• UTC Aerospace readies AN/VVR-4 laser warning system

    UTC Aerospace has provided Jane’s with details of its AN/VVR-4 laser warning receiver which has been selected as the standard laser warning system for all US armoured vehicles. The new system is a follow-on to the AN/VVR-3 and designed to detect and classify laser threats, including range

  • Beijing accuses Pentagon of ‘playing up Chinese military threat’

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has criticised the US Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS) for being permeated with a “Cold War” mentality and for “playing up the so-called Chinese military threat". MND spokesperson

  • China vows to take action after USN destroyer sails near disputed Scarborough Shoal

    China has accused a US Navy (USN) warship of ‘illegally’ entering what Beijing claims are Chinese territorial waters near Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea (SCS), vowing to take “necessary measures” to “safeguard” Chinese sovereignty. The Ministry of

  • RAAF’s EA-18G Growler aircraft to participate in their first international air combat exercise

    Four Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) EA-18G Growler electronic attack (EA) aircraft are preparing to deploy on their first international air combat exercise, according to a 22 January statement by the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra. The aircraft along with some 340 RAAF personnel will

  • Brazil to acquire additional SAR-configured C295

    Brazil has exercised an option for an additional Airbus Defence and Space (DS) C295 search and rescue (SAR)-configured aircraft, to add to two that were ordered in 2014. The additional SAR-configured aircraft, which was announced on 22 January, will bring the total number of SAR and

  • Canada in talks with Davie for leasing four icebreakers

    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed his government is in talks with Quebec-based shipbuilder Davie about leasing four icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard. Trudeau on 18 January said negotiations with Davie were to begin the following day. The shipbuilder originally proposed

  • Carbon, Paragon announce teaming

    Additive manufacturing company Carbon has teamed with Paragon Rapid Technologies to bring its 3D digital light synthesis technology to the UK market. US-based Carbon will introduce the technology into Paragon’s UK-based market, which will complement its 3D printing facility, as well as

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-9B SATCOM launch and recovery feature

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) successfully demonstrated in December its latest Automatic Takeoff and Landing Capability (ATLC) using a satellite communications (SATCOM) data link for its MQ-9B SkyGuardian/SeaGuardian unmanned aerial system (UAS), according to a company statement.

  • Harris awarded USD45 million contract for Philippine C4ISTAR capability

    Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD44.86 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to assist the US government in providing the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) with a C4ISTAR capability, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 19 January. Harris will provide “programme

  • Taliban militants kill at least 18 people in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST 18 people - including at least six Ukrainian and two Venezuelan nationals working for Kam Air airline and six other foreign nationals - were killed during an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on 20 January, Reuters reported. The attackers - reportedly

  • US military aircraft mishaps in Japan more than doubled in 2017, says report

    Accidents or incidents involving US military aircraft in Japan more than doubled in 2017, despite reports to the contrary from the United States, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on 22 January. Onodera said the Ministry of Defense (MoD)

  • AFRL plans C-UAS directed energy weapon demonstration

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL’s) Strategic Development Planning and Experimentation Group (SDPE) is planning to demonstrate the application of directed energy technologies – lasers and high-power microwave devices – to defeat unmanned aircraft systems (UASs).

  • USAF sets up team to investigate physiological problems for pilots

    The US Air Force (USAF) is standing up a team to investigate ongoing physiological problems affecting pilots of several of its aircraft types. The Unexplained Physiologic Events (UPE) team, announced by the USAF on 22 January, will be led by Brigadier General Bobbi Jo Doorenbos with the remit to

  • D13’s MESMER applies RF manipulation for C-UAS

    Department 13 (D13) is teaming with Raytheon to support its MESMER system, a counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability that can detect and stop or redirect a UAS. MESMER uses radio frequency (RF) protocol manipulation to take advantage of the weaknesses in a system's digital radio signal

  • IARPA eyes defence applications for AI efforts

    The US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) is working on several projects in video analysis and other areas of artificial intelligence (AI) that could have military applications, according to an organisation official. IARPA, which sits within the Office of the Director of

  • At least 18 killed as gunmen storm Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul

    At least 18 people were killed and 12 others injured when gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on 20 January, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The attack, which was later claimed by the Taliban, began when at least five gunmen wearing army uniforms and

  • Bolivia’s MoD progresses towards new radar system, other budget priorities

    The Bolivian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has executed about 83% of its 2017 budget programme, the MoD announced on 18 January. That programme included progress on Bolivia’s new Defence and Air Traffic Radar System (SIDACTA), acquired from Thales Air Systems. Construction began in October and

  • Brazil to receive ammunition carriers for self-propelled howitzers

    The Brazilian Army has authorised its commission in Washington to sign a letter of offer and acceptance (LOA) with the US government to buy 40 M992A2 field artillery ammunition support vehicles (FAASVs). The former US Army vehicles would be granted as excess defence articles through the US Foreign

  • Dismissal of case on 2014 armed standoff in Nevada raises assassination, arson risks against federal assets

    Event On 21 January, rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, spoke at a rally of 200 people in Paradise, Montana, held by the Western Property Owners, restating how they would never recognise the authority of the federal government over Western lands The rally followed an 8

  • GTV tests loom for ESSM Block 2

    Raytheon and the US Navy (USN) are gearing up for two key live test events for the RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missile (ESSM) Block 2 programme. Planned to occur on the Self-Defence Test Ship (SDTS) by the end of the first quarter of this year, Guided Test Vehicle-1 (GTV-1) and GTV-2 will exercise