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US approves $133mn interceptor missile sale to Japan amid breakthrough intra-Korean talks

By ethan / January 10, 2018

The White House has greenlighted the sale of four interceptor missiles that Tokyo wants to buy from Washington to “fundamentally” improve its defenses. The missiles can be deployed on land-based Aegis launchers. The US State Department announced on Tuesday it had given preliminary approval for Japan to purchase four SM-3 Block 2A missiles manufactured by […]

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US deploys final missile interceptor in Alaska, efficiency claims remain dubious

By ethan / November 8, 2017

Published time: 8 Nov, 2017 14:54 Edited time: 8 Nov, 2017 14:55 The 44th and final interceptor in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system was installed in Alaska under an Obama-era order, months before a deadline. The Trump administration is now seeking 20 more despite the system’s dubious success record. The GMD system is designed […]

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US test fires SM-6 interceptor, practices ‘smart defense’ with allies off Scotland

By ethan / October 16, 2017

The US has test-fired one of its most advanced missile interceptors, the Standard Missile-6, off the Scottish coast. It comes amid the Formidable Shield drills conducted in the region to defend against the potential ballistic threat from “rogue states.” “US Navy sailors aboard USS ‘McFaul’ (DDG 74) successfully test fired a Standard Missile-6 (SM-6),” the […]

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