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Houthi Rebels Fire 12 Missiles Towards Saudi Arabia

On November 25, 2016, 11 Scud missiles were fired by the Houthi rebels in Yemen towards the southern city of Al-Tuwal in Saudi Arabia. No damage from the attack was reported, and despite some media reports, it remains unclear whether the missiles were intercepted. On November 26, 2016, the Saudi Press Agency reported that Saudi Air...

Russia Deploys Bastion Missile Launchers to Kaliningrad

On November 21, 2016, it was reported that Russia has stationed two K-300P Bastion missile launchers, equipped with P-800 Oniks anti-ship missiles, in the Kaliningrad exclave on the Baltic Sea. The Oniks has a range 300-450 kilometers, threatening freedom of navigation in the Baltic Sea. The deployment of Bastion missile launchers to this strategic region,...

India Tests Agni-1 Ballistic Missile

On November 22, 2016, India successfully test fired its domestically-built Agni-1 short-range ballistic missile from the integrated test range at Wheeler Island. The test flight lasted ten minutes and the missile successfully reached its intended target in the Bay of Bengal, according to the Indian military. Conducted by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army,...

India Tests Prithvi-II Missiles in Salvo Launch

India test fired two of their nuclear-capable Prithvi-II short-range ballistic missiles on Monday (November 21, 2016). The missiles were launched from road-mobile transporter-erector launchers in rapid succession as a salvo test. This salvo test is the second India has conducted, the first taking place in 2009. Prithvi-II’s are regularly used to test Indian air defense...

Russia fires cruise missiles as part of offensive in Syria

On November 15, 2016, the Russian frigate the Admiral Grigorvish fired long-range 3M-14 “Kalibr” (SS-N-30A) cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea into Syria. The ship-launched missiles targeted ISIS and al-Nusra Front strongholds in Idlib and Homs provinces. The offensive was accompanied by Russian air strikes on the city of Aleppo, as well as from mobile P-800...

South Korean, Japanese Intelligence Agreement Tentatively Signed

According to officials from both South Korea’s Defense Ministry and Japan’s Foreign Ministry, South Korea and Japan have provisionally signed the outline of a revived intelligence sharing agreement. However, the ongoing negotiations are beset by opposition in South Korea based on residual tensions over an ongoing territorial dispute in the Sea of Japan and Japan’s military...

South Korea THAAD Deployment Timeline Announced

According to the chief of United States Forces in Korea, GEN Vincent Brooks, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system will be deployed to South Korea sometime in the next eight to ten months. Brooks’ remarks also suggested that the South Korean battery would be larger than the one currently deployed in Guam....

Signs Indicate Another Musudan Test Imminent

U.S. officials report North Korea is preparing for another test launch of its BM-25 Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile for some time in the next three days. This test would come only a few days before the U.S. presidential election on November 8. With between a 2,500 and a 4,000 kilometer range, a fully operational Musudan...

SBX Surveils North Korean Missile Tests

According to a South Korean military official, the U.S. Sea-Based X-band Radar (SBX) platform has finished a month-long deployment to the Korean Peninsula and is enroute back to Hawaii. Designed to provide high-resolution radar imagery of ballistic missiles, the SBX was likely carrying out a surveillance mission against North Korea’s missile tests carried out on October 15...

North Korea Conducts Seventh and Eighth Musudan Tests

Last week, North Korea conducted what was likely to be the seventh and eight attempted launches of the Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile. United States Strategic Command detected both launches and assessed both tests to be failures, making for seven such failures of the missile this year. The only successful test of the Musudan, which happened on June 22,...