According to unconfirmed reports, two missile warheads capable of being armed with a nuclear weapon have been acquired by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
The enhanced Aegis system for the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey – the first U.S. Navy ship deployed in the Mediterranean as part of the nation’s Phased Adaptive Approach for ballistic missile defense (BMD) – is operating as expected, the ship’s commanding officer tells Aviation Week.
CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chavez mocked U.S. concerns about Venezuela’s ties with Iran on Tuesday, joking that while his adversaries worry about Iranian-made missiles lining his country’s coast his government is actually erecting windmills there.
The socialist leader at first said missiles could be launched at Washington and other U.S. cities, then held up a photograph of windmills along the South American country’s coast, saying “here they are.”
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Aviation Week reports:
Northrop Grumman and Raytheon see the U.S. Navy’s Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) program as a way to break the stranglehold Lockheed Martin’s Aegis system has on naval integrated ship and ballistic missile defense (BMD). But Lockheed Martin believes the five-decade-long Aegis pedigree should make the company the front-runner for AMDR.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday expressed his dissatisfaction with how the negotiations with the United States on the missile defense shield are continuing, saying the sides are losing time.
“So far, I’m not pleased with how the U.S. and all NATO countries reacted to my proposals because we are losing time,” the Russian leader said at a news conference on the results of the G8 summit in the French city of Deauville.
Congressman Steve Rothman (D-NJ), a member of the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, released the following statement:
Today, the Appropriations Defense Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a strong message, to our friends and our enemies, by appropriating the highest levels of funding for the joint U.S.-Israel missile defense programs in our history.