Coming Soon
It's been a while, but as they say, better late than never. We finally made some time to redesign our blog and soon we will have our own independent website. The blog helped us reach a huge audience and generate a lot of interest in this area. As a result, the format and (utility) of the blog seems overwhelmed, hence the transittion to the dedicated site. The URL for the new site and content will be disclosed soon. Till then, enjoy the blog and continue to contribute to our posts.
Improved Patriot intercepts, hits its target in test
Another flight trial is scheduled for October

The Army scored a success with its improved Patriot during a missile intercept Thursday morning over the New Mexico desert.

The test involved two Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles against a short-range, full-body aerodynamic theater ballistic missile target.

Army Col. John Vaughn wouldn't reveal exact specifications other than to say the target vehicle was an older Patriot missile that is "highly maneuverable, and that's what we are after." Vaughn manages Patriot as part of the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Office in Huntsville.

"We are looking to go after things that do not behave very well and maneuver," Vaughn said. "Objects that move around" during flight.

The target was destroyed, Vaughn said.

The test is the culmination of months of preparation and involved about 200 Army workers in Huntsville and "hundreds of people across the country with contractors and other" workers, Vaughn said.

Thursday's test demonstrated the system's capability to detect, track, engage and intercept a short-range aerodynamic target, said Bob Hunt, Patriot spokesman at Redstone Arsenal.

Patriot will go through another flight test in October, Vaughn said.

"It will be a variation of the current test, but we will be going after a slightly different threat," he said.

The PAC-3 system was first used in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. It is the newest addition to the Patriot family of missiles.

Patriot shot to international fame with engagements during the first Gulf War more than 14 years ago.

"This missile has gone through significant enhancements since the 1990-1991 Gulf War," Vaughn said. "It's primarily a different type now."

The 1990s missile approached an enemy target and exploded, upsetting the flight path. The new version strikes the enemy missile and destroys it.

The program is managed by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space and executed by the Lower Tier Air and Missile Defense Project Office in Huntsville.


Posted by Jehangir Unwalla @ 8:30 AM


The global defense industry is constantly shaping how borders are protected, wars are fought, terrorists are tracked and caught, and global security maintained. We aim to track news, policy, military exercises and strategic affairs between the world's largest democracies - India and the United States.

Given the vast interest and passion we have in this field, we decided to launch this blog to give visitors the ability to track these developments, exchange ideas and link to other sources of Information. Our primary sources and links can be found on the main page. Some of the pieces published herein our ours, otherwise it is reproduced from other sources (news, think-tanks or publications) to provide our readers the ability to interact and respond. The link to the original source can always be found under the article. Articles and op-ed pieces written by us include thoughts and opinions that are ours, not those of any government or political party. Last but not least, this blog is not-for-profit, nor is it financially supported by any corporation, entity or organization. It is purely to be used for informational purposes and not commercial and/or profit motives.

Thank you, Nik Khanna & Jango Unwalla

About The Blog
This blog focuses on current issues concerning defense and national security for the world's largest democracy - India. It is updated regularly providing readers with in-depth information on technology transfer, acquisitions, counter-terrorism, security and military collaboration and strategic dialogue between India and the United States. The site includes links to top defense policy & research institutes, think-tanks, military sites and research organizations.
Cooperative Cope Thunder
Nikhil and Jehangir wrote an exhaustive article about the Cooperative Cope Thunder joint event. Their article was publihed in Vayu magazine. Click on the link below to read the in-depth article with amazing pictures courtesy of mark Farmer at
Guard members are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
If you're looking for a way to serve your community and country while maintaining your full-time civilian career, the National Guard is for you. Click below to learn more about the proud history of the Army National Guard.
Copyright © USIndiadefense, 2006.
All Rights Reserved