• 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

  • Ground invasion is 'only way' to completely disarm North Korea, say US Joint Chiefs of Staff

    The only way to “locate and destroy with complete certainty” all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapon programmes is through a ground invasion, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a letter sent to US Congressman Ted Lieu on 27 October. On behalf of the JCS, Rear

  • Russia attacks Syrian chemical weapons investigation

    Key Points The JIM has held the Syrian air force responsible for the 4 April sarin nerve agent attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun Russian officials have criticised the investigation as unprofessional and biased Russia has escalated its diplomatic offensive against the Joint Investigative

  • CBO: US nuclear forces to cost USD1.2 trillion over next 30 years

    The US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated current nuclear force plans would cost USD1.2 trillion, in 2017 dollars, over the 2017–46 period. This estimate, revealed in a 31 October report, finds more than USD800 billion is necessary to operate and incrementally upgrade US nuclear

  • RoKA highlights role ballistic missiles could play in conflict with Pyongyang

    The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) has said that it is confident of its capabilities to quickly destroy North Korea's frontline artillery systems in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, according the Yonhap news agency. The media outlet reported that in a document drafted for the South Korean

  • Japanese defence minister urges research into how to counter North Korean EMP attack

    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has said that his country must develop the technological capabilities to negate or mitigate the impact of a possible North Korean electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Speaking to reporters following a 17 October visit to the Electronic Systems Research

  • Seoul seeks to develop counter-rocket system, says report

    South Korea is pushing to develop an indigenous counter-rocket system amid persisting threats from North Korea's long-range artillery, the Yonhap news agency quoted the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying in a report. In their report, which was presented during a parliamentary

  • 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)

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