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The deckhouse for the Aegis Ashore system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. This is the test asset for the Aegis Ashore system on Jan. 8, 2014.
American forces are converging on Guam, a strategically important U.S. territory 1,500 miles south of Tokyo, this month for a week of sophisticated military exercises involving two aircraft carriers. Servicemen and women will practice searching for submarines, stopping suspect vessels at sea and using a new missile defense system recently set up on Guam.
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The U.S. government is continuing to advocate for the Patriot missile defense system offered by Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp in a Turkish tender after Turkey cited disagreements with the Chinese firm that initially won the bid, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. "We're in regular contact with the Turks about the U.S. offer in this particular competition," Gregory Kausner, deputy assistant secretary of state for regional security and security assistance, told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit.
Defense officials remained cautious on Wednesday about the outcome of a recent Arrow II anti-missile system test, although Russian sources claimed to have evidence that the test had failed. Engineers and analysts were still reviewing the data from the experiment but were unable to determine the fate of either the target missile or the Arrow interceptor.
The Department of State continues its longstanding strong warning to U.S. citizens against travel to the Gaza Strip; the U.S. government does not permit employees to conduct official or personal travel there. Please see the section below on the situation in the Gaza Strip.
The missiles in the ground at Fort Greely are designed to propel an immensely complicated 140-pound device into outer space at a moment's notice. Rather, once it gets into space, it uses its own propulsion system, guidance data from the ground and onboard sensors to position itself for a high-speed head-on collision with a rocket headed toward the United States.
Russia will counter military moves by the U.S. and NATO with an array of new nuclear and conventional weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday as the military successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a nuclear submarine. At the same time, he emphasized that Russia will not enter a new arms race and will tightly control its military budget to avoid overburdening the economy.
Waltham-based defense contractor Raytheon said it received a $109 million engineering services contract Wednesday for its Patriot missile defense system.
A new study published by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Iron Dome system, which Israeli authorities have credited with saving lives during the recent conflict with Hamas. Modeling Short Range Ballistic Missile Defense and Israel's Iron Dome System is by Michael J. Armstrong of the Goodman School of Business, Brock University, in Ontario, Canada.
European missile-manufacturer MBDA, one of two finalists for Poland's Wisla missile defense program, is expanding cooperation with local companies.
China and the U.S. have both conducted tests of new hypersonic weapons systems over the past month.
A proposed ballistic missile defense system for Fort Custer received the support of the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 01:45 pm
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