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Navantia starts work on reinforced cyber-security system for Spanish Navy's S-80 subs

By David Ing 02 December 2021
Navantia has started work with Telefónica Tech to develop a reinforced cyber-security system for the S-80-class submarines it is building for the Spanish Navy.  It will be incorporated in the final phase of construction and offers a high level of c...

DARPA tasks BAE Systems to develop quantum aperture RF technology

By Carlo Munoz 01 December 2021
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has tasked BAE Systems as one of several defence companies to conduct research and development work for the agency's ongoing quantum aperture (QA) radio frequency (RF) sensor technology.  The co...

Viasat to acquire Inmarsat

By Marc Selinger 01 December 2021
US-based satellite communications provider Viasat has agreed to purchase UK-based mobile satcom business Inmarsat, creating an entity that can provide more scale and scope to commercial and government customers, according to the two companies.  “We...

QinetiQ partners AMC on guided weapons

By Jon Grevatt 01 December 2021
The Australian Missile Corporation (AMC) – a company set up in May 2021 by local munitions specialist NIOA – has announced a partnership with QinetiQ to bid to develop weapons systems for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  AMC said on 30 November...

UK outlines NGOT vision for future air operational training

By Richard Scott 01 December 2021
A little over 18 months after axing the Air Support to Defence Operational Training (ASDOT) programme, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Royal Air Force (RAF) have revealed details of their ambition to transform air operational training infr...

Argentine and Peruvian navies focus on joint submarine training as they eye fleet revamps

By Alejandro Sanchez 01 December 2021
Argentine sailors train aboard Peruvian submarine. (Peruvian Navy)  As the Argentine and Peruvian navies revamp their struggling submarine fleets, the two countries' maritime forces are focusing on joint training to help retain their subsea operational capability.  Joint training programmes aboard Peruvian submarines have become a catalyst to increase training ties between the navies of Argentina and Peru. Educational exchanges of naval personnel and joint training are not uncommon and the most recent wrinkle includes putting Argentine sailo...

Biden names Pentagon acquisition chief

By Marc Selinger 01 December 2021
US President Joe Biden has nominated former US Air Force official William LaPlante to be undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (A&S) at the US Department of Defense (DoD), the White House announced on 30 November.  If confirmed...

Airbus sets MRTT sights on North America

By Gareth Jennings 01 December 2021
Having established the A330 MRTT as the global market leader, Airbus is now targeting North America specifically. (Commonwealth of Australia)  Airbus is targeting North America for future sales of its A330-200 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft, with a senior company official telling Janes and other defence media that the region has been “a blind spot” for the platform up until now.  Speaking at Airbus' annual Trade Media Briefing, being held virtually for a second year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, head of Military Aircraft within A...

New US Army software factory eyes deployable development teams

By Carlo Munoz 01 December 2021
Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct operational testing of tactical command communications software at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (US Army)  The ongoing research and development work at the US Army's newly established software factory could pave the way for deployable, expeditionary software development teams to support current and future combat operations.  “For a very, very long time, the army got comfortable operating with, with contractors all over the battlefield ... it was sort of commonplace in Ira...

Argentina increases defence and security spending for remainder of 2021

By Santiago Rivas 01 December 2021
A first H225 helicopter was delivered to the Argentine Coast Guard in 2015. (Airbus Helicopters)  On 26 November the Argentine government issued ‘Decree 809/2021' that provided additional funding for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) and Ministry of Security, adding about USD220 million for defence.    The Ministry of Security received an allocation of approximately USD17 million dollars for “offshore heavy helicopters”, which a coast guard source told   Janes  is for two H225s that are being negotiated with Airbus Helicopter. The...

EU's Green Deal ambitions could starve defence industry of financing, warn officials

By Brooks Tigner 30 November 2021
The European Commission (EC) must tread very carefully while framing its Green Deal sustainability criteria or risk quashing the financial sector's support for Europe's defence sector, warn top officials from industry and the European Union's (EU's...

Naval Group rolls out second Barracuda submarine

By Kate Tringham 30 November 2021
The French Navy's second Barracuda SSN   Duguay-Trouin  is rolled out at Naval Group's Cherbourg yard in Normandy on 26 November.   (Naval Group)    French shipbuilder Naval Group rolled out France's second Suffren-class (Barracuda) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN),   Duguay-Trouin  , during an official ceremony at its yard in Cherbourg, Normandy, on 26 November.   Duguay-Trouin  was transferred from the construction hall at Laubeuf shipyard via 24 walkers to the Cachin infrastruc...

Taiwan receives first-production T-5 advanced trainer

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 30 November 2021
The first T-5 prototype aircraft conducting its maiden flight in June 2020. The first-production aircraft of the series was delivered to the RoCAF on 28 November 2021. (Taiwanese Ministry of National Defence)  On 28 November the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) received the first mass-produced Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation's (AIDC's) T-5 Yung Yin (‘Brave Eagle') advanced jet trainer (AJT)/light fighter aircraft.  According to a Facebook post on the RoCAF's official account, the twin-engine aircraft took off from the Ching C...

US military evaluating C-sUAS leasing options for fixed-site protection

By Ashley Roque 30 November 2021
Companies interested in leasing their counter drone technologies to the US Department of Defense (DoD) will have the opportunity to demonstrate their approaches during an April 2022 event at Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.  The Joint Counter-small...

Bahraini Patriot PAC-3 missile procurement confirmed

By Jeremy Binnie 30 November 2021
The US Department of Defense has announced a USD94 million contract award to Lockheed Martin that includes Bahrain as a customer for the Patriot PAC-3 surface-to-air missile for the first time. The contract covers “technical assistance support for...

QinetiQ, AM General to develop HED-powered Humvee

By Peter Felstead 30 November 2021
A strategic collaboration between UK-based defence and security company QinetiQ and US automotive manufacturer AM General should see a prototype hybrid electric drive (HED)-powered High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV or Humvee) produc...

China, Belarus sign military-technical agreement

By Jon Grevatt 30 November 2021
China and Belarus have signed an agreement to co-operate on military technologies, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Minsk announced on 29 November.  It said the memorandum on military technical co-operation was signed during a video conference betw...

EU and national capitals step up their scrutiny of sensitive foreign direct investment

By Brooks Tigner 30 November 2021
The EU and its 27 member states are tightening their screening of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the union to guard against suspicious investments by foreign interests in emerging and disruptive technologies, dual-use products, and critical i...

Martin UAV kicks off Mi2 prototype project

By Richard Scott 30 November 2021
Martin UAV has commenced its Multi-Mission Tactical Unmanned Air System (MTUAS) Increment 2 (Mi2) prototype effort with the US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD).  Announcing the milestone on 16 November, the company said that it w...

Increasing availability key to future A400M sales, Airbus official

By Gareth Jennings 30 November 2021
Airbus notes that availability of its A400M remains an issue for current and prospective users, and that the company is committed to addressing outstanding problems. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Airbus needs to improve the availability of its A400M Atlas if it is to build on the transport aircraft's recent export successes, a senior company official said on 30 November.  Speaking at the virtual Airbus Trade Media Briefing (TMB) 2021, Michael Schoellhorn, the CEO of the Airbus Defence and Space division, said that poor availability remains an issu...
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