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US aerospace executives face charges for allegedly limiting workers' job mobility

By Marc Selinger 17 December 2021
A US federal grand jury in Connecticut has indicted six aerospace executives for their alleged role in a conspiracy to limit the job prospects of thousands of engineers and other skilled workers, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced on 16 D...

France calls for more integrated European defence

By Jean-Marc Tanguy 16 December 2021
French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly presented to the National Assembly's Defence Committee on 14 December France's plans for its six-month presidency of the European Union, which starts on 1 January 2022.  One of France's highest priorities...

End to Korean War ‘agreed in principle'

By Jon Grevatt 14 December 2021
North and South Korea, the United States, and China have agreed in principle to formally declare an end to the Korean War, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced.  Speaking in a joint press conference in Canberra on 13 December alongside...

OCEA launches first FPB 98 MKI for Ukraine

By Kate Tringham 13 December 2021
The first FPB 98 MKI on order for Ukraine is launched at the yard French shipbuilder OCEA in Les Sables d'Olonne on 9 December. (OCEA)  French shipbuilder OCEA launched the first FPB 98 MKI patrol vessel on order for the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine at its yard in Les Sables d'Olonne on 9 December.    The new vessel, BG201  ,  is the first of 20 being built under a contract awarded to OCEA by the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior in July 2020. The contract follows an initial government to government agreement between Fran...

Russia builds up forces on Ukrainian border

09 December 2021
Since late October Janes has identified a significant increase in anomalous Russian military activity across the Ukrainian border area of operations, defined as being within 250 km of the Russian side of the border.  However, what at first sight ap...

UPDF protests US sanctions against intelligence chief

By Jeremy Binnie 08 December 2021
The Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) immediately objected to the financial sanctions the United States imposed on Major General Adel Kandiho, its intelligence chief, on 7 December.  “We are disappointed that such a decision could be made by a...

Israel tightens regulations around cyber exports

By Charles Forrester 07 December 2021
Israel has tightened its end-user requirements for cyber exports in the wake of the NSO Group/Pegasus spyware scandal. (Getty Images)  Israel's Defence Export Controls Agency (DECA) announced on 6 December that it was updating the end user requirements for cyber and intelligence products that require export licences from Israeli firms.  End users acquiring controlled cyber and intelligence products from Israeli companies must now agree that the products will be used for the prevention of terrorism or for the investigation of serious crimes....

Ukraine receives two former US Coast Guard Island-class patrol vessels

By Cem Devrim Yaylali 26 November 2021
M/V   Ocean Grand  passes through the Bosphorus en route to Odessa with the delivery of two ex-USCG Island-class patrol boats,   Sumy  (ex-  Ocracoke  ) and   Fastiv  (ex-  Washington  ), on board.   (Devrim Yaylalı)  Two decommissioned US Coast Guard (USCG) Island-class patrol boats, destined for the Ukrainian Navy, arrived in Odessa onboard the US-flagged cargo ship M/V Ocean Grand on 23 November.  The two vessels, renamed Sumy (ex-Ocracoke) and Fastiv (...

Morocco, Israel sign defence industry, security agreements

By Charles Forrester 25 November 2021
Israeli Minister of Defense Benny Gantz and Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of National Defence Abdellatif Loudiyi at the signing ceremony. (Israeli MoD/Ariel Hermoni)  Morocco and Israel have signed a raft of agreements to bolster defence and security co-operation during the visit by Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Benny Gantz to the north African country.    Following a meeting between Gantz and Abdellatif Loudiyi, Moroccan Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the...

Jacobs finishes buying software firm BlackLynx

By Marc Selinger 25 November 2021
US engineering firm Jacobs has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of data analytics software provider BlackLynx, expanding its footprint in the US Intelligence Community, Jacobs announced on 19 November.  Jacobs is initially paying USD2...

China, Russia approve 2021–25 road map to increase military co-operation

By Jon Grevatt 24 November 2021
China and Russia have agreed on a road map to deepen co-operation on military patrols and exercises. The agreement was announced a few days after the two countries' air forces held joint patrols over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea that featured Chinese H-6K (pictured) and Russian Tu-95 bombers. (Japan Air Self-Defense Force)  China and Russia have agreed to expand military collaboration over the coming five years, Russia's Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 23 November. The move will facilitate deeper co-operation in joint patrol...

Brazilian Army aims to boost CBRN defences

By Victor Barreira 23 November 2021
The Brazilian Army line up a series of mobile field equipment to address CBRN risks. (Victor Barreira)  The Brazilian Army has embarked on a new effort to modernise its chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) defence capabilities.  Service officials are acquiring new equipment to gradually replace hardware that is reaching the end of its life cycle in a bid to boost existing capabilities, the Commander of the 1st CBRN Defence Battalion (1º Btl DQBRN), Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Otávio Domingues Costa, told Janes.  The 1º Btl DQB...

Philippines makes rare rebuke of China at ASEAN summit

By Ridzwan Rahmat 23 November 2021
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued harsh words against China in his statement during a summit hosted by Beijing with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries on 22 November.  The rare rebuke came in the w...

Japan reviews key defence strategies in light of ‘severe' security landscape

By Jon Grevatt 23 November 2021
According to Janes Defence Budgets, Japan's military expenditure is forecast to grow to about USD55 billion by the mid-2020s. (Janes Defence Budgets)    Japan's Ministry of Defense (MoD) has told   Janes   it will review the country's primary defence policies over the coming year given the Indo-Pacific's increasingly “severe” security situation.   A spokesperson from the MoD said an assessment of Japan's National Security Strategy, the National Defense Program Guidelines (NDPG), and the Medium Term Defense Program (MTDP) ha...

China, Russia conduct joint air patrol over Sea of Japan

By Jon Grevatt 22 November 2021
China has flown two H-6K strategic bombers (pictured at Airshow China 2018) in a joint patrol with Russian Tu-95 aircraft over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea. (Janes/Kelvin Wong)  Chinese and Russian air forces held a joint aerial patrol over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea on 19 November, the Chinese Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said. The patrol was the third joint Sino-Russian military exercise in 2021, underscoring growing bilateral military ties.  According to the MND, the air patrols featured two Xian Aircraft...

MDA awards Other Transactional Agreements for Glide Phase Interceptor prototype design

By Robin Hughes 22 November 2021
The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) on 19 November announced the award of Other Transactional (OT) Agreements to Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon Missiles and Defense for the completion of an accelerated concept of a prototype sea-la...

Dubai Airshow 2021: ESG exhibits Guardion C-UAS with integrated Quantum-Systems Vector UAV

By Akshara Parakala 18 November 2021
Quantum-Systems Vector tiltrotor fixed-wing eVTOL unmanned aerial vehicle by ESG at the Dubai Airshow 2021. (Janes/Akshara Parakala)  Germany's Guardion counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), a co-operation of ESG, Diehl Defence, and Rohde & Schwarz, has integrated Quantum-Systems Vector unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for wide area surveillance operations, the company announced at the Dubai Airshow 2021, held from November 14 to 18.  ESG, the system integrator and software provider of Guardion, chose electric vertical take-off and landing (e...

Russia moves equipment to Crimea, continues to activate other units

18 November 2021
Russia has deployed elements of at least three units to Crimea since 12 November. They are equipped with armoured personnel carriers (APCs), self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), anti-aircraft missile systems, and main battle tanks (MBTs).  Analysing fo...

Textron ahead of schedule in completing RTAF T-6TH trainer aircraft order

By Nigel Torp Petersen 18 November 2021
RTAF Air Chief Marshal Chanon Mungthanya, after a flight in one of the T-6 aircraft Thailand has ordered from Textron Aviation Defense. (Textron Aviation Defense LLC)  Textron Defense announced on 18 November 2021 that the 12 Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II turboprop-powered trainer aircraft it is currently manufacturing for the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) are nearing completion. Textron revealed the aircraft have passed technical inspection checkpoints ahead of schedule. The RTAF made the order in September 2020 in a deal worth USD162 million, whi...

Taliban inaugurates new army with display of US equipment

By Gabriel Dominguez 17 November 2021
The Islamic Emirate Army (IEA) – the new Afghan military under the Taliban government – has marked its inauguration by displaying a large number of mostly US-made assets that were seized during the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August.  Duri...
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