Ukraine conflict: Integration of Taurus into Ukrainian aircraft and training would take at least six months

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Taurus KEPD 350 cruise missile during integration tests with a Spanish Air Force EF-18. (Spanish Air Force)

Integration of the Taurus KEPD 350 air-launched cruise missile into a Ukrainian Su-24 combat aircraft would take a couple of months and training crews for its use would take three or four months, Joachim Knopf, CEO of MBDA Deutschland-Saab Dynamics 67:33 joint venture Taurus Systems, told international journalists, including Janes, visiting MBDA Deutschland on 27 October. Integration of Taurus into F-16 combat aircraft being donated to Ukraine would take one to one-and-a-half years, according to Knopf.

MBDA Deutschland managing director Thomas Gottschild said his company was waiting for a decision by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to supply Ukraine with Taurus before relaunching production of the missiles. Knopf estimated that Taurus production could resume after at least a year of preparations, with the possibility of longer lead times for electronic components and explosives.

He noted that Taurus is operational with Luftwaffe Tornado, Spanish Air Force EF-18, and Republic of Korea Air Force F-15K combat aircraft. He expected it to qualify for Eurofighter by 2028.

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Singapore Airshow 2024: Terrex s5 to receive MUM-T capabilities

by Akhil Kadidal

The Terrex s5 infantry fighting vehicle is likely to incorporate a small unmanned aerial vehicle as a MUM-T capability to assist with waypoint navigation. (Janes/Akhil Kadidal/ST Engineering)

A range of manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) capabilities are being planned for Singapore's recently unveiled Terrex s5 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The Terrex is an 8×8 IFV with six distinct operational roles such as a troop carrier, command vehicle, anti-tank guided-missile (ATGM) vehicle, fire-support vehicle, mortar vehicle, and an amphibious assault vehicle, according to information published by ST Engineering. The vehicle was unveiled during Singapore Airshow 2024, which is being held from 20 to 25 February.

An ST Engineering spokesperson told Janes during the show that a range of MUM-T capabilities will be added to the IFV. These include the integration of a capability to co-ordinate with autonomously operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the new Taurus unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which was also unveiled for the first time at the show.

“Tests have been conducted for autonomous operations after the Terrex s5 programme began two to three years ago,” the spokesperson said, adding that the IFV is being subject to multiple MUM-T-type mission scenario testing.

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Singapore Airshow 2024: Kawasaki progresses with KJ300 engine development

by Prasobh Narayanan

A full-scale Kawasaki KJ300 turbofan engine displayed at the Singapore Airshow 2024. (Janes/Prasobh Narayanan)

Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries displayed its KJ300 turbofan engine at the Singapore Airshow 2024 held from 20 to 25 February.

Speaking to Janes , a company official said the engine completed its high-altitude testing in 2023 at a test facility in Japan and further testing is under way.

The KJ300 is the latest addition to the KJ engine series developed by Kawasaki and is primarily intended for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications. It is a small turbofan engine with a two-spool configuration that can generate a thrust of 3.58 kN (365 kgf) at sea-level static conditions.

The engine has a length of 950 mm and a diameter of 350 mm, and weighs 90 kg. It is of all-metal and metal-alloy construction.

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Hungary increases Gripen fleet

by Gareth Jennings

Hungary is to bring its Gripen fleet up to 18, with the addition of a further four aircraft announced on 23 February. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

Hungary is to increase the size of its fleet of Saab Gripen combat aircraft, with a deal announced on 23 February for an additional four airframes.

With 14 Gripen C/D aircraft having been leased from Sweden in 2001 and entering service in 2006, Saab has said that it has signed an agreement with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for four additional Gripen Cs for the Hungarian Air Force (HuAF).

“This order follows an amendment to the contract between [the] FMV and the Hungarian government signed in December 2001 regarding 14 Gripen C/D fighters for the Hungarian Air Force. The contract amendment for the four additional aircraft was signed by the Hungarian Ministry of Defence and FMV on 23 February. With this new contract amendment, Hungary will operate a total of 18 Gripen C/D aircraft to protect and defend the Hungarian and NATO airspace,” Saab said.

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