• Nuclear Posture Review calls for modernised command and control system

    Key Points The new Nuclear Posture Review calls for modernisation of the US NC3 system This is the system that facilitates the deployment of nuclear weapons in a crisis The United States’ 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) released on 2 February calls for the nation to strengthen and

  • US warns of Assad’s evolving CW munitions

    Forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad are developing new munitions to deliver chemical weapons, US officials told journalists on 1 February. The officials said Assad’s forces had continued to make occasional and relatively small-scale use of chemical weapons since the 4

  • India successfully test-fires Agni V ballistic missile in operational configuration

    India has test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni V ballistic missile in its operational configuration to a range of around 5,000 km. “We [India] have successfully launched nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni V today,” Indian Defence Minister

  • North Korea continues work on second SLBM test barge, says 38 North

    Commercial satellite imagery captured on 6 January indicates that North Korea is continuing work on its second submersible ballistic missile test stand barge berthed at the Nampo Naval Shipyard on the country's west coast, according to a report published on 16 January by the 38 North website.

  • Japan mulls adding cruise missile interception capability to Aegis Ashore

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is considering adding a cruise missile interception capability to the two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems the country plans to install to counter the growing threat posed by North Korea's ballistic missiles. During a 12

  • Pyongyang to use nuclear weapons against US if threatened, warns North Korean leader

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has warned Washington that he is ready to use nuclear weapons against the United States if his country is threatened, adding that Pyongyang would focus in 2018 on series-producing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles for operational deployment. Following North

  • Nuclear scanner could be scaled down for air cargo screening

    Passport Systems Inc has developed a new cargo-screening system called Smart Scan 3D for automatic identification of nuclear materials. The US government provided most of the development funding. A full-scale system is in operation in Boston to scan maritime containers, but Passport Systems has

  • Russia accuses US of missile treaty violations following Japanese Aegis Ashore announcement

    Japan’s decision to acquire a ground-based version of the US-built Aegis Ashore missile defence system has been severely criticised by the Russian government as a violation of Washington’s Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty responsibilities. Russian foreign ministry of

  • Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman awarded low-cost cruise missile development contracts

    Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have been awarded separate contracts by the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop and demonstrate a prototype low-cost autonomous cruise missile under the ‘Gray Wolf’ science and technology demonstration programme. The contracts derive

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Third stop-gap budget enacted, missile defence benefits

    Congress passed another extension of a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) budget on 21 December to keep the federal government funded through 19 January, but included a big addition for missile defence activities. US President Donald Trump on 22 December was expected to enact a third CR budget to

  • Shanahan: Pentagon to restructure, new strategy to shape FY 2020 budget

    The Pentagon expects in January 2018 to unveil its National Defense Strategy (NDS) and in the next month unveil key nuclear weapons and missile defence reviews and the fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget, but the FY 2020 budget will be “the masterpiece”, according to a top defence

  • North Korea says it will build more nuclear-capable weapons

    Two weeks after test-firing its Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) North Korea announced on 13 December that it plans to increase the quality and quantity of its nuclear weapons. Addressing scientists and workers at a munitions industry conference, North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un

  • PGZ proceeds with Pilica production

    Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) announced on 5 December that it is launching the production of the Pilica air defence system. Deliveries of the system will start in 2019 and last until 2022. The contract to equip six PSR-A Pilica batteries is worth PLN750 million (USD211 million). The radio-location

  • US, South Korea kick off joint ‘Vigilant Ace 18’ aerial exercise

    Units from the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the United States commenced on 4 December the five-day ‘Vigilant Ace 18’ aerial exercise amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang’s testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The air combat exercise, which

  • Yemeni rebels claim cruise missile attack on UAE

    Yemen’s Ansar Allah group further fuelled suspicion that it is receiving Iranian strategic weapons when it claimed it had carried out a long-range cruise missile attack on the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The group, popularly known as the Houthis, stated on 3 December that the cruise missile

  • North Korea releases launch images of Hwaseong-15 ICBM

    North Korea has released images of its 29 November test-launch of a Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which Pyongyang claims is capable of striking anywhere in the United States. The land-based ICBM, which was launched on a high trajectory from the vicinity of Pyongsong in

  • North Korea claims test-launch of new ICBM shows all of US is within range

    North Korea said on 29 November that it successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of striking anywhere in the United States, adding that the development of the weapon system marks the completion of its nuclear-capable missile force. The land-based ICBM, which

  • China’s DF-41 ICBM could enter service in 2018, says report

    China's Dong Feng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) could enter service as early as the first half of 2018, the state-owned Global Times newspaper reported on 19 November following media reports stating that the ICBM possibly underwent another test a few weeks ago. “The

  • Pyongyang unlikely to denuclearise quickly, says South Korean president

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that it will not be easy for North Korea to completely dismantle its nuclear capabilities in a short period of time, given that the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are at an advanced stage. “That means North Korea would

  • US defence policy bill would allow path to cancel MOX plutonium de-weaponision project

    Congress’ fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence policy bill for the first time appears to allow a path for terminating a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium. The US Department of Energy (DoE) in FY 2018 once again requested that Congress terminate the Mixed

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