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The Giant Tubes That Launch Missiles In Strategic Nuclear Submarines

Impressive photo of the giant tubes that house four of the 24 Trident II D5 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBM) carried by Ohio-class nuclear submarines. 14 of these submarines travel for months underwater, carrying fifty per cent of all the active thermonuclear warheads in the US arsenal.

The U.S. Air Force Just Fired 9 Nuclear Missile Commanders For Cheating

This is a little unsettling. A year-long investigation into alleged cheating on proficiency exams has resulted in the dismissal of nine nuclear missile commanders at the Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. The military expects to punish dozens of junior officers, as well.

Monster Machines: China's New Hypersonic Missile Can Scream Past US Air Defences

Just what we need, another arms race. China’s stepping up its bid for ballistic missile superiority, having just successfully test-fired the country’s first hypersonic missile delivery vehicle, one capable of penetrating American air defenses to potentially deliver nuclear warheads. The Pentagon is not amused.

Monster Machines: Israel's National Missile Shield Could Shoot Satellites Out Of Orbit

Israel doesn’t get on too well with its Arab neighbours, and the threat of annihilation by ballistic missile is always present. To defend itself against this potential threat, Israel has built an Iron Dome-like defence system that covers the entire nation. But if this system can exo-atmospherically neutralise incoming ICBM’s, what’s to keep it from shooting passing satellites clean out of the sky?

This Is How The Sky Would Look Seconds Before A Nuclear Attack

Death falling from the sky: This unique video shows the warheads from a Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile re-entering Earth’s atmosphere and hitting their targets at the Kura Test Range, located in northern Kamchatka Krai, a Russian Federation territory north of Japan.

North Korea Shows Off Glorious New Weapons That Probably Won't Work

To celebrate the Immortal Perfect Rocket Glory Leadership of dictator Kim Jung-un, North Korea threw itself a parade. It consisted of goose-stepping soldiers and new weapons, including a fat new ICBM.

The US Air Force's Crazy Plan To Launch Nuclear ICBMs From A Cargo Plane

When you think ICBM, things get Freudian — a long, slender missile erupting from an underground silo or submarine bay, gliding upwards. You probably don’t consider a giant missile dumped from the back of a plane. The Air Force did.

It's Do Or Die Time For The Mach 20 Missile

DARPA has a plan called Prompt Global Strike that’ll knock out any terrorist target within an hour using a remote aircraft. Sounds great, except the first trial of this advanced weapon failed miserably. The defence agency now has one more try to get it right or the project will be canceled.

US Lost Command Of One-Ninth Of Intercontinental Missiles

President Barack Obama has been informed that the US Air Force lost complete command and control of one-ninth of their ICBM arsenal last Saturday. Administration officials stressed that the problem was only temporary, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t big.

Non-Nuclear US ICBM Can Strike Iran In 30 Minutes

Defence Secretary Robert Gates has made a startling revelation today. The US has long-range missiles armed with high-power-but-non-nuclear explosives ready for a global strike. The (big) problem: China and Russia won’t be able to distinguish between nuclear and non-nuclear ICBMs.

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