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US DoD report urges more safeguards for small tech firms

By Marc Selinger 03 February 2023
An aerial view of the Pentagon, the headquarters building for the US Department of Defense. (Getty Images)  The US Department of Defense (DoD) should increase its efforts to help small businesses protect their technology from foreign adversaries, according to the Pentagon's new “Small Business Strategy”.  Many small businesses do not realise that adversaries might try to gain access to their technology through joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, or cyber espionage, the report says. The document recommends that the DoD offer education and t...

Raytheon Technologies to merge two defence businesses

By Marc Selinger 25 January 2023
Raytheon Technologies' products include the sea-launched Tomahawk cruise missile. (NAVAIR)  Raytheon Technologies (RTX) plans to streamline its organisation by combining its two defence-focused business units into one, the US-based company announced on 24 January.  Raytheon Intelligence & Space (RIS) and Raytheon Missiles & Defense (RMD) will become a single business called Raytheon. Aircraft parts maker Collins Aerospace and aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney will remain individual businesses within RTX.  RTX chief operating office...

UK's first future subsea surveillance ship arrives in Merseyside for conversion

By Kate Tringham 20 January 2023
The UK's newly acquired future Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance ship sails into Cammell Laird shipyard, Birkenhead, Liverpool, on 19 January. (Royal Navy)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has purchased a second-hand commercial offshore patrol vessel from P&O Maritime Logistics' subsidiary Topaz Energy and Marinefor conversion into a specialist ship dedicated to protecting the country's critical subsea infrastructure.  The vessel, which is currently named MV Topaz Tangaroa, arrived at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead, Merseyside, for refitt...

US lawmakers want details on civilian ISR, space-based combat capabilities

By Carlo Munoz 18 January 2023
L3Harris Technologies completed the first flight of the US Army Airborne Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare System (ARES) aircraft – that will help modernise and enhance the army's ISR capabilities – on 27 August 2021 in Melbourne, Florida. (L3H...

Israel acquires unmanned swarming capability

By Olivia Savage 18 January 2023
Israeli company Xtend will supply its robotic operating system, which enables unmanned swarming, to the Israel Ministry of Defense (MoD).  The USD20 million multi-year contract is part of a joint project with the Israeli MoD called ‘Urban Capsule',...

AAR Corp welcomes new US law on used aircraft parts

By Marc Selinger 02 January 2023
The US Navy's P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft is a militarised version of the commercial Boeing 737. (US Navy)  US-based aircraft maintenance provider AAR Corporation could benefit from a provision in the recently enacted fiscal year (FY) 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that requires the US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) to consider buying used parts for their commercial-derivative aircraft, according to the company's chief executive.  While AAR has “had success here and there” selling used aircraft parts to the US g...

South Korea to improve response to small-UAV incursions

By Akhil Kadidal 02 January 2023
Soldiers from South Korea's V Corps operate a Chun Ma surface-to-air missile during training to counter and destroy enemy small UAVs. (Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea)  South Korea has conducted a drill with manned and unmanned aircraft to improve its response to incursions by small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) announced on 29 December that the training was “to respond to and destroy enemy small drones”. During the exercise, about “20 manned and unmanned assets [including KAI KA-1...

Chinese military aircraft breach median line in large numbers

By Akhil Kadidal 27 December 2022
While incursions by Chinese military aircraft over the Taiwan Strait median line have been recorded in previous years, data shows that Chinese aircraft began to cross the median line in larger numbers from 2022. (Taiwan Ministry of National Defense/Janes)  Chinese military aircraft have conducted the largest breach of the Taiwan Strait median line to date.    According to data revealed by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND),   Janes   has assessed that between 34 and 43 combat aircraft crossed the median line over a 24-...

EU's iMUGS programme conducts final technology demonstration

By Alexander Stronell 20 December 2022
Three THeMIS UGVs pictured at the Lehnin Training Area, Germany during the fifth iMUGS demonstration. (Milrem Robotics/Sami Laaksonen)  Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS), the European Union's (EU's) programme for a common unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), concluded its fifth and final demonstration on 15 December.  The demonstration, which was conducted at the Lehnin Training Area near Berlin, exhibited the programme's swarming and autonomy technologies in their most advanced public display to date, and represented the culminatio...

Japan unveils new defence policies

By Kosuke Takahashi & Akhil Kadidal 16 December 2022
The acquisition of Tomahawk cruise missiles will strengthen Japan's ability to strike back at regional adversaries in the event of war. The subsonic cruise missile can be fired from surface ships, such as in this case of a launch from the USS   Curtis Wilbur  in the Philippine Sea in May 2019.  (US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor DiMartino)  The Japanese government has approved three new security documents that will reshape the country's military strategy, increase the national defence budget,...

IAF scrambled jets in response to Chinese tensions

By Akhil Kadidal 16 December 2022
The IAF has launched a two-day exercise over its northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, and Nagaland. They said the exercise is not connected to tensions with China. IAF aircraft participating in the exercise include Su-30MKI multirole combat jets such as these photographed in 2008. (Irkut)  Indian Air Force (IAF) combat jets have been scrambled several times in the last few weeks in the country's northeastern borders in response to growing tensions with China, a defence source confirmed.    Speaking to   Janes  , the...

Record number of Chinese bombers appear in Taiwan ADIZ

By Akhil Kadidal 15 December 2022
A majority of Chinaʼs largest H-6 bomber incursions into Taiwanʼs ADIZ are accompanied by a range of supporting aircraft such as fighter jets, electronic warfare, electronic intelligence, and AEW&C aircraft. (Janes)  China has sent a record number of heavy bombers into Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ).  On 12 December, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence (MND) said that 29 Chinese military aircraft were monitored around Taiwan over a 24-hour period between 12 and 13 December. Of these, 21 aircraft entered the ADIZ, including...

Egypt takes command of new Red Sea maritime task force

By Kate Tringham 14 December 2022
Egyptian Navy frigate ENS   Alexandria  and US Navy amphibious command ship USS   Mount Whitney  operate in the Red Sea in support of the newly established CTF-153 in April 2022. The US handed over the command of CTF-153 to Egypt on 12 December.  (US Army)  The Egyptian Navy has assumed leadership of the recently established multinational Combined Task Force 153 (CTF-153) in the Red Sea.  The US Navy officially handed over the command to Egypt during a ceremony held in Bahrain on 12 December.  The transitio...

China's DF-17 designed to strike Pacific bases: US

By Akhil Kadidal 09 December 2022
While China has said that the road-mobile DF-17 is a conventional platform, the Pentagon has determined that it may be equipped with nuclear warheads. (Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images)  China's Dong Feng-17 (DF-17) hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV)-powered medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) has been designed to strike foreign military bases and fleets in the Western Pacific, a US Pentagon report said.  In its 2022 China Military Power Report (CMPR), the US Department of Defense (DoD) said that the DF-17 is transforming the People Liberation A...

Update: Russia-China moving towards closer bomber co-operation

By Akhil Kadidal 05 December 2022
In a boost to interoperability, long-range Chinese and Russian bombers landed in each other's airbases for the first time, as part of a joint air patrol.  According to the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD), the drills began on the morning of 30 November. Two Chinese H-6K bombers were observed as they flew over the East China Sea.  “After passing through the Tsushima Strait, [the Chinese aircraft] advanced into the Sea of Japan [East Sea]. It was confirmed that it flew north towards the continent,” the MoD said in a statement.  “Around the sa...

Border clearances, faster harbour-rail transport among new EU military mobility goals

By Brooks Tigner 05 December 2022
The European Commission's updated military mobility plan will intensify its work on dual-use transport networks. (Bundeswehr/Marco Dorow)  The European Union's (EU's) newly revised military mobility (MM) plan will focus largely on boosting Europe's intermodal transport connections, digitalising paper-based national border clearances for troops and materiel, and enhancing Western Europe's rail connections to Ukraine and Moldova, according to EU officials. Fuel supply chains and space services for Europe's militaries will also be addressed, the...

Russia-China moving towards closer bomber co-operation

By Akhil Kadidal 02 December 2022
The joint Russia-China bomber flight conducted on 30 November is the fifth such event in the last three years. It prompted a major show of force from countries in the region. The US Air Force scrambled at least two Lockheed Martin F-22s to intercept the bomber force. (US Air Force)  In an unprecedented boost to interoperability, long-range Chinese and Russian bombers landed in each other's airbases for the first time, as part of a joint air patrol.  According to the Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD), the drills began on the morning of 30 Nov...

Japan to acquire two additional KC-46 tankers

By Akhil Kadidal 01 December 2022
Japan's acquisition of two additional KC-46A tankers will enhance its capability for ‘expeditionary' operations. (Boeing)  Japan has ordered two additional KC-46A Pegasus tankers for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF).  According to Boeing, the order of these two additional KC-46As brings the total contract number to six. The US Department of Defense (DoD) said on 29 November that the value of the order is USD398.24 million. The DoD added that the aircraft are scheduled to be delivered by 30 June 2025.  Boeing said in a statement that i...

Saab to build two signals intelligence ships for Poland

By Kate Tringham 29 November 2022
The new SIGINT ships will replace the Polish Navy's Modified Moma-class (Project 863) intelligence-collection ships, ORP   Nawigator  (pictured) and ORP   Hydrograf  , which have been in service since the mid-1970s.  (Jaroslaw Cislak)  Swedish defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract by the Polish Armaments Agency to design and build two signals intelligence (SIGINT) ships for the Polish Navy.  Under the contract, announced on 25 November and worth EUR620 million (USD644 million...

Update – Changing the guard: Concern over US withdrawal of F-15 jets from Okinawa

By Akhil Kadidal 25 November 2022
The withdrawal from Okinawa of two USAF squadrons equipped with F-15C Eagles has alarmed US Republican lawmakers who said the move could embolden a militarily resurgent China. (US Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Kyle Johnson)  The withdrawal of two squadrons of US Air Force (USAF) Boeing F-15C fighter jets from Okinawa has prompted concerns of a decline in US force capability in the Indo-Pacific region.  The US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) announced the withdrawal in a statement on 28 October. “Starting in November [2022] the Department of Defense wi...
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