Military vehicles carry an earlier version of China’s hypersonic missile during a 2019 parade.
AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
China’s newest hypersonic missile, the DF-27, could sideline US aircraft carrier groups in the Pacific, while missiles in the works in China, Russia and the US threaten global security.
Gratuitous destruction: a children’s playground after a Russian bombardment, October 2022,
Some of the key articles from our coverage of the war in Ukraine over the past week.
Iran’s short-range surface-to-surface Fateh-110 being test-fired in 2010.
UPI/Vahid Reza Alaei/ Iranian Defence Ministry
Iran has showcased these new weapons, with deadly result, in Yemen and Lebanon.
Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system is the gold standard for defending against missiles and rockets.
Ilia Yefimovich/picture alliance via Getty Images
What will it take for Ukraine to defend against the ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and explosive drones raining down on the country? The question is not so much what as how many.
This Russian short-range cruise missile, the Iskander-K, can carry nuclear warheads for several hundred miles.
Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP
Tactical nuclear weapons were designed to be used on the battlefield rather than for strategic defense, but that doesn’t mean there’s a plausible case for using them.
Hypersonic missiles can change course to avoid detection and anti-missile defenses.
U.S. Air Force graphic
Russia’s use of hypersonic missiles in Ukraine has put the weapons in the news. Next-generation versions under development could dramatically alter national and global security.
This intercontinental ballistic missile was launched as part of Russia’s test of its strategic forces in 2020.
Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats have the world on edge, but so far, long-standing arms control measures have helped keep the situation from getting out of control.
Perhaps hoping for an election boost, India’s Prime Minister Modi announces that Indian scientists shot down a live satellite at a low-earth orbit.
Jaipal Singh / AAP
On 27 March, India announced it had successfully conducted an anti-satellite missile test, Mission Shakti. India is now the fourth country in the world displaying this capability.
Russia claims its controversial Iskander M launcher doesn’t violate the INF treaty.
The US has withdrawn from a major arms control treaty with Russia, and Russia followed suit. So, what was the treaty, and what happens now?
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speak following a meeting on the security and stability on the Korean Peninsula in Vancouver.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
China is succeeding in a high-stakes poker game on the Korean Peninsula. Did Canada and the U.S. just play into Chinese hands?
Poorly designed critical warning systems need a radical overhaul to prevent a repeat of Hawaii’s errant ‘ballistic missile threat’ alert.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un called Trump a ‘dotard.’
KCNA via Reuters
The latest salvo of insults and threats between President Trump and North Korea’s Kim brought the region a little bit closer to war. China, North Korea’s closest trading partner, may be the only way out.
People watch news on missile launch in Pyongyang, North Korea.
AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin
Refresh your knowledge on the origins of North Korea’s nuclear threat and the options world leaders have to deal with it.
Moonraker movie poster from 1979 created by Dan Gouzee.
The tensions between North Korea and the US over its long range ballistic missile programme echo a well-known James Bond plot.
People watch news of missile test on a public TV screen in North Korea.
AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin
North and South Korea explained in four questions and answers.
A North Korean government picture claiming to show the country’s first successful ICBM test.
Intentionally or not, Trump’s approach to North Korea makes more sense than many people think.
An intercontinental ballistic missile travels at least 5100 km away from its firing point.
Although North Korea’s recent missile test is unlikely to have been an ICBM, they are likely to have a medium range missile that could hit South Korea in a few years.
Should Australia seek a ballistic missile defence capability, like that of the United States?
US Department of Defense
Ultimately, the argument for Australia to acquire ballistic missile defence does not stack up.
A submarine missile-launching capacity brings the threat closer to the shores of the target country.
North Korea does not yet have the capacity to launch a nuclear missile from a submarine. Its recent test, however, suggests it is making progress to a game-changing second-strike capability.