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Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.

Sikorsky and Boeing are competing against Bell and its V-280 tiltrotor for the FLRAA that is part of the US Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme. The US Army plans to field a family of its FVL platforms as replacements for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk transport (FVL – Medium) helicopter and Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter (FVL – Attack) in about 2030 and 2040 respectively (these two requirements now make up the FLRAA effort). A replacement for the Boeing CH-47 Chinook (FVL – Heavy) is expected to enter service in about 2060. It also plans to reintroduce a scout-class rotorcraft with the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) requirement.

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Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assaul...

Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.


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Australian industry groups urge Canberra to seize submarine capability opportunity

by Jon Grevatt & Jon Grevatt

Australia's leading industrial organisations have welcomed Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines through the country's newly announced AUKUS security partnership.

Senior representatives from the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) told Janes on 16 September that the decision represents an opportunity for local industry to develop world-leading submarine capability.

However, they also pointed out that for these benefits to be fully realised, the government needs to ensure that local industry is fully involved in the submarine development and production programme.

This is reflective of continuing concerns in Australia that local firms – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are not always given an opportunity to participate in major defence procurement programmes.

Brent Clark, the CEO of AIDN, told Janes, “This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to enable Australian industry to work with US and UK counterparts and to facilitate the necessary upskilling and technology transfers so that Australian industry can fully support the new submarine. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity.”


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Australia deals submarine blow to France but says strategic issues a priority

by Jon Grevatt

The French government and Naval Group have expressed anger and disappointment at Australia's decision to cease its procurement of Attack-class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered platform through a new security partnership with the UK and the US.

The Australian government has not commented on the possible repercussions of the decision on its relationship with France. Instead, it has emphasised that its decision was influenced by strategic considerations.

In an emailed statement to Janes, Naval Group said, “The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the [Attack-class] programme. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group.”

“For five years, Naval Group teams, both in France and in Australia, as well as our partners, have given their best and Naval Group has delivered on all its commitments,” said the company, which is majority-owned by the French government. “The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days.”

The French Armed Forces Ministry's statement on its website was stronger. The ministry called the submarine announcement a “regrettable decision” that is “contrary to the letter and spirit of co-operation” between France and Australia.


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.


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Australian industry groups urge Canberra to seize submarine capability opportunity

by Jon Grevatt & Jon Grevatt

Australia's leading industrial organisations have welcomed Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines through the country's newly announced AUKUS security partnership.

Senior representatives from the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) told Janes on 16 September that the decision represents an opportunity for local industry to develop world-leading submarine capability.

However, they also pointed out that for these benefits to be fully realised, the government needs to ensure that local industry is fully involved in the submarine development and production programme.

This is reflective of continuing concerns in Australia that local firms – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are not always given an opportunity to participate in major defence procurement programmes.

Brent Clark, the CEO of AIDN, told Janes, “This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to enable Australian industry to work with US and UK counterparts and to facilitate the necessary upskilling and technology transfers so that Australian industry can fully support the new submarine. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity.”


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Australia deals submarine blow to France but says strategic issues a priority

by Jon Grevatt

The French government and Naval Group have expressed anger and disappointment at Australia's decision to cease its procurement of Attack-class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered platform through a new security partnership with the UK and the US.

The Australian government has not commented on the possible repercussions of the decision on its relationship with France. Instead, it has emphasised that its decision was influenced by strategic considerations.

In an emailed statement to Janes, Naval Group said, “The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the [Attack-class] programme. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group.”

“For five years, Naval Group teams, both in France and in Australia, as well as our partners, have given their best and Naval Group has delivered on all its commitments,” said the company, which is majority-owned by the French government. “The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days.”

The French Armed Forces Ministry's statement on its website was stronger. The ministry called the submarine announcement a “regrettable decision” that is “contrary to the letter and spirit of co-operation” between France and Australia.


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.


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Australian industry groups urge Canberra to seize submarine capability opportunity

by Jon Grevatt & Jon Grevatt

Australia's leading industrial organisations have welcomed Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines through the country's newly announced AUKUS security partnership.

Senior representatives from the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) told Janes on 16 September that the decision represents an opportunity for local industry to develop world-leading submarine capability.

However, they also pointed out that for these benefits to be fully realised, the government needs to ensure that local industry is fully involved in the submarine development and production programme.

This is reflective of continuing concerns in Australia that local firms – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are not always given an opportunity to participate in major defence procurement programmes.

Brent Clark, the CEO of AIDN, told Janes, “This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to enable Australian industry to work with US and UK counterparts and to facilitate the necessary upskilling and technology transfers so that Australian industry can fully support the new submarine. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity.”


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Australia deals submarine blow to France but says strategic issues a priority

by Jon Grevatt

The French government and Naval Group have expressed anger and disappointment at Australia's decision to cease its procurement of Attack-class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered platform through a new security partnership with the UK and the US.

The Australian government has not commented on the possible repercussions of the decision on its relationship with France. Instead, it has emphasised that its decision was influenced by strategic considerations.

In an emailed statement to Janes, Naval Group said, “The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the [Attack-class] programme. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group.”

“For five years, Naval Group teams, both in France and in Australia, as well as our partners, have given their best and Naval Group has delivered on all its commitments,” said the company, which is majority-owned by the French government. “The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days.”

The French Armed Forces Ministry's statement on its website was stronger. The ministry called the submarine announcement a “regrettable decision” that is “contrary to the letter and spirit of co-operation” between France and Australia.


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assaul...

Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.


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Australian industry groups urge Canberra to seize submarine capability opportunity

by Jon Grevatt & Jon Grevatt

Australia's leading industrial organisations have welcomed Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines through the country's newly announced AUKUS security partnership.

Senior representatives from the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) told Janes on 16 September that the decision represents an opportunity for local industry to develop world-leading submarine capability.

However, they also pointed out that for these benefits to be fully realised, the government needs to ensure that local industry is fully involved in the submarine development and production programme.

This is reflective of continuing concerns in Australia that local firms – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are not always given an opportunity to participate in major defence procurement programmes.

Brent Clark, the CEO of AIDN, told Janes, “This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to enable Australian industry to work with US and UK counterparts and to facilitate the necessary upskilling and technology transfers so that Australian industry can fully support the new submarine. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity.”


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Australia deals submarine blow to France but says strategic issues a priority

by Jon Grevatt

The French government and Naval Group have expressed anger and disappointment at Australia's decision to cease its procurement of Attack-class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered platform through a new security partnership with the UK and the US.

The Australian government has not commented on the possible repercussions of the decision on its relationship with France. Instead, it has emphasised that its decision was influenced by strategic considerations.

In an emailed statement to Janes, Naval Group said, “The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the [Attack-class] programme. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group.”

“For five years, Naval Group teams, both in France and in Australia, as well as our partners, have given their best and Naval Group has delivered on all its commitments,” said the company, which is majority-owned by the French government. “The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days.”

The French Armed Forces Ministry's statement on its website was stronger. The ministry called the submarine announcement a “regrettable decision” that is “contrary to the letter and spirit of co-operation” between France and Australia.


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assaul...

Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.


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Australian industry groups urge Canberra to seize submarine capability opportunity

by Jon Grevatt & Jon Grevatt

Australia's leading industrial organisations have welcomed Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines through the country's newly announced AUKUS security partnership.

Senior representatives from the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) told Janes on 16 September that the decision represents an opportunity for local industry to develop world-leading submarine capability.

However, they also pointed out that for these benefits to be fully realised, the government needs to ensure that local industry is fully involved in the submarine development and production programme.

This is reflective of continuing concerns in Australia that local firms – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are not always given an opportunity to participate in major defence procurement programmes.

Brent Clark, the CEO of AIDN, told Janes, “This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to enable Australian industry to work with US and UK counterparts and to facilitate the necessary upskilling and technology transfers so that Australian industry can fully support the new submarine. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity.”


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Australia deals submarine blow to France but says strategic issues a priority

by Jon Grevatt

The French government and Naval Group have expressed anger and disappointment at Australia's decision to cease its procurement of Attack-class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered platform through a new security partnership with the UK and the US.

The Australian government has not commented on the possible repercussions of the decision on its relationship with France. Instead, it has emphasised that its decision was influenced by strategic considerations.

In an emailed statement to Janes, Naval Group said, “The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the [Attack-class] programme. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group.”

“For five years, Naval Group teams, both in France and in Australia, as well as our partners, have given their best and Naval Group has delivered on all its commitments,” said the company, which is majority-owned by the French government. “The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days.”

The French Armed Forces Ministry's statement on its website was stronger. The ministry called the submarine announcement a “regrettable decision” that is “contrary to the letter and spirit of co-operation” between France and Australia.


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assaul...

Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.


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Australian industry groups urge Canberra to seize submarine capability opportunity

by Jon Grevatt & Jon Grevatt

Australia's leading industrial organisations have welcomed Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines through the country's newly announced AUKUS security partnership.

Senior representatives from the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) told Janes on 16 September that the decision represents an opportunity for local industry to develop world-leading submarine capability.

However, they also pointed out that for these benefits to be fully realised, the government needs to ensure that local industry is fully involved in the submarine development and production programme.

This is reflective of continuing concerns in Australia that local firms – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are not always given an opportunity to participate in major defence procurement programmes.

Brent Clark, the CEO of AIDN, told Janes, “This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to enable Australian industry to work with US and UK counterparts and to facilitate the necessary upskilling and technology transfers so that Australian industry can fully support the new submarine. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity.”


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Australia deals submarine blow to France but says strategic issues a priority

by Jon Grevatt

The French government and Naval Group have expressed anger and disappointment at Australia's decision to cease its procurement of Attack-class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered platform through a new security partnership with the UK and the US.

The Australian government has not commented on the possible repercussions of the decision on its relationship with France. Instead, it has emphasised that its decision was influenced by strategic considerations.

In an emailed statement to Janes, Naval Group said, “The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the [Attack-class] programme. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group.”

“For five years, Naval Group teams, both in France and in Australia, as well as our partners, have given their best and Naval Group has delivered on all its commitments,” said the company, which is majority-owned by the French government. “The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days.”

The French Armed Forces Ministry's statement on its website was stronger. The ministry called the submarine announcement a “regrettable decision” that is “contrary to the letter and spirit of co-operation” between France and Australia.


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assaul...

Sikorsky, Boeing submit Defiant X proposal to US Army

by Gareth Jennings

Sikorsky and Boeing have submitted their Defiant X proposal for the US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirement, the joint team announced on 7 September.

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

An Artist's impression of the Defiant X that Sikorsky-Boeing is bidding for the US Army's FLRAA requirement. (Sikorsky-Boeing)

The proposal includes flight data from the SB>1 Defiant demonstrator co-axial compound helicopter currently being tested, as well as virtual modelling of the Defiant X that is actually being bid.

“Continuing a 75-year partnership with the US Army, providing and sustaining the iconic Black Hawk, Chinook, and Apache, the Sikorsky-Boeing team looks to the future with the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft – Defiant X,” Paul Lemmo, President of Sikorsky, and Mark Cherry, Vice President and General Manager for Vertical Lift at Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a joint statement. “Today, Team Defiant completed and submitted the proposal for the US Army's FLRAA competition, offering low-risk, transformational capability that delivers on an army critical modernisation priority and advances the future of army aviation”.


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Australian industry groups urge Canberra to seize submarine capability opportunity

by Jon Grevatt & Jon Grevatt

Australia's leading industrial organisations have welcomed Canberra's decision to procure nuclear-powered submarines through the country's newly announced AUKUS security partnership.

Senior representatives from the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) told Janes on 16 September that the decision represents an opportunity for local industry to develop world-leading submarine capability.

However, they also pointed out that for these benefits to be fully realised, the government needs to ensure that local industry is fully involved in the submarine development and production programme.

This is reflective of continuing concerns in Australia that local firms – particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – are not always given an opportunity to participate in major defence procurement programmes.

Brent Clark, the CEO of AIDN, told Janes, “This is a genuine once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to enable Australian industry to work with US and UK counterparts and to facilitate the necessary upskilling and technology transfers so that Australian industry can fully support the new submarine. We cannot afford to waste this opportunity.”


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Australia deals submarine blow to France but says strategic issues a priority

by Jon Grevatt

The French government and Naval Group have expressed anger and disappointment at Australia's decision to cease its procurement of Attack-class submarines in favour of a nuclear-powered platform through a new security partnership with the UK and the US.

The Australian government has not commented on the possible repercussions of the decision on its relationship with France. Instead, it has emphasised that its decision was influenced by strategic considerations.

In an emailed statement to Janes, Naval Group said, “The Commonwealth decided not to proceed with the next phase of the [Attack-class] programme. This is a major disappointment for Naval Group.”

“For five years, Naval Group teams, both in France and in Australia, as well as our partners, have given their best and Naval Group has delivered on all its commitments,” said the company, which is majority-owned by the French government. “The analysis of the consequences of this sovereign Australian decision will be conducted with the Commonwealth of Australia in the coming days.”

The French Armed Forces Ministry's statement on its website was stronger. The ministry called the submarine announcement a “regrettable decision” that is “contrary to the letter and spirit of co-operation” between France and Australia.


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RAF names 13 Sqn as second Protector unit

by Gareth Jennings

An artist's impression of the Protector RG1 in UK service. The type will be flown by 31 and 13 squadrons. (GA-ASI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) has named 13 Squadron as its second unit to operate the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9B Protector RG1 medium-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Mike Wigston, made the announcement on 15 September, noting that 13 Squadron will join 31 Squadron (both former Panavia Tornado GR4 units) in fielding the certified UAV from the type's main operating base at RAF Waddington.

“I am delighted to announce that the second squadron to operate this new aircraft will be XIII [13] Squadron. Equipped with Protector, squadron personnel will be capable of operating anywhere in the world providing the United Kingdom with an operational advantage by delivering intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance effect at range and speed,” ACM Wigston was quoted as saying.


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