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RAAF receives last batch of F-35A Joint Strike Fighters for 2021

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 23 November 2021
One of the three new F-35A Lightning II aircraft that arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown on 18 November, bringing the total number of F-35s in the country to 44. (Australian Department of Defence)  The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has received the last three new Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters scheduled for delivery in 2021, bringing the in-country total to 44.  The aircraft, which arrived at RAAF Base Williamtown near Sydney on 18 November, have been accepted by No 77 Squadron after completing a journey from Eglin...

Telesat Canada, Loral finish merger

By Marc Selinger 23 November 2021
Satellite communications provider Telesat Canada and its majority owner, US-based Loral Space & Communications, have completed their previously announced merger, according to the combined company.  The new entity, Telesat Corporation, said on 19 No...

Brazilian Army aims to boost CBRN defences

By Victor Barreira 23 November 2021
The Brazilian Army line up a series of mobile field equipment to address CBRN risks. (Victor Barreira)  The Brazilian Army has embarked on a new effort to modernise its chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities.  Service officials are acquiring new equipment to gradually replace hardware that is reaching the end of its life cycle in a bid to boost existing capabilities, the Commander of the 1st CBRN Defence Battalion (1º Btl DQBRN), Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Otávio Domingues Costa, told Janes.  The 1º Btl DQB...

Russian forces receive 9M333 SAMs

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 23 November 2021
The Russian MoD has taken delivery of 9M333 SAMs for its Strela-10M3 short-range air defence systems. (Russian MoD)  The Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has received “the first mass deliveries” of 9M333 surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) from Kalashnikov, Rostec announced on its website on 18 November.  Rostec said the new missile is designed to arm the Strela-10M3 air defence system 9A34M3 and 9A35M3 combat vehicles. It replaces legacy 9M37 missiles, which only had a dual-mode seeker.  The 9M333 can be traced back to 1989, but Rostec stated th...

US Navy awards HII Advance Procurement Contract for Amphibious Assault Ship LHA 9

By Michael Fabey 23 November 2021
The US Marine Corps is rethinking some of its core operations, anchored by amphibious assault ships. (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a contract modification for USD113.6 million to enable long-lead-time material and advance procurement activities for amphibious assault ship LHA 9.  This modification brings the total advance funding for LHA 9 to USD651 million.  Ingalls is the sole builder of the USN's large-deck amphibious ships, considered to be the centrepiece of the navy amphibious ready groups (ARG...

Japan reviews key defence strategies in light of ‘severe' security landscape

By Jon Grevatt 23 November 2021
According to Janes Defence Budgets, Japan's military expenditure is forecast to grow to about USD55 billion by the mid-2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has told   Janes   it will review the country's primary defence policies over the coming year given the Indo-Pacific's increasingly “severe” security situation.   A spokesperson from the MoD said an assessment of Japan's National Security Strategy, the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG), and the Medium Term Defense Program (MTDP) ha...

Jamaica bolsters Coast Guard patrol force

By Nick Brown 23 November 2021
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) formally stood up a new formation – the Second District Coast Guard – on 16 November, shortly after formally accepting the service's first new Stan Patrol 4207 patrol boat into service at the Coast Guard's HMJS Cagwa...

Turkish lawmakers criticise government for delays in Altay MBT

By Kerry Herschelman 22 November 2021
Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay MBTs, deliveries of which were meant to begin within 18 months of the 9 November 2018 contract signature with BMC. (Otokar )  Opposition lawmakers criticised the Turkish government for the delay in the production of Altay main battle tanks (MBTs) during a debate on the Ministry of National Defence's budget in the parliament's plan and budget committee on 16 November.  Özgür Ceylan and Polat Şaroğlu, deputies from the main opposition Republican Peop...

Turkey announces Nigerien light aircraft, UAV order

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 22 November 2021
Turkey will sell Hürkuş light aircraft, Bayraktar TB2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and armoured vehicles to Niger, according to a statement released by Turkey's presidential Directorate of Communications on 18 November.  Released after a teleph...

Edge builds collaboration with French industry

By Charles Forrester 22 November 2021
The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) defence industrial conglomerate Edge announced on 22 November that the firm had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French aerospace and defence industry association Groupement des Industries Françaises...

AVIC reaches milestone with new FL-64 wind tunnel

By Jon Grevatt 22 November 2021
The FL-64 test facility is the latest in a series of hypersonic wind tunnels being developed and operationalised by China. These facilities include the FL-62 wind tunnel (pictured), which was commissioned in early 2020. (AVIC)  The Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has announced the development of a new transonic wind tunnel capable of simulating velocities up to Mach 8.  AVIC said in a post to its WeChat social media channel on 21 November that the large-scale FL-64 wind tunnel has recently passed calibration tests, indicating th...

Roxel demonstrates novel Coanda TVC nozzle

By Richard Scott 22 November 2021
Roxel has built and tested prototypes of a novel Coanda TVC nozzle. (Roxel/MBDA)  Rocket motor manufacturer Roxel has developed and demonstrated a novel thrust vector control (TVC) nozzle that seeks to exploit the Coanda effect to achieve deflection.  Prototyped and tested as part of the French/UK Materials and Components for Missiles Innovation Technology Partnership (MCM ITP) programme, the TVC nozzle device has completed cold gas firings to demonstrate performance capability. Hot gas trials are planned to follow.  The Coanda effect – named...

Eurosam initiates system trials of SAMP/T NG

By Robin Hughes 22 November 2021
An internal view of the C2 engagement module developed for the new SAMP/T NG long-range, ground-based air missile defence system. (Eurosam)  Eurosam – a joint venture (JV) of MBDA France, MBDA Italy, and Thales – has commenced system trials of the SAMP/T NG (Sol Air Moyenne Portée Terrestre Nouvelle Génération) next-generation long-range, ground-based air missile defence system, ahead of planned deliveries to France and Italy of a fully integrated and qualified capability in 2025.  The system trials include a live-firing campaign with the SAM...

UK explores ‘hybridisation' of powertrains for RN, RFA ships

By Richard Scott 19 November 2021
The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed plans to identify hybrid powertrain technologies with application to Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels.  Under a Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) market exploration – dubbed...

New investment sets conditions for satellite operator HawkEye 360 to expand its RF location coverage

By James Rands 19 November 2021
HawkEye 360 announced on 8 November that it had closed USD145 million in new funding. Two of the largest investors are Insight Partners and the UK-based Seraphim Space. Additional funding came from the investment arm of the UAE's Tawazun Holding, b...

Greek navy becomes first customer for Spanish Alpha UAV

By David Ing 19 November 2021
Spanish company Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS) has won an order to supply five of its Alpha 900 helicopter unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Hellenic Navy.  It will be the company's first major client for its intelligence, surveillance, target a...

QinetiQ reports ‘unsuccessful acquisition activity'

By Marc Selinger 19 November 2021
QinetiQ Group conducted an “unsuccessful acquisition activity” in the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2022, according to the UK-based defence contractor.  QinetiQ did not identify its acquisition target; however, it reported that it incurred GBP4.1...

Dubai Airshow 2021: IAI launches USV, EO/IR projects with Edge

By Charles Forrester 18 November 2021
IAI's POP300D is one of the sensor systems Edge and IAI will be collaborating on in the Gulf region. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 18 November that it had signed two agreements with Emirati defence conglomerate Edge at the Dubai Airshow covering unmanned surface vessels (USVs) and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) system maintenance.  The first agreement covers the development of a new USV between IAI and Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB), with ADSB to be responsible for platform design, control system and pa...

US says ‘no decision' on Indian CAATSA waiver

By Jon Grevatt 18 November 2021
The United States government is yet to determine whether to allow India to dodge potential penalties linked to New Delhi's procurement of Russian S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile systems.  A State Department spokesperson told Jane...

Parsons Corp eyes more acquisitions

By Marc Selinger 18 November 2021
Parsons Corporation, which recently acquired cyber and electronic warfare firm BlackHorse Solutions, and positioning, navigation, and timing device provider Echo Ridge, is poised to conduct additional acquisitions to fill capability gaps, according...
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