• US Navy kicks-off Super Hornet Block 3 effort with IRST contract

    The US Navy (USN) has begun the process of upgrading its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to the latest Block 3 standard, with a contract award to Boeing to incorporate the Block 2 Infrared Search and Track System (IRST) onto the combat aircraft. The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, which was announced by

  • Lockheed Martin marks maiden flight of LM-100J

    Lockheed Martin performed the first flight of its new LM-100J Hercules airlifter on 25 May. The latest civil variant of the military C-130J departed the company's Marietta production facility in Georgia for a maiden flight that its test pilot described as 'flawless'. This milestone, which follows

  • NATO summit: Invoking the fight against terrorism, Trump demands more money from allies

    Invoking the bomb attack in Manchester and the implacable need to fight terrorism, US president Donald Trump upbraided most of NATO's European nations for "not paying what they should be paying" as they all headed into their first meeting with the US leader on 25 May. "The attack on

  • Raytheon wins out for LCS variable depth sonar

    Key Points The new variable depth sonar system will form part of the ASW escort mission module to equip USN LCSs A full pre-production test article is expected to complete in late 2018 Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems has been selected to provide a new variable depth sonar (VDS) system to form

  • Seiler to supply optical fire control kits for India's M777 howitzers

    Seiler Instrument and Manufacturing has secured a USD15.5 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the US Army to supply 145 optical fire control kits and associated spare parts in support of Indian Army (IA) M777A2 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers. Work will be performed in St Louis,

  • Chile's defence procurement 'Copper Law' likely to remain

    Chile's Copper Law, which funds military procurement with 10% of the yearly revenues from the CODELCO state-owned mining consortium, is expected to remain in place despite criticism after a recent corruption scandal and alleged misuse of its funds. The legislation has been strongly criticised by

  • Helibras delivers two H225M helicopters to Brazilian Armed Forces

    Brazilian defence company Helibras has delivered two H225M Caracal medium-lift helicopters for the Brazilian Army and Air Force, according to a 24 May press release. One of the helicopters will be utilised by the army's 1st air battalion (1st Batalhão de Aviação do Exército: 1st

  • Pentagon budget 2018: MDA to procure, upgrade THAAD to address global threats

    Key Points MDA request will fund procurement of 34 THAAD interceptors in FY 2018 MDA is also seeking funding to keep SBX on-station up to 330 days Concerns with North Korea's ongoing efforts to develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States and the potential for Iran

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Air Force proposes 78% cut to Space Fence

    Key Points The US Air Force requested USD36 million for Space Fence in FY 2018 Officials say this is because the programme is getting closer to IOC The US Air Force (USAF) is proposing a 78% cut in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to its Space Fence space situational awareness platform, which a key

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USN's Tomahawk request replenishes inventory

    Key Points The navy seeks 61 missiles to replace those used against Syria in April 2017 The FY 2018 request will begin funding the Tomahawk recertification effort The US Navy USN) is requesting USD234.46 million for procurement of 100 Block IV Tactical Tomahawk cruise missiles. The request

  • Saudi Arabia to purchase upgunned US LCS Freedom-class variant

    Key Points US signs USD11.25 billion deal for four Freedom-class LCS variants with the KSA The vessels will be substantially upgunned and more capable than USN variants US president Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) signed a nearly

  • US Air Force could substantially increase B-21 buy

    Key Points The US Air Force could increase its B-21 buy from between 80 and 100 to as many as 145 aircraft This could increase the cost of the total buy between roughly USD23 billion and USD33 billion in 2010 dollars The US Air Force (USAF) could boost its recommended B-21 Raider Long-Range

  • US Army, Lockheed Martin complete longest range TACMS test to date

    Key Points The 240-km shot was the longest achieved by TACMS at WSMR For the sixth test, the HIMARS cab was manned by test operators The US Army and Lockheed Martin announced on 25 May they had completed the sixth and longest test flight to date of the Tactical Missile System (TACMS) munition.

  • US strike fails to stem CW use in Syria

    Key Points With an increasingly co-ordinated use of chlorine, the Syrian government remains the primary actor accused of using chemical weapons (CW) in Syria. The use of sarin on Khan Sheikoun on 4 April 2017 is only one of the reported uses of the agent since Syria's accession to the Chemical

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Army boosts WIN-T Inc 2 procurement

    Key Points The US Army realigns Inc 1 funding to TNT-MIS US Army request for WIN-T Inc 2 increases funding by 44% The US Army is requesting USD479.48 million in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget for procurement of 877 Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) Increment 2 (Inc 2)

  • Pentagon budget 2018: US Army seeks an anti-armour, maritime ATACMS missile

    US Army's fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request outlines USD10 million in renewed funding for the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) Block II missile development programme to add moving ground and maritime targets for the munition. The budget request, released on 23 May, asks Congress to

  • USAF increases use of air power in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) stepped up air power in Afghanistan in April, releasing more ordnance than in any other month since August 2012, according to recently released data by US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). The figures show that USAF aircraft released a total of 460 weapons in April as

  • Chess Dynamics promotes MD ahead of US push

    UK electro-optical systems specialist Chess Dynamics has announced that its managing director Graham Beall has been appointed CEO of partner company Chess Technologies. The appointment was announced on 25 May. In a statement, Chess Technologies chairman Jeff Perrin said, “[Beall’s]

  • Gerald R Ford heads to acceptance trials, prepares for delivery

    The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) departed Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia and is under way for acceptance trials with the Navy's Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command

  • Pentagon budget 2018: USN shipbuilding budget procures eight battleforce ships, support Columbia class

    Key Points USN will purchase eight new construction ships Funding also includes 91 naval aircraft and advance production of the future Columbia-class SSBN intended to replace the Ohio class The US Navy (USN) requested USD171.5 billion for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) including procurement of eight