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U.S. NAVY COULD GIVE UP BMD MISSION
Monday, June 18, 2018
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Source: U.S. Navy


Source: U.S. Navy


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SAN DIEGO -- The U.S. Navy wants to see the land-based forces take over the ballistic missile defense mission. This action would free up its ships to perform other missions.

The U.S. Navy is increasingly busy, responding to the increasing assertiveness of Russian and Chinese forces, as well as responding to piracy in the Gulf of Aden. U.S. Navy says its ships are seeing increasing signs of wear and it must perform these missions with few warships and personnel.

Land-based forces could take over the BMD mission for Europe and Asia. Presently, the U.S. Navy has Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and Ticonderoga-clas cruisers able to perform this duty. These warships are on BMD patrols around the world.

The Pentagon developed the Standard Missile - 3 (SM-3) to intercept ballistic missile threats.

Source:  Popular Mechanics
Associated URL: https://www.popularmechanics.com/military/a21604821/us-navy-ditch-missile-defense/
Source Date: June 18, 2018
Author: Kyle Mizokami 
Posted: 06/19/2018

 
 
TAIWAN LOOKS TO ACQUIRE PAC 3S
Friday, June 15, 2018
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Source: Lockheed Martin


Source: Lockheed Martin


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TAIPEI -- The Taiwanese military plans to acquire six sets of Patriot Advanced Capability - 3 (PAC-3) missiles and upgrade kits for its PAC-2 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs). Taiwan operates the Patriot air defense system.

Along with other technology transfers, this deal is worth NT$179.1 billion (approximately $6 billion). The U.S. could deliver these upgrade kits by 2021.

Lockheed Martin will transfer technology and training to Taiwan to allow its defense industry to produce aerospace and military grade titanium.

Source:  Taiwan News
Source Date: June 15, 2018
Author: Duncan DeAeth 
Posted: 06/19/2018

 
 
KYRGYZSTAN WANTS MORE RUSSIAN EQUIPMENT
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Buk-M1 SAM system tops the shopping list

Source: Rosoboronexport


Buk-M1 SAM system tops the shopping list

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan is seeking military equipment from Russia.

Speaking at a bilateral Kyrgyz-Russian commission, the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Kyrgyz military, Colonel Nurlan Chomoev, stated that Bishkek and Moscow are in negotiations for new supplies of Russian weapons and military hardware. He highlighted Kyrgyzstan's requirement for more combat helicopters and air-defense systems, saying specifically that Kyrgyzstan wants two Buk-M1 surface-to-air missile systems.

Colonel Chomoev did not specify what type of helicopters the country was looking for, but noted that Kyrgyzstan's mountainous territory makes helicopters an important investment for the military, in order to enable access to remote areas. Kyrgyzstan likely is interested in Mi-17 transport helicopters and, like its neighbors, may also be interested in the Mi-35M, an attack helicopter.

Russia has worked to assist Kyrgyzstan in building up military capabilities. Colonel Chomoev stated that, from 2014 to 2018, Russia provided over $125 million in military assistance to the Central Asian country, much of which came in the form of hardware like armored vehicles, missile systems, and aircraft. In August of last year, Kyrgyzstan's Air Force took delivery of a pair of An-26s from Russia.

The Russian military operates an airbase in Kyrgyzstan and the two countries are currently said to be negotiating over an additional base, which if agreed upon could be located in southern Kyrgyzstan.

Source:  Interfax
Associated URL: http://www.militarynews.ru/story.asp?rid=1&nid=484172
Source Date: June 19, 2018
Source Language: Russian
Posted: 06/19/2018

 

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