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Ukraine receives two former US Coast Guard Island-class patrol vessels

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 26 November 2021
M/V   Ocean Grand  passes through the Bosphorus en route to Odessa with the delivery of two ex-USCG Island-class patrol boats,   Sumy  (ex-  Ocracoke  ) and   Fastiv  (ex-  Washington  ), on board.   (Devrim Yaylalı)  Two decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, destined for the Ukrainian Navy, arrived in Odessa onboard the US-flagged cargo ship M/V Ocean Grand on 23 November.  The two vessels, renamed Sumy (ex-Ocracoke) and Fastiv (...

Morocco, Israel sign defence industry, security agreements

By Charles Forrester 25 November 2021
Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of National Defence Abdellatif Loudiyi at the signing ceremony. (Israeli MoD/Ariel Hermoni)  Morocco and Israel have signed a raft of agreements to bolster defence and security co-operation during the visit by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz to the north African country.    Following a meeting between Gantz and Abdellatif Loudiyi, Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the...

Jacobs finishes buying software firm BlackLynx

By Marc Selinger 25 November 2021
US engineering firm Jacobs has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of data analytics software provider BlackLynx, expanding its footprint in the US Intelligence Community, Jacobs announced on 19 November.  Jacobs is initially paying USD2...

China, Russia approve 2021–25 road map to increase military co-operation

By Jon Grevatt 24 November 2021
China and Russia have agreed on a road map to deepen co-operation on military patrols and exercises. The agreement was announced a few days after the two countries' air forces held joint patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea that featured Chinese H-6K (pictured) and Russian Tu-95 bombers. (Japan Air Self-Defense Force)  China and Russia have agreed to expand military collaboration over the coming five years, Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 November. The move will facilitate deeper co-operation in joint patrol...

Philippines makes rare rebuke of China at ASEAN summit

By Ridzwan Rahmat 23 November 2021
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued harsh words against China in his statement during a summit hosted by Beijing with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries on 22 November.  The rare rebuke came in the w...

Brazilian Army aims to boost CBRN defences

By Victor Barreira 23 November 2021
The Brazilian Army line up a series of mobile field equipment to address CBRN risks. (Victor Barreira)  The Brazilian Army has embarked on a new effort to modernise its chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities.  Service officials are acquiring new equipment to gradually replace hardware that is reaching the end of its life cycle in a bid to boost existing capabilities, the Commander of the 1st CBRN Defence Battalion (1º Btl DQBRN), Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Otávio Domingues Costa, told Janes.  The 1º Btl DQB...

Japan reviews key defence strategies in light of ‘severe' security landscape

By Jon Grevatt 23 November 2021
According to Janes Defence Budgets, Japan's military expenditure is forecast to grow to about USD55 billion by the mid-2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has told   Janes   it will review the country's primary defence policies over the coming year given the Indo-Pacific's increasingly “severe” security situation.   A spokesperson from the MoD said an assessment of Japan's National Security Strategy, the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG), and the Medium Term Defense Program (MTDP) ha...

China, Russia conduct joint air patrol over Sea of Japan

By Jon Grevatt 22 November 2021
China has flown two H-6K strategic bombers (pictured at Airshow China 2018) in a joint patrol with Russian Tu-95 aircraft over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  Chinese and Russian air forces held a joint aerial patrol over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on 19 November, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said. The patrol was the third joint Sino-Russian military exercise in 2021, underscoring growing bilateral military ties.  According to the MND, the air patrols featured two Xian Aircraft...

MDA awards Other Transactional Agreements for Glide Phase Interceptor prototype design

By Robin Hughes 22 November 2021
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 19 November announced the award of Other Transactional (OT) Agreements to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon Missiles and Defense for the completion of an accelerated concept of a prototype sea-la...

Dubai Airshow 2021: ESG exhibits Guardion C-UAS with integrated Quantum-Systems Vector UAV

By Akshara Parakala 18 November 2021
Quantum-Systems Vector tiltrotor fixed-wing eVTOL unmanned aerial vehicle by ESG at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  Germany's Guardion counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), a co-operation of ESG, Diehl Defence, and Rohde & Schwarz, has integrated Quantum-Systems Vector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for wide area surveillance operations, the company announced at the Dubai Airshow 2021, held from November 14 to 18.  ESG, the system integrator and software provider of Guardion, chose electric vertical take-off and landing (e...

Textron ahead of schedule in completing RTAF T-6TH trainer aircraft order

By Nigel Torp Petersen 18 November 2021
RTAF Air Chief Marshal Chanon Mungthanya, after a flight in one of the T-6 aircraft Thailand has ordered from Textron Aviation Defense. (Textron Aviation Defense LLC)  Textron Defense announced on 18 November 2021 that the 12 Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II turboprop-powered trainer aircraft it is currently manufacturing for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) are nearing completion. Textron revealed the aircraft have passed technical inspection checkpoints ahead of schedule. The RTAF made the order in September 2020 in a deal worth USD162 million, whi...

Taliban inaugurates new army with display of US equipment

By Gabriel Dominguez 17 November 2021
The Islamic Emirate Army (IEA) – the new Afghan military under the Taliban government – has marked its inauguration by displaying a large number of mostly US-made assets that were seized during the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August.  Duri...

BAE Systems to buy Bohemia Interactive Simulations

By Marc Selinger 16 November 2021
BAE Systems plans to expand its simulation training portfolio by acquiring Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), the UK-based buyer announced on 11 November.  BAE said it will gain “high-fidelity, cost-effective” tools that are based on the late...

Russia tests DA-ASAT missile

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 16 November 2021
Russia has conducted a direct ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile test against the retired Cosmos 1408 electronic intelligence (ELINT) low Earth orbit satellite, according to the UK-based satellite tracking company Seradata.    “The missil...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Russia positive about Middle East prospects despite sanctions

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Russian firms are beginning to adapt to the restrictions created by the US government's Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as well as wider sanctions, Rostec Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy De...

NATO conducts first full-blown counter-UAS exercise

By Brooks Tigner 15 November 2021
A Dutch serviceman demonstrates a shoulder-held C-UAS solution during NATO's recent TIE21 exercise. (Netherlands Ministry of Defence)  NATO is to analyse the results of its first fully-fledged technical exercise to locate, identify, and counter hostile unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) – particularly from swarm attacks.  The data will then be farmed out to industry, researchers, and other trusted stakeholders in early 2022 to address gaps in capability and command-and-control (C2) reactivity. Looking ahead, NATO also aims to nudge the allies t...

NATO naval presence outnumbers competitors ‘two to one', says alliance maritime commander

By Dr. Lee Willett 05 November 2021
The collective presence of NATO naval forces deployed across the Euro-Atlantic theatre is currently giving the alliance a ‘two-to-one' numerical advantage at sea over its competitors, according to the head of Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM).  “Tod...

Canadian and US intelligence agencies focus on climate change

By Robert Munks 05 November 2021
US President Joe Biden addresses the COP26 climate change conference on 2 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to appointing a dedicated climate change adviser, Biden has called on the intelligence community to work on the issue. (Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/Getty Images)  Tricia Geddes, Deputy Director for Policy at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), told the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies symposium on 3 November that the agency foresaw a role for itself in tackling the impacts of climate chang...

US defence contractors get more time to meet vaccination mandate

By Marc Selinger 05 November 2021
Employees of US federal government contractors, including defence companies, will receive almost an additional month to comply with a mandate that they be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the Biden administration announced on 4 November.  Instead...

US State Department calls on China to join dialogue on nuclear arms control

By Gabriel Dominguez 05 November 2021
The US State Department has urged the Chinese government to join a dialogue on nuclear arms control following the publication of a Pentagon report stating that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear weapon capabilities and intends to have “at least...
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