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March 22, 2017 | Threat News

Failed North Korean missile exploded ‘within seconds,’ US says

CNN: A North Korean missile fired Wednesday exploded “within seconds of launch,” according to US Pacific Command. US officials confirmed North Korea had attempted to launch a missile near Kalma, on the country’s east coast, but early reports suggest it failed. “South Korea and the US are aware of the missile launch and to their… read more

March 22, 2017 | Threat News

Chinese missile-test sites appear to mirror US bases in Japan

Stars and Stripes: YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — As worrisome as North Korea’s missile capability has become, defense experts say China is a more potent threat to U.S. interests in Asia, with Beijing capable of showering bases in Japan with missiles and leaving U.S. forces little time to react. Google Earth images showing Chinese missile… read more

March 21, 2017 | Missile Defense News

Daivd’s Sling Air Defense Shield to Be Fully Operational in Israel in Early April

The Jerusalem Post: As tensions mount between Israel and its neighbors, the country’s David’s Sling missile defense system will be operationally ready in the next two weeks. “In the next few weeks we will finish a long process of testing a new weapons system that will join the air force,” said Lt.-Col. Kobi Regev, the… read more

March 21, 2017 | Threat News

US: North Korean rocket engine could go on long-range missile

CNN: Washington (CNN)Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that the rocket engine North Korea tested Sunday could possibly be used in an eventual intercontinental ballistic missile. The officials added that it is still not clear whether the engine would require some adjustment to be used in an ICBM, if it can indeed be used… read more

March 20, 2017 | Threat News

Yemeni ballistic missile strikes air base in Saudi capital: Report

Press TV: The missile of Borkan-2 type accurately struck King Salman Air Base on Saturday, Arabic-language al-Masirah television network reported. In a statement carried by Yemen’s official Saba news agency, a Houthi military official said the missile attack came in retaliation for the criminal Saudi war on Yemen. Meanwhile, the Yemeni army pledged that missiles… read more

March 20, 2017 | Threat News

North Korea Revs the Engine of Its New High-Thrust Missile

The New York Times: SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine, the country’s state-run news media said on Sunday, even as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson is in the region discussing tougher strategies to help end the North’s nuclear and missile programs. The… read more

March 20, 2017 | Threat News

Japan holds first evacuation drill to prepare for North Korean missile

CNN: Oga, Japan (CNN)The children are playing duck-duck-goose with their teacher outside their elementary school when the siren suddenly blares. On cue, teachers and students drop to the ground and wait for further instructions. “This is a drill,” a voice echoes over a loudspeaker across this small coastal town. “A missile has been launched.” Moments… read more

March 20, 2017 | Threat News

Taiwan defense minister says China missiles pose threat

UPI: March 20 (UPI) — China’s latest midrange rocket targets Taiwan, Taipei’s defense minister said Monday. Feng Shih-kuan said China’s latest intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Dongfeng or DF-16, poses a threat to Taipei, according to the Central News Agency of Taiwan and The China Post. Feng made the remarks when he met with Taiwan’s legislative… read more

March 17, 2017 | Other News

Army to get laser that can zap drones

Washington Post: Lockheed Martin said Thursday it has finished a 60-kilowatt laser system for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command and is preparing to hand it over to the Army for further testing. In initial tests, the company achieved 58 kilowatts of power but expects its laser to reach its full potential by the… read more

March 17, 2017 | Other News

Trump Seeks $639 Billion for Defense Department, Up 10%

Bloomberg: President Donald Trump is proposing a $639 billion Pentagon budget for fiscal 2018 that pledges to accelerate combat against Islamic State terrorists and replenish a U.S. military worn out by 15 years of war operations. “The president’s 2018 budget ends the arbitrary depletion of our strength and security and begins to rebuild our U.S.… read more

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