Crunch point approaching for EU goal of creating rapid entry force

by Brooks Tigner

Spurred in part by the debacle of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the EU's top security policy official said the moment is approaching for the Europeans to seriously consider creating a rapid reaction intervention force – and to overhaul how they would agree to use it in future.

EU foreign and security policy chief Josep Borell (left) told journalists after an informal defence ministers meeting on 2 September that they had discussed the creation of a European rapid reaction intervention force, which Slovenian Defence Minister Matej Tonin (right) said would require the will to use it. (Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU)

EU foreign and security policy chief Josep Borell (left) told journalists after an informal defence ministers meeting on 2 September that they had discussed the creation of a European rapid reaction intervention force, which Slovenian Defence Minister Matej Tonin (right) said would require the will to use it. (Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU)


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India tests manportable anti-tank guided missile

by Partha Shukla & Rahul Udoshi

India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted additional test-firings of its Man Portable Anti‐Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on 11 January.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi said the tests evaluated the “final deliverable configuration” of the MPATGM, indicating that it may soon enter production phase.

The MoD also said that the test validated performance over minimum range and that all mission objectives were met. The missile's maximum range performance was proven in earlier tests, which have been under way for several years, the MoD added.

Janes has previously reported that the MPATGM, which has been developed by the DRDO in partnership with local firm VEM Technologies, is one of several Indian weapons programmes that were endorsed by the DRDO in 2016. However, it is believed that design work for the system began in 2015.

The MoD described the MPATGM as a low-weight, fire-and-forget missile launched from a manportable launcher integrated with a thermal sight. It said the system uses a miniaturised infrared imaging seeker and advanced avionics for onboard control and guidance.

The MPATGM is a third-generation manportable weapon. According to Janes Weapons: Infantry


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Airbus keeps eye on Kazakh situation

by Charles Forrester

The Kazakhstan Air Defence Force operates the Airbus Military C295, and recently ordered two A400M aircraft. (Airbus Military)

Airbus officials are maintaining a watchful eye on the situation in Kazakhstan as the country experiences civil unrest and the deployment of a Russian-led rapid reaction force (RRF).

“We are monitoring the difficult situation in Kazakhstan, a long-term customer of Airbus. We are maintaining our commitments to the customer, [and] we will keep ensuring full compliance with all applicable export rules and regulations,” an Airbus spokesperson told Janes.

The Kazakhstan Air Defence Force operates the Airbus C295, with the first its eight aircraft being delivered in 2013. The country's Border Service ordered a single aircraft in 2019. Airbus Helicopters has also been active in the country, with eight EC 145 helicopters being operated by the Ministry of Defence for transport and search-and-rescue operations.

As part of the country's market entry requirements, Airbus has also established a joint venture with Kazakhstan Engineering, called Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, to undertake maintenance on EC 145-C2, H125, and H130 helicopters, as well as painting and flight testing.


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US aerospace executives face charges for allegedly limiting workers' job mobility

by Marc Selinger

A US federal grand jury in Connecticut has indicted six aerospace executives for their alleged role in a conspiracy to limit the job prospects of thousands of engineers and other skilled workers, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced on 16 December.

To curb labour costs, the executives allegedly agreed not to hire employees from each other's companies, which limited the ability of those workers to seek better jobs, pay, and benefits, the DoJ said. The conspiracy affected workers who design, manufacture, and service military and commercial aircraft parts.

The DoJ did not identify the companies that employ the indicted executives, although the alleged leader of the conspiracy identified himself on social media as a director of global engineering sourcing at Raytheon Technologies Corporation's Pratt & Whitney aircraft engine business. Raytheon said it is committed to complying with applicable laws and is co-operating with investigators.

If convicted of conspiracy to restrain trade under the Sherman Antitrust Act, the defendants could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to USD1 million. The maximum fine could be increased under certain circumstances.


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