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  • Israel and US Ecstatic After David's Sling Test

    11/20/2013 1:42:10 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 16 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 11/20/2013
    Experts who took part in the test of the David's Sling anti-missile system david sling test successfulWednesday were elated at its success, according to a report by Maariv's Yochai Ofer. Pini Yungman, who heads the Missile Defense Systems Authority in Rafael Advanced Defense Systems said the test, in which an interceptor missile brought down a missile fired in simulation of an enemy attack, had made "history." "We have developed 'next generation' technology here for a system that will provide a solution for future threats. You could say that all of the systems worked perfectly. The jewel in the crown is...
  • Check Out Israel’s Newest Missile Defense System: ‘David’s Sling’

    11/25/2012 10:06:22 PM PST · by cruise_missile · 11 replies
    The Blaze ^ | November 25, 2012 | Erica Ritz
    (TheBlaze/AP) — Israel successfully tested its newest missile defense system Sunday, the military said, a step toward making the third leg of what Israel calls its “multilayer missile defense” operational. The “David’s Sling” system is designed to stop mid-range missiles. It successfully passed its test, shooting down its first missile in a drill Sunday in southern Israel, the military said. The system is designed to intercept projectiles with ranges of up to 300 kilometers (180 miles). Israel has also deployed Arrow systems for longer-range threats from Iran. The Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets fired by militants in the Gaza...
  • Israel Pushing Ahead with Next Anti-Missile System

    11/24/2012 10:44:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    inn ^ | 11/24/12 | Elad Benari
    In the wake of the great success of the Iron Dome anti-missile system, which was able to intercept many of the rockets fired from Gaza at populated areas during Operation Pillar of Defense, Israel is now pushing ahead with the development of Magic Wand, which is supposed to be able to intercept short-range and medium-range rockets. According to a report in the Boston Globe on Saturday, Israel will test the system in the Negev in the coming days. Magic Wand, the report said, is being developed by the Israeli Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. in cooperation with the American company...
  • Missiles said to be deployed against N Korea launch

    04/01/2012 7:43:49 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | 4/2/2012 | Rich Chang
    A military spokesman yesterday refused to comment on media reports alleging that two advanced anti-missile systems — the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and Tien Kung-III “Sky Bow” (TK-III) air defense systems — had been deployed in eastern Taiwan to deal with the possible launch of a North Korean rocket later this month. Ministry of National Defense spokesperson David Lo (羅紹和) said the military was collecting information about Pyongyang’s anticipated rocket launch and added that the military had requested its anti-missile units monitor and respond to the situation as appropriate. However, Lo refused to comment on whether PAC-3 missiles and TK-III...
  • 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...
  • Royal Navy reveals new supersonic anti-missile system

    01/30/2012 5:17:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 30 January 2012
    Royal Navy reveals new supersonic anti-missile system A new air defence system that can destroy enemy missiles travelling at supersonic speeds has been revealed by the Royal Navy. Sea Ceptor missiles fired from warships will reach speeds of up to Mach 3 and protect an area of around 500 sq miles. The £483 million contract to develop the defence system has been awarded to MBDA (UK). The Ministry of Defence said the five-year project would mean continued employment for around 500 workers. Facilities across the UK including at Stevenage in Hertfordshire, Filton in South Gloucestershire and Lostock in Bolton will...
  • Spain signs up to anti-missile shield

    10/07/2011 12:35:50 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    Presseurop ^ | 10/6/2011
    Spain, following the lead of Turkey, Poland and Romania, will participate in NATO's anti-missile shield, Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero, said in a surprise announcement on October 5, in Brussels. "Zapatero cedes Rota," runs a headline in left-leaning Spanish daily Público. Zapatero explained that the naval base at Rota, located in southern Spain, near Cadiz, which is already part of the NATO system, will host a further four US war ships, equipped with anti-missile batteries and as well as 1300 additional US troops. Spain will thus become "a key component of the European defence system," the paper says, adding that...
  • Navy tests new missile defense systems (Israel)

    09/12/2010 9:32:00 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/12/2010 | YAAKOV KATZ
    Navy tests new missile defense systems By YAAKOV KATZ 09/12/2010 01:11 Small UAVs that can be launched from ships also being considered to counter Hamas, Hizbullah. In an effort to bolster its defenses in face of Hamas and Hizbullah’s growing anti-ship capabilities, the Israel Navy is testing a new missile defense system for its small and fast patrol boats that are tasked with enforcing the blockade on the Gaza Strip and Lebanon during wartime. The navy’s patrol ships include the Super Dvora, built by Israel Aerospace Industries and the Shaldag, manufactured at Israel Shipyards. The new defense system includes a...
  • Hill Shrugs At NYT’s SM-3 Critique

    05/19/2010 2:47:44 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 494+ views
    DOD Buzz ^ | 5/18/2010 | Colin Clark
    When the New York Times covers a weapons program we tend to take note, in part because they do so it so rarely. And when they put it on the front page, above the fold, we take even more note. The Times did just that this morning, trumpeting a tale about how a veteran missile defense sceptic at MIT, Ted Postol, and a Cornell University colleague, George Lewis, performed an analysis of SM-3 tests and came away convinced that the system does not work very well. Now my first reaction was deep skepticism. After all this has appeared to be...
  • Israel unveils defense shield for Merkavas

    04/07/2010 8:44:04 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 530+ views
    UPI via Space Daily ^ | 4/6/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    As Israel braces for more wars with Hezbollah and Hamas, the army has unveiled a miniature anti-missile system to protect its Merkava tanks and other armored vehicles from missiles that Hezbollah used with withering effect in the 34-day 2006 conflict. The system, known as Trophy, has been in development by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems for some time but was given impetus by the setbacks the Israeli military suffered in the 2006 fighting. The Merkava IV saw its first heavy combat in the 2006 war. At the recent unveiling of Trophy at a military base overlooking the Mediterranean, the commander of...
  • .Israeli unveils tank-defense system of the future

    04/03/2010 12:03:53 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 952+ views
    Associad Press ^ | 3/3/2010 | Josef Federman
    On a dusty, wind-swept field overlooking the Mediterranean, a small team of researchers is putting the final touches on what Israel says is a major game changer in tank defense: a miniature anti-missile system that detects incoming projectiles and shoots them down before they reach the armored vehicles. If successful, the "Trophy" system could radically alter the balance of power if the country goes to war again against Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon or Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. Its performance could also have much wider implications as American troops and their Western allies battle insurgents in Iraq and...
  • NATO needs an anti-missile defence system

    03/12/2010 11:14:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 521+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | 3/12/2010 | AFP via Google
    NATO needs to develop an anti-missile defence system as a deterrence, the alliance chief said Friday, while seeking to assure Moscow that the organisation posed no threat to Russia. "We must develop an effective missile defence," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told an international conference in the Polish capital. "In the coming years we will probably face many more countries and possibly even some non-state actors armed with long-range missiles and nuclear capabilities," he said. Rasmussen also insisted later during a press conference that "a nuclear capability will remain an essential part of a credible deterrence in the future."...
  • More THAAD

    10/24/2009 11:34:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 672+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/24/2009 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army has formed its second THAAD anti-ballistic missile (ABM) battery. The first battery was formed last year, and will be ready for combat next year. Next, the army will form two more THAAD batteries over the next three years. Three years ago, there was a successful test of THAAD (a SCUD type target was destroyed in flight) using a crew of soldiers for the first time, and not manufacturer technicians, to operate the system. Each THAAD battery has 24 missiles, three launchers and a fire control communications system. This includes an X-Band radar. The gear for each battery...
  • Awesome Aegis Ascendant

    10/04/2009 10:02:21 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 2,028+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 10/04/2009 | unknown
    The U.S. government, encouraged by the high success rate (83 percent) of U.S. Navy Aegis equipped ships using SM-3 missiles to shoot down ballistic missiles, has decided to expand the number of SM-3 equipped ships. Just this year, the navy completed equipping 18 ships with the Aegis anti-missile system, and that number may soon more than triple. This is part of a larger trend. Last year, the navy cancelled its expensive new DDG-1000 class of destroyers, partly because these ships were built to support amphibious and coastal operations, and did not have a radar that could easily be converted to...
  • Israel assembles Iron Dome unit

    08/24/2009 10:46:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 1,147+ views
    Space War ^ | 8/24/2009 | UPI
    Israel's drive to deploy the Iron Dome anti-missile shield against short-range rockets fired by Hezbollah and Hamas has moved up a gear with the induction of the first battalion to man the batteries that will operate on the borders with Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Iron Dome intercepted three 122mm Grad rockets, the type used by Hezbollah and the Palestinians, in southern Israel July 15-16. The system came into being in response to constant rocket attacks by Hezbollah on Israel's northern front and Hamas on the southern desert frontier over the last decade. Both fronts have been relatively calm for...
  • Iron Dome system successful in tests

    07/15/2009 12:48:53 PM PDT · by Michel12 · 6 replies · 649+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | YAAKOV KATZ
    The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully intercepting a number of rockets that mimicked Kassam and short-range Grad-model Katyusha rockets in a series of system tests the Defense Ministry conducted this week. The Iron Dome, under development by Rafael Defense Systems, is slated to become operational sometime in 2010 and to be capable of intercepting short-range Kassam and Katyusha rockets fired by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hizbullah in Southern Lebanon. The Iron Dome uses an advanced radar that locates and tracks the rocket that is then intercepted by a kinetic missile interceptor. "A multi-level defense system is a...
  • Flight test OK'd for new Aegis missiles

    07/15/2009 12:21:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 320+ views
    Space War ^ | 6/15/2009 | Tuscon UPI
    An advanced component of the U.S. missile defense system has been cleared for flight testing beginning next year. The Raytheon Co., which has headquarters in Waltham, Mass., had design work carried out at the company's Missile System facilities in Tucson. The Standard Missile-3 Block IB program recently completed a critical design review, which will allow for flight tests in 2010 with eventual deployment in Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense systems by the U.S. Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency, the company said in a release. "SM-3 Block IB is designed to outpace the evolving ballistic missile threats," Taylor W. Lawrence, Raytheon...
  • Build antimissile shield together: Russian lawmaker

    04/08/2007 7:55:39 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 28 replies · 625+ views
    A senior Russian lawmaker called Saturday for Russia to be included in US plans to build a missile defence system in Europe, warning Moscow will otherwise view the antimissile shield as a threat. "Russia has every reason to be interested in close cooperation in creating Eurasian missile-defense systems," Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the State Duma, wrote in an opinion piece in the International Herald Tribune. "And any attempt to build them without Russia (which is not only an interested party but also geographically and technically the most suitable place for an effective antimissile defense) automatically...
  • US Opening Anti-Missile Talks With Poland, Czech Republic

    01/24/2007 2:35:12 PM PST · by bd476 · 9 replies · 384+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 24 January 2007 | By David Gollust, State Department
    US Opening Anti-Missile Talks With Poland, Czech Republic By David Gollust State Department24 January 2007 The United States is opening formal negotiations with Poland and the Czech Republic about basing elements of a U.S. anti-ballistic missile system in those countries. State Department officials say the system is intended to defend against missiles fired by so-called rogue states and not aimed against Russia and its large nuclear arsenal. VOA's David Gollust reports from the State Department. The United States had been discussing the issue with Poland and the Czech Republic for some time, but it is now ready to begin formal...
  • U.S. plans missile bases in Europe (Eastern Europe; Czech Republic , Poland)

    01/22/2007 12:57:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 700+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/22/07 | Vanessa Gera - ap
    WARSAW, Poland - The United States has entered a decisive phase in a plan to set up missile defense sites in Eastern Europe — a system Washington says is aimed at protecting itself and its allies against potential attacks from the Middle East. But the prospect of sophisticated U.S. radar and interceptor systems in formerly communist Eastern Europe has led Russian military leaders to warn of a new arms race. The system "would create a clear threat for Russia," Col. Gen. Vladimir Popovkin, the chief of Russia's Space Forces, warned Monday. The United States told Polish leaders it wants to...
  • BBC: Missile shield 'threatens Russia'

    01/22/2007 7:42:42 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies · 807+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, 22 January 2007, 14:47 GMT | BBC Staff
    Missile shield 'threatens Russia' The US has had mixed results from its missile tests US plans to expand its embryonic missile defence shield to the Czech Republic and Poland are an "an obvious threat", Russia military officials say.Poland has confirmed the US wants to negotiate the use of its territory to build part of its missile defence base. On Sunday, the US asked permission from the Czech Republic and received the backing of Czech PM Mirek Topolanek. Washington says it needs interceptor missiles in Europe to stop attacks by states like Iran or North Korea. It hopes to build...
  • Democrats Vow to Gut Missile Defense

    12/11/2006 8:14:34 AM PST · by John Semmens · 30 replies · 635+ views
    azconservative ^ | 7 Dec 2006 | John Semmens
    The incoming chairman of the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin (D-Mich), long a foe of missile defense, wants to dismantle the U.S. anti-missile defense system. The missile defense system traces its roots to President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative. Levin opposed Reagan efforts in the 1980s and now wants to undo the program. “Anti-missile systems are destabilizing,” said Levin. “It is our vulnerability to attack that reassures other nations that we will not be aggressors. If the United States is defenseless it cannot engage in imperialist wars against foreigners.” Levin contends that the Ground based Missile Defense (GMD) system being...
  • FAA begins equipping its jets with anti-missile system

    10/15/2006 5:41:30 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies · 1,132+ views
    SF Gate.com ^ | October 12, 2006 | Paul J. Caffera
    FAA begins equipping its jets with anti-missile system Move is latest to protect aircraft from terror attack - Paul J. Caffera, Special to The Chronicle Thursday, October 12, 2006 (10-12) 04:00 PDT Oklahoma City -- In yet another reminder of the lurking threat terrorist missiles pose to airliners, the Federal Aviation Administration has begun installing anti-missile systems on its fleet of aircraft. Northrop Grumman spokeswoman Ellen Hamilton confirmed the $12.5 million contract to The Chronicle on Tuesday. The first system was installed on a Bombardier Challenger 601 aircraft by FAA personnel last week at the Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in...
  • N. Korea:US missile defense nearer to Korean threat(moved from mainland to Hawaii)

    10/09/2006 10:42:51 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies · 690+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/10/06
    US missile defense nearer to Korean threat WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - A U.S. Army missile defense system has proven it can hit enemy ballistic missiles and has been moved from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii, closer to North Korea, a top program official said on Monday after a reported nuclear test by Pyongyang. The Missile Defense Agency, which oversees the program, also expects to sign early next year a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. for additional units of the developmental system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Col. Charles Driessnack said at the annual meeting of...
  • CONTROVERSIAL SHIELD (U.S. National Missile Defense)

    09/10/2006 12:09:06 PM PDT · by lizol · 4 replies · 394+ views
    The Warsaw Voice ^ | 6 September 2006
    CONTROVERSIAL SHIELD By W.Z. 6 September 2006 The location of part of the U.S. National Missile Defense (NMD) system in Poland, known as "the shield," remains an open issue. Although politicians of the governing coalition stress that the project would bring Warsaw even closer to Washington, voices opposing the construction of such military structures in Poland are equally vocal. According to the Pentagon, the shield is meant to defend the United States and their allies against a limited missile attack by any of the so-called "rogue states," such as North Korea and Iran. The system consists of ground-based radar and...
  • Base may go to CR, Poland or U.K. (anti-missile defence)

    08/21/2006 11:26:56 AM PDT · by lizol · 6 replies · 410+ views
    Czech Business Weekly ^ | 21. 08. 2006 | Pavla Kozáková
    Base may go to CR, Poland or U.K. By: Pavla Kozáková, 21. 08. 2006, Opposition to hosting an anti-missile base has led the United States to look beyond its preferred option of locating interceptor units – capable of knocking out a ballistic missile fired by terrorists or hostile nations – in the Czech Republic or Poland, with British officials saying U.S. defense planners are making discreet inquiries. Two separate public opinion polls conducted by Median in July and Stem in August found 83 percent and 51 percent of Czech, respectively, opposed to hosting a U.S. base. The Stem poll also...
  • Poland just as Czechs says it will host U.S. anti-missile site

    08/09/2006 1:11:49 PM PDT · by lizol · 16 replies · 878+ views
    Ceske Noviny ^ | 9.8. 2006
    Poland just as Czechs says it will host U.S. anti-missile site Warsaw/Prague- The Polish Defence Ministry said that Warsaw still negotiates with the USA about a possible placement of a U.S. anti-missile site in Poland, while the Czech Foreign Minister said recently that it is almost sure that the USA will ask Prague to join its defence programme. Czech Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda made the statement on Czech Television on Sunday, but he did not specify the form of possible Czech participation in the anti-missile protection programme. Various forms of participation include the stationing of a radar on Czech territory,...
  • Defanging Hezbollah: A Directed Energy Defense Could Help

    07/22/2006 3:07:27 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 49 replies · 2,755+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 20, 2006 | James Jay Carafano
    Defanging Hezbollah: A Directed Energy Defense Could Help by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., and David D. Gentilli WebMemo #1169 July 20, 2006 | Hezbollah’s Katyusha rocket attacks have killed and wounded dozens of Israelis, destroyed property, and sent thousands to bomb shelters. They threaten to plunge the entire region into conflict. There is a way to shoot these missiles out of the sky, limiting the danger to innocents and mitigating the serious threat of one of the region’s most dangerous terrorist groups. The U.S. Army and Israeli Defense Ministry have a joint program that has developed a high-energy laser that...
  • U.S. Is Proposing European Shield for Iran Missiles (stationed in New Europe?)

    05/21/2006 10:41:16 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 92 replies · 3,706+ views
    NYT ^ | 05/22/06 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    May 22, 2006 U.S. Is Proposing European Shield for Iran Missiles By MICHAEL R. GORDON WASHINGTON, May 21 — The Bush administration is moving to establish a new antimissile site in Europe that would be designed to stop attacks by Iran against the United States and its European allies. The administration's proposal, which comes amid rising concerns about Iran's suspected program to develop nuclear weapons, calls for installing 10 antimissile interceptors at a European site by 2011. Poland and the Czech Republic are among the nations under consideration. A recommendation on a European site is expected to be made this...
  • U.S. Wants Missile Defense Talks With Poland

    04/11/2006 10:53:13 AM PDT · by lizol · 2 replies · 261+ views
    NTI ^ | Monday, April 10, 2006
    U.S. Wants Missile Defense Talks With Poland The United States wants to hold detailed discussions with Polish officials about deploying U.S. missile defense interceptors in their country, Agence France-Presse reported Friday (see GSN, Feb. 17). “They asked us officially if we were still interested in discussing the issue. Of course we said ‘yes’ and we are awaiting details,” said Deputy Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, according to Poland’s PAP news agency. “If Poland is chosen as a partner in these discussions, they could begin in July,” Waszczykowski said. “Poland has not yet made any commitment. We are listening and analyzing what...
  • Report: Poland tops Pentagon list for US missile defence site

    03/04/2006 10:50:47 AM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 622+ views
    M&C News ^ | Mar 4, 2006
    Report: Poland tops Pentagon list for US missile defence site Mar 4, 2006, 13:58 GMT Warsaw - Pentagon experts favour NATO member Poland as a potential location for the overseas portion of the United States National Missile Defence (NMD) project, Poland's Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported Saturday quoting sources in Washington. The US-based NMD plan is designed to protect it and fellow NATO defence alliance members plus Japan from a potential nuclear missile attack by rogue states. Washington is now expected to make a political decision on the location of a large anti-missile base in Europe to serve as the overseas...
  • SHTORA-1 Active Defense System

    12/21/2005 4:14:53 PM PST · by jb6 · 1 replies · 344+ views
    Produced by: Electromachina JSC, Russia A typical deployment of IR jammer can be seen on the Russian T-90, which mounts the Shtora-1 Defensive Aids System (DAS) shown on picture, with Kontakt5 ERA modules (left). The system protects the tank against guided missiles, using both the semi-active command to line of sight (SACLOS) guidance, by an IR source that mimics the flare on the back of missiles, as well as laser beam riders and laser-homing weapons. It should be effective against missiles such as the TOW, HOT, AT-4, AT-5 and Sagger (Malyutka). The Russian system also has some capability to counter...
  • Polish public relations

    11/29/2005 9:52:46 AM PST · by lizol · 6 replies · 461+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 28.11.05 | Peter Gentle
    Polish public relations Letter from Poland by Peter Gentle 28.11.05 Once upon a time, Poland used to get good international press coverage. But recently the headlines have mostly been negative. What’s going wrong with Poland’s international image? It’s not been a good couple of months. Headlines in the international newspapers scream at the injustice of gays denied the right to demonstrate, and then get beaten up when they do. A couple of weeks ago a demonstration in Poznan, organized by the Campaign Against Homophobia, was banned by the local council. When gays and lesbians went ahead with the march, as...
  • Poland seeks Star Wars missile system

    11/13/2005 10:59:57 AM PST · by lizol · 10 replies · 608+ views
    The News International ^ | Sunday November 13, 2005
    Poland seeks Star Wars missile system WARSAW: Poland has held talks with the United States about stationing part of its "son of Star Wars" anti-missile defence system on Polish soil, a report said on Saturday. "Secret negotiations took place last year over the stationing of one of three anti-missile bases in Poland," the Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper said. "They would be the only bases of their kind not on American territory," it added, without citing a source. The new conservative government of Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz has already announced its interest in the project, dubbed "son of Star Wars" after the...
  • Rocker Jeff Baxter Moves and Shakes In National Security

    05/28/2005 12:55:17 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 33 replies · 1,242+ views
    WSJ ^ | 24 may 05 | YOCHI J. DREAZEN
    Jeff Baxter played psychedelic music with Ultimate Spinach, jazz-rock with Steely Dan and funky pop with the Doobie Brothers. But in the last few years he has made an even bigger transition: Mr. Baxter, who goes by the nickname "Skunk," has become one of the national-security world's well-known counterterrorism experts.
  • MND ACCENTUATES NEED TO PROCURE PATRIOT PAC III

    03/21/2005 2:25:26 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 5 replies · 294+ views
    MyEgov (www.gov.tw) ^ | March 21, 2005 | Sofia Wu
    Taipei, March 21 (CNA) Vice Minister of National Defense Huo Shou-yeh accentuated Monday the need for Taiwan to procure the U.S.-made Patriot PAC III anti-missile system, saying if the procurement plan is dropped, Taiwan will be unable to defend itself from China's missile attacks. Huo made the remarks while fielding questions from opposition lawmakers at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan's Defense Committee. In an attempt to persuade opposition lawmakers to support the Ministry of National Defense's (MND's) long-stalled arms procurement package, Huo said if the plan to purchase six Patriot PAC III anti-missile batteries is killed, Taiwan will not...
  • Study: Plane anti-missile cost steep

    01/25/2005 11:07:14 AM PST · by seppel · 9 replies · 457+ views
    CNN Money ^ | January 25, 2005: 12:37 PM EST | Mike Ahlers, CNN producer
    It would cost $11 billion to install anti-missile systems on the nation's 6,800 commercial airliners, and billions more to maintain the unproven systems, a study said Tuesday....
  • WEAPONS OF THE WORLD: American Laser Weapon Research Accelerates -- Buck Rogers by 2012!

    06/11/2004 8:52:53 AM PDT · by Tallguy · 35 replies · 506+ views
    StategyPage.com ^ | 6/11/04 | Doug Mohney
    June 11, 2004: The United States military has already created combat laser weapons that work, and is now hustling to get some of these designs ready for troop use. In a program created by Congress, as a way to force the services to pool money for laser research and development, the U.S. Defense Department's High Energy Laser Joint Technology office (JTO) expects to demonstrate three different 25 kilowatt solid-state laser system designs by December. Solid state lasers only require electrical power to operate, so they are much more desirable for battlefield applications than chemical-based lasers (which consume exotic and corrosive...
  • El Al Planes Due to Receive Anti-Missile System

    02/18/2004 1:54:00 PM PST · by yonif · 158+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 22:12 Feb 17, '04 / 25 Shevat 5764
    Israel Aircraft Industries’ (IAI) Flight Guard anti-missile system for civilian airliners has passed the development stage and is currently being installed on El Al passenger jets according to a report by Globes. El Al purchased the first systems from IAI subsidiary Elta Electronic Industries in recent weeks according to the Globes report and the system is expected to be installed on El Al’s Boeing 767s within two months. The Defense Ministry, which is paying for the purchase of the new systems, has budgeted 6 million shekels for El Al’s initial purchase of the systems. The estimated cost of one system...
  • U.S. will develop antimissile system

    01/06/2004 10:45:21 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, January 7, 2004 | By Audrey Hudson
    <p>Homeland Security officials yesterday announced the development of antimissile technology for commercial aircraft but said it will take $122 million and at least two years to implement.</p> <p>A six-month first phase of the project will determine whether the concept is viable and can protect against the threat of Man-Portable Air Defense Systems, said Charles McQueary, the Homeland Security Department's undersecretary for science and technology.</p>
  • Arrow anti-missile system passes latest test

    12/16/2003 10:00:50 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 165+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 16, 2003 | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN
    Israel successfully tested the Arrow–2 anti-missile missile Tuesday morning, intercepting an incoming rocket at high altitude, the Defense Ministry announced. It was the 11th test of the anti-ballistic missile system. The United States has put up most of the funding for the Arrow program and US officials were on hand for the test. Describing the test launch as "routine," a defense ministry statement said its objectives were to demonstrate the Arrow's systems improved performance against incoming targets at a higher altitude. Launched at the Palmahim Air Force Base south of Tel Aviv at 7:15 am, it shot down a live...
  • British Air Mulls Anti-Missile Systems on Airplanes

    09/05/2003 7:49:10 AM PDT · by bedolido · 3 replies · 231+ views
    Barrons ^ | 09/05/03 | Staff Writer
    LONDON (AP)--British Airways (BAB) is considering fitting its aircraft with anti-missile systems and has contacted Boeing (BA) and Airbus (F.ABI) about adapting the technology to commercial planes, the airline said Friday. "We're currently talking to airline manufacturers to understand the feasibility of deploying anti-missile systems on civilian aircraft," a spokesman for BA said. He said the company had approached Boeing and Airbus on the topic. "There are a number of issues to be resolved, including whether the current technology in use on military aircraft can be adapted to be used on civilian aircraft," the spokesman added. He wouldn't say whether...
  • ASTRONOMY/SPACE ALERT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

    08/14/2003 9:00:48 PM PDT · by WSGilcrest · 1 replies · 340+ views
    http://home.earthlink.net/~kd6nrp ^ | 2003 August 14 (Thursday) 06:02 PDT | Brian Webb
    ASTRONOMY/SPACE ALERT FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Brian Webb Ventura County, California E-mail: kd6nrp@earthlink.net Web Site: http://home.earthlink.net/~kd6nrp Reaching more than 2,200 e-mail addresses worldwide 2003 August 14 (Thursday) 06:02 PDT ---------------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY MISSILE LAUNCH A prototype anti-missile interceptor booster is scheduled for launch this Saturday from Vandenberg AFB. Launch will probably occur at, or shortly, after 11:00 PDT, the start of a 6-hour launch window. This launch was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but it appears to have slipped to Saturday. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- The following is a news media advisory from the Missile Defense Agency. It has been reformatted for publication. MISSILE DEFENSE ROCKET...