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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...

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,...

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...

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...

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,”...
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