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  • Australia to fit warships with anti-missile defence systems

    10/02/2017 8:31:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3 October 2017 | Colin Packham
    SYDNEY, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday nine war ships set for construction in 2020 will be fitted with long-range ­anti-missile defence systems to counter the threat of rogue nations. Australia's proposed frigates will use Aegis combat systems, produced by Lockheed Martin, in conjunction with SAAB Australia technology, Turnbull said. Tensions in the region have spiked considerably in recent months as North Korea conducted a series of tests of its medium- and long-range ballistic missiles, some of which flew over Japan, as well as its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3. Pyongyang, which ultimately...
  • If North Korea Fires an ICBM, the US Might Have to Shoot It Down Over Russia

    09/30/2017 5:31:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Defense One ^ | 2017-09-30
    If North Korea Fires an ICBM, the US Might Have to Shoot It Down Over Russia Missile-defense physics may require interceptors to fly into ‘the teeth of the Russian early warning net.’ If Pyongyang fires a missile at the United States, its most-likely trajectory would take it over the North Pole. A U.S. attempt to shoot down that missile would probably occur within Russian radar space — and possibly over Russia itself. “It’s something we’re aware of,” Gen. Lori Robinson, who leads both U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said Wednesday. “It’s something we...
  • Yes, the U.S. Navy Can Shoot Down North Korean ICBMs: Aegis defense system is already capable.

    09/28/2017 9:35:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/28/2017 | Henry F. Cooper
    Yes, the U.S. Navy Can Shoot Down North Korean ICBMs Its Aegis ballistic-missile defense system is already capable and can be more so with certain upgrades. By Henry F. Cooper — September 28, 2017 North Korea continues to test its nuclear weapons and its means to deliver them, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach America. We clearly need the best ballistic-missile defense (BMD) systems possible. Even with this urgent need, some think we still have time, because they think that North Korea still must develop greater accuracy and the means to reenter the atmosphere before it can threaten...
  • Clinton is convinced Trump campaign colluded with Russia

    09/12/2017 6:43:02 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 61 replies
    NY POST ^ | September 12, 2017 | Mark Moore
    Hillary Clinton said she’s “convinced” that Trump campaign associates cooperated with Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, according to a report. “There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort,” Clinton told USA Today in an interview released late Monday. “Because there’s no doubt in my mind that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win. And there’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the Trump...
  • Royal Navy Complete first firing Test of a New Air Defence System

    09/04/2017 11:00:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    Defense Update ^ | Sep 4, 2017 | Tamir Eshel
    The CAMM missile is seen on its first flight from HMS Argyll. The missile’s clean aerodynamic design provides it with improved performance in the air, while also making it highly compact for installation onboard ship. Photo: MBDA The Sea Ceptor weapon system recently completed its first successfully firings from HMS Argyll. The frigate is one of three Royal Navy Type 23 frigates being modified with the Sea Ceptor system, replacing the older Sea Wolf. The test is a major milestone for the life-extension program of Type 23 frigates. HMS Argyll is the first Type 23 to undergo the life-extension program....
  • Why Didn’t the US Shoot Down That North Korean Missile?

    08/31/2017 8:20:51 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 46 replies
    Defense One ^ | August 29, 2017 | Patrick Tucker
    The military’s record of hitting intermediate-range missiles is less than perfect. That makes the decision to attempt an intercept much harder. This story has been updated to reflect recent developments overnight. North Korea launched another medium-range missile on Monday, this one right over Japan. Despite Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ threats to shoot down missiles aimed at Guam and President Donald Trump’s Pyongyang-aimed bluster, the United States and Japan let it fly. Why? After the test, Trump on Tuesday said that “all options are on the table,” as every president has said for decades. But the Pentagon is still reluctant to...
  • US successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii

    08/30/2017 12:25:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    MSN ^ | 08/30/2017 | Daniella Diaz
    The United States conducted a successful missile defense test that intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile off the coast of Hawaii early Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the US Missile Defense Agency. The Standard Missile-6, built by major US defense contracter Raytheon, intercepted the missile target at sea in its final seconds of flight after being fired from the USS John Paul Jones. The test comes amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the US. Earlier this week, an intermediate-range missile, identified by the North Koreans as a Hwasong-12, was fired over Japan. A US official, however, told CNN...
  • Goodbye, MiG: Boeing, General Dynamics Debut Anti-Aircraft Stryker

    08/09/2017 11:46:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Breaking Defense ^ | August 09, 2017 | SYDNEY J. FREEDBERG JR.
    HUNTSVILLE, ALA.: If you fly Russian MiG fighters, Sukhoi attack jets, or Hind helicopters, your life just got a little harder — and in the event of war, potentially much shorter. At the Space & Missile Defense conference here, General Dynamics rolled out the latest variant of their eight-wheel-drive Stryker armored vehicle, with the troop compartment that’s normally in the back replaced with a Boeing-built anti-aircraft turret. Scroll down for our photos of the vehicle, dubbed the Maneuver SHORAD (Short-Range Air Defense) Launcher, or MSL Stryker. Evolved from the Cold War era Avenger, which mounted Stinger missiles on Humvee, the...
  • U.S. test-launches ICBM off California to show ability to 'defend against attacks'

    08/02/2017 9:06:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 08/02/2017 | Veronica Rocha
    An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Wednesday to test the weapon’s reliability to “defend against attacks on the United States and its allies,” the Air Force said. The Minuteman III missile was fired at 2:10 a.m. from the base northwest of Santa Barbara, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command. The missile, equipped with a single test reentry vehicle, traveled 4,200 miles to a test range near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The strike command said the test was “not a response to recent North Korean actions.” Rather the launch...
  • US successfully conducts THAAD missile defense system test in Alaska

    08/02/2017 9:02:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    112 International ^ | 08/01/2017
    The United States conducted test of THAAD anti-ballistic missile defense unit in Alaska, the NBC television channel said on Sunday referring to military officials, Interfax reports. "The anti-missile defense agency and the 11th anti-aircraft artillery brigade from Fort Bliss (Texas) conducted a successful missile test using the THAAD system," the MDA said in a statement. It is noted that the launch of a ballistic missile was made by one of the US Air Force aircrafts, it was intercepted by the ABM system. At the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the test was called "successful." As reported, South Korea is deploying 4...
  • Thanks, Obama: The U.S. Still Can't Defend Against North Korea Nukes

    07/07/2017 3:51:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 30 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 7/6/2017 | Staff
    Missile Defense: North Korea's successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile has everyone talking about missile defense, and the fact that the U.S. doesn't seem to have one that could stop a madman like Kim Jong-un. You can blame antimissile defense Democrats for this. Shortly after the North Korea test, Politico ran an article pointing out that "the Pentagon and its contractors still haven't figured out how to reliably shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile." The Missile Defense Agency did in late May destroy a mock ICBM launched from the Marshall Islands with an interceptor launched from the Vandenberg Air...
  • MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role

    06/20/2017 12:08:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Janes ^ | 14 June 2017 | Gareth Jennings
    MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role Gareth Jennings 14 June 2017 The United States is looking to field a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) towards the middle of the next decade, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) disclosed on 13 June. In a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website, the MDA Advanced Technology Directorate said it requires a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the payload capacity needed to carry a high-energy laser system payload to high altitudes for Boost Phase Intercept (BPI) of ICBMs in the 2023 timeframe. "The...
  • Missile Defense Needs To Be A Priority

    06/08/2017 4:56:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    I’m old enough to remember Democrats mocking President Ronald Reagan for the idea of a missile defense program. They contemptuously labeled the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) as “Star Wars,” after the popular movie series. It was impossible, they said, and a complete waste of time and money. Thank God they were so wrong.While it’s funny to think of Democrats complaining about wasted money, very few dollars Washington has spent since then have been better used.The threat of terrorism from ISIS, al Qaeda, and other radical Islamic groups to individuals is very real, as we've learned all too often. But behind the...
  • ‘Direct Collision’: U.S. Successfully Destroys a Missile in Flight

    05/31/2017 7:17:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 27 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/30/2017 | Patrick Goodenough
    In a “critical milestone” for the program to provide a missile defense umbrella over the U.S. homeland, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday reported the first successful interception and destruction in flight of a target with ICBM characteristics. A ground-based interceptor launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California collided with and destroyed an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)-class projectile that had been launched from at atoll in the Marshall Islands, more than 4,500 miles away, the MDA reported. Tuesday’s was the 18th text since October 1999, and the tenth to have been declared successful. Three of the eight...
  • Franken: 'Everything points to' collusion with Trump, Russia

    A conversation between two comedians turned serious late Tuesday when U.S. Sen. Al Franken said "everything points to" collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russians. The Minnesota Democrat did not cite any evidence, noting a special counsel has been appointed to lead an FBI probe into the Republican administration's ties to Russia. But Franken shared his "feeling" when pressed by late-night comedy legend David Letterman during joint appearance in New York City.
  • Pentagon Says It has Shot Down Mock Warhead Over the Pacific

    05/30/2017 1:54:25 PM PDT · by DoughtyOne · 108 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 05/30/2017 | FoxNews
    Breaking News Banner Only at the Moment... More will follow as this develops. Full Title: Pentagon Says It has Shot Down Mock Warhead Over the Pacific, in Key Success for U.S. Missile Defense Program
  • U.S. May Not Be Able to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles, Say Experts

    04/19/2017 12:15:37 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 68 replies
    NBC ^ | April 19, 2017 | KEN DILANIAN
    Top generals have been insisting for years that if North Korea launched a missile at the United States, the U.S military would be able to shoot it down. But that is a highly questionable assertion, according to independent scientists and government investigators. In making it, the generals fail to acknowledge huge questions about the effectiveness of the $40 billion missile defense system they rely on to stop a potential nuclear-armed ballistic missile fired by North Korean or Iran, according to a series of outside reviews. "They are leading political leaders to believe that they have a military capability that they...
  • Obama Would've Been 'Impeached!' The View Goes Nuts Over Trump's Syria Strike

    04/07/2017 10:57:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | April 7, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    he View, the show started off with a fiery exchange over the U.S. missile strike in Syria last night. The panel was strictly divided, with conservative hosts Paula Faris and Jedediah Bila fiercely disagreeing with liberal hosts Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin that the missile strike was unconstitutional. Bila began by saying she was “proud” of President Trump for taking action when President Obama did not. Joy Behar took issue with this, saying that Obama tried to take action but couldn’t get congressional approval. Bila shot back quickly, when you’re president, “the buck stops with you.”Sunny Hostin jumped in to...
  • China Warns of Arms Race After U.S. Deploys Missile Defense in South Korea

    03/08/2017 12:30:25 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3/7/17 | Mullany and Buckley
    HONG KONG — The United States said on Tuesday that it had begun deploying an advanced and contentious missile defense system in South Korea, prompting China to warn of a new atomic arms race in a region increasingly on edge over North Korea’s drive to build a nuclear arsenal. The American announcement came a day after the simultaneous launch of four missiles by North Korea into waters off the Japanese coast, which Pyongyang said was a drill for striking American bases in Japan. The feat, footage of which was broadcast on state television, raised concern about the North’s ability to...
  • How the U.S. Navy is Trying to Make China's 'Carrier-Killer' Missiles Obsolete

    12/20/2016 1:55:44 PM PST · by Enchante · 23 replies
    National Interest ^ | December 16, 2016 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully launched a salvo of two Raytheon Standard SM-6 Dual I missiles against a medium-range ballistic missile target earlier this week. USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)—an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer—conducted the test shortly after midnight on Dec. 14 to demonstrate a Sea Based Terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability. "This test demonstrated the capabilities MDA and the Navy are delivering to our fleet commanders," Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the MDA said in a statement. "The SM-6 missile and the Aegis Weapon System continue to prove that they are critical components of...