• USMC’s AAV7, ACV programmes trade capacity, terrain capability for survivability

    The US Marine Corps’ (USMC’s) two-pronged amphibious vehicle modernisation effort will include some significant survivability upgrades to its legacy AAV7 amphibious assault vehicles, and be complemented with a new personnel carrier with mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP)-levels of

  • Royal Canadian Air Force studying options for MALE UAV procurement

    The Royal Canadian Air Force’s (RCAF’s) medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project has moved into an ‘options analysis’ phase and has been re-named as the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) project, according to the RCAF. The name

  • Pyongyang unlikely to denuclearise quickly, says South Korean president

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that it will not be easy for North Korea to completely dismantle its nuclear capabilities in a short period of time, given that the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes are at an advanced stage. “That means North Korea would

  • Canada to provide 200 peacekeepers, aircraft to UN

    The Canadian government announced it will offer armed helicopters, transport aircraft, and up to 200 soldiers for UN peacekeeping missions but has not yet agreed on where those capabilities will be deployed. The 200 soldiers will serve as a quick reaction force, Canadian officials said during the

  • DARPA targets Hallmark Software Testbed for cognitive assessment

    A key Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) official views the agency’s Hallmark Software Testbed (HST) as an opportunity for cognitive assessment. DARPA director of tactical technology Fred Kennedy told an audience on 15 November he wants to be able to determine a person’s

  • USN plans Vulcano GLR firing tests

    The US Navy (USN) has revealed plans to fund BAE Systems Land & Armaments to conduct firing tests of the Vulcano guided long-range (GLR) 5 inch (127 mm) projectile from a Mk 45 gun. Developed by Leonardo Defence Systems (formerly OTO Melara), the Vulcano GLR projectile is designed to achieve

  • Former Pentagon officials question NDAA’s space contractor watch list

    Key Points A pair of former Pentagon executives questions the NDAA’s space contractor watch list They cite concurrency with existing suspension processes, Pentagon liability A pair of former Pentagon officials are questioning the fiscal year 2018 defence authorisation bill’s provision

  • Mattis upbeat on NATO adding troops to Afghanistan

    US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis appears optimistic that NATO allies and partner nations will add troops in Afghanistan to help train and assist local forces. "Right now, I'd say there's somewhere approximately two-dozen NATO allies and partner countries that are leaning towards raising the

  • Raytheon details Quick Kill 2.0 hard-kill APS

    Raytheon Missile Systems’ updated hard-kill active protection system (APS), the Quick Kill 2.0, is to undergo testing in 12 to 18 months, according to the company’s Survivability Lead for Land Warfare Systems, David Maseredjian, who was speaking at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles

  • US Army outlines APS roadmap

    The US Army is slated to receive first deliveries of Modular Active Protection System (MAPS)-compliant brigade sets in 2021, following virtual and physical demonstrations in 2018. Speaking at the SMi Future Armoured Vehicles Survivability conference in London, Major Mia Bruner, Deputy AD

  • Ukraine wins first foreign investment in aerospace sector

    Ukraine has announced a USD150 million investment from US private equity fund Oriole Capital Group to fund the Kharkiv State Aircraft Manufacturing Enterprise. Ukraine’s UkrOboronProm made the announcement on 13 November, as part of the company’s presence at the Dubai Airshow in the

  • USMC envisions C-RAM, littoral APS

    The United States Marine Corps (USMC) has outlined near- and long-term plans for the fielding of active protection systems (APS) on its range of ground combat vehicles, with these plans extending out to beyond 2030 and including emerging capabilities such as providing counter-rocket, artillery, and

  • US Army progresses IBCS testing

    The US Army has completed another stage in the testing of the Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) being developed by Northrop Grumman. The test, known as a soldier checkout event (SCOE), took place at Tobin Wells in Fort Bliss, Texas, during a three-week period in

  • Alleged FARC pamphlet demands extortion money in Colombia's Tolima

    In Planadas, Tolima, a pamphlet allegedly published by the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) militants continued demanding extortion from local businesses.

  • Arleigh Burke Flight III follows destroyer upgrade path, HII CEO says

    While the US Navy (USN) sees the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers as a major step forward for missile defence – especially with the incorporation of the Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR), the ship’s hull is following the same proven course for improvements as earlier

  • MQ-9 UAS supports ASW demonstration

    Key Points The MQ-9 air vehicle was fitted with a sonobuoy receiver and a data processor for the purposes of the demonstration Testing saw the MQ-9 receive and process sonobuoy data and then relay track data via a satellite communications link A General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 unmanned

  • BAE Systems commences production of LRASM sensor

    BAE Systems has commenced series production of the advanced passive radio frequency (RF) mid-course sensor equipping the US Navy’s (USN’s) new air-launched AGM-158C Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) following receipt of a USD40 million Lot 1 contract from LRASM prime contractor

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: IOMAX showcases Block 2 Archangel, looks to close out sales

    IOMAX has showcased a new and improved Block 2 variant of its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA), as it looks to close out sales with at least four new customers. Speaking to Jane’s on 14 November, IOMAX officials said with the Block 2 aircraft on static display at the Dubai Airshow, the

  • General Atomics makes space acquisition

    General Atomics announced on 13 November that it had acquired the majority of the assets of Surrey Satellite Technology US. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US was created in 2008 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK firm Surrey Satellite Technology

  • Three-carrier drill tests logistics, sends message

    The US Navy (USN) spent thousands of hours planning the convergence and drilling of three carrier strike groups (CSGs) in the Western Pacific at the same time, the first such exercise in about a decade. “Lots of changes occurred,” Rear Admiral Gregory Harris, commander of Carrier Strike