Update: South Africa contracts Gripen support from Saab
22 September 2022
by Gareth Jennings & Akshara Parakala
South Africa has signed a three-year support deal with Saab that would address availability problems with its Gripen C/D fleet. (Janes/Patrick Allen)
South Africa has contracted Saab to provide three years of support to some of its fleet of Gripen C/D combat aircraft.
Announced by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) on 19 September, the ZAR532 million (USD30 million) deal covers service, repairs, maintenance, and minor updates to the South African Air Force's (SAAF's) fleet of Gripen C/Ds that it has fielded operationally since 2008. The contract runs from 2022 to 2025.
While the SAAF officially lists 17 single-seat Gripen Cs and nine two-seat Gripen Ds in its inventory, two aircraft have been described as being beyond economic repair.
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.
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.
The Cetus vehicle will have a modular payload bay that can be extended by inserting an additional section. (MSubs)
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has selected Plymouth-based MSubs to deliver a new extra-large autonomous underwater vehicle (XL-AUV) to support the Royal Navy (RN) to explore the utility of uncrewed submarines in the future underwater battlespace.
Known as Project Cetus − named after a mythological sea monster – the new vehicle is seen as a first step in developing an operational XL-AUV that could operate independently, or work side by side, with crewed submarines such as the Astute class or the future Submersible Ship Nuclear (Replacement) (SSN(R)) as part of a hybrid Maritime Underwater Future Capability (MUFC). The intention is that the XL-AUV – which the MoD claims will be “the largest and most complex crewless submersible operated by a European navy” – will be used as an experimental asset to reduce the risks associated with the acquisition of future large AUVs and their payloads.
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