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  • Russia's New Mobile Air Defense System Has One Very Unique Feature

    05/06/2016 8:22:22 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    National Interest ^ | May 4, 2016 | DAVE MAJUMDAR
    Russia is developing a new mobile air defense system for its elite airborne troops that will be based on the BMD-4M armored vehicle. The new weapon system—which is designed to be parachuted down to ground forces—will be able to protect paratroopers from enemy aircraft operating at high or medium altitudes. “Work is underway on the on the creation of an air-droppable anti-aircraft missile defense system based on the BMD-4M airborne combat vehicle. The experimental design work is codenamed Ptitselov,” a Russian defense ministry spokesperson told the Moscow-based TASS news agency. The Russian report does not describe the system in detail....
  • Indonesia Eyes China-Made Air Defense System

    03/03/2016 11:32:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | March 03, 2016 | Prashanth Parameswaran
    Indonesia is currently mulling the purchase of an air defense system from China, a senior defense official said Monday. According to Air Vice Marshal M. Syaugi, the director general of defense planning at Indonesia’s defense ministry, the country is currently evaluating the purchase of the Chinese-made AF902 Radar/Twin 35 mm AA Gun/PL-9C Missile Integrated Air Defense System (AF902 FCS/35) to bolster its aerial defense capabilities. The evaluation, Syaugi told state-run news outlet Antara News on March 1, is being done in line with the Indonesian Armed Forces 2015-2019 strategic plan. Syaugi made the remarks after a recent visit to China...
  • Civilian Jets An 'Easy Target' For IS Missiles

    01/05/2016 9:58:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 20 replies
    Sky News ^ | January 6, 2016 | Unattributed
    Exclusive footage obtained by Sky News reveals IS terrorists have the technical know-how to reactivate surface-to-air missiles. The former head of the RAF has said evidence uncovered by Sky News of Islamic State recommissioning surface-to-air missiles is of great concern and that passenger planes would be an easy target. Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon was responding to exclusive footage which revealed the extremists were able to produce homemade thermal batteries for heat-seeking missiles - a feat that has eluded terror groups until now. It raises the possibility of the militants being able to reactivate discarded stockpiles of older missiles,...
  • US starts to pull Patriot missiles from Turkey at critical time

    10/09/2015 9:47:20 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 66 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Friday,October 9 2015 | HATAY - Doğan News Agency
    The U.S. has started to pull its Patriot missiles stationed in Turkey, despite a recent appeal from Ankara to its NATO allies to keep the air and missile defense units at a delicate time on the border with Syria. Patriot missiles were initially deployed at the Gaziantep 5th Armored Brigade Command in southeastern Turkey after the country appealed to its NATO allies to guard against rockets from Syria.
  • Putin Throws Wrench in Iran Nuke Talks

    02/23/2015 5:44:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies ^ | Mon, Feb 23, 2015, 8:39pm EST | Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times
    In an announcement that seems certain to further inflame opinions about a proposed deal to limit Iran’s nuclear capacity, it was revealed today that Russia’s state-owned defense conglomerate Rostec has offered to sell advanced anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Related Stories Kerry Says Iran Extension Worth It Only If Deal Almost Done Bloomberg Iran leader says no nuclear deal better than bad one AFP World powers 'united', Kerry says ahead of new Iran nuclear talks AFP 'Significant gaps' remain in Iran nuclear talks: Kerry AFP
  • S. Korea: Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone (expands Air Defense Identification Zone)

    12/08/2013 9:32:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun ^ | 2013/12/9
    Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone The government on Sunday announced a new air defense identification zone with the same boundaries as Korea's Flight Information Region and overlapping with both the Chinese and Japanese zones. The new zone stretches 236 km south of the submerged reef of Ieo, which also lies in the Japanese and Chinese zones, and includes Marado and Hongdo, an inhabited island that is also part of Japan's zone. The eastern and western boundaries remain the same as before. The old zone had been in place since it was delineated by the U.S. Air Force in March...
  • China's move to establish air defense zone appears to backfire

    11/27/2013 11:18:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/27/2013 | By Simon Denyer
    BEIJING — It was designed as a forceful response to Japanese assertiveness, and a robust declaration of China’s maritime claims. But Beijing’s creation of an air defense zone may have backfired, experts said, after eliciting a strong joint response by the United States and Japan. Instead of strengthening China’s position, the air defense zone has unsettled and united its neighbors. It provided Washington with a perfect opportunity to reassure its Asian allies that it remains committed to maintaining stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Hezbollah in Yucatán

    02/02/2013 12:39:56 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Gates of ^ | January 30, 2013
    Hezbollah in Yucatán Posted on January 30, 2013 by Baron Bodissey As mentioned here many times in the past, the southern border of the United States is porous not just to Mexicans, Salvadorans, and Guatemalans, but also to Islamic terrorists. Operatives from Al Qaeda and Hezbollah acquire a Latin American passport and enough Spanish to allow their swarthiness to pass as Latino.This latest report concerns the arrival of a Hezbollah associate in Mexico. Many thanks to Iz-M (via Vlad) for the translation from Diario de Yucatán: More signs of the presence of HezbollahLabboun Rafic Mohammed, the Muslim cleric allegedly linked...
  • Barack Obama To Shut Down Southern Air Defense Systems

    01/28/2013 8:17:09 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 126 replies
    Market Daily News ^ | January 23rd, 2013 | Mack Slavo
    As the U.S. government continues to expand surveillance and monitoring systems to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars within the borders of the United States, a recent announcement regarding the country’s southern air defense systems is raising eyebrows. Our southern border is, in part, protected by the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS), which utilizes moored balloons hovering at about 15,000 feet to identify low flying aircraft and missiles that may penetrate the border and cross into U.S. airspace. The system is utilized by the U.S. Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), and U.S. Customs and Border...
  • The Bear at the Door

    06/27/2012 9:59:23 AM PDT · by matchgirl · 9 replies
    The Washington Beacon ^ | 06/26/2012 | Bill Gertz
    Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials. The Russian war games began the same day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a frosty summit meeting in Mexico June 18. U.S. officials said the arctic exercises over the Russian Far East and Pacific appeared to be a further sign of Russia’s hardening posture toward the United States. The Obama administration made no protest of the bomber intrusions, according to the officials, in line with its...
  • Missile Defenses Offering Israel Calm in Conflict

    03/14/2012 10:43:08 PM PDT · by U-238 · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/13/2012 | Joshua Mitnick
    Facing the worst barrage of rockets from Palestinian militants since 2009, Israel is getting a boost from a new interceptor system that destroys missiles in midair before they fall on population centers. The "Iron Dome" missile system has provided an added layer of security for Israel's homeland by downing dozens of rockets in the past four days, buying more time for the country's leaders to confront militants with less citizen pressure to stem hostilities. The system underlines Israel's shifting doctrine of emphasizing defense capabilities in addition to its offensive firepower, and offers a preview of how Israel will handle any...
  • Syrian air defense complicates US options

    03/06/2012 9:15:36 PM PST · by U-238 · 10 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 3/5/2012 | Lolita C. Baldor
    The advanced air defense weapons Russia has provided to Syria's regime would make it difficult to establish a no-fly zone there as part of an effort to help the rebellion, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East told senators Tuesday. Marine Gen. James Mattis, head of U.S. Central Command, declined to detail any military options the Pentagon has developed for action against the regime. But he told the Senate Armed Services Committee that it would take a significant military commitment to create even safe havens in Syria where aid could be delivered, as Sen. John McCain suggested Monday. Mattis...
  • S-500 Is Dying From Brain Drain

    02/26/2012 8:15:50 PM PST · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Strategy page ^ | 2/25/2012 | Strategy Page
    It was recently announced that the new Russian anti-aircraft/anti-missile system, the S-500, will be further delayed. Apparently the S-500 won't enter service until the end of the decade. Last year it was admitted that the S-500 was a full two years behind schedule, with prototype testing not taking place until 2015 and deliveries in 2017. It was explained that much of the delay was due to the fact that this system uses a lot of new technology. There also seems to be a problem deciding exactly what the S-500 should do. Senior government officials are apparently demanding that the S-500...
  • Finland 'finds Patriot missiles' on China-bound ship

    12/21/2011 3:22:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 47 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/21/11 | BBC
    The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say. Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard. Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked "fireworks". The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week. Dock workers became suspicious after finding explosives poorly stored on open pallets, and the missiles were then found in containers marked "fireworks". The managing director of the ship's owner, Thorco Shipping,...
  • ANG fighter wing preps for alert missions at Tyndall

    02/07/2011 4:59:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies ^ | 2/1/2011 | Angela Pope
    Shooting down enemy aircraft over American soil is an event U.S.-based alert pilots train for. They run exercise scenarios on a constant basis, preparing for that call to scramble. But all the dry runs in the world can't prepare a pilot for that moment when a live missile is released from the jet. That's why the 148th Fighter Wing out of Duluth, Minn., is spending two weeks here working with the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. "We came here to shoot missiles and drop live ordnance to be better prepared for our Air Sovereignty Alert mission," said Lt. Col. Reed Bowman,...
  • The Unveiling Of China's Raptor

    01/06/2011 5:03:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 5, 2011 | Staff
    Defense: While America has stopped production of its stealth fighter, China prepares to challenge U.S. air supremacy in the Western Pacific with its own. China is on another Long March, one it hopes will lead to military supremacy over the U.S. at least in the Western Pacific. It is deploying a carrier-killing mobile missile, the Dong Feng 21D, and is expected to launch its first aircraft carrier this year, the refurbished ex-Soviet carrier Varyag. China is also conducting preflight tests on a fifth-generation stealth fighter expected to challenge the best the U.S. has to offer. Photographs reportedly showing China's J-20...
  • Russian Ground Forces' Air Defense Force to become part of united aerospace defense system

    12/26/2010 9:10:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/27/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian Ground Forces' Air Defense Force will become part of a united aerospace defense system, the Air Defense Force's chief has said. "In the course of the creation of a united aerospace defense system, the Russian Ground Forces' Air Defense Force will become one of its most important parts which together with other aerospace defense elements will be responsible for air defense and non-strategic missile defense at infrastructure and military facilities and troop deployment sites," Major General Alexander Leonov told journalists in Moscow on Saturday. The Russian Ground Forces' Air Defense Force includes such air defense systems as S-300,...
  • 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...
  • Iron Dome Springs A Serious Leak

    12/22/2010 11:58:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/21/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The Israeli military revealed that its new Iron Dome anti-rocket system was not meant for defending towns and villages, but military bases. For years, politicians touted Iron Dome as a means of defending civilians living close to rockets fired from Gaza in the south and Lebanon in the north. But it turns out that it takes about 15 seconds for Iron Dome to detect, identify and fire its missiles. But most of the civilian targets currently under fire from Gaza are so close to the border (within 13 kilometers) that the rockets are fired and land in less than 15...
  • Keeping S-300 Alive

    12/17/2010 12:45:34 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 12/15/2010 | Strategy Page
    The recent cancellation of a billion dollars worth of Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran has left the manufacturer with lots of unsold gear. So now Russia is hustling to find new customers, offering attractive prices. Venezuela was given a $4 billion line of credit, part of it going to pay for S-300 systems. Now Kazakhstan has been persuaded to make a purchase (for $150 million). Kazakhstan has oil and gas, and can be expected to pay cash. Despite all that, about a third (the older models) of the S-300 systems used by Russia are in storage. Russia currently...
  • Cause of missile defense test failure unclear: US

    12/17/2010 12:34:37 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    AFP via Google News ^ | 12/16/2010 | AFP
    A top US general said Thursday it was unclear why an interceptor meant to knock out incoming ballistic missiles failed in a test for the second time in a row. General James Cartwright, the military's second highest ranking officer, said he had no doubts that the country's missile defense system could fend off potential threats, despite Wednesday's failed test. "I'm not the least bit concerned that we don't have a capability to defeat, should we need to, that rogue threat that the system's been designed against," Cartwright told reporters. In the test on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, an...
  • Countering the Missile Threat

    12/16/2010 11:26:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 12/2010 | Rebecca Grant
    New generations of enemy missiles, and a willingness to use them, could put air bases under siege like never before. Operating from air bases under threat of missile attack may become one of the most important keys to projecting US airpower in the years ahead. For all its expeditionary experience, it has been decades since the Air Force has so intently focused on this problem. Now, top leadership is again taking it seriously. "The attack against the naval base at Pearl Harbor was recorded in history as a day which will live in infamy," said Air Force Chief of Staff...
  • Israelis brace for missile firestorm

    12/06/2010 4:02:03 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies
    UPI ^ | 12/6/2010 | UPI
    For months, military leaders and commentators have been warning Israelis their cities face an unprecedented threat of missile attacks even as the country invests heavily in developing air-defense systems experts say cannot provide adequate protection. This uncharacteristically downbeat theme was summed up by Maj. Gen. Amod Yadlin, the outgoing chief of Military Intelligence, in a Nov. 21 briefing to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Cabinet. "Tel Aviv will be a front line in the next conflict," he warned. A few days earlier, he'd told the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee that "future wars … will be much bigger, much wider...
  • Iran Claims it’s Got its Own S-300, Really Guys?

    11/18/2010 2:16:15 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 11/18/2010 | Defense tech
    Well, only a few months after Russia decided not to sell the advanced S-300 surface to air missile system to Iran, spinsters in Tehran are touting a homegrown version of that very missile. From the AP: Iran has successfully tested a newly developed air defense missile system during the country’s biggest ever air defense drill, the country’s military announced Thursday. Iran’s state television said the test was Tehran’s response to Moscow’s refusal to deliver the advanced Russian S-300 air defense system amid U.N. and international sanctions on the country. Gen. Hamid Arjangi, a spokesman for the five-day exercise, said the...
  • Iran holds war games, set to launch S300s

    11/17/2010 5:52:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI ^ | 11/17/2010 | UPI
    A senior Iranian military commander says his country has conducted defense drills at its sensitive nuclear facilities ahead of planned aerial war games taking place over the country this week. The Mehr state news agency quoted air force commander Gen. Ahmad Mighani saying that "tactical drills that resembled real combat" had been carried out in Fordo, Tehran, Natanz, Bushehr and Isfahan where Iran's nuclear reactors are located.
  • Israel to test Arrow-3 interceptor by mid-2011

    11/16/2010 10:27:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/16/2010 | Arie Egozi
    The first fly out of Israel's new Arrow-3 anti-ballistic missile interceptor will be performed by mid-2011. Israel Aerospace Industries, which is developing the Arrow-3, is currently performing ground testing of the new missile, which will intercept incoming ballistic missiles using kinetic kill instead of proximity warhead detonation as with the operational Arrow-2. Israeli sources say the Arrow-3 will be the most advanced ballistic missile interceptor in the world. They say it will be "very energetic" and have "super manoeuvrability", enabling it to change its trajectory to engage another target that was detected after launch. The sources say the Arrow-3 will...
  • 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...
  • Iran holds defence drills at nuclear plants: commander

    11/14/2010 10:33:09 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Space Daily News ^ | 11/12/2010 | AFP via Space Daily News
    Iran has conducted defence drills at its sensitive nuclear facilities, a senior commander told media on Sunday, adding that fresh aerial war games will be launched across the country next week. "This year, we carried out tactical drills which resembled real combat in Fordo, Tehran, Natanz, Bushehr and Isfahan," where the country's nuclear plants are located, the Mehr news agency quoted Ahmad Mighani as saying. Mighani did not specify when exactly the exercises were conducted.
  • Japanese Troops Successful in Patriot Test Firings

    The Japanese Air Self Defense Forces (JASDF) successfully concluded its annual training exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas. The exercise included target engagement and successful test firings of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System in tactical mission configurations. Raytheon Company provided operational support for JASDF's Annual Service Practice (ASP). "It's a great team effort by JASDF, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry (MHI) and Raytheon, focused on mission success," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). "The success of this year's exercise speaks volumes to the results this team delivers." Patriot fire unit crews operating Raytheon's...
  • Iran to test own S-300 missiles despite Russia

    11/11/2010 6:09:18 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 11/11/2010 | Defense Talk
    Iran is to test its own homemade S-300 ground-to-air missiles, built in defiance of ally Russia which backed out of a deal to supply the device, a top Iranian military commander said on Wednesday. "Very soon we will test long-range aerial defence missiles, including Iranian S-300s," Brigadier General Mohammad Hassan Mansourian told the state news agency IRNA. In September, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree banning supplies of S-300 missiles and other arms to Iran. Russia came under strong US and Israeli pressure not to go ahead with the sale of the weapons system which was seen as complicating...
  • Israel warns Russia that Iran may get S-300 via Venezuela

    11/03/2010 12:04:59 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/01/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    With Caracas set to sign an agreement to purchase the system, Israel is concerned that Teheran will eventually obtain the anti-aircraft system. Israel has warned Russia of the possibility that an advanced air defense system it is planning to sell to Venezuela could eventually make its way to Iran, according to defense officials. The system, the S-300, is one of the most advanced multi-target anti-aircraft-missile systems in the world, with a reported ability to track up to 100 targets simultaneously while engaging up to 12 at the same time. It has a range of about 200 kilometers and can hit...
  • S-300 Marches Into The Future

    11/02/2010 11:51:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 11/1/2010 | The Strategy Page
    Recently, for the first time, the S-300B anti-aircraft missile systems that defend Russian Army units, shot down ballistic missiles. The S-300B was moved around, as it would to support a mobile army, before going into firing position and knocking down two ballistic missile warheads. Two years ago, army S-300 units were transferred to the air force, which now controls all S-300/400 systems (except for a few belonging to the navy.) The air force S-300/400 units are mobile, but are rarely moved, except for those assigned to the army. The S-300B is modified a bit for army use, but there are...
  • S. Korea, US begin air defense exercise

    10/17/2010 1:00:46 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Korea Times ^ | 10/15/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    South Korea and the United States kicked off a joint air force training exercise Friday to increase interoperability among the airmen of the two allies. About 50 fighter jets, including F-15Ks and KF-16s from South Korea as well as F-16 Fighting Falcons and KC-135 Stratotankers from the U.S., are participating in the eight-day drill, the South Korean Air Force said in a news release. More than 250 pilots from the allies will be mobilized for the drill, named "Max Thunder," to be staged over the western airspace of the Korean Peninsula, it said. "This air readiness exercise is aimed at...
  • Guam The Missile Magnet Builds Bunkers

    10/16/2010 9:41:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/14/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The American island of Guam is getting bomb proof shelters for aircraft, fuel and ammo supplies and vital equipment. Apparently believing that China and North Korea could, and under the right conditions, would, fire ballistic missiles, using conventional (non-nuclear) warheads, the concrete protection is being discreetly constructed on military bases. This hardening also provides protection against typhoons (Pacific hurricanes) and less frequent earthquakes. This is all part of a larger construction effort. This is because the United States is in the process of moving 8,000 marines from Okinawa to Guam, which means new facilities to house these troops and their...
  • Rockets Are Biggest Threat to Israel, Not Ballistic Missiles

    10/16/2010 1:44:44 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/15/2010 | David A. Fulghum
    Long-range ballistic missile are a new threat to Europe, but Israeli defense planners are more concerned about the rapid growth in lower-end rocket threats. The biggest growth comes from the fact that regional adversaries are being equipped with inexpensive, but effective guidance systems that have tightened targeting errors to within 100-200 meters. That is high accuracy compared to Iraq’s rain of Scuds in 1991 that could predictably hit only large cities like Tel Aviv, Dhahran or Riyadh. They created public fears and political pressure, but had virtually no effect on the military conflict. China also is participating in the exchange...
  • Russia may sell S-300 missiles to Venezuela, instead of Iran

    10/16/2010 1:15:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 10/15/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's S-300 air defense systems, which Moscow refused to deliver to Iran following a new round of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic, could be sold to Venezuela instead, a Russian arms trade expert said on Friday. Russia signed a deal to deliver five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defense systems to Iran in 2007 but banned the sale in September, saying the systems, along with a number of other weapons, were covered by the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council against Iran over its nuclear program in June. "Russia is looking for a buyer of five...
  • Iran to Get Money Back (for S-300)

    10/07/2010 10:45:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 10/8/2010 | Reuters
    Russia plans to pay back a $166.8 million advance payment from Iran for S-300 air defense missiles after canceling the sale to comply with UN sanctions, a top Russian official said Thursday. President Dmitry Medvedev banned the delivery of the high-precision air defense system last month, saying it would violate sanctions adopted by the UN Security Council in June. The United States and Israel had urged Moscow to scrap the deal, fearing Iran could use the system to protect nuclear facilities that they suspect are part of a weapons program. "We received an advance on this contract of $166.8 million,"...
  • Israel to deploy new anti-missile system in November

    07/19/2010 8:55:27 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    AFP ^ | 7/19/2010 | AFP
    Israel will deploy in November its anti-missile system designed to combat threats from the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, the defence ministry said on Monday. "The Iron Dome interceptor, in conjunction with air force and anti-aircraft systems, successfully downed a large number of threats in fully operational mode," the ministry said in statement. "The first two batteries will become operational in November 2010," it said adding that "the defence ministry will soon place orders for additional batteries." The system is designed to intercept short-range rockets and artillery shells, of which Hamas and the Hezbollah have fired thousands at Israel in the...
  • Russia's Air Defense 'Responds' To All Aircraft Near Its Airspace

    07/15/2010 10:54:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/16/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The Russian air defense system is designed so that it responds to all aircraft approaching the state's airspace, a high ranking Defense Ministry source has said. "That is perhaps its basic difference from the American system," the source said commenting on recent remarks by a senior U.S. military official. Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr., head of the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), said in an interview Russia continued "to fly strategic nuclear bombers near U.S. and Canadian airspace because the Russian military is seeking to maintain the illusion of power." He said jet interceptors are not ordered to...
  • Contract on S-300 deliveries to Iran not canceled

    07/15/2010 7:04:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | 7/15/2010 | RIA Novosti
    The contract on supplying S-300 air defense systems to Iran has not yet been canceled, Rostekhnologii head Sergei Chemezov said on Thursday. Chemezov said the final decision on signing or dropping the contract "must be made by the president." On June 9, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1929 imposing a fourth set of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo. The sale of S-300 air defense systems is believed to fall under the sanctions, though earlier Russia said the delivery would not be affected since the weapons are not included...
  • Iron Dome test in South successful

    07/14/2010 11:05:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 7/14/2010 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel inched a step closer recently to deploying a missile defense system along the border with the Gaza Strip after the Iron Dome system successfully intercepted a number of missile barrages in tests. The tests were overseen by the Defense Ministry, the Israel Air Force and the Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. which developed the Iron Dome, slated to be declared operational in the near future. Israel inched a step closer recently to deploying a missile defense system along the border with the Gaza Strip after the Iron Dome system successfully intercepted a number of missile barrages in tests. The...
  • Japan snatches Yonaguni Air Defense Zone

    07/14/2010 3:05:03 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Japan Security Watch ^ | 7/13/2010 | Kyle Mizokami
    Japan has gone ahead and decided that airspace above Yonaguni island, the westernmost island in all of Japan, is indeed entirely Japan’s responsibility. That may sound like a no-brainer, but during the 1950s, the United States controlled Yonguni and the rest of the Ryukyu islands and decided to split control of the airspace with Taiwan. Taiwan is not happy. On June 26, Japan unilaterally extended the ADIZ [Air Defense Identification Zone--JSW] line westwards by 22 kilometers. As a result, Taiwanese and Japanese AIDZs now overlap. That Tokyo seems willing to put up with the prospect of doing damage to Taiwan-Japan...
  • Senior MP: Iran Mulling over Rival Defense Systems for S-300

    07/07/2010 8:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Fars TV ^ | 7/7/2010 | Fars TV
    Iran enjoys a high level missile technology" and S-300 would not be the end point to Iran's efforts in acquiring or developing advanced missile defense technologies, Rapporteur of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazzem Jalali told reporters. Moscow signed a contract with Tehran in 2007 to supply the powerful S-300 missiles to Iran but it has refrained from delivering the system to the county due to the US and Israeli pressures. The S-300 surface-to-air system, known as the SA-20 in the West, can track targets and fire at aircraft 120 kilometers (75 miles) away. It also features...
  • Iraq Gets Ready To Roll With F-16s

    07/05/2010 6:49:45 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 7/3/2010 | The Strategy Page
    U.S. troops are conducting training exercises with Iraqi divisions, emphasizing teaching the Iraqis to work with air power. The U.S. is using F-16s, which the Iraqis are negotiating to buy. In the meantime, the U.S. Air Force will apparently stand by (possibly in Kuwait, but perhaps in Iraqi air bases) to provide air defense and ground support capabilities. All this is because, while U.S. combat troops are scheduled to be out of Iraq by 2011, the Iraqis point out that they have an army and navy, they still don't have much of an air force. Currently, the Iraqi Air Force...
  • Poland foresees U.S. interceptors in place by 2018

    07/02/2010 9:28:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/2/2010 | Reuters
    <p>The United States will deploy SM-3 interceptor missiles in Poland between 2015 and 2018 under its plan to defend NATO allies in Europe from possible Iranian attack, a Polish official said on Thursday.</p> <p>The interceptors, which target short- and medium-range ballistic missiles, are part of President Barack Obama's revamped missile defence system.</p>
  • Iran Arms Syria With Radar(More Information)

    07/01/2010 9:37:20 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/1/2010 | Charles Levinson
    JERUSALEM—Iran has sent Syria a sophisticated radar system that could threaten Israel's ability to launch a surprise attack against Iran's nuclear facilities, say Israeli and U.S. officials, extending an alliance aimed at undermining Israel's military dominance in the region. View Full Image Any sharing of radar information by Syria could increase the accuracy of Hezbollah's own missiles and bolster its air defenses. That would boost Hezbollah defenses, which U.S. and Israeli officials say have been substantially upgraded since 2006, the last time Israel fought the southern Lebanon-based group. The mid-2009 transfer was described in recent months by two Israeli officials,...
  • Air Defense System to Forge Many Platforms Into One Network

    07/01/2010 9:32:57 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Signal Magazine ^ | 7/01/2010 | Henry S. Kenyon
    By the middle of this decade, a new command and control system will provide U.S. Army air defense forces with an extended view of the airspace over a battlefield. The capability will integrate the service’s sensors and weapons into a single network, allowing each platform to perform to its maximum abilities while minimizing operational weaknesses. Commanders will be able to access data quickly from any sensor on the network and order any weapon to engage a target. The Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) program will connect Army forces with a network-centric architecture for air defense...
  • Report: Iran gives Syria new radar

    07/01/2010 1:00:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/01/2010 | Staff
    Iran has provided Syria with an advanced radar system which could provide it with early warning of an Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, quoting Israeli and US officials. According to the report, information gathered by the radar could also be used by Hizbullah to increase its defenses and improve missile accuracy. Iran and Syria denied the occurrence of any radar transfer. "Iran is engaged in developing Syrian intelligence and aerial detection capabilities, and Iranian representatives are present in Syria for that express purpose," the IDF Spokesperson's Unit told the paper. "Radar assistance is...
  • Fire breaks out at Russian missile maker

    06/30/2010 10:42:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    AFP via Space ^ | 6/30/2010 | AFP via Space
    A major fire broke out Wednesday in Moscow at a building belonging to Russian missile manufacturer Almaz, the maker of air defence weapons including the S-300 missile system, officials said. The fire at the company's design bureau had spread over an area measuring 800 square metres (8,500 square feet) and dozens of firefighters had been sent to the scene, a spokesman for the Emergency Ministry, Yevgeny Bobylev said. State television pictures showed a huge cloud of grey smoke rising into the sky from the area affected in the north of Moscow. Its cause was not immediately clear
  • Taiwan Deploys Sky Bow Strike Missile

    06/24/2010 7:17:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | Defense Talk
    Taiwan deployed a surface-to-surface version of its Sky Bow 2 air defense missile on Dongyin, an outlying island near mainland China. Taiwan has held several islands near the mainland since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Taipei has a Sky Bow (Tien Kung) missile battery on the island outfitted with Sky Bow IIB surface-to-surface missiles. These missiles have a range of 600 kilometers, enabling them to strike targets as far away as Shanghai. Now, Taiwanese legislators are considering withdrawing troops from Dongyin in an effort to improve relations with China. Taipei could withdraw these missiles to convince...