• Brazilian Army announces ambitious aviation modernisation plan

    The Brazilian Army has established an ambitious strategy to boost its aviation capability through planned helicopters and transport aircraft acquisition and upgrades from 2018-37, the army said on 24 July. As part of its Strategic Program Army Aviation (Pg EE AvEx), the service will build new and

  • Chile, Bolivia begin border committee meetings

    Bolivian and Chilean customs, border enforcement agencies, and foreign affairs representatives are meeting from 25-26 July, for the first time since 2011, to try and restore bilateral co-operation along a troublesome border area in the Tarapacá and Antofagasta regions. The meeting’s

  • China bolstering defences along border with North Korea, says report

    China has been bolstering defences along its border with North Korea in preparation for a potential crisis in the region, including the possibility of a US military strike, T he Wall Street Journal newspaper reported on 24 July Based on a review of official Chinese military and government websites,

  • DoD awards first LRASM production contract

    The US military is to receive its first air-launched Lockheed Martin AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles (LRASMs) in the third quarter of 2019, under a Department of Defense (DoD) contract awarded on 25 July. The contract, which is valued at USD86.5 million, will see Lockheed Martin Missiles and

  • Former Pentagon industrial base policy official launches investment firm

    Former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy William Greenwalt is joining with another former defence official, Paul Brinkley, to form a new investment firm, according to a press release issued on 25 July. The new firm, Brinkley Greenwalt LLC, will target privately held technology

  • Harris to provide real-time advanced global ship tracking capability

    Harris Corporation is on track to have a constellation of more than 60 satellites on orbit by the end of 2018 that will carry the company’s payload of a more advanced Automatic Identification System (AIS) capability to deliver real-time data on ship locations. The system is currently

  • More than two dozen Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base

    At least 26 Afghan soldiers were killed and 13 others injured when Taliban fighters stormed an army base in the southern province of Kandahar on the night of 25/26 July in the latest in a series of deadly attacks carried out by the insurgent group across Afghanistan in recent weeks. The militants

  • STRATCOM chief: Improve homeland missile defence before considering East Coast expansion

    Key Points The head of US Strategic Command wants better space-based sensors for missile defence Some in Congress are pushing for an 'East Coast' interceptor site, but commanders prioritise capability improvements over expansion The Pentagon should work to improve sensors and interceptors for

  • Trump administration opposes House measure funding MOX nuclear facility

    Key Points The White House 'strongly opposes' a House effort to continue funding the MOX plutonium disposition programme House and Senate appropriators are at odds over funding the controversial facility The White House is backing a US Department of Energy (DoE) request, once again, for Congress

  • UK’s Defence External Innovation Advisory Panel has first meeting

    The UK Ministry of Defence’s (MoD's) Defence External Innovation Advisory Panel held its first meeting on 24 July. The panel, composed of a group of outside experts tasked with providing guidance on adding innovation to MoD, was formed by the ministry in February. The panel is composed of

  • United Technologies Corp reports sales growth for second quarter

    United Technologies Corp (UTC) reported a 3% increase in sales for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017, compared with the same quarter in 2016, while operating profit fell 2%. Sales for the quarter were USD15.3 billion, up from USD14.9 billion for the second quarter of 2016. Reported

  • US Air Force analysing future of multi-domain C2

    Key Points The USAF is performing a year-long analysis of multi-domain C2 The goal is to increase the speed of C2 to overwhelm an enemy The US Air Force (USAF) is performing a year-long analysis of the future of multi-domain command and control (C2), according to the service’s top officer.

  • US lawmaker proposes USD5 million boost for Commercial Weather Data Pilot programme

    Key Points A lawmaker wants to increase the Air Force’s budget for a commercial weather data pilot GAO has reported that the Pentagon faces gaps in weather coverage as systems age A US lawmaker has proposed a USD5 million boost in the Air Force’s (USAF) research, development, test,

  • US researches heavy icebreakers designs at Canadian NRC

    The Canadian National Research Council (NRC) hosted senior personnel from a variety of US agencies involved in the acquisition programme for US heavy polar icebreakers. Representatives from the US Navy (USN), Coast Guard (USCG), and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology

  • USAF, USN still considering nuclear weapons commonality, but cautiously

    The US Air Force (USAF) and US Navy (USN) are still mulling ways to make their nuclear-armed missiles more common, but are wary of creating single points of failure, according to Pentagon’s top nuclear officer. USAF-USN nuclear weapons commonality is “certainly not probably as visible

  • Beijing says intercept of USN reconnaissance aircraft over East China Sea was ‘necessary’

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said that the 23 July intercept carried out by two Chinese fighters of a US Navy (USN) EP-3E Aries II electronic reconnaissance aircraft over the East China Sea was “legal, necessary, and professional”. MND spokesperson Ren Guoqiang

  • China maintains contingencies for North Korean instability

    Key Points China's ability to pressure North Korea through control over the border and holding a military advantage is likely to be a permanent feature of their relationship; in these areas, Beijing retains decisive leverage over Pyongyang. It is possible but unlikely that North Korea's illicit

  • Dozens killed in Kabul car bomb attack

    Dozens of people were killed when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBEID) was detonated on 24 July in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the latest in a series of attacks carried out by the Taliban militant group in recent months. A Taliban suicide bomber triggered the VBEID at 06:50 h local

  • F-35 tracking to SDD flight trials completion by end of year

    Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) are on track to compete System Design and Development (SDD) flight testing of the Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme before the end of the year, it was announced on 25 July. The remaining development flight testing includes

  • FVL next-gen rotorcraft’s cautious pace worries industry

    Industry teams are concerned that the Pentagon's comprehensive Future Vertical Lift (FVL) rotorcraft programme, its only major new rotorcraft acquisition, is advancing at a slow pace that could cause some investment and workforce issues. The project has been ongoing at a basic concept and science