• US, Japan, South Korea to hold anti-missile drill

    The United States, Japan, and South Korea will hold a two-day anti-missile drill starting on 11 December amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. The Ministry of Defense in Tokyo said in a statement that the exercise – the sixth of

  • CAE appoints new head of UK business

    Training provider CAE has announced that Andrew Naismith has been appointed managing director (MD) of its UK business. Moving up from his position as MD of the company’s aircrew training services division, which included provision of the Royal Air Force’s (RAF’s) Medium Support

  • Congress passes two-week budget extension, funds government through 22 December

    Congress has passed a two-week extension of a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) budget to keep the federal government funded through 22 December, yet again extending debate over how much to fund defence and domestic needs. President Donald Trump on 8 December enacted another CR budget to continue

  • DoD to begin spending audit in 2018

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced plans to begin a highly anticipated agency-wide large-scale audit into spending, which is due to begin in 2018 and will be carried out annually thereafter. The audit became a legal requirement in 1990, but the Pentagon had so far failed to pass a

  • GD-OTS awarded contract for Pakistan’s AH-1Z programme

    General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) has been awarded a USD9.06 million contract to supply 41 A/A49E-7 (V4) Point Fire and Suppression System (PFSS) gun turrets for Bell AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters in support of the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the government of Pakistan. The US

  • Hexcel agrees OPM acquisition

    Hexcel Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the aerospace and defence business of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM), it announced on 8 December. This division of OPM develops thermoplastic, carbon fibre-reinforced 3D printed parts for space, defence, and commercial

  • Houston company developing UUV to manipulate at extreme depth without umbilical

    A Houston, Texas-based company is working with the US Navy (USN) on a minimally supervised, autonomous unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) that will be capable of operating deeper than 3,000 m without a surface vessel or an umbilical. Nicolaus Radford, Houston Mechatronics senior vice-president for

  • Japanese MoD plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore BMD systems, says report

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has requested an additional JPY730 million (USD6.4 million) for fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) to introduce two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying on

  • Singapore Army enhances rocket artillery capabilities

    Singapore Army artillery forces operating the Lockheed Martin M142 227 mm High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) have been given a boost with the fielding of a new and more capable mobile battery command post (CP) as well as the introduction of the company’s Universal Fire Control

  • US Army activates second Security Force Assistance Brigade

    The US Army has activated its second Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) for training and advising foreign military forces, as the concept becomes clearer. This SFAB, the second of a six planned units, is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The first was established at Fort Benning in

  • US Army reserve components boost driver training

    Two driver training systems developed for the US Army National Guard (ANG) and Army Reserve (USAR) have been showcased at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. Wegmann USA presented its Stryker Driver Trainer (SDT), which is a

  • US Army to manage acquisitions with new Army Futures Command

    US Army officials have outlined their new structure meant to improve a struggling acquisitions process, including a new US Army Futures Command. “A three-star level taskforce is mapping out a new command – Army Futures Command – that will consolidate the service's modernisation

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 11 December 2017

    Americas Brazil – 08 December 2017: At Parada Pinto Avenue, Vila Amalia, São Paulo, three armed persons held customers and store employees hostage during a robbery attempt at a department store, before being forced to surrender by police. Brazil – 08 December 2017: In Rio de

  • Brazil pursues defence industrial co-operation with the UAE

    Brazil’s Defence Minister Raul Jungmann met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) Armed Forces, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on 7 December, as part of a visit designed to boost defence industrial partnerships between the two

  • Japan to equip JASDF fighter aircraft with stand-off cruise missiles

    Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera announced on 8 December that Tokyo plans to equip Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter aircraft with long-range cruise missiles amid heightened tensions in the region over North Korea’s development and testing of nuclear weapons and

  • NAVSEA advances SM-2 Block IIIC active upgrade plan

    The US Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has confirmed its intention to sole-source Raytheon Missile Systems for engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) and low-rate initial production (LRIP) of an improved Block IIIC variant of the Standard Missile-2 (SM-2) anti-air warfare missile.

  • DigitalGlobe plans to bid for NGA’s EnhancedView contract follow-on

    Key Points DigitalGlobe plans to compete for the follow-on to its 2010 EnhancedView contract award Planet and Airbus could be competitors DigitalGlobe plans to compete for the follow-on programme to its US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) EnhancedView contract when it opens to bids

  • BAE Systems providing C-UAS prototype to USN for Mk 38 testing

    Key Points The capability is not expected to use lasers or rely on signals jamming The USN intends to install the prototypes on ships in September 2019 The US Navy (USN) is expected to issue a sole source contract to BAE Systems to add a counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capability to the

  • FARC peace deal makes progress in Colombia

    Key Points The majority of FARC insurgents have disarmed and demobilised, but the government has struggled to implement other elements of the November 2016 peace agreement. Armed organised crime groups, FARC dissidents, and the ELN will remain part of Colombia’s security panorama during the

  • FLIR appoints new Government, Defence unit president

    US electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) specialist FLIR Systems announced that it had appointed a new president of its Government and Defense business unit on 7 December. From 8 January David Ray, who has worked for Raytheon since 2002, will assume the role, taking over from James Cannon, president and