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February 3, 2015 | Threat News

Iran Satellite Launch Sparks Concern

MDAA Ian Williams   February 3, 2015 —Iran launched a small reconnaissance satellite into orbit on Monday at approximately 3:50am, a demonstration of the country’s growing competency in rocket and missile technology. This is the fourth satellite Iran has launched since 2009. The satellite was carried by a 72-foot Safir rocket, the booster of which is based… read more

February 3, 2015 | Threat News

Test launch of Russia’s new Yars-based ballistic missile due in March — source

ITAR Tass: MOSCOW, February 2. /TASS/. A test launch of the new solid propellant inter-continental ballistic missile RS-26, based on the previous model RS-24 Yars has been scheduled for the middle of March, a source in the defense industry said. “There are plans for launching the RS-26 toward the end of the quarter, some day… read more

February 2, 2015 | Threat News

Analysis: Iranian ICBM claim falls short of the mark

IHS Jane’s 360: Claims that Iran is preparing to test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) are based on incorrect analysis of a satellite image showing the new facility at the Khomeini Space Centre in Semnan province. The claim was first made on 21 January by Israel’s Channel 2 on the basis of an undated EROS-B… read more

January 30, 2015 | Threat News

New Russian Heavy Ballistic Missile Slated for Testing

Sputnik News: MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Full-scale testing of the new Russian Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile may be held in a year or year and a half after the drop tests scheduled in 2015, Lenta.Ru reported Thursday. “If the drop tests go according to the plan and the missile performs well, it will be test launched in a year or a… read more

January 29, 2015 | Threat News

Reports Suggest North Korea Trying to Restart Nuclear Reactor

Reuters: (Reuters) – North Korea may be trying to restart a nuclear reactor that can yield plutonium for atomic bombs, a U.S. security think tank said on Wednesday, citing new satellite imagery. An analysis issued by 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, said it was too early to… read more

January 27, 2015 | Threat News

United States Holds Forum on North Korea Ballistic Missiles

Yonhap News Agency: SEOUL, Jan. 27 (Yonhap) — The United States plans to hold a high-level military forum this week to explore ways to better respond to North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction amid their growing security threats to the world, officials said Tuesday. The Korea Senior Seminar (KSS) “will take place at the U.S.… read more

January 26, 2015 | Threat News

Countering Mobile Missiles Priority for Third Offset

Breaking Defense: Robert Haddick Adversaries mobile land-based missiles – surface-to-surface, surface-to-air, and anti-ship missiles mounted on transporter erector launchers (TELs) – oontinue to be an unsolved problem for American military planners and strategists. The success these weapons enjoy by hiding and moving to where they are needed means that virtually all new land-based missile systems, whether short-range anti-aircraft weapons… read more

January 26, 2015 | Threat News

China Rapidly Develops DF-41 Missile

Want China Times: China only spent five years developing its DF-41 solid-fueled road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile, which has a long enough range to strike the continental United States, according to Military Parade, a Moscow-based Russian-language website covering defense issues, on Jan. 15. The country reportedly spent just US$1.1 billion to design the DF-41, which can… read more

January 23, 2015 | Threat News

Iranian Commander Vows to Avenge Israeli Airstrike

NYT: TEHRAN — Iran’s highest Revolutionary Guards commander issued a threat against Israel after the death of an Iranian general in an Israeli helicopter strike along the border with Syria, saying that “destructive thunderbolts” awaited. The commander, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said in a statement distributed by the state news media on Tuesday that the fact… read more

January 22, 2015 | Threat News

The Real Military Threat from China: Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles

National Interest: During the 1982 Falklands War, Argentina possessed a measly total of five Exocet anti-ship cruise missiles with which to face down the Royal Navy in the South Atlantic. Had that number been more like 50 or 100, that conflict might well have had a very different ending. This important lesson has not been… read more

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