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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Arnold Defense discloses LGR-4 Fletcher development road map

by Robin Hughes

A remote-controlled LGR-4 Fletcher launcher, integrated with an MSI-developed Vehicle Integration Kit mounted on a ground-based platform, preparing for a live-fire test at a recent system demonstration. (Arnold Defense)

Arnold Defense has launched a capability development road map for its LGR-4 Fletcher and LGR-23 Multiple Launch Hydra System (MLHS) 2.75 inch/70 mm surface-to-surface laser-guided weapon systems.

Purpose-built for land platforms, the LGR-4 Fletcher is a lightweight four-cell laser-guided rocket (LGR) launcher designed to deliver single or ripple fire effects against static and moving ground targets at ranges between 1 and 8 km, with a stated effective precision strike range of 6 km. Weighing 25.4 kg (unloaded), 1.9 m in length, and 20.3 cm in diameter, the LGR-4 can be mounted on tactical lightweight vehicles, remote weapon stations, non-standard tactical vehicles, and stationary platforms.

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Kalashnikov developing ‘smart' weapons for infantry

by Dmitry Fediushko

The Kalashnikov Group is developing a firearm-mounted kit that manages target data and increases situational awareness for individual troops, Maria Vorobyeva, a company spokesperson, told Janes on 21 September.

“We have been developing smart weapons for quite a while now in both military and commercial small arms segments,” Vorobyeva said.

The new system is to be integrated with soldier protection, combat management, and power supply subsystems. According to Kalashnikov, the kit will feature a modular design, and forthcoming weapons fitted with the device will have a weight comparable to the 3.5 kg AK-12 5.45 mm assault rifle, which has been adopted by the Russian Armed Forces. The new weapon, fitted with the smart kit, is designed to engage personnel wearing body armour at distances up to 600 m.

Meanwhile, the company is about to begin manufacturing MP-155 Ultima 12-gauge shotguns fitted with sensors and an Android-based processing unit mounted in the rear of the upper receiver. The computer counts the remaining cartridges and the number of shots, and processes a video from an integral high-definition camera.

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Update: AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.

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