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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.

    AUSA 2021 News and Views

    AUSA 2021 News and Views

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we bring you highlights from the floor of AUSA 2021 in Washington DC.
    Newsround [02:20] 
    The Shephard news team unpicks some of the stories from this week, including the impending Swedish procurement of the GlobalEye aircraft; a new milestone in Project Selborne for the UK Royal Navy; and the end of the training process for the Nigerian Air Force A-29 Super Tucano which seals the beginning of new operations using the aircraft.
    AUSA news [05:13]
    Special guest (and Shephard contributor) David Isby joins the panel to discuss some of the top stories and themes from this year’s AUSA event.
    Air domain news [10:00] 
    David and Tim Martin take a look at the progress and the challenges ahead for both industry and the DoD under the Future Vertical Lift (FVL) programme which includes two rotorcraft initiatives – FLRAA and FARA.
    Digital Battlespace- JADC2 [17:30] 
    The Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) programme is developed by the DoD to connect sensors from all US military services into a single network. One of the initiatives to break through silos is Project Convergence. David and Flavia Camargos Pereira discuss a few updates on this matter. 
    Training – [25:21] 
    The US Army has stalled its Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS), putting at risk the future of the ten-year, $22 billion programme. Trevor Nash looks at the reasons for the DoD decision and its potential long-term impact. 
    Land [30:13] 
    Flavia Camargos Pereira reports on the OMFV programme for the US Army, as some of the contenders showcased their solutions while others were coy.
    Interview – Renk Group [36:00] 
    After Renk Group acquired the Combat Propulsion Systems (CPS) business of L3Harris in March 2021, the firm has now created a new subsidiary, Renk America, which made its debut at the AUSA 2021. Ben Vogel is on the line with Susanna Wiegand, CEO of Renk Group. 
    Industry Voice – EOS [52:23] 
    Tony Skinner speaks to Philip Coker, CEO of EOS Defense Systems USA, to find out more about the capabilities of the two recently designed systems and what the company want to achieve by interacting with the community at AUSA 2021.

    This episode was produced by Noemi Distefano. Music and mix by Fred Prest. 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    German Poseidon procurement, synthetic vs live training and new Chinese designs

    German Poseidon procurement, synthetic vs live training and new Chinese designs

    This week on The Weekly Defence Podcast, we look at Germany’s plans for the P-8A Poseidon, report on the latest from the Asia Pacific region, dive into the synthetic VS live military training debate and talk sustainability with Bell. 
    Newsround [00:00]
    Germany has sent two pilots to the IFTS fast-jet training course as part of an evaluation programme. 
    The Dutch and Belgian navies have added a significant boost to their ASW training capabilities with the addition of seven SEMA targets from French company RTsys. 
    On 3 October, a pair of USMC F-35B fighter jets successfully conducted the first-ever take-offs and landings of the aircraft on the Japanese helicopter carrier JS Izumo.
    The German Army has equipped its first unit with Leopard 2A7V MBTs to improve mobility, firepower, and crew protection.
    The US Army is proceeding with full-rate production of its new two-channel software-defined radios that will fully integrate frontline units into the Integrated Tactical Network.
    In focus [06:20] 
    Air Editor Tim Martin reports on new details on the German procurement of Poseidon MPA platforms where questions remain unanswered around the weaponry that will equip the aircraft;  Senior Naval Reporter Harry Lye looks at the USN reorganizing two of its existing Programme Executive Offices (PEOs) to support submarine acquisition; and Trevor Nash gives us an insight on the long-time standing readiness Vs availability debate. 
    Deep Dive- News from Asia Pacific [31:00]
    Gordon Arthur joins the show this week for the monthly round up of all the news from the Asia Pacific.
    Highlights include the new arsenal of Chinese designs, prototypes and other equipment showcased during the 13th edition of the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai;  a look at Indonesia’s order of C-130J aircraft; South Korean progress on its SLBM programme with fires of a ballistic missile for the first time and more.
    Industry Voice [01:02:00]
    Creative director Tony Skinner speaks to J. Blank, Senior Manager, government affairs at Bell about the importance of sustainability across both industry and the military.
    Noemi Distefano produced this episode with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest. 
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Greek frigate procurement, GSOF on Afghanistan and air dominance

    Greek frigate procurement, GSOF on Afghanistan and air dominance

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast we speak to the Global Special Operation Forces Foundation (GSOF) to look at the aftermath of the Western involvement in Afghanistan, and we hear from Raytheon Missiles and Defence about the future of air dominance. 
    Newsround [00:00]
    The UK has finally released its National Space Strategy on 27 September after two delays. 
    In the new vision the UK is looking at contributing to the a multi-billion pound space industry by boosting private investment and fostering partnership with NATO allies and countries in the Asia-Pacific region. 
    The Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft for the French navy is expected to reach IOC in October, following recent upgrades to Standard 6 configuration of five more aircraft in mid-September.
    On 28 September the Greek Defence Minister signed an MoU with Naval Group and MBDA, opening negotiations for supply of new FDI frigates to the Greek Navy in a deal worth €3 billion. 
    The Australian Defence Force awarded a $6.17 billion contract to a domestic firm for the production of 40 small rough-terrain vehicles (RTVs). 
    Interview – Global Special Operation Forces Foundation (GSOF) [05:19]
    News Editor Ben Vogel speaks to Stuart Bradin, President and CEO of GSOF. 
    In an exclusive interview, Bradin discusses the lessons learnt by the Special Operation Forces community in the past twenty years of war in Afghanistan and challenges ahead as the need to deliver multi-domain operations become more apparent. 
    Industry Voice – Raytheon Missiles and Defence [36:40]
    Creative Director Tony Skinner speaks to Steve Dickman, Executive Director, Air Dominance Product Area and Alison Howlett, StormBreaker Programme Director at Raytheon Missiles and Defense to define the concept of air dominance, its importance and the work the company is carrying out in this sector.

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

    • 47 min
    AUKUS fallout, US eyes Wedgetail and 8x8 armoured platforms

    AUKUS fallout, US eyes Wedgetail and 8x8 armoured platforms

    AUKUS fallout, US eyes Wedgetail and 8x8 armoured platforms
    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, the team looks at the AUKUS fallout, the latest USAF interest in procuring the E-7A Wedgetail, new Czech investment in artillery systems and the worldwide market for armoured vehicles. 
    Newsround [2:34]
    Thales and Schiebel have joined forces to serve the growing appetite from navies for UAS-based ISTAR capabilities.
    Greece is expected to decide on its frigate requirement by the end of 2021, with Lockheed Martin joining the competition with its multi-mission ship design. 
    Brazilian defence equipment exports reached a new record in the first half of 2021, with sales of $1.35 billion. 
    On 16 September the Australian Department of Defence released an RfP under Project Air 6502 Phase 1, calling for bidders to provide a Medium-Range Ground-Based Air Defence system.
    In focus 
    The team engage in a roundtable discussion looking at news from Europe, the US and elsewhere across the air, land and sea domains. 
    Topics include the move by Czech MoD to upgrade artillery systems by procuring new Caesar self-propelled howitzers to replace the obsolete Dana design. 
    USAF senior officers continue to eye the acquisition of the AMTI radar-equipped Boeing E-7A Wedgetail platform as a stopgap solution to replace the ageing E-3 Sentry.
    [18:29] AUKUS pact implications
    The team also considers the implications of the AUKUS programme on existing Franco-British programmes and agreements.  
    Deep dive – 8x8 global vehicle market [28:52]
    Multimedia Journalist Noemi Distefano is on the line with Shephard Defence Insight Senior Land Analyst Sonny Butterworth to dive into the world of 8x8 armoured vehicles. Sonny gives an update on emerging manufacturers, ongoing export deals and an overall view of a global market which has seen rising demand in recent years.

    This episode was brought to you in partnership with Raytheon Missiles and Defence
    Produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest. 
     
     
     

    • 50 min
    DSEI 2021 news and views

    DSEI 2021 news and views

    This week, we bring you The Weekly Defence Podcast from the floor of DSEI 2021 in London, to delve into topics such as the future of the UK exports market and combat engineering vehicles.

    Newsround [00:00]

    The Shephard news team unpicks some of the major stories from this week from across the air, land and sea domains.
    Show highlights include CAE exhibiting its own Counterpart  Single Synthetic Environment (SSE), Airbus ambitions for the New Medium Helicopter competition, a focus on UGV platforms, and the new AUKUS security pact between the UK, the US and Australia.

    Interview- Director of UK Defence & Security exports [35:13]
    Air Editor Tim Martin speaks at DSEI with Mark Goldsack, Director of UK Defence & Security Exports. They discuss the posture of the UK exports market in a post-Brexit and post-COVID age.

    Industry Voice- FNSS [55:16]
    Creative Director Tony Skinner is on the line with Douglas Jackson, Assistant General Manager at FNSS, to discuss the work the Turkish company is doing on combat engineering vehicles.

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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Asia-Pacific round-up, night-vision market and Wiesel replacement

    Asia-Pacific round-up, night-vision market and Wiesel replacement

    In this episode of The Weekly Defence Podcast, we report on news from the US, Germany and the Asia-Pacific region, and we also hear from Theon Sensors about the night vision market. 
    Newsround [00:39]
    Aeralis has added two key partners to its integrated design team as the company works towards finalising the design before the aircraft's first flight in 2024.
    UK-based Inzpire has added three new simulators to be unveiled at this year's DSEI event. 
    The US Army drives on with new programmes for long-range precision fires, with two of them expected to reach fruition in the next couple of years.
    In focus 
    The team looks at the military training and land domains this week.
    Military Training Editor Trevor Nash looks at one of the most recent  US Army training exercises. The WAREX was a major live exercise conducted at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, to teach soldiers how to cope with low-cost drones on the battlefield. 
    Senior Land Reporter Tim Fish discusses Germany’s progress on the LuWa vehicle programme. A new system demonstrator (GDS) unveiled in June 2021 suggests that some progress has been made to replace the country’s family of Wiesel vehicles.

    Deep Dive- News from the Asia Pacific [27:17]
    Asia-Pacific Editor Gordon Arthur highlights some of the main headlines from his region in the past thirty days. 
    Top stories include the Indian Navy’s recent Rfl for four LPDs; An agreement between Pakistan and Turkey on the Anka UAV; and New Zealand’s efforts to improve its EW capability. 
    Interview- Theon Sensors [47:19] 
    Ben Vogel speaks Christian Hadjiminas, CEO of Theon Sensors and President of EFA Group, about the market for night vision systems and likely future technological trends in this sector.
     This episode was produced by Noemi Distefano with music and sound mixing by Fred Prest

    • 1 hr 6 min

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