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17 Feb 11. North Korea is believed to have completed the construction of a second long-range missile launchpad facility. The facility at Tongchang-ri is more sophisticated than the first facility and is equipped with a 100ft launch tower on the country’s north-west border with China, Reuters reports image analyst Tim Brown as saying. The site is considered key to North Korea’s desire to build a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon across the Pacific. The country is also developing the Taepodong-2 missile, with an estimated range of 6,700km, whose production is still underway. The North Korea’s arsenal includes intermediate-range missiles that can hit targets up to 3,000km away. (Source: armytechnology.com)
18 Feb 11. The S-400 Triumph advanced air defence missile system will be supplied for rearmament of an air defence missile regiment that is stationed in the Far East, Aerospace Defence Commander Lieutenant-General Valery Ivanov told journalists on Friday. According to him, “these systems are already being prepared according to plan for rearmament and delivery to the Far East. The advanced armaments will replace there outdated samples of combat equipment and armaments,” the commander stressed. According to him, the regiment in the Far East will be the third to be rearmed with the S-400 systems. The second regimental set of the S-400 system is being transferred these days to a military unit in the Moscow region stationed outside Dmitrov. Ivanov said that this regiment, comprising two squadrons having 8 launchers each, will soon depart on a troop train from Kapustin Yar to the Moscow region. (Source: Google)
21 Feb 11. FenCumbria: End of Emergency Bridging. Royal Engineers, assisted by Territorial Army soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment and the Royal Logistic Corps, dismantled (21 to 24 Feb 11) the temporary military bridge over the River Derwent. The 170 foot (52 metre) logistic support bridge was erected for pedestrians in Workington when the town was divided by severe flooding in December 2009.
Comment: The military bridge was named Barker Crossing in memory of PC Bill Barker who was killed when the Northside Bridge was swept away. Although parts of Cumbria are still recovering from the floods, Calva Bridge has now been opened to pedestrians and the Barker Crossing has become redundant. (Source: DNA DEFENCE NEWS ANALYSIS, Issue 11/09, 28 Feb 11)
01 Mar 11. In a breakfast ceremony bringing together participants from seven countries, representatives of Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research, launched the extension of the Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS).
“The level of international engagement is outstanding, and demonstrates that our research and development program is truly world class”, noted Prof. Murray Scott CRC-ACS CEO.
This extension CRC-ACS is supported by AUD 14m from the Australian
Government’s Cooperative Research Centre Program, and over AUD 50m in cash and in-kind support from 28 participating organisations. A major feature of the extension is the high level of international participation: nine of the 28 participants are located outside Australia. The new CRC-ACS program commenced on 1 July 2010, with development of technology focusing on key areas of Aerospace, Defence and Oil & Gas. Coincident with the Launch and Australian International Airshow, CRC-ACS is having its first annual meeting. The event is bringing representatives from Europe’s major aerospace companies and research organisations to Australia. Murray Scott believes strongly in the role of technology development and int