• NRL seeks more capability for CT-Analyst

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is looking to add more features to its CT-Analyst real-time 3-D model that tracks how hazardous airborne plumes might disperse in an urban setting. Features could include adding more data about the character of a chemical, biological, or radiological release.

  • South Korea 'in final phase' of developing Cheongung M-SAM

    South Korea is in the final phase of developing its Cheongung ('Celestial/Firmament') Korean medium-range surface-to-air missile (KM-SAM or M-SAM) to better counter North Korea's growing missile threats, a military official was quoted by the Yonhap news agency as saying on 16 April. "All

  • Brazilian Air Force details ambitious space hopes

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has established an ambitious plan to drive its Strategic Space Systems Program (Programa Estratégico de Sistemas Espaciais: PESE) to establish a constellation of various satellites to address requirements for communications, imagery, mapping, meteorology, remote

  • Ecuador's ASTINAVE progresses on OPV construction

    Ecuador's state-run shipyard, Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave) is progressing with construction of two ocean patrol vessels (OPVs), Astinave said in a 13 April statement. The vessels, Isla San Cristobal and Isla Isabela , are based on the Stan Patrol 5009 model produced by Damen Group. It

  • Inert, upgraded B61 gravity bomb dropped by USAF F-16C

    A US Air Force (USAF) F-16C multirole fighter aircraft released an inert upgraded B61 nuclear bomb during a development flight test over the Nellis Test and Training Range Complex on 14 March. This was the first test use of the upgraded B61, known as the B61-12, with an F-16 platform. Conducted by

  • Stops pulled out for NATO's first Baltic exercise post-EFP

    From 17 to 30 April Latvia's Adazi national training range is hosting more than 1,200 personnel from Bulgaria, Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States in an exercise on manoeuvres. The drills - entitled Exercise 'Summer

  • USN mulls fixes for hypoxia and cockpit-related problems

    Hypoxia and cockpit-related environmental problems continue to grow for the US Navy (USN) despite the aviation community's efforts to find and fix root causes for the mishaps - and now officials say they are eyeing overhauls in their procedures for monitoring, maintaining, or replacing

  • Brazilian Army to receive MRCD 1250 riverine boats

    The Von Suckow Trading Group (VSK) supplied a pilot batch of five MRCD 1250 (Military Riverine Craft Diesel 12.5 Meter) fast armed multi-purpose riverine boats to the Brazilian Army, the company told Jane's . The boats will be delivered to the army in Manaus for use in the Amazon region, with

  • Peru to bolster its transport and helicopter fleets

    The Peruvian government has decided to purchase a variety of new equipment, including helicopters and transport aircraft, after recent floods caused crisis in parts of the country and showed deficiencies in the armed forces. The Ministry of Economy and Finance approved a public investment project

  • Thales seeks to grow its Latin American business

    France's Thales Group is seeking to expand its presence of its defence and security activities over certain Latin America countries, Ruben Lazo, the company's vice-president for Latin America (LATAM) told Jane's . Thales employs more than 600 people across the region with operations in Argentina,

  • UN mission in Haiti to be replaced in October

    The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) will gradually cease operations over the next six months and be replaced by a smaller successor mission, the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), the United Nations has announced. MINUSTAH totaled 4,775 personnel, including individual

  • DARPA launches CASE for inherent cyber defence

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a programme aimed at building cyber resiliency into defence programmes at a systems level, following the successful demonstration of a project focused on the software side. The Cyber Assured Systems Engineering (CASE) project

  • First of 1,250 US marines arrive in Australia for training

    Advance elements of a 1,250-strong US Marine Corps battalion landing team have arrived in Darwin to commence a six-month training rotation in the north of Australia, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced on 18 April. Training undertaken during the rotation will include bilateral and

  • HALO gets new chief executive

    HALO Maritime Defense Systems named Eric Johnson as its new CEO on 18 April. Johnson was serving as the company's chief operating officer. Johnson is replacing HALO co-founder Paul Jensen, who was named chief executive in 2008. HALO was previously called Elemental Innovation, with its focus on

  • Hughes Defense modernises Predator B for UK Protector programme

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems has partnered with Hughes Defense to introduce the HM 200 series modem, which has specialised waveforms intended to modernise and enhance security of satellite communications (SATCOM) and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) payloads for

  • Lockheed Martin expanding Asia-Pacific support with Thai Aviation Services teaming

    Lockheed Martin is teaming with Thai Aviation Services to form a Sikorsky Customer Support Center in Thailand by the end of the year, the company announced on 18 April. Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin subsidiary purchased in 2015, has been working with Thai Aviation Services for more than two decades.

  • OH-58D Kiowa Warrior flights start in Croatia

    The first flights of Croatia's US-donated OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters have begun in Zadar, nine months after the start of deliveries and four months after the arrival of all 16 aircraft. The joint Croatian-US test flights, which began on 11 April, are in preparation for a 32-week-long

  • US Navy developing ionosphere forecasting capability

    The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is set to conduct experiments later this year that are designed to help develop the ability to more accurately predict the condition of the ionosphere in order to enable undisrupted communications between satellites and the ground. NRL is trying to create a

  • US Navy lifts Goshawk grounding, though restrictions remain

    The US Navy (USN) has lifted the grounding order on its fleet of Boeing T-45 Goshawk jet trainer aircraft, though restrictions remain in place while the service continues to investigate problems with the Onboard Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS). The suspension of flight operations, which was

  • USAF begins first F-35A operational deployment

    The US Air Force (USAF) has begun its first operational overseas deployment of the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with a number of aircraft arriving in Europe on 15 April. At least four aircraft from the 34th Fighter Squadron (388th Fighter Wing) and the Air Force