Posts Tagged ‘Ballistic Missile Defense’

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Loren Thompson reports on the Network Centric Airborne Defense Element, a low-cost concept for intercepting short- and medium-range ballistic missiles in boost phase using a modified version of the main air-to-air missile carried on most U.S. fighter aircraft today. [ FULL STORY ]

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AirBorne Laser ABL Test Success

December 8, 2008
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The U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully operated the Airborne Laser’s (ABL) complete weapon system for the first time in late November by projecting a beam from the Northrop Grumman Corporation-built  high-energy laser through the precision beam steering system.

 

During the ground test conducted by MDA and a Boeing-led industry team, a beam from the megawatt-class laser traveled the length of the aircraft at 670 million miles per hour, racing from the aft section that houses the laser, through the beam control / fire control (BC/FC) system, and out through the nose-mounted turret for the first time.

“The ground test proves that the ABL integrated weapon system works as planned,” said Dan Wildt, vice president of Directed Energy Systems for the Northrop Grumman Space Technology sector. “This impressive achievement validates the safe operation of the high-energy laser in conjunction with all other components of the revolutionary directed energy ABL aircraft.”

For the ground test, crews operating from onboard the aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., completed a planned engagement sequence by firing the high-energy laser through the entire system. The beam then exited the aircraft and was captured by the Range Simulator Diagnostic System, which provides simulated targets as well as a “dump” and diagnostics for the laser beam.

Northrop Grumman, under contract to The Boeing Company, the ABL prime contractor, designed and built the high-energy Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser, the most powerful laser ever developed for an airborne environment.

The BC/FC system, provided by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), not only ensures that the laser is accurately aligned and pointed at the target, but also performs fire control engagement sequencing, adjusts the beam for atmospheric compensation, and helps control jitter.

The ABL aircraft consists of a modified Boeing 747-400F whose back half holds the high-energy laser. Before being installed, the high-energy laser completed rigorous ground testing in a laboratory at Edwards AFB. The front half of the aircraft contains the battle management system, provided by Boeing, and the beam control/fire control system.

USS Shiloh (CG 67)

November 30, 2008

The guided missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) fires a Standard Missile Three (SM-3) during a joint Missile Defense Agency / U.S. Navy ballistic missile intercept flight test. The maritime capability is designed to intercept short to medium-range ballistic missile threats in the midcourse phase of flight.

The US Navy will deploy 18 warships in the Ballistic Missile Defense role in 2009.
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Obama and Missile Defense

November 13, 2008
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U.S. Vice President-elect Joe Biden was wrong when he said, “It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.” Well, it was more like six hours, notes Daniel Goure in his UPI editorial.

The day after the election, as other world leaders were sending the U.S. president-elect congratulatory messages, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev apparently thought that a hostile theme was more appropriate. In his first state of the union address, Medvedev threatened to deploy short-range missiles against Poland if a missile defense system, the so-called Third Site, were deployed in that Eastern European country. The Russian president went on to list other hostile steps his country might take, including electronically jamming the missile defense.

Read Goure’s full editorial at UPI

Iwo Jima Strike Group Deploys With Seaborne Ballistic Missile Defense

September 11, 2008
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The Iwo Jima Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) is underway in the Navy’s 5th and 6th fleet area of operations with new technology added to its arsenal. The guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61), part of the Iwo Jima ESG, is the first East Coast ship equipped with a Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system.

The new BMD system not only allows the strike group to defend themselves against missile attacks, but other areas as well.

“This contributes greatly to the ESG operations,” said Cmdr. Peter Galluch, Ramage’s commanding officer. “It gives our ESG commander and theater commander another capability that’s never been deployed from the East Coast. We can detect and identify, track and engage short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles. So whatever theater we go in, we can defend population centers, or assets from attacks from aggressive nations with ballistic missiles. That’s never been the case before.”

Although there are numerous DDG’s homeported on the East Coast, Ramage was specifically selected to be the first to receive the BMD system.

“Ramage, with our base-line Aegis load, makes us eligible to have the BMD software,” said Lt. Cmdr. Harry Marsh, Ramage’s Combat Systems officer. “With our timeline, the timing of our yard period, and when our deployment was scheduled, we were in the right place at the right time. Our crew has proven that it was also the right ship, we’ve met all of the requirements and expect to continue to do so.”

A vast amount of time was spent in training Ramage’s Sailors on the operation of the BMD system.

“The crew underwent very intensive training,” said Galluch. “Their rates got them in the ballpark; working on Aegis, working in the combat information center, and their ‘A schools’ had a lot of it, but then they had a month of specific technical & tactical training on the system.”

The training hasn’t stopped.

“After the certification we’ve been running scenarios and drills and technical training to keep up the proficiency and build our operational excellence,” Galluch continued. “The Ramage has a great reputation, so they knew what ship to put it on.”

The Iwo Jima ESG consists of Ramage; the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7); the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50); the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17); the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG 72); all homeported at Norfolk; the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), homeported at Mayport, Fla.; and the fast-attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768), homeported at Groton, Conn.
Michael Starkey (NNS)

U.S. and Poland Set Missile Deal

August 21, 2008
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On August 20, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Poland’s Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski signed in Warsaw the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Poland Concerning the Deployment of Ground-Based Ballistic Missile Defense Interceptors in the Territory of the Republic of Poland. This legally-binding agreement calls for the establishment and operation of a U.S. ballistic missile defense (BMD) interceptor facility in Poland.

This BMD interceptor site would provide a defensive capability to protect Europe and the United States against longer-range ballistic missiles launched from the Middle East, and will be linked to other U.S. missile defense facilities in Europe and the United States.

Upon ratification by the Polish Parliament and entry into force, the ballistic missile defense agreement will allow the United States to construct, maintain, and operate a facility encompassing ten ground-based BMD interceptors. The United States and Poland will negotiate a separate agreement to address the status of U.S. military forces to be deployed to the territory of Poland.

U.S. and Polish military forces will cooperate in providing physical security for the missile defense interceptor facility. The United States will provide the Polish Government with situational awareness into operations and training at the interceptor facility, which includes receiving real-time information of ballistic missiles tracked by the missile defense radar to be located in the Czech Republic, intercept information, and the status of the U.S. missile defense system in Europe.

(Compiled from a US State Department release)

US and Poland Set Missile Deal

August 16, 2008

The US and Poland reached a long-stalled deal on Thursday to place an American missile defense base on Polish territory, in the strongest reaction so far to Russia’s military operation in Georgia.

Russia reacted angrily, saying that the move would worsen relations with the United States that have already been strained severely in the week since Russian troops entered separatist enclaves in Georgia, a close American ally.

But the deal reflected growing alarm in countries like Poland, once a conquered Soviet client state, about a newly rich and powerful Russia’s intentions in its former cold war sphere of power. In fact, negotiations dragged on for 18 months — but were completed only as old memories and new fears surfaced in recent days.

Those fears were codified to some degree in what Polish and American officials characterized as unusual aspects of the final deal: that at least temporarily American soldiers would staff air defense sites in Poland oriented toward Russia, and that the United States would be obliged to defend Poland in case of an attack with greater speed than required under NATO…

Read the complete article at the New York Times

CNO Releases Podcast on Maritime BMD

August 3, 2008

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead recently recorded a podcast for the fleet in which he discusses the vital role and recent successes of AEGIS and maritime ballistic missile defense (BMD) throughout the fleet.

In the podcast, CNO stressed the important work Sailors are doing and how maritime BMD supports the maritime strategy.

“The AEGIS system, the capabilities that it brings in ballistic missile defense and area air defense, supports the maritime strategy extraordinarily well. We’re a global Navy…We project power when we’re required to do so, and we provide for sea control,” Roughead said.

CNO said the capabilities the Navy has now will prevent ballistic missiles from becoming weapons of blackmail and intimidation in the future. He emphasized that every part of the Navy fits into maritime BMD and supports the global mission.

“Even though it may be the AEGIS ships that are the ones launching the missiles that intercept the ballistic missiles, it’s the total Navy approach. It’s the ability for all of the information to be fused; for all of our ships to be out operating globally, operating forward, providing for that sea control and being ready to project power wherever and whenever needed. We’re a total Navy, we’re a great Navy and we’re a Navy made up of great Sailors,” Roughead said.

To hear all of CNO’s podcast, visit www.navy.mil/swf/cnopd.html.\

Rebekah Blowers(NNS)