• Keel laid for the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr

    The keel of the US Navy's (USN's) Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer the future USS Frank E Petersen, Jr (DDG 121) was laid on 21 February 2017 at Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. DDG 121 is being built in the Flight IIA configuration

  • Leidos annual revenue reaches USD7 billion

    US government services company Leidos recorded revenues of more than USD7 billion in 2016, according to results released by the company on 23 February. Annual sales in 2016 were 38.3% higher than in 2015, thanks in large part to the completion of the company's USD4.6 billion merger with Lockheed

  • Lockheed Martin awaiting USCG decision to provide C4ISR systems for OPC

    Key Points Lockheed Martin is participating in USCG C4ISR system development activities The NSC and OPC C4ISR systems are similar except for defence operations Lockheed Martin expects to learn this year how much of their C4ISR capabilities, already in use on the US Coast Guard's (USCG's) National

  • South Korea's Lotte Group approves land swap plan for THAAD deployment, says report

    South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on 27 February that paves the way for the deployment of a battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to the East Asian nation between May and July 2017, the MND in Seoul was

  • USN centre growth sets tone for revamped SWO community

    Key Points USN is aggressively increasing tactical-level surface warfare instructors The defensive to offensive shift is intended to affect tactical proficiencies and CONOPS The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center (SMWDC) is fuelling growth in the surface

  • MDA reports weaker 2016 results

    Canadian headquartered C4ISR specialist MDA Corporation released its fiscal year 2016 annual results on 23 February. The company's revenues fell by 2.5% to CAD2.1 billion (USD1.6 billion) year on year, and operating earnings were down 4.5% to CAD211 million. MDA's weaker performance was primarily

  • Leonardo legally challenges Canada's FWSAR decision

    Italian aerospace company Leonardo, along with its Team Spartan partners, has filed a legal challenge against Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) over its decision to award Airbus Defence and Space the Fixed-Wing Search-and-Rescue (FWSAR) programme, Leonardo announced on 23 February. PSPC

  • IRGC terrorist designation would increase risk of doing business in Iran, indirectly threatening nuclear agreement

    Key Points Royce's use of a "terrorist" label for the IRGC reflects the likely ongoing political debate in the US surrounding the designation of Iran's IRGC as a foreign terrorist organisation. Previously, the US only designated the IRGC Qods Force - the extra-territorial branch of the

  • South Korea selects L3 for K21 IFV transmission kits

    L3 Technologies has been awarded a USD17.3 million contract to supply 800 hp-rated transmission kits for the Republic of Korea Army's (RoKA's) K21 Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) and Light Recovery Vehicle programmes, the US-based company said in a statement on 23 February. Product deliveries are

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne to acquire L3's target missile business

    US rocket motor manufacturer Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings is to acquire Coleman Aerospace, a subsidiary of L3 Technologies specialising in suborbital launch vehicles and payloads. The transaction, worth USD15 million, will be paid for in cash and is expected to be completed before the end of

  • Confrontations between security forces and gunmen lead to rising death and injury risks in Mexico's Reynosa City

    EVENT The government of the Mexican border city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, issued a security alert yesterday (23 February) urging the local population to refrain from transiting through the Almaguer, Mezquite, and Unidad Obrera neighbourhoods. The alert was issued as members of the security forces

  • Lockheed Martin to move 650 Trident jobs

    Lockheed Martin announced on 23 February that it plans to relocate around 650 jobs in its Space Systems business, with the goal of achieving significant cost savings. The roles, all of which involve work on the US Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) programme, are currently based in Sunnyvale,

  • USAF fears year-long stop-gap budget could cost it USD1.3 billion

    A stop-gap budget that continues throughout fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) would significantly harm the US Air Force's (USAF's) efforts to boost its 'readiness', its top officer said. A year-long Continuing Resolution (CR) budget that funds the Pentagon and other government departments at last year's

  • USMC looks to consolidate V-22 configurations

    There are too many US Marine Corps (USMC) Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft configurations and it is becoming problematic to keep the fleet flying and to ready its ever-expanding mission set, a service official told Jane's . The USMC came to that conclusion during a recent 'independent

  • Mexican Air Force withdraws last Boeing 727s

    The Mexican Air Force (FAM) has withdrawn the last of its Boeing 727 transport aircraft from Santa Lucia Air Base (BAM) No.1, Estado de México, after decades of service there. The withdrawal occurred on 22 February and was first announced in August 2016. The Boeing 727 has been replaced in FAM

  • North Korea, China among main challenges to stability in Indo-Asia-Pacific region, says top US commander

    US Navy Admiral Harry Harris, commander of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), has identified what he regards as "considerable challenges" to stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region: North Korea, China, Russia and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group. "Freedom,

  • Raytheon partners with Utilidata to defend the power grid from cyber attacks

    Key Points The partnership brings together tools, training, analytics, and expertise to improve the grids' resiliency Utilidata brings expertise to combine OT and IT Raytheon is teaming up with Utilidata, a global software company, to help very large US utility companies defend and respond to

  • Spain hands over oceanographic polar vessel to Peruvian Navy

    The Peruvian Navy's new oceanographic polar vessel BAP Carrasco is to be handed over on 10 March 2017 at the yard where it was built in Vigo, Spain. Due to replace the Antarctic research vessel BIC Humboldt , which entered service in 1978, Carrasco is 95.3 m long and has been equipped with a

  • USAF to request funding for light-attack aircraft experimentation

    The US Air Force (USAF) plans to request a new exercise, to be bankrolled in a fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) supplemental budget, that will explore potential light-attack aircraft solutions, General David Goldfein, USAF chief of staff, said during 23 February remarks at the Centre for Strategic and

  • USCG awards contracts for heavy polar icebreaker early industry design studies

    Key Points USCG awarded five contracts for a new heavy polar icebreaker design (USD20 million total) A USCG, USN collaborative programme office plans to award a single contract for construction by FY 2019 The US Coast Guard (USCG) awarded a total of approximately USD20 million in five