Russia upgrades its strategic missile forces

Construction of the seventh and eighth Project 955/955A Borei-class nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine is expected to begin before the end of 2015 to meet the current programme of completing eight boats for the Russian Navy by the end of 2020. Continue reading

Iran brings Europe within range with new cruise missile

Move comes at pivotal time in nuclear talks; Israel has urged world powers to include missile program in negotiations

In a development significant both for its timing and its content, Iran unveiled on Sunday a new cruise missile that it claimed would extend the Islamic Republic’s range by 25 percent, placing locales as distant as Budapest, Warsaw, and Athens within striking distance.

The Iranian revelation, complete with videos of a missile launch, come amid Tehran’s negotiations with the six world powers over its nuclear program and infrastructure. Continue reading

Japan threatens to shoot down North Korean rocket

Kim Jong-un’s regime insists the rocket, which it says will fly south over the Philippines and Australia and into orbit, is carrying a communications satellite.Kim Jong-un’s regime insists the rocket, which it says will fly south over the Philippines and Australia and into orbit, is carrying a communications satellite.

But the United States, South Korea and Japan all say that the launch is really a ballistic missile test, with North Korea trying to master the technology to fire long-range missiles capable of one day carrying a nuclear warhead. Continue reading

N Korea vows to reduce South leadership to ashes

North Korea sharply escalated the rhetoric against its southern rival, claiming it will soon conduct “special actions’’ that would reduce South Korea’s conservative government to ashes within minutes.

Full article: N Korea vows to reduce South leadership to ashes (The Indian Express)