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U.S. missile defense system test sputters out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A test of the only U.S. defense against long-range ballistic missiles failed on Friday, the third consecutive failure involving the interceptor system managed by Boeing Co, the Defense Department said. “Program officials will conduct an extensive review to determine the cause or causes of any anomalies which…

Lockheed to build missile defense system for United Arab Emirates

The Pentagon has awarded US defense giant Lockheed Martin Corp. with a $1.96 billion contract to supply the United Arab Emirates with a missile defense system. Under the contract, Lockheed will deliver two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or Thaad systems that include radar, interceptors and launchers, according to a Pentagon statement. The UAE will also receive…

Study: US missile defense plans based on ‘technical myths’

Scientists fear ‘flawed and dangerous’ plan will result in ‘foreign policy disaster’ US missile defense plans are based on “technical myths” and interceptors have mostly failed to knock out incoming warheads in military tests, a new study argues. Two American scientists reviewed 10 tests of the SM-3 “kill vehicle,” designed…

Obama asks Congress for $205 million to upgrade Israeli missile defenses

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve 205 million dollars to help Israel deploy an anti-missile defense system, the White House said Thursday. “The president recognizes the threat missiles and rockets fired by Hamas and Hezbollah pose to Israelis, and has therefore decided to seek funding from Congress to…

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