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Dubai Airshow 2021: Altadrea, Teledyne FLIR announce teaming agreement

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Saudi Arabia's Altadrea Manufacturing Company (TMC) and Teledyne FLIR announced on 14 November that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support research and development, as well as strategic co-operation between the two companies...

UK defence procurement system cannot keep pace with technological change, outgoing CDS says

By Tim Ripley 12 November 2021
Technological change is moving at such a rapid pace that the UK's defence procurement system cannot keep up, outgoing Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Nick Carter told the House of Commons Defence Committee on 9 November. “It is not likely to b...

UK launches New Medium Helicopter effort with Market Interest Day

By Gareth Jennings 12 November 2021
The UK has said that it is seeking to replace the Puma HC2 (pictured) and three of types with between 36 and 44 new medium helicopters. An industry day to gauge interest will be held on 25 November. (Janes/Patrick Allen)  The United Kingdom has launched its New Medium Helicopter (NMH) effort, with the announcement on 11 November that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to hold a Market Interest Day later in the month.  The MoD said that a day to gauge industry interest in its requirement to replace the Westland-Aerospatiale SA 330E Puma HC2 and...

USN demonstrates future cargo resupply UAS prototypes

By Richard Scott 12 November 2021
A TRV-150 Tactical Resupply UAS flies over Webster Outlying Field. TRUAS is a marine-focused platform for tactical resupply primarily on shore. (NAVAIR)  The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has undertaken demonstrations of two prototype unmanned logistics supply aircraft – the Blue Water Maritime Logistics UAS (BWUAS) and the Tactical Resupply Unmanned Aircraft System (TRUAS) – that could be used to resupply US Navy and US Marine Corps forces on the frontline.  NAVAIR's Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems prog...

Spain approves acquisition of more H135 helicopters, CH-47F self-defence systems

By Nicholas Fiorenza 12 November 2021
Spain's Council of Ministers on 8 November approved contracts for the acquisition of H135 light multipurpose helicopters and self-defence systems for CH-47F heavy transport helicopters, the presidency of the Spanish government announced the same da...

Damen submits proposal for Greek Navy corvette programme

By Dimitrios Mitsopoulos 12 November 2021
An image of Damen's previous SIGMA 10514HN proposal, which it offered as an intermin solution for the Greek Navy's frigate 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 t...

South Korea orders USD74 million worth of airborne munitions from Elbit Systems

By Gabriel Dominguez & Dae Young Kim & Alessandra Giovanzanti 11 November 2021
Israeli company Elbit Systems announced on 11 November that it has secured contracts from South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) worth a combined USD74 million for the supply of a range of airborne munitions.  The Haifa-bas...

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

By Pat Host 11 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 tactical missi...

Russia, China to move ahead with development of heavy-lift helicopter

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 11 November 2021
Russian Helicopters and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) have signed a contract to jointly develop the Advanced Heavy Lifter (AHL) helicopter, according to an 8 November report by Russia's TASS news agency.  TASS quoted the CEO of...

Update: Czech MoD suspends tracked IFV procurement

By Ondrej Stratilik & Nicholas Fiorenza 11 November 2021
The Czech MoD on 5 November suspended the procurement of 210 tracked IFVs, the contenders for which are (from left to right) the BAE Systems Hägglunds CV90 Mk IV, Rheinmetall Lynx KF41, and GDELS ASCOD 42. (Czech MoD)  The Czech Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 5 November suspended the procurement of 210 tracked infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) after a commission of experts completed the assessment of the bids.  The ministry said in a press release that the three bidders – BAE Systems Hägglunds with the CV90 Mk IV, General Dynamics European Land...

Boeing-Embraer breakup still in arbitration

By Marc Selinger 11 November 2021
Embraer, which indicated more than a year-and-a-half ago that it would enter arbitration over Boeing's termination of a joint venture (JV) agreement, expects the process to continue into 2022.  Next year could be “an important year for the arbitrat...

Leonardo discusses disposals with potential buyers

By Marc Selinger 11 November 2021
Leonardo is pursuing disposals to help offset the cost of a large acquisition and avoid ballooning its debt, according to the Italian defence and aerospace company.  “We are working on them,” Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo told analysts on 5 Novem...

Collins demonstrates directional communications technology under DARPA Pheme

By Richard Scott 11 November 2021
A prototype of Collins Aerospace's new directional communication system designed for small platforms, such as unmanned aerial systems, operating in contested environments. (Collins Aerospace )  Collins Aerospace has demonstrated a new directional communication system designed for small platforms, such as unmanned aerial systems, operating in contested environments.  The demonstration, forming part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Pheme project, showed the ability to enable connectivity in the Combined Joint All Dom...

Babcock/Elbit team captures MEWSIC prize

By Richard Scott 11 November 2021
A team of Babcock, Elbit Systems UK, and QinetiQ has won out in the race to deliver the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) next-generation electronic surveillance system, breaking the stranglehold of Thales in the UK maritime electronic-warfare (EW) sector.  T...

Embraer begins build of first Millennium airlifter for Hungary

By Gareth Jennings 11 November 2021
The build of the first KC-C-390 for Hungary was announced on 11 November. (Embraer)  Embraer has begun building the first of two KC-390 Millennium aircraft for Hungary, ahead of the start of deliveries in 2024.  The Brazilian manufacturer announced the milestone on 11 November, noting that a ceremony held to mark the occasion at its Gavião Peixoto facility was attended by Hungarian government representatives.  “In the coming weeks, parts will be assembled to generate the structural panels and frames for the main components of the fuselage and...

Life-of-type extension for RAN's Collins subs will not include AIP system

By Julian Kerr 11 November 2021
An air-independent propulsion (AIP) system will not be installed in the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN's) six Collins-class submarines as part of their future ‘Life-of-Type Extension (LOTE)' programme, Commodore Tom Phillips, the RAN's Director-Gener...

GE to become aviation-focused firm

By Marc Selinger 10 November 2021
General Electric's F110-GE-129 engine powers the US Air Force's new F-15EX Eagle II fighter. (General Electric)  General Electric (GE) plans to narrow its portfolio to aircraft engines by spinning off its energy and healthcare businesses, the US conglomerate announced on 9 November.  By dividing GE into three separate publicly traded companies, “each can benefit from greater focus, tailored capital allocation, and strategic flexibility to drive long-term growth and value for customers, investors, and employees”, GE chairman and chief executiv...

US Army lost telemetry during PrSM ‘max-range' test, missile's range unclear

By Ashley Roque 10 November 2021
Photo from the inaugural flight of Lockheed Martin's PrSM prototype in December 2019. (US Army )  A senior US Army official has said it is unclear how far the service's new Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) prototype flew during a ‘max-range' test shot in October because the service stopped receiving telemetry data at the 499.2 km point.  Unlike previous PrSM tests, the army declined to answer questions about its 13 October test at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where it was slated to see just how far the baseline missile could fly. Hea...

EOS unveils T2000-DE variant turret

By Robin Hughes 10 November 2021
A computer-generated image of the EOS Defence Systems' developmental T2000-DE turret. The DE weapon system is top-mounted above and to the right of the main armament in the image. Note the beam director on the right of the system, sensor unit on the left, and the AESA tracking radar panel in the centre. (EOS Defence Systems)  EOS Defence Systems has disclosed the development of an integrated directed-energy (DE) weapon system variant of its T2000 modular medium-calibre turret, designed to address the escalating top attack threat posed to infa...

Tokyo retracts claim North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles on 19 October

By Kosuke Takahashi 10 November 2021
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has retracted its initial claim that North Korea test-launched two ballistic missiles rather than one on 19 October, saying that a radar system mistook a manmade object in space for a ballistic missile.  The a...
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