Russia Tests New “Kedr” ICBM

Russia Tests New “Kedr” ICBM

In mid-June, Russia test fired a Kedr intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from the Plesetsk spaceport in the country’s northwest. The Kedr is planned to replace the RS-24 Yars ICBM around…

Switzerland to Acquire Patriot Missile Defense

Switzerland to Acquire Patriot Missile Defense

On June 30, Switzerland selected to purchase the Patriot air defense system for its air defense modernization effort. To satisfy its BODLUV 2020 air defense requirement, Switzerland had previously evaluated…

US Withdraws Patriots, THAAD from Middle East

US Withdraws Patriots, THAAD from Middle East

On June 18, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Biden administration plans to withdraw U.S. missile defenses deployed in the Middle East. The withdrawal includes eight Patriot systems from…

Israel, Hamas Exchange Missile Fires

Israel, Hamas Exchange Missile Fires

On May 10, Hamas and its allies began launching rocket salvos against Israel after clashes over Israeli land seizures in East Jerusalem and wider Palestinian displacement. Militants in Gaza launched…

Sweden Receives Advanced Patriot Interceptors

Sweden Receives Advanced Patriot Interceptors

In April 2021, Sweden took delivery of its first Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors. The U.S. State Department approved the up to $3.2 billion PAC-3 sale…

US Air Force Aborts Minuteman III Test

US Air Force Aborts Minuteman III Test

On May 5, the U.S. Air Force aborted a planned LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test launch. According to Air Force Global Strike Command, “the missile computer detected…

France Test Fires M51 Ballistic Missile

France Test Fires M51 Ballistic Missile

On April 28, France successfully test fired an M51 submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). According to France’s Ministry of Defense, the unarmed flight validated the missile’s performance under operational conditions. France…

Russia Tests Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor

Russia Tests Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor

On April 26, Russia announced it had successfully test fired an anti-ballistic missile interceptor. The test took place at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. While Russia’s Ministry of Defense…

North Korea Test Fires Two Ballistic Missiles

North Korea Test Fires Two Ballistic Missiles

On March 24, North Korea test-launched two new short-range ballistic missiles. The state-run KCNA stated the missiles, which appear to be a variant of the KN-23, flew 600 km before…