• Senate budget resolution calls for higher US defence spending

    The US Senate Budget Committee on 3 January introduced a budget resolution outlining overall federal funding levels that would breach mandating spending caps but includes a notable dip in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018). House and Senate members of the newly sworn-in 115th Congress will now work on the

  • USMC using equipment exchange to save money, maintain capability

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) said it is saving millions of dollars by exchanging older equipment for upgrades through a unique government programme. Federal agencies are authorised to exchange and sell equipment, and apply the exchange allowance or proceeds to the acquisition of replacement property

  • Admiralty Partners acquires GE business

    Private equity group Admiralty Partners announced on 3 January that it had acquired GE Aviation's Santa Ana operations. The business - to be rebranded Integral Aerospace - manufactures a range of components and systems used in military and commercial aircraft. These include landing gear parts, fuel

  • HCL Technologies completes Butler America acquisition

    India's HCL Technologies announced on 4 January that it had completed the acquisition of US engineering and support services firm Butler America Aerospace. The deal, announced in October, saw HCL Technologies acquire the firm for USD85 million in cash. Butler America Aerospace, which provides

  • NRL's SHAW aims to maintain communications in A2/AD environments

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing an affordable wireless communications waveform that can stand up against enemy interference, enabling personnel to operate their radios in contested environments. To enable continuous operations in an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environment

  • Argentina progresses Hercules upgrade effort

    Argentina has progressed the ongoing refurbishment and modernisation programme for its Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules fleet, with completion of the second of five aircraft in late December 2016. The completion of the work on aircraft TC-61 was announced by Fabrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA)

  • BAE Systems sells San Francisco shipyard

    BAE Systems has sold its San Francisco Ship Repair business to Puglia Engineering, the company announced on 2 January. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The shipyard primarily performs service work on commercial ships but also has some exposure to the defence market through work on military

  • Brazil orders additional REMAX remote weapon stations

    The Brazilian Army Logistics Command in late December 2016 ordered an additional 215 REMAX (REparo de Metralhadora Automatizado X) lightweight remote-controlled weapon stations from ARES Aeroespacial e Defesa, a Brazilian operation of Elbit Systems. The contract is worth BRL328 million (USD100.5

  • Canada seeks to support Baltics amid tensions with Russia

    Key Points Canada announces CAD350 million for Operation 'Reassurance' in Eastern Europe Ottawa plans to deploy F/A-18C fighters, a Halifax-class frigate, and a land component Canada has pledged CAD350 million (USD261 million) to fund its forces' Operation 'Reassurance' in Eastern Europe over the

  • North Korean ICBM test looms, Trump says capability 'won't happen'

    North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, on 1 January implied that his government may soon test an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), at least if US military exercises near the peninsula continue, which they likely will. Kim also suggested he would conduct more nuclear tests and many experts

  • NRL research demonstrates ability for radios to reconnect across a network without interruption

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is developing the capability for radios to autonomously select and re-select frequencies to avoid bandwidth congestion and jamming. The effort could potentially make forces less dependent on spectrum managers who must manually set channels, as well as remove

  • Peruvian Army company joins UN mission in Central African Republic

    A Peruvian Army engineer company, comprised of 205 troops, is to join the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) following a farewell ceremony on 3 January. This is the second contingent Peru has sent to MINUSCA; a first deployment occurred in

  • Uruguayan Air Force loses half its combat capabilities

    The Uruguayan Air Force has temporarily disbanded Air Squadron 1 after the last FAdeA IA-58 Pucara aircraft in airworthy condition suffered engine problems and had to be grounded. The air force's commander, Brigadier General Alberto Zanelli, confirmed the squadron's deactivation. Without that

  • Mexico City unlikely to experience drug-cartel violence but extortion is rising and visitors face robbery, kidnapping risks

    Key Points There are rising risks of robbery and extortion in Mexico City and security levels have worsened during 2016. In spite of this, it is very unlikely that Mexico City will be affected by the high levels of violence seen in other parts of the country as it is not a strategic drug route and

  • South Korea decommissions ex-USN Edenton-class salvage ship

    The Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) has retired an Edenton-class salvage ship it received from the US Navy (USN) in 1996. The vessel, Pyong Taek (ATS-27), was re-commissioned into the RoKN in April 1997 after serving 24 years with the USN as USS Beaufort (ATS-2). The platform was sold to South Korea

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 3 January 2017

    Americas Brazil - 2 January 2017: In Manaus, at least 60 prison inmates were killed during a riot at the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Centre. Officials said dozens of prisoners had escaped. Colombia - 2 January 2017: The head of national labour union CGT, Julio Roberto Gomez, said that 2017 would be

  • Drug-related violence and weak law enforcement capacity in Costa Rica create higher 2017 death and injury risks

    EVENT Criminals killed a man with seven gun shots on 28 December near a major thoroughfare in the Costa Rican city of Cartago, 400 metres from the Paraíso police headquarters, in what authorities believe was a drug-related incident. This murder comes in the context of Costa Rica's

  • FBI detain suspected militant in the US' Arizona

    In Phoenix, Arizona, FBI agents arrested a man - identified as 30-year-old Derek Thompson - who had attempted to obtain firearms and had praised lone-wolf jihadi terrorist attacks on the internet. The man was detained following a two-year Joint Terrorism Task Force investigation. Thompson was

  • Raytheon closes out 2016 with one more Patriot IAMD Configuration 3+ award

    Raytheon announced on 29 December it has secured a direct commercial sales contract worth more than USD600 million to upgrade an undisclosed country's Patriot Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) system to the Configuration 3+. "Patriot continues to outpace the evolving threat because

  • US issues travel warning regarding Jordan

    THE UNITED States Department of State issued a warning on 23 December, urging citizens to not travel to Jordan out of fear of a potential terrorist attack targeting U.S. citizens and Westerners, Reuters reported.