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Focusing on the defence industry, trends in military technology and the procurement programmes that get the kit into the hands of the warfighter.As well as a weekly news round-up of current events, Shephard Media’s team of international journalists and analysts take deep dives into defence issues, focusing on niche sectors of the market and look at where the trends are heading.If you work in the defence sector, have an interest in the development of defence technologies, or even if you are an end user of military equipment, then the Weekly Defence Podcast is aimed at you.

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Focusing on the defence industry, trends in military technology and the procurement programmes that get the kit into the hands of the warfighter.As well as a weekly news round-up of current events, Shephard Media’s team of international journalists and analysts take deep dives into defence issues, focusing on niche sectors of the market and look at where the trends are heading.If you work in the defence sector, have an interest in the development of defence technologies, or even if you are an end user of military equipment, then the Weekly Defence Podcast is aimed at you.

    Tri-service spotlight on Russia and US hypersonics

    Tri-service spotlight on Russia and US hypersonics

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the team looks at all the latest news from Russia as the country unveiled a new fighter jet prototype at MAKS 2021; and in an interview with Raytheon we discuss the latest on US hypersonic technologies.
     Newsround [ 00:42]
    A preliminary  virtual event took place this week in the US before the Sea-Air-Space conference early next month. 
    ADM Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, warned about the effects of constrained funding on vital USN capabilities, and urged strategic investment in Columbia-class submarines, shipyard facilities and strategic sealift.
    On 20 July, Turkish company Baykar introduced the MIUS unmanned combat aircraft conceived to carry various payloads for strategic attacks, close air support, missile attacks and suppression of enemy air defences.
    In Poland, the government decided last week to procure  $6 billion worth of enhanced Abrams tanks and other armoured vehicles from the US, with initial deliveries planned for 2022.
    In focus 
    This week the team assess the current status of the Russian Army and the Russian Navy, which is currently undergoing sea trials for its giant Belgorod submarine. Also, as MAKS 2021 takes place this week (20-25 July) near Moscow, we discuss the new Checkmate fighter jet prototype and its future market potential. 
    Interview- Raytheon [33:18] 
    Air editor Tim Martin speaks to Raytheon to obtain the company’s perspective on hypersonic missile technology and whether the US budget meets the need to invest in this field. 
    This episode was produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest. 

    • 55 min
    UK Space strategy delays, Space-Comm Expo and all the news

    UK Space strategy delays, Space-Comm Expo and all the news

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the Shephard News team looks at the latest from the Space Comm expo which took place last week in Farnborough, and assesses how space strategies are shaping up in the UK, France, Australia and the US.
    Newsround [01:50]
    New Zealand’s Defence Minister announced this week a post-Covid redraft of the country’s Defence Capability Plan. 
    The new Labour-led government formed in 2020 has given reassurances that the country will not ‘cut back’ on the plan, but rather ‘review it’ ensuring it meets the changed priorities.
    The Venezuelan Army took part in high-profile parades in early July, showcasing that while Caracas cannot afford to invest in new equipment capabilities, it is willing to support its land forces in refurbishing existing fleets of elderly Western-supplied vehicles.
    Germany and Norway have signed a €5 billion contract with ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems for the construction of six Type 212 Common Design submarines.
    Initial deliveries are expected in 2029 for Norway, and early 2030 for Germany.
    In Focus 
    Host Alix Valenti, Air Editor Tim Martin, Land Editor Tim Fish and Senior Naval Reporter Harry Lye engage in a conversation around the space strategies of UK, France, Australia and the US. 
    Following another delay in the publication of the UK space strategy, the team considers what impact Brexit and the subsequent exclusion of Britain from the European Galileo space programme have had on the country. 
    Elsewhere, the team looks at where Australia is at in enhancing its space-based assets following creation of the Australian Space Agency in 2018 with an investment of  A$73.2 million.
    Interview – Airbus Defence and Space [28:35] 
    On the floor of Space Comm expo event, which took place in Farnborough on 7-8 July, Tim Martin speaks with Allen Antrobus Director Military Space at Airbus  for an insight into the company’s approach to the changing nature of the space domain and new emerging threats.
    This episode was produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest. 

    • 46 min
    Swiss F-35 decision, ‘Google for warships’ and North African AFV market

    Swiss F-35 decision, ‘Google for warships’ and North African AFV market

     In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we focus on Swiss F-35 procurement, naval sustainment and the market for armoured vehicles in North Africa. 




    Newsround [00:39]


    In Germany, the Bundeswehr is pushing ahead with an ambitious upgrade of its entire fleet of Puma IFVs as it heads towards the development of a new armoured division. 


    In Singapore, the Navy is rolling out of augmented-reality glasses to its naval fleet, enabling crews on deployments to rectify faults with subject matter experts back onshore. 


    The Czech Army's artillery fire control system acquisition programme is finally set to come to fruition this year following COVID-related delays. 


    In the UK, the Defence Science Technology Laboratory has received funding to work with industry on  innovative new missile systems by 2023.


    In Focus


    Defence Journalist Alix Valenti, Air Editor Tim Martin, Senior Land Reporter Tim Fish and Senior Naval Reporter Harry Lye engage in a round table discussion that covers the latest developments from Switzerland in the Air2030 programme, plus contracts for the UK Royal Navy and the Royal Australian Navy that will enhance ship sustainment in the coming years.
     


    Deep Dive – Defence Insight on Northern Africa armoured vehicles procurement [24:00]


    Multimedia Journalist Noemi Distefano speaks to Senior Land Analyst at Shephard Defence Insight Sonny Butterworth about the market for armoured vehicles in Northern Africa. In this troubled region and hotbed of terrorist activity, militaries face new requirements for land forces.

    This episode was produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest.

    • 43 min
    UK procurement fiascos and FLRAA update

    UK procurement fiascos and FLRAA update

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the Shephard news team looks at some of the highlights emerging from the latest UK National Audit Office (NAO) report on MoD procurement in the air, land and sea domains; and we talk to Bell about the progress of the V-280 Valor programme to meet US Army Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) requirements.
    Newsround [00:30] 
    The Royal Canadian Navy on 26 June commissioned Harry DeWolf as the first of eight planned Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ships, as the country seeks to bolster its capabilities in the High North.
    At the SOFINS show this week in Bordeaux, Internest and Zodiac Milpro announced joint development of a take-off and landing platform for autonomous UAVs on rigid hull inflatable boats.
    New helicopters for the Japanese army have moved a step closer to reality now after development of the UH-2 utility platform was declared complete on 24 June. 
    In Focus
    Defence Journalist Alix Valenti, Air Editor Tim Martin and Senior Land Reporter Tim Fish discuss all key points emerging from the recent NAO report as the UK MoD faces programmes delays, cancellations, fall in number of platform upgrades across the air, land and sea domains.
    Interview- Bell on V-280 Valor [27:32]
    Tim Martin is on the line with Ryan Ehinger, VP and programme director of the FLRAA Future Long Range Assault Aircraft programme/ V-280 Valor at Bell, to discuss the progress of the platform which has now entered Competitive Design and Risk Reduction Phase 2. 
    This episode was brought to you in partnership with our sponsor Raytheon Intelligence and Space.

    Produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest.


     
     
     

    • 50 min
    Aussie Hawkei troubles, FMS training market and C-UAS solutions for the Middle East

    Aussie Hawkei troubles, FMS training market and C-UAS solutions for the Middle East

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the Shephard news team covers news from the simulation and training, land and sea domains; in an interview with MARSS we look at the capabilities the company is offering to Saudi Arabia, as the country shapes up its Vision 2030 policy; and our sponsor Raytheon Intelligence and Space provides an insight on space-base assets and their contribution to missile warning and missile defence. 
    Newsround [01:23] 
    HMS Defender was in the news twice this week as it firstly hosted representatives of the UK and Ukrainian MoDs plus Babcock who signed a  comprehensive agreement covering new ships, training, and the regeneration of naval facilities; secondly, on 23 June, the Russian MoD claimed to have fired warning shots during the Type 45 destroyer’s passage close to the coast of Russian-annexed Crimea. The UK MoD disputed this account.
    French company Novadem will use next week’s SOFINS special forces show to present the integration of its NX70 micro-drone with Pilar gunshot warning and localisation technology from Metravib Defence.
    The US DoD on 21 June announced that three ‘unique weapons capabilities’ will be developed for and installed on F-35A and F-35B aircraft by Lockheed Martin for the UK and Italy.
    Honeywell is providing its TALIN Inertial Land Navigation Technology to the Australian Defence Forces to enhance the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System.
    In focus:
    Defence Journalist Alix Valenti hosts a round table discussion with Military Training Editor Trevor Nash, Senior Land Reporter Tim Fish and News Editor Ben Vogel.
    The team looks at the Training & Simulation symposium which took place in Orlando, as well as the Argentinian and Australian land procurement programmes.
    Interview- MARSS Group [28:37]
    Multimedia Journalist Noemi Distefano speaks to Andy Forbes, MD of MARSS KSA Office, about the work his company is doing with local industry from a defence perspective to support the Saudi Vision 2030 framework.
    Industry voice- Raytheon Intelligence and Space [46:23]
    Many people do not realise how much of the missile defence mission occurs in space. However, space-based assets are essential for missile warning and missile defence, and the mission is evolving, as Rob Aalseth and Melissa Morrison Ellis from Raytheon Technologies explain to Tony Skinner.
    This episode was brought to you in partnership with our sponsor Raytheon intelligence and space.
    Produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest. 

    • 55 min
    Spotlight on Germany and Asia-Pacific procurement latest

    Spotlight on Germany and Asia-Pacific procurement latest

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we look at German defence procurement and  modernisation efforts; we catch up on all the news from the Asia Pacific; and we speak to our sponsor Raytheon Intelligence and Space about the impact of digital engineering on the defence sector.
     
    Newsround [01:12]
    NATO's Flying Training Europe programme took a major step forward last week after 10 members signed an MoU.
    Bulgaria, Croatia and Portugal had been poised to join but they did not sign the document. However, Italy has joined the group.
    In Australia, the Department of Defence has belatedly acknowledged the need to upgrade the Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins-class submarines.
    And in Russia, the MoD is going ahead with a prototype of the Shturm system. Shturm will be based on the proven T-72B3 chassis and is intended for urban warfare. 
    In focus
    The team looks at the latest news from Germany as the country is currently undergoing modernisation efforts for its armed forces as well as procuring new platforms. Senior Land Reporter Tim Fish discusses highlights from the recent RUSI Land Warfare conference, when Inspector of the Army Lt Gen Alfons Mais stated that a mental change is needed at a military leadership level to make the modernisation possible.
    From the air desk, Tim Martin gives an update on the German heavy-lift helicopter tender and other aircraft programmes. 
    Deep Dive: News from the Asia Pacific [21:08]
    Ben Vogel is on the line with Asia-Pacific Editor Gordon Arthur to discuss some of the top stories from his region.
    Topics include the South Korean CVX programme and Indonesian frigate procurement news from MADEX; Philippines pursuing T129 Atak helicopters from Turkey; Bangladesh receiving new rocket launchers from Turkey; and the latest on China’s PLA procuring new tanks in bulk. 
    Industry Voice- Raytheon Intelligence & Space [43:00] 
    For the defence sector, digital engineering offers a new paradigm, a way to speed up delivery while increasing customer confidence.
    Shephard’s Creative Director Tony Skinner speaks to Raytheon Intelligence & Space Mission Systems Architect Mark Davis, and Systems Engineer Madison Dye about the disruptive role that digital engineering is now playing.
     This episode was produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest 
     
     
     

    • 54 min

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