Category Archives: Missiles

Israel Attacks Hezbollah Missiles in Mezzeh – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

The Syrian regime accused Israel of carrying out strikes on the Mezzeh military airport near Damascus at dawn Friday as Israeli unofficial sources said the attack targeted missiles on their way to Lebanon’s “Hezbollah.”

As usual, the Syrian regime accused Israel of standing behind the strikes.

“Syrian army command and armed forces warn Israel of the repercussions of the flagrant attack,” Syria’s news agency SANA quoted military sources as saying.

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The Syrian regime’s Foreign Ministry condemned the missile attack in two letters to the U.N. secretary general and the president of the U.N. Security Council, and called on the international community to “punish the Israeli aggressor.”

Israel Attacks Hezbollah Missiles in Mezzeh – ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English

China, Russia reportedly agree “countermeasures” over U.S. missile defense plan in South Korea (THAAD) – CBS News

Both Russia and China, North Korea’s now largely estranged ally, see the deployment as exceeding what is necessary to defend against any North Korean threat, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said it would “directly affect strategic security of Russia and China.”

That could “add fuel to the fire of an already tense situation and even possibly wreck the regional strategic balance,” Wang said in April.

Their remarks came days after President Obama told CBS News’ Charlie Rose that the U.S. was working fast to position missile defenses in the region.

China, Russia reportedly agree “countermeasures” over U.S. missile defense plan in South Korea (THAAD) – CBS News

Trump Has Four Main Options for Stopping North Korean Missiles

Here are four options that Trump may consider to make good on his statement.

Military Strike

In 1994, the U.S. deployed an aircraft carrier for a potential strike on North Korea’s nuclear compound, according to a memoir published in 2000 by former South Korean President Kim Young-sam. The crisis ended after talks between ex-President Jimmy Carter and North Korean founder Kim Il Sung.

The costs of a strike would be higher now. North Korea’s arsenal has grown with five nuclear tests since 2006. A surgical attack risks provoking a full-fledged war that could kill millions of people on the peninsula — including in South Korea, a key American ally.

Trump Has Four Main Options for Stopping North Korean Missiles

How the U.S. Navy is Trying to Make China’s ‘Carrier-Killer’ Missiles Obsolete | The National Interest Blog

The U.S. Navy and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully launched a salvo of two Raytheon Standard SM-6 Dual I missiles against a medium-range ballistic missile target earlier this week. USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)—an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer—conducted the test shortly after midnight on Dec. 14 to demonstrate a Sea Based Terminal endo-atmospheric defensive capability.

“This test demonstrated the capabilities MDA and the Navy are delivering to our fleet commanders,” Vice Adm. Jim Syring, director of the MDA said in a statement. …

How the U.S. Navy is Trying to Make China’s ‘Carrier-Killer’ Missiles Obsolete | The National Interest Blog

North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official | Reuters

North Korea appears able to mount a miniaturized nuclear warhead on a missile but is still struggling with missile re-entry technology necessary for longer range strikes, a senior U.S. military official said on Thursday.

“I think they could mate a warhead with a delivery device. They’re just not sure (about) re-entry,” said the official, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity.

“They’re endeavoring to overcome that.”

North Korea still struggling with nuclear missile re-entry: U.S. official | Reuters

China Prepares for Anti-Satellite Missile Test – Washington Free Beacon

China is preparing to conduct a flight test of a new missile capable of destroying satellites in space, one of Beijing’s most potent asymmetric warfare weapons.

Test preparations for the Dong Neng-3 anti-satellite missile were detected at a military facility in central China, according to Pentagon officials familiar with reports of the impending test.

Intelligence agencies were alerted to the impending test by China’s announcement of air closure zones covering the expected flight path of the DN-3.

China Prepares for Anti-Satellite Missile Test – Washington Free Beacon

Israelis are in denial about the next missile war – Israel News – Haaretz.com

Israel is short of bomb shelters and Hezbollah could have chemical weapons: The next war will kill our black swan, one way or another.

More than a quarter of the population has no access to a bomb shelter. Many more have inadequate one shelters, reckons the watchdog.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman hinted on Thursday that the Air Force’s last reported raids on Syria were to prevent Syria from transferring chemical weapons to Hezbollah.

Israelis are in denial about the next missile war – Israel News – Haaretz.com

James Mattis warned that land-based nuclear missiles pose false alarm danger | US news | The Guardian

James Mattis, the retired general Donald Trump has chosen to be the next US defence secretary, has questioned the need for land-based nuclear missiles on the grounds they represent a higher risk than other weapons of being launched on a false alarm.

Mattis raised doubts about US nuclear orthodoxy in a statement to Congress in 2015, raising the issue over whether nuclear deterrence should continue to rest on a “triad” of weapon types: land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched missiles and warheads carried by air force bombers. During the campaign, Trump vowed to proceed with current plans to modernise all three legs of the triad, with an estimated price tag of half a trillion dollars over 20 years.

James Mattis warned that land-based nuclear missiles pose false alarm danger | US news | The Guardian

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency Will Test-Fire its New Larger SM-3IIA Interceptor Missile in Space – Warrior – Scout

The Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon will soon fire fire a new SM-3 missile variant into space to destroy an approaching enemy missile target – as a way to develop a new interceptor better able to detect and destroy ballistic missile threats approaching the earth’s atmosphere from space.

The new missile, called the SM-3IIA, is slated to fire from a land-based missile defense site planned by the Pentagon for Poland by 2018, a Missile Defense Agency spokesman, told Scout Warrior in a statement.

SM-3 missiles, first deployed on Navy ships, are exo-atmospheric interceptor missiles designed to destroy short and intermediate range incoming enemy ballistic missiles in above the earth’s atmosphere. With the weapon, threats are destroyed in space during what’s described as the mid-course phase of flight.

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency Will Test-Fire its New Larger SM-3IIA Interceptor Missile in Space – Warrior – Scout