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RAF Lakenheath Has Become The First Base in Europe To Receive U.S. Air Force F-35s

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 16:17

The first F-35A aircraft of the newly formed 495th Fighter Squadron have arrived in the UK. Four F-35A aircraft departed from Fort Worth, Texas, arrived at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, on Dec. 15, 2021, marking [...]

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100th Steering Board, devoted to defence innovation

EDA News - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 13:10

EDA Member States’ defence research (R&T) Directors met today in hybrid format for a Steering Board meeting which stood out not only for its forward-looking agenda focused on defence innovation and the impact of key technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous systems on defence, but also because it was the 100th Steering Board meeting since the creation of the Agency in 2004.

EDA Chief Executive Jiří Šedivý looked back at 100 Steering Boards which, he said, “guided and developed the Agency over the years, creating its unique character and tasks”. He thanked all Member States representatives who participated in these 100 Steering Boards in the last 17 years: “Your inputs and guidance are crucial for EDA to fulfil its main mission: to support you, the Member States, in all matters of collaborative European defence”. Mr Šedivý also expressed particular appreciation for the successive Chairs of EDA’s Steering Boards in the different formations (national R&T, Armaments and Capability Directors).

It was also the last R&T Directors Steering Board meeting chaired by Dr Luisa Riccardi (Italy) who held this position since December 2018.  “Over the past three years, we have seen the role and importance of the Agency grow. EDA has gradually established itself as the natural point of reference for the Defence Community, the one where competences, specific skills, the ability to evaluate the main processes and objectives for Defence and Research are inherent. The Agency has been the place where responses to the needs of Defence were found in a flexible and dynamic way, always using collaborative and constructive dialogue between European Member States and stakeholders. No other forum has the same natural vocation and the same predisposition to cooperation, nor it is structured in this way for the achievement of common objectives”, Dr Riccardi stated. She wished the best of luck to her successor, Portuguese Major-General Jorge Filipe Marques Moniz Côrte-Real Andrade, who takes over as of 1 January 2022.

Defence innovation

R&T Directors discussed different topics related to defence innovation, in particular the impact new technologies such as AI and autonomous systems are already having on defence. The update of the Agency’s Overarching Strategic Research Agenda (OSRA), the OSRA Defence Technology Taxonomy and the Emerging Disruptive Technology’s (EDT) Action Plan were also on the agenda. Directors were also briefed by Mr Šedivý on the outcome of the last Steering Board meeting in Ministers’ composition which took place on 16 November. The EDA Chief Executive also touched upon the Energy Consultation Forum and other activities in terms of climate change and defence, including the recent launch of the EDA’s Incubation Forum for Circular Economy in European Defence.

 

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Cross-border test flight backs EDA work on RPAS air traffic integration

EDA News - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 09:17

EDA’s groundwork to help Member States move towards the integration of MALE-type Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in civil air traffic in non-segregated airspace received another significant boost on 13 December 2021 when a live MALE-type RPAS cross-border flight was carried out by the French Air Force from Cognac airbase to Spain and back to France. While multiple inland flights had already been performed in the past by the French Air Force, it was the first time that such a MALE-type RPAS flight crossed European borders in non-segregated airspace class A-C.

During this flight - depicted on the chart below - several handovers were carried out between civilian and military air traffic control centers in Bordeaux, Madrid, Barcelona, and Marseille. The cruise was carried out in upper airspace, up to FL 230, according to one “circular” flight plan. The RPAS had no specific onboard equipment such as a detect and avoid system. The flight was successful as it demonstrated the ability of MALE-type RPAS to perform seamless changes from their initial routing and altitude, as requested by the Air Traffic Control. It also demonstrated the benefit of a robust safety analysis, harmonized procedures and a common Concept of Operations “ConOps” for cross-border operations.

Based on the materials gathered during this flight and on the safety analysis performed by the initial Accommodation Study (2017-2019 timeframe) carried-out by EDA, a validation report will be published early 2022, together with the guidelines on how to “accommodate” MALE-type RPAS in General Air Traffic (GAT)  in non-segregated airspace class A-C. 

Accommodation Study

EDA’s Accommodation Study was ordered in 2018 as part of the Agency’s effort to support Member States in the area of MALE-type RPAS air traffic integration. The study conclusions published in February 2019 provided tailored risk assessments and an enhanced aviation safety case assessment methodology for MALE-type RPAS flying in non-segregated European airspace, alongside manned aviation. Following the presentation of those simulations results, France offered the possibility to perform real flights with a MALE-type RPAS (the FAF Reapers), including a cross-border portion with Spain. 

The material gathered during the latest test flight will further consolidate the work  on the validation report and the guidelines of the study.

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UNITED STATES/EUROPE/UKRAINE : EU and US add muscle to still headless Ukrainian cyber defence

Intelligence Online - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 08:00
Despite backing from the West, the Kyiv government is still struggling to organise the leadership for the "cyber troops" it created in late August (IO, 03/09/21). The shape of this future command will largely depend on the choice of its
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UNITED KINGDOM : BAE Systems helps UK attribute foreign information warfare

Intelligence Online - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 08:00
As is indicated in a contract published on 6 December, British defence group BAE Systems is to help the Defence
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AZERBAIJAN/FRANCE : TotalEnergies reminds Baku of its interest in the Caspian Sea

Intelligence Online - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 08:00
After he learned that Azerbaijan had signed a new gas swap agreement with its Caspian Sea neighbours, Turkmenistan and Iran,
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SAUDI ARABIA : US intelligence provides Saudi Arabia with targeting support in Yemen

Intelligence Online - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 08:00
According to our sources, strikes by the Saudi Air Force on the Al Dailami air base close to Saana Airport
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EUROPE/UKRAINE : Armenian-US entrepreneur Ashot Hovanesian helps EU weigh in on Ukraine's anti-corruption drive

Intelligence Online - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 08:00
Denmark's foreign ministry published a notice on 23 November to say it had asked the US company Synergy International Systems
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Raytheon Won A Deal For NGJ-MB | Kuwait Gets First 2 Typhoons | Australia Gets Howitzers From South Korea

Defense Industry Daily - Thu, 16/12/2021 - 05:00
Americas

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics won a $9.3 million contract modification, which increases the ceiling to partially definitize fiscal 2021 air vehicle initial spares, to include global spares packages, base spares packages, deployment spares packages, and afloat spares packages in support F-35 Lightning II Air Vehicle deliveries for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, non-US Department of Defense participants, and Foreign Military Sales customers. Work will take place in Texas. Estimated completion is in December 2021.

Raytheon won a $13.9 million deal to procure contractor logistics support maintainers and engineering reach back support of the AN/ALQ-249(V)1 Next Generation Jammer-Mid Band (NGJ-MB) during development, test and evaluation. The AN/ALQ-249(V)1 Next Generation Jammer Mid-Band system is part of a larger NGJ system that will augment, and ultimately replace the legacy ALQ-99 Tactical Jamming System currently used on the EA-18G Growler aircraft for Airborne Electronic Attack. Work will take place in Maryland and California. Estimated completion date is in June 2023.

Middle East & Africa

BIRD Aerosystems, a global provider of defense technology and solutions for air, sea, and land fleets of governments and related agencies, has received a Supplemental Type Certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel for its Cessna CJ3 ASIO Special Mission Aircraft. The granted STC follows a modification of the aircraft into a special mission configuration and includes all the structural and electrical changes to the aircraft to support the installation of the airborne surveillance sensors (Radar, EOP, AIS), multiple communication equipment, and BIRD’s operator workstations and pilot display.

The first two Eurofighter Typhoons out of an order for 28 aircraft for the Air force of Kuwait landed in Kuwait City. The Eurofighter Typhoon for the Kuwait Air Force feature a wide range of operational capabilities, built by Leonardo according to the specific requirements of the Kuwaiti Air Force.

Europe

The German representative on the supervisory board of the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has blocked the delivery of anti-drone jamming guns to Ukraine which were already paid for by Kiev. The shipment of these anti-drone mitigation systems was being procured from Lithuania, according to Ukrainian newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia.

Asia-Pacific

South Korea’s Hanwha Defense inked a contract to supply the Australian Army with advanced self-propelled howitzers and ammunition resupply vehicles. The deal is worth about $730 million, representing the highest-valued export of Hanwha’s K9 self-propelled howitzer, nicknamed Thunder and known in Australia as the AS9.

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Watch: Ultra Powerful South Korean K9 Thunder Artillery Mass Live Fire vs Mountain

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GLQ-91B

Military-Today.com - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 18:00

Chinese QLG-91B Underbarrel Grenade Launcer
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Latest news - Next SEDE meeting - 26 and 27 January 2022 - Subcommittee on Security and Defence


In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the European Parliament has established a number of measures to contain the spread of the virus and to safeguard Parliament's core activities. The current precautionary measures do not affect work on legislative priorities.

Core activities are maintained to ensure the smooth running of the institution's legislative, budgetary, and scrutiny functions.

The next meeting of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) will take place on 26 and 27 January 2022.

The meeting agenda and documents will be published here.



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Draft AFET/SEDE/DROI calendar 2022
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Take A Look At These Cool Photos Of The Delivery Flight Of The Kuwait Air Force’s First Eurofighter Typhoons

The Aviationist Blog - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 12:20

The first Eurofighter Typhoons destined to the Kuwait Air Force have been delivered. These stunning images show them during their delivery flight. On Dec. 14, 2021, the first two out of a total of 28 [...]

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RUSSIA : Ex-SVR agent Yevgeny Fokin still covering for Oleg Deripaska in US

Intelligence Online - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:00
EN+'s chairman Gregory Barker, Lord Barker of Battle and former Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, has the aluminium group's selection for the United Nations Energy Compacts initiative to celebrate but he cannot ignore the troubles facing its
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EUROPE : Slinf, a new firm of German SIGINT veterans, takes a bow at ISS

Intelligence Online - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:00
Young Swiss threat intelligence company Slinf presented its new cyber attack early detection technology when it took part in the
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UNITED STATES/INDIA/ISRAEL : Israeli-US battle underway for New Delhi drone contract

Intelligence Online - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:00
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is going all out to derail a deal that has been in final negotiations in recent
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RUSSIA/CHINA : State media moguls press for closer Chinese-Russian cooperation in information war

Intelligence Online - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:00
Shen Haixiong, who is among other things head of state-controlled China Media Group (also known as Voice of China) is developing increasingly close
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AUSTRALIA/FRANCE : Australian lobbying firm Dragoman visits Paris after derailed Naval Group submarine deal

Intelligence Online - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:00
According to our sources, the bosses of Australia's Dragoman were in Paris last week for meetings with its client Naval
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FRANCE : Security stalwart SSF looks to boost its business intelligence practice

Intelligence Online - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 08:00
After a difficult period during the Covid-19 crisis, leading private security firm Scutum Security First (SSF), part of the Scutum group, has
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NG To Reconfigure 4 EQ-4s | Morocco Plans To Buy Caracal Helos From France | Hellenic Air Force To Start Rafale Operations

Defense Industry Daily - Wed, 15/12/2021 - 05:00
Americas

Bell Boeing won a $18 million contract modification, which exercises an option to provide systems integration, technical analysis, and engineering support for the V-22 aircraft. The V-22 Osprey is a joint-service, medium-lift, multimission tilt-rotor aircraft, which operates as a helicopter when taking off and landing vertically. The nacelles rotate 90° forward once airborne, converting the aircraft into a turboprop aircraft. Work will take place in Texas and Pennsylvania. Estimated completion is in December 2022.

The Pentagon has given Northrop Grumman Corporation a task order to start engineering and planning work to reconfigure four EQ-4 Block 20 aircraft for the SkyRange program. These four aircraft will be fitted with sensors to collect data in order to support the testing of US hypersonic systems. Conversion will take place at Northrop Grumman’s Grand Sky facility near Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Middle East & Africa

Israeli media says Tel Aviv asked Washington for the immediate delivery of two KC-46A aerial refueling tankers. The original schedule is for Israel to receive the first two tankers in 2023. However, the United States reportedly denied the request. Back in July 2020, it was reported that Israel had also asked for the delivery of the planes to take place this year.

The Royal Moroccan Air Force is reportedly planning to buy 8 H225M Caracal helicopter from France. Morocco is currently negotiating with Airbus for eight H225Ms, as per reports. A dozen of these helicopters along with 80 Rafale fighter jets were purchased by the United Arab Emirates recently.

Europe

Greece’s Hellenic Air Force will commence operations with the first six Rafale fighters next month. The jets will be ready for operational missions immediately after arriving at 114th Combat Wing as the crew have completed their training.

Asia-Pacific

China’s J-20 stealth jet has reportedly entered mass production after all technical issues concerning the domestically-made WS-10 engine having been solved; state-media reported quoting a statement from Chengdu Aircraft Industrial Group Co. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force displayed J-20s equipped with domestically developed engines at Airshow China 2021.

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Watch: The Good News about the KC-46 Tanker

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