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Qatar buys helicopters, missiles in $23 billion arms deals

By Praveen Menon DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons from Boeing Co <BA.N>, Airbus <AIR.PA> and other arms makers as the Gulf state accelerates its military build-up.

S. Korea to buy PAC-3 missiles next year

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will upgrade its present PAC-2 air defense system and buy PAC-3 missiles next year to improve its anti-ballistic missile capability against North Korea, the state arms procurer said Wednesday. South Korea currently operates 48 PAC-2 missiles imported from Germany, and seeks to adopt the advanced interceptors as part of plans to build the indigenous Korea Missile Defense System. The missiles have an interception rate of less than 40 percent.

Pentagon to upgrade, improve U.S. missile defense system

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency on Tuesday mapped out plans to overhaul the ground-based U.S. missile defense system managed by Boeing Co and improve its reliability after several test failures in recent years.

Russia to deploy three S-400 air defense regiments in 2014

Russia to deploy three S-400 air defense regiments in 2014 MOSCOW, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia would deploy three new regiments equipped with S- 400 surface-to-air missile systems next year, with more advanced radar stations to be launched. "Two such systems entered service this year. Another three S- 400 missile regiments will be supplied to the army in 2014," Putin told a meeting on the development of aerospace defense system in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Moscow air defense to be reinforced with one more regiment

Moscow air defense to be reinforced with one more regiment MOSCOW, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Air defense over Moscow region will be reinforced with one more S-400 regiment, Russia's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. In addition to two already deployed regiments, the third is to be deployed around the capital in December, the ministry's spokesman Dmitry Zenin told reporters. It will be reinforced with the battalion of the Pantsir-S short- range anti-aircraft complex designed to protect the existing air defense systems S-300 and S-400 themselves.

NATO allies back keeping Patriot missiles in Turkey

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies backed keeping Patriot missiles in Turkey on Wednesday, agreeing that threats to the NATO member remained serious, a NATO official said. Turkey earlier asked NATO to extend the deployment of Patriot missile batteries sent early this year to defend the country from a possible attack from neighboring Syria. The missile batteries had been expected to stay there for a year.

Chinese firm under U.S. sanctions wins Turkish missile deal

By Ece Toksabay ISTANBUL (Reuters) - NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defense firm hit by U.S. sanctions to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms. Western defense analysts said they were surprised by the choice of the Chinese system, having expected the contract to go to the U.S. Raytheon Co <RTN.N> company, which builds the Patriot missile, or the Franco/Italian Eurosam SAMP/T.

Turkey picks Chinese firm for missile system

Turkey said on Thursday it has chosen a Chinese company to build its first long-range air defence and anti-missile system. China Precision Machinery Export-Import Corp (CPMIEC) beat competition from a US partnership of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, Russia's Rosoboronexport, and the Italian-French consortium Eurosamrs in the tender, worth $4 billion according to Turkish media. Turkey has "decided to begin talks with the CPMIEC company of the People's Republic of China for the joint production of the systems and its missiles in Turkey," said an official statement.

(Yonhap Interview) S. Korea needs multilayered missile defense: Lockheed VP

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea needs a multilayered missile defense system to counter growing threats from North Korea by operating a combination of short- and long-range interceptors fired from different altitudes, a senior official at Lockheed Martin said Thursday. Orville Prins, vice president of business development for air and missile defense at the U.S. defense giant, said his company has had "serious and intense discussions" with the South Korean military to upgrade the current PAC-2 missiles to the PAC-3 system.

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.
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