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Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.

The vessels also validated their ability to operate clandestinely as part of the degraded navigation drills where sensors like radars, GPS, and other equipment with electronic emissions were switched off.

“Armidale-class patrol boats are highly capable and versatile minor war vessels, able to undertake a wide variety of tasks, in conjunction with other government agencies, contributing not only to civil maritime security operations, but to [the] navy's warfighting mission”, said Captain Melanie Verho, Captain Patrol Boats at the RAN, who oversaw the exercise.

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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfi...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfi...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfi...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/australia-flexes-armidale-class-warfighting-capabilities/

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfi...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfi...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfi...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfi...

Australia flexes Armidale class' warfighting capabilities

by Ridzwan Rahmat

HMAS Launceston (foreground) and HMAS Wollongong sail in formation as they depart Darwin Harbour for the Patrol Boat Concentration Period. (Commonwealth of Australia)

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has carried out the first naval exercise that demonstrates the warfighting capabilities of its Armidale-class patrol boats.

The exercise, which has been dubbed the Patrol Boat Concentration Period, saw the participation of four vessels in the class: HMAS Childers, HMAS Launceston, HMAS Glenelg, and HMAS Wollongong.

It took place in and around the vessels' homeport of Darwin and the North Australian Exercise Area (NAXA) at the end of August, the Department of Defence (DoD) disclosed on 9 September.

As part of the drills, the patrol vessels conducted a ‘breakout' of Darwin Harbour under a simulated maritime threat ahead of the amphibious assault ship HMAS Canberra and the lead Anzac-class frigate, both of which were departing Darwin for a separate mission.

In this force protection exercise, the patrol boats carried out surface gunnery drills, close-quarters manoeuvres, degraded navigation drills, and formation pilotages.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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