HEADLINES

  • Trump throws NATO summit into chaos with new spending demand

    Key Points Trump reportedly threatened allied leaders to “go it alone” if they did not raise defence spending to 2% of GDP by 2019 The demand completely overshadowed the long list of things agreed by allied leaders at their summit Contradictory reports over US President Donald

  • Mali receives four Super Tucanos

    The Malian Air Force formally inducted four Embraer EMB 314/A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft into service during a ceremony attended by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, it was announced on 11 July. Embraer announced in July 2015 that Mali had ordered six Super Tucanos, but a Brazilian

  • US Army cancels plans to issue RFP for XM1160 HEGM programme

    The US Army has cancelled plans to acquire the 120 mm XM1160 High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) munition that was expected to replace the service’s current XM395 precision-guided HE mortar round, an official from the US Army Contracting Command confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July. The

  • Internal review of USAF requirements could decide fate of F-15C EPAWSS

    Key Points A US DoD report notes without EPAWSS, F-15Cs will be limited in capability The decision to cut production funding could result in the F-15C’s retirement Although the US Air Force (USAF) continues to recommend ending procurement of the F-15C tactical fighter’s advanced

  • KC-46 programme completes flight tests required for October delivery

    Key Points The KC-46 programme completed final test flights required for October delivery Prime contractor Boeing believes it can reach its October delivery goal The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker programme on 6 July completed the final test flights required to deliver the first

  • No final decision yet on UK defence review

    Key Points The UK government has not agreed to the headline findings of the MDP Drafts of the MDP propose GBP2 billion a year extra in capability funding UK government ministers have yet to agree on key aspects of the country’s Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, putting its

  • Northrop Grumman CEO to step down

    Major US defence contractor Northrop Grumman revealed a change in leadership on 12 July, with news that its CEO, Wes Bush, is to leave the role. Bush, who has been the company's CEO since the start of 2010, will leave the position at the beginning of January 2019. He will be replaced by Kathy

  • Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

  • Update: Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

  • US Army establishing new modernisation outpost in Austin

    Key Points The service has created a new four-star command tasked with overseeing force modernisation Leaders intend to provide “unity of effort” through Army Futures Command The US Army has selected a location for the new organisation charged with overseeing its force modernisation

  • SkyGuardian arrives in UK

    A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI)-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian became the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in its class to cross the Atlantic Ocean, when it touched down in the United Kingdom on 11 July. The medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) UAV, which is the baseline for the

  • Russia upgrades Arctic infrastructure

    On 3 July, Russia’s Northern Fleet reported that its headquarters airbase at Severomorsk-1 was reopened and fully operational after extensive renovation and modernisation. It had been closed for three years. Severomorsk-1 has received new flight management and communications systems, as well

  • PGZ to work with Leonardo on AW249 in move that could push out Polish AH-64E acquisition

    Key Points Poland's state-run PGZ has signed an LOI to co-operate with Leonardo on the Italian firm's AW249 attack helicopter The deal could scupper any chance of Boeing selling the Apache E into Poland On 10 July Jakub Skiba, the president of Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the

  • RAF looks at UAV swarms

    A UK Royal Air Force (RAF) demonstrator project will examine how swarms of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could help traditional manned combat aircraft fight in complex and heavily defended airspace. Senior RAF sources told Jane’s that the project was briefed at an industry day in March by

  • Spain spends on urgent requirements

    Although Spain cannot reach the NATO target to spend 2% of GDP on defence in the medium term, the new Socialist government has promised to commit EUR5 billion (USD5.86 billion) on new equipment by the end of 2018. Defence Minister Margarita Robles told the Cadena SER radio station on 11 July that

  • Final batch of M109A4 SPHs arrives in Indonesia

    A final batch of 18 M109A4 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs) arrived in Indonesia from Belgium on 9 July at the port of Tanjung Priok in Jakarta, an Indonesian Army (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Darat: TNI-AD) official has told Jane’s . As of 12 July the 155 mm SPHs were still with the

  • LM highlights Italy’s importance to F-35 programme, as government commitment waivers

    Lockheed Martin has stressed to Jane’s the important role that Italy plays in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), as the company looks to calm fears that the country might withdraw its participation from the international programme. The Italian Air Force (Aeronautica Militare

  • Northrop Grumman positions for Japan’s F-2 replacement programme

    Northrop Grumman is looking to engage with Japan in meeting its requirement to acquire or develop a next-generation fighter aircraft to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) Mitsubishi F-2 platform. A spokesperson from Northrop Grumman confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July

  • RAF announces new Typhoon, Protector squadrons

    The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is to transition its final two Panavia Tornado GR4 units over to new types as it retires the strike aircraft from service over the coming months. Speaking at the Air Power Conference 2018 in London, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Air Chief Marshall Sir Steven Hillier said

  • US Air Force wants autonomous air-to-air collision avoidance system on F-35

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to put an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the F-35 The service has a similar technology on the F-16 that pulls unresponsive pilots out of tailspins The US Air Force (USAF) wants an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the

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