• North Korea conducts its sixth and largest nuclear test yet

    North Korea carried out on 3 September what it claimed was a successful underground test of a hydrogen bomb designed to be mounted on its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The country’s sixth and largest nuclear test thus far was carried out “to examine and confirm the

  • SM-6 salvo tested against medium-range ballistic missile, again

    The Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Dual I and its associated weapon systems were tested against a medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target on 30 August, according to a US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) statement. MDA and sailors aboard USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), an Aegis baseline 9.C1 equipped

  • South Korea unveils test-firing footage of newest Hyeonmu-2 ballistic missiles

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reacted to Pyongyang’s 29 August test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) by releasing video footage showing the country’s newest Hyeonmu-2 (pronounced: Hyunmoo) ballistic missile being tested. Published

  • North Korea says IRBM test launch was ‘prelude to containing Guam’

    North Korea has said that its 29 August test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that flew over northern Japan was a “prelude to containing” the US island territory of Guam, adding that Pyongyang will test-fire more ballistic missiles into the Pacific Ocean in the

  • ONR plans technology maturation effort for future X-band radar

    Key Points The FXR is planned to assume the functional capabilities of the current AN/SPQ-9B radar including surface Search, horizon search, and periscope detection and discrimination The ONR’s planned Technology Advancement and Risk Reduction phase is intended to mature technologies that

  • Indian MoD receives first locally manufactured LRSAM

    The first Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LRSAM) manufactured in India was handed over to Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on 27 August for use by the Indian Navy (IN), according to a 29 August statement by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Jointly developed by IAI and India's state-owned

  • North Korea fires ballistic missile that flies over northern Japan

    North Korea launched what appears to have been an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on 29 August that flew over Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido before falling into the Pacific Ocean: the latest in a series of military provocations carried out by the communist regime in Pyongyang.

  • Controversy surrounds assertion that North Korean ICBM engines came from Ukraine

    Key Points A recent report has asserted that North Korea's successful ICBM tests in July were facilitated by Ukrainian rocket motor technology Official Ukrainian sources have denied the assertion A publicly released assessment of North Korea's recent tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles

  • North Korea threatens IRBM launches as US mulls response

    Key Points North Korea threatened to launch missiles over Japan that would land near Guam as part of an increasingly fierce rhetorical feud with US President Donald Trump. Other administration officials have been quietly pushing a diplomatic face on the dispute, while considering how to respond if

  • Japan could invoke right to ‘collective self-defence' if Guam attacked

    Any missile attack by North Korea on the US territory of Guam in the western Pacific would breach the US deterrence against an attack on Japan, enabling Japan to exercise the right to ‘collective self-defence’, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on 10 August. North

  • Pentagon intelligence finds North Korea can arm ICBMs with nukes

    Key Points DIA reports that North Korea can now produce compact nuclear weapons for its missiles The agency also believes North Korea may have enough fissile material for as many as 60 nuclear weapons A new US military intelligence assessment reportedly found that North Korea can produce a

  • DF-31AG ICBM can carry multiple warheads, claims China’s state media

    Key Points Chinese media have suggested that China's DF-31AG ICBM could be armed with MIRV warheads The DF-31AG uses a 16-wheel road-capable TEL, widening its deployment options and thus increasing its survivability While official Chinese sources have said almost nothing about the capabilities of

  • Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review mulling variable-yield weapons

    The Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is considering wide-ranging options for strategic deterrence, including low-yield or variable-yield nuclear weapons, according to a top officer. The NPR, due by year’s end, is studying how to organise and modernise the Pentagon’s 'triad'

  • Russian Navy Day celebrations overshadowed by Putin’s new naval policy

    Usually held in Northern Fleet, Russia’s annual Navy Day parade on 30 July was staged this year for the first time in the Baltic Sea. More than 50 surface vessels and submarines, in addition to 40 aircraft, took part in the event, which was held at Kronshtadt naval base in St Petersburg,

  • North Korea's latest missile launch highlights risk that weapons tests or violent incidents escalate towards conflict

    Event North Korea on 28 July test-fired a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), claiming that the test verified that the entire United States is currently within range of its missiles. Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated that the Hwasong-14 missile had been the

  • South Korea unveils test-firing footage of tactical ballistic missile system

    South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has reacted to Pyongyang’s latest test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by releasing video footage of a tactical ballistic missile system that is stated to be under development by the country’s Agency for

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

    North Korea test-fired a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on 28 July, claiming that the test verified that the entire United States is now within range of its missiles. The land-based ICBM, which was launched from an area near Mupyong-ni in north-central Chagang Province at around

  • PACOM's Adm Harris cautions on North Korean ICBM capabilities

    Key Points The United States expects North Korean ICBM capabilities to improve Washington is looking to China to place diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea As of 4 July 2017 North Korea has an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability and the range to reach North America and

  • US president adopting policy of testing limits of nuclear agreement, increasing risk of deal's collapse

    Key Points President Trump has previously twice certified Iranian compliance with the JCPOA, primarily to buy time while his administration reviews and formulates its Iran strategy. The JCPOA is likely perceived by Trump as rewarding what he sees as Iran's malign regional behaviour. It is also a

  • USAF, USN still considering nuclear weapons commonality, but cautiously

    The US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) are still mulling ways to make their nuclear-armed missiles more common, but are wary of creating single points of failure, according to Pentagon’s top nuclear officer. USAF-USN nuclear weapons commonality is “certainly not probably as visible

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