• MDA issues RfI for THAAD ‘Advanced Capability Development’

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has issued a request for information (RfI) for continued development of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) globally transportable, rapidly deployable ballistic missile defence weapon system. According to a Sources Sought notification released on 11

  • Kim continues to let his missiles do the talking

    Key Points North Korea has continued to mount a series of weapon tests The tests have been a reaction to US-South Korean military drills and most recently a speech by the South Korean president North Korea test-fired two more missiles into the waters off its east coast on 16 August while

  • New defence group to start operations in late 2019, says AirBoss

    Canada-based AirBoss expects to complete the formation of AirBoss Defense Group (ADG) in the fourth quarter of 2019 by merging its defence activities with privately run US company Critical Solutions International (CSI). AirBoss announced the deal in May, but it remains subject to approval by the

  • Avon broadens protective-equipment capabilities with US acquisition

    Diversified US technology company 3M is to sell its military personal protective-equipment business (including rights to the Ceradyne brand) to UK-headquartered Avon Rubber for at least USD91 million, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to close in

  • China warns it ‘will not stand idly by’ if US deploys IRBMs to Asia

    China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has warned that Beijing “will not just stand idly by” if the United States deploys ground-based intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs) to the Asia-Pacific region. The MoFA’s statement, which was made on 5 August, came in

  • North Korea releases images of 6 August missile launches

    Images released by North Korea’s state-run media on 7 August show that the two missiles the country launched on 6 August were of the same type as the road-mobile short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) it test-fired on 25 July, as well as on 9 and 4 May. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News

  • US withdrawal from INF Treaty takes effect

    The US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty took effect on 2 August following the six-month notice given in February, the State Department has announced in a press release. The US and NATO put the blame for the withdrawal squarely on Russia. The State Department said,

  • Turkey threatens retaliation if US imposes sanctions over S-400 purchase

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said Ankara would retaliate if the US imposes sanctions over Turkey’s procurement of the S-400 air defence system and that it will consider alternatives to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if Washington removes it from the

  • Rhetoric increases with approach of INF Treaty deadline

    Rhetoric between NATO and Russia over the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has increased with the approach of the August deadline for compliance, with no resolution in sight. The NATO position on the INF treaty has been much the same since this issue emerged in 2013. “We will

  • US Army ready to extend PrSM range, delays flight testing due to subcontractor ‘accident’

    US Army leaders are looking for test sites to fly two vendors’ Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) offerings beyond the 499 km capped range agreed to in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty if Washington does withdraw from the treaty next month. Vendors will likely make software

  • Iranian foreign minister offers to negotiate on ballistic missiles

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that Tehran is prepared to talk about its ballistic missile programme in exchange for the United States cutting defence exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but only after the US has returned to the 2015 nuclear deal.

  • USFK confirms North Korea’s Hwaseong-15 ICBM can target all of US mainland

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has confirmed North Korean claims that the Northeast Asian country’s Hwaseong-15 (also spelled Hwasong-15) road-mobile, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) can strike targets anywhere in the US mainland. The weapon, which was test-fired by North Korea

  • NATO prepares options to counter Russian missile threat if INF Treaty collapses

    All options are on the table for NATO to counter Russia’s new 9M729 nuclear-capable cruise missile, including a revision of NATO’s nuclear posture and a possible technical modification of the allies’ nascent ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, according to allied sources. The

  • Israel says Iran continues ballistic missile launches

    Iran launched a Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) in December 2018, the Israeli representative to the UN told the Security Council in a letter released on 5 June. Danny Danon said there had been seven Iranian ballistic missile launches between December 2018 and February 2019,

  • China conducts probable test launch of JL-3 SLBM

    Photographs posted on Chinese social media sites appear to show that China conducted a missile launch on 2 June, which online sources suggest was a test firing of the country’s next-generation submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), the JL-3. The event took place during the time an area

  • Syria offensive raises chemical attack fears

    The apparent lack of progress that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces are making in a new offensive has raised concerns that they will resort to using chemical weapons. “Unfortunately, we continue to see signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons,

  • Images reveal further details of North Korean missile launch

    Images released by North Korea's state-run media show that the two missiles the country launched on 9 May were of the same type as the close/short-range ballistic missile it test-fired on 4 May. The firings were part of a "strike drill of defence units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in the

  • China on faster pace to develop nuclear triad, according to Pentagon, analysts

    Thanks to an accelerated development of its Jin-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) fleet, China is closer to creating a nuclear triad force than had been previously believed, according to the Pentagon and defence analysts. “We’re certainly tracking what they’re doing

  • North Korea announces test of ‘new tactical guided weapon’

    North Korea’s state-run media announced on 18 April that the country recently conducted a test-firing of what it described as a “a new tactical guided weapon”: a move that comes amid stalled talks with the United States over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. The test,

  • US must ‘remain ready for multiple contingencies’ regarding North Korea, says JCS chairman

    The United States “must remain ready for multiple contingencies” regarding North Korea, despite ongoing diplomatic efforts to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons programme, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), said in a

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