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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Iran says it shot down reconnaissance drone as officials unveil updated missile

Iran says it shot down reconnaissance drone as officials unveil updated missile

"...the unmanned aircraft was shot down in recent days after it “confronted” the air defense missile system. He did not say which country the drone belonged to, or give specifics on the timing..."

Reference: www.theguardian.com .

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Second Airship Launched in Test of Missile Defense System

Second Airship Launched in Test of Missile Defense System

"...On Wednesday, The North American Aerospace Defense Command launched the second of two helium-filled airships near Baltimore to test an East Coast missile defense system. The launch at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground completes the aerial part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS..."

Reference: abcnews.go.com .

North Korea Declares 'Quasi-State of War' with South

North Korea Declares 'Quasi-State of War' with South

"...North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has placed his military on high-alert and declared a "quasi-state of war" in frontline areas Friday after North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire near the border. ..."

Reference: www.voanews.com .

Monday, August 10, 2015

Space & Missile Defense Conference

Issues To Watch At Space & Missile Defense Conference: Heritage

"...Monday marks the beginning of the Army-centric Space and Missile Defense Symposium, an annual conference in Huntsville, Ala. Here are a few topics likely to generate conference buzz..."

Reference: breakingdefense.com .

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Navy missile built in Huntsville passes ‘first-of-its-kind’ test

Navy missile built in Huntsville passes ‘first-of-its-kind’ test

"...Following the SM-6’s interception of a ballistic missile target, three additional test events were conducted over the next four days, the MDA said. MDA said Monday the Multi-Mission Warfare flight test events featured the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 weapon system configuration and the Standard Missile-6 Dual I and Standard Missile-2 Block IV missiles launched from USS John Paul Jones..."

Reference: www.tjcnewspaper.com .

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Here's what a failed missile launch from a US Navy ship looks like

Here's what a failed missile launch from a US Navy ship looks like

"...While there were no reported injuries, the blast from the Raytheon Standard Missile-2 did create a small fire on the port side of the ship..."

Reference: www.businessinsider.com .

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Lockheed Martin (LMT) Announces Receipt of $1.5B U.S. Missile Defense Contract

Lockheed Martin (LMT) Announces Receipt of $1.5B U.S. Missile Defense Contract

"...The contract includes PAC-3 and PAC-3 MSE interceptor deliveries for the U.S. Army, and Foreign Military Sales of PAC-3 interceptors, associated equipment and spares for the Republic of Korea, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates..."

Reference: www.streetinsider.com .

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Missile Defense Cuts Leaves US Open To ICBM Attack From Iran

Obama Missile Defense Cuts Leaves US Open To ICBM Attack From Iran

"...Lawmakers on the hill cite grave concerns that President Obama is cutting desperately needed Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) defenses that protect the United States while his administration is only helping Iran further develop ways to launch ICBM attacks on America..."

Reference: dailycaller.com .

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Netanyahu: by removing sanctions, the deal will "reward the terrorist regime in Iran"

Negotiators reach historic nuclear agreement with Iran

"...he said that by removing sanctions, the deal will "reward the terrorist regime in Iran" with hundreds of billions of dollars to support a worldwide terrorism network. "This cash bonanza will fuel Iran's terrorism worldwide, its aggression in the region and its efforts to destroy Israel, which are ongoing," the prime minister noted..."

Reference: www.ynetnews.com .

Monday, July 13, 2015

Israel to Arm Some Commercial Jets with Missile-Defense Systems

Israel to Arm Some Commercial Jets with Missile-Defense Systems

"...Due to the increasing threat coming from rocket strikes from both the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip, Israel has decided to harness planes bound for its resort city of Eilat with anti-missile defensive systems..."

Reference: www.breitbart.com .

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Javelin Missile Demonstrates Extended Range and Versatility During Tests

Javelin Missile Demonstrates Extended Range and Versatility During Tests

"...Each of the three Javelin missiles used during the tests at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama, was fired from a different launcher or platform – from a Command Launch Unit (CLU); from a vehicle using a Remote Weapon Station (RWS); and from the U.S. Army's recently deployed Containerized Weapon System (CWS), also using a RWS. The CLU-launched missile hit a target at 4,000 meters, while the vehicle-launched and CWS-launched missiles hit targets positioned at 1,100 meters and 700 meters, respectively. ..."

Reference: www.prnewswire.com .

Friday, June 5, 2015

Navy wants more Raytheon missiles completed at Redstone Arsenal

Navy wants more Raytheon missiles completed at Redstone Arsenal

"...Raytheon announced this week the Navy awarded the company an additional $149 million for 74 Standard Missile-6 all up rounds, spares containers and services...."

Reference: www.al.com .

Monday, June 1, 2015

GAO: U.S. missile defense rockets have serious technical glitch

U.S. missile defense rockets have serious technical glitch, watchdog says

"...Investigators say unsuitable material was used to produce the wiring harnesses -- which supply power to the rocket's guidance system -- making them vulnerable to corrosion in the often damp, moldy conditions in underground silos. ..."

Reference: www.upi.com .

Northrop Grumman, US Army Achieve Ballistic Missile Intercept in Inaugural Flight Test

Northrop Grumman, US Army Achieve Ballistic Missile Intercept in Inaugural Flight Test

"...WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. - The U.S. Army and Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) took a significant step toward the objective for integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) when a ballistic missile was destroyed using the IAMD Battle Command System (IBCS) in its first flight test...."

Reference: thomasnet.com .

Friday, May 29, 2015

US missile cruiser sets Subic visit

US missile cruiser sets Subic visit

"...The warship is also capable of employing two SH-60 Seahawk multi-purpose helicopters, used primarily for anti-submarine warfare. The USS Shiloh is part of the forward-deployed Naval Forces of the U.S. Seventh Fleet..."

Reference: manilastandardtoday.com .

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Feds pick Clear Air Force Station for new missile defense system

Feds pick Clear Air Force Station for new missile defense system

"...“I am greatly pleased with this announcement to station the Long Range Discrimination Radar at Clear Air Force Station,” said Sen. Dan Sullivan. “Not only will this project -- the very first of its kind -- greatly improve the combat effectiveness of our nation’s missile defense system, but it will also bring hundreds of millions of dollars to Interior Alaska.”..."

Reference: www.adn.com .

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Teledyne subsidiary has received a U.S. military task order for the test and evaluation of missile defense weapon systems

Teledyne to provide missile defense test and evaluation services

"...Test and evaluation services for U.S. missile defense weapon systems are to be performed by Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. under a $64.7 million task order. ..."

Reference: www.upi.com .

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bill would require updates on Russian Missile Sales

Bill Seeks Info on Russian Missile Sales

"...To that end, the panel would "require that the secretary study not fewer than three sites in the EUCOM area of responsibility for the deployment of a THAAD battery, in the event one is determined to be necessary." It would require the same for "not fewer than three" Patriot air defense systems there...."

Reference: www.defensenews.com .

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

ULA’s new Vulcan rocket is a game-changer in terms of creating endless possibilities in space

United Launch Alliance Unveils America’s New Rocket

"...“More capabilities in space mean more capabilities here on earth,” said Tory Bruno, president and CEO of United Launch Alliance. “Because the Next Generation Launch System will be the highest-performing, most cost-efficient rocket on the market, it will open up new opportunities for the nation’s use of space. Whether it is scientific missions, medical advancements, national security or new economic opportunities for businesses, ULA’s new Vulcan rocket is a game-changer in terms of creating endless possibilities in space.” ..."

Reference: www.ulalaunch.com .

Thursday, April 9, 2015

U.S. May Sell AH-1Z Viper Helicopters, Hellfire Missiles to Pakistan

U.S. May Sell AH-1Z Viper Helicopters, Hellfire Missiles to Pakistan

"...The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale of 15 AH-1Z Viper Attack Helicopters...1000 AGM-114 R Hellfire II Missiles in containers...17 AN/AAR-47 Missile Warning Systems, 17 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Sets, 18 AN/APR-39C(V)2 Radar Warning Receivers, 15 Joint Mission Planning Systems, and 17 M197 20mm Gun Systems. ..."

Reference: www.seapowermagazine.org .

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

2015 is a crucial year for U.S. missile defense and we need this protection

Solid missile defense budget planning needed for 2015

"...MDA is also rightly targeting a longer-term solution in the "multiple kill vehicle," but Congress should resist any urge to skip the critical interim step of developing and deploying the redesigned kill vehicle by 2018. This redesign is hardly a "band-aid" as some have reported; it will provide performance enhancements and reliability upgrades by leveraging existing Standard Missile-3 technology. This is the lowest-risk, lowest-cost option to ensure our homeland is protecting in the near-term. ..."

Reference: thehill.com .

Iran flaunts long-range missile

Iran Produces First Long-Range Missile

"...No sensor is installed in the missile’s nose, which means it is guided by a GPS/INS navigation system. Therefore, its accuracy is estimated at about 50 meters. “It is equipped with a Doppler-pulse radar, which compares measurements to a pre-programmed map, enabling it to follow the terrain at an altitude of 300 ft. in the last stages of flight,” an intelligence official says...."

Reference: aviationweek.com .

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Updates make SM-3 more lethal against advanced threats

Combatant Commanders gain new ballistic missile defense capability through 'threat upgrade' software

"...For the first time ever, Raytheon has begun enhancing Standard Missile-3 Block IBs with 'threat upgrade' software, giving the weapon's kill vehicle the ability to hunt down more complicated, more lethal targets. ..."

Reference: www.prnewswire.com .

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lockheed is hoping Germany and Poland will be the first customers for Meads

Lockheed and Raytheon face off over European missile deals

"... High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. Lockheed is hoping Germany and Poland will be the first customers for Meads, in what the company estimates could be a market worth as much as $100bn over the next 15 years. More more than 30 countries are seen as likely to invest in new or upgraded missile defence systems over this period. ..."

Reference: www.ft.com .

China Working hard to prevent South Korea / U.S. Partnered Missile Defense

China Works to Block U.S. Missile Defense Deployment

"... THAAD units are equipped with a high-technology radar capable known as the AN/TPY-2. The X-band radar can spot, track, and identify ballistic missile launches over long distances and very high altitudes. The radar also could be used for “cooperative engagement” missile defense ..."

Reference: freebeacon.com .

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lt. Gen. David Mann, commander of the Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command spoke Feb. 3 at the annual membership luncheon of the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association.

Commander shares importance of space, missile defense

"...“Right now we know that 22 countries have ballistic missiles. Nine of these states possess, or are suspected of possessing, nuclear weapons. At least 75 countries are developing unmanned aerial vehicles and out of that, 20 of them are trying to arm those platforms.” ..."

Reference: www.theredstonerocket.com

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MDA earned a rating of Excellent from the Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI)

Missile Defense Agency passes cyber review

"...The MDA earned a rating of Excellent from the Command Cyber Readiness Inspection (CCRI) conducted on the Missile Defense Integration and Operations Center (MDIOC) ..."

Reference: www.c4isrnet.com .

Monday, February 2, 2015

'Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix'

Navy Introduces Video Game For Dynamic Missile Defense Training

"...the game, called Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix, calls on sailors to make split-second decisions in order to dodge missiles fired at a Navy ship. ..."

Reference: dailycaller.com .

Government-led effort to redesign a Raytheon "kill vehicle" used in the ground-based missile defense system

U.S. to lead redesign of Raytheon missile defense 'kill vehicle'

"...The Air Force initially chose Raytheon to develop a separate long-range radar but is now reevaluating bids received from all three firms after Lockheed and Northrop protested the initial decision. ..."

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor (JLENS) to patrol East Coast

Pentagon launching missile defense blimps to patrol East Coast

"...The system is called JLENS, short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System. The radar is used to spot missiles or “swarming boats” filled with explosives from as far away as 340 miles...."

Reference: rt.com .

Monday, December 1, 2014

Raytheon is expanding a futuristic factory in Huntsville where SM-3 and SM-6 missiles are assembled.

Aerospace Finds a Home in Alabama

"...Lockheed Martin is adding an annex to produce cruise missiles at its Pike County plant, where the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile is made. Lockheed Martin also makes unmanned aerial systems in Huntsville. Raytheon is expanding a futuristic factory in Huntsville where SM-3 and SM-6 missiles are assembled...."

Reference: www.pfonline.com .

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hanscom Air Force Base to assist Qatar with air and missile defense system

Hanscom to assist Qatar with air and missile defense system

"...As part of a $7.3 billion FMS case between Qatar and the United States, the Air Force -- specifically the Battle Management Directorate here at Hanscom -- will develop an Air and Missile Defense Operations Center, or ADOC, and provide the integration necessary for both U.S. and foreign ground-based air and missile defense systems...."

Reference: www.afmc.af.mil .

Monday, November 24, 2014

State Department: International Security and Missile Defense

State Department: International Security and Missile Defense

"... discuss three key issues:

  • First, the United States’ commitment to ballistic missile defense (BMD) and the Fiscal Year 2015 missile defense budget request;
  • Second, the significant progress that has been made in implementing the European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) over the past year; and;
  • Third, cooperation on missile defense with allies and partners outside of Europe....
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    Reference: www.state.gov .

    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Successful test of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System

    US Successfully Tests Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System Amid Ongoing Tensions With Russia

    "...The United States successfully tested the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, or BMD, system over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, simultaneously destroying one ballistic missile target and two cruise missile targets, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, or MDA, announced in a statement...."

    Reference: www.ibtimes.com .

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Lockheed Martin awarded $124.6 million THAAD contrac

    Lockheed Martin awarded $124.6 million THAAD contract

    "...The contract provides for the delivery of U.S. government THAAD launchers, support equipment, fire control and communication spares, and launcher spares...."

    Reference: www.onlineamd.com .

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

    Home with missile bunkers is for sale; get better security than the White House (Video)

    $1.5M house for sale has 3 Cold War-era missile bunkers

    "...the offbeat home listing and takes viewers on a tour of the three missile bunkers, which were used in the 1950s to house rocket-propelled warheads...."

    Reference: www.usatoday.com .

    Monday, September 29, 2014

    United Arab Emirates Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) modification to an existing contract

    Lockheed Martin providing missile spare parts to United Arab Emirants

    "...Lockheed Martin Corp., Missiles and Fire Control, Dallas, Texas, has been awarded an $11,090,210 firm-fixed-price modification to an existing contract for United Arab Emirates Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) foreign military sales spares...."

    Reference: www.magnoliareporter.com .

    Monday, September 8, 2014

    Russian strategic bombers conducted practice cruise missile attacks on the United States

    Russian Strategic Bombers Near Canada Practice Cruise Missile Strikes on US

    "...Gen. Yuri Yakubov, a senior Defense Ministry official, was quoted by the state-run Interfax news agency as saying that Russia’s 2010 military doctrine should be revised to identify the United States and the NATO alliance as enemies, and clearly outline the conditions for a preemptive nuclear strike against them...."

    Reference: freebeacon.com .

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Hargreaves: former nuclear missile silo in Wamego netted chemicals to produce millions of doses of LSD


    Author: LSD missile silo case likened to 'Breaking Bad'

    Operation: Trip to Oz
    "...Guy Hargreaves has written a book ( Operation: Trip to Oz ) about the law enforcement raid of a former nuclear missile silo in Wamego, which netted chemicals to produce millions of doses of LSD, the hallucinogenic drug. Hargreaves is a former agent in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration...."
    Reference: cjonline.com .

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Hypersonic glider suffers second unsuccessful test

    Army rocket blown up during failed launch in Kodiak

    "...A test of a new Army weapon failed 4 seconds into flight from the Kodiak Launch Complex early Monday when the rocket went awry and was blown to bits by flight controllers...."

    Reference: www.adn.com .

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Inside Raytheon’s SM-3, SM-6 Missile Interceptor Facility (with video)

    Inside Raytheon’s SM-3, SM-6 Missile Interceptor Factory

    "... inside the fences of the Redstone Arsenal — a sprawling Army base just minutes from downtown Huntsville — is where defense giant Raytheon assembles ship-launched missile interceptors..."

    Reference: rocketcity-us.blogspot.com

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    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    SpaceX rocket explodes at Texas test facility

    SpaceX rocket explodes at Texas test facility

    "...A SpaceX rocket exploded Friday during a test flight in McGregor, Texas, after an anomaly was detected in the vehicle, the company said...."

    Reference: www.usatoday.com .

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Lockheed Martin earns $124 million contract for THAAD spare parts and support

    Lockheed Martin earns $124 million contract for THAAD spare parts and support

    "...The expected completion date is Aug. 7, 2017. Fiscal 2014 procurement funds are being obligated at time of award. The contract was a sole-source acquisition and one offer was received. The Missile Defense Agency, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity...."

    Reference: www.magnoliareporter.com .

    Thursday, August 7, 2014

    Redstone Arsenal remote weapon station test of Javelin missile

    Javelin missile tested at Redstone from remote weapon station

    "...The Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture recently fired a Javelin missile from a remote weapon station integrated onto a wheeled vehicle at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama...."
    Reference: www.waaytv.com .

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Israel uses the Iron Dome system only against rockets headed toward populated areas

    How Iron Dome blocks rockets from Gaza, protects Israelis

    "...More than 250 rockets have been fired out of Gaza toward Israel in that time, the IDF said. Israel uses the Iron Dome system only against rockets headed toward populated areas. If one appears to be headed for an empty field, the dome does not activate...."

    Reference: www.cnn.com .

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    Modification to a Previous Presolicitation Notice - A-- BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT W9113M-09-0001-2014 FOR NEW AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY

    Modification to a Previous Presolicitation Notice - A-- BROAD AGENCY ANNOUNCEMENT W9113M-09-0001-2014 FOR NEW AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE TECHNOLOGY

    "...The SMDC announces interest in receiving research, development, and technology maturation white papers/proposals with technical, management, and cost consideration. White papers/proposals submitted should include new ideas for advanced and innovative concepts as well as prototype hardware and software for current and emerging space and missile defense science and technology. The SMDC conducts space, directed energy, missile defense, cruise missile defense and related technology research and development for the Army, Missile Defense Agency, Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Office of the Secretary of Defense High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office, and other defense-related government agencies. Furthermore, SMDC plans and executes missile defense test and evaluation programs and related analysis and is interested in pursuing opportunities for technical cooperation and partnerships with academia, industry, and international organizations. 3. Invitation to Submit Proposals The SMDC is interested in receiving white papers/proposals for the basic and applied research efforts described under this BAA. This announcement is an expression of interest only and does not commit the Government to make any award or to pay for any response preparation costs. The cost of proposal preparation for response to a BAA is not considered an allowable direct charge to any resultant contract or any other contract;..."

    Reference: insurancenewsnet.com .

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    Long-range ballistic missile hit by kill-vehicle in Sunday missile test

    Missile Defense Test Deemed a Success

    "...kill-vehicle launched Sunday from the Lompoc base successfully struck a long-range ballistic missile launched from the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific as part of an ongoing missile defense program..."

    Reference: www.independent.com .

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    Ground-based interceptor will try to hit target weapon launched from Kwajalein Atoll this month

    Major Missile Defense Test Planned for Vandenberg Air Force Base This Month

    "... At the hearing, however, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, referred to the test as being June 22. Officials won’t confirm the test date until the Air Force has issued notices to aviators and mariners..."

    Reference: www.noozhawk.com .

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Missile Defense Contracts Awarded to Miltec, Lockheed Martin

    Miltec, Lockheed Martin land missile defense contracts

    "...Miltec Corp. of Huntsville was awarded a $44 million contract for labor, materiel and research and development on the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon - Technology Demonstration for Space and Missile Defense Command. The contract covers work through June 2019 and will take place in Huntsville...."

    Reference: www.al.com .

    Saturday, June 7, 2014

    The strategic ground is shifting: US needs to enhance missile defense to counter North Korean threat

    Missile Defense and the North Korean Nuclear Threat

    "...many in Washington and Seoul to believe that the DPRK is planning to conduct its fourth nuclear test and/or another long-range missile test to enhance the credibility of its nuclear deterrent. But while public attention is once again on the idea of a North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBM that could threaten the continental United States, the strategic ground is shifting...."

    Reference: thediplomat.com .