The report that hurts US anti-missile defense

Since the first work in the field of ballistic missile interception systems, the Pentagon has invested close to $350 billion in this specific field intended to protect American soil, and to a lesser extent, some of its allies, against strikes from potentially nuclear ballistic missiles. In recent years, the subject has been revitalized by the resurgence of strategic threats from Russia, China and also North Korea, which now have ballistic missiles, certainly intercontinental, but with operational capabilities much lower than the latest models of ICBM missiles. and Russian and Western SLBMs. However, according to a report made public by the American…

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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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Japan wants "options" in the face of new North Korean ballistic capabilities

Until recently, Tokyo relied fully on its anti-missile shield, and in particular on its 8 AEGIS heavy destroyers of the Kongo, Atago and Maya classes, to neutralize the ballistic threat coming from North Korea. But the performance demonstrated in recent months by Pyongyang's technology, whether it be semi-ballistic trajectory missiles capable of moving under the floor of anti-ballistic systems, or new systems equipped with hypersonic gliders, has largely undermined these certainties, to the point of leading the Japanese authorities to consider options that until now had not even been imagined. On October 23, following the last tactical missile test...

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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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War movie The Battle of Changjin Lake is a hit in China

512 million yuan, or $80 million! This is the recipe that the war film "The Battle of Changjin" has just recorded for its release on Chinese National Day, a total of more than 11 million spectators, a bend in the record set by Avengers. : Endgame in 2019 with $81m in revenue on the day of its release in China. The film deals with an epic battle along the Yalu River during the counter-offensive of United Nations forces led by the United States in 1950 which will push the North Korean People's Army to the brink of collapse, and cause going to war...

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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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North Korea tested new cruise missile with a range of 1500 km

Apart from the tests of two short-range ballistic missiles, Pyongyang had been rather discreet in recent months since the election of Joe Biden to the White House. Even the annual parade marking the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the country, held a few days ago in the North Korean capital, featured not new missiles and armaments as was the case last year, but civil society, and in particular the teams engaged in the fight against Covid19. It must be said that Kim Jung Un, who has ruled the country with an iron fist since the death of his father,…

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North Korea presents plethora of new armored vehicles for its 75th anniversary

North Korean armies have always had a reputation for being heavily equipped with severely outdated equipment. And the inventory of its armored fleet, which is based mainly on Soviet and Chinese productions of the 60s and 70s such as the T62 and the BTR-60, helped to perpetuate this perception, even if the North Korean engineers had known how to make the most of it. of these platforms in locally produced modernized versions such as the Pokpung-ho tank derived from the T-62 or the M-2010 armored personnel carrier derived from the BTR-80. But on the occasion of the military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the creation of the People's Republic of North Korea, Pyongyang…

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Anti-missile defense: Japan cancels purchase of two Aegis Ashore systems

In December 2017, Japan approved the construction of two Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense sites to counter the ballistic threat from North Korea, but also from China. Particularly strategic for the Japanese deterrence policy, these two Aegis Ashore systems were to make it possible to cover the whole of Japanese territory thanks to the very long-range SM-3 Block IIA missiles. Last week, however, Japan announced that it wanted to abandon this acquisition. The argument put forward is the risk represented by the first stage (booster) of the SM-3 missile, which could fall on a populated area in certain firing configurations. Modify missiles to avoid such…

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