The unexplained "ground abort" prior to launch comes amid a debate over the future of the ageing ICBM force.
The STRATCOM commander says he needs a modern nuclear force because he cannot deter "leftovers of the Cold War" forever.
The US Navy destroyer USS John Finn intercepted a mock intercontinental ballistic missile early Tuesday, the Missile Defence Agency announced. In the first-of-its-kind test, the Navy warship fired an SM-3 Block IIA, a weapon originally designed to eliminate midrange missiles, at the mock ICBM. The agency’s director, Vice Adm. Jon […]
SpaceX has asked Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing business to help the rocket company fulfil a $US149 million Pentagon project. For the contract, SpaceX will build four experimental satellites that detect missile launches as part of the Department of Defence’s Space Tracking Layer network. The contract follows the partial rollout of […]
On Saturday, for the first time in nearly three years, North Korea rolled out a new intercontinental ballistic missile. The weapon is an even larger liquid-fuelled ICBM than the two ICBM types tested in 2017, but it has yet to be tested and analysts are trying to figure out why […]
North Korea unveiled what appears to be a massive new intercontinental ballistic missile at a big military parade Saturday. Expert North Korea watchers said in early analysis the road-mobile, liquid-fuelled missile was massive, with one suspecting that it might be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads. “We will continue to […]
US airmen at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana launched an unarmed ICBM from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in the early morning hours on Wednesday. Test launches are not a response to anything, the Air Force says; rather they demonstrate that the US nuclear deterrent is robust and […]
The Pentagon announced Friday it was diverting $US1.5 billion in funds to help fund the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall. Some of that $US1.5 billion will come from programs such as an intercontinental ballistic missile system and a surveillance plane system, The Washington Post reportedSunday. Documents and Pentagon […]
Russia test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile in its far east on Wednesday, according to the Russian defence ministry. The RS-24 Yars, a solid-fuel missile carrying multiple warheads and equipped with countermeasures, is designed to be launched quickly and to evade missile-defence systems. The test comes amid rising tensions between Washington […]
Chinese troops have reportedly been conducting simulated ICBM strike exercises from underground bunkers, according to Chinese media. The missiles strategically positioned in hardened, protective bunkers deep in the mountains are a key component of China’s second-strike capabilities, as China does not have a nuclear policy that permits a pre-emptive first […]
India successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile on Thursday, giving it strike capabilities currently had by only a few countries. The test comes amid a heightened period of tensions with India’s nuclear-armed neighbours, Pakistan and China. India has been beefing up its military capacities in recent years, buying hardware and […]
Russia says it test fired an ICBM with technology that could defeat Western missile defence systems. The launch was the second such test Russia conducted in 2017, and the missile could have been equipped with hypersonic re-entry vehicles. Russia has been very vocal about its disapproval of American missile defence […]