South Korean defence minister apologises over Covid-19 outbreak on destroyer during anti-piracy mission

by Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim

South Korean Defence Minister Suh Wook has issued an apology for the military's failure to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak among personnel of the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Cheonghae Anti-Piracy Unit during a mission in waters off eastern Africa.

The Yonhap News Agency reported on 20 July that the apology came a day after tests showed that 247 personnel (or 82%) of the 301-member unit aboard Chungmugong Yi Sun-sin (KDX-II)-class destroyer Munmu Daewang (DDH 976) had been infected, amid growing criticism of the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul for excluding the unit from its vaccination campaign.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes


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Washington to review export policies for Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Cyprus

by Charles Forrester

The US is ramping up export controls on Ethiopia and Eritrea in response to recent clashes between the two countries (Getty Images)

The US Department of State is preparing to add Ethiopia and Eritrea to its list of countries with a policy of denial for the transfer of military equipment under Section 126.1 of the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR), while extending its waiver for Cyprus, Janes has learnt.

The updated policy toward Ethiopia and Eritrea came as a result of the recent conflict in the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia.


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