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North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.

The development of the missile, the designation of which has yet to be disclosed, was “pushed forward according to the research and development process for the past two years”, during which time detailed tests of its systems and components were performed. These included a number of engine ground thrust tests, various flight trials, control and guidance tests, as well as “warhead power tests”, according to the media outlet.

Referring to its importance for the communist regime, the KCNA described the new missile system as “a strategic weapon of significance in meeting the key target of the Five-Year Plan for the development of the defence science and weapon systems set forth at the 8th Congress of the Party”, which was held in January.

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Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launc...

North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.


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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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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: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.


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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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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: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.


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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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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: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.


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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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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: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.


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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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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: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.


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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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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: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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North Korea announces test launch of newly developed long-range cruise missile

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

North Korean state-run media announced on 13 September that Pyongyang test-launched a newly developed long-range cruise missile on 11 and 12 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Three days after holding a scaled-down military parade, North Korea announced that it has test-launched what it described as a newly developed long-range cruise missile.

Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on 13 September that the new missile type was “successfully” test-fired on both 11 and 12 September by the country's Academy of Defense Science.

The state-run media outlet noted that each of the tested missiles flew “for 7,580 seconds [about 126 minutes] along oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns above the DPRK's [Democratic People's Republic of Korea's] territorial land and waters”, travelling approximately 1,500 km, after which the missiles struck their targets. Janes understands that the oval and figure-of-eight flight patterns were used to simulate the engagement of targets at long range without the target actually being 1,500 km away.


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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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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: British Army unveils GBAD programme map

by Tim Ripley

A portfolio of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) capabilities is being procured by the British Army to protect its manoeuvre forces from air attack, precision-guided weapons, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and artillery and rocket fire.

Brigadier Jon Swift, the service's head of Ground Manoeuvre Capability, told an audience at the DSEI exhibition in London on 14 September that the Land GBAD programme was fully funded and has been given a high priority by the British Army and UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

The programme envisages the modernisation of existing in-service systems and the fielding of new capabilities, including effectors (missiles and weapons) and sensors, over the next decade. It is understood to be classed as a Category A programme, involving a budget of more than GBP400 million (USD554 million), although Brig Swift did not provide any specifics of the programme budget or detailed fielding timelines.

During his briefing Brig Swift confirmed that the MBDA Sky Sabre medium-range air-defence (MRAD) system would be deployed to the Falklands by the end of this month, adding that this would also coincide with a declaration of its initial operating capability (IOC).


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