long-standing and successful relationship with SMDC," BAE Systems' DeEtte Gray said in a press release. "We're committed to helping the Army develop the new technologies it needs to gain a greater tactical edge on the battlefield and accomplish a wide array of complex missions."

In addition to research and development, tasks will include integration, testing and small-scale prototype production. BAE Systems adds prototypes and subsystems will also be examined in laboratory and field environments.

 

 

Raytheon to upgrade U.S. ballistic missile defense radars

 
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Washington (UPI) Apr 10, 2017 - Raytheon received a $10 million contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to upgrade components for the AN/TPY-2 ballistic missile radar.

The company's work will focus on enhancing software and hardware to bolster the radar's detection capabilities, including its gallium nitride semiconductor technology, or GaN. Raytheon says its work will help the system discriminate between threats and non-threats more easily.

"AN/TPY-2 is already the world's most capable land-based, X-band, ballistic missile defense radar," Raytheon's Dave Gulla said in a press release. "Adding GaN technology modernizes the system so it can defeat all classes of ballistic missiles in extreme operational environments."

Raytheon adds the contract puts its product on course to become the world's first transportable, land-based ballistic missile radar system equipped with GaN technology.

The AN/TPY-2 is built to operate in one of two ways. In its forward-based mode, the system is placed near hostile territory to identify ballistic missile threats shortly after they are launched. In its terminal mode, the system is integrated with a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense missile defense system and tracks targets as they descend.

 

 

Raytheon to supply Multi-Object Kill Vehicle technology

 
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Washington (UPI) Apr 4, 2017 - Raytheon received a $59 million contract to conduct further Multi-Object Kill Vehicle research for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Under the terms of the competitively awarded contract, Raytheon will support the Kill Vehicle technology risk reduction effort, which seeks to improve performance and reduce risks.

Work will be performed at Raytheon's facility in Tucson, Ariz. The U.S. Department of Defense did not disclose when they expect the company's tasks to be completed.

Raytheon received $8.8 million in fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2017 research, development, test and engineering funds at the time of the contract award. The Missile Defense Agency is the contracting activity.

Kill Vehicles are platforms designed to counter the threat of long-range ballistic missiles. The Multi-Object Kill Vehicle, or MOKV, is Raytheon's fourth Kill Vehicle project. The company began working on the solution in 2015.

 

 

Israel's latest missile interceptor enters service

 
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Hatzor, Israel (AFP) April 2, 2017 - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday the latest addition to Israel's missile defences meant that those seeking to destroy the Jewish state would be endangering their own existence.

He was speaking at a formal ceremony to hand the "David's Sling" system from its developers over to its Israeli air force operators.

The medium-range interceptor, developed with United States backing, is designed to fill the gap between the longer-range Arrow missile defence system and the shorter-range Iron Dome interceptor.

Together, said Netanyahu, they would "protect Israel, our citizens, our cities".

"Whoever seeks to strike us will be struck, whoever threatens our existence will place his own existence in jeopardy," he said in a speech at the commissioning ceremony, at Hatzor air force base in central Israel.

David's Sling, named for the slingshot with which the Bible says the future King David slew the Philistine giant Goliath, was developed by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defence Systems and US company Raytheon.

The Jewish state lists several aerial threats, some on its borders and others, such as Iran, far beyond.

One is Lebanon's Hezbollah, with which it fought a devastating 2006 war.

The Israeli military believes Hezbollah today has between 100,000 and 120,000 short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, as well as several hundred long-range missiles, with the medium-range missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

Also, last month Israeli warplanes struck several targets in neighbouring Syria, drawing retaliatory missile fire, in the most serious incident between the two countries since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.

Israel used its Arrow interceptor to destroy what was believed to have been a Russian-made SA 5 missile and Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syria's air defence systems "without the slightest hesitation" if it happened again.

Israel has sought to avoid being dragged into the Syrian conflict, but has carried out strikes there to stop what it says are advanced weapons deliveries to Hezbollah.

Missiles and rockets are also periodically fired at Israel from the adjacent Gaza Strip, generally by hardline Islamist groups opposed to the Palestinian territory's Hamas rulers.

But Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from Gaza regardless of who carried it out and routinely strikes Hamas installations in response.

Netanyahu's strongest words were reserved for Iran, which he says seeks to "destroy the state of the Jews" and has ambitions to build nuclear weapons.

Iran says its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

US President Donald Trump slapped fresh sanctions against Tehran's weapons procurement network following a ballistic missile test on January 29.

Iranian officials say the missile programme is purely defensive.

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Always on Guard: All You Need to Know About Russia's Missile Defense

 
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Moscow (Sputnik) Apr 04, 2017 - Half a century ago, March 30, 1967, the Soviet government established the Anti-Missile and Space Defense Forces. The new entity combined all the then-existing missile defense units. The new forces were aimed at protecting USSR's crucial industrial and military areas from American intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Despite the fact that by the time the Cold War had already entered its de-escalation stage, nuclear deterrence was a matter of life and death for the Soviet Union.

By 1967, the United States had obtained nearly 32,000 nuclear warheads, the record high in the history of the Moscow-Washington standoff. Moreover, the Minuteman II ICBM entered service with the US military and was capable of breaching any missile defense shield.

By the late-1980s, the USSR created the A-135 missile defense system which still continue to remain operational. However, the history of Russia's missile shield is long and challenging.

History
Soviet scientists and engineers first tested ballistic missile interception possibilities back in 1945. However, active research and development works were launched in 1953. The Soviet military leadership was very concerned about the US reportedly developing ICBMs.

On February 1, 1956, two missile defense projects were presented, one of which, the Sistema A, was later approved by the government. On August 17, the government ordered the establishment of a missile defense training range near Lake Balkhash, in Kazakhstan. The site was named Sary Shagan and has been used since then by the Russian military.

Sistema A was controlled by a ground-based computing complex, which calculated the trajectory of a missile based on information gathered from three radio radars. The radars were located at a distance of 170 kilometers from each other, forming a triangle with a V-1000 intercepting missile launcher in the center.

The first practical tests were a failure though. The computers lacked the power to accurately calculate the trajectory. The first successful test was conducted March 4, 1961.

On September 1, 1971, the first Soviet full-fledged missile defense system, the A-35, was deployed and put on combat alert around Moscow. The system was based on principles and technologies tested on the experimental Sistema A.

The A-35 comprised the main command and computing center, two long-range radio-radar stations and four launching complexes. The entire infrastructure was deployed in the Moscow region. The A-35 was capable of intercepting single-block ballistic missiles at a distance of 130-400 km and at an altitude of 50-400 km. The system covered an area of 400 square km.

The A-35 was also planned to be deployed in other areas. However, the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) between the US and the Soviet Union allowed such missile defenses only in two areas in each of the countries. In 1974, an amendment to the treaty limited the number of missile defense covered areas to one in each of the two countries. In 2002, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the treaty.

How It Works
The A-35M, the upgraded version of the A-35, was put in service in 1977. Its main distinctive feature was the capability to intercept multiple-warhead ballistic missiles. At the same time, a brand-new missile defense system was in development. It was called the A-135 Amur and entered service in 1990 and five years later it was put on combat alert in the Moscow region.

"Currently, the A-135 is part of the 9th division of the 1st air- and missile-defense army [part of the Russian Aerospace Forces]. The system has been modernized for several times, first of all, including its computing devices. As a result, the system now runs much faster," military expert Mikhail Khodarenok told Sputnik.

To cut a long story short, here is an exemplary algorithm of how the system works. Russian military satellites detect the missile launch of a potential enemy and then the missile is tracked by the Voronezh and Daryal radio-radar stations. At this point, the Russian leadership has time to make a decision on a retaliatory counterstrike. At the same time, the combat mode is activated on the A-135.

The A-135 includes the Don-2N radio-radar station, located in Sofrino, near Moscow. It detects warheads flying in space, at a distance of up to 3,700 km and the information is transmitted to the 5K80 command point. Then, the information is processed and transmitted further to missile launching sites. Each of the missile launching sites deployed around Moscow has 12-16 silos containing 53T6 interceptors capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 60 km and at an altitude of up to 45 km. As of 2016, 68 53T6 interceptors are in service.

"The main feature of the A-135 is that it is completely autonomous, including target acquisition, locking, authorization of the interceptor launch and its aiming," Khodarenok said.

He added that the A-135 is also capable of distinguishing between a warhead and ballistic missile decoys.

The Future of Russia's Missile Defense

Despite the fact that the A-135 is a sophisticated and efficient system, it is aging. Its replacement is currently in being tested.

"In the future, the A-135 will be replaced by the A-235 Nudol nest-generation missile defense. Information about the new system is classified. According to available information, it will have a longer range and an increased accuracy. Its development is on schedule, but it's too early to talk about specific dates," Khodarenok said.

At the same time, according to him, a missile defense system does not provide 100 percent protection from a massive nuclear strike and is capable of intercepting only a limited number of warheads. In addition, the Achilles' heel of such systems is their silos because potential enemies can obtain their coordinates.

"This last problem will be resolved after S-500 advanced missile defense reinforces the A-235 in the Moscow region and provides protection from enemy missiles in other regions. The S-500 is a mobile system and can change quickly change location," the expert explained.

In February, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that the first development prototype of the S-500 will be ready by 2020. The system is expected to be capable of intercepting aerodynamic targets (planes, helicopters and drones) and ballistic missiles. Its operational range will be 600 km. The S-500 will be able to destroy up to 10 hypersonic ballistic targets at the same time.

Source: Sputnik News

 

 

Raytheon completes ballistic missile radar detection test

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎15, ‎2017, ‏‎8:10:26 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 31, 2017 - Raytheon's Air and Missile Defense Radar tracked a ballistic missile test target for the first time during a U.S. Navy exercise in Kauai, Hawaii.

During what the Navy praised as a successful demonstration, the system searched for, acquired and tracked its target. The event followed a series of trials for the system which examined its ability to track satellites and aircraft.

"We remain on track to deliver an unprecedented capability to the fleet," Raytheon's Tad Dickenson said in a press release. "The radar performed exactly as we expected it to during this mission – all systems were green."

Dickenson went on to add the event also verified the radar's major hardware and software components. U.S. Navy Captain Seiko Okano called the demonstration a historic moment for the service.

"It's the first time a ballistic missile target was tracked by a wideband digital beamforming radar," he said. "AN/SPY-6 is on track for delivery to DDG 51 Flight III."

Raytheon's Air and Missile Defense Radar, also referred to as AMDR or AN/SPY-6(Y), is a next-generation air and missile defense platform being developed for the Navy's DDF-51 Flight III destroyer. The system is designed to enhance ships' ability to detect air and surface threats, including ballistic missiles.

Once in service, the radar will be able to provide visuals for targets half the size at twice the distance as existing platforms, and provide 360 degrees of situational awareness. The product is over 30 times more sensitive than AN/SPY-1D(V) systems in the Flight III configuration.

 

 

U.S. Missile Defense Agency buys Lot 9 THAAD Interceptors

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎15, ‎2017, ‏‎8:10:26 AMGo to full article
Washington (UPI) Mar 28, 2017 - Lockheed Martin received a $273 million contract to produce Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Lot 9 Interceptors for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems, or THAAD, are defensive platforms used to engage incoming ballistic missile attacks and other airborne threats. The system is capable of intercepting missiles from inside and outside of the Earth's atmosphere.

Lockheed Martin says the product is ideal for defending highly concentrated population centers and high-value infrastructures. It is also designed to be interoperable with other ballistic missile defense systems.

In addition to Lot 9 Interceptors, the fixed-price agreement also includes one-shot devices and associated production support efforts.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, work on the contract will be performed at various locations in Texas, Alabama and Arkansas. The Interceptors are expected to be delivered by the end of March 2020.

The Missile Defense Agency is managing the project.

 

 

Saudi shoots down 'smuggled' Yemen rebel missiles

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎15, ‎2017, ‏‎8:10:26 AMGo 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 deliveries from abroad.

"Early this morning, four missiles were intercepted," the coalition said.

"The ongoing missile attacks on Saudi cities provide clear evidence of the arms smuggling that continues to take place in Yemen, notably through the port of Hodeida."

The coalition said that the missiles targeted Khamis Mushait, which houses the coalition's main airbase for its operations in Yemen, and Abha, another city close to the Yemeni border.

It said they were intercepted without casualties or damage.

The coalition has previously accused Shiite Iran of smuggling weapons to its coreligionists, a charge Tehran denies.

The coalition has enforced an air and sea blockade of rebel-held areas since the start of its intervention in March 2015.

Hodeida is the main port of entry for UN-supervised aid deliveries to rebel areas.

The UN World Food Programme said on Friday that a third of Yemen's 22 provinces were on the brink of famine.

It said it was providing food to around seven million people each month but that was less than half the 17 million who were going hungry.

Earlier this month, the coalition called on the United Nations to take full control of Hodeida to facilitate "ending the use of the port for weapons smuggling."

The UN rejected the request, saying the responsibility to protect infrastructure and civilians could not be shifted to other parties.

Sunday marked the second anniversary of the launch of the coalition's intervention.

Hundreds of thousands poured into the streets of Sanaa in a show of support for the Shiite rebels, who still control the capital as well as most of the north and the Red Sea coast.

More than 7,700 people have been killed since the intervention began, most of them civilians, according to World Heath Organization figures.

 

 

Raytheon tapped for two more MK 99 ship sets

 
‎Saturday, ‎April ‎15, ‎2017, ‏‎8:10:26 AMGo 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 systems, and communicates with the vessel's missile control station. During combat, the platform alerts operators of incoming missile threats and illuminates targets to be destroyed.

Work on the contract will be performed in various locations in Massachusetts, Ontario, New Jersey and Virginia. Raytheon is expected to finish the work by September 2020.

The company received all funding at the time of the modification award, none of which is set to expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Sea Systems Command is the contracting activity.

 

 

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

 
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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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎3:20:16 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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎3:20:16 PMGo to full article
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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎3:20:16 PMGo to full article
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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎3:20:16 PMGo to full article
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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎3:20:16 PMGo to full article
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

 
‎Wednesday, ‎March ‎29, ‎2017, ‏‎3:20:16 PMGo to full article
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

 
‎Friday, ‎March ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎12:53:30 PMGo to full article
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

 
‎Friday, ‎March ‎24, ‎2017, ‏‎12:53:30 PMGo to full article
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

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎5:48:57 AMGo to full article
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

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎5:48:57 AMGo to full article
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

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎16, ‎2017, ‏‎5:48:57 AMGo to full article
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

 
‎Thursday, ‎March ‎2, ‎2017, ‏‎11:25:17 AMGo to full article
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.

 

 

 

 

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