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Russian Aerospace Forces received two more Su-57 in late 2021

24 January 2022
An Su-57 with bort number 52; it is likely to be one of the pair of production aircraft delivered to the VKS in Q4 2021. (Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant)  The third and fourth production Su-57 aircraft were delivered to the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) in late 2021. They were among 77 aircraft delivered to the Russian Armed Forces during the year. A note on the delivery of these two aircraft was originally included in a wider press release on the website of the Russian Ministry of Defence, released on 20 January 2022, and although the co...

Russian Navy announces multiple exercises

By Tony Roper 24 January 2022
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced on 21 January that it had received direct notification from the Russian Navy that the service intends to carry out live artillery and missile firing to the southwest of Ireland at the beginning of Februa...

UK Royal Air Force announces retirement destinations of its BAe146 fleet

24 January 2022
The BAe146 has been in service with the Royal Air Force since 1983. (BAE Systems)  The UK Royal Air Force announced on 21 January that of its remaining four BAe146 aircraft, the two BAe146 Mk2 will go to museums in the UK and the two BAe146 Mk3 aircraft have been acquired by a civilian operator. The aircraft will be flown to their respective retirement locations over the next few weeks. The RAF said of the two Mk2 aircraft, one would be delivered to the air museum at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, and the other, to the South Wales Aviation Museum a...

Defence forces from Australia, New Zealand, and Japan increase Tonga relief efforts

By Jon Grevatt 21 January 2022
Australian Army's Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon vehicles are parked at the Port of Brisbane, ready to be loaded onto HMAS   Adelaide   before departure on Operation ‘Tonga Assist 2022'.  (Commonwealth of Australia)  Australia, New Zealand, and Japan have ramped up defence-force operations to support Tonga, which was hit by a devastating tsunami caused by the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai underwater volcano on 15 January.  On 20 and 21 January the three countries deployed equipment including transport aircraft,...

Pyongyang indicates intention to lift suspension on nuclear and ICBM tests

By Jon Grevatt 20 January 2022
North Korea has indicated it could soon lift a self-imposed moratorium on tests of nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), which has been in place for nearly four years.  At a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea...

Russia's Southern Military District to receive new equipment, further troop deployments

By Nikolai Novichkov 20 January 2022
Russia's Southern Military District is to receive a range of new armaments and systems during 2022, as well as reinforcements, district commander General Alexander Dvornikov announced in   Voenny Vestnik Yuga Rossii  (Military Her...

ReCAAP reports rise in number of sea robbery cases along Singapore Strait

By Ridzwan Rahmat 19 January 2022
An intergovernmental piracy watchdog has reported a rise in the number of sea robbery incidents in the Singapore Strait for 2021.  According to figures released by the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Shi...

Indra to equip latest electronic warfare systems onto Spanish Army's Chinooks

By Olivia Savage 19 January 2022
Indra is to update the Spanish Army's Boeing Chinook CH-47F electronic warfare systems. (Indra)  Indra has signed a EUR35 million (USD39.8 million) contract with the Spanish Ministry of Defence (MoD) to integrate its latest electronic warfare (EW) systems onto the Spanish Army's Boeing CH-47F Chinook transport helicopters, the company announced on 18 January.  According to Indra, the helicopters will be integrated with the company's ALR-400FD radar alerter, InWarner sensor, and InShield directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system.  T...

South Korea secures Cheongung II deal with UAE

By Parth Shukla 19 January 2022
The Cheongung II has a stated missile range of 40 km and can engage targets at an altitude of about 20 km. (DAPA)  South Korea has confirmed the details of its export of the Cheongung II medium-range surface-to-air missile (M-SAM2) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  According to South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), UAE's Ministry of Defence on 16 January signed a contract for Cheongung II missile systems with the UAE's Tawazun Technology and Innovation (TTI) organisation and South Korea's LIG Nex1, Hanwha Systems,...

Hanwha Defense outlines K21-105 offer for the Indian Army

By Parth Shukla 18 January 2022
Hanwha Defense is offering the Indian Army its K21-105 light tank to meet a requirement outlined in an RFI in 2021. (Hanwha Defense)  South Korea's Hanwha Defense is preparing to offer the Indian Army a range of weapons and missions systems and local industrial involvement to support its bid to supply the service with its K21-105 light tank.  The company is offering the platform in response to an Indian Army request for information (RFI) issued in April 2021 to procure approximately 350 light tanks.    A Hanwha Defense spokesperson told...

US eyes bigger role for allied contractors

By Marc Selinger 14 January 2022
The FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by the US Congress could make it easier for some allied defence contractors to compete for US defence work. (Getty Images)  A provision in the newly enacted fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) could make it easier for certain allied defence contractors to compete for US defence work, according to a Republican aide to the US Senate Armed Services Committee.  The provision, which originated in the Senate version of the NDAA, directs the US Department of Def...

Hyundai Rotem delivers MPUGVs to RoK Army

By Partha Shukla 14 January 2022
Hyundai Rotem has delivered two MPUGVs to the Republic of Korea Army to undertake surveillance and reconnaissance missions along the DMZ. (Hyundai Rotem)  Hyundai Rotem has delivered two multipurpose unmanned ground vehicles (MPUGVs) to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Army.  The company said on 10 January that the MPUGVs were handed over to the service following six months of trials that included operations along the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ).  Hyundai Rotem said the surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities of the vehicles was confirmed...

India tests manportable anti-tank guided missile

By Partha Shukla & Rahul Udoshi 13 January 2022
India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted additional test-firings of its Man Portable Anti‐Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) on 11 January.  The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in New Delhi said the tests evaluated the “final del...

Airbus keeps eye on Kazakh situation

By Charles Forrester 12 January 2022
The Kazakhstan Air Defence Force operates the Airbus Military C295, and recently ordered two A400M aircraft. (Airbus Military)  Airbus officials are maintaining a watchful eye on the situation in Kazakhstan as the country experiences civil unrest and the deployment of a Russian-led rapid reaction force (RRF).  “We are monitoring the difficult situation in Kazakhstan, a long-term customer of Airbus. We are maintaining our commitments to the customer, [and] we will keep ensuring full compliance with all applicable export rules and regulations,”...

DAPA introduces industry reforms

By Jon Grevatt 10 January 2022
South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has rolled out reforms to help local industry expand in domestic and international defence markets.  Announced on 7 January, the new measures emphasise on reducing the administrative b...

South Korea grounds F-35 fleet after emergency landing

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 10 January 2022
A Republic of Korea Air Force's F-35A Joint Strike Fighter (the first of 40 aircraft is herein shown) made an emergency landing on 4 January. The fleet has been grounded until further notice, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed to   Janes  .  (Defense Acquisition Program Administration )  The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has grounded its Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter fleet after one aircraft made an emergency landing on 4 January.  An official spokesperson of South Korea's M...

US Congress wants advanced engines in all F-35 variants

By Pat Host 05 January 2022
US lawmakers want strategies from the Pentagon for integrating advanced propulsion systems into all three variants of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.  The fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA),...

US legislation moves F-35 sustainment, acquisition away from the Joint Program Office

By Pat Host 29 December 2021
A USAF F-35A seen on 16 December. Legislation signed into law on 27 December directs the Pentagon to transfer all F-35 sustainment and acquisition activities from the F-35 JPO to the USAF and USN. (US Air Force)  US legislation signed into law on 27 December directs the Pentagon to transfer all Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Lightning II sustainment and acquisition activities from the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) to the US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN).  The fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) re...

New details emerge on PLA's Z-10 attack helicopter

By Alessandra Giovanzanti 22 December 2021
Video footage released by stated-owned China Central Television (CCTV) on 20 December shows new details on the weapon systems for the Changhe Aircraft Industry (Group) Corporation (CAIG) Zhishengji-10 (Z-10) attack helicopter that is in service wit...

Russian invasion of Ukraine would prompt NATO reinforcement of eastern flank

By Brooks Tigner 21 December 2021
Russia knows if it invades Ukraine that NATO's military options are very limited, despite the alliance's warning that such action would have “massive consequences”.  However, an invasion could lead to the exact scenario Moscow is attempting to avoi...
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