BAE Systems Hägglunds outlines BvS10 offer for South Korea

by Parth Shukla

BAE Systems Hägglunds believes the Republic of Korea Armed Forces has a capability gap that the BvS10 can fill. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

BAE Systems Hägglunds believes the Republic of Korea Armed Forces has a capability gap that the company can fill with its BvS10 armoured all-terrain vehicle.

BAE Systems Hägglunds also produces the BvS10 Beowulf, which is a variant equipped with less armour. Darren Restarick, region sales director for BAE Systems Hägglunds and platform manager for BvS10 and Beowulf told Janes that South Korea has not issued a requirement for a programme that may involve the BvS10. However, the company sees an opportunity for the BvS10 with the RoK Armed Forces. The Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) operates the Bv206. “The Bv206 is an ageing product, and with ageing products, support over a long period becomes more difficult with obsolescence,” said Restarick.


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Border clearances, faster harbour-rail transport among new EU military mobility goals

by Brooks Tigner

The European Commission's updated military mobility plan will intensify its work on dual-use transport networks. (Bundeswehr/Marco Dorow)

The European Union's (EU's) newly revised military mobility (MM) plan will focus largely on boosting Europe's intermodal transport connections, digitalising paper-based national border clearances for troops and materiel, and enhancing Western Europe's rail connections to Ukraine and Moldova, according to EU officials. Fuel supply chains and space services for Europe's militaries will also be addressed, they said.

“We plan to integrate the fuel supply chain needs for military transport into the requirements that drive the EU's infrastructure process,” said Stijn Mols, head of security and defence planning in the European External Action Service, the EU's foreign policy wing. “We have all seen in Ukraine the problems that emerge when military convoys run out of fuel.”

Mols and other officials addressed their comments at a 29 November hearing on MM by the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE).


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Update – Changing the guard: Concern over US withdrawal of F-15 jets from Okinawa

by Akhil Kadidal

The withdrawal from Okinawa of two USAF squadrons equipped with F-15C Eagles has alarmed US Republican lawmakers who said the move could embolden a militarily resurgent China. (US Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Kyle Johnson)

The withdrawal of two squadrons of US Air Force (USAF) Boeing F-15C fighter jets from Okinawa has prompted concerns of a decline in US force capability in the Indo-Pacific region.

The US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) announced the withdrawal in a statement on 28 October. “Starting in November [2022] the Department of Defense will commence a phased withdrawal of F-15 C/D aircraft forward-deployed to Kadena Air Base over the next two years,” the PACAF said.

In their place, the US government has announced a plan to deploy more modern combat aircraft, albeit on a rotational basis. US lawmakers said on 1 November that the F-15C/Ds are “to be replaced initially by fifth-generation [Lockheed Martin] F-22 Raptors in six-month rotations from Alaska”.

The PACAF told Janes that the move to retire the F-15 C/D Eagle fleet has been prompted by “an increasingly severe security environment” around Japan.


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Canada eyes larger defence role in Indo-Pacific

by Marc Selinger

Royal Canadian Navy frigates, including the HMCS Vancouver , have participated in a multinational effort to monitor North Korea's evasion of UN Security Council sanctions. (US Navy)

Canada plans to bolster its military presence and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing threats from China and North Korea, according to Canadian Minister of National Defence Anita Anand.

The Canadian government will “soon” release a “comprehensive” Indo-Pacific strategy to “position Canada as a leader in promoting peace and security in the region”, Anand told the Halifax International Security Forum in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 18 November.

Canada's existing military activities in the Indo-Pacific region include deploying Royal Canadian Navy frigates as part of a multinational effort to monitor North Korea's evasion of UN Security Council sanctions. Anand called North Korea's recent barrage of missile tests “unacceptable” and “reckless”.

Anand also indicated at the Halifax forum that her government continues to work on the defence policy review it announced in April. The review is supposed to determine whether the Canadian Armed Forces are adequately sized, equipped, and funded in light of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


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