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Pentagon budget 2023: USAF secretary sheds light on F-35s procurement decisions

By Gillian Rich 20 April 2022
The USAF wants more F-35s but must balance competing priorities such as NGAD and JATM. (US Air Force)  The US Air Force (USAF) cut its FY 2023 F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter procurement in exchange for other funding priorities, as the Block 4 updates remains delayed, according to the service's top official.  However, the USAF is still asking Congress for more of the fighters.  “We had to make some difficult choices with this budget; when we looked at the attack air portfolio, we had a number of things that we needed to do,” USAF sec...

Sikorsky-Rheinmetall team details its bid for Germany‘s CH-53 replacement

By Nicholas Fiorenza 19 April 2022
The US government on 8 April submitted updated information and the possible delivery schedule for the Foreign Military Sale of the CH-53K (seen here in an artist‘s impression) to Germany. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin, Sikorsky, and Rheinmetall have detailed the latest state of their bid for Germany‘s Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy transport helicopter project to replace the Luftwaffe's existing CH-53G/GS/GA/GEs.  Sikorsky-Rheinmetall‘s STH team briefed German defence media and Janes in Bonn on 12 April, announcing that the U...

Brazil's Mac Jee unveils electronic fuze for air-launched weapons

By Victor Barreira 19 April 2022
The BEF-1502 fuze was designed for general-purpose bombs and guidance kits, including the Dagger kit. It was unveiled in 2021 to convert 500 lb unguided free-fall bombs into ‘smart' munitions, shown here. (Mac Jee)    Brazil's Mac Jee Defesa is finalising development of its BEF-1502 multi-purpose all-electronic fuze system, the company told   Janes   in April.   The BEF-1502 combines arming and detonation functions in a single fuze system for the company's Dagger air-launched precision guidance kit and 2,000 lb BPB 2000 har...

Serbia interested in new, surplus Eurofighter Typhoons from UK

By Igor Bozinovski 19 April 2022
The UK has 30 Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoons that it is looking to sell from 2025, and Serbia may be a potential customer for these and/or newbuild aircraft. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Serbia is in discussions with the United Kingdom to acquire both newbuild and surplus Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft as part of a wider effort to modernise the country's air force.  Serbian Defence Minister Nebojša Stefanović said on 16 April that the Serbian Air Force and Air Defense (Ratno vazduhoplovstvo i protivvazduhoplovna odbrana: RV i PVO) is in the ma...

Dutch NH90s to receive mid-life upgrade

By Gareth Jennings 19 April 2022
All 19 Dutch NH90 helicopters are to undergo an mid-life upgrade to see them through to the mid-2040s. (Leonardo)  The Netherlands is to implement a mid-life upgrade (MLU) to its entire fleet of NHIndustries NH90 helicopters, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 15 April.  All 11 NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH) and eight marinised Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) NH90s will go through the process that is designed to remove obsolescence issues from the platforms that were received from 2010, but which date back to the 1990s.  “All 19 NH...

Nigeria eyes Viper attack helos

By Gareth Jennings 19 April 2022
Nigeria has been approved to buy 12 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters from the United States. (US Marine Corps)  Nigeria has been approved to buy the Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter from the United States in a potential deal worth an estimated USD997 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced the US State Department approval on 14 April, saying that the west African nation had been cleared to buy 12 Viper helicopters, as well as related equipment, spares, weapons, training, and support.  “This proposed [Foreign Militar...

Japan designing flight controls, AI for fighter-support UAV

By Akhil Kadidal 19 April 2022
Japan is developing an unmanned and autonomous combat aerial vehicle to support its sixth-generation F-X fighters in the future. The combat UAV is expected to team with the F-X in 2035. (Japanese Ministry of Defense)  A combat unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project being developed in Japan to support future manned fighter aircraft is undergoing advances to its flight control and artificial intelligence (AI) systems.  The country's Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Janes that it is designing the tactical flight-control and...

Update: J-20 fighters start patrols in East, South China Seas

By Akhil Kadidal & Amit Kalra 18 April 2022
China's J-20 stealth fighters have started to patrol the East and South China Seas. (Chen Chang/VCG via Getty Images)  China's J-20 stealth fighters have started to patrol the East and South China Seas as part of routine training missions, state-owned media reported.    According to the   Global Times  newspaper, the announcement was made by Ren Yukun, head of the discipline inspection and supervision team and a member of the leading party group at the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).   In a press...

JASDF aircraft intercepted foreign aircraft over a 1,000 times in 2021

By Akhil Kadidal 18 April 2022
A Japanese P-3C Orion surveillance plane flies over the main island of the disputed Senkaku-Diaoyu archipelago. The uninhabited islands have become a focal point for Japan-China military flights. (PA)  Fighter aircraft of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled 1,004 times in response to foreign aircraft approaching the country's airspace in fiscal year (FY) 2021.  Data released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 15 April shows that the scrambles constituted a 38% increase compared with FY 2020. The latest figures are sec...

Boeing, ExoAnalytic partner to support Australia's space capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 18 April 2022
The ADF relies on WGS-6 (on the far left), a military communications satellite built by Boeing, that is part of the United States' WGS (Wideband Global Satellite Communications) system. Its development was funded by the Australian government. (Boeing)    Boeing and ExoAnalytic are collaborating to establish a sovereign space domain awareness operations capability for Australia, a spokesperson for Boeing told   Janes  .   Boeing is establishing a new operations centre in Queensland and training a team of local operators to l...

Sweden to upgrade Gripen C/D fleet

By Gareth Jennings 14 April 2022
With plans to retain the Gripen C/D in service till 2035, the Swedish Air Force has embarked on an upgrade for the platform. (Saab)  Sweden is to upgrade its fleet of Saab JAS 39 Gripen C/D combat aircraft to keep them operationally relevant till 2035.  A spokesperson for the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) told Janes on 14 April that the work will cover all Gripen C/Ds operated by the Swedish Air Force (SwAF), and will be complete towards the end of the decade.  “What I can say about it at the moment is that the upgrade program...

J-20 fighters start patrols in East, South China Seas

By Akhil Kadidal & Amit Kalra 14 April 2022
China's J-20 stealth fighters have started to patrol the East and South China Seas. (Chen Chang/VCG via Getty Images)  China's J-20 stealth fighters have started to patrol the East and South China Seas as part of routine training missions, state-owned media reported.  According to the Global Times newspaper, the announcement was made by Ren Yukun, head of the discipline inspection and supervision team and a member of the leading party group at the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).  In a press conference on 12 April, Y...

Pentagon budget 2023: USAF places additional aircraft, munitions on its wish list

By Gillian Rich 14 April 2022
The USAF has more F-35 jets on its wish list for Congress. (US Air Force)    The US Air Force (USAF) has told Congress it could use additional dollars for more F-35 Lightning II fighters, hypersonic weapons testing, and munitions if the funds are available in fiscal year (FY) 2023, according to the service's unfunded priority list obtained by   Janes  .   The service said it could use an additional USD921 million to buy seven more Lockheed Martin F-35A conventional variant fighters to add to its official request for 33 figh...

SMi MRAS 2022: XTEND pitches UAS capabilities to FCG

By Olivia Savage 14 April 2022
XTEND is interested in collaborating with the UK DE&S FCG as part of the HMT programme. Pictured is the company's Xtender UAS. (XTEND)  XTEND has pitched its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capabilities for the UK Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Future Capability Group (FCG) Human Machine Teaming (HMT) nano UAS (nUAS) programme.  Speaking to Janes at SMi Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2022 (SMi MRAS 2022) conference in London, Ido Bar-On, vice-president of business development and sales at XTEND, said that the company had pitche...

Affinity trials electric aircraft for UK

By Gareth Jennings 14 April 2022
Affinity has conducted a series of electrically powered flights aboard a Velis Electro pilot training aircraft from Pipistrel. (Crown Copyright)  Affinity Flying Training Services (AFTS) has trialled electric-powered aircraft for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), the training provider announced on 13 April.  The consortium responsible for the UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) said that it has conducted a series of battery-powered flights to assess environmentally friendly alternatives for future military flying in a ‘Sustainable Avi...

Australia to require AUD14.6 billion to sustain F-35 fleet to 2053

By Akhil Kadidal 13 April 2022
The Australin DoD expects to spend AUD14.6 billion (USD10.87 billion) to sustain its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet till 2053. (LAC Stewart Gould/Commonwealth of Australia/Department of Defence)  Australia expects to spend AUD14.6 billion (USD10.87 billion) to sustain its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fleet till 2053, defence officials said.  Speaking to members of the Australian parliament's Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee on 6 April, Air Vice-Marshal Leon Phillips, head of the Aerospace Systems Divisi...

Pentagon budget 2023: Services desire additional F-35 aircraft

By Gillian Rich 13 April 2022
A F-35A Lightning II takes flight. (Lockheed Martin)  The US Air Force (USAF), Navy (USN), and Marine Corps (USMC) all want more Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighters than they officially requested for fiscal year (FY) 2023, the services told Congress in their respective unfunded priority lists.  The Pentagon officially requested USD11 billion for 61 F-35 fighters in 2023, down from the 94 it had previously projected, but the services recently told lawmakers they would like additional aircraft if possible, according to the unfunded prior...

Slovakia considers Bayraktar buy from Turkey

By Gareth Jennings 13 April 2022
The Bayraktar TB2 has earned a reputation as a highly capable platform during recent conflicts, including Ukraine. Slovakia has demonstrated its interest in the Turkish-built system. (Baykar)  Slovakia is discussing with Turkey a potential procurement of the Baykar Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), it was disclosed on 13 April.  The Minister of Defence of the Slovak Republic, Jaro Nad, made the announcement on his official Twitter account, saying that talks with the manufacturer Baykar, which he euphemistically referred to...

NATO inducts first E-3A into Final Lifetime Extension Programme

By Gareth Jennings 13 April 2022
The first of 14 NATO AWACS aircraft departs for the FLEP upgrade programme. (NATO)  NATO has launched the Final Lifetime Extension Programme (FLEP) for its Boeing E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) fleet, inducting the first of 14 aircraft.  The aircraft N-1 left the main operating base of the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Force (NAEW&CF) at Geilenkirchen, Germany, on 11 April, bound for the Leonardo modification facility in Tessera, Italy.  “The ‘long climb' towards the induction of the first FLEP aircraft [N-1] for mod...

Draken Europe awarded interim ‘Red Air' training contract for UK

By Gareth Jennings 13 April 2022
Draken Europe is to provide an Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service for UK Typhoon and Lightning (pictured) pilots. (Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has contracted Draken Europe to provide an Interim Red Air Aggressor Training Service (IRAATS) for the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Royal Navy (RN).  Announced on 8 April, the IRAATS award will see Aero L-159E Honey Badger aircraft flown against front-line Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning squadrons for three years from 1 July.  As noted in the announce...
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