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NATO counter-terrorism project proves its viability in demonstration

By Brooks Tigner 26 May 2022
The Microwave Imaging Curtain to detect concealed firearms using microwave technology was one of the Detection of Explosives and Firearms to Counter Terrorism (DEXTER) technologies demonstrated in the Rome Metro on 24 May under NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme. (Brooks Tigner)  One of NATO's flagship counter-terrorism research consortia has moved a step closer to market with a live demonstration of its capabilities. Once commercialised, the project's real-time threat detection systems could fan out to civil critical infrastructur...

North Korea launches ‘ballistic missiles' into East Sea

By Jon Grevatt 25 May 2022
This graphic by the Japanese MoD shows what it said are the trajectories of two of three ballistic missiles launched by North Korea on 25 May. The MoD said both fell in the East Sea outside of Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japanese Ministry of Defense)  North Korea has fired three more ballistic missiles towards the East Sea, defence officials from Japan, South Korea, and the United States announced on 25 May.  Pyongyang has not confirmed the launches, but South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD...

Naval Group confirms withdrawal from Indian submarine project

By Jon Grevatt 24 May 2022
Naval Group has confirmed to   Janes  that it has withdrawn from India's project to procure six new diesel-electric submarines. The programme is a follow-on to the P-75 project in which the French shipbuilder is collaborating with Mazagon Dock on the construction of Kalvari (Scorpène)-class submarines for the Indian Navy (the fourth of which is pictured above).  (Indian Navy)  Naval Group has withdrawn its bid from the Indian Navy's long-deferred Project 75(I) programme to acquire six diesel-electric attack subma...

Ukraine crisis: Denmark to provide Harpoon missile system to Ukraine

By Shaurav Gairola 24 May 2022
An RGM-84L Harpoon missile on display at the Farnborough International Event and Conference Centre, in the UK. (Duncan Lennox)  Denmark is to supply a Harpoon anti-ship launcher and an undisclosed number of missiles to Ukraine to help defend its coast, the US Secretary of Defence Lloyd J Austin III announced on 23 May.  The announcement was made following the second meeting of the Ukraine Defence Contact Group, which was attended virtually by more than 40 ministers and chiefs of defence, including the Ukrainian minister of defence Oleksii Rez...

FMV contracts for new surface ship torpedo tubes

By Richard Scott 24 May 2022
A Tub m/8502 400 mm torpedo launcher fitted inside the weapon deck of the Visby-class corvette HMS   Nyköping  . The new Tub m/20 torpedo tube will replace the m/8502.  (NAVYPIX/Richard Scott)  Sweden's Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has contracted Saab Dynamics to supply new 400 mm diameter torpedo launcher systems for Royal Swedish Navy (RSwN) surface combatants.  Announced on 24 May by both Saab and FMV, the approximately SEK150 million (USD15.3 million) order covers the delivery of the new Tub m/20 laun...

DARPA seeks predictive battlefield network capability

By Carlo Munoz 24 May 2022
A DARPA schematic on how the MINC programme would improve on combat data management systems (DARPA)  The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has begun prototype development of a new system to automate data flow and dissemination of combat information across myriad service-centric networks, regardless of domain.  The goal of the Mission-Integrated Network Control (MINC) programme is to move US armed forces away from static or manually controlled battlefield data networks into ones that are managed according to the needs of a giv...

Indonesia omits major procurement programmes from 2022 ‘Green Book'

By Ridzwan Rahmat 24 May 2022
A French Navy Rafale M, seen here on aircraft carrier   Charles de Gaulle  . Indonesia has plans to procure up to 36 Rafale fighters, but it is unclear how the country will fund this ambition.  (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  The Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning has omitted major defence procurement programmes from the register of priority projects approved for foreign funding in 2022.  This register is commonly referred to in-country as the ‘Green Book'. Programmes included in this register will be es...

‘Accumulation of errors and omission' led to ‘preventable' submarine Connecticut mishap, US Navy finds

By Michael Fabey 24 May 2022
Planning and management miscues led to the October 2021 USS  Connecticut  mishap, US Navy investigators found.  (US Navy)    An investigation report released on 23 May by the US Navy (USN) cites a series of planning and management issues aboard the Seawolf-class attack submarine USS  Connecticut  (SSN 22) that led to it striking a submerged object in October 2021 in the Pacific.   The report includes recommendations for equipment reviews and changes because of concerns about their operation lead...

UK XLUUV trials demonstrate towed array sonar deployment

By Dr. Lee Willett 23 May 2022
The MSubs S201 XLUUV, pictured at sea. The UK MoD has completed deployment testing of the XLUUV fitted with a KraitArray thin-line towed array sonar. (SEA)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has successfully demonstrated the capability to deploy a thin-line towed array sonar from an extra-large uncrewed undersea vehicle (XLUUV).  The trials, held off Plymouth, UK, in the second quarter of 2022, involved the MSubs 9 m S201 XLUUV and SEA's thin-line towed KraitArray sonar.  In an 18 May statement, SEA said the trials “[have] proven the ability t...

Naval Group launches second Gowind corvette for UAE

By Kate Tringham 20 May 2022
Naval Group launched UAE's second Gowind corvette,   Al Emarat,  in Lorient on 13 May.  (Naval Group)  French shipbuilder Naval Group has launched the second Gowind 2500 corvette on order for the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  The new ship, named Al Emarat, was launched during a ceremony held at Naval Group's shipyard in Lorient on 13 May, the shipbuilder announced on 20 May. The launch follows that of first-in-class Bani Yas six months earlier on 4 December 2021.  Naval Group is building the two Gowind corvettes u...

UK, Denmark agree to collaborate on Type 31 frigate introduction to service

By Kate Tringham 20 May 2022
The Type 31s – replacing five general duty Type 23 frigates – are based on the Royal Danish Navy's proven Iver Huitfeldt class.  (Royal Navy)  The British and Danish navies have signed a co-operative agreement to work together to bring the UK Royal Navy's (RN) Type 31 Inspiration-class frigates into service.  The RN has ordered five Type 31 frigates under a GBP1.25 billion (USD1.58 billion) contract awarded to UK shipbuilder Babcock in November 2019. The Type 31 is based on the Arrowhead 140 design, which is an evolution of the Iver Huitfeldt...

USSOCOM progresses Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition programme

By Andrew White 20 May 2022
Switchblade 600 is part of AeroVironment's emerging family of tactical loitering missile systems. (AeroVironment)  US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) is preparing to conduct development tests with the Altius 700 airframe as part of the Maritime Precision Engagement-Munition (MPE-M) programme, officials have confirmed.  Addressing delegates at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) on 17 May, representatives from the Program Executive Office (PEO) of Special Operations Forces (SOF) Warrior said the Area-I Altius 700 – a...

US naval officials plan to conduct more Arctic operations

By Michael Fabey 20 May 2022
USMC and NATO forces trained for Arctic operations during Exercise ‘Cold Response 2022‘ in Norway. (Michael Fabey)  The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) will be conducting more operations in the Arctic, according to officials from both services.  ”In both Alaska and frankly in Europe, we‘re going to more frequently deploy smaller units for two to four weeks at a time,” General David Berger, USMC commandant, testified on 18 May before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense during its hearing on the fiscal year (FY) 2023 USN a...

Russian Navy Kilo submarine Alrosa prepares to start post-refit trials

By Miko Vranic 19 May 2022
Alrosa   pictured before its overhaul and upgrade, which commenced in 2014.  (Russian MoD)  The Russian Navy Kilo-class Project 877V diesel-electric submarine (SSK) Alrosa (ex-B 871) is set to start sea trials following the completion of its overhaul and modernisation programme.  In comments to Russian news agency TASS on 16 May, a representative from Sevastopol's military and security authorities confirmed that Alrosa had docked at the Black Sea Fleet's naval base in Sevastopol, Crimea, after departing the service's 13th Ship Re...

South African Navy receives first inshore patrol vessel

By Helmoed-Römer Heitman 19 May 2022
South Africa's first Multi-Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel SAS   Sekhukhune  .  (South African National Defence Force)  The South African Navy took delivery of the first of three multi-mission inshore patrol vessels (MMIPVs) on 18 May, on order from Damen Shipyard in Cape Town under Project Biro.  SAS Sekhukhune was delivered to the Simon's Town naval base and will now work up before being formally commissioned and moving to Naval Base Durban, which will be the home base for the patrol squadron.  The MMIPVs are base...

Prime position: Industry explores alternative PNT solutions

By Giles Ebbutt 18 May 2022
The Collins Aerospace NavHub-100 (part of its MAPS Gen II solution) installed in a vehicle. (Collins Aerospace)  The benefits of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are ubiquitous. They provide the positional information for navigation syste...

Pentagon budget 2023: LCS mission module continues apace as US Navy notes cost breach

By Michael Fabey 18 May 2022
The US Navy expects to reach initial operational capability in 2022 with the Littoral Combat Ship countermine mission module, which will employ unmanned surface vessels like this prototype developed by Textron. (US Navy)  Despite the officially required US Navy (USN) notification on 13 May of significant cost growth for Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) Mission Module (MM) packages, programme officials say the work for remaining MMs is moving ahead as anticipated.  Navy spokesperson Captain Clayton Doss confirmed to Janes on 16 May that the USN no...

IAI to supply EO/IR for Philippine Navy's patrol vessels

By Oishee Majumdar & Kasthurica Panigrahy 18 May 2022
The “signing ceremony” marking IAI's contract to supply MiniPOP EO/IR systems to the Philippine Navy. (Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI))  Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has secured a contract to supply its MiniPOP electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) systems for the Philippine Navy's patrol vessels, the company announced in a media release on 16 May.  This particular MiniPOP system that is focused on maritime applications has been developed by IAI's Tamam Division, and is “designed to operate during both day and night, and meet harsh environm...

Fincantieri lays keel for Qatar's new LPD

By Kate Tringham 17 May 2022
Fincantieri lays the keel for Qatar‘s new LPD at its Palermo yard on 17 May. (Fincantieri)  Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has laid the keel for the landing platform dock (LPD) amphibious assault ship on order for the Qatari Emiri Naval Forces.  An official keel-laying ceremony was held at the shipbuilder's yard in Palermo on 17 May.  Fincantieri is building the LPD for Qatar under a contract awarded in 2016. The multiship order, worth EUR4 billion (USD4.16 billion), also includes the delivery of four Al Zubarah-class corvettes and two offsh...

Update: China's Liaoning sorties more than 100 aircraft near Japan, Taiwan

By Akhil Kadidal 16 May 2022
A PLAN J-15 fighter aircraft takes off from China's   Liaoning  aircraft carrier in the East China Sea in May 2022. CAIG Z-18 ASW helicopters can also been seen on the deck of the carrier.  (Japan Ministry of Defence)  The aircraft carrier Liaoning of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy flew more than 100 sorties in six days in a series of drills near Japan and Taiwan.  In a press conference on 11 May, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said that the drills involved flights by Shenyang Aircraft Corpora...
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