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  • Russia activates missile early warning radar system

    11/29/2011 9:27:10 AM PST · by Cardhu · 22 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | November 29th 2011 | Staff
    Russia has turned on a new incoming missile early warning system in its westernmost region in response to US plans for a missile shield in Europe. President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the system to be activated on a visit to the radar unit in Kaliningrad, a Baltic region bordering EU countries. The unit is equipped with the new Voronezh-DM radar system. Mr Medvedev has warned Russian missiles could be deployed on the EU's borders if the shield is installed. Washington wants an anti-missile shield ready by 2020, arguing that it is necessary to provide protection from the potential missile threat posed...
  • 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...
  • Air Force Eyes Next Space Experiments

    02/09/2011 9:45:44 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 2/9/2011 | Graham Warwick
    The US Air Force Research Laboratory has picked the candidates for its next major spaceflight experiment. And the nominees are...AMWSE, the Advanced Missile Warning Sensors Experiment; and AXOIM, the Advanced Experiment in Orbital Manipulation. AFRL plans to solicit proposals for AMWSE and AXIOM via a broad area announcement to be released in three to six months, and to select one or both concepts to be built and flown. AMWSE will characterize space-based missile warning sensor technologies. AXOIM will demonstrate new uses for advanced solar arrays combined with Hall Effect electric thrusters. The baseline for AXOIM is a single lightweight, high-power...
  • Japan seeks US approval for E-767 AWACS upgrade

    12/01/2010 8:17:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 12/1/2010 | Greg Waldron
    Japan has requested US government approval for the installation and checkout of four kits to upgrade the radars on its Boeing E-767 airborne warning and control system aircraft. Tokyo has already procured four radar systems improvement programme (RSIP) kits, says the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The estimated cost of the installation and checkout work of the kits is $119 million, which includes transport of the aircraft to and from Japan, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, documentation and personnel, it says. The prime contractor for the deal will be Boeing. Japan operates four E-767s, which are essentially...
  • BAE Systems to Provide Laser Warning Sensors to Protect U.S. Military Aircraft

    12/01/2010 7:14:11 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 12/01/2010 | Marketwatch
    Systems will provide laser warning sensor sets to protect U.S. military aircraft under a $17.7 million contract by Alliant Techsystems. The contract provides components for the AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System, part of the ongoing U.S. Navy road-map of airborne protection and system improvements for U.S. Navy, Air Force, Army and foreign allied fleets. The laser detection sensors provide critical warning systems for hostile threats. "With more than 16,000 systems delivered to date, this award continues our support to Alliant Techsystems and the Navy team," said David Millspaugh, director of Product Support for Soldier & Vehicle Solutions in Austin, Texas....
  • DSP Satellite System Celebrates 40 Years

    11/18/2010 9:30:02 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    SPX via Space War ^ | 11/11/2010 | Capt. Chris Castle
    Tomorrow the 460th Space Wing at Buckley Air Force Base will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first launch of the Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite. It was the beginnings of a satellite constellation that has been providing space-based infrared missile warning to our nation's leaders for four decades. On, Nov. 6, 1970 the launch of the maiden DSP spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Fla. was accomplished. During the last several decades, a dedicated team of scientists, engineers, acquisition specialists, civilian contractors and space professionals has ensured that the DSP system performed better than advertised and lasted much longer than designed....
  • Report: Iran gives Syria new radar

    07/01/2010 1:00:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/01/2010 | Jpost.com 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...
  • Australia prepares for first Wedgetail inspection

    05/31/2010 5:15:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 420+ views
    FlightGlobal ^ | 5/27/2010 | Stephen Trimble
    A Boeing 737 Wedgetail will enter heavy maintenance for the first time in July, six months before the Royal Australian Air Force will receive its first example with full capability. Boeing delivered the service's first of six Wedgetail airborne early warning and control system aircraft in 2003, but the programme fell three years behind schedule because of problems with structural modifications and radar performance. Last November the RAAF accepted the first two Wedgetails with limited capability. Another aircraft will be delivered with full capability by the end of the year, with the remainder scheduled to follow in 2011. Meanwhile, the...
  • STSS Satellites Successfully Launched

    09/30/2009 11:08:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 729+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/01/2009 | Staff Writers
    A critical space-based capability was added to America's ballistic missile defenses Sept. 25 when two U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Space Tracking and Surveillance System (STSS) Demonstrator satellites built by Northrop Grumman were launched aboard a Delta II rocket. "This demonstration will show the inherent advantages space sensors bring to persistent missile tracking and engagement," said Gabe Watson, vice president and STSS program manager for Northrop Grumman's Aerospace Systems sector. "Space-based sensors will augment existing radar to enable missile tracking through all phases of flight from boost through intercept." The United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, with the tandem-stacked STSS...