Missile Defense

Iron Dome rocket interceptions cost Israel US$30m

Israeli soldiers lie on the ground as an Iron Dome interceptor missile is launched near the city of Ashdod, Israel. Photo: AP

Israel's Iron Dome interceptions of Palestinian rockets during eight days of Gaza fighting cost US$25 million to US$30 million, the government said on Thursday, arguing the US-backed system was well worth the money.

Friday, 23 November, 2012, 9:02pm

Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system hailed a success

Smoke trails are visible near the southern Israeli town of Sderot as Iron Dome missiles intercept rockets fired from Gaza. Photo: Reuters

An abiding image of former Israeli defence minister Amir Peretz was a photograph of him peering at a military drill - with the black lens caps still on his binoculars. Peretz resigned months after the 2006 war in Lebanon, which was widely regarded as a failure.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Israel upgrades its missile defence system

A rocket is launched from the Israeli "Iron Dome" missile defence system. Photo: AP

The Israeli air force has successfully tested an upgraded version of its "Iron Dome" missile defence system, the defence ministry said.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak said in a statement: "Israel has invested an enormous budget to finance the different missile defence systems that should allow us to protect the whole of our territory within a few years."

6 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

A military befitting South Korea's economic might

South Korea lacks a corresponding military that befits its status as a fully fledged Asian power. Photo: AFP

The US has agreed to remove restrictions on South Korea's missile capability to allow it to build and deploy longer-range weapons. This would enable it to hit all militarily important targets in North Korea should the need arise.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:02am

North Korea claims to have rockets extending to US mainland

North Korea said yesterday it possessed rockets capable of striking the United States mainland, as it slammed a new US-South Korean deal to extend the range of the South's missile systems as a provocation for war.

10 Oct 2012 - 3:04pm

Work at North Korean launch pad stops, report says

New satellite imagery shows North Korea has halted work at a launch pad capable of testing intercontinental missiles, possibly setting the project back by up to two years, a US website reported.

26 Sep 2012 - 2:48am

Vice-President Xi Jinping to meet US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and Japanese counterpart Satoshi Morimoto smile at the end of a news conference in Tokyo announcing the missile radar deal. Photo: Reuters

Vice-President Xi Jinping will meet US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta in Beijing tomorrow - a session announced just hours after the Pentagon chief risked angering China with a new deal to expand Japan's missile defences.

18 Sep 2012 - 10:23am

US to station second X-band missile radar in Japan

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, right, and his Japanese counterpart Satoshi Morimoto during their joint press conference at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on Monday. Photo: AP

US and Japanese defence ministers have agreed to deploy another X-band missile defence radar in Japan, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said on Monday.

The move is designed to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s missile arsenal, he told reporters during a joint press conference with his opposite number in Tokyo.

17 Sep 2012 - 2:07pm

Seized Patriot missiles meant for South Korea

A consignment of 69 Patriot surface-to-air missiles discovered on board an Isle of Man-flagged cargo ship at a Finnish port was destined for the South Korean armed forces under a legitimate United States military equipment sale, it emerged last night.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

U.S. tipped off on missile test, says WikiLeaks

Intelligence sources allowed the United States to know about and warn its allies at least two days before China's top-secret missile-interception test early last year, according to confidential diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower WikiLeaks.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Ma angered by misfires as Taiwan tests missiles

Taiwan yesterday staged a major missile drill before President Hu Jintao boarded his flight for a high-profile visit to the United States.

Almost a third of the 19 missiles fired missed their targets, raising concerns that the island needs to further strengthen its defensive capabilities.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing 'forced' to develop missile interception system

China developed a missile interception system out of a sense of 'forced action' because it perceived threats from other nations, a senior military official has revealed in a commentary written for a state-run magazine.

19 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Mid-space missile test marks milestone for defence strategy

China's mid-space missile interception test may seem less fancy than when it knocked out an ageing satellite with a missile three years ago, but its practical implication and technological achievements are far greater.

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

US keeps track of N Korean missile tests

Publicly, US President Barack Obama and senior officials in his administration berated North Korean leader Kim Jong-il recently for firing 11 ballistic missiles eastwards, into the Sea of Japan - four short-range missiles on July 2 and seven medium-range missiles on July 4. It was the biggest North Korean missile barrage seen so far.

13 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

In Brief

US defence secretary troubled by missile test

8 Feb 2007 - 12:00am