The Defense Intelligence Agency assesses that Iran's development of large space launch vehicles demonstrates an intent to develop ICBM
Although Iranian and North Korean forces are presently not as threatening as Russian and Chinese forces, both may also stockpile sophisticated nuclear ICBMs
within a decade.
The Air Force has 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs
, on alert at all times, with a contingent of about 500 launch control officers, some number of which are unavailable on any given day due to illness or other reasons.
The 392nd TRS maintains high standards, and the minimum passing rate for a frontline ICBM
launch officer is 90 percent, although perfection is the expectation.
But as these needed technological breakthroughs were being made, substantial resource challenges greatly hampered ICBM
However, the ICBM
force is not deployable and the personnel who maintain ICBM
systems have specialized skills that do not seamlessly transfer to an AEF package.
The report, based on combined analysis of various intelligence agencies, said China currently has about 20 ICBMs
armed with a single nuclear warhead capable of reaching targets in the U.
These reports cited Iran as a possible ICBM
threat within 5 years and perhaps Iraq within 10 years.
As a complement to missile defense against the threat from Iran, American economic sanctions on Tehran work to slow down its development of ICBMs
North Korea is unlikely to obtain the technological capability in order to be able to develop a longer-range operational ICBM
Also in question is the quality of leadership by the generals above them, some of whom never did ICBM
Calling the weapon a "missile defence killer", Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said the ICBM
is strong enough to penetrate even the latest missile shields of the US.