Surface Navy 2022: New US Navy surface naval plan includes focus on maintenance changes

by Michael Fabey

The new US Navy surface naval plan, “Surface Warfare: The Competitive Edge,” released during the Surface Navy Association National Symposium, which started 11 January in Arlington, Virginia, calls on sailors and offices to review the way they maintain their ships and platforms.

“We will think differently about the fleet we have, and we will consider ways of getting more out of it,” the plan said.

“More ready ships means harnessing the power of data analytics to anticipate maintenance and modernisation requirements that then translate into well-defined, well-executed work packages,” the plan noted.


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North Korea launches two more ‘tactical missiles'

by Jon Grevatt & Rahul Udoshi

The Japanese Ministry of Defense said the North Korean missiles launched on 17 January from Pyongyang fell near the east coast of North Korea, outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japanese MoD – https://www.mod.go.jp/j/press/news/2022/01/17b.html)

North Korea launched two more missiles on 17 January, the latest in a series of similar drills since the beginning of 2022. Janes assesses that the new launches featured a version of the KN-24 short-range ballistic missile (SRBM).


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Spain flies Eurofighter with Meteor

by Gareth Jennings

A Spanish Eurofighter combat aircraft carrying a pair of Meteor missiles on its underfuselage weapon stations. (Spanish Air Force)

The Spanish Air Force (Ejército del Aire Espanol: EdAE) has begun flight operations of the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft armed with the MBDA Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), the service announced on 15 January.

According to the service's official Twitter account, a Eurofighter (designated C.16 in national service) flew operationally for the first time with the Meteor missile on 14 January.


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China's XAC reveals possible new tanker variant

by Andreas Rupprecht & Alessandra Giovanzanti

China's Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corporation (XAC) is progressing rapidly with the development of both the Y-20B heavy transport aircraft fitted with Shenyang WS-20 high-bypass turbofan engines and its KJ-600 carrier-capable airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, satellite imagery captured in late November 2021 shows.


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