• GM's hydrogen fuel cell truck to undergo US Army demonstration

    General Motors (GM) and the US Army now have a running prototype of a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle based on a Chevrolet Colorado truck, called the ZH2, company officials told IHS Jane's. The vehicle, first unveiled on 3 October during the annual Association of the US Army symposium, is being jointly

  • IFS acquires Mxi Technologies

    Sweden's IFS has agree to acquire Canadian integrated maintenance software firm Mxi Technologies, the two companies announced on 13 December. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is expected to close in the first quarter of 2017. Mxi Technologies' software systems are used for maintenance

  • NAWCTSD receives VR prototype for mission rehearsal

    Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim) has developed a prototype high-fidelity virtual reality (VR)-based F/A-18 Super Hornet flight simulator for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD). The system integrates an Oculus Rift CV1 with BISim's VBS Blue whole-earth rendering

  • Raytheon signs latest LoI with Polish industry

    Raytheon signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Polish engineering firm Autosan on 1 December; the latest in a series of accords inked by the US group in relation to industrial participation on the Wisla medium-range air-defence system programme. The workshare and co-operation agreement is the latest

  • Seoul asks Washington to increase surveillance of North Korea

    South Korea's Ministry of National Defense (MND) has asked the United States to deploy more surveillance and reconnaissance assets to the Korean Peninsula, an MND official told IHS Jane's on 13 December. "The request was made because of the threats posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile

  • US slows arms shipment, intelligence sharing to Saudi Arabia over Yemen campaign

    The United States has stopped the shipment of kits designed to provide precision guidance to older bombs, as well as cutting some intelligence sharing over concerns about civilian casualties in the ongoing Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels who have claimed large segments of Yemen in that

  • Venezuelan Supreme Court's re-appointment of pro-government members to CNE increases likelihood of president completing term

    EVENT The Supreme Court of Justice re-appointed on 13 December two pro-government members to the board of the National Electoral Council (CNE). The Supreme Court move was taken at a time when the National Assembly, currently controlled by the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la

  • South Korea to hasten THAAD deployment, says report

    South Korea intends to move forwards the deployment of a battery of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, Yonhap News Agency reported on 11 December. Citing unnamed sources in the defence ministry, Yonhap said the deployment of the air defence system, which was initially

  • US Army Reserve studying rapidly deployable formations

    The US Army Reserve is assessing its capabilities and likely threats to determine which units or specialities might be called upon for rapid deployments outside of the component's usual cycles, according to the top reserve officer. Lieutenant General Charles Luckey, chief of Army Reserve, told

  • US Congress passes bill facilitating senior military exchanges with Taiwan

    The US Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (2017 NDAA), which for the first time includes a section on senior military exchanges with the island of Taiwan. The Senate voted 92-7 to pass the bill on 8 December after the House of Representatives voted

  • Brazil to soon receive last modernised Urutu APC

    Technicae Projetos e Serviços Automotivos, a Brazilian subsidiary of Singapore's ST Kinetics, is to soon deliver the last modernised EE-11 Urutu M II 6x6 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the Brazilian Army, the company told IHS Jane's on 13 December. A contractual deadline is set for 8

  • Teledyne agrees to buy e2v

    US company Teledyne has reached a deal to buy UK group e2v for GBP620 million (USD782 million), the companies announced on 12 December. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2017. E2v produces a range of imaging and communications equipment, used for satellites and aircraft, as well as

  • Hurricane relief in Haiti winds down as UN extends MINUSTAH mandate

    The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 13 October renewed the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) mandate for six months, ending on 15 April 2017. MINUSTAH will maintain its current authorised troop strength of up to 2,370 military personnel and 2,601 police, according to UNSC

  • US Army's new Apache scout squads add capability, but also complexity

    Key Points Apaches teamed with UASs add capabilities to the scout mission, but force packages take far longer to deploy The ARI is replacing OH-58 squadrons with HARS The US Army is to soon retire its last Bell Helicopter OH-58 Kiowa Warrior armed aerial scout squadron, which under the Aviation

  • Xponential 2016: NAVAIR wants 'mission-level' autonomy for unmanned platforms

    US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is seeking to shift from operating unmanned systems to 'managing' them as autonomous technology advances, Steve Kracinovich, director of NAVAIR's Autonomous Systems Initiative, said during a 4 May address at AUVSI's annual Xponential conference in New Orleans,

  • Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's PT Dirgantara expand collaboration on Bell 412

    Bell Helicopter and Indonesia's state-owned aerospace manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) have signed an agreement to expand their helicopter business activities in Indonesia. A statement by Bell Helicopter said the expanded "industrial and commercial agreement" would enable the two

  • NATO allies to review possible naval mission in Eastern Mediterranean

    NATO is to review an appeal from its members Turkey and Germany for allied naval intervention to monitor the flow of migrants across the Aegean Sea, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. "The ministers will address this issue because the migration crisis is of great concern to

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Though under protest, USD735 million requested for JLTV

    The US Army's Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) would receive USD735.4 million in the fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) budget request. JLTV should be kicking off with contractor Oshkosh Defense entering low-rate initial production (LRIP) - scheduled to begin in the first quarter of FY 2016 - but a bid

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin - 1 February 2016

    Americas Brazil - 29 January 2016: In São Paulo, 300 taxi drivers protesting against rival Uber drivers allegedly injured an unspecified number of them, vandalising their cars. Chile - 29 January 2016: Six Mapuche communities urged the government to cancel the environmental permit given to

  • US Navy SSGN completes repairs after grounding

    A US Navy (USN) guided-missile nuclear-powered submarine (SSGN) has completed repairs following a grounding in late 2015 and is expected to re-enter the water this week, officials told IHS Jane's on 5 January. The Ohio-class SSGN USS Georgia (SSGN 729) has been in dry dock for repairs following an