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US Missile Defenses Need Better Sensors, and Soon

Gaps in coverage leave interceptors less-equipped to defeat the threats of tomorrow. No missile defense is better than the sensors that tell the interceptors where to go and what to kill. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD, draws upon considerably more sensors for homeland defense than when operations began in 2004, but shortfalls remain....

Sejjil

The Sejjil missile is a two-stage, solid-propellant, medium-range ballistic missile domestically designed and built by Iran. Sejjil Development Development of the Sejjil missile likely began in the late 1990s, but stems directly from development work of previous Iranian missiles, most notably the Zelzal SRBM. Its use of solid propellant, in particular, is due to fuel...

Ground-based Interceptor (GBI)

The Ground-based Interceptor (GBI) is a component of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) System. GBIs are silo-launched and intercept ballistic missiles in their midcourse, while they are outside of the atmosphere and at their highest trajectory. The GBI consists of a multi-stage rocket booster (Boost Vehicle [BV]) and a kinetic kill vehicle (Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle...

South Korea Purchases Israeli Missile Defense Radar Systems

On November 27, South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced that the country has concluded a $292 million deal to purchase two Israeli advanced radar systems, dubbed Green Pine. While South Korea purchased earlier versions of the Green Pine radar in 2009, intended to be used with the Patriot system, the new Block C...

US Approves $501 Million Missile Defense Sale to South Korea

On September 14, the U.S. State Department approved South Korea to purchase 64 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missiles; nine Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems; 42 AN/AAR-54 Missile Warning Sensors; and various support equipment. The $501 million price tag includes training and support services. The approval follows the June...