• Teledyne completes E2V acquisition

    Teledyne Technologies has completed the acquisition of UK-based E2V Technologies, it was announced on 28 March. The company - a producer of image sensors and camera systems for space, healthcare, and defence and aerospace applications - will now trade as Teledyne E2V. The acquisition was first

  • NAWCWD reveals solid-fuel ramjet testing to meet future strike needs

    Key Points NAWCWD has used off-the-shelf components to flight test a low-cost solid-fuel ramjet in an accelerated timeframe Follow-on work is focused on making the solid-fuel ramjet engine more tactically relevant The US Navy (USN) has revealed the in-house development and flight test of a

  • BAE Systems reports growth for 2016

    BAE Systems released its annual report on 28 March, with sales climbing 11.2%, although the company said much of the growth was tied to favourable exchange rates. BAE had sales of GBP19.0 billion (USD23.6 billion) for 2016, up from GBP17.9 billion. Operating profit climbed to GBP1.7 billion for

  • EUCOM worried by Russia's non-strategic nuclear weapons

    US European Command's (EUCOM's) biggest concern regarding Russia is its tactical nuclear weapons in Europe and its "troubling doctrine" of using those weapons to try de-escalating conflict. General Curtis Scaparrotti, head of the EUCOM, told Congress on 28 March what alarms him most is

  • NATO allies brace for finger-wagging from Tillerson on defence spending

    Allied defence spending, counter-terrorism, and Ukraine's security will - at Washington's insistence - top the agenda when NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels on 31 March. The meeting was moved forward from 6-7 April to enable US secretary of state Rex Tillerson to attend the foreign ministers'

  • To counter Russia, EUCOM chief wants more ISR and larger ground force

    Key Points Gen Scaparrotti would like RC-135, U-2, and RQ-4 aircraft to monitor Russian actions in Europe The EUCOM chief also wants an armour division, which adds fires, engineer, and air defence battalions The top US commander in Europe wants more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance

  • UK, France collaborating on long-range weapons

    Defence officials for the United Kingdom and France signed a collaboration agreement with MBDA to develop future long-range weapons on 28 March. Each country is contributing EUR50 million (USD54 million) for a three-year concept development period where MBDA will review potential missile

  • USMC anticipates importance of 'tactical flexibility' of next-gen amphibs to USN

    Key Points USMC leadership highlights dependence on 'tactical flexibility' of next-gen amphibious ships Operational concepts may project increased shifts from carrier-based operations to USN-USMC pairings US Marine Corps (USMC) Brigadier General Francis L Donovan, commander of the 5th Marine

  • US senators urge Trump administration to approve India defence deals

    A bipartisan pair of US senators have urged the Trump administration to approve the co-production of Lockheed Martin F-16 combat aircraft in India and the export of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc's (GA-ASI's) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the South Asian country. Republican

  • KC-46A tanker in danger of further delays, GAO reports

    The Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker programme is in danger of suffering further setbacks in addition to the 12 month delay already experienced in the delivery of the first fully capable aircraft to the US Air Force (USAF), an official US government report has noted. The Government Accountability

  • Key US senator calls for weapons for Ukraine amid hardening NATO-Russia relations

    Key Points As NATO's attitude towards Russia hardens, calls are coming to supply weapons to Ukraine Concerns remain over the degree of support for NATO from the Trump administration NATO's attitude to Russian cyber attacks and other tactics is hardening, with calls for the allies to close ranks

  • USAF progresses SABR AESA radar integration onto F-16

    The US Air Force (USAF) is continuing with developmental testing of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) Northrop Grumman AN/APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) aboard the Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, the service announced on 24 March. The work, which is being carried out by

  • Leidos, USAF developing non-lethal EM technology to shut down electronics

    The US Air Force (USAF) is developing the ability to disrupt or neutralise electronic systems and technologies with little to no collateral damage using high power electromagnetics (HPEM). HPEM technology produces beams of electromagnetic energy over a broad spectrum of radio and microwave frequencies

  • AFRICOM seeks ISR to help counter-terrorism operations

    US Africa Command (AFRICOM), which is increasingly combating radical groups in Northern Africa, needs more intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets, commander General Thomas Waldhauser said on 27 March. Speaking with reporters in Washington, DC, Gen Waldhauser characterised the

  • Argentina may field interim fighter as it seeks Mirage replacement

    Argentina may look to field an interim jet fighter while it continues to study possible replacements for its now retired Dassault Mirage platforms, the chief of the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) told Jane's on 27 March. The Chief of the General Staff of the Argentine Air

  • Deloitte buys cloud services company

    Deloitte has bought cloud services provider Day1 Solutions, the company announced on 27 March. Deloitte did not disclose terms of the acquisition, although it was part of a series of moves including an announcement that Deloitte would be adding 3,000 engineering jobs as part of a cloud computing

  • Hytera to buy Norsat

    Chinese firm Hytera has agreed to buy Canadian communications company Norsat, the companies announced on 27 March. Hytera will pay USD62 million for Norsat. Norsat had announced earlier in March that it had received a letter of interest from Privet Fund, a private equity firm that already owned

  • USAF to advance research in open architecture standards

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is seeking to advance open systems architecture standards for weapon systems that should reduce lifecycle costs, enable rapid fielding of advanced warfighting capabilities, avoid vendor lock, and ensure cyber resiliency. Under the Mission Systems Open

  • High-profile Al-Qaeda leader killed in US airstrike

    A high-profile leader of the Al-Qaeda militant Islamist group was killed in a US airstrike carried out on 19 March in Afghanistan's southeastern Paktika Province bordering Pakistan, the US Department of Defense (DoD) said in a 25 March press statement. Described by the Pentagon as a "senior

  • CAM claim responsibility for arson attack in Chile's Araucania

    Mapuche group Coordinadora Arauco Malleco (CAM) claimed responsibility for an arson attack which had affected forestry machinery in the Araucania region.