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  • Japan Defense Minister Officially Authorizes SDF Forces Shoot Down N. Korean Missile (Breaking)

    04/07/2013 6:59:27 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 127 replies
    Yahoo Japan Headline News (original in Japanese) from Japanese news sources ^ | 7 April 2013 | Yahoo! News Japan (original in Japanese)
    Japan's Defense Minister issued the official military order within the hour or so. It has been stated in news commentary that the North's Musudan intermediate ballistic missile which is an extreme threat to Japan and had been suddenly moved to North Korea's east coast just two days ago for possible launch without warning, without any kind of statement to international space or aviation bodies for a "test launch" of a missile, means that North Korea could launch a sneak missile launch without any warning to the world. So Japan's Defense Minister ordered Japan Self Defense Forces (SDF) into readiness with...
  • Missile unit deployed in Taipei after getting upgraded in US: report

    04/04/2012 9:27:25 PM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies
    The China Post ^ | 3/5/2012 | The China Post
    The first batch of the Patriot Advanced Capability-2 (PAC-2) missile launchers that Taiwan previously sent to the United States for upgrade has been secretly sent back to the country after being upgraded to the more advanced PAC-3 configuration, according to the United Evening News (UEN) report yesterday. The upgraded surface-to-air guided missile defense system is currently being deployed in Taipei's Nangang District (南港區) to meet the air defense need in the capital city, according to the report. The PAC-3 unit will be ready to use when necessary in response the scheduled North Korean rocket launch later this month, a issue...
  • 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...
  • The Weapons of a North KoreaJapan 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...
  • Japan threatens to engage missile defense; shoot down N. Korean missile in Mid-April

    03/16/2012 10:25:50 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 63 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Japan News (in Japanese) rush, w/out transation ^ | 17 March 2012 | Yomiuiri Shimbun via Yahoo!Japan
    Rush-- w/out translation. Japan is threatening North Korea with deploying and activating its own Missile Defense (MD) system, and shooting down the North Korean ICBM test launched scheduled from between 12 April and 16 April, a move stunningly announced by Pyongyang news sources yesterday and creating considerable tension in Northeast Asia suddenly.No time to do an English translation now but am linking the breaking Japan story in Japanese. Will synopsize later, but wanted to get the thread and linked article up ASAP.
  • PRC missile could render PAC-3s obsolete

    03/17/2011 9:01:40 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Taipei Times ^ | Fri, Mar 18, 2011 | J. Michael Cole
    PRC missile could render PAC-3s obsolete NO DEFENSE?:The faster re-entry of a longer-range missile would greatly reduce the effectiveness of PAC-3 missile interceptors acquired from the US, analysts said By J. Michael Cole / Staff Reporter Fri, Mar 18, 2011 - Page 1 A new longer-range ballistic missile allegedly deployed by China and the introduction of multiple warhead capabilities could render obsolete Taiwan’s most advanced missile interceptors, analysts said yesterday. National Security Bureau (NSB) Director Tsai Der-sheng (蔡得勝) told the legislature on Wednesday that China had recently begun deploying Dong Feng-16 (DF-16) ballistic missiles with a range of between 800km...
  • Japanese Troops Successful in Patriot Test Firings

    The Japanese Air Self Defense Forces (JASDF) successfully concluded its annual training exercise at Fort Bliss, Texas. The exercise included target engagement and successful test firings of the Patriot Air and Missile Defense System in tactical mission configurations. Raytheon Company provided operational support for JASDF's Annual Service Practice (ASP). "It's a great team effort by JASDF, Mitsubishi Heavy Industry (MHI) and Raytheon, focused on mission success," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Patriot Programs at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). "The success of this year's exercise speaks volumes to the results this team delivers." Patriot fire unit crews operating Raytheon's...
  • Aerojet Solid Rocket Motor Propels Successful PAC-3 MSE Flight Test Intercept

    04/14/2010 11:17:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 452+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 4/14/2010 | Defense Professionals
    Aerojet, a GenCorp company, announced today that it provided the advanced Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) propulsion that propelled Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control's (LMMFC) successful PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Guided Test Flight 1B (GTF-1B). This mission was the first successful guided flight test for the MSE interceptor where a target simulating a tactical ballistic missile was intercepted in the MSE extended battlespace. The PAC-3 MSE spiral development program is being managed by the U.S. Army's Lower Tier Project Office (LTPO) in Huntsville, Ala. The program is significantly expanding the capability of the already battle-proven...
  • F-15s May Air Launch PAC-3s

    04/12/2010 5:59:11 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 444+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/17/2007 | Martin Sieff
    Lockheed Martin has won a contract from the U.S. Missile Defense Agency to explore firing Patriot Advanced Capability-3 anti-ballistic missiles from airplanes. The company said the tests would initially focus on using the Boeing McDonnell-Douglas F-15 Eagle as the launch platform for the PAC-3s. Although the initial $ 3 million funding for the research program is small by the expensive R and D budgets of the BMD programs, its implications could be far reaching. The program is known as the Air-Launched Hit-to-Kill, or ALHTK, initiative. If successful, the program would eventually see U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft equipped with PAC-3s...
  • The Role of U.S. Arms Sales in Taiwan's Defense Transformation

    03/06/2010 12:56:27 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 284+ views
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 03/05/2010 | Michael S. Chase
    On January 29, 2010, the U.S. Department of Defenses Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the approval of a major, long-awaited arms sales package for Taiwan. The $6.4 billion deal includes Patriot advanced capability (PAC-3) missiles along with radar sets and related equipment, UH-60M Blackhawk helicopters, Osprey class mine hunting ships, Multifunction Information Distribution Systems terminals, and Harpoon telemetry missiles. China quickly expressed its indignation and blasted the decision as interference in its internal affairs. Beijing also retaliated by suspending some U.S.-China military-to-military exchanges, a move that was widely expected. This time, however, China reacted more assertively than it has...
  • No change in policy on arms sales: US

    03/05/2010 10:55:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 238+ views
    Taipei Times ^ | 3/06/2010 | William Lowther
    The US and China completed a series of top-level talks on arms sales to Taiwan, with Washington refusing to give Beijing any assurances that the sales would be stopped or curtailed, a US official said on Thursday. The US responded to PRC [Peoples Republic of China] concerns over Taiwan by reiterating that it has followed a consistent approach, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said. Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and Senior Director for Asian Affairs Jeff Bader conducted the talks this week in Beijing. They are now in Tokyo meeting senior Japanese government officials. In Beijing they met Chinese...
  • Missiles For The Masses

    03/03/2010 10:22:36 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 268+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 03/03/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Army is becoming a major buyer, and user, of guided missiles. In the next year, the army will spend nearly $2 billion on development and procurement of missile systems. Most of this is for missile systems that are not needed right now, but would be if the right foe were encountered. For example, $480 million is being spent on Patriot Pac 3 anti-missile missiles. The $3.3 million PAC 3 missile is smaller than the cheaper anti-aircraft version (PAC 2), thus a Patriot launcher can hold sixteen PAC 3 missiles, versus four PAC 2s. A PAC 2 missile weighs...
  • Poland approves revised US missile shield agreement

    03/02/2010 10:36:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 221+ views
    Space Daily ^ | 3/02/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    Poland on Tuesday agreed to a new version of a deal on stationing an American missile shield, a government statement said, adding it would be aimed essentially at potential threats from Iran. Warsaw "accepts signing a protocol modifying the accord signed by the Polish and American governments on the installation on our territory of anti-ballistic missile interceptors concluded in Warsaw on August 20, 2008," it said. In September, US President Barack Obama shelved a plan by his predecessor George W. Bush to deploy a missile shield in Poland and a radar base in the Czech Republic by 2013 that Russia...
  • Poland to receive first US missiles in April

    02/27/2010 7:26:00 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 329+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/27/2010 | AFP
    The first batch of United States Patriot missiles will be deployed in Poland in April, defence ministry spokesman Janusz Sejmej said Saturday, AFP reported. US troops tasked with operating the missiles will arrive at the same time, the PAP news agency quoted Sejmej as saying. The surface-to-air missiles are to be deployed in northern Poland some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Poland's Defence Minister Bogdan Klich said last month that the choice of the site close to Kaliningrad had "no political or strategic meaning -- its good infrastructure is the only reason." Polish President Lech...
  • U.S. patriot missiles in Poland early April: report

    02/21/2010 5:01:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 239+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/21/2010 | Reuters
    Poland is set to host a battery of U.S. Patriot missiles and the American troops to man it from the start of April, PAP news agency said Sunday. The Defense Ministry expects the first stage of the stationing of a Patriot air-defense battery and a 100-man service team to get under way in the (northern) town of Morag at the turn of April," the agency said. The Patriots are part of a Polish-U.S. agreement signed last December to upgrade the NATO member's air defenses, following Washington's decision last September to scrap a Bush-era Missile Shield incorporating installations in Poland and...
  • More Upgrades For Patriot Tactical Missile Defense System

    02/06/2010 10:12:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 204+ views
    Space War ^ | 02/05/2010 | SPX Via Space War
    Raytheon has been awarded a $58.2 million contract for Patriot Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical, or GEM-T, missiles. The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (AAMCOM), Redstone Arsenal, Ala., issued the contract to upgrade 124 Patriot Advanced Capability-2 missiles to the configuration. This is a follow-on contract issued as part of AAMCOM's Patriot missile continuous technology refreshment program initiated in 2000. "Patriot is combat proven and trusted by 12 nations around the globe, and the continuing upgrades speak to the critical role Patriot plays in those countries' air and missile defense capabilities," said Sanjay Kapoor, vice president for Patriot Programs at Raytheon...
  • US and Poland agree on location of new site for Patriot air-defence systems

    02/05/2010 1:15:55 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 161+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 02/05/2010 | Defense Professionals
    As Polish and American parties have agreed the site for the stationing Patriot missiles in Poland will be Morag in the northeast of the country near the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. As the Minister of National Defence Bogdan Klich said practical reasons stay behind the choice of the site for the temporary stationing of U.S. air defence batteries The location of Warmia-Mazury province was determined by good logistic and lodging conditions, Klich explained. In Morag currently station units of 20th Mechanized Brigade. The location of missile bases in Morag will not require significant investment that would have to be made...
  • Aims and Motives of China's Recent Missile Defense Test

    01/22/2010 9:13:16 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 267+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | 1/21/2010 | Russell Hsiao
    The U.S. government announced on January 6 that it awarded the defense manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, a contract to build the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles for Taiwan. The agreement is part of an arms package that the United States agreed to sell to Taiwan in 2008 (eTaiwan news, January 7). The Indian government also recently declared that it was expanding its anti-ballistic missile system to include an anti-satellite program (ASM) (Space News, January 4). Following these announcements the People's Republic of China (PRC) announced on January 11 that it had successfully tested a "ground-based, midcourse missile interception technology." The Chinese...
  • US to deploy defensive missiles on Russia's doorstep

    01/21/2010 12:41:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 26 replies · 830+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/20/2010 | AFP via Space War
    The United States will deploy Patriot-type surface-to-air missiles in northern Poland some 60 kilometres (35 miles) from Russia's Kaliningrad territory, Poland's defence minister said Wednesday. "Morag was chosen as the location long ago, but we didn't make it public," Bogdan Klich said, quoted by Poland's PAP news agency. He insisted the choice of the site close to Kaliningrad had "no political or strategic meaning -- its good infrastructure is the only reason." Home to a Polish military base, Morag could see the Patriot missiles arrive as soon as late March or early April, Klich said. On December 11, Poland and...
  • Kuwait Air Defense Forces Conduct Patriot Test Firings

    01/21/2010 12:36:34 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 221+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/21/2010 | Staff Writers
    The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles. The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defense and Land Forces elements during a joint exercise. The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and maintained by Kuwait Air Defense brigade troops. The Patriot system successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both configurations emulating...
  • Taiwan defends US missile deal

    01/13/2010 10:26:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 152+ views
    Space War ^ | 01/13/2010 | AFP-Via Space War
    Taiwan Wednesday defended its latest procurement of US weapons, saying the missiles would give the island more confidence in pushing for rapprochement talks with China. The Mainland Affairs Council, the island's decision-making body on its policy with China, also called on Beijing to dismantle the more than 1,000 missiles aimed at the island. "The arms build-up is necessary for our national defence," the council said in a statement. "Furthermore, it would make Taiwan have more confidence in pursuing negotiations and exchanges with the Chinese mainland." The council was reacting to remarks earlier in the day by a Taiwan affairs official...
  • Kuwait Air Defense Forces Conduct Successful Patriot Test Firings

    01/11/2010 10:34:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 01/11/2010 | Defense Professionals
    The Kuwait Air Defense Forces successfully test fired Raytheon Company's Patriot Air and Missile Defense System against tactical ballistic missiles. The test firings were held last month at the Udairi Range in Kuwait in conjunction with other Kuwait Air Defense and Land Forces elements during a joint exercise. The test firings used a Kuwait Patriot Configuration-2 Plus fire unit with Guidance Enhanced Missiles as the interceptors, which are operated and maintained by Kuwait Air Defense brigade troops. The Patriot system successfully engaged and destroyed two Patriot-as-a-Target missiles, as well as three foreign Multiple Launch Rocket System-type targets, both configurations emulating...
  • More Patriots

    01/10/2010 6:55:52 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 372+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 01/10/2010 | The Strategy Page
    The U.S. Department of Defense has purchased 253 Patriot anti-aircraft and anti-missile missiles. The U.S. Army has ten Patriot anti-aircraft missile battalions. Each Patriot battalion has 12-24 launchers (3-6 batteries). Each battery is manned by about a hundred troops, and contains a radar, plus four launchers. A battery can fire two types of Patriot missile. The $3.3 million PAC 3 missile is smaller than the cheaper anti-aircraft version (PAC 2), thus a Patriot launcher can hold sixteen PAC 3 missiles, versus four PAC 2s. A PAC 2 missile weighs about a ton, a PAC 3 weighs about a third of...
  • Pentagon gives OK for Taiwan missile deal: official

    01/07/2010 1:52:29 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 437+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 01/07/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    The US Defense Department has approved the sale of upgraded missile equipment to Taiwan, a Taipei-based US official said Thursday, risking the ire of the island's rival China. The sale of the Patriot missile equipment is part of a package passed by the US Congress more than a year ago, said a spokesman with the American Institute in Taiwan, the US de facto embassy in the absence of formal ties. "The US Defense Department awarded Lockheed Martin Corp the contract to provide Patriot missile defence systems to Taiwan as part of a big arms deal approved by Congress in 2008,"...
  • China warns US on Taiwan arms sales

    01/05/2010 8:41:58 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 375+ views
    Space War ^ | 1/05/2010 | AFP via Space War
    China on Tuesday again warned the United States against selling arms to Taiwan, amid media speculation that Washington could soon act on the island's request for new weapons. "We firmly oppose the US selling arms to Taiwan," foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told reporters at a regular briefing, saying Beijing has had "serious consultations" with Washington on the issue. "We urge the US to recognise the gravity of selling arms to Taiwan... cancel any plans to sell arms to Taiwan and stop selling arms to Taiwan so as not to damage China-US relations." Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, despite warming ties...
  • Raytheon wins $1.1B missile deal

    01/03/2010 3:23:25 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 47 replies · 1,186+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/29/2009 | Staff Writers Via UPI
    Raytheon, the world's largest missile maker, has won a $1.1 billion order from Taiwan for new Patriot missile systems. The order covers an initial ground-system hardware contract valued at $965.6 million and a $134 million contract for spares. The order, according to a statement by Raytheon, will include advances in technology, improved man-machine interface and reduced lifecycle costs. The deal has been in the making since October 2008 when the U.S. Defense Department proposed a $6.46 billion arms sale package to Taiwan, including the most advanced Patriot anti-missile system. Raytheon said the new Patriot fire units will be produced in...
  • Critical Global BMD Milestones In 2009

    12/21/2009 9:19:37 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 401+ views
    Space War ^ | 12/22/2009 | SPX Via Space War
    Lockheed Martin missile defense systems achieved several key milestones in 2009, including five successful intercepts and numerous other major accomplishments, further solidifying Lockheed Martin as a world leader in air and missile defense. With 20 successful Aegis BMD intercepts, six successful Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) intercepts and 26 successful Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile intercepts since the inception of those programs, Lockheed Martin continues to build on its unmatched legacy as the pioneer of hit-to-kill technologies. "Lockheed Martin is proud to continue to lead ballistic missile defense efforts for the United States and allied nations," said John Holly,...
  • Obama eyes arms sales to Taiwan, official says

    12/10/2009 1:28:43 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 382+ views
    The Star Online ^ | 12/10/2009 | Jim Wolf
    The Obama administration is moving toward possible new arms sales to Taiwan, including design work on diesel-electric submarines, a U.S. State Department official told Reuters on Wednesday. China strongly opposes arms sales to Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a renegade province, as interference in its domestic affairs. New submarines could help challenge any Chinese seaborne assault on the self-governing island, which Beijing reserves the right to take by force. Also progressing toward notification to the U.S. Congress is the sale to Taiwan of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, said Robert Kovac, acting deputy assistant secretary of state for defense trade. In...
  • US may leave missile defense systems in Israel

    10/10/2009 12:26:21 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 1,148+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/07/2009 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel and the US are in talks regarding the possibility that America will leave several Patriot 3 missile defense systems behind, following a joint missile defense exercise that will begin next week, defense officials said Monday. The Juniper Cobra exercise will begin next week in southern Israel, where US and Israeli forces will run simulations on various threat scenarios involving missile attacks against Israel. Ahead of the exercise, some 15 US Navy ships have arrived in Israel, in addition to about a dozen transport planes that brought equipment to air force bases in the Negev. This year's drill is being...
  • To Hell With 'Howevers,' Fund SDI

    12/08/2008 5:08:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 625+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 8, 2008
    Defense: A ballistic missile launched from Alaska is shot down by an interceptor launched from California. With threats from North Korea to Iran, it's time to ignore the skeptics and fully fund missile defense.It was the most realistic and most successful missile defense test ever in a Strategic Defense Initiative that could one day save an American city from a rogue missile strike. Yet the "yeah, but" media greeted this triumph with claims the concept is still unproven. It was as if the Wright brothers had announced man's first flight, only to be greeted with cries that they hadn't built...
  • JAPAN NOW ON STRICT ALERT (Story: 6:11 a.m. Eastern Friday)

    04/03/2009 4:09:41 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 17 replies · 1,889+ views
    Jiji News Press ^ | 3 April 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Announced by Government of Japan, and press story out within the last hour. Link to Japanese HERE.This is probably pretty standard, more or less expected, and of course prudent. Japan National Security Council told to be ready from tomorrow morning for the provocation and to stay ready in Tokyo.Prime Minister Aso gave the word to Chief Cabinet Secretariat Kawamura on returning from UK/G-20 earlier today. Stated to the Prefectures of Akita and Iwate--in Northern Japan--to be particularly alert but calm and ready for anything. Final quote was "chances of missile coming down toward Japanese soil are small, but if it...
  • Metropolitan TOKYO Government Convenes "Crisis Management" Committee Full Meeting (NK Missiles)

    03/30/2009 5:47:22 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 22 replies · 1,668+ views
    AmericanInTokyo w/ local news sources (NNN, etc) ^ | 30 March 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    From earlier today, our time:And, if you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot one of a number of Japan Self Defense manned PAC-3 Patriot missile batteries out in the open in downtown Tokyo these days.
  • Japan Prepares for North Korea Missile Launch (Deployment Photos)

    03/28/2009 4:05:07 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 25 replies · 2,247+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 28 March 2009 | Yumiko Ono
    TOKYO -- Japan's move Friday to deploy missile interceptors is the boldest challenge North Korea faces so far to its plan to launch a rocket in the next few days. Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said he ordered the deployment of missile interceptors to Japan's northern coast to prepare to shoot down the rocket and any debris that could fall on Japanese territory. It was the first such order Japan had issued, a ministry spokesman said.
  • Japan plans to speed up anti-missile system

    10/26/2006 6:40:20 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 13 replies · 474+ views
    Financial Times ^ | October 26, 2006 | Michiyo Nakamoto
    Japan plans to speed up anti-missile system Financial Times 10/26/2006 , Author: Michiyo Nakamoto Japan will bring forward its programme for setting up a missile defence system following heightened tensions in the region caused by North Korea's nuclear test, the Japanese defence minister said yesterday. "Japan does not have the power to defend itself against a missile attack," Fumio Kyuma, the new head of Japan's Defence Agency, said yesterday. "We should try to bring forward the timing (of missile defence deployment)," he said. Mr Kyuma also said the JDA could be upgraded to a ministry as early as January, highlighting...
  • Veniamin Yefremov: Russian weapons designer who outwitted the Pentagon

    10/06/2006 6:27:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 2,026+ views
    Ria Novosti,Russia ^ | 03/ 10/ 2006 | Viktor Litovkin
    Yefremov: the weapons designer who outwitted the Pentagon 21:41 | 03/ 10/ 2006 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti military commentator Viktor Litovkin) - The late Veniamin Yefremov, general designer of the Almaz-Antei Air Defense Concern, developed a number of unique weapons systems that the United States, the United Kingdom and France still lack. Yefremov's trick The two-volume Large Encyclopedic Dictionary offers a brief five-line entry on Yefremov, who is referred to as a Soviet scientist in the sphere of automation, a member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences since 1984 and Hero of Socialist Labor since 1976. According to the Dictionary, Yefremov...
  • Iran, N.Korea spur PAC-3 missile demand - Lockheed

    08/23/2006 11:07:01 PM PDT · by DTAD · 3 replies · 355+ views
    WASHINGTON: Fears of North Korea and Iran seem to be spurring broad interest in Patriot PAC-3 missile upgrades, an executive of Lockheed Martin Corp., the prime contractor, said on Wednesday. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile is described by the company as the world's top defense against tactical ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear, chemical or germ weapons as well as cruise missiles and aircraft.
  • US to double anti-missile ships in Pacific

    08/18/2006 11:42:20 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 16 replies · 2,015+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 17, 2006 | Jim Wolf
    US to double anti-missile ships in Pacific Reuters News, Wed Aug 16, 2006 By Jim Wolf HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (Reuters) - The United States, concerned about North Korea, will double to six by the end of the year the number of its ships in the Pacific capable of shooting down enemy ballistic missiles, the head of the Pentagon missile-defense project involved said on Wednesday. "I think it gives the nation more options," Rear Adm. Alan Hicks, program manager for Aegis ballistic missile defense, told reporters here after speaking to a conference on the fledgling U.S. shield. In coming years, a growing...
  • DoD Finds Cruise Missile Defense 'Gaps'

    08/18/2006 10:59:50 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 21 replies · 1,570+ views
    Inside Defense ^ | August 17, 2006 | John Liang
    DoD Finds Cruise Missile Defense 'Gaps' InsideDefense.com NewsStand | John Liang | August 17, 2006 A Pentagon assessment of the U.S. capability to defend the homeland against incoming enemy cruise missiles has found what it calls capability gaps that may not be solved until 2015. As a result, the Air Force's directorate of operational capability requirements is leading a Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System study to determine the best approaches for mitigating high-risk joint gaps in the [Homeland Air and Cruise Missile Defense of North America] mission area, according to an Aug. 9 request for information posted on Federal...
  • Report: Japan to get U.S. PAC-3 missiles

    06/25/2006 6:31:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 606+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/25/06 | AP - Tokyo
    TOKYO - The United States plans to deploy Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missiles in southern Japan by the end of the year, a local newspaper reported Monday. The PAC-3 is designed to intercept and destroy incoming missiles and aircraft. The report comes as the U.S. and Japan are deeply concerned about signs North Korea may be preparing for an imminent test-launch of a Taepodong-2 ballistic missile. The U.S. government notified Japan earlier this month that it will deploy PAC-3 missiles at its Kadena Air Base or its ammunition storage area on the southern island of Okinawa, Japan's largest newspaper, Yomiuri...
  • Taiwan's mega arms package may finally win approval after budget trimmed

    08/24/2005 5:56:41 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 5 replies · 637+ views
    AFP ^ | August 24, 2005
    TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's plan for a huge US arms purchase may finally win parliamentary approval after the military agreed to trim its cost by more than four billion dollars, officials said. The cabinet withdrew from parliament a bill calling for the purchase of 480 billion Taiwan dollars (15 billion US) worth of weaponry from the United States over a 15-year period, in what was seen as a concession to the opposition. The defense ministry said it would submit a new version of the bill to cabinet next week before it goes to parliament. Eight conventional submarines and a fleet...
  • US has sealed deal on Japan's licensed production of PAC-3 missiles: report

    07/17/2005 2:43:12 PM PDT · by Righty_McRight · 5 replies · 452+ views
    AFP ^ | July 16, 2005
    TOKYO (AFP) - The United States has concluded a deal to allow Japan's licensed production of US-developed surface-to-air missiles which will constitute the core of a joint missile defense system, a report said. The two governments sealed a memorandum of understanding in March on the licensed production of Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) interceptor missiles, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported in its evening edition. US Lockheed Martin Corp. is expected to sign a contract within the current fiscal year which ends in March 2006 to license Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. with PAC-3 production, the influential daily said. Officials were not...
  • US indicates interest for ties with India in advanced weaponry

    06/26/2005 7:00:54 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 8 replies · 471+ views
    India-Defence.com ^ | June 26, 2005 | PTI
    New Delhi, June 26 (PTI) Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington, the US has indicated its interest for cooperation with India in advanced weaponry and missile defence. This was reinforced during talks visiting US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns had with Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and senior officials here this week. Bilateral security cooperation is expected to be one of the key areas for discussions Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee will have with his American counterpart Donald Rumsfeld during his ongoing visit to the US. He is also meeting Vice President Dick Cheney and...
  • Panic Grips Pakistani Generals as US Proposes Patriot Missiles to India

    02/20/2005 7:23:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies · 856+ views
    South Asia Tribune ^ | 20/2/05 | Syed Saleem Shahzad
    Panic Grips Pakistani Generals as US Agrees to Sell Patriot Missiles to India By Syed Saleem Shahzad Special to the South Asia Tribune KARACHI, February 20: Panic has almost broken out in the Strategic and Planning Division of Pakistan Armys General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi as in the next 24 hours a top level team of US technical experts will land in New Delhi to brief Indian defence experts on US Patriot Advanced Capability-2 Anti-Ballistic Missile System which could shoot down any of the Pakistani nuclear missiles. New Delhi made its first request to the US for this defence system...
  • Saudi Arabia and Kuwait may buy (PAC-3)missiles from Lockheed

    02/16/2005 1:03:42 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 572+ views
    Gulfnews ^ | 16/2/05 | Stanley Carvalho
    Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to buy missiles from Lockheed By Stanley Carvalho, Staff Reporter Abu Dhabi: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are likely to upgrade their missile system to the battle-proven PAC-3 missile from Lockheed Martin, company officials said yesterday. "Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are very interested in the PAC-3 missiles. We have briefed both countries," said Dennis Cavin, vice-president of International Air and Missile Defence Strategic Initiative for, Lockheed Martin. "Both countries are looking at upgrading their Patriot missiles but no decisions have been made," he said. The UAE is also seriously evaluating different missile systems including the Lockheed Martin...
  • PAC-3 Missile Program Advances On Separate Fronts, Officials Say

    11/20/2004 6:50:15 AM PST · by Paul Ross · 3 replies · 618+ views
    Aviation Week & Space Technology ^ | 11/19/04 | Marc Selinger
    PAC-3 Missile Program Advances On Separate Fronts, Officials Say By Marc Selinger 11/19/2004 08:55:36 AM The U.S. Army's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missile program has achieved significant progress on two key fronts, Army officials said Nov. 18.The Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE), which aims to make several improvements to the PAC-3 missile, successfully completed its preliminary design review (PDR) the week of Nov. 8-12, said Col. John Vaughn, the Army's lower-tier air and missile defense project manager. There were "no major issues" during the PDR, which will be followed by one more review, the critical design review, in late summer...
  • Taiwan Intends To Build Asia's Largest (Patriot) Missile Base: Report

    11/10/2004 11:26:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 861+ views
    Taiwan Intends To Build Asia's Largest Missile Base: Report by Xinhua News Agency Beijing (XNA) Nov 09, 2004 'A large bunker project is being constructed at the Jiupeng missile test-launch ground by the Zhongshan Scientific Research Institute, under Taiwan's "Defense Ministry", and upon completion next year, will be used to deploy a "Patriot III" missile system purchased from the United States', Taiwan newspapers reported October 27. Jiupeng base, located in Pingdong Province, has been a key site for missile research and testing for the Taiwan army, known also as the "Space Center Houston" of Taiwan. It has drawn wide attention...
  • Star Wars II - U.S. ready to activate 1st phase of anti-missile program

    02/22/2004 11:51:06 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies · 978+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | Feb 22, 2004 | Dave Montgomery, Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON - In his office near the Pentagon, Lt. Gen. Ronald Kadish oversees a vast universe, encompassing thousands of scientists, defense contractors and sinister-sounding technologies such as hit-to-kill and High Altitude Area Defense. After years of top-secret research and billions of dollars in expenditures, the first phase of a national missile defense system is about to be deployed under Kadish's command, even as debate rages over the necessity, cost and effectiveness of the program. In the fall, 10 interceptor rockets based at Fort Greely in Alaska and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are scheduled to be activated. From there,...