North Korea launches missiles in response to US sanctions
14 January 2022
by Jon Grevatt
North Korea launched additional missiles on 14 January in an apparent response to additional US sanctions on the Northeast Asian nation.
The tests constitute the latest in a series of weapons trials that North Korea has undertaken in a little over a week. Other missiles – both of which were claimed by Pyongyang as hypersonic weapons – were fired on 5 and 11 January.
The Japan Coast Guard announced on 14 January that a “possible ballistic missile” was launched from North Korea at 14:55 local time. Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) made a similar claim.
A Spanish Eurofighter combat aircraft carrying a pair of Meteor missiles on its underfuselage weapon stations. (Spanish Air Force)
The Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Espanol: EdAE) has begun flight operations of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft armed with the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), the service announced on 15 January.
According to the service's official Twitter account, a Eurofighter (designated C.16 in national service) flew operationally for the first time with the Meteor missile on 14 January.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense said the North Korean missiles launched on 17 January from Pyongyang fell near the east coast of North Korea, outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japanese MoD – https://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2022/01/17b.html)
North Korea launched two more missiles on 17 January, the latest in a series of similar drills since the beginning of 2022. Janes assesses that the new launches featured a version of the KN-24 short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).
The Philippines is to acquire a further 32 Black Hawk helicopters to add to the 16 received. (Lockheed Martin)
The Philippines is to order 32 additional Lockheed Martin S-70i Black Hawk utility helicopters to add to the 16 already acquired (of which one was recently lost in an accident).
Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana said on 16 January that the country's recent disaster relief experiences have underscored the need to replace the armed forces' ageing Bell UH-1 ‘Huey' helicopters with more Black Hawks.
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