The White House’s proposed budget for the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) continues a slow downward trend for the agency, with USD8.917 billion requested in fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022).
MDA had budgeted for USD9.187 billion in FY 2021, USD9.431 billion in FY 2020, and USD10.491 billion in FY 2019.
The FY 2022 request, which is likely to be somewhat altered by lawmakers who must then pass it in both congressional chambers before the president enacts it, includes USD1.733 billion for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system that is designed to defend against limited long-range attacks from states such as North Korea. It has also requested USD926.1 million to begin a Next Generation Interceptor (NGI) to augment the system’s older strategic interceptors.
An SM-3 Block IIA is launched on 16 November 2020, marking the first time the interceptor was used against a representative ICBM threat. (MDA)
South Korea launches first domestically developed space launch vehicle
22 October 2021
by Alessandra Giovanzanti & Gabriel Dominguez
South Korea launched its first-ever domestically developed space launch vehicle on 22 September, but the rocket failed to place a dummy satellite into orbit.
Called the ‘Nuri' or Korea Space Launch Vehicle II (KSLV-II), the three-stage rocket lifted off from Naro Space Center in South Jeolla Province's Goheung County at 1700 h local time in an event that was also attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The president referred to the development as an “excellent accomplishment for a first launch”, despite the mixed results. “It's not long before we'll be able to launch it exactly into the target trajectory,” said Moon in a speech broadcast on national TV, adding that “the ‘Korea Space Age' is approaching”.
Minister of Science and Technology Lim Hey-sook stated that, while the launch was somewhat disappointing, it is significant as it was “the first test of a launch vehicle independently developed in [South] Korea”. It was meaningful to confirm that “all major launch steps were carried out and [that the country] has secured this core technology”, he added.
Babcock finishes selling Frazer-Nash Consultancy to KBR
22 October 2021
by Marc Selinger
UK-based Babcock International Group has completed the previously announced sale of its Frazer-Nash Consultancy to fellow engineering company KBR for approximately GBP293 million (USD404.2 million), Babcock said on 21 October.
Babcock first disclosed the transaction in August, saying the divestiture would help reduce its debt. Meanwhile, US-based KBR will expand its international advisory capabilities by obtaining Frazer-Nash, which operates mainly in the UK and Australia.
Frazer-Nash serves government and industry customers in defence and other sectors. Its defence engineering expertise spans areas such as air, land, and naval systems; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition,
and reconnaissance; space defence; and weapons.
Besides providing the divestiture update, Babcock said its financial performance for the first half of fiscal year 2022 was in line with its expectations, as the company generated revenue of GBP2.2 billion and underlying operating profit of GBP115 million.
Babcock plans to release more details about its first-half results on 7 December.
UK Typhoon fleet to get new networked simulators in 2022
22 October 2021
by Tim Ripley
UK Eurofighter Typhoon pilots can begin using a new networked simulator system at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire from next August, as part of the first stage in a transformation of the Royal Air Force's (RAF's) approach to simulation and training.
The first of 10 new Typhoon simulators are slated to be up and running as part of a GBP220 million Typhoon Future Synthetic Training (TFST) programme being led by BAE Systems Air Sector.
Jez Milne, the company's head of Operational Training Delivery, told
in October that the new simulators would be an important part of the RAF's drive to migrate to an 80% synthetic, 20% live training mix.
The RAF's ambition is for the TFST sites at RAF Coningsby and RAF Lossiemouth to feed into the service's Gladiator simulation network to enable personnel operating simulators representing different aircraft types, at different locations, to carry out joint training over secure communications links. TFST will be the first component to link into the Gladiator network, which is also known as the Defence Operational Training Capability (Air) (DOTC(A)).
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