• US lawmakers continue scrutiny of LCS warfighting capabilities

    Key Points US Congressional leaders questioned the maturity of LCS capabilities USN FY 2018 budget request may reflect a balancing of current LCS to expand options for the Future Frigate Congressional leadership again questioned the cost overruns and key warfighting capabilities of the US Navy

  • Colombia receiving two new Kfir two-seat fighters from Israel

    The Colombian Air Force (FAC) has purchased from Israel two second-hand IAI Kfir TC-2 two-seat fighters to replace lost platforms and reinforce its Kfir trainer fleet, according to FAC commander General Carlos Bueno. After losing four trainers from 2009-14, as well as one operational fighter, the

  • DoD E-4B support contract coincides with tornado damage to half the fleet

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a USD73.1 million support contract for its four Boeing E-4B National Emergency Airborne Command Post aircraft, just days after a tornado reportedly caused severe damage to half the fleet. The DoD made the award for Strategic Mission Systems LLC to

  • F-35B resumes flight operations in Arizona after brief pause

    Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) flight operations at US Marine Corps (USMC) Air Station Yuma in Arizona resumed on 23 June after a one-day pause due to an issue with the aircraft's information technology backbone. The Marine Corps said late on 23 June that Major

  • GAO: Army improving acquisitions, but 'requirements' far understaffed

    The US Army has made progress in improving its acquisition processes, particularly in how it generates requirements for new capability, but work remains to be done and staffing may be a critical issue, according to government auditors. A major review in 2011 - resulting in the so-called

  • HII awarded USD3 billion for LHA 8 Bougainville

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) a total of approximately USD3 billion for the detail, design, and construction of Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA) Replacement Flight 1 amphibious assault ship the future USS Bougainville (LHA 8) on 16 June 2017.

  • Metal Shark shipbuilder to supply multiple Latin American, US FMS customers

    The US Navy has selected Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark, teamed with the Netherlands' Damen Shipyards Group, to build Near Coastal Patrol Vessels (NCPVs) for the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme. The deal is "potentially worth upwards of USD54 million" and Metal Shark

  • South Korean president says 'original' THAAD agreement was for one launcher to be deployed in 2017

    South Korean president Moon Jae-in has said that only one of the six launchers for the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea was originally scheduled to be deployed in the country by the end of 2017, with the remaining five to be deployed in 2018. "But for

  • Tensions increase in Syria after Su-22 shoot-down

    Russia announced for a second time that it had suspended an agreement aimed at preventing accidents in Syrian airspace after the US-led coalition shot down a Syrian Su-22 jet on 18 June: a development that reflected a growing confrontation as pro-government forces attempt to contain coalition-backed

  • US approves sale of 22 non-weaponised Guardian UAVs to India

    The United States has approved a USD3 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 22 non-weaponised General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) Guardian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the Indian Navy (IN), Indian industry officials told Jane's on 23 June. Speaking on condition of anonymity the

  • US Marine Corps cancels select F-35B flight operations due to ALIS issues

    On 22 June the US Marine Corps (USMC) indefinitely cancelled flight operations of select Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft due to issues with the Automated Logistic Information System (ALIS). USMC spokesman Major Kurt Stahl said on 22 June that 3rd Marine

  • US military deploys JASSMs to South Korea, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has deployed the air-launched Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) to South Korea for use by US Air Force (USAF) F-16 fighters operating from Kunsan Air Base, according to a Yonhap news agency report. "USFK has more than 10 long-range,

  • USMC, Raytheon begin producing new turrets for LAV anti-tank vehicles

    The first two production models of the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) Light Armored Vehicle Anti-Tank Modernization (LAV-ATM) A2 models, updated with an improved rocket launcher, have been completed. The new model includes an unmanned Raytheon Modified Target Acquisition System (MTAS) that is a

  • Iranian willingness to escalate in Syria and Gulf increases risk of US-Iran military confrontation

    Key Points This is Iran's first ballistic missile combat launch since the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). The strikes against the Islamic State were likely primarily intended to establish a defensive-use precedent for Iran's ballistic missile programme. The strikes and Iran's overall greater

  • US House panel approves navy V-22 multi-year buy

    Key Points US House panel approves the navy's ability to enter into a multi-year contract for V-22s Multi-year buys can help bring procurement savings rather than buying aircraft annually A US House panel on 21 June approved the US Navy's (USN's) ability to enter into one or more multi-year

  • USN reveals source of EMALS mechanical issues

    The General Atomics-built Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) installed on the first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) is being "fine-tuned" to overcome a vibrational issue associated with optimising the launch and recovery of different

  • North Korea conducts another possible ICBM rocket engine test, says report

    North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of Pyongyang's programme to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the Reuters news agency reported on 23 June. The US assessed that the test, the latest in a series of engine

  • Construction and hydrocarbon contractors and foreign nationals continue facing high kidnap risks in Colombia's Norte de Santander

    Key Points At the national level, kidnapping risks are on a downward trend, with a tenfold reduction in recorded incidents in the past decade. The majority of kidnappings are perpetrated by criminal gangs and target professional and wealthy Colombians in the departments of Caquetá, Cauca,

  • Criminal violence in Mexico reaching record levels, despite sustained spending increases on state security forces

    EVENT Statistics released on 22 June by the National Public Security System (Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública: SESNSP) show that Mexico recorded its highest number of monthly murders in May 2017 since 1997. In the past month, authorities began 2,186 new murder

  • IOMAX negotiating Archangel sale to UAE, upgrading AT-802s for Jordan and Egypt

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the final stage of negotiations with IOMAX for the sale of 12 Archangel Block 2 Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) with the option of 12 more, Jane's was told on 22 June. The direct commercial sale (DCS) will see the UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD)