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Missile Defense

Iron Dome rocket interceptions cost Israel US$30m

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

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

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

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

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

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

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