• Navy League 2016: DSG Technology begins producing supercavitating bullets

    DSG Technology has begun production in California of its supercavitating multi-environment ammunition (MEA), which the company said allows for shooting into and under water and better addresses multi-layered targets. After 10 years in development the company last month began producing ammunition

  • Navy League 2016: Fifth Nimitz-class aircraft carrier preparing for re-delivery to the fleet

    A US Navy (USN) nuclear-powered Nimitz-class aircraft carrier undergoing its mid-life Refueling and Complex Overhaul (RCOH) is coming back to life and will re-deliver to the fleet by the end of 2016, an official from Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) said during a media briefing on 17 May.

  • Navy League 2016: Insitu to offer two ScanEagle upgrades

    Insitu will offer a new autonomous detection system, as well as a portable launch and recovery system for its widely used ScanEagle unmanned aircraft system (UAS), the company announced during a 16 May briefing at the Navy League's annual Sea-Air-Space conference. The Visual Detection and Ranging

  • Navy League 2016: Sub-launched Blackwing extends ISR reach

    The US Navy (USN) will deploy AeroVironment's tube-launched Blackwing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from submarines, providing the boats with an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capability in anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) environments. Blackwing comes as an all-up round,

  • Navy League 2016: US destroyer programme looking at LaWS 'intently'

    The officer in charge of the US Navy's (USN's) DDG 51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyer restart programme said on 17 May that the navy is examining directed energy weapons for possible inclusion on future ships. "I can tell you we're looking intently at things like LaWS [Laser Weapon System] and

  • Navy League 2016: US military wants to manage, not operate, unmanned systems

    Unmanned systems, despite the name, still require too much manning and the US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) hope they can soon add capability through autonomous mission execution. Current unmanned systems are operator-intense and can actually increase, rather than decrease, manning needs, Colonel

  • Navy League 2016: US Navy's CVN 78 on track for September delivery

    Key Points Gerald R Ford is 98% complete and is expected to deliver in late September The final 2% of work consists of remaining tests on the new carrier The lead ship of the US Navy's (USN's) new class of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers is on track for sea trials and handover in the final

  • Navy League 2016: USMC readies for CH-53K production in 2017

    Key Points The USMC expects a Milestone C decision for its Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter in 2017 The aircraft would then enter into production The US Marine Corps (USMC) expects to receive a Milestone C decision for its Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter in a year's time, allowing the

  • Ohio Aerospace Institute names new CEO

    Jeffrey Rolf has been named the new chief executive of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, the group announced in a press release on 16 May. Rolf will succeed Michael Heil, who is retiring, on 1 July. The association represents a range of company, laboratories, and universities in the aerospace sector.

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Political battle looms over defence policy bill

    The House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) National Defense Authorization Act differ significantly, with the lower chamber's version prompting a White House veto threat. On 13 May the Senate Armed Services Committee announced that its markup of the policy bill would authorise

  • Raptors bolster USAF's European presence

    The US Air Force (USAF) has completed a month-long deployment with 12 Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors to RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom. Operated by 95th Fighter Squadron, which is based at Tyndall Air Force Base (AFB), Florida, the F-22 began arriving in the United Kingdom from 11 April to fly joint

  • Taiwan's F-16A/B upgrade programme on schedule for 2017 start

    Taiwan's Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has said the upgrade programme for the Republic of China Air Force's (RoCAF's) fleet of F-16A/Bs will begin on schedule in early 2017. The company said on 7 May it is currently building a hangar large enough to ensure that 24 aircraft per

  • USN set to test extended range JSOW variant

    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed plans to move forward with testing of a powered, extended range variant of Raytheon's air-launched AGM-154C-1 Joint Standoff Weapon (JSOW). In a pre-solicitation notice posted on 11 May, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) said that the Precision Strike Weapons

  • Venezuelan government orders military exercises amid economic turmoil

    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has announced that military exercises are to begin on 21 May, as the government struggles to maintain order amid a worsening economic situation. Maduro made this announcement on 14 May during a pro-government rally in Caracas, declaring the exercises' objective

  • US Army approves Carl Gustaf M3 MAAWS for general use

    Key Points FMR is expected in late 2016 PM CSW is also conducting a FCT on the lighter weight Carl Gustaf M3E1 for SOCOM and the US Army US Army light infantry units are to be equipped with the Saab 84 mm Carl Gustaf M3 Multirole Anti-Armor Anti-Personnel Weapon System (MAAWS) as a standard issue

  • Brazilian government cuts AMX modernisation budget

    The Brazilian government announced on 12 May that it will cut BRL161 million (USD45 million) from the Brazilian Air Force budget, with most of which to be culled from the AMX aircraft modernisation programme. Work on the modernisation effort will mostly come to a halt for this year, and the air

  • Argentina in negotiations with France for A 69 corvettes

    Argentina is currently in negotiations with France to receive three A 69 corvettes from the French Navy following its disposal of nine ships of the same type. The ships under discussion belong to the same category as the French-built Drummond-class corvettes (ARA Drummond , ARA Guerrico , and ARA

  • Argentina interested in F-5s as a stop-gap fighter

    Argentina plans to negotiate with the US government the possible sale of a batch of Northrop F-5E Tiger IIs (likely between 12 to 14 planes), and a batch of Beech T-34C Turbo Mentors. Angel Tello, the Argentine Ministry of Defence's (MoD's) secretary of strategy and military matters, will lead

  • Argentina to buy more radars to fight drug trafficking in Formosa

    Argentina has ordered two more L-band radars from INVAP to monitor low-flying aircraft in that country's efforts against drug trafficking. The two radars will be installed by the end of 2016 in the northwest province of Formosa, which already has six of the systems. Additionally, Argentina's

  • China says Pentagon report 'unfairly' depicts China's activities

    Key Points China says a Pentagon report has 'severely damaged' its trust in the United States The report claims China entered 'a new phase' in military modernisation in 2015 Beijing has expressed "strong dissatisfaction" and "firm opposition" to an annual Pentagon report that