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March 16, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Saudis to get MSE variant of PAC-3 missile

IHS Jane’s 360: Saudi Arabia has ordered the latest PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missile for its Patriot air defence systems, a US Department of Defense contract announcement confirmed on 11 March. It said Lockheed Martin’s Missile and Fire Control division had been awarded a USD73 million contract modification “to exercise a Patriot option adding… read more

March 16, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Raytheon Unveils New Patriot Radar at AUSA Global 16

Defense News: HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Raytheon debuted its first full-sized prototype of a next-generation Patriot radar here on Tuesday at the AUSA Global Force Symposium and Exhibition. The company’s new technology is called Gallium Nitride (GaN) Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar and its designed to provide the Patriot with a 360-degree view on the battlefield. So what is GaN-based… read more

March 16, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Lockheed CEO says Poland, Turkey interested in MEADS missile defense system

Reuters: Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson said Poland and Turkey were interested in the company’s MEADS missile defense system, which has already been selected by Germany. Hewson said Lockheed recently reentered discussions with the Polish defense ministry about the MEADS system, but gave no further details. Poland’s former center-right government last year chose Raytheon… read more

March 15, 2016 | Missile Defense News

USS Barry joins Yokosuka fleet in tumultuous times

Stars and Stripes: The Navy welcomed the destroyer USS Barry to its Japan-based fleet Monday, giving the force a seventh ballistic missile defense-capable ship in the midst of North Korean boasts about advances in its nuclear weapons program. Ballistic missile defense ships, or BMDs, are among the most oft-deployed ships in the Navy. On top… read more

March 15, 2016 | Missile Defense News

MDA Seeking Directed Energy, Coalition Solutions To Missile Threat; Navy Pursuing Larger Sensor Network

U.S. Naval Institute: To counter the growing quantity and capability of enemy missiles around the world, the Missile Defense Agency is looking for better discrimination and directed energy solutions while the Navy looks to better integrate its sensors to create a “kill web” instead of a “kill chain,” officials said earlier this month. The missile… read more

March 14, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Russia, China oppose US missile-defense in South Korea

Associated Press: The foreign ministers of China and Russia are opposing the possible deployment of an advanced American missile-defense system in South Korea. Amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear arsenal, Washington and Seoul last week began formal talks on deploying the sophisticated THAAD system. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a news conference Friday… read more

March 14, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Raytheon to display groundbreaking new Patriot radar at the Winter Association of the United States Army trade show

PRNewswire: The world’s newest missile defense radar is gearing up for a road trip.  Raytheon Company [NYSE: RTN] funded, developed and built a new Gallium Nitride (GaN) powered Active Electronically Scanned Array main antenna for the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System.  Raytheon will exhibit its prototype Patriot full-scale, GaN-based AESA radar in the… read more

March 14, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Two key senators turn against Pentagon’s radar-carrying blimps

The Los Angeles Times: Two U.S. senators with sway over all federal spending have dealt a crippling bipartisan blow to the Pentagon’s troubled $2.7-billion program to use radar-carrying blimps to search for enemy missiles. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), who holds the Democrats’ No. 2 leadership position… read more

March 11, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. may need more missile defenses to counter growing threat -admiral

Reuters: Current U.S. missile defenses can counter an attack on U.S. territory by North Korea or Iran but Washington will have to boost its response capacity if those countries keep expanding their missile forces, a top U.S. admiral said on Thursday. Admiral Bill Gortney, the officer responsible for defending U.S. air space, told a Senate… read more

March 9, 2016 | Missile Defense News

In Step To Keep JLENS Alive, Army Asks Congress for More Money

Defense News: WASHINGTON — The Army has asked Congress to let it spend another $27.2 million to keep the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) system’s three-year operational exercise on track. The service argues that it would be cheaper to keep the exercise moving on schedule than it would to delay it an additional year, according… read more

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