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Ukraine conflict: Turkey to donate Lithuanian-funded Bayraktar UCAV to Kyiv

By Gareth Jennings 06 June 2022
A Bayraktar TB2 in Lithuanian colours. The manufacturer, Baykar, is to donate the UCAV to Ukraine after learning about the crowdfunding effort of the Lithuanian public. (Baykar)  Baykar is to donate a Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) to Ukraine, after Lithuania crowd-funded the acquisition.  The Turkish manufacturer announced the donation on 2 June, saying it will gift the Bayraktar TB2 to Kyiv, and that the funds collected by the Lithuanian public for the purchase should instead be given to Ukraine for humanitarian aid.  “...

Pentagon eyes commercial 5G network integration into tactical systems

By Carlo Munoz 03 June 2022
A US Department of Defense rendering of the Integrated Tactical Communications Networks concept. (US Department of Defense )  The US Department of Defense (DOD) is exploring potential technologies that would enable the US Armed Forces to field advanced tactical networks integrated with commercially developed 5G communications networks, linked via air-based relay nodes.  The Beyond 5G Integrated Tactical Communication Networks programme is focused on leveraging device-to-device (D2D) or sidelink capabilities inherent in commercial and milita...

Indian defence firms announce submarine-launched UAV project

By Akhil Kadidal 02 June 2022
Worldwide interest in the development of ULUAVs has increased following the USN's acquisition of 120 Blackwing UAVs to be used by various submarine platforms. (AeroVironment)  Two private-sector Indian defence firms have announced that they will co-operate in the research and development of a submarine-launched unmanned aerial system (UAS).  According to an industry source, the UAS will comprise the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) plus a specialised underwater launch canister.  The project was unveiled during Bharat Drone Mahotsav 2022 in New D...

UK to fly Eurofighter ECRS Mk 2 E-Scan radar in 2023, IOC slated for 2030

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
The Leonardo European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) radar seen next to the Eurofighter test aircraft ZK355/BS116. The combination is expected to fly for the first time towards the end of 2023. (BAE Systems)  The United Kingdom is planning to fly the Leonardo European Common Radar System Mark 2 (ECRS Mk2) radar aboard a Eurofighter test aircraft in late 2023, with initial operating capability (IOC) slated for 2030, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson said on 24 May.  Speaking to Janes and other defence media at BAE Systems' Warton...

Indian MoD orders Astra BVRAAM from BDL

By Rahul Udoshi 01 June 2022
BDL has secured a contract to supply Astra Mk I BVRAAM and associated systems to the Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. The Astra Mk I is in service and the latest order marks the beginning of serial production. (Janes/Rahul Udoshi)  The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a deal with state-owned Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) to acquire an unspecified number of Astra Mk I beyond visual range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs).  BDL said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 31 May that the contract is worth INR29.71 billion (USD...

Team Tempest prepares for '10-year challenge' to deliver capability in 2035

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
Team Tempest is preparing for the Outline Business Case 2 key gate to be signed off in 2024, ahead of the Full Business Case following in 2025 to take the programme through to entry into service in 2035. (BAE Systems)  The UK industry and Ministry of Defence (MoD) partnership responsible for delivering the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) – of which the Tempest future fighter is a part – is preparing for a critical phase of the programme, with a senior official describing the task as “a 10-year challenge”.  Speaking to Janes and other defence...

Saab contracted to conduct future fighter studies

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
With the Swedish Air Force set to operate its latest Gripen E (pictured) up to at least 2042 and likely beyond, Sweden has time to develop its long-term future fighter aircraft plans. (Saab)  The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab to conduct studies related to the development of future fighter aircraft technologies.  The aircraft manufacturer announced the SEK250 million (USD25. million) deal on 1 June, saying that the study will be “preparatory in nature, and its purpose is to widen the work on how future comb...

BAE to fly T-650 heavy-lift UAS in drive to electric propulsion

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
Seen at its unveiling at the DSEI exhibition in late 2021, the T-650 heavy-lift UAS should fly for the first time in the coming weeks. (Janes/Richard Fowler)  BAE Systems plans to fly the T-650 all-electric heavy-lift unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that it first unveiled in September 2021 in the coming weeks, a company official said on 24 May.    Neil Appleton, head of Electric Products, BAE systems, told   Janes  and other defence media that it will fly a demonstrator version of the T-650 that it is developing with Malloy Aer...

Germany selects Chinook for heavy-lift helo requirement

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
With Germany's STH announcement, this mocked-up image of a Chinook in Luftwaffe markings is set to become a reality. (Boeing)  The long-standing Schwerer Transporthubschrauber (STH) competition to furnish Germany with a new heavy-lift helicopter has been settled, with the Bundeswehr announcing on 1 June that the Boeing CH-47F Chinook is the winner.  The requirement to replace the Luftwaffe's 70 VFW-Sikorsky CH-53G-series Stallions dates back to the early 2000s, with the STH competition in its current form having been stopped and started since...

Canada to extend Griffon helicopters

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
An RCAF CH-146 Griffon seen during an earlier deployment in Afghanistan. The fleet of 85 helicopters will be extended through to the early 2030s. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Canada is to extend the service life of its Bell CH-146 Griffon fleet, with a nearly CAD800 million (USD632 million) upgrade of 85 helicopters announced on 31 May.  The Griffon Limited Life Extension project will see the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) medium-twin helicopters refurbished and modernised to keep them in service until at least the mid-2030s, the government said....

BAE targets 2024 to fly Eurofighter large-area display cockpit demonstrator

By Gareth Jennings 01 June 2022
The Eurofighter large-area display, which is at a mature stage of development, should fly for the first time in 2024. (BAE Systems)  BAE Systems expects to fly in 2024 a demonstrator of the large-area display (LAD) cockpit it is developing for the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft.  Speaking to Janes and other defence media at the company's Warton facility on 24 May, Anthony Gregory, market development director for Europe, said that in early 2024 the LAD should have attained a maturity that will allow for a flying demonstrator to be built,...

Multi-purpose mission: European NATO members search for improved maritime patrol capability

By Dr. Lee Willett 31 May 2022
Two USN P-8As are pictured in the shadow of Mount Etna, Sicily, at Naval Air Station Sigonella. The VP (Patrol Squadron) 46, to which these aircraft were assigned, was deployed to Sigonella in early 2021. (US Navy)  Contemporary maritime patrol aircraft (MPAs) reflect a broader trend among maritime military forces – creating platforms that are more multi-purpose in nature.  This trend is driven by two parallel tracks. First, reductions in procurement budgets during the last two decades forced the development of previously single-role types in...

Diehl Defence exports HPEM SkyWolf to African customer

By Mark Cazalet 31 May 2022
A scale model of the HPEM SkyWolf effector, shown in its truck-mounted configuration. (Janes/Mark Cazalet)  Diehl Defence has been awarded a contract for the delivery of the HPEM (High-Power Electromagnetic) SkyWolf counter-small-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system by an undisclosed customer in Africa.  The HPEM SkyWolf consists of a pulsed high-power radio-frequency (RF) effector combined with a barrage jammer system, and is capable of variable defeat modes against small UAVs depending on the range at which it is employed. The system can be...

Chinese Su-35s fly into Taiwan's ADIZ for first time on record

By Akhil Kadidal 31 May 2022
The appearance of a pair of Sukhoi Su-35S in Taiwan's ADIZ on 30 May 2022 suggests that China is trying to increase the complexity of its training flights in an operational environment. Pictured above is a Russian Su-35S fighter taking off during tests in Russia. (Sukhoi)  Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E fighters operated by China's People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) have flown into Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) for the first time since Taipei started to publicly disclose such flights.  According to information from Taiwan's...

Russian Okhotnik UCAV conducts first PGM launches

By Miko Vranic 31 May 2022
Seen during earlier trials, the Okhotnik recently conducted its first precision-guided missile launches during tests. (Russian MoD)  Russia's Sukhoi S-70B Okhotnik (Hunter) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) has conducted its first test launch of precision-guided munitions (PGMs) against ground targets, state media reported on 28 May.  Citing an unnamed source, RIA Novosti said that air-to-surface missiles developed for the manned Sukhoi Su-57 (NATO reporting name ‘Felon‘) fifth-generation combat aircraft were fired by the S-70B during the...

Australian MC-55A Peregrines undergoing flight-testing

By Akhil Kadidal & Sunil JB Babu 31 May 2022
The MC-55A Peregrine is likely to have a range of systems that will enable it to deliver powerful electronic attacks while boosting the RAAF's offensive and deep-strike capabilities. (Janes)  Australia's Gulfstream G550 electronic warfare (EW) aircraft have started initial flight-testing. The first of four ordered aircraft should be delivered by late 2023.  Known as the MC-55A Peregrine to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), the aircraft are being modified into the EW configuration by L3Harris Technologies. The modifications are being cond...

NATO exercise tests operations in North Atlantic and close to Russian border

By Bruce Jones 30 May 2022
The NATO exercise ‘Hedgehog' included the US amphibious assault ship USS   Kearsarge  .  (Winter & Findler)  This week, NATO forces will be participating in the Estonian-led exercise ‘Siil' (‘Hedgehog'), marking the first time NATO forces will conduct such operations in waters around Estonia's strategic eastern Baltic Island Saaremaa that protects both the Gulf of Finland leading to St Petersburg and the Gulf of Riga.  The exercise also includes the operations of NATO ground forces less than 40 km from the Russian...

Iran unveils cruise missiles in underground UAV base

By Jeremy Binnie 30 May 2022
Iran unveiled the Haider-2 cruise missile in an underground facility on 28 May. (Young Journalists Club)  Two previously unseen types of air-breathing missile were displayed during an event intended to showcase Iran's unmanned aircraft capabilities on 28 May.  The missiles were seen in media coverage of a visit by Major General Mohammad Bagheri, chief of the general staff of the armed forces, to an underground facility identified as Strategic Base 313, which is operated by Iran's regular military rather than the Islamic Revolution Guards Corp...

Norway receives final Poseidon MMA

By Gareth Jennings 30 May 2022
The fifth and final P-8A for Norway was handed over on 27 May. (Boeing)  Boeing has delivered the fifth and final P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for Norway, the company announced on 27 May.  The handover of tail number 9586 completes a delivery process that commenced in November 2021.  The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) P-8A fleet is named Viking, Ulabrand, Hugin, and Munin (as well as being Norse gods, these names were previously given to Norway's PBY-5 Catalina maritime patrol aircraft).  To be fielded by 333 Squadron...

Airbus launches Spike ER2 integration for H145M helo

By Gareth Jennings 30 May 2022
An H145M helicopter fires a Spike ER2 missile during a demonstration in Romania in January. (Airbus Helicopters)  Airbus Helicopters has test-fired the Rafael Spike Extended Range (ER) 2 air-to-surface missile from the H145M rotorcraft as part of the company's wider effort to expand the scope and capability of the HForce generic weapons system (GWS) package.    Speaking to   Janes  and other defence media in late May, Constance Pinsdorf, senior programme manager H145 governmental business, said that the Spike ER2 version of t...
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