Japan in talks with BAE on development of F-X fighter
27 May 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
Joint UK-Japan development of technologies for BAE's Tempest sixth-generation fighter programme, including engines, is expected to benefit Japan's F-X fighter. (Team Tempest)
Japan is in talks with BAE Systems to develop the country's sixth-generation F-X fighter aircraft project, with a consensus on co-operation expected by the end of 2022.
The UK and Japanese governments are to “continue discussions around potential future fighter subsystem collaboration throughout 2022”, under the conditions of a memorandum of collaboration (MOC) signed in December 2021.
had learned that according to the MOC, BAE is to engage with Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), to potentially develop these subsystems. BAE is said to be working “closely with Japanese industry and supporting the UK government in this positive, ongoing process” of discussions.
MHI is the prime Japanese contractor for the F-X project, which plans to replace MHI's own F-2 fighter aircraft by 2035.
The decision to finalise the joint UK-Japan co-operation in the project by December 2022 was made by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a meeting at 10 Downing Street on 5 May.
Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills
05 August 2022
by Akhil Kadidal
China's Eastern Theatre Command says it is launching hundreds of aircraft to participate in live-fire drills around Taiwan. (VCG via Getty Images)
China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.
assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.
China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan from 4 August, in response to a visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on 2 August.
On the first day of the drills, the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) Eastern Theatre Command said that it had “dispatched hundreds of fighters, bombers, and other multitype [aircraft] to the airspace in the north, southwest, and southeast of Taiwan Island”.
The PLA added that the aircraft are conducting “day and night” joint reconnaissance flights, air assault training, and support flights. All six live-fire zones are within Taiwan's Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).
An Indonesian Navy AS565 helicopter hovers over the Turkish corvette
as other vessels serving with the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force follow behind during an exercise on 28 July.
(Millî Savunma Bakanlığı)
Israeli aircraft threatened a naval vessel assigned to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon's (UNIFIL's) Maritime Task Force in early June, the latest UN report on the mission's performance revealed.
The threatening behaviour began on 6 June, when six Israeli fighter aircraft manoeuvred near the vessel, launching flares and triggering supersonic bombs. On the following day, six Israeli fighters flew over the same vessel, which “detected the electronic signature of a fire-control radar in lock on mode heading towards it”, according to the report, which was released on 27 July.
The report said the vessel was in the UNIFIL maritime area of operations in the vicinity of the Karish offshore gas field when the incidents occurred.
The field crosses into the expanded exclusive economic zone that Lebanon has claimed since 2011. Israel decided to develop the field before resolving this maritime border dispute, and a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel arrived there on 5 June to start extracting gas.
China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched a barrage of ballistic missiles into waters near Taiwan on 4 August.
Janes analysis suggests that these missiles include the Dong Feng-15 (DF-15) and DF-16 family of short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs).
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said a total of nine missiles were launched on 4 August from within China into waters southwest, northeast, and east of Taiwan between 2.56 pm and 4.08 pm Japan Standard Time.
This tallies with information provided by a Taiwan Ministry of National Defense (MND) spokesperson, who said in a press conference on 4 August that the missile launches started at 1.56 pm Taipei Standard Time.
The MND has not disclosed any information about the number of missiles launched, but various Taiwanese media reports indicate that up to 11 ballistic missiles may have been fired.
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