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  • China Conducts Second Test Of Game-Changing Missile

    08/21/2014 9:04:26 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 21, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: Beijing is moving fast on a maneuverable, hypersonic glide vehicle designed to evade America's defenses, including the Aegis ballistic missile system guarding our carrier battle groups. On Aug. 7, China conducted a second test of its hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), known as the WU-14, yet another example of its relentless pursuit of high-tech weaponry as the United States abandons what the administration dismisses as Cold War weaponry. The first test, conducted in January, saw China's HGV reach speeds in the vicinity of Mach 10, about 10 times the speed of sound. In the latest test, according to Internet...
  • Lockheed Says It Can ‘Easily’ Improve LCS

    06/11/2014 12:26:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | June 10, 2014 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    ARLINGTON: In the race to replace the Navy’s controversial Littoral Combat Ship, the leading contender seems to be…. a better Littoral Combat Ship. That’s the clear implication of what we’ve been hearing from Navy leadership, and it’s clear from press briefings today that LCS contractor Lockheed Martin feels pretty confident it can do the job. (Lockheed builds the Freedom-class LCS; the Independence variant is by Austal and General Dynamics). The incumbent’s advantage here is time. Lockheed VP Joe North told reporters at the companys pre-Farnborough Air Show briefing that he expects “every shipyard across Europe” to take a shot. But...
  • INS Kolkata, navy’s most powerful warship, to be delivered next month

    05/09/2014 2:42:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Business Standard, India ^ | May 02, 2014 | Ajai Shukla
    Indian warship building is coming of age and the Indo-Pacific region knows it. Last week, when an Indian Navy frigate, INS Shivalik, visited China’s Qingdao naval base, China’s navy chief, Admiral Wu Shengli, asked the captain for a tour of the Combat Information Centre, the operation heart of the warship. The Shivalik’s young skipper, Captain Puruvir Das, turned down Wu’s request. The Chinese admiral would be even more interested in touring INS Kolkata, 7,200 tonnes of bristling steel, which could join the navy as early as next month as the most powerful and high-tech warship in its 140-vessel fleet. Tonne...
  • China High-Speed Missile To Dominate U.S. Defenses

    01/30/2014 11:12:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 30, 2014 | IBD EDITPRIALS
    National Security: While the administration guts the U.S. military, Pentagon experts warn that as soon as five years from now our missile defenses might pose little problem for China's new hypersonic strike vehicle. Behaving as the world power they are becoming, the Chinese are building state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles that Pentagon officials warn could overpower U.S. defenses in five years. As we recently mentioned, China's defense ministry has confirmed the Jan. 9 test of a hypersonic glide vehicle, known as the WU-14. It was designed to evade our missile and other defense systems, such as the Aegis sea-based missile defense guarding...
  • Korea plans to double Aegis power

    12/01/2013 9:19:48 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2013-12-01 | Kim Tae-gyu
    By Kim Tae-gyu Korea plans to build three more Aegis destroyers to double the total number to six at a time when the country faces multiple challenges including the North Korean threats and lingering territorial disputes with both Japan and China. A military source who is familiar with the issue said Sunday the decision to augment the Navy would be made during a Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) meeting slated for Dec. 22. “The Navy requested three additional Aegis ships a year ago and the JCS was poised to discuss the issue at last month’s meeting,” said the source who...
  • Lockheed sees more clarity on Saudi naval buy in next months

    11/27/2013 10:39:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 20, 2013 | ANDREA SHALAL-ESA
    (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) expects news about a multibillion dollar program to modernize the Saudi Arabian Navy in the next several months, senior company executives told Reuters at the Dubai Airshow on Wednesday after meetings with Saudi officials. "We're hopeful in the next several months that some clarity will present itself on how they want to go forward on what hull, what design, and what mission equipment," said Patrick Dewar, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin International. Lockheed Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson discussed the naval modernization program and other issues during the air show with Prince Salman bin...
  • PLA launches fourth Type 052D 'Chinese Aegis' destroyer

    11/23/2013 1:11:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2013-11-21
    China's fourth Type 052D guided-missile destroyer — Chengdu — has been launched by the PLA Navy, reports China's Global Times. The Type 052D is one of the most powerful naval combat systems in PLA Navy service. A modified version of its predecessor, the Type 052C, the Type 052D adds a new 130mm main gun, equipping it with both sea-to-air and sea-to-land attack capabilities. It also has the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar system. The Chengdu is the 10th Chinese surface combat vessel to be referred as the "Chinese Aegis." With AESA radar and a 64-cell vertical launching system, the...
  • South Korea pushes to build three more Aegis destroyers

    10/16/2013 2:18:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | 2013/10/16 | By Kim Eun-jung
    SEOUL, Oct. 16 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Navy has made a request to build three more Aegis destroyers to bolster defense against its Asian neighbors and North Korea amid increasing military tension due to territorial disputes, a military source said Wednesday. South Korea currently operates three 7,600-ton Aegis warships, but the Navy has sought to increase its fleet to cope with rising regional tension in light of Pyongyang's third nuclear test conducted earlier this year and ongoing territorial disputes between China and Japan. "The Navy made a request for three additional Aegis ships to the Joint Chiefs of Staff...
  • China Tests A New ICBM As Obama Guts U.S. Missile Defenses

    08/15/2013 11:10:17 AM PDT · by raptor22
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Defense: Beijing tests a mobile missile capable of hitting the continental U.S. and prepares to deploy ballistic missile submarines that can do the same, while our commander-in-chief slashes our missile defenses. In a speech before the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Rep. Mike Rogers, R.-Ala., chairman of the House armed services subcommittee on strategic forces, warned that the Obama administration has cut $6 billion from U.S. missile defense programs at a time of growing missile threats from potential adversaries. According to Rogers, Obama cut $1.16 billion from missile defense — a 10% reduction — in his first budget...
  • China Deploys Carrier Killer Missile Near Taiwan

    04/23/2013 6:14:32 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 26 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 23, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Asian Security: As Korea festers, our friends in Beijing have deployed near Taiwan a powerful missile designed to take out U.S. aircraft carriers as Beijing strengthens its ability to prevent U.S. forces from aiding Taiwan. When North Korea announced the 1953 Armistice was considered null and void and threatened renewed missile tests, the U.S. rushed naval assets to the region, including two destroyers equipped with the Aegis anti-missile defense system. We presumably would do so if things heated up between Beijing and its claimed "lost province," Taiwan. That option became increasingly problematical when news of China's deployment of an anti-ship...
  • Another Missile Defense Sellout — This Time To China

    04/15/2013 4:34:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 15, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: Our secretary of state tells the Chinese we'll restrain missile defense activities in Asia in exchange for their help in reducing the threat of a nuclear North Korea. Isn't this where we came in? In a news conference after meetings with China's top leaders on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would reduce its missile defenses in Asia if North Korea abandoned its nuclear weapons program. Well, at least he didn't bow. In response to North Korea's threat to fire some of its latest missiles, including the road-mobile Musudan, amidst news that it can...
  • How North Korea Could Destroy The United States

    04/05/2013 7:10:05 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 398 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | April 5, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Security: The administration moves an advanced missile defense system to Guam because it knows a single low-yield nuke detonated at high altitude could send America back in time a hundred years. The announcement Wednesday by the Defense Department that it would soon deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD), a missile defense system inherited from the Bush administration, to Guam underscores the seriousness of the threat from North Korea, whose actions, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel rightly said, "present a real and clear danger." This move comes after the Obama administration reversed its previous scuttling of Bush administration...
  • SM-3 Block IB Successfully Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target

    06/27/2012 8:08:58 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 8 replies
    NAVY ^ | 27 June 2012 | Missile Defense Agency Public Affairs
    PACIFIC MISSILE RANGE FACILITY, Hawaii (NNS) -- The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and Sailors of USS Lake Erie (CG 70) successfully conducted a flight test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system June 26. The test resulted in the intercept of a separating ballistic missile target over the Pacific Ocean by the Navy's newest missile defense interceptor missile, the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B. At 11:15 pm Hawaii Standard Time (5:15 am EDT June 27), the target missile was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, located on Kauai, Hawaii. The target flew on a northwesterly trajectory towards a...
  • Lockheed: Aegis getting even better, but limits in sight

    04/15/2012 11:20:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | April 13th, 2012 | Philip Ewing
    Lockheed: Aegis getting even better, but limits in sight Lockheed Martin’s newest edition of Aegis will be the best it’s ever been, a top company official said Friday, but there’s only so much more that software and other upgrades can do with the existing radars aboard U.S. Navy and international warships. Jeff Bantle, the company’s vice president for naval combat and missile defense, told reporters that Aegis Baseline 9 will bring new levels of game-changery to cruisers and destroyers: It will be able to do air defense and ballistic missile defense simultaneously; use remote sensor data from tomorrow’s E-2D Advanced...
  • Spain Will Port US Ships to Support NATO Missile Defense

    04/07/2012 1:24:59 AM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 10/7/2011 | US Department of Defense
    Spain’s agreement to port U.S. ships at Naval Station Rota on the Atlantic coast will forge a deeper bilateral security relationship between the two nations and support NATO’s missile defense system, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said here today. Late in the afternoon on the first of two days of meetings among NATO defense ministers, Panetta, along with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero took the stage in Luns Auditorium at the alliance’s headquarters to announce the agreement. “Today the [NATO] security partnership takes a major step in the right direction,” Panetta told...
  • F-15s to be sent to guard Aegis ships (Japan)

    03/30/2012 8:25:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | Mar. 31, 2012
    F-15s to be sent to guard Aegis ships The Defense Ministry has decided to send F-15 fighters to guard Aegis destroyers to be deployed in preparation for the scheduled launch of a North Korean missile, government sources have said. The ministry is expected to deploy the state-of-the-art Aegis ships to the East China Sea and two other locations to monitor the launch. The F-15s are necessary as Russian or Chinese intelligence-gathering aircraft may come extremely close to the Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels, the sources said Thursday. The F-15s will be deployed under a provision prescribed in the Self-Defense Forces Law's...
  • HASC chair: Don’t mothball the cruisers, upgrade them

    03/14/2012 8:46:38 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | March 14th, 2012 | Philip Ewing
    HASC chair: Don’t mothball the cruisers, upgrade them House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon said Wednesday he wants the Navy to keep the seven cruisers it has proposed decommissioning because the fleet needs the ships to reach their full lives. He told an audience at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library out in California that he would try to help save the ships that Secretary Panetta and other top leaders — though not Navy leaders — have basically characterized as worn out. “We will try to hold back cuts to the Navy’s cruiser force,” he said, “finding the money...
  • Obama To Give Missile Secrets To Russia With Love?

    03/08/2012 2:02:32 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 8, 2012 | IBD staff
    Security: A deputy defense secretary tells Congress that the administration is indeed considering giving Moscow sensitive Aegis ballistic missile defense data. We've gone from "trust but verify" to "appease and surrender." Brad Roberts testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee Tuesday that the Obama administration was actively considering giving Moscow classified missile defense data to allay Russian concerns about the capabilities and intent of our proposed ballistic missile defense system based in Europe to guard against missiles launched from Iran. Roberts testified that the administration believes "cooperation could be well-served by some limited sharing of classified information of a certain...
  • Russia Complains About Norwegian Defenses

    03/02/2012 10:37:08 PM PST · by U-238 · 24 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 3/2/2012 | Strategy Page
    Russia has threatened Norway with unspecified retaliation if Norway goes along with American suggestions that five Norwegian Nansen class frigates, equipped with the Aegis radar system, are upgraded to use the Aegis BMD (Ballistic Missile Defense) system. Norway has gotten this kind of abuse from Russia in the past, which was the main reason Norway joined NATO (as one of the founding members, in 1949). Norway does not like giving in to these threats, especially since they recently concluded 40 years of negotiations to settle a maritime border dispute with Russia. This enables both countries to proceed with oil and...
  • Navantia Prepares Spanish Navy Fifth Frigate for Sea Trials

    01/18/2012 6:09:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Navantia ^ | January 16, 2012
    Navantia Prepares Spanish Navy Fifth Frigate for Sea Trials (Source: Navantia; issued January 16, 2012) On 9th January, the F-100 class frigate “Cristóbal Colón”, under construction in Navantia for the Spanish Navy, left the shipyard dry dock after a period of dry docking for hull and platform readiness for sea trials, that will take place in March 2012. During this month, Navantia will proceed to the completion of the Combat System integration functional trials, in order to have the sea trials in May. The frigate is now in the final phase of construction, and after the sea trials it is...
  • High Stakes Game of Chicken on the Korean Peninsula

    11/23/2011 8:50:07 PM PST · by Rabin · 13 replies
    padresteve.wordpress.com ^ | 2010/11/28 | Steven Dundas
    The game is on. The U.S. Navy and South Korean Navy task forces are moving into position, the South Korean Military is on its highest peacetime alert and the North Korean military is moving fresh batteries of Surface to Air and Ground to Sea missiles into place… fresh artillery fire near Yeonpyeong Island which it brutally attacked earlier in the week. In the South popular protests are rising against soft treatment of the North
  • Spain’s Aegis Frigates Could Join Europe’s Missile Defense Shield

    10/14/2011 8:56:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | October 13, 2011 | Lajos F. Szaszdi
    Spain’s Aegis Frigates Could Join Europe’s Missile Defense Shield Lajos F. Szaszdi October 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm A week ago, the Spanish government of Socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero agreed to Spain’s participation in NATO’s European missile defense system by allowing four U.S. Navy Aegis guided-missile destroyers of the Arleigh Burke class to be stationed at the naval base of Rota, in southwestern Spain. These destroyers are armed with the Standard SM-3 surface-to-air missile (SAM) designed to intercept short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The U.S. Navy destroyers will be based in Rota beginning in 2013, along with...
  • The Navy Did ?!?!? Over Libya?

    09/02/2011 12:48:50 PM PDT · by blasater1960 · 32 replies
    Information Dissemination ^ | 8-31-11 | Gahlran
    If it's true the Navy has been shooting down scud missiles over Libya from sea, and for whatever reason Navy information never reported this, it's time to cut the Navy Information budget by 75%.
  • Lockheed proposes $5bn Aegis ships sale to Saudi Arabia

    05/26/2011 5:46:32 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | 26 May 2011
    Lockheed proposes $5bn Aegis ships sale to Saudi Arabia By Bloomberg Thursday, 26 May 2011 1:08 PM Lockheed Martin Corp has proposed selling to Saudi Arabia eight Littoral Combat Ship hulls outfitted with its Aegis radar in a package that may be valued at $5bn, a company executive said. “What we are offering is the Aegis SPY 1F system on the Littoral Combat Ship,” Paul Lemmo, vice president of business development at Lockheed’s Mission Systems and Sensors unit, said in an interview today in Arlington, Virginia. The Aegis SPY-1F is a smaller, lighter version of the air and missile defense...
  • A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe.

    05/24/2011 8:45:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 21 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | May 24th, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    A heavy duty LCS for foreign navies. Maybe. Lockheed Martin says its second littoral combat ship, the USS Fort Worth, is 87 percent complete. It’ll start work on its third and fourth ships over the coming year. The U.S. Navy wants at least 55 LCSes. From the defense contractor’s standpoint, Lockheed’s return to shipbuilding looks like a success: It is moving toward steady production of a stable design and will likely be able to book many hundreds of millions of dollars over the life of the program. (Lockheed’s first LCS, the Freedom, didn’t go so smoothly, and it cost much,...
  • Austal eyes Saudi market for more LCS sales

    04/19/2011 6:44:16 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    Press-Register ^ | April 12, 2011 | Dan Murtaugh
    Austal eyes Saudi market for more LCS sales Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 By Dan Murtaugh, Press-Register Press-Register MOBILE, Ala. -- Austal USA is eyeing Saudi Arabia as a potential buyer for its littoral combat ship, company officials said. Reuters news service reported last week that the Saudi government has asked the United States for prices on surface warships that integrate air and missile defenses. The Saudis also inquired about helicopters, patrol craft and shore infrastructure. Executives with Lockheed Martin Corp., which along with Austal builds LCS for the U.S. Navy, told Reuters that the first wave of the Saudi...
  • U.S. Warship to Mediterranean for Euro Missile Shield

    04/07/2011 10:12:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Orange News ^ | 4/1/2011 | US crafts Euro-missile defence
    The US is sending a special radar-equipped warship to the Mediterranean Sea next week, in the first step to develop a broad anti-ballistic missile system to protect Europe against a potential Iranian nuclear threat, the Pentagon said. The move marks the first of the Obama administration's four-phase plan to put land and sea-based radars and interceptors in several European locations during the next decade. Endorsed by Nato during a summit in Lisbon last year, the missile shield has triggered opposition from Russia and set off lengthy negotiations over the future expanded ability to shoot down ballistic missiles in the region....
  • ROKN's 3rd and the last KD3 class Aegis destroyer has been launched today

    03/24/2011 5:13:45 AM PDT · by shutwho · 1 replies
    ROK(South Korea) Navy's 3rd and last KD3 class Aegis destroyer ROKS Ryu,Sung-Yong(DDG-993) has been launched today at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan city. KD3 class Aegis destroyer has been equipped with 128 VLS cells: 80 Mk41 VLS cells for SM-2 Block 3A/3B, 48 KVLS(Korean VLS) cells for 32 Sky Dragon Land Attack Cruise Missiles and 16 Red Shark ASROC. photos by KDNphotos by kidlmy from KDNCapt. Lee, Sang-Gap, DDG-993 first KD3 class Aegis destoyer ROKS Sejong The Great(DDG-991) photo by ROKNphoto by Shin, In-Kyun from KDNphotos by Jager from KODEF ROKS Sejong The Great video
  • Raytheon and Aerojet Complete System Integration Test for SM-3 Kinetic Warhead

    02/08/2011 3:58:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    AviationNews ^ | 2/8/2011 | AviationNews
    Raytheon Company and Aerojet, a GenCorp company, completed a kinetic warhead system integration test for Standard Missile-3 Block IB. The test verified the ability of the warhead to detect, track and intercept a moving ballistic missile target in a zero-gravity environment. During the test, a fully operational, flight-weight kinetic warhead operated on an air-bearing test stand and performed in a high-altitude chamber at Aerojet’s Sacramento, Calif., facility. The kinetic warhead’s seeker tracked a simulated target while the guidance computer sent information to the new Throttleable Divert and Attitude Control System. Once the TDACS received the information, the system fired its...
  • Lockheed Martin Ramps Up Aegis

    01/25/2011 11:25:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week and Siace Technology ^ | 1/25/2011 | Michael Fabey
    The U.S. Navy has successfully completed a tracking exercise using the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system during Atlantic Trident 2011, which runs through Jan. 25. The guided missile cruiser USS Monterey and destroyers USS Ramage and USS Gonzalez tracked the short-range ballistic missile target launched from NASA’s Wallops (Va.) Flight Facility, the service said Jan. 21. The missile fell harmlessly into the Atlantic Ocean. Monterey and Ramage took turns tracking and simulating engagement of the target while Gonzalez, a guided-missile destroyer, tracked the target, the Navy says. All three ships tracked the missile, and Monterey and Ramage provided simulated...
  • Norwegian Navy Receives Last of Five Fridtjof Nansen-Class Frigates

    01/20/2011 4:49:00 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Defence.Professionals ^ | January 20, 2011 | Nicolas von Kospoth
    Norwegian Navy Receives Last of Five Fridtjof Nansen-Class Frigates Navantia Delivers HMNS Thor Heyerdahl to the Royal Norwegian Navy 10:42 GMT, January 20, 2011 defpro.com | The delivery of HMNS Thor Heyerdahl to the Royal Norwegian Navy by the Spanish shipbuilder Navantia on 18 January marked a significant milestone for the service: it represents the end of the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigate procurement programme after almost two decades of planning, development and construction. Further, it is Norway’s largest defence acquisition and a key element of the Scandinavian country’s naval capabilities, replacing the Oslo-class frigates, which have been in service with the...
  • Modernizing The Aegis Fleet Is Smart Move By The U.S. Navy

    01/12/2011 7:56:45 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Lexington Institute ^ | January 12, 2011 | Daniel Goure, Ph.D.
    Modernizing The Aegis Fleet Is Smart Move By The U.S. Navy 17:42 GMT, January 12, 2011 With all the attention being given to reducing the cost of national defense, it is important to acknowledge the value of upgrading current platforms to provide them with additional capability and, hopefully, longer service lives. The Army has a program to upgrade its fleets of Abrams tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles and Stryker wheeled vehicles. The Air Force is modernizing its fleet of A-10 ground attack aircraft and, according to Secretary Gates, will modernize its fleet of aging F-15s with new radars. One of the...
  • Japan-U.S. missile project canceled

    01/03/2011 10:15:57 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Asashi.com, Japan ^ | 2011/01/03 | KUNIICHI TANIDA
    Japan-U.S. missile project canceled BY KUNIICHI TANIDA SENIOR STAFF WRITER A joint U.S.-Japan research program to develop software for a ship-borne ballistic missile defense system has collapsed after the two sides failed to agree on conditions for exporting the technology, sources said. Tokyo's insistence that the United States obtain prior consent from the Japanese government before selling the software to a third country caused the breakdown, the sources said. The United States has decided to continue with the project alone. The software on which the two countries were working is meant to improve the ship-board Aegis guided missile system, which...
  • Congress Wants Ship Missile Defense Plan

    12/23/2010 7:33:57 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/23/2010 | Michael Fabey
    Congress wants the U.S. Navy to submit a report by March 31 to show how the service plans to incorporate its ship-based ballistic missile defense requirements with its force structure needs, according to the recently passed defense authorization legislation. The report should include : • An analysis of whether the requirement for sea-based missile defense can be accommodated by upgrading Aegis ships that exist as of the date of the report or by procuring additional combatant surface vessels. • A discussion of whether such sea-based missile defense will require increasing the overall number of combatant surface vessels beyond the requirement...
  • Littoral Combat Ship Miracle Bids Likely To Be Accepted By Congress

    12/15/2010 9:23:59 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 2+ views
    Lexington Institute ^ | December 15, 2010 | Daniel Goure
    Littoral Combat Ship Miracle Bids Likely To Be Accepted By Congress 20:26 GMT, December 15, 2010 Recent testimony by senior officials of the U.S. Department of the Navy before the Senate Appropriations Committee reveal the source of their new-found enthusiasm for buying both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Apparently both bidders, Lockheed Martin and Austal, came in with bids one-third lower than the price being charged for the initial set of four vessels. At $440-460 million a copy for the sea frame, the opportunity to acquire a mixed fleet of LCS is almost irresistible. Moreover, these “miracle bids”...
  • A Dangerous Gap in Our Defenses? An EMP attack is a terrible threat, but countering it is...

    12/14/2010 11:16:55 AM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 14, 2010 | Henry F. Cooper & Robert L. Pfaltzgraff Jr.
    A Dangerous Gap in Our Defenses?An EMP attack is a terrible threat, but countering it is affordable. For several days in early November, a series of U.S. government agencies were either unable or unwilling to explain what had produced a vapor trail that had illuminated the Southern California skies. Public speculation abounded, first that it was a missile, then that it was in fact the condensation trail (contrail) of a plane. Controversy continues in the blogosphere and elsewhere. The absence of a cogent official explanation reveals a dangerous gap in our defenses, specifically in our warning systems. Our surveillance systems...
  • Aegis Ascendant and Amphibious

    11/15/2010 12:07:11 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/13/2010 | The Strategy Page
    late October, a Japanese Kongo class destroyer shot down a ballistic missile off Hawaii, using its Aegis anti-missile system. That makes three successful Aegis tests for Japan's Aegis equipped destroyers, out of four attempts. Overall, Aegis has been successful in 85 percent of its test firings. Currently, the U.S. Navy has 20 ships with the Aegis anti-missile system. Within three years, the navy will have 27 such ships. But in the meantime, the Aegis ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile)s are in high demand by U.S. commanders, seeking some protection from hostile missiles in their area of operation. Japan has six Aegis ABM...
  • Northrop Grumman Enters Competition For Next-Gen Aegis Missile

    11/14/2010 10:38:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 11/12/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Northrop Grumman is highlighting its deep experience on early intercept of ballistic missile threats to compete for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's (MDA) next-generation ballistic missile interceptor currently planned for fielding in 2020. The company announced that it has submitted a proposal for the Next Generation Aegis Missile's (NGAM) concept definition and program planning phase set to get underway in 2011. The new interceptor will be designed to provide early intercept capability against some short range ballistic missiles, all medium range ballistic missiles, all intermediate range ballistic missiles and non-advanced intercontinental ballistic missiles.
  • Joint Japan-U.S. Missile Defense Flight Test Successful

    10/29/2010 10:56:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    MDA News ^ | 10/29/2010 | MDA News
    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced the successful completion of an Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) intercept flight test, in cooperation with the U.S. Navy, off the coast of Kauai in Hawaii. The event marked the fourth time that a JMSDF ship has engaged a ballistic missile target, including three successful intercepts, with the sea-based midcourse engagement capability provided by Aegis BMD. The JFTM-4 test event verified the newest engagement capability of the Japan Aegis BMD configuration of the recently upgraded Japanese destroyer, JS KIRISHIMA. At approximately 5:06 p.m. (HST), 12:06...
  • Australia - SM-2 Block IIIB Standard Missiles

    10/27/2010 10:31:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    ASDN News ^ | 10/27/2010 | Defense Security Cooperation Agency
    The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of 17 SM-2 Block IIIB STANDARD Warhead Compatible Telemetry missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $46 million. The Government of Australia has requested a possible sale of 17 SM-2 Block IIIB STANDARD Warhead Compatible Telemetry missiles, including AN/DKT-71 Telemeters and assembly kits, spare and repair parts, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The...
  • Saudi naval expansion examines LCS variant

    10/27/2010 10:21:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Euronaval ^ | 10/26/2010 | Tony Osborne
    combat system-equipped Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Orlando Carvalho, president of Lockheed Martin's MS2 division, told reporters at Euronaval in Paris that the Saudi Navy was looking at the purchase of eight LCS-variant ships, called Surface Combat Ships, equipped with the lightweight SPY-1F Aegis system as part of an expansion of the oil-rich state's naval forces. They have also shown an interest in the ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities of Aegis. Both Austal USA and Lockheed Martin are awaiting the outcome of the LCS programme. Lockheed Martin is offering its Freedom-class single hull vessel, while Austal is competing with its Independence-class...
  • Euronaval 2010: Saudi naval expansion examines LCS variant

    10/27/2010 4:39:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Shephard Group, UK ^ | October 26, 2010 | Tony Osborne
    Euronaval 2010: Saudi naval expansion examines LCS variant October 26, 2010 The Saudi Arabian government is in discussions with the US Navy about the purchase of the Aegis combat system-equipped Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). Orlando Carvalho, president of Lockheed Martin's MS2 division, told reporters at Euronaval in Paris that the Saudi Navy was looking at the purchase of eight LCS-variant ships, called Surface Combat Ships, equipped with the lightweight SPY-1F Aegis system as part of an expansion of the oil-rich state's naval forces. They have also shown an interest in the ballistic missile defence (BMD) capabilities of Aegis. Both Austal...
  • U.S. Deploys Defenses for Possible N.Korean Missile Launch

    07/07/2010 5:05:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 7/7/2010 | VOA News
    U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says he has ordered the deployment of a new missile defense system and a sophisticated tracking radar to respond to any North Korean missile launch that threatens Hawaii. Meanwhile, America's top military officer says the U.S. Navy is prepared to try to stop North Korean ships suspected of carrying weapons banned by a new United Nations Security Council resolution. Secretary Gates says the United States is watching North Korea's missile launch preparations "very closely" and he has ordered a new high-altitude missile interceptor system deployed to Hawaii, along with a floating radar system to provide...
  • SKorea, US plan naval drills after UN actions against NKorea

    07/07/2010 12:56:56 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 7/6/2010 | Brahmand.com
    South Korea and the United States will stage large-scale anti-submarine drills in the Yellow Sea after the United Nations takes action against Pyongyang for sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, Yonhap news agency said. "The joint drills will be carried out after the U N Security Council takes measure against North Korea," the agency quoting Col. Lee Bung Woo said. The United States’s 97,000-ton USS George Washington, an Aegis-equipped destroyer, and a nuclear-powered submarine are reportedly participating in the joint naval drills and a 4,500-ton destroyer, a submarine and F-15K fighter jets will take part from the South Korean...
  • Dropping The Shield

    06/30/2010 4:55:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 30, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    National Security: The administration is ready to sign a treaty stripping us of our ability to defend ourselves against enemy nuclear missiles, including Iran's and North Korea's. In space, no one can hear you surrender. On Monday, the ground-based Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, part of the U.S. missile defense shield, successfully shot down a ballistic missile launched from a ship's deck off Kauai, Hawaii. The test simulated an Iranian SCUD launched from the deck of a ship off the U.S. coast, which, if armed with a nuke, could devastate the American heartland. The simulated Scud was launched from...
  • VLS Underway Replenishment: When will the Navy get serious?

    06/12/2010 8:56:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 732+ views
    Defense Tech ^ | 06/06/2010 | Craig Hooper
    In a high-threat environment, the Navy’s AEGIS vessels have a problem. They cannot be re-armed. AEGIS cruisers have 122 vertical launch system (VLS) cells, while the destroyers have 96. Each magazine is “multi-use,” composed of specialized land attack and self-defense weapons, so a desired missile may not be available in sufficient numbers. Complicating matters, AEGIS vessels sometimes sail with a partially-filled magazines, and missile reliability rates aren’t often anywhere near 100%. CSBA expert Jan Van Tol, in his recent AirSea Battle monograph ,is the latest to highlight this vulnerability, and pointedly suggests that, given the way high-end warfare is likely...
  • Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 Program Begins Sea-Based Flight Testing

    05/11/2010 1:36:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies · 416+ views
    SPX via Space Daily ^ | 5/11/2010 | SPX via Space Daily
    Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 begins sea-based flight testing this month, paving the way for initial operational capability (IOC) in 2011. "With its over-the-horizon protection, SM-6 increases the surface Navy's battlespace against air and cruise missile threats and offers protection for coalition forces ashore," said Frank Wyatt, Raytheon's vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems product line. "These sea-based flight tests clear the way for Raytheon to deliver a critical capability to the warfighter by 2011." SM-6 takes full advantage of the legacy Standard Missile airframe and propulsion elements while incorporating advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of Raytheon's Advanced...
  • Planned defense seen unable to destroy U.S.-bound N. Korean missiles

    05/08/2010 11:15:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 507+ views
    Kyodo News International ^ | 5/2/2010 | Kyodo News International
    next-generation missile interceptor being co-developed by Japan and the United States would not be able to take out U.S.-bound North Korean long-range ballistic missiles flying over Japan, senior Defense Ministry officials said Sunday. This is because the range of the interceptor, dubbed the Standard Missile 3 Block 2A, would not allow an Aegis-equipped ship deployed off Japan to target high-flying missiles, the officials told Kyodo News. The outlook could affect debate in Japan over whether to exercise the constitutionally banned right of collective self-defense so as to shoot down U.S.-bound missiles flying over the country. With an estimated range of...
  • Raytheon's Standard Missile-6 Program Begins Sea-Based Flight Testing

    05/04/2010 9:39:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 268+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 5/3/2010 | J. Nicole Stewart
    Raytheon Company's Standard Missile-6 begins sea-based flight testing this month, paving the way for initial operational capability (IOC) in 2011. "With its over-the-horizon protection, SM-6 increases the surface Navy's battlespace against air and cruise missile threats and offers protection for coalition forces ashore," said Frank Wyatt, Raytheon's vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems product line. "These sea-based flight tests clear the way for Raytheon to deliver a critical capability to the warfighter by 2011." SM-6 takes full advantage of the legacy Standard Missile airframe and propulsion elements while incorporating advanced signal processing and guidance control capabilities of Raytheon's...
  • First SM-3 Block IB Test Slated For 2011

    03/18/2010 8:24:17 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 238+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 3/18/2010 | Amy Butler
    Raytheon is on track to execute its first flight test intercept attempt with an SM-3 Block IB missile early next year, according to Ed Miyashiro, vice president of Raytheon Missile Systems. The sea-based SM-3 Block IB will feature a new divert-and-attitude-control system as well as a two-color infrared sensor, both improvements over the SM-3 Block IA now in use. These missiles are designed for use with the Aegis ship-based defensive system. The IB is a linchpin for the Obama administration’s phased adaptive approach plan to field regional missile defenses in Europe to protect from an Iranian ballistic missile attack. Land-based...