U.S. defense officials were tight-lipped about the types of missiles launched last week and how the vehicles were detected and tracked. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Brian Maka, a Defense Dept. official, said the Pentagon does not discuss military forces' "alert status," the types of detection assets used or missile trajectories, citing classification of "collection systems."Not that AW&ST would ever reveal any "sources and technique" info...
HOWEVER, ALLIES IN THE PACIFIC region say a number of missiles were being prepared for launch from the northern part of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea) in May, and that those activities were discovered by a U.S. Keyhole-series reconnaissance satellite. Japan positioned two Aegis cruisers nearby, and the U.S. undoubtedly had Defense Support Program satellites, surveillance aircraft such as the RC-135S Cobra Ball and the RC-135V/W Rivet Joint, the Cobra Judy ship and myriad radars detecting and tracking the tests.
Landing the Big One
Monday, July 10, 2006
At least I think my post title sums up this Aviation Week & SpaceTechnology report except for this part: