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JAPAN ORDERS TWO MORE BOEING KC-46A TANKERS
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
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.Source: Boeing


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EVERETT, Wash. - Boeing has been awarded a contract to deliver two additional KC-46A Pegasus tankers to the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), bringing the total on contract for Japan to six. Boeing delivered the first KC-46A tanker to Japan in October 2021, and a second in February 2022.

Designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures, the proven Pegasus has flown more than 10,000 sorties and is delivering millions of pounds of fuel every month to allied forces around the globe. In addition to refueling, the KC-46A delivers multi-mission capabilities necessary for the 21st century fleet, including data connectivity and personnel, cargo and aeromedical transportation.

The KC-46A is built on the proven 767 airframe that has more than 1,200 delivered. Boeing has delivered 67 KC-46A tankers, including 65 to the U.S. Air Force and two to Japan. More KC-46A aircraft operational globally than any tanker except the Boeing-built KC-135.

The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force through the Foreign Military Sales process. Boeing builds KC-46A aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, the JASDF and other allied customers on its 767 production line in Everett, Washington. In addition, Boeing’s Japanese partners produce 16 percent of the KC-46A airframe structure. The JASDF also operates four earlier generation Boeing-built KC-767 aircraft.

Source:  Boeing

 
KAI TO DEVELOP HELICOPTER LAUNCHED MUM-T UAV
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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Helicopter Launched Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system

.Source: Korea Aerospace Industries


Helicopter Launched Manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) system

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SEOUL -- Korea Aerospace Industries Co., Ltd. (KAI) recently signed an agreement with the Defense Technology Promotion Research Institute (Ki-yeon) in Jinju to develop "manned and unmanned autonomous cooperation and decision support system technology for small armed helicopter manned and unmanned complex systems."

The agreement will focus on developing a mission performance system for manned-unmanned teaming (MUM-T) of small armed helicopters; real-time composite battlefield information situation awareness technology; and implementation of manned and unmanned combined operation decision support technology.

The program will begin in 2023.

Source:  www.koreaaero.com/KO/MediaCenter/NewsRoomView.aspx?NewsPid=4661

 
ASSESSING THE RISKS OF THE TEMPEST PROGRAM
Thursday, November 17, 2022
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Tempest

.Source: BAE Systems


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LONDON - The Tempest programme, within the envisaged Future Combat Air System (FCAS), is of multi-dimensional importance, involving British military capability, advanced technology development, operational independence, international standing and relationships, economic prosperity and long-term defence industrial capability. Four years after the announcement of the programme, this paper is to assess the national and international progress on Tempest on five fronts: capability requirements; technology; government-industry relations; international partnerships; and cost control and digitisation.

The first of the five areas of central progress involves the generation of prudent and relevant requirements that match aspiration with the funds, time and technology available, bearing in mind the capabilities of potential adversaries, the demands of the need to deter and the scale and duration of any potential future conflict.

The second area focuses on the need to generate technological progress across the aircraft’s power and propulsion system, its avionics, sensors and data systems, and its missiles and other effectors. Essentially, this requires de-risking activities to control the technology hazards inherent in a project of this nature - as well as the training and employment of a cohort of competent digital technology workforces.

Third, based on lessons learned from previous programmes, the government has opted to pursue Tempest using highly collaborative relationships with the UK private sector. Four key lead firms (BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, Leonardo UK and MBDA Missile Systems) were identified at an early stage, with over 580 other UK firms and academic institutions having since joined the wider supply chain in collaboration with Team Tempest partners. If open, transparent and honest relationships and a shared appreciation of risks can be maintained among these entities, the outlook for the project will remain positive. This openness will clearly need to be reconciled with a tight security system to protect the programme from external threats.

Fourth, because this was never going to be solely a UK project, collaborative relations with other governments will be of central importance, with Italy, Japan and Sweden having evolving links to the programme. The paper provides a summary of developments and the state of affairs in autumn 2022.

Finally, the successful delivery of Tempest will require breaking the trend of major intergenerational cost increases in real terms for combat aircraft (which incidentally is a trend that marks other major military platforms). The UK has the ambition of at least levelling this cost increase curve and is stressing the importance of pace of delivery in the project. Central to success in this aspiration is a realistic, de-risked requirement set, and the widespread application of digital engineering and what is sometimes referred to as Industry 4.0. This also implies significant changes in the way that the Ministry of Defence’s own safety and digital-verification authorities operate.

***Please click the link below to read the full white paper.**

Source:  Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
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Author: Trevor Taylor with Isabella Antinozz 

 

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