• Paraguay seeks systems to intercept UAVs

    The Paraguayan Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a tender to buy a system to jam and intercept unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The move is aimed at curtailing unauthorised flights by Brazilian UAVs over Paraguay’s territory, military sources in Asunción told Jane’s . The

  • USAF awards GBSD TMRR contracts

    The US Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) on 21 August awarded two Technology Maturation and Risk Reduction (TMRR) contracts for its prospective Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) weapon system requirement. The GBSD is the weapon system

  • LRASM tactical configuration completes first flight from B-1B

    A first firing of a production-representative, tactical configuration AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) has been completed from a US Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber. Conducted on 17 August over the Sea Range at Point Mugu, California, the LRASM all-up-round executed a number of

  • Platinum Equity reaches deal for Pattonair

    Private-equity firm Platinum Equity reached a deal to buy UK-based Pattonair, the company announced on 21 August. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Pattonair provides supply chain management offerings for the aerospace and defence sector, with outposts in the United States, China, and other

  • Privia names new CEO

    Contracting software manufacturer Privia announced on 21 August that it had selected James McConville as its new chief executive. Privia provides software that helps contractors bid for US government work, including deals with the Pentagon. McConville has worked for several large defence

  • Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan focused on gaining regional support

    Key Points Trump said his instinct was to withdraw from Afghanistan, but he has decided to continue the United States' now 16-year-long war there The White House wants Pakistan and India to help more, and the Afghan government to improve President Donald Trump announced the United States will add

  • Chile eyes new shipborne long-range land attack capability

    Chile may become the first South American nation to deploy a shipborne cruise missile with the capability to reach targets deep in land, as its navy is eyeing IAI/Malam’s Long Range Attack (LORA) hybrid missile and ballistic weapon, military sources in Santiago told Jane's . Interest in LORA,

  • Damen begins building Mexican Navy’s new patrol vessel

    Damen started building a long-range ocean patrol vessel (Patrulla Oceánica de Largo Alcance: POLA) for the Mexican Navy, according to a 17 August navy statement. The vessel is Damen Group’s Sigma 10514 frigate. Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, in the Netherlands, will construct two

  • General Atomics sees potential in UAV communication-denial capabilities

    Key Points GA-ASI believes communication denial capabilities hold promise in era of contested airspace The US and allies have operated in uncontested airspace for over a decade General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), is working on communication denial capabilities for its unmanned

  • Two more Mexican Air Force T-6C+ aircraft crash

    Two Mexican Air Force (FAM) Beechcraft T-6C+ Texan II aircraft crashed on 16 August, the Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA) announced. According to SEDENA, the aircraft were on a training flight over the Santa Lucia Military Air Base N°1 (BAM N°1) when the two aircraft brushed

  • US Air Force names A11 space operations directorate leaders

    Key Points The USAF named a pair of leaders for its new A11 space position This is the service’s effort to boost influence of space in war planning and fight off reforms The US Air Force (USAF) on 17 August announced the senior civilian and mobilisation assistant for its new Deputy Chief of

  • US Navy chief orders pause in operations, reviews following series of accidents

    US Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson ordered “an operational pause” and a “comprehensive review” following a series of collisions involving US Navy (USN) ships. “This trend demands more forceful action. As such, I’ve directed an operational pause

  • USN punishes officers from Fitzgerald destroyer collision

    Top ranking officers on USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), which on 17 June collided with a merchant vessel, have been relieved of duty. “The commanding officer, executive officer, and command master chief of the guided-missile destroyer were relieved of their duties by Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin,

  • Argentina seeks new amphibious assault ship

    Argentina is studying options for acquiring an amphibious assault ship – including a second-hand vessel as a stop-gap or locally building a new ship in the mid- to long term, military sources in Buenos Aires told Jane’s . Argentina’s interest in transferring a second-hand US

  • GA-ASI executives: Overly strict export control laws hurt US

    Key Points GA-ASI believes overly strict UAV export control laws hurt the US They allow foreign nations, including potential adversaries, to boost influence on industry General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., (GA-ASI) executives believe overly strict export control laws and an international

  • Trump orders elevation of US Cyber Command

    Key Points US Cyber Command will become a unified combatant command as soon as a commander is confirmed by the US Congress The White House delayed a decision on splitting command of US Cyber Command and the National Security Agency US President Donald Trump ordered on 18 August that US Cyber

  • Proteus dual-mode undersea vehicle demonstrated at ANTX

    Key Points Proteus has been designed and built to serve as a large-diameter undersea vehicle prototype for both manned and unmanned missions During ANTX, Proteus was used to ingress contested battlespace and launch three micro-UUVs Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII’s) Proteus

  • UK explores Multi-Role Support Ship concept

    Key Points The MRSS pre-concept study is due to report in 2018 MRSS will address future amphibious, forward repair, and medical capability requirements The UK Royal Navy (RN) has instigated a package of studies to explore a future multi-role platform that could potentially address a range of

  • Keel laid for Mexican SIGMA 10514 frigate

    Key Points Contract for a single SIGMA 10514 ‘Long Range Patrol Vessel’ was signed earlier in 2017 Module construction to be split between the Netherlands and Mexico A keel laying ceremony has been performed at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding’s Vlissingen shipyard in the

  • USN plans 'raid' upgrade ECP for RAM Block 2

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans for a further update of the RIM-116C Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) Block 2 ship self-defence missile, as part of efforts to improve performance against complex multi-missile raids. Known as the RAM Block 2B Raid Engineering Change Proposal (ECP), the upgrade