Mexico Approved to Purchase ESSM

Mexico Approved to Purchase ESSM

On August 9, the United States Department of State approved a Mexican purchase of six tactical Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM), two ESSM telemetry missiles, an MK56 8-cell vertical launching system…

Sweden to Have Operational Patriot Systems by 2025

Sweden to Have Operational Patriot Systems by 2025

On August 8, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) signed an agreement with the United States to purchase four Patriot Configuration 3+ Modernized Fire Units equipped with AN/MPQ-65 radars and…

India Tests BMD Interceptor

India Tests BMD Interceptor

On August 2, India tested its Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Area Defence (AAD) at its Integrated Test Range on Abdul Kalam Island, off the Odisha coast. According to a Ministry of…

India to Acquire NASAMS-II Air Defense System

India to Acquire NASAMS-II Air Defense System

Indian press reported on July 29 that the country is in negotiations with the United States to add the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System-II (NASAMS-II) to its layered air defenses….

China Accepts S-400 Delivery

China Accepts S-400 Delivery

Last week, China officially accepted S-400 Triumf air defense systems from Russia in an acceptance certificate. Elements of the systems were sent in January and delivered to China in April and May. In an…

Japan Launches Upgraded Aegis Missile Destroyer

Japan Launches Upgraded Aegis Missile Destroyer

On July 30, Japan launched JS Maya (DDG-179), an upgraded Atago-class Aegis destroyer which will serve the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Slated for commission with Japanese forces in March 2020, the…

Japan to Deploy Aegis Ashore in Six Years

Japan to Deploy Aegis Ashore in Six Years

On July 30, Japan announced that it will deploy one Aegis Ashore missile defense system over the course of six years, as opposed to the previously planned five. The Japan Times reported,…