• Weichan Auka Mapu claims responsibility for attack in Chile's Araucania

    The Mapuche group Weichan Auka Mapu claimed responsibility for an arson attack in Saavedra, Araucania, in which roadwork vehicles and equipment owned by CIAL were damaged.

  • Deputy Secretary of Defense nominee pushed on industry relationship in hearing

    The US Senate Armed Services Committee held a confirmation hearing for Deputy Secretary of Defense nominee Patrick Shanahan on 20 June, with several Senators repeatedly raising Shanahan’s past industry experience during an at-times contentious hearing. The committee’s chair, Senator

  • USN plans Ford trials as GAO cites testing needs

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) first-of-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Gerald R Ford (CVN 78) will meet its proposed work, testing, and deployment schedule, service officials told Jane's , despite a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released earlier this month that said

  • With Defence Policy Review released, Canada’s future navy takes shape

    Canada’s Defence Policy Review, released by the Department of National Defence (DND) in June, outlined a series of measures the Canadian Government has planned to shape the future of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The review committed to CAD53.5 billion

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Kratos UAVs offer glimpse into future of air combat

    US aerospace firm Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc launched what it described as "the future of air combat" at the Paris Air Show in the form of a new class of high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Building on its experience in providing

  • Raytheon awarded USD618 million contract for SM-2 missiles

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been awarded an USD617.6 million contract to supply an undisclosed number of surface-to-air SM-2 missiles to the US Navy and allied foreign navies. If all options are exercised, the cumulative value of the contract, which also includes spares, is USD652.7 million, the

  • Boeing wins three-year contract to support Indian Navy's P-8I fleet

    Boeing has been awarded a three-year contract to continue support of the Indian Navy's (IN's) fleet of P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multi-mission aircraft. In addition to field and logistics service representatives, the contract includes engineering, support, and planning, said the US-based

  • Brazil's nuclear submarine project faces postponement

    Under pressure from a combination of financial and political factors, the Brazilian government is considering an extended suspension of funding for its SN-BR nuclear-powered submarine programme, sources in Brasilia have told Jane's . The SN-BR programme was launched in 1978 and since then USD4.3

  • Dispute between Peru's legislative and executive branches over ministerial censure proceedings underscores ongoing risks of political stalemate

    EVENT On 19 June, Comptroller General Edgar Alarcón Tejada filed a constitutional complaint before Congress against Peru's Economy and Finance Minister Alfredo Thorne. Alarcón, who is considered close to the opposition Popular Force (Fuerza Popular: FP) party, alleges that Thorne sought

  • IED attack kills three women in Colombia's Bogota

    THREE women - including a 23-year French national - were killed and nine others were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in a toilet stall at the Andino shopping centre in Colombia's capital Bogota on 17 June, Reuters reported. President Juan Manuel Santos described the

  • NATO readies for cloud capability

    NATO officials expect to approve the final design for the alliance's cloud computing capability in August 2017 and will begin installing equipment in the agency's new headquarters in September-October. The system should be available for use by February 2018. NATO has been discussing with its member

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Textron lifts lid on Nightwarden

    Textron Systems unveiled the new Nightwarden tactical unmanned aerial system (TUAS) at the Paris Air Show on 19 June. The Group 3 system has a payload of up to 59 kg, and a maximum take-off weight of 340 kg. According to Textron's Unmanned Systems senior vice-president and general manager Bill

  • US Army to beef up unit manning levels with additional soldiers

    Key Points The army will use added end strength to 'raise manning and readiness levels in existing combat units' It also plans to deploy overseas a field artillery brigade headquarters, MLRS battalions, and a SHORAD battalion The US Army plans to use additional personnel provided by Congress in

  • Brazilian Air Force mulls Thales' new TRAC NG radar

    Thales and the Brazilian Air Force's Department of Airspace Control are discussing a deal for the company's new TRAC NG S-band dual-use primary surveillance radar. The possible deal includes fewer than 10 radars, a Thales source told Jane's . If acquired, the radars would be locally designated as

  • Dunford uncomfortable with how US spends defence dollars to counter near-peer states

    Key Points The US' top military officer thinks the nation could better invest in countering near-peer states He believes the US' conventional military capabilities have, so far, deterred conflict The United States' top military officer is uncomfortable with how the Pentagon is spending its

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Lockheed Martin announces F-16 partnership with Tata

    Key Points Agreement between Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems Limited could see F-16 aircraft manufactured in India. Further work on supplying the wider supply chain to the F-16 user base would add value to proposal. Lockheed Martin announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that it had

  • Uruguayan Navy accepts three Cessna O-2As from Chile

    The Uruguayan Navy has accepted an offer and initiated the process to receive three Cessna O-2A Skymaster aircraft from Chile, a local source told Jane's . In April a Uruguayan delegation visited Chile to evaluate the aircrafts' condition. The transfer also requires US approval, as the Cessnas

  • Missing sailors on damaged USN destroyer found dead

    The US Navy (USN) has confirmed that all seven missing sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) were found dead in berthing compartments that were damaged and flooded when the warship collided with the 222 m-long Philippine-flagged merchant vessel ACX Crystal on 17

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Competitors prepare for T-X data deadline

    The three main contenders for the US Air Force's (USAF's) fighter trainer replacement programme (T-X) are collating and preparing all of their flight data ahead of the submission deadline that is due in the coming days. Boeing, Leonardo DRS, and Lockheed Martin have each been briefing their T-X

  • US shoots down Syrian Su-22

    The US-led coalition announced on 19 June that a Syrian Su-22 jet that attacked Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters had been shot down by a US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet the day before. The coalition said the incident occurred after pro-government forces attacked the SDF-held town of Ja'Din,