Canada announces air defence system donation to Ukraine

Canada's Minister of National Defence, Anita Anand, announced the purchase of a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) and associated munitions from the United States to donate to Ukraine. Valued at approximately $406 million, this donation is part of the $500 million in military aid that the Prime Minister promised to Ukraine in November 2022. It is the first Canadian donation of an air defence system to Ukraine. [node:read-more:link]

Canada orders U.S. missile system for Ukraine

The federal government is using previously-announced funding for Ukraine to order a National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System designed and built by Virginia-based Raytheon Technologies and Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace. According to Raytheon, the $406-million package announced today will enhance Ukraine’s ability “to identify, engage and destroy current and evolving enemy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and emerging cruise missile threats.” [node:read-more:link]

Drone Guard: the complete C‑sUAV solution

The proliferation of small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV) places a heavy burden on those responsible for countering them. From small commercial drones being flown into airport air space or sporting events, all the way through to sophisticated loitering weapons systems that attack high value military targets, the mission of detecting and neutralizing sUAVs is a very difficult task. Understanding the challenge is the first step in formulating an effective response. [node:read-more:link]

Biden says Iran deal “dead”

The 2015 multinational nuclear agreement from which his predecessor withdrew in 2018 is “dead”, according to U.S. President Joe Biden. His comment in a video of him talking in November with a group of people at an undisclosed location believed to be in California, isn’t being disputed by the White House. “The president's comments are entirely consistent with what we're saying,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said December 20, but hedging his comment by adding that “We do not expect an agreement to occur in the near future.” [node:read-more:link]

First tranche of F-35s approved

The government reportedly has approved the procurement of 16 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighters, spares, weapons and other start-up costs for the RCAF as it faced a year-end deadline for ensuring that its overall acquisition of 88 aircraft remains on track for final delivery by 2032. Treasury Board evidently green-lit the initial funding earlier in December. [node:read-more:link]

Ukraine promised more European support

Leaders of 10 northern European states have pledged further support, through their Joint Expeditionary Force which was set up in 2014, for Ukraine’s defence against Russia. Meeting in Latvia December 19, they heard a plea from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for them to “increase the supply of air defence systems to our state and help speed up the relevant decisions of partners.” He also said there is an immediate need for a “100 per cent air defence shield.” [node:read-more:link]

China-Russia naval exercise announced

The Chinese and Russian navies are set to begin a weeklong live-fire exercise December 21 in the East China Sea off Japan. “The active part of the exercise will include joint missile and artillery firing against air targets, artillery firing against sea targets, and practising joint anti-submarine actions with practical use of weapons,” Russia said today, adding that it was part of a united effort “to maintain peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.” [node:read-more:link]

Western components in Iranian drones

Iranian drones used by Russian forces to attack Ukraine’s essential infrastructure are “almost exclusively” made of manufactured in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, according to a British organization that tracks illegal weapons. Damien Spleeters, deputy operations director at Conflict Armament Research, acknowledges that “it would be unrealistic to think that we can control every single model of component that can be used . . . but certainly, the tracing, the record-keeping, the visibility on the supply chain can be improved.” [node:read-more:link]

Seven face Russia-related charges

Two Americans and five Russians, four of whom remain at large, are charged with conspiracy related to procurement and money laundering on behalf of Moscow. The U.S. Justice Department also says in a a 16-count indictment unsealed December 13 that they are suspected of trying to obtain military-grade and dual-use technologies as well as sniper ammunition. [node:read-more:link]

Single anti-tank weapon desirable?

The U.S. Army wants to replace four portable anti-tank and anti-structure munitions with a single multi-functional alternative. The proposed XM919 Individual Assault Munition would be required to “penetrate and deliver incapacitating effects” against targets with troops able to fire safely within enclosed areas. “Threats have evolved.” an Army spokesman explained. “Therefore the capabilities need to be combined to reduce soldier load and simplify training and logistics.” [node:read-more:link]

Nordic countries assessing cooperation

The government of the Nordic countries are exploring the prospect of shared arms procurements and coordinating donations to other countries, notably Ukraine, as well as expanding logistics cooperation. The discussions flow from a recent meeting of defence ministers in Helsinki. “Ukraine still needs our support to defend itself,” said Finnish Defence Minister Antti Kaikkonen. “The war, unfortunately, looks like it will last a long time.” [node:read-more:link]

Ukraine downs Russian missiles

The Ukrainian air force says it shot down more than 60 of some 70 cruise missiles today which had been fired from Russian ships in the Caspian Sea and from the Rostov region in southern Russia. The barrage, which also involved long-range bombers and fighters, was the latest onslaught in a campaign targetting infrastructure and disrupting supplies of electricity, water and heat in Ukraine. [node:read-more:link]

Finland green-lit for missiles

The U.S. State Department has cleared the way for Finland to acquire 350 Raytheon FIM-92K Stinger air defence missile systems and related services at a potential cost of $380 million. Finland plans to bolster defensive capabilities along Europe’s northern flank while supporting U.S. European Command “top priorities.” It follows on the heels of a $323-million sale to Finland of Raytheon AIM 9X Block II Sidewinder missiles and AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapons [node:read-more:link]

Canada sponsors Ukraine mine-clearing

The Scottish-based HALO Trust, a non-governmental organization which began mine-clearance in Afghanistan in 1988, has received $2 million from Canada for similar operations in parts of Ukraine east of Kyiv. Volunteers are dealing with what are understood to be millions of anti-tank and anti-personnel munitions left by retreating Russian invaders. [node:read-more:link]

“Drone Dome” approved by U.S.

The Joint Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Office in the U.S. Department of Defense has approved the modular “Drone Dome” system produced by a Maryland-based unit of Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in Haifa. After successful testing of its detection, identification and soft-kill capabilities at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona, Rafael Systems Global Sustainment now can compete for DoD contracts. [node:read-more:link]


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