U.S. Starts Deploying THAAD Antimissile System in South Korea, After North’s Tests

Alarmed over North Korea’s increasingly provocative behavior, the United States said Tuesday that it had started to deploy an antimissile system in South Korea that China has angrily opposed as a threat to its security. The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or Thaad, came after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles […]


Lockheed Awarded $7.7 Million to Provide THAAD Ground Components to the UAE

Lockheed Martin Corp., Sunnyvale, California, is being awarded a $7,711,078 modification (BL) cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, previously awarded contract (HQ0147-12-G-9000 0001) for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) THAAD ground components under UAE Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case number AE-B-UAF.  The value of this contract is increased from $407,219,714 to $414,930,792.  This modification acquires UAE ground component spares […]


Army Weighing THAAD Deployments in Europe, Middle East

A possible deployment of the Army’s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System to South Korea is still being discussed, but the service is also looking at possibly sending THAAD batteries to the European and Central Command areas of operations, the commanding general of Army Space and Missile Defense Command said. “There’s a requirement coming out […]


ISIS, Global Threats Boost US Arms Exports

A wide range of global threats posed by Islamic State militants and nations like Iran are continuing to fuel the sale of American-made arms around the world. Despite slower domestic sales in the U.S., the foreign market remains ripe. Lockheed Martin, the world’s largest defense contractor, reported that foreign orders made up 21 percent of the […]


Lockheed Eyes Big Foreign Orders in 2016

Lockheed Martin Corp on Tuesday said it expected to finalize big contracts in 2016 to sell up to four warships to Saudi Arabia and a THAAD ballistic missile defense system to Qatar, helping the company continue to boost foreign sales. Chief Executive Marillyn Hewson told analysts that Lockheed had an international backlog of $20 billion […]


Little Progress Made on Integrated GCC Missile Shield

Despite a strong US push, development of an integrated Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ballistic missile defense program has seen little progress over the past two years. A specialist team of GCC ballistic missile defense representatives met Aug. 3-6 in Kuwait to coordinate the development of the program, according to a Kuwaiti Armed Forces statement. “Such periodic meetings […]


Israel Wants to Expand, Not Nix, Joint Air Defense Drill

Israeli military officers are negotiating with US counterparts to include forward-deployed Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) batteries in Juniper Cobra 2016, a biannual joint air and missile defense drill slated to play out here early next year. “The Americans didn’t yet agree to our request,” an Israel Air Force commander told Defense News on […]


Mattis to Shore up Asian Allies on North Korea Threat

Secretary of Defense James Mattis will travel to South Korea and Japan on February 1-4. His visit, the first of any Trump official overseas, comes at an important time. North Korea recently threatened to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Meanwhile, the South Korea-Japan relationship has hit a rough patch, with South Korea protesting Japanese […]


The Saudis’ New Warships Are Missing Something

The U.S. State Department approved an $11.25-billion sale last month of four Lockheed Martin “Multi-Mission Surface Combatants,” or MMSCs, for the Royal Saudi Navy. While the announcement is only for a “possible” purchase, the deal is likely to move forward given Saudi Arabia’s need to update its aging Persian Gulf fleet. The sale comes as […]


IDEX 2015: Middle East Arms Market Remains Strong

With the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and an increasingly aggressive Iran, Gulf Arab states are spending billions to improve their defenses and better protect their energy infrastructure. Nowhere has this been more evident than last month’s International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. The region’s largest defense exhibition attracted officials from […]