Pyongyang launches ‘railway missiles' in response to US sanctions
17 January 2022
by Jon Grevatt & Rahul Udoshi
A woman walks past a television screen in Seoul showing a news broadcast with footage of North Korea's most recent missile test, which featured what appeared to be KN-23 short-range ballistic missiles. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP via Getty Images)
Two missiles that North Korea launched on 14 January were fired from the Korean People's Army's (KPA's) newly established railway-borne regiment, Pyongyang has said.
The government's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on 15 January that the firing drill “checked the proficiency” of the missile regiment's procedures.
Janes analysis of images issued by KCNA suggests that the weapon is the KN-23 short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), the same type that the railway-borne missile regiment test-launched in September 2021.
KCNA also confirmed that the projectiles, which it termed as “tactical guided missiles”, were launched from North Pyongan Province, a northwestern region bordering China.
“The drill was aimed at checking the alert posture of the combatants of the regiment and bolstering their ability of discharging firepower mission,” it added.
The KCNA report said the missile launches were organised and executed at “short notice” and “precisely struck the set target” in the Sea of Japan (also known as East Sea).
Australia has requested to procure 20 M142 HIMARS launchers from the US government, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 26 May. (Janes/Patrick Allen)
The US Department of State has approved the possible sale of Lockheed Martin's M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) to Australia.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on 26 May that the Foreign Military Sale of 20 M142 launchers and associated weapons and equipment is estimated to cost USD385 million. The proposed deal needs approval by the US Congress.
In addition to the M142s, equipment in the deal include 30 M30A2 guided multiple launch rocket systems (GMLRS), 30 M31A2 GMLRS unitary high-explosive pods, 30 XM403 extended range alternative warhead pods, and 10 M57 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) munitions.
DSCA said the proposed deal supports US security objectives in the Indo-Pacific. “The proposed sale will improve Australia's capability to meet current and future threats, and will enhance interoperability with US forces and other allied forces,” it added.
Austria receives Rheinmetall C-UAS system for evaluation
26 May 2022
by Nicholas Fiorenza
Austria has received a Rheinmetall C-UAS platform for six months of evaluation and testing. (Rheinmetall)
Austria has received a Rheinmetall Air Defence counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) platform that defends against small unmanned aerial vehicles for six months of evaluation and testing, the German company announced in a press release on 23 May.
Rheinmetall said the system has two shelter units that can be rapidly deployed by standard trucks and trailers. The sensor unit elevates automatically and can be equipped with detection systems including X-band and S-band radar, a passive emitter locator, and ADS-B receiver, with verification and tracking provided by an integrated, stabilized 360° electro-optical pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) sensor. The command-and-control shelter is based on the Oerlikon Skymaster system, providing sensor data fusion, threat evaluation, and operational functions including integrated target cueing, weapon assignment, and links to higher command levels.
China, Russia fly bombers to ‘counter' Quad summit
26 May 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
A Tu-95 bomber of the Russian Air Force flies over the Sea of Japan on 24 May 2022. (Japan Ministry of Defense)
Japan and South Korea scrambled its fighters to intercept a “provocative” joint exercise by four Chinese and two Russian strategic bombers in the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on 24 May.
The exercise appears to be a show of force by Beijing and Moscow pointed at the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the Quad), which was taking place in Tokyo on that same day. The meeting was attended by the leaders of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States.
Two Chinese Xian H-6 bombers of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) were detected flying from the East China Sea to the Sea of the Japan in the morning. The H-6s were joined by two Tupolov Tu-95 strategic bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) in the sea of Japan.
The four bombers proceeded on a southwestern course. In the afternoon, two new PLA H-6s replaced the earlier two H-6s in the formation. The aircraft then flew through the Miyako Strait between Okinawa and Miyakojima islands, into the Western Pacific.
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