Category Archives: Missiles

Are Missile Defense Lasers On The Verge Of Reality? « Breaking Defense

In three years the US military could have a prototype laser weapon blasting out 300 kilowatts of energy, a jump that could ignite a revolution in missile defense, a Lockheed Martin engineer told me today,

A 300-kw laser could kill cruise missiles. For comparison, that’s 10 times the power output of the Laser Weapons System (LaWS) currently being field-tested aboard ship in the Persian Gulf. LaWS can shoot down slow-moving drones at relatively short ranges.

“We believe that system itself can go to 100,” he told reporters this afternoon at Lockheed Martin’s annual media day. “We think that, with today’s technology, fiber lasers will scale to 300, arguably beyond 300.” With future improvements in the underlying laser technologies, he said, “we think we can get well beyond 500 kw.”

Are Missile Defense Lasers On The Verge Of Reality? « Breaking Defense

This all must sound like a nightmare to Vladimir Putin. The US can deal a knock-out blow to his nuclear forces with a preemptive nuclear strike. If anything is missed then US lasers can shoot it down. In a few years Russia could potentially be in trouble. Of course, Russia is already going to be in trouble as its money runs out by the end of 2016 – thanks to the Saudis dropping the price of oil.

Why wouldn’t Putin be thinking about a preemptive nuclear strike on the US if given a good enough excuse? He’s already thinking about the possiblity of some kind of nuclear response to Nato:

Marc Bennetts: How Putin is priming Russia for nuclear stand-off with the West | National Post
Putin Threatens Nuclear War Over Ukraine – The Daily Beast
Does Russia Think Their New Nuclear Weapons Could Win A War?

 

North Korea Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile | Washington Free Beacon

North Korea conducted the first flight test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last month, defense officials said this week.

The flight test of what the Pentagon is calling the KN-11 missile took place Jan. 23 off the coast of North Korea from a sea-based platform—not a submarine—located off the coast of the communist state, said officials familiar with reports of the flight test.

U.S. intelligence ships and aircraft monitored the test and tracked the successful missile firing.

Additional details of the flight test could not be learned. A Pentagon spokesman declined to comment on the test, citing the sensitivity of information about North Korea’s SLBM program.

North Korea Flight Tests New Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile | Washington Free Beacon

Russian Fear of U.S. Hypersonic Missiles Threatens New Arms Race | Business | The Moscow Times

A new arms rivalry between Russia and the United States is heating up as the two major military powers rush to develop a new class of hypersonic, non-nuclear missiles that can strike any target on the globe within one hour of launch with devastating accuracy.

The United States is leading the chase for the new weapons, which Russia firmly believes poses a significant threat to its own nuclear missile forces.

“Russia considers this trend as a path to obtaining [non-nuclear] means of depriving Russia of its deterrent capability,” Dr. Eugene Miasnikov, director of the Moscow-based Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies told The Moscow Times.

Russia’s sensitivity to threats to its nuclear deterrence could lead it to mistake a hypersonic missile launch as the opening moves of a larger attack, some analysts say, arguing that the weapons are so destabilizing that their mere development could spark a nuclear war between major powers.

Russian Fear of U.S. Hypersonic Missiles Threatens New Arms Race | Business | The Moscow Times

Iran escalates threats, vows to shower Israel with ‘Shahab’ missiles – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Brigadier General Hossein Salami, the second-in-command in the Revolutionary Guards, told Iranian state media on Thursday that his troops are capable of firing Shahab-3 missiles on Israel.

“[Israel] should be waiting for crushing responses,” Salami is quoted as saying.

The Iranian officer said that the Golan attack was an attempt to “change the balance of power in Syria” and help “the takfirist,” a reference to the Islamist elements working to topple the government of Tehran’s key ally, President Bashar Assad.

Iran escalates threats, vows to shower Israel with ‘Shahab’ missiles – Middle East – Jerusalem Post

Israeli TV shows ‘Iranian missile’ that ‘can reach far beyond Europe’ | The Times of Israel

Iran has built a 27-meter-long missile, capable of delivering a warhead “far beyond Europe,” and placed it on a launch pad at a site close to Tehran, an Israeli television report said Wednesday, showing what it said were the first satellite images of the missile ever seen in the West.

It stressed that the missile could be used to launch spacecraft or satellites, but also to carry warheads.

The Channel 2 news report showed satellite imagery documenting what it said was Iran’s “very rapid progress” on long-range missile manufacture.

Israeli TV shows ‘Iranian missile’ that ‘can reach far beyond Europe’ | The Times of Israel

North Korea developing submarine-based missiles: US think-tank | Navy & Maritime Security News at DefenceTalk

“Development of a submarine-launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula.”

Recent satellite images offer fresh evidence of North Korea developing a marine-based missile system that would give the nuclear-armed state a survivable second-strike nuclear capability, a US think-tank said Friday.

The commercial satellite pictures suggest the conning tower of a new North Korean submarine — first seen in July last year — houses one or two vertical launch tubes for either ballistic or cruise missiles, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said.

“The boat could serve as an experimental test bed for land-attack missile technology which, if successful, may be integrated into a new class of submarines,” the institute said in an analysis posted on its closely-followed 38 North website.

Development of a submarine-launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level, allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula.

North Korea developing submarine-based missiles: US think-tank | Navy & Maritime Security News at DefenceTalk

China Tests ICBM With Multiple Warheads | Washington Free Beacon

China carried out a long-range missile flight test on Saturday using multiple, independently targetable reentry vehicles, or MIRVs, according to U.S. defense officials.

The flight test Saturday of a new DF-41 missile, China’s longest-range intercontinental ballistic missile, marks the first test of multiple warhead capabilities for China, officials told the Washington Free Beacon.

China has been known to be developing multiple-warhead technology, which it obtained from the United States illegally in the 1990s.

However, the Dec. 13 DF-41 flight test, using an unknown number of inert maneuvering warheads, is being viewed by U.S. intelligence agencies as a significant advance for China’s strategic nuclear forces and part of a build-up that is likely to affect the strategic balance of forces.

China’s nuclear arsenal is estimated to include around 240 very large warheads. That number is expected to increase sharply as the Chinese deploy new multiple-warhead missiles.

China Tests ICBM With Multiple Warheads | Washington Free Beacon

China’s Checkmate: S-400 Looms Large Over Taiwan [and the Senkaku Islands] | defensenews.com

“Given its extremely long range and effective electronic warfare capabilities, the S-400 is a game-changing system that challenges current military capabilities at the operational level of war,”

The operative words being “game-changing system.” Taiwan and potentially the Senkaku Islands could be at risk due to the S-400 system. Depending on how China deploys the system, it could mean war.

Kashin, who attended the recent Airshow China in Zhuhai, said that with a range of 400 kilometers and fielded in Fujian Province, the SAM system will be able to cover the whole of Taiwan airspace, thus finally solving the “problem of air superiority for the Chinese.”

If China chooses to deploy the S-400 in Shandong Province, it will provide coverage of airspace over the Senkaku Islands. “That will be another asymmetric capability, together with anti-ship ballistic missiles, which will boost Chinese potential in dealing with the local conflicts in East Asia,” Kashin said.

China has staked a claim to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, which it refers to as the Diaoyu Islands. Other factors suggesting China will deploy the S-400 over the East China Sea include the fact that China declared an air defense identification zone over the East China Sea, including the Senkakus, in November 2013.

“Given its extremely long range and effective electronic warfare capabilities, the S-400 is a game-changing system that challenges current military capabilities at the operational level of war,” said Paul Giarra, president, Global Strategies and Transformation. The S-400 will have the “effect of turning a defensive system into an offensive system, and extend China’s A2/AD [anti-access/area-denial] umbrella over the territory of American allies and the high seas.”

China’s Checkmate: S-400 Looms Large Over Taiwan | defensenews.com

This system needs to be taken out before it becomes operational if China attempts to deploy it over Taiwan or the Senkaku Islands. Time to get ready for nuclear war with China.

For first time, Iran media admit point of missile program was ‘to hit Israel’ | World Tribune

After officially insisting that its nearly 30-year-old ballistic missile program was not targeting any one country, Iran has acknowledged that it was aimed against Israel.

The state-owned Iranian media have given unprecedented details of the origin of Teheran’s ballistic missile program under the Islamic regime. The media quoted senior officials as saying that the impetus for the program was to strike Israel.

For first time, Iran media admit point of missile program was ‘to hit Israel’ | World Tribune

TASS: Russia – Russia nuclear submarine to test-launch Bulava missile on Nov 30 — military source

The Alexander Nevsky strategic nuclear-powered submarine will make a single test-launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile on Sunday, November 30, a source in the Northern Fleet headquarters told TASS on Thursday.

“According to updated reports, the Alexander Nevsky is due to test-launch Bulava in a time interval between 12.00 and 3pm Moscow time (9am-12.00 GMT) on November 30. The test-launch will be made from the Barents Sea at the Kura firing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula from a submerged position,” the military source said.

TASS: Russia – Russia nuclear submarine to test-launch Bulava missile on Nov 30 — military source

Am I the only alarmed by all these Russian missile tests?