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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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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