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Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.

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Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kha...

Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.


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Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.

Established in December 2020, the Golden Horde Vanguard programme is focused on exploring weapons concepts in realistic operational scenarios, and assessing weapon survivability and effects across large, contested areas – even in conditions of degraded connectivity. First flight demonstrations, using NCA technology embodied in existing air-to-surface weapons, were followed by complex demonstrations in the first half of 2021.


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AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.


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France to cut Sahel force by up to 3,000 in two years

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Task Force Sabre, France's special operations force in the Sahel, will remain largely untouched by the cuts. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

French officials have revealed new details of the planned drawdown in the Sahel region that was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in June.

France currently has about 5,500 troops committed to Operation Barkhane: its mission is to counter Islamist militants in the Sahel since 2014. This number will be cut to “between 2,500 and 3,000” by 2023, according to Colonel Pascal Ianni, the spokesperson for the French Armed Forces Staff. But the reduction could be accelerated after France's presidential election in April 2022, depending on who is elected.

Most of the personnel to be withdrawn will be ground forces, with the presence in Mali effectively reduced from three battalions to one.

The drawdown is now under way, with a source close to French Defence Minister Florence Parly telling Janes that Macron ordered it to be completed by the end of this year.

The three main bases in northern Mali (Timbuktu, Tessalit, and Kidal) are being evacuated and will be transferred to the UN mission in Mali and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).


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Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kha...

Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.


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Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.

Established in December 2020, the Golden Horde Vanguard programme is focused on exploring weapons concepts in realistic operational scenarios, and assessing weapon survivability and effects across large, contested areas – even in conditions of degraded connectivity. First flight demonstrations, using NCA technology embodied in existing air-to-surface weapons, were followed by complex demonstrations in the first half of 2021.


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AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.


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France to cut Sahel force by up to 3,000 in two years

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Task Force Sabre, France's special operations force in the Sahel, will remain largely untouched by the cuts. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

French officials have revealed new details of the planned drawdown in the Sahel region that was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in June.

France currently has about 5,500 troops committed to Operation Barkhane: its mission is to counter Islamist militants in the Sahel since 2014. This number will be cut to “between 2,500 and 3,000” by 2023, according to Colonel Pascal Ianni, the spokesperson for the French Armed Forces Staff. But the reduction could be accelerated after France's presidential election in April 2022, depending on who is elected.

Most of the personnel to be withdrawn will be ground forces, with the presence in Mali effectively reduced from three battalions to one.

The drawdown is now under way, with a source close to French Defence Minister Florence Parly telling Janes that Macron ordered it to be completed by the end of this year.

The three main bases in northern Mali (Timbuktu, Tessalit, and Kidal) are being evacuated and will be transferred to the UN mission in Mali and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).


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Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kha...

Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.


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Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.

Established in December 2020, the Golden Horde Vanguard programme is focused on exploring weapons concepts in realistic operational scenarios, and assessing weapon survivability and effects across large, contested areas – even in conditions of degraded connectivity. First flight demonstrations, using NCA technology embodied in existing air-to-surface weapons, were followed by complex demonstrations in the first half of 2021.


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AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.


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France to cut Sahel force by up to 3,000 in two years

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Task Force Sabre, France's special operations force in the Sahel, will remain largely untouched by the cuts. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

French officials have revealed new details of the planned drawdown in the Sahel region that was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in June.

France currently has about 5,500 troops committed to Operation Barkhane: its mission is to counter Islamist militants in the Sahel since 2014. This number will be cut to “between 2,500 and 3,000” by 2023, according to Colonel Pascal Ianni, the spokesperson for the French Armed Forces Staff. But the reduction could be accelerated after France's presidential election in April 2022, depending on who is elected.

Most of the personnel to be withdrawn will be ground forces, with the presence in Mali effectively reduced from three battalions to one.

The drawdown is now under way, with a source close to French Defence Minister Florence Parly telling Janes that Macron ordered it to be completed by the end of this year.

The three main bases in northern Mali (Timbuktu, Tessalit, and Kidal) are being evacuated and will be transferred to the UN mission in Mali and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).


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Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kha...

Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.


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Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.

Established in December 2020, the Golden Horde Vanguard programme is focused on exploring weapons concepts in realistic operational scenarios, and assessing weapon survivability and effects across large, contested areas – even in conditions of degraded connectivity. First flight demonstrations, using NCA technology embodied in existing air-to-surface weapons, were followed by complex demonstrations in the first half of 2021.


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AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.


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France to cut Sahel force by up to 3,000 in two years

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Task Force Sabre, France's special operations force in the Sahel, will remain largely untouched by the cuts. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

French officials have revealed new details of the planned drawdown in the Sahel region that was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in June.

France currently has about 5,500 troops committed to Operation Barkhane: its mission is to counter Islamist militants in the Sahel since 2014. This number will be cut to “between 2,500 and 3,000” by 2023, according to Colonel Pascal Ianni, the spokesperson for the French Armed Forces Staff. But the reduction could be accelerated after France's presidential election in April 2022, depending on who is elected.

Most of the personnel to be withdrawn will be ground forces, with the presence in Mali effectively reduced from three battalions to one.

The drawdown is now under way, with a source close to French Defence Minister Florence Parly telling Janes that Macron ordered it to be completed by the end of this year.

The three main bases in northern Mali (Timbuktu, Tessalit, and Kidal) are being evacuated and will be transferred to the UN mission in Mali and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).


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Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kha...

Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.


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Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.

Established in December 2020, the Golden Horde Vanguard programme is focused on exploring weapons concepts in realistic operational scenarios, and assessing weapon survivability and effects across large, contested areas – even in conditions of degraded connectivity. First flight demonstrations, using NCA technology embodied in existing air-to-surface weapons, were followed by complex demonstrations in the first half of 2021.


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AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.


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France to cut Sahel force by up to 3,000 in two years

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Task Force Sabre, France's special operations force in the Sahel, will remain largely untouched by the cuts. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

French officials have revealed new details of the planned drawdown in the Sahel region that was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in June.

France currently has about 5,500 troops committed to Operation Barkhane: its mission is to counter Islamist militants in the Sahel since 2014. This number will be cut to “between 2,500 and 3,000” by 2023, according to Colonel Pascal Ianni, the spokesperson for the French Armed Forces Staff. But the reduction could be accelerated after France's presidential election in April 2022, depending on who is elected.

Most of the personnel to be withdrawn will be ground forces, with the presence in Mali effectively reduced from three battalions to one.

The drawdown is now under way, with a source close to French Defence Minister Florence Parly telling Janes that Macron ordered it to be completed by the end of this year.

The three main bases in northern Mali (Timbuktu, Tessalit, and Kidal) are being evacuated and will be transferred to the UN mission in Mali and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).


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Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kha...

Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.


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Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.

Established in December 2020, the Golden Horde Vanguard programme is focused on exploring weapons concepts in realistic operational scenarios, and assessing weapon survivability and effects across large, contested areas – even in conditions of degraded connectivity. First flight demonstrations, using NCA technology embodied in existing air-to-surface weapons, were followed by complex demonstrations in the first half of 2021.


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AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.


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France to cut Sahel force by up to 3,000 in two years

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Task Force Sabre, France's special operations force in the Sahel, will remain largely untouched by the cuts. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

French officials have revealed new details of the planned drawdown in the Sahel region that was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in June.

France currently has about 5,500 troops committed to Operation Barkhane: its mission is to counter Islamist militants in the Sahel since 2014. This number will be cut to “between 2,500 and 3,000” by 2023, according to Colonel Pascal Ianni, the spokesperson for the French Armed Forces Staff. But the reduction could be accelerated after France's presidential election in April 2022, depending on who is elected.

Most of the personnel to be withdrawn will be ground forces, with the presence in Mali effectively reduced from three battalions to one.

The drawdown is now under way, with a source close to French Defence Minister Florence Parly telling Janes that Macron ordered it to be completed by the end of this year.

The three main bases in northern Mali (Timbuktu, Tessalit, and Kidal) are being evacuated and will be transferred to the UN mission in Mali and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).


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Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kha...

Ukraine deploys S-125 SAM system close to Russia

by Prathamesh Karle

Ukraine has deployed the S-125 surface-to-air missile (SAM) system in the country’s northeastern Kharkiv region, close to the Russian border. The Ukrainian Air Force’s Eastern Command published a report on its website on 6 August with images showing soldiers of an anti-aircraft regiment operating the system during a training exercise conducted the same day.

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

Mobile launchers of Ukraine’s S-125 SAM system during an exercise close to the Russian border. (Ukrainian Air Force)

The soldiers were shown deploying mobile launchers, as well as P-18 VHF band and P-19 early warning radars. One of the elements of the training exercise was to practise countering unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), stated Lieutenant Colonel Mikhailo Povkhovych, the commander of the anti-aircraft unit. He said one of his unit’s priorities was to counter UAVs, given that they have been used in the Donbass conflict, not only for reconnaissance but also for combat operations. Tactical training of the unit with live firing will take place at the Yagorlyk state test site in September, the report added.


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Protovision pits NCA gladiators in ‘virtual' Colosseum

by Richard Scott

The US Department of the Air Force's Golden Horde Vanguard programme has commenced a new competitive phase in which advanced networked, collaborative, and autonomous (NCA) platforms and weapons will compete as ‘gladiators' in a virtual environment.

Known as Operation Protovision, the competition has been launched by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory to enable a variety of competitors to showcase technologies in a so-called Golden Horde Colosseum.

Established in December 2020, the Golden Horde Vanguard programme is focused on exploring weapons concepts in realistic operational scenarios, and assessing weapon survivability and effects across large, contested areas – even in conditions of degraded connectivity. First flight demonstrations, using NCA technology embodied in existing air-to-surface weapons, were followed by complex demonstrations in the first half of 2021.


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AFA 2021: Boeing unveils Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept

by Pat Host

Boeing's half-scale two-stage Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile concept on display on 21 September at the Air Force Association's annual convention. A two-stage concept allows the back half to drop off in flight, allowing the vehicle to gain aerodynamic efficiencies. (Janes/Pat Host)

Boeing displayed at the Air Force Association's (AFA's) annual convention a half-scale model of a Long-Range Air-to-Air Missile (LRAAM) concept it developed in response to an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) broad agency announcement (BAA) for LRAAM technologies.

Zac Wood, Boeing's manager for global sales and marketing at Phantom Works advanced weapons, told Janes on 21 September at the show that the AFRL sought capabilities in multipulse, air breathing, and two-stage missile design. While Boeing did respond to all three technology areas, Wood said Boeing developed the two-stage LRAAM for the portion that desired a two-stage design.


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France to cut Sahel force by up to 3,000 in two years

by Jean-Marc Tanguy

Task Force Sabre, France's special operations force in the Sahel, will remain largely untouched by the cuts. (Jean-Marc Tanguy)

French officials have revealed new details of the planned drawdown in the Sahel region that was announced by President Emmanuel Macron in June.

France currently has about 5,500 troops committed to Operation Barkhane: its mission is to counter Islamist militants in the Sahel since 2014. This number will be cut to “between 2,500 and 3,000” by 2023, according to Colonel Pascal Ianni, the spokesperson for the French Armed Forces Staff. But the reduction could be accelerated after France's presidential election in April 2022, depending on who is elected.

Most of the personnel to be withdrawn will be ground forces, with the presence in Mali effectively reduced from three battalions to one.

The drawdown is now under way, with a source close to French Defence Minister Florence Parly telling Janes that Macron ordered it to be completed by the end of this year.

The three main bases in northern Mali (Timbuktu, Tessalit, and Kidal) are being evacuated and will be transferred to the UN mission in Mali and Malian Armed Forces (FAMa).


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