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Ukraine conflict: German Patriots in Poland reach IOC

By Nicholas Fiorenza 06 February 2023
Luftwaffe Patriot air-defence systems deployed close to Zamość on the Polish-Ukrainian border have reached IOC. (Bundeswehr/Lars Koch)    Luftwaffe Patriot air-defence systems deployed to Poland have reached an initial operational capability (IOC), a German Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesperson told   Janes  on 4 February. Three Patriot firing units with around 350 military personnel had been deployed close to Zamość near the Polish-Ukrainian border, the spokesperson added.   The Luftwaffe announced the deployment to Pola...

Upgrade and retention of Tranche 1 Eurofighters ‘technically feasible', BAE Systems tells UK Parliament

By Gareth Jennings 03 February 2023
Currently destined for retirement in 2025, the UK's Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon force could be extended according to BAE Systems. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  There is no technical reason why the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) could not upgrade and retain its fleet of Tranche 1 Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft, BAE Systems told the country's parliamentary Defence Select Committee in January.  In a written response to the committee submitted on 23 January, the lead UK contractor in the Eurofighter consortium said that it would be “technically feasibl...

Indo-Russian venture completes production of AK-203 first batch

By Kapil Kajal 03 February 2023
The AK-203 assault rifle is chambered for 7.62×39 rounds and can use ammunition and magazines that exist within the Indian Army supply chain. The weight of the rifle is 3.8 kg, the length is 690 mm with a folded butt and 930 mm with an extended butt, and the rate of fire is 700 rds/min. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  Indo-Russian Rifles Private Limited (IRRPL) – a joint venture between Russia and India to manufacture AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian Armed Forces – has completed the production of the first batch of rifles in Korwa Ordnance Factory i...

UK Rivet Joint fleet ups tempo for Black Sea ops

By Richard Scott 03 February 2023
The UK's RC-135W Rivet Joint fleet has been operating at almost 200% of the normal tempo. (Crown Copyright)  UK Royal Air Force (RAF) RC-135W Rivet Joint signals intelligence (SIGINT) aircraft have been operating at nearly three times their normal operating tempo to support intelligence-gathering operations in the Black Sea theatre, according to the service's senior operations officer.  Delivering the annual Sir Sydney Camm Lecture at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London on 1 February, Air Marshal Harvey Smyth, deputy commander (operation...

South Korean army showcases future fighting force

By Kapil Kajal 02 February 2023
The RoK Army has created an Army Tiger Demonstration Brigade to test manned-unmanned operations that leverage technologies including AI and unmanned systems such as this 6×6 unmanned surveillance vehicle developed by Hanwha Defense. (Hanwha Defense)  The Republic of Korea (RoK) Army has showcased a new combat unit known as the Army Tiger Demonstration Brigade (ATDB) in a training exercise with the United States.  The exercise was held in Paju city, near the North Korean border. The US Army's quick reaction unit known as Stryker Brigade Combat...

India test-flies Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle

By Kapil Kajal 02 February 2023
The HSTDV, seen here from a test in September 2020, uses an Agni-1 short-range ballistic missile as the solid rocket booster to place the vehicle into the altitude needed to ensure the operation of the scramjet. (DRDO)  India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has conducted a flight test of the Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV).    A DRDO official confirmed with   Janes  that the test was conducted from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the northeastern coast of Odisha. However, the DRDO...

German Army receives Ziesel unmanned ground vehicles for testing

By Alexander Stronell 01 February 2023
Ziesel light UGV pictured at the Lehnin training ground near Berlin, in December 2022. (Janes/Alexander Stronell)  The German Army has procured two prototype Ziesel light unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) for testing and evaluation, Janes has learnt.  The German Army received the two systems in December 2022, and will conduct the testing for an undetermined period, according to spokespeople for the German Army and the system's manufacturer, Diehl Defence GmbH.  The Ziesel is a tracked UGV designed for close infantry support in roles including l...

US Space Force seeks battle-ready microchip prototypes

By Carlo Munoz 01 February 2023
The USAF's 45th Space Wing launches an advanced extremely high frequency satellite onboard an Atlas V launch vehicle, which is part of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle programme. (US Air Force)  Engineers at the US Department of Defense (DoD) and US Space Force (USSF) are looking to develop a new generation of microchips that can withstand the harsh radiation exposure associated with deep-space operations, while also employing cutting-edge micro-electronics (ME) technologies from the military and commercial sectors.  The Advanced Next Ge...

New sea trials planned for Northrop Grumman EA prototype

By Carlo Munoz 31 January 2023
An artist's rendering of the SEWIP Block 3 EA subsystem installed on a DDG-51 destroyer. (Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman is preparing to conduct a new round of sea trials of its prototype electronic attack (EA) system for the US Navy, building upon the lessons learned from the system's last live demonstration carried out during the sea service's Rim of the Pacific' (RIMPAC) exercises in the summer of 2022.  As part of thatramp up to the new sea trials, tentatively scheduled for the end of 2023, company officials are preparing to conduct...

Northrop Grumman integrating M-Code into precision artillery

By Carlo Munoz 30 January 2023
Several US Army conventional 155 mm artillery projectiles outfitted with Northrop Grumman's Precision Guidance Kit. (US Army/Northrop Grumman)  US defence company Northrop Grumman will begin integrating Military Code (M-Code) global positioning system (GPS) capability into the company's precision guidance systems for medium- and long-range artillery systems.  CAES, a Northern Virginia-based company specialising in advanced radio frequency (RF) technologies, will carry out the M-Code GPS integration work into Northrop Grumman's Precision Guid...

RAF grounds Hawk T2 training jets following engine problem

By Gareth Jennings 27 January 2023
All 28 of the RAF's Hawk T2 jet trainer aircraft have been grounded while the MoD investigates an engine issue. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has grounded its fleet of BAE Systems Hawk T2 training aircraft following a runway engine incident at the type's homebase in North Wales.    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed the temporary flight suspension to   Janes   on 26 January, saying the precautionary measure had been put in place pending the result of an investigation into a ground-based engine issue...

Lockheed Martin rolls out first KC-130J for Germany

By Gareth Jennings 27 January 2023
The first KC-130J Hercules tanker-transport aircraft for Germany was rolled out of Lockheed Martin's Marietta production facility in Georgia on 26 January. (Lockheed Martin)  The first Lockheed Martin KC-130J tanker-transport aircraft for Germany was rolled out of the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia on 26 January.  The Luftwaffe has to date received two ‘stretched' C-130J-30 airlifters that it operates with the French Air and Space Force (Armee de l'Air et de l'Espace: AAE) as part of the joint C-130 air-transport squadron....

Ukraine conflict: Analysis – Momentum builds for Western fighter transfers to Kyiv

By Gareth Jennings 26 January 2023
An increased willingness from the West to supply Ukraine with advanced modern weaponry could now see the much-anticipated transfer of combat aircraft such as the F-16. (US Air Force)  Momentum is building for a long-awaiting transfer of Western combat aircraft to Kyiv, with at least one NATO country stating publicly it stands ready to respond to Ukrainian requests.  With the seemingly intractable issue of the transfer of main battle tanks having been resolved with the announcement by the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on 25 January that he wil...

Japan, Sweden sign deal for possible GCAP co-operation

By Jon Grevatt 26 January 2023
An artist's impression of the Global Combat Air Programme aircraft formed as a result of a merger of the UK-Italian Tempest and Japanese F-X projects. (Crown Copyright)  Japan and Sweden have signed an agreement that could enable the Scandinavian country to play a role in the new Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP).  The two countries signed the ‘Agreement on the Transfer of Defense Equipment and Technology' in late December 2022, about two weeks after GCAP partners – Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom – announced the joint fighter aircraft...

Ethiopia displays new SH15 howitzers

By Mayank Parasar & Jeremy Binnie 25 January 2023
SH15 self-propelled howitzers lined up at Harar Meda Air Base. (Ethiopian Press Agency)  Ethiopia has acquired Chinese-built 155 mm SH15 wheeled self-propelled howitzers (SPH), it was revealed on 21 January.  The SH15s were seen in footage that was released as part of the coverage of a visit by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Awash Arba Combat Technical School, but the SPHs were filmed at Harar Meda Air Base in Bishoftu, south of Addis Ababa.  The SPHs were lined up in four columns of eight vehicles, indicating 32 have been delivered, although n...

F-16 Block 70 makes maiden flight, first aircraft destined for Bahrain

By Gareth Jennings 25 January 2023
The first F-16 Block 70 shortly after departing on its maiden flight on 24 January. As well as being a first for the wider programme, it also marked an important milestone for Bahrain, which is due to receive this particular aircraft in the coming months. (Lockheed Martin)  The first Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 70 Fighting Falcon made its maiden flight on 24 January, ahead of its delivery to Bahrain.  The twin-seat F-16D conducted its first test flight out of Lockheed Martin's new Greenville facility in South Carolina, with the manufacturer sa...

Ukraine conflict: US weighing ‘multiple options' for delivering first tank battalion

By Meredith Roaten 25 January 2023
The US will send 31 Abrams M1 main battle tanks (MBT) to aid Ukrainian forces. (US Army)  The US will send 31 M1 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) to Ukraine in the coming months, but the Pentagon is still weighing how the equipment will get there, the US Army's top acquisition official said.  Hours after Germany announced it would send Leopard 2s to the battlefield, US President Joe Biden's administration said it would send enough of its primary tank to make up one Ukrainian tank battalion as part of a USD400 million security assistance packag...

US, Turkey continue talks to settle F-35 dispute

By Gareth Jennings 24 January 2023
The first of six F-35As that Turkey officially received before being expelled from the programme in 2019. Washington and Ankara are now holding talks to settle outstanding legal issues. (Lockheed Martin)  The United States and Turkey held a second round of talks geared at settling outstanding issues related to Ankara's expulsion from the international Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme.  The US Department of Defense (DoD) announced the continuation of talks on 23 January, saying that talks had taken place i...

Indonesia considering acquisition of AASM-Hammer for Rafale

By Akhil Kadidal 24 January 2023
France's Safran Group has offered the AASM-Hammer smart bomb to Indonesia for integration in the Dassault Rafale, KAI T-50I, and potentially the KAI KF-21 jet. (Safran)  The Indonesian government is in talks with France's Safran Group for the potential acquisition and domestic assembly of Armement Air‐Sol Modulaire (AASM) Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range (Hammer) smart guided bombs.  The Indonesian Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Directorate General of Defense Potential said that it had discussed Safran Group's offer of the air-to-s...

Pentagon DOT&E report notes carrier Ford milestones and need for further testing

By Michael Fabey 23 January 2023
A Pentagon report cites issues with major systems on the carrier USS   Gerald R Ford  , including the ship's launch equipment and jet blast deflectors.  (Michael Fabey)  The US Navy (USN) aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) has reached important milestones in fiscal year (FY) 2022, but still needs to undergo further testing to prove out critical systems and equipment, according to the Pentagon Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E).  “In FY [20]22, USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) completed its first...
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