• Lockheed Martin launches new exoskeleton system

    Lockheed Martin has developed an exoskeleton system that is designed to provide wearers with greater endurance and load carrying capacity. Launched under the company's FORTIS brand, the Knee Stress Release Device (K-SRD) is a powered exoskeleton that has been developed for use by the military and

  • Defence spending, counter-terrorism to dominate short-and-sharp NATO summit

    NATO leaders will stage one of their briefest summits ever - barely 120 minutes - when US president Donald Trump meets his allied counterparts for dinner in Brussels on 25 May before flying on that evening to a G7 meeting in Sicily. Two items are planned for discussion: defence spending and

  • AFRL explores the use of liquid metal to reconfigure radar

    The US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) is building antennas using liquid metal to enable changes to the size, shape, and functionality of the electrical wiring. Currently, the research effort is using gallium, which is known for its use in radars (gallium arsenide and gallium nitride types) and

  • AFRL plans AgilePod multi-INT pod flight test on MQ-9 Reaper

    The US Air Force (USAF) has disclosed details of a prototype platform-agnostic modular, reconfigurable, multi-sensor payload pod planned for flight testing on an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft system (UAS) in late 2017. Known as AgilePod, the multi-intelligence (multi-INT) pod system has been

  • Anti-gang programme contributes to declining murder rate in Colombia's Cali, but theft and criminal violence remain common

    Key Points An expanding demobilisation programme for gang members appears to be driving security improvements in Cali. Despite a sustained decline in the murder rate, numbers of violent deaths will remain far above Colombia's national average over the 12-month outlook. The focus on tackling

  • Boeing expects third and final multiyear Osprey contract by end of 2017

    Boeing hopes to sign for its third multiyear (MY3) procurement contract for the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft before the end of the year, a company representative told reporters on 18 May. Speaking at the site of the production facility in Philadelphia where Boeing builds the V-22 fuselages to be

  • Embraer enters critical phase in KC-390 programme, analyst says

    Key Points Embraer has many letters of intent it hasn't processed into firm orders Firm orders would give programme a boost Embraer is entering a critical period for its KC-390 tanker transport aircraft as the programme could use a shot-in-the-arm from converting letters of interest (LOI) into

  • North Korea declares Pukkuksong-2 MRBM ready for operational deployment

    North Korea has confirmed that it successfully test-fired a Pukkuksong-2 (also spelled Pukguksong-2) medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) on 21 May, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un declaring the weapon system ready for operational deployment and mass production. The missile was fired in an

  • NRL developing transparent, biomimetic armour

    The US Navy (USN) Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing transparent polymer armour suitable for tri-service applications that reduces the weight of the armour while retaining ballistic integrity. The USN and US Marine Corps (USMC) documented a need for 10% reduction in armour weight in the

  • US Air Force unveiling Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor this summer

    Key Points New US Air Force space data processor scheduled to come online Complicated program trying to fuse data from military and commercial sensors The US Air Force (USAF) in mid-2017 will bring on a capability called the Non-Traditional Data Pre-Processor (NDPP) that will begin

  • US Navy awards Boeing USD238 million for F/A-18 work

    The US Navy on 5 May awarded Boeing a USD238 million contract extension to upgrade F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet fighter aircraft, according to a Boeing statement. The work at Boeing's Cecil Field facility in Florida will include high flight-hour inspections, periodic maintenance inspections,

  • US NUWC tests biomimetic minehunting UUV prototype

    US Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) is testing a new minehunting unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) that uses biomimetics that imitate sea life. Initially designed to interdict swimmer/diver threats, the Razor mine-hunting UUV is enabled with low-speed manoeuvrability and higher speed cruising

  • Vietnam receives six Metal Shark patrol boats from the US

    The Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG) has received six 45 ft (13 m)-long Metal Shark patrol boats from the United States: a further indication of the growing security co-operation between the two countries. The boats were handed over on 22 May in a ceremony presided over by US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted

  • Explosion at shipyards in Colombia leave several dead

    Several explosions on 17 May inside a Colombian shipyard complex that includes state-run COTECMAR left at least seven dead and dozens more injured in Cartagena. Preliminary reports point to one explosion inside COTECMAR and at least one other inside American-owned shipyard Astivik. COTECMAR

  • Boeing unconcerned about MH-139's European heritage in bid for USAF Huey replacement

    Boeing is not worried that its bid to secure the US Air Force's (USAF) UH-1N Huey Replacement Program might be scuppered by the European heritage of its MH-139-based proposal. Speaking to reporters at the company's Vertical-Lift production facility in Philadelphia, Boeing's head for the programme,

  • US announces USD109 billion in Saudi defence deals

    The United States announced defence deals worth USD109 billion for Saudi Arabia during President Donald Trump's visit to the kingdom on 20 May. "Today we announced 23 foreign investment export licenses leading to upwards of more than USD350 billion of historic direct investment; USD109 billion

  • Northrop Grumman opens South Australia repair facility

    Northrop Grumman has inaugurated a repair facility at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base in Edinburgh, South Australia, the company has announced. The new facility is intended to provide enhanced maintenance and repair services in support of laser-based large aircraft infrared

  • US AFRL develops sensor pod to navigate in GPS-denied environments

    Key Points US AFRL develops navigation technology for times without GPS GPS can be easily denied in certain environments The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) developed a sensor pod allowing warfighters to navigate when global positioning system (GPS) signals aren't available. The sensor

  • US Air Force in source selection for SHiELD laser

    Key Points US Air Force in source selection for final phase of SHiELD laser programme Contract award will bring programme one step closer to demonstrations The US Air Force's Research Laboratory (AFRL) expects to award a contract in mid- to late 2017 for the laser portion of its Self-protect High

  • General Atomics to install AAG on third Ford-class aircraft carrier

    The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded General Atomics a USD195.2 million contract modification for manufacture, assembly, test, and checkout of the advanced arresting gear (AAG) for the future nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 80) on 18 May 2017. The