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UNITED KINGDOM : Space industry awaits British contracts with bated breath

Intelligence Online - Fri, 23/07/2021 - 08:00
Britain's parliamentary defence commitee spoke to space consultant Mark Presley on 13 July about the security aspects of Britain's space
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CHINA/UNITED STATES : Washington blacklists facing increasing court challenges from Chinese companies

Intelligence Online - Fri, 23/07/2021 - 08:00
The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), which is responsible for limiting Chinese companies' access to US markets
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RUSSIA : Konstantin Zatulin courts compatriots abroad with new bill

Intelligence Online - Fri, 23/07/2021 - 08:00
While Vladimir Putin's essay "On the historical unity of Russians and Ukrainians" published on 13 July may have provoked strong reactions,
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FRANCE : Crociani saga returns to European Court of Human Rights

Intelligence Online - Fri, 23/07/2021 - 08:00
Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, née Crociani and wife of the heir to the throne of Naples, has made
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CE in Italy for high level talks

EDA News - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 11:51

EDA Chief Executive Jiří Šedivý was in Italy this week (20-21 July) for high-level talks with Defence Minister Lorenzo Guerini, Chief of Defence General Enzo Vecciarelli as well as several high officials from the Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs. He also met with senior representatives of the Italian defence industry. The trip to Rome was part of Mr Šedivý’s ‘tour des capitales’ that will see him visiting all EDA Member States (last week he was in Greece).  

Discussions with Minister Guerini on Tuesday (20 July) particularly focused on Italy’s strong involvement in EDA’s current and future activities (the country participates in more than 50 Agency projects and programmes), the follow-up on the conclusions and recommendations of the first Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD) presented last November, the state of play in the PESCO implementation and the preparation of the next round of new project proposals (Italy currently participates in 24 PESCO projects of which it leads nine, two in the maritime domain including the European Patrol Corvette one) as well as the set-up and functioning of the new European Defence Fund (EDF). 

“I am particularly grateful for Italy’s very active involvement in the Agency’s work and for its strong commitment to EU defence cooperation in general, as it is also reflected in the high number of PESCO projects in which it participates or even coordinates. I can only encourage the Italian authorities to pursue with their leading role and further contribute to making use of the many cooperation opportunities that were identified in last year’s first Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD), especially in the maritime focus area where Italy has proven leadership expertise”, Mr Šedivý commented. 

Mr Šedivý had also talks with the Military advisor to Prime Minister Mario Draghi, General Luigi de Leverano, Defence Policy and Capability Director General Giovanni M. Iannucci, Secretary General of Defence and National Armaments Director Nicolò Falsaperna, Deputy Secretary General of Defence Admiral Dario Giacomin, R&T Director Luisa Riccardi, EDA Central PoC and Director for industrial policy and international relations General Fortunato Di Marzio, Director General for Political and Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Pasquale Ferrara, and the Director of the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Dr. Nathalie Tocci. 

Among the industry representatives met by Mr Šedivý were Alessandro Profumo (CEO Leonardo), Giuseppe Giordo (General Manager Naval Vessels Division, Fincantieri), Enzo Benigni (Elettronica) and Carlo Festucci (Secretary General, AIAD, Federation of Italian Companies for Aerospace, Defence and Security).  

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ISRAEL/UKRAINE : Rayzone and ULTRA challenged by crosswinds in Ukraine

Intelligence Online - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 08:00
The SBU, forced to reframe its missions, has hired Israeli intelligence firms Rayzone Group and ULTRA as part of its efforts to counter hybrid warfare, according to our sources. The Ukrainian intelligence agency has chosen a solution that includes Rayzone's geolocation system Geomatrix
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SWITZERLAND/UNITED KINGDOM : ZeNPulsar enters fake news fight with help from Kalita Partners

Intelligence Online - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 08:00
While the UN Human Rights Council addressed the issues involved in the fight against disinformation at its 47th session following
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UNITED STATES : Polysentry to supply data analysis to US Air Force

Intelligence Online - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 08:00
Details of a new US Air Force contract for the development of systems to integrate data from different sources -
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SAUDI ARABIA/OMAN : Al Naamani at work behind the scenes at Omani-Saudi Arabian summit

Intelligence Online - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 08:00
The details of the highly productive visit made by the Sultan of Oman, Hatham bin Tariq Al Said, to Neom
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RUSSIA : Viktor Zolotov secures new responsibilities for National Guard in Crimea

Intelligence Online - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 08:00
The Rosgvardia, the Russian federal National Guard, responsible for internal affairs, is holding its large-scale warm-up throughout the month ahead
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CHINA/FRANCE : China pushes Xinjiang narrative in French regions

Intelligence Online - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 08:00
A video-conference organised on 9 July by the Chinese embassy in France sought to further push Beijing's narrative on Xinjiang
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SAUDI ARABIA/UNITED STATES : DoJ will not help former Saudi spymaster Al Jabri

Intelligence Online - Thu, 22/07/2021 - 08:00
The possibility earlier this month that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) might get involved in the trials against former Saudi
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UNITED KINGDOM : New round between Gerrard and Azima in London court

Intelligence Online - Wed, 21/07/2021 - 08:00
At a case management conference (CMC) in the London High Court last week, the judge agreed to add the law firm Dechert and its former partner Neil Gerrard as defendants in businessman Farhad Azima's hacking lawsuit against Ras Al Khaimah
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CHINA : Ouke Cloud Chain to be Public Security's new crypto-investigator

Intelligence Online - Wed, 21/07/2021 - 08:00
Ouke Cloud Chain, a blockchain company, is reinforcing its ties with the security sector, announcing on 8 July that it
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UNITED STATES/CHINA/UKRAINE : Kyiv's highways lead to both US and China

Intelligence Online - Wed, 21/07/2021 - 08:00
Vadim Rabinovich (IO, 24/06/21) and Yuri Boïko, both MPs of Viktor Medvedchuk's Russophile opposition party Opposition Platform - For Life (IO, 14/06/21), indicated their hopes
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IRAN/EGYPT/IRAQ : Egyptian spymaster Abbas Kamel discusses Egypt-Iraq rapprochement with Tehran

Intelligence Online - Wed, 21/07/2021 - 08:00
In a further sign of deepening relations between Egypt and Iraq (IO, 15/06/21), on 5 July the Egpytian trade minister
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FRANCE : Cyrille Peguilhan forced out of Anticip and Risk&Co

Intelligence Online - Wed, 21/07/2021 - 08:00
LGT Capital Partners and Batipart, the two main shareholders of Anticip, a security company that bought its competitor Risk&Co in November 2019 (IO, 30/10/19),
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JORDAN : Former Blackwater PR rallies support for Bassem Awadallah in Washington

Intelligence Online - Wed, 21/07/2021 - 08:00
In a carefully-staged scene, minor royal Sharif Hassan bin Zaid and senior Jordanian government official Bassem Awadallah (IO, 30/06/21) appeared in
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CROWN: European multifunction radiofrequency system project launched

EDA News - Tue, 20/07/2021 - 09:00

Europe’s defence research programme - PADR - has launched a new project. The CROWN project will focus on European active electronically scanned array with combined radar, communications and electronic warfare functions for military applications. 

The project, with a budget of approximately €10 million and a duration of 30 months, was selected under the 2019 call for proposals for ‘Electromagnetic Spectrum Dominance’ under the EDA-managed EU Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR). The CROWN consortium is coordinated by Indra (Spain) and brings together 11 leading industry members, research centres and an SME from seven EU countries. The project was officially launched at an online kick-off meeting on 6 and 7 July 2021, with the participation of the consortium members, EDA and European Commission representatives. 

CROWN will lay the foundation for designing and building a next-generation multifunction radiofrequency (RF) system based on Active Electronically Scanned Arrays (AESA) technology for a broad range of applications, to become available in several military domains within the next decade. 

The planned activities include R&D assessment and recommendations on critical technologies, R&T activities on system and component level as well as designing, manufacturing and testing of a small-scale prototype. 

CROWN CONSORTIUM

CROWN - European active electronically scanned array with Combined Radar, cOmmunications, and electronic Warfare fuNctions for military applications - brings together 11 participants from 7 countries:

Indra (Spain), Thales (France), Office National d'Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales - ONERA (France), Hensoldt Sensors (Germany), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (Germany), Saab (Sweden), Totalforsvarets Forskningsinstitut - FOI (Sweden) Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek - TNO (Netherlands), Leonardo (Italy), Elettronica (Italy) and Baltijos Pazangiu Technologiju Institutas - BPTI (Lithuania). 

BACKGROUND

Being part of the PADR programme, CROWN will support the European Commission, EDA and Member States and will contribute to the long-term critical capability for European Strategic Autonomy. The project is also closely linked to the activities conducted under EDA’s Capability Technology Groups, namely CapTech Radar and CapTech Components.

 

ABOUT THE PADR

The CROWN project is part of the Preparatory Action on Defence Research (PADR) launched by the European Commission in 2017 to assess and demonstrate the added-value of EU supported defence research and technology (R&T). It paved the way for a proper European Defence Programme to come as part of the European Defence Fund (EDF), under the EU’s Multiannual Financial Framework (2021-2027).

The PADR implementation is run by EDA following the mandate via a Delegation Agreement between the European Commission and EDA signed on 31 May 2017. By this agreement the Commission entrusts EDA with the management and implementation of the research projects launched within the PADR.  

FURTHER INFORMATION  
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SAUDI ARABIA/FRANCE : Paris caught in UAE-Saudi Arabia power struggles over arts programmes

Intelligence Online - Tue, 20/07/2021 - 08:00
Simmering differences between Abu Dhabi and Riyadh on an array of issues ranging from Yemen and Qatar to the price of oil came to a head at the beginning of this month, coinciding with delicate negotiations over the future of
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