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S. Korea eying PAC-III, THAAD for missile defense: industry official

By Lee Chi-dong and Kim Eun-jung WASHINGTON/SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean military is apparently seeking to upgrade its missile defense capability to Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-III, with the purchase of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in mind as a possible next step, a U.S. defense industry official said Wednesday. If confirmed, it would contradict South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin's statement that his country is just pushing for the so-called low-tier Korea Missile Defense (KAMD) system.

S. Korea eying PAC-III, THAAD for missile defense: industry official

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean military is apparently seeking to upgrade its missile defense capability to Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC)-III, with the purchase of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in mind as a possible next step, a U.S. defense industry official said Wednesday. If confirmed, it would contradict South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin's statement that his country is just pushing for the so-called low-tier Korea Missile Defense (KAD) system.

Russia to deploy 'star wars' missile system in 2017

Russia's defence ministry plans to deploy in 2017 a sophisticated new air missile defence system that can hit targets in space, a senior ministry source told Russian news agencies on Friday. "The promising S-500 air defence missile system is at the development stage. It's planned to be deployed in 2017," the source was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. The long-range system will be able to destroy targets even if they are in space and cover the whole Russian territory, the source added.

Raytheon sees 'never-ending opportunity' in Patriot missile system

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Raytheon Co <RTN.N> is poised to book billions of dollars' worth of orders for its Patriot air and missile defense system in the coming months, underscoring the resurgence of a weapon first developed to defend Europe against a possible Soviet attack. Three decades later, the system has been upgraded multiple times and more than 200 fire units are in use in a dozen countries, with additional customers in talks to buy into a system that just a few years ago looked ready to wind down.

Raytheon sees 'never-ending opportunity' in Patriot missile system

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Raytheon Co is poised to book billions of dollars worth of orders for its Patriot air and missile defense system in the coming months, underscoring the resurgence of a weapon first developed to defend Europe against a possible Soviet attack. Three decades later, the system has been upgraded multiple times and more than 200 fire units are in use in a dozen countries, with additional customers in talks to buy into a system that just a few years ago looked ready to wind down.

Mid-term defense program focuses on missile defense against N. Korea

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, July 25 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministry submitted a 214.5 trillion won (US$192.6 billion) budget request for the 2014-2018 fiscal year to the parliament for deliberation on Thursday, which focuses on beefing up South Korea's missile program against North Korea's nuclear and missile weapons.

Pentagon wants more regular testing after failed missile test

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. defense officials affirmed their commitment to a $1 billion expansion of a Boeing Co ground-based missile defense system despite a test failure this month, but called for more regular testing to get a grip on nagging quality control issues.

Battery problem eyed as cause of U.S. missile defense failure: source

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A failed U.S. missile defense test last week may be linked to a faulty battery that prevented an interceptor from separating from the rest of the rocket, an industry source said, citing initial findings in an investigation.

Defense ministry submits W36.8 tln budget request for 2014

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- The defense ministry said Wednesday it has submitted a 36.8 trillion won (US$32.2 billion) budget request for fiscal year 2014 to the finance ministry for deliberation, a 6.9 percent increase from this year's budget. The proposal includes improving welfare services and raising the salaries of soldiers by 15 percent, lifting the pay of corporals from 117,000 won to 134,600 won a month.

Japan eyes boosting Aegis-destroyers to 8 to counter N. Korea

The Japanese Defense Ministry is considering purchasing two Aegis-equipped destroyers to bring its total number of the missile-defense vessels to eight in the light of continuing threats from North Korea, a ministry source said Saturday. The government plans to unveil Japan's policy of strengthening its missile defense when it draws up fresh national defense program guidelines by the end of the year, the source said.
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