• Paris Air Show 2017: NAVAIR may compress remaining CH-53K test points following positive progress

    The US Navy may compress the remaining test campaign of the Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion heavy-lift helicopter following the positive progress made so far, a senior company official told reporters on 21 June. Speaking at the Paris Air Show, Sikorsky president Dan Schultz said that the Naval Air

  • Paris Air Show 2017: Raytheon launches Compact Multi-Spectral Targeting System

    Raytheon announced at the Paris Air Show on 19 June that it is developing a smaller, lightweight version of its Multi-Spectral Targeting System called the Compact MTS (cMTS). The new system, which retains all the key functions of the MTS product family but weighs less than 60 lb (27.2 kg) and fits

  • RE2 tasked with robot pilot development

    RE2 Robotics has been awarded a USD1.5 million contract from the US Air Force to develop a robotic system that can fly manned aircraft. Speaking to Jane's , Jorgen Pederson, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics, explained that the focus of the effort is on rapidly demonstrating the feasibility of a

  • Hurricane relief in Haiti winds down as UN extends MINUSTAH mandate

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 13 October renewed the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mandate for six months, ending on 15 April 2017. MINUSTAH will maintain its current authorised troop strength of up to 2,370 military personnel and 2,601 police, according to UNSC

  • Xponential 2016: NAVAIR wants 'mission-level' autonomy for unmanned platforms

    US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is seeking to shift from operating unmanned systems to 'managing' them as autonomous technology advances, Steve Kracinovich, director of NAVAIR's Autonomous Systems Initiative, said during a 4 May address at AUVSI's annual Xponential conference in New Orleans,

  • Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's PT Dirgantara expand collaboration on Bell 412

    Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's state-owned aerospace manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) have signed an agreement to expand their helicopter business activities in Indonesia. A statement by Bell Helicopter said the expanded "industrial and commercial agreement" would enable the two

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Though under protest, USD735 million requested for JLTV

    The US Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) would receive USD735.4 million in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget request. JLTV should be kicking off with contractor Oshkosh Defense entering low-rate initial production (LRIP) - scheduled to begin in the first quarter of FY 2016 - but a bid

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 1 February 2016

    Americas Brazil - 29 January 2016: In São Paulo, 300 taxi drivers protesting against rival Uber drivers allegedly injured an unspecified number of them, vandalising their cars. Chile - 29 January 2016: Six Mapuche communities urged the government to cancel the environmental permit given to

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an

  • Top 10 risks in 2016

    EVENT The IHS Country Risk Analysis and Forecasting Team (CRAFT) team watches, assesses, and forecasts the level and specific nature of violent risks across the globe. In this report we explore 10 of the major risk environments of 2016 together with their likely impact and key indicators, which we

  • Increasing property damage risks in Brazil's main cities as anarchists are likely to infiltrate anti-government demonstrations

    EVENT On 9 December, members of anarchist group Black Bloc infiltrated an initially peaceful student protest in the Republica Square, in central São Paulo, against the state education policy. Approximately 2,000 people gathered, according to the police. The anarchists attacked vehicles and a

  • UPDATE: SM-3 Block IIA interceptor completes second flight test

    Key Points Second control test vehicle flight success paves way for SM-3 Block IIA intercept test in 2016 Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted to build a further 17 SM-3 Block IIA all-up rounds for operational testing and initial deployment The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the

  • Helibras concludes first Exocet missile integration tests for Brazilian AH-15B

    Brazilian helicopter specialist Helibras, a local operation of Airbus Helicopters, has concluded a three-week testing phase for integration of MBDA's Exocet AM 39 Block 2 Mod 2 anti-ship missile and tactical data management system that is to equip the reconnaissance and anti-surface warfare variant

  • UTC Aerospace buys N2 Imaging Systems

    United Technologies Corporation (UTC) Aerospace Systems has announced the acquisition of US-based N2 Imaging Systems. The transaction was announced on 2 December. Terms were not disclosed. N2 is a developer of imaging technologies and related integration services. UTC said, "The N2 business

  • NAVSEA seeks information from LCU 1700 design and build candidates

    Key Points NAVSEA released a special notice for the LCU 1700 programme on 25 November Interested parties have been asked to submit information relating to their ability to develop a detailed design for LCU 1700, followed by the build of the lead and follow-on craft The Naval Sea Systems Command

  • JTIC Global Attack Index - September 2015

    Key Points JTIC recorded 1,516 worldwide attacks by non-state armed groups in September 2015, a 7.5% decrease in the average daily total compared with August. In Yemen, the decreasing militant operational tempo across the month was principally indicative of the extent to which Ansar Allah had been

  • Airbus reveals further C295 enhancements

    Airbus Defence and Space (DS) is developing a number of new capabilities for its C295 medium-lift transport aircraft that are designed to enhance its support and special forces functionalities, it was disclosed on 2 November. Speaking at the company's Seville facility during the annual Trade Media

  • Imaginetics acquires Azmark Aerosystems

    US aerospace components manufacturer Imaginetics has announced its acquisition of Azmark Aerosystems, an Arizona-based producer of metal components for defence and aircraft markets. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Azmark's current clients include Boeing Defense Systems, Gulfstream,

  • Northrop Grumman begins construction of UAV research and training facility

    Northrop Grumman has broken ground on a new USD10 million unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) facility near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, the company announced on 15 October. The 36,000 ft 2 expansion of the company's UAV capabilities will focus on research and development, aircrew