• CNO: US Navy considering variety of missile defences for Asia-Pacific

    The US Navy (USN) is exploring all options for bolstering defences against growing missile threats in the Pacific, including the potential for using an Aegis Ashore site in Hawaii. "The weapons are becoming very energetic these days, so really the idea of doing everything we can to bring

  • El Salvador to modernise its UH-1Hs to Huey 2s

    The Salvadoran and Colombian air forces are finalising negotiations to work together modernising El Salvador's Bell UH-1H helicopter fleet to the Huey 2 standard, a Salvadoran Air Force source told IHS Jane's . The force was among the largest Latin American operators of the Huey, but after El

  • Gen Hyten nominated to lead US STRATCOM

    President Barack Obama on 9 September nominated US Air Force General John Hyten to become the next head of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM), replacing Admiral Cecil Haney. Gen Hyten serves as head of US Air Force Space Command, which is responsible for organising, equipping, training, and

  • India's 2008 Embraer deal under investigation

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) is looking into the alleged payment of bribes by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to secure three EMB-145 platforms in 2008 for India's indigenous aircraft early warning and control (AEW&C) programme. On 10 September Indian defence minister Manohar

  • US Foreign Military Sales process changing slowly, but demand remains high

    A variety of efforts are under way to improve the US Foreign Military Sales (FMS) programme and speed the often cumbersome process, and US officials say the system is improving and demand remains high. US FMS are complicated and often involve equipment designed around, and therefore often

  • USN releases RfI for XLUUV

    Key Points The Obama administration's fiscal year 2017 budget outlined plans for the procurement of five XLUUV systems The RfI was released to industry on 6 September The US Navy (USN) is moving ahead with plans to acquire an Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (XLUUV) that would be capable of

  • Certifiable Predator B completes integration

    Key Points GA-ASI has completed integration of its Certifiable Predator B UAV The company is now preparing the aircraft for developmental testing General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) has completed integration of its Certifiable Predator B (CPB) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and is

  • Chilean Air Force selects Black Hawk for medium-lift helicopter

    The Chilean Air Force (Fuerza Aérea de Chile: FACh) has selected the Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk to fulfil its dual-use medium-lift requirement, a company spokesperson confirmed to IHS Jane's on 7 September. The service will receive six Polish-built S-70i (international) helicopters that are to

  • Czech designed pistols to be manufactured by FAME in Peru

    Czech small arms manufacturer Ceska Zbrojovka Uhersky Brod has signed a contract with Peruvian military-owned small arms producer FAME to assemble and maintain semi-automatic pistols at the latter's facility in Lima. Ceska Zbrojovka has supplied production machinery and provided the necessary

  • MSPO 2016: Raytheon announces SkyCeptor project with Polish industry

    US defence conglomerate Raytheon has announced a new missile to add to the mix of options available for customers of its Patriot air and missile defence (AMD) system. Designated SkyCeptor, the missile is a near analogue of the Stunner, which the US company produced in a co-operative development with

  • Poland looking at Patriot imports as part of big international push

    Poland will place a request through the US government for the Raytheon Patriot system, the company announced on 6 September. Raytheon said that it has already signed eight contracts and 30 letters of intent with Polish industry for what would be offsets for any potential deal. Raytheon said that if

  • USAF to expand Reaper force

    Key Points The USAF plans to add another wing of 24 MQ-9s to its UAS force Two bases will be chosen, one for operations, the other for launch and recovery The US Air Force has selected candidate bases for a potential new wing of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial

  • Brazilian frigate joins UNIFIL mission

    Brazilian frigate Liberal (F 43) arrived in Lebanon on 7 September, joining the Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (MTF-UNIFIL). The Niteroi-class vessel will become the MTF's flagship starting 15 September and will operate in the Mediterranean until April 2017,

  • Carter outlines new commitments for UN peacekeeping missions

    The United States is working to provide more support for UN peacekeeping missions via leader development and training initiatives, partner capacity building, deploying experts, and exploring environmental technologies, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced on 8 September. The Pentagon

  • Confirmation of imminent Chinese construction on Scarborough Shoal would increase risk of armed conflict

    EVENT The Philippine defence ministry on 7 September released photographs and a map to media organisations purportedly showing that China is preparing to build an artificial island on the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. Philippine officials said the vessels identified in the photographs

  • Intel spinning off cyber security division

    Intel, which bought the security company McAfee, is selling a majority stake in a planned spinoff of the group the company announced on 7 September. Intel bought McAfee in 2011 and rebranded the company Intel Security in 2014, moving away from the name that belongs to the security company's famous

  • L-3 to buy Micreo Limited

    L-3 Communications has reached a deal for an Australian company that builds subsystems for electronic warfare systems, the company announced on 7 September. The acquisition of Micreo Limited is expected to be completed later in September, although terms were not disclosed. Micreo should add about

  • Russia, Bolivia renew military-technical co-operation agreement

    Russian and Bolivian defence ministers Sergeí Shoigú and Reymi Ferreira Justiniano signed a renewal of a 2009 co-operation agreement at the Army 2016 international military technical forum near Moscow on 6 September . The original agreement - a framework for ongoing bilateral military

  • Southern Research acquires Curved Skies

    Southern Research had acquired Curved Skies, the company announced on 6 September. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Southern Research, a US non-profit organisation that focuses on research for several markets including aerospace and defence, has about 500 employees at facilities across south

  • TransDigm reaches deal for Young & Franklin

    TransDigm, a US firm specialising in components for aircraft, has reached a deal to buy Young & Franklin, the company announced on 6 September. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Young & Franklin makes valves and actuators, with about 70% of the company's revenue coming from the