Weekend Briefing (22-26 March)
The third week of March brought us more interesting defense news. Sadly, its seen several air incidents, the situation in Western Tigray raises many concerns as updated of satellite imagery shows the scale of the under reported conflict. In Europe the British defence Command paper has seen significant force changes announced and the refit of Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov saw fresh intrigue. There have been political clashes in Germany with the development of modern military technology. These subjects and many more can be found in our Weekend Briefing for this week.
The general director of Shipyard No.10 in Polyarny is accused of embezzling 45 million rubles earned from overbilling for cleaning the carrier’s fuel tanks.
References to a permanent garrison of the Falklands in the new British Integrated Review were met with backlash from the Argentinian government.
Unexpectedly considering the deteriorating relationship between S. Korea and Japan, the ROK Minister of Defense calls for increased bilateral cooperation.
ROCAF Lieutenant Lo Shang-hua succumbed to his injuries after ejecting from his F-5E, while search & rescue efforts continue for the pilot of the other F-5E.
The Warrior will retain its unupgraded, unstabilized 30mm RARDEN cannon and other systems until it is replaced by Boxer “by the middle of this decade”.
The first test drop was carried out in February, verifying that the missile could safely separate from an F-35 after being launched in flight.
The Defence Command Paper confirmed that more F-35Bs will be purchased beyond the 48 currently contracted, but did not provide further details.
The causes of the Tu-22 incident are under the examination of Russia’s Aerospace Force commission that will further investigate the scene.
A recent report released by the Government Accountability Office stated that the F-35 block 4 upgrade program is facing some delays.
Satellite imagery depicts burnt and destroyed buildings in western Tigray, Ethiopia, amidst claims of ethnic cleansing. The conflict continues to escalate.
The Royal Air Force will be retiring its C-130Js by 2023, while its E-3 Sentry AEW aircraft are being retired this year instead of in 2022.
The European Peace Facility will be the EU’s primary financial instrument for dealing with “external actions that have military or defense implications”.
A Royal Navy Hawk T1 trainer jet, of 736 Naval Air Squadron, has crashed in Cornwall. The pilots ejected and suffered only minor injuries.
No museums or private collectors have sought to acquire F-4EJ 17-8301, Japan’s first Phantom, following its retirement last week.
The European Greens remain a strong opponent to any nuclear-related subject. With the addition of reluctance to armed UAVs, problems began to accumulate.
The US Secretary of State and NATO Secretary General discussed the future of NATO with Stoltenberg presenting his vision of NATO 2030.
Israel’s Channel 12 News claims that the container ship Lori was hit by an Iranian missile when sailing from Tanzania to India.
“Special Forces Colonel” Mahmoud al-Werfalli was wanted by the International Criminal Court for his involvement in 33 extrajudicial killings.
DARPA has released information pertaining to two projects aimed at developing technology deemed crucial for communications and microelectronic systems.
The Ministry of Defence would require circa 200 new vehicles. The overall cost of the modernization may be as high as 1.5 billion EUR.
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