The Kazakhstan Air Defence Force operates the Airbus Military C295, and recently ordered two A400M aircraft. (Airbus Military)
Airbus officials are maintaining a watchful eye on the situation in Kazakhstan as the country experiences civil unrest and the deployment of a Russian-led rapid reaction force (RRF).
“We are monitoring the difficult situation in Kazakhstan, a long-term customer of Airbus. We are maintaining our commitments to the customer, [and] we will keep ensuring full compliance with all applicable export rules and regulations,” an Airbus spokesperson told Janes.
The Kazakhstan Air Defence Force operates the Airbus C295, with the first its eight aircraft being delivered in 2013. The country's Border Service ordered a single aircraft in 2019. Airbus Helicopters has also been active in the country, with eight EC 145 helicopters being operated by the Ministry of Defence for transport and search-and-rescue operations.
As part of the country's market entry requirements, Airbus has also established a joint venture with Kazakhstan Engineering, called Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, to undertake maintenance on EC 145-C2, H125, and H130 helicopters, as well as painting and flight testing.
Thyssenkrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) has acquired MV Werften's shipyard in Wismar, Germany. (TKMS)
The Marine Systems business of German industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp (TKMS) has acquired the Wismar shipyard in northern Germany to help it handle an expected order for more submarines from the German government.
TKMS purchased Wismar from insolvent cruise ship builder MV Werften for an undisclosed sum. Converting the shipyard to build submarines will require re-training the workforce and buying special machines, TKMS spokesman Eugen Witte said in a 23 June e-mail. “The employees in Wismar are all highly qualified, but they have no experience in building submarines,” he explained.
Wismar will supplement TKMS's existing submarine production in Kiel. The exact timing of the government's additional submarine order is unclear.
“With the current capacities exclusively in Kiel, production for submarines ordered now would not be able to begin until 2036,” Witte said. “This means that these boats would then be ready in the 2040s. If orders are placed quickly now, investments can be made immediately in Wismar, parallel production would be possible, and the additionally ordered submarines could be ready in 2037.”
Safran wins contract for French robotics programme ‘Furious'
24 June 2022
by Olivia Savage
Safran Electronics & Defense ‘eRider' (pictured) is playing an important role in the French robotics programme ‘Furious'. (Safran)
Safran Electronics & Defense has been awarded a new ‘optional tranche' contract by the French defence procurement agency (Delegation Générale de l'Armement – DGA) for the robotics programme ‘Furious', Safran announced on 20 June.
‘Furious' – part of the Scorpion modernisation programme – seeks to develop innovative robotic systems for mounted and dismounted warfighters. In 2018 the DGA awarded Safran and partner Effidence a contract to study and “lay the groundwork for the integration of land robots”, a separate Safran announcement said.
Three vehicles or demonstrators will be tested during this five-year period. The eRider unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), developed by Safran, is the largest of the three robots in the study.
This latest announcement follows successful trials of the robotic vehicles at Sissone military base – the French Army's urban combat training centre – in late 2021, Safran said.
A CH-47F Chinook destined for the Australian Army is unloaded from a USAF C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft at RAAF Base Townsville on 23 June 2022. (Australia Department of Defence/Corporal Lisa Sherman)
The Australian Army has taken delivery of the last two of four new CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters ordered by the government in 2021. This takes the army's Chinook fleet to 14.
In a press statement, Boeing Australia said that the two helicopters arrived at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Townsville on 23 June. The company added that the helicopters were delivered by a US Air Force (USAF) C-5 Galaxy aircraft.
The aircraft will join the Australian Army Aviation Command's fleet of 12 Chinooks, which are operated by C Squadron, 5th Aviation Regiment.
The commanding officer of the 5th Aviation Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher McDougall, said that the “additional helicopters will provide defence with additional lift capacity and strengthen the army's ability to support operations globally”.
The previous two aircraft arrived in Australia a year earlier on 23 June 2021, according to Boeing. The acquisition of the four helicopters is valued at AUD595 million (USD410.2 million).
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