Indra to install satcom terminals for Norwegian military

by Olivia Savage

Indra to implement satcom antennas (pictured) to enable the Norwegian military to access the WGS constellation directly. (Indra)

Indra was awarded a contract by the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency to install satellite communication (satcom) ground segments as part of the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) satellite constellation.

Indra plans to implement X- and Ka-band nodes (antennas), “which will act as a gateway between user terminals at various locations for the WGS constellation”, the company announced on 6 October.

These WGS-certified antennas will utilise the constellation to provide satcom services, the announcement added.

According to information disclosed by the company to Janes, the terminals will enable the Norwegian military to access the WGS constellation directly and facilitate the “sharing of satellite communication between military users”.

The company added that “these terminals are to be used by the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, nevertheless, as they are WGS-certified, other end-users in the WGS constellation can acquire these terminals from Indra”.

They were unable to detail the value and delivery timeframes of the contract.

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Brunei to acquire C295 transport aircraft

by Akhil Kadidal

Brunei's order of C295s will allow it to significantly enhance not just its logistical capabilities but also its paradrop abilities and maritime surveillance. (Airbus)

Brunei has signed a contract to acquire Airbus C295MW tactical transport aircraft for the Royal Brunei Air Force (RBAirF).

The Brunei Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) said the contract was signed with Airbus Defence and Space SAU, Spain on 2 December. Janes has learnt that the contract covers three aircraft.

The MINDEF said that the C295 will replace the single Airbus CN235-110M operational with the RBAirF. According to MINDEF, the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) has operated the CN235 since 1997.

“The aircraft are expected to be delivered to the [RBAirF] in two batches,” MINDEF said.

Airbus deferred Janes questions to the Brunei MINDEF. Janes assesses that the value of the contract is between USD103 million and USD120 million. This is based on data from Janes aircraft price analysis tool. The tool states that the unit price of the C295MW is USD34.41 million.

Acquisition of the C295s represents a major capability enhancement for the RBAirF. According to

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Update: USAF reveals B-21 Raider stealth bomber following years of secret development

by Zach Rosenberg

The B-21 Raider was unveiled to the public during a 2 December 2022 ceremony in Palmdale, California. (US Space Force Public Affairs)

The US Air Force (USAF) unveiled the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider stealth bomber on 2 December at the company's factory at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, where the aircraft was built. At least five B-21s (not including the completed example unveiled) are in various stages of production.

“If you want to talk about integrated deterrence in action, well, just look at this aircraft,” said Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin II, introducing the aircraft. “The B-21 looks imposing, but what's under the frame and space-age coatings is even more impressive.” Austin went on to praise the B-21's range, stealth, maintainability, and adaptability – but nearly all specifications were withheld and only the aircraft's front was displayed, presumably to hide the engine outlets from public view.

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Ukraine conflict: Russian bomber base hit in airstrike

by Gareth Jennings

A file photo of a Tu-95 bomber. It was reported that two such aircraft were damaged in an attack on Engels-2 airbase in the early hours of 5 December. (UAC)

A Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) airbase that houses strategic bombers was seemingly attacked on 5 December.

Engels-2 airbase, about 400 km east of Ukraine and 700 km southeast of Moscow, was apparently struck by at least one air-launched munition in the early hours of 5 December, footage from a nearby CCTV appears to confirm. The base hosts a squadron of Tupolev Tu-95 ‘Bear' and Tu-160 ‘Blackjack' bombers.

As seen in the footage, a jet-powered missile or unmanned aircraft passed low overhead a housing complex, a few km from the base before impacting the base with a large explosion a few seconds later. Given the 29 seconds from the sound of the munition overhead the CCTV camera to the impact approximately 6 km away, the projectile was travelling at about 750 km/h.

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