Archive: International

United Kingdom Requests 170 MRAP Vehicles

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) Dec. 17 notified Congress of a possible $147 million Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles as well as associated equipment and services. The United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of 170 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Category II vehicles, tools […]

Ahmadinejad Extremist Comments Seen In Iran As Eliciting Sanctions: Analyst

Extremist comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are seen by some in Iran as increasing Western pressure for sanctions against Iran, according to Barbara Slavin, senior diplomatic reporter with USA Today. She also is affiliated with the U.S. Institute for Peace, a congressionally created, publicly funded think tank. Ahmadinejad was quoted widely in media around […]

Defense Watch

The Latest Word On Trends And Developments In Aerospace And Defense In Limbo. Congress has yet to agree on what to do about the federal budget–and within that how to handle war funding. Senators said last week they are waiting to see what the House sends over on Monday. House leaders have said they will […]

Top Chinese Leader Boasts China Now In Deep-Space Club

China now has become a deep-space power, on the success of its lunar orbiter, Chinese President Hu Jintao said last week, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. This is but the first stage of the Chinese lunar program, according to Hu, speaking at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing […]

India Missile Defense Test A Success

India used its Akash interceptor to take out a flying target last week, according to news media reports. The news comes as India also is working to develop a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile able to carry a nuclear weapon almost 4,000 miles. In the test last week, a surface-to-air Akash missile was launched from Chandipur-on-Sea […]

Japanese Aegis Destroyer Wins Test By Killing Target Missile With SM-3 Interceptor

First Time An Ally Has Used Aegis/SM-3 In Ballistic Missile Defense Test The Japanese destroyer Kongo today employed its Aegis weapon control system to guide a Standard Missile-3 to destroy a U.S. target missile. It was the first time that an allied nation has used the Aegis/SM-3 ballistic missile defense (BMD) system in a test. […]

In The News

Space Rocket Engine Passes Test: ATK Alliant Techsystems [ATK] demonstrated a critical capability of its liquid oxygen (LOX)/methane rocket engine by igniting it in a vacuum chamber, ATK announced. The test demonstrated the viability of a LOX/methane rocket engine for a lunar ascent mission. This test engine was designed for 3,500 pounds/feet thrust to bracket […]

Defense Authorizers Call For Development of Space Protection Strategy

House and Senate defense overseers have called on the Secretary of Defense, in conjunction with the director of national intelligence (DNI), to craft a strategy to protect the capabilities necessary to ensure U.S. freedom of action in space, according to the conference report accompanying the final version of the FY ’08 Defense Authorization Bill. "It […]

Gates: Helicopters, Trainers Among Top Needs In Afghanistan

The Defense Department is seeking a number of helicopters and trainers for police and military forces in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers recently. The need is for 20 helicopters–14 for lift and six for attack–that can withstand the harsh temperatures and altitudes in the central Asian country, he told members of the House […]

Space Shuttle

Putting astronaut crew safety first, NASA has mandated a weeks-long troubleshooting delay for a scheduled space shuttle flight. A maddening intermittent malfunction in an external fuel tank sensor system finally forced NASA to abandon plans for its fourth space shuttle launch this year, pushing the liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis into next month, NASA leaders […]