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May 5, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Missile Defense Agency looking for ‘transportable’ ICBM interceptors

WAAY: The Redstone Arsenal-based Missile Defense Agency is asking the defense industry to submit ideas for “transportable” ICBM interceptor missiles, also known as Ground Based Interceptors (GBIs). In a Request for Information (RFI) posted on the Federal Business Opportunity site on April 28, the agency says they will use responses to evaluate alternative GBI locations… read more

May 5, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Shadows over Turkey’s possible purchase of the Russian S-400

Asia Times: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed Ankara’s possible acquisition of Russia’s S-400 long-range air defense missile system during a meeting at the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Wednesday. The Kremlin said the two sides had struck a “positive tone” on the ongoing negotiations, but the… read more

May 3, 2017 | Missile Defense News

$40 million upgrade for Thule radar unifies missile shield sites

66th Air Base Group’s Public Affairs: Early Warning Radars located throughout the world are undergoing multiple updates to their hardware, software and cyber resilience. There are five EWR systems. These 10-story, solid state, phased array radars are placed around the globe to provide early warning in the event of a ballistic missile attack and to… read more

May 3, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Test of U.S. Defense Against North Korea Missiles Set This Month

Bloomberg Politics: The Pentagon will attempt a new test by the end of this month of whether it can intercept an intercontinental ballistic missile like the ones North Korea is seeking to develop, according to the deputy director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. “It’s coming up later this month,” Rear Admiral Jon Hill said… read more

May 3, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Missile defenses to shoot down North Korean rockets is ready

New York Daily News: The American anti-missile system to defend South Korea against North Korea is operational, officials said Tuesday. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) “is operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles” and protect South Korea, a U.S. military spokesman based in Seoul told The New York Times. Installation… read more

May 2, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Japanese Officials: Washington and Tokyo Need More Ballistic Missile Defense Cooperation

USNI News: To counter immediate and growing North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile threats, three former Japanese ministers of defense said Tokyo needs to work with Washington to enhance ballistic missile defense capabilities to better defend itself and develop an effective counterstrike if attacked. Speaking Monday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a… read more

May 2, 2017 | Missile Defense News

THAAD missile defense system operational in South Korea, US says

CNN: A controversial US missile defense system is up and running in South Korea, a week before the country’s presidential election is expected to bring in a government critical of its deployment. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system “is operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic… read more

May 1, 2017 | Missile Defense News

U.S. to South Korea: We’ll pay for missile defense system (for now)

CNN Money: After President Trump set off a furor over who should pay for a U.S. missile defense system that’s being installed in South Korea, his national security chief said Washington will pick up the check. For the time being, at least. White House national security adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told his South Korean… read more

May 1, 2017 | Missile Defense News

$112 million contract awarded for construction of new missile defense radar

WAAY: According to a Pentagon release, an Alaska construction company has been awarded a $112 million dollar contract to being construction of the control facility for the Long Range Discrinimation Radar (LRDR) at Clear Air Force Station in Alaska. Unit-ASRC Construction LLC, an Anchorage based company is expected to be finished with the first package… read more

May 1, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Missile defense for Hawaii needs to be stronger, Harris tells Congress

Honolulu Star Advertiser: The head of U.S. Pacific Command told Congress today that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today,” adding that a defensive radar for the islands is coming and installing intercontinental ballistic missile interceptors here is being discussed. “I think that the defense of Hawaii… read more

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