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  • New Russian ICBM Test Fuels Worries Over Violation of 1987 Missile Treaty

    10/24/2013 7:20:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 24, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Russia’s latest flight of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile this month appears to be another circumvention of a 1987 nuclear missile accord, U.S. officials and private arms specialists said. A test of what the Pentagon calls the SS-25 road-mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) took place Oct. 10 and traveled less than 2,000 miles, indicating it could be a missile banned by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Russia’s military also failed to notify an international group set up in 2002 to prevent missile proliferation called the Hague Code of Conduct about the test. The flight test two weeks ago...
  • The Ultimate North Korean Missile Threat To America: A Nuke Power Grid Attack

    04/15/2013 5:23:37 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 38 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 4/14/2013 | Larry Bell
    It’s way past time for the Obama administration to take North Korean and Iranian nuclear threats seriously. An urgently critical priority must be to counter North Korea’s rapidly-emerging capability to deliver and detonate an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) device in the sky over America which could knock out electronic computer circuits and paralyze virtually all activities over a vast region. Last December they successfully demonstrated its capability to launch a small payload into orbit, meaning that may soon be able to target regions in the U.S. and other distant locations. A devastating nuclear EMP device could be small, and North Korea...
  • PAC-3 deployment completed to intercept N. Korean rocket

    04/05/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    The Mainichi ^ | 3/5/2012 | The Mainichi
    Japan completed on Thursday the deployment of its ground-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptors in Okinawa Prefecture to prepare for North Korea's planned rocket launch sometime next week. With the arrival of the Maritime Self-Defense Force transport ship Kunisaki carrying the PAC-3 at Ishigaki Island, the interceptors are now deployed to four locations in Okinawa that also includes its capital Naha, Miyako and Nanjo. Japan is bracing itself for the rocket launch after North Korea announced last month that it will launch an ''earth observation satellite'' to mark the centennial of its state founder Kim Il Sung's birthday on April 15....
  • North Korea begins fuelling rocket: report

    03/28/2012 10:43:44 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 3/29/2012 | AFP
    North Korea has begun fuelling a rocket for a launch that the West considers a missile test, a Japanese newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a source "close to the government" in Pyongyang. "The launch is coming closer. The possibility is high that the launch date will be set for April 12 or 13," the source said according to the Tokyo Shimbun in a report from Seoul. It cited the source as saying that North Korea had begun injecting liquid fuel into the rocket. The paper also said a diplomatic source had confirmed that North Korea has moved the rocket to...
  • The Weapons of a North Korea–Japan Missile Standoff

    03/28/2012 10:00:55 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 3/26/2012 | By Joe Pappalardo
    In the Pacific, saber rattling is done with missiles. North Korea has announced that it will launch a Taepodong ballistic missile to celebrate the birthday of North Korea's founder, Kim Il Sung, on April 15. The country claims this will be a satellite launch, but most observers agree the test is meant to demonstrate a weapon delivery system. Either way, it violates a fresh agreement that North Korea signed just one month ago pledging not to test long-range missiles. In a notice to the International Maritime Organization, North Korea says the missile stages will splash down near the west coast...
  • US eyes missile-defense shields for Asia, Middle East

    03/26/2012 9:22:08 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies · 57+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/25/2012 | Jerusalem Post/Reuters
    The United States is seeking to build regional shields against ballistic missiles in both Asia and the Middle East akin to an emerging bulwark in Europe, a senior Pentagon official disclosed Monday. The effort may complicate US ties with Russia and China, both of which fear such defenses could harm their security even though the United States says they are designed only to protect against states like Iran and North Korea. The US push for new regional bulwarks includes two sets of trilateral dialogues - one with Japan and Australia and the other with Japan and South Korea, said Madelyn...
  • US warning over North Korea rocket flight path

    03/24/2012 10:23:10 PM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/24/2012 | BBC News
    A US official says a North Korean rocket due to be launched next month may affect an area between Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell is reported to have asked the three countries to condemn the launch. North Korea says the rocket will take a new southern trajectory instead of a previous route east over Japan. Japan is readying anti-missile defences around the southern islands of Okinawa, which could be under the flight path. North Korea says the rocket is intended to put a satellite in space, but the US and others say the...
  • Enhancing NATO’s Missile Defence

    03/14/2012 8:41:30 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 3/14/2012 | Defense Aerospace
    The proliferation of ballistic missiles poses an increasing threat to Allied populations, territory and deployed forces. This is the reason why the Netherlands decided to contribute to NATO’s Missile Defence system. “From intelligence we know that now more than 30 countries have or are acquiring ballistic missiles. They do not pose an immediate threat, but in the long run it could become a threat and in order to be prepared for that, we think it is important that NATO develops ballistic missile defence capability and that the Netherlands participates in contributing to that capability,” says Pieter-Henk Schroor from the Dutch...
  • Arrow Weapon System Intercepts Target During Missile Defense Test

    03/05/2012 12:28:52 AM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 3/4/2012 | US Missile Defense Agency
    The joint U.S.-Israel Arrow Weapon System successfully intercepted a ballistic target missile during a flight test conducted today. This test is part of the Arrow System Improvement Program (ASIP) and was conducted jointly by the Israel Missile Defense Organization and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency at the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division-Pt. Mugu Sea Range. At 10:30 p.m. local time (Pacific Standard Time), the target missile was launched from a Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) off the coast of California, within the Pt. Mugu test range. The target was representative of potential ballistic missile threats facing Israel. The Arrow...
  • Chinese DF-31 ICBMs spotted in central China

    03/04/2012 6:55:17 PM PST · by U-238 · 24 replies · 1+ views
    FAS ^ | 3/3/2012 | Hans M. Kristensen
    Recent satellite images show that China is setting up launch units for its newest road-mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) in central China. Several launchers of the new DF-31/31A appeared at two sites in the eastern part of the Qinghai province in June 2011. This is part of China’s slow modernization of its small (compared with Russia and the United States) nuclear arsenal. An image taken on June 27, 2011 , shows two DF-31/31A launchers on the launch pads of a small launch unit near Haiyan (36°49’37.12″N, 101° 6’22.97″E). One is positioned in a circular pad with support vehicles surrounding it....
  • DoD Responds to Questions on Nuclear Targeting

    03/01/2012 1:37:42 AM PST · by U-238 · 4 replies
    FAS ^ | 2/27/2012 | Steven Aftergood
    Are U.S. nuclear forces on “hair trigger” alert? Not exactly, a Department of Defense official told Congress recently. “Although it is true that portions of the U.S. nuclear triad are capable of rapid execution upon authorization from the President, a robust system of safeguards and procedures is in place to prevent the accidental or unauthorized launch of a U.S. nuclear weapon,” said James N. Miller, Jr., Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, in newly published responses to questions for the record from a May 2011 hearing. Moreover, he added, “The United States continues the practice of open-ocean targeting...
  • Fear grow of Israel-Iran missile shootout

    02/29/2012 10:45:25 PM PST · by U-238 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/29/2012 | Robert Windrem
    With tensions between Israel and Iran running sky high over the latter's nuclear program, U.S. officials and military analysts are growing increasingly concerned that Israel will launch a multi-phase air and missile attack that could trigger waves of retaliatory missile strikes from Tehran. Such a shootout could quickly spiral into a regional conflict that would potentially force the U.S. to intervene to protect its interests. The emerging consensus among current and former U.S. officials and other experts interviewed by NBC News is that that an Israeli attack would be a multi-faceted assault on key Iranian nuclear installations, involving strikes by...
  • 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...
  • Video: A C-5 Galaxy Air Launches an ICBM.

    02/24/2012 5:14:32 PM PST · by U-238 · 67 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 3/1/2012 | Defense tech
    In the 1970s, the Air Force launched a Minuteman ICBM launched from a C-5 Galaxy. Hold on, what!?!? That was my reaction upon learning that the above sentence is true. In 1974, the Air Force decided that it could turn C-5 Galaxy airlifters into flying SSBNs. Yup, Air Force planners thought the missile would be tougher for the Soviets to take out with a preemptive strike if it was already aboard a moving target like a C-5 versus sitting in a stationary missile silo. So, they loaded a Minuteman into a C-5 that parachute-dropped the 60-foot tall missile out of...
  • Israel: Iran will have U.S.-range missile in 2-3 years

    02/22/2012 9:37:21 PM PST · by U-238 · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/21/2012 | Reuters
    Israel believes that within 2-3 years Iran will have intercontinental missiles able to hit the United States, an Israeli minister said in remarks aimed at raising awareness of the threat it believes a nuclear Iran would pose to the world. Analysts now estimate the longest range of an Iranian missile to be about 2,400 km (1,500 miles), capable of reaching Tehran's arch-enemy Israel as well as Europe. But Israel has also been keen to persuade any allies who do not share their view of the risk posed by Iran that an Islamic Republic with atom bombs would also threaten the...
  • Turkey aims to increase ballistic missile ranges

    02/02/2012 8:26:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Hürriyet Daily News, Turkey ^ | February/01/2012 | Ümit Enginsoy
    Turkey aims to increase ballistic missile ranges ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily News Missiles with a range of 2,500 kilometers are a realistic target according to Professor Yücel Altınbaşak, head of Turkey’s State Scientific Research Institute. However, analysts remain uncertain as to Turkey’s capacity or need to achieve this goal Turkey aims to build ballistic missiles with a range of 2,500 kilometers within the next two years, Turkish officials have said, but analysts remain uncertain as to whether the country needs, or can even achieve, such a capability. Professor Yücel Altınbaşak, head of Turkey’s State Scientific Research Institute (TÜBİTAK), recently told...
  • ‘Iran outdoes N. Korea's long-range missile development'

    07/14/2011 9:05:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/15/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    ‘Iran outdoes N. Korea's long-range missile development' By YAAKOV KATZ 15/07/2011 Uzi Rubin says Tehran's new ballistic missile Fateh-110 that has been converted to be used against ships is "a significant breakthrough." Iran has overtaken North Korea in the development of long-range sophisticated missiles, as demonstrated by the recent launch of a number of new missiles during military maneuvers in Iran, Uzi Rubin, the former head of Israel’s Homa Missile Defense Agency, said on Thursday. According to Rubin, during the Great Prophet War Games held earlier this month, Iran displayed a new ballistic missile that has been converted to be...
  • India developing 5,000 km-range Agni missile to be test-fired later this year.

    03/27/2011 1:11:58 AM PDT · by Sancho1984 · 4 replies
    India is developing a 5,000 km-range Agni ballistic missile, Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Friday. “India has reached an appreciable level of competence in missile technologies, with a reach capability of 3,500 kilometres. Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is developing Agni missile with a capacity to reach 5000 kilometres,” he said here. The Defence Minister was addressing a conference of heads of DRDO laboratories. Under its missile development programme, India is developing ballistic missiles with longer ranges and had recently successfully test-fired the 3,500 km-range Agni-III missile from a launch facility. The Agni-series also includes missile variants with...
  • U.S. Military Satellites Achieve 'Holy Grail' of Missile Defense

    03/25/2011 10:15:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/24/2011 | Turner Brinton
    A pair of low Earth-orbiting demonstration satellites built by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems for the first time on March 16 detected and tracked a ballistic missile launch through all phases of flight, a Northrop Grumman official said March 22. So-called birth-to-death tracking of a ballistic missile launch had never been done before from space -- and is the most significant achievement to date for the Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) spacecraft, said Doug Young, Northrop Grumman’s vice president of missile defense and warning programs. “It’s the Holy Grail for missile defense,” Young said during a media briefing here. [Top...
  • India Missile interceptor successfully tested

    03/12/2011 2:32:50 AM PST · by Sancho1984 · 5 replies
    It pulverises ‘enemy' ballistic missile at an altitude of 16 km . In yet another confirmation of its ballistic missile defence capability, India on Sunday fired an interceptor missile, which intercepted an incoming ‘enemy' ballistic missile at an altitude of 16 km and pulverised it in “a direct kill.” While the ‘hostile' missile took off at 9.32 a.m. from a launch complex at the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Orissa, the interceptor blasted off at 9.37 a.m. from the Wheeler Island, off the Orissa coast. The interceptor had a specially designed directional warhead, “which will go towards the target, look...
  • China’s Carrier Killer Ballistic Missiles are Operational

    02/09/2011 9:13:19 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 12/28/2010 | Defense Tech
    It looks like this is the week China’s military rapidly advancing military tech keeps getting the limelight . First, we saw pics of the Asian giant’s new stealth fighter. Now, it looks like China is one step closer to fielding ballistic missiles aimed at holding U.S. forces throughout the Pacific at bay. Adm. Robert Willard, the top U.S. officer in the Pacific said this week that China’s new DF-21D anti-ship balistic missiles, with their 900-mile range, have reached an early operational status. Apparently, the missiles, widely fretted over in Washington as one of the most serious threats to the United...
  • 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...
  • Chinese Succeed With SLBM Launch: The Week Ahead

    02/07/2011 10:14:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 44 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | 2/6/2011 | Colin Clark
    Reports are swirling around that the People’s Liberation Army Navy has successfully tested Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles. If so, this achievement would represent an important advance in China’s strategic capabilities. Norman Polmar, the respected naval and intelligence author. mentioned this at a presentation Wednesday evening while discussing his new book, Project Azorian. Since then, we’ve been trying to get more details. Polmar says in an email that the missile test submarine is a Soviet-built Project 629/Golf diesel-electric submarine. The only public mention of this so far (in English) comes in a South Korean newspaper, the Chosun Ibo. This is what...
  • New control systems for Russian Strategic Missile Forces

    02/03/2011 9:51:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    BNS via Brahmand.com ^ | 1/27/2010 | BNS via Brahmand.com
    Russia is introducing a fourth generation automated control systems for its Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) with triple-redundant communication links, a media report said. Izvestia newspaper quoting SMF Commander Lt. Gen. Sergei Karakayev said, the new automated control systems are based on digital alert transmission systems. "The RSVN is currently introducing fourth generation automated control systems. Each system will have guaranteed triple communications redundancy," he was quoted as saying. The strategic nuclear launch systems are ageing hence the importance of command and control links, he added. The Strategic Missile Forces reportedly have a total of 538 ICBMs, including 306 SS-25 Sickle...
  • N. Korea to develop nuclear-capable ICBMs within decade: Adm. Mullen

    02/03/2011 9:33:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    Yonghap News ^ | 1/27/2011 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    North Korea will likely develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads within the coming decade, the chief U.S. military officer said Thursday. "There's little doubt in my mind, unless North Korea is deterred, that sometime in the next, I'm not sure but, five to 10 years, the provocations ... will continue at a much higher threat level, which could include a nuclear-capable ICBM," Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview with Financial Times, according to a transcript released by the Pentagon. "That's what I believe we're looking at. I can't be...
  • India mulls fresh trial of AAD missile

    01/23/2011 5:46:23 AM PST · by STARSCREAM1987 · 4 replies · 1+ views
    India mulls fresh trial of AAD missile BALASORE: India is contemplating a fresh trial of the advanced air defence (AAD) interceptor missile to strengthen its anti-ballistic missile defence shield. The projectile has reportedly been scheduled to be flight-tested in February second week. Sources said the missile will be launched from the launching complex IV of Wheelers' Island off the Orissa coast. "The interceptor missile was scheduled to be tested in December last year, but the test was postponed. Now, it has again been rescheduled to February 10. The projectile will destroy an incoming missile to prove its effectiveness," said the...
  • Russia launches arms race with new intercontinental ballistic missile

    01/21/2011 9:11:27 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 21 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/21/2011 | By Andrew Osborn
    Russia is developing a replacement for the world's most devastating intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a move that risks reviving a global nuclear arms race. Work on the new missile, which has yet to be given a name, started in Moscow in 2009 and could be wrapped up as early as 2017, the head of the secretive military industrial corporation helping develop it has revealed. In comments to Russian news agency ITAR-TASS that went largely unnoticed, the head of Rosobshemash said the new missile would be capable of overcoming any nuclear missile shield that the Americans or indeed anyone else...
  • South Korea seeks longer-range missiles - report

    01/19/2011 7:57:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 19, 2011 | Jeremy Laurence & Ju-min Park
    South Korea seeks longer-range missiles - report Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:25am GMT SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is seeking clearance from the United States to make its own ballistic missile capable of hitting all of rival North Korea, the South's Yonhap news agency quoted a government official as saying on Wednesday. Seoul wants to a revise a pact it agreed with Washington in 2001 which limits its production of ballistic missiles to a range of up to 300 km and a payload of up to 500 kg, the report said. "South Korea and the U.S. have been engaged in...
  • China has carrier-killer missile, U.S. admiral says

    12/28/2010 3:02:17 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 28, 2010 | Bill Gertz
    China's military is deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, a weapon that specialists say gives Beijing new power-projection capabilities that will affect U.S. support for its Pacific allies. Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, disclosed to a Japanese newspaper on Sunday that the new anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is now in the early stages of deployment after having undergone extensive testing. "An analogy using a Western term would be 'initial operational capability (IOC),' whereby I think China would perceive that it has an operational capability now, but they continue to...
  • Nuclear treaty goes easy on Russia: analysts

    12/27/2010 9:33:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | 12/25/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    The new Russia-US nuclear arms pact may have been hailed as historic but analysts said that all Moscow really has to do is phase out Soviet-era missiles and warheads that are already out of date. The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was ratified by the US Senate on Wednesday after a passionate months-long debate and given initial approval by Russia's State Duma lower house of parliament two days later. It will face two more hearings in Russia and almost certainly come into force within the next few months. The first nuclear pact in two decades has been feted as...
  • 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...
  • Russia to develop new heavy ICBM by 2020

    12/20/2010 9:24:38 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 12/20/2010 | RIA Novosti
    Russia's state arms procurement program through 2020 provides for the development of a new heavy ballistic missile, a leading missile designer said on Monday. The final decision should be made in 2012-13 by the expert community, not solely the Defense Ministry, said Yury Solomonov of the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology (MITT), the developer of the troubled Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile. "This matter is beyond the Defense Ministry's competence. It is a matter of state importance," he said. "Heavy ICBM" refers to a class of missiles with a heavy throw weight between five and nine metric tons and a length...
  • 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...
  • Iran's military looks to the sky as new priority

    12/01/2010 5:51:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Iran's military looks to the sky as new priority (AP) – 7 hours ago DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In military maneuvers and air shows, Iran has been proudly touting advances in its air forces and defenses, including radar systems, anti-aircraft batteries and new attack and reconnaissance drones. It's a sign of a new priority for Iran's military — trying to quickly bolster its ability to patrol its skies in the belief that U.S. or Israeli warplanes or missiles could strike its nuclear facilities. But Iran's highly publicized unveilings of air systems in recent months — including an armed...
  • "Best of the Best" bomber and missile wings earn top honors in competition

    11/19/2010 7:42:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Air Force News ^ | 11/19/2010 | USAF
    Bomber, missile and security forces were recognized for superior technical and weapons system expertise in the following award categories: Fairchild Trophy for Best Bomb Wing: 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, Mo. Blanchard Trophy for Best ICBM Wing: 90th Missile Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. Ellis Giant Sword Trophy for Best Bomber Maintenance: 7th BW, Dyess AFB, Texas Charlie Fire Team Trophy for Best Security Forces: 509th BW Best ICBM Operations Trophy: 90th MW Blackburn Trophy for Best ICBM Maintenance: 90th MW Best Bomber Nuclear Load Team Trophy: 5th BW, Minot AFB, N.D. Best Bomber Munitions Maintenance Trophy: 7th BW Best...
  • 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.
  • U.S. Challenges Iran, Equipping Gulf States with More Ballistic Missiles

    11/11/2010 9:23:28 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Defense Update ^ | 11/11/2010 | Defense Update
    Bahrain and Dubai are expecting to get more MGM-164 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Last week the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the U.S. Congress about the planned sale of 130 ATACMS missiles carrying Unitary Warheads T2K (MGM-164), equipping the two gulf states with medium range ballistic missile capability for the first time. According to the agency, the United Arab Emirates’ Army will get 100 ATACMS missiles while Bahrain buy additional 30. The recent announcement includes only missiles, but no launchers, as both countries already have the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) in service.
  • Chinese Missiles Could Close U.S. Bases in Attack, Report Says

    11/11/2010 5:48:20 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 11/11/2010 | Newsmax.com
    The Chinese military’s nonnuclear missiles have “the capability to attack” and close down five of six major U.S. Air Force bases in South Korea and Japan, an unpublished government report says. China’s improved inventory of short- and medium-range missiles provides a “dramatic increase” in its ability to stifle U.S. military operations in the western Pacific, according to excerpts from the draft of the 2010 annual report that the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission is scheduled to release on Nov. 17. China’s current force “may be sufficient” to destroy runways, parked aircraft, fuel and maintenance facilities at Osan and Kunsan...
  • U.S. Challenges Iran, Equipping Gulf States with More Ballistic Missiles

    11/11/2010 8:05:31 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Defense Update ^ | November 11, 2010 | tamir_eshel
    U.S. Challenges Iran, Equipping Gulf States with More Ballistic Missiles November 11, 2010 tamir_eshel Bahrain and Dubai are expecting to get more MGM-164 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Last week the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the U.S. Congress about the planned sale of 130 ATACMS missiles carrying Unitary Warheads T2K (MGM-164), equipping the two gulf states with medium range ballistic missile capability for the first time. According to the agency, the United Arab Emirates’ Army will get 100 ATACMS missiles while Bahrain buy additional 30. The recent announcement includes only missiles, but no launchers, as...
  • Israel to boost Tel Aviv's missile shield

    11/02/2010 11:27:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    UPI via Space Daily ^ | 11/2/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    Israel's military has begun constructing a third battery of long-range, high-altitude Arrow anti-missile interceptors near Tel Aviv to boost defenses against Iranian ballistic missiles. The planned deployment, and a scramble to develop and install other systems to counter short- and medium-range missiles and rockets, underlines the Jewish state's growing fears that its cities and towns face a missile bombardment of unprecedented scale and ferocity. The existing batteries of Arrow-2 interceptors, jointly produced by state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries and the Boeing Co., are deployed at an air force base in southern Israel and another near the city of Hadera in the...
  • US Investigates Nuclear Missile Incident

    10/28/2010 9:29:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 45 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 10/28/2010 | Voice of America
    The U.S. military is looking into an incident on Saturday in which it lost communications with 50 long-range nuclear-armed missiles based in the northern United States. The U.S. Air Force's new Global Strike Command lost communications with the missiles for about 45 minutes, and says it immediately dispatched troops to inspect the sites. The check determined there was no damage and no evidence of sabotage. A spokesman for the command says investigators believe a faulty circuit board at a control center was to blame. The spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel John Thomas, says experts found that the same type of part failed...
  • Russian military test-fires 3 ballistic missiles

    10/28/2010 9:14:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | 10/28/2010 | AP via Google News
    Russia's military on Thursday successfully test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles in one day during training of its strategic forces. The Defense Ministry said the Bryansk nuclear submarine of the navy's Northern Fleet on Thursday launched a Sineva missile from the Barents Sea at a range on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Another nuclear sub, the Georgy Pobedonosets of the Pacific Fleet, test fired an RSM-50 from the Sea of Okhotsk at a testing range in the northwestern Arkhangelsk region. Both types of missiles have a range of about 8,000 kilometers (5,000 miles), according to Russian media reports. The military also fired a...
  • Airborne laser fails 2nd shootdown test in row

    10/21/2010 10:42:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/2010 | Reuters
    Preliminary indications are that the so-called Airborne Laser Test Bed tracked the target's exhaust plume but did not hand off to a second, "active tracking" system as a prelude to firing the high-powered chemical laser, said Richard Lehner, an MDA spokesman. "The transition didn't happen," he said. "Therefore, the high-energy lasing did not occur." Boeing produces the airframe and is the project's prime contractor, while Northrop Grumman supplies the high-energy laser and Lockheed Martin Corp has been developing the beam- and fire-control systems. Defense Secretary Robert Gates scaled back the program into a research experiment last year. About $4 billion...
  • Google Earth Photos Reveal Syrian Scuds

    10/17/2010 12:47:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies
    Aol.com ^ | 10/12/2010 | Matthew Kalman
    Israeli defense experts were still sounding alarms this week over Google Earth images made public Friday by the Israeli daily Haaretz. The satellite photos, taken March 22, show Scud missiles ready for deployment at a Syrian base at Adra, where earlier reports suggest Syria is training Hezbollah militants in the use of missiles that threaten large parts of Israel. The photos show five 11-meter-long Scuds at the Adra base. Three are on trucks in a car park. Two others are in a training area where 20 to 25 people can be made out along with about 20 vehicles. One of...
  • Iranian Missile Tech Appears in North Korea

    10/16/2010 1:49:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 10/14/2010 | David A. Fulghum and Robert Wall
    The North Korean military parade last weekend does more than give world exposure to the heir apparent to Pyongyang’s leadership. It also revealed a new road-mobile ballistic missile — a variant of the BM-25 Musudan with a projected range of 3,000-4,000 km. (1,900-2,500 mi.). Even more intriguing, North Korea’s weaponry is showing design characteristics associated with the Shahab 3, Iran’s most advanced missile. Such evidence is leading some international analysts to the conclusion that the ballistic missile development ties between the two countries are active and producing improvements in the arsenals of both. While it would seem doubtful that complete...
  • 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...
  • Israel Trains To Live With SCUD

    10/08/2010 10:03:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 10/6/2010 | Strategy Page
    The Israeli Air Force has increased its training of air base personnel to keep bases operating after attacks by ballistic missiles. These warheads will either be filled with high explosives, cluster bombs or chemical weapons. Israelis know what kind of damage this stuff can do, and set up training programs that assume hits in different areas during each training exercise. The air base personnel then go through the procedures they have practiced to deal with each type of hit. Last year, twelve of these drills were held. So far this year, 25 have been conducted. The training exercises also often...
  • Chinese(ABM) missile test

    10/07/2010 10:28:23 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/07/2010 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted a long-range missile flight test that remains shrouded in secrecy. The Sept. 25 test highlights what China military specialists say is the growing threat posed by Beijing's development of long- and short-range ballistic and cruise missiles, and its new missile defense interceptors. A U.S. official confirmed that China's military fired a missile from the Taiyuan missile center, about 320 miles southwest of Beijing, to Korla, a city in western China some 1,800 miles away. Officials declined to provide details, saying the test data are classified. China watchers in Asia and the United States were alerted to the...
  • U.S. Navy Marks 50th Anniversary of First Submerged Launch of Fleet Ballistic Missile Built

    07/20/2010 9:39:48 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Defense Porfessionals ^ | 7/20/2010 | Defense Porfessionals
    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs' first underwater launch of a Fleet Ballistic Missile, which was designed and built by Lockheed Martin The Polaris A1 missile successfully launched from the submerged USS George Washington (SSBN-598), the first ballistic missile submarine, July 20, 1960, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Fla. This successful Navy test proved the capability of launching missiles from the natural protection of the deep sea, securing a strategic advantage to the nation. In 1956, as part of a Navy-industry research and development effort, the first Fleet Ballistic Missile, Polaris A1, became...