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Overview of The CNS Missile and SLV Launch Databases

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Overview of The CNS Missile and SLV Launch Databases

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These databases contain interactive visuals, expert analysis, and raw data concerning ballistic missile and satellite launch vehicle (SLV) launches by North Korea, and Iran, India, and Pakistan. The databases are routinely updated. Additional countries may be added in future.

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Tutorial on Missiles and Other WMD Delivery Systems

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Tutorial on Missiles and Other WMD Delivery Systems

Delivery systems―such as ballistic and cruise missiles, combat aircraft, and drones―determine how, when, and against whom a country can use conventional, nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons.



Understanding North Korea’s Missile Tests

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Understanding North Korea’s Missile Tests

North Korea has altered its missile testing patterns, launching missiles more frequently and from a variety of new locations. What does this mean? (CNS)


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Ballistic missile
A delivery vehicle powered by a liquid or solid fueled rocket that primarily travels in a ballistic (free-fall) trajectory.  The flight of a ballistic missile includes three phases: 1) boost phase, where the rocket generates thrust to launch the missile into flight; 2) midcourse phase, where the missile coasts in an arc under the influence of gravity; and 3) terminal phase, in which the missile descends towards its target.  Ballistic missiles can be characterized by three key parameters - range, payload, and Circular Error Probable (CEP), or targeting precision.  Ballistic missiles are primarily intended for use against ground targets.
Space Launch Vehicle (SLV)
A rocket used to carry a payload, such as a satellite, from Earth into outer space. SLVs are of proliferation concern because their development requires a sophisticated understanding of the same technologies used in the development of long-range ballistic missiles. Some states (e.g., Iran), may have developed space launch vehicle programs in order to augment their ballistic missile capabilities.

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