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Americas The US Marine Corps has equipped its MQ-9 Reaper drone with an electronic warfare pod that makes the aircraft nearly invisible to enemy eyes. Called the T-SOAR (Scalable Open Architecture Reconnaissance), the pod mimics an enemy’s radar and communication emissions and sends them back to the source. “What they bring with them is a sensing and making sense capability,” Seapower quoted Commandant of the Marine Corps General Eric M. Smith as saying at a Brookings Institution event last week. Mistral Inc. has started the production of the Thor vertical takeoff and landing mini drone at its Nottingham, Maryland, facility. The Thor unmanned aerial system is part of the US Department of Defense’s Medium Range Reconnaissance effort, which seeks Group 2 drones weighing between 21 to 55 pounds (9.5 to 25 kilograms) for the army. Middle East & Africa US troops have completed a withdrawal from their base in Niger’s capital of Niamey and will fully depart from Agadez in the north before a September 15 deadline set by the country’s military rulers, both countries said Sunday. Niger’s military leaders scrapped a military cooperation deal with Washington in March after seizing power in a July 2023 coup. Europe The Danish Armed Forces tested the PULS rocket launcher […]
Americas

The US Marine Corps has equipped its MQ-9 Reaper drone with an electronic warfare pod that makes the aircraft nearly invisible to enemy eyes. Called the T-SOAR (Scalable Open Architecture Reconnaissance), the pod mimics an enemy’s radar and communication emissions and sends them back to the source. “What they bring with them is a sensing and making sense capability,” Seapower quoted Commandant of the Marine Corps General Eric M. Smith as saying at a Brookings Institution event last week.

Mistral Inc. has started the production of the Thor vertical takeoff and landing mini drone at its Nottingham, Maryland, facility. The Thor unmanned aerial system is part of the US Department of Defense’s Medium Range Reconnaissance effort, which seeks Group 2 drones weighing between 21 to 55 pounds (9.5 to 25 kilograms) for the army.

Middle East & Africa

US troops have completed a withdrawal from their base in Niger’s capital of Niamey and will fully depart from Agadez in the north before a September 15 deadline set by the country’s military rulers, both countries said Sunday. Niger’s military leaders scrapped a military cooperation deal with Washington in March after seizing power in a July 2023 coup.

Europe

The Danish Armed Forces tested the PULS rocket launcher system for the first time last week. A non-explosive round was fired about 10 kilometers away into the North Sea during the test on July 2, the Danish military stated in a press release. Months of planning and training on the Elbit Systems platform preceded the event.

Asia-Pacific

The Biden administration has proposed a loan to the Royal Thai Air Force (RTA) to facilitate the purchase of a complete fleet of F-16 Block 70 fighter jets. This offer aims to modernize the RTA’s aging fleet and potentially streamline the acquisition process by allowing for a larger upfront purchase instead of buying four to five planes at a time. Thailand’s Defense Minister, Sutin Klungsang, confirmed receiving the loan proposal from US Ambassador Robert Frank Godec. While the details of the loan haven’t been publicly disclosed, Minister Klungsang did express concerns about the “high-interest rate” associated with the American offer. This raises a significant hurdle, as Thailand weighs the long-term financial implications of such a loan.

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