• Aerial refuelling upgrade for E-2D makes maiden flight

    Northrop Grumman has flight-trialled a new aerial refuelling capability for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the company announced on 16 December. A probe-equipped E-2D made the flight the day prior to the announcement as part of a wider

  • Armed PLAN ship seizes US unmanned naval platform in South China Sea

    China's People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) seized an autonomous unmanned vehicle (AUV) belonging to the US Navy (USN) approximately 50 n miles northwest of Subic Bay, the Pentagon announced on 16 December. USNS Bowditch, a Pathfinder-class survey ship, was recovering an unknown AUV when it was

  • Risk of Islamic State attack remains low in Trinidad despite participation of nationals in Middle Eastern conflicts

    Key Points Dozens of Trinidadians are suspected of having travelled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State. Extremists are being encouraged to travel rather than commit acts domestically. The capability of individuals or groups to target oil and gas infrastructure is likely to be low. The

  • US Navy grounds Super Hornets and Growlers after 'incident' at NAS Whidbey Island

    The US Navy (USN) has grounded its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft while it investigates the cause of a ground incident on 16 December that injured two flight-crew. The incident at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in Washington state saw an EA-18G

  • US Navy lifts grounding of Super Hornets and Growlers

    The US Navy (USN) has resumed flight operations of its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler combat aircraft three days after a grounding order was issued. The lifting of the order, which was announced on 19 December, came after Naval Air Systems Command and Boeing investigated

  • Argentine army and air force receive new and modernised aircraft

    Argentina's state-owned aircraft factory, Fábrica Argentina de Aviones (FAdeA), delivered the first upgraded IA-58A Pucará (A-568) to the air force with new navigation equipment, a locally designed multifunction display, some new instruments, and new oxygen system. The aircraft (A-568)

  • Beijing will return AUV seized in South China Sea, says Chinese defence ministry

    A statement published on the Chinese Ministry of National Defense's website on 18 December indicates that Beijing intends to hand over a US Navy (USN) autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) that it seized in the South China Sea. According to the statement, which has been attributed to ministry

  • Bolivia's 'Anti-imperialist School' graduates first class

    The Bolivian Armed Forces' Anti-Imperialist Command School graduated its first class on 16 December. The class was comprised of 156 officers: 89 from the army, 39 from the air force, and 28 from the navy. President Evo Morales attended the graduation ceremony, declaring that the Bolivian armed

  • Brazil concentrates its A-1 aircraft in Santa Maria

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) is concentrating its AMX International A-1A/B/M fighter fleet at Santa Maria airbase in Rio Grande do Sul, after the Adelphi Squadron based at Santa Cruz airbase in the state of Rio de Janeiro was recently deactivated, the FAB announced on 15 December. The aircraft

  • Chilean Army receives full complement of 10 H215M helicopters

    The Chilean Army has received its tenth and final Airbus Helicopters H215M (formerly the Eurocopter AS532 Cougar) aircraft, the company announced on 19 December. Chile first ordered eight of the aircraft in 2008 and then added one in 2013 and another in 2014, all for the Chilean Army's Air Brigade.

  • DARPA adds Raytheon to RADICS fold

    Raytheon has received a USD9 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to provide the United States' power grid operators with the ability to detect and respond to a cyber-attack. DARPA's Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation, and Characterization (RADICS) programme

  • Lockheed Martin conducts second TACMS SQT

    Key Points SQT-3 demonstrates the missile's Proximity Sensor Height of Burst enhancement. Lockheed Martin expects to complete TACMS systems qualification tests in July 2017 Lockheed Martin has conducted a second test of its modernised Tactical Missile System (TACMS) at White Sands Missile Range,

  • Ospreys cleared to resume flight operations in Japan

    The US military has lifted the suspension of flight operations of its Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey tiltrotors in Japan, the service announced on 19 December. All MV-22Bs flying with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, have been cleared to resume flight operations, although the

  • Saudi FM denies reported block on PGM sale

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has refuted media reports that the US government has blocked the sale of bomb guidance kits to Saudi Arabia. "This news is media rhetoric and we never received anything formal from the US government to this effect," Jubeir said in Arabic during a

  • Trump announces Vincent Viola, businessman and West Point grad, for army secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump on 19 December announced plans to nominate Vincent Viola, a West Point graduate and billionaire businessman, to become secretary of the US Army. Viola graduated from the US Military Academy (known as West Point) in 1977 - and served as an officer in the 101st Airborne

  • US Pacific Command confirms China seized Slocum G2 AUV

    The autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) seized by a Chinese naval vessel on 16 December was a Teledyne-Webb Slocum G2 glider, which are used for oceanographic research with significant military applications. Lieutenant Commander Matt Knight, a US Pacific Command (USPACOM) spokesperson, confirmed

  • BAE Systems rolls out first AMPV prototype for US Army

    BAE Systems unveiled its first prototype Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV), a general-purpose variant, during a 15 December ceremony at the company's facility in York, Pennsylvania. "Deliveries of the prototype vehicles will continue into 2017, and developmental testing will run through

  • Cognitive Systems looks to military applications for 'radio on a chip'

    Cognitive Systems is looking to transition its commercial R10 integrated circuit (IC), referred to as "radio frequency [RF] situational awareness on a chip", to military customers seeking a high-performance, agile, and low-size, weight, and power (SWaP) solution. RF situational awareness

  • DRS Technologies sells environmental controls business

    DRS Environmental Systems Inc (DESI), a business unit of US-based Leonardo-Finmeccanica subsidiary DRS Technologies, has been purchased by military shelter provider HDT Global, the company announced on 15 December. DESI, also based in the Unites States, operates two facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio,

  • Fallon confirms USMC F-35s to join maiden deployment of HMS Queen Elizabeth

    The UK defence secretary confirmed on 15 December previously revealed plans to have the US Marine Corps (USMC) embark aboard the Royal Navy's new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier on its maiden operational deployment in 2021. The announcement was made by Michael Fallon during a meeting in London