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Expanding Strategic Defense in Space – China’s Missile Interceptors and Satellite Killers

China conducted the first exo-atmospheric missile intercept test in 2010. This image was taken from a video aired on Chinese TV this week. It was taken during a follow-on test in 2013.China's Defense Ministry confirmed today that it was pressing ahead with anti-missile system tests after pictures appeared on state television, depicting a successful missile intercept test conducted in 2010. Earlier this week Beijing released another video depicting an anti-satellite test conducted last year. The Aolong-1 (Roaming Dragon) spacecraft sent into orbit last month will be cleaning up space junk, other analysts suspect it could serve a military purpose.
              

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Pyongyang is Moving Rodong Missiles Closer to the Border with the South

July 24, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
The Rodong-1 missiles the North launched Tuesday were fired from Hwangju County, some 45 kilometers south of the capital Pyongyang.North Korea has moved the Rodong Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) launchers closer to the South in an attempt to circumvent the missile defense shield soon to be established by the U.S. THAAD missiles.
              

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Seoul Insists Korean-Bound THAAD Remain Independent of Regional Defenses

The U.S. Army Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system performed a successful intercept October 5, 2011, scoring simultaneous kills of two targets. Photo: Lockheed MartinAfter approving the deployment of a THAAD battery in South Korea, Seoul insists the system will operate independently of the U.S. regional missile defense, which consists of additional land and sea-based command elements, radars and interceptors.
              

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IMDO and MDA Successfully Complete Integrated Ground Test

July 6, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
sitrep_nThe Israeli Missile Defense Organization (IMDO) in conjunction with the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the United States European Command (EUCOM) successfully conducted an Integrated Ground Test which ended on June 22nd. The test validated the combined United States/ Israeli Missile Defense integrated architecture for the defense of Israel.
              

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Fifth Launch Completes Satellite Completes U.S. Navy’s Global Military Cellular Network

June 26, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: Lockheed Martin, space, Syndicated Industry News 
The 7.5 ton MOUS satellite is based on Lockheed Martin's A2100 satellite bus powered by with two five-panel solar array wings. Its dual payload comprises the WDCMA and legacy channels, using 14 and 5 meter diameter reflecting mesh antennae. Image: Lockheed MartinThe US Navy's fifth and last Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite was launched June 24, 2016, aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket. The system will transform legacy telephone links into a globally connected IP-based ‘mobile phone’ network, that will support voice, text and data, enabling small units to switch from line-of-sight communications to beyond line-of-sight Satellite Communications. (SATCOM).
              

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Protecting the Flamable Load – Carapace Demonstrates Protected Logistics at Eurosatory

P1950089The French Army has recently deployed the Carapace, a highly protected fuel lorry designed to survive an ambush attack, fight back and cpress on delivering the fuel to the front lines.
              

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Controp’s new SPEED-ER Observation System Spots Targets 40 km Away

June 1, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: ISR, Syndicated Industry News 
SPEED-ER addresses requirement for exceptionally long-range surveillance, of dozens of kilometers, under all weather conditions and at all hours of the day. Photo: ContropControp Precision Technology is unveiling the SPEED-ER, an ultra-long-range, land-based observation system operating in three channels – Visible, Thermal and SWIR. The company will display the new system later this month at the Eurosatory exhibition in Paris, France.
              

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MBDA Debuts High Power Laser Effector

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AN-72/74 Intercepted by Belgian Air Force in Baltic

CNN International is reporting that Belgian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons based in the Baltic States recently intercepted a variety of Russian aircraft.  One of the reported ones was the Antonov AN-74 Short Takeoff and Landing (STOL) transport, the AN-72/74.  The AN-72/74 was developed in the late Seventies and was very similar to a Boeing developmental aircraft for the US Air Force  that never went into production.

While the Antonov never was used by the Soviets the company was able to build a quantity in the 90’s which found use with Russian civil airlines, foriegn airlines and the Russian military.

The AN-72/74 are very distinctive with the engines set above the wing to maximize short takeoffs.

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Indian Space Agency Tested a Reusable Satellite Launcher

May 25, 2016 by · Comment
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Successful Indian Missile Intercept was in fact a Failure!

May 24, 2016 by · Comment
Filed under: India, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
News reports published pictures of the interceptor being launched from the missile test range off Odisha coast. Photo: DRDONews reports aired yesterday said it the recent 'successful' intercept of a ballistic missile target was, in fact, a complete failure, as the interceptor wasn't launched at all!
              

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Huge Power Containers to Power the Future Railgun at Sea

The US Navy is gearing to take its futuristic Railgun out of the lab where it has been tested for to past eight years. In the next biennium, these mighty weapons will be tested in open firing ranges and eventually at sea, where the futuristic electromagnetic gun will be able to demonstrate its full capacity to fire projectiles at targets 50-100 nautical miles (92 - 185 kilometers) away.

              

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First Russian S-300 Missiles Arrive in Iran

April 11, 2016 by · Comment
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Defense-Update 2016-03-29 13:18:15

March 29, 2016 by · Comment
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An FIM-92 Stinger missile is fired downrange from the Army's new Multi-Mission Launcher tube at an Eglin Air Force Base range March 23, 2016. The Air Force's 96th Test Wing hosted the Army's Cruise Missile Defense Systems Project Office and Raytheon to demonstrate the new launch platform's capabilities. Photo: USAF by Samuel King Jr.The U.S. Army successfully fired a Stinger missile from its newest launch platform last week. The test was part of a demonstration of the Army's new Indirect Fire Protection Capability Increment 2-Intercept (IFPC Inc 2-I) platform's Multi-Mission Launcher (MML).
              

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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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US Air Force Invests in Vulcan – ULA’s All-American Rocket

February 29, 2016 by · Comment
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Flight Test Evaluates New Thrusters for the Ground-Based Interceptor

January 29, 2016 by · Comment
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France to Upgrade SAMP/T Extended Range Air Defense System

Aster 30 extended range air defense missile system (SAMP/T). Photo: DGAThe French Ministry of Defence has launched a modernization program for the country's SAMP/T ground based air defense system. The Aster Block 1 NT (New Technology) programme will cover the modernization of the Aster 30 interceptor and associated SAMP/T air defense system that will evolve with missile defense capabilities.
              

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David’s Sling Weapon System Completes Final Testing

December 21, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, MDA, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 

The Israeli David's Sling air and missile defense weapon system (DSWS) successfully completed today the fourth and final series of tests (DST-4), representing the final milestone in the system's development. DST-4 is the final milestone before the IDF declares the David's Sling an operational system. The first of two units is expected to become operational in early 2016.

              

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David’s Sling Weapon System Completes Final Testing

December 21, 2015 by · Comment
Filed under: Israel, MDA, missile defense, Syndicated Industry News 
57562The Israeli David's Sling air and missile defense weapon system (DSWS) successfully completed today the fourth and final series of tests (DST-4), representing the final milestone in the system's development. DST-4 is the final milestone before the IDF declares the David's Sling an operational system. The first of two units is expected to become operational in early 2016.
              

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Successful Intercepts Sweeten a Challenging Year for Missile Defense

December 10, 2015 by · Comment
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Arrow 3 interceptor missile launched from Palmachim missile test site on Israel's Mediterranean shore, December 10, 2015. Photo: IMODThe US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has completed three major missile defense tests this week, a closing accord for an ambitious test plan this year. Two tests performed earlier today included a successful exo-atmospheric intercept test of the Arrow 3 interceptor, and first intercept mission of the Land-Based Standard Missile SM-3 Block IB launched from a land-based site. A third test conducted earlier this week tested the latest, most advanced variant of Standard Missile 3 series, the US-Japanese SM-3 Block IIA.
              

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Indo-Israeli Barak 8 Scores Direct Hit on 1st Sea Launch

November 26, 2015 by · Comment
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Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 12.56.23 AMIsrael's Ministry of Defense and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) conducted today the first full system flight and intercept test of the Barak 8 missile system developed jointly by Israel and India. This was the second time that the Barak-8 missile scores a direct hit, a testament of the system's capability to deal with highly maneuverable targets
              

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Terra – Israel’s Strategic Multi-Radar System-of-Systems for Air- and Missile-Defense from IAI

November 8, 2015 by · Comment
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terra_system1021Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) unveiled today the ELM-2090S Spectra 'mega radar', an 'S band' companion to the Ultra UHF radar system introduced few months ago.
              

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USAF Special Operations Command receives first AC-130J

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. (AFNS) -- The first AC-130J Ghostrider landed here July 29, making it Air Force Special Operations Command’s first AC-130J. After completing the initial developmental test and evaluation by the 413th Flight Test Squadron at …

U.S. Marines Corps declares the F-35B operational

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability July 31, 2015 with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for world-wide deployment. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, …

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