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South Korean Navy finds North’s rocket debris

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) has been among the first meadia oultets to report that the South Korean Navy has recovered debris from the recent North Korean rocket launch thought to be the remains of the stage one engine.

A KUNA’s source said: “We recovered an object believed to be engine debris of the North Korea’s Long-Range rocket on Thursday night [December 27] from the bottom of the sea 160 kilometres off the western port city of Gunsan.” the source went on to add “It appears to have been damaged a lot from the shock at the time of the crash.”

It is thought that the engine comes from the stage one of the rocket which fell into the Yellow Sea, whilst stage two fell into the sea near the Philippines.

It is thought that the first stage of the three stage rocket was powered by four Rodong missile engines strapped together, whilst the second stage was probably powered by a Scud missile engine.

According to another article written by the New York Times other fragments of the rocket were also found only a couple of days after the Dec. 12. launch, one of which was the rocket’s oxidizer tank. The New York Times quoted a senior military source as saying that the design of the oxidizer tank provided a “Iran connection” to North Korea’s rocket program although no further details were provided as to why this is thought.

It is hoped that the latest discovery will provide other clues to the construction of the rocket.

Richard Clements for TheAviationist.com

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Chinese fighters' pyrotechnic performance during Russia – China war games

An interesting fleet review of the Russia-China joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea took place on Apr. 26. Chinese and Russian warships, warplanes took part in the final event of the drills that included also live ammunition firing.

The war games (dubbed “Joint Naval Drill 2012”) seem to be a Moscow and Beijing response to the U.S. naval build-up in the area, where the Chinese and Russians have also to face two US close allies: Japan and South Korea.

Japanese and South Korean surveillance and intelligence gathering planes were frequently spotted shadowing the Russian convoy as it cruised from Vladivostok to the naval base near Qingdao, n the south of China.

Among the warplanes that performed the flyover of the fleet, there were also some People’s Liberation Army Navy Xian JH-7s and J-11s that made abundant use of flares, as the following image, published by Xinhua News Agency show.

Image credit: Xinhua/Zha Chunming

Wanna know where the new Chinese aircraft carrier will be in the next few days? Here it is. A website gives you the coordinates.

This time you don’t need a satellite to get a glimpse of the Varyag in the Yellow Sea. If you wish to know where the refurbished Chinese aircraft carrier will be until Dec. 29, you can simply visit this Chinese website that has just published the coordinates of the points that limit the area of operations of the carrier (most probably taken from a NOTAM or a bulletin issued by maritime authorities to inform other ships of the temporary prohibited area).

I mapped them with Google Earth and took a couple of screenshots in order to give you an idea where the aircraft carrier will operate for its third sea trial cruise.

So what those interested can do is to point their satellites towards the area and send some spyplanes and subs in the vicinity to study the ship’s onboard equipment, its radar and signals signature, and so on.

Image source: fyjs.cn