Category Archives: Missiles

How to Defend Against Russia and China: Missiles and More Missiles – Fortune

Where China is concerned, it’s a range of ballistic missiles, perhaps most notably the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles known unambiguously as the “carrier killer.” Security experts and officials routinely wring their hands over the advanced state of Russian missile technology as well as its proliferation. (Authorities believe a Russian surface-to-air missile shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014, and Russia’s recent sale of its advanced S-300 surface-to-air missile systems to Iran has rankled Western security officials as well.)

Iran’s own homegrown ballistic missile program further worries the Islamic Republic’s Middle Eastern neighbors—as well as the Pentagon—as its long-range missiles could be used to strike at Israel or other U.S. allies in the region. North Korea has captured several news cycles in recent weeks by testing various missiles, the means by which it could turn its small nuclear arsenal into a massive global threat.

How to Defend Against Russia and China: Missiles and More Missiles – Fortune

These Russian Nukes Are Better Than America’s | The National Interest

Given the evidence, the United States lags far behind Russia in the development of land-based ICBMs. The United States has one, to be fair very outmoded, ICBM: the Minuteman III, capable of carrying only one warhead, and the prospects of developing a replacement are very indistinct. In Russia, the situation could not be more different. Land-based ICBMs are being renewed on a regular basis—in fact, the process of developing new missiles never really ends. Each new ICBM is designed to penetrate missile-defense systems, which makes the EuroPRO project and Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (the U.S. antiballistic system for intercepting incoming warheads) ineffective against Russia in the foreseeable future.

These Russian Nukes Are Better Than America’s | The National Interest

Seoul: North Korea May Have Launched Ballistic Missile From Submarine | TIME

North Korea on Saturday fired what appeared to be a ballistic missile from a submarine off its northeast coast, South Korean defense officials said, Pyongyang’s latest effort to expand its military might in the face of pressure by its neighbors and Washington.

The South Korean officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules, could not immediately confirm where the projectile landed. The Saturday evening launch of what the officials said was presumably a submarine-launched ballistic missile took place near the North Korean coastal town of Sinpo, where analysts have previously detected efforts by the North to develop submarine-launched ballistic missile systems.

Seoul: North Korea May Have Launched Ballistic Missile From Submarine | TIME

Iran’s Nuclear Missiles in Our Future

  • Iran has not only failed to sign the agreement, it passed a parliamentary resolution reiterating Iran’s right to do the nuclear activities the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA) forbids.
  • Iran’s purpose seems obvious. By blocking transparency for its nuclear activities and evading enforcement of the terms of the JCPOA, Iran gets to move forward with its nuclear weapons development even as it pretends not to.
  • Most of the media have ignored satellites photos showing that Iran has hidden its Parchin military atomic complex by completely bulldozing the area and then building an underground nuclear facility off limits to any inspections.
  • A missile can be launched from the sea–as Iran has done at least twice– by a freighter, which leaves no return address. Even the threat of missile launch can have significant coercive political effect particularly if one does not know from where it will be fired.
  • As for accuracy, if a missile in the mode of an electro-magnetic pulse exploded anywhere in the atmosphere between Atlanta and Boston, it would knock out most of America’s electric grid.

Iran’s Nuclear Missiles in Our Future

I see this risk emerging somewhere around 2030 +/- 2 years. The nuclear treaty with Iran expires in 2025. Iran will need a few years to generate the highly enriched uranium needed for its bombs. I assume that the bombs (minus uranium) and missiles will exist by 2025 thanks to the work being done in North Korea.

Russia says it will complete S-300 delivery to Iran by end of year | The Times of Israel

Moscow will complete its delivery of the S-300 air defense system to Iran by the end of the year, the head of Russia state-owned defense conglomerate said Tuesday, after months of speculation over whether the advanced weapon would be transferred to Tehran at all.

Sergei Chemezov, the head of weapons behemoth Rostec, also confirmed that part of the advanced weapons system had already been sent to Iran, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russia says it will complete S-300 delivery to Iran by end of year | The Times of Israel

China Flight Tests New Multiple-Warhead Missile

Disclosure of the DF-41 test follows a newsletter report last month that stated China is nearing deployment of the new ICBM.

Kanwa Asian Defense reported last month that the new ICBM is in the final testing phase, and its expected deployment area will be near Xinyang in Henan province, in central China.

From that location, the missile would be capable of striking the United States in around 30 minutes, either through a polar trajectory or over the Pacific.

An earlier flight test of the DF-41, also with two dummy warheads, was carried out Aug. 6.

The new missile poses a significant strategic threat because it is larger than other road-mobile ICBMs and the new JL-2 submarine-launched ballistic missile.

China Flight Tests New Multiple-Warhead Missile

Report: US Army Building Fortified Missile Base in Israel Against Potential Iranian Threat | Algemeiner.com

The US is building a fortified missile base in central Israel to be permanently manned in case of a regional emergency, according to i24News, citing a report in the Hebrew news site Walla on Thursday.

According to the report, Israeli security sources said that the base is in advanced stages of construction and is being built in response to the potential missile threat posed by Iran. The base, which can withstand a ballistic-missile attack, will be connected to a nearby US Army-run radar facility in Dimona, located in the Negev Desert. Dimona is the location of the Negev Nuclear Research Center, an Israeli nuclear installation that is historically suspected of housing Israel’s nuclear weapons program.

Report: US Army Building Fortified Missile Base in Israel Against Potential Iranian Threat | Algemeiner.com

N Korea says it successfully tests long-range rocket engine | Fox News

North Korea said Saturday it has successfully tested a new intercontinental ballistic rocket engine that will give it the ability to stage nuclear strikes on the United States.

The engine’s ground test, if true, would be a big step forward for the North’s nuclear weapons program, which saw its fourth atomic test earlier this year. But the North may still need a good deal of work before it can hit the U.S. mainland with nuclear missiles. South Korean officials say North Korea doesn’t yet have a reliable intercontinental ballistic missile, let alone the ability to arm it with a nuclear warhead.

N Korea says it successfully tests long-range rocket engine | Fox News

The real meaning of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei’s missile warning | Fox News

On March 30, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected Western pressure for Iran to stop testing ballistic missiles and a statement by a former Iranian president favoring negotiations instead of the missile program by warning in a speech: “People say that tomorrow’s world is a world of negotiations and not a world of missiles.”  Khamenei added, “If they say this thoughtlessly, it shows that they are thoughtless. However, if this is intentional, then this is treachery.”

Khamenei’s defiant comments came in the midst of growing international concerns about Iran’s missile program.  Iran tested two ballistic missiles last fall and several over the last month.  Written on the sides of two missiles recently tested by Iran reportedly were the words “Israel should be wiped from the pages of history.”  Iran is expected to soon launch a space-launch rocket that most experts believe will be a test to develop an ICBM capable of firing nuclear warheads against Europe and the United States.

The real meaning of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei’s missile warning | Fox News

The real meaning is this: Tomorrow’s world will be a world of missiles. And the target of those missiles will be the US, Europe, Saudi Arabia (and allies) and Israel. Thanks to a lot of help coming from North Korea, it is likely that most of those missiles will have a nuclear warhead.

 

China is putting the finishing touches on a nuclear missile that can strike the US – Business Insider

Once fielded, the DF-41 will absolutely change the game for the People’s Liberation Army’s Rocket Force. Previous sil0-based Chinese missile systems were immobile, but the DF-41 can be launched from mobile platforms.

Analysts also say the missile could fly over the North Pole and hit the US within 30 minutes, or fly over the Pacific ocean in a few minutes more with a payload of ten individually targetable nuclear warheads.

The estimates of the DF-41’s speed place it comfortably in the range of hypersonic missiles, or well above Mach 5.

Though China closely guards the particulars of its nuclear program, experts believe they have a stockpile of about 260 nuclear warheads, and could quickly make more.

China is putting the finishing touches on a nuclear missile that can strike the US – Business Insider