Missile Defense News

March 30, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Navy, MDA Experimenting With Laser Prototypes For Surface Warfare, Ballistic Missile Defense

USNI: The Navy and Missile Defense Agency are leveraging prototyping programs to incrementally pursue complex ideas such as a laser weapon integrated into the Aegis Combat System and a high-power laser for boost-phase kill in missile defense, officials said today at the 2017 Directed Energy Summit. This ability to learn through prototypes and experiments has… read more

March 29, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Australia modernizes Anzac-class frigate

United Press International: The final Anzac-class frigate of the Royal Australian Navy getting missile defense and other upgrades is back in the water. HMAS Stuart was set afloat at a BAE Systems shipyard in Herderson, Western Australia, and will now begin sea trials, according to the service. “The entire Anzac class is now one of… read more

March 29, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Israel Navy’s Sa’ar 6 Corvettes To Be Equipped With Additional Iron Dome Missile System

Defense World: The Israeli Navy has considered to include more “Iron Dome” missile launchers on its Sa’ar 6 missile ships being manufactured in Germany. The four Sa’ar ships were designed to feature an iron dome missile launcher, but they will now have two iron dome pods each, Defense News reported Monday. Hezbollah Shi’a Islamist militant… read more

March 29, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Lockheed Martin Wins $286M Worth Contracts For US, UAE THAAD Missile System

Defenseworld.net: Lockheed Martin has been awarded two contracts worth $286 million from the US Missile Defense Agency for THAAD missile systems. The US firm was awarded a contract worth $273,470,000 for the Missile Defense Agency Terminal High Altitude Area Defense Lot 9 Interceptors, the US Department of Defense announced Tuesday. This contract provides for the… read more

March 28, 2017 | Missile Defense News

North Korea strikes would be blocked, U.S. State Department says

UPI: Any North Korea attack would be blocked from striking targets, the U.S. State Department said Monday. Spokeswoman for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs Anna Richey-Allen told Voice of America by phone the United States stands ready to defend itself against the North Korean threat, and come to the defense of allies… read more

March 27, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Tokyo to push for stronger missile defenses in ‘two-plus-two’ talks with U.S.

The Japan Times: Japan plans to propose putting priority on bolstering missile defense systems during its security dialogue with the United States late next month, a government source said Saturday. The two countries’ foreign and defense ministers may discuss how to divide roles, including whether to have U.S. capabilities in place to destroy an enemy… read more

March 21, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Daivd’s Sling Air Defense Shield to Be Fully Operational in Israel in Early April

The Jerusalem Post: As tensions mount between Israel and its neighbors, the country’s David’s Sling missile defense system will be operationally ready in the next two weeks. “In the next few weeks we will finish a long process of testing a new weapons system that will join the air force,” said Lt.-Col. Kobi Regev, the… read more

March 17, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Arrow Defense System Intercepts Syrian Missile Fired at IAF Fighter Jet

Jerusalem Post: Israel used its Arrow missile defense system for the first time Thursday night after Israeli jets were targeted with Syrian anti-aircraft missiles during an operation over Syria. In a rare confirmation of Israel carrying out airstrikes in Syria, the IDF said on Friday morning that “several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria during… read more

March 16, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Trump Picks ‘Mr. Fix-It’ to Run Daily Ops at Pentagon

Defense One: Patrick Shanahan’s missile-defense background could prove important in a Trump administration. Patrick Shanahan has been known to clean up troubled programs at Boeing. His portfolio is about to get much larger. That’s because President Trump on Thursday said he would nominate Shanahan — currently the senior vice president of supply chain and operations at… read more

March 16, 2017 | Missile Defense News

THAAD is for self-defense solely aimed at N.K. missiles: official

Yonhap News: The ongoing deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea is a self-defense measure aimed solely at North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, a senior foreign ministry official here said Wednesday. South Korea and the U.S. recently started the process of installing a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. They… read more

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