• Canadian budget defers CAD8.48 billion in defence spending until 2030s or later

    Key Points Canada is deferring spending for large procurements amid several new large-scale programmes Government documents cited FWSAR procurement and LAV upgrades as a cause for the change Canada's federal budget, released by the Department of Finance on 22 March, has significantly delayed

  • US DoD reviewing policies and procedures for countering UAS

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is stepping up its efforts to combat the threat posed by unmanned systems, from small quadcopters to driverless cars as weapons. The effort is taking on the look and feel of similar work to counter improvised explosive devices (C-IED) during the early years of

  • Canadian budget postpones further equipment spending

    Canadian finance minister William Morneau presented his government's 2017 budget to the country's House of Commons on 22 March, but did not provide significant detail on future defence allocations. Aside from changes to veterans' pensions and benefits, the main change to defence funding announced

  • SM-2 acquisition a priority consideration for Denmark's next defence bill

    Denmark has begun initial steps to acquire the Raytheon Standard Missile (SM)-2 Block IIIA anti-air warfare (AAW) missile through a US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) case, but final approval for the acquisition will hinge on the government's 2018-22 defence bill. The Royal Danish Navy's (RDN's) three

  • Tactical tablets: Getac evolves frontline system

    Key Points Getac UK has released a next-generation EUD with SOF launch customers across NATO The MX50 has been designed for use down to the lowest tactical level across the battlefield Special Operations Forces (SOFs) are spearheading the widespread utility of tablet End User Devices (EUDs) at

  • US signs defence R&D agreement with Brazil

    Flávio Basilio, Brazil's Secretary of Defence Products (Secretaria de Produtos de Defesa: SEPROD), finalised an agreement with the United States Department of Defense on 22 March that aims to allow the countries to pursue joint defence technological development projects. In a Ministry of

  • Chile to start building icebreaker in May

    Chile is to begin constructing an icebreaker in May, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, commander of the Chilean Navy, announced during a 17 March navy bicentennial ceremony in Valparaiso. He said the icebreaker is scheduled to be ready within four years "in order to replace [current icebreaker]

  • Peru receives polar vessel Carrasco

    The Peruvian Navy received an oceanographic vessel with polar capabilities, Carrasco (BOP 171), during a ceremony in Vigo, Spain, on 22 March. The vessel, constructed by Spanish shipyard Freire SA, was originally scheduled to be transferred on 10 March, but was delayed by weather. Carrasco will

  • MILREM up-guns THeMIS with Protector weapon station

    Estonia's MILREM has broadened the range of remote weapon stations (RWS) that can be fitted to its Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). The company has worked with Kongsberg to integrate the Protector RWS on THeMIS, in a configuration that includes a

  • Poland rules out used F-16 purchase

    Poland has ruled out the purchase of used F-16A/B multirole combat aircraft to replace Soviet era fighter aircraft inventories on the grounds of cost, Deputy Minister of National Defence Bartosz Kownacki said on 22 March. He said that the decision had been reached following analysis that showed

  • US delivers four more refurbished F-16s to Indonesia

    The United States has delivered four more refurbished Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU). The move is part of a USD700 million deal signed in 2012 to supply the Southeast Asian country with 24 ex-US

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Full year stop-gap budget feared

    US military leaders and some lawmakers fear the government, and specifically the Department of Defense (DoD), will be funded throughout this year with a restrictive stop-gap budget. There are currently no full appropriation bills for fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017), which has been funded so far with a

  • Shotgun conversion kit should give Marines improved capability

    Key Points The M500A2 requires no modification for reconfiguration The new shotgun configuration will be useful in VBSS operations The US Marine Corps is testing a new Marine Corps Systems Command Military Enhancement Kit (MEK) that will enable personnel to convert their M500A2 shotgun into a

  • US Army seeks to maintain research funding, divest excess gear

    The US Army is taking a 'five pillar' approach to modernisation that includes maintaining key aviation research, buying next-generation ground vehicles, and divesting excess equipment. The first pillar is continuing to protect science and technology funding for programmes such as Future Vertical

  • Elbit Systems reports year-end revenue increase

    Israel's Elbit Systems reported its fourth-quarter and full-year results for 2016 on 22 March, with revenues continuing to stay above USD3 billion for the second year. Company revenues increased from USD3.11 billion in 2015 to USD3.26 billion, following on from reported strong performances in

  • USAF looks to lessons learned to improve software-intense acquisitions

    The US Air Force (USAF) acquisition officials hope to improve future programmes with lessons from recent struggles when buying equipment requiring major software developments, Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, the service's top uniformed acquisition official, told the annual McAleese and Associates'

  • USAF plans to proceed with Compass Call replacement, pending funds

    The US Air Force (USAF) will move forward with plans to replace its Lockheed Martin-BAE Systems EC-130H Compass Call special mission aircraft, which were stalled after a bid protest. Government Accountability Office (GAO) auditors dismissed a bid protest filed by Bombardier earlier in March, and

  • AFL claim attack on meat business in Chile's Santiago

    In Santiago, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)-affiliated Javier Recabarren cell claimed to have damaged the locks of a Teletrak, an animal shop and five meat-selling businesses; they later claimed responsibility for the attacks.

  • ALF claim attack on meat shop in Chile's Santiago

    The Animal Liberation Front (ALF)-affiliated Javier Recabarren anarchist cell claimed responsibility for attacking the Susaron meat shop in Santiago.

  • Argentine FAdeA reduces losses, restarts production

    Argentina's state-run Fábrica Argentina de Aviones SA (FAdeA), after a year of restructuring and new management, has reduced its annual losses by 92% with spending cuts, including USD20 million cut from infrastructure and USD20 million from salaries, FAdeA president Ercole Felippa said on 17