Category Archives: Missiles

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.

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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

Air Force: Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger

The United States is vulnerable to future attack by hypersonic missiles from China and Russia and is falling behind in the technology race to develop both defensive and offensive high-speed maneuvering arms, according to a new Air Force study.

“The People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation are already flight-testing high-speed maneuvering weapons (HSMWs) that may endanger both forward deployed U.S. forces and even the continental United States itself,” an executive summary of the report says.

Air Force: Hypersonic Missiles From China, Russia Pose Growing Danger

Russia successfully tests missiles that fire from ‘nuclear trains’ | The Independent

Russia has successfully tested intercontinental ballistic missiles intended for its “nuclear trains” program.

Tests on missiles for the Barguzin “railway-based combat rocket system” were carried out at the Plesetsk cosmodrome two weeks ago, the state-owned Interfax news agency reports.

“They were fully successful,” a military source told the agency, “paving the way for further flight tests.

Russia successfully tests missiles that fire from ‘nuclear trains’ | The Independent

Russia sends missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan

A military newspaper says that Moscow has deployed new anti-ship missiles on Pacific islands that are controlled by Russia but also claimed by Japan.

The Boyevaya Vakhta (Combat Duty) newspaper of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported Tuesday that Bal and Bastion missile systems have been stationed on the islands, called the southern Kurils by Russia and the Northern Territories by Japan.

Russia sends missiles to Pacific islands claimed by Japan

Clinton vowed to ‘ring’ China with missiles over North Korea threat, leaked emails say

Hillary Clinton threatened to “ring” China with defensive missiles if Beijing did not rein in North Korea, leaked emails detailing a private speech she made three years ago claim.

The US democratic presidential candidate also blamed the Chinese military for being Pyongyang’s biggest ally, according to the hacked emails, which were revealed by Wikileaks.

The former secretary of state’s comments reflect ongoing frustrations in Washington that China has been failing to use its influence as North Korea’s biggest trading partner and ally to encourage the regime to cease its nuclear weapons programme.

Clinton vowed to ‘ring’ China with missiles over North Korea threat, leaked emails say

China, Russia criticise US deployment of missile defence system in South Korea over North Korea’s nukes, – The Straits Times

Washington was using the North’s actions as a pretext to gain military superiority over China, Chinese general Cai Jun told defence officials at a briefing on the forum’s sidelines.

Deploying the system in South Korea, he said, was “not conducive to the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula”, he said, adding, “it has increased the risk of military conflict in the region”.

Beijing fears that THAAD could be used against its own missiles, effectively undermining its nuclear deterrence capabilities against the US.

China, Russia criticise US deployment of missile defence system in South Korea over North Korea’s nukes, – The Straits Times

Putin’s ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama | Observer

It’s long been obvious that Vladimir Putin and his inner circle view Barack Obama with utter contempt. To the hard men in Moscow, who got their schooling in the KGB, our diffident, wordy Ivy League lawyer president is a weakling—almost a caricature of everything they despise about the postmodern West.

Here the Kremlin mirrors most Russians, who find Obama a puzzling and contemptible man. This is nothing new. I’ve heard remarkable put-downs of our commander-in-chief for years, going back to 2008, even from the mouths of highly educated Russians. Their comments are invariably earthy, insulting, and nowhere near politically correct.

Putin’s ‘Iskander-M’ Ballistic Missile Is a Message to Obama | Observer

Russia moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad, says Estonia | World news | The Guardian

Estonian officials have said that Russia appears to be moving powerful, nuclear capable missiles into Kaliningrad, a Russian outpost province sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic coast.

The Iskander-M missiles, which have a range of over 500km, are reportedly being transported by ship from the St Petersburg area. It had previously been reported that the Russians might seek to place the Iskander-M missiles in Kaliningrad but not until 2018-19.

If confirmed, the move would be seen by western governments as another sign that Russia is seeking to establish facts on the ground, from eastern Europe to the Middle East, before a new US president takes office in January.

Russia moving nuclear-capable missiles into Kaliningrad, says Estonia | World news | The Guardian