• Obama to maintain most US forces in Afghanistan, passing war to next president

    Key Points Obama plans to maintain 8,400 US troops in Afghanistan through to the end of his presidency Major setbacks for the ANDSF led the White House to scrap its withdrawal plans US president Barack Obama announced that he will withdraw about 1,400 US troops from Afghanistan by next year, a

  • Chile requests Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles as US Foreign Military Sale

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress that the State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale to Chile of Raytheon's RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) in a USD140.1 million package. Specifically, Chile requested 33 ESSMs, 6 Evolved Seasparrow

  • SOCOM requests LMAMS funding

    The Pentagon has sent Congress an urgent request to transfer funds for US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) Lethal Miniature Aerial Missile Systems (LMAMS), according to the 29 June document viewed by IHS Jane's . LMAMS is a single man-portable/operable, light-weight organic, beyond line-of-sight,

  • US defence expert denounces criticism of former SACEUR Gen Breedlove in German media

    A prominent US defence expert and former Pentagon official has told IHS Jane's that criticisms of the recently retired NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), US Air Force General Philip M Breedlove, by news outlets demonstrate little or no understanding of the role played by senior US

  • Brazilian Tiger II lost in training accident

    A Brazilian Air Force (FAB) Northrop F-5FM Tiger II trainer aircraft was destroyed in a crash on 5 July. The crew ejected and survived. The aircraft was on a training mission out of Santa Cruz airbase when it encountered technical difficulties on final approach for landing, the FAB said. The cause

  • CBO: Replacing some military with civilian personnel could save billions annually

    Replacing as many as 80,000 US military personnel with government civilians could save as much as USD5.7 billion a year, according to a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report. The CBO's analysis, conducted by its National Security Division and published on 5 July, explored "occupations in

  • KBR complete deal for Wyle

    KBR has completed its acquisition of Wyle, the company announced on 5 July. KBR paid USD570 million after roughly USD30 million the company will receive in benefits to its taxes. The deal, originally announced in May, consolidates two large US services providers to the US government and US

  • Logos Technologies demos mast-mounted hostile fire sensor

    Key Points The company has integrated its electro-optical cameras with a third-party acoustic sensor Logos says the resulting integration has reduced false alarm rates Logos Technologies has taken the Serenity hostile fire detection system, originally designed for aerostats, and built a

  • Mexican Air Force conducts 'air bridge' mission to Oaxaca

    An enduring social conflict between school teachers and the Mexican government has led the Mexican Air Force to conduct a number of aerial resupply flights to provide food to 48 municipalities within Oaxaca State that are currently cut off by road blocks. The resupply effort has been led by the

  • Mexican helicopter lost

    The Mexican Secretariat of Defense (SEDENA) has officially acknowledged the loss of an AgustaWestland AW109SP (serial number 1908) that crashed on 1 July, killing its three crewmen. The aircraft, which belonged to the Mexican Air Force's Special Air Transport of the High Command (UETAAM) crashed

  • New lease of life: delivering the HCM/FELEX programme

    The Halifax-class frigates will remain the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy's surface fleet out to at least 2030. Richard Scott examines the implementation of the Halifax Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension programme Commissioned between 1992 and 1996, the Royal Canadian Navy's (RCN's) 12

  • Royal Adhesives & Sealants buys Bacon

    Indiana-based Royal Adhesives & Sealants has purchased Bacon Adhesives from Cass Polymers, the company announced on 5 July. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Bacon produces thermally conductive adhesives for communications systems for a range of markets including aerospace and defence.

  • US DoD assists Latin American allies to respond to complex threats

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has invited senior Latin American military officers and security officials to attend a new resident course at the William J Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS). Professor Guillermo Pacheco of the National Defense University explained that the

  • US loses Reaper UAV over northern Syria

    A US Air Force (USAF) General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was lost on combat operations over northern Syria on 5 July, the Department of Defense (DoD) confirmed. "The aircraft was flying a combat mission when positive control of the

  • US Pacific Fleet's RIMPAC 2016 kicks off in Hawaii

    The biennial US Pacific Fleet-hosted Rim of the Pacific ('RIMPAC') maritime exercise began on 30 June. The massive event involves 26 nations, 45 ships, 5 submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and about 25,000 personnel conducting naval exercises through to 4 August near the Hawaiian Islands and

  • Austal takes hit on LCS shock trials

    Australian shipbuilder Austal on 4 July issued a profit warning for 2016 as the company revealed that preliminary results of the first two Full Ship Shock Trials (FSST) on the USS Jackson had led to a number of modifications to ship design and cost. The initial results of the FSST has meant that

  • Argentina analysing more combat aircraft offers

    The Argentine government is analysing new offers received for combat airplanes for the Argentine Air Force, Minister of Defence Julio Martínez revealed on 1 July. The force needs to replace its retired Dassault Mirage fleet and its Lockheed Martin A-4AR Skyhawk (Fightinghawk) aircraft, which

  • Argentine Air Force proceeds with independent UAV project

    Toward the end of June the Argentine Air Force announced its first independent unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programme since the cancellation of the SARA project, which had pooled the resources of all three services. The Vigia 2A is a medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV controlled by a Cloud Cap

  • Brazil soon to receive new C-767 transport aircraft

    The Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira: FAB) will officially receive its Boeing 767-300ER long-range airlifter sometime in July, a service spokesperson told IHS Jane's . An exact date has not been defined. The aircraft, locally designated C-767 with serial number 2900, will

  • European allied defence spending to rise in 2016, predicts NATO

    NATO's collective defence spending excluding the United States is set to rise by 3% in 2016, according to NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg. The upturn coincides with the allies' continuing implementation of NATO's Readiness Action Plan (RAP), the progress of which will be reviewed in Warsaw