• Mattis opposed to Congress’ proposals for Space Corps, other restructures

    US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is concerned with congressional efforts to continue some key Pentagon re-organisation efforts in the coming year. In a 17 October letter, viewed by Jane's , to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate armed services committees, Mattis highlighted

  • NATO’s cyber security hampered by old-style cost models and acquisition delays

    Officials at the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), the alliance’s cyber and information and communications technology (ICT) procurement wing, say they intend to push down the cost of NATO’s contracted cyber security products and services by, among other things, targeting

  • NZDF procuring Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapons, MRAD sniper rifles

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) announced on 18 October that it is entering an agreement to buy two new weapons: the Barrett M107A1 anti-materiel weapon and the Barrett Multi-Role Adaptive Design (MRAD) sniper rifle. A total of 40 M107A1s and 42 MRADs will be bought at a cost of NZD4 million

  • RAF Typhoon jets to receive collision awareness system

    UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft are to receive a collision awareness system to help reduce the possibility of mid-air collisions involving both civilian and military aircraft. UK procurement officials are in the process of finalising a contract with an unnamed supplier

  • Textron expands US FMS deal for Afghan Army Mobile Strike Force Vehicles

    Textron Systems Marine and Land Systems was awarded a USD333 million firm-fixed-price contract for up to 255 more Mobile Strike Force Vehicles (MSFVs) for the Afghan National Army. The deal includes “related fielding hardware and field representative services”, with specifics to be

  • UK looks to replace Desert Hawk mini UAV

    British Army chiefs are hoping that the upcoming war fighting development experiment will generate the replacement for its fleet of 221 Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk Mk 3 mini-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Senior army officers involved in intelligence, surveillance, targeting, acquisition, and

  • Update: ADEX 2017: Saab touts GlobalEye and Swordfish for anticipated South Korean requirements

    Saab is promoting its GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) and Swordfish maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for separate requirements that it expects to be issued by the South Korean government. Briefing at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (ADEX) 2017,

  • Allegations of rigging resurface as Turkish parliament approves LHD MoU

    The Turkish parliament on 12 October endorsed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on co-operation between the Turkish and Spanish navies on a controversial project to build the multipurpose landing helicopter dock (LHD) TCG Anadolu at a Turkish shipyard under licence from Navantia of Spain. The

  • Colombian Army Aviation receives new Cessna 208

    The Colombian Army Aviation Air Assault Division (DAVAA) has received a new Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX that was officially commissioned into service on 17 October, a DAVAA officer told Jane’s . The officer said the aircraft arrived the previous day following a ferry flight from the United

  • Cammell Laird and BAE Systems team for UK Type 31e frigate bid

    Key Points Cammell Laird and BAE Systems have signed a teaming agreement to bid for UK’s Type 31e frigate programme. Birkenhead-based Cammell Laird, which has a pedigree in commercial ship repair and shipbuilding, will prime the bid. UK shipyard Cammell Laird and BAE Systems have teamed to

  • Draft RFP for USCG Heavy Polar Icebreaker released

    The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with the US Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a draft request for proposals (RFP) on 19 October for the detail design and construction of a Heavy Polar Icebreaker (HPIB). The draft RFP is for one HPIB, with options for two

  • Japanese defence minister urges research into how to counter North Korean EMP attack

    Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has said that his country must develop the technological capabilities to negate or mitigate the impact of a possible North Korean electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Speaking to reporters following a 17 October visit to the Electronic Systems Research

  • RoKN seeks new aviation command and ‘task fleet’, says report

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) is to create an aviation command and a new ‘task fleet’ in tandem with the military’s push for “aggressive operations” in response to North Korean “provocations”, Yonhap news agency reported on 19 October. If the scheme is

  • SSM signs contract with BMC for domestic production of power pack

    The Turkish Defence Industries Undersecretariat (SSM) has tweeted that it signed a contract with domestic civilian and military vehicle manufacturer BMC on 13 October for the domestic production of a power pack for new-generation tracked light armoured vehicles. BMC is believed to have been awarded

  • UK Single Source Regulations Office chief resigns

    The head of the UK single source contracts watchdog has resigned in a surprise move that has seen the organisation lose three senior leaders in 18 months. In a brief statement issued on 16 October, the UK’s Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) announced that its chief executive, Marcine

  • US Coast Guard donates cutters to Costa Rica

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) donated two vessels to the Costa Rican Coast Guard (Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas) on 13 October as part of the Office of International Acquisition’s Excess Defense Articles programme. The two patrol boats, Long Island and Roanoke Island , are 110-ft Island-class

  • US offers EMALS technology to India for IN's proposed second indigenous carrier

    The United States has approved the transfer of the technology behind the General Atomics Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to the Indian Navy (IN) for the latter’s proposed second indigenous aircraft carrier, said senior officials in Washington and New Delhi. Speaking at the

  • US, South Korean naval forces conduct drills off the Korean Peninsula

    Amid growing tensions between the Washington and Pyongyang, the US and South Korean navies started two sets of scheduled drills this week off the Korean Peninsula. Vessels from the US Navy (USN) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy started the Maritime Counter Special Operations exercise (MCSOFEX),

  • USN cruiser deploys to increase BMD presence in the Gulf

    Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) departed Naval Station Norfolk on 16 October for a “surge” deployment to the US 5th Fleet and US 6th Fleet areas of operation to help shore up missile defences there, US Navy (USN) officials said. Most recently a part of the

  • USN plans future longer, integrated deployments for LCS

    The next littoral combat ship (LCS) deployments will closely resemble those already made in the Western Pacific by USS Freedom (LCS 1) and USS Coronado (LCS 4), but the US Navy is looking to lengthen the ships’ tours and to integrate them better with other warship groups, Captain Tom Workman,

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