• Lockheed Martin opens new Australia facility

    Lockheed Martin officially opened its new Australian headquarters on 19 February in an effort to drive further expansion in the country. The corporation said the facility, in which Lockheed Martin invested AUD12 million (USD9.5 million), will be its centre for in-country corporate and business

  • Pentagon Budget 2019: Congressional opposition mounts to USAF’s JSTARS recap cancellation

    Key Points Capitol Hill opposition to the USAF’s JSTARS recapitalisation cancellation is growing Lawmakers have stopped the service from divesting platforms, such as the A-10, in the past Influential lawmakers are opposing the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) plan to cancel the Joint

  • Top US marine wants more submarines

    US Marine Corps Commandant General Robert Neller has said he wants a stronger undersea force to ensure marine access to the shore. “I want more submarines,” Gen Neller said on 15 February during a speech at the Amphibious Warship Congressional Forum, sponsored by the Amphibious Warship

  • USAF steps up Afghan campaign in January

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more weapons over Afghanistan last month than in any other January since 2011, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data show that USAF aircraft released a total of 321 weapons in January 2018 as part of Operation

  • Amphibious ships need new C2 suites to pace aircraft, USMC commandant says

    With the increasing use of MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft and the advent of F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter deployments on US Navy (USN) large-deck amphibious assault ships, the US Marine Corps (USMC) sees a need for more advanced communications networks on the vessels. “We’re

  • Argentina to buy more RBS 70 launchers and missiles

    The Argentine government has approved a purchase of 18 RBS 70NG anti-aircraft missile launchers, three simulators, and an undisclosed number of missiles, an Argentine Air Force source told Jane’s . The purchase, as well as some restorations for other anti-aircraft weapons – 25 mm and 30

  • Arlington Capital buys Integrity Applications

    US private equity fund Arlington Capital Partners has announced the acquisition of US intelligence and defence consultancy organisation Integrity Applications Inc. Terms of the transaction – announced on 16 February – were not disclosed. Arlington said that the company would be

  • Brazilian Army to upgrade last M113Bs

    The Brazilian Army has authorised its commission in Washington, DC, to amend a previous Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) in order to now modernise the service’s entire fleet of M113B armoured carriers. Modernisation kits, provided by BAE Systems, for the last 150 vehicles will be ordered

  • JetLease, Arista Aviation join for UH-60A rebuild and sale

    JetLease and Arista Aviation have revealed that they have combined to provide ex-US Army Sikorsky UH-60A Black Hawk helicopters to the second-hand market. While the initial agreement was signed about two years ago, the companies have only just revealed details of the arrangement, which involves

  • Pentagon budget 2019: US Army to ‘pure fleet’ Javelin Block I capability

    The US Army has requested USD161.4 million in fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) to convert 969 Javelin Block 0 Command Launch Units (CLUs) to the newer Block 1 configuration. The CLU upgrades will be for Javelin systems deployed with armoured brigade combat teams (ABCTs) – these are the only

  • PwC sells US public sector business

    Veritas Capital has announced the purchase of the US public sector business of corporate consultancy group PricewaterhouseCoopers. Terms of the transaction – announced on 14 February – were not disclosed. The deal will see 1,500 employees transfer from PwC. The division provides

  • US Navy finds renewed life in legacy programmes

    As the US Navy (USN) looks to deploy Lockheed Martin F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters and develop next-generation missiles, the service is finding ways to stretch the service lives of its existing combat jets and cruise missiles. The USN is extending the lives of its Boeing F/A-18 A-D

  • US to double annual production of laser guidance kit for JDAM

    Boeing is to be contracted to double the annual production rate of its DSU-38A/B laser guidance kit for the US military. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has announced in an amended notification posted on 15 February that Boeing is to increase the production capacity for the DSU-38A/B

  • Canada to rejoin NATO E-3A Component after seven-year absence

    Canada is to rejoin the NATO E-3A Component about seven years after it left the multinational NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Force (NAEW&CF), the country’s government announced on 14 February. Canada was one of the 12 founder nations of the E-3A Component in 1979, but withdrew

  • China built new bases in South China Sea, US PACOM commander says

    After years of 'reclamation' – creating artificial islands or artificially adding to existing ones – in the South China Sea, China is now establishing military bases on those manmade features, Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of US Pacific Command (PACOM), said. “They now have

  • US Army requests expeditionary and mobile systems to counter ‘low, slow, and small’ UASs

    The US Army is looking to rapidly deploy two new systems to protect its forces against ‘low, slow, and small’ unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), the service disclosed on 14 February. Two separate requests for information (RFIs) related to the requirement were posted on the same day for

  • Bids in for Belgian fighter replacement

    The United Kingdom and United States and their respective industries have submitted final bids to Belgium for the replacement of its ageing Lockheed Martin F-16AM/BM Fighting Falcon fleet, while France is seemingly retaining its position outside of the formal competition, announcing further industry

  • NATO adds Canada and Poland to multinational maritime multimission aircraft effort

    Canada and Poland have become the latest NATO members to sign up to the development of a future maritime multimission aircraft (MMA), the alliance announced on 15 February. The two nations join France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, and Turkey in the multinational effort to develop a replacement

  • US Navy contracts Boeing to begin conformal fuel tank work for Super Hornet Block 3

    Boeing has been contracted to design, develop, test, and integrate conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) fleet of F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft. The contract, announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 14 February, is valued at USD219.6 million and will run

  • JASSM-ER achieves FOC on F-15E Strike Eagle

    The US Air Force (USAF) has declared full operational capability (FOC) of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) missile on the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle multirole strike fighter. The USAF’s Seek Eagle Office – which leads