American Test of Unarmed Intercontinental Missiles: Implications and Global Reactions

Recently, the United States conducted a test of unarmed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), showcasing its missile capabilities and ensuring the reliability of its nuclear arsenal.

The United States boasts one of the largest and most advanced arms and weapon industries in the world. This industry plays a critical role in the country’s defense capabilities, economic strength, and global strategic influence. Known for its cutting-edge technology, innovation, and extensive production capacity, the U.S. arms industry is a cornerstone of US national security and a significant player in the global arms market.

Industry Overview

The U.S. arms industry comprises a vast network of defense contractors, manufacturers, research institutions, and government agencies. Major companies such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon Technologies, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics dominate the market, producing a wide range of military equipment, from advanced fighter jets and naval ships to precision-guided munitions and cybersecurity systems.


The capabilities of the U.S. arms industry are unparalleled, reflecting its significant investment in research and development (R&D), technological innovation, and a highly skilled workforce. Key capabilities include:

Aerospace and Defense Systems: The U.S. leads in the development and production of advanced aircraft, including stealth fighters (e.g., F-35 Lightning II), bombers (e.g., B-21 Raider), and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Naval Power: The industry produces state-of-the-art naval vessels, such as aircraft carriers, destroyers, submarines, and littoral combat ships, ensuring U.S. dominance on the seas.

Land Systems: This includes the production of tanks (e.g., M1 Abrams), armored vehicles, artillery systems, and various infantry weapons.

Missile and Space Systems: The U.S. develops and manufactures a wide array of missiles, from intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to tactical missiles and missile defense systems. The space sector also plays a crucial role, with satellites and other space-based technologies enhancing surveillance and communication.

Cybersecurity and Electronic Warfare: With growing threats in cyberspace, the industry has advanced capabilities in cybersecurity, electronic warfare, and information technology to protect against and respond to digital threats.

Recently, the United States conducted a test of unarmed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), showcasing its missile capabilities and ensuring the reliability of its nuclear arsenal. This test, part of routine assessments, underscores America’s commitment to maintaining a credible nuclear deterrent. However, the demonstration of such military prowess raises concerns about its impact on global security dynamics and the potential to ignite a new arms race.

Potential for an Arms Race

The testing of ICBMs, even when unarmed, sends a powerful message to the global community about the military capabilities of the United States. Historically, such demonstrations have spurred other nations to enhance their own military arsenals to ensure strategic balance. The current geopolitical climate, marked by tensions and strategic competition, could see an escalation as other nuclear-armed states might perceive the test as a provocation or a signal of aggressive posturing.

The ripple effect of this could lead to an increase in military expenditures and development of advanced missile technologies by other nations, contributing to a potential arms race. Countries may feel compelled to bolster their own defenses, leading to a cycle of action and reaction that escalates regional and global tensions.

Global Reactions

Reactions from China

China, one of the primary strategic competitors of the United States, is likely to view this missile test with concern. Beijing has consistently advocated for the reduction of nuclear arsenals and the prevention of an arms race. The missile test could be perceived as a threat to China’s security, prompting it to advance its own missile and defense capabilities. Chinese officials might issue statements condemning the test and call for renewed dialogue on arms control and non-proliferation.

Keeping in mind the US military activities around China are posing a serious threat to Chinese security. On the other hand, China has also emerged a global power too. Chinese advancement of S&T and Innovations has enabled China to develop its own weapon of International standards. China definitely has capabilities to develop its own weapons of its own need. If China want to counter American threat, it has capabilities and capacities.

Reactions from Russia

Russia, another major nuclear power, is also expected to respond critically to the American missile test. Given the strained relations between Washington and Moscow, such a test could be seen as a provocative act. Russian leaders might argue that the test undermines strategic stability and could use it as justification to enhance their own missile programs. Additionally, Russia could seek to engage with other nations to counterbalance U.S. actions, potentially leading to a more fragmented global security environment. Revival of Russia is also a reality and cannot be ignored. The traditional rivalry to US, may inspire Russia to tit for tat actions.


The American test of unarmed intercontinental missiles, while intended as a measure of ensuring the reliability of its nuclear forces, carries significant implications for global security. It has the potential to spur an arms race, as other nations may feel compelled to respond to maintain strategic parity. The reactions from major powers like China and Russia highlight the delicate balance of power and the importance of ongoing dialogue and arms control measures to prevent escalation and maintain international peace and stability. As the world watches closely, the need for diplomatic efforts to mitigate the risks of a new arms race becomes ever more critical.

Unfortunately, the geopolitics are rather hot and tense, humankind is already suffering. If any such race is initiated, it might deteriorate the global politics and may enhance the suffering of humankind. It is appealed to all policy makers to observe restrains and avoid any such attempt to destabilize global peace and avert the sufferings of humankind.

Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.