• Mercury Systems develops new SSDs for defence applications

    Mercury Systems has developed a new generation of ball grid array (BGA)-based solid state drives (SSDs) that have a 10-fold increase in performance as well as improved security over its earlier secure SSD products. The TRRUST-Stor secure SSD is optimised for embedded computing applications in

  • Pentagon denies cutbacks in exercise with South Korea

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is denying media reports that it is cutting back its joint annual ‘Max Thunder’ exercise with South Korea in response to North Korean cancellations of talks with its southern neighbour over concerns about the drills. North Korea abruptly cancelled the

  • US Air Force seeks ‘smart’ commonality with navy, army hypersonic weapon efforts

    Key Points The USAF seeks commonality with other US military services on hypersonics It could allow the service to find better technology at lower costs The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking “smart commonality” with the US Army and US Navy (USN) on its hypersonic weapon efforts as the

  • BAE Systems and Dell EMC develop a scalable and secure cloud solution

    BAE Systems and Dell EMC have partnered to create a federated secure cloud that is flexible enough to power agency-level IT modernisation or support smaller, forward-operating units. The BAE Systems, Dell EMC solution arrives mission-ready and pre-engineered embedded with customisable Dell EMC and

  • Boeing cleared to begin preparatory work on Apache multiyear contract

    Boeing has been authorised to begin preparatory work on a USD3.4 billion multiyear contract to supply newbuild and remanufactured AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the US Army and Saudi Arabia, a company official told Jane’s on 17 May. The authorisation to begin work on lots 7-11

  • Modernisation work starts on Peruvian submarine Chipana

    Peru has officially started work on modernising its naval submarine fleet with the recent hull-cut into submarine BAP Chipana (SS 34), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said in a statement released on 16 May. The upgrading of the platform is taking place in the Callao facilities of the Peruvian

  • US lawmaker proposes banning F-35 sales to Turkey

    Key Points A US lawmaker proposed banning F-35 sales to Turkey Turkey is a full F-35 partner and will likely buy 100 F-35As Representative David Cicilline of Rhode Island’s legislation prohibits the sale or transfer of F-35 aircraft and any intellectual property (IP) or technical data to

  • US Army to order Bonus rounds

    The US Army is about to order 500 BAE Systems Bofors Bonus 155 mm sensor-fuzed munitions as part of a larger order for the anti-tank rounds. Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within the US Army’s Program Executive Office for Ammunition, announced at the IQPC

  • USAF seeks DVE solution for Pave Hawk helos

    The US Air Force (USAF) is to equip its Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk combat search and rescue (CSAR) helicopters with equipment for flying in degraded visual environments using a DVE system (DVES). The USAF announced on 16 May that it is seeking from industry a DVES that specifically address the

  • USMC receives first CH-53K heavy-lift helo

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has received the first of 200 Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters that are set to arrive over the coming years. The milestone, which took place on 16 May, saw the corps accept the first helicopter to enter into the Supportability Test Plan (STP) that will

  • Pyongyang threatens to cancel US-North Korean summit

    Pyongyang has suspended high-level talks with Seoul over ongoing US-South Korean military exercises, and threatened to cancel a highly anticipated summit between North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump scheduled to take place on 12 June in Singapore. On 16 May

  • Pentagon official backs current ICBM motor rocket commercial rideshare policy

    Key Points A top Pentagon official backs the current policy barring commercial payloads on ICBM motor rockets Changing the policy could allow a company to undercut a developing small launch base A top Pentagon official is backing current policy that bars commercial secondary payloads from flying

  • Update: Taliban launch attack on Farah City

    Afghan and US forces have conducted air strikes against insurgent positions around the capital of Afghanistan's western Farah Province to help ground troops repel an attack launched on the city by the Taliban militant group on 15 May. “The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces [ANDSF],

  • US Air Force planning for future F-35 fleet management office

    Key Points The USAF is planning for a F-35 fleet management office This would replace the current JPO that the Pentagon wants to disband The US Air Force (USAF) is in the early stages of planning for a fleet management office that would emerge after the Pentagon disbands the Lockheed Martin F-35

  • US search for DPICM replacement about to get under way

    The US Army is seeking a new anti-armour round as a replacement for its 155 mm M864A1 Dual Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (DPICM). Speaking at the IQPC Future Artillery 2018 conference, held in London from 14-16 May, Peter Burke, deputy project manager for combat ammunition systems within

  • USS Milwaukee fires missiles to start LCS missile module testing

    The Freedom-class variant Littoral Combat Ship USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) conducted a live-fire missile exercise to start mission-module testing off the coast of Virginia on 11 May, US Navy (USN) officials said. Milwaukee fired four Longbow Hellfire missiles that successfully struck fast inshore attack

  • Chinese missile arsenal presents strategic problem, says US official

    Most of China’s missiles would fail to meet the weapon limits set by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by the United States and the then-Soviet Union to help counter the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian

  • DARPA developing affordable, generic seeker for precision guided weapons

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing a low-cost seeker that will fit onto any air-deployed munition and can use parts from any company. Under its Seeker Cost Transformation (SECTR) programme, DAPRA is designing a seeker with a new open architecture that is

  • USFOR-A revises ANDSF personnel numbers, says SIGAR

    United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) has revised the latest figures it provided to the US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) regarding the personnel strength of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). The SIGAR, John Sopko, said on 15 May the new

  • Government concessions during national dialogue central to Nicaraguan president’s ability to withstand anti-government protests in three-month outlook

    Event A national dialogue mediated by Nicaragua’s Episcopal Conference has been scheduled to start on 16 May to de-escalate anti-government protests that have lasted over 28 days, leaving 54 people dead. Triggered by public opposition to government-imposed social security reforms, protests