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CHINA SPOKESPERSON: CHINA SERIOUS ABOUT OPPOSING THAAD DEPLOYMENT
Thursday, March 30, 2017
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THAAD won't make South Korea safer, says China

Source: U.S. Army


THAAD won't make South Korea safer, says China

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BEIJING - Wu Qian, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, said March 30 that the Chinese military opposes the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system's deployment in South Korea. The military is "absolutely not just saying it," said Wu Qian.

The deployment of THAAD will definitely not make the Republic of Korea any safer, Wu said at a press conference.

Source:  Xinhua
Associated URL: chinaview.cn
Source Date: March 30, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 
 
NAVY TO CHRISTEN GUIDED-MISSILE DESTROYER THOMAS HUDNER
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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Source: U.S. Navy


Source: U.S. Navy


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WASHINGTON - The Navy will christen the newest guided-missile destroyer, the future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), April 1 at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

The future USS Thomas Hudner is named in honor of naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Thomas J. Hudner Jr., the last living Navy recipient of the Medal of Honor to have served in the Korean War. Georgea Hudner, wife of Capt. Thomas Hudner, and Barbara Miller, wife of retired Vice Adm. Michael Miller, former superintendent of the United States Naval Academy, will serve as the ship’s sponsors.

Hudner was awarded the Medal of Honor for attempting to save the life of his squadron mate, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. This will be the first U.S. Navy ship to bear the name Thomas Hudner.

Allison Stiller will serve as the principal speaker during the ceremony. Stiller is currently performing the duties of the assistant secretary of the Navy (research, development and acquisition). During the event, Hudner and Miller will break a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow to formally christen the ship-a time-honored Navy tradition.

Thomas Hudner will be the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, the fourth of 14 ships currently under contract for the DDG 51 program. The DDG 51 class provides advanced combat capability and survivability characteristics while minimizing procurement and lifetime support costs due to the program's maturity. DDG 51 destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. Destroyers can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups and underway replenishment groups. DDG 113 and follow-on DDGs are being built with Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) capability.

The 9,200 ton Thomas Hudner is being built by General Dynamics Bath Iron Works. The ship is 509 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. Four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

Source:  US DoD
Associated URL: defense.gov
Source Date: March 29, 2017
Posted: 03/30/2017

 
 
ISRAELI NAVY ADDING MORE MARITIME IRON DOME SYSTEMS TO CORVETTES
Monday, March 27, 2017
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C-Dome naval missile defense system

Source: Rafael


C-Dome naval missile defense system

Source: Rafael


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TEL AVIV - Citing a senior officer in the Israeli Navy, Defense News reported on March 27, 2017 that the Israeli Navy is modifying the designs of the Sa'ar 6 corvettes being produced in Germany, with a focus on adding more Iron Dome missile interceptors.

Defense News reported, "In an interview at Navy headquarters in Tel Aviv, a senior officer said growing quantities of 122mm Grad-type rockets and longer-range projectiles in the arsenals of Lebanon-based Hizbollah has prompted the Navy to rethink early requirements."

Previously, Israel planned to place one Iron Dome launcher on each of the four corvettes, which are under construction by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

The naval version of the Iron Dome, referred to as C-Dome, carries 10 Tamir interceptor missiles. Following the modification, each Sa'ar 6 corvette will carry two C-Dome launchers, meaning the vessels will be able to fire 20 Tamir interceptor missiles.

The Sa'ar 6 corvettes, once in service, will protect offshore infrastructure in Israel's exclusive economic zone.

The C-Dome launchers will focus on rockets while the Barak-8 -- another air-defense system -- will intercept more advanced missiles, such as P800 Yakhont anti-shipping missiles known to be in Hezbollah's possession. Last month, the Israeli Navy test fired the Barak-8 at sea to test its capabilities.

Defense News noted that these missile interceptor systems are suppoted by the multi-function surveillance, track, and guidance radar ELM-2248 Adir, which is produced by Elta Systems.

The changes to the Sa'ar 6 corvettes may delay their entry into service. Defense News reported the first "had been expected to arrive in so-called safe sail mode -- without its combat weapons suite -- by the end of 2019 or early 2020." Deliveries thereafter are expected to occur in six month intervals.

Source:  Defense News
Associated URL: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/israel-navy-to-double-iron-dome-defenses-on-
Source Date: March 27, 2017
Posted: 03/28/2017

 

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