South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang

by Mark Cazalet & Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

An infra-red image showing South Korea's new long-range air-to-surface missile in flight. (Agency for Defense Development)

South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) announced on 15 September that its Agency for Defense Development (ADD) has been developing and testing a range of new missiles, including a ground-launched supersonic cruise missile, a ground-launched ballistic missile, a long-range air-to-surface missile, and a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM).

The MND said in a statement that the new long-range air-launched missile recently underwent an aircraft separation test, with ADD footage of the test showing the weapon being launched from a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) F-4E Phantom II aircraft. The missile has been slated for use by Korea Aerospace Industries' (KAI's) KF-21 Boramae low-observable fighter aircraft, which is being developed for the RoKAF. According to the MND, the new indigenous missile is currently in the research and development stage and the recent flight test verified its ability to successfully strike a target after being launched from the aircraft.


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DSEI 2021: Fabrique Nationale displays FN EVOLYS LMG for first time in UK

by Thomas Ford

Fabrique Nationale (FN) Herstal displayed its new FN EVOLYS light machine gun (LMG) at DSEI 2021 on 14 September, marking the first time the weapon was displayed in the UK.

Kristof Verjans, one of FN's demonstration team, showcased the self-correcting lateral feed system of the EVOLYS, which eliminates any risk of the weapon being improperly loaded by a user under stress, with the feed tray designed to work with the feed cover to push the rounds into the correct position and retaining them with spring loaded brackets.

Verjans also demonstrated the new hydraulic buffer system, which is integrated into the working parts of the weapon, departing from previous FN machine gun designs where the buffer was part of the rear of the receiver. The buffer, like the feed system, is also self-correcting and self-regulating, automatically maintaining a constant rate of fire regardless of the calibre the weapon is chambered in or how long the weapon has been firing.


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DSEI 2021: TDW's PARM 1 seeks comeback

by Riccardo Cociani

The mock-up of the PARM 1 with an IR sensor displayed at DSEI. (Janes/Riccardo Cociani)

TDW GmbH, a subsidiary of MBDA Germany, publicly displayed its Automated Anti-Tank Weapon (PARM) for the first time at the DSEI show in London on 14–17 September, marking a de facto relaunch for a system that was developed in the 1980s.

The company displayed a PARM 1 with a mock-up infrared (IR) sensor fitted to a new accessory rail to show an alternative way of triggering the off-route mine, which is normally initiated when a vehicle crushes a fibre-optic cable strung out across its path or manually using a command wire. The IR sensor would enable it to be programmed so that it allows a pre-set number to pass by before it fires.

Christoph Schwarz, TDW Business Development Marketing & Contract representative, told Janes only prototypes of the IR sensor have been developed so far. Concepts for radar, magnetic, and seismic sensors are also being worked on, he added. TDW developed similar concepts in the 1990s, such as replacing the fibre-optic cable with a combination of an acoustic and a passive/active IR sensors.

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MDA demonstrates selectable stage booster for GBI

by Robin Hughes

A long-range Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on 12 September. This was the first flight test of a GBI three-stage booster operating in two-stage mode. (Missile Defense Agency)

The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA), in association with Boeing and Raytheon Technologies, on 12 September conducted a test launch of a Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI), flying a mock-up of the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV), with a three-stage booster operating in a two-stage mode.

The milestone test – in which the third stage was not ignited – demonstrates a new capability for the GBI, allowing it to release the EKV earlier in flight and, accordingly, enable an earlier opportunity to intercept and defeat a missile threat. The MDA designates this new capability as “a 2-/3-Stage selectable GBI”.


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