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US confirms North Korea launched its first ICBM

The United States has confirmed that the missile test-fired by North Korea on 4 July was the communist regime’s first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In a statement issued that same day US secretary of…


Pakistan test-fires improved variant of Nasr CRBM

Pakistan has test-fired an improved version of its Nasr (also known as Hatf 9) close-range ballistic missile (CRBM), according to a 5 July statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the…


Russia's T-90 makes inroads in Middle East market

An annual report released by Russian tank manufacturer UralVagonZavod (UVZ) revealed a series of T-90 deals with Middle East countries. The report was published on the UVZ website, but later removed after Russian defence…





South Korea to sell STX Engine

The state-owned Korea Development Bank (KDB) announced on 6 July that it intends to sell its entire controlling stake in STX Engine, a manufacturer of military power plants and electronics systems. The sale features about…



Rheinmetall to upgrade German Army Boxers

On 28 June the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR) awarded Rheinmetall-Krauss-Maffei Wegmann consortium ARTEC a contract to upgrade 38 German Army Boxer A1 command vehicles to the A2 standard. Rheinmetall announced on 4 July…