Boeing, Northrop Grumman join 3D printing push

by Marc Selinger

A 3D-printed satellite engine mount. (Boeing)

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have signed up to participate in the Biden administration's Additive Manufacturing (AM) Forward initiative, which intends to strengthen US supply chains by increasing the use of 3D-printed parts.

Both companies have agreed to expand opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) suppliers to provide AM parts, according to a 17 August announcement by nonprofit Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America), which supports AM Forward. Boeing will work with SMEs to increase its AM supply base capacity by 30%, while Northrop Grumman will seek to have SME manufacturers compete for 50% of its requests for quotes on AM products.

The White House unveiled AM Forward in May, saying that additive manufacturing often takes fewer resources and less time than traditional manufacturing processes. Five large companies, including Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Technologies, participated in the launch of the initiative.


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LIG Nex1 outlines LAMD development plans

by Jon Grevatt

LIG Nex1's low-altitude missile defence system, a model of which is shown above, has a range of 7 km. (Janes/Dae Young Kim)

South Korea's LIG Nex1 has disclosed plans to supply its low-altitude missile defence (LAMD) system to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces by the end of the decade.

The company started development of the system earlier this year, and told Janes at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang that the LAMD will undergo seven more years of work before it is ready for deployment.

“We have planned two years of engineering development, one year to prepare for full-scale development, and four more years of full-scale development,” said an LIG Nex1 official.

The company is developing the system in collaboration with the Agency for Defense Development (ADD).

The LAMD, which is based on the Haegung Korean Surface-to-Air Anti-Missile (K-SAAM) system developed for the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN), underwent its first test in April. This featured a test-firing from the ADD's launch facility in Anheung.

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Updating strategy: NATO's new strategic concept calls for reprioritisation of CBRN threats

by John Eldridge

NATO-Russia relations since 1999. (Janes)

NATO's strategy since the collapse of the Soviet Union was noted for its drift and lack of purpose. Comments by French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2019 that NATO was “brain-dead” highlighted this concern at the top of the alliance member states' leadership.

While the alliance expanded over twenty years to encompass former states that had been within the Soviet Union, NATO struggled to define a role for itself that not only involved protecting its members, but which could also at the same time improve relations with the Russian Federation.

Throughout the 1990s and into the beginning of the 2000s, NATO's strategy and relationship with Russia were conditioned by events outside of the alliance's control, and which were mainly undertaken by its strongest member state, the United States. Humanitarian interventions, the invasions of Afghanistan (2001) and Iraq (2003), alongside an expansion of NATO into Eastern Europe and the Baltics, were all viewed with unease in Moscow.


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Taiwan engages US on missile sustainment

by Jon Grevatt

Taiwan has announced it will award a ‘missile engineering' contract to the United States. This will reportedly include sustainment of the island's Patriot air-defence system. (Lockheed Martin)

Taiwan has awarded the US a contract to sustain missile systems operated by the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF). The deal – worth TWD2.5 billion (USD84 million) – comes amid Taiwanese efforts to bolster missile production capacity on the island in the face of growing tension with China.

The missile sustainment deal was announced by Taipei's contract tender portal on 11 August. According to the announcement, the ‘missile engineering' contract was awarded by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) to the American Institute in Taiwan – the US' de facto embassy on the island – through a restricted bidding process, without public solicitation.

The announcement said the contract, which commenced on 20 July and will conclude at the end of 2026, covers “missile engineering services and a field effectiveness evaluation”.

Taiwan's state-owned Central News Agency, citing a source with knowledge of the deal, reported that the contract will support the ROCAF's Lockheed Martin Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air-defence systems.


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