• Washington, Seoul agree to scrap warhead weight limit for South Korean missiles

    In the wake of North Korea’s sixth and largest nuclear test to date, US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in have agreed to lift the warhead weight limit for South Korean missiles stipulated in US-South Korean guidelines. During a 4 September telephone

  • 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 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

  • Update: Developing MOKV will be challenging but results could reap cost savings

    Key Points Lockheed Martin will examine technologies from its previous MKV effort MOKV could be a fielded capability as early as 2025 The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has awarded contracts to Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon to define a proof-of-concept prototype and demonstrate risk

  • Malaysian Starstreak deal to feature trade-in of Starburst missiles

    Malaysia's Weststar Group has been appointed prime contractor by the Malaysian Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) to supply the Thales UK Starstreak high-velocity missile ground-based air-defence system to the Malaysian Army, it was announced on 3 August. Weststar did not reveal the value of the contract

  • Nuclear deal likely to temporarily increase Iranian political stability, cause escalation of Iraqi and Syrian proxy war

    Iranian diplomats have told media that a draft nuclear agreement has been reached with the P5+1 countries in Vienna on 14 July. The agreement will gradually allow investment in Iran's economy, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will likely attempt to maximise their gains in Iraq and Syria in the short term,

  • Hamas's tactics highlight severe cost of war with Hizbullah and raise risk of third intifada against Israel

    Key Points Hamas has brought about a suspension of some flights at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, and inflicted significant casualties against Israel. Hamas has forced Fatah to back it, and internal dynamics within Fatah raise the risk of the movement splitting and factions within it calling for

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