Berlin Security Conference 2021: Germany shows interest in Apache gunship
24 November 2021
by Gareth Jennings
Germany has requested information on the Apache, as it considers its future attack helicopter plans. (US Army)
Germany has expressed its interest in the Boeing AH-64 Apache, issuing the US government with a request for information (RFI) on the helicopter gunship.
at the Berlin Security Conference in the German capital, a senior company official confirmed that an RFI had been received from the Bundeswehr and that it had been responded to.
“Just prior to Covid [in early 2020], the German government asked the US government for information related to the Apache – it was an RFI. The US government responded to that,” Michael Hostetter, vice-president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Germany, said, adding that things have since been quiet on the subject owing to the ongoing pandemic.
Quick-fielding contracting model touted for US Navy Task Force 59 unmanned systems in the Middle East
26 May 2022
by Michael Fabey
The US Navy Task Force 59 is experimenting with Saildrone platforms. (Saildrone)
The contracting model employed by US Navy (USN) Task Force 59 (TF 59) makes it possible to field, test, and evaluate unmanned systems quickly in the Middle East, according to Michael Stewart, USN Unmanned Task Force lead.
“Task Force 59 is using a fee-for-service contracting model,” Stewart said on 25 May during a media roundtable update on unmanned systems' work. “They can get stuff out there really quick. They see it, lease it, get it into the theatre and test it.”
Established by the US 5th Fleet in September 2021, TF 59 works closely with members of industry and academia as well as other experts to provide operator feedback and help drive the innovation process forward for unmanned systems.
TF 59 is testing the limits of commercial technology, Stewart noted. “They are trying to get to the leading edge of commercial [technology] and see what the gaps are.”
In particular, he cited the task force's work with Martac unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and Saildrone unmanned platforms.
US Navy works with industry to explore alternative fuel sources
25 May 2022
by Michael Fabey
The US Navy cites the potential for hybrid power like that employed by the amphibious assault ship USS
Makin Island. (US Navy)
The US Navy (USN) is working with industry to develop other potential sources of fuel as well as possible alternative modes of power, according to Meredith Berger, acting assistant secretary of the navy for energy, installations, and environment.
“We are working with industry on what other types of low-emissions fuel-energy types are out there,” Berger said on 23 May during a media roundtable discussion of the USN's “Climate Action 2030” plan, which was released on 24 May.
She described such work as being in the “survey stage” and noted the “driving element”, always, would be the impact on the USN and US Marine Corps (USMC) to “make mission”.
Berger also added that the USN was successful with hybrid-electric ship propulsion plant efforts, with vessels like Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). “But there's also a lot of development to do in terms of technology.”
North Korea launches ‘ballistic missiles' into East Sea
25 May 2022
by Jon Grevatt
This graphic by the Japanese MoD shows what it said are the trajectories of two of three ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on 25 May. The MoD said both fell in the East Sea outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japanese Ministry of Defense)
North Korea has fired three more ballistic missiles towards the East Sea, defence officials from Japan, South Korea, and the United States announced on 25 May.
Pyongyang has not confirmed the launches, but South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said possibly three ballistic missiles were from fired from the west coast of North Korea around 0600 h local time.
According to the JCS, the first of the three missiles featured what it said was a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), possibly the Hwaseong-17, that flew 360 km at a top altitude of 540 km.
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