• Argentina tests new Aucán UAV prototypes

    The Argentine Air Force on 24 October tested its Aucán unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at Chamical Air Base, in La Rioja province, according to the Argentine Ministry of Defence (MoD). The project is being developed by air force's Research and Development General Direction (Dirección

  • Embraer settles corruption probe

    Brazilian company Embraer has settled a probe into bribery of government officials in the Dominican Republic, Mozambique, and Saudi Arabia as well as fraud related to a deal in India, the company and regulatory authorities announced on 24 October. Embraer will pay a combined USD205 million to end

  • India's probe into 2008 Embraer deal to continue

    Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on 25 October that his country will continue investigating alleged wrongdoing by Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer over the 2008 sale of three EMB-145 aircraft for India's indigenous aircraft early warning and control (AEW&C) programme. "The

  • Lockheed Martin releases third quarter earnings

    The world's largest defence company Lockheed Martin released third quarter earnings for its fiscal year 2016 on 25 October, with sales up 15% and net earnings up 177% for the quarter, year over year. The results include several seismic shifts to the company's business composition, with the

  • Panama buys logistic support vessels from Colombia's COTECMAR

    Panama is to acquire two Colombian logistic support vessels to counter drug trafficking and support coastal populations. A memorandum of understanding was signed during a meeting in Panama between presidents Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Juan Carlos Varela of Panama on 25 October. The

  • Raytheon names T-100 production location

    Raytheon and Leonardo-Finmeccanica have chosen Meridian, Mississippi, as their T-100 military aircraft trainer production location, the companies announced on 25 October. Raytheon in February announced it was offering the aircraft, a variation of Leonardo's M-346, for the US Air Force's (USAF's)

  • Textron's CUSV to fill interim role for LCS mine-hunting mission

    The US Navy (USN) will use Textron's Common Unmanned Surface Vehicle (CUSV) as an interim replacement to tow the AN/AQS-20 mine-hunting sonar, and the USV will become part of the Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) mine-hunting mission package, according to the executive director of LCS. The decision will

  • UTC issues third-quarter earnings

    United Technologies Corporation (UTC), former owner of Sikorsky and current owner of Pratt & Whitney, reported its earnings for the third quarter of the company's fiscal year 2016 on 25 October. Sales for the quarter were USD14.4 billion, up 4% from the USD13.8 billion the company reported for

  • USS Wasp withdrawn from Libya operation

    US air support for anti-Islamic State militia forces in the Libyan city of Sirte has been re-configured after the amphibious warfare ship USS Wasp handed over to USS San Antonio on 21 October. Unlike Wasp, the landing platform dock (LPD) San Antonio cannot operate the US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier

  • Brazilian Niterói-class frigates to receive weapon system improvements

    Brazilian privately run company CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia is to modernise the Brazilian Navy's six Niterói-class frigates' SICONTA Mk2 (Sistema de Controle Tático e de Armas) tactical and weapon control system, the company told IHS Jane's. Under Project 'Phoenix', the current

  • Carter: To consolidate gains, US troops expected to remain in Iraq after Mosul

    US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter suggested US forces are unlikely to drawdown their presence in Iraq if Mosul is recaptured, as any security gains may be fragile. "We have discussed that with the Iraqi government, and I only start there because it will, in the end, be a decision that we

  • DoD space official calls for commercial licensing reform

    A top US Department of Defense (DoD) official wants the Pentagon to reform how it licenses commercial space capabilities in order to keep the US commercial space sector robust. Speaking during a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Deputy Assistant Secretary of

  • NATO member commanders outline cyber priorities

    Senior military commanders from across NATO have described the practical challenges and opportunities facing the armed forces as developments in cyberspace continue to advance across the contemporary operating environment. Speaking at RUSI's Second International Cyber Symposium in London, cyber

  • Pentagon releases annual acquisition report

    The Pentagon's acquisition chief released his fourth annual report designed to measure the performance of the US's weapons buying apparatus on 24 October. The report, which Under Secretary of Defense Frank Kendall released in the midst of squabbling in Congress over the future of his position that

  • Peruvian Navy starts sea trials for new tug Morales

    The Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP) commenced sea trials for its new auxiliary tug BAP Morales (RAS 180) on 20 October. The tug has a bollard pull of 50 tonnes and will be utilised for search-and-rescue and diving operations. Morales weighs 500 tonnes, has an overall length of

  • Suspension of recall referendum increases destabilising protest risks in Venezuela, military to assume hard line against opposition

    EVENT The opposition-controlled National Assembly passed a resolution on 23 October declaring the government of President Nicolás Maduro in violation of the country's constitution, while accusing him of leading a coup against the state. The resolution was passed in rejection of the 20 October

  • US Cyber Command's DCOM outlines emerging threat environment

    The effects of operations in cyberspace across '21st Century Warfare' is forcing militaries to rapidly develop concepts of operation and command structures to deal with emerging requirements, a senior US commander has announced. Addressing the Second International Cyber Symposium in London,

  • USN buys additional GAJT antennas from NovAtel

    NovAtel will provide additional GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) systems to the US Naval Observatory (USNO) to satisfy a requirement for a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) capability at sites throughout the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The order brings the number of

  • USN to deploy F-35-capable amphibious assault ship in Japan

    Key Points The US Navy will dispatch an amphibious assault ship to Japan that can embark the F-35B aircraft The platform is expected to deploy with a squadron of 16 F-35Bs The US Navy (USN) announced on 24 October that it will deploy its lead Wasp-class amphibious assault ship to Sasebo, Japan to

  • US destroyer sails near disputed Paracel Islands

    The US Navy (USN) launched another freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in disputed areas of the South China Sea (SCS) on 21 October, US officials confirmed. USS Decatur (DDG 73), an Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, sailed near Chinese-controlled Triton and Woody Islands in the