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March 22, 2019 | Other News

No sign North Korea denuclearizing, says Joint Chiefs chairman

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford says he has no idea if North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is serious about the promises he has made to President Trump, including his pledge to continue a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests while talks over denuclearization continue. But Dunford told a forum at the Atlantic Council in… read more

March 22, 2019 | Missile Defense News

Navy To Supersize Its Ultra Versatile SM-6 Missile For Even Longer Range And Higher Speed

The Navy’s SM-6 missile has become an all-star of multi-role capability and a shining example of how repackaging existing systems with some new tech can garner grand results. The missile can shoot down air-breathing threats like aircraft and cruise missiles, it can swat incoming ballistic missiles in the terminal phases of flight, it can attack… read more

March 22, 2019 | Other News

US-Japan alliance must strengthen as tensions rise in Asia, defense experts say

Stars and Stripes – Japan needs to further strengthen and evolve its alliance with the United States amid the region’s rapidly changing security environment, Japanese defense officials and other experts agreed Tuesday. The consensus, which came during a symposium hosted by the nation’s Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, did not include specifics on how the… read more

March 22, 2019 | Other News

Iran will boost defense capabilities despite U.S. pressure: Khamenei

(Reuters) – Iran is determined to boost its defense capabilities despite mounting pressure from the United States and its allies to curb its ballistic missile program, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. “We need to take Iran to a point that enemy understand that they cannot threaten Iran … America’s sanctions will make… read more

March 22, 2019 | Other News

The Navy may scrap a half-dozen of its largest surface combatants

Task and Purpose: The U.S. Navy is proposing soon to decommission six of its 22 Ticonderoga-class cruisers. The 1980s-vintage ships, the largest surface combatants in the U.S. fleet, increasingly are suffering structural problems requiring costly and time-consuming overhauls. But the Navy’s proposal to cancel shipyard work for six cruisers and retire them starting in 2021… read more

March 22, 2019 | Threat News

Russian Navy to accept latest Tsirkon hypersonic missile for service in 2023 — source

TASS: MOSCOW, March 20. /TASS/. The Russian Navy expects to accept the latest Tsirkon hypersonic missile for service and deploy it on warships and submarines from 2023, a source in the defense industry told TASS on Wednesday. “The state trials of the Tsirkon conducted from the basic sea carriers are planned to be completed in… read more

March 22, 2019 | Uncategorized

Russian frigate Admiral Kasatonov to be handed over to Russian Navy in December

TASS: KUBINKA /MOSCOW REGION/, March 20. /TASS/. The second (first-serial produced) Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov is expected to be transferred over to the Russian Navy in December 2019, Severnaya Verf Shipyard CEO Igor Ponomarev told TASS on Wednesday. “The frigate Admiral Kasatonov will enter the second round of performance trials in late March-early April… read more

March 22, 2019 | Threat News

Russia moves 20 hypersonic missiles to testing site, signaling another milestone for the weapons program

CNBC: WASHINGTON — Nearly 20 Russian missiles that the U.S. is currently unable to defend against were recently moved to a military testing site, signaling another milestone for the Kremlin’s hypersonic weapons program, according to people who have direct knowledge of American intelligence reports. “This shows they have the ambition to develop these weapons and… read more

March 22, 2019 | Other News

Navy Ready to ‘Burn the Boats’ with 2021 Laser Installation on a Destroyer

USNI News: WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the next two years, the Navy wants to deploy a laser aboard a guided-missile destroyer as the service learns to integrate directed energy weapon systems on warships, the Navy’s director of surface warfare said on Wednesday. “We are going to burn the boats if you will and move forward… read more

March 21, 2019 | Missile Defense News

With an eye to China and Russia, the US Navy plans a lethal upgrade to its destroyers

Navy Times -Facing ever-faster missiles and increasingly complicated air threats from China and Russia, the Navy is moving toward a major upgrade to its stalwart Arleigh Burke destroyer fleet. The service is planning to buy a scaled version of Raytheon’s Spy-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar to replace the Spy-1D arrays on the Flight IIA… read more

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