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Boeing delivers first Poseidon for Norway

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 16:50
Boeing delivered the first P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft (MMA) for Norway on 18 November.
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EU's future rapid reaction force needs new solutions to overcome historical obstacles

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 16:50
Forging a viable ‘rapid deployment capability' (RDC) of up to 5,000 troops lies at the heart of the European Union's new draft strategy blueprint, known as the Strategic...
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Dubai Airshow 2021: IAI launches USV, EO/IR projects with Edge

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 16:05
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on 18 November that it had signed two agreements with Emirati defence conglomerate Edge at the Dubai Airshow covering...
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EDA Helicopter Tactics Symposium held in Czech Republic

EDA News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 15:08

Some 50 helicopter tactics specialists and operators from 12 EDA Member States and Switzerland, and as well as representatives of EDA’s Helicopter Chief Instructor Team, the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC), the NATO Special Operations Headquarters (NSHQ), the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC) met from 8-11 November in Ostrava, Czech Republic, for the Agency’s 12th Helicopter Tactics Symposium, hosted by the Czech Air Force.

Organised under EDA’s Helicopter Exercise Programme (HEP), the event allowed European helicopter crews to discuss and share expertise and best practices related to helicopter tactics, national and international training and operational experience.

A first part of the symposium was devoted to drawing tactical lessons from previous EDA helicopter training activities, such as exercise “Hot Blade 21” held last June at Beja Air Base in Portugal, and EDA’s recent 7th Helicopter Tactics Instructor Course (HTIC). Next year’s “Fire Blade” exercise, to be held in Hungary in June 2022 with a focus on Composite Air Operations (COMAO) and national training required by the participating Member States, was also discussed.

A second part of the exercise was centered on enhancing the common knowledge about other organisations and of the tactical procedures used in other partner countries. Here a wide range of topics were addressed, such as joint all domain operations, the NSHQ’s roles and responsibilities, the EPRC and personnel recovery, NATO’s Special Operation Air Task Units (SOATU) project, the German Air Force special forces H145M helicopters, evasion eraining against fighters, attack helicopter tactics and experiences, landing zone operations and evasion maneuvers against ground based air defence threats.

Switzerland, as a new HEP Member State, participated in its first HEP activity and briefed about their Air Force helicopter organisation and missions. MEDEVAC support using rotary wing assets was also addressed, including EDA´s AIR MEDEVAC project which is focused on support to operations.

A major milestone of this symposium was the introduction, by EDA’s Chief Instructor Team, of the new EDA HEP Standard Operating Procedures (HEP SOP) V5.0 following its formal release. This document is from now on the basis for all future EDA helicopter trainings, ensuring standardisation and fostering interoperability among European helicopter operators and units. 

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Indonesia orders two A400M aircraft

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 15:05
Indonesia has signed for two Airbus A400M Atlas multirole tanker and transport aircraft, becoming the 10th operator and the third export customer for the type.
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Dubai Airshow 2021: KBP reveals upgraded Pantsir for first time outside of Russia

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 15:05
Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) KBP Instrument Design Bureau unveiled its latest mobile air defence solution for the first time outside Russia this week.
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Textron ahead of schedule in completing RTAF T-6TH trainer aircraft order

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 14:37
Textron Defense announced on 18 November 2021 that the 12 Beechcraft T-6TH Texan II turboprop-powered trainer aircraft it is currently manufacturing for the Royal Thai...
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Dubai Air Show: Italian Navy shows interest in Manta Aircraft's ANN2 hybrid-electric VTOL

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 14:37
The Italian Navy has indicated an interest in Italian start-up Manta Aircraft's hybrid-electric VTOL aircraft, the ANN-2, which the company has under development, Janes...
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Dubai Airshow 2021: SAMI's AEC showcases indigenously designed BARIQ UAV

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 14:36
Advanced Electronics Company (AEC), a Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) company, exhibited its first iteration of indigenously developed vertical take-off and...
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Dubai Airshow 2021: ESG exhibits Guardion C-UAS with integrated Quantum-Systems Vector UAV

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 14:06
Germany's Guardion counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS), a co-operation of ESG, Diehl Defence, and Rohde & Schwarz, has integrated Quantum-Systems Vector unmanned...
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Dubai Airshow 2021: Halcon unveils Reach-S MALE UAV

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 13:50
United Arab Emirates' (UAE's) EDGE Group subsidiary Halcon showcased the full-scale model of Reach-S fixed-wing armed medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned...
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Here Is What We Know About Yesterday’s British F-35B Crash

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 13:13

The aircraft went down soon after takeoff this morning while the HMS Queen Elizabeth was sailing in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Probably, recovery operation underway. As you may know by now, a British F-35B crashed [...]

The post Here Is What We Know About Yesterday’s British F-35B Crash appeared first on The Aviationist.

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Taiwan formally commissions its first F-16V fighter wing

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 13:05
On 18 November the Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) officially commissioned its first fighter wing fully equipped with Lockheed Martin F-16 multirole fighter aircraft...
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Dubai Airshow 2021: Japan promotes C-2 to Middle East

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 10:50
Japan is pitching its Kawasaki C-2 airlifter to Middle Eastern customers, paying particular attention to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), senior Japanese defence sources...
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Dubai Airshow 2021: Tawazun reveals progress of Venture Debt Programme

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 10:35
The UAE's Tawazun revealed on 17 November that it had provided AED350 million (USD95.3 million) in loans to Emirati firms through its Venture Debt Programme, which is...
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All The Challenges Poland Faces Adopting The F-35

The Aviationist Blog - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 10:33

Poland needs to make the F-35 work with other elements of the air force – as a system The dominating media narrative in the Polish public sphere portrays the F-35 acquisition as a giant leap [...]

The post All The Challenges Poland Faces Adopting The F-35 appeared first on The Aviationist.

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US industry groups urge fast passage of defence funding bill

Jane's Defense News - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 08:35
Two US industry groups – the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) – have urged Congress to quickly finish work...
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CYPRUS/ISRAEL : Israeli Eitanium emerges from woodwork financed by sector heavyweights

Intelligence Online - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 08:00
Although Eran Karpen has disappeared from the management team list on the website of CommuniTake Technologies, an Israeli company specialising in high security mobile phones, he is still close to the Cyprus-based cyber-intelligence company Eitanium, which he was director of
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VIETNAM : IAI plays trump card for spy-satellite deal

Intelligence Online - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 08:00
According to our sources, a pumped up sales force from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) touched down in Hanoi via Dubai
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UNITED STATES/KUWAIT : CIA is hard at work behind the scenes in Kuwait

Intelligence Online - Thu, 18/11/2021 - 08:00
According to our sources, Kuwait's State Security, headed since September 2020 by Salem bin Nawaf al-Sabah (IO, 23/09/20) - the
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