• Uruguay negotiating for a batch of Chilean Cessna O-2s

    The National Navy of Uruguay is negotiating the transfer of up to three Cessna O-2s (337 Skymasters) from the Chilean Navy, Uruguayan sources told Jane's . The aircraft, recently decommissioned by the Chilean Navy and replaced by Vulcanair P68 Observer 2 surveillance aircraft, were offered to

  • China completing facilities on South China Sea islands that could house missiles, says report

    China has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, two US officials were quoted by Reuters as saying. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the two officials told

  • IDEX 2017: General Atomics to offer Predator XP as COCO capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc will look to provide its Predator XP platform as a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) service, opening up its potential user base. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Jim Thomson, the company's regional vice-president, said the COCO

  • Trump designates strategist Lt Gen McMaster as national security advisor

    US President Donald Trump announced on 20 February that he has designated US Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster as national security advisor. Lt Gen McMaster is to replace Michael Flynn, who the White House said was asked to resign due to his misleading comments to Vice-President Mike Pence. A

  • HII CEO: USN needs to bolster acquisition to get larger fleet

    Key Points HII CEO recommends aggressive acquisition is needed for 350-ship USN fleet USN continues to study alternative composition and costs to achieve larger force The US Navy (USN) needs to consider Regan-era type acquisition pledges for shipyards to accommodate increased production to meet

  • Mattis hopes to consolidate some individual service business functions

    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has ordered a review of Department of Defense business practises meant to find areas where individual services have overlapping efforts. Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said Mattis directed "a review of the core business functions to make business

  • Mattis reviewing Afghan war plans amid 'stalemate'

    The Pentagon is reviewing US military plans for Afghanistan, where officials say NATO and Afghan forces are at a stalemate with the Taliban, and recommendations are soon to be made to the White House. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 20 February told reporters in Abu Dhabi that in the past few

  • Northrop signs letter of intent with PGZ

    US company Northrop Grumman has signed a letter of intent with Polish state-owned group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the company announced on 20 February. In a statement Northrop said that the letter of intent is anticipated as the first step in a process of finding industrial co-operation

  • US carrier group begins 'routine operations' in South China Sea

    The US Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 on 18 February began what the US Navy (USN) referred to as "routine operations" in the South China Sea. The move, which has angered China, came less than a month after Beijing reiterated its "indisputable sovereignty" claim over parts of the

  • Harris introduces RF-300H to its family of manpack radios

    The Harris Falcon III RF-300H wideband high-frequency (HF) manpack radio offers an improvement over the existing AN/PRC-150, providing the ability to send voice, maps, and other large data files up to 10 times faster. The new radio was developed in response to the requirement for additional

  • Europeans push back against undermining of transatlantic security pillars

    Allied attitudes to Russia could harden after US reassurances of its commitment to NATO, but European officials also warn Washington not to undermine the European Union or Europe's values as pillars of transatlantic security. "We are counting, as always in the past, on the United States'

  • Use of unmanned craft by Houthi insurgents indicates increased risk to Coalition warships and shipping off Yemen

    EVENT The US Navy (USN) went public on 19 February with its assessment that the attack on a Saudi frigate, al-Madinah, on 30 January 2017 was carried out by an unmanned remotely controlled craft filled with explosives and not a missile or suicide attack using a small boat, as initially thought.

  • Continuity candidate ahead in Ecuador's first-round presidential election, but potential for May run-off vote remains

    EVENT On 20 February, Ecuador's National Electoral Council announced a three-day delay before it would confirm the results of a presidential election held on 19 February. The organisation took the unprecedented step in order to provide additional scrutiny of the tallying of remaining ballots, as

  • IDEX 2017: Iraq takes delivery of Textron Commandos

    The Iraqi Federal Police is currently in the process of receiving the Textron Commando Select armoured vehicles that were ordered last year, Jonathan Dalrymple, vice president for business development at Textron's Marine and Land Systems division, told Jane's at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi. "We

  • IDEX 2017: TACMS undergoes further testing

    Lockheed Martin has conducted a further test firing of a modernised Tactical Missile System (TACMS). The early February tests were undertaken at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, and saw the missile fired from the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and strike its target at a

  • Canadian Surface Combatant bid deadline extended until June

    A submission deadline for bids on the Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) project will be extended, Public Services and Procurement Canada announced on 16 February. The 12 pre-qualified firms were originally to submit proposals by 27 April but now have until 22 June. The decision follows reports that

  • Moldovan Army receives more HMMWVs

    The Moldovan Army has received a new batch of High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) from the United States, the Moldovan Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. In total some 34 HMMWVs were delivered to Chisinau by 15 February, out of a total batch of 41 vehicles. The remaining

  • Lockheed Martin Canada to lead Chilean frigate upgrade

    Lockheed Martin Canada Mission Systems and Training (MST), after signing a contract earlier this month in Chile, is now officially the main contractor and integrator for a programme to modernise three British-built Type 23 frigates that Chile bought from the United Kingdom in 2005. Lockheed Martin

  • US to sell 40 MRAPs to Pakistan

    US manufacturer Navistar Defense has been granted a USD35 million contract to produce 40 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) MaxxPro Dash DXM vehicles for Pakistan, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in a 16 February statement. Awarded under a US Foreign Military Sales contract, the deal

  • Polaris unveils two-seat diesel MRZR-D2

    Polaris on 20 February unveiled an MRZR-D2 two-seat diesel engine version of the baseline MRZR all-terrain vehicle. The MRZR-D2, like its sister vehicles, is an off-road mobility platform for use in rugged terrain, and is air-transportable in the CH-47 Chinook, CH-53 Stallion, MV-22 Osprey, and