Sunday, September 2, 2007

Exercise Vigilant Shield '08, LMT, + Russia News

Lockheed Martin Demonstrates In-Flight Beam Control for Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin announced today that the U.S. Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser (ABL) team has demonstrated the capability to accurately point and focus the elements of the Lockheed Martin-developed Beam Control/Fire Control system on an airborne target.
The ABL team successfully directed the beam generated by a surrogate High Energy Laser at a missile-shaped target on the side of an Air Force KC-135 Big Crow aircraft. To enable the surrogate beam to focus on the simulated target, the system first located and tracked the target, determined range to the target and then compensated for atmospheric turbulence. This significant milestone verifies the ability to maintain the focus of the laser beam while continuously tracking a target (Cont..)

Exercise Vigilant Shield ‘08

Fri, 08/31/2007 - 16:45 — newsdesk
August 30, 2007 -- PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command along with U.S. Pacific Command, the Department of Homeland Security as well as local, state and other federal responders will exercise their response abilities against a variety of potential threats during Exercise Vigilant Shield ‘08, a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-designated, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM)-sponsored, and U.S. Joint Forces Command-supported Department of Defense exercise for homeland defense and defense support of civil authorities missions.
VS-08 will be conducted concurrent with Top Officials 4 (TOPOFF 4), the nation’s premier exercise of terrorism preparedness sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, and several other linked exercises as part of the National Level Exercise 1-08. These linked exercises will take place October 15-20 and are being conducted throughout the United States and in conjunction with several partner nations including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, as well as the Territory of Guam.
VS-08 and National Level Exercise 1-08 will provide local, state, tribal, interagency, Department of Defense, and non-governmental organizations and agencies involved in homeland security and homeland defense the opportunity to participate in a full range of exercise scenarios that will better prepare participants to prevent and respond to national crises. The participating organizations will conduct a multi-layered, civilian-led response to a national crisis.
USNORTHCOM’s primary exercise venues for VS-08 include locations in Oregon, Arizona and a cooperative venue with USPACOM in the Territory of Guam. NORAD’s aerospace detection and defense events will take place across all the exercise venues, to exercise the ability to mobilize resources for aerospace defense, aerospace control, maritime warning, and coordination of air operations in a disaster area.

Russia to continue advanced missile tests in 2007-SMF commander

MOSCOW, September 1 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Strategic Missile Forces will conduct more tests of new warheads for its intercontinental ballistic missiles later this year, the SMF commander said Saturday.
"This year we will continue test and combat-training launches of new types of warheads for the Topol-M and Bulava sea-launched missile complexes," Col. Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov said.
He said previously a second missile battalion, equipped with advanced Topol-M (SS-27) road-mobile ICBMs, will be put on combat duty before the end of the year and that the deployment of silo-based Topol-M systems in the Saratov Region and road-mobile systems in the Ivanovo Region (central Russia) would be completed in 2010.
As of December 2006, the Strategic Missile Forces operated 44 silo-based and three mobile missile systems.
The commander said the Topol-M system will be equipped with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles (MIRV) in the next two or three years, adding that the new system would help penetrate missile defenses more effectively.
His statement came against the backdrop of growing tensions between Moscow and the West regarding plans by the United States to deploy elements of its global antiballistic missile defense system in Central Europe.

Russian Navy drill poses no threat

Russian Navy official describes the latest naval exercise being held off the country's Far East Coast as defense-oriented posing no threat. The military exercise which began on Wednesday, will last for seven days. The exercises are being conducted by a well known flotilla named 'Primorye' based in the Russian sector of the Sea of Japan. (Cont..)

ICx gets $1.5 million Homeland Security contract

The Department of Homeland Security awarded a $1.5 million contract to
ICx Technologies
to continue development of a low-cost bio-aerosol sensor.
ICx, which develops advanced technology for homeland and military security, already completed the sensor's initial development phase under Homeland Security's Detect-to-Protect program. The contract finances the second phase, which includes refinement and modifications to the sensor system design, testing and prototype analysis in real-world settings.

The chances of your flight being hit by a shoulder-fired, laser-guided missile are good enough that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has spent more than $100 million looking into ways to prevent it.
Defense contractor Northrop Grumman just completed 6,000 hours of in-flight testing on its Guardian directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system, all part of the DHS initiative to adapt existing military technology to protect commercial aircraft from attack by surface-to-air-missiles (SAM) similar to the U.S.-made Stinger.

Decontamination drill at Lourdes hospital

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The members of the Civil Air Patrol aren't really sick. But they're doing their best job to pretend they are contaminated with anthrax or a similar substance, so they can help first receivers at Lourdes Hospital prepare for an actual disaster (cont..)



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