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Saab inducts first Global 6000 for Swedish GlobalEye programme

Jane's Defense News - Mon, 29/01/2024 - 14:05
Saab has inducted the first of two Global 6000 airframes for conversion to the GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) configuration for the Swedish Air...
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EU explores harnessing Copernicus for military applications

Jane's Defense News - Mon, 29/01/2024 - 14:05
The European Union (EU) awarded separate contracts to two consortiums led by Telespazio and OHB System on 23 January to explore the feasibility of exploiting the...
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IAV 2024: Engineering change proposals investigated for CV9035NL MLU

Jane's Defense News - Mon, 29/01/2024 - 14:05
The Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) is considering multiple engineering change proposals for its CV9035NL mid-life upgrade (MLU) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), Janes...
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Croatia cleared to buy more Black Hawks

Jane's Defense News - Mon, 29/01/2024 - 12:50
Croatia has been cleared to buy additional Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk utility helicopters, with the US State Department granting approval for the proposed procurement on...
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US approves combat aircraft for Greece, Turkey

Jane's Defense News - Mon, 29/01/2024 - 11:20
The United States has approved combat aircraft sales to Greece and Turkey worth a combined USD31.6 billion.
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Lockheed To Showcase Patriot Missile | Germany Delivered Sea Kings To Ukraine | Philippines Pushing For A More Self-Reliant Defense Posture

Defense Industry Daily - Fri, 26/01/2024 - 05:00
Americas Lockheed Martin Aeronautics won an $8.4 million modification, which adds scope to procure diminishing manufacturing sources in support of production, retrofit, spares, replenishment and repairs for the F-35 Lightning II program for the Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, Foreign Military Sales customers, and non-US Department of Defense participants. Work will be performed in Fort […]
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F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program

Defense Industry Daily - Fri, 26/01/2024 - 04:58
F-35B: off probation (click to view full) The $382 billion F-35 Joint Strike fighter program may well be the largest single global defense program in history. This major multinational program is intended to produce an “affordably stealthy” multi-role fighter that will have 3 variants: the F-35A conventional version for the US Air Force et. al.; […]
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‘Combat cloud’: EDA study shows benefits of cloud computing for EU militaries

EDA News - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 15:35

Across land, sea, air, space and cyber, military operations increasingly rely on data. That makes access to cloud technologies essential. A European Defence Agency-financed study has concluded that cloud computing can be applied to defence, both at the strategic level and in the field, to help European armed forces achieve information superiority against an adversary.

The EDA study over four years, ‘Cloud Intelligence for Decision Support and Analysis’ (CLAUDIA), looked at the application of civilian cloud technologies in defence, including computing capabilities, data storage and software tools hosted externally. Results of the study were presented on January 25th, with a view to follow-up activities looking at constraints to cloud computing in defence.

Given the pressures of the battlefield, such as relying on a range of connections from satellites to radios in an extreme environment, EDA’s research is crucial to increasing situational awareness and shortening reaction times across multiple domains.

As cloud technology uses virtualisation − creating a virtual version of servers, storage devices and networks using software −  the study focused on the overall advantages for defence. These are simplicity, flexibility and the ability to scale up in military environments, as well as working with ‘big data’ supported by artificial intelligence (AI) tools. These advantages can significantly improve the situational awareness and decision-making process both at strategic and tactical level.

CLAUDIA’s objective was to research using cloud technologies to support analysis of hybrid warfare including:

  • Management and processing information from heterogeneous sources
  • Tactical cloud infrastructure for Command, Control, Communications, Computers (C4) Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) − or C4ISR − systems
  • Information-process enhancement by using AI and big data
  • Joint strategic, operational and tactical level simulators
  • Simulation as a Service (SaaS) for computer simulations of theatres of war (synthetic environments) and rapid scenario generation

Thanks to CLAUDIA, a Software Analysis (SWAN) platform has been developed to demonstrate the cloud-based capabilities, with different modules to address the different technology topics, including:

  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Analysis at the strategic level
  • Tactical Cloud
  • Internet of Military Things
  • 5G for Tactical Cloud and AI in Wargaming

The demonstration showcased the benefits of cloud technologies with the SWAN platform at both the strategic and tactical level. Edge computing – at or near the location of either the user or the data source –  was also introduced to demonstrate the benefits of using such technologies in the field, providing real-time situational awareness with enhanced data and visual capabilities. The demonstration included simulation and wargaming for a hybrid warfare scenario, with the use of wargaming and advanced training and exercises capabilities. The study recommended making the SWAN platform available to all Member States for further testing.

EDA's wider role

EDA supports its 27 Member States in improving their defence capabilities through European cooperation. Acting as an enabler and facilitator for Ministries of Defence willing to engage in collaborative capability projects, the Agency has become the hub for European defence cooperation with expertise and networks allowing it to the whole spectrum of defence capabilities.

Member States use EDA as an intergovernmental expert platform where their collaborative projects are supported, facilitated, and implemented. For more details, please see here

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Latest news - Next SEDE meeting - 14 and 15 February 2024 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

The next ordinary meeting of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 14 February 2024 from 9.00-12.30 and 14.30-17.30hrs and Thursday, 15 February 2024 from 9.00-12.30 in Brussels (room SPAAK 5B1).

The meeting agenda and documents will be published here.

SEDE missions 2023:
  • India - 17-21 December 2023
  • Israel and OPT - 8-10 December 2023
  • Germany and Poland - 24-26 July 2023
  • Armenia - 19-22 June 2023
  • Romania and Moldova - 15-18 May 2023
  • Djibouti and Somalia - 1-4 April 2023
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina - 20-23 February 2023

SEDE meetings' calendar 2024
EP calendar 2024
Source : © European Union, 2024 - EP

Highlights - Israel-Hamas: escalation in the Red sea, EU's defence capability priorities + Ukraine - Subcommittee on Security and Defence

On 24 January, SEDE MEPs will hold an exchange of views on the spill-over from the Israel-Hamas war in the escalation in the Red sea and in the Bab el-Mandeb Strait. They will also exchange views with Jiří Šedivý, Chief Executive of the European Defence Agency, on EU's defence capability priorities and progress in addressing critical capability gaps.

Ukraine remains high on the SEDE agenda with its regular update - in camera - on the European Peace Facility's role in providing military equipment for Ukraine and on the EU's Military Assistance Mission for Ukraine, with Lt Gen Michiel van der Laan, Director General of the EU Military Staff.

Meeting agenda and documents
Source : © European Union, 2024 - EP

US Strikes on Iraq Undermine Years of Cooperation - Senior Iraqi Military - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
The recent strikes by the United States on Iraq undermine decades of cooperation between the two countries and lead to irresponsible escalation, Major General Yahya Rasool, the official spokesman of the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, said on Wednesday.
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Iraq says U.S. airstrikes on Hashd Shaabi forces "irresponsible escalation" - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
The Iraqi government said on Wednesday that U.S. airstrikes on positions of the paramilitary Hashd Shaabi forces are "irresponsible escalation" in the Middle East region.
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Iraqi resistance groups vow to continue operations as US military strikes sites near Syria - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
Iraqi resistance groups have vowed to continue their operations against military bases, where US military forces and trainers are stationed, in retaliation for Washington's unqualified support for the relentless Israeli war on Gaza, after the US military carried out an airstrike against sites used by the Iraqi anti-terror forces.
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Iran FM discusses Gaza, Red Sea with UN chief - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has discussed the new developments in the besieged Gaza Strip and the Red Sea with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the Security Council meeting on the Middle East in New York.
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Human Rights Watch Says 11 At 'Imminent Risk' Of Execution In Iran - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says at least 11 prisoners in Iran are at "imminent risk" of execution, most of whom are Kurdish.
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Appeal by retired military officers in China spying case rejected - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
The convictions of retired military officers Lee Ching-hsien (李慶賢) and Yeh Jui-chang (葉瑞璋) have been finalized after their appeals were rejected by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
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The launch of 'Ammunition Cum Torpedo Cum Missile Barge, LSAM 19 (Yard 129)', 5th Barge of 11 x ACTCM Barge Project, built by MSME Shipyard, M/s Suryadipta Projects Pvt Ltd, Thane for Indian Navy, was undertaken on 24 Jan 24 at M/s Suryadipta Project Pvt Ltd (Launch site of M/s SPPL)
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PRESS RELEASE: EX- DESERT KNIGHT - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
On 23 Jan 24, the Indian Air Force (IAF) conducted Exercise Desert Knight along with French Air and Space Force (FASF) and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force
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Special Envoy of DPRK Government Meets Foreign Heads of State and Government - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
Kim Son Gyong, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs who led the DPRK delegation to the 19th NAM Summit and the 3rd South Summit held in Kampala of Uganda as a special envoy of the DPRK government, respectively met the presidents of Uganda and Equatorial Guinea and the prime minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during the meeting.
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Head of DPRK Delegation Makes Statement at 3rd South Summit - Thu, 25/01/2024 - 11:17
The 3rd South Summit took place in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, on Jan. 21-22.
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