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BAE Systems to buy Bohemia Interactive Simulations

By Marc Selinger 16 November 2021
BAE Systems plans to expand its simulation training portfolio by acquiring Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), the UK-based buyer announced on 11 November.  BAE said it will gain “high-fidelity, cost-effective” tools that are based on the late...

Russia tests DA-ASAT missile

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 16 November 2021
Russia has conducted a direct ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile test against the retired Cosmos 1408 electronic intelligence (ELINT) low Earth orbit satellite, according to the UK-based satellite tracking company Seradata.    “The missil...

Dubai Airshow 2021: Russia positive about Middle East prospects despite sanctions

By Charles Forrester 15 November 2021
Russian firms are beginning to adapt to the restrictions created by the US government's Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) as well as wider sanctions, Rostec Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy De...

NATO conducts first full-blown counter-UAS exercise

By Brooks Tigner 15 November 2021
A Dutch serviceman demonstrates a shoulder-held C-UAS solution during NATO's recent TIE21 exercise. (Netherlands Ministry of Defence)  NATO is to analyse the results of its first fully-fledged technical exercise to locate, identify, and counter hostile unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) – particularly from swarm attacks.  The data will then be farmed out to industry, researchers, and other trusted stakeholders in early 2022 to address gaps in capability and command-and-control (C2) reactivity. Looking ahead, NATO also aims to nudge the allies t...

Russian 1st Guards Tank Army equipment spotted in Voronezh

11 November 2021
Russia has deployed at least 60 tanks, supported by infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), and self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) from the Moscow area to Maslovka railway station south of the city of Voronezh and less than 250 km from the Ukrainian border...

US State Department calls on China to join dialogue on nuclear arms control

By Gabriel Dominguez 05 November 2021
The US State Department has urged the Chinese government to join a dialogue on nuclear arms control following the publication of a Pentagon report stating that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear weapon capabilities and intends to have “at least...

Canadian and US intelligence agencies focus on climate change

By Robert Munks 05 November 2021
US President Joe Biden addresses the COP26 climate change conference on 2 November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. In addition to appointing a dedicated climate change adviser, Biden has called on the intelligence community to work on the issue. (Jeff J Mitchell/Pool/Getty Images)  Tricia Geddes, Deputy Director for Policy at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), told the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies symposium on 3 November that the agency foresaw a role for itself in tackling the impacts of climate chang...

US defence contractors get more time to meet vaccination mandate

By Marc Selinger 05 November 2021
Employees of US federal government contractors, including defence companies, will receive almost an additional month to comply with a mandate that they be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the Biden administration announced on 4 November.  Instead...

NATO naval presence outnumbers competitors ‘two to one', says alliance maritime commander

By Dr. Lee Willett 05 November 2021
The collective presence of NATO naval forces deployed across the Euro-Atlantic theatre is currently giving the alliance a ‘two-to-one' numerical advantage at sea over its competitors, according to the head of Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM).  “Tod...

China rapidly expanding its nuclear arsenal, says US DoD report

By Gabriel Dominguez 04 November 2021
Several road-mobile DF-41 ICBM systems on display during a military parade held at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 1 October 2019. According to the Pentagon's ‘2021 China Military Report', Beijing is rapidly increasing its nuclear arsenal and also considering additional launch options for the DF-41, including silos. (Zoya Rusinova/TASS via Getty Images)  China is expanding its nuclear weapon capabilities much faster than US officials had predicted a year ago, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in its 2021 report on military and security d...

Defence supplier to receive support from Spanish government fund

By David Ing 03 November 2021
Spain's state holding company Sociedad Estatal de Participaciones Industriales (SEPI) has approved EUR34 million (USD39.4 million) in loans to help troubled aerospace and defence parts supplier Airtificial.  The money is due to come from a support...

Janes Analysis: Climate change, the military and COP26

01 November 2021
The intersection between National and Climate Security is getting closer than ever before. As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, opens in Glasgow, Janes has pulled together the latest open-source intelligence on the ongoing threats to national security that climate issues pose...Tracking climate change through open-source data  Large wildfires have spread throughout the world in mid-2021, in part attributed to climate change and the direct and long-term risk that it poses to lives, livelihoods, and ecosystem...

Central Military District pulls more equipment from vehicle stores on Ukrainian border

27 October 2021
The Russian Central Military District's (CMD's) 41st Combined Arms Army has begun withdrawing equipment from the Pogonovo training ground south of Voronezh city and loading it on to trains at Maslovka railway station.  Video and imagery sourced fro...

Biden says US would defend Taiwan if China attacked but White House backtracks

By Gabriel Dominguez 25 October 2021
US President Joe Biden said on 21 October that the United States is committed to defending Taiwan if the island were to be attacked by China.  However, the remarks, which seemed to mark a departure from Washington's long-held policy of ‘strategic a...

Russian airborne forces retool for expanded role

By Mark Galeotti 25 October 2021
Russian Airborne Forces (VDV) order of battle, 2025 (Janes/Mark Galeotti)    The ‘winged infantry' of Russia's Air Assault Troops (Vozdushno Desantniye Voyska: VDV) is an arm of service in its own right, with a strength of 45,000 paratroopers and rising, as well as a distinctive culture and  esprit de corps  . With its blue berets and blue striped telnyashka vests, the VDV is a fixture of parades and military open days, but it has long suffered from a tension in its roles.   Historically, parachute divisions were envisaged...

Commercial offensive cyber industry poses challenges for government agencies

By Neil Ashdown 25 October 2021
A woman consults the website of the Israeli NSO Group, makers of Pegasus spyware, in Nicosia, Cyprus, on 21 July 2021. NSO Group has denied media reports that its Pegasus software is linked to the mass surveillance of journalists and human rights defenders, and insisted that all sales of its technology are approved by Israel's Ministry of Defence. (Mario Goldman/AFP via Getty Images)  A high-profile case in a UK court has drawn attention to the role of private companies in providing offensive cyber capabilities to foreign governments. A UK Hi...

NATO allies to confront 21st century threats with new multidomain approach

By Brooks Tigner 22 October 2021
NATO's newly approved Concept for Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area calls for “the right forces at the right place at the right time”, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters on 21 October. (NATO)  NATO defence ministers agreed on the first day of their 21–22 October meeting in Brussels to fundamentally change how they protect their collective territory against attacks, especially from Russia and terrorist groups. Their newly approved Concept for Deterrence and Defence of the Euro-Atlantic Area lays the groundwo...

Russian casualties mounting in Central African Republic: Janes Analysis

19 October 2021
Reports indicate 11 Russian-backed contractors have been killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) since August: the first consistent reports of Russian fatalities since their deployment in 2018.  Correlating reports from local news organizations, Janes has identified four instances that resulted in the deaths of Russian-backed contractors.  Most recently, on 12 October, five foreign contractors were killed in an ambush laid by rebels in the Bombo area in western CAR. Three contractors were reportedly killed in an ambush near Bombo on 2 Oc...

Taliban unlikely to tackle heroin and meth production in Afghanistan

By Peter Chalk 15 October 2021
Vendors trade heroin and hashish at a drug market on the outskirts of Kandahar, Afghanistan, on 24 September 2021. Although the country's economy is close to collapse, opium traders claim that prices for their goods have skyrocketed since the Taliban takeover. (Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images)  India's Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on 21 September announced that nearly three tonnes of heroin had been seized at the port of Mundra in Gujarat state. According to the BBC, the consignment had originated from Afghanistan, was transshi...

Rocket Lab buys software firm ASI

By Marc Selinger 13 October 2021
US-based Rocket Lab has continued to expand beyond its core business of launch vehicles by acquiring Advanced Solutions Inc (ASI), which develops flight software for spacecraft, Rocket Lab announced on 12 October.  ASI will become part of Rocket La...
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