Raytheon has demonstrated that a new version of its AN/ALR-69A radar warning receiver that can geo-locate threat radar emitters with only one aircraft.
The new system would afford allied fourth-generation tactical aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon the ability to precisely target a ground-based enemy radar—such as targeting radar for a Russian-made S-300 battery. Previously, aircraft had to rely on approximations of where a threat signal was coming from.
Tensions between Taipei and Beijing have been rising since the electoral landslide by the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan’s January 2016 presidential and legislative elections. DPP president Tsai Ing-wen has endeavored to chart a delicate middle course. She seeks to enlarge her country’s diplomatic links with other nations and assert key Taiwanese strategic and economic interests in such places as the South China Sea. At the same time, Tsai has thus far sought to avoid truly provocative moves that would infuriate Beijing and lead to a crisis.
On March 1, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Trump administration was undergoing a comprehensive policy review on North Korea, the terminally angry and paranoid, VX-loving state that has been a problem for U.S. presidents since the first days of the Korean War.