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Speed bump: USN focus on speed in littorals created engineering headaches

By Michael Fabey 25 November 2021
Naval engineers have described the Freedom-class propulsion plant as the most complex non-nuclear plant in the US Navy fleet. (Janes)  The US Navy (USN) is restarting Freedom-class ship deliveries, however, propulsion plant issues have curtailed vessel operations.  Perhaps no one stated the difficulty in solving the propulsion plant design flaws on the Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) more than Admiral Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations. Summing up the design problem, he said, “The issue with the combining gear is probabl...

Rheinmetall to buy assets of drone firm EMT

By Marc Selinger 25 November 2021
Rheinmetall Group has agreed to acquire the assets of EMT, whose products include the newly developed Luna Next Generation (NG) reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicle. (EMT)  German conglomerate Rheinmetall Group plans to expand its defence technology offering by acquiring the operating activities, personnel, and real estate of EMT, a financially struggling Bavarian business that makes unmanned aerial vehicles for reconnaissance missions, Rheinmetall announced on 23 November.  “The transaction reflects Rheinmetall's strategy of expanding its...

Brazil receives series-production F-39 Gripen fighters

By Victor Barreira 25 November 2021
The four series-production F-39E fighters received by Brazil on 24 November join the F-39E FTI aircraft received in 2019. (Sgt Bianca/FAB)  The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has achieved a major milestone in the ambitious and complex effort to modernise its air combat capability with the formal receipt of an initial four series-production Saab F-39E Gripen multimission fighters.  The jets were accepted by FAB Commander Lieutenant Brigadier Carlos de Almeida Baptista Junior at the Saab Aeronautics plant in Linköping, Sweden, on 24 November.  The a...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: ESG to adapt Israeli combat cloud for Germany

By Gareth Jennings 25 November 2021
The already operationally proven OPAL combat cloud will form the basis of the NEOS system that ESG is to develop for Germany. (IAI via Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Elektroniksystem und Logistik (ESG) is to adapt an operationally proven Israeli combat cloud to the needs of the Bundeswehr, the German electronics and mission systems specialist announced on 24 November.  Speaking at the Berlin Security Conference, ESG's director of business development and sales, Simon Volkmann, said that the company is to utilise the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI)...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: MBDA in dialogue with Germany for Enforcer Air missile for helicopters

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
MBDA continues to pitch its Enforcer missile to the German government as a possible air-to-surface solution for helicopters. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  MBDA is continuing talks with the German government over the possible acquisition of the helicopter-launched Enforcer Air precision-guided missile, as deliveries of the baseline shoulder-launched version are set to commence.    Speaking to   Janes   at the Berlin Security Conference 2021, Head of Sales and Marketing, Guido Brendler, said MBDA continues to pitch Enforcer Air to Ger...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: Germany shows interest in Apache gunship

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
Germany has requested information on the Apache, as it considers its future attack helicopter plans. (US Army)  Germany has expressed its interest in the Boeing AH-64 Apache, issuing the US government with a request for information (RFI) on the helicopter gunship.    Speaking to   Janes  at the Berlin Security Conference in the German capital, a senior company official confirmed that an RFI had been received from the Bundeswehr and that it had been responded to.   “Just prior to Covid [in early 2020], the German government...

Berlin Security Conference: Spain considers Eurofighter, F-35 for Hornet, Harrier replacement

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
Spain has a need to replace its Hornet (pictured) and Harrier aircraft, for which both the Eurofighter and F-35 are being considered. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Spain has requested information on both the Eurofighter Typhoon and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as potential replacements for its current Boeing EF-18 Hornet and McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II aircraft.    The Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed to   Janes  ahead of the Berlin Security Conference that it has issued requests for information (RFIs) for bo...

Mac Jee develops improved Armadillo multiple rocket system

By Victor Barreira 24 November 2021
Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved Armadillo 70 mm launcher configuration for 4×4 light armoured tactical vehicles. (Mac Jee)  Brazil's Mac Jee Defesa has developed an improved configuration of its all-weather Armadillo 2.75”/70 mm rocket launcher system for 4×4 light tactical armoured vehicles.  An initial configuration of the launch pod was officially unveiled in April 2019, mounted on an M1152 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV). The new compact 24-cell Armadillo launch pod is 3.5 metres in length, and weighs approx...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: United States becomes observer of NATO NGRC rotorcraft effort

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
The US is now observing the European effort to develop a new medium-lift rotorcraft capability to replace the fleet of Merlin (pictured) and other helicopter types from the mid-2030s. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The United States has been added to the list of observer nations of NATO's Next-Generation Rotorcraft Capability (NGRC) effort to develop a new vertical-lift platform.  Announced by the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) at the Berlin Security Conference (BSC) 2021, the move sees the US join two other European NATO countries as obs...

EU nations to mull options for new innovation hub within European Defence Agency

By Brooks Tigner 24 November 2021
The European Union (EU) intends to create a defence innovation hub within the European Defence Agency (EDA) to accelerate the joint research, development, and testing of new military capabilities among the agency's 26 member nations (all EU countri...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: MBDA, IAI sign ground-based air defence agreement for Germany

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
MBDA and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) have concluded a framework agreement for co-operation on ground-based air-defence systems for Germany.  Under the agreement, which was announced on 24 November at the Berlin Security Conference 2021, both...

India clears air force procurement of GSAT-7C satellite

By Jon Grevatt 24 November 2021
India has approved the procurement of the GSAT-7C communications satellite for the Indian Air Force. The service's existing GSAT-7A satellite (pictured) was launched in December 2018. (ISRO)  India's Defence Acquisition Council, which is chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, approved on 23 November the procurement of a communications satellite system for the Indian Air Force (IAF).  The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a press release that the acquisition of the GSAT-7C satellite and its associated ground hubs is budgeted at INR22.36 bi...

Taiwan passes USD8.6 billion funding law to boost navy and air force capability

By Jon Grevatt 24 November 2021
According to Janes Defence Budgets, Taiwan's total defence expenditure is forecast to grow strongly in 2022, but decline sharply in 2027 when the approved ‘special budget' comes to an end. (Janes Defence Budgets)  Taiwan's Legislative Yuan announced on 23 November that it has passed a proposed law to allocate TWD240 billion (USD8.6 billion) in additional funding to support the modernisation of the island's navy and air force.  The law – entitled a special statute to upgrade navy and air force defence capabilities – outlines the requirement to...

DAPA confirms cost adjustments to KF-21 development programme

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 24 November 2021
DAPA confirmed to   Janes   that Indonesia's cost share for the KF-21 fighter aircraft (seen here) has been reassessed and lowered by KRW100 billion.  (Korea Aerospace Industries)  The overall cost of the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the KF-21/IF-X multirole fighter aircraft programme has been adjusted from approximately KRW8.6 trillion (USD7.2 billion) to KRW8.1 trillion (USD6.8 billion), South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) told Janes.  A DAPA spokesperson c...

South Korea announces development of conformal antenna for stealth aircraft

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 24 November 2021
South Korea's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) announced on 23 November that it has developed a new conformal antenna design to improve the low-visibility profile of stealth aircraft.  The agency said in a statement that it had succeeded in loc...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: Germany likely to issue letter of request for Super Hornet, Growler in January

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
Germany is expected to acquire the Super Hornet (pictured) and the Growler to partially satisfy the Luftwaffe's Tornado replacement requirement. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Germany is expected to issue a letter of request (LOR) to the US government in the coming weeks, as it seeks to procure the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.    Vice president, Boeing Defense, Space & Security Germany, Michael Hostetter, told   Janes   that the LOR that would move the intended sale forward is likely to be issued in Janua...

Berlin Security Conference 2021: Hearing of STH protest may pave way for progress in German heavy-lift helicopter programme

By Gareth Jennings 24 November 2021
The King Stallion (foreground) and Chinook (background) appeared together at the last ILA Berlin Airshow in 2018. Both are competing Germany's STH heavy-lift helicopter requirement. (Janes/Gareth Jennings)  Germany's Schwere Transporthubschrauber (STH) heavy lift helicopter programme could proceed once the protest from one of the two bidders is heard on 24 November.    Boeing's vice president for the Defense, Space & Security division in Germany told   Janes   ahead of the Berlin Security Conference that as soon as the protest...

Turkey to build cartridge factory in Mongolia

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 23 November 2021
Turkey's Machine and Chemical Industry Inc (MKE) will build a cartridge loading and assembly factory in Mongolia under a contract signed with Mongolia's Defence Industry Board on 15 November.  The factory will have a yearly capacity of producing 10...

PLAAF 25th Air Brigade now operates J-10C multirole fighters

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 23 November 2021
A J-10C multirole fighter aircraft on display at the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition 2021. The 25th Air Brigade with the PLA's ETC has been identified as operating the WS10-powered J-10C variant as of November 2021. (VCG via Getty Images)  The People's Liberation Army Air Force's (PLAAF's) 25th Air Brigade, part of the PLA's Eastern Theater Command (ETC), is replacing its legacy Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group J-7E fighters with J-10C multirole fighter aircraft fitted with locally made Shenyang-Liming WS10 ‘Taihang'-series...

Slovenia signs for C-27J Spartan

By Igor Bozinovski 23 November 2021
Slovenia and Italy signed a government-to-government agreement in Rome on 17 November for a C-27J Spartan transport aircraft for the Slovenian Armed Forces. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Slovenian Defence Minister Matej Tonin and his Italian counterpart, Lorenzo Guerini, signed a government-to-government agreement in Rome on 17 November for a C-27J Spartan tactical transport aircraft for the Slovenian Armed Forces, the Slovenian government announced on its website the next day.  Worth EUR72 million (more than USD81 million), the agreement covers the...
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