North Korea says it test-launched new SLBM on 19 October
20 October 2021
by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet
Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang tested what appears to have been a new short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October.
The weapon's design appears to be similar to that of the 9M723 missile series used by the Russian-made Iskander short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system. According to KCNA the “new SLBM type”, a model of which appears to have been unveiled at a defence exhibition held on 11 October in Pyongyang, was test-launched by the country's Academy of Defence Science from the same submarine – referred to as ‘8.24 Yongung
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, are pictured disembarking from a CH-47F Chinook attached to the 5th Aviation Regiment. On 2 December the Australian Army established a new Aviation Command Unit. (Commonwealth of Australia)
The Australian Army launched on 2 December a command unit to optimise its aviation assets and support improved co-ordination across the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, said at a ceremony in Canberra that the new Army Aviation Command will enhance the service's resilience and adaptability, and ensure its training systems are “agile and contemporary”.
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