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Philippines gets first two ATAK helicopters

By Akhil Kadidal 09 March 2022
The Philippines has taken delivery of the first two of six TAI T129B attack helicopters (examples of which are pictured above). (Turkish Aerospace Industries)  The Philippine Air Force (PAF) has received the first two of six T129B ATAK helicopters ordered from Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI).  The PAF said in a 9 March statement on its Facebook page that the units arrived at Clark Air Base in Mabalacat City, Pampanga, aboard two Airbus A400M transport aircraft from Turkey.  Lieutenant Colonel Maynard Mariano, PAF spokesperson, told the s...

South Korea to develop hybrid rocket engines

By Jon Grevatt 09 March 2022
South Korea plans to develop hybrid rocket engines to launch defence satellites. The move comes after the country conducted tests of a new solid-propellant rocket engine in July 2021 (pictured). (Agency for Defense Development)  South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) is to launch a project to develop hybrid rocket engines (HREs) that will be used to launch satellites to support the country's burgeoning space force.  The MND disclosed to Janes that the HRE project will be undertaken in co-operation with South Korea's Ministry of Scie...

Ukraine conflict: Poland agrees to the immediate transfer of MiG-29s to Ukraine, urges other NATO operators to do the same

By Gareth Jennings 09 March 2022
Poland has agreed to the immediate transfer of its entire fleet of MiG-29s to help the war effort in Ukraine. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Poland has agreed to the immediate transfer of its entire fleet of MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum' combat aircraft to help the war effort in Ukraine, and has urged other NATO operators of the same type to do the same.  The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the decision in a statement released on 8 March, reviving the seemingly moribund European Union (EU) plan of the week before to transfer to Kyiv the Soviet-era fi...

Hensoldt to integrate reconnaissance mission system on two DA62 MPP aircraft

By Olivia Savage 09 March 2022
Hensoldt MissionGrid equips two DA62MPP aircraft under contract by Qinetiq GmbH (Diamond Aircraft)  Hensoldt has received an order from Qinetiq GmbH to supply its ARGOS-II HD electro-optical (EO) infrared system and EuroNAV control and evaluation software on two Diamond DA62 MPP multipurpose platform aircraft, Hensoldt announced on 9 March.  A Hensoldt spokesperson told Janes that the ARGOS-II and EuroNav capabilities form an EO reconnaissance system, which is part of Hensoldt's ‘MissionGrid' platform: a scalable network of airborne sensors a...

Ukraine conflict: Polish MiG transfer in doubt as US nixes plan

By Gareth Jennings 09 March 2022
Following Poland's announcement that it was to transfer all of its MiG-29s to the US for onward delivery to Ukraine, the Pentagon has poured cold water on the plan by saying it was “untenable”. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  A Polish plan to transfer its entire fleet of MiG-29 'Fulcrum' combat aircraft to help the war effort in Ukraine was thrown into doubt almost as soon as it was announced on 8 March, with the US government saying it does not believe the proposal is tenable.  The on/off saga of the transfer of NATO-operated MiG-29 ‘Fulcrum' fighte...

IDF details Iranian UAV incursions

By Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie 09 March 2022
Jet-engine (top) and propeller (bottom) variants of Iran‘s flying-wing UAV on launch vehicles at an airbase on Qeshm island during an exercise in 2019. While Iranian sources have identified these as the Shahed-191 and Shahed-181 respectively, the IDF says it intercepted a previously unknown type with a similar wingspan, called the Shahed-197. (IMA Media)  The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have identified two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that it intercepted a year ago as a previously unknown Iranian type called the Shahed-197.  In a brie...

Tunisia to receive Grand Caravan EX aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 08 March 2022
A civil version Textron 208 Grand Caravan EX, four of which ATI Engineering Services is to convert into intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance platforms for the Tunisian Air Force. (Textron)  Tunisia is to receive four Textron 208 Grand Caravan EX aircraft to be used for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions over North Africa.  The airframer announced on 7 March that it had been contracted by ATI Engineering Services to deliver the aircraft for military modifications ahead of onward delivery to the Tunisian Air...

South Korea to test AESA fighter radar

By Akhil Kadidal 08 March 2022
South Korea is preparing to test the performance of its indigenously developed active electronic scanned array (AESA) radar, meant for integration into the KF-21 fighter aircraft.  The announcement, which was made by the country's Defense Acquisiti...

US Marine Corps declares IOC with JAGM on AH-1Z Viper

By Robin Hughes 08 March 2022
US Marine Corps personnel assigned to Marine Operational Test & Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1) conduct operational checks on AH-1Z Viper to ensure the aircraft readiness during the Operational Test and Evaluation of the AGM-179A JAGM from the platform at Eglin AFB, Florida, on 4 November 2021. (US Marine Corps)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) declared an Initial Operating Capability (IOC) for the AGM-179A Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) with the AH-1Z Viper reconnaissance and attack helicopter on 1 March.  “IOC marks a major milestone for the J...

Ukraine conflict: Russia arms Su-35S for SEAD operations over Ukraine

By Tim Ripley 08 March 2022
A file photo of a VKS Su-35S multirole combat aircraft. The type has been seen fitted for the suppression of enemy air defences role over Ukraine. (Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation)  Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) Sukhoi Su-35S ‘Flanker-E' combat aircraft have begun flying suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD) missions over Ukraine in a bid to neutralise the country's ground-based air defence network.  Video imagery showing Su-35s loaded with Zvezda/Tactical Missile Corporation Kh-31PM anti-radiation missiles was released by...

Ukraine conflict: Belgian contingent of NATO VJTF deploys to Romania

By Nicholas Fiorenza 08 March 2022
Some 135 members of the Belgian contingent of the NATO VJTF were flown to Constanta, Romania, from Melsbroek on 8 March. (Belgian Defence)  Some 135 members of the Belgian contingent of the NATO Response Force (NRF) Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) were flown by chartered aircraft to Constanta, Romania, from Melsbroek, the military part of Brussels airport, on 8 March. They were the last of 300 Belgian soldiers deploying to Romania, along with 500 French troops, to form a Franco-Belgian tactical group in response to the Russian inv...

WDS 2022: Korean companies win big on day three of show

By Charles Forrester 08 March 2022
The Saudi Ministry of Defence (MoD) signed more than SAR7 billion (USD1.86 billion) in procurement deals with industry at the World Defense Show (WDS) in Riyadh, the MoD announced on 8 March.  Korean companies were notably successful, with Hanwha s...

Anduril starts operations in Australia

By Oishee Majumdar 08 March 2022
US defence technology business Anduril Industries has expanded its operations into Australia with “plans to design, develop, manufacture, and market major product lines” in the country.  The company, which develops technologies such as artificial i...

FCAS/SCAF stalls as industry fails to agree on Phase 1B terms

By Gareth Jennings 07 March 2022
A model of the New Generation Fighter element of the Next-Generation Weapon System, which is itself a subset of the wider Future Combat Air System/Système de Combat Aérien Futur being developed by France, Germany, and Spain. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Development work on the Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF) programme has effectively been halted, with the industrial partners unable to agree on workshare terms.  The CEO of France‘s Dassault, Éric Trappier, made the disclosure during an earnings call on 4 Marc...

WDS 2022: Details emerge on Egypt's RISC3 C5I system

By Charles Forrester 07 March 2022
A new version of Egypt's domestically developed RISC command-and-control system has been developed, integrating civil air traffic, deconflicting artillery fires with air traffic, and covering the naval domain as well. (Janes/Charles Forrester)  Egypt's Arab Organisation for Industrialisation (AOI) is exhibiting the latest generation of its domestically developed Radar Integration and Surveillance Combined Command Centre (RISC) command, control, communications, computers, cyber, and intelligence (C5I) suite, known as RISC3, at the World Defen...

WDS 2022: MARSS launches new C-UAS interceptor system

By Charles Forrester 06 March 2022
The MARSS interceptor is made of carbon fibre, titanium, and polymer. (MARSS)  UK technology firm MARSS launched a new counter unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) technology at the World Defense Show in Riyadh on 6 March, featuring a reusable, electrically powered interceptor.  The system utilises a vertically launched electrically powered air vehicle that has a wingspan of around 90 centimetres, and can travel at velocities in excess of 80 m/s. While the company is not releasing details of the range of the system, it can fly for a minimum of 5 k...

US Navy uses ROV to recover F-35C from South China Sea

By Michael Fabey 04 March 2022
The US 7th Fleet's Task Force 75 (CTF 75) and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) on 2 March successfully retrieved the F-35C Lightning II aircraft that crashed earlier this year in the South China Sea, using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the U...

Brazilian Army receiving new UAVs for ISTAR missions

By Victor Barreira 04 March 2022
The Nauru 1000C VTOL UAV is designed to bolster airborne situational awareness for the Brazilian Army. (Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Gomes Saraiva/Brazilian Army)  The Brazilian Army on 4 March began receiving the Nauru 1000C unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) it ordered for intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) missions.  The acceptance process unfolds in different phases at the Army Aviation Command (CAvEx) in Taubaté, State of São Paulo, with support from the Army Evaluations Center (CAEx), and is expected...

Taiwan boosts missile production capability

By Jon Grevatt 04 March 2022
Taiwan aims to increase the production of locally developed missile systems, including the Hsiung Feng III (pictured here at Kaohsiung International Maritime and Defence Exhibition 2018). (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Taiwan's state-run military research and development organisation, the National Chung-Shang Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST), has expanded its capacity to produce indigenous missiles in the face of rising tensions with China.  The project is aligned to a multi-year investment plan – approved by Taiwan's Legislative Yuan in...

DASA launches new competition for advanced RF ISR innovations

By Olivia Savage 04 March 2022
The UK's Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new GBP2.8 million (USD3.7 million) competition for advanced radio-frequency (RF) sensing; integrated effects; and position, navigation, and timing (PNT), the UK government announced o...
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