• US releases more details on reported Russian hacking, announces sanctions

    Key Points The White House released further details on two separate hacking campaigns against the DNC Obama approved sanctions against Russia's two largest intelligence agencies, four intelligence officers, and three companies, in additional to expelling 35 Russians said to be intelligence

  • USAF officially solicits bids for T-X trainer aircraft

    The US Air Force (USAF) has officially solicited offers to meet its T-X training requirement, which includes a potential order of up to 350 new trainer aircraft to replace ageing Northrop Grumman T-38 Talons. The solicitation, published on 30 December, noted that "funds are not presently

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 30 December 2016

    Americas Colombia - 28 December 2016: In Uribia, Guajira, indigenous residents blocked the railway serving the Cerrejon coal mine in a protest over provision of welfare benefits. Costa Rica - 29 December 2016: An official report said that there had been 570 homicides in 2016, the highest number

  • Brazil announces establishment of new cyber defence command

    The Brazilian Army has approved the establishment of a cyber defence command, known as Comando de Defesa Cibernética (ComDCiber), to help protect the country's online infrastructure. Essentially, the move creates regulatory measures needed to establish the command and prescribes

  • Investigation begins into Russian reports of Bulgarian arms found in Aleppo

    A Bulgarian prosecutor is launching a probe into allegations published by Russian state-owned media that Bulgarian-made arms had been found in the Syrian city of Aleppo. No independent validation of Russia's claims had occurred at the time this article was published. Russia, as reported by several

  • Lockheed Martin providing additional PAC-3 MSEs to US Army and upgrading PAC-3 missiles for FMS

    Key Points US Army to only acquire PAC-3 MSE missiles under the new contract PAC-3 MSE will enter the Operational Test Phase in 2017 Lockheed Martin will provide Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) and PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhancement (PAC-3 MSE) missiles for the US Army, and Foreign Military

  • MDA, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon prepare for next Aegis, SM-6 test

    Key Points SM-6 tested against a representative Dong-Feng 21 MRBM Full Aegis BMD system test scheduled for March-May 2017 timeframe In the most recent demonstration of the Raytheon-built Standard Missile 6 (SM-6) Dual 1 interceptor, the US Navy in mid-December test fired two SM-6 missiles in a

  • Textron flies production-standard Scorpion jet

    Textron AirLand conducted the maiden flight of the first production-standard Scorpion jet on 22 December, the company announced. The flight took place out of McConnell Air Force Base (AFB) in Wichita, Kansas, and lasted for approximately 1 hr 42 min. During this first flight, the test pilots

  • US Air Force proceeds with JSTARS recap programme

    The US Air Force (USAF) has begun the next stage of its effort to recapitalise the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) fleet as a replacement for the retiring Northrop Grumman E-8C JSTARS. USAF officials on 28 December published a request for proposals (RFP) for the updated

  • USN considers options for replacing Zumwalt's LRLAP projectile

    Key Points Three possible solutions exist for a LRLAP replacement: Excalibur, MS-SGP, and the Hyper Velocity Projectile Replacing LRLAP, which was developed specifically for AGS, could add further costs to Zumwalt's price tag The Long Range Land Attack Projectile (LRLAP), originally designed for

  • USN wants a 459-ship force, will settle for 355

    Key Points The USN has called for a 355-ship future planned force level (47 additional ships), highlighting additional cruisers, destroyers, and nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) That projection is in line with the incoming Trump administration's call for a 350-ship navy Navy leaders'

  • USN's first Flight IIA restart destroyer completes acceptance trials

    The US Navy's (USN's) future Flight IIA Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) completed acceptance trials 16 December 2016 after spending two days under way off the coast of Maine, the navy announced. Rafael Peralta is the 65th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer and

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 29 December 2016

    Americas Colombia - 28 December 2016: Congress approved a law granting amnesty for lesser crimes committed by FARC insurgents and creating a special penal system for security force members. Guatemala - 26 December 2016: The interior ministry said there had been 4,411 murders between 1 January and

  • Bolivian Army receives tactical vehicles, communications equipment

    The Bolivian Army has received 50 modified 2016 Toyota Hilux pickup trucks adapted for tactical transport and border control duties. The vehicles are armed with 7.62x51 mm SIG 710-3 light machine guns fitted on a reinforced 1.2-ton capacity chassis, and other additions include removable fuel

  • HC-27J reactivation helps USCG plug maritime surveillance gap

    Key Points The USCG has regenerated 10 of a planned 14 HC-27J Spartan medium-range surveillance aircraft Installation of a prototype mission system - integrating a surface search radar and electro-optical/infrared sensors - is planned for 2018 The US Coast Guard (USCG) is making significant

  • North Korea seeking to 'complete development' of nuclear weapons by 2017, says report

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "determined" to complete the development of nuclear weapons by the end of 2017, a high-profile North Korean diplomat, who recently defected to South Korea, was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying on 27 December. Kim is "racing ahead with nuclear

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 28 December 2016

    Americas Argentina - 26 December 2016: Unions representing aeronautical workers said they would oppose the entry of new low-cost airlines to Argentina's domestic market. Chile - 24 December 2016: In Ercilla, Araucanía region, unidentified people set fire to a church and a school and left

  • Chile publishes text of Copper Reserve Law

    The Chilean government revealed the full text of the law responsible for the levying of billions of dollars of state copper revenues towards military procurement in the official state journal on 22 December, its only official release since it was originally enacted in April 1975. The publishing of

  • FARC claims army troops are attacking militants in Colombia's Meta

    In Vista Hermosa, Meta, Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) commanders accused army troops of harassing militants who were moving towards demobilisation camps. They claim nine soldiers approached Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) members and tried to capture one of

  • Incoming US president hints at potential new nuclear arms race

    Ahead of the Christmas holiday US president-elect Donald Trump tweeted about his desire to "expand" US nuclear capability, and Russian leader Vladimir Putin discussed defeating missile shields, as fears of a potential nuclear arms race arose. Trump tweeted on 22 December that the United