• Head of Pentagon's innovation board says new administration continuing efforts

    The Trump administration is continuing the work of its predecessors in trying to bring more innovation to the Pentagon, according to the chair of the Pentagon's innovation board. Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet and appointed to the innovation board upon its launch under

  • Islamic State returnees pose threat to Europe

    Key Points As the Islamic State loses territory in Syria and Iraq, and its foreign fighters return home, the threat of terrorist attacks in European cities - albeit most likely at a relatively low level - will increase markedly. While intelligence agencies will focus on these returnees, an

  • LIMA 2017: Honeywell to supply engines for PTDI's NC212i aircraft

    State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) has signed a contract with US company Honeywell for the supply of 34 TPE331 turboprop engines for its NC212i aircraft over the next four years. Honeywell said in a press statement that the contract, signed on 21 March at the Langkawi

  • Lockheed Martin opening extra F-35 facility in Pennsylvania

    Lockheed Martin will be leasing a new facility to expand its production capability in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, company chief executive Marillyn Hewson said on 21 March. The lease is expected to be completed by the end of 2018, adding 40 new jobs to the company's payroll. Hewson was speaking at an

  • Raytheon to increase scalability of CEC under navy CIIF contract

    The US Navy's research arm has awarded Raytheon a contract to develop networking and communications improvements to enable next-generation sensor netting, electromagnetic manoeuvre warfare, and integrated fires across the force. Under the Office of Naval Research's (ONR) Communications and

  • South Korean defence ministry says hacking threats growing

    Hacking attempts on the South Korean military's computer networks have increased in the month of March amid strained ties between Seoul and Beijing and continued belligerence by North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on 22 March. The media outlet quoted Moon Sang-gyun, a spokesperson for the

  • Unidentified gunmen kill provincial police chief in Colombia's Norte de Santander

    In La Gabarra, Tibu, Norte de Santander, unidentified gunmen shot dead the provincial chief of the investigative police Sijin, Captain Victor Benavides. Authorities said both Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional (ELN) militants and members of the Pelusos criminal gang operate in the region, although

  • US and UK electronics ban unlikely to reduce terrorism risks, and increases compliance costs for MENA carriers

    Key Points An electronics ban is unlikely to significantly reduce the threat of terrorist attack on US or UK aviation targets. As the ban has not been immediately internationally adopted, the immediate security justifications of the ban are likely to be disputed. Increased costs for airline

  • US Navy's minehunting Knifefish UUV swims through new test round

    The General Dynamics Mission Systems Knifefish team completed "a comprehensive evaluation" of Knifefish, an autonomous surface mine countermeasure unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) the company is developing for the US Navy. Knifefish, which is designed to detect buried and bottom mines, is

  • US, South Korea detect 'failed' North Korean missile launch

    A North Korean missile fired on 22 March appears to have exploded only seconds after being launched, according to US and South Korean officials. US Pacific Command said in a statement that it detected what it assessed as being "a failed North Korean missile launch" in the vicinity of

  • China urges Japan 'not to stir up trouble' in South China Sea

    Amid reports that Japan plans to despatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea, Beijing has urged Tokyo to "refrain from causing trouble in the region". "Since last year ... the situation in the South China Sea has been getting better. Relevant

  • US Army looking to 'fill holes' if supplemental budget approved

    The US Army would use its share of the extra USD977 million intended for personnel costs in the administration's fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) supplemental budget request to help fix readiness issues within a planned force structure of 476,000 active-duty soldiers, according to the army chief of staff

  • 'Strategic patience' with North Korea has ended, says Tillerson

    The administration of US president Donald Trump is not willing to follow a policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea and would consider military options should Pyongyang elevate the threat posed by its weapons programme, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said during a visit to

  • Army demonstrates first defensive laser mounted on Stryker combat vehicle

    US Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC) has demonstrated a 5 kW laser mounted on a Stryker infantry carrier vehicle to shoot down small unmanned aerial systems (UASs), according to the army. The army used a Mobile Expeditionary High Energy Laser 2.0 (MEHEL 2.0) to engage small fixed-wing

  • China, Russia experiencing 'highest period of military co-operation', says US report

    China and Russia are experiencing what is arguably their "highest period of bilateral [military] co-operation", according to a 20 March report published by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Despite areas of tension and distrust between Beijing and Moscow since

  • COTECMAR unveils conceptual OPV design

    The Colombian state-run Science and Technology Corporation for the Development of Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industries (COTECMAR) has unveiled a conceptual design for a new generation of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). The design for the new OPV-90 Mk II was presented on 15 March in Cartagena by

  • Cuba government offers 1000 scholarships to demobilised FARC militants

    The Cuban government announced it was offering 1,000 full scholarships to Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) militants so that they could study medicine after demobilisation. Cuba strongly supported the peace process with the insurgents.

  • Minister of Defence reports on FARC demobilisation in Colombia

    Minister of Defence Luis Carlos Villegas said that Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) militants had already turned in to UN observers approximately 14,000 firearms as part of their demobilisation process. The militants were due to entirely disarm by June 2017.

  • USAF invites OA-X submissions from industry

    The US Air Force (USAF) has issued a solicitation for industry to participate in its OA-X light-attack aircraft effort. The invitation to participate (ITP), which was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 17 March, calls on industry to submit proposals for the service's capability

  • USN awards Northrop Grumman potential USD812 million for LCS gun mission modules

    The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation USD68.8 million for the production of the Gun Mission Modules for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) on 16 March 2017. The Gun Mission Module consists of two Mk 46 single 30 mm guns, and the