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Latest sanctions to have minimal impact on Russian defence industry

By Guy Anderson 24 February 2022
Sanctions imposed against Russian entities as a result of Moscow's ordering of troops into the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine are unlikely to have an impact on Russia's defence industrial base – a sector that has adapted to measures imposed by Western governments since the occupation of Crimea in 2014.  Measures have been progressively applied against the crown jewels of Russia's defence industrial base for much of the last decade. The EU and the US have acted to cut Moscow's military and banking organisations off...

NATO accelerates F-35 deployment to Eastern Europe

By Gareth Jennings 24 February 2022
Pictured in the Netherlands, F-35s of the Royal Netherlands Air Force have been sent to Eastern Europe without delay following the renewed invasion of Ukraine by Russia. (Royal Netherlands Air Force)  NATO has brought forward its deployment of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) to the Southern Air Policing mission, with the Netherlands announcing its two jets have been sent to Eastern Europe immediately rather than in March as earlier planned.  The Dutch Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 24 February that the R...

Ukraine calls on Turkey to close its airspace and Black Sea access to Russian vessels

By Lale Sariibrahimoglu 24 February 2022
Ukraine has made an official request to Turkey to close its airspace and Black Sea access to Russian Navy vessels as Moscow launched its military attack on the Eastern European country on 24 February.  Turkey called Moscow's military assault on Kyi...

UK eyes more military aid for Ukraine

By Marc Selinger 24 February 2022
The UK Ministry of Defence has supplied the Armed Forces of Ukraine with Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons. (Crown Copyright)  The United Kingdom plans to send additional military aid to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against a further invasion by Russia, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the House of Commons on 23 February.  “I can announce to the House that in the light of the increasingly threatening behaviour from Russia, and in line with our previous support, the UK will shortly be providing a further package of milit...

Russian naval exercises in Black Sea, Sea of Azov continue to restrict freedom of navigation

By Prathamesh Karle 23 February 2022
The Admiral Grigorovich (Project 11356M)-class frigate   Admiral Essen  conducts naval exercises in the Black Sea.  (Russian Ministry of Defence)  The Russian Navy has moved three large landing ships, five warships, and several vessels of other classes, including one missile boat, to the Sea of Azov under the pretext of participating in exercises, Ukraine's Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov stated during a press briefing on 21 February.    In video footage posted by Ukrainian media outlet MyKerch on its V...

NATO condemns Russia's actions against Ukraine

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 February 2022
Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of troops to “maintain peace” in the breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine after recognising them as independent on 21 February, warning Kyiv of a “bloodbath” if it resis...

Madrid summit to adopt new NATO force plan

By Brooks Tigner 22 February 2022
The draft principles of NATO's new force plan were reviewed at the allied defence ministers' meeting in Brussels on 16–17 February. (NATO)  NATO will adapt its force planning procedures in the short term to “dynamically deter” Russia's deployments of military forces along the allies' eastern flank and elsewhere on its territory “as long as required”, according to NATO officials. New principles will underpin the revised force plan.  The draft principles were reviewed by NATO defence ministers at a meeting in Brussels on 16–17 February and will...

China to sanction US firms over military sales to Taiwan

By Jon Grevatt 22 February 2022
China is planning to impose sanctions on Lockheed Martin and Raytheon in response to the US corporations' sales of defence equipment to Taiwan, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said on 21 February.  The move is the latest in a serie...

Update: US Army notes new and renewed interest in MD 530 helos for allied nations

By Gareth Jennings 18 February 2022
The US Army told   Janes  that it has received new and renewed interest from allied partner nations in the MD Helicopters, Inc. MD 530 light attack rotorcraft.  (MD Helicopters Inc.)    The US Army has received new and renewed interest from allied partner nations in the MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) MD 530 light attack rotorcraft, a service spokesperson told  Janes  on 17 February.   With the US Army Multi-National Aviation Special Project Office (MASPO) currently providing MD 530s to allied na...

Allies continue to reinforce NATO's flanks

By Nicholas Fiorenza 18 February 2022
The UK is doubling the number of personnel in the EFP battlegroup it leads in Estonia and sending additional equipment, including Challenger 2 tanks (pictured) and AFVs. (Estonian MoD)  NATO allies announced the further reinforcement of NATO's flanks during a meeting of the alliance's defence ministers in Brussels on 16–17 February as Russia appeared to be continuing rather than drawing down its military build-up against Ukraine.  During a press conference after the meeting on 17 February, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced that B...

India closes tender for loitering munitions

By Parth Shukla & Sunil Nair 18 February 2022
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 14 February closed the expression of interest (EOI) for the procurement of loitering munitions for the Indian Army.  The MoD issued the EOI for medium-range precision kill systems (MRPKS) in December 2021. Th...

France adopts a new seabed control strategy

By Kate Tringham 18 February 2022
The French Ministry of Defence (MoD) has unveiled a new strategy to control the seabed.  Announced on 14 February by French defence minister Florence Parly, the new ‘Seabed Control Operations' strategy intends to equip the French Navy with the abil...

Washington prepares to tighten regulations on US investments in China

By Jon Grevatt 17 February 2022
The United States is planning to tighten regulations that restrict investments in Chinese enterprises deemed to have links with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and its supporting military-industrial complex.  The Department of the Treasury's Off...

US Army notes new and renewed interest in MD 530 helos for allied nations

By Gareth Jennings 17 February 2022
 The US Army told   Janes  that it has received new and renewed interest from allied partner nations in the MD Helicopters, Inc. MD 530 light attack rotorcraft.  (MD Helicopters Inc.)                         

IAI, Hanwha Systems partner on naval combat technologies

By Oishee Majumdar 16 February 2022
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and South Korea's Hanwha Systems have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to commercialise naval combat suites globally, with a focus on the Asia-Pacific market.  A spokesperson for Hanwha Systems told Janes...

Ukrainian Navy: A force in distress

By Manash Pratim Boruah & Prathamesh Karle 15 February 2022
The Ukrainian Navy's sole frigate,  Hetman Sahaydachniy,   is pictured with Gurza-M inshore patrol craft during Exercise ‘Sea Breeze', held in the Black Sea in late July 2020.  (Ukrainian MoD)  The ongoing tensions between Russia, Ukraine, and NATO countries with regards to the increasing Russian Armed Forces buildup along the Ukrainian borders are an extension of the eight-year-long conflict that began with the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014. With the loss of Crimea and control over the Kerch Strait, Ukrai...

US Navy denies Moscow's claims that a Virginia sub entered Russian waters

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 15 February 2022
The US Navy (USN) has disputed claims by Moscow that one of its submarines had entered Russian territorial waters.  According to a Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announcement on 12 February, a USN Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine...

NCIA signs fifth agreement with not-for-profit organisation, competitions underway

By Olivia Savage 15 February 2022
The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) has signed its fifth agreement with a not-for-profit organisation, enabling it to start procurement activities under the Not-For-Profit Framework (NFPF) initiative, the NCIA announced on 15 Febr...

NATO refreshes cyber technology, competition to replace equipment under way

By Olivia Savage 14 February 2022
NATO Cyber Security Centre updates technology at its Security Operations Centre. (Shutterstock)  The NATO Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has completed a project in collaboration with industry partners Cisco, RSA, and EuroOne to replace equipment at its Security Operations Centre in Mons, Belgium.  The project, completed in December 2021, involved the upgrade of two central management systems that work together to help the NCSC monitor NATO networks for threats and flag key issues, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), which ru...

Ukraine's Black Sea coast blocked by Russian live-firing exercise

By Tim Ripley 14 February 2022
The Black Sea Fleet's improved ‘Kilo'-class submarine   Rostov-na-Donu  makes a northbound transit through Istanbul on 13 February en route to the Black Sea.  (Cem Devrim Yaylali)  The Russian Navy has launched missile and naval gunnery exercises that will close off Ukraine's Black Sea coast for six days from 13 February, according to maritime safety notices posted online.  The start of the exercises coincides with growing tension between Moscow and Western countries over Russia's troop buildup around Ukraine.  R...
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