Taliban announce interim government in Afghanistan

by Gabriel Dominguez & Olivia Harper

More than three weeks after taking control of Kabul, the Taliban announced on 7 September the formation of an interim government in Afghanistan featuring some cabinet members that are on a UN sanctions list and an acting interior minister who is on the FBI's wanted list.

Heading the caretaker government as acting prime minister of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan', which is how the country will once again be formally called, will be Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the group's founding members, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, set to be one of his deputies alongside Maulvi Adul Salam Hanafi, according to an announcement by chief spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid during a press conference held in Kabul on 7 September in which he announced that Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund would be the head of a new Taliban interim government in Afghanistan, while other key positions would go to some of the group's top officials. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP via Getty Images)


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Hanwha Defense outlines K21-105 offer for the Indian Army

by Parth Shukla

Hanwha Defense is offering the Indian Army its K21-105 light tank to meet a requirement outlined in an RFI in 2021. (Hanwha Defense)

South Korea's Hanwha Defense is preparing to offer the Indian Army a range of weapons and missions systems and local industrial involvement to support its bid to supply the service with its K21-105 light tank.

The company is offering the platform in response to an Indian Army request for information (RFI) issued in April 2021 to procure approximately 350 light tanks.

A Hanwha Defense spokesperson told Janes on 13 January that active and passive kill capabilities will be fitted onto the K21-105 in line with customer needs. The spokesperson said that the light tank programme is weight-sensitive and that the Indian Army will be expected to evaluate the required countermeasures.

Hanwha Defense offers the K21-105 with smoke grenade launchers; a laser warning system; a nuclear, biological, chemical (NBC)-filtered overpressurisation system; and an instant fire detection and suppression system (IFDSS), among other systems.

“If any other measures are added by the customer in the request for proposal (RFP), we are willing to offer [the systems],” the spokesperson said.


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US eyes bigger role for allied contractors

by Marc Selinger

The FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the US Congress could make it easier for some allied defence contractors to compete for US defence work. (Getty Images)

A provision in the newly enacted fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) could make it easier for certain allied defence contractors to compete for US defence work, according to a Republican aide to the US Senate Armed Services Committee.

The provision, which originated in the Senate version of the NDAA, directs the US Department of Defense (DoD) to include defence contractors from Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom in industry days and requests for information (RFIs) “to the maximum extent practicable”.

DoD industry days have traditionally been “US-only as the default” and RFIs are typically the same, the aide told Janes . Even US subsidiaries of allied defence contractors might not have access to all of the information shared at industry days, according to a DoD spokesperson.


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Hyundai Rotem delivers MPUGVs to RoK Army

by Partha Shukla

Hyundai Rotem has delivered two MPUGVs to the Republic of Korea Army to undertake surveillance and reconnaissance missions along the DMZ. (Hyundai Rotem)

Hyundai Rotem has delivered two multipurpose unmanned ground vehicles (MPUGVs) to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Army.

The company said on 10 January that the MPUGVs were handed over to the service following six months of trials that included operations along the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).

Hyundai Rotem said the surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the vehicles was confirmed following tests in various terrains and environments. During the trials, the MPUGVs also drove autonomously on designated routes and performed subordinated driving.

A Hyundai Rotem official said, “The technology and reliability of multipurpose unmanned vehicles has been recognised through successful military pilot operations such as surveillance and reconnaissance missions, close combat, and material movement missions.”

South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) selected Hyundai Rotem in November 2020 to develop the MPUGVs under the Korean Army Tiger 4.0 programme. Janes reported at the time that KRW4 billion (USD3.52 million) had been earmarked for the programme. Trials of the vehicles started in July.


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