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December 22, 2016 | Other News

Seoul, Washington hold high-level talks, reaffirm alliance pledge

Korea.net South Korea and the U.S. reaffirmed Washington’s pledge to defend the Korean Peninsula against Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile threats. The South Korean and U.S. governments held the inaugural meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) in Washington D.C. on Dec. 20. In the meeting, the two sides held an in-depth, comprehensive… read more

December 22, 2016 | Other News

Japan sets record defense budget with eyes on China, N Korea

CNN: Casting a wary eye to threats from its west, Japan will invest billions of dollars in new submarines, ships and stealth fighter aircraft under a record defense budget approved by the Cabinet on Thursday. The $44 billion (5.1 trillion yen) Defense Ministry spending plan puts a focus on defending the Senkaku Islands, the chain… read more

December 20, 2016 | Other News

India, Russia to increase BrahMos’ strike range

IHS Jane’s 360: India and Russia have agreed to extend the range of their jointly developed BrahMos PJ-10 supersonic cruise missile beyond 292 km, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre told parliament on 16 December. Bhamre said that, subsequent to India joining the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in June, New Delhi and Moscow… read more

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

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