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First F-15QAs head for Qatar

By Gareth Jennings 29 October 2021
Seen during pre-delivery trials in the United States, the first of an official 36 F-15QA combat aircraft for the QEAF are now en route to Qatar. (Boeing)  The first F-15QA Ababil combat aircraft for Qatar have departed Boeing's Missouri production facility for the Gulf emirate.  Five Qatari-variant Advanced Eagles left St Louis Lambert International Airport on 27 October on the first leg of their nearly 12,000 km journey to their future home operation station of Al Udeid Air Base.  The departure was noted by flight tracking providers, and ima...

LIG Nex1 selected for RoKN's CIWS-II programme

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim 29 October 2021
Computer-generated imagery provided by South Korea's DAPA showing the future CIWS system set to be developed by LIG Nex1 for RoKN warships. (DAPA)  South Korean company LIG Nex1 has won a bid to locally develop and produce a new close-in weapon system (CIWS) to be deployed with Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) warships.  Officials from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul told Janes on 29 October that LIG Nex1's proposal was selected over that of rival Hanwha Systems, adding that a contract is expected to be awarded in...

Russia's Yantar shipyard launches first Talwar-class ‘Batch III' frigate for Indian Navy

By Rahul Bedi & Gabriel Dominguez 29 October 2021
Russia's Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad launched on 28 October the first of four follow-on (Batch III) Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided-missile frigates for the Indian Navy. (Indian Navy)  Russia's Yantar Shipyard has launched the first of four follow-on Talwar (Project 1135.6)-class guided-missile frigates being acquired by the Indian Navy (IN) as part of inter-governmental agreements (IGAs) signed between New Delhi and Moscow in late 2018.    Named  Tushil  , the 124.8 m-long vessel – which will be the seventh ship of the...

Norway receives armoured engineer vehicles

By Nicholas Fiorenza 29 October 2021
KMW has handed over the first of six Leguan AVLBs to the NDMA. (KMW)  Norway has received new armoured engineer vehicles (AEVs) over the past month. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced in a press release on 29 October that it had handed over the first of six Leopard 2-based Leguan armoured vehicle-launched bridge (AVLB) systems to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA).  The announcement came a month after the agency handed over the first three of six Wisent 2 AEVs to the Norwegian Army at the Rødsmoen training area on 30 September. T...

KAI and KAL eye RoKA's future division-level reconnaissance UAV programme

By Dae Young Kim 29 October 2021
KAI NI-500VT concept model displayed at ADEX 2021. (Dae Young Kim)  South Korean aerospace companies are positioning to meet a potential Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) requirement for a next-generation, division-level reconnaissance and target acquisition unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).  Officials from Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) and Korean Air (KAL) told Janes at the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2021 (ADEX 2021), held from 19 to 23 October, that RoKA desires a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability along wit...

Egypt buys second-hand fleet support ships from UK

By Richard Scott 29 October 2021
Ex-RFA   Fort Rosalie  and ex-RFA   Fort Austin  (pictured), both more than 40 years old, will undergo a refit and overhaul ahead of delivery to Egypt.   (MoD/Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has concluded an agreement with Egypt for the sale of two ex-Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) solid stores ships.  Ex-RFA   Fort Rosalie  and ex-RFA   Fort Austin  , both more than 40 years old, were formally retired from service earlier this year. Egypt has entered negotiations with Birkenhead-...

Airbus reports lower revenue, higher income in Q3

By Marc Selinger 29 October 2021
Revenue at Airbus fell 6% to EUR10.5 billion (USD12.3 billion) in the third quarter of 2021, as fewer commercial airplane deliveries and less favourable foreign exchange rates more than offset gains at Airbus Helicopters, the Europe-based aerospace...

Divestiture lowers Northrop Grumman's Q3 sales

By Marc Selinger 29 October 2021
Northrop Grumman's sales declined 4% to USD8.7 billion in the third quarter of 2021 because of the recent divestiture of an information technology services business, the US defence contractor announced on 28 October.  Excluding the IT business, whi...

Images emerge of China's new carrier-capable fighter aircraft in flight

By Alessandra Giovanzanti & Andreas Rupprecht & Gabriel Dominguez 29 October 2021
Images have emerged on Chinese social media platforms showing what appears to be a prototype of the Shenyang Aircraft Corporation's (SAC's) next-generation, carrier-capable multirole fighter aircraft performing its maiden flight.  Released on 29 Oc...

NATO counting on complex policy interaction to get the technology it needs

By Brooks Tigner 29 October 2021
The allies' latest plan to nurture and quickly absorb strategic technologies will hinge on the interplay of their four new policy initiatives for that end, according to NATO Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges David van Wee...

KAI to develop MUM-T system for locally developed RoK military helicopters

By Alessandra Giovanzanti & Dae Young Kim 28 October 2021
At ADEX 2021 KAI displayed a Surion MAH model fitted with an enlarged stub wing-type structure mounting four canisters, each of which is designed to launch either a small UAV or a loitering munition. On 27 October the company announced it had secured a contract to develop an MUM-T capability for locally developed helicopters in service with the RoK military. (KAI)  Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has secured a KRW4 billion (USD3.4 million) contract from the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul to fast-track the developm...

General Dynamics, Raytheon post Q3 gains

By Marc Selinger 28 October 2021
Revenue at General Dynamics totalled USD9.6 billion in the third quarter of 2021, up 1.5% from the same period last year, the US defence and aerospace company announced on 27 October.  Revenue gains in the Aerospace and Marine Systems segments of 4...

Orolia to acquire timing firm Seven Solutions

By Marc Selinger 28 October 2021
Orolia, which makes “resilient” positioning, navigation, and timing products, has agreed to acquire “ultra-accurate” timing provider Seven Solutions, Orolia announced on 25 October.  Seven Solutions, which is based in Granada, Spain, and has 45 emp...

Update: Northrop Grumman to compete for RoKAF's ISTAR requirement

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 28 October 2021
In partnership with LIG Nex1 and Huneed, Northrop Grumman announced on 19 October that it is working on a JSTAR-K solution (a concept of which is shown in the image) to meet the RoKAF's ISTAR requirement. ( Northrop Grumman)  Northrop Grumman announced on 19 October that it has signed a series of memoranda of understanding with South Korean companies LIG Nex1 and Huneed to develop a ‘Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System – Korea (JSTARS-K)' solution to meet a Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) requirement for an intelligence, surveil...

Images emerge of two-seat J-20 prototype in yellow primer

By Andreas Rupprecht & Gabriel Dominguez 28 October 2021
Images and video footage have emerged on Chinese social media platforms showing what appears to be a two-seat prototype of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group (CAIG) J-20A fifth-generation multirole fighter aircraft.  Released on 26 October, the im...

Russia's Ataka-Shorokh acoustic UAV detector completes factory trials

By Dmitry Fediushko 28 October 2021
The Ataka-Shorokh (right) and Ataka-DBS (left) C-UAV systems. (Dmitry Fediushko)  Russia's Ataka-Shorokh acoustic detector of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has completed factory trials, state corporation Rostec announced in October.  “The system has fully completed its factory acceptance trials, which confirmed its functioning, including under harsh weather conditions,” said Rostec.  The Ataka-Shorokh station is equipped with microphones and features software to analyse the environment and detect approaching UAVs. According to Rostec, the...

UK boosts defence budget

By Tim Ripley 28 October 2021
UK defence spending received a GBP1.2 billion (USD1.65 billion) boost in the year up to April 2021, thanks to a jump in expenditure on capital projects, including hardware procurement.  The increase in Ministry of Defence (MoD) spending over the fi...

US awards Off-Boarding Sensing Station development contracts

By Gareth Jennings 28 October 2021
The Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie demonstrator is one of a number of unmanned ‘loyal wingmen' projects that the US Air Force is working on. The Department of Defense has contracted Kratos and General Atomics to develop the Off-Boarding Sensing Station that is geared at reducing the cost of such attritable UAVs. (US Air Force )  The US Department of Defense (DoD) has contracted Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems Inc and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc to develop the Off-Boarding Sensing Station (OBSS) for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  The aw...

China tests hypersonic weapon, US JCS chairman confirms

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 28 October 2021
US Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), confirmed on 27 October that China has tested a new hypersonic weapon system, describing the test launch as a “very concerning” and “very significant” development.  In...

Morocco increases defence budget with more procurement expected

By Charles Forrester 28 October 2021
Morocco has been upgrading and modernising its military capabilities, including those fielded by its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft. (Lockheed Martin)  Morocco's draft 2022 budget was presented to the country's Finance and Economic Development Committee on 25 October, with the defence budget increasing by 4.77% on the 2021 defence budget.  Janes analysis of the Moroccan budget for the National Defence Administration and Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (RMAF) shows that Morocco's core defence budget is rising by 6.07% from...
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