Not clear whether launch of ICBM by Iran was for satellite: US intel sourcesx

As shown in previous posts, “satellite” or “scientific” launches mask the true intention: ICBM capability and development.

The following three articles highlight such cases:

Iran launches observation satellite: media

Iran launches new satellite using ballistic missile technology

Iran ICBM Advances — Iran conducts test of new rocket motor with ICBM capability

 

American intelligence sources said Sunday they are not sure that Iran’s April 19 launch of its new “Simorgh” intercontinental ballistic missile was for putting a satellite into orbit, as Tehran claims. They said it may have been intended to test the third stage of the ICBM and that the Iranians had no intention of launching a satellite. Continue reading

China Flight Tests Multi-Warhead Missile

New DF-41 long-range missile program advances

China conducted a flight test of a new multi-warhead ballistic missile capable of reaching targets throughout the United States, Pentagon officials said.

The test of the new DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, took place Dec. 4.

The latest flight test demonstrated the use of two multiple independently-targetable reentry vehicles. The missile launch and dummy warheads were tracked by satellites to an impact range in western China. Continue reading

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