Japan, US sign space co-operation agreement

by Oishee Majumdar

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi shake hands after signing the ‘US-Japan Space Cooperation Framework Agreement' at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, on 13 January. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The United States and Japan have signed an agreement to deepen co-operation towards enhancing space capabilities.

The agreement was signed between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshimasa Hayashi at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, on 13 January.


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Ukraine conflict: General Atomics offers to donate two UAVs to Ukraine

by Marc Selinger

An MQ-9A Reaper. (US Air Force)

US-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) has offered to transfer two company-owned MQ-9A Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a ground-control station, and related equipment to Ukraine for the symbolic price of USD1 to help the war-torn country improve its airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, according to GA-ASI's chief executive.

US and allied forces have used Reapers extensively in combat, and providing such aircraft to Ukraine would have an “immediate impact” on the country's war with Russia, CEO Linden Blue said in a 1 February statement.


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Poland orders more Javelin missiles

by Nicholas Fiorenza

Poland has ordered more Javelin anti-tank guided missiles, with which the WOT began training in 2021 (pictured). (Polish MND)

Poland has ordered 50 more Javelin Light Weight Command Launch Units and approximately 500 FGM-148F Javelin anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), the Polish Armaments Agency (AA) announced on its website on 31 January. Warsaw was exercising an option in a 2020 Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract with the United States for 60 Command Launch Units and 180 Javelin missiles worth USD54.5 million for the Polish Territorial Defence Forces (Wojska Obrony Terytorialnej:WOT).


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Saudi navy opts for MBDA SAM for Multi-Mission Surface Combatants

by Jeremy Binnie & Richard Scott

A CAMM is ejected from a modified Mk 41 launcher during a test. (MBDA)

The Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) has selected MBDA, rather than Raytheon, to provide the primary surface-to-air missile (SAM) for its new frigates, the US Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed on 31 January.


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