February 11, 2023
On February 9, the U.S. Air Force successfully test launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from Vandenberg Space Force Base in southern California. The missile flew roughly 6,800 km before splashing near Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
February 28, 2022
On February 27, North Korea test fired an unknown short-range ballistic missile (SRBM). The missile was launched from Sunan, located near the capital of Pyongyang, and ranged around 300 km and reached an altitude of 620 km. This launch marks the eighth of its kind this year, with the most recent test taking place on...
February 24, 2022
On February 23, South Korea test fired its indigenous long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM), designed primarily to intercept ballistic missiles. The state-run Agency for Defense Development oversaw the launch at a testing site in Taean, located 150 km southwest of Seoul. South Korea plans to deploy L-SAM by 2026 as a mid-capability between its PAC-3 and...
February 22, 2022
On February 21, Israel completed the first series of live-fire tests of its C-Dome air defense system. According to the Israel Defense Force, the tests “simulated a number of advanced threats including rocket fire, cruise missiles & UAVs, which the ‘C-Dome’ is designed to successfully intercept.” The C-Dome is a naval version of Israel’s Iron...
February 7, 2022
On February 7, the U.S. State Department approved a potential Patriot refurbishment package to Taiwan. The deal is estimated to cost $100 million and includes “engineering services support, designed to sustain, maintain, and improve” the Patriot air defense systems already based in Taiwan.
January 31, 2022
On January 30, North Korea test fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM). The missile reportedly ranged 800 km and reached an altitude of 2,000 km before splashing down in the sea east of the country. North Korea first tested the Hwasong-12, also known as the KN-17, in May 2017. This marks the fourth Hwasong-12...
January 7, 2022
On January 5, North Korea test fired a ballistic missile with a maneuvering reentry vehicle (MaRV). The missile was fired from a road-mobile launcher and ranged about 700 km before splashing into the Sea of Japan. According to North Korea, the “hypersonic missile” made a 120 km “lateral movement” maneuver.
December 30, 2021
On December 30, Iran launched a Simorgh rocket aiming to put three research devices into orbit. The payload failed to enter orbit, however, due to lack of speed. According to Iranian spokesman Ahmad Hosseini, “For a payload to enter orbit, it needs to reach speeds above 7,600 [meters per second]. We reached 7,350.”
December 20, 2021
On December 18, India test fired its Agni-P medium-range ballistic missile. This marked the second Agni-P launch, with the first taking place in June 2021. The Agni-P is a two-stage missile that can range up to 2,000 km. It is a canister-launched system and weighs significantly less than the Agni-III.
December 12, 2021
Chinese investment in hypersonic weapons highlights the need to reconceptualize the United States’ approach to air and missile defense. This means investing in space-based sensors and the various ways we can disrupt Chinese attack plans, both offensively and defensively.