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South Korean F-35s training to destroy North Korean ICBM launchers

By Akhil Kadidal 24 November 2022
A South Korean Air Force F-35 fighter jet drops a GBU-12 precision bomb during joint air drills in response to North Korea's ICBM launch on 18 November. (South Korean Defense Ministry via Getty Images)  South Korean Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters have started training to destroy North Korean missile launchers amid continuing provocations by Pyongyang.  The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that four F-35As began training to drop GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided bombs at Pilseung Shooting Range in Gangwon...

HAAWC torpedo wing kit achieves IOC with USN

By Richard Scott 23 November 2022
An artist's rendering of a HAAWC weapon being released from a P-8A Poseidon at altitude. (Boeing)  The US Navy (USN) has confirmed an initial operational capability (IOC) for its High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC), paving the way for fleet introduction on the Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft.  Designed to enable the deployment of the MK 54 lightweight torpedo from P-8A aircraft operating at altitude, the HAAWC programme introduces the Boeing-developed MK 14 MOD 0 adaptor wing kit to enable the torpedo...

Indian Army progresses integrated warfare strategy

By Kapil Kajal 22 November 2022
The Indian Army exercised with the K9 Vajra-T self-propelled howitzer along the border with Pakistan. (Janes/Kapil Kajal)  The South Western Command (SWC) of the Indian Army has conducted an Integrated Battle Group (IBG) exercise along the country's western border with Pakistan.  The integrated firepower exercise took place on 21 November and was conducted by the SWC's Chetak Corps (X Corps) at the Mahajan Field Firing Range (MFFR) in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan.    During the exercise, attended by   Janes  , the Indian Army pe...

JMSDF demonstrates enhanced BMD capabilities with first SM-3 Block IIA firing

By Ridzwan Rahmat 22 November 2022
JS   Maya  , seen here firing the SM-3 Block IIA interceptor against a ballistic target in waters near Hawaii on 16 November 2022.  (JMSDF)  The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) has demonstrated its ability to engage in enhanced co-operative ballistic missile defence (BMD) operations by test-firing two sea-based variants of the SM-3 interceptor.  The firings were carried out by the Maya-class destroyers, JS Maya and JS Haguro, in waters near Hawaii on 16 and 19 November, respectively, the service disclose...

Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022: Canada seeks equipment in light of Ukraine conflict

By Nicholas Fiorenza 22 November 2022
Canada plans to upgrade its LAV 6.0 light armoured vehicles. (Elbit Systems)  Canada is seeking equipment for its forces in Latvia and to replace arms supplied to Ukraine, Director Armament Sustainment Program Management in the Canadian Department of National Defence, Colonel Yves Raymond, said the first day of SAE Media Group's Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability 2022 conference held in London from 16 to 17 November.  He told the conference that Canada had an urgent operational requirement (UOR) for anti-tank guided weapons and counter-un...

Update – Airshow China 2022: New airborne stand-off weapons unveiled

By Rahul Udoshi 18 November 2022
The new AKF98A stand-off missile seen fitted onto a PLAAF Xi'an JH-7A2 fighter and a Shenyang J-16 fighter at the Airshow China 2022. Although the designation of the two missiles is identical, both feature design differences suggesting two different configurations or versions. (Janes)  Two new air-to-surface weapons were unveiled at the Airshow China 2022 exhibition, which concluded on 13 November. The systems – not previously seen publicly – included the AKF98A and the AKF088C.  According to Janes analysis, the AKF98A appears to be an autono...

IFC 2022: France to equip Rafale for SEAD/DEAD mission

By Gareth Jennings 17 November 2022
Drawing on lessons learnt from the Ukraine conflict, the French Air and Space Force is to equip its Rafale fighters with a dedicated SEAD/DEAD capability from 2030. (French Air and Space Force)  France is to equip its Dassault Rafale combat aircraft for the suppression of enemy air defences (SEAD)/destruction of enemy air defences (DEAD) mission from 2030, which was disclosed on 17 November.  Speaking at the IQPC International Fighter Conference 2022 (IFC 2022) in Berlin, Colonel Benjamin Souberbielle, deputy leader of the Future Combat Air S...

China unveils air-defence missile systems

By Kapil Kajal & Rahul Udoshi 15 November 2022
China showcased the HQ-9B surface-to-air missile weapon system at Airshow China 2022. The country has upgraded the system with eight smaller missiles. (Future Publishing via Getty Images)  China has unveiled various surface-to-air missile (SAM) weapon systems for the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Airshow China 2022 exhibition held in Zhuhai from 8 to 13 November.  The country showcased the FK-3000 air-defence missile weapon system, the HQ-16FE mid- to long-range air-defence missile weapon system, and the Red-11 (also called HQ-11) uni...

Six MH-60R multirole helicopters delivered to Indian Navy

By Akhil Kadidal 15 November 2022
Lockheed Martin/Sikorski MH-60Rs destined for the Indian Navy have specialised equipment to fit Indian requirements. This includes domestic IFF and other systems. (Lockheed Martin/Sikorski)  The Indian Navy (IN) has received six Lockheed Martin/Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare helicopters.  William Blair, chief executive for Lockheed Martin India, told Janes that the first three MH-60R multirole helicopters have been delivered to the Indian Navy. The company said that these aircraft are operating at nava...

Firm intent: Lockheed Martin leans on local companies to boost Indian F-21 bid

By Akhil Kadidal 15 November 2022
Lockheed Martin's F-21 fighter jet for India is equipped with an advanced electronic warfare system and triple missile launcher adapters. The F-21 also has a dorsal conformal fairing for extra fuel and the integration of specialised domestic systems required by the Indian Air Force. (Lockheed Martin)  Lockheed Martin is leveraging its manufacturing ecosystem in India to support its proposal to supply the Indian Air Force (IAF) with F-21 fighter jets as part of India's Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) acquisition project.  The USD18 billion...

Airshow China 2022: China unveils Red-11 terminal defence system

By Kapil Kajal & Rahul Udoshi 11 November 2022
China displays the Red-11 universal terminal defence weapon system at Airshow China 2022. The system provides short-range terminal defence at mid-to-low altitudes. (Future Publishing via Getty Images)  China has unveiled the Red-11 universal terminal defence weapon system at the Airshow China 2022 exhibition taking place in Zhuhai from 8 to 13 November.  Janes learnt that the Red-11 system includes ammunition and artillery in addition to air-defence weapons. It can intercept air-to-air missiles, guided bombs, cruise missiles, fixed-wing comba...

North Korea launches ballistic missiles towards Sea of Japan (East Sea)

By Jon Grevatt 10 November 2022
This Japanese MoD graphic shows the estimated launch site and trajectory of North Korean missiles fired on 5 June. The MoD said it detected the launch of at least six ballistic missiles, all of which landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone. (Japan MoD)  North Korea launched a series of ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) on 5 June, defence officials in South Korea and Japan have said. It represents Pyongyang's 18th missile-launch event in 2022 and what is thought to be its largest number of launches on a single day....

Belgium approved for extended-range AMRAAMs for F-16s, F-35s

By Gareth Jennings 09 November 2022
Belgium has been cleared to field the extended-range AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM missile for its F-16 (pictured) and F-35 aircraft fleets. (Belgian MoD)  Belgium has been cleared to buy the extended-range Raytheon AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-35 Lightning II combat aircraft.  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 8 November that the Department of State had approved the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of up to 120 missiles to Belgium, to be...

UK Dragonfire laser weapon demonstrator completes first high-power firings

By Richard Scott 09 November 2022
Leonardo developed the LDEW beam director as part of the UK Dragonfire consortium. (Richard Scott/NAVYPIX)  The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has completed the first trials of a high-powered, long-range Laser Directed Energy Weapon (LDEW) testbed at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory's (Dstl's) Porton Down range in Southern England.  Conducted in October, the trials involved firing the DragonFire LDEW capability demonstrator at several target sets. Led by MBDA UK, the UK Dragonfire consortium includes Leonardo and QinetiQ as key tec...

Prototyping keeps Columbia submarine programme on track, USN officials say

By Michael Fabey 08 November 2022
US Navy officials say land-based prototype testing is helping keep the Columbia-class submarine system on track. (US Navy)  Land-based prototyping has helped keep the Columbia-class strategic missile submarine programme on track for development and delivery, according to US Navy (USN) submarine officials.  “Nearly everything on the ship” has been tried or tested either through prototyping or installation on the Virginia-class attack submarines, Rear Admiral Douglas Perry, US Navy (USN) director of Undersea Warfare, said on 1 November during a...

Iran unveils longer-range SAM

By Jeremy Binnie 08 November 2022
The missile labelled as a Sayyad 4B in the unveiling ceremony looked like the original Sayyad-4 but different from the SAM shown in the Sayyad 4B test. (defapress.ir)  The Iranian military unveiled the longer-range Sayyad 4B surface-to-air missile (SAM) for its Bavar-373 air-defence system on 6 November.  The missile was unveiled during a ceremony attended by Minister of Defence Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and Islamic Republic of Iran Air Defense Force (IRIADF) Commander Brigadier General Alireza Sabahifard.  The Iranian media re...

US Navy targets Ohio-class submarines for possible life extensions

By Michael Fabey 08 November 2022
The US Navy is considering whether to further extend the life of the strategic submarine USS   Alaska  .  (US Navy)  The US Navy (USN) is planning to target five Ohio-class strategic submarines (SSBNs) for possible life extensions to help ease the transition to Columbia-class vessels, Rear Admiral Scott Pappano, USN executive officer of Strategic Submarines, said.  “We'll need two or three, [and] plan to go up to five [Ohio-class submarines for possible life extensions],” Rear Adm Pappano said on 1 November during...

Airshow China 2022: China reveals new ALBM for H-6K bombers

By Akhil Kadidal & Rahul Udoshi 07 November 2022
An XAC H-6K bomber of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force carries a pair of the new air-launched ballistic missile at Zhuhai on 3 November. The missile has design similarities with Russia's Kinzhal hypersonic, anti-access/area-denial missile. (Chen Jimin/China News Service via Getty Images)  China has unveiled a new air-launched ballistic missile (ALBM) for use by the People's Liberation Army's (PLA's) H-6K bomber fleet.  Two of the new missiles were carried by a Xi'an Aircraft Company (XAC) H-6K bomber, which arrived in Zhuhai, in...

Indo Defence 2022: Rheinmetall offers local production of Skyranger GBAD system for Indonesia

By Ridzwan Rahmat 07 November 2022
A Badak fire support vehicle, seen here with a mock-up of the Skyranger 30 turret, at Indo Defence 2022. (Janes/Ridzwan Rahmat)  Rheinmetall Air Defence AG has indicated that it will be able to produce units of the Oerlikon Skyranger mobile ground-based air defence (GBAD) system in-country should it be selected for the Indonesian armed forces anti-air requirements.    Stefan Schadler and Gerson Jaklin,    who are the    vice-president for Sales and vice-president for Marketing and Sales, respectively, at Rheinmetall's...

SOFEX 2022: Jadara to begin Raptor production

By Mohammed Najib & Jeremy Binnie 04 November 2022
The Jadara Raptor on display at the SOFEX 2022 show. (Mohammed Najib)    The new Raptor rocket launcher developed by Jadara Equipment & Defence Systems has completed testing and will enter production later this year, the Jordanian company's general director told  Janes  at the SOFEX 2022 show held in Aqaba from 1 to 3 November.   “By the end of this year, 2022, the Jadara factory will start producing the Raptor in marketing quantities,” Colonel Engineer (retd) Ayman Mashouqah said.  The Raptor uses the same reusable sightin...
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