North Korea test-launches at least one possible SLBM

by Gabriel Dominguez & Kosuke Takahashi & Dae Young Kim

North Korea test-launched what appeared to be at least one submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) into the East Sea (also Sea of Japan) on 19 October, marking the first launch of such a missile type since October 2019.

The weapon, which was launched from waters off the eastern port city of Sinpo – where North Korea has a naval base and a naval shipyard –. travelled about 590 km and reached an altitude of about 60 km, the Yonhap News Agency quoted an unnamed South Korean source as saying.


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Infantry takes big hit in British Army reorganisation

by Tim Ripley

Nearly 20% of the British Army's infantry soldiers are to be lost as a result of the Future Soldier reorganisation, UK defence secretary Ben Wallace announced on 25 November.

Wallace confirmed the strength of the British Army would be reduced by a total of 9,000 posts overall, with its infantry branch taking the biggest cut.

Under the plans, the British Army's infantry branch will be reduced by 3,000 posts from its current total of about 5,000 soldiers, according to senior UK defence sources. The remainder are being spread across the other branches of the army.


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Berlin Security Conference 2021: Lockheed Martin confident STH timeline for Germany can still be met

by Gareth Jennings

The CH-53K was displayed at the last ILA Berlin Airshow in 2018. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

Lockheed Martin is confident that the Bundeswehr's latest schedule for its Schwere Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy-lift helicopter programme can still be met, should the protest being heard in the German courts progress in a timely manner.

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UK aims to downsize British Army to 73,000 soldiers

by Tim Ripley

UK defence secretary Ben Wallace told parliament on 25 November that the British Army would be reduced by 500 soldiers to a target strength of 73,000 by the middle of the decade. Pictured: soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment training in Oman in October. (Crown copyright)

Proposals to reduce the size of the British Army have been scaled back by 500 troops, UK defence secretary Ben Wallace announced on 25 November.


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