• US ICBM fleet now compliant with US-Russia New START Treaty

    The US Air Force (USAF) announced its nuclear missile force is compliant with the 2011 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) between the United States and Russia. On 2 June the last of 50 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) were removed from the launch facility at the FE

  • North Korea conducts another possible ICBM rocket engine test, says report

    North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of Pyongyang's programme to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Reuters news agency reported on 23 June. The US assessed that the test, the latest in a series of engine

  • China and US divergence in handling North Korea likely to slow efforts to improve trade relations

    EVENT The US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was held in Washington, DC, on 21 June. The US urged China to curtail North Korean nuclear weapons and missile programmes through economic and diplomatic pressure. The day before, US president Donald Trump said China failed to rein in North

  • US Gen Hyten wants Pentagon nuclear modernisation efforts accelerated

    Key Points A top US officer wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear weapons modernisation efforts These are huge programmes that will all be modernised simultaneously The United States officer in charge of its nuclear arsenal wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear modernisation

  • Japanese drills seek to enhance response to potential ballistic missile attack

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has announced that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) will be conducting rapid deployment exercises of its Patriot PAC-3 missile systems to enhance the service's response capability against ballistic missiles amid growing military threats from North

  • North Korea to test-fire ICBM in not too distant future, says report

    The newspaper of North Korea's ruling party, Rodong Sinmun , has claimed that the country's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) will take place in the not too distant future, according to a 10 June report by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. "The series of recent

  • US MDA chief 'concerned' about North Korean missile advancements

    The director of the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), US Navy Vice Admiral James Syring, has said he is greatly concerned about the advancements and demonstrations of ballistic missile technology made by North Korea over the past six months. "I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the

  • Putin backs Ankara-Moscow S-400 sales negotiations

    Negotiations are underway between Ankara and Moscow for the supply of S-400 air defence missile systems to the Turkish Armed Forces, Russian state-controlled press has reported. Speaking in St Petersburg on 1 June, President Vladimir Putin stated, "We discussed the possibility of selling the

  • South Korean president orders probe into additional THAAD rocket launchers

    South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, has ordered a special investigation after the Ministry of National Defence (MND) in Seoul failed to inform him that four additional rocket launchers for the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system had been brought into the country,

  • US homeland missile defence system scores first ICBM target intercept

    The US homeland missile defence system, known as Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD), succeeded in its first ever attempt to intercept a simulated intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) target, according to the Pentagon. The GMD system is specifically designed to shoot down missiles in the

  • DoE requests to terminate MOX nuclear disposition programme, again

    The US Department of Energy (DoE) has once again requested that Congress terminate a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium, the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). The MFFF has strong backing among South Carolina's congressional delegation and has survived

  • North Korea on 'inevitable' pathway to nuclear ICBM if left unchecked, says DIA chief

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has warned that if North Korea is left on its current trajectory, the northeast Asian country will succeed in obtaining an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of posing a direct

  • North Korean missile launch further constrains South Korean president's options to reinvigorate inter-Korean dialogue, mitigate conflict risks

    EVENT North Korea test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile on 21 May, and on 23 May South Korea fired 90 machine gun rounds at unidentified objects crossing the Military Demarcation Line, likely to have been balloons with propaganda leaflets according to South Korea's Ministry of Defence.

  • Pentagon budget 2018: DoD's discretionary funding boost focused on personnel

    President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) discretionary US Department of Defense (DoD) budget request for USD639.1 billion represents about a 8.9% increase over FY 2017's USD586.7 billion appropriation and boosts 'readiness' funding by 9.2%. The FY 2018 defence budget request includes

  • North Korean nuclear programme advances

    North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, based on the simultaneous development of a weaponisable nuclear device and ballistic missile delivery systems, appears to have advanced incrementally in early 2016. Following Pyongyang's claimed - although widely disputed - test of a 'H-bomb' (thermonuclear)

  • Use of chemical weapons continues in Syria

    The Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on 23 November 2015 expressed "grave concern" that chemical weapons (CW) had once again been used in Syria after its fact-finding mission (FFM) confirmed "with the utmost confidence" that sulphur mustard had

  • UPDATE: SM-3 Block IIA interceptor completes second flight test

    Key Points Second control test vehicle flight success paves way for SM-3 Block IIA intercept test in 2016 Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted to build a further 17 SM-3 Block IIA all-up rounds for operational testing and initial deployment The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the

  • IAI unveils its Terra dual-band long-range radar system

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a long-range radar system that includes the new EL/M-2090S Spectra S-band radar. When linked to the previously unveiled EL/M-2090U Ultra UHF radar, the two combine to form Terra, officials from IAI's Elta division told journalists at a facility in

  • Bahrain becomes launch customer for Russian Kornet-EM system

    Bahrain has become the launch customer for the new Kornet-EM anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) system, according to a Russian military industrial complex source. The source said Bahrain ordered about 100 9M133M-2 missiles for the Kornet-EM system in 2014. The type and number of launchers ordered by

  • Security Alerts - 21-28 August

    IHS Jane's Security Alerts provide a snapshot of political and security news likely to break in the week ahead. Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day on 24 August. Pro-Russian separatists are likely to intensify their attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk and improvised explosive device (IED) attacks on

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