Eyeing North Korea, U.S. plans first test of ICBM intercept

May 27, 2017

Eyeing North Korea, U.S. plans first test of ICBM intercept

Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday ...

Venezuela has 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles, document shows

May 22, 2017

Venezuela has 5,000 Russian surface-to-air MANPADS missiles, document shows

Venezuela possesses 5,000 Russian-made surface-to-air weapons, according to a military document, the largest known stockpile in Latin America and a source of concern for U.S. officials amid the country’s mounting turmoil. Venezuela’s socialist government has long used the threat of an “imperialist” invasion by ...

U.S. 'mother of all bombs' owes origins to anti-Nazi weapons

Apr 15, 2017

U.S. 'mother of all bombs' owes origins to anti-Nazi weapons

The 11-ton “mother of all bombs” dropped by U.S. forces on Islamic State-linked fighters in Afghanistan is a highly specialized weapon with a heritage dating back to huge bombs developed for use against Nazi targets in World War II. The 21,600-pound (9,797-kg) GBU-43 (Guided ...