A report on Yomiuri, Japan's largest daily, said the country's defense ministry will conduct the Patriot Advanced Capacity-3 (PAC-3) missile deployment exercise to test the missile shield's adaptability to the capital.
The report quoted unnamed sources in the ministry, who said that the drills are also aimed at verifying whether locations have communications barriers in order to assess them fit for future deployment.
The country's PAC-3 missiles are currently deployed at the Iruma base in Saitama. The surface-to-air missiles are the last resort in case of incoming missiles not intercepted by U.S. or Japanese ships.
However, the report said in order to protect the capital from a missile attack, the PAC-3 missiles will have to be deployed in Tokyo. The Iruma base where the PAC-3 missiles now are deployed is some 17 miles away from the capital.
A prototype weapon called the Avenger performed well during a Boeing-Army test in September at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
Encouraged, Army officials are working with the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) to secure funding for more tests, build more prototypes and mount the laser onto a Cougar vehicle.
It was the first test of record for the solid-state laser.
“The laser propagates through a telescope built onto the AMW, focusing that kilowatt of power out at operational ranges, placing the hot, high-intensity thermal light beam on UXO [unexploded ordnance] and/or IEDs,” said Lee Gutheinz, Boeing’s high-energy laser and electro-optical program director. (cont...)
A team led by BAE Systems has been assembled to deliver a fleet of medium-weight armoured fighting vehicles for the British Army.
The team includes Cranfield University, GE Aviation, QinetiQ, SAIC and Selex Sensors & Airborne Systems. It will compete for the role of Vehicle Integrator for the ‘Utility’ family of FRES (Future Rapid Effect System), the first and largest element of the programme. The successful bidder is expected to take an overseas vehicle design, and customise, manufacture and support it through life to meet UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) requirements.
The vehicle will be based on an eight-wheeled design currently being selected by the MoD and is expected to enter service from 2012. Some 7000 jobs will be sustained by the overall FRES programme.
FRES is worth up to £16bn for the acquisition phase. It will provide the British Army with up to 17 vehicle variants in five families for a wide range of battlefield tasks. These vehicles will be heavily protected but light enough to be deployed by air