• Parsons expands in cyber, C5ISR markets

    Parsons announced on 21 May that it had expanded its business operations in the cyber, space, and command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C5ISR) domains through the acquisition of Polaris Alpha from Arlington Capital Partners.

  • Yageo acquires US electronics firm

    Taiwan’s Yageo Corporation announced on 22 May that it had signed an agreement to acquire US electronic component manufacturer Pulse Electronics. The acquisition agreement is valued at USD740 million, but is still subject to approvals from the US government. Pulse Electronics, owned by

  • Colombian presidential election second round likely; CD victory to reduce fiscal burden but threatens FARC peace agreement

    Key Points No candidate is likely to reach the 50% voting threshold needed to avoid a second round. A second round will likely involve centre-right Iván Duque and centre-left Gustavo Petro. Neither of those candidates is likely to command a majority in the legislature if they win, forcing

  • Pentagon mulls PACOM name change

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has acknowledged it is considering changing the longstanding name of Pacific Command (PACOM) to something along the lines of it being called the Indo-Pacific Command. The move would align the command’s name more with the National Defense Strategy, released

  • Pompeo outlines post-JCPOA approach to Iran, indicating ongoing shift in US foreign policy away from multilateralism

    Event In a speech before the Heritage Foundation on 21 May 2018, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out the US approach to Iran following President Donald Trump’s 8 May announcement to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). According to Pompeo, the United States

  • Upgrades alone won't preserve technological edge, says USSOCOM chief

    The head of the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has warned that upgrades to legacy technologies currently in service with US special operations forces (SOF) will not be enough to maintain the tactical advantage over adversaries in future operations. Addressing delegates at the annual SOF

  • US disinvites China from 2018 ‘RIMPAC’ naval exercise

    The United States has disinvited China from participating in this year’s multinational ‘Rim of the Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) maritime exercise due to what Washington described as Beijing’s “continued militarisation of disputed features in the South China

  • US lawmaker seeks stronger USAF contracts for additional data rights

    Key Points A key lawmaker wants stronger USAF contracts for additional data rights This could help with sustainment, but hinges on appropriate compensation to industry A key US lawmaker wants the US Air Force (USAF) to draft stronger contracts to enhance the service’s access to weapon

  • Japan to gather intelligence from privately operated nanosatellites

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is looking to diversify its intelligence-gathering capabilities by collecting images from privately-owned miniaturised Earth-observation satellites, an MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 22 May. After signing a JPY200 million (USD1.8 million) contract

  • US warfighters begin receiving upgraded JTAGS system

    The US Army and Northrop Grumman have deployed the first improved Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS) that modifies its in-theatre missile warning capability. Northrop Grumman announced on 22 May it had modified the JTAGS shelter and is providing more displays to improve battlespace awareness for

  • USN focuses on side-scan sonar for countermine operations

    The US Navy (USN) will depend on side-scan sonars and related synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) technology to conduct mine countermeasures (MCM) operations using Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission packages, said the service in a recent report to Congress. “Effective minehunting systems rely

  • ‘Few signs of progress’ in Afghanistan, says Pentagon’s Lead Inspector General

    The Lead Inspector General at the Pentagon for the United States’ Operation ‘Freedom’s Sentinel’ in Afghanistan said in a statement on 21 May that there have been few signs of security improvements in the Central Asian country in recent months. The statement, which was

  • BAE Systems to manage EW maintenance for F-35 JSF

    Lockheed Martin awarded the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) performance-based logistics (PBL) contract to BAE Systems to provide the advanced fighter aircraft with electronic warfare (EW) systems. Under the five-year contract, BAE Systems will support the entire global fleet of F-35s to

  • Israeli committee warns on defence industry job losses

    The Israeli Knesset’s finance committee has warned that some 22,000 job cuts in the defence industry and a cost of ILS7 billion (USD1.95 billion) to the country’s GDP will be caused by the terms of a US military aid agreement set to roll out in 2019. US aid to Israel for 2019–28

  • US to grant new hardware to Brazil

    The United States is to donate 120 M198 155 mm towed howitzers, 200 M577A2 armoured command post vehicles, and six M88A1 armoured recovery vehicles (ARV) to the Brazilian Army as excess defense articles (EDA). If the transfer is approved, letters of offer and acceptance will be signed with the

  • Brazil launches Tucano modernisation programme

    The Brazilian government is analysing proposals for the modernisation of 50 Embraer T-27 Tucano trainer aircraft flown by the air force’s Academia da Força Aérea military aviation school. The modernisation will be focused on the cockpit, replacing the analogue instruments with

  • Leonardo postpones delivery of modernised Super Lynx helos to Brazil

    Leonardo has postponed delivery of the first Super Lynx AH-11B naval helicopters to the Brazilian Navy, Jane’s has learned. The first two helicopters were scheduled for delivery in May and a third was due for delivery in August, but this timeline will not now be met. The delivery schedule

  • Continuing Resolution impacts Maritime Strike Tomahawk schedule

    Delays attributed to the US government’s fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) Continuing Resolution mean that initial operational capability (IOC) for the US Navy’s (USN’s) Maritime Strike Tomahawk (MST) missile will slip into the third quarter of FY 2022, documentation released by the Naval

  • DARPA seeks additional international interest in its 2019 Launch Challenge

    Key Points DARPA is seeking additional international interest for its cash prize Launch Challenge An FAA launch licence requirement could be suppressing international interest The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) seeks additional international interest in its 2019 Launch

  • USAF stepped up Afghan air campaign in April

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more munitions over Afghanistan in April than in the same month in previous years since at least 2008, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released AFCENT data shows that USAF aircraft released a total of 562 munitions in April 2018 as part