Hungary to upgrade Gripens

by Gareth Jennings

Hungary is to bring its Gripen C/Ds up to the latest MS 20 Block 2 standard, under a deal announced on 12 January. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Hungary is to upgrade its Saab Gripen C/D combat aircraft to the latest MS20 Block 2 standard, the original equipment manufacturer announced on 12 January.

The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration has concluded negotiations with the Hungarian Government Commissioner Office for the upgrade, which will include a raft of enhancements to the Hungarian Air Force's fleet of 12 Gripen C and one Gripen D aircraft.

“The MS20 Block 2 upgrade brings a number of improvements,” Saab said. “It greatly increases both Gripen's combat and communication capabilities, as well as access to a wide range of weapons that can be integrated on Hungarian Air Force Gripen fighters.”


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KAI advancing Heli-launched MUM-T project

by Akhil Kadidal

New concept imagery of KAI's MUM-T project shows the company's Light Attack Helicopter (LAH) teamed with at least three Air Launched Effects (ALE). The company has conceptualised this UAV as both a reconnaissance platform and a loitering munition. (Korean Aerospace Industries)

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has signed an agreement with a research body to bolster the development of its manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system for combat helicopters.

On November 29, KAI announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT)to develop technologies for the programme.

According to KAI, this includes the development of “manned and unmanned autonomous co-operation and decision support system technology for small armed helicopter manned and unmanned complex systems”.

The major components of the agreement include the development of a mission performance system for small combat helicopters to enable MUM-T.

KAI and KRIT will also seek to develop a “real-time composite battlefield information situation awareness technology. The two entities will also work to implement manned and unmanned combined operation decision support technology,” the company added.

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Russia-China moving towards closer bomber co-operation

by Akhil Kadidal

The joint Russia-China bomber flight conducted on 30 November is the fifth such event in the last three years. It prompted a major show of force from countries in the region. The US Air Force scrambled at least two Lockheed Martin F-22s to intercept the bomber force. (US Air Force)

In an unprecedented boost to interoperability, long-range Chinese and Russian bombers landed in each other's airbases for the first time, as part of a joint air patrol.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD), the drills began on the morning of 30 November. Two Chinese H-6K bombers were observed as they flew over the East China Sea.

“After passing through the Tsushima Strait, [the Chinese aircraft] advanced into the Sea of Japan [East Sea]. It was confirmed that it flew north towards the continent,” the MoD said in a statement.


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Israeli Sa'ar 6 corvette tests Barak LRAD air defence missile

by Yaakov Lappin

The Sa'ar 6 corvette INS Magen launches a Barak LRAD during the test. (Israeli Ministry of Defense)

The Israeli Navy and Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) conducted the first live-fire trial of the LRAD variant of the Barak surface-to-air missile from one of the new Sa'ar 6 corvettes, the MoD announced on 30 November.

The MoD referred to the overarching naval air-defence system as Barak Magen, which was confusing as the test was conducted by INS Magen , the first of the four Sa'ar 6s.

“The Barak Magen system includes an advanced radar for detecting threats, a weapons system, and a long-range interceptor made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),” the MoD said. “During the trial, which forms a first proof of capability of its type from the sea, the Barak Magen system successfully completed a process of detection and interception in a challenging scenario, against a target that simulated an advanced cruise missile,” the MoD said.


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