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DARPA selects Bell Helicopters as second competitor in Phase 1B of SPRINT programme

By Zach Rosenberg 30 May 2024
Bell Helicopters' entry for DARPA's SPRINT contest. (Bell Helicopters)  The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected a second competitor for Phase 1B of its Speed and Runway Independent Technologies (SPRINT) programme, the agency announced on 28 May.  Phase 1B is intended to mature Bell Helicopters' design through preliminary design review (PDR). A conceptual image of Bell Helicopters' SPRINT design shows an unmanned, twin-engine tiltrotor aircraft. The tiltrotors are intended to fold into the nacelle, allowing a jet...

Canada awards SkyAlyne CAD11.2 billion Future Aircrew Training contract

By Zach Rosenberg 30 May 2024
The Beechcraft CT-156 Harvard II, better known as the T-6A Texan II, that the Royal Canadian Air Force uses for some of its pilot training. The Texans will be replaced by Pilatus PC-9s under the new FAcT deal. (Janes/Pat Host)  The Canadian government has awarded SkyAlyne a CAD11.2 billion (USD8.1 billion) contract for the Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) project to train Canadian pilots and aircrew, the country's Minister of National Defence Bill Blair announced at the CANSEC show on 29 May.  Training under the FAcT contract, which is schedule...

Sweden to acquire additional GlobalEye AEW&C aircraft, accelerate entry into service

By Gareth Jennings 29 May 2024
With two GlobalEyes now under contract, Sweden is to acquire an additional aircraft and accelerate the type's entry into service. (Saab)  Sweden is to add to its order of two Saab S 106 GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, at the same time as fast-tracking the type's entry into service.  The Swedish government made the disclosures as part of a wider announcement of military aid to Ukraine published on 29 May. In the announcement, the government said that its commitment to donate one of the Swedish Air Force's (SwAF's...

South Korea outlines development of enhanced air-defence systems

By Kapil Kajal 29 May 2024
The M-SAM III system will be an enhanced version of M-SAM II (pictured above) with better interception performance and engagement capabilities. (DAPA)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced a plan to develop enhanced air-defence systems to counter missile threats from North Korea.  In a press release on 29 May, DAPA said that it will initiate the development of long-range surface-to-air missile II (L-SAM II) system and medium-range surface-to-air missile Block III (M-SAM III) system in 2024.  DAPA said...

Hungary to adapt L-39NG for future Gripen training needs

By Gareth Jennings 29 May 2024
Under the terms of an MOU signed between Aero Vodochody and Saab, the L-39NG (pictured) is to be adapted to meet the future Gripen training requirements of the Hungarian Air Force. (Aero Vodochody)  Hungary is to adapt the Aero Vodochody L-39NG aircraft to meet the future advanced jet trainer requirements of its Saab Gripen combat fleet.  The Czech and Swedish airframers announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on 29 May, with the two companies working to explore options to adapt the L-39NG to meet the Gripen C/D training needs of the Hu...

Indian Army seeks hydrogen fuel for mobility vehicles

By Kapil Kajal 29 May 2024
The Indian Army plans to procure light vehicles, such as Maruti Suzuki Gypsy King MG413W (pictured above), buses, and trucks that run on environmentally friendly fuels, to enhance operational capabilities while ensuring environmental sustainability. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  The Indian Army has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) to develop and deploy hydrogen fuel cell technology in its heavy-duty mobility vehicles, the company said in a press release on 27 May.  According to IOCL, it also deliver...

PLA demonstrates robotic dogs for reconnaissance, combat

By Oishee Majumdar 28 May 2024
Vong Pisen, commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, and Gao Xiucheng, deputy chief of staff of the PLA's Southern Theater Commander, attend a demonstration of a machine gun-equipped robotic dog during Exercise ‘Golden Dragon'. During this exercise, the PLA demonstrated robotic dogs that can be used for reconnaissance and combat. (AFP via Getty Images)  China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has demonstrated few of its robotic dog assets that can support reconnaissance and combat operations in an ongoing military exercise with...

Israel inducts Ofer training helicopter

By Gareth Jennings 28 May 2024
Israel has acquired the AW119Kx (pictured) to replace the OH-58 Kiowa in the helicopter pilot training role as its systems are more representative of the country's modern front-line types. (Israeli Air Force)  Israel has inducted the Leonardo AW119Kx Koala (named Ofer [Fawn] in national service) training helicopter, with the first flight at the Israeli Air Force (IAF) Flight Academy at Hatzerim Air Force Base.  The IAF announced the milestone on 26 May, marking the beginning of operations of the single-engined helicopter that was acquired in...

BSDA 2024: ROMARM displays new NATO-calibre assault rifle

By Sonny Butterworth 27 May 2024
Two configurations of the CN-22 were displayed on ROMARM's stand at BSDA 2024 – a medium version with a shorter 13.5 inch barrel (top) and a standard version with a 16 inch barrel (bottom). (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Fabrica de Arme Cugir, a subsidiary of Romania's state-owned ROMARM holding company, displayed two configurations of its CN-22 assault rifle at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest between 22 and 24 May.  Development of the CN-22 began in 2023 in response to a requirement from the Romanian...

South Korea completes development of long-range SAM system

By Kapil Kajal 27 May 2024
The L-SAM is a part of the Korea Air and Missile Defense system, which consists of several layers of capability designed to intercept missiles from North Korea. The L-SAM can intercept missiles at an altitude of 50–60 km, and the Patriot and Cheongung II can intercept missiles at around 40 km altitude. (Janes)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has completed the development of its long-range surface-to-air missile (L-SAM) system, the country's Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on 27 May.  According to the M...

BSDA 2024: Hanwha to set up Chunmoo user club and integrate new munitions into its launcher

By Sonny Butterworth 27 May 2024
Hanwha hopes to set up a new user club for its Chunmoo MRL, seen here as a scale model at BSDA 2024, suggesting that it expects the customer base for the system to grow. This will be aided by the integration of new munitions into the system, including the GLSDB. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)    Hanwha is planning to set up a user club for its K239 Chunmoo multiple rocket launcher (MRL) and integrate third-party munitions into the system,  Janes  learnt at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest...

First Replicator unmanned systems delivered to US armed forces

By Zach Rosenberg 27 May 2024
A US Army soldier launched an AeroVironment Switchblade. The loitering munition is the only system publicly identified as being selected to be part of the Replicator initiative. (DVIDS)  The first systems under the Replicator initiative, intended to manufacture small unmanned systems en masse, have been delivered, US Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks said in a 22 May statement.  “The delivery of Replicator systems to the warfighter began earlier this month,” Hicks said. “Together with the private sector and with support from Congress...

UK UAV maker reveals its craft in use by Ukrainian armed forces since 2023

By Sam Wise 27 May 2024
A Windracers ULTRA UAV pictured in February 2024. (Windracers Group)    Ukraine is operating the UK-developed Windracers Uncrewed Low-cost Transport (ULTRA) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV),   Janes  has learnt.     ULTRA is a tactical UAV designed to support resupply. Speaking to   Janes   on 4 April, Simon Muderack, the CEO of Windracers and Distributed Avionics, revealed that its UAV has been conducting intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and supporting resupply for the Armed Forces of Ukrai...

Team Calibre established to bid for Type 31 Through Life Support

By Richard Scott 27 May 2024
UK Royal Navy Type 31 general-purpose frigate design (artist's impression). The MoD is expected to launch the competition for Type 31 TLS in late 2024. (Babcock)  KBR, Frazer-Nash Consultancy, and V Group have allied to bid for the delivery of through-life support (TLS) for the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) new Type 31 frigates.  Announcing the formation of Team Calibre on 22 May, the three companies said their alliance would marry V Group's technical capabilities from commercial shipping with the extensive complex programme delivery and technical e...

Future Artillery 2024: Danish PULS MRL deliveries completed

By Nicholas Fiorenza 27 May 2024
Denmark received its first ATMOS and PULS artillery systems during the third quarter of 2023. (Elbit Systems)    Denmark has received all its Precise and Universal Launching System (PULS) multiple rocket launchers (MRLs) and its first batch of 155 mm/52 calibre Autonomous Truck Mounted Howitzer Systems (ATMOS),   Janes  learnt at Defence iQ's Future Artillery 2024 conference held in Paris from 21 to 23 May.   Most of the PULS munitions ordered by Denmark have also been delivered. The arrival of the first batch of ATMOS all...

BSDA 2024: ROMARM develops new family of drone-dropped munitions

By Sonny Butterworth 27 May 2024
The complete family of Carfil's drone-dropped munitions (from left to right: 60 mm, 81 mm, 82 mm, and 120 mm), showing the polymer stabilising fins that have been used to reduce weight. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Carfil, a subsidiary of Romania's state-owned ROMARM holding company, displayed a family of drone-dropped munitions at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 May.  Based on ROMARM's existing range of 60 mm, 81 mm, 82 mm, and 120 mm mortar bombs, the drone-dropped variants include st...

BSDA 2024: Hanwha to offer Redback IFV to Italy and Romania

By Sonny Butterworth 24 May 2024
An AS21 Redback displayed at Hanwha's stand at BSDA 2024. It is likely that the Australian configuration of the Redback will form the basis of Hanwha's Romanian bid. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Hanwha revealed that it intends to enter its Redback tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) into Italian and Romanian competitive IFV procurement programmes at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 May.  In a press release published on 21 May, Billy Boohwan Lee, head of Hanwha Aerospace Europe, claim...

BSDA 2024: UMB unveils TR-85 M1R MBT

By Sonny Butterworth 24 May 2024
The TR-85 M1R was publicly exhibited for the first time at BSDA in May 2024. Externally, many of the modifications to this variant are hard to spot, with the new laser and radar warning system on the turret corners being the most prominent change. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Uzina Mecanică Bucureşti (UMB), part of Romania's state-owned ROMARM conglomerate, displayed a modernised version of the TR-85 M1 main battle tank (MBT) for the first time at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 May.  D...

Saab targets unmanned maritime market with Autonomous Ocean Core control system

By Jeremiah Cushman 24 May 2024
Saab has developed the Autonomous Ocean Core to provide foundational capabilities for unmanned vessels, enabling customers to integrate additional functionality as desired. (Saab)  Saab is developing a new autonomy capability for small- and medium-sized vessels. The Autonomous Ocean Core (AOC) is designed to provide baseline autonomy, including vessel control, upon which an operator can build whatever additional capabilities they desire, Emil Jonze, chief engineer for AOC, told journalists at the Saab Kockums shipyard in Karlskrona in souther...

BSDA 2024: Otokar outlines Cobra II pitch for Romania

By Sonny Butterworth 24 May 2024
Otokar displayed a pickup-style configuration of the Cobra II on a revolving pedestal at BSDA. The vehicle was equipped with an Anubis 3.0 ROWS from Pro Optica, one of Otokar's partners in the programme. (Janes/Sonny Butterworth)  Otokar confirmed that it is offering its Cobra II 4×4 protected patrol vehicle to the Romanian Army during a media briefing delivered at the Black Sea Defense and Aerospace (BSDA) 2024 exhibition held in Bucharest from 22 to 24 May.  During the briefing, Sedef Vehbi, military cluster head of Otokar, emphasised that...
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