Morning Defence News Briefing 11 February 2020

Morning Defence News Briefing 11 February 2020

Morning Defence News Briefing 11 February 2020

DEFENCE & SECURITY NEWS AT A GLANCE

Europe

  • Russian Navy, first Borei-A nuclear submarine arriving within a month and a half.
  • Turkey, foiled terrorist attack in a court in the south-east of the country.
  • France, Macron unvails his vision on the topic of nuclear deterrence.

EMEA

  • Iran, Aeoi director, Tehran will not hesitate to take any measures to protect security.
  • Iran, Zafar satellite does not enter orbit, but indicates the country’s technological potential.
  • Syria, at least five Turkish soldiers killed in Idlib province.
  • Syria, Russian ambassador, worrying spread of militiamen from Idlib to other regions and Libya.
  • Israeli Elbit Systems wins $ 136 million contract for Dircm systems.
  • Israeli air force strikes Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.

Africa

  • Egypt, seven soldiers killed in terrorist attack in North Sinai.

Asia

  • Japan, launches new satellite for intelligence collection.

GEOPOLITICS

US increase defence budget to confront China and Russia: The US administration has rolled out its fiscal 2021 defence budget proposal. The Pentagon’s highest priority is confronting Russia and China, as stipulated in the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The US aims to boost investments in hypersonic weapons and artificial intelligence (AI) programs.

The budget seeks $106.6 billion for R&D, test, and evaluation (about $2.3 billion more than what was enacted for the previous fiscal year).

The US Space Force (USSF) is asking in the budget for $15.4 billion, the bulk of which — $10.3 billion — is expected to go to research and development efforts such as space-based early missile warning and new ground control systems for GPS.

On the nuclear arsenal, the budget calls the “backstop and foundation of the nation’s defence and that of America’s allies.” Including $28.9 billion in Pentagon spending — $17.7 billion of it for upgrading “nuclear delivery systems” and command and control (C2) systems.

Also, the US Missile Defense Agency (USMDA) has requested about $664 million in fiscal 2021 to develop a new “kill vehicle” to knock down ballistic missiles that might threaten the homeland.

DEFENCE & SECURITY SYSTEMS

Russian Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov completes tests of Electronic Warfare at sea: According to the Russian MoD, the system is capable of setting a passive jamming and dummy targets by electronic warfare (EW) in the Barents Sea to defend the warship from precision missiles. The new generation frigate belongs to Project 22350, Admiral Gorshkov-class. The warship is armed with a new 130mm artillery gun A-192, anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft missiles, including Kalibr and Poliment-Redut. It reportedly can carry a Ka-27 helicopter or its modifications.

Russian project 22350 admiral kasatonov frigate test electronic warfare at sea
The Admiral Kasatonov is a new generation frigate belonging to Project 22350, Admiral Gorshkov-class

Ukraine unveils new R-360 cruise missile of Neptun coastal system: The Neptune is a coastal missile system designed to engage enemy surface fighting ships and auxiliaries vessels both single and belonging to Task Forces. The Ukrainian State Enterprise KB Luch R&D, is the primary contractor for the Neptune ASCM System.

The costal system consists of an RCP-360 self-propelled command control and communications centre, USPU-360 self-propelled launchers, a TZM-360 transport and reloader machine and special cargo vehicle.

The system is able to achieve its full capability if positioned no farther than 25 km from the coastline.

Neptune is capable of destroying targets at ranges up to 280 km. The R-360 missile reportedly weighs about 870 kg, which included 150 kg for the warhead. Its launch speed has been reported at about 900 km/h.

A Neptune battalion could consist of a mobile C2 post, three launcher batteries of two launchers USPU-360 each, operational support battery consisting of six transporter/transloader vehicles each carrying one storage/transport/launch canister TPK-360, logistical units. Each Neptune battalion will have a standard missile establishment of 72 units.

Elbit Systems to provide airborne EW systems to the German Air Force: Elbit Systems will support the preliminary design of Airborne Electronic Warfare (EW) self-protection systems for the CH‑53 GS/GE transport helicopters, as part of the platform upgrade program led by Airbus Helicopters. the systems to be provided include the company’s unified, digital Radar Warning Receivers (RWR) and EW Controllers (EWC).

DEFENCE EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

11-12
February2020
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Mitigating European Refugee and Migrant Crisis/Protection of EU External Borders
International Cooperation, Information sharing and Communication on countering cross border threats
Security Management Systems (SeMS) in Aviation Security
Biometrics/vs Biometric Free border controls
Preventing the use of fraudulent documentation

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Matteo Natalucci

Matteo Natalucci is a geopolitics expert working as an Editor in London covering all aspects of international affairs and technology. Matteo previously worked for the United Nations, the European Commission, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, IHS Markit, and Global Data. Get in touch with the author: matteo.natalucci@internationalinsider.org
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