Missile Defense News

March 22, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Navy To Supersize Its Ultra Versatile SM-6 Missile For Even Longer Range And Higher Speed

The Navy’s SM-6 missile has become an all-star of multi-role capability and a shining example of how repackaging existing systems with some new tech can garner grand results. The missile can shoot down air-breathing threats like aircraft and cruise missiles, it can swat incoming ballistic missiles in the terminal phases of flight, it can attack… read more

March 21, 2019 | Missile Defense News

With an eye to China and Russia, the US Navy plans a lethal upgrade to its destroyers

Navy Times -Facing ever-faster missiles and increasingly complicated air threats from China and Russia, the Navy is moving toward a major upgrade to its stalwart Arleigh Burke destroyer fleet. The service is planning to buy a scaled version of Raytheon’s Spy-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar to replace the Spy-1D arrays on the Flight IIA… read more

March 21, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Pentagon wants Hellfire missiles and small-diameter bombs for future war

A lesser-recognized proposed budget increase can be seen with two key munitions — the Hellfire Missile and Small Diameter Bomb II. The Hellfire is greatly expanding it uses beyond helicopters and some of its regular applications, to include arming the Navy Littoral combat ship and the Army’s Short Range Air Defense arming Stryker vehicles with… read more

March 21, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Is the Pentagon moving quickly enough on hypersonic defense?

Defense News: WASHINGTON — As the Pentagon looks to catch up with China and Russia in the hypersonic arms race, there is a widespread acknowledgement that the technology to defend against weapons capable of reaching Mach 5 or higher simply isn’t there. “If war breaks out tomorrow, we’re probably not going to kill hypersonic boost… read more

March 20, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Anti-ICBM test planned with new US-Japan missile

NHK World: The US Defense Department plans to test the feasibility of using a new interceptor missile that it jointly developed with Japan to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles. The Defense Department said on Tuesday that it plans to carry out the test next year using the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA. The missile has been… read more

March 20, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Israel, US intercept long-range missiles during joint drill

Star Tribune – Israel and the U.S. have successfully intercepted a series of medium to long-range ballistic missiles in a joint drill. The missile test in southern Israel was conducted Tuesday by the Israeli Ministry of Defense along with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and Rafael, an Israeli defense technology company. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin… read more

March 19, 2019 | Missile Defense News

David’s Sling missile defense system passes key trial, ministry says

Times of Israel: Israel’s midrange missile interceptor, David’s Sling, managed to thwart a series of threats, passing a key test on its way to becoming operational, the Defense Ministry said Tuesday. The ministry said the aerial defense system passed a drill “simulating future threats that the system may face in a confrontation,” the ministry said in… read more

March 19, 2019 | Missile Defense News

The Pentagon Wants to Test a Space-Based ‘Particle Beam’ by 2023

The U.S. Department of Defense wants to test a directed energy weapon in space, one that it hopes will someday destroy ballistic missiles moments after launch. The weapon, a so-called neutral particle beam, would be boosted into space and tested from orbit in 2023. Neutral particle beams don’t get as much attention as lasers but… read more

March 19, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Future Destroyer Named for Medal Of Honor Recipient William Charette

USNI News: The future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer William Charette (DDG-130) will honor a hospital corpsman awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War. Master Chief William Charette joined the Navy in 1951 and served in Korea as a hospital corpsman attached to Company F, Third Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment,… read more

March 19, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Bolton: China Is One Reason US ‘Looking at Strengthening National Missile Defense’

The Diplomat: The U.S. advisor to the president on national security affairs, John Bolton, has been a mainstay on American Sunday shows since the February 28 summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Bolton’s been making the most of these appearances to underscore the administration’s continued maximalist unilateral disarmament demands of… read more

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