Missile Defense News

February 19, 2016 | Missile Defense News

The US’ nuclear deterrent is in trouble

Business Insider: Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that make up one part of the American nuclear deterrent remain highly relevant to security. The ICBM force provides many benefits that other strategic systems do not: they shorten the time needed to execute the president’s response to a nuclear attack, increase the total number of targets… read more

February 19, 2016 | Missile Defense News

VAFB to host test launch of Minuteman missile

Lompoc Record: An unarmed Minuteman III missile is scheduled to be launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base this weekend as part of an operational test. The intercontinental ballistic missile is scheduled to be fired from the north side of the base between 11 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday. The purpose of the test launch… read more

February 19, 2016 | Missile Defense News

India’s ballistic missiles could be a game-changer

Daily News: India just test-launched an indigenous, nuclear-capable ballistic missile. On February 15, the India’s Economic Times reported that the country’s military had fired a Prithvi-II missile from a mobile launcher. According to the Economic Times, the missile was “randomly chosen from the production stock,” meaning that it wasn’t specifically modified for testing purposes. This… read more

February 18, 2016 | Missile Defense News

THAAD Missile Defense Tech Upgraded, Deployed

Scout: The Missile Defense Agency is stepping up production, deployment and modernization of its cutting edge ballistic missile defense platform called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, officials said. The platform, which fires an interceptor missile to knock out, destroy or explode and approaching enemy threat, is designed for what’s called the “terminal phase”… read more

February 17, 2016 | Missile Defense News

The Pentagon’s Rampaging Surveillance Blimp Will Fly Again

Fortune: When a 240-foot unmanned U.S. Army blimp broke free of its moorings and rampaged across two states in October, it looked like the embarrassing incident might spell the end of the troubled $2.7 billion JLENS program. But the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) will fly again, the Department… read more

February 17, 2016 | Missile Defense News

China Slams Reports of Missile Defense Deployment in Disputed Islands

Sputnik news: “We believe that this is an attempt by certain Western media to create news,” said Wang Yi. Earlier it was reported that satellite imagery obtained by Fox News showed that China had deployed two batteries of eight surface-to-air missile launchers and a radar system on Woody Island. A US official verified the imagery… read more

February 17, 2016 | Missile Defense News

U.S. stealth jets fly over S. Korea as tensions heighten

USA Today: Four U.S. F-22 stealth fighter aircraft conducted exercises with South Korean jets south of Seoul on Wednesday to “demonstrate the capabilities” of the U.S.-South Korean alliance, the Pentagon said. The high-tech “Raptor” jets, designed to elude radar, flew alongside Korea’s F-15K “Slam Eagle” aircraft and U.S. F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter jets out of… read more

February 16, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Russia Threat Creating New Turk Shopping List

Defense News: What Turkey’s security establishment views as an “emerging Russian threat” is forcing military and procurement planners to amend their short-term shopping list in favor of defensive gear. Officials say the confrontation with Russia over Syria since last November has created a “de facto situation” that modifies priority purchase plans. “This is a new… read more

February 16, 2016 | Missile Defense News

NORAD general: Canada examining its defenses amid new threats

The Gazette: Change is on the horizon for the North American Aerospace Defense Command as Canada reviews its military for the first time in more than 20 years, the top Canadian general in Colorado Springs said. Royal Canadian Air Force Lt. Gen. Pierre St-Amand said Thursday that new threats have shown the continent’s military leaders… read more

February 16, 2016 | Missile Defense News

Russia To Test Fire Tor Short Range SAM Defense System In March

Defense World.net: Russian Military will test fire aTor, short-range surface-to-air missile defense system in March this year. “Air defense artillery units of the Eastern Military District’s motorized infantry regiment, stationed in the Primorsky Territory, will test Tor-M2U missile systems for the first time in March at the specialized Telemba firing range in Buryatia,” the Eastern… read more

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