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  • Defiant N. Korea fires series of missiles

    07/04/2006 5:59:14 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 81 replies · 2,162+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 007/04/06 | By Eric Talmadge,
    TOKYO - A defiant North Korea test-fired a long-range missile Wednesday that may be capable of reaching America, but it failed seconds after launch, U.S. officials said. The North also tested four of shorter range in an exercise the White House termed "a provocation" but not an immediate threat. The audacious military tests by isolated communist nation came despite stern warnings from the United States and Japan — and carried out as the U.S. celebrated the Fourth of July and launched the space shuttle. None of the missiles made it as far as Japan. The Japanese government said all landed...
  • Tracking N Korea's missile intent

    07/04/2006 2:02:15 PM PDT · by garbageseeker · 73 replies · 1,862+ views
    BBC ^ | 07/04/06 | By Rob Watson
    most things about North Korea, little is known for certain about the Taepodong 2 missile. But there is no doubt North Korea does have a very long standing and pretty sophisticated missile programme. North Korea's intentions are under the global spotlight In 1998, before it began observing a moratorium on tests, North Korea launched a Taepodong 1 missile which passed over northern Japan and surprised Western intelligence agencies by the use of three stages in the missile's propulsion system. What is striking about the Taepodong 2 is that it could well be North Korea's first genuine intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM)...
  • 2003 UN Report: Iraq Sulfur Mustard Gas Chemical Weapons Have High Quality After 12 years of Storage

    06/22/2006 11:38:34 AM PDT · by jveritas · 210 replies · 12,375+ views
    March 2003 UN Iraq WMD Report ^ | June 22 2006 | jveritas
    Since the story broke yesterday about finding 500 Shells of Chemical Weapons in Iraq, shells that contain Sulfur Mustard Gas or Sarin Gas, the Left and their media were quick to dismiss this extremely important find by using the lame excuse that these Chemical weapons Shells were produced before 1991 and hence its not effective anymore because it has much lower quality”. However in March 2003 UN report about Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction there is the following on page 77 (Page 79 of the pdf file), paragraph 1 of the report : “ The Sulfur Mustard contained in...
  • Document: Saddam Ordered Biological And Radiation Test on Presidential Sites Attacked by US in 1998

    06/21/2006 2:17:48 PM PDT · by jveritas · 86 replies · 6,853+ views
    Document ISGP-2003-00300134 contains Top Secret And Personal letters that carry Saddam orders to do radiation and biological testing on the Presidential sites that were attacked by the US in December 1998. Beginning of translation of the first top secret and personal memo In the Name of God the Most Merciful The Most Compassionate Top Secret And Personal The Republic of Iraq The Presidential Secretariat Number: 537304/1 18/12/1998 ORDER Mr. President The Leader (God Protects Him) Order: Form committees from the Ministry of Health and the Military Industrialization Commission and The Atomic Energy Organization and The Special Security Service with its...
  • U.S. seen vulnerable to space 'pulse' attack

    11/22/2005 5:09:15 AM PST · by mym · 36 replies · 1,280+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 22, 2005 | Bill Gertz
    The United States is highly vulnerable to attack from electronic pulses caused by a nuclear blast in space, according to a new book on threats to U.S. security. A single nuclear weapon carried by a ballistic missile and detonated a few hundred miles over the United States would cause "catastrophe for the nation" by damaging electricity-based networks and infrastructure, including computers and telecommunications, according to "War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take to Prevail in the War for the Free World." "This is the single most serious national-security challenge and certainly the least known," said Frank J. Gaffney Jr. of...
  • Syria Test-Fires 3 Scud Missiles, Israelis Say (excerpt)

    06/02/2005 7:18:50 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 17 replies · 747+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | Steven Erlanger
    Excerpt - TEL AVIV, June 2 - Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last Friday, including one that broke up over Turkish territory and showered missile parts down onto unsuspecting Turkish farmers, Israeli military officials revealed Thursday. These were the first such Syrian missile tests since 2001, the Israelis said, and were part of a Syrian missile development project using North Korean technology and designed, the Israelis contend, to deliver air-burst chemical weapons. The missiles included one older Scud B, with a range of about 185 miles, and two Scud D's, the Israelis say they believe, with a range of about...
  • SCUD like missles in Morro Castle, Havana Cuba aimed north

    04/07/2005 12:22:20 PM PDT · by mandingo republican · 49 replies · 2,444+ views These unauthorized photos were taken by a tourist who, as he said in his e-mail to us, "sneaked out of the tourist area while visiting the Morro fortress" in Havana, Are these missiles operational? He says that he is 100% positive that they are. "They are behind the back wall. There is a military base there, as I saw jeeps approaching, I got the hell out of there pronto. It is a huge crime to photo things like that," he said. Maybe someone who is familiar with these type of missiles can identify them for us and provide...
  • Hussein’s Missile Contract with North Korea Revealed

    12/12/2004 7:52:26 PM PST · by canadianally · 7 replies · 571+ views
    Donga (South Korea) ^ | December 12, 2004 | Seung-Ryun Kim
    It was confirmed that North Korea promised Iraq missile technology worth $10 million (approximately 10.5 billion won) when Saddam Hussein was in power. An additional part of the Duelfer Report (CIA) was made available to the public on December 11 and says that the Hussein regime raised money through oil-for-food programs under the supervision of the U.N. to finance the 10 million dollar arms contract with North Korea. According to sources at western intelligence agencies, North Korea is estimated to have sold about 540 missiles so far. The number includes 250 SCUD missiles worth $580 million, to Iran, Syria, Pakistan,...
  • Israel's Scud killer: Shot heard round the world

    08/02/2004 8:44:45 AM PDT · by visagoth · 3 replies · 971+ views
    Haaretz daily ^ | 7/2/2004 | Bradley Burston
    This time, the shot heard round the world was fired in California. In an area better known for surfing than for strategic impact, last week's test-firing of an Arrow anti-missile off sleepy Point Magu barely made wave one in the States, coinciding as it did with the prime-time, straw hat and Chuck Berry hullabaloo coronation of a Democratic presidential candidate. The demonstration, in which the U.S.-financed, Israeli developed Arrow for the first time successfully intercepted a Scud missile in flight, may well have made more noise halfway around the globe, in places like Tehran and Damascus. To be sure, some...
  • This Is Only A Test: Arrow Successfully Intercepts Scud

    07/31/2004 7:29:57 PM PDT · by arielb · 10 replies · 490+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Jul 30, '04
    An Arrow anti-ballistic missile successfully intercepted and destroyed a Scud missile yesterday during a joint United States-Israel test program off the California coast. All the Arrow system components performed successfully in their full operational configuration. This was the twelfth Arrow intercept test, and the seventh test of the complete system. Its objectives were to demonstrate the Arrow's improved performance against an actual - not simulated - Israel-threatening target. The Scud was launched from a maritime platform, and its trajectory demonstrated an operational scenario - one that could not have been tested in Israel due to test-field safety restrictions...
  • Joint US-Israeli Anti-Ballistic Missile System Shoots Down Test Scud

    07/31/2004 3:44:03 AM PDT · by familyop · 9 replies · 417+ views ^ | 30JUL04 | By Julie Stahl
    Jerusalem ( - With ballistic missiles a growing threat in the region, Israel on Thursday successfully tested its Arrow anti-missile system against a live Scud missile for the first time off the coast of California. Israel began developing the anti-missile system 12 years ago after U.S.-made Patriot missiles - designed to intercept aircraft rather than missiles - were largely ineffective in stopping Iraqi Scud missiles during the 1991 Gulf War. At least 39 Iraqi Scud missiles slammed into Israel in the first Gulf War. The estimated $2 billion, one-of-a-kind Arrow anti-missile system is being developed jointly by the Israel and...
  • N. Korea: [Ryongchon Mystery]Who Blew Up Ryongchon?(Extensive Details)

    06/28/2004 3:46:48 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 1,151+ views
    Media Daum ^ | 06/25/04 | Kim Kyung-eun
    /begin my translation [Ryongchon Mystery]Who Blew Up Ryongchon? It has been almost two months since Ryongchon Train Explosion occurred in N. Korea. A plenty of relief aids were sent from all over the world, when the world saw pictures of children badly wounded by the blast. According to Lee Jong-hyuk, the vice chairman of N. Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, who visited Seoul on June 14th, the reconstruction and repair of Ryongchon would be complete by coming October. Its residents, especially those wounded children, could soon start smiling again at their new homes and schools. However, under such an uplifting outlook,...
  • Air and Missile Defense: Operation Iraqi Freedom

    01/06/2004 7:10:14 PM PST · by xzins · 16 replies · 2,090+ views
    Army Magazine ^ | Jan 04 | Col. Charles A. Anderson
    Col. Charles A. Anderson During Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), America once again placed its trust and confidence in Patriot soldiers, as it had during Operation Desert Storm, to protect the force from ballistic missile attack. At the end of OIF, however, there was no acrimonious debate as there was at the end of Operation Desert Storm about Patriot's performance. In the maelstrom of combat, Patriot answered any question about its lethality against tactical ballistic missiles. Out ahead or keeping pace with the Patriot units on the contested highways leading toward Baghdad, air defense artillery (ADA) Avengers, Bradley Linebackers and forward...
  • Media's Focus After Interim Report Surprises Top Arms Inspector

    10/05/2003 2:08:39 PM PDT · by Chummy · 7 replies · 298+ views
    American Forces Information Service ^ | October 5, 2003 | John D. Banusiewicz
    Media's Focus After Interim Report Surprises Top Arms Inspector By John D. Banusiewicz American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2003 – The man leading the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq expressed surprise here today that media reports focused mainly on what his team has yet to find and not on what it has turned up so far after his Oct. 2 interim report to Congress. David Kay, chief U.S. arms inspector, told host Tony Snow on the "Fox News Sunday" that while his team indeed has yet to find illicit weapons, "I'm sort of amazed that...
  • Syrian Axis of Terror

    09/18/2003 2:25:24 AM PDT · by kattracks · 8 replies · 233+ views ^ | 9/18/03 | John Bolton
    The United States views with "serious concern" Syria's expanding weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities and its continued state sponsorship of terrorism, the State Department's top arms control official says.Testifying September 16 before a House International Relations subcommittee, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton said Syria also has taken "a series of hostile actions" toward Coalition forces in Iraq.He said Syria allowed military equipment to flow into Iraq on the eve of and during the war, and has "permitted volunteers to pass into Iraq to attack and kill our service members during the...

    09/08/2003 2:01:07 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 122 replies · 605+ views
    Chosun Ilbo, SBS TV, Japanese NNN TV ^ | 9 September 2003 | AmericanInTokyo
    5:00 p.m. Monday (9/8) Eastern TimeIt is now 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2003 in Pyongyang, North Korea. Under rainy skies and with a current temperature of 70 degrees F, 95% humidity, slight breeze, with expected thunderstorms today in Pyongyang. Many FReepers and others are taking close note of today. Sunrise will occur in 12 minutes. And then, within a few hours, something rather noteworthy, historic and perhaps stunning is expected in the capital of the D.P.R.K. (North Korea).SBS-TV (S. Korea) today has obtained photographs of a new and provocative 15.5 meter-tall Nodong version missile, capable of attacking the...
  • On N. Korean Freighter, a Virtual Missile Factory

    08/13/2003 8:32:22 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 14 replies · 232+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 08/14/03 | Joby Warrick
    First of two articlesNEW DELHI -- Tae Min Hun, the dour captain of the North Korean freighter Kuwolsan, glared icily from the bridge as tempers around him soared in the midday heat. On June 30, 1999, as customs agents in India's northwestern port city of Kandla waited impatiently to board the vessel, Tae received urgent instructions from Pyongyang: At all cost, let no one open the cargo boxes.The Indians tried to look anyway, and a melee erupted. Tae and his crew rained blows on inspectors and barricaded the doors with their bodies, according to witness accounts and video footage of...
  • Taiwan boards N Korean ship

    08/09/2003 7:31:41 AM PDT · by Centurion2000 · 18 replies · 247+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/8/2003 | BBC
    BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Taiwan boards N Korean ship Taiwan boards N Korean ship Taiwanese customs officers have boarded a North Korean freighter at the request of US intelligence authorities, reports say. The Taiwanese Central News Agency reports the US as saying the ship could be transporting illegal chemicals that could be used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. Officials from Taiwan's Ministry of Finance and Customs Bureau (MFKCB) subsequently boarded the ship, which arrived in Kaohsiung Harbour on Thursday from Bangkok, Thailand. The Taiwanese newspaper Lien Ho Pao reported the US had urged Taiwan's National Security Council...
  • Australians Release Details of Iraq Role

    05/09/2003 6:11:17 AM PDT · by kattracks · 13 replies · 401+ views
    AP | 5/09/03 | PETER O'CONNOR
    CANBERRA, Australia, May 09, 2003 (AP Online via COMTEX) -- Elite Australian special forces charged with knocking out Scud missile bases entered deep into Iraq two days before the opening salvo of the war, defense officials said Friday. Releasing details on the role of Australia's 150 Special Air Services troops in Iraq for the first time, defense officials said a large contingent of Australian special forces went into Iraq the night of March 18. The commandos were mainly charged with reconnaissance and "shoot and scoot" missions tracking key military targets and destroying them, either with their own weapons or...
  • Most Intercepts Of Iraqi Rockets Were By Older Patriot Missiles

    04/24/2003 6:29:46 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 3 replies · 373+ views
    Inside The Pentagon | April 24, 2003 | Elaine M. Grossman
    CAMP DOHA, KUWAIT -- All but two of nine U.S. and Kuwaiti Patriot intercepts of Iraqi missiles over a 13-day period beginning March 20 were performed by Guidance Enhanced Missiles, or GEMs, introduced into the fleet seven years ago, according to Army Brig. Gen. Howard Bromberg, commanding general of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command. Just two rockets Iraq launched were shot down by brand new Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Most engaged missiles were Al-Samoud and Ababil-100 surface-to-surface rockets fired from southern Iraq towards Kuwait, often operating on the outer limits of their approximately 90-mile maximum range,...
  • Israel still faces Scud danger, Time magazine reports

    03/30/2003 7:29:06 PM PST · by Rams82 · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Haaertz ^ | Monday, March 31, 2003 | Shlomo Shamir
    NEW YORK - A number of Scuds that could be within striking distance of Israel are still believed to be in western Iraq, Time magazine says in an exclusive report today. "Washington has pointed to the capture of two airfields in western Iraq as a blow to Saddam's ability to menace Israel with Scud missiles, as he did in the 1991 war," the magazine writes. "But the U.S. has what it considers credible intelligence that some Scuds have eluded detection in western Iraq, within striking distance of Israel." A senior U.S. intelligence official told Time: "We are not out of...
  • Dawn of the Airborne Laser (New Technologies for the Air Force)

    03/29/2003 5:50:45 PM PST · by vannrox · 17 replies · 496+ views
    Popular Science ^ | March 2003 | by Mark Farmer
    The Air Force is readying the first airborne laser weapon, which could be used to intercept Scud missiles. Mark Farmer takes you inside the project. In a starkly sanitized clean room, a stocky Lockheed Martin engineer wearing a shower cap and laboratory smock scuttles in and about black plastic curtains, talking with near-manic intensity and flashing his bright eyes and wry smile. "Want to see something really cool?" asks Paul Shattuck as he yanks back the curtains, revealing a maze of psychedelically colored optics and black anodized metal hardware. "This," he says, "is what they call the Wall of...
  • Where are the WMDs?

    03/22/2003 2:55:57 AM PST · by Fluke Codewriter · 4 replies · 207+ views
    Self | Today | Fluke Codewriter
    While watching the lastest "update" and subsequent "comments" by the Sky news journos, I couldn't help but wonder at their intelligence. (I know, I know... they are journos after all :o)) "Where are the weapons of mass destruction?" "They haven't found any weapons of mass destruction yet, have they?" And the "expert" seemed at a loss to answer. Tap. Tap. Tap. Is this brain on? Chinese missiles? Scuds? Don't they count? And if not, fine. The other explanation is simple... "Sod Him, He's Insane" is not mental enough to give his precious WMDs to a bunch of soldiers/conscripts he knows...

    03/21/2003 2:10:07 AM PST · by kattracks · 93 replies · 423+ views
    New York Post ^ | 3/21/03 | ROBERT HARDT Jr.
    <p>March 21, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Chief U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix yesterday said Iraq violated its agreement with the United Nations if the missiles it fired at American troops were Scuds.</p> <p>"I'm very interested to know whether they used Scuds," Blix said in an interview with the Fox News Channel. "If they're firing [Scuds], of course that shows that there's a violation," he said.</p>
  • Iraqi Missiles Fired at U.S. Troops Intercepted

    03/20/2003 6:13:09 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 28 replies · 152+ views
    IN THE KUWAITI DESERT — Iraq fired missiles into Kuwait in a series of apparently ineffectual counterattacks against U.S. troops and Kuwaiti civilians Thursday, forcing American soldiers to put on gas masks and chemical protective suits. Fox News has learned from Coalition Defense officials that at least one of the missiles fired was a Scud.

    03/20/2003 11:42:47 AM PST · by kattracks · 19 replies · 468+ views
    Sky News | 3/20/03
    US Marines had a near miss when one of several Iraqi missiles fired at Kuwait landed near their camp in the Gulf Arab state's northern desert. "An unidentified missile struck outside Camp Commando at approximately 10.28 (0728 GMT) this morning," a statement by the US Marine Corps First Marine Expeditionary Force said."Initial reports cited that soldiers from the UK and (US) Marines sighted a grey missile land just outside the compound."Iraq retaliated after US missiles rained down on Baghdad - by firing four missiles on targets in Kuwait.Washington insisted the missiles were scuds but Baghdad insisted it did not...
  • Iraq Destroys Prohibited Scud Missile - SATIRE ALERT - DON'T READ IF YOU HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR

    03/20/2003 1:37:41 PM PST · by agenda_express · 7 replies · 238+ views
    Iraq Destroys Prohibited Scud Missile Rip Rowan Thu 20 Mar 2003 Today in Kuwait, Iraq destroyed one of its prohibited Scud missiles during the first day of a US-led disarmament program. The Scud, which was destroyed with the help of US weapons experts, was the first Scud destroyed in Iraq since the mid-1990's. "This act represents real disarmament on the part of Iraq," said UN weapons inspector Hans Blix. "We support Iraq's decision to disarm itself of these dangerous prohibited weapons." "Already in the first day of a US-led disarmament effort, we have seen more progress on the issue of...
  • Iraqi Scud intercepted by US Patriot in the north of Kuwait

    03/20/2003 2:25:41 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 212+ views
    Iraqi Scud intercepted by US Patriot in the north of Kuwait Iraqi Scud was intercepted Thursday afternoon by an anti-missile missile Patriot of the American army in the north of Kuwait, announced the official agency Kuna.Une source of safety, quoted by the agency, specified that the shooting of the Iraqi missile was at the origin of the alarm given a little earlier to Koweit.Deux other ground-to-ground missiles Iraqi of average carried had fallen down before in the desert of the north of Kuwait without making victim, according to the ministry koweitien of Defense, pushing the soldiers koweitiens and American...
  • Israeli officials say no Scuds in western Iraq

    03/14/2003 10:58:47 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 190+ views
    Associated Press | March 14, 2003 | JASON KEYSER
    JERUSALEM (AP) -- The probability of an Iraqi attack on Israel is "very, very, very low," Israel's army chief said in an interview published Friday, noting that he has seen no evidence that Saddam Hussein has moved Scud missiles into striking range of Israel. Israel's military chief, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, told the Maariv daily that an Israeli spy satellite had not picked up any sign of Scuds in the area and that the probability of a missile strike appeared slim. "The probability is very, very, very low," Yaalon told the paper. "The director of military intelligence has said...
  • Officials: Ship in missile incident registered in Cambodia

    12/12/2002 5:21:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies · 214+ views
    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Dec 12, 2002 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- The ship found to be carrying Scud missiles from North Korea to Yemen this past week was registered in Cambodia, U.S. and Cambodian officials said Thursday. The United States on Wednesday reluctantly permitted the cargo to proceed to Yemen after having first stopped and searched the ship as part of an interdiction operation in the war on terrorism. According to U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Heidi Bronke in Phnom Penh, "the government has confirmed the claim from the ship's master that the ship was registered in Cambodia as the Pan Hope."...
  • Yemen claims missiles on North Korean ship belong to it, Al-Jazeera reports

    12/11/2002 5:41:45 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 47 replies · 411+ views
    <p>05:35 PST CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- The missiles and other sophisticated military equipment found on a North Korean ship off the tip of the Arabian peninsula belong to the Yemeni government, the pan-Arab television station Al-Jazeera reported Wednesday.</p> <p>Al-Jazeera did not name its sources, but attributed the claim to Yemeni government officials. Yemen and North Korea completed a deal for the equipment several months ago, the station said.</p>
  • Seized N. Korean Scud Ship Bound For Mideast - Spain

    12/11/2002 4:53:28 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 262+ views
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 12-11-2002
    Seized N.Korean Scud Ship Bound for Mideast -Spain MADRID (Reuters) - A North Korean ship carrying hidden Scud missiles and about 85 drums of chemicals was bound for a Middle East port when it was intercepted in the Arabian Sea by Spanish warships, Spain said on Wednesday. Spanish Defense Minister Federico Trillo told a news conference the ship, carrying 15 Scuds and the drums of unidentified chemicals, was headed for an unidentified site in the Middle East. It had now been placed under the control of the United States as the leader of an international coalition to fight "terrorism" and...
  • UPDATE: Scud missile ship bound for Mideast

    12/11/2002 4:33:31 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies · 233+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12-11-02
    MADRID (Reuters) - A North Korean ship carrying hidden Scud missiles and about 85 drums of chemicals was bound for a Middle East port when it was intercepted in the Arabian Sea by Spanish warships, Spain says. Spanish Defence Minister Federico Trillo told a news conference on Wednesday that the ship, carrying 15 Scuds and the drums of unidentified chemicals, was headed for an unidentified site in the Middle East. It had now been placed under the control of the United States as the leader of an international coalition to fight "terrorism" and would be taken to Diego Garcia, an...
  • U.S. to deploy Aegis destroyer to guard Israel from Iraqi Scuds

    11/21/2002 10:26:02 PM PST · by eldoradude · 16 replies · 267+ views
    WORLD TRIBUNE.COM ^ | Friday, November 22, 2002 | SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM
    The U.S. Navy plans to deploy an Aegis-class destroyer in the eastern Mediterranean by January to help guard Israel against an attack by Iraqi Scud missiles. U.S. officials said a program of six tests of the Aegis will be conducted to develop an emergency deployment sea-based ballistic missile defense against short- to medium-range ballistic missiles. The first test was scheduled for Thursday and took place in the Pacific Ocean, according to Middle East Newsline. The officials said in January the destroyer will participate in an exercise with Israeli air defense and its air force in an effort to bolster missile...
  • Scud Missile Launch From California Planned For Midday

    11/14/2002 12:23:20 PM PST · by Shermy · 56 replies · 374+ views
    Santa Maria Times ^ | November 14, 2002
    VANDENBERG AFB -- A symbol of Operation Desert Storm will fly from Vandenberg Air Force Base today as the U.S. military aims to learn more about Scud missiles. The Scud missile will launch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today, according to Maj. Stacee Bako, a Vandenberg Air Force Base spokeswoman. Officials didn't announce the launch date until Wednesday afternoon. The test is one of two Scud missile launches planned by the Missile Defense Agency before the end of the year under a $13 million program dubbed "Operation Blue Velvet." The weapon, similar to those fired by Iraq during Operation...
  • Israel Is Readying New Missile Shield to Counter Scuds

    10/05/2002 11:50:24 AM PDT · by GeneD · 12 replies · 235+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 10/5/02 (for editions of 10/6/02) | Michael R. Gordon
    PALMACHIM AIR FORCE BASE, Israel — Israel has deployed an operational missile defense and is ready to use it to protect Tel Aviv and other major population centers if they come under fire from Iraq's arsenal of Scud missiles. Known as the Arrow, the system is designed to avoid the pitfalls of the American Patriot system, which Israelis say had little success in stopping Iraq's Scud missile attacks during the 1991 Persian Gulf war. The program, which will cost more than $2 billion, is partly financed by the United States. One battery is already deployed here, and when the final...
  • Israeli forces operating inside Iraq, hunting missiles: newsletter

    09/27/2002 4:43:56 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 273+ views
    Agence France-Presse | September 27, 2002
    LONDON, Sept 27 (AFP) - Israel special forces are operating inside western Iraq, pinpointing locations where Iraqi missile lauchers might be positioned, the Jane's Foreign Report newsletter said in its latest issue, received Friday. The newsletter said the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit was ordered into Iraq "to find and identify places used by, or likely to be used by, Iraqi Scud missile launchers." "Our information is that neither Israel nor the United States have a clue about what, if anything, Saddam Hussein is hiding," the newsletter said, referring to the Iraqi leader. "It was this ignorance that persuaded...
  • Scud Hunting with Delta Force and the SAS

    09/25/2002 8:41:01 PM PDT · by VaBthang4 · 35 replies · 2,600+ views ^ | 1997 | Thomas B. Hunter
    Scud Hunting with Delta Force and the Special Air Service (SAS)By Thomas B. Hunter During the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), Saddam Hussein launched approximately 350 ballistic missiles against Iran. These attacks included a large number of R-17 single-stage missiles from a stockpile of 650 purchased from the Soviet Union. The R-17, as originally designed, had a maximum range of 300 km and was capable of carrying either a 2,000 lb. conventional or 100 kiloton nuclear warhead. In time, however, Iraqi engineers were ordered to develop a weapon capable of striking deeper into Iranian territory. To this end, designers made use of...
  • Israel prepares for repeat of Scud attacks

    09/15/2002 8:02:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 10 replies · 195+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | September 15 2002
    A possible Iraqi missile strike has citizens feeling on edge A senior Iraqi official told Israel Friday to expect missile attacks in the event of a US-led war to unseat Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, amid growing apprehension in the Jewish state about the government’s readiness for such an eventuality. “Israel will suffer a profound and an unforgettable strike if it interferes in the (US-led) war (against Iraq),” Iraqi Trade Minister Mohammed Mahdi Saleh told the Al-Khaleej daily. Israel’s army chief, Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon, said this week that the US wanted Israel to stay out of any military operation against...
  • U.S. imposes sanctions on North Korean company for selling missile parts to Yemen

    08/23/2002 5:40:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies · 195+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 8-23-02 | SCOTT LINDLAW
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) --  The Bush administration has quietly imposed sanctions on a North Korean company for selling Scud missile parts to Yemen. It plans no penalties against Yemen, an ally in the U.S.-led war on terrorism.</p> <p>The administration decided on the penalties Aug. 16, a State Department official said Thursday night. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, identified the company as Changgwang Sinyong Corp.</p>
  • India asked for Israeli shield for Pak Scuds

    06/27/2002 3:31:09 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 218+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 27 2002 | Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
    Early this month, Major-General Amos Yaron, director-general of Israel's Defence Ministry, flew in secretly twice to meet his counterparts in New Delhi. Yaron's visits were in response to urgent Indian requests for a spy satellite and an anti-missile system. Yaron, says a recent issue of Jane's Foreign Report, had to turn down both requests. Jane's reported that India wanted to "buy or borrow" Israel's newly-launched Ofek-5 spy satellite. Yaron said Israel needed to keep it on an Iran-Syria-Iraq orbit, that it could not, even temporarily, be sent over Kashmir at the present time — as New Delhi wanted. Yaron also...
  • Syria preparing to build extended-range 'Scud'

    06/19/2002 3:59:13 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 352+ views
    Jane's ^ | June 19 2002 | Steve Rodan and Andrew Koch
    By Steve Rodan, JDW Correspondent, Tel Aviv, and Andrew Koch, JDW Washington Bureau Chief Syria is preparing to begin serial production of an extended-range version of its 'Scud-C' short-range ballistic missile, according to US and Israeli defence officials. The officials said Syria has completed preparations for the production of the extended-range missile, including work on an assembly line. Israeli defence officials said Syria could produce as many as 30 missiles a year, approximately equal to that of the current 'Scud-C' production. "They have either begun production or are about to begin production," one Israeli official told JDW. "So far, the...