• Increase of criminal deportations from US likely to result in rising Central American homicides and extortions

    EVENT US president Donald Trump announced plans to tackle Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gangs in US cities through a tweet on 18 April. The statements came after four individuals were murdered in Central Islip, Long Island, on 13 April in an incident with potential gang links according to local police.

  • South Korea completes land provision process for THAAD deployment

    South Korea has completed the process required to provide land to the United States Forces Korea (USFK) for the deployment of a battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The move, which was approved on 20 April, will allow the US military to begin stationing the

  • F-35 drops PGM on a moving target using Block 3F software

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) has for the first time dropped a Raytheon GBU-12 Paveway II precision-guided munition (PGM) against a moving target using the aircraft's Block 3F software. The inert drop, which was announced on 20

  • GAO pushes for delaying USN Future Frigate

    Key Points US GAO recommends delaying USN frigate acquisition till FY 2019 GAO suggests that extra time would improve design and capabilities of the future class The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has recommended that Congress delay acquisition of the Future Frigate till Fiscal Year

  • Brazilian ARES seeks vehicle tests for its air defence RWS

    ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, Elbit Systems' Brazilian operation, hopes to field test its newly developed 30 mm TORC30 remote weapon station (RWS) on an Iveco VBTP-MR Guarani 6x6 amphibious armoured vehicle. ARES is awaiting a vehicle from the Brazilian Army in order to integrate the turret and carry

  • Delayed first flight of Defiant will not impact FVL, says officials

    Sikorsky-Boeing is set to conduct the maiden flight of the SB>1 Defiant co-axial compound helicopter some months later than originally scheduled, but the delay should have no adverse effect on the Pentagon's wider Future Vertical Lift (FVL) effort, senior programme officials said on 18 April.

  • Oshkosh updating US Army heavy tactical vehicles

    Oshkosh Defense has received various delivery orders for hundreds of trucks under the US Army's Family of Heavy Tactical Vehicles (FHTV) programme, the company announced on 18 April. The awards total USD258 million and cover recapitalisation for 670 of Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks

  • US Army scouts urgent MAAWS acquisition

    The US Army Contracting Command-New Jersey (ACC-NJ), acting on behalf of the Project Manager Soldier Weapons (PM SW), has issued a Sources Sought solicitation for the immediate procurement of a reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system and family of ammunition to defeat various target types.

  • US to support Canadian C-17 Globemasters via foreign military sale

    The US government plans to provide sustainment support for five of the Royal Canadian Air Force's Boeing C-17 (CC-177) Globemaster III transport aircraft. The estimated USD195 million deal, to be done through a foreign military sale, includes "contractor logistics support (CLS) provided

  • Vietnam to acquire USCG cutter

    A recently decommissioned United States Coast Guard (USCG) ship is to be transferred to Vietnam, information published by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) shows. The transaction is the first known defence deal between the two countries since the US fully lifted military sanctions on

  • Ford completes builder's sea trials, prepares for acceptance trials

    The US Navy's (USN's) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) has completed builder's sea trials and is beginning preparations for acceptance trials with the Board of Inspections and Survey (INSURV) for delivery to the USN, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)

  • Opposition to continue escalating protests to force elections in Venezuela despite hard-line government response

    EVENT The opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democratica: MUD) has called for another large-scale anti-government protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro on 20 April, following three weeks of escalating protests and riots in the capital Caracas and in

  • Anarchist militants claim responsibility for vandalising church in Brazil's Porto Alegre

    Anarchists claimed responsibility for damaging the wall of the Lutheran church with paint on 21 March in Porto Alegre.

  • Auditors pleased with USMC amphibious vehicle costs, but recommend delay

    US government auditors found the US Marine Corps (USMC) cost estimates for its competitive Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme - approximately USD2 billion for development and procurement and USD4.2 billion for operations and support - was fairly reached. Projections for the ACV fully or

  • Australia receives six more HERCULES armoured recovery vehicles

    Australia has received six additional BAE Systems M88A2 HERCULES armoured recovery vehicles (ARVs) from the United States, bringing to 13 the number of such vehicles in service with the Australian Army (AA). Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 20 April that the

  • Brazil to soon receive last two modernised F-5 fighters in truncated programme

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) will soon receive two more modernised F-5FM Tiger II fighters from Embraer Defesa e Segurança, the FAB's procurement agency told Jane's . Eight F-5E single-seat and three F-5F two-seat aircraft were earlier acquired from the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF)

  • The Anonymous Gang for Sabotage claims attacking two luxury car dealerships in Chile's Santiago

    In Santiago, the Anonymous Gang for Sabotage, with links to the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and Earth Liberation Front (ELF) groups, claimed responsibility for throwing stones at two luxury car dealerships, stating that they had damaged the building's cars, vans and a CCTV on 14 March in memory of

  • US mulls relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism

    US secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said his country is considering relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in a bid to pressure Pyongyang to re-engage with Washington and ultimately give up its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes. Asked by reporters about the issue on

  • Colombian Air Force to continue flying Kfir fighters

    Colombia's air force is set to continue operating its fleet of 20 second-hand IAI Kfir fighter jets for several more years as procurement of a new combat aircraft will not materialise in the short term, a senior Colombian military source told Jane's . Consequently, the air force plans to acquire

  • Pentagon innovation unit signs 13 more deals

    The Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) released an update on 18 April about its contracting work for the first half of 2017, with 13 new agreements signed totalling USD12.3 million in awards. The contracts are on top of 12 already signed by DIUx since the organisation was