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Racing to the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), Pyongyang's long-range missile activity means bad news for Japan and South Korea, since the medium and intermediate range missiles developed by the rough nation could target even well-defended targets in the Western Pacific, including Japan, South Korea and US bases in the region. This review outlines some of the measures taken by countries in the region, to bolster their missile defense capabilities.
On July 28, North Korea launched a ballistic missile that reportedly flew for 45 minutes, reaching a peak altitude of 3,000 km, and a slightly longer range than the previous test. North Korea seems to have made a logical step forward, as it tries to perfect the technologies to build and field an operationally-viable ICBM that can threaten the mainland United States.
U.S. missile defense capabilities were demonstrated today in a first of a kind intercept of an Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) target by the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The intercept took place 2,500 miles south of Alaska, near Hawaii, demonstrating THAAD's strategic defense capabilities, particularly against the threat types currently presented from North Korea.
After 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.
By 2018 the US Army expects to field a new command-and-control (C2) system developed to deliver a single, unambiguous view of the battlespace. The Integrated (air and missile defense) Battle Command System (IBCS) developed and built by Northrop Grumman will significantly enhance aircraft and missile tracking, and improve the ability of combatant commanders and air defenders to make critical decisions within seconds.
The US Army has allocated its Continental-US (CONUS) Based THAAD to deploy to South Korea on emergency situations, a South Korean military source confirmed Sunday.
South Korea defense ministry reaffirmed today its long-held stance of not purchasing an advanced missile-defense battery from the United States amid growing calls from its ruling party lawmakers to introduce it to better guard against North Korea's missiles.
The US Missile defense Agency is seeking future missile defense measures that will be able to defeat hypersonic glide vehicles, similar to those being developed by the China, Russia and India.
Raytheon Company has received a $2.4 billion Foreign Military Sales contract for fire units of the Patriot Air & Missile Defense System for the State of Qatar. The acquisition is part of an Armed Services modernization and recapitalization effort announced by Qatar in March of this year. The US part - including the Boeing Apache helicopters, Patriot and Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin missile were valued at $11 billion dollars.
Lockheed martin received was awarded a production contract on Friday totaling $3.9 billion, to produce elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)...
Washington is strengthen its missile-defense posture in the Pacific in response to Pyongyang’s continual threats to launch ballistic missile attacks against US targets in the region and targets as far away as the US mainland.
The US Missile Defense Agency will deploy a second X-Band missile defense radar at a coastal base near Kyoto, in Central Japan to bolster defences against the North Korean missile threat. The location was picked as it was likely that a North Korean missile targeting Guam or Hawaii would fly over the western or central parts of Japan.
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is funding the procurement of six Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers for a new battery, to be fielded by 2015. In addition, the agency has funded the procurement of six additional launchers, strengthening the first and second operational batteries to the standard six launcher configuration.
Kuwait is planning to invest up to US$.2 billion in bolstering its missile defense capability with the acquisition of four Patrion PAC-3 units, in an effort to strengthen its deterrance against potential Iranian missile attack