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Update: Mid-Life Refurbishment of UK Storm Shadow stockpile nears completion

By Robin Hughes 28 February 2022
An upgraded Storm Shadow SPEAR Cap 4 long-range deep-strike weapon engages a target during operational evaluation trials at the US Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, in mid-2021. (UK Ministry of Defence)  MBDA is expected to finalise the Selective Precision Effects At Range Capability 4 (SPEAR Cap 4) regeneration of the UK's Storm Shadow air-launched, conventionally armed, deep-strike weapon inventory later in 2022.  SPEAR Cap 4 is the UK Ministry of Defence (UK MoD)-sanctioned Mid-Life Refurbishment (MLR) project for the MBDA-...

Ukraine conflict: Ukraine reports An-225 destroyed as air losses mount for both sides

By Gareth Jennings 28 February 2022
Seen at the ILA Berlin Airshow in 2018, the An-225 was reported destroyed on 27 February. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Ukraine reported the destruction of the Antonov An-225 Mriya airlifter on 27 February, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba saying that the largest aircraft in the world was destroyed in a Russian strike on Hostomel Airport (also known as Antonov International Airport) on the northwestern outskirts of Kyiv.  Kuleba referred to the world's only six-engined airlifter in the past tense in a statement posted on his offi...

Uganda operates long-endurance UAV

By Jeremy Binnie 28 February 2022
The Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) is operating a previously undocumented medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a tweet by Lieutenant General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the commander of Uganda's land forces and the president...

USAF plans ARTS-V3 for aerial denial threat replication

By Richard Scott 28 February 2022
US Air Force Air Combat Command (USAF/ACC) is shaping its requirements for a new digital active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar threat system to support future air warfare training needs for addressing advancing adversary air-defence rada...

Update – Ukraine conflict: NATO shores up enhanced Air Policing mission

By Gareth Jennings 28 February 2022
A pair of USAF F-35As arrive in Romania on 24 February as part of a wider shoring up of the NATO eAP mission. (US Air Force)  NATO members have increased the number of aircraft committed to the alliance's enhanced Air Policing (eAP) mission following Russia's further invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.  With the current already reinforced eAP mission comprising combat aircraft from Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States, additional aircraft have b...

Ukraine conflict: Belarus-based A-50 AEW&C aircraft lead Russian air offensive on Ukraine

By Tim Ripley 28 February 2022
A file photo of the A-50 'Mainstay‘ AEW&C aircraft that has been heading Russia‘s air offensive over Ukraine. (UAC)  Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) Beriev A-50 ‘Mainstay' airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft have been flying daily missions from an airbase in Belarus to co-ordinate Moscow's air offensive against Ukraine.  Images of two A-50 aircraft operating from Baranavichy airbase, south-west of Minsk, have been repeatedly posted online by anti-Belarus government activists since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine o...

Ukraine conflict: EU to supply Kyiv with fighter aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 28 February 2022
Along with Poland and Slovakia, Bulgaria is a European operator of the MiG-29 combat aircraft (pictured) that the EU is looking to supply to Ukraine to help replace the country's battlefield losses. (Bulgarian Air Force)  The European Union (EU) is to provide the Ukrainian armed forces with combat aircraft to help replace battlefield losses in the face of Russia's renewed invasion of the country.  The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security, Josep Borrell, made the announcement on 27 February, saying that Kyiv had re...

Ukraine conflict: China deploys aircraft in Taiwan's ADIZ but no increase in activity following start of Ukraine conflict

By Jon Grevatt 26 February 2022
The Chinese People‘s Liberation Army Air Force has made regular sorties into Taiwan's claimed airspace in recent months, deploying aircraft including Shenyang J-11 fighters. (Japanese MoD)  China has continued military aircraft deployments in Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine has not yet coincided with an increase in such sorties.  According to the MND, nine Chinese People‘s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft entered its ADIZ on 24 Februar...

IARPA, BAE Systems developing security software for ‘smart radio' concept

By Carlo Munoz 25 February 2022
US Marines with 1st Tank Battalion perform radio checks on a Harris 117 radio in preparation of exercises aboard USS   Makin Island  .  (US Marine Corps)  US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), in conjunction with BAE Systems, is developing prototype security software that will identify and mitigate potential threats to secure radio frequency (RF) transmissions in degraded or denied spectrum environments.  The security software development effort is being conducted under IARPA's Securing Comp...

Dutch military orders Smart Shooter's Smash system to counter UAVs

By Yaakov Lappin 25 February 2022
The Dutch military has ordered Smart Shooter's Smash fire-control systems for C-UAS applications. (Technische Bureau H.A. Muller (TBM BV))  The Dutch military has ordered the Smart Shooter Smash AD (anti-drone) fire-control system for small arms after testing it over the past year, the Israeli company announced in a press release on 21 February. The system is being procured mainly for counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) applications.  Smash is designed to ensure that each round finds its target by providing a standard assault rifle with pr...

Ukraine conflict: Washington deploying 7,000 troops to Germany as Russia invades Ukraine

By Ashley Roque 25 February 2022
Thousands of US military personnel will deploy to Germany in the coming days in response to Russia's multipronged attack on Ukraine, US President Joe Biden announced on 24 February.  Washington warned for several months about the Russian military b...

China deploys aircraft in Taiwan's ADIZ but no increase in activity following start of Ukraine conflict

By Jon Grevatt 25 February 2022
The Chinese People‘s Liberation Army Air Force has made regular sorties into Taiwan's claimed airspace in recent months, deploying aircraft including Shenyang J-11 fighters. (Japanese MoD)  China has continued military aircraft deployments in Taiwan's air defence identification zone (ADIZ), the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine has not yet coincided with an increase in such sorties.  According to the MND, nine Chinese People‘s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) aircraft entered its ADIZ on 24 Februar...

Ukraine conflict: NATO Response Force deploying as Russia meets resistance

By Nicholas Fiorenza & Thomas Bullock & Ashley Roque 25 February 2022
NATO leaders have activated their emergency military response force as a defensive measure for the first time. The move comes as Russian troops continue their push into the Ukrainian capital city and refugees are fleeing into neighbouring countries...

UK MoD equipment plan reveals delays to UK Complex Weapons programmes

By Richard Scott 25 February 2022
The UK Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) latest equipment plan has revealed a series of in-service date slippages affecting key UK air-launched weapons programmes, including Brimstone 3A, Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) Block 6, and th...

UMEX 2022: Tawazun launches UAV competition, signs collaboration with local club

By Charles Forrester 24 February 2022
The United Arab Emirates' Tawazun Industrial Park (TIP) announced at the UMEX tradeshow in Abu Dhabi on 23 February that it was launching an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) competition in collaboration with the Khalifa University of Science and Techn...

India receives 12th P-8I Neptune MMA

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 24 February 2022
The 12th P-8I Neptune for the Indian Navy was delivered on 19 February. (Boeing)  India has received its 12th Boeing P-8I Neptune maritime multimission aircraft (MMA).  The manufacturer announced on 24 February that the aircraft was formally handed over to the Indian Navy (IN) on 19 February. This is the last P-8I to be delivered under an option for a further four that the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) exercised in 2016. The sale of six additional P-8Is to take the Indian fleet up to 18 was approved by the US government in May 2021 under...

Ukraine calls on Turkey to close its airspace and Black Sea access to Russian vessels

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 24 February 2022
Ukraine has made an official request to Turkey to close its airspace and Black Sea access to Russian Navy vessels as Moscow launched its military attack on the Eastern European country on 24 February.  Turkey called Moscow's military assault on Kyi...

NATO accelerates F-35 deployment to Eastern Europe

By Gareth Jennings 24 February 2022
Pictured in the Netherlands, F-35s of the Royal Netherlands Air Force have been sent to Eastern Europe without delay following the renewed invasion of Ukraine by Russia. (Royal Netherlands Air Force)  NATO has brought forward its deployment of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) to the Southern Air Policing mission, with the Netherlands announcing its two jets have been sent to Eastern Europe immediately rather than in March as earlier planned.  The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 24 February that the R...

Washington deploying 7,000 troops to Germany as Russia invades Ukraine

By Ashley Roque 24 February 2022
Thousands of US military personnel will deploy to Germany in the coming days in response to Russia's multipronged attack on Ukraine, US President Joe Biden announced on 24 February.  Washington warned for several months about the Russian military b...

Turkey, Pakistan to jointly develop fifth-generation fighter aircraft

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 24 February 2022
A mock-up of of Turkey's TF-X at Singapore Airshow 2022. Pakistan has been confirmed as the first official partner in the TF-X programme, TUSAŞ CEO Temel Kotil said on 18 February. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Turkey and Pakistan have joined forces in the development and production of a new fifth-generation fighter aircraft.  “This is a Turkish-Pakistani fighter programme,” said Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAŞ) CEO, Temel Kotil, while holding a scale model of the Turkish Fighter Experimental (TF-X)/National Combat Aircraft (MMU) single-seat, t...
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