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April 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran successfully tested its second new torpedo, the latest weapon to be unveiled during war games in the Persian Gulf that the military said were aimed at preparing the country's defenses against the United States. The torpedo, believed to be more powerful and capable of going deeper than others in Iran's arsenal, was tested in the Strait of Hormuz, a vital corridor for oil supplies.
September 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Carbon-14 fallout from above-ground nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s is embedded in tooth enamel, allowing scientists to estimate age to within 1.6 years, Jonas Frisen of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm reported this week in the journal Nature. Tooth enamel contains 0.4% carbon. Concentrations in teeth thus reflect the amount in the atmosphere when the enamel was formed. It does not work for individuals born before 1943 because their teeth formed before nuclear tests began.
June 4, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Syria test-fired three Scud missiles last week, including one that broke up over Turkey, senior Israeli security officials said. The officials said the missiles, using North Korean technology and designed to carry chemical warheads, were fired May 27. In New York, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said the Syrian tests were "very dangerous." There was no comment from Damascus. The New York Times first reported Israel's allegations in Friday editions.
May 2, 2005 | Ken Silverstein and Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writers
In a step that heightened concerns about its nuclear ambitions, North Korea apparently launched a short-range missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, U.S. and South Korean officials said. South Korean intelligence officials were quoted today by the Yonhap news agency as saying they believed that a surface-to-ship guided missile with a range of 100 miles was fired from the North Korean city of Hamhung, about 100 miles northeast of the communist nation's capital, Pyongyang.
February 16, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Northrop Grumman Corp., the third-largest U.S. defense contractor, said Tuesday that it planned to finish within 18 months a prototype of a battlefield laser weapon capable of shooting down mortars and rockets, Chief Executive Ronald D. Sugar said. "Laser weapons aren't Buck Rogers weapons anymore," Sugar said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington. "They're becoming a reality. Almost every day our troops face mortar and rocket fire from insurgents.
December 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Russian military successfully test-fired a mobile version of its top-of-the line Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher at the Plesetsk launch pad in the northern region of Arkhangelsk and hit a designated target on a testing range on the far eastern Kamchatka peninsula, military officials said. The launch is expected to be the last of four test-firings of the Topol-M's mobile version before its deployment, which is expected next year.
October 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The Army is planning to expand the nation's leading biological and chemical defense testing site in Utah's remote western desert to make it a training ground for counterterrorism operations. The seven-year plan for the Dugway Proving Ground includes building a mock city for urban chemical and biological attack exercises and refitting existing facilities for use in counterterrorism training. A permanent annex would be built for biological defense trials.
September 26, 2004 | From Associated Press
Iran has added a "strategic missile" to its arsenal after a successful test, and the country is ready to confront any external threat, the nation's defense minister told state-run radio Saturday. The radio report did not say whether the test involved the previously announced new version of the Shahab-3 rocket -- capable of reaching Israel and U.S. forces stationed in the Middle East -- or a different missile.
August 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
Iran on Saturday dismissed allegations that it was providing test sites for North Korean long-range missiles designed to deliver nuclear warheads, its official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. A Bush administration official said last week that North Korea was getting around a self-imposed missile test ban by sharing technology information with Iran, which is allegedly carrying out missile tests on Pyongyang's behalf.
July 5, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
India successfully fired a nuclear-capable missile off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa in what a Defense Ministry spokesman called "a routine test." The Agni 1 missile has an estimated range of 750 miles. India is developing an array of missiles as part of its nuclear defense strategy against neighbors China and Pakistan. India staged nuclear tests and declared itself a nuclear power in 1998, prompting longtime rival Pakistan to respond with similar tests.
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