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  • Air Force tests ICBM after delay over tensions with China

    08/16/2022 3:19:13 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 29 replies
    the hill vis msn ^ | 8/16/2022 | Ellen Mitchell
    he Air Force on Tuesday said it had successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) nearly two weeks after postponing the launch amid increased tensions with China over Taiwan. The unarmed Minuteman III, which is capable of holding a nuclear payload, was launched at 12:49 a.m. Pacific Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., with its reentry vehicle landing roughly 4,200 miles away near the Marshall Islands, according to a statement from Air Force Global Strike Command. The statement said the test demonstrated U.S. readiness and reliability, as well as the “expertise of our strategic weapons maintenance personnel and of...
  • Air Force Says ‘Sentinel’ to Stand In as New Name for Next-Generation ICBM

    04/18/2022 10:29:50 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 27 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | April 10, 2022 | Janene Scully
    The Air Force’s next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile has a new moniker. Known by the clunky name of Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, or GBSD, the weapon system under development has officially been designated as Sentinel. Land-based ICBMs have made up one part of the nation’s nuclear triad for decades. “The name Sentinel recognizes the mindset that thousands of airmen, past and present, have brought to the deterrence mission, and will serve as a reminder for those who operate, secure and maintain this system in the future about the discipline and responsibility their duty entails,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said. The...
  • North Korea is developing a new long-range missile system, U.S. official says

    03/10/2022 9:00:00 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    cnbc ^ | , MAR 10 2022 | Amanda Macias
    The Biden administration confirmed Thursday that North Korea recently conducted two tests of a relatively new intercontinental ballistic missile system, ratcheting up tensions between leader Kim Jong Un and the U.S. at a precarious time in world politics. A senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to share details of the government’s threat assessment, said the tests were carried out in February and March. North Korea conducted its last ICBM test in November 2017. World leaders first learned of this particular ICBM system, which can carry nuclear weapons, during North Korea’s Workers’ Party parade, which...
  • India’s Recent Nuclear-Capable Missile Test Not Meant as a Warning Shot to Beijing, Experts Say

    11/04/2021 9:54:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 11/04/2021 | J.M. Phelps
    India’s recent testing of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile came on the heels of failed military and diplomatic talks between India and China, as well as reports of a hypersonic missile test by the Chinese regime.But experts told The Epoch Times that India’s test-fire was not a retaliatory response to the regime’s recent actions.Agni-5 CapabilitiesAnimesh Roul, executive director of the New Delhi-based Society for the Study of Peace and Conflict, said this was not the first time India test-fired an Agni-5 surface-to-surface ballistic missile. In 2012, 2013, and 2018, the Agni-5 was tested several times.“However, the Oct. 27 test at...
  • US Launch of Minuteman III Ballistic Missile Fails, Cause Under Investigation

    05/06/2021 12:23:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 87 replies ^ | 13:53 GMT 05.05.2021 | Staff
    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A test launch of an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile Minuteman III failed and the cause is unknown and being investigated, the US Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) said on Wednesday. "An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile test launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, experienced a ground abort prior to launch. The cause of the ground abort is currently under investigation, and Air Force Global Strike Command is assessing the potential to reschedule the launch", AFGSC said in a press release. The three-stage land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles of the Minuteman family were originally intended for...
  • North's ICBMs may have re-entry ability, says report (KOREA)

    11/18/2020 6:47:39 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 60 replies
    Daily Joongang Ilbo, South Korea ^ | 18 November 2020 | Joongang Ilbo Staff
    The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has assessed that North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-entry vehicles are likely to “perform adequately” if flown on a normal trajectory to mainland United States, according to an American think tank report Tuesday. Concurrently, the U.S. Navy intercepted and destroyed an ICBM target using a ship-launched missile over the Pacific Ocean, northeast of Hawaii, announced the Missile Defense Agency Tuesday, part of the Pentagon’s move to build and test a layered missile defense system for the U.S. mainland. The "2021 Index of U.S. Military Strength," an annual report released by the Washington-based Heritage...
  • Fmr. Sen. Harry Reid repeats claim UFOs made US nukes unlaunchable; wants investigation

    10/11/2020 11:18:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 64 replies
    Former U.S. Senator Harry Reid repeated claims in a new documentary that UFOs interfered in U.S nuclear weapons facilities – even prohibiting the weapons’ launch altogether. In the documentary “The Phenomenon” that released Tuesday, Reid said, repeating claims told to him, “If they had been called upon by the president to launch [the nukes] they couldn’t have done it.” Reid, who was a prominent figure in forming the Department of Defense’s secret UFO program, said there have been numerous UFO sightings by nuclear launch officers. He did not elaborate on any additional details supporting his claims in the documentary, but...
  • Northrop Grumman Gets $13.3 Billion Air Force Contract to Engineer New ICBMs

    09/09/2020 6:51:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies ^ | 09/09/2020 | By Oriana Pawlyk
    An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test at 1:13 a.m. Pacific Time Oct. 2, 2019, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $13.3 billion contract to engineer and manufacture its next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile. (Air Force Photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong) The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $13.3 billion contract for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the service's next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles to replace the aging Minuteman III ICBMs. The service on Tuesday said the contract for the Ground Based...
  • The United States’ Minuteman III Nuclear ICBMs Are Headed Into the History Books

    08/15/2020 11:02:40 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 77 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 24, 2020 | Caleb Larson
    The land-based leg of the United States’ nuclear triad is the Minuteman III. The Minuteman family has served with distinction as the bedrock of America’s land-based strategic nuclear force since the early 1960s. There are approximately 440 Minutemen currently in the United States’ nuclear arsenal. It is also the United States’ longest-range missile, and tops out at about 13,000 kilometers, or just over 8,000 miles, giving the United States a truly global reach. The missiles are overseen by the U.S. Air Force, with the majority of the missiles about evenly distributed in the United States’ north and west, at missile...
  • Living here's a blast! Cold War-era nuclear missile silo which housed an Atlas E ICBM is transformed into a vast 18,000sq-ft underground castle and could be yours for $3.2 million

    01/17/2020 6:23:44 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 17, 2020 | Sophie Tanno
    A couple turned their unusual vision into a reality by converting a Cold War era nuclear missile silo into a vast 18,000-square-foot castle. Their extraordinary creation 25 miles west of Topeka in Kansas is now on the market for $3.2 million (£2.5 million). Underground missile silos are used for the storage and launching of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The structures typically store the weapons some metres below ground, for safety reasons. This property housed an Atlas E intercontinental ballistic missile with a 4 megaton warhead in its protective underground cavern.
  • North Korea and the Threat of ICBMs

    12/26/2019 7:52:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    GeoPolitical Futures ^ | 12/24/2019 | George Friedman
    Rumors have been swirling that North Korea is about to test an intercontinental ballistic missile. The source for this latest rumor is U.S. intelligence, though North Korea has been warning it will perform such a test. North Korea tested three ICBM boosters in 2017. Those tests didn’t prove mastery of missile reentry capabilities or an effective guidance system, but if North Korea does successfully demonstrate such capabilities for an ICBM, it will change the dynamic between the North and the United States. Pyongyang has demonstrated its ability to field a nuclear weapon and to successfully test-fire non-intercontinental weapons. That means...
  • US on high alert for possible ‘Christmas gift’ missile from North Korea

    12/22/2019 8:25:09 PM PST · by Perseverando · 63 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2019 | Bradford Betz
    U.S. officials are on high alert for signs of a possible missile launch from North Korea in the coming days that officials have referred to as a “Christmas gift.” A significant launch or nuclear test would raise the end of North Korea's self-imposed moratorium on missile launches and tests. It would also be a major blow to one of President Trump’s major foreign policy goals to get North Korea back to the negotiating table to eliminate its nuclear weapons. In this Dec. 16, 2019, photo, South Korean army soldiers stand guard at the Unification Bridge, which leads to the Panmunjom...
  • Pentagon tests long-banned ballistic missile over Pacific

    12/12/2019 4:58:13 PM PST · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 12th, 2019 | By ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday flight-tested a missile that had been banned under a treaty that the United States and Russia abandoned last summer. Some U.S. arms control advocates said the test risks an unnecessary arms race with Moscow. The prototype missile was configured to be armed with a non-nuclear warhead. The Pentagon declined to disclose specifics beyond saying the missile was launched from a “static launch stand” at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and landed in the open ocean. The Defense Department said the ballistic missile flew more than 500 miles. The test comes amid growing...
  • (DEVELOPING) Resumed North Korean ICBM Testing: Possible Technical Objectives

    12/11/2019 6:08:50 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 15 replies
    38North ^ | 9 December 2019 | Vann H. Van Diepen
    On December 7, North Korea claimed to have conducted a “very important test” at its Sohae Satellite Launching Station that “will have an important impact on changing the strategic position of the DPRK.”[1] The North Koreans did not describe what was tested, but prior open-source imagery suggests it was a static (ground) test of a large liquid-propellant rocket engine.[2] It remains to be seen what rocket system the engine was associated with: a previously launched intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), intermediate-range ballistic missile, space launch vehicle, or a new system. In any case, the static test could be the precursor to...
  • You Can Own This Former ICBM Silo in the Arizona Desert

    11/15/2019 10:17:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 81 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | November 15, 2019 | Kyle Mizokami
    If you’re looking for someplace different to live, and by that we mean really, really different, there’s really nothing quite like a former underground nuclear missile silo in the middle of the Arizona desert. A former Titan II missile complex, the complex is a fixer upper and ready to become one of the few homes that once stood ready to pummel America’s enemies with the destructive force of 9,000,000 tons of TNT.
  • FOX EXCLUSIVE: Iran pulls missile from launchpad after apparent prep for launch, US officials say

    02/07/2017 6:32:36 PM PST · by Strac6 · 41 replies
    FOX News ^ | 7FEB17 | Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    Iran removed a powerful missile from a launchpad east of Tehran within the past few days, Fox News has learned, as U.S. and Iranian officials continued trading public barbs about the Islamic Republic's missile tests. The Pentagon is concerned because Safir missiles use the same components as those needed for an intercontinental ballistic missile. Iran’s ballistic program has “expanded dramatically” in the past 10 years, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News. New satellite imagery from Feb. 3, obtained exclusively by Fox News from ImageSat International and verified by U.S. officials, showed Iran preparing a Safir for launch. That...
  • The last nuclear base of the Ukraine

    05/10/2019 5:54:13 AM PDT · by vannrox · 19 replies ^ | 5may17 | team
    A photographer from New Zealand Amos Chapple managed to get to the territory of a secret underground nuclear base located 185 kilometers away from Kiev. This place is considered the last nuclear base of Ukraine: it had been functioning until 1991 when the country, following the collapse of the USSR, was deprived of all nuclear weapons.Let’s visit the bunker from where the Soviet army was threatening to the west with intercontinental nuclear missiles.In the Soviet time they could launch nuclear missiles in the direction of America from here, but now this place is free from weapons. However the base is...
  • US Military Shoots ICBM Target Out of the Sky in Missile Defense Test

    03/29/2019 7:41:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    KTLA ^ | 03/28/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
    Missiles shot from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base successfully destroyed an airborne target Monday (March 25) as part of a U.S. missile defense test... The target was an intercontinental ballistic missile launched from the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, about 4,000 miles (6,440 kilometers) from Vandenberg. During the test, sensors in space, on the ground and at sea helped guide two ground-based interceptors (GBI) fired from Vandenberg. The first interceptor destroyed the target, a re-entry vehicle, while the second one searched the remaining debris for other threatening objects. Since there were no...
  • Wow: DARPA seeks to develop ‘counter-hypersonics’ capable of intercepting game-changing weapons

    01/18/2019 8:37:51 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 30 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/18/19 | USA Features
    As Russia and China get closer to actually fielding nuclear-armed hypersonic ICBMs, the Pentagon has been hard at work on a pair of concepts designed to meet the threat. In addition to developing its own hypersonic missiles, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is also working on a game-changer of its own: ‘Counter-hypersonics.’ As reported by Warrior Maven, DARPA is working on an interceptor that can take on incoming hypersonic warheads traveling at speeds in excess of Mach 5. As such, the secretive agency is soliciting proposals for a concept known as “Glide Breaker,” which seeks to “develop...
  • Pompeo: Iran’s space launch tests are cover for nuclear missile development

    01/12/2019 1:32:43 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 7 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 1/12/19 | USA Features
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Iran’s testing of space-launch vehicles is really cover for the further development of nuclear-capable ICBMs. Speaking in Abu Dhabi in advance of private meetings with Gulf States to discuss Iran’s ongoing support for terrorist groups, Pompeo said U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that Iran’s satellite launches are part of Tehran’s quest to continue advancing its ballistic missile technology. Such ICBM testing violates United Nations rules prohibiting such activity, Pompeo told reporters, in describing Tehran’s actions as provocative in nature. The secretary also said the Trump administration planned to rally countries in the...