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U.S. Clears $133 Million Sale of Extended Range Missile Interceptor to Japan

January 11, 2018 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
The State Department has approved a request from Japan for an initial buy of Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles, for an estimated cost of $133.3 million. The sale that includes only four missiles will likely provide missiles for test and evaluation of Japan's current missile defense assets, likely the AEGIS equipped missile destroyers that currently carry SM-3 Block IB missiles.

US-Japanese Missile – SM-3 Block IIA Scores a Bullseye on 1st Intercept Test

February 4, 2017 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, missile defense, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 
The first live intercept test of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA interceptor missile was completed successfully on Friday dawn, off the west coast of Hawaii, proving the design maturity of the most advanced interceptor in the sea-based AEGIS Missile Defense system. The intercept was conducted by the US Navy AEGIS test ship - from the USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) as part of a US-Japanese cooperative development.
              

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“Fireball, We’re Taking It Down!”

December 15, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 

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Beefing up Defense Against Chinese ‘Carrier Killers’

December 15, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: MDA, missile defense, Raytheon, Syndicated Industry News 

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SM-6 Demonstrates Warfighting Capability Against Air and Surface Targets

sm-61021The Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) continues to demonstrate its prowess in operational tests - in a challenging multi-threat intercept test SM-6 missiles successfully engaged five targets, struck a surface target and shattered its previous maximum engagement range record, set in June of 2014.
              

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System upgrades are key in Aegis destroyer’s success defeating ballistic, cruise missile raid on the recent test

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Poland is interested in an Indo-Israeli naval air defense systems

October 27, 2014 by · Comment
Filed under: India, Israel, Poland, Syndicated Industry News 

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Global Hotspots Report – 8/2014

August 9, 2014 by · Comment
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Japan Pouring ¥24 Trilion on New Defense Plan

December 16, 2013 by · Comment
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Japan’s AEGIS Destroyers Ordered to Shoot Down North Korean Missiles Overflying Japan

April 7, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force ship JS Myoko (DDG 175) sits pierside at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam during exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012. Photo by: NZDF Amanda McErlichJapan has ordered its armed forces to shoot down any North Korean missile headed towards its territory, a defence ministry spokesman says. Japan’s Navy operates four Kongo class destroyers equipped with AEGIS-BMD type anti-air and missile...

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How Effective Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense is Against Countermeasures?

March 22, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
Ground Based Interceptor (GMD) launched on a flight test from a silo in Vandenberg AFB. Photo: MDAWhile the US administration openly stated confidence in its Ground Based Interceptors (GBI), research analysts from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) warn that such weapons may not be sufficient to protect from a deliberate attack launched by North Korea, since the current level of missile defense technology has not matured yet to the level enabling the defense systems to engage realistic-complex targets, or discriminate between real decoys and real warheads

Alaska’s Ground Based Interceptors to Pivot US Defenses Against North Korea

gbi300Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced yesterday the increase in the number of Ground Based Interceptors to be positioned in Alaska, and the planned deployment of a second TPY-2 radar to Japan, two immediate steps to better protect the United States of America from potential missile attacks from North Korea and Iran. The US is also scaling down the European Missile Defense program, by limiting the system’s interceptors against intercontinental ballistic missiles, a step that could pave the way for further agreements between Washington and Moscow.

Integrating European Radars with AEGIS/SM-3 Missile Defenses

SMART-S MK2 radar display at Thales Nederland BV site, in Hengelo, in may
2008. The SMART-S Mk2 (Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Tracking) is a member
of 3D multi-beam radar family. This radar is optimised for medium-to-long range surveillance, target designation and accurate air and surface target tracking in littoral environments. Photo: ThalesIntegration of Thales SMART-L radar with AEGIS/SM-3 based missile defense systems was recently demonstrated as part of evaluation of integration of European based sensors into the US European Phased Adaptive Approach (EPAA) missile defense initiative.

New Anti-Missile Radar to Bolster Missile Defense over the Pacific Ocean

February 24, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
The US Missile Defense Agency will deploy a second X-Band missile defense radar at a coastal base near Kyoto, in Central Japan to bolster defences against the North Korean missile threat. The location was picked as it was likely that a North Korean missile targeting Guam or Hawaii would fly over the western or central parts of Japan.

SM-3 Relies on Space-Based Tracking to Intercept a Ballistic Missile Target

February 13, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: MDA, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
Second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system achieved its first intercept using tracking information from the Space Tracking and Surveillance System Demonstration (STSS-D) satellites during a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test. The use of this new space-based assets to provide mid-course fire control quality data to an Aegis BMD ship provides the [...]

SM-3 Relies on Space-Based Tracking to Intercept a Ballistic Missile Target

February 13, 2013 by · Comment
Filed under: MDA, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
Second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system achieved its first intercept using tracking information from the Space Tracking and Surveillance System Demonstration (STSS-D) satellites during a Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test. The use of this new space-based assets to provide mid-course fire control quality data to an Aegis BMD ship provides the [...]

Lockheed Martin To Get Billion Dollar Contract To Support AEGIS Radar Engineering

The AEGIS air defense system started development forty years ago and has been in service with the U.S. Navy for about thirty on cruisers and destroyers. It is an integrated system of radars, software, missiles and vertical and rail launchers. The company that originally developed the radar was RCA but through acquisition and mergers it is now Lockheed Martin. The work on the radar has always been centered around Moorestown, NJ.

The system was originally for air defense but since the Nineties the Navy has been modifying it to support ballistic missile defense operations by creating the SM-3 missile. The SM-2 is the primary air defense missile currently in use. Raytheon makes the missile for the Navy. Lockheed was awarded a $1 billion contract to provide development work, engineering services and support to the missile defense part of the program last week. This contract is from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and not the Navy. The Obama Administration has focused on this naval system over the long range ground based systems and this indicates that commitment.

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Navy awards Raytheon defense communications system contract

January 19, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: development program, IT, Raytheon, U.S. Navy 

According to the Tampa Bay Business Journal, Raytheon was awarded a $62 M contract to provide support to a network of ship based air defense sensors. See the full story here. This system is called Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) and the Navy has been working on this for 10+ years. Ideally when finished CEC will provide fire control solution data good enough that one ship can control another’s missile. The primary missile will be the STANDARD Missile Block III used by AEGIS ships.

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Japan awards Lockheed Martin contract for AEGIS work

January 14, 2008 by · Comment
Filed under: Japan, Lockheed Martin, production program 

Lockheed Martin was awarded a $40 M contract to provide AEGIS systems for the Japanese ship Myoko. This will be one of the AEGIS destroyers that Japan is building. The press release is available on CNNMoney.com.

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Lockheed Martin brags about missile defense successes in 2007

Lockheed Martin put out a press release, here, to brag about all the success they had last year in the missile defense arena. They were awarded several key contracts with Army programs’ THAAD and Patriot PAC-3. They also provide the AEGIS radar used by the US Navy for their missile defense system. They also build C3 systems and radars. If the US continues to fund the various programs at their current levels, Lockheed Martin is in line to have several more good years.

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