September 29, 2009 |
Days before Iran was to meet with the U.S. and other world powers over its disputed nuclear program, the nation test fired medium-range missiles today capable of reaching Israel, Europe and American bases in the Persian Gulf, according to the country's Revolutionary Guard. The missiles -- Shahab-3 and Sajjil -- were launched in the desert as part of military exercises that began before the U.S., France and Britain accused Tehran over the weekend of building a secret uranium-enrichment plant in the mountains.
July 21, 1987
The Army, anticipating the Soviet Union's use of a new armor for its tanks, last month began producing a new type of TOW anti-tank missile, Maj. Phil Soucy, an Army spokesman, said. At a cost of $500 per missile, a small explosive charge has been added to the warhead of the TOW, Soucy said. Although many aspects of the program are still classified, the Army decided to release some details in part to respond to rising concerns expressed by U.S. and NATO defense experts.
December 12, 1996 |
The chief U.N. weapons inspector failed to persuade Iraq to release missile parts for inspection to verify that Baghdad is following orders to destroy long-range missiles, as required under agreements that ended the Persian Gulf War. U.N. inspector Rolf Ekeus wants to take disassembled parts abroad for analysis to confirm that they actually came from long-range missiles. He says the analysis can only be done outside of Iraq. Iraq has resisted, saying it fears the results will be forged.
August 18, 2002 |
The president of a counter-terrorism consulting firm has been charged with possessing 2,352 unregistered small military missiles, according to court documents. Investigators also found 4,000 pounds of explosives at High Energy Access Tools, an anti-terrorism and police training company that was conducting classes for students from the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, said Tom Mangan, an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
June 29, 1988
The United States and Israel will cooperate in developing an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) to help defend Israel against tactical missiles or chemical attacks, officials said. A memorandum of understanding on the project will be signed soon, the White House said as President Reagan met with Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The missile, called Arrow, is already under development in Israel, but the Israelis need funding and technological help.
November 28, 1989 |
President Bush will tell Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev at their summit conference this weekend that the deployment of surface-to-air missiles in El Salvador "is a dangerous escalation" of the conflict there, the Administration said Monday, suggesting that Central American conflicts threaten improved superpower relations.
August 8, 1990 |
Aerojet Propulsion Division, a major defense contractor, has won a $9.1-million contract to develop cooling technology allowing missile interceptors to fly at hypersonic speeds. The five-year contract with the Army is for further development of the company's platelet technology to protect the front end of missiles from melting under the scorching heat of hypersonic speeds.
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October 9, 1989 |
An Escondido manufacturer has been reprimanded by the Department of Defense because of poorly made warhead casings that were intended to go inside Sparrow air-to-air missiles used by Air Force, Navy and NATO fighter jets. ATI Industries--which is listed on the Escondido Chamber of Commerce roster as a "manufacturer of aircraft tools"--stopped making the casings late last year after inspectors said the company had systematic quality control problems, government officials told The Times.
April 27, 1997 |
A debt-ridden truck driver apparently dumped a shipment of four unarmed Air Force missiles in Texas after his company refused to give him a $500 advance, according to FBI documents released Saturday. Ronald D. Coy was arrested Friday at a truck stop in Orange, Texas, several hours after the $1-million missile shipment was found 300 miles away in Ranger. Coy, 42, of Middletown, Ohio, shook his head in disbelief at a hearing Saturday when he was told he was being charged with wire fraud.
May 30, 2007 |
Russia tested new missiles that First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov boasted could penetrate any defense system. Ivanov said Russia tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple warheads, and successfully conducted a "preliminary" test of a cruise missile with an extended range. The former defense minister is seen as a potential successor to President Vladimir V. Putin. Russia has bristled at U.S.