• NATO updates estimates for member 2016 spending

    NATO released estimates for spending by member countries on 4 July, showing an expected 3% increase in spending by alliance countries. The numbers, based on data received by 1 July, provides further evidence that European countries are bolstering defence spending in the face of concerns about

  • South Korea, US yet to determine time and place of THAAD deployment, says report

    South Korea and the United States have yet to decide when and where to deploy a US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system, the defence ministry in Seoul said on 5 July, according to Yonhap news agency. "The THAAD deployment is being discussed by [the allies'] joint working group,

  • Suicide attack wounds two police officers in Saudi Arabia's Mecca

    TWO police officers were slightly wounded when a suicide bomber detonated their explosive belt inside the parking lot of Dr Suleiman Faqeeh Hospital, near the United States Consulate, in the city of Jedda in Saudi Arabia's Mecca province early on 4 July, Al-Jazeera reported. No additional details

  • US pushing to make sure Israel aid gets spent in US

    Key Points US negotiators are looking to require that military aid funds are spent on US hardware and services in new aid package In 2015 Israel spent 38.7% of its aid funds on non-US companies, an exception that is not allowed for any other recipient of FMF US officials are working to ensure

  • USN splits contracts for LHA 8 assault ship, T-AO 205 oiler after limited competition

    Key Points HII's Ingalls Shipbuilding has been contracted for the detailed design and construction of LHA 8 General Dynamics' NASSCO has received an order for the first T-AO 205 oiler, with options for five more The Ingalls Shipbuilding Division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) and General

  • An ill wind from the East: British Army contemplates avenues for expansion after decades of post-Cold War demobilisation

    Key Points British Army is shifting its posture away from asymmetric warfare to take into account a resurgent Russia Two new 'strike' brigades are to be formed The days when the NATO alliance expected to be able to generate 70% of its total warfighting capacity within 12 hours and 95% within 30

  • GE, Pratt & Whitney receive billion-dollar AETP contracts

    Key Points The contract will allow companies to continue work on variable-cycle engine technology through September 2021 The goal of the AETP is to achieve improved fuel efficiency and increased thrust The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded USD1 billion contracts to General Electric (GE) Aviation

  • Indian Navy to acquire four more P-8I surveillance aircraft

    In mid-June, India's Cabinet Committee on Security announced that it had approved the USD1 billion procurement of four additional Boeing P-8I Neptune long-range maritime multi-mission aircraft for the Indian Navy (IN), via the United States' Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route. IN officials told IHS

  • MDA performs successful flight tests of improved SM-3 interceptor TSRM nozzle

    Key Points Orbital ATK's Mk 136 TSRM dual-pulse rocket motor is used to propel the SM-3 Block 1B kinetic warhead into the exo-atmosphere Developmental flight tests have proved the performance of design modifications introduced to the TSRM nozzle Two developmental flight tests of the Standard

  • Pentagon studies GPS OCX termination after cost cap breach

    Key Points GPS OCX has exceeded a 25% cost overrun threshold that triggers a Nunn-McCurdy breach The Pentagon will decide whether to continue the programme or restructure it by October The Pentagon is studying whether the US Air Force (USAF) should continue work on its next-generation GPS control

  • Singapore inches closer to Chinook and Super Puma replacements

    Singapore's defence minister Ng Eng Hen has reiterated that a decision on the winning bid to supply the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) with new medium-lift transport helicopters is imminent, with the service's heavy-lift helicopter fleet also due for upgrades or replacement. In a media

  • US Navy pursues improved efficiencies with analog array technology

    Key Points A return to analog systems could improve power consumption and save on parts and costs NRL paper shows it is possible to obtain the same resolution as with an active array of similar size The US Navy's Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is working on an effort to replace an active array

  • Boeing awarded Increment 3 contract for Poseidon MPA

    The US Navy (USN) has awarded Boeing a USD71.6 million contact pertaining to the development, integration, and test of Increment 3 capabilities aboard its P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA). The contract, awarded on 30 June, is specifically related to the Increment 3 capabilities of the

  • Demobilisation of Colombian insurgents will increase risk of criminal gang activity in Ecuador's Sucumbios and Esmeraldas provinces

    EVENT On 29 June 2016, Ecuador's president Rafael Correa announced his country was reinforcing security along its border with Colombia in anticipation of a final peace agreement between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de

  • DoD refining F-35 mission data update process

    Key Points The Pentagon is refining a process by which mission data for the F-35 can be quickly updated MDFs on advanced combat aircraft allow for combat-related information to be loaded into the aircraft so that it can distinguish between threats and friendly aircraft The Pentagon continues to

  • ROFIN shareholders vote for Coherent acquisition

    Laser manufacturer ROFIN-SINAR's shareholders have approved an acquisition by Coherent, the company announced on 30 June. The deal, originally announced on 16 March, was for approximately USD942 million, ROFIN said. At the time that purchase price represented roughly a 42% premium on the company's

  • US and Iceland reaffirm defence cooperation with new agreement

    The United States and Iceland have signed a security agreement to facilitate future defence cooperation between the two nations, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 30 June. US Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Icelandic Foreign Affairs Minister Lilja Alfredsdottir signed the joint

  • US Navy investigation details failings leading up to Iranian boat seizure

    The US Navy's investigation into Iran's seizure of two of its Riverine Command Boats (RCBs) and their crews on 12 January has revealed numerous failings. The navy has said that the commanders of Taskforce 56 and Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, as well as the officer in charge of the detachment

  • USN awards contracts for new assault ship, replenishment tankers

    Key Points Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has been contracted for the detailed design and construction of LHA 8 General Dynamics' NASSCO has received an order for the first T-AO 205 oiler, with options for five more The US Navy ordered its third America-class amphibious assault ship (LHA 8)

  • Central Accord 2016 offers combined training for US, French, and Gabon forces

    Key Points The exercise focused on peacekeeping and the response to natural disasters in Africa French, Gabonese, and US paratroopers executed multinational airborne operations US Army paratroopers participated in the largest most complex exercise ever conducted in Africa, alongside French,