India and Japan demonstrate high-tempo naval interoperability at maritime exercise
13 October 2021
by Ridzwan Rahmat
Indian MiG-29K fighters seen here at drills with the JMSDF at JIMEX 2021. (Indian Ministry of Defence)
The navies of India and Japan have further demonstrated their ability to interoperate in high-tempo operations including co-ordinated anti-submarine warfare.
The drills were carried out at the fifth iteration of the bilateral Japan‐India Maritime Exercises (JIMEX) that took place in the Arabian Sea from 6 to 8 October, the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has disclosed.
The Indian Navy was represented at the exercise by the Kolkata-class guided-missile destroyer INS Kochi, the Talwar-class guided-missile frigate INS Teg, a P-8I Neptune maritime multimission aircraft, a Dornier-228 maritime patrol aircraft, and MiG-29K fighters.
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) took part in the exercise with the Izumo-class helicopter carrier JS Kaga and its lead Murasame-class destroyer.
As part of the drills the P-8I aircraft exchanged information with the JMSDF vessels during a co-ordinated hunt for a simulated submarine that was deployed by the Japanese ships, according to an Indian MoD statement.
New concept imagery of KAI's MUM-T project shows the company's Light Attack Helicopter (LAH) teamed with at least three Air Launched Effects (ALE). The company has conceptualised this UAV as both a reconnaissance platform and a loitering munition. (Korean Aerospace Industries)
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has signed an agreement with a research body to bolster the development of its manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system for combat helicopters.
On November 29, KAI announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Korea Research Institute for Defense Technology Planning and Advancement (KRIT)to develop technologies for the programme.
According to KAI, this includes the development of “manned and unmanned autonomous co-operation and decision support system technology for small armed helicopter manned and unmanned complex systems”.
The major components of the agreement include the development of a mission performance system for small combat helicopters to enable MUM-T.
KAI and KRIT will also seek to develop a “real-time composite battlefield information situation awareness technology. The two entities will also work to implement manned and unmanned combined operation decision support technology,” the company added.
Russia-China moving towards closer bomber co-operation
02 December 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
The joint Russia-China bomber flight conducted on 30 November is the fifth such event in the last three years. It prompted a major show of force from countries in the region. The US Air Force scrambled at least two Lockheed Martin F-22s to intercept the bomber force. (US Air Force)
In an unprecedented boost to interoperability, long-range Chinese and Russian bombers landed in each other's airbases for the first time, as part of a joint air patrol.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD), the drills began on the morning of 30 November. Two Chinese H-6K bombers were observed as they flew over the East China Sea.
“After passing through the Tsushima Strait, [the Chinese aircraft] advanced into the Sea of Japan [East Sea]. It was confirmed that it flew north towards the continent,” the MoD said in a statement.
Israeli Sa'ar 6 corvette tests Barak LRAD air defence missile
02 December 2022
by Yaakov Lappin
The Sa'ar 6 corvette INS
launches a Barak LRAD during the test.
(Israeli Ministry of Defense)
The Israeli Navy and Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD) conducted the first live-fire trial of the LRAD variant of the Barak surface-to-air missile from one of the new Sa'ar 6 corvettes, the MoD announced on 30 November.
The MoD referred to the overarching naval air-defence system as Barak Magen, which was confusing as the test was conducted by INS
, the first of the four Sa'ar 6s.
“The Barak Magen system includes an advanced radar for detecting threats, a weapons system, and a long-range interceptor made by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI),” the MoD said. “During the trial, which forms a first proof of capability of its type from the sea, the Barak Magen system successfully completed a process of detection and interception in a challenging scenario, against a target that simulated an advanced cruise missile,” the MoD said.
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