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South Korea to upgrade AH-64E Apaches to Version 6

By Akhil Kadidal 07 September 2022
South Korea has planned to upgrade its Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter fleet to the most modern Version 6 (V6) standard. This will enhance the helicopter's ability to deal with larger numbers of adversarial mechanised forces. (US Army/Sgt 1st Class Vincent Abril)  South Korea has announced a programme to upgrade its fleet of AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the latest Version 6 (V6) standard.  In an announcement, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said on 2 September that the Defense Project Prom...

DIA's Torch programme accelerates intel sharing with allies

By Carlo Munoz 06 September 2022
A US Army soldier and a Polish army officer establish an expeditionary network during exercise ‘Saber Strike' at Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area, Poland. (US Department of Defense)  The Pentagon's intelligence directorate is investing heavily in systems and programmes specifically designed to knock down barriers to collaboration between US armed forces, allies, and partner countries across all strata of command, senior Pentagon and military officials said.  Increasing capabilities to foster increased collaboration between the Pentagon and its...

Defense & Security 2022: Thales pitches GM400a radar for Thai air force

By Jon Grevatt 01 September 2022
Thales is pitching its Ground Master 400 Alpha air-surveillance radar for a requirement within the Royal Thai Air Force. The system is an enhanced version of the GM400 (pictured above). (Thales)  Thales is positioning its new Ground Master 400 Alpha (GM400α) for a Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) requirement for a series of air-surveillance radars.  A spokesperson for Thales told Janes at the Defense & Security 2022 exhibition in Bangkok that the company is proposing the GM400α in an RTAF programme to replace about 15 ground-based radars in operat...

Defense & Security 2022: Thailand, Saab discuss C2 network expansion

By Jon Grevatt 01 September 2022
Important elements of Thailand's Air Command and Control System, which is based on Saab's 9AIR C4I product, include the RTAF's JAS 39 Gripen C/D multirole fighter aircraft and its Saab 340 Erieye airborne early warning and control aircraft. (Peter Liander/Copyright Saab AB)  Saab and the Royal Thai Army (RTA) are discussing a possible expansion of Thailand's countrywide command-and-control (C2) system.  Speaking at the Defense & Security 2022 show in Bangkok, a Saab spokesperson said talks about the potential deal are focused on Thailand's Ai...

New mission computer for Indian Navy MiG-29K under trial

By Akhil Kadidal 30 August 2022
HAL is testing a new mission computer for the Indian Navy's MiG-29K carrier-borne fighter aircraft. The new system has been designed to give the navy the ability to integrate a wide range of domestic and international air-launched weapons with the MiG-29K. (US Navy)  The Indian Navy is test-flying a new mission computer for its Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29K/KUB carrier-borne fighter aircraft.    The mission computer has been developed by the state-owned defence company, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The new system is intended to give t...

Saab pitches Arexis EW suite as ‘perfect fit' for Eurofighter EK

By Gareth Jennings 29 August 2022
Saab is the latest company to declare its intent to offer an electronic warfare solution for the Eurofighter EK to be developed for the Luftwaffe. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Saab has described its Arexis electronic warfare (EW) suite as being “the perfect fit” for Germany's Eurofighter Elektronischer Kampf (EK) requirement.    Speaking to   Janes  and other defence media at the company's Stockholm headquarters, EW and Arexis sales director Mikael Corp, said that as the incumbent provider for the EW system for the Luftwaffe's Pan...

Nigerian Air Force using targeting pod with JF-17

By Jack Iraboh 26 August 2022
The Aselpod is almost certainly in service with the Nigerian Air Force. (Aselsan)  A Nigerian Air Force (NAF) JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter has been seen carrying what is almost certainly an Aselpod targeting pod made by Turkish company Aselsan.  A short clip posted on social media on 14 August showed a Nigerian JF-17 with the number 720 taxiing with a dark grey pod on its centreline hardpoint.  Earlier this year, a photograph emerged showing a man next to a JF-17 carrying a targeting pod with an air intake on its starboard side that looked...

Morocco requests ground command-and-control systems from US

By Olivia Savage 26 August 2022
Pictured is the MIDS-JTRS terminal, which provides land, sea, and air forces with communications, navigation, and identification capabilities. (Data Link Solutions)  The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Morocco for ground command-and-control equipment.  Announced on 25 August by the US State Department, Morocco has requested to purchase six Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems (MIDS-JTRS) from the US for an estimated USD141.1 million.  Prime contractors for the...

US Army completes live-flight demo of Zephyr UAS

By Carlo Munoz 25 August 2022
Zephyr HAPS. (Airbus Defence and Security)  A recent US Army Futures Command (AFC) live-flight demonstration of a solar-powered, stratospheric unmanned aerial system (UAS) could play into service-led efforts to extend intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, as well as enable new long-range, beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications programmes.  Officials from the command's Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing/Space (APNT/Space) Cross-Functional Team (CFT) conductedan over two-month flight test of the Airbus-b...

GDLS offers glance at Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype design

By Ashley Roque 24 August 2022
GDLS has not publicly released an image of its new Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype but said that it is a ‘new, purpose-built' platform, which builds on its previous work to design such a vehicle for the USMC. (GDLS)  General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) is disclosing additional details about its ‘new, purpose-built' prototype designed to win over the US Marine Corps (USMC) leaders who are on the hunt for a future Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV).    Phil Skuta, the GDLS director for USMC programmes, provided   Janes...

US Army picks AeroVironment's Jump 20 for FTUAS Increment 1

By Ashley Roque 22 August 2022
A US Army solider assigned to 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, conducts an engine start on the Jump 20 at Fort Riley in Kansas in April 2020. The service has selected the UAS for its FTUAS Increment 1 programme. (US Army )  The US Army selected AeroVironment's Jump 20 medium unmanned aerial system (UAS) for its first Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS) programme, a pathway designed to replace the runway-dependent RQ-7B Shadow fleet.  The service awarded an USD8 million ‘other transaction agreement' contract to the c...

Combat systems on Malaysian LCS were selected despite navy objections, says declassified report

By Ridzwan Rahmat 19 August 2022
The Royal Malaysian Navy's first-of-class littoral combat ship   Maharaja Lela   seen here at its launching ceremony in 2017. A parliamentary committee investigation that concluded in 2022 indicates that the vessel has yet to enter the water.  (Royal Malaysian Navy)  Several weapons and combat systems on Malaysia's Maharaja Lela-class littoral combat ship (LCS) programme were selected to reflect recommendations made by the programme's main contractor despite objections from the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN).  This wa...

Lockheed Martin delivers HELIOS to US Navy

By Michael Fabey 19 August 2022
Lockheed Martin delivered a HELIOS system to the US Navy. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin delivered to the US Navy (USN) a 60+ kW-class High-Energy Laser with Integrated Optical-dazzler and Surveillance (HELIOS), the first tactical laser weapon system to be integrated into existing ships and provide directed energy capability to the fleet, the company confirmed on 18 August.  The HELIOS system is designed to provide a tactically relevant laser weapon system warfighting capability as an important element of a layered defence architecture....

Germany procures C-UAS capability from ESG

By Olivia Savage 17 August 2022
BAAINBw has approved and acquired five ASUL C-UAS platforms (pictured) from ESG to bolster camp protection. (Bundeswehr/Dirk Bannert)  The German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has procured five counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UASs).  Known as ASUL, the C-UAS platform can detect, classify, identify, and neutralise small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs), the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) announced on the 15 August.  sUASs are defined by the Bundeswehr as platforms that we...

SNC to trial ISR high-altitude balloon for UK MoD

By Olivia Savage 16 August 2022
SNC to demonstrate stratospheric ISR capability to UK MoD (Sierra Nevada Corporation)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) unmanned high-altitude balloon (HAB) as part of Project Aether, the company announced on 10 August.  Project Aether is a UK MoD programme that seeks an unmanned stratospheric ultra-persistent communication and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability.    An SNC spokesperson told   Janes   that the company intends to launch the platform in Sept...

QNu Labs to deliver quantum communication systems to Indian Army

By Oishee Majumdar 16 August 2022
The Indian Army has signed a deal to procure QNu Labs' Armos QKD system. The system includes a pair of ‘Armos boxes' (pictured above), placed at each end of the network, Gupta told   Janes  .  (QNu Labs)  The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to procure quantum key distribution (QKD) systems from Bangalore-based QNu Labs to enhance secured communication for the Indian Army.    CEO and co-founder of QNu Labs, Sunil Gupta, confirmed to   Janes   that the company has secured a contract to pr...

UK seeks new GEO satellite for Skynet

By Olivia Savage 12 August 2022
Skynet 6A (pictured above), scheduled to be launched in 2025, will fill a capability gap while the MoD sets the requirements for the Skynet Enduring Capability. (Airbus)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is seeking a Narrowband Satellite System (NSS) for the Skynet Enduring Capability (SKEC).  A Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ), published by the MoD on 10 August, outlined a requirement for a narrowband ultra-high frequency (UHF) geosynchronous (GEO) satellite and its control system for SKEC.  A deadline for expressions of interest has be...

Babcock and IAI to collaborate on radar for UK Serpens project

By Olivia Savage 12 August 2022
IAI, Elta Systems, and Babcock to co-offer C-MMR radar for UK Serpens weapon-locating radar programme. (IAI Elta Systems)  Babcock is to collaborate with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and subsidiary Elta Systems to offer a deep-find radar solution for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) Serpens programme.  According to a Babcock announcement on 11 August, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IAI and Elta Systems to offer IAI-Elta's Compact Multi-Mission Radar (C-MMR) system for the Serpens programme.  A Babcock officia...

US Navy receives first next-generation Growler jammer pods

By Gillian Rich 11 August 2022
The Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) fleet representative pods were delivered to the US Navy in July 2022. The pods are part of a system that will eventually replace the Boeing EA-18G Growler's ALQ-99 system. (US Navy)  Raytheon Intelligence & Space recently delivered its first ALQ-249 Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band (NGJ-MB) pods to the US Navy. The jammer pods are part of a system that will eventually replace the Boeing EA-18G Growler's ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System.  Raytheon delivered the pods to the Naval Air Warfare Center Airc...

Update: Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills

By Akhil Kadidal 10 August 2022
Taiwan said that the PLA flew 49aircraft into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 5 August whereas China has said that it is flying ‘hundreds' of aircraft into the ADIZ. (VCG via Getty Images)    China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.   Janes   assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.   China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan...
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