North Korea re-tests advanced performance hypersonic ballistic missile

Although geopolitical attention is now focused more on the risk of conflict in Ukraine or around Taiwan, certain theaters less exposed to the media are still very active. This is particularly the case of the Korean Peninsula, while the two countries, North and South Korea, have for several years been engaged in intense competition in the field of long-range missiles. The year 2021 was thus marked by numerous tests on both sides, with notable advances both in the field of ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. But it was unmistakably the September 28 test of a North Korean ballistic missile equipped…

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Defense technologies that made the news in 2021

Despite the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, the news in 2021 was often marked by certain defense technologies, in a geopolitical context of growing tensions and critical crises. From Australia's surprise cancellation of the order for French-built conventionally powered submarines to switch to US-British nuclear attack submarines, to hypersonic missiles; from underwater drones to China's new fractional orbital bombardment system; these defense technologies, long in the background of the world media scene, found themselves in the news, and sometimes in the headlines during this year. In this two-part article,…

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China builds replicas of US aircraft carriers and destroyers in the desert

The Taklamakan Desert, a desert and very hostile space of more than 270.000 km2 in the middle of Uighur territory in northwestern China, was proposed in 2010 to enter the natural world heritage of humanity. This arid space, which sees temperatures of 50°c during the day rub shoulders with -40°c at night, is also a privileged training area for the People's Liberation Army, which has been testing its ballistic missiles there for many years. Recently, however, forms incongruous for this environment have been detected by Western observation satellites. Indeed, the Chinese armies have built simplified replicas of several…

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Will China take military technological ascendancy over the United States?

When on October 4, 1957, an R-7 Semiorka rocket launched from the Baikonur site in Kazakstan put the first artificial satellite Sputnik 1 into orbit, the confidence of the United States in their technological superiority, which until then had been considered indisputable, was largely shaken. This episode was, along with the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Euromissile Crisis, one of the high points of the Cold War, and generated a strong American reaction. And for General Mark Milley, the Chief of Staff of the American Armed Forces, the test of a hypersonic fractional orbital bombardment system carried out by Beijing a few days ago, could well constitute an event...

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North Korea reportedly tested new ballistic missile launched from submarine

There are now little more than a few days between repeated announcements of new missile tests in Asia. This time it was North Korea's turn to announce the successful firing of a new type of ballistic missile launched from a submarine, referred to as the Submarine-Launcher Ballistic Missile, or SLBM . But this time it is not an imposing intercontinental missile intended to strike distant strategic targets such as American cities, but a missile of smaller dimensions, the shape and flight plan of which are reminiscent of the tests carried out in recent years by Pyongyang, which posed…

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North Korea announces successful test of hypersonic glider

On September 28, the North Korean armed forces launched another short-range ballistic missile. But according to the state website Rodong Sinmun, this test was much more than just another expression of Pyongyang's annoyance at American maneuvers in South Korea and the Pacific, since it was, according to statements North Koreans, to test a new missile equipped with a hypersonic glider, the Hwasong-8. The launch was reportedly tracked by South Korean radars, with an apogee at 30 km and a recorded range of 200 km. But according to Pyongyang, the test would have given complete satisfaction, even going so far as to publish…

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The missile race accelerates on the Korean peninsula

After several months of calm, the missile race, whether ballistic or cruise, has experienced a rapid acceleration in recent days on either side of the 38th parallel of the Korean peninsula. Both Seoul and Pyongyang have indeed been engaged in a show of force posture for a few weeks, which has reached what we can think of as its climax today. Indeed, within just a few hours, North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles in the Sea of ​​Japan, while its southern neighbor was carrying out the 3rd and supposedly last qualification test of its missile...

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South Korea successfully tests firing of SLBM Hyunmoo 4-4 missile from submarine

In the world, only 7 countries have submarines capable of implementing ballistic missiles: the 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, United States, France, Great Britain and Russia), the India and North Korea. An eighth country has just demonstrated this capability. Indeed, the Dosan Ahn Chang-ho submarine, the first unit of the eponymous class from the KSS-III program, and the first entirely South Korean-built submarine, is said to have carried out the first firing of a Hyunmoo 4 ballistic missile. -4 according to several concordant sources, and no denial from the Seoul authorities. This successful test...

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Chinese People's Liberation Army tests new tactical ballistic missile

Almost simultaneously with the escalation of tensions between the United States and China over the South China Sea and Taiwan, the People's Liberation Army has dramatically increased the number and scale of exercises in which its forces participate. , with a notable resurgence of scenarios approaching a military intervention against the independent island under American protection. Thus, in recent months, the Chinese naval, air, amphibious and naval air forces have carried out exercises almost daily in front of and around Taiwan, exercises widely reported by the press and the media in Beijing, a way of increasing the pressure on the island authorities,…

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China to build third ICBM nuclear missile launch site

At the beginning of July 2021, two American researchers highlighted the construction of a vast site on the high plateaus of Gunza, between Mongolia and Tibet, intended to accommodate at least 119 silos capable of implementing intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBMs, a first for Beijing, which until now had deployed only 2 limited sites to implement old-generation DF-5 missiles, and which seemed above all to rely on its new DF-41 mobile ICBMs to reinforce the rise in power of its strategic deterrent force. 3 weeks later, the construction of a second site, some 380 km from the first, was identified by these…

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