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China introduces equipment testing guidelines

By Jon Grevatt 14 February 2022
China has introduced regulations to govern the testing and evaluation of defence equipment. The new rules are intended to enhance the capability of indigenously developed military technologies and systems.  On 13 February China's official news agen...

Poland launches Cyberspace Defence Forces

By Jakub Link-Lenczowski 09 February 2022
The Polish Ministry of National Defence launched the Cyberspace Defence Force (Wojska Obrony Cyberprzestrzeni, WOC), the newest component of the Polish Armed Forces, on 8 February.  At the launch ceremony at the Military University of Technology, t...

South Korea develops 3D technology for guided weapons

By Oishee Majumdar 09 February 2022
South Korea's Agency for Defense Development (ADD) announced that it has developed “real-time three-dimensional (3D) target extraction and matching technology” as part of the country's core technology plan aimed at advancing key areas of military c...

RoK Army receives initial batch of locally developed mortar system

By Parth Shukla 08 February 2022
South Korean firms S&T Dynamics and Hanwha Defense have collaborated on developing and producing a new 120 mm mortar system for the Republic of Korea Army. (Hanwha Defense)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced on 4 February the delivery of an initial batch of indigenous 120 mm self-propelled mortar systems to the Republic of Korea Army (RoKA).  According to DAPA, the new mortar system has a range 2.3 times and firepower 1.9 times greater than the system it will replace. It also features improved accuracy...

Mitsubishi partners on Australian satcom programme

By Oishee Majumdar 07 February 2022
Australian telecommunications company Optus has announced that it is partnering with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (Melco) in bidding to supply defence satellite communications (satcom) capability to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).  Optus sai...

India's BDL wins Konkurs ATGW deal with Indian Army

By Parth Shukla & Shivanand B M 07 February 2022
The Indian Army has ordered another batch of Konkurs-M weapons (pictured) from BDL. (KBP Instrument Design Bureau)  India's Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) announced that it has signed a contract to manufacture the Konkurs-M anti-tank guided weapon (ATGW) system for the Indian Army.  BDL said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange that the contract was signed on 2 February and is worth INR31.31 billion (USD419 million). The company, which is majority-owned by the government, said the deal will be executed in three years but disclosed no detai...

Israel to deploy protective ‘laser wall'

By Gareth Jennings & Yaakov Lappin 04 February 2022
A high-power laser burns through a target drone during a trial of an airborne system announced in June 2021. (Israeli MoD)  Israel is to deploy a laser interception system within the next 12 months to protect itself from ground-launched and airborne threats, the government announced on 1 February.  Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that the laser system will first be deployed in an experimental capacity before being rolled out operationally.  “Within about a year, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will implement a laser interception s...

Intelsat provides communications support in Tonga relief mission

By Oishee Majumdar 03 February 2022
Intelsat is utilising its satellite technology to provide communication services in collaboration with Australian and New Zealand firms to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) in Tonga after it was hit by a devastating earthqu...

Russia to move naval drills away from Irish coast

By Tony Roper 03 February 2022
The Project 11711 large landing ship   Pyotr Morgunov  , one of three Northern Fleet large landing ships headed to the Mediterranean.  (Michael Nitz)  Russia has agreed to relocate a live-firing exercise that was planned to take place in international waters in the Irish Sea, Moscow's ambassador to Ireland has announced.  The Irish Aviation Authority was originally notified on 21 January of the Russian Navy's plans to carry out the live artillery and missile firing in early February, 240 km southwest of the Irish...

Russia continues military build-up on Ukrainian border

03 February 2022
Russia's military build-up in Belarus and along the Ukrainian border has continued unabated over the past 14 days. Social media indicates the frequency of deployments has increased, with daily sightings of equipment on the move at their highest sin...

Hyundai Rotem completes production of latest batches of K1A2 and K2 MBTs

By Parth Shukla 31 January 2022
DAPA has completed delivery of a second batch of K2 main battle tanks to the Republic of Korea Army. (Hyundai Rotem)  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced that local firm Hyundai Rotem has completed production of its latest batches of the K1A2 and K2 Black Panther main battle tanks (MBTs).  According to DAPA, the third batch of the mass-produced K1A2s offers “improved performance” over the K1A1 MBT, enabling interlinked Republic of Korea Army (RoKA) operations with the K2 MBTs and K21 infantry fighting...

North Korea launches Hwaseong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile

By Jon Grevatt & Rahul Udoshi 31 January 2022
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, the missile that North Korea launched on 30 January travelled a distance of 800 km and landed in the sea outside of Japanese territory. The yellow dot in this Japan MoD image indicates Pyongyang. (Japan Ministry of Defense)  North Korea has confirmed that it test-launched on 30 January its locally developed Hwaseong-12 (also spelt Hwasong-12) intermediate‐range ballistic missile (IRBM).  The launch was the seventh missile test that Pyongyang has conducted since the start of 2022. It is also the...

Philippine Army looks to induct BrahMos missile

By Parth Shukla 28 January 2022
The Philippine Army is likely to induct the BrahMos PJ-10 variant (pictured) for coastal defence missions. (Gordon Arthur)  The Philippine Army (PA) is seeking to procure the BrahMos missile system under the third phase of the Revised Armed Forces of the Philippines Modernization Program (RAFPMP).  The 'third horizon' will be from 2023 to 2027, PA spokesperson Colonel Xerxes Trinidad told the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA). “The PA is yet to acquire [the BrahMos missile] since we are still on the second horizon (2018–22) [and] some o...

Pyongyang confirms new missile launches

By Jon Grevatt & Rahul Udoshi 28 January 2022
North Korea disclosed on 28 January details about its latest missile launch tests. The tests are the latest in a flurry of launches since the start of the year.  Pyongyang said through its official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that launches on...

Stratolaunch LLC to support the US Air Force with its hypersonic testing programme

By Nigel Torp Petersen 27 January 2022
The Model 351 Stratolaunch underwent modifications between December 2019 and April 2021 to allow its carriage of Talon-series hypersonic test vehicles. The aircraft successfully flew its third test flight in January 2022. (Stratolaunch LLC)  US-based hypersonic flight-test services provider Stratolaunch LLC announced on 25 January that it had signed a contract to assist the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) with its hypersonic flight research programme.  In partnership with US information technology consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton, Str...

Bangladesh issues tender for AK-15 assault rifles

By Parth Shukla 26 January 2022
Bangladesh's Directorate General Defence Purchase (DGDP) has issued a tender in support of the procurement of 2,000 7.62 mm AK-15 assault rifles from Russia's Kalashnikov.  The tender, which calls for industry and agent responses by mid-February, d...

North Korea launches more cruise missiles, says MND in Seoul

By Jon Grevatt 26 January 2022
The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Seoul told Janes on 26 January that North Korea had fired two ground-launched missiles a day earlier. The missile launches are yet to be confirmed by Pyongyang.  An official MND spokesperson said, “We detec...

Russian build-up on Ukrainian border enters new stage

25 January 2022
Following a relative lull in activity after 1 January, Russia's armed forces appear to have entered their highest level of activity and movement since the autumn-winter build-up began in late October.  Evidence indicates activity from all of Russia...

Update: India selects Saab's AT4 as its new single-shot weapon

By Parth Shukla 25 January 2022
The AT4 platform (mock-ups in picture) will enhance the Indian Armed Forces' urban warfare capabilities. (Janes/Amael Kotlarski)  The Indian Armed Forces have selected Saab's AT4 as their new single-shot weapon.  Saab has been awarded a contract for providing AT4 single-shot support weapons to the Indian Army and Indian Air Force, the company announced on 20 January. The AT4 was selected by the Indian Armed Forces following a competitive programme, the company said.  Janes understands that Saab was awarded the contract during the fourth quart...

US imposes more sanctions on Chinese firms

By Jon Grevatt 24 January 2022
The US government has imposed sanctions on subsidiaries operated by three of China's biggest defence-technology firms.  The State Department said on 21 January that the sanctions, which run for two years, are a response to the subsidiaries' “missil...
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