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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...

USAF inspector general recommends airstrike procedure changes

By Ashley Roque 04 November 2021
There was “no violation of law” associated with a 29 August US military airstrike in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed 10 civilians; however, the “interpretation” of the intelligence was flawed, according to the US Air Force's (USAF's) Inspector Gene...

MSI-Defence begins deliveries for MK 38 Mod 4 GWS programme

By Richard Scott 04 November 2021
MSI-Defence has commenced deliveries of an initial batch of Seahawk DS30M A2 30 mm gun mountings to the US Navy for test and qualification in support of the MK 38 Mod 4 gun weapon system (GWS) programme.  The MK 38 Mod 4 mount is intended to introd...

Russian military to receive 200 aircraft, 26 S-350 and S-400 air-defence systems, says Putin

By Dmitry Fediushko 04 November 2021
The Russian armed forces is set to receive approximately 200 aircraft and 26 S-350 and S-400 air-defence systems in the coming years, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with military officials and representatives of the defence industry in...

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...

UK pauses I-SSGW as debate continues on capability need

By Richard Scott 03 November 2021
HMS   Montrose  fires a Harpoon Block1C anti-ship missile. The Interim Surface-to-Surface Weapon programme to succeed Harpoon, which retires in December 2023, has been paused to review the investment case.  (Royal Navy/Crown Copyright)  Testimony to a parliamentary committee by the UK Royal Navy's (RN's) most senior officer has cast renewed doubt on the service's plans to acquire a stopgap anti-ship missile to replace the obsolescent Harpoon.  Giving evidence to the House of Commons Defence Committee on 2 March,...

Indian MoD approves acquisition of military equipment worth USD1.07 billion

By Gabriel Dominguez 03 November 2021
A HAL Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) conducting high-altitude trials in the Himalayas in September 2020. On 2 November the Indian MoD approved the procurement of indigenous military equipment worth a combined INR79.65 billion, including 12 LUHs. (HAL)  India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the procurement of indigenous equipment worth INR79.65 billion (USD1.07 billion) for the country's three military services, according to a statement by the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (PIB).  The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),...

South Korea to develop next-generation variant of Blue Shark torpedo

By Ridzwan Rahmat 03 November 2021
South Korea has begun a KRW160 billion (USD134 million) programme to develop an improved variant of the K745 Cheong Sangeo (Blue Shark) lightweight anti-submarine torpedo.  South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) first annou...

Indian Air Force tests new indigenous long-range glide bomb

By Gabriel Dominguez & Rahul Udoshi 02 November 2021
The Indian Air Force (IAF) tested a new, locally developed ‘Long-Range Bomb (LRB)' from one of its Sukhoi Su-30MKI multirole fighters on 29 October, according to a statement issued the same day by the Indian government's Press Information Bureau (P...

NAVAIR confirms contract with Raytheon for first MST seeker buy

By Richard Scott 02 November 2021
The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded Raytheon Missiles & Defense a first low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract for the Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) sensor suite equipping the Tomahawk Block Va cruise missile.  Awarded on 29...

Philippine Navy marks first firing of missile at a naval exercise

By Ridzwan Rahmat 01 November 2021
The Philippine Navy has fired a missile at a naval exercise for the first time.  The milestone was achieved on 28 October when the service's eighth multipurpose attack craft (MPAC) with pennant number 489 fired a Spike-ER surface-to-surface missile...

ASPI think-tank criticises Australian DoD's strategic planning

By Julian Kerr 01 November 2021
The decision-making processes of Australia's Department of Defence (DoD) have placed the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) in “an extremely precarious position” and can only be described as a failure of strategic planning, according to a report by the Au...

Swiss 120 mm Thor mortar bomb completes development

By Christopher F Foss 29 October 2021
Saab Bofors Dynamics Thor 120 mm mortar bomb, with a nose-mounted fuze but without increments at the rear. (Saab Bofors Dynamics)  Saab Bofors Dynamics Switzerland said it has completed a private-venture development of a 120 mm Thor mortar bomb, intended to enhance firepower for smoothbore mortars.    “The development of the Thor 120 mm has been completed and the first qualification batches have been produced; we and our partners are currently focusing on optimising the production process,” the company told  Janes  . “Meanwhile...

Chinese test accelerates hypersonics weapons race with US

By Michael Fabey 29 October 2021
The US Navy Strategic Systems Programs and the US Army Hypersonic Program Office conducted High Operational Tempo testing for Hypersonics flight campaign. (US Navy)  China's recent ‘hypersonic' vehicle testing is pushing the development race with the US for such a weapon into higher gear at a time when the Pentagon is seeking to secure more budget funding to keep pace with the overall Chinese threat.    “It is an escalation,” Brent Sandler, senior fellow for naval warfare and advanced technology at the Heritage Foundation's Center for Na...

Israeli Navy's Reshef class to carry C-Dome air-defence system

By Yaakov Lappin & Jeremy Binnie 28 October 2021
A computer-generated image of the Reshef class that Israel Shipyards released in November 2019. (Israel Shipyards)    The Reshef-class vessel that will replace the Israeli Navy's Sa'ar 4.5 (Nirit) missile ships will be equipped with Rafael's C-Dome air-defence system, Captain Y (full name withheld), the head of the Naval Vessels Department, told  Janes  on 24 October.   Israel Shipyards announced on 26 August that it had signed an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to begin detailed design work for the Reshef cl...

Footage shows PCL-161 SPH in service with PLAGF's 78th Group Army

By Samuel Cranny-Evans 28 October 2021
The PCL-161 self-propelled howitzer (SPH) has entered service with the People's Liberation Army Ground Force's (PLAGF's) 78th Group Army, according to a recently released video footage from state broadcaster China Central Television.  The video sho...

Russia's Ataka-Shorokh acoustic UAV detector completes factory trials

By Dmitry Fediushko 28 October 2021
The Ataka-Shorokh (right) and Ataka-DBS (left) C-UAV systems. (Dmitry Fediushko)  Russia's Ataka-Shorokh acoustic detector of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has completed factory trials, state corporation Rostec announced in October.  “The system has fully completed its factory acceptance trials, which confirmed its functioning, including under harsh weather conditions,” said Rostec.  The Ataka-Shorokh station is equipped with microphones and features software to analyse the environment and detect approaching UAVs. According to Rostec, the...

China tests hypersonic weapon, US JCS chairman confirms

By Gabriel Dominguez & Mark Cazalet 28 October 2021
US Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), confirmed on 27 October that China has tested a new hypersonic weapon system, describing the test launch as a “very concerning” and “very significant” development.  In...

Hanwha Defense plots course to become US ‘prime contractor' by 2031

By Ashley Roque 27 October 2021
Hanwha Defense displayed its K9A1 Thunder self-propelled howitzer at AUSA 2021 in Washington, DC. (Ashley Roque/Janes)  Hanwha Defense is using the US Army's revamped M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle replacement competition to expand its footprint inside the country.  John Kelly, the president and CEO of Hanwha Defense USA, recently detailed evolving plans to make the South Korean company a prime contractor for Pentagon ground combat vehicle programmes by 2031.  “Within 10 years or so we want to be able to offer the same sort of capabilit...

JSM enters series production

By Robin Hughes 27 October 2021
A Joint Strike Missile (JSM) being released from the F-35A AF-01 instrumented test platform over Edwards Air Force Base, California. Series production of JSM for the Royal Norwegian Air Force commenced on 21 October, with the signing of an approximately USD473.3 million contract between the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. (Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency )  The Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) on 21 October awarded Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (KDA) a NOK3.95 billion (USD473.3 million) contract...
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