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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.
July 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran said its Revolutionary Guards have been armed with new medium-range missiles after successful tests of the weapons. Analysts say the missiles' range could enable them to hit Israel or U.S. bases in the Middle East. The deployment of the Shahab-3 missiles, announced on state television, comes as Iran faces mounting scrutiny of a nuclear energy program that Washington says may be a front for a covert effort to make atomic arms.
July 9, 2003 | Andy Olsen, Times Staff Writer
Miss Nemesis does not fit in the new Navy. Discharged along with typewriters and no-girls-allowed warships, the annual beauty pageant of the Port Hueneme missile control center folded decades ago to make way for a more liberated Woman of the Year award. It's one of many changes that NEMESIS, which stood for Naval Ship Missile Systems Engineering Station, has undergone since it opened in 1963.
July 8, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Iran has conducted what it called a final test of its ballistic missile Shahab-3, which is capable of reaching Israel and U.S. forces stationed in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, the Foreign Ministry said. The test took place "several weeks ago," ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said. The Shahab-3 has a range of about 800 miles, meaning it could also reach U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
June 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A missile fired from a Navy cruiser missed its airborne target in a test of a sea-based missile defense system, the Defense Department said. It was the second consecutive failed missile test over the Pacific after a series of successful strikes in the last 2 1/2 years, and the first failure of a sea-based test.
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