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IDF Pre-Deploys Iron Dome C-RAM in an Effort to Contain Palestinain Rocket Attacks

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Defense Update Missiles Systems & Fires Channel - April 2011

Photo above: Tichonderoga class missile cruiser CG 67 Shiloh fires a Standard Missile 3 on a missile defense test. Photo: US Navy (Read More...)

Iron DomeUpdate: Iron Dome Intercepts Palestinian GRADs Targeting the Israeli City of Ashkelon

Israel’s newest rocket interceptor ‘Iron Dome’ was tested today in combat for the first time, intercepting GRAD rockets fired by the Palestinians from the Gaza strip. The ‘Iron Dome’ battery positioned near Ashkelon is one of two sites recently deployed in the Northern Negev, protecting population centers against rocket attacks. On Friday, the same unit successfully intercepted a salvo of three GRAD rockets fired at the city. (Read More...)

SM-3 LaunchRaytheon Awarded $321 Million for the Production of 24 SM- 3 Block 1B Missiles

The Missile Defense Agency has added $321 million to fund the manufacturing of 24 Standard Missile-3 Block IB missiles over the next 27 months. In parallel, the agency trimmed a parallel production contract related to the current Standard Missile-3 Block 1A, reducing production from 24 to 18, to be completed within a year (by April 2012). In total, the Block 1B program received $321 million while the Block 1A funding was reduced by $72 million to $157 million. These funding plans reflect a unit cost of $8.7 million per missile on the remaining Block 1A, down from 9.7 million in 2008. (Read More...)

Lockheed Awarded Production Order for Two THAAD Batteries

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has received a production contract totaling $789.8 million For launch units and interceptors destined for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Batteries 3 and 4 for the U.S. Army. The two units are expected to be fully equipped in 2013. (Read More...)

Iron DomeIDF Pre-Deploys Iron Dome C-RAM in an Effort to Contain Palestinain Rocket Attacks

Reluctant to embark on a major retaliatory campaign against Gaza, the Israel Air Force was directed to pre-deploy the ‘Iron Dome’ counter-rocket, artillery and mortar (C-RAM) defense system, despite the military reluctance for such move, before the unit is fully prepared. The current fielding is defined as an ‘operational evaluation’ prior to becoming ‘fully operational capable’. (Read More...)

PAC 3 MSEImproved Patriot PAC-3 Scores Another Hit

Lockheed Martin conducted a second successful intercept of a threat representative tactical ballistic missile target using the PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The first intercept conducted by PAC-3 MSE was performed in February 2010. “We continue to test the PAC-3 MSE Missile at higher altitudes and against more challenging targets, and it continues to meet expectations,” said Richard McDaniel, director of PAC-3 Missile Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We look forward to delivering this important enhanced capability to the warfighter in the near future.” (Read More...)