CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1994 |
In an immense steel vault bathed in eerie blue light and protected around the clock by armed guards, the Air Force's latest fighter jet was recently tricked into thinking it was in the heat of high-tech combat. The F-16 Falcon sat motionless on a huge turntable as computer technicians bombarded it with electronic signals mimicking enemy missiles and radar stations, simulating a flight over hostile territory.
January 6, 2003 |
Israel launched four Arrow missile interceptors high over the Mediterranean on Sunday in what it called a successful first performance test against a simulated incoming salvo of missiles akin to Iraqi Scuds. Shocked by the failure of U.S. Patriot missiles to down 39 Iraqi Scuds fired at it during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, Israel has conceived its own custom-designed antiballistic missile as the U.S. gears up for a possible repeat campaign against Baghdad.
March 26, 2002 |
A Minuteman missile carrying a dummy nuclear warhead soared across Southern California's crystal-clear sky this month on the way to its destruction over the Pacific Ocean, part of a high-stakes test of the Bush administration's ballistic missile defense plan. The missile was pulverized in space by a compact device, dubbed the exoatmospheric kill vehicle by engineers and described as the most sophisticated weapon ever developed.
August 24, 1999 |
A top Pentagon official is casting new doubt on the progress of the government's leading missile-defense technology, saying two recent test-flight successes haven't established how well the controversial system could handle an actual attack. The test flights, carried out after six consecutive failures, have been hailed by advocates as evidence that the Army's $15.4-billion Theater High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system will be able to protect troops on the battlefield from missile attacks.
August 3, 1999 |
An experimental Army rocket sped into the skies over New Mexico on Monday, pinpointed an "enemy" missile and smashed it to bits more than 50 miles above Earth, the Pentagon said. Defense Department officials cheered the successful test of the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense, or Thaad, missile at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. They said it was an important step toward developing a defense against medium-range ballistic missiles of the kind U.S.
April 12, 1999 |
The Indian government today test-fired a ballistic missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to targets in China and Pakistan, a provocative move certain to inflame relations in the region. The test of the missile, named the Agni II, comes almost a year after the Indian government stunned the world by testing five nuclear warheads. Those tests prompted Pakistan to test its own nuclear warheads, and a prolonged international crisis ensued.
April 14, 1999 |
Pakistan test-fired a ballistic missile today that is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting deep inside its uneasy neighbor India, intelligence sources said. The Ghauri II, an advanced version of a previously tested ballistic missile, has a range of 1,200 miles, making it the longest-range missile in Pakistan's arsenal. The test was not a surprise, with analysts anticipating Pakistan would respond to a missile test conducted Sunday by India, its rival in South Asia.
October 3, 1999 |
A prototype missile defense system for the United States passed a critical test Saturday when it intercepted and destroyed an unarmed ballistic missile in a spectacular light show 140 miles above the Pacific Ocean, Pentagon officials reported. Sheryl Irwin, a spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, said a device launched into space from the Marshall Islands collided at about 7:20 p.m. with a Minuteman II missile fired from Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc.
September 18, 1999 |
The White House on Friday announced that the United States will move immediately to ease commercial and trade sanctions against one of the world's most isolated and notorious nations, North Korea. White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart said the administration will normalize trade in most consumer goods and other commercial products between the United States and North Korea. The U.S. will also permit transfers of personal and commercial funds and will open commercial air and sea cargo links.
August 23, 2001 |
A top State Department official denied Wednesday that the Bush administration had issued an ultimatum to Russia stating when the U.S. would withdraw from the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty. But Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton reiterated at a news conference here that the U.S. will pull out of the treaty "sooner rather than later" if no agreement is reached with Russia.