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December 20, 2016 | Other News

Defense budgets climb as NATO countries step up spending

CNBC: Russian saber rattling and prodding from Washington are spurring more of NATO’s European allies to step up their defense spending — and the makers of military hardware stand to benefit. Since the U.S. presidential election, European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have announced plans to buy everything from surveillance aircraft and drones,… read more

December 20, 2016 | Other News

Russia To Upgrade Missile Attack Warning System By 2020

Defense World: Russia is planning to commission about ten new satellites and build five radars to upgrade the missile attack warning system by 2020. “Within the framework of efforts to upgrade the missile attack warning system, five high factory readiness radars Voronezh are to be built and some ten satellites of the integrated space system… read more

December 20, 2016 | Other News

Japan Taking Multi-Pronged Approach To Acquiring Weapon Systems

Defense Daily: Japan is pursuing a mix of imported, indigenous and cooperatively developed technologies to beef up its defenses as China, North Korea and Russia flex their muscles with various new weapon systems, a Japanese defense official said Dec. 19. Japan faces an “increasingly severe” security environment, said Hirokazu Hokazono, deputy commissioner and chief defense… read more

December 19, 2016 | Other News

Azerbaijan to purchase Iron Dome from Israel

Kehila: Azerbaijan will purchase the Iron Dome missile defense system from Israel. Azerbaijani Defense Industry Minister Yavar Jamalov confirmed the deal on Saturday, stating to the public “The Azerbaijani Defense Industry Ministry and the relevant Israeli body have reached the agreement on procurement of the Israeli Iron Dome air defense system.” Prime Minister Netanyahu returned from his… read more

December 19, 2016 | Other News

S. Korea to Begin Mass Production of M-SAM Missiles Next Year

KBS: It has been made known that South Korea will begin producing its advanced mid-range surface-to-air missiles next year. A Seoul official said on Sunday that the government initially planned to complete the augmentation of the M-SAM missiles, also known as Cheongung or Cheolmae-2, by the end of next year. The official, however, said the… read more

December 16, 2016 | Other News

Pentagon: IS seized weapons, missile system in Palmyra

UPI: Islamic State militants may be in possession of a ground-based missile defense system and other heavy equipment belonging to the Syrian and Russian military, a top U.S. commander said Wednesday. During a Pentagon briefing Wednesday, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend disclosed that militants returned to the historic city of Palmyra last weekend after a major… read more

December 15, 2016 | Other News

U.S.: ISIS may have air defense weapons in Syria town

Military Times: Militants from the Islamic State group got control of military equipment and weapons, possibly including air defense equipment, when they recaptured the Syrian town of Palmyra, the top U.S. general leading the fight against ISIS told reporters on Wednesday.  Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said Russian forces and the Syrian government took their eye… read more

December 14, 2016 | Other News

Pakistan conducts test of 700-km cruise missile

Xinhua English: Pakistan conducted a successful test of an enhanced version of the indigenously developed Babur Cruise Missile, the military said on Wednesday. Babur Weapon System version 2 incorporates advanced aerodynamics and avionics that can strike targets both at land and sea with high accuracy at a range of 700 km, a military statement said.… read more

December 13, 2016 | Other News

Army conducts missile drill amid N. Korea security threat

Yonhap: SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s Army on Wednesday conducted a live-fire exercise involving the locally made “Chunma” guided missile for the first time in four years amid the growing North Korean military threat. During the drill that was carried out in a shooting range, the Army mobilized the Chunma, a self-propelled guided… read more

December 12, 2016 | Other News

Redstone’s Space and Missile Command gets new deputy

Redstone: James Johnson, the current acting Deputy to the commander of the Army’s Space and Missile Defense Command, has been approved to take over the job full-time. He’s been the acting deputy since September, and was previously the leader of the command’s Future Warfare Center. His new job makes him the civilian equivalent of a… read more

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