The Pentagon’s budget next month will provide details on the placement of 20new ballistic missile defense ground interceptors, United States President Donald Trump said Thursday.
Trump said the release of the Pentagon’s budget next month will provide the some of the details on the placement of 20 new ballistic missile defense ground interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, as well as new sensors and steps proposed for future missile defense, USNI reported Thursday.
His presentation at the Pentagon was the first step in releasing the administration’s long-delayed Missile Defense Review that examines new developments in missile capabilities by China, Russia, and North Korea, as well as Iran.
Reviewing the threats from regional powers, like Iran and North Korea, have been cited as the reasons for the delay in the review’s release.
The US will no longer be “held back by self-imposed limits” of what it can and will do to defend itself and allies and partners. Left unsaid in the president’s remarks were the roles of Aegis Ashore or Aegis guided-missile destroyers and cruisers and the possible use of the F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter in this expanded view of missile defense.
Trump said his expanded, space-based missile defense program’s goal is to detect and destroy any incoming missile fired by “hostile powers or by mistake” at the United States or its allies.
“We have some very bad players out there,” Trump said specifically mentioning a recent failed Iranian long-range missile test.
Saudi Arabia is likely to receive new mobile Thunder-2 short-range ballistic missile systems in 2022. The kingdom received the first batch of components that include engines, spare parts and different warheads of the missile as part of the first phase of test programme,
The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) shot down a ballistic missile target during a test fire of one of its S-400 air defense missile systems. The Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) of China test fired one of the S-400 missile defense systems it bought from Russia in May 2018
India on Monday fired a home-grown nuclear-capable long range surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni 5 from a canister on a mobile launcher. “Indigenous long range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni5, was successfully launched from a canister on a road mobile launcher at Dr Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha, today, Indian Defense Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said in a tweet Monday
Russia tested Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile systems in the Southern province of Astrakhan region. “Iskander-M tactical ballistic missile systems were successfully tested at the Kapustin Yar Range in the Astrakhan Region
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