Category Archives: Missiles

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.

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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

Obama Admin Letting China, Russia Gain Missile Edge

China, Russia, and rogue states like Iran are investing in advanced missile technology that will threaten the United States.

The Obama administration’s defense policy has lagged in the field of missile deterrence, according to a new study from the Hudson Institute prepared with input from former officials and military leaders.

Increasing shortcomings in U.S. preparedness has encouraged other nations to prioritize development of missiles that threaten U.S. interests at home, abroad, and in space.

Obama Admin Letting China, Russia Gain Missile Edge

Kim says missile launch gives North Korea ‘capability’ to attack US in Pacific | Fox News

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un trumpeted the success of a powerful new midrange ballistic missile test that state media said Thursday propelled one of the weapons more than 870 miles high, saying it would allow strikes on U.S. forces throughout the region.

That ability would back up years of threats and boasts from North Korea and has long been a worry for the United States and its allies, Tokyo and Seoul. It explains in part North Korea’s tenacious testing of the Musudan missile, which was only a success after five failures in about two months. The missile’s potential 2,180-mile range puts much of Asia and the Pacific within reach.

Kim says missile launch gives North Korea ‘capability’ to attack US in Pacific | Fox News

Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable missiles along NATO border by 2019 | Reuters

Russia is likely to deploy advanced nuclear-capable missiles in its European exclave of Kaliningrad by 2019, casting the move as a reply to a U.S.-backed missile shield, and may one day put them in Crimea too, sources close to its military predict.

That would fuel what is already the worst standoff between Russia and the West since the Cold War and put a swathe of territory in NATO members Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the cross-hairs.

Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable missiles along NATO border by 2019 | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns he’ll retaliate against NATO missiles

Putin has a track record of acting on this threats, so Washington and NATO have to take him seriously, military analyst Lt. Col. Rick Francona (ret.) told CNN.

“I don’t think he wants to get into an armed confrontation with NATO,” Francona said, “but of course Washington has to look at this. He is a very maniacal personality and we’re not quite sure how he’s going to react to this.”

The missile installation in Romania is the first land-based defensive missile launcher in Europe. It is part of a larger NATO defense shield that includes a command-and-control center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, a radar installation in Turkey and four ships capable of identifying enemy missiles and firing their own SM-3s based in Rota, Spain.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns he’ll retaliate against NATO missiles

8 Iranian missile launches since nuke deal signed, expert tells US Congress

In the 10 months since the Iran nuclear agreement was signed, the Islamic Republic has increased the frequency of its ballistic missile testing, according to researcher Michael Elleman, whotestified before a US senatorial committee this week.

Iran is primarily focused on increasing the accuracy, not the range, of its missiles, Elleman said.

According to the UN decision, “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology,” until October 2023.

As they’re only “called upon not to” test missiles, but not expressly forbidden from doing so, Iran has used that loophole to increase its testing with impunity.

8 Iranian missile launches since nuke deal signed, expert tells US Congress

Israel expanding ‘Iron Dome’ missile system to warships to protect offshore gas fields | Fox News

Israel on Wednesday said it plans to expand a key missile-defense system to warships, in a bid to protect the country’s lucrative offshore gas fields amid growing aerial threats from regional adversaries.

Israel’s military said it had successfully tested a naval version of its land-based Iron Dome system in recent weeks and would begin deploying it on its newest frigates to protect the country’s strategic assets, including its gas rigs.

Israel expanding ‘Iron Dome’ missile system to warships to protect offshore gas fields | Fox News

Iran breaches nuclear deal and UN resolution for the third time – Al Arabiya English

Iranian leaders have breached both the resolutions and the nuclear agreement for the third time since the nuclear deal went into effect in January 2016. Iran has repeatedly test-fired, long-range ballistic missiles and laser-guided surface-to-surface missiles.

In October and November, just after the nuclear deal was reached, Iran tested a new ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads.

In March, Iran again test-fired two ballistic missiles. More recently and for the third time, the Iranian government fired a test missile two weeks ago which was accurate to 25 feet, which is characterized as zero error, according to the Brigadier General Ali Abdollahi, the Iranian military’s deputy chief of staff, and Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency.


But, the United Nations Security Council resolution (Paragraph 3 of Annex B of resolution 2231, 2015) is clear. The resolution “calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Iran breaches nuclear deal and UN resolution for the third time – Al Arabiya English

N.Korea deploying ICBMs near Chinese border

The North has been constructing ICBMs bases near its border with China with the apparent aim of avoiding having its KN-08s destroyed by allies’ precision bombing in the event of a contingency, the report added.

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also said in February that Pyongyang “has already taken initial steps toward fielding this (KN-08) system, although the system has not been flight-tested.”

It could be the North’s second missile to be operationally deployed without test-firing, after the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missiles (IRBMs). The hostile state deployed the Musudans in 2007 without carrying out any test-firing, according to the Ministry of National Defense.

N.Korea deploying ICBMs near Chinese border