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An overview of December Defence Industry reporting

Janes provides a wide range of data, insight and news across the global defence industry. Here you will find a summary and curation of the most recent content derived from Janes Defence: News Module.

Technology:

Aevum develops rocket-launching UAV for space missions

09 Dec: Aevum has developed an autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed to  deploy rockets for space launch missions every three hours at a price point of just under USD4,000 per payload kilogram. Jay Skylus, company founder and CEO, told Janes in a  November interview embargoed until 3 December that the Ravn X is the world’s largest UAV by mass. The aircraft is 24 m long with a 18 m wingspan and is 5.5 m tall.

Russia unveils P-18-2 Prima mobile radar to track new target types

11 Dec: Russia’s Rosoboronexport, a subsidiary of state corporation Rostec, has introduced  for export two new mobile radars capable of tracking targets such as stealth aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and hypersonic vehicles, according to the company. On 26  November Rosoboronexport presented the P-18-2 Prima radar based on an 8×8 heavy truck. “The highly maneuverable Prima radar is capable of detecting modern and advanced lowvisibility targets, including stealth aircraft,” said director general of Rosoboronexport  Alexander Mikheev.

Advances in supercomputing make DARPA confident about CRANE active flow control effort

14 Dec: Advances in supercomputing technology during the past 20 years are one of multiple  reasons that the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is confident that it can succeed in its Control of Revolutionary Aircraft with Novel Effectors (CRANE) active flow  control (AFC) programme. Alexander Walan, CRANE programme manager, told Janes on 4 December that computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes had improved in the past 10 years.  This enables engineers to better leverage computers to verify designs and effects, and spot checks in wind tunnels. Engineers can now use high-powered computing to perform these  tasks in a more economical fashion.

The dark art: Airborne electronic attack becomes ‘the new black’ for mission success

16 Dec: Modern multirole combat aircraft seek to incorporate the gamut of capability and  performance attributes, but each generation has prioritised a particular trait to give it the qualitative edge over its competitors, be it in speed, stealth, manoeuvrability, or something  else. With the advancement over recent years of ground-based air-defence (GBAD) systems and integrated air-defence systems (IADS) among countries and groups that would  traditionally not have fielded such advanced capabilities, the feature of choice for today’s generation of combat aircraft designers is electronic warfare (EW) in general and electronic  attack (EA) in particular.

Shells to quell: Artillery could get a new mission with RF jamming shells

16 Dec: Radio-frequency (RF) jamming shells exploit an elegantly simple principle – they are loaded and fired from a standard artillery system. When the shells impact the ground, they  do not explode but rather will automatically deploy an antenna, activate their batteries, and start transmitting jamming waveforms. Historically, jamming shells have been designed to  perform short-range, short-duration jamming of hostile radios and communications networks in very/ultra-high-frequency (V/UHF) wavebands of 30 MHz to 3 GHz.

Quick on the draw: Close-in gun systems evolve for ship self-defence

17 Dec: The close-in weapon system (CIWS) as a genre of weapons began to proliferate in the  1980s in response to growing anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) threats. In particular, losses incurred by the UK Royal Navy (RN) during the 1982 South Atlantic conflict underscored the  vulnerability of surface ships to sea-skimming missiles arriving with little warning. The problem was that neither conventional naval gunnery nor the point defence missile systems  of the era offered the performance required to defeat such attacks.

Arctic turn: Integrated remote sensing aims to bolster cold climate operations

18 Dec: Small and medium-sized enterprises, led by Boeing’s Phantom Works, have formed a  consortium to design and implement an end-to-end broadband communication and remote sensing capability in the Arctic for government customers seeking to extend influence in the  region. The Integrated Remote Sensing for the Arctic (IRSA) Development Group (IDG) aims to provide broadband communications and enhance the situational awareness and command and control (C2) of armed forces, law enforcement, and search-and-rescue units operating in  and around the Arctic Circle.

 

Global Defence Industry:

China launches technology incentive project

02 Dec: China has launched a project to provide financial incentives and subsidies to local  industry in support of the development of military technologies. The project has been initiated through a new set of guidelines issued in late November by the State Administration  for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) on behalf of the Chinese defence ministry. ‘Detailed rules for the implementation of special incentive subsidies to  promote military technologies’ outlines both technology requirements and guidelines for local companies looking to take part in the project. Incentives available through the project  are valued at CNY8 million (USD1.2 million).

Cobham sells stake in UK joint venture AirTanker

02 Dec: Cobham Group has sold its 13% stake in the AirTanker Ltd joint venture (JV), which  maintains a fleet of Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft for the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF), Janes has learned. Although the other four JV participants – Airbus,  Babcock International, Rolls-Royce, and Thales – were each eligible to buy part of Cobham’s share, only one, Babcock, has so far acknowledged making such a purchase. Babcock said on  25 November that it increased its stake in AirTanker to 15%, up from 13%.

South Korea increases defence budget for 2021

03 Dec: South Korea’s Ministry of National Defence (MND) has announced a 2021 defence  budget of KWR52.84 trillion (USD48 billion). The proposed expenditure amounts to a 5.4% increase over the KRW50.15 trillion allocation in 2020.vThe new defence expenditure follows  a year in which the South Korean economy fell into recession, due to the impact of Covid-19, but also subsequently responded strongly, reporting GDP growth in the most recent quarter.  In a statement on 2 December the MND said that the 2021 defence budget includes KRW35.84 trillion for military operations and expenses, which it said is a 7.1% increase over  2020. Funding for force modernisation, including procurement and research and development (R&D), will receive KRW16.96 trillion in 2021, an increase of 1.9%.

Qatar advances R&D projects with Turkey

21 Dec: Qatar’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has been awarded grants for two projects funded by a joint Qatari/Turkish research and development (R&D) initiative. Announced on 16 December, the HBKU projects will each receive funding from the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)-TÜBİTAK Joint Funding Program to undertake three-year long research projects on smart cities. The first project, "Intelligent Public Safety Platform for Smart Cities,” will receive a grant of USD825,000 for the Qatar-based team of academics and USD592,000 for their partners at the Gebze Technical University and Ozyegin University in Turkey. 

 

US focus:

Lockheed Martin finishes buying i3 hypersonics portfolio

04 Dec: Lockheed Martin has completed its acquisition of the hypersonics portfolio of  software and systems engineering company Integration Innovation Inc (i3), the two US companies disclosed on 25 November. “This acquisition expands Lockheed Martin’s  capabilities to design, develop, and produce integrated hypersonic weapon systems for its customers,” Lockheed Martin said.

SOCOM plans new round of advanced ISR technology experiments

06 Dec: Research and development officials at US Special Operations Command are looking to industry to help the command develop a slew of advanced intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and exploitation technologies, to get those capabilities into the hands of the US armed forces’ most clandestine units. The technologies being sought and ultimately selected by command officials, which run the gamut from Android devices to exfil highly sensitive data from austere combat locations to new single man portable unmanned ground systems (UGS) for ISR missions, will be slated for live demonstrations during SOCOM’s upcoming Technical Experiment 21-2.

Covid-19: US arms sales rise despite pandemic

06 Dec: The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) has had little impact on the ability of the US  defence industry to export its wares, US government officials said on 4 December. While Covid-19 has disrupted supply chains and created uncertainty about defence budgets, the US  government has continued its oversight of arms exports and the US defence companies have continued to provide their equipment and services to foreign customers, said R Clarke  Cooper, US assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs.

US expands list of ‘Communist Chinese military companies’

07 Dec: The US Department of Defense (DoD) has identified four additional Chinese  corporations that it claims have links to China’s military. The companies’ inclusion on the list of ‘Communist Chinese military companies’ means that US investors will be prevented from  buying stock in the firms from January 2021.

DroneShield partners Norwegian firm in pursuit of US military deal

08 Dec: Australian firm DroneShield – a specialist in counter-unmanned aerial systems (CUAS) – has partnered with Norwegian company Squarehead, which develops acoustic array systems, in pursuit of contracts with the US military. DroneShield said on 7 December that  the partnership is focused on integrating Squarehead technologies into its existing C-UAS products and offerings.

US lists Chinese, Russian ‘military end-user’ firms

22 Dec: Some 58 Chinese companies – many of them aerospace firms – feature in a new  ‘military end user’ (MEU) list compiled by the US Department of Commerce (DoC) aimed at preventing the identified enterprises from acquiring sensitive dual-use US technologies. The  DoC said on 21 December that the MEU designation, which will be periodically reviewed and
updated, will require “exporters, re-exporters, and transferors” to obtain licences to sell items to the designated firms. It added that the MEU list, which also includes 45 Russian firms, will  feature in amended Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

 


November 2020

International Co-operation:

Japan, Indonesia move closer to defence-trade deal

05 Nov: Japan and Indonesia have inched closer to signing a defence agreement that will facilitate Japanese military exports to the Southeast Asian country. The move follows Japan’s signing of a similar agreement with Vietnam in late October. Japanese defence minister Nobuo Kishi confirmed in a press conference on 4 November that he has reached an agreement with his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto to expand defence co-operation. Janes understands that this is reference to a proposed bilateral Defence Equipment and Technology Agreement that Tokyo requires to be in place before it can offer military equipment to a potential export customer.

Hanwha selects Kongsberg for Australia’s ‘Huntsman’ project

13 Nov: Hanwha Defense Australia (HDA) has announced a partnership with Kongsberg Defence Australia (KDA) in support of its bid to supply the Australian Army with K9 155 mm self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) and 15 K10 armoured ammunition resupply vehicles (AARVs). HDA said on 13 November that KDA will be responsible for integrating command, control, communications, and computing (C4) capability into the two platforms – to be known in Australia as the ‘Huntsman’ family of vehicles – which are expected to be acquired through the Protected Mobile Fires programme under Project Land 8116 Phase 1. 

US bans investments in firms linked to China’s military

13 Nov: The US government has issued a directive to prohibit US investments into Chinese firms that are deemed to be owned or controlled by China’s military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). An executive order by the White House on 12 November said the move is intended to address China’s ‘civil-military fusion’ strategy to leverage commercial technologies and investments for military gains. The executive order – applicable from January 2021 – bans purchases by US investors of publicly traded securities issued by Chinese companies linked to the PLA or China’s military-industrial complex. It also prohibits US investments in derivatives “designed to provide investment exposure to such securities” owned by such Chinese firms. 

Philippine BrahMos procurement faces funding hurdle

25 Nov: The Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) is progressing its plan to procure the Indian-Russian developed BrahMos supersonic cruise-missile system, although funding for the programme remains a hurdle, the Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has said. In comments to the government-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) on 24 November, Lorenzana confirmed that the acquisition of the missile “is moving forward but the challenge now is funding”. He added that the schedule for the BrahMos procurement would be determined by available funding. 


Country deep-dives:

China enacts new defence export legislation

28 Oct: China has formally enacted legislation to strengthen controls of military exports. The ‘Export Control Law’ was approved recently at the 22nd session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress. The new law, which was released in draft versions in 2017 and 2019, replaces several sets of regulations that had governed China’s international military sales for several decades. The legislation, which will be effective from 1 December 2020, is also seen as a Chinese response to international criticism of its military export policy.

Turkish armed USV development breaks cover

30 Oct: Turkish companies Ares Shipyard and Meteksan Defence have unveiled the country’s first indigenous armed unmanned surface vehicle (USV) development in a joint press conference on 28 October. The ULAQ USV has been under development using private funding from both companies since 2018. The principal design studies and concept definition was completed in 2018 and 2019, respectively, with work on the prototype commencing in June.

China to deepen ‘civil-military fusion’ in 14th Five Year Plan

02 Nov: The Chinese government has outlined a commitment to accelerate military-technology development during the country’s next five-year plan from 2021 to 2025. A communique issued on 29 October by the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee said a key target during the 14th Five Year Plan (FYP) will be to “make major strides in the modernisation of national defence and the armed forces”.

Russia slated to field Sotnik soldier gear in 2025

04 Nov: Russia’s newest Sotnik (Centurion) soldier ensemble is to be developed from 2020-23 and in 2025 is set to begin replacing the Ratnik (Warrior) combat outfit, according to state corporation Rostec’s annual report for 2019, published in late October of this year. Rostec’s Executive Director for Science and Technologies and Chairman of the corporation’s scientific council, Yury Koptev, said the ensemble comprises eight subsystems, including communications devices, protection, weapons, an information system, food, and more. 

New GEOINT fusion analysis tool could play role in ABMS, JADC2 systems

05 Nov: New geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) fusion analysis software, designed to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies in the management of multisourced big data streams, could find a role in a pair of the US armed forces’ premiere multidomain command-and-control initiatives. The new GXP Fusion software developed by BAE Systems is squarely focused on helping GEOINT analysts navigate the ever-increasing stream of raw data gathered by intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) satellites operating at geosynchronous orbit. 

US Army puts disruptive technology prototypes to the test

12 Nov: The US Army has put several promising prototype command and control (C2) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms through a series of intensive field experiments, in the hopes those technologies can be funnelled into the service’s key combat networking initiatives.

Between the seams: New DDU offers potential to burst A2/AD bubbles

17 Nov: In recent years many countries have increased their operational focus on and capability investment in special forces (SF), recognising the strategic value and operational flexibility that SF deliver. Consequently, companies are continuing to invest in new concepts, technologies, and capabilities for SF operations. One example is the VICTA Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) from the UK’s SubSea Craft. Currently, SF use long-range insertion craft (LRIC) for surface-based fast transit and insertion operations at distance. Swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs), often submarine-based, are used for sub-surface insertion. For SubSea, VICTA brings a new concept, providing the combined capability to conduct long-range surface transit at speed before transitioning to DDU mode for sub-surface insertion.

MUM’s the word: The pairing of manned-unmanned platforms gathers pace

18 Nov: As the control systems that operate unmanned platforms advance, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in particular are increasingly being paired with manned vehicles across the air, land, and sea domains. Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) has become a high priority for air forces across the globe due to the numerous advantages of providing a pilot-free component to aerial warfare. 

UK to improve defence capabilities ‘across the board’

19 Nov: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to boost defence spending by GBP16.5 billion (USD21.8 billion) over the next four years and create new entities for artificial intelligence, cyber, and space to prepare the military to counter increasingly sophisticated threats, according to the British government. “The international situation is more perilous and more intensely competitive than at any time since the Cold War, and Britain must be true to our history and stand alongside our allies,” Johnson said in a press release. “To achieve this, we need to upgrade our capabilities across the board.” 

 


October 2020

International Co-operation:

Saudi Arabia calls for increased GCC defence industry collaboration

29 Sep: The leader of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), Ahmad Al Ohali, has issued a call for improved collaboration in the defence industry within the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states. In a keynote address delivered at the Global Aerospace Summit on 28 September, Al Ohali recognised the long-standing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and “the partnership, collaboration, and continuous communication on a range of important fronts.”

Vietnam, UK deepen defence ties

01 Oct: Vietnam and the United Kingdom have agreed to expand ties in areas including defence and maritime security. The agreement was announced on 30 September during talks in Hanoi between Vietnam’s foreign minister Pham Binh Minh and his visiting UK counterpart Dominic Raab. A joint declaration by the two governments said the new agreement is aimed at expanding a ‘strategic partnership’ that was signed by Vietnam and the UK in 2010. This accord established several defence forums and working groups between the two countries.

US progresses additional Taiwan defence sales

13 Oct: The United States government is preparing further defence sales to Taiwan as part of its new policy of dealing with military-capability requests from Taipei on a rolling basis. The new deals follow two other defence-sales announcements by President Donald Trump’s administration earlier this year. Janes understands that sales of three military systems are currently progressing through the US notification process. These include Lockheed Martin M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, Boeing Standoff Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) missiles, and external sensor pods for Taiwan’s Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter aircraft.

Restrictions on Iran lifted

20 Oct: The UN arms embargo on Iran has expired as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement covering Iran’s nuclear programme that was signed in 2015. The agreement set an expiry for the arms embargo of 18 October 2020, five years after the adoption of the agreement. Other controls, such as travel and financial transaction restrictions, have also been automatically lifted as part of the agreement. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted on 18 October that the “normalisation of Iran’s defence cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region.”

Country deep-dives:

Oman undergoing defence review

21 Sep: The UK defence attaché to Oman, Air Commodore Toby Casebury-Craig, said in a presentation to the Anglo-Omani Society on 14 September that the Omani government was undertaking a defence review. The review according to Casebury-Craig, “is probably needed and has been exacerbated by the economic pressures [of low oil prices] and Covid-19”.

Indian MoD urged to review offset implementation

24 Sep: India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has criticised the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) management of defence offsets and called for a review of the policy’s execution. In a report submitted to the Indian parliament on 23 September the CAG said that the objectives of the offset policy – to leverage defence procurement to support defence industrial development – “remain largely unachieved” and that the MoD “needs to review the policy and its implementation”. The MoD has not responded to the criticism.

India lines up public-private partnership for AMCA fighter project

05 Oct: India’s state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has confirmed a plan to develop and build India’s proposed next-generation fighter aircraft – the Advance Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) – through a new joint venture (JV) firm with a private company.

The AMCA programme, which seeks to develop a replacement platform for the Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) SEPECAT Jaguar and Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters, has been in design and early development phases for more than a decade, with the aim to start production at the end of 2020s.

UK defence exports fall 21% in 2019

07 Oct: UK defence export orders totalled GBP11 billion (USD14.2 billion) in 2019, a 21% decrease from the previous year, reflecting volatility in the global defence export market, according to UK Defence & Security Exports (UKDSE), which is part of the Department for International Trade. Despite its decline, the UK accounted for 16% of the global defence export market last year, placing it behind only the US, which had a 47% share, and ahead of Russia’s 11% and France’s 10%, the UKDSE, formerly the Defence & Security Organisation (DSO), wrote in a report released on 6 October.

Pakistan reveals details of defence production restructuring

15 Oct: Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) has revealed more details about its restructuring programme aimed at spurring innovation and efficiencies in defence manufacturing. Senior officials from the MoDP told a hearing of the Pakistan Senate Standing Committee on Defence Production on 13 October that the ministry has established several new divisions and is pressing ahead with plans to upgrade and corporatise some of its defence-industrial assets. Developments recently finalised, said officials, included the establishment of executive offices within two departments – the Defence Export Promotion Organisation (DEPO) and Directorate General Research and Development Establishment (DGRDE) – to “market indigenous technology and develop partnerships [between state-run enterprises] and academia and the private sector”.

China enacts new defence export legislation

28 Oct: China has formally enacted legislation to strengthen controls of military exports. The ‘Export Control Law’ was approved recently at the 22nd session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress. The new law, which was released in draft versions in 2017 and 2019, replaces several sets of regulations that had governed China’s international military sales for several decades. The legislation, which will be effective from 1 December 2020, is also seen as a Chinese response to international criticism of its military export policy.

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