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July 21, 2016 | Other News

Russian Defense Minister Shoigu Reports on Russian Military Modernization

The Jamestown Foundation: In the fourth year of leading the Russian Ministry of Defense, Sergei Shoigu has demonstrated a unique style of leadership, marked by routine snap inspection exercises, enhancing the image of the Armed Forces, and restoring the confidence of the officer corps, while pushing ahead with military modernization. Reflecting on the modernization achievements… read more

July 21, 2016 | Other News

State Dept. approves $821 million SM-2 missile sale to Japan

UPI: The U.S. State Department has approved a proposed $821 million sale of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard Missiles to Japan. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, notified Congress of the possible sale on Friday, the agency said in a statement Tuesday. Tokyo requested up to 246 of the… read more

July 20, 2016 | Other News

Iran threatens to re-open enrichment facilities after UN report

Tehran Times: The Iranian parliament speaker asked the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) on Wednesday to prepare a plan for the re-opening of shuttered uranium enrichment facilities, reacting to the recent UN report on the implementation of the JCPOA. “It is necessary for the Atomic Energy Organization (of Iran) to act in compliance with… read more

July 20, 2016 | Other News

Russia Still Developing S-500 Surface-to-Air Missile Systems

DefenseTech: Some readers took issue with last week’s post on Russia’s plans to deploy the S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile systems to Crimea next month. Specifically, they questioned whether the S-400 is Russia’s “most advanced” SAM and pointed out that the country, through its state-owned Almaz-Antey Air Defence Concern, is developing a newer system called the… read more

July 18, 2016 | Other News

Russia To Receive Seven Tu-95MS Strategic Bombers That Can Carry Long-Range Cruise Missiles

The International Business Times: The Russian Defense Ministry will soon receive seven more Tu-95MS strategic bombers, capable of carrying long-range air launched cruise missiles, Alexander Konyukhov, the director general at the Russian aircraft developer Tupolev PJSC, said Friday. According to Konyukhov, the ministry has already received the first of the modernized Tu-95MS strategic cruise missile… read more

July 15, 2016 | Other News

House votes to toughen Iran sanctions

The Hill: The House passed legislation cracking down on Iran Tuesday, the anniversary of the nuclear deal loathed by Republicans. The two bills block Iran’s access to the dollar and impose sanctions for its ballistic missile program. Lawmakers passed the two bills along party lines before leaving for a seven-week recess. A day earlier, the… read more

July 15, 2016 | Other News

THAAD Radiation Fears Spark South Korean Protests

VOA News: Protesters pelted South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn with eggs and water bottles Friday as he tried to allay the concerns of citizens living near the site where the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system will be deployed. “With regards to the THAAD radar deployment, we will fully listen… read more

July 14, 2016 | Other News

Iran Sticks to Terms of Nuclear Deal, but Defies the U.S. in Other Ways

New York Times: A year after President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, the worst predictions of what would happen next have not come to pass. The Iranians, defying the expectations of the deal’s most vociferous critics, gave up 98 percent of their nuclear material. They dismantled thousands of centrifuges and filled the core of a… read more

July 14, 2016 | Other News

New Ballistic Missile Under Development in Russia

Sputnik: The Russian “Academician V.P.Makeyev State Rocket Centre” is planning to develop a new ballistic missile, the Russian Izvestia newspaper reports. MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to the newspaper, the ballistic missile could be sea-based and could come to replace the Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile, first deployed in 2013 on fourth-generation Borei-class submarines The new ballistic… read more

July 13, 2016 | Other News

Planned deployment of Thaad comes over strong objection from South’s top trading partner, China

The Wall Street Journal: South Korea announced the site for an advanced U.S. missile-defense system meant to better protect against North Korea—but that some in the South fear will bolster China’s backing for Pyongyang. Beijing strongly opposes deployment of the system, which uses a powerful radar to scan all of North Korea and some Chinese… read more

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