RoKAF's airlift acquisition to draw diverse capabilities

by Akhil Kadidal

Embraer's C-390 transport aircraft is potentially the only twin-engined aircraft that is slated to participate in South Korea's ‘Large Transporter Secondary Project' . The company highlighted the type's mobility, cargo capacity, and rapid reconfiguration capabilities. (Embraer)

Aircraft manufacturers expected to bid for South Korea's ‘Large Transporter Secondary Project' (LTAP-2) are slated to offer a range of capabilities for the programme.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced the project on 25 March. The agency said that it expects three aircraft types to participate in the project: the Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Hercules, the Airbus A400M Atlas, and the Embraer C-390 Millenium.

In a statement to Janes , Airbus said it is aware of the South Korean government's recent communications on approval for large transport aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF). The company said it is “keen to actively contribute” to the programme.

Airbus added that the airlifter will help bolster Korea's strategic military capabilities through its “combination of strategic lift, tactical delivery, and front-line refuelling to fulfil diverse operational requirements”.

The new-generation A400M has contributed to missions around the world, including the Kabul airlift and the Covid-19 pandemic relief operations, according to the company.


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Australia, Singapore enhance joint amphibious assault capabilities at Exercise ‘Trident'

by Ridzwan Rahmat

The Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Adelaide seen here with Republic of Singapore Navy's lead Endurance-class LPD. Both vessels took part in a joint amphibious assault operation at Exercise ‘Trident' in September 2022. (Royal Australian Navy)

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) have validated their ability to conduct large-scale joint amphibious assault operations.

This capability was demonstrated at the 2022 iteration of Exercise ‘Trident', which is taking place at the Shoalwater Bay Training Area in Queensland, Australia, between 23 September and 3 October. Exercise ‘Trident' is the largest bilateral military training activity between the two countries, and it has been held since 2013.

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has deployed a Canberra-class amphibious assault ship to the exercise for the first time. The vessel, HMAS Adelaide (L01), is embarked with the LCM-1E landing craft as its primary ship-to-shore connector for the amphibious assault training activity.

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Hyundai Rotem, Kongsberg to collaborate on unmanned turrets for next-generation vehicles

by Jon Grevatt

Hyundai Rotem is developing a next-generation wheeled armoured vehicle (left) and main battle tank (right). Scale models of both platforms were displayed at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition. (Janes/Jon Grevatt)

Hyundai Rotem and Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace have partnered to develop unmanned turrets for next-generation military vehicles being developed by the South Korean company.

Hyundai Rotem said on 28 September that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by the two firms at the DX Korea 2022 defence exhibition in Goyang, which concluded on 25 September.

The agreement provides an opportunity for the companies to co-operate on developing unmanned turrets for next-generation vehicles, as well as “unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) protection systems”.

Kongsberg declined to comment on the agreement, and Hyundai Rotem had not responded to a request for more information, at the time of publication.

However, Janes understands that the co-operation will focus on Hyundai Rotem's development of its next-generation wheeled armoured vehicle (NGWAV) and next-generation main battle tank (NGMBT).

Scale models of both platforms were displayed at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition.


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India to equip Arjun Mk 1A MBTs with advanced targeting system

by Kapil Kajal

India's MoD said that the Arjun Mk 1A integrates 72 new features over the Mk 1 model to ensure mobility in all terrains and day-and-night target engagement. (Indian PIB)

India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is equipping the Indian Army's new Arjun Mk 1A main battle tank (MBT) with an electro-optical (EO) fire-control system. A source from Tonbo Imaging told Janes that the company is manufacturing the system in partnership with BEL's unit in Chennai, India.

“Tonbo Imaging is partnered with BEL, Chennai, to meet [BEL's] demand for fire-control systems. Hence, BEL awarded us a contract to manufacture and deliver the [electro-optical fire-control system] for Arjun Mk 1A MBTs,” the source added.

According to the source, the contract features the delivery of the Elpeos fire-control product.

The source also confirmed that Tonbo Imaging will deliver the Elpeos to BEL for integration onto the Arjun Mk 1A MBTs. Tonbo Imaging describes the Elpeos as an EO sight for remote-controlled weapon stations (RCWSs). The Elpeos system has an integrated multisensor and is designed for precision targeting.


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