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August 11, 2015 | Missile Defense News

U.S. Approves $1.5 Billion Ballistic Missile Defense Deal With Japan

The Diplomat: On August 7, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the U.S. State Department has approved a possible $1.5 billion sale of two Lockheed Martin Corp Aegis combat systems as well as new anti-submarine warfare equipment to Japan. According to the DSCA press release:  The Government of Japan has requested a… read more

August 11, 2015 | Missile Defense News

When it comes to war in space, U.S. has the edge

Reuters: Quietly and without most people noticing, the world’s leading space powers — the United States, China and Russia — have been deploying new and more sophisticated weaponry in space. Earth’s orbit is looking more and more like the planet’s surface — heavily armed and primed for war. A growing number of “inspection” satellites lurk… read more

August 11, 2015 | Threat News

PLA Likely to Display DF-31B ICBM at Beijing’s V-J Day Parade

Yibada: China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is likely to make a public display of the latest variant of its DF-31 long-range, road-mobile, solid-fuel rocket intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) at the high-profile military parade next month to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia, Duowei News, a U.S.-based Chinese political… read more

August 11, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Issues To Watch At Space & Missile Defense Conference: Heritage

Breaking Defense: The Obama administration’s 2016 budget request for missile defense investments went up slightly to $9.6 billion for missile defense development and operations, of which $8.1 billion is for the Missile Defense Agency. This increase is quite timely and a testament to the importance of protecting the U.S. homeland against ballistic missiles. The U.S. missile defense industry is… read more

August 7, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Missile Defense Agency gearing up for small business conference in Huntsville

AL.com Small businesses can learn about opportunities with the Missile Defense Agency next week during a two-day conference set to attract about 500 people to downtown Huntsville. The annual MDA Small Business Programs Conference will be held Aug. 13-14 at the Von Braun Center North Hall. MDA Executive Director John James will be one of several… read more

August 6, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Pit LRASM Against Tomahawk For Anti-Ship Missile: VADM Aucoin

Breaking Defense: For all the US Navy’s worldwide might, it’s painfully short on ship-killing firepower. The Pacific fleet in particular risks being “out-sticked” by longer-ranged Chinese missiles. Today, the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations outlined a plan to fill that gap. The two competing options: an update of the old, reliable Tomahawk or the new… read more

August 6, 2015 | Threat News

JL-2 SLBM could be ‘grand finale’ of Beijing WWII parade: analyst

Want China Times: China is likely to show off its latest and most advanced weapons and military equipment at the major military parade in Beijing next month to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, reports Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet. ….As arguably one of the most highly… read more

August 6, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Michigan Returns to the Pacific Northwest

Navy: The Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) returned home to the Pacific Northwest Aug. 1, following a 20-month deployment in the Western Pacific. Since its departure in December 2013, Michigan was forward-deployed to Guam, where it conducted surveillance, training and other critical missions in the 7th Fleet Area of Operation. “During the deployment,… read more

August 6, 2015 | Threat News

Sea Launch of Russian Bulava Missile From Nuclear Sub by Year End

Sputnik International: The sea launch of a Bulava ballistic missile will be made by Russia’s strategic nuclear submarine Vladimir Monomakh by the end of the year, a high ranking Navy source told RIA Novosti on Wednesday. The Borey-class submarine, the backbone of Russia’s marine nuclear forces, has been equipped with 16 Bulava ballistic missiles, which can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads with an… read more

August 5, 2015 | Missile Defense News

Latvia To Acquire US Stingers, Boost Air Defense

Defense News: Latvia’s top military chief, Lt. Gen. Raimonds Graube, announced plans to acquire Stinger anti-aircraft missiles from the US. The amount of weapons Latvia will purchas and the contract’s value are yet to be determined, Graube said, as quoted by local broadcaster LSM. “It depends on the budget,” Graube said. “If everything will go… read more

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