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France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.

The DGA said the A330 Phénix supports AAE quick reaction alert aircraft defending French airspace, force projection, and the air leg of France's Force de Frappe, consisting of Rafale combat aircraft armed with Missile Air-Sol Moyenne Portée Amélioré (ASMPA) improved nuclear air-to-surface missiles. The MRTTs also provide emergency medical evacuation, notably in Sahel, where they have been deployed, the agency added.

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The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its ...

France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its ...

France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its ...

France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its ...

France receives fifth MRTT

by Nicholas Fiorenza

The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its website on 6 September that it had received France's fifth A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) Phénix aircraft at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. The agency said it was the second of three MRTTs it plans to receive in 2021.

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

The DGA received France's fifth MRTT Phénix at Airbase 125 ‘Charles Monier' in Istres on 2 September. (DGA)

France's Armée de l'Air et de l'Espace (Air and Space Force, AAE) is scheduled to receive a total of 15 MRTTs by the end of 2023 under France's Loi de Programmation Militaire 2019–2025 military funding programme: two years earlier than originally planned, according to the DGA.

The agency said the A330 MRTT's range of capabilities will allow it to replace several fleets of older aircraft: C-135FR and KC-135FR tankers and A310 and A340 strategic troop and cargo transport aircraft.


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Lockheed Martin reveals LMXT offering for USAF KC-Y tanker competition

by Gareth Jennings

Revealed on 17 September, the LMXT is being offered to the USAF for the service's KC-Y competition. (Lockheed Martin )

Lockheed Martin has revealed the LMXT aircraft that it is to bid for the US Air Force (USAF) KC-Y tanker competition, also known as Bridge Tanker.

Disclosed on 17 September, the LMXT will be a US-built and USAF-specific version of the Airbus Defence and Space (DS) A330-200 MultiRole Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft that is borne out of a teaming arrangement between the two companies, which was first announced in December 2018.

“The LMXT complements the US Air Force's tanker capabilities by providing the most advanced aerial refueller to meet America's immediate and long-term mission requirements. The LMXT strengthens and expands the US aerospace-industrial base by working with existing and new American suppliers. The LMXT also cultivates and sustains high-tech, high-skill American manufacturing jobs,” Lockheed Martin said.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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DSEI 2021: Hanwha Defence unveils K9 SPH developmental roadmap

by Mark Cazalet

A mockup of the K9A2 SPH shown at DSEI 2021. (Hanwha Defence)

Hanwha Defence has outlined its K9 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) development roadmap, laying out plans for three new variants beyond the baseline K9 and K9A1 minor upgrade variants that are currently in service.

A Hanwha Defence representative told Janes at the 2021 DSEI exhibition, which was held in London from 14 to 17 September, the K9A2 was the first variant that the company was developing and this would be fitted within a fundamentally new turret, a fully automatic ammo loading system, and an improved fire control system to enable automatic gunlaying onto targets assigned by a command-and-control system.

The new variant will also have a higher sustained rate of fire. Yoon Young-ki, principal engineer in the K9A2 development project, said, “The development of a full-automatic ammunition handling and loading system has been very successful to increase rate of fire to 9 from 6 rds/min.”


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The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French defence procurement agency, announced on its ...

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