Missile Defense News

February 20, 2017 | Missile Defense News

U.S. rushes to add laser-armed drones to missile defense network

Las Vegas Review-Journal: As North Korea marches toward its goal of threatening the United States with nuclear weapons, the Pentagon is racing to add a new component to its missile defense system: a revolutionary drone laser weapon capable of zapping rockets almost as soon as they are launched. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency says it… read more

February 19, 2017 | Missile Defense News

A new push for missile defense in space under Trump?

Defense News: WASHINGTON — Ahead of the release of the new administration’s first budget request, U.S. defense officials are pushing to renew the effort to get missile-tracking sensors into space. President Donald Trump made a campaign statement touting the need to pursue space-based missile defense in an October 2016 memo. In the memo, he said he wanted… read more

February 19, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Japan eyes updating defense guidelines to bolster alliance with U.S.

Japan Today: TOKYO — The Japanese government plans to update its defense program guidelines five years earlier than initially planned in hope of strengthening the Japan-U.S. defense alliance under President Donald Trump’s administration, a government source said Saturday. The plan aimed at beefing up its defense capability comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the… read more

February 18, 2017 | Missile Defense News

BAE to modernize guided-missile cruiser USS Vicksburg

UPI: BAE Systems received a $42.9 million contract to perform repair and modernization services for the U.S. Navy’s USS Vicksburg. Under the contract, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser will undergo sepcial selected restricted availability, or SSRA. The work will consist of ship alternations and repairs in addition to modernization efforts. BAE Systems’ agreement with the Navy… read more

February 16, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Achilles Heel Of Army Air & Missile Defense: The Network

Breaking Defense: ARLINGTON: The Russians aren’t just deploying new treaty-breaking, nuclear-capable cruise missiles. They’re also fielding sophisticated cyber and electronic warfare systems that can hack or jam our defenses against such missiles. In fact, no military mission is more dependent on high-speed data networks than air and missile defense — but no military system is more vulnerable than those networks. It’s a… read more

February 15, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Japan to bolster missile defense in face of North Korea threat

The Japan Times: The government will accelerate work to strengthen the interception of missiles following the development by North Korea of ballistic missiles that can not be easily detected after launch, informed sources have said. Specifically, a Defense Ministry panel headed by state minister Kenji Wakamiya is slated to study the performance and costs of… read more

February 14, 2017 | Missile Defense News

The US should build a pan-Asian missile shield

MENAFN Missile defense has become a reality in the Asia-Pacific. In December 2007, Japan became the first country in the region to operationally test a missile defense system by shooting down a ballistic missile in flight. Ten years later, South Korea has tentatively agreed to accept the deployment of US-operated Terminal High Altitude Area Defense,… read more

February 13, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Belgium: The Next Missile Defense Superpower?

The National Interest: Little Belgium is known for producing excellent chocolates and machine guns, not rockets that shoot down ICBMs. Yet Belgium has quietly made the decision to build frigates equipped with exoatmospheric interceptors that sound a lot like the U.S. Navy’s Aegis system. This would make Belgium—a country the size of Maryland—the first European… read more

February 10, 2017 | Missile Defense News | Threat News

“LOWER END” MISSILE THREATS: THE CASE OF YEMEN

ABSTRACT The role of missile warfare in the ongoing fighting in Yemen is easy to overlook in the context of the ISIL threat to peace, the presence of al-Qaeda and ISIL militants in Yemen, the humanitarian crisis in this Arabian Peninsula conflict, and “high end” missile threats. Detailed analysis of the role of missiles in… read more

February 9, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Iron Dome intercepts three rockets from Sinai headed for Eilat

Times of Israel The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted three rockets headed for the southern city of Eilat late Wednesday night, while a fourth fell in an open area, the army said. This fourth rocket was not shot down by the missile defense battery as it was headed towards an open field, a military… read more

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