An Update on the Next Generation Australian OPV: March 2021

03/23/2021
A year ago, I was in Australia and working on my Australian OPV report. I visited Western Australia and then returned to Canberra to discuss the acquisition with a number of DoD officials. That report highlighted how the new-build OPV set in motion the new shipbuilding strategy for Australia, one…

Launch of F-X Program by Japan

03/12/2021
According to the Japanese, Ministry of Defence, Japan has launched the F-X program. They describe the program as follows: The Japan-led F-X development program to succeed the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-2 fighter jet has started in Japan’s fiscal year 2020. “Air superiority” which is the basic premise for…

India Commissions Third Kalvairi Class Submarine

03/10/2021
By India Strategic Mumbai. The Indian Navy’s third stealth Scorpene class Submarine INS Karanj was been commissioned at the Naval Dockyard Mumbai through a formal ceremony on March 10. Admiral VS Shekhawat former Chief of the Naval Staff, who was part of the commissioning crew of the old Karanjand later the Commanding officer…

Dassault and the Future Combat Air System: March 2021 Update

03/07/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - Dassault Aviation has agreed to accepting a third of work share on the planned future combat system and its next-generation fighter jet, but there is dissent on working without a prime contractor on key systems such as flight control, executive chairman Eric Trappier said March…

First Flight of Australia’s First Locally Constructed Defence Aircraft in over 50 years

03/02/2021
The Boeing/RAAF Loyal Wingman has had its maiden flight. This marks the first flight of an Australian locally constructed defence aircraft in more than 50 years. “The Loyal Wingman’s first flight is a major step in this long-term, significant project for the Air Force and Boeing Australia, and we’re thrilled…

The French Government Launches Next Gen SSBN Studies

02/23/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - France was launching design studies and starting to build first sections of a third-generation nuclear ballistic missile submarine, in a bid to maintain national sovereignty and military independence, the armed forces minister, Florence Parly, said Feb. 19. A new generation nuclear missile boat signals French…

The FCAS “Bras de Fer”: A February 2021 Update

02/19/2021
By Pierre Tran Paris - Dassault Aviation has insisted on protecting intellectual property rights over its fighter jet technology, while Airbus Defence and Space has sought full access to that privileged information, conflicting demands which have weighed on a Franco-German led project for a future combat air system. French president…

Thales Maritime Mine Counter System: UK-French Defense Cooperation

12/01/2020
By Pierre Tran Paris. The European arms procurement agency signed Nov. 16 a contract worth some €300 million ($358 million) with Thales to build an unmanned surface and underwater minehunter system for the British and French navies, a source close to the deal said Nov. 27. A production deal for…