North Korea test-fires Hwasal-2 cruise missile

by Ridzwan Rahmat

North Korea's Hwasal-2 cruise missile. (Janes)

North Korea has carried out a test-firing of its Hwasal-2 cruise missile.

The test was carried out by a Korean People's Army (KPA) unit and the weapon was fired into the Yellow Sea (West Sea) on 30 January, according to a statement published by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) the next day.

“The drills validated the [North Korean armed forces'] readiness for rapid counter-attack and enhanced its strategic strike capabilities and did not have any detrimental effect on the security of any neighbouring countries,” the statement added.

Accompanying this statement was a set of four images released by the General Staff Department of the KPA, all of which are labelled ‘strategic cruise missile launch training'.

One of the images show the missile being fired from a road-mobile launcher, while two of the images depict the missile in low-altitude flight with its pop-out wings extended. A fourth image purportedly shows the impact site of the missile as it struck its objective.


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Singapore Airshow 2024: ST Engineering debuts Ultimax 100 Mk 9 light machine gun

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A display of the Ultimax 100 Mk 9, the latest variant of ST Engineering's Ultimax 100 light machine gun, at Singapore Airshow 2024. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

Singapore state-affiliated defence company ST Engineering has unveiled the latest variant of its Ultimax 100 5.56 mm gas-operated light machine gun.

The product, known as the Ultimax 100 Mk 9, is on display to the public for the first time at the Singapore Airshow 2024 defence exhibition, taking place at the Changi Exhibition Centre from 20 to 25 February.

A new feature found on the Mk 9 is its dual-feed capability. The weapon can accept 5.56 mm rounds from both NATO Standardization Agreement (STANAG)-compliant 30-round box and 100-round drum magazines, as well as ammunition belts.

“The Ultimax Mk 9 has an accuracy rate that is comparable to standard assault rifles, despite being able to dispense rounds at a higher firing rate,” said an ST Engineering representative who spoke to Janes at the Singapore Airshow 2024.

“In addition to this, the Ultimax Mk 9 has one of the lowest recoils in the market when compared to light machine guns with a similar calibre,” the representative added.


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Singapore Airshow 2024: ST Engineering debuts Next Generation Singapore Assault Rifle

by Ridzwan Rahmat

ST Engineering's Next Generation Singapore Assault Rifle, unveiled for the first time at the Singapore Airshow 2024. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)

ST Engineering has unveiled the latest iteration to its Singapore Assault Rifle – 21st Century (SAR 21).

Known as the Next Generation SAR (Next Gen SAR), the 5.56 mm weapon was unveiled at the Singapore Airshow2024, which is taking place at the Changi Exhibition Centre from 20 to 25 February.

The Next Gen SAR has been positioned as a weapon that features the advantages of a bullpup rifle in terms of compactness and better suitability for close-quarter battles in urban environments but maintains the flexibility to be fitted with conventional warfare accessories.

Besides a standard configuration, the Next Gen SAR comes in the sharpshooter configuration that is incorporated with a fire-control system that can detect moving targets, and a grenade-launching configuration that is integrated with ST Engineering's STK40GL side-loading launcher.


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North Korea claims test firing of new anti-ship missile

by Ridzwan Rahmat

A graphic of the Sea Eagle-6 anti-ship missile that was launched by North Korea on 14 February 2024. (Janes)

North Korea claimed on 15 February that it successfully test-fired a new type of anti-ship missile known as the Padasuri-6 (Sea Eagle-6).

The test firing was conducted on the morning of 14 February and was witnessed by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, state-owned Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) disclosed in a statement the next day.

The weapon flew over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) for about 1,400 seconds before hitting a designated target vessel, read the KCNA statement.

According to further information provided in the statement, Kim expressed an intention to re-organise North Korea's coastal missile battalions, given the missile test has been deemed a success.

Kim also reportedly stressed the need for Pyongyang to defend its maritime territories above the Northern Limit Line against any “adventurous attempt of the enemy navy”, presumably in reference to the Republic of Korea Navy.

In particular, Kim highlighted waters north of Yeonpyeong Island and Baengnyeong Island as being especially vulnerable to invasion by “enemy vessels” including destroyers, escort ships, and speedboats.


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North Korea has carried out a test-firing of its Hwasal-2 cruise missile.

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