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26 mars 2014 3 26 /03 /mars /2014 07:35
Corée du Nord: deux nouveaux missiles balistiques , d’une portée jusqu’à 1.500 km cette fois


26 mars 2014 45eNord.ca (AFP)


La Corée du Nord a lancé tôt mercredi deux missiles balistiques de type Nodong vers la mer, après une série de lancements tests de missiles à courte-portée et de fusées ces dernières semaines, a annoncé le ministère sud-coréen de la Défense.


Pyongyang a procédé à ces essais de missiles alors que le président américain Barack Obama venait d’organiser une rencontre pour rabibocher Séoul et Tokyo à La Haye, mardi, en marge du sommet nucléaire. Il avait à cette occasion promis son «soutien inconditionnel» à ces deux capitales face à la menace nord-coréenne.

Les tirs de lancement de ces deux missiles ont eu lieu aux première heures du jour mercredi et ont poursuivi une trajectoire de 650 kilomètres avant de tomber dans la mer du Japon, a précisé un porte-parole du ministère de la Défense à l’AFP à) Séoul.

Il a indiqué que les missiles sont apparemment des variantes de missiles Nodong, considérés comme des missiles à moyenne portée avec un maximum allant de 1.000 à 1.500 kilomètres.

Une résolution du Conseil de sécurité de l’Onu interdit à la Corée du Nord de procéder à quelque essai de missiles balistiques que ce soit.

Lors des quatre dernières semaines la Corée du nord a procédé à de nombreux lancements de missiles Scud de courte portée et de fusées alors que les États-Unis et la Corée du Sud organisaient leurs exercices militaires conjoints annuels.

La Corée du sud a condamné les lancements de Scud comme une «dangereuse provocation», mais tant Séoul que Washington ont renoncé à demander des sanctions de l’Onu, étant donnée la faible portée de ces missiles et l’apaisement récent des tensions entre les deux Corées.

S’il se confirmait que les missiles lancés mercredi sont des Nodong, les réactions pourraient être plus virulentes, selon les observateurs.

Le dernier essai présumé de missile Nodong par Pyonyang remonte à juillet 2009.

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23 septembre 2013 1 23 /09 /septembre /2013 07:50
Javelin missiles fired at Norfolk training range

A Javelin anti-tank missile is fired at Stanford Training Area in Norfolk (Picture Corporal Obi Igbo, UK MoD)


19 September 2013 Ministry of Defence and Defence Infrastructure Organisation


Javelin anti-tank missiles have been launched at Stanford Training Area (STANTA) for the first time.



Paratroopers from Colchester-based 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (3 PARA) fired 4 of the highly accurate and potent missiles, marking the culmination of a training course for the unit’s anti-tank platoon.

3 PARA was the first unit to fire Javelin on operations, in 2006 in Afghanistan, and is now a key part of the Army’s high readiness force for contingency operations.

STANTA provides a key location for troops preparing for Afghanistan. The end of combat operations in 2014 has seen that demand on STANTA fall, freeing up capacity for different training, such as Javelin firing.

Paratroopers prepare to fire a Javelin anti-tank missile
Paratroopers prepare to fire a Javelin anti-tank missile [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

The missile is intended primarily to destroy tanks and light armoured vehicles, but also provides a potent, all-weather, day or night capability against fixed defences such as bunkers and buildings. It is designed to be both operated and carried by a 2-man crew.

Platoon commander Captain Ruari Hahndiek said:

For its range and purpose, Javelin is the most precise and powerful weapon available to the infantry soldier. It gives the commander on the battlefield a lot of confidence to know that this weapon is within their armoury and able to deal with armoured vehicles and bunkers with little risk of collateral damage.

Private Ashley Bowers said:

I’ve learnt a lot about Javelin in training but this is the first time I’ve seen it fired for real, let alone fired one myself. Firing it really helps you understand its capabilities and I’m massively impressed. With the rest of the platoon watching there’s a lot of pressure to hit the target and the missile didn’t let me down.

Stanford Training Area (STANTA)
Paratroopers launch a Javelin missile during training
Paratroopers launch a Javelin missile during training [Picture: Corporal Obi Igbo, Crown copyright]

STANTA is maintained by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), which is responsible for managing and maintaining MOD’s land and properties. At 35 square miles the ranges cover 2% of Norfolk and are used 350 days every year by an average of 80,000 troops.

Lieutenant Colonel Tony Powell, Deputy Commander DIO Ops Training East, said:

DIO’s priority is to support our Armed Forces as they prepare for operations. The size and nature of STANTA mean that it offers excellent training facilities, ideal conditions and the perfect setting for specialised exercises such as these.

3 PARA’s core role is to alternate with 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment as the lead unit in the Air Assault Task Force (AATF), which is ready to deploy anywhere in the world to conduct the full range of military operations. 3 PARA is training to take on the AATF role from May 2014, with the unit’s airborne infantry bolstered by artillery, engineers, medics and logisticians from 16 Air Assault Brigade.

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17 avril 2013 3 17 /04 /avril /2013 13:09
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15 avril 2013 1 15 /04 /avril /2013 21:31
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21 juin 2012 4 21 /06 /juin /2012 07:30
Sukhoi fighters to be equipped with BrahMos missiles

June 19, 2012 idrw.org SOURCE: PTI


 India is moving towards joining the club of few countries having air-launched cruise missiles with a proposal to equip IAF’s frontline fighter aircraft Su-30 MKI with BrahMos.


The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) is soon expected to consider the proposal of the Defence Ministry to procure the air-launched version of the 290-km-range BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles for the Indian Air Force, sources said.


The proposal involves sanctioning of funds for the integration and testing of the BrahMos missile on the Russian-origin Su-30MKI of the IAF, they said.


As per the plans, the first test of the air-launched version of the supersonic cruise missile, developed jointly by India and Russia, is to be conducted by December-end.


Sources said two SU-30 MKI of the IAF would be modified indigenously by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at its Nasik facility where they will also be integrated with the aerial launcher developed by the BrahMos.


The BrahMos missiles integrated on the Su-30s will help the IAF in achieving the capability to deliver a deadly-blow to enemy formations from stand-off ranges of around 300 km without getting close to them.


The air-launched version, they said, will be lighter and smaller than the land-based version of the missile so that it can be fitted to the aircraft.


One of the two speed boosters in the missile has been removed for the air version of the weapon system as after being launched from an aircraft moving at a speed of more than 1.5 mach, the missile will automatically gain its momentum and maintain its speed of 2.8 mach, the sources said.


The range and speed of the missile will remain the same as that of its land and ship-launched versions, they said.


At present, only a few countries like the US have air-launched cruise missiles.

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28 février 2012 2 28 /02 /février /2012 12:40
Kuwait - AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Missiles

Feb 27, 2012 ASDNews Source : Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)


The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Feb. 24 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up-Round Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $105 million.


The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of 80 AIM-9X-2 SIDEWINDER Block II All-Up-Round Missiles, 26 CATM-9X-2 Captive Air Training Missiles, 2 CATM-9X-2 Block II Missile Guidance Units, 8 AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance Units, 2 Dummy Air Training Missiles, containers, missile support and test equipment, provisioning, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related logistics support. The estimated cost is $105 million.


This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.


The Kuwait Air Force is modernizing its fighter aircraft to better support its own air defense needs. The proposed sale of AIM-9X-2 missiles will enhance Kuwait’s interoperability with the U.S. and among other Central Command nations, making it a more valuable partner in an increasingly important area of the world.


The proposed sale of this weapon system will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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