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North Korea Test Fires Three Missiles

On May 25, North Korea test fired three missiles toward the country’s eastern waters. One of the missiles appeared to be North Korea’s Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). South Korean defense officials said that the missile flew only 360 km, which is significantly shorter than its full range. The launches occurred just after President Biden...

India Flight Tests Indigenous Antiship Missile

On May 18, the Indian Navy and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully executed the first flight test of an indigenously-developed naval antiship missile. The Naval Anti-Ship Missile (Short Range), or NASM-SR, is the first antiship missile developed by the Indian Navy. An Indian Navy Sea King helicopter released the missile, which followed a...

Belarus Buys Iskanders, S-400 From Russia

On May 19, 2022, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said Belarus purchased an unspecified number of Iskander missiles and S-400 air defense systems from Russia. According to Lukashenko, Belarus obtained as many Iskander missiles and S-400 systems as its military “needed.” This announcement comes as Belarus continues to allow the Russian military to use land in...

US Littoral Combat Ship Executes First Land-Attack Missile Exercise

On May 12, the USS Montgomery (LCS-8) test fired three AGM-114L Longbow Hellfire missiles at a land-based target. This marked the first time a Littoral Combat Ship had fired missiles in a land-attack. The U.S. Navy ship—which was cruising in the Pacific Ocean—successfully hit the target located several nautical miles away. The ship coordinated with...

North Korea Test Fires Three Ballistic Missiles

On May 12, North Korea test fired three short-range ballistic missiles from the Sunan area located near Pyongyang into the waters between the east coast of North Korea and Japan’s exclusive economic zone. No aircraft or vessels were reported to have been damaged as a result of the launches. According to South Korean and Japanese...

North Korea Test Fires Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile

On May 7, North Korea test fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile appears to have been fired from a submarine located on the east coast of North Korea. It reportedly ranged 600 km and reached an altitude of 60 km before falling into the Sea...

Russia Tests Fires Sarmat ICBM

On April 20, the Russian military announced it had successfully executed the first test of its Sarmat liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Russia’s Defense Ministry said the launch proved the missile’s effectiveness “in all phases of its flight.” U.S. Defense Department Press Secretary John Kirby said that Russia had informed the United States about the...

North Korea Tests Short-Range Projectiles

On April 16, North Korea appeared to launch two short-range missiles from its east coast. Photos released by North Korean media suggest that the tested missiles resembled the KN-23 short-range ballistic missile. According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missiles ranged approximately 110 km and reached an altitude of 25 km. The test...

White House to Bar Antisatellite Missile Tests

On April 18, the Biden administration said it would halt U.S. antisatellite missile testing. The White House directive focuses on “direct-ascent” weapons that use interceptor missiles launched from Earth to hit a satellite target hundreds of miles into space. This announcement comes after Russia launched a missile to destroy a non-operational Soviet-era satellite in November...

Israel Tests New Iron Beam Rocket Defense System

On April 14, Israeli leaders said that Israel’s new laser missile-defense system, called the Iron Beam, effectively intercepted mortars, rockets and anti-tank missiles in recent tests. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that the system’s “interceptions are silent, they’re invisible and they [the interceptions] only cost around $3.50” each. In comparison, each interception using Israel’s...