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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...

Russia moves equipment to Crimea, continues to activate other units

18 November 2021
Russia has deployed elements of at least three units to Crimea since 12 November. They are equipped with armoured personnel carriers (APCs), self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), anti-aircraft missile systems, and main battle tanks (MBTs).  Analysing fo...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Russian 1st Guards Tank Army equipment spotted in Voronezh

11 November 2021
Russia has deployed at least 60 tanks, supported by infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), and self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) from the Moscow area to Maslovka railway station south of the city of Voronezh and less than 250 km from the Ukrainian border...

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...

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...

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...

China rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, says US DoD report

By Gabriel Dominguez 04 November 2021
Several road-mobile DF-41 ICBM systems on display during a military parade held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 1 October 2019. According to the Pentagon's ‘2021 China Military Report', Beijing is rapidly increasing its nuclear arsenal and also considering additional launch options for the DF-41, including silos. (Zoya Rusinova/TASS via Getty Images)  China is expanding its nuclear weapon capabilities much faster than US officials had predicted a year ago, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2021 report on military and security d...

Defence supplier to receive support from Spanish government fund

By David Ing 03 November 2021
Spain's state holding company Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI) has approved EUR34 million (USD39.4 million) in loans to help troubled aerospace and defence parts supplier Airtificial.  The money is due to come from a support...

Janes Analysis: Climate change, the military and COP26

01 November 2021
The intersection between National and Climate Security is getting closer than ever before. As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, opens in Glasgow, Janes has pulled together the latest open-source intelligence on the ongoing threats to national security that climate issues pose...Tracking climate change through open-source data  Large wildfires have spread throughout the world in mid-2021, in part attributed to climate change and the direct and long-term risk that it poses to lives, livelihoods, and ecosystem...

Central Military District pulls more equipment from vehicle stores on Ukrainian border

27 October 2021
The Russian Central Military District's (CMD's) 41st Combined Arms Army has begun withdrawing equipment from the Pogonovo training ground south of Voronezh city and loading it on to trains at Maslovka railway station.  Video and imagery sourced fro...

Biden says US would defend Taiwan if China attacked but White House backtracks

By Gabriel Dominguez 25 October 2021
US President Joe Biden said on 21 October that the United States is committed to defending Taiwan if the island were to be attacked by China.  However, the remarks, which seemed to mark a departure from Washington's long-held policy of ‘strategic a...
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