• Bodytrak set for SF trials

    An undisclosed US Special Forces unit is looking to purchase prototypes of the Bodytrak soldier monitoring system, with a range of other military users expressing interest in trialling the device in recent months, Jane’s has learned. Bodytrak is a small, in-ear system designed to measure

  • ST Kinetics readies Bronco 3 for production

    Key Points ST Kinetics showcased its latest Bronco 3 all terrain tracked carrier in the UK The company is ready to start production of the Bronco 3 once a customer has been found Singapore Technologies (ST) Kinetics has completed development of its latest Bronco 3 all-terrain tracked carrier

  • DSEI 2017: SRS details Fusion hybrid UUV

    Strategic Robotic Systems (SRS) presented its Fusion hybrid unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) system at DSEI 2017. In the military sphere the Fusion system has applications in mine countermeasures, port and harbour security, and ship inspection tasks, and is being marketed as a simple,

  • US Navy, General Dynamics Electric Boat ink USD5.1 billion SSBN deal

    On 21 September General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) was awarded a USD5.1-billion contract by the Pentagon to complete designs for the lead Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN). Ultimately 12 Columbia-class boats are planned to replace 14 ageing Ohio-class SSBNs. The Ohio class is to

  • AFA 2017: ATAC buys French F1s for massive USAF Adversary Air training competition

    Key Points ATAC buys French F1 aircraft in preparation for US Air Force Adversary Air competition The USAF could spend billions of dollars acquiring this capability Virginia-based Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) has bought 61 French Dassault F1 multirole fighter aircraft to offer for a

  • Australian Hawkeis to receive Vortex Opensplice data platform

    PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice data-sharing platform has been selected for use in the Australian Defence Force’s Hawkei vehicles. Vortex Opensplice is the company’s implementation of the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service (OMG DDS), a real-time data

  • Brazilian Army updates its 'strategic plan'

    The Brazilian Army has released a new review of its Army Strategic Plan 2016-19. The update was driven by Brazil’s economic retraction and made several changes to the previous plan that was approved in December 2015. Updates include establishing a new doctrine to be implemented through the

  • Leidos to mature new air platform warning, survivability technologies

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has contracted Leidos for a five-year research and development programme intended to mature technologies for airborne threat warning and survivability. Valued at USD23.5 million, the Threat Warning and Integrated Survivability Technology (TWIST) contract

  • Argentine Air Force buying liaison aircraft

    The Argentine Air Force is finalising a deal to buy eight liaison aircraft, after Ministry of Defence approval, to begin replacing its fleet of ageing locally built Cessna 182 and Piper Seneca aircraft. The replacements are being purchased through the International Civil Aviation Organization and

  • Bolivia eyes Argentine IA-63 Pampa III light strike jets

    The Bolivian government is considering buying light strike aircraft, riverine vessels, and more from Argentina, military sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's . Bolivia's main interest is buying between 8 and 12 IA-63 Pampa III light strike aircraft, to be built at Argentina's Fábrica Argentina

  • CTS enhances Resolve COMINT system

    Chemring Technology Solutions (CTS) launched a major capability upgrade of its Resolve lightweight integrated communications intelligence (COMINT) and direction finding (DF) system at DSEI 2017. The legacy system, which is in use with 13 countries, could be used in the manpack, vehicle, and

  • Getac partners with Trivalent to improve data protection

    Getac has partnered with Trivalent, a US provider of data protection tools and services, to enhance the security of its tablet devices. Getac displayed its new MX50 tablet at DSEI 2017 in London, with the company highlighting the growing importance of data protection for military end users. The

  • Baltic conflict simulation concludes Poland is wasting valuable time

    Key Points The latest wargaming of a Russian invasion of the Baltic states and Poland has brought out some harsh lessons about the latter's ability to prevail The key issue is the glacial pace of Polish defence procurement From 12-14 September the Baltic Hegemon wargaming exercise had its second

  • Bombardier workers protest against Boeing complaint

    Workers at Canadian aerospace and transportation manufacturer Bombardier staged a protest on 20 September, targeted not at their employer but in support of it. Employees represented by the Unifor union stopped work at Bombardier’s Toronto facility in order to voice their opposition to

  • AOEW transitions to EMD phase

    Key Points The AOEW AMP, designated AN/ALQ-248, is a self-contained EW pod hosting both high-sensitivity receiver and electronic attack subsystems for anti-ship missile defence NAVSEA has exercised a USD23.6 million option with Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems for the EMD phase Lockheed

  • Brazil, South Korea look to naval collaboration

    Brazil and South Korea are looking to expand defence industrial ties on naval programmes, following a meeting between Brazilian and Korean officials on 19 September. A delegation from South Korea’s Defence Acquisition Programme Authority (DAPA), met with officials from the Brazilian Ministry

  • Orbital ATK announces US facility expansion

    US rocket motor and ammunition manufacturer Orbital ATK announced on 19 September that it is to expand a facility it operates in Beavercreek, Ohio. The site, which currently employs 100 people, will be extended by more than 20% in anticipation of accommodating 57 new engineering and technical staff

  • US-India Business Council seeks clarity on India’s Strategic Partner policy

    Key Points Business organisation looks to engage with Indian MoD on addressing ‘ambiguity’ in new policy Concerns remain about who owns and controls foreign technologies transferred to India The US-India Business Council (USIBC) has welcomed the Indian Ministry of Defence’s

  • AFA 2017: US Air Force not pushing for additional RD-180s

    Key Points A key US Air Force officer said the service doesn’t want to buy more Russian rocket engines The service is paying companies to develop next-generation launch systems The US Air Force (USAF) is not pushing Congress for permission to buy additional Russian-developed rocket engines,

  • Japan to fund USN contract for construction of USMC headquarters on Guam

    The Japanese government is to fund a USD17.9-million contract awarded to Virginia-based firm Contrack Watts for the construction of a waterfront headquarters building at US Naval Base Guam, as part of an agreement between Tokyo and Washington to relocate Okinawa-based US Marine Corps (USMC)