Category Archives: Missiles

Israeli Expert: Warheads Used in North Korean Missile-Launch Latest Indication of Close Military Cooperation With Iran | Algemeiner.com

Until now, such warheads — first detected by Inbar in Iran in 2010 — have not been seen in North Korea. At the time, Inbar dubbed them NRVs (or, “new entry vehicles”), which became their nickname among missile experts around the world.

Inbar told IsraelDefense: “The configuration that we saw [on Tuesday] is identical to what we saw in Iran six years ago. In principle, its penetrating body (warhead) is identical to that of Scud missiles, but is mounted on the Shahab-3, and creates a more stable entity than other Shahab/Nodong warheads.”

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Inbar said this was the third time that something of this nature had appeared in Iran before it did in North Korea. “But we must remember that the two countries engage in close cooperation where military and space-directed missiles are concerned,” he said. “It is thus possible that both plans and technology are being transferred regularly from one to the other.”

Israeli Expert: Warheads Used in North Korean Missile-Launch Latest Indication of Close Military Cooperation With Iran | Algemeiner.com

Japan’s command to destroy North Korea missiles failed, reports say – UPI.com

A Japanese command to “destroy” incoming North Korea missiles on Monday repeatedly failed, according to local press.

Tokyo’s self-defense forces were unable to recognize North Korea preparations for Monday’s missile test because Pyongyang used a road mobile launcher, also known as a transporter erector launcher, Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai reported Tuesday.

Japan’s command to destroy North Korea missiles failed, reports say – UPI.com

China may have given SLBM to NK: US expert

China could have provided North Korea with the submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) that the North successfully fired last month, a U.S. expert claimed Thursday.

Bruce Bechtol, a North Korea expert at Angelo State University in Texas, cited that the North’s SLBM, known as KN-11, looked just like China’s JL-1 submarine missile, noting that the North Korean missile is believed to be “a JL-1 or a very, very close variant.”

“The missile that the North Koreans launched looks like a two-stage, solid-fuel missile just like the JL-1,” Bechtol said on a radio program. “Just looking at the JL-1 and the North Korean SLBM, they’re looking exactly the same.”

China may have given SLBM to NK: US expert

Iran deploys Russian-made S-300 missiles at its Fordow nuclear site: TV | Reuters

Iran has deployed the Russian-supplied S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system around its Fordow underground uranium enrichment facility, Iranian state media reported on Monday.

Iranian state TV on Sunday aired footage of deployment of the recently delivered missile system to the nuclear site in the central Iran.

“Our main priority is to protect Iran’s nuclear facilities under any circumstances,” Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) air defense force told state TV.

Iran deploys Russian-made S-300 missiles at its Fordow nuclear site: TV | Reuters

The United States Is Getting More and More Irritated at Russia’s Nuke Treaty Violation – War Is Boring

Translation?—?this is bad. But unless Moscow actually deploys the prohibited missile, don’t expect a dramatic U.S. response anytime soon.

If Moscow had wanted to adhere to international norms, it could have developed the missile only after withdrawing from the INF Treaty. Doing so, though, would have subjected the Kremlin to international opprobrium for exiting an agreement popular in Europe and Asia, where nations sit within range of ground-based missiles the accord was meant to eliminate, said Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution.

The United States Is Getting More and More Irritated at Russia’s Nuke Treaty Violation – War Is Boring

“Instead, Russia gambled on quietly developing a banned missile and exploiting Washington’s reluctance to discuss sensitive intelligence data about it. That reticence about revealing intelligence details hampers U.S. efforts to foster global opinion against the violation, Pifer said.”

We have entered into treaties with Moscow where we cannot easily exit in the case of violation. Brilliant!

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) is the abbreviated name of the Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles, a 1987 agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union (and later its successor states, in particular the Russian Federation). Signed in Washington, D.C. by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on 8 December 1987, the treaty was ratified by the United States Senate on 27 May 1988 and came into force on 1 June 1988.

The INF Treaty eliminated all nuclear and conventional missiles, as well as their launchers, with ranges of 500–1,000 kilometres (310–620 mi) (short-range) and 1,000–5,500 kilometres (620–3,420 mi) (intermediate-range). The treaty did not cover sea-launched missiles. By May 1991, 2,692 missiles were eliminated, followed by 10 years of on-site verification inspections.

Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Strategic Impact of the S-300 in Iran – AEI

Key Points

  • The deployment of S-300 components to Iran is a strategic game changer in the Middle East, giving Iran a significant strategic advantage against regional states and significantly complicating US air operations.
  • The S-300 is the most advanced surface-to-air missile system available for export to potential enemies of the United States.
  • The US military can defeat the S-300, but only by devoting significant numbers of assets.
  • Deployment of the S-300 in Iran means the US will need to recalibrate its current mix of airframes in the Middle East.
  • Once Iran gains proficiency with the S-300, Russia may try to use the threat of exporting the S-400 to Iran as leverage against the United States.

The Strategic Impact of the S-300 in Iran – AEI

Japan plans missile to test Chinese strategy in East China Sea – FT.com

The new missile, say military experts familiar with the plans, is designed to “complicate enemy planning”. By positioning them on Japanese islands in the East China Sea and with a range that stretches to the edge of Japan’s territorial claims, the missiles would discourage naval aggression. If an attacking force were planning a landing on a Japanese island, its commander would need to destroy the missiles beforehand — in effect initiating conflict.

Japan’s move to build the missiles comes as the country strengthens its internal capability to develop military equipment after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended the country’s self-imposed ban on the export of weapons in 2014. The programme is part of a wider effort to reduce spending on foreign-made weaponry if a domestic alternative can be produced.

Japan plans missile to test Chinese strategy in East China Sea – FT.com

China Backlash Over U.S. Missile Shield Puts North Asia on Edge – Bloomberg

While South Korea says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system made by Lockheed Martin Corp. would be aimed at prickly neighbor North Korea, which has been busy of late test-firing missiles, China has reacted angrily, saying the shield could be applied to it. Russia has also opposed it being stationed in Asia.

The tensions, which could crimp Chinese tourism to South Korea and even the appetite for that country’s K-pop music, could also go some way to resetting the geopolitical landscape in North Asia. South Korea may move back toward the U.S., and that in turn could bring South Korea and Japan closer. China, meantime, finds itself potentially in North Korea’s corner.

China Backlash Over U.S. Missile Shield Puts North Asia on Edge – Bloomberg

Pentagon Advances Multi-Object Kill Vehicle to Destroy Enemy ICBMs & Decoys Simultaneously – Warrior – Scout

The new system, called Multi-Object Kill Vehicle, or MOKV, is designed to release from a Ground Based Interceptor and destroy approaching Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles, or ICBMs — and also take out decoys traveling alongside the incoming missile threat.

 “The multi-object kill vehicle program will enable the warfighter to counter more numerous and complex threats to the homeland by establishing the capacity to engage multiple objects from a single ground-based interceptor. This approach has the potential to shift the cost curve of missile defense by reducing the number of interceptors required to defeat the enemy,” Missile Defense Agency Spokeswoman Leah Garton told Scout Warrior. 

Pentagon Advances Multi-Object Kill Vehicle to Destroy Enemy ICBMs & Decoys Simultaneously – Warrior – Scout

TASS: Military & Defense – Iran gets missiles of Russia’s S-300 air defense system — media

Iran has received the first batch of missiles of Russia’s S-300 air defense system, the Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Monday.

“The first batch of missiles of the S-300PMU2 has arrived in Iran. These systems will reinforce the air defense of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the news agency said in a statement.

Iran plans to place the air defense systems it has received from Russia on combat alert until the end of the current Iranian year ending on March 20, 2017, the news agency said.

TASS: Military & Defense – Iran gets missiles of Russia’s S-300 air defense system — media