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GDLS withdraws from Japan's Type 96 replacement programme, says ATLA

By Kosuke Takahashi 17 November 2021
General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has withdrawn from the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's (JGSDF's) Type 96 replacement programme, the Japan Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) has confirmed to...

French Navy EDA-S landing craft successfully conclude end-user evaluations

By Guy Toremans 17 November 2021
CNIM is building 14 EDA-S landing craft for the French Navy to replace the service's 12 CTM landing craft and overseas-based logistics barges. (CNIM)    The French Navy has successfully completed the contractual qualification and verification tests of its first two new EDA-S (engin de débarquement amphibie standard) landing craft,   L'Arbalète   and   l'Arquebuse  .   CNIM is building 14 EDA-S landing craft for the French Navy under a EUR65 million (USD73.8 million) contract awarded in January 2019 to replace the...

Brazilian Air Force reduces KC/C-390 buy

By Victor Barreira 17 November 2021
Since the first KC/C-390 (top) was formally received by the FAB on 4 September 2019, the type has been fielded in numerous operations across Brazil, including supporting the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. (Brazilian Air Force)  The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) has reduced the contract for its acquisition of the Embraer KC/C-390 Millennium transport aircraft from 28 to 15 units after negotiations for a contract modification failed.  The decision was announced on 12 November by the FAB's Commander, Lieutenant Brigadie...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Edge announces guided munitions contract

By Jeremy Binnie 17 November 2021
The Emirati defence group Edge announced during the Dubai Air Show 2021 that it has received a AED3.2 billion (USD871 million) contract from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces to deliver Thunder bomb guidance kits and Desert Sting guided bombs m...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon unveils Hunter family of ISR UAVs

By Akshara Parakala 17 November 2021
EDGE Halcon's series of UAVs with payloads at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) EDGE group subsidiary Halcon unveiled Hunter, a family of tube- and hand-launched electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  The family of UAVs includes the fixed-wing tube-launched Hunter 2, Hunter 5 and Hunter 10, with the numbers denoting the payload each can carry (in kg), and a rotary-wing version. All the AVs are custom designed, operate using GPS and optical navigation and can be emplo...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Russia unveils upgraded Ka-226T rotorcraft

By Nikolai Novichkov 16 November 2021
The upgraded Ka-226T helicopter has been named Climber because of its superior performance at altitude. (Nikolai Novichkov)  The extensively upgraded Kamov Ka-226T light utility helicopter was unveiled at the Dubai Airshow 2021 being held from 14 to 18 November.    A representative of Rostec's Russian Helicopters told   Janes   that the rotorcraft is designated ‘Climber' because of its high altitude performance in the mountains.   The modernised Ka-226T has become the first Russian helicopter to be digitally designed. The...

Spain extends investigation into possible bid-rigging on MoD contracts

By David Ing 16 November 2021
Spain's Markets and Competition Authority has extended an investigation into potential bid-rigging among companies vying for Ministry of Defence (MoD) contracts.  The probe is looking into “bid-rigging and sharing contracts related to the supply, m...

UAE announces South Korean M-SAM order

By Jeremy Binnie 16 November 2021
The M-SAM consists of a multi-function radar (right), command post (left), and several launchers (background). (DAPA)  The United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) Ministry of Defence announced on 16 November that it intends to acquire South Korea's M-SAM air defence system.  It said in a tweet that the M-SAM will be a “qualitative addition” to its existing air defence capabilities and that the deal could be worth as much as USD3.5 billion.  This will make the UAE the first export customer for the M-SAM, which is also known as the Cheongung.  It is a me...

Havelsan teams up with Thales on Indonesia's 90 m OPV programme

By Ridzwan Rahmat 16 November 2021
A computer-generated imagery of Indonesia's 90 m OPVs that are being built by PT Daya Radar Utama. (PT Daya Radar Utama)  Turkish defence systems company Havelsan is working with Thales Nederland to equip Indonesia's new class of two 90 m offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) with its combat sensors.  Backed by documentary evidence, an industry source has informed Janes that while Havelsan has received the primary contract to equip these vessels with its Advent combat management system (CMS) and associated sensors, it is subcontracting the hardware...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Tawazun increases cash in venture capital fund

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
The United Arab Emirates' Tawazun announced on 16 November that it had bolstered the funding available to the Strategic Development Fund (SDF) for use in venture capital investments by USD150 million for both domestic and international targets.  Ab...

US submarine builders gear up for next-block boats

By Michael Fabey 16 November 2021
Fast-attack submarine   New Jersey  is scheduled to be delivered in 2022.  (Michael Fabey)    The US Navy (USN) christened fast-attack submarine   New Jersey  (SSN 796) on 13 November at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia. HII is building the ships with General Dynamics' Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut.   The vessel is the fifth of the 10 submarine Block IV configuration buy and is scheduled for delivery in 2022, after a delay in earlier milesto...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Rosoboronexport signs contracts totalling USD1.3 billion

By Nikolai Novichkov 16 November 2021
Rosoboronexport signed contracts for the supply of aviation items totalling USD1.3 billion during the Dubai Airshow 2021, the head of the state corporation Rostec, Sergei Chemezov, told reporters on 16 November.  “The contracts were concluded for t...

KMW, Rafael, and GDELS to establish joint company for Trophy APS

By Nicholas Fiorenza 16 November 2021
Germany was the first European country to order the Trophy APS for its main battle tanks, which the Israeli and German ministries of defence test-fired on a Leopard 2 in October. (German Ministry of Defence)  Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, and General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) announced in a joint press release on 11 November that they had signed an agreement to form a joint venture called EuroTrophy to market, sell, and produce the Trophy active defence system (APS). Based in Germany, EuroTrophy wi...

Russia tests DA-ASAT missile

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 16 November 2021
Russia has conducted a direct ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile test against the retired Cosmos 1408 electronic intelligence (ELINT) low Earth orbit satellite, according to the UK-based satellite tracking company Seradata.    “The missil...

Dubai Airshow 2021: ADASI launches new UAVs from QX Series

By Akshara Parakala 16 November 2021
The QX Series of small VTOL UAVs was showcased at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s EDGE Group subsidiary ADASI has unveiled vertical take-off and landing (VTOL)-capable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), QX-5 and QX-6, at the Dubai Airshow 2021.  The QX-5 is a fixed-wing small VTOL tactical UAV primarily designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) roles. Unlike the earlier versions QX-3 and QX-4, which can support attack missions, QX-5 is focused on extended range and endurance...

India poised to sign AK-203 deal with Russia

By Rahul Bedi 16 November 2021
India is expected to sign a deal with Russia in December to locally produce about 700,000 Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles (seen here) for the Indian military. (Dmitry Fediushko)  The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi is set to finalise an agreement with Russia to locally produce 700,000 Kalashnikov AK-203 assault rifles for the Indian armed forces. The deal is expected to be completed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India in early December.    Senior Indian Army (IA) officers and industry officials told   J...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Airbus to open new facility in UAE

By Charles Forrester 16 November 2021
The VSR700 shipborne unmanned aerial vehicle is part of the collaboration between Airbus and the UAE. (Airbus Helicopters)  Airbus and the United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) Tawazun Economic Council signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of an Airbus-owned facility in Abu Dhabi.  Under the MoU, signed on 14 November, Airbus and Tawazun will “explore potential co-operation opportunities in the areas of refuelling solutions for military air systems, unmanned aerial systems, helicopter Flightlab, and R&D [research and develop...

EU launches new strategic airlifter effort

By Gareth Jennings 16 November 2021
With the Strategic Airlift Capability (pictured) one of a number of existing NATO and European pooled airlift programmes, the EU is now looking to develop an outsized airlift capability via the SATOC effort. (NATO)  The European Union (EU) has launched an effort to develop a new strategic airlifter to fill a critical capability shortfall.  The European Council's Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) fund will support the development of such a capability under the Strategic Air Transport for Outsized Cargo (SATOC) project, included as part...

BAE Systems to buy Bohemia Interactive Simulations

By Marc Selinger 16 November 2021
BAE Systems plans to expand its simulation training portfolio by acquiring Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), the UK-based buyer announced on 11 November.  BAE said it will gain “high-fidelity, cost-effective” tools that are based on the late...

UK awards two contracts for Heavy Lift Challenge

By Richard Scott 16 November 2021
The T400 VTOL UAS (left) and Windracers ULTRA fixed-wing UAS were trialled at Predannack. Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have both been awarded contracts to advance their respective solutions under the Heavy Lift Challenge. (MoD/Crown Copyright)  Malloy Aeronautics and W Autonomous Systems have been selected by the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to participate in a Heavy Lift Challenge intended to lead to the accelerated development of an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) primarily designed for payload transport in the maritime domai...
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