• UN approves Uruguay's continental shelf extension, testing its navy

    The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) on 6 September approved Uruguay's request to extend its continental shelf to a total of 350 n miles, the government announced on 6 September. This decision, which follows several years of presentations as well as

  • USAF refining GBSD cost estimate

    Key Points The USAF is still working on a technically detailed cost estimate for the GBSD programme A service officials said an estimate by Pentagon's CAPE office of about USD85 billion is based on old data and different technical assumptions than the USAF's last estimate The US Air Force (USAF)

  • Chile set to choose from four bids for Type 23 upgrade

    Rival combat system integrators bidding to upgrade the Chilean Navy's three Type 23 frigates have presented the service with combat system modernisation solutions using either the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Barak-8 or the MBDA Sea Ceptor anti-air guided weapon systems, IHS Jane's has learned.

  • Boeing to progress GBU-56 LJDAM integration onto Hornet fighter

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded Boeing a USD9.97 million contract related to testing and integration of the GBU-56(V)4/B 2,000 lb precision guided munition (PGM) onto the F/A-18 Hornet combat aircraft. The contract, awarded on 6 September, covers the systems engineering and logistic

  • Australia seeks to expand F-35 support engagement

    The Australian government is to seek an expanded role in supporting Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne confirmed on 6 September. Pyne said in comments published by the Australian Department of

  • MINUSTAH air support capabilities dwindle as troop numbers fall

    The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti's (MINUSTAH's) air support assets have fallen to just six aircraft, down from its previous nine. Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Besoain Rebolledo, commander of the Chilean Aviation Unit (CHIAVN) deployed in Port au Prince, told IHS Jane's the number of aircraft

  • MSPO 2016: Poland to follow through on Patriot procurement

    Poland's annual MSPO defence exhibition this year saw the announcement that the country's Ministry of National Defence (MND) would follow through on the acquisition of eight batteries of the Raytheon Patriot air and missile defence (AMD) system under its Wisla programme. The acquisition will make

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Stop-gap budget likely as Senate bill stalls again

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) and the wider federal government are poised, as expected, to begin fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) with a stop-gap funding measure at the current year's levels, after the Senate on 6 September again voted to halt progress on the spending legislation. It now appears

  • Argentina shops for new light transport aircraft

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Argentina, or FAA) is considering options for a new light tactical transport aircraft as part of wider plans to modernise its inventory, IHS Jane's has learned. The service aims to replace the now-retired Fabrica Militar de Aviones (FMA) IA-50 G-II (also known

  • Brazilian Army begins M113B APC modernisation

    The Brazilian Army in August began upgrading an additional 236 of its M113B tracked armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the M113A2 Mk1 standard (locally designated M113BR), the service told IHS Jane's on 5 September. The upgrades are being done at the 5th Military Region's Regional Maintenance

  • Nicaraguan Army parades Russian hardware

    Nicaragua's Russian-made tanks and other vehicles took part in a 3 September parade to celebrate the Nicaraguan Army's 37th anniversary, confirming receipt of the armoured platforms. Nicaragua acquired Russian T-72 main battle tanks (MBTs), BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles, and BTR wheeled armoured

  • Northrop Grumman conducts advanced unmanned systems teaming

    Northrop Grumman has demonstrated a new autonomy framework that enables multiple unrelated unmanned systems to communicate and collaborate on a mission. "Data collected from multiple sensors arrayed across autonomous undersea, surface, and air vehicles were fused autonomously to develop a

  • US Army scopes unmanned recovery capability

    The US Army has issued a Sources Sought notice in response to an identified need for an unmanned recovery vehicle variant of the service's future Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET). Under the notice the army is looking to identify manufacturers capable of building a robotic platform that

  • Expansion of US Crimean sanctions list further elevates contract risk in Russia

    EVENT On 1 September 2016, the US Department of the Treasury updated the lists of specially designated individuals and sectoral sanctions identifications to target sanctions and other activities related to the conflict in Ukraine. Most new individuals and company names added onto the US sanctions

  • NATO, military forces consider future MILSATCOM architecture

    Key Points NATO and other military forces have identified challenges and opportunities in MILSATCOM NATO is also exploring a range of technologies to rapidly field accessible SATCOM services to deployed troops The development of new architectures and international interoperability to provide

  • North Korea fires three ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

    North Korea fired off three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on 5 September as the leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) advanced and emerging economies held a summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The missiles, believed to be No Dong (also known as Rodong) intermediate-range ballistic

  • SpaceX loses Falcon 9 rocket to explosion during test

    Key Points A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during a 1 September engine firing The company is scheduled to launch a USAF GPS 3 satellite with a Falcon 9 in 2018 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded during an engine firing test at Cape Canaveral, Florida on 1 September. The explosion resulted in the

  • USMC completes F-35B operational tests

    Key Points The USMC continued operational tests of the F-35B with test-firing of the AMRAAM The three weeks of trials were designed around operational employment scenarios The US Marine Corps (USMC) continued operational tests of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF),

  • Chilean Navy inducts new observation aircraft

    The Chilean Navy (Armada de Chile) has received into service the first of seven Vulcanair P68 Observer 2 twin-propeller aircraft, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 1 September. The first of the Italian-built aircraft (designated Naval Aircraft 321 in Chilean service) arrived at the Naval

  • Orbital ATK begins expansion of rocket motor facility

    US space and missile system supplier Orbital ATK held a ceremony to officially begin the expansion of its rocket motor production line on 31 August. The company's Large Tactical Motor Manufacturing Facilities, based at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory in West Virginia, will primarily manufacture