• Argentina evaluates M-346 as potential combat fighter

    The Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA) has evaluated the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 Master advanced jet trainer and light fighter as a potential new front-line platform. FAA pilots flew the aircraft in Italy on 12 and 13 October, the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) disclosed on

  • Arrest of Brazil's former lower house head threatens government's congressional agenda

    EVENT On 19 October, the Brazilian Federal Police arrested Eduardo Cunha, the former head of the lower house, on corruption charges related to the Lava Jato investigation involving kickbacks from Petrobras, he has denied all charges. Cunha, who was expelled from the house last month for breaching

  • BAE Systems anticipates US Navy's APKWS contract to boost production numbers

    Key Points The company has been producing upwards of 2,500 units annually An initial delivery under a new ID/IQ contract will be for more than 20,000 systems BAE Systems has been awarded a new contract for its Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets that is likely to

  • Butler Aerospace to be purchased by IT provider HCL Technologies

    US engineering and support services company Butler America Aerospace is to be purchased by IT service company HCL Technologies, it was announced on 21 October. Butler Aerospace, which provides design, drafting, structural analysis and testing to the defence industry, is based in Connecticut, with

  • Chilean Navy to upgrade P-3 Orion fleet

    Canadian company IMP Aerospace is to upgrade the Chilean Navy's Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), it announced on 17 October. The aircraft, which have been in service since 1993, are to receive new wings and stablisers, a digital 'glass' cockpit, and enhanced engines under

  • Gunman kills at least two US nationals in Afghanistan's Kabul

    AT LEAST two United States nationals - a soldier and a civilian - were fatally wounded and several other US soldiers were wounded when a gunman, wearing an Afghan army uniform, opened fire on them as they were visiting a military base in in the Rishkhor neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital Kabul

  • India gives final approval for M777 howitzer buy

    India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) gave its final approval on 20 October for the procurement of 145 BAE Systems M777 155 mm/39-calibre lightweight howitzers for the Indian Army (IA) for around USD750 million under the US Foreign Military Sales programme. India's Defence Acquisition Council (DAC),

  • NATO begins cyber procurement reform study

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) has commissioned a new study from RAND to find ways to accelerate the alliance's buy-in of cyber capabilities. Launched on 17 October, it will recommend short-term mitigation solutions for quickly acquiring cyber-defensive and other information

  • Philippine leader announces 'separation' from US

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte declared his "separation" from the United States during a visit to Beijing on 20 October, saying he has realigned with China. "I've realigned myself in your ideological flow and maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to [President Vladimir] Putin

  • Scorpion jet performs first weapons trials

    Textron AirLand conducted the first air-to-surface weapons trials of its Scorpion jet during a series of live-firings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in mid-October. The firings, which took place from 10 to 14 October and announced on 19 October, saw the Scorpion fire the Lockheed

  • US Army acquires Kongsberg Protector MCRWS

    The US Army is the first customer for the Kongsberg Protector Medium Calibre Remote Weapon Station (MCRWS), which has been developed by the Norwegian company as a private venture. The Kongsberg MCRWS has been designed for new-build tracked and wheeled armoured fighting vehicles (AFV) as well as

  • US Army aims to undo EW decline

    The US Army is seeking to reconstitute its electronic warfare (EW) capabilities after allowing them to atrophy after the end of the Cold War, General Mark Milley, US Army chief of staff, told the Association of the US Army (AUSA) annual convention in Washington in October 2016. Noting that future

  • US Army's new FMTV programme could grow beyond 2,400 platforms

    Key Points The winner of a new US Army FMTV competition could build approximately 2,400 new-production vehicles Additional production is possible but depends on proposed pricing, army requirements, and available funding A US Army effort to buy upgraded versions of its Family of Medium Tactical

  • US Navy awards APKWS production contract

    The US Navy (USN) has placed a contract with BAE Systems for the supply of additional Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets. The contract, announced by the company on 19 October, is valued at USD600 million if all of the options are exercised, with an initial award of

  • US to deploy armoured combat brigade to South Korea

    The US Army announced on 19 October that it has commenced the deployment of the 1st Armoured Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley in Kansas to South Korea. In a statement, the US Department of the Army said that the rotational deployment underscores "the United

  • South Korea, US, Japan to conduct joint naval exercise

    The navies of South Korea, Japan, and the United States will conduct a joint naval exercise on 22-23 October as part of efforts to counter growing North Korean threats, Yonhap news agency quoted military officials as saying. The three navies will participate in a search-and-rescue exercise (SAREX)

  • US less sure of third Red Sea missile incident

    US officials appear less certain that missiles were launched at the destroyer USS Mason as it sailed in international waters off Yemen on 15 October than they were after two similar incidents prompted retaliation against Yemeni coastal radar sites. The incident was first revealed by Admiral John

  • Argentine Gendarmeria negotiating to buy ATR 72s

    The Argentine Gendarmería Nacional plans to acquire two second-hand ATR 72 twin-turboprop transport aircraft. The decision, announced on 19 October by Security Ministry officials, was made after an analysis began in December 2015 when 43 gendarmerie members died in a bus crash while deploying

  • Chilean Navy to modernise ageing Orion maritime patrol aircraft

    IMP Aerospace of Halifax, Nova Scotia, on 17 October announced it was contracted by the Chilean Navy to provide service-life extension, depot maintenance, and avionics upgrades for the service's two Lockheed UP-3A Orion maritime patrol aircraft under the Orion III programme. The project entails a

  • Euronaval 2016: Austal chief sets out three components for future naval shipbuilding business plan

    Key Points US business, domestic exports, and drawing on commercial expertise are key elements Austal hopes its domestic operation will become a major part of its business, just as its US operation is Austal's CEO has identified three core components in the future development of the company's