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AUSTIN DETAILS MESSAGES HE WILL DELIVER IN INDO-PACIFIC, DISCUSSES AFGHANISTAN
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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SecDef Austin at a news conference at the Pentagon, July 21

.Source: US DoD


SecDef Austin at a news conference at the Pentagon, July 21

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WASHINGON -- Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III previewed his trip to the Indo-Pacific and discussed the situation in Afghanistan during a Pentagon news conference July 21.

Austin is due to visit Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines during his weeklong trip. It is his second trip to what he called America's "priority theater of operations."

"I'm especially looking forward to making keynote remarks in Singapore on how [we] are strengthening one of our strategic assets in the region, which is our powerful network of allies and partners in the region," he said.

Austin will meet with defense and foreign affairs leaders and discuss a range of issues with them. "I'll be carrying a few key messages and agenda items," he said. "The first is simply that the United States remains a reliable partner: a friend that shows up when it counts."

The United States has been intimately involved in the region for more than a century. Since the end of World War II, the United States has been instrumental in maintaining stability and allowing nations the freedom to make their own choices as is their sovereign right, the secretary said. "Today, we have moved urgently to help our partners tackle COVID-19 and to build back even stronger afterward," he said.

He will continue to make the case for "a more fair, open and inclusive regional order and for our shared values to ensure that all countries get a fair shake," he said. "We don't believe any one country should be able to dictate the rules or worse yet, throw them over the transom."

As part of this, Austin will emphasize America's commitment to freedom of the seas, "and I will also make clear where we stand on some unhelpful and unfounded claims by China in the South China Sea," he said.

Austin will also brief allies and partners on what the U.S. military is doing to update and modernize its capabilities and how the nations can work together moving forward.

On Afghanistan, the secretary again praised the professionalism U.S. forces have displayed as the retrograde from the country continues. "We are still on track to finish up [the retrograde] by the end of August," Austin said.

He said the U.S. military has tasks to accomplish which include protecting U.S. diplomatic presence in Afghanistan, providing funding to Afghan forces, advising Afghan ministries and preventing the re-emergence of a transnational terrorist threat from the country. To these four missions, Austin added one more: "Working closely and urgently in support of the State Department to relocate brave Afghans and their families who have provided such exceptional service during our long mission," he said. "These are friends of the United States who have done exemplary and courageous work, and we take our obligations to them and their families very seriously."

Source:  US DoD
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Author: Jim Garamone, DoD News 

 
HENSOLDT AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES IN TASMANIA, SIGNS MOU FOR SPACE DOMAIN AWARENESS SYSTEM
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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MP Michael Ferguson Signs MoU with HENSOLDT Australia

.Source: HENSOLDT


MP Michael Ferguson Signs MoU with HENSOLDT Australia

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HOBART, Australia -- Technology solutions company HENSOLDT Australia's Hobart office was officially opened by the Hon. Michael Ferguson, Member of Parliament, Minister for Science & Technology. The new office signifies HENSOLDT's investment in developing a sovereign Australian Space Domain Awareness capability, together with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the announcement of funding for a PhD scholarship at the University of Tasmania.

The MoU, between HENSOLDT Australia, the Tasmanian Government (represented by the Department of State Growth [DSG]), and the University of Tasmania, establishes the TEAM Tasmania initiative to take the next step in establishing Tasmania as the center for Space Domain Awareness in Australia.

"Tasmania is a collective of first-class capability," said Scott Reeman, Vice President Tasmania and General Manager Strategy ANZ. "We are excited to be opening our Hobart office to work closely with TEAM Tasmania on Australia's sovereign Space Domain Awareness capability and other local partners to realize opportunities in the Space, Maritime, Defense, and Clean Energy domains together."

The founding members of TEAM Tasmania each bring a unique competitive advantage to the partnership; HENSOLDT, as a global leader in space radar technology and systems development; the University of Tasmania as a world-renowned research institution, with significant expertise and infrastructure in space observation and tracking; and the Tasmanian Government, in funding and building on the MOU with the Australian Space Agency in 2019, positioning Tasmania as the center for space research, development and commercialization. TEAM Tasmania will create the Southern Guardian Space Domain Awareness System (Southern Guardian) to develop a sovereign competitive advantage for the state and the nation.

"Tasmania's southern location makes it ideally positioned to observe and track space objects, like satellites and space debris, in polar orbits," said Reeman. "We have already commenced working with researchers at the University of Tasmania to refine approaches to object tracking and orbit projections and are very proud to fund a PhD candidate in this endeavor."

The University of Tasmania manages an array of space infrastructure, capable of observing near-Earth orbiting objects, satellites and space debris and further afield objects including the tracking of distant space missions and asteroids. Southern Guardian will capture and analyze this space observation data to track, categorize and identify objects and potential threats. HENSOLDT Australia's Hobart facility will be the center for the Southern Guardian systems integration and data analysis, which will further fuel innovation and opportunities for both defense and commercial space operations.

In addition to space, HENSOLDT Australia provides technology solutions across maritime, defense, and clean energy, aligning closely with Tasmania's key industry sectors. HENSOLDT's Hobart office cements the TEAM Tasmania partnership with a local base to develop connections and build a local workforce to support space, maritime, clean energy, and defense opportunities. The company is currently recruiting, seeking a range of skillsets including systems engineering, electronics, project management, radar, technicians, repair, maintenance, and calibration skills.

Source:  HENSOLDT

 
INDONESIA LINING UP ADDITIONAL T-50I PROCUREMENT
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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.Source: South Korea Ministry of Defense


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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Indonesia is laying the groundwork for the procurement of six additional T-50i Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer/light attack aircraft to meet its lead-in fighter trainer (LIFT) program requirements. The aircraft, produced by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), provide Indonesian Air Force cadets with an intermediate platform to transition from basic trainers to fighters.

Indonesia previously ordered 16 T-50i aircraft in May 2011 at a cost of $400 million to replace its fleet of Hawk Mk 53s in the advanced training role. Deliveries of the T-50s to Indonesia ran from September 2013 through February 2014, though one trainer crashed on December 20, 2015, reducing the total to 15 in the fleet. These 15 units were equipped with guns and radars under a follow-on agreement inked in 2018.

Although KAI announced on July 20 that it had clinched the KRW274.5 billion ($238 million) contract for the six aircraft, the actual agreement only becomes activated on an initial payment is put down. That payment is expected later this year and will be drawn from Indonesia's 2022 defense budget.

In the meantime, the Indonesian MoD is looking for a foreign lender to provide funding to meet the remaining balance payment.

The negotiated agreement period stretches from December 2021 into October 2024. Once all six units are delivered the Indonesian Air Force will field a total of 21 T-50i aircraft.

Source:  Yonhap
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