South Korea To Purchase SM-3 Interceptors

South Korea To Purchase SM-3 Interceptors

On October 12, South Korea‘s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced at a parliamentary audit their plan to purchase SM-3 interceptors to counter North Korea’s ballistic missiles. A decision “for…

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. The ship will be equipped with Cooperative Engagement Capability, “a…

US Navy Chief Advocates for Land-based BMD

US Navy Chief Advocates for Land-based BMD

On June 12, speaking at the U.S. Naval War College, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson advocated for a transition from regular naval ballistic missile defense patrols to land-based…

US Arleigh Burke Destroyer Tests SM-2

US Arleigh Burke Destroyer Tests SM-2

On May 28, USS The Sullivans (DDG-68) tested a Standard Missile (SM-2), two days after the ship’s deployment with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG). According to a Navy news…

USS Mobile Bay Tests Aegis Baseline 9 Upgrades

USS Mobile Bay Tests Aegis Baseline 9 Upgrades

On October 24, the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) successfully conducted a live-fire missile exercise using the updated Aegis Baseline 9 weapons system. During the missile exercise, USS…

Congress Approves $416 million Reprogramming for BMD

Congress Approves $416 million Reprogramming for BMD

On October 3, Secretary of Defense James Mattis disclosed the approval of Congressional defense committees to reprogram $416 million from other accounts, including unspent Army maintenance and operations funding, into…