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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...

‘iMUGS II' to be larger and better funded, but delay confirmed

By Alexander Stronell 08 July 2022
Milrem's Type-X robotic combat vehicle pictured integrated with Kongsberg's Protector RT40 turret during live-fire testing in Slovenia, June 2022. The Type-X robotic combat vehicle is being touted as a model for the EU's UGV development after the conclusion of iMUGS. (Milrem)  The successor project to the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS) programme, the European Defence Fund's (EDF) project for a common unmanned ground vehicle, has been pushed back by one year, Janes can confirm.  “It's [going to be] in EDF [Work Programme] 20...

Ukraine conflict: Allies sign NATO accession protocols for Finland and Sweden

By Nicholas Fiorenza 07 July 2022
Press conference by NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde following the signature of the NATO accession protocols for the two Nordic countries on 5 July. (NATO)  The 30 ambassadors to NATO signed the accession protocols for Finland and Sweden on 5 July in the presence of Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto and Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde. In a joint press conference with the two ministers following the signings, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenber...

Finnish Border Guard orders two OPVs from Meyer Turku

By John Pagni 06 July 2022
The new vessels will be an improved version of the OPV   Turva,   which entered service in 2014.  (Janes/John Pagni)  The Finnish Border Guard (FBG) has awarded a contract to Meyer Turku for two new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).  The new vessels will be an improved variant of the OPV Turva, which was commissioned into FBG service in 2014 as the world's first LNG coastguard ship.  Under the terms of the contract, signed on 29 June, the first new OPV is expected to be completed...

Islands influence: China increases its presence and influence in the southwest Pacific

By F Xavier Casals 05 July 2022
Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi (right) and Samoa Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa attend an agreement signing ceremony between the two countries in Apia, Samoa on 28 May 2022. (Vaitogi Asuisui Matafeo/Samoa Observer/AFP via Getty I...

Myanmar MiG-29 violates Thai airspace

By Akhil Kadidal 04 July 2022
Thailand scrambled two F-16s after a Myanmar MiG-29 violated Thai airspace on 30 June 2022. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  A cross-border violation by a Myanmar Air Force military aircraft engaged in military operations on 30 June prompted a scramble by Thai fighter jets.  According to air force spokesperson Air Vice Marshal Prapas Sonjaidee, two F-16s were scrambled after a Thai radar detected an aircraft in Thai airspace close to the border with Myanmar.  The incident occurred at “about 1106 [h] local time at Phop Phra, Tak province,” AVM Sonjaidee...
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