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30 Sep 21. China’s high-end military technology touted at biggest air show.
- Space exploration plans, commercial aircraft also in focus
- ‘Loyal wingman’ drone being developed to protect fighter jets
- U.S.-China trade tensions placing pressure on civil industry
China put on an extravagant display of once-secret high-end military technology at its largest air show this week, while broadcasting its growing ambitions in space exploration and for self-sufficiency in commercial aircraft.
Pandemic-related travel restrictions meant Airshow China in the southern city of Zhuhai was a largely domestic affair, but foreign observers kept a close eye on developments from afar as China builds its military strength.
“Key platforms in service with the PLAAF – having been operated in tight secrecy previously – being shown to the public for the first time have attracted considerable attention from the international audience,” said Kelvin Wong, a Singapore-based defence editor at Janes.
He pointed to WZ-7 Xianglong, a high-altitude long-endurance reconnaissance drone roughly analogous to the U.S.-made Northrop Grumman (NOC.N) RQ-4 Global Hawk but with inferior engines. The WZ-7 has been sighted operating out of airbases close to the Sino-Indian border, the North Korean border and the South China Sea, Wong said.
China has been working hard to improve the performance of its homegrown engines, which have lagged Western technology. At the show, it flew its J-20 fighter jets with Chinese engines rather than Russian ones for the first time.
Testing is also under way for two types of domestic engines for its Y-20 transport plane, the plane’s chief designer told the Global Times on Wednesday.
The J-16D electronic warfare fighter, its closest equivalent to the U.S.-made EA-18G Growler, was on ground display, showcasing a capability that experts say could help it erode Taiwan’s anti-aircraft defences in the event of conflict. read more
Wong said at least three types of jamming pods were hung on the plane, suggesting that each was designed to disrupt different parts of the electronic spectrum.
China also revealed it is pursuing a “loyal wingman” drone to help protect pricier crewed fighter jets, in line with rival projects in the United States, Britain, Australia, India and Russia. read more
The developer did not say whether that drone, the Feihong FH-97 concept, would be exported, but the presentation was attended by many foreign observers.
THE NEXT FRONTIERS
China also revealed it expected to launch its next generation of heavy-duty rockets, powerful enough to send a crewed spacecraft to the moon, in 2028 – two years earlier than previously expected. read more
In commercial aircraft, China is stepping up efforts to become more self-sufficient in key technologies amid trade tensions with the United States.
Aero Engine Corp of China displayed a rotating, full-size model of the CJ1000 engine under development for the C919 narrowbody plane, which could eventually replace the imported CFM International LEAP-1C engines.
The C919 has found it harder to meet certification and production targets thanks to tough U.S. export rules, Reuters reported on Monday, citing sources with knowledge of the situation. read more
“With an unrivalled domestic market and increasingly participation of private investment, it is only a matter of time for China to resolve external tech blockages,” Wang Yanan, chief editor of Beijing-based Aerospace Knowledge magazine, told the Global Times in response to the Reuters story.
Western planemakers are also finding it increasingly difficult to gain certification for new models that would compete against Chinese-made planes.
The Airbus (AIR.PA) A220, Embraer (EMBR3.SA) E-Jet E2 series and ATR 42-600 turboprop have not yet been approved by China’s aviation regulator despite being in service elsewhere for years, hindering the chances of local sales.
Boeing (BA.N), however, said at the show it remained hopeful the 737 MAX would receive approvals for its return in China by the end of the year after being grounded for more than two years. read more
28 Sep 21. Celebrating their 70th birthday, Elettronica will be a major participant alongside the Italian Navy at the Seafuture 2021 show. Elettronica will attend the 7th SEAFUTURE exhibition (Booth 10/128) presenting our defence, security and countermeasures technologies for underwater and surface platforms. This year, Elettronica celebrates its 70th birthday, reaffirming our leadership in the development and production of electronic warfare systems to protect naval vessels and assist their missions. Our history of capabilities and constant technological innovation is a direct result of our fruitful collaboration with the Italian Navy and over 30 countries around the world.
We live in a complex world characterised by acute congestion in the electromagnetic environment, near-peer and asymmetric threats. Protection from electromagnetic, electro-optical and infrared threats is paramount.
SEAFUTURE is an opportunity to present our solutions and technologies addressing the challenges presented by an increasingly complex maritime surface and undersea environment.
To this end, Elettronica has developed a family of new generation Electronic Warfare (EW) systems as part of the fleet modernisation program launched by the Italian Navy. These new generation EW systems aid the surveillance of the electromagnetic spectrum and vessel self-protection. This is achieved by teaming our radar and communications Electronic Support Measures (ESMs) with an EW management unit. By fusing these capabilities in an EW suite situational awareness of the prevailing electromagnetic environment is greatly enhanced. Our EW suite is based on the latest technologies, like solid state RTX modules for the radar ESM component using Gallium Nitride technology.
In the undersea domain, we are supplying the EW suite for the Italian Navy’s new U212 submarines. Like the surface vessels, these boats will carry radar and communications ESMs closely integrated with the vessels’ other systems.
A modular and configurable philosophy enabling the EW suite to oufit any type of underwater platform is at the heart of Elettronica’s solutions.
During SEAFUTURE, on 29th September Gianluca Trezza, Elettronica’s International Sales and Business Development Director will give a speech on “EW superiority in the naval domain” as part of the day dedicated to industries.
This will be followed by a presentation by Enrico Colantoni (Senior Sales Manager) and Massimo Stinco (Senior Program Manager) on solutions for the underwater world. This domain is one of the most challenging for the naval sector. The aim is to provide an overview of Elettronica’s global approach to the underwater domain, through the value of EW, the evolution of Manned-Unmanned Teaming and the use of Artificial Intelligence.
28 Sep 21. DoD/DCSA Posts Updates. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) has posted on its website the following updates:
- Register now, for the Security Executive Agent Directive 3, “Reporting Requirements for Personnel Who Access Classified Information or Those Who Hold a Sensitive Position,” Question and Answer Webinar. DCSA Critical Technology Directorate will host a joint DCSA CTP and cleared industry panel to address industry questions associated with the implementation of SEAD 3 as outlined in Part 117 of Title 32 CFR, “the NISPOM Rule,” and the SEAD 3 Industrial Security Letter. Cleared industry under DOD cognizance should email their questions to . Questions must be submitted by October 4, 2021, to allow time for coordination. The webinar, as well as the questions and answers, will be recorded and posted to the DCSA NISPOM Rule webpage after the event.
Event: Security Executive Agent Directive 3, “Reporting Requirements for Personnel Who Access Classified Information or Those Who Hold a Sensitive Position,” Question and Answer Webinar
Date: October, 12, 2021
Time: 1-2 p.m. EDT
Registration Link: https://dcsa.acms.com/sead3webinar/event/registration.html
- DCSA’s New Field Structure: The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) is establishing a new regional field structure on October 1, 2021. The new structure merges existing field mission areas into a four-region structure that includes Western, Central, Eastern, and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions. With this new structure in place, for some stakeholders, DCSA points of contact (POC) may change. If your DCSA POC is changing, your current Counterintelligence Special Agent (CISA), Industrial Security Representative (ISR), or Information Systems Security Professional (ISSP) will notify you and ensure there is no break in support. Address any questions about changes to your current CISA/ISR/ISSP. (Source: glstrade.com)
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