North Korea says it test-launched new SLBM on 19 October

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang tested what appears to have been a new short-range submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) on 19 October.

The weapon's design appears to be similar to that of the 9M723 missile series used by the Russian-made Iskander short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) system. According to KCNA the “new SLBM type”, a model of which appears to have been unveiled at a defence exhibition held on 11 October in Pyongyang, was test-launched by the country's Academy of Defence Science from the same submarine – referred to as ‘8.24 Yongung


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PLANAF deploys H-6J in mine-laying, bombing drills in South China Sea

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

The People's Liberation Army Navy Air Force's (PLANAF's) Xi'an Aircraft Corporation H-6J long-range strategic bombers have been recently spotted carrying out sea mine-laying and bombing drills as part of a live-fire exercise in the South China Sea.

According to video footage released by the state-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on 3 December, several aircraft took off at night and arrived at the designated area in the South China Sea at dawn, where they practised laying sea mines and dropping bombs on targets located on islands and reefs.


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Update: Russia deploys Bastion coastal defence system at new military facility in disputed Kuril Islands

by Jon Grevatt & Mark Cazalet & Kosuke Takahashi & Shaurav Gairola

A Bastion coastal defence missile system is pictured launching an Oniks missile in the Arctic in 2018. Russia has deployed the same system to Matua, an island in the Kuril chain in the northwest Pacific Ocean. Ownership of this chain of islands is disputed by Russia and Japan. (Russian MoD)

The Russian military has deployed its K-300P Bastion-P mobile coastal defence missile system in the Kuril Islands, a chain in the northwest Pacific Ocean, the ownership of which is disputed by Japan and Russia.


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Myanmar military offensives lose momentum

by Anthony Davis

More than one month after Myanmar's military (Tatmadaw) launched major offensives in the west and northwest of the country, drives aimed at crushing increasingly assertive anti-regime resistance forces risk losing momentum amid widening hostilities.

The difficulty of pinning down multiple locally based resistance groups operating in small, largely autonomous units, and a need to disperse the already thin-stretched Tatmadaw assets across a dauntingly wide area of operations appear to have precluded tactical concentrations of superior forces and blunted the overall effectiveness of army operations.


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