Missile Defense News

July 17, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Canada funds Europe-based missile defence program but won’t join one at home

CBC News: While Canada remains on the outside of ballistic missile defence in North America, it is contributing cash toward the development of a similar, somewhat less sophisticated NATO system in Europe, federal documents reveal. An issues paper, prepared for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in the fall of 2015, shows Canadian officials have participated in… read more

July 14, 2017 | Threat News

Could THAADs Successful Intercept Deter North Korea?

Scout: The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency together with the United States Army has successfully engaged a “threat representative” intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) target with a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery on July 11. The THAAD intercept comes on the heels of a recent successful North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile test. “I couldn’t… read more

July 14, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Orbital ATK wins $48 million contract for Missile Defense Agency rocket motor sustainment

Spacenews: WASHINGTON — Satellite and rocket manufacturer Orbital ATK won a $48 million follow-on contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Targets and Countermeasures Directorate, the company announced. Orbital ATK will continue to support the Trident 1 and Orion rocket motors the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) uses for targets and interceptors. “Orbital ATK has more… read more

July 14, 2017 | Threat News

Chinese spy ship lurks off coast of Alaska during missile defense test

CNN: A Chinese spy ship has been sailing in international waters off the coast of Alaska for several days, having first arrived in the area shortly before the test of a US missile defense system, multiple US officials have told CNN. US Navy Capt. Scott Miller, spokesperson for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said… read more

July 13, 2017 | Threat News

Turkey Chooses Russia Over NATO for Missile Defense

Bloomberg: Turkey has agreed to pay $2.5 billion to acquire Russia’s most advanced missile defense system, a senior Turkish official said, in a deal that signals a turn away from the NATO military alliance that has anchored Turkey to the West for more than six decades. The preliminary agreement sees Turkey receiving two S-400 missile… read more

July 13, 2017 | Threat News

Report: Iran Building Long-Range Ballistic Missiles in Syria

Free Beacon: Iran is said to be building new long-range ballistic missiles at a Syrian weapons factory identified by the United States as developing non-conventional weaponry, according to regional reports alleging that Russia and North Korea are aiding in the endeavor. The Syrian opposition news website Zamanalwsl.net recently published multiple reports and pictures of a… read more

July 13, 2017 | Threat News

South Korea’s THAAD missile shield could be ‘overwhelmed’ by swarm-like attack from North

CNBC: The successful interception test over the Pacific this week of a ballistic missile target using the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system is seen as a message to nuclear-armed North Korea of the technology’s capabilities. Regardless, there are concerns how the controversial anti-missile system might work since it has yet to be battle-tested. Some… read more

July 13, 2017 | Other News

Japanese missile-defense unit to train at Yokota, local media say

Stars and Stripes: YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A Japanese Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile interceptor will deploy next month to the headquarters of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force in Tokyo, Japanese media reports say. Training with the PAC-3 will be part of efforts to counter North Korean missile threats, the Asahi Shimbun… read more

July 13, 2017 | Threat News

US Experts Dispute Russia’s Claim That North Korea’s New Missile Not an ICBM

VOA News: WASHINGTON — Russia’s assessment of North Korea’s latest missile launch puzzles many U.S. experts, who say the Kremlin “mischaracterized” the nature of Pyongyang’s test, either as a result of technical flaws or possibly for political reasons. According to Russian state-run media, Moscow’s U.N. mission submitted a letter to the U.N. Secretariat that described… read more

July 12, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Russia Won’t Be Happy: State Department Approves Missile Defense Sale To Romania

Newsweek: The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $3.9 billion missile defense sale to Romania, in a move likely to anger Russia. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement on Tuesday that it delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the potential sale to NATO member Romania on July 10. Announcing the… read more

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