US destroys mock ICBM

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Turning a significant milestone, US military destroyed a mock Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) high above the Pacific on Tuesday. The ground-based mid-course defense (GMD) system used a five-foot “kill vehicle” released from a larger ground-based interceptor missile to obliterate the mock ICBM.

The mock threat was launched from Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in Marshall Islands, while the Interceptor was launched from a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

The test was scheduled for last year, however it was called off due to engineering changes to be made in the interceptor. The missile could be used in any North Korean ICBM attack, if it happens any-day.

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I mean, just when North Korea thought they had perfected the ICBM. Although I really though that the US had had these capabilities since before. But that’s good to know, it has it for sure now.

North Korea fires missile again

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North Korea’s third ballistic missile test and 12th missile test this year were carried out on Monday into Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), an area of water extending out to 200 nautical miles from the coast of the country.

Even after US show of military force (sending US Navy ships to the Korean peninsula), and much condemning by the international community, North Korea launched a short-range Scud, that flew about 450 kms before landing in the Sea of Japan.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swiftly condemned the test and vowed concerted action along with its US ally.

Only China and US have mentioned that they are willing to enter into diplomatic talks with North Korea, only after it halts its missile and nuclear tests.

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So another missile launched by the Kim Jong Un regime, and yet another discussion panel to be set up by the international community. I wonder how long will this keep on.

North Korea to mass-produce missiles

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After a successful missile launch test, North Korea confirmed its combat readiness. The missile is believed to be able to reach Japan and Hawaii. The missile, Pukguksong-2, which is solid fueled, flew about 500 kilometers and reached a height of 560 kilometers on Sunday.

Kim Jong Un, North Korean Leader, said that the missile should “be rapidly mass-produced.” North Korean’s often stated goal is to perfect a nuclear warhead that it can put on a missile capable of hitting Washington or other U.S. cities.

A UN Security council consultation is being held on Tuesday at the request of US, Japan and South Korea.

David Wright, an expert on missiles and nuclear program said that the missile could have been flown farther but was fired on a ‘lofty’ trajectory.

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So it seems North Korea was finally able to develop something in all the years when other nations were trying to talk it out of this.

North Korea fails test, again

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A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a US supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

North Korean missile tests are banned by the UN fearing that the country might become adept in manufacturing and launching nuclear missiles which can strike the US mainland.  President Trump tweeted that North Korea disrespected the wishes of China and launched a missile today. Bad.

According to the South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff, the missile flew for around two minutes, reaching a height of 71 km and then it failed. The missile was likely a medium ranged KN-17 ballistic missile, which broke up and the pieces fell into the Sea of Japan. The missile might have traveled about 50 km before it’s failure.

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Oh North. It’s admirable how North Korea keeps trying even though most of the launches fail. Failures are the stepping stone towards success.

Israel strikes a Syrian airport

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Israeli warplanes stuck a weapons supply hub operated by Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, targeting arms sent from Iran in commercial and military cargo aircraft. The Israel media said that anti-aircraft missiles intercepted a target, what appeared to be an unmanned drone, over the Golan Heights. This was the second Israeli interception of a target coming from Syria.

Israeli missiles hit a military position southwest of an airport east of Damascus, which caused explosions and material losses. Intelligence Minister Israel Katz said that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is a close ally of Syria and Tehran, and an enemy of Israel. Israel describes Hezbollah as a group to be the biggest threat to Israeli borders.

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This is amazing. Israel going ahead and blowing up something as per it’s wish.

US tests unarmed ballistic missile

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An unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California at 12:03 am. The test launch delivered a single re-entry vehicle to a target approximately 6,579 kms in the Pacific Ocean. Such tests are conducted regularly but the timing of the launch this time, while US has been warning North Korea for it’s test launches, has been criticized strongly.

What is needed is diplomacy rather than military provocations. Threats, whether in the form of tweets, nuclear-capable missile launches, only increase the dangers.

The previous test-launch for Minutemman 3 missile was in early February.

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US at it’s best. Coming in with the show of power.

US expects next NK missile launch soon

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The US military, who has increased surveillance over North Korea, has seen movement around the missile launcher and also the construction of VIP seating in the eastern coastal city Wonsan. The surveillance technique uses data from satellites, drones and other aircraft.

North Korea has been banned by the UN from conducting missile tests, however it says that it is in the final stages of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, fitted with a nuclear warhead. Experts say the North may be able to reach such capability in the next couple of years.

Earlier this month, Pyongyang fired off four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, reportedly reaching within 200 kilometers (120 miles) of Japan’s shoreline.

North Korea has been criticized for improving its military and missile capabilities under the name of space programs.

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China angry, THAAD

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The decision of South Korea’s Lotte Group approval to a land swap with the government isn’t considered to be a good decision by the Chinese state media. This land swap will enable authorities to deploy a US missile defense system.

The government decided last year to deploy the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, in response to the North Korean missile threat, on land that is part of a golf course owned by Lotte in the Seongju region, southeast of Seoul. The deal was approved with the government on Monday.

A South Korean military official told Reuters the military would begin installing fences and soldiers would patrol the area.

China objects to this deployment in South Korea because THAAD has a powerful radar capable of penetrating Chinese territory, and it is a threat to its security and will do nothing to ease tension with North Korea.

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Test-fire nuclear capable Agni-V

India will test its intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V from the Wheeler Island off Odisha coast on Monday. This will be the fourth test of Agni-V missile, which has previously had had it’s first test on April 19, 2012, the second test on September 15, 2013 and third test on January 31, 2015.

The missile is a three stage, solid propellant missile and is capable of striking a target more than 5,000 km away, having an accuracy of within a few meters. It is 17-meter in length and 2-meter in width, with a launch weight of around 50 tonnes. The missile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead of more than 1 tonne. The Agni-V boats of new technologies like Ring laser Gyro based Inertial navigation system (RINS), Micro navigation System (MINS), high-speed on-board computer and fault tolerant software.

In the Indian Agni series, Agni-I has a range of 700 km, Agni-II with 2,000 km, Agni-III with more than 2,500 km and Agni-IV more than 3,500 km. Thus, Agni-V is said to be having the longest range yet. Read the full article here.