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February 24, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Report: U.S. military upgrading Patriot missile system in Korea

UPI: The United States military in South Korea has begun to upgrade the Patriot missile system currently deployed on the peninsula. According to U.S. Forces Korea on Thursday, Patriot Advanced Capability-2, a solid-fuel, ground-launched interceptor designed to destroy tactical ballistic and cruise missiles will receive the latest PAC-3 modifications, South Korean newspaper Seoul Shinmun reported.… read more

February 24, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Trump backs missile shield against North Korea, pushes upgrades to nuclear arsenal

Japan Times: U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is “very angry” at North Korea’s ballistic missile test earlier this month, and that boosting a missile defense system for Japan and South Korea is among the options to counter provocative acts by Pyongyang. In an interview with Reuters, Trump said he wants to build up… read more

February 24, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Lake Erie Prepares for Deployment

US Navy: Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) moored at Naval Base Point Loma’s deperming pier, Feb. 6-9, for an evolution which would put her crew to the test. Deperming is a technique used by the U.S. Navy to reduce the magnetic signature of its warships. An all-hands event, the crew wrapped almost… read more

February 23, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Israel successfully tests improved version of Iron Dome

Times of Israel The Defense Ministry completed a series of successful tests of an improved version of the anti-rocket Iron Dome missile system, the ministry said on Wednesday. It was the first trial of new Tamir interceptor missiles, which were developed together with the United States’ Missile Defense Agency. Over the past few days, the… read more

February 23, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Turkey finalizing S-400 missile deal with Russia

UPI Feb. 22 (UPI) — Defense leaders in Turkey are finalizing an agreement with the Kremlin to procure Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems. The two countries have been in negotiations over the purchase since August 2016. Recent comments by Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to local media quoted by the TASS news agency suggest the parties are close… read more

February 23, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Pentagon studies ways to counter hypersonic missile threat from China, Russia

Washington Times The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency has launched a study of innovative ways to counter advanced missile threats such as ultra-high-speed maneuvering hypersonic missiles. “MDA understands the emerging threat posed by hypersonic glide vehicle and maneuvering ballistic missile warheads and is evaluating programs and technologies to address this threat,” MDA spokesman Chris Johnson told Inside the… read more

February 21, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Why Trump Needs to Deploy Missile Defenses to Counter North Korea and Iran

The National Interest (blog): The efforts by North Korea and Iran to develop ballistic missiles capable of targeting not only its regional adversaries but the U.S. homeland are intensifying. Two days ago, it directly challenged the new U.S. Administration and the international community, by testing what may be a new intermediate-range ballistic missile at the… read more

February 20, 2017 | Missile Defense News

U.S. rushes to add laser-armed drones to missile defense network

Las Vegas Review-Journal: As North Korea marches toward its goal of threatening the United States with nuclear weapons, the Pentagon is racing to add a new component to its missile defense system: a revolutionary drone laser weapon capable of zapping rockets almost as soon as they are launched. The U.S. Missile Defense Agency says it… read more

February 19, 2017 | Missile Defense News

A new push for missile defense in space under Trump?

Defense News: WASHINGTON — Ahead of the release of the new administration’s first budget request, U.S. defense officials are pushing to renew the effort to get missile-tracking sensors into space. President Donald Trump made a campaign statement touting the need to pursue space-based missile defense in an October 2016 memo. In the memo, he said he wanted… read more

February 19, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Japan eyes updating defense guidelines to bolster alliance with U.S.

Japan Today: TOKYO — The Japanese government plans to update its defense program guidelines five years earlier than initially planned in hope of strengthening the Japan-U.S. defense alliance under President Donald Trump’s administration, a government source said Saturday. The plan aimed at beefing up its defense capability comes after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the… read more

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