The U.S. Navy Just Flight Tested a Missile That Might Be Able to Kill Just About Anything

The SM-6 is unique in several respects; the weapon uses what is called an "active" seeker, meaning it can send a signal or electromagnetic ping forward in addition to receiving them. This enables the weapon to better hit moving targets and fire in rapid succession.

The Navy is preparing an emerging Standard Missile 6 missile variant for combat by test-firing the weapon engineered with upgraded software - enabling it to perform a range of functions to inlcude air-warfare, ballistic missile terminal defense and anti-surface warfare capabilities, service officials said. 

Get Ready, North Korea: America's Missile Defenses are Getting Even Stronger

The SM-3 IIA can hit bigger targets, such as incoming enemy ballistic missiles, at longer distances than previous SM-3 interceptor missiles.

The Missile Defense Agency and Raytheon have configured the emerging SM-3 IIA missile with a more “sensitive” seeker and software designed to accommodate new threat information.

The SM-3 IIA is a newer interceptor missile, larger and more capable than its SM-3 predecessors. It recently achieved its first successful intercept of a medium-range ballistic missile target, MDA officials said.

China's First Home-Grown Aircraft Carrier Is Ready: Should America Be Worried?

China launched its second aircraft carrier Wednesday.

China’s first aircraft carrier, a refitted Soviet-era vessel called the Liaoning, was commissioned into the People’s Liberation Army Navy in 2012. The new carrier, China’s first indigenously-produced aircraft carrier, was officially launched at China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation’s Dalian shipyard, reports China’s Xinhua News Agency.