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April 28, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Standard Missile-6 passes rigorous graduation tests

Yahoo Finance: After a complex series of U.S. Navy flight tests, Standard Missile-6 proves it’s ready to reach its final stage of the acquisition process: full operational capability. Reaching FOC is a kind of graduation exercise that signifies the weapon’s sea worthiness—no more testing required. SM-6, produced by Raytheon Company (RTN), is the only missile… read more

April 28, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Australia warned it needs to start thinking about defending itself from ballistic missile attack

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: A recent academic paper published by the Australian Defence College argues the military needs to better understand ballistic-missile defence, amid the growing threat posed by North Korea. The research, authored by RAAF Group Captain Alan Lawrence, asserts “North Korea’s increasingly credible capability” to test nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile systems “heightens the risk… read more

April 27, 2017 | Missile Defense News

PACOM: Carl Vinson CSG Can Defend Itself Against Anything North Korea Fires At It

USNI News: U.S. Pacific Command commander Adm. Harry Harris said the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group can “absolutely” defend itself against anything North Korea could shoot at it, despite media reports to the contrary. Harris, testifying before the House Armed Services Committee today, called stories – such as this Wednesday’s article by Bloomberg, which he… read more

April 27, 2017 | Missile Defense News

China tried to hack group linked to controversial missile defense system, US cybersecurity firm says

CNN Hong Kong (CNN)A cybersecurity firm in the United States believes state-sponsored Chinese hackers were trying to infiltrate an organization with connections to a US-built missile system in South Korea that Beijing firmly opposes. “China uses cyber espionage pretty regularly when Chinese interests are at stake to better understand facts on the ground,” John Hultquist,… read more

April 27, 2017 | Missile Defense News

North Korea: US vows sanctions and will activate Thaad system ‘within days’

BBC The US says it plans to activate a missile defence system in South Korea “within days” and tighten economic sanctions against North Korea. The announcements from the Trump administration come amid rising fears about the North’s military advances. The Thaad system was originally not expected to be in use until late 2017. Many South… read more

April 26, 2017 | Missile Defense News

U.S. may need stronger defense against North Korea missiles: admiral

One America News Network: The United States may need to strengthen its missile defenses, particularly in Hawaii, given the advancing threat from North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday. Just hours before the entire U.S. Senate was due to receive a top-level briefing on… read more

April 26, 2017 | Missile Defense News

S. Korean military to buy two more anti-ballistic missile radars

Yonhap News: South Korea said Tuesday it has decided to purchase two advanced early warning radars on incoming ballistic missiles as North Korea’s threats have grown. The plan was approved at a regular meeting on arms procurement projects presided over by Defense Minister Han Min-koo, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Agency (DAPA). It plans… read more

April 26, 2017 | Missile Defense News

U.S. moves THAAD anti-missile to South Korean site, sparking protests

Reuters: The U.S. military started moving parts of an anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea on Wednesday, triggering protests from villagers and criticism from China, amid tension over North Korea’s weapons development. The earlier-than-expected steps to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was also denounced by the frontrunner… read more

April 25, 2017 | Missile Defense News

The Air Force upgrades its missile early warning systems

Defense Systems: The Air Force is advancing its initiative to upgrade its Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) and Precision Acquisition of Vehicle Entry Phased Array Warning System (PAVE PAWS) systems for completion next year. The upgrade program will improve tracking and classification, and real-time communication capabilities of the advanced phased array radar systems, according… read more

April 24, 2017 | Missile Defense News

From Texas to the world — THAAD system key to defense from North Korean missiles

Texas Star-Telegram: Until just a few months ago, THAAD was an acronym largely unfamiliar to those outside the world of military weaponry and missile defense. But crisis and controversy have propelled the state-of-the-art missile system into the global security lexicon amid fears that North Korea is preparing to lob missiles at South Korea and, ultimately,… read more

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