Thales leads SEANICE Consortium for future European ASW

by Richard Scott

The European Commission has selected a Thales-led consortium to scope, prototype, and demonstrate a next-generation anti-submarine warfare (ASW) solution based on manned/unmanned teaming capabilities.

Known as SEANICE (anti-Submarine warfare European Autonomous Networked Innovative and Collaborative Environment), the 24-month project aims to mature solutions to detect, identify, counter, and protect against mobile manned, unmanned or autonomous underwater systems (including those operating at deep depth). These include submarines, midget submarines/swimmer delivery vehicles, unmanned underwater vehicles, heavyweight torpedoes, high-speed underwater weapons, and naval mines.


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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.


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AFSOC plans operational capability demo of amphibious MC-130J ‘in only 17 months'

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of an MC-130J Commando II with floats attached. An amphibious version of the special mission aircraft would have a special utility in the Indo-Pacific region, operating independently of airfields and runways. (AFSOC)

The US Air Force (USAF) Special Operations Command (AFSOC) plans to perform an operational capability demonstration of an amphibious Lockheed Martin MC-130J Commando II special mission aircraft “in only 17 months”, it disclosed on 14 September.


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North Korea says it tested ‘railway-borne' missile system on 15 September

by Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet

An image released by North Korean state media showing what appears to be a modified KN-23 SRBM being launched from railway-borne launch system on 15 September. (Rodong Sinmun)

Images released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) indicate that Pyongyang test-launched on 15 September what appears to have been a modified variant of the KN-23 (US/South Korean designation) short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) from a railway-based launch system.


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