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US nears releasing unclassified defence strategy

By Marc Selinger 28 September 2022
The Pentagon has shared a classified version of the 2022 National Defense Strategy with Congress. (Getty Images)  US President Joe Biden's administration plans to publicly release an unclassified version of its new National Defense Strategy (NDS) “shortly”, a White House official said on 27 September.  The US Department of Defense (DoD) sent a classified version of the 2022 NDS to Congress in March. The DoD's two-page “fact sheet” on the NDS describes China as “our most consequential strategic competitor and the pacing challenge for the depar...

LIG Nex1 outlines LAMD development plans

By Jon Grevatt 23 September 2022
LIG Nex1's low-altitude missile defence system, a model of which is shown above, has a range of 7 km. (Janes/Dae Young Kim)  South Korea's LIG Nex1 has disclosed plans to supply its low-altitude missile defence (LAMD) system to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Armed Forces by the end of the decade.  The company started development of the system earlier this year, and told Janes at the DX Korea 2022 exhibition in Goyang that the LAMD will undergo seven more years of work before it is ready for deployment.  “We have planned two years of engineering...

Updating strategy: NATO's new strategic concept calls for reprioritisation of CBRN threats

By John Eldridge 08 September 2022
NATO-Russia relations since 1999. (Janes)  NATO's strategy since the collapse of the Soviet Union was noted for its drift and lack of purpose. Comments by French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2019 that NATO was “brain-dead” highlighted this...

Australian submariners to train on RN Astute-class submarines under AUKUS

By Kate Tringham & Richard Scott 02 September 2022
The UK Royal Navy's fifth Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, HMS   Anson  , was commissioned into service at BAE Systems' yard in Barrow-in-Furness, North West England, on 31 August. Australian submariners will join RN crews to train on   Anson  and other Astute-class boats under the AUKUS security partnership.  (Royal Navy)  Australian submariners are set to train onboard the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) newest Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) under the trilateral AUKUS sec...

Ukraine conflict: UK to donate AUVs to Ukraine for mine clearance

By Kate Tringham & Alex Pape 01 September 2022
The UK is donating six AUVs to Ukraine to help with mine clearance. (UK MoD/Crown Copyright)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced plans to donate mine-hunting autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to Ukraine to help the country clear its coastline of Russian mines.  Ahead of delivery, Ukrainian personnel are also being trained to operate the systems, the MoD said.  Since the United Nations brokered a deal with Russia and Ukraine in July to enable commercial ships to safely export foodstuffs from Ukraine through the Black Sea, a sma...

USAF B-2 bombers conclude first Australia deployment

By Akhil Kadidal 23 August 2022
A total of six USAF B-2s have landed in Australia between January and August 2022. The unprecedented deployment of these bombers in Australia between July and August 2022 affirms the growing nature of US-Australia defence and strategic alliance following AUKUS. (Janes)  The first deployment of United States Air Force (USAF) Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit bombers to Australia has ended.  The deployment is very likely to have resulted in significant capability enhancements for the Australian Defence Force (ADF). It also sets the ground for future...

Luftwaffe deploys Eurofighters in Indo-Pacific for first time

By Akhil Kadidal 18 August 2022
Germany has demonstrated its ability to deploy a detachment of combat and support aircraft in the Indo-Pacific region. The detachment, which includes six Eurofighter Typhoons, four A400Ms, and three A330 MRTTs, will operate in the region until 4 October 2022. (Janes)  The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) has flown a detachment of Eurofighters with supporting aircraft and personnel into the Indo-Pacific region. The aircraft covered a distance of 12,700 km within 24 hours.  According to the German Bundeswehr (armed forces of the Federal Republic of...

Boeing, Northrop Grumman join 3D printing push

By Marc Selinger 18 August 2022
A 3D-printed satellite engine mount. (Boeing)  Boeing and Northrop Grumman have signed up to participate in the Biden administration's Additive Manufacturing (AM) Forward initiative, which intends to strengthen US supply chains by increasing the use of 3D-printed parts.  Both companies have agreed to expand opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) suppliers to provide AM parts, according to a 17 August announcement by nonprofit Applied Science & Technology Research Organization of America (ASTRO America), which supports AM Fo...

Taiwan engages US on missile sustainment

By Jon Grevatt 15 August 2022
Taiwan has announced it will award a ‘missile engineering' contract to the United States. This will reportedly include sustainment of the island's Patriot air-defence system. (Lockheed Martin)  Taiwan has awarded the US a contract to sustain missile systems operated by the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF). The deal – worth TWD2.5 billion (USD84 million) – comes amid Taiwanese efforts to bolster missile production capacity on the island in the face of growing tension with China.  The missile sustainment deal was announced by Taipei's contra...

Update: Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills

By Akhil Kadidal 10 August 2022
Taiwan said that the PLA flew 49aircraft into the Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on 5 August whereas China has said that it is flying ‘hundreds' of aircraft into the ADIZ. (VCG via Getty Images)    China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.   Janes   assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.   China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan...

PLA's drills intended to show capabilities to invade Taiwan

By Akhil Kadidal 08 August 2022
Taiwan air force F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets prepare to take off from Hualien Air Force Base on 6 August 2022. The aircraft were scrambled to monitor PLA live-fire drills around the island. (Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)  A series of drills conducted by China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently are intended to demonstrate its warfighting capabilities to invade Taiwan.  The drills, which began on 4 August, were officially started to illustrate Beijing's displeasure over a 2 August visit by the US House of Representatives Speaker, N...

Taiwan reports underplay ‘hundreds' of PLA aircraft in live-fire drills

By Akhil Kadidal 05 August 2022
China's Eastern Theatre Command says it is launching hundreds of aircraft to participate in live-fire drills around Taiwan. (VCG via Getty Images)    China says it is dispatching hundreds of combat aircraft to the six live-fire zones around Taiwan. However, Taipei's daily air incursion reports show smaller figures.   Janes   assesses that this could partly be because of strains on the country's radar network.   China launched a four-day live-fire exercise around Taiwan from 4 August, in response to a visit by US House Speak...

Boeing avoids labour strike at three US defence plants

By Marc Selinger 04 August 2022
Boeing is developing the MQ-25 Stingray unmanned tanker for the US Navy. The company has averted a labour strike at three US factories that build military aircraft, including the MQ-25. (Boeing)  Unionised workers at three Boeing military aircraft factories in and near St Louis, Missouri, have approved a new three-year contract, averting a looming labour strike, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced on 3 August.  Boeing welcomed the news. “We're pleased with the outcome of the vote and we look forw...

Russia unveils naval doctrine amid Navy Day celebrations

By Prathamesh Karle & Manash Pratim Boruah 04 August 2022
The Russian Navy's Project 22350 frigate   Admiral Gorshkov   is set to be the first vessel to be equipped with the 3M-22 Tsirkon hypersonic missile in the coming months.  (Michael Nitz/Naval Press Service)  Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new naval doctrine on 31 July that offers a glimpse of Russia's global maritime ambitions.    The doctrine, which was unveiled during Russia's annual Navy Day celebrations, replaces the   Maritime Doctrine of the Russian Federation   (2015)  .  It...

China conducts largest air breach of median line to date

By Akhil Kadidal 04 August 2022
While the PLA has said that it is conducting sorties by Chengdu J-20 stealth fighters into Taiwan's ADIZ, Taipei has not recorded this aircraft in its daily ADIZ incursion disclosures. Chinese military experts on the mainland cite this as evidence of gaps in Taiwan's surveillance network. (Chen Chang/VCG via Getty Images)  China conducted its most significant air breach of the median line in the contentious Taiwan Strait on 3 August.  Data from Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense (MND) shows that 22 People's Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft,...

Taiwan faces widespread cyber attacks as tensions rise with China

By Oishee Majumdar 04 August 2022
Taiwan says it has been subject to a series of intensified cyber attacks since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island nation on 2 August.  The attacks come amid rising US and Taiwan tensions with China, which has voiced “strong opposition...

US lawmakers advance bill to boost chip making

By Marc Selinger 28 July 2022
The US Capitol building in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)  The US Senate on 27 July passed a Pentagon-backed bill that would provide USD76 billion to shore up domestic production of semiconductor chips.  The Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) Act, which the Senate approved by a 64–33 vote, heads to the House of Representatives, which is expected to pass the bill on 28 July. President Joe Biden has indicated he will sign the legislation into law when it reaches his desk.  Proponents say the bill, which has been in th...

US lawmakers raise security concerns about Chinese logistics system

By Marc Selinger 20 July 2022
The US Capitol building in Washington, DC. (Janes/Marc Selinger)  The US House of Representatives has backed a proposal that would prohibit the US Department of Defense (DoD) and its contractors from using a Chinese system that enables cargo shippers to share data.  Proponents of the legislation argue that the National Public Information Platform for Transportation and Logistics (LOGINK), which is overseen by China's Ministry of Transport, could enable the Chinese government to track US military equipment sent through commercial ports. Repres...

More JASDF fighter scrambles in first quarter compared with 2021

By Akhil Kadidal 14 July 2022
Military aircraft from China and Russia, which have approached Japanese airspace, have been the primary cause of Japan Air Self-Defense Force fighter scrambles. (Janes)  The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled its fighter aircraft 235 times in the first quarter of 2022. This represents a 65% increase over scrambles in a similar period in 2021.  Data released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 6 July shows that 142 scrambles were conducted in the first quarter of 2021. The Japan MoD data also shows that the 2022 first quar...

New Zealand to explore more proactive defence agenda

By Tim Fish 13 July 2022
New Zealand is forecast by Janes Defence Budgets to gradually increase its military expenditure over the coming few years. The spike in 2019 was caused by a one-off recognition of veterans' entitlements. (Janes Defence Budgets)  The New Zealand Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a Defence Policy Review that could represent a significant shift in posture and military engagement in the Pacific region.  The review builds upon the Defence Assessment 2021, published in December that year, which identified China and climate change as pressing s...
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