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USAF migrates air tasking software into cloud

By Carlo Munoz 24 June 2022
A US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus tanker conducts air-to-air refuelling with a US Air Force F-16 over the Canadian Arctic in March 2021. Service leaders migrated the MAFPS system for air mobility operations into the cloud. (North American Aerospace Defense)  The US Air Force (USAF) and BAE Systems have successfully migrated the air service's premier planning and tasking software for mobility operations into a cloud computing environment, marking one of the first mission-critical air force programmes to be transitioned into the cloud.    The...

ILA 2022: German Navy recommits to MAWS for long-term airborne maritime patrol requirement, interim P-8A programme on track

By Gareth Jennings 24 June 2022
A model of the P-8A Poseidon in German markings displayed at ILA 2022. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The chief of the German Navy's aviation component has reiterated his commitment to the Maritime Airborne Warfare System (MAWS) that is earmarked to be the long-term airborne maritime patrol solution following confirmation that the service is on course to receive the first of five interim Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft in 2024.  Speaking at the ILA Airshow on 23 June, Kommandeur Marineflieger, Sea Captain Thorsten Bobzin, said h...

ILA 2022: Spain signs for Halcon Eurofighters

By Gareth Jennings 23 June 2022
A Spanish Air Force Eurofighter was displayed at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, where it was announced that the country has signed for 20 new aircraft under Project Halcon. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Spain has signed for 20 new Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft under Project Halcon (Falcon), the manufacturer said on 23 June.  Announced at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, the EUR2.04 billion (USD2.15 billion) deal signed between Airbus and the NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) will cover 16 single-seat and four twin-seat jets, wit...

ILA 2022: Luftwaffe formally receives A321neoLR jet into service

By Gareth Jennings 23 June 2022
The Luftwaffe formally received its first A321 liaison aircraft at ILA 2022. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The Luftwaffe formally received into service its first Airbus A321neoLR passenger aircraft during a ceremony at the ILA Air Show on 23 June.  The event, which was attended by senior officials from the German Ministry of Defence (BMVg), the Luftwaffe, Airbus, and Lufthansa Technik, saw the handover of the first of two aircraft to be used for medium- to long-haul liaison and aero-medical evacuation (medevac) duties.  Previously designated A321-...

ILA 2022: Lockheed Martin progresses German Hercules programme

By Gareth Jennings 23 June 2022
With the first of six new Hercules aircraft for Germany displayed at ILA 2022 (pictured), the second is to arrive in the coming days. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Lockheed Martin is progressing Germany's KC/C-130J Hercules programme, with the arrival of the second aircraft into Évreux-Fauville Air Base in northern France, in the coming days.  Speaking at the ILA Berlin Air Show on 22 June, Tony Frese, Lockheed Martin's vice-president, Air Mobility and Maritime Missions, said that aircraft 55+02 will arrive at the home of the joint Franco-German C...

US approves sale of advanced anti-radiation missiles to Australia

By Akhil Kadidal 22 June 2022
The AGM-88E AARGM on a Royal Australian Air Forces's EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft (Northrop Grumman)    The US Department of State has approved a possible sale of AGM-88E2 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles    (AARGMs) to Australia for an estimated cost of USD94 million.   In its 21 June notification to the US Congress of the possible sale, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said that the deal covers up to 15 AARGM control sections and missile guidance sections, up to 15 High-Speed Anti-Radiat...

US rolls back more permissive 2020 anti-personnel landmine policy, again limits use to Korean Peninsula

By Ashley Roque 22 June 2022
Shown here is a US Army Standoff Activated Volcano Obstacle mock-up during Saber Junction 2017 in Germany. On 21 June 2022 the US announced it would revert back to an Obama-era policy restricting the use of anti-personnel landmines to the Korean Peninsula. (US Army)  Washington is reverting to an Obama administration era policy that restricts the use of anti-personnel landmines to the Korean Peninsula.  “At the president's direction, the United States will align its policy concerning use of these weapons outside of the Korean Peninsula with k...

ILA 2022: Luftwaffe retires final A310 tanker-transport aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
The Luftwaffe retired the last of its A310 MRTT aircraft the week prior to the ILA Berlin Air Show. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The Luftwaffe has retired its Airbus A310 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, with the final example being withdrawn from service ahead of ILA Berlin Air Show.  The Bundeswehr announced the milestone on 15 June, noting that aircraft 10+25 ‘Hermann Kohl' has ceased operations after nearly 35 years.  “The air force recently had five Airbus [A]310-304 aircraft at its disposal, four of which were designated as MRTT,...

ILA 2022: NHI moves to increase NH90 availability

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
The German military is a major operator of the NH90 (seen at ILA 2022), and having suffered poor availability rates in the past, it is looking to increase the type's flying hours through improved support from the manufacturer. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  NHIndustries (NHI) and its Airbus Helicopters primary stakeholder have introduced a series of measures designed to increase the availability of the NH90 rotorcraft, at the same time as speeding up the various retrofit programmes for its customers.    Speaking to   Janes   and othe...

Update: Japan and Australia intend to bolster defence co-operation

By Oishee Majumdar 21 June 2022
Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles and his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi pose for a photo before their Japan-Australia bilateral defence meeting at the Japanese Ministry of Defense in Tokyo on June 15, 2022. (Kyodo News via Getty Images)  Japan and Australia are planning to expand bilateral defence co-operation to be better equipped to respond to the common security challenges in the Asia-Pacific, the defence ministers of the two countries – Nobuo Kishi and Richard Marles – said in a joint statement on 15 June.  According to the j...

ILA 2022: Aviation the big winner from German defence spending spree

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
With Germany set to massively increase its defence spending, aviation projects, such as replacing the Luftwaffe's Tornado aircraft with the F-35 (both seen here at ILA 2022) and additional Eurofighters, are the big winners. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Combat aviation across all three of the German armed forces is set to receive the biggest share of a dramatically increased national defence budget.  Announced earlier in 2022 in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the EUR100 billion (USD107 billion) Söndervermögen (special fund) uplift will...

ILA 2022: Germany weighs attack helo options

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
The AH-64E Apache is an option being considered by Germany, as the country weighs its future attack helicopter requirements. (Boeing)  Germany continues to weigh its future attack helicopter requirements, with a decision expected on whether to proceed with the incumbent Airbus Tiger or to procure the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian instead.  As one of the two original partner countries in the Tiger effort, Germany had been expected to join partner France and export customer Spain in the Mk III upgrade (also known as Standard 3) designed to take...

ILA 2022: German decision on current Tiger Mk III contract needed ‘by end of summer'

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
A German Army Tiger attack helicopter seen at ILA 2022 in Berlin. The country‘s Ministry of Defence has until ‘the end of the summer‘ to decide on its participation in the Mk III upgrade if it is to join the project under the current agreed terms. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Germany has until the end of the third quarter (Q3) of 2022 to join the Tiger Mk III attack helicopter upgrade programme under the current contract conditions, Airbus said ahead of the ILA Berlin Air Show running from 22 to 26 June.    Speaking to   Janes  an...

ILA 2022: German Navy receives first ‘Step 2' Sea Lion helicopter

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
The German Navy is to receive 18 Sea Lions in all, with the first of the upgraded ‘Step 2'-standard helicopters having recently been delivered. (Rohde-Schwarz)  The German Navy has received into service the first Sea Lion variant of the NHIndustries NH90 helicopter to be upgraded to the latest Step 2 standard, the chief of the service's aviation wing announced ahead of the ILA Berlin Air Show.  Kommandeur Marineflieger Sea Captain Thorsten Bobzin, said on 15 June that the 13th of 18 Sea Lion helicopters currently under contract was the first...

ILA 2022: Eurofighter presses Berlin for Tranche 5 buy

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
With the Luftwaffe showcasing its Eurofighter at ILA 2022, Airbus will be using the event to press the German government to commit to a Tranche 5 buy as part of its wider Tornado replacement plan. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Eurofighter has pressed the German government to commit to its previously announced plan to buy Eurofighter Tranche 5 combat aircraft.  With stakeholder Airbus having earlier raised the issue of an outstanding Eurofighter buy in the immediate aftermath of Berlin‘s Tornado replacement announcement in March, Eurofighter chief...

ILA 2022: Germany seeks increased helicopter interoperability with Netherlands

By Gareth Jennings 21 June 2022
A German Army H145 on static display at ILA 2022. With both Germany and the Netherlands looking for a new training helicopter, the H145 is a likely candidate. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  The recent integration of the Netherlands into the German Division Schnelle Kräfte (DSK) Rapid Forces Division is driving a desire to maximise the commonality and interoperability of equipment, especially helicopters.  Speaking ahead of the ILA Berlin Air Show under the Chatham House Rule, a senior official noted this bilateral ambition, saying that the ideal en...

Eurosatory 2022: Brasa unveils armed variant of Natrix UGV

By Alexander Stronell 20 June 2022
Natrix UGV equipped with FN Herstal deFNder Light remote weapon station at Eurosatory 2022. (Alexander Stronell/Janes)  Latvia‘s Brasa Defence Systems unveiled a combat configuration of its Natrix unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) at Eurosatory 2022 in Paris.    The Natrix was exhibited armed with an FN Herstal deFNder Light remote weapon station. Speaking to   Janes  , Brasa representatives said that the system is expected to undergo live-fire testing by the end of the year, and computer simulations have also been conducted....

Eurosatory 2022: R&S unveils new radio monitoring software

By Olivia Savage 20 June 2022
Rohde & Schwarz demonstrates a new prototype task-orientated software for radio monitoring at Eurosatory 2022. (Olivia Savage)  Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has unveiled a new radio monitoring software at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.    The software ‘Ceptor' controls radio monitoring systems, and has an intuitive structured user-interface that guides the user through typical work procedures, Luc Dondainas, domain expert in communications Intelligence (COMINT) and manportable communications electronic support measures (C-ESM) at...

Eurosatory 2022: Saab unveils Barracuda Soldier System

By Andrew White 17 June 2022
Saab Barracuda Soldier System. (Andrew White)  Saab unveiled the latest member of its Barracuda camouflage system at the Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.    Designed to protect dismounted personnel from detection by thermal imaging sensors, the Barracuda Soldier System is a lightweight and square-shaped net that can be used in different ways depending upon mission requirements, Saab director Christer Andersson told   Janes  .   The design of the system follows the proliferation of “airborne thermal sensors” acro...

Japan and Australia intend to bolster defence co-operation

By Oishee Majumdar 17 June 2022
Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles and his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi pose for a photo before their Japan-Australia bilateral defence meeting at the Japanese Ministry of Defense in Tokyo on June 15, 2022. (Kyodo News via Getty Images)  Japan and Australia are planning to expand bilateral defence co-operation to be better equipped to respond to the common security challenges in the Asia-Pacific, the defence ministers of the two countries – Nobuo Kishi and Richard Marles – said in a joint statement on 15 June.  According to the j...
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