• Kraken MINSAS completes AUV trials demonstration

    Canadian marine technology company Kraken Sonar Systems has invoiced an undisclosed European defence contractor for more than CAN400,000 (USD309,100) after providing its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) for integration and sea trials on the customer's autonomous

  • Lockheed Martin receives funding to complete LRASM integration and test

    Key Points LRASM EOC on the USAF's B-1B Lancer bomber is planned from fiscal year 2018 EOC on the USN's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is to follow in fiscal year 2019 Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control has been contracted to complete the integration and test phase for the AGM-158C Long Range

  • Navy League 2016: Dwindling US sealift fleet, mariner shortage increases risks for future military ops, administrator says

    The head of the agency charged with ensuring the United States' capacity and capability to project and sustain armed forces overseas warned on 16 May that a dwindling sealift fleet and shortage of merchant mariners to operate US flagged vessels is placing the nation at risk. Calling the US sealift

  • Navy League 2016: Lockheed Martin seeking to cut Aegis ship modernisation time

    Key Points Operational tempo is making it harder for the US Navy to tie up DDGs and CGs for year-long maintenance availabilities Lessons learned from Aegis Ashore development will transition to shipboard combat system work Lockheed Martin is looking for investments it is making in Aegis Combat

  • Navy League 2016: Navy EOD seeking more maritime robotics systems

    Following years of heavy focus on land-based explosive ordinance disposal (EOD), US Navy EOD units are returning to more of a maritime role and need robotic systems for that environment. The navy's attention to counter-improvised explosive device (C-IED) missions in Iraq and Afghanistan was

  • Navy League 2016: Saab unveils Sea Wasp C-IED vehicle

    Saab has unveiled its Sea Wasp tethered remotely operated vehicle (ROV), which it designed and delivered three prototypes to US government counter-improvised explosive device (IED) units. The concept was for a counter-IED robot - the sort used extensively on land in Iraq and Afghanistan - for

  • Navy League 2016: US Navy, Marine Corps chiefs advocate industry partnerships to speed technology to the fleet

    Improved government-industry partnerships are key to accelerating the defence acquisition process, the heads of the US Navy and US Marine Corps (USMC) said on 16 May. "I think that we've just got to streamline our processes, start our conversations earlier, be open to more creative solutions,

  • Navy League 2016: USCG to award offshore patrol cutter contract in August

    The largest shipbuilding contract to be awarded by the US Coast Guard (USCG) is expected to be announced in the third quarter of 2016, the service's chief said on 16 May. Speaking at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space symposium in National Harbor, Maryland, USCG Commandant Admiral Paul F Zukunft said

  • Navy League 2016: USMC amphibious tractors roll into development

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) programme is moving forward at a good pace, and the corps credits a unique acquisition approach for the efforts' progress. ACV has used competitive prototyping and has incentivised competitors through a willingness to pay a premium for

  • Navy League 2016: Velodyne reveals new LIDAR 3-D sensors

    Velodyne has unveiled two new LIDAR 3-D sensors in its Velodyne LIDAR Puck (VLP) product line: the VLP-16 LITE for unmanned aerial platforms and VLP-32 for unmanned terrestrial driving. The company was essentially formed in response to the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

  • State of economic emergency increases expropriation risks in Venezuela but unlikely to change economic policy

    EVENT President Nicolás Maduro decreed a 60-day state of emergency on 13 May, but provided no specifics other than claiming that the country needed to recover its means of production and threatening to seize the assets and jail the owners of factories that halt production. Maduro's warning

  • Navy League 2016: AeroVironment to supply Blackwing sub-launched UAS to USN

    The US Navy (USN) plans to fit the Blackwing tube-launched unmanned aircraft system (UAS) on manned submarines and unmanned underwater vehicles, prime contractor AeroVironment announced on 16 May. The small UAS deploys from beneath the surface of the sea. AeroVironment developed Blackwing as part

  • SOFEX 2016: KADDB rolls out heavy APC

    The King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) unveiled the latest version of its heavy armoured personnel carrier (APC), the Al-Dawsar, at SOFEX 2016 in Jordan. Al-Dawsar is based on a surplus Tariq main battle tank (MBT) hull that is essentially an upgraded British Centurion MBT. Some

  • Bolivian Air Force to acquire Zlin Z242L aircraft

    Key Points The Bolivian government is acquiring nine Zlin Z242L 'Guru' airplanes The aircraft, expected to arrive in mid-July, will be used by the Bolivian Air Force to train student pilots Bolivian Minister of Defense Reymi Ferreira announced on 12 May the acquisition of a fleet of nine Zlin

  • Brazilian Development Bank signs defence industry support agreement

    Brazil's National Development Bank (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social: BNDES) signed an agreement on 10 May to establish a technical group to study how the bank can enable the development of the country's defence industry. The deal, which focuses on developing financing

  • DARPA's SHARK completes at-sea testing

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is wrapping up an effort to develop a loitering autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to detect and track submarines in the deepest regions of the ocean. The 23 ft (7 m) long UUV is designed to dwell at depths of up to 6,000 m until

  • Denmark selects F-35 for fighter programme

    Key Points The Danish government has decided to purchase the F-35 to replace the country's F-16s Denmark had been expected to choose the JSF, which topped all four of its key evaluation areas Denmark has selected the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II to replace its F-16s, the Danish government

  • NATO activates first missile defence site in Europe

    Key Points The 'Aegis Ashore' missile defence site in Romania has been declared operational by NATO The system will protect Europe from ballistic missile attacks and will be joined by a second site in Poland by 2018 NATO's first land-based ballistic missile defence (BMD) system in Europe was

  • Russian EW doctrine shift producing results, experts claim

    Russia has made a clear doctrinal switch over the course of the last decade in order to achieve dominance over its adversaries in the electronic warfare (EW) environment, according to experts in the field at the EW Europe conference and trade expo held in Rotterdam on 10-12 May. This dominance is

  • US territory of Guam under threat from China, report says

    Key Points A US report warns that Guam has come within range of conventionally armed Chinese missiles The main threat is posed by Chinese DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles Chinese concerns about the US presence in the Asia-Pacific region have prompted Beijing to develop conventional