Missile launches are a familiar North Korean response to joint US-South Korean military exercises, but this latest series, including the supposed launch of the long-range Hwasong-17 ICBM appears to mark an escalation, according to the Stimson Center’s Jenny Town. “The North Koreans do usually do some kind of action to protest the exercises, but this year also upped the ante,” she told Breaking Defense. It could have been footage from an earlier, failed, launch.“Savelsberg said that’s what the north did last spring, the last time North Korea claimed to have successfully tested the Hwasong-17. Subsequently they released a video of a Hwasong-17 launch,” Savelsberg said in an email. “This conduct by North Korea most recently is a brazen violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions,” Harris said in Bangkok.
The option being exercised falls within an original 1.8 billion kroner ($180 million) contract struck between the two parties in 2017 and increases Oslo’s full K9 order to 28 systems. Similarly, procurement of K10, the supporting automated robotic unit of the K9, will rise to a total of 14 vehicles. All deliveries are expected to take place within the next two years, according to a NDMA public affairs spokesperson. Norway’s latest future defense acquisitions document, published in April 2022, states that introduction of a new long range precision fire system is planned for 2029. Lervik stated, “It’s about having range and precision, but it’s also about having volume.2 months ago Breaking Defense
WASHINGTON — The United States will not shift its military posture on the Korean Peninsula due to provocative military actions taken by North Korea over the past month, including the new test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that occurred earlier today, according to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. Today’s ICBM test — which was followed by the launch of five short range missiles, all of which landed in the sea — marks the latest in a burst of North Korean missile activities. The Associated Press reported that North Korea has already broken its annual record for ballistic missile tests, hitting a new daily record on Wednesday after launching 20 missiles. Both Austin and Lee condemned the ICBM test, with Austin calling it “illegal and destabilizing” to the region and repeatedly underscoring the United States’ “ironclad” alliance with South Korea. In his own comments, Lee used the same language to warn North Korea explicitly against the use of tactical nuclear weapons.2 months ago Breaking Defense
“We had indications that Russians were reaching out to the North Koreans” about this artillery, Kirby said; and those allegations were first publicized in early September. What’s new is that now “we have seen indications that North Korea is covertly supplying artillery shells to North Korea,” and those shells “are on the move,” according to Kirby. Ukrainian officials claim the alleged civilian mandate is a cover for retreating Russian military forces. New and concerning: North Korea launched nearly two dozen short range missiles Wednesday, from both of its coasts and at different times—17 in the morning, and six in the afternoon. He said he’s waiting on North Korean officials to take up that offer from the U.S. for denuclearization talks—even though Pyongyang has said for years it has no interest in giving up its nuclear weapons.2 months ago Defense One
“There need not be a new Cold War,” Biden told reporters afterward. Welcome to this Monday edition of The D Brief, brought to you by Ben Watson with Jennifer Hlad. Ukraine’s president made a surprise visit to the recently liberated city of Kherson, in the south, on Monday. Zambian officials are quizzing Moscow about how one of its citizens was killed fighting with Russian prisoners in Ukraine. The BBC reports she is among nearly four dozen people detained by police so far in the wake of the bombing.2 months ago Defense One
MILAN, Italy — In the early hours of Dec. 26, five North Korean drones entered South Korean airspace, with one traveling as far as the capital Seoul. A suspected North Korean drone is seen at the South Korean Defense Ministry on June 21, 2017. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)This suggests “North Korea has benefitted from outside technology, potentially from Russia or Iran,” Gause told Defense News. “South Korea is certainly not alone in suffering this kind of breach.”A Chunma short-range air defense system is seen during a counter-drone drill on Dec. 29, 2022, in Yangju, South Korea. South Korean soldiers operate a Vulcan automatic cannon during a military exercise in Yangju, South Korea, on Dec. 29, 2022.15 days ago Defense News
Ukraine’s capital city is also bracing for complete blackouts, at the urging of its mayor, Vitali Klitschko. I don’t know anything.”Ukraine has received its first NASAMS air-defense missiles, Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov tweeted Monday. The Pentagon announced in July that it would send two NASAMS—that’s the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System—to Ukraine. Defense Business Brief // Marcus Weisgerber: Defense Business Brief: US arms deals with Australia rise; One-on-one with new L3Harris exec; Marine Corps AH-1Z production ends; and more. (Washington Post)Boeing Defense’s newish CEO is navigating two cultural shifts, reports Global Business Editor Marcus Weisgerber.2 months ago Defense One
And of course, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. All have taken a toll on the global economy, creating ripple effects for the defense industry and its labor force. How to cope with this volatile economy is a key focus for the participants in this year’s Outlook project. Yuriy Sak, an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, talked about the future of the war-torn nation’s defense industry when Russia’s invasion ends. And consider the summit’s final declaration, which said “most members strongly condemned” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.1 month ago Defense News