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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1700 on: 10/27/2017 08:51 PM »
http://tass.com/defense/972794
Russia launches ballistic missiles from submarines, spaceport during strategic drills

A number of UK and US news sources are claiming (I believe incorrectly) that the Plesetsk launch was a RS-28 Sarmat "Satan 2", which conflicts with the Russian press release and with russianforces.org, etc.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4776674/russia-test-fires-satan-two-missile-rs-28/
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/satan-2-russia-icbm-missile-destroy-countries-us-nuclear-weapons-intercontinental-ballistic-a8022831.html

Original report from Russia, which lists it as a Topol launch:
http://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=12148494@egNews

Update:  Newsweek correctly reports it as a Topol launch, and notes that the first Sarmat launch is expected to take place from Plestesk by year's end:
http://www.newsweek.com/vladimir-putin-launches-four-ballistic-missiles-nuclear-forces-drill-across-694347

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« Reply #1701 on: 10/27/2017 08:59 PM »
Russia tests nuclear capable ballistic missiles

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1702 on: 10/30/2017 02:30 AM »
More information on the Russian launches.

http://russianforces.org/blog/2017/10/annual_exercise_of_strategic_f.shtml

Article says there was one launch of RS-12M Topol', one submarine launch of R-29RM Sineva and two submarine launches of R-29R Volna on 26 October.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1703 on: 11/02/2017 11:15 PM »
DOD flies experimental hypersonic payload; claims success, technological advances

November 02, 2017

The Pentagon successfully demonstrated a hypersonic glide vehicle Oct. 30, lofting an experimental payload on a rocket from Hawaii that -- during its ultra-fast, unpowered flight to the Marshall Islands across the upper reaches of the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean -- verified technological advances relevant to a potential future U.S. military hypersonic strike system.

https://insidedefense.com/daily-news/dod-flies-experimental-hypersonic-payload-claims-success-technological-advances

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« Reply #1704 on: 11/03/2017 04:03 PM »
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1361716/janus-target-successfully-launched-for-patriot-test/

Janus Target Successfully Launched for PATRIOT Test
SMC Public Affairs / Published November 02, 2017

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Directorate, successfully completed a Janus Target vehicle launch, Sept. 16.

“The vehicle provided by RSLP offer realistic and affordable targets for testing of our nation’s missile defense system,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander.  "Congratulations to the Launch Enterprise team and its mission partners for another successful launch."

Janus was designed by Orbital ATK to provide a realistic threat target meeting the stringent performance requirements of the U.S. Army’s PATRIOT program.  The Janus target utilizes a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage. The rocket lifted from its launch pad at Wake Island with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit.  In addition to Orbital ATK’s work as the prime contractor for the target, ASRC Federal Space & Defense provided mission assurance services to independently verify and validate the Janus Target’s performance.

One of the critical elements of the RSLP program is supporting U.S. government research, development and testing. Besides providing the Army’s Lower Tier Project office with a realistic threat target, the Janus mission also serves as a use for the national stockpile of solid motors from heritage ICBM systems. The mission incorporated two surplus solid rocket motors from the Minuteman II weapon system, which was retired in 1994.

Media Contact: smcpa.media@us.af.mil

Caption 1: A Janus target sits poised for launch from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Caption 2: A Janus target launches from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1705 on: 11/03/2017 06:45 PM »
Navy launches competition for hypersonic booster technology development project


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The Navy has locked in requirements for a very-high-speed missile that could provide a key component for a potential prototype Conventional Prompt Strike capability and has launched a competition to design, build and ground test a booster capable of delivering a hypersonic glide body payload.

On Oct. 20, the Navy's Strategic Systems Program office issued a final request for proposals for a Hypersonic Booster Technology Development program, giving interested companies until Dec. 20 to respond.

"The Government is seeking to demonstrate technologies related to intermediate range capability through booster design, fabrication, and validation testing," the solicitation reads. "The primary purpose of this procurement is to design two Technology Booster (TB) Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) stages."

The solicitation seeks proposals consistent with a number of non-public documents, including the Technology Booster Requirements Document and a Hypersonic Glide Body Technical Baseline.

Following the preliminary design phase for the technology booster, the contract is slated to include an option for the contractor to perform testing to validate its design, according to the solicitation. The contractor, under this option, "will also build and static fire" each demonstration technology booster stage, according to the request for proposals.

The Navy notes this technology development effort "is for limited purposes only" and neither reflects an endorsement by the Defense Department "nor does it reflect any policy consideration that may be applied to selected concepts, such as basing consideration or treaty compliance," according to the notice.

In a related effort, the Navy's SSP office has retained Lockheed Martin and Raytheon since 2014 to draft technical proposals for an offensive hypersonic weapon as part of an ongoing analysis of alternatives for a conventional prompt strike capability DOD aims to codify in a program of record by 2020.

The work by these two companies is not expected to produce a system-level development of a specific hypersonic weapon. The technical trade studies are to evaluate technology options and compare the performance and technology as well as the cost of various options.

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1706 on: 11/03/2017 11:25 PM »
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1361716/janus-target-successfully-launched-for-patriot-test/

Janus Target Successfully Launched for PATRIOT Test
SMC Public Affairs / Published November 02, 2017

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Directorate, successfully completed a Janus Target vehicle launch, Sept. 16.

“The vehicle provided by RSLP offer realistic and affordable targets for testing of our nation’s missile defense system,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander.  "Congratulations to the Launch Enterprise team and its mission partners for another successful launch."

Janus was designed by Orbital ATK to provide a realistic threat target meeting the stringent performance requirements of the U.S. Army’s PATRIOT program.  The Janus target utilizes a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage. The rocket lifted from its launch pad at Wake Island with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit.  In addition to Orbital ATK’s work as the prime contractor for the target, ASRC Federal Space & Defense provided mission assurance services to independently verify and validate the Janus Target’s performance.

One of the critical elements of the RSLP program is supporting U.S. government research, development and testing. Besides providing the Army’s Lower Tier Project office with a realistic threat target, the Janus mission also serves as a use for the national stockpile of solid motors from heritage ICBM systems. The mission incorporated two surplus solid rocket motors from the Minuteman II weapon system, which was retired in 1994.

Media Contact: smcpa.media@us.af.mil

Caption 1: A Janus target sits poised for launch from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Caption 2: A Janus target launches from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)




SR19/SR19 with two MLRS strapons - so an identical stack to the eMBRM-T1 vehicle launched in 2013; probably
exactly the same vehicle type as both were OATK.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1707 on: 11/04/2017 12:12 AM »
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1361716/janus-target-successfully-launched-for-patriot-test/

Janus Target Successfully Launched for PATRIOT Test
SMC Public Affairs / Published November 02, 2017

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Directorate, successfully completed a Janus Target vehicle launch, Sept. 16.

“The vehicle provided by RSLP offer realistic and affordable targets for testing of our nation’s missile defense system,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander.  "Congratulations to the Launch Enterprise team and its mission partners for another successful launch."

Janus was designed by Orbital ATK to provide a realistic threat target meeting the stringent performance requirements of the U.S. Army’s PATRIOT program.  The Janus target utilizes a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage. The rocket lifted from its launch pad at Wake Island with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit.  In addition to Orbital ATK’s work as the prime contractor for the target, ASRC Federal Space & Defense provided mission assurance services to independently verify and validate the Janus Target’s performance.

One of the critical elements of the RSLP program is supporting U.S. government research, development and testing. Besides providing the Army’s Lower Tier Project office with a realistic threat target, the Janus mission also serves as a use for the national stockpile of solid motors from heritage ICBM systems. The mission incorporated two surplus solid rocket motors from the Minuteman II weapon system, which was retired in 1994.

Media Contact: smcpa.media@us.af.mil

Caption 1: A Janus target sits poised for launch from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Caption 2: A Janus target launches from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)




SR19/SR19 with two MLRS strapons - so an identical stack to the eMBRM-T1 vehicle launched in 2013; probably
exactly the same vehicle type as both were OATK.
Most likely yes but the top target payload may be different. Janus is the missiles actual name and most pressers in the past use the payload name in place of the missiles name. I am counting around 9 Janus launches to date.
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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1708 on: 11/04/2017 09:38 AM »
Navy reveals plans to put hypersonic strike weapon on subs if DOD elects to acquire capability

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A senior Navy official said this week the service plans to arm its Ohio-class submarines and Virginia-class attack subs with a hypersonic boost-glide weapon, in the event Defense Department leaders elect to acquire such a capability, a significant revelation about U.S. military planning for a Conventional Prompt Strike capability. Vice Adm. Terry Benedict, director of the Navy Strategic Systems Program (SSP) office, made explicit for the first time what many analysts have presumed, that the U.S. military is eyeing a..

https://insidedefense.com/daily-news/navy-reveals-plans-put-hypersonic-strike-weapon-subs-if-dod-elects-acquire-capability

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https://www.ausa.org/sites/default/files/2017-AUSA-Redstone-Huntsville-Missile-Symposium-Slides.pdf

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« Reply #1709 on: 11/04/2017 11:17 AM »
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1361716/janus-target-successfully-launched-for-patriot-test/

Janus Target Successfully Launched for PATRIOT Test
SMC Public Affairs / Published November 02, 2017

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Directorate, successfully completed a Janus Target vehicle launch, Sept. 16.

“The vehicle provided by RSLP offer realistic and affordable targets for testing of our nation’s missile defense system,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander.  "Congratulations to the Launch Enterprise team and its mission partners for another successful launch."

Janus was designed by Orbital ATK to provide a realistic threat target meeting the stringent performance requirements of the U.S. Army’s PATRIOT program.  The Janus target utilizes a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage. The rocket lifted from its launch pad at Wake Island with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit.  In addition to Orbital ATK’s work as the prime contractor for the target, ASRC Federal Space & Defense provided mission assurance services to independently verify and validate the Janus Target’s performance.

One of the critical elements of the RSLP program is supporting U.S. government research, development and testing. Besides providing the Army’s Lower Tier Project office with a realistic threat target, the Janus mission also serves as a use for the national stockpile of solid motors from heritage ICBM systems. The mission incorporated two surplus solid rocket motors from the Minuteman II weapon system, which was retired in 1994.

Media Contact: smcpa.media@us.af.mil

Caption 1: A Janus target sits poised for launch from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Caption 2: A Janus target launches from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)




SR19/SR19 with two MLRS strapons - so an identical stack to the eMBRM-T1 vehicle launched in 2013; probably
exactly the same vehicle type as both were OATK.
Most likely yes but the top target payload may be different. Janus is the missiles actual name and most pressers in the past use the payload name in place of the missiles name. I am counting around 9 Janus launches to date.

I have never seen an image of the eMBRM-T1, but the earlier launches of boosted SR-19 SR-19 (TCMP-3, CMP-4) differed from Janus in having fins on stage 1.

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« Reply #1710 on: 11/04/2017 08:34 PM »
http://www.losangeles.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1361716/janus-target-successfully-launched-for-patriot-test/

Janus Target Successfully Launched for PATRIOT Test
SMC Public Affairs / Published November 02, 2017

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
The U.S. Air Force’s Rocket Systems Launch Program, part of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Launch Enterprise Directorate, successfully completed a Janus Target vehicle launch, Sept. 16.

“The vehicle provided by RSLP offer realistic and affordable targets for testing of our nation’s missile defense system,” said Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force program executive officer for Space and SMC commander.  "Congratulations to the Launch Enterprise team and its mission partners for another successful launch."

Janus was designed by Orbital ATK to provide a realistic threat target meeting the stringent performance requirements of the U.S. Army’s PATRIOT program.  The Janus target utilizes a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage. The rocket lifted from its launch pad at Wake Island with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit.  In addition to Orbital ATK’s work as the prime contractor for the target, ASRC Federal Space & Defense provided mission assurance services to independently verify and validate the Janus Target’s performance.

One of the critical elements of the RSLP program is supporting U.S. government research, development and testing. Besides providing the Army’s Lower Tier Project office with a realistic threat target, the Janus mission also serves as a use for the national stockpile of solid motors from heritage ICBM systems. The mission incorporated two surplus solid rocket motors from the Minuteman II weapon system, which was retired in 1994.

Media Contact: smcpa.media@us.af.mil

Caption 1: A Janus target sits poised for launch from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)

Caption 2: A Janus target launches from Wake Island in support of a PATRIOT fire unit test. Janus provides a realistic threat target for the PATRIOT. Utilizing a refurbished SR-19 “Flexseal” motor for its first and second stage, the rocket lifted from its launch pad with the assistance of two U.S. Army M26 Multiple Launch Rocket System strap-on boosters. Both stages completed their nominal burn patterns placing the Re-entry Vehicle into the defended footprint of a PATRIOT fire unit. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)




SR19/SR19 with two MLRS strapons - so an identical stack to the eMBRM-T1 vehicle launched in 2013; probably
exactly the same vehicle type as both were OATK.
Most likely yes but the top target payload may be different. Janus is the missiles actual name and most pressers in the past use the payload name in place of the missiles name. I am counting around 9 Janus launches to date.

I have never seen an image of the eMBRM-T1, but the earlier launches of boosted SR-19 SR-19 (TCMP-3, CMP-4) differed from Janus in having fins on stage 1.
eMBRM-T1 is the same as Janus but with a name. What you call Boosted SR-19 SR-19 was replaced by the Janus that uses a PLV first stage but uses a finned second stage with a new fin design compared to Boosted SR-19 SR-19 which allows the fins to be deleted from the first stage.
Their are believed to be 2 versions of Janus of which the later has yet to fly:
MLRS - SR-19-AJ-1 - SR-19-AJ-1
MLRS - SR-19-AJ-1 - SR-19-AJ-1 - Orbus-1A

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Re: The suborbital thread!
« Reply #1712 on: 11/06/2017 03:31 AM »
A Light in the Dark: NASA Sounding Rocket Probes the Dark Regions of Space

UPDATE Oct. 30, 2017:

The Dual-channel Extreme Ultraviolet Continuum Experiment, or DEUCE, was launched at 6 a.m. EDT, Oct. 30, from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The Black Brant IX sounding rocket performed nominally. However, science data was not obtained because of a possible issue with the attitude control system. The payload descended by parachute and was recovered. The Sounding Rocket Program Office is investigating the anomaly.

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« Reply #1713 on: 11/06/2017 05:07 AM »
This article https://news.usni.org/2017/11/03/navy-conducts-flight-test-support-conventional-prompt-strike-ohio-class-boomers?utm_content=buffer670ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Director Vice Adm. Terry Benedict said on Nov. 2 that “I’m very proud to report that at 0300 on Monday night SSP flew from Hawaii [Pacific Missile Range Facility] … the first conventional prompt strike missile for the United States Navy in the form factor that would eventually, could eventually be utilized if leadership chooses to do so in an Ohio-class tube. It’s a monumental achievement.”
The admiral spoke at the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium in Arlington, Va


Now what exactly would he mean by 0300 Monday night? Possibly as a Navy person speaking to other
Navy people he would have used GMT? In which case Oct 31 0300 GMT (early Tuesday?)
Or 'monday night' meaning sunday/monday HST,  Oct 30 0300 HST = Oct 30 1300 GMT?

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« Reply #1714 on: 11/06/2017 01:48 PM »
Well, usually when using 24h clock 0300 means 3am that dat so it would be 3am at 30th of October. But whether he is talking about local time or UTC i can't say...

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« Reply #1715 on: 11/06/2017 02:28 PM »
This article https://news.usni.org/2017/11/03/navy-conducts-flight-test-support-conventional-prompt-strike-ohio-class-boomers?utm_content=buffer670ec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Director Vice Adm. Terry Benedict said on Nov. 2 that “I’m very proud to report that at 0300 on Monday night SSP flew from Hawaii [Pacific Missile Range Facility] … the first conventional prompt strike missile for the United States Navy in the form factor that would eventually, could eventually be utilized if leadership chooses to do so in an Ohio-class tube. It’s a monumental achievement.”
The admiral spoke at the Naval Submarine League’s annual symposium in Arlington, Va


Now what exactly would he mean by 0300 Monday night? Possibly as a Navy person speaking to other
Navy people he would have used GMT? In which case Oct 31 0300 GMT (early Tuesday?)
Or 'monday night' meaning sunday/monday HST,  Oct 30 0300 HST = Oct 30 1300 GMT?


Per this time is Local Time not ZULU:
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Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Patrick Evans told USNI News today that “the Navy Strategic Systems Program (SSP), on behalf of the Department of Defense, conducted an Intermediate Range Conventional Prompt Strike Flight Experiment-1 (CPS FE-1) test on Oct. 30, 2017, from Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai, Hawaii.

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« Reply #1716 on: 11/20/2017 05:48 PM »
Missile Dongfeng-41 Matures Considerably, Will Serve PLA within Months: Analysts

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China's next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) - the Dongfeng-41 - could be in the People Liberation Army's (PLA) lineup as early as the first half of 2018.

Media reports say that the Dongfeng-41 ICBM recently underwent another test, the eighth since it was first announced in 2012.

The missile must have matured considerably if it is to start serving in the PLA and, if so, official deployment could be in the first half of next year, Xu Guangyu, a senior adviser of the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association, said on a China Central Television (CCTV) program on Wednesday.

The Dongfeng-41 is a three-stage solid-fuel missile with a range of at least 12,000 kilometers, meaning it could strike anywhere in the world from a mainland site, Xu told the Global Times, adding that, "it can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads, each of which can target separately."

http://www.defense-aerospace.com/articles-view/release/3/188540/china-says-dongfeng_41-missile-to-enter-service-in-months.html

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