• European officials rebuff Trump's 'NATO obsolete' comment

    European officials have widely sought to refute remarks by US President-elect Donald Trump that NATO is outdated and underfunded for fighting terrorism and other security threats. Trump aired his views about NATO, as well as views on Russia, and the European Union (EU) being set to fall apart,

  • Brazil's 2017 defence budget boosts modernisation

    The Brazilian federal government has approved a 2017 budget worth BRL3.41 trillion (USD1.1 trillion) that includes BRL94.83 billion for defence, a small increase over the National Congress' previous plan for BRL93.34 billion for defence in 2017. Despite the country's delicate economic and financial

  • DRS gears up for electric, hybrid drive potential

    Concerns over security and long-term energy costs will still drive the equipment market despite recent dips in fuel prices that have somewhat dampened interest in developing hybrid and electric drive propulsion plants for naval ships, predicted Greg Reed, a senior business development director for

  • Estonia approves co-operation agreement with US

    The government of Estonia has approved a new defence co-operation agreement with the US designed to specify the legal status of US service members who spend time in Estonia, the country's Ministry of Defence announced on 13 January. The agreement, a status of forces treaty, also covers US

  • IARPA seeks enhanced method for integrated circuit validation

    The research arm of the US intelligence community is developing the ability to analyse and verify the reliability of integrated circuits to ensure integrity of manufacturing processes and the supply chain. The objective of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's (IARPA) Rapid

  • McCain proposes large-scale defence build up

    John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has unveiled a proposal that would dramatically increase national defence spending over the next five years. The scheme offers a potential blueprint as the new Congress considers possible increases in defence spending. A

  • Mexican Navy launches new coastal patrol vessel

    The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) launched a new coastal patrol vessel (CPV), ARM Bonampak (PC 339), at Naval Shipyard N1 (ASTIMAR N1) in Tampico, Tamaulipas, on 12 January. The vessel, based on the Damen Stan Patrol 4207 series and known as the Tenochtitlan class in Mexico, is the ninth of the type to be

  • ONR invites proposals for swarming unmanned amphibians

    Key Points ONR is co-ordinating a science and technology effort intended to provide the US amphibious community with more small autonomous vehicles Funding of USD41 million is anticipated over five years and the first study contracts will be awarded in September 2017 Amphibious assaults could be

  • Pentagon report raises risks of further delays to F-35

    The Joint Program Office (JPO) for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) plans to truncate testing in a "risky" effort to remain on schedule, as ongoing problems threaten to delay the start of Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E), the Pentagon has

  • Russia clarifies military imports ban to exclude EEU partners

    Russia has clarified national defence procurement rules that prohibit the import of foreign materiel in all but exceptional circumstances by exempting products from four other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The prohibition therefore does not apply to Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan,

  • South Korea announces helicopter acquisitions and upgrades

    South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced plans to bolster the rotary-wing capabilities of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces. In a notice published on 17 January DAPA said it is procuring additional platforms under the Republic of Korea Navy's (RoKN's) Maritime

  • Taiwan begins F-16V modernisation effort

    Taiwan has begun the process of upgrading its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft to the latest F-16V configuration, it was confirmed to IHS Jane's on 17 January. Lockheed Martin said that work to upgrade the Republic of China Air Force's (RoCAF's) F-16A/Bs had begun with the

  • USAF chief calls for more personnel, resources

    The US Air Force (USAF) needs more personnel in order to continue meeting its overall operating requirements without incurring higher risk, according to General David Goldfein, USAF chief of staff. "We're too big for the resources available, but we're too small for what the nation

  • USAF chief signals strong interest in light-attack aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) may soon embrace a concept of fielding less expensive light-attack fighter aircraft for counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations, in part to preserve higher-end fighters for other roles. "We're 15 years into a long campaign in the Middle East … so we've

  • USN's OTH missile battle heats up

    Key Points The USN's OTH RFP is expected to be published in early 2017 There is no mention of platform constraints and how the missile's size and weight will be an issue With the recent release of a draft request for proposals (RFPs) for the US Navy (USN) over-the-horizon (OTH) missile for the

  • Textron nears completion of SSC prototype

    Key Points Subsystem testing of LCAC 100, the SSC prototype, is now underway LCAC replacement promises greater efficiency and other improvements over the legacy design Textron Marine & Land Systems expects the prototype Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC) air-cushion landing craft to begin afloat

  • Rolls-Royce reaches USD813 million settlements to end corruption investigations

    Rolls-Royce has reached penalty agreements with authorities in Brazil, the United Kingdom, and United States totalling GBP671 million (USD813 million) to bring to an end bribery and corruption investigations concerning the UK aerospace and energy group's activities in a number of international

  • Gamber-Johnson, Precision Mounting merge

    US company Gamber-Johnson and Canadian company Precision Mounting Technologies, which specialise in mounting systems for electronics for the military and commercial markets, have agreed to merge, the companies announced on 16 January. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies said that

  • Industry seeks power boost for navy lasers

    With US Navy (USN) officials continuing to seek more powerful lasers, industry is looking for ways to provide the power needed to operate such weapons. During the Surface Navy Association symposium in mid-January, navy officials discussed fitting a 150 kw laser at sea in about a year's time, with

  • Kashmir neighbours install new security chiefs

    Key Points A series of incidents in 2015 and 2016 called into question India's ability to defend against militant incursions, although its intelligence capabilities against mobile targets appear to have improved. With India maintaining a clandestine network of agents within Pakistan, Islamabad is