Iran Fields New Air Defense System

Iran Fields New Air Defense System

On August 21, Iran officially inducted the Bavar-373 surface-to-air missile system into service. Speaking at the National Day of the Defense Industry ceremony, Iranian officials stated that the weapons system…

Pentagon Cancels Redesigned Kill Vehicle Program

Pentagon Cancels Redesigned Kill Vehicle Program

Following the Missile Defense Agency’s stop-work order in May, the Pentagon announced on August 21 its termination of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle (RKV) program. The RKV was intended to replace…

Australia Test Fires SM-2 Interceptor

Australia Test Fires SM-2 Interceptor

On August 20, Australian warship HMAS Hobart (DDG-39) launched an SM-2 interceptor in its first test of the weapons system. The missile, launched off the East Australian coast, successfully struck…

US Conducts Post-INF Ground-Launched Missile Test

US Conducts Post-INF Ground-Launched Missile Test

On August 18, the U.S. Department of Defense flight tested a ground-launched cruise missile from San Nicolas Island, California. Launched from a MK-41 Vertical Launch System, the Tomahawk cruise missile…

Azerbaijan Conducts Surface-to-Air Missile Test

Azerbaijan Conducts Surface-to-Air Missile Test

On August 16, Azeri state media announced the completion of live-fire tests by the Azerbaijan Air Force. In accordance with a 2019 initiative for combat training, Azeri troops fired a…

North Korea Fires Two Projectiles

North Korea Fires Two Projectiles

On August 16, North Korea launched two missiles from Tongchon on the country’s east coast. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the projectiles flew 230 km and reached…

South Korea Funds Missile Defense Acquisition

South Korea Funds Missile Defense Acquisition

On August 15, South Korea’s Ministry of Defense announced it would spend about $240 billion on missile defense in the 2020-2024 period. Under the budget plan, the Blue House would…

Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot Missiles

Bahrain to Purchase US Patriot Missiles

On August 13, Bahrain signed an agreement to purchase the Patriot air and missile defense system from the United States. The U.S. Department of State had previously approved the sale…

India to Field Coastal Antiship Missiles

India to Field Coastal Antiship Missiles

On August 9, India’s Defence Acquisition Council cleared the purchase of new ground-launched antiship missile batteries. The Next Generation Maritime Mobile Coastal Batteries planned for acquisition would use the Indo-Russian…

US Army Finalizes Iron Dome Contract

US Army Finalizes Iron Dome Contract

Speaking at the Space and Missile Defense Conference in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S. Army procurement official Daryl Youngman confirmed the purchase of two Iron Dome systems to fulfill its interim rocket…