US rolls back more permissive 2020 anti-personnel landmine policy, again limits use to Korean Peninsula

by Ashley Roque

Shown here is a US Army Standoff Activated Volcano Obstacle mock-up during Saber Junction 2017 in Germany. On 21 June 2022 the US announced it would revert back to an Obama-era policy restricting the use of anti-personnel landmines to the Korean Peninsula. (US Army)

Washington is reverting to an Obama administration era policy that restricts the use of anti-personnel landmines to the Korean Peninsula.

“At the president's direction, the United States will align its policy concerning use of these weapons outside of the Korean Peninsula with key provisions of the Ottawa Convention, the international treaty prohibiting the use, stockpiling, production, and transfer of anti-personnel landmines,” National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said in a 21 June announcement.

She noted that President Joe Biden will “prohibit” the development, production, and acquisition of anti-personnel landmines prohibited under the Ottawa Convention but did not announce that the US would sign onto the treaty.


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Cyprus signs for H145M helos

by Gareth Jennings

The H145M fitted with the HForce weapon system (pictured here), will provide Cyprus with a highly effective light attack helicopter capability. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

Cyprus has ordered six Airbus Helicopters H145M rotorcraft for use by the Cypriot National Guard, with the option for a further six to follow at a later date.

Announced by the manufacturer on 24 June, the deal comprises the latest five-bladed H145M D3 version of the battlefield utility helicopter to be flown by the Cypriot Air Force (Kypriaki Stratiotiki Aeroporia: KSA), which is part of the wider national guard.

“The implementation of this agreement will provide the [Cypriot] National Guard with a cost-effective and high-performance helicopter solution that satisfies the operational requirements […] and addresses many of the future challenges of light attack helicopter fleets,” Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of the Republic of Cyprus, Andreas Louka, said. “The H145M will enhance the [Cypriot] National Guard's day and night capabilities in delivering rapid response, firepower and precision, providing effective combat support, and acquiring critical information,” he added.

Neither the value of the contract nor the delivery timeline were disclosed by Airbus or the Cypriot MoD.


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USAF migrates air tasking software into cloud

by Carlo Munoz

A US Air Force KC-46A Pegasus tanker conducts air-to-air refuelling with a US Air Force F-16 over the Canadian Arctic in March 2021. Service leaders migrated the MAFPS system for air mobility operations into the cloud. (North American Aerospace Defense)

The US Air Force (USAF) and BAE Systems have successfully migrated the air service's premier planning and tasking software for mobility operations into a cloud computing environment, marking one of the first mission-critical air force programmes to be transitioned into the cloud.

The Mobility Air Forces Automated Flight Planning Service (MAFPS) is the primary air planning tool used by Air Mobility Command (AMC) to support air tasking orders (ATO) for air refuelling and material transport operations across the globe. The primary users of the MAFPS programme are airmen assigned to the AMC's 618th Air Operation Center (AOC) at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois, as well as the 603rd AOC at US Air Forces in Europe and the 608th AOC headquartered at US Pacific Air Forces.


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ILA 2022: German Navy recommits to MAWS for long-term airborne maritime patrol requirement, interim P-8A programme on track

by Gareth Jennings

A model of the P-8A Poseidon in German markings displayed at ILA 2022. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The chief of the German Navy's aviation component has reiterated his commitment to the Maritime Airborne Warfare System (MAWS) that is earmarked to be the long-term airborne maritime patrol solution following confirmation that the service is on course to receive the first of five interim Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft in 2024.

Speaking at the ILA Airshow on 23 June, Kommandeur Marineflieger, Sea Captain Thorsten Bobzin, said he is pleased that the P-8A programme is within the timeframe first set out by Boeing but that it remains an interim solution with the Franco-German MAWS set to come online from 2035.

“P-8A deliveries are due to begin in October 2024 and run through to mid-2025. That is within the indicated timeline, and I am very happy with that,” he said. “This is an interim solution between [the current Lockheed] P-3C and the MAWS. We will have the interim solution for a gap of about 10 years, from 2025 to 2035,” he added.


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