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Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.

“We have identified Broughton in Wales as the best industrial location for production. This is a first for helicopters to benefit from the wider production knowledge of the wider Airbus family,” James said, adding that this final assembly line would maximise the company's extensive UK supply chain. “However, the ‘jewel in the crown' is not NMH but NGRC, [and] if the UK wants a helicopter industry then it needs to invest now in Airbus infrastructure to NMH and to secure NGRC participation.”

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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/airbus-earmarks-wales-for-nmh-build-eyes-jewel-in-the-crown-of-ngrc-production/

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offeri...

Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/airbus-earmarks-wales-for-nmh-build-eyes-jewel-in-the-crown-of-ngrc-production/

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offeri...

Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/airbus-earmarks-wales-for-nmh-build-eyes-jewel-in-the-crown-of-ngrc-production/

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offeri...

Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/airbus-earmarks-wales-for-nmh-build-eyes-jewel-in-the-crown-of-ngrc-production/

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offeri...

Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/airbus-earmarks-wales-for-nmh-build-eyes-jewel-in-the-crown-of-ngrc-production/

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offeri...

Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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https://www.janes.com/defence-news/airbus-earmarks-wales-for-nmh-build-eyes-jewel-in-the-crown-of-ngrc-production/

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offeri...

Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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Airbus earmarks Wales for NMH build, eyes ‘jewel in the crown' of NGRC production

by Gareth Jennings

Airbus is pitching a military version of the civil H175 (pictured) to the UK for the country's New Medium Helicopter requirement. If successful, the company would establish an assembly line at Broughton in Wales. (Airbus)

Airbus has chosen Broughton in Wales as the site for building its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) offering to the United Kingdom, describing its selection as a bridge to the “jewel in the crown” of the future NATO Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC).

Speaking to reporters in London on 10 September, managing director of Airbus Helicopters UK, Colin James, said the Broughton site that manufactures wings for all Airbus commercial aircraft has been identified as the preferred location for production of the H175M platform. The company is bidding this type for the NMH competition to replace the Royal Air Force's fleet of Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2s helicopters (for which Airbus is now the prime contractor), and three other types.

In identifying Wales as a location for helicopter production, James said that the UK needs to maintain Airbus Helicopters' industrial capabilities to stand the best chance of securing the most work on the potentially much more lucrative NGRC programme.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.

The state-run media outlet reported that the weapons were launched as part of a launch drill carried out by a “railway-borne missile regiment” that was set up earlier this year to bolster the country's capability to “deal simultaneous blows to threat-posing forces” in case of a conflict.

The aim of the drill was to “confirm the practicality” of the railway-based launch system, which was tested for the first time, as well as to assess the combat readiness and performance of the new regiment, noted the KCNA, adding that the exercise saw the SRBMs “accurately strike” their intended target area some 800 km away in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan). The move marked the northeast Asian country's first ballistic missile launches in about six months.


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DSEI 2021: Royal Navy sets out its course to ‘podularisation'

by Richard Scott

The UK Royal Navy (RN) is pressing ahead with plans to develop and demonstrate a suite of modular and interchangeable mission containers that are designed to support the rapid deployment of role-based capability around the fleet.

Prototypes of Navy Persistent Operational Deployment System (NavyPODS) are planned to enter test and evaluation in early 2022. The RN foresees deployment of production-standard modules across a range of current and future platforms.

Being led by the navy's Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) organisation, the NavyPODS concept envisages the development of a range of platform-agnostic deployable mission modules, based on ISO-equivalent containers, involving any one of a number of mission payload facilities. Speaking at DSEI 2021 on 15 September, Vice Admiral Nick Hine, Second Sea Lord, said that rather than choosing to design modularity into platforms, the RN was looking to design it out. “Our concept is to simplify the ship [making it] utilitarian, adaptable, common, cheaper,” he said. “Capability will be defined by the modules you add to or remove from that ship based on the operational demand at that time.”


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RoCAF aircraft conduct first emergency landing drill on highway

by Alessandra Giovanzanti

RoCAF F-CK-1 Ching Kuo, F-16V, and Mirage 2000-5 fighter aircraft along with an E-2K aircraft during emergency take-off and landing drills that were conducted from a provincial highway in Taiwan on 15 September during this year's ‘Han Kuang' military exercises. (Military News Agency )

Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) aircraft have taken part in a take-off and landing exercise in which they used highways as emergency airstrips for the first time.

The drill, which was aimed at testing the ability of RoCAF pilots to operate from narrow and shorter runways, was held on 15 September as part of Taiwan's annual ‘Han Kuang' military drills.

The manoeuvres involved four different aircraft: an Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation F-CK-1 Ching Kuo multirole Indigenous Defence Fighter, a recently upgraded Lockheed Martin F-16V combat aircraft, a Dassault Mirage 2000-5 fighter, and a Northrop Grumman E-2K airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) platform.


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