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US Congress extends government funding through mid-February

By Marc Selinger 03 December 2021
The US House and Senate both passed a temporary measure on 2 December that will keep the federal government, including the US Department of Defense (DoD), funded through 18 February 2022.  The legislation, or continuing resolution (CR), now heads t...

Italy and Austria sign G2G agreement for 18 AW169 helicopters

By Georg Mader 03 December 2021
Seen in Italian service, the AW169 is to be acquired shortly by Austria also. (Leonardo)  Italy and Austria have entered into a government-to-government (G2G) agreement for the sale and procurement of 18 Leonardo AW169 multirole helicopters for the Austrian Armed Forces (Bundesheer).  Signed on 2 December at the Italian Ministry of Defence in Rome between Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini and Austrian Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner, the implementation phase of the agreement paves the way for a formal contractual agreement by 20 December and a...

Red Six show video from augmented reality refuelling and aerial manoeuvre for the first time at I/ITSEC

By James Rands 03 December 2021
Red Six unveiled footage of their augmented reality system at I/ITSEC this week. Red Six's Airborne Tactical Augmented Reality System (ATARS) enables pilots to see and interact with virtual airframes while flying actual aircraft. Virtual aircraft c...

Turkey successfully test fires new indigenous 76/62mm naval gun

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 03 December 2021
Turkey successfully conducted a second land-based live test-firing of its indigenous 76/62 mm naval gun at the Karapınar shooting range in central Konya province on 2 December, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced.  The latest test follows...

Avon Protection nears unveiling results of body armour business review

By Marc Selinger 03 December 2021
Avon Protection, which has been conducting a “strategic review” of its body armour business, plans to disclose the outcome of that review on 15 December, according to a spokesperson for the UK-based company.    The disclosure will coincide wit...

Brazilian Army merges AFV programmes in reorganisation

By Victor Barreira 03 December 2021
The Brazilian Army is merging its principal wheeled and tracked armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) projects, Colonel Marcelo Yoshida of the Army High-Staff revealed at the 10th Conference of Systems and Military Technology, held in Brasília from 23 to...

AFRL pursues multispectral threat warning under EOS-DEW

By Richard Scott 03 December 2021
The US Air Force has launched an effort to develop and demonstrate prototype advanced integrated threat warning system technologies to address multispectral guided missiles, hostile fire, and directed energy weapon systems.  Led by the Air Force Re...

South Korea finalises USD46.32 billion defence budget for 2022

By Jon Grevatt & Andrew MacDonald 03 December 2021
Janes Defence Budgets forecasts relatively strong growth in South Korea's total defence budget during the next few years. These totals include South Korea's spending on pensions and welfare as well as special funds for base relocation and construction. (Janes Defence Budgets)  South Korea's defence budget for 2022 has been finalised at KRW54.61 trillion (USD46.32 billion), the Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul announced.  The MND said the new expenditure, approved by the National Assembly on 3 December, is a 1% decline on the KRW55...

UAE signs for 80 Rafale F4 combat aircraft

By Gareth Jennings 03 December 2021
The UAE is to buy 80 of the latest standard Rafale F4 aircraft from France in a deal announced on 3 December. (French Air and Space Force)  The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed for 80 Dassault Rafale combat aircraft from France, the manufacturer announced on 3 December.  Signed in the presence of the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Vice-Commander of the Armed Forces of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed ben Zayed Al Nahyane, the contract covers the F4 aircraft, representing the first export...

StrikeShield APS serial production for Hungarian Lynx IFVs to begin in 2022

By Michal Zdobinsky 03 December 2021
Serial production of Rheinmetall's StrikeShield APS for Hungarian Lynx IFVs will begin in the first quarter of 2022. (Rheinmetall)    Serial production of Rheinmetall's StrikeShield active protection system (APS) for Hungarian Lynx infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) will begin in the first quarter of 2022, the German company has confirmed to  Janes.  Rheinmetall announced in May that Hungary had signed a EUR140 million (USD158 million) contract for StrikeShield systems for 209 of the 218 Lynx IFVs ordered. Hungary will have a hybrid...

France receives new landing craft

By Nicholas Fiorenza 03 December 2021
The DGA received the EDA-S landing craft   Arbalète   (pictured) and   Arquebuse   on 26 November.  (Ministère des Armées)    The Direction Générale de l'Armement (DGA), the French armament procurement agency, announced on its website on 29 October that it has received the first of 14 engins de débarquement amphibie standard (EDA-S) landing craft ordered in 2019 from CNIM for the French Navy and Army. The agency received   Arbalète  and   Arquebuse  on 26 November and expec...

InVeris demonstrates its new SRCE mixed reality training environment

By James Rands 03 December 2021
Exercising troops spot an enemy soldier in the SRCE virtual environment. (InVeris)  At I/ITSEC this week InVeris demonstrated SRCE – a mixed reality training environment. SRCE uses a VR headset and a pack with processing capability to enable exercising troops to see enemy and civilians and to engage them with small arms fire.  SRCE builds on InVeris existing marksmanship trainer, which is a programme of record for both the US Army and US Marine Corps. At present the system can cover 10,000 square feet with the aim to double that in the next...

Brazilian Army mulls loitering munitions and armed UAVs

By Victor Barreira 03 December 2021
The Brazilian Army uses the hand-launched FT-100 fixed-wing ISTAR tactical UAV for different applications. (FT SISTEMAS S/A)  The Brazilian Army is seeking to adopt unmanned combat tactical effectors such as loitering munitions and armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).    The army is conducting preliminary studies that are expected to culminate with the publication of requirements for such systems over the next few years, Lieutenant Colonel Leonardo Gomes Saraiva, Army High-Staff supervisor of the Subprogram Remotely Piloted Aircraft Sy...

Canada strikes Super Hornet from fighter competition

By Pat Host 03 December 2021
A Royal Canadian Air Force CF-188 takes off on 1 December 2021. Boeing and its Block III Super Hornet was eliminated from final eligibility for Canada's fighter procurement. (Canadian Armed Forces)  Canada has eliminated the Boeing F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet from its Future Fighter Capability Project (FFCP) competition, leaving the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the Saab Gripen E as the finalists.  Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) said on 1 December that proposals were rigorously assessed on...

I/ITSEC 2021: Marathon Targets reveals new autonomous robot targets

By Giles Ebbutt 03 December 2021
Marathon's new T50 (foreground) and T100 Autonomous Robotic Targets shown at I/ITSEC 21. The scuff marks on the armour plating of the T50 are from 6.8 mm rounds. (Giles Ebbutt)  Marathon Targets has upgraded its fleet of autonomous robot targets (ART) and showcased the updated versions at the International/Interservice Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando.  Ralph Petroff, Marathon president for North America, told Janes that the ARTs are “intelligent robots that move and behave like a real enemy, to form a thinki...

Vietnam, Russia sign military-technical deal

By Jon Grevatt 02 December 2021
Vietnam's procurement of Yak-130 trainer/light combat aircraft in 2019 was its most recent major deal with Russia. (Irkut Corporation)  Vietnam and Russia have signed an agreement to expand co-operation on military trade and technologies, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Moscow has announced.  The new accord is intended to reinvigorate flagging defence-trade ties, with Vietnam increasingly wary that its military deals with Moscow could risk damaging its strategic relationship with the United States.  The Vietnamese-Russian inter-governmental...

China launches big data plan

By Jon Grevatt 02 December 2021
China's new big data plan is aligned with wider objectives to achieve capabilities in what it calls ‘strategic frontier' technologies. In addition to big data, such technologies include artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and unmanned systems such as this CH-5 unmanned aerial vehicle. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  China has released plans to support the development of big data technologies and industry. The plan is closely aligned with Beijing's 2021–25 five-year plan (FYP) and its associated emphasis on developing defence capability through m...

Wormuth details vision for US Army's role in military conflict against China

By Ashley Roque 02 December 2021
US Army Secretary Christine Wormuth anticipates that the ground service will have five core tasks in a potential military conflict in the Indo-Pacific region, to include the use of long-range weapons. However, she does not anticipate having the nec...

UK confirms Sentinel sale to US

By Gareth Jennings 02 December 2021
The UK has sold its retired Sentinel R1 fleet to the US, though the final completion of the sale is dependent on at least one of the five grounded aircraft being returned to full-flight status. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The United Kingdom has sold its retired fleet of Raytheon Sentinel R1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) wide-area ground-surveillance aircraft to the United States, it was confirmed on 30 November.  Answering questions in parliament, Minister of State for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin confirmed media reports that the aircraft re...

Airbus details Tiger III upgrade, anticipates sign-off from nations

By Gareth Jennings 02 December 2021
A French Tiger HAD attack helicopter. Along with Germany and Spain, France is expected to upgrade its Tiger fleet to the proposed Mk III standard. (Airbus)  Airbus has, for the first time, provided a comprehensive breakdown of the Tiger Mk III upgrade it plans to roll out to France, Germany, and Spain.  Speaking at the Airbus Defence and Space annual Trade Media Briefing, Airbus Helicopters' executive vice-president Matthieu Louvot said that the work to be carried out for each nation will be slightly different, though there will be a high deg...
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