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DroneShield secures TAK compliance

By Gerrard Cowan 31 January 2022
An operator using a DroneSentry-X tablet with TAK enabled. DroneGun MkIII is pictured to the right. (DroneShield)    DroneShield's command-and-control (C2) and sensor systems are now compliant with the US military's Team Awareness Kit (TAK) situational awareness solution, meaning the company's products can contribute to TAK's common operating picture,   Janes  has learned.   DroneShield is an Australian-US developer of artificial intelligence (AI)-based platforms designed to protect against threats such as unmanned aerial...

Italian Air Force to deploy MC-27J Praetorian by 2030

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 28 January 2022
The Italian Air Force will operate the MC-27J Praetorian configuration by 2030. The photo shows an MC-27J Praetorian with winglets. (Leonardo SpA)    The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare Italiana: AMI) has confirmed to   Janes  that it will deploy the Leonardo MC-27J Praetorian special operations aircraft by 2030.     Speaking to   Janes  on 27 January, a spokesperson of the press office of the AMI said that the development and serialisation of the Praetorian roll-on/roll-off palletised mission syste...

Novaria Group acquires Advanced Coating

By Marc Selinger 28 January 2022
US aerospace and defence parts manufacturer Novaria Group has completed its fourth acquisition in less than a year by buying Advanced Coating, which provides protective coatings for military equipment and other applications.  The addition of the co...

Terma to supply C-Flex CMS for Indonesia's KCR-60 vessels

By Oishee Majumdar 28 January 2022
The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut: TNI-AL) has approved the procurement of Danish company Terma's C-Flex combat management system (CMS) for its KCR-60 guided-missile fast attack craft.  Terma said the approval comes af...

IAV 2022: British Army to launch RAS competitions this year

By Olivia Savage 28 January 2022
The British Army intends to hold a competition in April to determine the integrator for its Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS) programme, according to a service spokesperson.  Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicle 2022 conference in Lond...

Delivery of Bulgarian F-16s to be delayed

By Aleksandar Mladenov & Gareth Jennings 27 January 2022
Bulgaria is set to receive eight F-16 Block 70 aircraft, analogous to the US Air Force M7 standard pictured, with a request for a further eight. The country has been told to expect a delay in its deliveries due to supplier and Covid problems. (US Air Force)  Delivery of the eight Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft for the Bulgarian Air Force is to be delayed by ‘several months' due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Bulgarian Defence Minister Stefan Yanev announced the news during a hearing in front of the Defence Committee...

NATO bolsters enhanced air policing mission

By Gareth Jennings 27 January 2022
Two of the F-16s that Denmark is contributing to NATO's enhanced air policing mission. (NATO Allied Air Command)  NATO has bolstered its enhanced air policing (eAP) mission, with nations providing additional aircraft as concerns over Russian military action in Ukraine grow.  The alliance announced on 26 January that US Air Force (USAF) Boeing F-15E Strike Eagles and Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF) Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons were being dispatched to Estonia and Lithuania respectively to supplement the current Baltic Air Policing miss...

Stratolaunch LLC to support the US Air Force with its hypersonic testing programme

By Nigel Torp Petersen 27 January 2022
The Model 351 Stratolaunch underwent modifications between December 2019 and April 2021 to allow its carriage of Talon-series hypersonic test vehicles. The aircraft successfully flew its third test flight in January 2022. (Stratolaunch LLC)  US-based hypersonic flight-test services provider Stratolaunch LLC announced on 25 January that it had signed a contract to assist the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with its hypersonic flight research programme.  In partnership with US information technology consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, Str...

USMC stands up first operational CH-53K unit

By Gareth Jennings 27 January 2022
A CH-53K King Stallion (foreground) and a CH-53E Super Stallion (background) are staged during a redesignation ceremony at Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, on 24 January. The squadron received its first CH-53K King Stallion, and the ceremony signified the beginning of the US Marine Corps' modernisation from the legacy CH-53E to the CH-53K in support of the expeditionary warfare vision for future-force employment. (US Marines)  The US Marine Corps (USMC) has stood up its first operational unit for the Sikorsky CH-53K King St...

IAV 2022: FN and Thales demonstrate RWS rocket capability

By Andrew Galer 27 January 2022
FN Herstal has been working with Thales Belgium to demonstrate a guided rocket capability that could be added to the FN deFNder Remote Weapon Station (RWS) system.  Speaking at the International Armoured Vehicles (IAV) conference being held in Lond...

Australia receives first upgraded C-130J-30 Block 8.1 aircraft

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 26 January 2022
On 19 January the RAAF received the first Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft to be upgraded to the Block 8.1 software and hardware standard. (Royal Australian Air Force)  The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received the first Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft upgraded to Block 8.1 standard, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) announced on 19 January.  The aircraft, which arrived at RAAF Richmond air base in New South Wales, was upgraded by Lockheed Martin in the United States with support fr...

Qatar receives M-346 jet trainers

By Gareth Jennings 26 January 2022
One of three M-346 advanced jet trainer aircraft recently delivered to the Qatar Emiri Air Force under the scope of its International Flight Training School agreement with Italy was seen at a recent pilot graducation ceremony at Al Udeid Air Base. (Government of Qatar)  Qatar has received its first Leonardo M-346 Master advanced jet trainer aircraft from Italy, the manufacturer confirmed to Janes on 26 January.  The M-346s were ordered as part of an agreement for Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) training at Italy's International Flight Training...

Year-long continuing resolution could delay submarine Columbia, US Navy official says

By Michael Fabey 26 January 2022
The Columbia-class submarine programme could be delayed by a yearlong continuing resolution, the US Navy says. (US Navy )  A year-long continuing resolution (CR) to freeze funding could cause delays to the Columbia-class (SSNB 826) ballistic-missile submarine programme, according to Rear Admiral John Gumbleton, deputy assistant secretary of the US Navy (USN) for budget and director of the USN Fiscal Management Division.  Navy officials have been adamant for years that the service could not afford any additional delays to the Columbia programm...

US approves Egyptian C-130J purchase

By Gareth Jennings 26 January 2022
Egypt is to acquire the latest C-130J variant Hercules to augment its older model aircraft. (Lockheed Martin)  The United States has approved the sale to Egypt of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters for USD2.2 billion.  Announced by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 25 January, the approval covers the ‘long-bodied' C-130J-30-variant Hercules, as well as mission equipment, spares, training, and support.  “This airlift capability would assist with [Egypt's] border security, the interdiction of known terrorist elemen...

German NH90 helicopters to receive Rohde & Schwarz Soveron radios

By Olivia Savage 26 January 2022
Rhode & Schwarz Soveron AR Airborne Radio (Janes/Pritish Dhingra)  Rhode & Schwarz has been contracted to equip the German Navy's NHIndustries NH90 Multi-Role Frigate Helicopter (MRFH) with its software-defined Soveron AR (airborne radios), the company announced on 25 January.  The company stated that it will deliver its Soveron radios onto 31 German Navy MRFH helicopters, each aircraft will be fitted with three VHF/UHF transceivers. The systems will be embedded with communication security.  A Rhode & Schwarz spokesperson told Janes that the...

Spain approves Eurodrone participation

By Gareth Jennings 26 January 2022
A scale model of the Eurodrone in Luftwaffe markings was shown at the Berlin Security Conference in November 2021. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Spain has formally approved its participation in the Eurodrone project, joining partners France, Germany, and Italy, which have already signed off on their involvement in developing the European unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  The Spanish Council of Ministers gave its consent to the country's inclusion in the Eurodrone project, also known as the European Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) Remotely Pilo...

MQ-8C Fire Scout on maiden USN deployment

By Richard Scott 25 January 2022
The US Navy has declared the MQ-8C unmanned helicopter to be operationally ready, commencing its first shipborne deployment in December 2021. (Northrop Grumman)  The US Navy (USN) has commenced a first shipborne deployment of the MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned aerial system (UAS), the service revealed on 24 January.  Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 22, Detachment 5 (HSC-22 DET 5) was deployed operationally from the Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) on 14 December 2021. Milwaukee is supporting operations in the US 4th Fleet...

Indonesia awaits ‘contract activation' for Rafale multirole fighters

By Ridzwan Rahmat 25 January 2022
A French Navy Rafale M, seen here on aircraft carrier FNS   Charles de Gaulle   while it was in Singapore. Indonesia has plans to procure 36 units of the aircraft type.   (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has moved ahead with a plan to procure Rafale multirole fighter aircraft from Dassault Aviation.  In his response to questions at the MoD's annual leaders' rally for 2022 on 20 January, Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto told reporters that negotiations for the programm...

Algeria receives C-130J transport aircraft

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 25 January 2022
Algeria received the first of four C-130J-30 transport aircraft (shown here in Royal Canadian Air Force markings) on 23 January. (Lockheed Martin)  The Algerian Air Force has received its first Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical transport aircraft.  The US Embassy in Algiers announced the delivery on 23 January in a post on its official Facebook account, noting that this is the first of four aircraft that Algeria ordered in 2018.  This is the first time that details on the sale of C-130Js to Algeria are made public, with the US...

Malaysian air force receives two AW139 helicopters on lease

By Ridzwan Rahmat 25 January 2022
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) has taken delivery of two Leonardo AW139 helicopters, which will be operated by the service on lease.  The airframes, which are being leased from the Malaysian company Westar Aviation Services, were received by...
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