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US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.

During that exercise, the USN created three separate “vignettes” to team and test the operational effectiveness of manned and unmanned systems during for the US Pacific Fleet's ‘Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem (UxS IBP) 21' off the California coast, said Rear Admiral James Aiken, tactical commander for the eight-day exercise that ended on 26 April.

The USN also publicly released its official Unmanned Campaign Framework plan on 17 March.

However, “The US 5th Fleet region's unique geography, climate, and strategic importance offer an ideal environment for [unmanned] innovation,” NAVCENT said in a statement.

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US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to...

US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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Indian Air Force hastens its plans to buy ex-French Mirage 2000s

by Rahul Bedi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fast-tracking its EUR27 million (USD31.78 million) plan to purchase 24 second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters from France in a bid to boost its declining combat squadrons.

Thirteen of the 24 aircraft are in “completed condition”, needing only “servicing and basic maintenance” before becoming fully operational for squadron service, official sources told Janes on 17 September. They added that the 11 remaining Mirage 2000s, which are in a “semi-finished condition”, would be cannibalised for their subassemblies and spare parts to sustain the IAF's two upgraded Mirage 2000H squadrons, which comprise 49 aircraft that entered service from mid-1985 onwards.

The IAF refers to this endeavour as ‘reduce to produce'; in 2018 it obtained SEPECAT Jaguar airframes, assorted spares and subassemblies from France, Oman and the United Kingdom to support its ageing fleet of over 100 of these Anglo-French ground attack aircraft to improve their operational serviceability.

The IAF spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the intended Mirage 2000 buy, but industry officials indicated that the deal could be signed “soon”.


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US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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Indian Air Force hastens its plans to buy ex-French Mirage 2000s

by Rahul Bedi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fast-tracking its EUR27 million (USD31.78 million) plan to purchase 24 second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters from France in a bid to boost its declining combat squadrons.

Thirteen of the 24 aircraft are in “completed condition”, needing only “servicing and basic maintenance” before becoming fully operational for squadron service, official sources told Janes on 17 September. They added that the 11 remaining Mirage 2000s, which are in a “semi-finished condition”, would be cannibalised for their subassemblies and spare parts to sustain the IAF's two upgraded Mirage 2000H squadrons, which comprise 49 aircraft that entered service from mid-1985 onwards.

The IAF refers to this endeavour as ‘reduce to produce'; in 2018 it obtained SEPECAT Jaguar airframes, assorted spares and subassemblies from France, Oman and the United Kingdom to support its ageing fleet of over 100 of these Anglo-French ground attack aircraft to improve their operational serviceability.

The IAF spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the intended Mirage 2000 buy, but industry officials indicated that the deal could be signed “soon”.


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US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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Indian Air Force hastens its plans to buy ex-French Mirage 2000s

by Rahul Bedi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fast-tracking its EUR27 million (USD31.78 million) plan to purchase 24 second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters from France in a bid to boost its declining combat squadrons.

Thirteen of the 24 aircraft are in “completed condition”, needing only “servicing and basic maintenance” before becoming fully operational for squadron service, official sources told Janes on 17 September. They added that the 11 remaining Mirage 2000s, which are in a “semi-finished condition”, would be cannibalised for their subassemblies and spare parts to sustain the IAF's two upgraded Mirage 2000H squadrons, which comprise 49 aircraft that entered service from mid-1985 onwards.

The IAF refers to this endeavour as ‘reduce to produce'; in 2018 it obtained SEPECAT Jaguar airframes, assorted spares and subassemblies from France, Oman and the United Kingdom to support its ageing fleet of over 100 of these Anglo-French ground attack aircraft to improve their operational serviceability.

The IAF spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the intended Mirage 2000 buy, but industry officials indicated that the deal could be signed “soon”.


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US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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Indian Air Force hastens its plans to buy ex-French Mirage 2000s

by Rahul Bedi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fast-tracking its EUR27 million (USD31.78 million) plan to purchase 24 second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters from France in a bid to boost its declining combat squadrons.

Thirteen of the 24 aircraft are in “completed condition”, needing only “servicing and basic maintenance” before becoming fully operational for squadron service, official sources told Janes on 17 September. They added that the 11 remaining Mirage 2000s, which are in a “semi-finished condition”, would be cannibalised for their subassemblies and spare parts to sustain the IAF's two upgraded Mirage 2000H squadrons, which comprise 49 aircraft that entered service from mid-1985 onwards.

The IAF refers to this endeavour as ‘reduce to produce'; in 2018 it obtained SEPECAT Jaguar airframes, assorted spares and subassemblies from France, Oman and the United Kingdom to support its ageing fleet of over 100 of these Anglo-French ground attack aircraft to improve their operational serviceability.

The IAF spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the intended Mirage 2000 buy, but industry officials indicated that the deal could be signed “soon”.


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US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to...

US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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Indian Air Force hastens its plans to buy ex-French Mirage 2000s

by Rahul Bedi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fast-tracking its EUR27 million (USD31.78 million) plan to purchase 24 second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters from France in a bid to boost its declining combat squadrons.

Thirteen of the 24 aircraft are in “completed condition”, needing only “servicing and basic maintenance” before becoming fully operational for squadron service, official sources told Janes on 17 September. They added that the 11 remaining Mirage 2000s, which are in a “semi-finished condition”, would be cannibalised for their subassemblies and spare parts to sustain the IAF's two upgraded Mirage 2000H squadrons, which comprise 49 aircraft that entered service from mid-1985 onwards.

The IAF refers to this endeavour as ‘reduce to produce'; in 2018 it obtained SEPECAT Jaguar airframes, assorted spares and subassemblies from France, Oman and the United Kingdom to support its ageing fleet of over 100 of these Anglo-French ground attack aircraft to improve their operational serviceability.

The IAF spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the intended Mirage 2000 buy, but industry officials indicated that the deal could be signed “soon”.


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US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to...

US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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Indian Air Force hastens its plans to buy ex-French Mirage 2000s

by Rahul Bedi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fast-tracking its EUR27 million (USD31.78 million) plan to purchase 24 second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters from France in a bid to boost its declining combat squadrons.

Thirteen of the 24 aircraft are in “completed condition”, needing only “servicing and basic maintenance” before becoming fully operational for squadron service, official sources told Janes on 17 September. They added that the 11 remaining Mirage 2000s, which are in a “semi-finished condition”, would be cannibalised for their subassemblies and spare parts to sustain the IAF's two upgraded Mirage 2000H squadrons, which comprise 49 aircraft that entered service from mid-1985 onwards.

The IAF refers to this endeavour as ‘reduce to produce'; in 2018 it obtained SEPECAT Jaguar airframes, assorted spares and subassemblies from France, Oman and the United Kingdom to support its ageing fleet of over 100 of these Anglo-French ground attack aircraft to improve their operational serviceability.

The IAF spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the intended Mirage 2000 buy, but industry officials indicated that the deal could be signed “soon”.


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US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to...

US 5th Fleet launches creates task force to integrate unmanned systems

by Michael Fabey

The USN operated a Vanilla ultra-endurance, land-launched, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during UxS IBP. The US 5th Fleet is creating a task force to integrate umanned systems with operations. (US Navy)

US Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) established a new task force, designated Task Force 59, to “rapidly integrate unmanned systems and artificial intelligence (AI) with maritime operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations”, command officials confirmed on 9 September.

Task Force 59 is the first US Navy (USN) task force of its kind, command officials noted.

The desire to integrate unmanned equipment, systems, and platforms with manned USN forces is an ongoing USN effort that has ramped up this year.

In trying to prove to Congress that unmanned systems can be operationalised and are worth the immediate investment the USN wants to make in the technology – at the expense of other traditional acquisitions – service officials conducted the navy's first-ever fleet exercise involving unmanned systems in April.


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UK to explore alternative PNT methods

by Richard Scott

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a cluster of contracts under which industry will explore novel means of timing and navigation in the event of disruption to global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs).

The Alternative Navigation research initiative will investigate alternative techniques to provide a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solution in order to improve resilience to GNSS denial.

GNSSs operate by computing signals broadcast from a constellation of synchronised satellites. Its use increasingly underpins precise and secure navigation for military users, but it is vulnerable to interference, spoofing, signal blockage or constellation failure that may result in GNSS denial.

Accordingly, the Space Delivery Team within the MoD's Defence Equipment and Support organisation has placed seven contracts, worth a total of about GBP3.8 million, with six companies. Three different approaches to PNT are being addressed.

Teledyne UK was contracted to explore a resilient timing source that is designed to maintain accuracy if GPS is not available. The focus is on atomic clock technology, particularly Quantum Clocks.


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UK to deploy more intelligence personnel to monitor Russia and China

by Tim Ripley

Additional UK military intelligence personnel are being deployed to overseas locations as part of growing strategic competition with Russia and China, according to the head of the UK's Defence Intelligence organisation.

During a rare public appearance at DSEI 2021 in London on 16 September, the organisation's chief, Lieutenant General Jim Hockenhull, said this was part of a wider revamp of how Defence Intelligence gives early warning of crises to political decision makers and monitors the build-up of Chinese and Russian military capabilities.

He said this involves a move away from reliance on traditional classified intelligence-collection methods towards the exploitation of open-source information and commercial services, as well as the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to process the “deluge of information” now available to intelligence analysts.


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Indian Air Force hastens its plans to buy ex-French Mirage 2000s

by Rahul Bedi

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is fast-tracking its EUR27 million (USD31.78 million) plan to purchase 24 second-hand Dassault Mirage 2000 fighters from France in a bid to boost its declining combat squadrons.

Thirteen of the 24 aircraft are in “completed condition”, needing only “servicing and basic maintenance” before becoming fully operational for squadron service, official sources told Janes on 17 September. They added that the 11 remaining Mirage 2000s, which are in a “semi-finished condition”, would be cannibalised for their subassemblies and spare parts to sustain the IAF's two upgraded Mirage 2000H squadrons, which comprise 49 aircraft that entered service from mid-1985 onwards.

The IAF refers to this endeavour as ‘reduce to produce'; in 2018 it obtained SEPECAT Jaguar airframes, assorted spares and subassemblies from France, Oman and the United Kingdom to support its ageing fleet of over 100 of these Anglo-French ground attack aircraft to improve their operational serviceability.

The IAF spokesman in New Delhi declined to comment on the intended Mirage 2000 buy, but industry officials indicated that the deal could be signed “soon”.


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