Make no mistake: The first time someone isn’t looking, Army budgeteers will probably try to use the additional funding to buy trucks rather than THAADs, and Navy budgeteers will try to buy hulls and Tomahawks rather than SM-3s.
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency and U.S. Navy sailors aboard the destroyer John Paul Jones successfully conducted a complex missile defense flight test, resulting in the intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target using SM-6 guided missiles during a test off the coast of Hawaii on Aug. 29. (Latonja Martin/U.S. Missile Defense Agency)
Turkey’s top defense procurement office confirmed in late December that Ankara and Moscow had finalized a contract for the acquisition and deployment of the Russian S-400 long-range air and anti-missile defense system on Turkish soil.
A week after Saudi Arabia intercepted yet another ballistic missile over its territory, the U.S. Fifth Fleet commander urged nations in his theater of operations to share more relevant information in real time to combat common and growing threats.
Turkey’s state run news agency Anadolu on Wednesday published an infographic showcasing the capabilities of the country’s new Russian-acquired S-400 missile defense system — and its ability to shoot down U.S. aircraft.