• CERDEC to test wireless power beaming

    Key Points The US Army's CERDEC are pursuing technologies for the wireless transmission of power over long distances Initial testing of power beaming to a quadcopter will take place later this year The US Army is exploring the ability to wirelessly beam power from the ground up to unmanned

  • US Army cancels plans to issue RFP for XM1160 HEGM programme

    The US Army has cancelled plans to acquire the 120 mm XM1160 High Explosive Guided Mortar (HEGM) munition that was expected to replace the service’s current XM395 precision-guided HE mortar round, an official from the US Army Contracting Command confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July. The

  • Colombian cargo theft rates on a long-term decline, but risks persist in Antioquia, Cauca, Cundinamarca, and Valle

    Event Colombian police statistics published in early July showed the number of cargo robberies (139) reported in the first six months of 2018 had declined by 6.7% from the same period last year. The reduction follows an overall downward trend in such crimes from 2013, when authorities recorded 210

  • KC-46 programme completes flight tests required for October delivery

    Key Points The KC-46 programme completed final test flights required for October delivery Prime contractor Boeing believes it can reach its October delivery goal The Boeing KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tanker programme on 6 July completed the final test flights required to deliver the first

  • Northrop Grumman CEO to step down

    Major US defence contractor Northrop Grumman revealed a change in leadership on 12 July, with news that its CEO, Wes Bush, is to leave the role. Bush, who has been the company's CEO since the start of 2010, will leave the position at the beginning of January 2019. He will be replaced by Kathy

  • Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

  • Update: Oversight group alleges USAF F-35/A-10 fly-off was not objective

    Key Points A US oversight group is alleging that the USAF fly-off between the F-35 and A-10 was not objective The allegation is another moment in USAF’s history of trying to retire the A-10 A US government oversight group has alleged that a recent fly-off conducted by the US Air Force

  • US Army establishing new modernisation outpost in Austin

    Key Points The service has created a new four-star command tasked with overseeing force modernisation Leaders intend to provide “unity of effort” through Army Futures Command The US Army has selected a location for the new organisation charged with overseeing its force modernisation

  • PGZ to work with Leonardo on AW249 in move that could push out Polish AH-64E acquisition

    Key Points Poland's state-run PGZ has signed an LOI to co-operate with Leonardo on the Italian firm's AW249 attack helicopter The deal could scupper any chance of Boeing selling the Apache E into Poland On 10 July Jakub Skiba, the president of Poland’s Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the

  • Northrop Grumman positions for Japan’s F-2 replacement programme

    Northrop Grumman is looking to engage with Japan in meeting its requirement to acquire or develop a next-generation fighter aircraft to replace the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) Mitsubishi F-2 platform. A spokesperson from Northrop Grumman confirmed to Jane’s on 11 July

  • US Air Force wants autonomous air-to-air collision avoidance system on F-35

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to put an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the F-35 The service has a similar technology on the F-16 that pulls unresponsive pilots out of tailspins The US Air Force (USAF) wants an autonomous air-to-air collision-avoidance system on the

  • Australia to help support Afghan UH-60 Black Hawk helos

    Australia will help support the Afghan Air Force’s (AAF’s) growing fleet of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk multirole helicopters, Defence Minister Marise Payne announced during the 11–12 July NATO Leaders’ Summit in Brussels. Canberra will provide “around 20 Australian

  • Brazilian Army acquires US armoured wreckers

    The Brazilian Army is acquiring 10 Oshkosh Defense M984-series HEMTT (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck) 8x8 protected heavy recovery trucks through the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. Spares, manuals, training, and technical assistance are also included. The air-transportable

  • L3 acquires Australian businesses

    L3 Technologies has entered agreements to acquire two Australian companies to strengthen its electronics, communications, and cyber capabilities and support growth in international markets, it announced on 11 January. The deals feature Azimuth Security, an information security consultancy firm, and

  • Taiwan seeking to buy M1A2 Abrams MBTs from US

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has secured the support of the island’s cabinet to purchase M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks (MBTs) from the United States to replace some of its older M60A3 and M48H CM11 MBTs. A Taiwanese defence official was quoted by the China Times newspaper

  • Raytheon laser technology makes US patent history

    Raytheon has received a US patent for technology to obtain real-time readings on speed and distance from the data stream created by laser radars. The patent marks the 10 millionth US patent issued. The technology, invented by Joe Marron, an optical engineer for Raytheon, improves the ability of

  • Aptiv acquires Winchester Interconnect

    Irish technology firm Aptiv announced on 10 July that it had entered into an agreement to acquire US-based Winchester Interconnect from US private equity firm Snow Phipps Group. Aptiv will pay USD650 million for the company, with the deal expected to close by the end of 2018. Winchester

  • Excelitas Technologies expands optics offerings

    US electro-optics manufacturer Excelitas Technologies announced on 9 July that it had completed the acquisition of Colorado-based Research Electro Optics (REO). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. REO produces optical components and thin-film coatings, optical subassemblies, and Helium Neon

  • US Air Force schedules first flight of attritable XQ-58A UAV for this fall

    Key Points The US Air Force plans a first flight for this fall of its XQ-58A attritable UAV The idea of attritable is affordable but not to the point of so cheap where it is expendable The US Air Force (USAF) will fly this fall for the first time the Kratos XQ-58A Valkyrie, an

  • ESSM Block II successfully intercepts target in test

    The Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block II successfully intercepted a BQM-74E aerial target during a recent flight test, the US Navy (USN) has confirmed. The test, conducted by the NATO Seasparrow Project Office, was the first ESSM flight test to use the new Block II active guidance seeker