• UK NAO reports major increase in nuclear infrastructure costs

    Three major UK nuclear weapons and submarine infrastructure projects have been hit by 115% cost increases and faced delays of more than 19 months to over six years, according to the UK’s National Audit Office (NAO). In a hard-hitting report published on 10 January, the spending watchdog

  • North Korea to unveil ‘new strategic weapon in the near future’, says Kim Jong-un

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has announced that his country no longer feels bound to its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles, adding that “the world will witness a new strategic weapon” set to be fielded by his country “in the

  • North Korea tested rocket engine at Tongchang-ri, says South Korean defence minister

    South Korean Defence Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said on 10 December that the test conducted by North Korea three days earlier at its Sohae Satellite Launch Station (also known as the Tongchang-ri or Dongchang-ri Missile and Space Launch Facility) was of a rocket engine: the first official

  • Iran dismisses latest European assessment of its ballistic missiles

    Tehran has dismissed the latest European claims about its ongoing ballistic missile developments – including a new type of manoeuvring re-entry vehicle – in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231. “This attempt has been made by making reference to such unreliable sources

  • North Korea says it conducted ‘very important test’ at missile engine test facility after announcing that denuclearisation is ‘off the table’

    North Korea announced on 8 December that it has conducted a “very important test” at the Sohae Satellite Launch Station, which serves both as the country’s main satellite launch facility, as well as a missile engine test site. In a short statement carried by the state-run Korean

  • North Korea conducts another short-range missile test

    North Korea fired two short-range projectiles towards the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on 28 November in what was Pyongyang’s 13th such weapon test this year. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement that both projectiles were launched in an easterly direction at around

  • North Korea fires two short-range projectiles towards East Sea

    North Korea fired two short-range projectiles towards the East Sea (Sea of Japan) on 31 October in what was Pyongyang’s 12th weapon test this year. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement that the projectiles were launched in an easterly direction at 1635 h and

  • Russia’s Ka-52M combat helicopter to receive AESA radar

    Russia’s new Ka-52M combat helicopter will receive new targeting sensors instead of upgraded versions of present systems. The new V006 Rezets (Cutter) active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar is being developed by the St Petersburg-based Zaslon company for the modernised helicopter.

  • North Korea poses one of ‘most concerning’ ballistic missile threats to US, says report

    North Korea poses one of the “most concerning” ballistic missile threats to the United States, along with Russia, Iran, and China, according to report issued by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS). Published on 9 October, the document states that Pyongyang likely has an arsenal

  • Arms and Security 2019: Ukraine’s Yuzhnoye introduces new supersonic ASM development

    Key Points Design bureau Yuzhnoye has detailed its progress on a new Ukrainian ASM called the Bliskavka The missile is designed to exceed the performance of the Russian Kh-31 ASM Ukrainian design bureau Yuzhnoye has revealed the next phase of a previously unannounced programme to develop a

  • RoKN task force examines potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) revealed in a report presented to lawmakers on 10 October that it has been running a task force on the potential construction of nuclear-powered submarines, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported the same day. South Korea’s Chief of Naval Operations

  • Raytheon discloses Peregrine AAM development

    Raytheon has disclosed details of the development of a new, compact supersonic medium-range air-to-air missile (AAM) that, it says, is faster and more manoeuvrable than legacy medium-range AAMs. Primarily an internally-funded initiative, Peregrine is being developed as a day/night all-weather

  • Excalibur Army details its Patriot II 4×4

    Excalibur Army revealed new details about its Patriot II 4×4 protected mobility vehicle at MSPO 2019 in Poland, held from 3 to 6 September in Kielce. The vehicle was developed as a collaboration between H Cegielski-Poznan SA and Tatra Defence Vehicles. It was first publicly displayed at

  • US Department of State approves possible sale of 73 SM-3 Block IIA missiles to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD3.29 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 73 Raytheon Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) hit-to-kill interceptor missiles – along with related equipment and services – to Japan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency

  • Putin orders ‘symmetrical response’ to US cruise missile test

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the ministries of defence and foreign affairs and other departments to analyse the implications of the end of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and to prepare “a symmetrical response” following the 18 August US test of a

  • US military services proceeding with separate ground-launched, intermediate-range missile concepts

    Pentagon leaders are monitoring US military service efforts to develop their own respective ground-launched, mid-range missiles once banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, but they have not instituted a department-wide acquisition plan. Under Secretary of Defense for

  • USN calls EASR development “critical” for FFG(X)

    The successful development and integration of the Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar (EASR) will be vital for future operations of the US Navy (USN) proposed guided-missile frigate (FFG[X]), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in a recent report. “Navy officials stated that

  • India hints at change in nuclear weapons doctrine

    India’s defence minister has suggested that Delhi could change its nuclear no-first-use (NNFU) doctrine for employing its strategic weapons. “India remains firmly committed to the doctrine of NNFU, but what happens in [the] future depends on the circumstances,” Defence Minister

  • Kim continues to let his missiles do the talking

    Key Points North Korea has continued to mount a series of weapon tests The tests have been a reaction to US-South Korean military drills and most recently a speech by the South Korean president North Korea test-fired two more missiles into the waters off its east coast on 16 August while

  • MDA issues RfI for THAAD ‘Advanced Capability Development’

    The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has issued a request for information (RfI) for continued development of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) globally transportable, rapidly deployable ballistic missile defence weapon system. According to a Sources Sought notification released on 11

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