South Korea announces new aircraft engine factory

by Akhil Kadidal

A new engine factory being developed by Hanwha Aerospace at Changwon will produce engines for the KAI KF-21 and the TA-50 multirole trainer aircraft. (Zhang Hui/VCG via Getty Images)

Hanwha Aerospace is building a new factory to produce engines for combat aircraft, including the Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) KF-21 Boramae 4.5-generation aircraft. The new factory is also expected to support the development of South Korea's new domestic fighter engine programme.

Ground was broken for the 16,530m 2 engine production facility at Changwon on 15 April 2024, the South Korean Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on 17 April. The factory is being developed at a cost of USD30 million and is scheduled to be operational by 2025. The MND added that the factory's priority is the licence production of the 92.1 kN (20,700 lb st) General Electric F414-GE-400 engine for the KF-21.

A Hanwha Aerospace spokesperson told Janes on 19 April that “100%” of the licence manufacture of the F414 engine will be achieved at this factory. “The facility is expected to produce approximately 300 engines annually [after becoming operational], the spokesperson added.


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Romanian Navy to field Marte ER missile from ASuW-capable H215M helicopters

by Gareth Jennings

A subscale model of the Marte ER anti-shipping missile that will equip the Romanian Naval Forces' H215M helicopters. (Janes/Vinod Kumar CV)

Romania is to carry the MBDA Marte Extended Range (ER) anti-ship missile from its soon-to-be-received Airbus H215M helicopters.

The European missile house said on 23 May that it had signed a contract with IAR Brasov to support the integration of the Marte ER onto Romanian Naval Forces H215M helicopters.

News of the contract came months after Airbus Helicopters confirmed to Janes in January that it would supply the Romanian Naval Forces with a pair of H215M helicopters, as per a European Union (EU) notification posted at the time.

“We can confirm that our partner IAR has signed a contract with the Romanian Navy for the H215M, but we have not signed the contract yet on our side with IAR. Negotiations are ongoing,” Airbus Helicopters told Janes on 30 January. While there has been no subsequent contract notification, the MBDA announcement indicates that this sale has now been finalised.


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Textron partners with dual-use AI company for UGV demonstration

by Meredith Roaten

A computer-generated imagery (CGI) impression of Ripsaw M5 RCVs on the battlefield. Developed by Textron Systems and Howe & Howe, the Ripsaw M5 is a contender to fulfil the US Army's RCV-M requirement. (Textron Systems)

One of defence vehicle manufacturer Textron's unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) will be equipped with dual-use artificial intelligence (AI) company Kodiak's autonomy stack for a new product, the companies announced on 20 May.

Although both companies have contracts on the UGV US Army programme Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV), this integration effort is totally separate and will produce a new technology for customers with greater autonomy than waypoint navigation, said Don Burnette, Kodiak's co-founder and CEO, while speaking with Janes ahead of the announcement.

The integration, culminating in a demonstration for customers in the third quarter (Q3) of fiscal year (FY) 2024, will demonstrate integration speed, said David Phillips, senior vice-president of Textron's land and sea systems business. The company is not revealing the name of the UGV to publicise its debut at the demonstration later this year.


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Türkiye receives new early warning radar from Aselsan

by Olivia Savage & Jeremy Binnie

A screengrab of the ALP-300G long-range early warning radar developed by Aselsan at the handover ceremony in May 2024. The radar was formerly called ERALP. (Aselsan)

The first Aselsan ALP-300G long-range early warning radar was formally handed over to the Turkish Armed Forces during a ceremony on 20 May, Türkiye's Defence Industry Agency (SSB) announced on the same day.

ALP-300G is a new portable early warning active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which can be deployed and assembled on tactical wheeled platforms, according to the company.

Aselsan had not responded to Janes regarding the radar's capabilities at the time of publication.

The radar is the rebranded ERALP transportable early warning radar that Aselsan describes as a rapidly deployable, long-range, S-band AESA radar, which uses gallium nitride in its transceiver modules. Multiple systems can be combined into a single cohesive radar system.

ERALP comprises an 8×8 vehicle that carries the antenna and several other vehicles, which presumably carry the command post, generator, and communications equipment.


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