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Putin Threatens to Target U.S. with Hypersonic Missiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his version of a State of the Union address on Wednesday and included a threat to target the United States with ostensibly invincible hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range ballistic missiles to Europe.

The AGM-158 JASSM (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile) is a low observable standoff air-launched cruise missile developed in the United States.

U.S., Japan Equip Long-Range Missiles on Warplanes in Case of North Korean Nuclear Test

American and Japanese warplanes have been equipped with long-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSM), ideal weapons for taking out targets such as North Korea’s mobile missile launchers from great distances. The move has been described by South Korean defense officials as preparation for “another strategic provocation, such as a sixth nuclear test.”

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L.A., Houston Nuke Contractors Indicted for Smuggling $24M in Missile Tech to Iran

Five individuals and four companies, including Iranian government and Centrifuge Technology company contractors, have been indicted for illegally exporting technology frequently used in military systems such as surface-air and cruise missiles to Iran. This technology is “frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles,” according to the Department of Justice. $24 million worth of technology was allegedly sent to Iran starting in July 2010.