Last american development of an ICBM, 1986.Russia Successfully Tests New ICBM
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's military on Tuesday successfully test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads - a weapon intended to replace aging Soviet-era missiles.
The RS-24 missile was launched from the Plesetsk launch facility in northern Russia and its test warheads successfully hit designated targets on the Kura testing range on the Kamchatka Peninsula some 4,340 miles east, Strategic Missile Forces spokesman Alexander Vovk told The Associated Press.
Vovk said that the missile carried multiple test warheads, but refused to say how many. The Interfax news agency said the RS-24 is capable of carrying at least three warheads.
The Strategic Missile Forces said in a statement that the missile was launched from a mobile launcher.
It said the new missile was based on the Topol-M and built by the same design team - Moscow's Heat Technology Institute led by Yuri Solomonov. The RS-24 was first test-fired successfully in May.
Japan Test Fires Its First Raytheon-Built Standard Missile-3
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force successfully flight tested its first Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN)-built Standard Missile-3. The SM-3 Block IA missile engaged and destroyed a medium-range ballistic missile target more than 60 miles above the Pacific Ocean. Personnel at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai launched the ballistic missile target while the crew of the Japanese destroyer JS KONGO (DDG-173) fired the intercepting missile.
"Today's intercept truly paves the way for Japan to deploy a sea-based ballistic missile defense system," said Ed Miyashiro, Raytheon Missile Systems vice president. "The U.S. has gained an important ally that can now defend itself against the threat of ballistic missiles."
Not only has no western nation developed or deployed a new ICBM since 1986, we have centered our missile development efforts at defeating incoming missiles.
In short, the east keeps on trying to find ways to to kill us, and we keep on trying to find ways to kill the things the east develops to kill us. I don't think they feel us.
PERHAPS the time has come for other actions and developments by the west as well. Offensive developments the East has not contemplated. Particle beams. Rail guns. Kinetic energy. Non human anti personnel self guided items.