• Update: USAF continues targeting Taliban, IS-K targets in Afghanistan

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more munitions over Afghanistan in March than in the same month in previous years since 2009, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data shows that USAF aircraft (manned and unmanned) released a total of 339 weapons in March as part

  • US lawmakers want air force to proceed with JSTARS recap

    Key Points Lawmakers propose forcing the USAF to proceed with JSTARS recap The service wants to cancel the programme and proceed with other battle management plans A group of US lawmakers want the US Air Force (USAF) to proceed as planned with its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System

  • TransDigm completes Extant Aerospace acquisition

    TransDigm announced on 24 April that it had completed the acquisition of Florida-based Extant Components Group Holdings from private equity firm Warburg Pincus. The deal was valued at USD525 million. Extant is involved in the avionics and electronics lifecycle sustainment market, with the bulk of

  • US Air Force, Boeing remain out of sync on KC-46 delivery date

    The US Air Force (USAF) and Boeing continue to disagree on when the first KC-46 Pegasus aerial refuelling tankers will be delivered, according to USAF testimony. “We believe the schedule that Boeing has is overly ambitious and we’d like to get an agreement on a delivery date and drive

  • Cellula Robotics developing AUV fuel cell technology for Canadian DND

    British Columbia-based Cellula Robotics is to begin initial development work on fuel cell technology for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) under the first of a possible three phases for Canada’s Department of National Defence (DND). The company was awarded a CAD647,944 (USD506,055)

  • DARPA’s CHASE programme aims to automate enterprise network cyber

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to improve how enterprise networks can rapidly detect and defend against cyber attacks. The goal is to be able to build adaptive technologies that can recognise, detect, and defend enterprise networks with the same kind of speed

  • Pentagon plans to consolidate hypersonic efforts as part of ‘road map’

    Key Points The Pentagon plans to consolidate many of its hypersonic weapon development efforts There is much technical overlap among the programmes The Pentagon plans to eventually consolidate many of its hypersonic weapon development efforts as part of a “road map” it is developing

  • FarSounder to provide sonar for RNZN’s future fleet replenishment tanker

    US-based company FarSounder has signed a contract to provide its FarSounder-1000 forward-looking sonar for the Royal New Zealand Navy’s (RNZN’s) future fleet replenishment vessel, Aotearoa . The company announced in a 17 April statement that the sonar “will provide real-time 3D

  • HorizonX continues tech investments

    Boeing’s HorizonX venture capital arm has made its third investment in less than a month, this time in 3D printing company Morf3D. Approximately 12 months after HorizonX was established, the division is keeping up momentum in investing in disruptive technology companies, the newest being

  • Pentagon, industry eye partnerships for expanding MRO market

    The Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) market for military aviation is steadily expanding, but the US Department of Defense (DoD) – which has its own organic MRO operations – faces challenges such as an ageing workforce and competition from industry. A key issue, said Brigadier

  • Argentine Army adds new and modernised equipment

    On 19 April the Argentine Army took delivery of a diverse range of new and modernised equipment, part of a broader modernisation of land assets for the army. New equipment included Steyr Mannlicher HS.50 M1 12,7 mm rifles, Thales Ground Observer 80 radars, Zodiac assault boats, Sany STC800 cranes,

  • Lockheed Martin capable of fielding MQ-25 prototype in one year

    Key Points Lockheed Martin decided against building a MQ-25 prototype It wanted to focus on the navy’s new requirements instead of older requirements Lockheed Martin could develop its MQ-25 Stingray prototype for the US Navy (USN) in 12 months, but the company does not expect the sea

  • RE2 Robotics to develop a drop-in robotic air field repair kit for USAF

    RE2 Robotics is developing a kit to convert manned construction vehicles into unmanned platforms that are capable of airfield repair. The Phase III Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) efforts, for which the US Air Force (USAF) awarded RE2 Robotics a USD2.9 million contract in April, will

  • L3 TRL updates Broadshield C-RCIED system

    L3 TRL Technology has revealed a new version of its Broadshield counter-radio controlled improvised explosive device (C-RCIED) system at the Defence Services Asia (DSA) 2018 exhibition in Kuala Lumpur. The new Broadshield High-Power Compact System (HCS) combines the manpack capability of the

  • North Korea to halt nuclear, missile tests, says Kim Jong-un

    North Korea will immediately halt its missile and nuclear tests and dismantle its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri, Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced on 21 April ahead of summits set to take place with South Korea and the United States. The state-run media outlet quoted

  • Warrior IFV trialled with Soucy Defense CRT

    A British Army Warrior infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) fitted with Soucy Defense composite rubber tracks (CRT) has completed a 5,000 km trial, Jane’s has learned. The effort was aimed at proving the CRT technology as a replacement for the conventional steel tracks currently fitted to the

  • Canada, Japan sign Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement

    Tokyo and Ottawa signed a bilateral Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) on 21 April aimed at strengthening co-operation between the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Japanese Self-Defense Forces (JSDF). The Canadian government announced in a statement that the deal, which was signed

  • Indra to equip Mexican Navy’s new long-range OPV with electronic defence system

    Indra has won the contract to install its Rigel electronics defence system aboard the new Sigma 10514 series ocean-going patrol boat being prepared by Dutch shipyard Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) for the Mexican Navy (Armada de Mexico). Announcing the order on 16 April, the part

  • Paraguayan Army retires last M4 Shermans from service

    The Paraguayan Army has retired the last three M4 Sherman tanks that were operational with an army worldwide. The tanks were in use by the Regimiento Escolta Presidencial (REP, Presidential Escort Regiment), who also operate few M2 halftracks and M3 Stuart tanks, which are also the last examples

  • Paraguay’s ruling party secures re-election; increased likelihood of continuity of low taxation and openness to FDI policies

    Event Mario Abdo Benítez of Paraguay’s ruling Colorado Party (Partido Colorado: PC) won the country’s presidential election on 22 April, albeit by a margin of just 3.7%, when opinion polls had consistently given him a 20% lead. He defeated Efraín Alegre of the opposition