Ukraine conflict: Ukraine claims attack on another Russian ship in Black Sea

by Prathamesh Karle

The Russian Navy tug Spasatel Vasily Bekh was operated by the Black Sea Fleet. It entered service in 2017. (Yoruk Isik)

The Ukrainian Navy claims that it has struck the Russian Navy Project 22870 salvage tugboat Spasatel Vasily Bekh ( SB 739) in a missile strike in the Black Sea.

In a statement on its official Twitter acount on 17 June, the Ukrainian Navy said the vessel was attacked while transporting personnel, weapons, and ammunition to the Zmiinyi (Snake) Island with a Tor surface-to-air missile system on board.

Based on the preliminary data available, 70% of the vessel's crew were affected and the fate of the rest is unknown, as Russian vessels attempted to conduct a search-and-rescue operation, the Southern Operational Command of Ukraine's Ground Forces stated on its Facebook page the same day.

A video circulating on social media platforms purportedly taken from an unmanned aerial vehicle shows a vessel being attacked by two missiles. The vessel under attack, however, could not be identified from the footage.

Neither the claims made by Ukraine, nor the veracity of the video, could be independently verified by Janes


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Eurosatory 2022: Teledyne FLIR Defense launches UAS biological detector

by Olivia Savage

Teledyne FLIR Defense launched new UAS biological detector payload at Eurosatory 2022. (Teledyne FLIR Defense)

Teledyne FLIR Defense has launched its MUVE B330 – a biological detector designed for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned platforms – at Eurosatory 2022 defence exhibition in Paris.

Speaking to Janes , Craig Crume, director of product management for detection at Teledyne FLIR Defense, said that the MUVE B330, fitted onto a Skyranger R70 or a R80D SkyRaider, can detect, collect samples, and determine the quantity of biological hazards on the move.

Remotely controlled, the 0.6 kg payload can be operated in a matter of minutes and can be flown into potentially dangerous biological environments. The system utilises visuals to display identified threats on a map using pin drops, and is fed directly to the user, Crume said.

Crume added that the system can also track the trajectory and progression of the hazard.

The MUVE B330 is based on Teledyne FLIR Defense's field-proven IBAC bio-detection product line, Crume said.


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Ukraine conflict: Czech Republic donates attack helicopters to Kyiv

by Gareth Jennings

The Czech Republic has a number of Mi-24/35 attack helicopters that it has now donated to Ukraine. (Janes/Patrick Allen)

The Czech Republic has donated attack helicopters to Ukraine, the US government disclosed on 23 May.

In wider comments on international aid to Kyiv, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said that Prague had made a donation of attack helicopters as part of a larger military package.

“I'd also like to thank the Czech Republic for its substantial support, including a recent donation of attack helicopters, tanks, and rocket systems,” he said.

Austin did not disclose the attack helicopter type donated by the Czechs, but the only types that fit the bill are the Mil Mi-24 ‘Hind' that the NATO country has operated since its Warsaw Pact days, and the derived Mi-35 ‘Hind-E' it received in 2005.

As noted by Janes World Air Forces , the Czech Air Force (CzAF) component of the Army of the Czech Republic (Armáda Ceské Republiky: ACR) operates seven Mi-24V and 10 Mi-35 helicopters. The US statement did not say how many helicopters had been donated.


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BAE Systems showcases unmanned vehicle built on M113 chassis at EDGE22

by Alexander Stronell

BAE Robotic Technology Demonstrator at EDGE22. (BAE Systems)

BAE Systems has exhibited a Robotic Technology Demonstrator (RTD) built on the lower hull of the M113 armoured fighting vehicle as part of its bid to develop a vehicle that meets US Army requirements for the Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M).

The vehicle was demonstrated on 19 May at the Experimental Demonstration Gateway Exercise 2022 (EDGE22), an exercise held in preparation for Project Convergence 2022, the US Army's yearly warfighting and integration experiment.

BAE Systems first exhibited its RTD in 2019, but it has since undergone a number of significant changes in design. Janes understands this specific configuration displayed at EDGE22 has been in development since 2021. The vehicle was exhibited with a Fletcher 70 mm rocket launcher mounted and composite rubber tracks (CRT).

Explaining the rationale for the use of the M113 as a base vehicle, Helen Park, Future Tech Works director at BAE Systems, told Janes


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