HEADLINES ARCHIVE

  • IOMAX moves to secure Egyptian Archangel sale from competitor

    IOMAX has held high-level talks with the Egyptian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to safeguard an expected sale of armed turboprop aircraft from being poached by its Air Tractor and L3 Technologies competitors, a company official told Jane's. The North Carolina-based IOMAX has for some months been

  • Sweden reports strong rise in defence exports

    Sweden has reported a steep increase in the value of military exports for 2016 with a 45% increase over the previous year. The Swedish Inspectorate of Strategic Products (ISP - Inspektionen for Strategiska Produkter) announced on 22 February that sales had reached SEK11 billion (USD1.2 billion).

  • IDEX 2017: Leonardo's Vulcano 155 mm guided ammunition to be tested by USN

    Key Points The USN is to explore Vulcano munitions for compatibility with DDG 1000s Leonardo and DRS Technologies will conduct fire trials during 2017 Italy-based Leonardo has been invited by the US Navy (USN) to verify and test its Vulcano guided ammunition for potential application to the DDG

  • IDEX 2017: NorthStar Aviation displays armed 429 concept

    Northstar Aviation is in the early stages of the development of an armed Bell 429 helicopter to meet the requirements of an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. The company displayed a mock-up of the twin-engined helicopter at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi. NorthStar Aviation's, senior vice president

  • Pentagon starts preparing for split of acquisition job

    Key Points Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis began the process of splitting the Pentagon's top acquisition job in two in a memo distributed across the agency on 21 February. The memo is the first step towards complying with congressional instructions to divide the responsibilities of what had been

  • SAIC rolls out amphibious vehicle prototype for USMC

    Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has unveiled the first of 16 prototypes for the US Marine Corps' (USMC's) competitive Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme during a 21 February ceremony at the company's facility in Charleston, South Carolina. SAIC partnered with Singapore

  • USAF develops new signal processor for AMRAAM

    The US Air Force (USAF), in collaboration with Raytheon Missile Systems, is developing a new signal processor for the Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM). Funded by the USAF, this development falls under the Form Fit Function Refresh(F3R) programme, which is designed to ensure AMRAAM

  • Uruguay negotiating for a batch of Chilean Cessna O-2s

    The National Navy of Uruguay is negotiating the transfer of up to three Cessna O-2s (337 Skymasters) from the Chilean Navy, Uruguayan sources told Jane's . The aircraft, recently decommissioned by the Chilean Navy and replaced by Vulcanair P68 Observer 2 surveillance aircraft, were offered to

  • Continuity candidate ahead in Ecuador's first-round presidential election, but potential for April run-off vote remains

    EVENT On 20 February, Ecuador's National Electoral Council announced a three-day delay before it would confirm the results of a presidential election held on 19 February. The organisation took the unprecedented step in order to provide additional scrutiny of the tallying of remaining ballots, as

  • New wargaming tool assesses impact of using kinetic/non-kinetic weapons

    Raytheon has developed a wargaming tool to enable forces to assess the impact of employing kinetic and non-kinetic weapons as well as help commanders develop concept of operations (CONOPS) for merging the two together. The warfighters of today have a good understanding of how and when to use

  • China completing facilities on South China Sea islands that could house missiles, says report

    China has nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air (SAM) missiles, two US officials were quoted by Reuters as saying. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the two officials told

  • IDEX 2017: General Atomics to offer Predator XP as COCO capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc will look to provide its Predator XP platform as a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) service, opening up its potential user base. Speaking to Jane's at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi, Jim Thomson, the company's regional vice-president, said the COCO

  • Trump designates strategist Lt Gen McMaster as national security advisor

    US President Donald Trump announced on 20 February that he has designated US Army Lieutenant General HR McMaster as national security advisor. Lt Gen McMaster is to replace Michael Flynn, who the White House said was asked to resign due to his misleading comments to Vice-President Mike Pence. A

  • HII CEO: USN needs to bolster acquisition to get larger fleet

    Key Points HII CEO recommends aggressive acquisition is needed for 350-ship USN fleet USN continues to study alternative composition and costs to achieve larger force The US Navy (USN) needs to consider Regan-era type acquisition pledges for shipyards to accommodate increased production to meet

  • Mattis hopes to consolidate some individual service business functions

    Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has ordered a review of Department of Defense business practises meant to find areas where individual services have overlapping efforts. Pentagon spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis said Mattis directed "a review of the core business functions to make business

  • Mattis reviewing Afghan war plans amid 'stalemate'

    The Pentagon is reviewing US military plans for Afghanistan, where officials say NATO and Afghan forces are at a stalemate with the Taliban, and recommendations are soon to be made to the White House. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 20 February told reporters in Abu Dhabi that in the past few

  • Northrop signs letter of intent with PGZ

    US company Northrop Grumman has signed a letter of intent with Polish state-owned group Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the company announced on 20 February. In a statement Northrop said that the letter of intent is anticipated as the first step in a process of finding industrial co-operation

  • US carrier group begins 'routine operations' in South China Sea

    The US Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 on 18 February began what the US Navy (USN) referred to as "routine operations" in the South China Sea. The move, which has angered China, came less than a month after Beijing reiterated its "indisputable sovereignty" claim over parts of the

  • Harris introduces RF-300H to its family of manpack radios

    The Harris Falcon III RF-300H wideband high-frequency (HF) manpack radio offers an improvement over the existing AN/PRC-150, providing the ability to send voice, maps, and other large data files up to 10 times faster. The new radio was developed in response to the requirement for additional

  • Europeans push back against undermining of transatlantic security pillars

    Allied attitudes to Russia could harden after US reassurances of its commitment to NATO, but European officials also warn Washington not to undermine the European Union or Europe's values as pillars of transatlantic security. "We are counting, as always in the past, on the United States'

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