US Air Force Test Fires Minuteman-3 ICBM

US Air Force Test Fires Minuteman-3 ICBM

On November 6, the U.S. Air Force successfully test fired an unarmed Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Fired out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the missile traveled…

US Establishes New Missile Defense Command in Japan

US Establishes New Missile Defense Command in Japan

On October 30, a spokesperson for the Japanese Ministry of Defense confirmed reports that the U.S. has established a new ballistic missile defense command in the country. The site began…

MDA Releases FTM-29 Failure Review Board Findings

MDA Releases FTM-29 Failure Review Board Findings

On October 1, the Missile Defense Agency released findings of its investigation into FTM-29’s failure. The joint U.S.-Japanese test took place on January 31, 2018, testing the co-developed Standard Missile-3…

MQ-9 Reaper Scored Air-to-Air Kill in 2017

MQ-9 Reaper Scored Air-to-Air Kill in 2017

In November 2017, an MQ-9 Reaper UAV conducted a successful air-to-air intercept of a small aerial drone target. Although an unclassified event, reports of the intercept only received public attention…

Army Tests IBCS Network

Army Tests IBCS Network

The U.S. Army carried out a Soldier Checkout Event, dubbed SCOE 4.0, in which Army personnel employed the in-development Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS). The…

US Approves $501 Million Missile Defense Sale to South Korea

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…