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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What is the Pentagon’s plan for countermeasures if early intercept does not materialize?

Pentagon Mulls Hurdles To Early Missile Intercept

"...The so-called Phased Adaptive Approach (PAA) was designed with increments, each deploying new technologies in 2011, 2015 and 2018, and—eventually—the final phase would provide coverage from intercontinental ballistic missile threats from Iran in 2020. ..."

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Russia Test Fires Bulava missile

Russian military test-fires new missile

"...Russia's navy successfully test-fired an advanced ballistic missile from a new-generation nuclear submarine Tuesday..."

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Iran's Missile Silos Unveiled

Iran Unveils Missile Silos as It Begins War Games

"...Iran unveiled underground silos on Monday that would make its missiles less vulnerable to attack, marking the country’s latest show of force in the long standoff with the West..."

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Raytheon Redstone Missile Integration Facility Breaks Ground Today in Huntsville

Raytheon breaking ground today for missile facility on Redstone Arsenal

"...a new missile plant that is expected to bring about 300 jobs to Huntsville and is a key to future missile defense plans for the United States and Europe...."

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lockheed/UAE deal scaled back

UAE Scales Back $6.95 Billion Lockheed Missile Defense Package

"...The United Arab Emirates has scaled back by about one-third its planned acquisition of Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) missile interceptors in what was a potential $6.95 billion package, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency...."

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Phased Adaptive Approach to include France?

Astrium To Pitch Missile Defense To France

"...If successful, the intercept test could lay the groundwork for a broader shield in Europe. Charmeau says missile defense is one of the top three development priorities for the French defense ministry in the coming years. He is optimistic that missile defense funding..."

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Missile launch overcomes unprogrammed holds due to boats in hazard areas

Missile Launched

" detected at different times in the hazard area resulted in additional unprogrammed holds. Still, those issues were overcome allowing for a safe launch within the established window...."

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Missile successfully reached its target in Kwaj

Unarmed ND Minuteman missile launched in Calif

"...An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile blasted off from a central California military base on Wednesday and successfully reached its target 4,200 miles away on a Pacific Ocean coral atoll, the Air Force said...."

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Missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (test)

Missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base (test)

The ICBM was launched at about 6:37 a.m. Today toward a target in the Kwajalein Atoll.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Joint Air-to-Ground Missile

Paris 2011: Missiles merge roles for mission flexibility

"...That seeker has been adapted for Raytheon/Boeing’s proposal for the Joint Air-to-Ground Missile, arguably the most important air-to-surface weapon development program currently under way. JAGM arose from the earlier Joint Common Missile project and is aimed at replacing the AGM-114 Hellfire, AGM-65 Maverick and BGM-71 ..."

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Missile Test Scheduled

Vandenberg To Launch Missile Wednesday

"...The missile's unarmed re-entry vehicle is expected to travel 4,200 miles to a target near the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. ..."

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NATO Missile Defense for Europe [Kindle Edition]

NATO Missile Defense for Europe

"...NATO has agreed to provide ballistic missile defense or BMD for all of Europe. This NATO BMD will protect NATO (European and American) military forces in Europe. It will also -- for the very first time -- protect the civilian population throughout Europe from ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction launched from the Middle East.
Much of this NATO missile defense for Europe --known as the European Phased Adaptive Approach -- will actually be provided by the United States armed forces. This will include seaborne AEGIS missile defense on board US Navy ships in the Mediterranean, as well as land based radars and interceptor missiles.
This e-book describes how NATO missile defense for Europe will be organized and implemented. (3,500 words) ..."

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rasmussen: NATO ballistic missile defence capability is vital

Secretary General in London: Missile Defence - A Critical Capability

"...On 15 June 2011, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told an expert audience at the Royal United Services Institute in London that the development of a NATO ballistic missile defence capability is vital for the defence of the Alliance...."

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Monday, June 13, 2011

The USS Monterrey cruiser equipped with the AEGIS air defense system is taking part in joint Ukrainian-US exercises

Syria on the boil, US warship in Black Sea

"...The Foreign Ministry statement then went on to give its own explanation that the Monterrey was sent to European waters as part of the US administration's phased adaptive approach to building the European segment of the global missile shield. ..."

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Russia unhappy with NATO joint military exercises

Russia objects to US warship in Black Sea because of its role in planned missile shield

" integral part of U.S. plans to create a missile shield in Europe, which Russia opposes...."

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Suspected North Korea Missile Shipment bound for Myanmar turned back by U.S. Navy

U.S. Said to Turn Back North Korea Missile Shipment

"...The United States Navy intercepted a North Korean ship it suspected of carrying missile technology to Myanmar..."

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Friday, June 10, 2011

China's rising naval ambitions

Vietnam plans live-fire drill amid South China Sea row

"...Beijing's strong-worded statement followed Vietnam's accusation that a Chinese fishing boat had "intentionally rammed" the exploration cables of a Vietnamese boat - the second such incident in two weeks...."

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

START or stop

New US-Russia arms race? Battle lines grow over missile defense.

"...the widening gap between Russian and Western visions for a missile defense shield to defend civilization from rogue attacks – may be about to wake up and turn nasty...."

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Delta Air Lines improperly charges returning soldiers for baggage

Delta Charges U.S. Troops Returning From Afghanistan $2,800 In Baggage Fees (VIDEO)

"...even though there's a contract between the United States government and Delta Air Lines: When returning from Afghanistan on military orders, you're authorized up to four bags." ..."


Monday, June 6, 2011

$55.5M Missile Launch System Contract Awarded to BAE Systems

Navy Awards BAE Systems $55.5M Missile Launch System Contract

"...The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems, Land & Armaments a firm-fixed-price contract potentially worth $55,501,612 for MK 41 Vertical Launching System mechanical modules and related equipment and services...."

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Possible sale of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles

Possible sale of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles

DSCA notified Congress Wednesday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles.


Possible foreign military sale (FMS) estimated at about 50 million to Morocco.

Deciphering Morocco’s Military Procurement Strategy

"...The missiles will be delivered All-Up-Round (AUR) by Raytheon’s Missile Systems branch in Tucson, AZ...."

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Heat-seeking missile's for sale?

70 years of sifting through military surplus

"...a heat-seeking missile whose tip can be unscrewed to show the actual heat sensor.

"Look at how lightweight this is. It's some sort of composite metal..."

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Raytheon on target

Raytheon's missile-killers

"...Another version, the SM-3 Block IB, will feature an improved kinetic kill vehicle - a nonexplosive warhead that destroys a target by sheer impact - by 2012 and will be adapted to a ground-based system by 2015...."

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