(National Sentinel) Defense: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are all developing and deploying more lethal nuclear and non-nuclear ballistic missiles, which directly threatens the national security of the United States, a new U.S. military intelligence report warns.
As noted by the Washington Free Beacon, the latest report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Ohio states, “Ballistic and cruise missiles present a significant threat to U.S. and allied forces overseas, and to the United States and its territories.”
The report warns that both China and Russia are expanding their force of strategic nuclear missiles with new multi-warhead weapons.
North Korea now has three intercontinental-range missiles and is moving ahead with a submarine-launched ballistic missile.
The report was published days before North Korea on July 4 conducted the first flight test of the new Hwasong-14 missile, described in the report as a new road-mobile ICBM first unveiled in October 2015.
In addition to that missile, North Korea also has another road-mobile ICBM called Hwasong-13, also known as the KN-08, and the Taepo Dong-2.
“Any of these systems could be exported to other countries in the future,” the report said.
As for Iran, it appears on course to develop longer range missiles — in violation of its nuclear agreement with the Obama administration — as part of what the intelligence report states is the country’s “desire to have a strategic counter to the United States” (remember when Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry were telling us everything was now cool with Iran?).
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“In 2015, Iran publicized the launch of the Emad-1, which officials claim is Iran’s first long-range missile that is guided throughout flight and capable of hitting its targets with high-precision,” the report said.
“Iranian officials have also announced plans for an Emad-2 with greater precision as well as a new Sejjil which can also be guided all the way to the target.”
And with the development of newer, better missiles comes the proliferation of those systems, as the report claimed, noting they “likely will be a threat in future conflicts involving U.S. forces.”
Indeed, as the Free Beacon notes further:
In the past 30 years, missiles were used in several wars, including the Iran-Iraq war, the Afghan civil war, the war in Yemen, the 1991 and 2003 Persian Gulf conflicts, Russian military actions in Chechnya and Georgia, and most recently in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
The report also makes mention of the fact that potential adversaries are developing hypersonic missiles — maneuvering weapons launched atop ballistic missiles that glide to their targets. They are said to be capable of reaching speeds up to 7,500 miles per hour, more than enough to speed past current U.S. ballistic missile defenses.
“Adversary ballistic missile systems are becoming more mobile, survivable, reliable, and accurate while also achieving longer ranges. Hypersonic glide vehicles delivered by ballistic missile boosters are an emerging threat that will pose new challenges to missile defense system,” the report says.
In addition, the report for the first time confirms that China’s new CSS-N-14 submarine-launched missile is deployed on four missile submarines.
“This missile will, for the first time, allow Chinese SSBNs to target portions of the United States from operating areas located near the Chinese coast,” the report said.