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US Navy Tests All-Electric Laser

On April 13, the U.S. Navy announced that it had defeated an in-flight target representing a subsonic cruise missile using an all-electric, high-energy laser weapon during a February demonstration. The weapon, known as the Layered Laser Defense (LLD), is equipped with a high-powered laser and a high-resolution telescope and can defend against unmanned aerial systems...

China Delivers Anti-Aircraft Systems to Serbia

On April 9, China delivered multiple FK-3 surface-air-to-air missile systems to the Serbian military. The FK-3 is an export version of the Chinese HQ-22 missile system. Like the HQ-22, the FK-3 reportedly has a top speed of Mach 6, though it has a lower maximum range than the HQ-22. Typical FK-3 and HQ-22 systems contain...

US Deploys Patriot to Slovakia

On April 8, President Biden said that the United States would deploy a Patriot missile defense system to Slovakia. According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the Patriot will be manned by U.S. military personnel; Chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the deployment would be temporary. This deployment comes after Slovakia recently gave Ukraine an S-300...

US Deploys Patriot to Philippines for Drills

On March 29, the United States deployed a Patriot missile system to the Philippines for the first time during the annual Balikatan U.S.-Philippines joint military exercise. This deployment of a Patriot battery by land and sea marked the first amphibious deployment of a Patriot. 

North Korea Tests ICBM

On March 24, North Korea flight tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a site off its east coast. South Korean authorities announced that the missile, reported elsewhere as the Hwasong-17, reached a maximum altitude of 6,200 km and a range of 1,080 km from its launch site, while Japanese officials stated that the “new...

Russia Deploys Missile Decoys in Ukraine

On March 14, the New York Times reported that U.S. intelligence officials found decoy devices among Russian missiles fired into Ukraine. These decoys were released by Iskander-M short-range ballistic missiles, which Russia has fired on Ukraine from mobile launchers within Ukrainian territory. The decoys are filled with electronics and generate radio signals to throw off...

US Deploys Patriot to Poland

On March 9, the United States announced it had deployed two Patriot surface-to-air missile batteries to Poland. The United States relocated the systems from the Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Germany. U.S. officials described the deployment as “temporary” and “defensive.” Patriot is U.S. Army’s primary air and missile defense system

India Accidentally Fires Unarmed Missile into Pakistan

On March 9, India mistakenly launched an unarmed missile into eastern Pakistan. The Indian Defense Ministry said the accidental fire resulted from a “technical malfunction” in the course of regular maintenance. The projectile was reportedly a BrahMos cruise missile, which was jointly developed with Russia and can travel approximately 300-500 km. The missile damaged civilian...

North Korea Test Fires Ballistic Missile

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...

South Korea Test Fires L-SAM Interceptor

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...