• Lockheed Martin wins F-15C IRST competition

    Lockheed Martin’s Legion Pod has been selected as the infrared search and track (IRST) system for the US Air Force’s (USAF's) Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15C fleet, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin said on 19 September that it will produce more than 130 systems, which

  • Philippines to receive six ScanEagle UASs

    The Philippines is to receive six Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) under a USD9.97 million contract announced by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 18 September. The contract covers the six UASs – one UAS typically comprises upwards of 12 air vehicles as well as associated

  • Rheinmetall outlines Multi-Mission UGV plans

    Rheinmetall has detailed its plans for the development of its Multi-Mission Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV). Speaking with Jane’s , Alain Tremblay, a vice-president of business development at Rheinmetall, said that the future version of the vehicle will be modular in design and “it will

  • US Army retires final Kiowa Warrior

    The US Army has flown its final sortie for the Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter, bringing to an end its three-and-a-half year divestment process for the type. The final flight took place on 19 September from Felker Army Airfield at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, and came some 40

  • AFA 2017: Mattis wants to separate US hardware, software acquisition

    Key Points The US defence secretary wants to split procurement into hardware and software efforts An expert said this is a good idea, but said major weapon systems such as the F-35 are largely software The Pentagon is evaluating how to divide its acquisition efforts into hardware and software

  • Chile extends Lockheed Martin support for its F-16 fleet

    The Chilean Air Force has secured logistics and maintenance support from Lockheed Martin for its 40 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft until June 2020. Lockheed Martin will provide the services through a USD47.8 million foreign military sales contract. The new contract, signed in mid-September, renews

  • US to deploy over 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan, says Mattis

    The United States will send more than 3,000 additional troops to Afghanistan as part of President Donald Trump’s new strategy for the 16 year-old conflict in the Central Asian country, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters on 19 September. “It's exactly over 3,000 somewhat.

  • Panama requests USD743 million security budget for 2018

    Panama’s Ministry of Public Security (Ministerio de Seguridad Pública: MINSEG) has requested a 2018 budget just over USD743 million, according to a 15 September statement. The majority of the budget would be for internal security activities, but approximately USD46 million will be

  • Japan aims to integrate locally produced parts into F-35s from 2018

    Japan is aiming to integrate locally produced parts into Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft from 2018, the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology & Logistics Agency (ATLA) disclosed to Jane’s on 20 September. A spokesperson

  • Moves to secure re-election of Bolivian president would likely mean long-term policy stability but increase corruption risks

    Event On 18 September, members of the ruling Movement Towards Socialism (Movimiento al Socialismo: MAS) party launched a legal challenge to constitutional provisions barring the indefinite re-election of the president, as well as governors, mayors, councillors, and other political posts in Bolivia.

  • Singapore Technologies invests in US cyber firm

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has secured a minority stake in a US cyber security firm, Janus Technologies, it was announced on 19 September. ST Engineering said the investment is worth USD5.79 million and is being made through the group’s newly-established subsidiary ST

  • AFA 2017: US Air Force mulling T-X trainer award with delayed start

    Key Points The US Air Force could award a T-X trainer contract with a delayed start The service sees this as a strategy to get a critical programme started by the end of 2017 The US Air Force (USAF) is mulling the possibility of awarding a contract for its highly anticipated T-X trainer programme

  • AFA 2017: US budget uncertainty impedes Air Force procurement of munitions

    Key Points Budget uncertainty is preventing the US Air Force from boosting munition procurement The service has expended 90,000 munitions since 2014 and needs to replenish its supply Another continuing resolution (CR) to start a new fiscal year is hampering the US Air Force’s (USAF's)

  • Senate passes 2018 defence policy bill, next to reconcile with House version

    The US Senate on 18 September passed its version of the fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) National Defense Authorization Bill, setting up a conference process to reconcile differences in the House’s and Senate’s versions of the defence policy legislation. House lawmakers on 14 July passed

  • UK Tactical Hotspot readies for trials

    A flexible communication node under development by a consortium of defence primes to meet a UK requirement is expected to enter trials from November 2017. Known as Tactical Hotspot, the effort is intended to increase the “elasticity” of the strike brigades, allowing dispersed operations

  • Japan deploys PAC-3 interceptors near flight path of previous North Korean IRBMs

    The Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) have moved the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) air defence system deployed on the country’s northern island of Hokkaido to an area located closer to the flight path taken by North Korea’s latest two Hwaseong-12 (also known as KN-17)

  • National Guard chief happy with reserve force readiness

    The US National Guard is pleased with its readiness to perform required missions, and expects its army units to gain even more training time next year. “We are right were we’re supposed to be on what we’re drilled to go do,” Air Force General Joseph Lengyel, chief of the

  • US National Guard values surveillance assets for disaster response

    The US National Guard – busy this year responding to multiple major hurricanes – prizes surveillance assets to identify citizens in need of rescue, Air Force General Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters during a 19 September Defense Writers Group breakfast

  • US has military options for North Korea that would not put Seoul at grave risk, says Mattis

    US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has indicated that Washington has military options for North Korea that would not put the South Korean capital Seoul at great risk from a counter-attack by Pyongyang. However, Mattis declined to go into details when asked on 18 September what those options might

  • USAF to soon select two additional F-35A bases

    The Pentagon is shortly to determine the location of a base for an additional Air National Guard unit with new Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighters. A review is now complete, and its results are being analysed. A basing decision is expected "in the next couple of months", Air Force