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Eurosatory 2022: Airbus waiting on Spain to launch SIRTAP UAS development

By Gareth Jennings 13 June 2022
A 1/10 model of the SIRTAP unmanned aircraft was displayed at the Eurosatory 2022 event in Paris. Having launched the project with Colombia, Airbus expects Spain to join to formally launch development. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Airbus expects the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) to shortly approve its involvement in the SIRTAP unmanned aircraft system (UAS) project that the company originally launched with Colombia, a programme official told Janes on 13 June.  Speaking at the Eurosatory 2022 event in Paris, Fernando Ciria, head of marketing...

BAE Systems unveils new M-Code-capable GPS receiver

By Carlo Munoz 13 June 2022
An RQ-5 Hunter UAS is equipped with the GPS-enabled Viper Strike munition. (MBDA)  The newest variant of the BAE Systems-built global positioning system (GPS) guided weapons receiver will be capable of transmitting across Military Code (M-Code) signals, company officials announced this week.  The new Strategic Anti-jam Beamforming Receiver – M-Code (SABR-M) GPS receiver leverages “advanced beamforming technology” to improve signal reception across military and civilian GPS spectrums, while meeting size, weight, and power (SWaP) requirements i...

Eurosatory 2022: France showcases special forces configuration for NH90

By Gareth Jennings 13 June 2022
A full-scale mock-up of the NH90 special forces configuration was displayed at the Eurosatory 2022 event in Paris. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The French Ministry of Armed Forces showcased the special forces configuration it is developing for the NHIndustries (NHI) NH90 helicopter, with a cabin mock-up displayed at the Eurosatory 2022 event in Paris.  France is to convert at least 10 of its 74 NH90 tactical transport helicopter (TTH) platforms to a new special operations forces (SOF) configuration, to be designated Standard 2/NH90 FS (Forces Spé...

Hungary increases defence allocation

By Ana-Roxana Popescu 10 June 2022
Hungarian defence spending trend, 2010–30 (Janes) (Janes)  Hungary's 2023 budget bill reached the country's parliament on 7 June, with the general debate expected later this month and the final vote scheduled for mid-July. The draft budget's allocation to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is HUF719.1 billion (USD1.94 billion), a 28.3% nominal and 31.7% real cut compared to this year's budget. This is largely due to a 92% fall in the ‘accumulation budget' for the Hungarian Defence Forces, which is linked to the Zyrinyi 2026 defence development pro...

Norway cancels NH90, demands refund

By Gareth Jennings 10 June 2022
A Norwegian NH90 operating from the cost guard vessel KV   Senja  . The country has determined that it cannot bring the helicopter type up to the standard it requires, and has terminated its contract with NHIndustries.  (Norwegian Coast Guard)  Norway has cancelled its NHIndustries (NHI) NH90 helicopter contract, demanding that the manufacturer refund the approximately NOK5 billion (USD520 million) it has spent on the programme to date.  In a statement released on 10 June, the Norwegian Minister of Defence, Bjørn...

Rafael unveils sixth-generation Spike NLOS

By Robin Hughes 10 June 2022
The Mk 6 Spike NLOS will be demonstrated on the AH-64E Apache Guardian during the initial LRPM evaluation shoot-offs later this year. (Lockheed Martin)  Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has disclosed the development of a sixth-generation evolution of its Spike non-line-of-sight (NLOS) multi-purpose, multiplatform man-in-the-loop precision-guided missile system.  The current Mk 5 variant Spike NLOS features a gimballed dual-mode charged coupled device (CCD) TV/uncooled imaging infrared (IIR) terminal guidance sensor package, coupled with an emb...

Japan to form new EW units, strengthen existing facilities

By Oishee Majumdar 10 June 2022
The JGSDF's EW units are equipped with the truck-mounted network electronic warfare system (pictured above) that enables collection, analysis, and jamming of the enemy's radio waves. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) will establish three new electronic warfare (EW) units as well as expand two existing EW units in 2022, a spokesperson for Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) told Janes.  The JGSDF will form three small-scale EW units at Camp Takada in Niigata, Camp Yonago in Tottori, and Camp Kawauchi in Fukushima,...

USAF picks companies for a phase one of its Stand-in Attack Weapon

By Gillian Rich 10 June 2022
The SiAW is being built for the F-35, but Lockheed Martin said the USAF could use it across its spectrum of aircraft. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman – and possibly another competitor – received US Air Force (USAF) phase one contracts to build the service's Stand-in Attack Weapon (SiAW), the companies announced in early June.  The air-to-ground weapon is to be internally fitted on the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) to counter targets in an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment. Ta...

Thailand commences MS20 upgrades for Gripens

By Akhil Kadidal 09 June 2022
The MS20 upgrades for the RTAF‘s Gripens is expected to give the force an advantage over combat aircraft in neighbouring countries. (FXM)  Thailand has initiated MS20 configuration upgrades to its fleet of SAAB JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole combat fighters.    Speaking to   Janes  , a spokesperson for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) said that the “MS20 system improvement plan is currently in progress and the planned improvements are expected to be completed by 2025”.   Janes   had earlier reported that the original Thai...

Germany set to increase Poseidon buy

By Gareth Jennings 09 June 2022
An artist's impression of the P-8A Poseidon MMA in German Navy service. (Boeing)  Germany is to increase its buy of Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) as part of a wider increase in the national defence budget.  Kommandeur Marineflieger, Sea Captain Thorsten Bobzin, confirmed the additional purchase in early June, which will happen in the context of Germany's recently announced EUR100 billion (USD107 billion) Söndervermögen (special fund) uplift in defence spending.  “There will be a supplementary acquisition of sea rec...

India certifies HTT-40 basic trainer

By Akhil Kadidal 09 June 2022
India has certified the HAL HTT-40 basic turboprop trainer. This paves the way for the aircraft's eventual induction into the Indian Air Force. (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd)  India's domestically developed Hindustan Turbo Trainer-40 (HTT-40) aircraft has received its airworthiness clearance certificate from the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC).  The announcement was made by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) on 6 June.  According to HAL, the aircraft achieved certification in record time from the first flight. Acco...

Dassault predicts decade of delay for FCAS fighter

By Gareth Jennings 08 June 2022
An artist's impression of the New Generation Fighter that will sit at the heart of the FCAS/SCAF system of systems. Scheduled to enter service in 2040, the aircraft could be delayed by as much as a decade according to the CEO of its primary designer, Dassault. (Dassault)  Dassault, one of the three primary industrial partners on the trinational Future Combat Air System (FCAS)/Système de Combat Aérien Futur (SCAF), has said that continuing delays to agreeing terms will delay the entry into service of the New Generation Fighter (NGF) element of...

MBDA Akeron LP missile to arm Tiger Mk III attack helicopter

By Gareth Jennings 08 June 2022
The Akeron LP (top in picture) long-range air-to-surface missile is to arm the upgraded Tiger Mk III attack helicopter, Airbus has said. (MBDA)  The MBDA Akeron LP missile has been selected to equip the Airbus Helicopter Tiger Mk III rotorcraft, the rotorcraft manufacturer announced on 8 June.  Commenting on the same day MBDA revealed its new Akeron family of missiles, a representative of Airbus Helicopters said that the long-range version of the missile will arm the upgraded Tiger Mk III rotorcraft for France and Spain (Germany is yet to dec...

UK MoD launches new defence science and technology initiative

By Olivia Savage 08 June 2022
The UK MoD is to launch two micro weather-monitoring satellites in 2022 (pictured). (CIRCE CAD models courtesy of Blue Canyon Technologies)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a Science and Technology Portfolio, supported by more than GBP2 billion (USD2.5 billion) worth of investment, the MoD announced on 7 June.  According to the MoD, the new portfolio plans to work with academia and British industry to accelerate cutting-edge research and development (R&D) of generation-after-next military capabilities.  The GBP2 billion funding...

SpearUAV unveils Ninox 103 submarine-to-air loitering UAS

By Robin Hughes 07 June 2022
A computer-generated image depicting a Ninox 103 launch from a submarine. (SpearUAV)  Israeli tactical unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) house, SpearUAV, has revealed a new capsuled loitering system development that utilises underwater-to-air transition technology to deliver an organic, real-time, beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness capability for submerged submarines.    “A submarine is a standalone platform that cannot always use other force assets for its intelligence-gathering requirements,” Gadi Kuperman, founder and CEO of Spe...

Aeronautics adds VTOL capability to Orbiter 4

By Huw Williams 06 June 2022
Concept image of Aeronautics Orbiter 4 UAS fitted with the new VTOL kit, which the company says is designed to provide flexibility to operators. (Aeronautics)  Aeronautics has developed an applique vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) kit for its Orbiter 4 unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company has announced.    The VTOL kit takes the form of two nacelles, one positioned on each wing, and which feature two rotor blades. Matan Perry, Aeronautics Group's chief marketing officer and vice-president of sales, told   Janes   tha...

US Navy details ‘exportable variant' CH-53K for Israel

By Gareth Jennings 06 June 2022
The CH-53K to be fielded by Israel will be an ‘exportable variant' fitted with newly developed avionics, communication gear, and sensor systems. (Lockheed Martin)    The US Navy (USN) has detailed the ‘exportable variant' of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter that was announced for Israel, telling   Janes  on 6 June that it is to feature newly developed systems and sensors.   Responding to a request for information on the ‘exportable variant' of the CH-53K first revealed by the US Department of Defense...

Ukraine conflict: US to provide Gray Eagle UAVs to Kyiv

By Gareth Jennings 06 June 2022
If approved by the US Congress, a plan to transfer Hellfire-armed Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft to Ukraine would substantially enhance Kyiv's combat capabilities. (GA-ASI)  The US government intends to supply Ukraine with General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) armed with air-to-surface missiles.  Reuters announced the plan on 1 June, saying that the Biden administration will provide four Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft equipped with Lockheed Martin A...

Aeronautics unveils Trojan ‘unmanned hover plane'

By Huw Williams 06 June 2022
Trojan has been developed to offer the flight profiles of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. (Aeronautics)  Aeronautics has launched what it describes as a new category of unmanned aircraft – the unmanned hover plane.  The company unveiled its Trojan system on 6 June, stating that it has been developed to offer the ability to operate at extended ranges and in a hover flight profile when required.    Speaking to   Janes  , Matan Perry, Aeronautics Group's chief marketing officer and vice president of sales, said that Trojan ha...

Northrop Grumman reveals development of Jackal ‘sprint' loitering system

By Robin Hughes 06 June 2022
A not-to-scale model of the Jackal concept (foreground) was unveiled at the 2022 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) in Tampa, Florida, 16–19 May. In the background is the Switchblade 600L tactical weapon system, which is being used as a testbed bus for initial Jackal developments. (Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman has disclosed details on its embryonic development of a new ‘sprint' loitering weapon system, designated Jackal.  An internal research and development (IRAD) initiative in association with AeroVironment, Jackal...
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