• China returns seized US Navy Slocum glider

    The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has returned a US Slocum G2 gliding autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that it seized in the South China Sea, the Pentagon announced on 19 December. The PLAN Dalang-III-class support ship (ASR-510) transferred the AUV to USS Mustin (DDG 89), an Arleigh

  • Dominican Air Force flying new Tecnam P2006T spy aircraft

    The Dominican Air Force (FAD) has begun operations with its new Tecnam P2006T twin engine intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, making the FAD the first military operator of the type, Walter Da Costa, global sales and marketing director for Tecnam Aircraft, told IHS Jane's

  • NATO officials 'anxious' about US commitment to ERI

    Some NATO leaders are concerned about the US government's commitment to funding and executing an effort to deter Russia and reassure allies in Eastern Europe, according to Alexander Vershbow, who recently retired as a senior alliance official. President-elect Donald Trump and some prospective

  • Polaris DAGOR selected for Canadian Special Forces vehicle

    Canada has awarded Polaris a contract to supply its Deployable Advanced Ground Off-Road (DAGOR) vehicle for Special Forces troops, the company announced on 20 December. Public Works and Procurement Canada issued the USD15.5 million contract - which includes training, maintenance, and other support

  • Senate report claims USD13 billion in Pentagon acquisition waste

    A report released on 19 December by the office of John McCain, Republican senator from Arizona and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, claims to identify USD13 billion in wasteful spending by the Pentagon. The report, titled Indefensible , lists 10 areas of what the report says are

  • Japan plans to oppose South Sudan arms embargo resolution, says report

    Tokyo plans to oppose a US-backed draft UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, Kyodo news agency quoted Japanese government sources as saying on 21 December. Japan is concerned that if the council adopts the resolution, South Sudan might retaliate against UN

  • Rockwell signs partnering deal with Saudi company

    Rockwell Collins has signed a deal to jointly develop aircraft avionics systems with Saudi Arabian company Taqnia, the company announced on 20 December. Taqnia is a government-owned business that primarily works in technology transfer as part of international companies' offset obligations for deals

  • Canada blocks sale of defence equipment to Thailand

    Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion has recently blocked the sale of military equipment to Thailand, the Canadian government has confirmed to IHS Jane's. A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada (GAC) - the government department that oversees the country's foreign relations and

  • QinetiQ expands target range

    QinetiQ announced on 21 December that it had reached an agreement to acquire Meggitt's Target Systems business. QinetiQ will acquire the business for GBP57.5 million (USD71.1 million) on a cash-free and debt-free basis. Meggitt Target Systems is based in Canada and also has offices in the United

  • STRAN Technologies acquired by Corning

    Cable assembly and connectors company STRAN Technologies has been acquired by Corning, the companies announced in a 20 December press release. US-based STRAN manufactures cables and connectors for use in the land-based tactical and naval environments, with the company's equipment used on the

  • US Navy explores counter-UAS capabilities

    The US Navy is seeking near-term technological solutions to address threats from small remotely-piloted aircraft to its ships, bases, and other installations. Officials at the Naval Surface Warfare Centre in Dahlgren, Virginia, want to explore "mature, field-ready" counter-small unmanned

  • Cognitive Systems demonstrates compact EW capabilities, partners with ARL

    Cognitive Systems has commenced testing of its on-a-chip electronic warfare (EW) system on board a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Speaking at the inaugural International UAV Show in Toronto in December, Nebu John Mathai, director of strategic initiatives at Cognitive Solutions, told IHS

  • 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