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The Latest: Syrian TV: Air defense confront missiles in Homs

The Latest: Syrian TV: Air defense confront missiles in Homs

World
The latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 2:05 a.m. Syrian state-run television says Syria's air defenses have confronted a new "aggression," shooting down missiles over the area of Homs in the country's center. It did not elaborate or say who carried out the airstrikes early Tuesday. The Syrian Central Media run by the government said the missiles targeted Shayrat air base in Homs. The report comes a few days after the U.S., Britain and France conducted airstrikes targeting alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria. Those attacks were retaliation for a suspected chemical weapons attack that they blamed on the Syrian government. Earlier this month, four Iranian military personnel were killed in an airstrike on the Syrian T4 air base in Homs. Syria and its main allies Iran an...
Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

Business
March 27 (UPI) -- Raytheon announced this week that the company has begun work on a contract from the U.S. Army to sustain and modernize missile defense for both military commands and government agencies.Raytheon said on Monday it would start work on the three-year service contract for system upgrades valued at $ 600 million that was first announced in June 2017. The work was held up by a protest bid, the company said.The Army systems set to receive services are the THAAD, the AN/TPY-2 radars, the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System, the Sea-Based X-Band Radar and Upgraded Early Warning Radars, according to the company.The Government Accountability Office defines a bid protest as "a challenge to the award or proposed award of a contract for the procurement of goods and services or a chal...
Britain's May, France's Macron shore up defense commitment

Britain's May, France's Macron shore up defense commitment

Business
Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A summit meeting between British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emanuel Macron yielded a commitment to enhanced defense cooperation, the British government announced.After the meeting on Thursday at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Britain's military college, a British government statement said France will increase its support for the Forward Presence battle group in Estonia. The group, a NATO initiative led by Britain, was organized in 2016 to deter potential Russian aggression against vulnerable NATO countries on the Russian border.Britain will also deploy helicopters to Mali to provide logistical support for French troops operating a counterterrorism mission.May and Macron agreed to the creation of a two-country defense council in which the French and ...
Turkey commissions study for future missile defense system

Turkey commissions study for future missile defense system

Business
Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Turkey reinforced its partnership with Eurosam, Aselsan and Roketsan to further the country's strategic cooperation in the development of its national security assets.MBDA, a shareholder in Eurosam, announced on Friday the award of a contract to the three companies to study the future of long range air and missile defense system capabilities for Turkey.The contract was awarded to the defense companies during a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris."Eurosam has been fully dedicated to air and missile defense since its inception in 1989 and has acquired world-class expertise as well as a unique experience of cooperation in this strategic and eminently sovereign domain," Abdoulaye Sambe, managing director at Eurosa...
Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

Lockheed Martin to support AEGIS system for Japanese self defense forces

Business
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for the AEGIS weapon system by the U.S. Navy for new construction in support of Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force.The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is worth more than $ 135.8 million under the terms of a cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract.The contract calls for new construction and integration of a DDG AEGIS, which is a centralized, automated, command-and-control weapon system used to rapidly detect and track more than 100 targets at once.Work on the contract will occur in several U.S. states, as well locations in Japan, and is expected to be completed in December 2018.The terms of the deal provide cost reimbursement from the U.S. government that would aid Lockheed Martin on potential c...