• Costa Rica receives Chinese Harbin Y-12s

    The Costa Rican Air Surveillance Service (SVA) has received two new Harbin Aircraft Industries Group (HAIG) Y-12E Harbinger twin-turboprop light transport aircraft. The aircraft were both donated by China after an October 2015 order and officially accepted by a Costa Rican delegation at HAIG's

  • Ecuadorian Air Force selling its remaining Dhruv helicopters

    The Ecuadorian Air Force's (Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana: FAE) three remaining HAL Dhruv helicopters are for sale, Minister of Defence Ricardo Patiño announced on 20 October. Seven of the light utility twin-engine helicopters were purchased new in 2008 for USD45 million, and were the first of

  • Rockwell to buy B/E Aerospace

    Rockwell Collins has reached a deal to buy B/E Aerospace for USD8.3 billion, the company announced on 23 October. Rockwell will pay USD6.4 billion in cash and stock as well as assuming USD1.9 billion in debt as part of the deal. B/E Aerospace is largely focused on the commercial aviation market,

  • Saab Dynamics to research Massive Overmatch Assault Round for DARPA

    Key Points The research effort is expected to be of some 15-months duration, according to a Massive Overmatch Assault Round Notional Study Schedule posted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Saab will conduct studies using its own Carl-Gustaf and AT4 shoulder-fired weapons, both of

  • SES develops low-cost persistent SATCOM and ISR capability

    Global satellite communications (SATCOM) provider SES is using small aerostats to provide an affordable way to establish and maintain SATCOM and a persistent surveillance capability. Tactical Persistent Surveillance (TPS) not only provides cost-effective enhanced situational awareness but it can be

  • Textron reports rising Q3 revenue

    US defence and aviation group Textron reported its third quarter results for 2016 on 20 October. The company generated USD3.3 billion of revenue in the quarter, up 2.2% year-on-year, but profits were slightly lower than the same period in 2015 at USD310 million. Textron aviation, which includes

  • Tough fight expected in Mosul despite Islamic State escape route

    A top US commander believes that Islamic State fighters will put up serious resistance in Mosul even though some have fled the city since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation to retake it on 16 October. Army Major General Gary Volesky, the commander of the land

  • Another North Korean IRBM launch fails

    North Korea conducted another unsuccessful launch of what appeared to be a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on 20 October, according to US, Japanese, and South Korean officials. "US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected what we assess was a failed North Korean

  • Argentina evaluates M-346 as potential combat fighter

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has evaluated the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and light fighter as a potential new front-line platform. FAA pilots flew the aircraft in Italy on 12 and 13 October, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on

  • Arrest of Brazil's former lower house head threatens government's congressional agenda

    EVENT On 19 October, the Brazilian Federal Police arrested Eduardo Cunha, the former head of the lower house, on corruption charges related to the Lava Jato investigation involving kickbacks from Petrobras, he has denied all charges. Cunha, who was expelled from the house last month for breaching

  • BAE Systems anticipates US Navy's APKWS contract to boost production numbers

    Key Points The company has been producing upwards of 2,500 units annually An initial delivery under a new ID/IQ contract will be for more than 20,000 systems BAE Systems has been awarded a new contract for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets that is likely to

  • Butler Aerospace to be purchased by IT provider HCL Technologies

    US engineering and support services company Butler America Aerospace is to be purchased by IT service company HCL Technologies, it was announced on 21 October. Butler Aerospace, which provides design, drafting, structural analysis and testing to the defence industry, is based in Connecticut, with

  • Chilean Navy to upgrade P-3 Orion fleet

    Canadian company IMP Aerospace is to upgrade the Chilean Navy's Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), it announced on 17 October. The aircraft, which have been in service since 1993, are to receive new wings and stablisers, a digital 'glass' cockpit, and enhanced engines under

  • Gunman kills at least two US nationals in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST two United States nationals - a soldier and a civilian - were fatally wounded and several other US soldiers were wounded when a gunman, wearing an Afghan army uniform, opened fire on them as they were visiting a military base in in the Rishkhor neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital Kabul

  • India gives final approval for M777 howitzer buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) gave its final approval on 20 October for the procurement of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers for the Indian Army (IA) for around USD750 million under the US Foreign Military Sales programme. India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),

  • NATO begins cyber procurement reform study

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) has commissioned a new study from RAND to find ways to accelerate the alliance's buy-in of cyber capabilities. Launched on 17 October, it will recommend short-term mitigation solutions for quickly acquiring cyber-defensive and other information

  • Philippine leader announces 'separation' from US

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared his "separation" from the United States during a visit to Beijing on 20 October, saying he has realigned with China. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin

  • Scorpion jet performs first weapons trials

    Textron AirLand conducted the first air-to-surface weapons trials of its Scorpion jet during a series of live-firings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in mid-October. The firings, which took place from 10 to 14 October and announced on 19 October, saw the Scorpion fire the Lockheed

  • US Army acquires Kongsberg Protector MCRWS

    The US Army is the first customer for the Kongsberg Protector Medium Calibre Remote Weapon Station (MCRWS), which has been developed by the Norwegian company as a private venture. The Kongsberg MCRWS has been designed for new-build tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) as well as

  • US Army aims to undo EW decline

    The US Army is seeking to reconstitute its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities after allowing them to atrophy after the end of the Cold War, General Mark Milley, US Army chief of staff, told the Association of the US Army (AUSA) annual convention in Washington in October 2016. Noting that future