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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...

New Dutch expeditionary survey vessel enters service

By Kate Tringham 25 November 2022
The Dutch navy's new ESB   Hydrograaf   entered service on 21 November.  (RNLN)    The Royal Netherlands Navy's (RNLN's) new expeditionary survey boat (ESB), HrMs   Hydrograaf  (H 8021), has officially entered service.   The mini hydrographic survey vessel was formally handed over to the RNLN by the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) on 21 November.  Hydrograaf  was designed and built by Damen Shipyards Den Helder (DSDH) under a contract awarded by the DMO in 2019. Laid down in February...

Canada eyes larger defence role in Indo-Pacific

By Marc Selinger 21 November 2022
Royal Canadian Navy frigates, including the HMCS   Vancouver  , have participated in a multinational effort to monitor North Korea's evasion of UN Security Council sanctions.  (US Navy)  Canada plans to bolster its military presence and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region amid growing threats from China and North Korea, according to Canadian Minister of National Defence Anita Anand.  The Canadian government will “soon” release a “comprehensive” Indo-Pacific strategy to “position Canada as a leader in promoting...

RAAF refuels South Korea fighter jet for first time

By Akhil Kadidal 16 November 2022
A Royal Australian Air Force KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport refuels a KF-16U Fighting Falcon aircraft of the Republic of Korea Air Force during Exercise ‘Vigilant Storm 23'. (Republic of Korea Air Force)  Weeks after signing a formal arrangement to co-operate on air-to-air refuelling, Australia and South Korea have conducted the first aerial refuel exercise involving military aircraft from both countries.  The Australian Department of Defence (DoD) said on 15 November that a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus KC-30A Multi Role Tanke...

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

By Akhil Kadidal 16 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...

EU consortium commences integration of swarming technology into THeMIS UGVs

By Alexander Stronell 02 November 2022
THeMIS UGVs pictured alongside French Army soldiers of the Vulcan robotics testing unit at a demonstration of iMUGS autonomy capabilities, Camp Satory, in October 2022. (iMUGS)    Companies working on the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS) – the European Union's (EU's) project for a common unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) – have commenced the integration of swarming technology into Milrem's THeMIS medium UGV,   Janes  has learnt.   Experts from three organisations within the iMUGS consortium – dotOcean, the Roy...

Japan plans SM-6 deployment from 2026

By Jon Grevatt 02 November 2022
Japan has confirmed plans to integrate SM-6 air-defence missiles onto its two JMSDF Maya-class destroyers. Pictured above is the second of these two vessels, JS  Haguro  , which was commissioned in March 2021.  (Japanese MoD)    The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) has disclosed to  Janes  plans to integrate Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) air-defence missiles onto Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Maya-class destroyers from 2026.   The plans were revealed nearly two weeks after the US Defen...

Ukraine conflict: Ukrainian kamikaze USVs target Russian naval base

By Shaurav Gairola & Alex Pape 31 October 2022
Ukrainian unmanned surface vessels (USVs) targeted naval units from Russia's Black Sea Fleet at Russia's naval base in Sevastopol during a ‘kamikaze' attack on 29 October.  According to video footage circulating widely on social media, a Project 11...

US approves SM-6 sale to Japan

By Jon Grevatt 21 October 2022
An SM-6 Block I missile arcs skywards following launch from a US Navy DDG-51 guided-missile destroyer. Japan plans to integrate the missile-defence system onto its Atago-class destroyers. (US Navy)  The US Department of State has approved a request by Japan to procure Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) air-defence missiles for an estimated USD450 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced.  It said on 20 October that the proposed Foreign Military Sales (FMS), which requires approval from the Congress, includes 32 SM-6 Blo...

New Zealand delays defence review

By Tim Fish 18 October 2022
Australia's Minister for Defence Richard Marles (left) and New Zealand's Minister of Defence Peeni Henare (right) agreed to enhance biltaeral defence co-operation during recent talks in Geelong, Victoria. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The publication of the first part of New Zealand's new defence review has been pushed back to March 2023 – a delay of almost six months.  Under the Terms of Reference for the review, announced in July, a ‘defence policy and strategy statement' was scheduled to be released in October. The statement is the first of...

Ukraine conflict: NATO and EU seek to promote defence stockpiling

By Brooks Tigner 17 October 2022
NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels on 12–13 October decided to increase the allies' stockpiles of munitions and equipment and to use the NATO defence planning process to provide the defence industry with the long-term demand required to boost production. (NATO)  Both NATO and the European Union (EU) are scrambling to foster joint procurement, stimulate accelerated defence-industrial production, and promote shared warehousing among their national militaries to replace depleted stocks sent to Ukraine and bolster Europe's own territorial...

Update: North Korean warplanes conduct rare mass drill

By Akhil Kadidal 13 October 2022
South Korean F-15Ks and USAF F-16 jets fly in response to North Korea's IRBM launch on 4 October 2022. The F-15s subsequently bombed an uninhabited South Korean island 50 km west of the mainland. This appears to have partly prompted a larger bombing exercise by North Korea on an undisclosed islet on 8 October. (South Korean Ministry of National Defense)  North Korea has conducted an unprecedented series of live-fire drills using warplanes. This includes what Pyongyang describes as one of its largest air combat exercises.  In a statement on 10...

North Korean warplanes conduct rare mass drill

By Akhil Kadidal 11 October 2022
South Korean F-15Ks and USAF F-16 jets fly in response to North Korea's IRBM launch on 4 October 2022. The F-15s subsequently bombed an uninhabited South Korean island 50 km west of the mainland. This appears to have partly prompted a larger bombing exercise by North Korea on an undisclosed islet on 8 October. (South Korean Ministry of National Defense)  North Korea has conducted an unprecedented series of live-fire drills using warplanes. This includes what Pyongyang describes as one of its largest air combat exercises.  In a statement on 10...

Luftwaffe concludes Indo-Pacific deployment

By Akhil Kadidal 06 October 2022
The Luftwaffe deployed a small contingent of Eurofighters to Japan between 28 and 30 September for joint drills. The deployment reflects Japan's role as an important partner for Germany in the region. (Bundeswehr/Christian Timmig)  The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) has concluded its deployment of Eurofighters and support aircraft in the Indo-Pacific region. The deployment, titled ‘Rapid Pacific 2022’, potentially sets the stage for future flights into the region by the Luftwaffe.  A Luftwaffe spokesperson told Janes that the detachment returne...

Russia's Pacific Fleet receives newest nuclear-powered submarines

By Tony Roper 05 October 2022
Airbus NEO satellite imagery shows the Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class SSGN   Novosibirsk  and Project 955A Dolgorukiy (Borey)-class SSBN   Knyaz Oleg  at the Pacific Fleet's Rybachiy naval base in Kamchatka Krai, Russia, on 28 September 2022.  (©Airbus DS 2022/SkyWatch Space Applications Inc/Tony Roper)  The Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet has received two submarines in one day at the Rybachiy naval base in Kamchatka Krai, Russia.  The Project 885M Severodvinsk (Yasen)-class nuclear-powered guided-mis...

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...
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