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  • Indian MoD plans to scrap IAF's single-engine fighter project

    India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has directed the Indian Air Force (IAF) to abandon its two-year-old proposal to procure 114 licence-built single-engine fighter aircraft and to broaden its fighter requirement to include twin-engine platforms. Official sources told Jane’s that the MoD

  • Orbital ATK reports growth in 2017 results

    US space and missile propulsion supplier Orbital ATK published results from its 2017 financial year on 22 February, revealing an increase in sales and income. Total revenue for the year was USD4,764 million, a 6.9% rise on the previous 12 months. Operating income increased by 12.1% year on year,

  • Bell rebrand removes ‘Helicopter’ from name

    Textron subsidiary Bell Helicopter announced a change of name on 22 February, as part of a rebranding strategy that will see it referred to simply as “Bell”. The company also unveiled a new dragonfly themed logo that it said represented its desire to achieve mastery of flight. In a

  • Cubic acquires US imaging specialist

    US defence electronics supplier Cubic Corporation announced on 22 February that it had acquired MotionDSP, a Silicon Valley-based specialist in image processing technologies. The purchase of the company, whose offerings include products that allow the enhancement and augmentation of live video

  • LHA 6 testing proves ability to move marines ashore as needed, USN says

    Amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) has proved in recent tests it can put marines on the beach as needed. During initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) exercises held in December 2017, America proved it can move “marines ashore in an adequate timeline to meet power

  • Crash course: US Navy revamps training, oversight to fix surface-fleet operations

    Buffeted by a spate of recent surface-ship collisions, the US Navy is changing the way it trains its sailors, inspects ships, and operates vessels. Michael Fabey reports on the service’s internal overhaul On the night after Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain (DDG 56)

  • Leidos defence income down despite revenue boost

    The Defense Solutions business of US company Leidos Holdings reported a slight reduction in operating income in 2017, according to financial results released on 22 February. While total revenue for the division rose by 29% – to USD4,959 million – thanks to the integration of what was

  • Separatist rhetoric threatens stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Key Points The hardening tone of nationalist rhetoric among senior political figures in Bosnia and Herzegovina increases the risk of an unintended escalation into conflict as a result of a miscalculation around the October elections. It is unlikely that a dispute over electoral law will be

  • USFK launches Gray Eagle UAS unit, says report

    United States Forces Korea (USFK) has launched a unit of the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial system (UAS) in South Korea as part of efforts to enhance its capabilities in the region, the Yonhap news agency

  • AFA Winter 2018: USAF studying reducing UAV manpower

    The US Air Force (USAF) is studying how to reduce the number of airmen it takes to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to fewer than 10, according to a key officer. Air Education and Training Command (AETC) chief Lieutenant General Steven Kwast said on 22 February that it took the USAF 13

  • Centaur emerges as MTRS Inc II solution

    Endeavor Robotics has revealed details of its new Centaur unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), which is the platform chosen to fill the US Army’s MTRS Inc II requirement. Centaur is a mid-sized, tracked platform that has been designed to carry out a range of missions, including ordnance disposal,

  • AFA Winter 2018: Key officer doubts non-developed offerings for light attack experiment

    Key Points A USAF officer said non-developed aircraft will likely not be considered for the light attack experiment He said the service is looking for aircraft already in production A key US Air Force (USAF) officer cast doubt that a non-developed entrant for any acquisition stemming from the

  • AFA Winter 2018: US Air Force vows software patches will fix AC-130J gun issue

    Key Points A USAF officer said software patches will fix the AC-130J’s 30 mm gun “retriggering” The gun is one of the most important parts of the gunship A key US Air Force (USAF) officer vowed that software patches will fix excessive triggering on the Lockheed Martin AC-130J

  • Pentagon budget 2019: Russian, Chinese hypersonics emerge as clear concern

    Development of hypersonic weapons, and defences against those weapons, are given new life in the US Department of Defense’s fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget amid concerns that peers such as Russia and China are advancing hypersonics technologies. These systems, such as hypersonic glide

  • BAE Systems demos DBM software

    BAE Systems has demonstrated a software tool that will aid manned and unmanned aircraft to share data and carry out operations when communications are denied. The semi-autonomous software, developed for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and US Air Force Research Laboratory

  • AHRLAC launches into US market

    South Africa’s Paramount Group announced on 22 February that it was launching its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (AHRLAC) aircraft into the US market. Known as the Bronco II, the company is aiming to promote the aircraft to the United States as a potential light

  • Sweden maintained export momentum in 2017

    Swedish defence exports in 2017 remained at the high level achieved during 2016 with sales valued at SEK11.3 billion (USD1.4 billion). The Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products (Inspektionen for Strategiska Produkter) reported on 21 February that foreign sales of military materiel had

  • Baltic states boost artillery capabilities

    The defence forces of Estonia and Lithuania are upgrading the indirect fire capability of their land elements, military officials from both Baltic countries highlighted at the IQPC Future Indirect Fires Eastern Europe Conference held in Bucharest, Romania. The Estonian Land Forces maintains two

  • US Navy interested in air force's retired MQ-1 Predator UAVs

    US Navy (USN) officials are discussing acquiring General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) the US Air Force (USAF) plans to retire, according to a USAF spokesperson. USAF spokesperson First Lieutenant Annabel Monroe said on 20 February that the

  • Curtiss-Wright acquires Dresser-Rand Government Business

    US systems and components manufacturer Curtiss-Wright announced on 20 February that it had agreed to acquire the Dresser-Rand Government Business from US-based Siemens Government Technologies. The price for the company will be USD212.5 million, which Curtiss-Wright will pay in cash. The

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