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India orders HAMMER kits for Tejas

By Rahul Bedi 18 November 2021
Upgraded versions of India's Tejas Light Combat Aircraft are to be fitted with Safran's HAMMER bomb guidance kits. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  India has ordered Highly Agile Modular Munition Extended Range (HAMMER) bomb guidance kits from France's Safran to integrate into the upgraded Mk1A variant of the indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).    An official source from Tejas manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) told   Janes   on 17 November that the state-run Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), desi...

Dubai Airshow 2021: KBP reveals upgraded Pantsir for first time outside of Russia

By Andrew White 18 November 2021
A scale model of the latest Pantsir ground-based air-defence system was shown for the first time outside Russia at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Andrew White)  Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) KBP Instrument Design Bureau unveiled its latest mobile air defence solution for the first time outside Russia this week.  At the Dubai Airshow 2021, held from 14 to 18 November, the Russian company promoted a scale model of its Pantsir-S1M air defence missile and gun system. Designed to counter a wider range of air threats compared with KBP's legacy Pa...

Boeing delivers first Poseidon for Norway

By Gareth Jennings 18 November 2021
Seen here during its earlier roll-out, the first P-8A Poseidon for Norway was officially handed over on 18 November. (Boeing)  Boeing delivered the first P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for Norway on 18 November.  Named Vingtor after the Norse god, aircraft 9582 was formally handed over to the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) during a ceremony at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.  The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RoNAF) is to receive five P-8As in total, with the remainder to be named Viking, Ulabrand, Hugi...

UDRI to progress autonomy research for USAF under Soaring Otter

By Richard Scott 18 November 2021
The University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) has been awarded a five-year contract valued at up to USD88 million to pursue research and development into autonomous systems for potential exploitation by the US Air Force (USAF).  Awarded by the...

Australia lists critical technologies, discloses future AUKUS and Quad co-operation

By Julian Kerr 18 November 2021
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has disclosed further details of future cooperation to be undertaken by the AUKUS partnership and the Quad, while releasing a blueprint for critical technologies with the capacity to enhance or pose risk to...

Dubai Airshow 2021: SAMI's AEC showcases indigenously designed BARIQ UAV

By Akshara Parakala 18 November 2021
The AEC BARIQ VTOL UAV with a portable GCS at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), a Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company, exhibited its first iteration of indigenously developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) swarm-capable BARIQ unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  The BARIQ is a multirotor hybrid-powered small UAV developed to carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), and cargo missions. The air vehicle (AV) is specifically designed...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Tawazun reveals progress of Venture Debt Programme

By Charles Forrester 18 November 2021
The UAE's Tawazun revealed on 17 November that it had provided AED350 million (USD95.3 million) in loans to Emirati firms through its Venture Debt Programme, which is managed by the organisation's Strategic Development Fund (SDF).  Since its launch...

Indonesia orders two A400M aircraft

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 18 November 2021
An artist's impression of an A400M in Indonesian Air Force markings. The Indonesian Ministry of Defence ordered two A400Ms on 18 November 2021 and signed an LOI for four additional aircraft. (Airbus Group)  Indonesia has signed for two Airbus A400M Atlas multirole tanker and transport aircraft, becoming the 10th operator and the third export customer for the type.  On 18 November, Airbus announced that the contract will become effective in 2022 and includes a comprehensive maintenance and training support package. The value of the deal and th...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Japan promotes C-2 to Middle East

By Mohammed Najib 18 November 2021
The C-2 featured at the Dubai Airshow 2021, as Japan looks to market the airlifter to the Middle East in general, and the UAE in particular. (Mohammed Najib)    Japan is pitching its Kawasaki C-2 airlifter to Middle Eastern customers, paying particular attention to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), senior Japanese defence sources told   Janes   on 17 November.   The Japanese Ministry of Defense displayed the C-2 at the Dubai Airshow 2021, held from 14 to 18 November, and is in advanced talks with the UAE that are coming to fr...

Taiwan formally commissions its first F-16V fighter wing

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 18 November 2021
 The F-16V shares the same outer mould-line of the standard Fighting Falcon, but features several advanced systems, including an active electronically scanned array radar. (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics)                          

Dubai Airshow 2021: UAE announces development of new naval CMS

By Charles Forrester 18 November 2021
The adoption of a new indigenous combat management system could involve upgrades to vessels such as the UAE Navy's Baynunah-class multirole corvettes. (CMN)  The United Arab Emirates' defence procurement and research organisation, the Tawazun Economic Council, announced on 18 November that it had launched a new project to develop a new combat management system (CMS) for use by the country's navy and coastguard.  Known as the National Combat Management System (NCMS), the system is being jointly developed with the UAE's Marakeb Technologies, as...

US industry groups urge fast passage of defence funding bill

By Marc Selinger 18 November 2021
The US Capitol building. (Getty Images)  Two US industry groups – the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) – have urged Congress to quickly finish work on its overdue fiscal year (FY) 2022 defence appropriations bill, stating that the legislation is critical to national security and the health of the defence industrial base.  The US Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies are funded by a temporary measure called a continuing resolution (CR) because lawmakers have not pass...

Update: AeroVironment fires Switchblade 300 loitering munition from Jump 20 UAV for first time

By Pat Host 17 November 2021
A model of the AeroVironment Switchblade 300 loitering munition on display at the 2021 Association of the United States Army trade show in Washington, DC. The company deployed the munition from its Arcturus Jump 20 UAV for the first time. (Janes/Pat Host)  AeroVironment deployed its Switchblade 300 loitering munition from the company's Arcturus Jump 20 Group 3 vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during flight for the first time in August.    Brett Hush, company vice-president and general manager for tactica...

HII, US Navy reach agreement on cost, schedule impact on single-phase carrier Kennedy delivery

By Michael Fabey 17 November 2021
Huntington Ingalls Industries and the US Navy expect to finalise a single-phase delivery contract modification for aircraft carrier  John F Kennedy  by early 2022.  (Michael Fabey)    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and the US Navy (USN) should finalise the single-phase delivery contract modification for aircraft carrier   John F Kennedy  (CVN 79) by early next year, according to Chris Kastner, HII chief operating officer.   “Regarding the sensitisation of a single-phase delivery contract...

Update: Damen submits proposal for Greek Navy corvette programme

By Dimitrios Mitsopoulos 17 November 2021
Damen's SIGMA 10514HN proposal for the Hellenic Navy's corvette programme. (Damen)    Dutch shipbuilder Damen has submitted a proposal based on its proven SIGMA 10514 design to the General Directorate for Defense Investments and Armaments (GDDIA) for the Hellenic Navy's (HN) corvette programme, industry sources have confirmed to   Janes.  Key specifications for the SIGMA 10514HN design include an overall length of 107.5 m, a beam of 14 m, and a maximum displacement of 3,000 tonnes. The ship will have a top speed of more than 27 kt...

Pentagon hunts for high-power microwave weapons to down drones

By Ashley Roque 17 November 2021
US Army officials want to evaluate high-power microwave (HPM) systems large enough to protect fixed sites from incoming drones and if they find promising ones, they plan to award subsequent prototyping contracts.  Charged with evaluating counter-dr...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Edge expands Al-Tariq guidance kit capabilities

By Akshara Parakala 17 November 2021
The Al-Tariq range of bomb guidance kits on display at the show Dubai Airshow, with the new variant for MK 83 bombs seen at the top between a Mk 82 variant with fold-out wings on the left and a Mk 83 variant without the wing on the right. (Janes / Akshara Parakala)  The Al-Tariq bomb guidance kit can now be used with 1,000 lb MK 83 warheads, the Emirati defence group Edge announced during the Dubai Airshow held from 14–18 November.  The Al-Tariq was previously integrated with the 250 lb MK 81 and 500 lb MK 82 bombs, giving them a standoff ran...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Israeli companies make debut in Gulf

By Charles Forrester 17 November 2021
The Israeli defence industry has made its first forays into the Gulf defence market with a number of major companies exhibiting at the Dubai Airshow, marking their first formal appearance in the region.  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has been h...

Taliban inaugurates new army with display of US equipment

By Gabriel Dominguez 17 November 2021
The Islamic Emirate Army (IEA) – the new Afghan military under the Taliban government – has marked its inauguration by displaying a large number of mostly US-made assets that were seized during the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August.  Duri...

Thales eyes buying RUAG International's training unit

By Marc Selinger 17 November 2021
Switzerland's RUAG International, which wants to shift its focus to the growing space market, announced on 16 November that it is negotiating the sale of its Simulation & Training (S&T) business to France's Thales Group.  RUAG S&T develops, manufac...
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