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Chinese intelligence ship tracked close to sensitive Australia-US submarine communications facility

By Julian Kerr & Jon Grevatt 16 May 2022
A Chinese PLAN intelligence collection vessel,   Haiwangxing  , pictured operating off the north-west shelf of Australia.  (Commonwealth of Australia)  A Chinese intelligence collection ship has been tracked for a week off the West Australian coast and within 50 n miles (93 km) of a sensitive naval communications base, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton disclosed on 13 May.    Dutton said the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) Dongdiao-class (Type 815/815A) intelligence collection ship (AGI)...

Ukraine conflict: Ukraine reports sinking two Russian patrol ships during UAV strike

By Kate Tringham 03 May 2022
The Russian Navy operates a fleet of 17 Project 03160 Raptor fast patrol boats.   (Nikolai Novichkov)  Ukraine claims that it has sunk two Russian Navy patrol ships during an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) strike on 2 May.  Video footage released by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on its official Twitter account shows what appears to be a Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) striking two Russian Navy Project 03160 Raptor-class fast patrol boats in the Black Sea. The footage, dated 2 May, shows the successful engagement of...

Ukraine conflict: Germany offers Gepards to Kyiv

By Nicholas Fiorenza 28 April 2022
Germany will supply 50 Gepard anti-aircraft systems (seen during an exercise in 2010) to Ukraine. (Bundeswehr/Marcus Rott)  Defence ministers and chiefs of defence staff of the 43 members of the Ukraine Defense Consultative Group met at Ramstein Air Base in Rhineland-Palatinate, southwestern Germany, on 26 April, to discuss how to bolster Kyiv's resistance to Russia. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told journalists after the meeting, which he hosted, that German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht had “made a huge commitment” to provide...

Japan's ruling party proposes defence strategy revisions

By Jon Grevatt 28 April 2022
Current forecasts by Janes Defence Budgets show that if Japan continues to allocate about 1% of GDP to defence, the national defence expenditure will grow to USD56 billion by the end of this decade. The increase in 2021 is because of the allocation of supplementary expenditure in that year. (Janes Defence Budgets)  Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has proposed a major revision to the country's defence policies in response to its evolving security environment.  Under the plan – submitted to Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Prime M...

JASDF aircraft intercepted foreign aircraft over a 1,000 times in 2021

By Akhil Kadidal 18 April 2022
A Japanese P-3C Orion surveillance plane flies over the main island of the disputed Senkaku-Diaoyu archipelago. The uninhabited islands have become a focal point for Japan-China military flights. (PA)  Fighter aircraft of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) scrambled 1,004 times in response to foreign aircraft approaching the country's airspace in fiscal year (FY) 2021.  Data released by the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 15 April shows that the scrambles constituted a 38% increase compared with FY 2020. The latest figures are sec...

SMi MRAS 2022: Officials fear delays to EU unmanned ground vehicle project

By Alexander Stronell 13 April 2022
Milrem Robotics' THeMIS (pictured) has been the front and centre of the EU's iMUGS project for a common unmanned ground system. In the follow-on stage, it is intended to move work onto a larger UGV integrating more autonomy and with comparable mobility to a tank. (Milrem Robotics)  Officials from some EU member states are concerned that the follow-on to the Integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System (iMUGS), the European Defence Fund (EDF) project to develop a common unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), is liable to be delayed by at least a year, Ja...

Australia initiates new programme to enhance cyber-warfare capabilities

By Oishee Majumdar 13 April 2022
The Australian Cyber Security Centre, previously the Cyber Security Operations Centre, is responsible for analysing cyber threats as well as co-ordinating responses to cyber incidents of national importance. (Commonwealth of Australia)  The Australian government has established the REDSPICE (resilience, effects, defence, space, intelligence, cyber, enablers) programme under the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) to enhance the country's cyber-warfare capabilities.  According to the ASD, the REDSPICE programme will receive an investment of A...

NATO approves charter of DIANA innovation accelerator with European headquarters in UK

By Nicholas Fiorenza 08 April 2022
NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels between 6 and 7 April approved the charter of DIANA with a European headquarters hosted by Imperial College London. (NATO)  NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels between 6 and 7 April approved the charter of the Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic (DIANA) with a European headquarters hosted by Imperial College London.  NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the approval during a press conference after the meeting on 7 April, stating that DIANA “will include a network...

SMi MRAS 2022: 16 Air Assault Brigade to be British Army's first robotics-enhanced brigade

By Alexander Stronell 06 April 2022
Horiba Mira's VIKING during demonstrations on Salisbury Plain, March 2022 (Janes/Alexander Stronell)  16 Air Assault Brigade has been chosen to become the British Army's first robotic autonomous systems (RAS)-enhanced brigade, it was announced on 6 April.  Speaking at SMi Military Robotics and Autonomous Systems 2022 (SMi MRAS 2022) conference in London, Lieutenant Colonel Iain Lamont, SO1 Robotics and Autonomous Systems, British Army, confirmed that 16 Air AssaultBrigade Combat Team had been chosen for the role.  The British Army intends to...

Janes Analysis: Ukraine Conflict

01 April 2022
Janes delivers persistent monitoring of Russian troop and equipment sightings that connects the unit from the ORBAT, location, source data, exercise and mission (where relevant known), equipment with associated numbers, vessel ID, tail numbers, ground  vehicle markings and estimated sighting date. Below are a series of recent analysis pieces focusing on Russian troop movements on the border with Ukraine, that leverage the data collected, structured, verified and interconnected by Janes to enable  a more detailed assessment of Russian mi...

Successful flight test of upgraded ASMPA missile paves way for refurbishment

By Richard Scott 30 March 2022
The ASMPA – seen here on the aircraft centreline – is scheduled to remain in service until around 2035. (SirpaAir/French Air Force)  France has approved the mid-life refurbishment of its Air-Sol Moyenne Portée Amélioré (ASMPA) air-launched nuclear missile inventory after a successful second qualification firing.  ‎Announced by France's Direction générale de l'armement (DGA) on 24 March, the firing of the unarmed ASMPA missile was undertaken from a Dassault Rafale combat aircraft operating from Cazaux Air Force Base in southwest France. In its...

JMSDF anti-air training vessel sustains minor damages in tidal current accident

By Ridzwan Rahmat 30 March 2022
A file photo of   Kurobe.   The vessel has been slightly damaged after an accident on 22 March 2022.   (Hachiro Nakai)  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF's) sole Kurobe-class anti-air training vessel has been slightly damaged after it struck a navigation marker while navigating in waters off Shimonoseki.  Janes  has been informed by a source close to the matter that the vessel was navigating through a stretch of the Shimonoseki Strait, known as the Kanmon Passage, on 22 March when it encountered...

DIMDEX 2022: Roketsan showcases new Levent close-in air defence system

By Shaurav Gairola 28 March 2022
Roketsan's Levent close-in-weapon system. (Roketsan)  Turkish missile manufacturer Roketsan displayed its newly developed Levent (‘Sea Soldier') close-in air defence system (CIADS) at the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) 2022, held in Doha, Qatar.    The 21-cell missile system is designed to launch the naval version of the Sungur short-range anti-air missile, and is also capable of firing cruise missiles and sea-skimming missiles, a company spokesperson told   Janes  .   Levent has been...

Ukraine conflict: Russian landing ship reportedly destroyed in Berdyansk explosion

By Kate Tringham & Manash Pratim Boruah 24 March 2022
The Russian Black Sea Fleet's Alligator-class large landing ship   Orsk  . The Ukrainian Navy claims to have destroyed the ship while it was near the port of Russian-occupied Berdyanskof on 24 March, although this remains to be confirmed.   (Cem Devrim Yaylali)  The Ukrainian Navy claims that it has destroyed one of Russia's large landing ships near the port city of Berdyansk in the Sea of Azov.  In a 24 March post on its official Facebook social media page, the Ukrainian Navy said it had destroyed the Black Sea...

Ukraine conflict: Australia bans alumina exports to Russia

By Jon Grevatt 21 March 2022
The Australian government has introduced a ban on exports of aluminium ores and alumina to Russia. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said on 20 March that the sales ban is intended to impact Russia's defence industry.  “The goods d...

Ukraine conflict: NATO to develop defence and deterrence options across all domains

By Nicholas Fiorenza 18 March 2022
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference after allied defence ministers met in Brussels on 16 March that they had tasked their military commanders to develop defence and deterrence options for the land, air, sea, cyber, and space domains for approval by a summit of allied leaders at the end of June. (NATO)  NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels on 16 March, in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, have tasked their military commanders with developing defence and deterrence options across all domains for appr...

Ukraine conflict: Japan announces more sanctions on Russia

By Jon Grevatt 18 March 2022
Japan has introduced additional restrictions on exports to Russia of technologies and goods that can be used by its defence industrial complex. The move is coupled with new sanctions Tokyo has placed on several military enterprises operated by Mosc...

FNSS hands over first Harimau medium tanks to Indonesian Army

By Parth Shukla 18 March 2022
FNSS has presented initial production Kaplan MT medium tanks to the Indonesian Army at a ceremony held in Turkey. A prototype of the platform, which is known in Indonesia as Harimau, is pictured here undergoing trials. (FNSS)  Turkey's FNSS has handed over the initial Kaplan MT Modern Medium Weight Tanks (MMWTs) to the Indonesian Army.  The company said in a press release on 15 March that it has now built the first batch of MMWTs in “serial production configuration”. It said these vehicles were delivered to representatives of the Indonesian A...

India‘s BEL enters UAV market to thwart airfield attacks

By Akhil Kadidal & Akshara Parakala 16 March 2022
An image of Bharath Electronic Limited (BEL) new tethered airbase surveillance drone. (Janes/Akhil Kadidal)  Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is developing a tethered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to thwart future infiltration attacks on air bases.  BEL officials said that the company is working on a programme to develop the tethered UAV system, which weighs 9 kg and is designed to loiter in a fixed position above airfields and army bases, providing 360-degree surveillance capability.  “The UAV is tethered by an optical fibre cable, which als...

Vard transfers second Jan Mayen-class OPV to Norway

By Kate Tringham 15 March 2022
The Norwegian Coast Guard's second Jan Mayen-class OPV,   Bjørnøya,  arrives at Vard's Langsten shipyard in Tomrefjord, Norway, on 10 March.  (VARD)  The second Jan Mayan-class offshore patrol vessel (OPV) on order for the Norwegian Coast Guard has arrived in Norway for outfitting, Vard Shipbuilding announced on 11 March.  Bjørnøya is the second of three Jan Mayan-class vessels being built by Vard under a NOK5.2 billion (USD607 million) contract awarded in June 2018. The acquisition is one of the largest defence...
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