Indian Air Force's Mirage 2000H upgrade programme delayed

by Rahul Bedi

The programme to upgrade 51 Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000H multirole fighters to 2000-5 standard is delayed by nearly three years, Janes has learned.

Industry sources told Janes on 11 October that only about 25 of these platforms have so far been upgraded to the Mirage 2000-5 standard under a INR175.47 billion (USD2.33 billion) deal agreed in 2011 between India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Dassault Aviation, Thales, and MBDA.


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Seoul’s ADEX escapes the worst of Covid-19 cancellations

by Gareth Jennings

As the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition 2021 is staged at Seoul Airport on the outskirts of the South Korean capital from 19 to 21 October, Gareth Jennings explores the expected developments at the show…

ADEX, as the event is popularly known, is rapidly becoming one of Asia-Pacific's most influential and prestigious aviation, aerospace and defence events, along with Aero India, Avalon in Australia, the Singapore Air Show, and the China Air Show in Zhuhai in China.

For organisers, the biennial show has been fortunate to escape the worst of the Covid-19 cancellations and postponements that have blighted other similar events over the last couple of years, with the previous ADEX in 2019 having been staged just ahead of the global shutdown, and this latest iteration coming just on the back of it. There will, however, be a reduced international participation at this year’s event as global travel restrictions remain place.

 

With Covid-19 having also taken the gloss off previously announced defence budget increases (in 2021, nearly USD500 million was shaved off defence expenditure for the year to help pay for the pandemic), South Korea in general and the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) in particular will be keen to once again being showing their wares to the world at this 14th running of ADEX.

Although the RoKAF has increasingly taken on an expeditionary role in recent years, it remains the threat from North Korea that drives the service's procurement and modernisation plans (for instance). To this end, the RoKAF's acquisition planning is focused primarily on strengthening its air combat capabilities with the latest precision strike and air defence assets, and ADEX will bring the latest news on a planned follow-on buy of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), as well as latest developments on the KF-21 Boramae (previously known as KF-X) programme in particular. 

With a keen focus on military affairs, Janes interconnected intelligence spans across the globe. For those with a particular eye for South Korean aviation, please see below for our latest analysis of the country’s developments….

  • ADEX 2021: KF-21 Boramae to take centre-stage (read more)
  • ADEX 2021: Uncrewed aircraft to feature strongly in Seoul (read more)
  • ADEX 2021: Persistent threat from North Korea drives RoKAF modernisation (read more)
  • South Korea to buy 1,000 more UAVs by 2027 (read more)
  • South Korea advances space force plans (read more)
  • South Korean military to deploy VTOL UAVs for coastal surveillance and reconnaissance (read more)
  • South Korea testing several new missiles amid tensions with Pyongyang (read more)
  • South Korea to start trial operations of ‘grenade-launching' and ‘small modular' UAVs in 2022 (read more)
  • KAI to support Boeing in upgrading RoKAF's E-737 AEW&C aircraft (read more)    
  • Korean Air begins research on RoKAF-commissioned project to launch space rockets using commercial aircraft (read more)
  • Korean Air to bid for second Baekdu ISR project (read more)

ADEX 2021: Uncrewed aircraft to feature strongly in Seoul

by Gareth Jennings

Since being displayed at ADEX 2019, theKUS-VHhas been waiting on a RoKA decision as to whether the unmannedMD 500will be rolled out operationally. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

South Korean defence contractors are expected to put unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the forefront of their exhibits at this year's Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX), taking place from 19 to 24 October.


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AUSA 2021: AeroVironment touts maintenance ease of Jump 20 UAV

by Pat Host

The AeroVironment Arcturus Jump 20 vertical take-off and landing UAV on display at the Association of the United States Army's annual convention in Washington, DC, on 11 October 2021. (Janes/Pat Host)

AeroVironment is promoting the maintainability of its Arcturus Jump 20 Group 3 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that the company had on display at the Association of the United States Army's (AUSA's) annual convention for the first time.

Tracy Stapleton, AeroVironment business development director, told Janes


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