• Argentina loses contact with one of its submarines

    The Argentine Navy has lost contact with one of its submarines: the TR 1700-class boat ARA San Juan . The last communication with the vessel was on the morning of 15 November and there has been no further news from it since then. The navy has deployed the destroyer ARA Sarandi and the frigates ARA

  • Multicarrier drills help USN develop new CSG operational concepts

    The rare convergence of three carrier strike groups (CSGs) this month in the Western Pacific provided US Navy (USN) planners a chance to combine the disparate forces in novel ways compared with traditional deployments. “This is a unique opportunity,” Rear Admiral Gregory Harris,

  • KAI selects Harris payload carriage and release systems for KFX

    Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) has selected Harris Corporation to supply bomb rack units (BRUs) for South Korea’s next-generation Korea Fighter Experimental (KFX) development programme, the Melbourne, Florida-based company announced on 14 November. Harris said in a statement that it will

  • Lockheed Martin delays F-35 Block 3F software final certification to February

    Key Points Lockheed Martin expects to complete F-35 Block 3F final certification in February This is later than a previously estimated goal of the end of 2017 A Lockheed Martin executive expects the company to complete final certification for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Block

  • USAF mulling better defended satellites

    US Air Force (USAF) Space Command (AFSPC) hopes to better defend its space assets that peer adversaries may target, and expects to try defending a potentially forthcoming missile warning satellite. Major General David Thompson, special assistant to the AFSPC commander, said adversaries may use

  • Brazil’s GESPI finalises new 70 mm air-launched rocket

    Brazil’s GESPI Defense Systems has finalised development of its self-funded 70 mm/2.75 inch calibre Strike-70 unguided air-to-surface rocket. The certification phase of the Strike-70 was completed on 31 October with an undisclosed number of firings conducted from a ground-based LAU-68/A

  • DARPA’s XAI seeks explanations from autonomous systems

    Through its Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) programme, the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on technologies to enable autonomous systems to better explain their actions. In situations where autonomous systems provide analysts with information about

  • Mattis: Cyber, space, and USN fleet emerge as key focus areas for FY 2019

    Cyber concerns, space, and the US Navy (USN) fleet loom large as Pentagon planners are working on a fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget that is expected to include a longer-term plan for growing the US military, according to Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. “We’re looking at what changes

  • Mattis: Security progress in Afghanistan to be quantitatively and qualitatively measured

    The US, Afghan, and coalition partner governments will constantly measure and report – quantitatively and qualitatively – on conditions in Afghanistan, as the military campaign there will no longer use timelines. The US and Afghan governments reached an agreement outlining over 100

  • Northrop Grumman takes aim at GPS countermeasures with ASAF

    Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a software capability that fuses data from multiple sensors, enabling aircraft to operate safely in a GPS-denied environment. The tests, conducted earlier in 2017 for the US Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL),

  • Chile eyes helicopters, landing craft to augment amphibious assault capabilities

    The Chilean Navy has launched two tenders, one for four second-hand medium transport helicopters and another for an unspecified number of landing craft vessels, local military sources have told Jane’s . The helicopters, expected to be Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma Mk IIs, would fulfil a

  • House Armed Services Committee member warns of budget caps

    Following the release of the US government’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) conference report in early November, House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Democrats have warned that budget caps need to be lifted in order for programmes to be properly funded in line with the requirements

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Raytheon offering new AMRAAM-ER for NASAMS-type applications

    Following a successful test firing in May 2016, Raytheon is now offering an extended-range, ground-launched, air defence variant of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Officially designated as AMRAAM-ER, the new missile is available only in the air defence role and there

  • Brazil advances indigenous air-defence radar programmes

    The Brazillian Army’s Technology Centre and Embraer’s Bradar Indústria are finalising the joint development of the SABER M200 Vigilante transportable air-defence radar. The radar is being developed as part of an effort to boost the service’s air defence capabilities, and the

  • CAAR demonstrates autonomous resupply

    A UK-US team has conducted a trial of unmanned resupply technologies and concepts. Through the Coalition Assured Autonomous Resupply (CAAR) demonstration, the United Kingdom’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering

  • Chile set to order new observation satellite

    The Chilean government is set to order a new space device for its Earth Observation Satellite System, which is known locally as SSOT, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . The new satellite, which will be named FASAT-Delta, will replace the current FASAT-Charlie, which was ordered

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Russian officials remain cautious over possible UAE Su-35 buy

    Key Points Russian industry representatives are becoming skeptical regarding a potential purchase by the UAE of Su-35 aircraft They believe interest in the Su-35 is just being used as leverage in negotiations over the purchase of a US-built fighter Russian industry representatives who spoke to

  • Modernising the US Army’s network will take time and money to complete

    Key Points The current network will likely be inoperable in a complex battlefield The army could be at risk if it were deployed into a contested environment The US Army’s top leaders agreed it was time to stop throwing money at networking systems that are inadequate to meet the needs of the

  • USMC AAV7A1s set for survivability upgrades

    Four battalions of the US Marine Corps’ ageing AAV7A1 amphibious assault vehicles are to receive survivability upgrades as part of the Corps’ amphibious ground vehicle modernisation efforts, service representatives said at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference in

  • CERDEC seeks new methods for powering army’s C4ISR systems

    The proliferation of radios, hand-held smart devices, global positioning systems (GPS), and other personal electronic devices is prompting the US Army to examine ways to meet the demand for power and energy at the soldier level. The mission duration for any soldier or squad is directly dependent on