• US Congress launches new probe into Kenyan AT-802L deal

    The sale to Kenya of 12 armed L3 Technologies-Air Tractor AT-802L intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and light attack turboprops is being investigated by the US Congressional Committee On Oversight And Government Reform, it was disclosed earlier in May. In a letter addressed to

  • USN destroyer sails near Chinese-controlled Mischief Reef in South China Sea

    The US Navy (USN) carried out a freedom-of-navigation operation (FONOP) in disputed waters of the South China Sea (SCS) on 24 May, US media have reported: the first such challenge to Beijing's claims to the resource-rich area by the administration of President Donald Trump. USS Dewey (DDG 105), an

  • Boeing wins DARPA XS-1 Phase 2/3 competition

    Key Points Boeing wins widely anticipated DARPA space contract Goal is to develop a reusable spaceplane that can eventually launch 10 times in 10 days Boeing on 24 May beat Northrop Grumman and Masten Space Systems to complete advanced design work for the US Defense Advanced Research Projects

  • DoE requests to terminate MOX nuclear disposition programme, again

    The US Department of Energy (DoE) has once again requested that Congress terminate a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium, the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF). The MFFF has strong backing among South Carolina's congressional delegation and has survived

  • MD Helicopters wins USD76 million contract to support Afghanistan's MD 530F helo fleet

    MD Helicopters has secured a USD76.7 million Foreign Military Sales contract from the US Army to provide logistics support to the Afghan Air Force's (AAF's) fleet of MD 530F Cayuse Warrior ('Jengi' [Warrior]) light attack helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, and Afghanistan, with

  • Pentagon budget 2018: MDA budget reflects need to counter advanced threats

    Key Points MDA will complete acquisition and deployment of all 44 GBIs by end of 2017 The agency is seeking funds to begin efforts to counter hypersonic weapon threats The US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) is seeking USD7.9 billion in its fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request, which includes

  • Pentagon budget 2018: MPF tank concepts rolls forward with USD36 million

    The US Army has requested USD36.242 million in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) for its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) platform that it hopes can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower - likely via a light- to medium-tank - to ensure the infantry's

  • Venezuelan electoral authority's move to facilitate rewriting of constitution to escalate protest, property damage, and looting risks

    EVENT The National Electoral Council accepted on 22 May the terms (defined as bases) to call for a national constituent assembly (ANC), proposed by President Nicolás Maduro to rewrite the constitution. According to the CNE, the 525 members of the ANC will be appointed by the end of July.

  • Pentagon Budget 2018: FAB-T programme makes first terminal deliveries

    Key Points The US Air Force takes important first delivery of FAB-T terminal Past programme challenges forced the USAF to recompete the programme The US Air Force (USAF) this month accepted its first Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminal (FAB-T) command post terminal (CPT) from prime

  • North Korea on 'inevitable' pathway to nuclear ICBM if left unchecked, says DIA chief

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has warned that if North Korea is left on its current trajectory, the northeast Asian country will succeed in obtaining an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of posing a direct

  • Brazil plans to phase out M108 howitzers

    The Brazilian Army plans to deactivate its 105 mm M108 self-propelled howitzers (SPHs), the service recently announced. It reportedly has 72 systems in inventory with the 3rd, 5th, and 22th Self-propelled Field Artillery Groups located at Santa Maria, Curitiba, and Uruguaiana, respectively,

  • DIA chief refers to China as 'near-peer US competitor'

    The director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Marine Corps Lieutenant General Vincent R Stewart, has identified China as one of the top five global military threats facing the United States, saying that the East Asian country "now stands firmly as a near-peer US competitor".

  • Lockheed Martin Canada confirmed for Chilean Type 23 upgrade

    Key Points The CMS 330 system at the core of the Chilean Type 23 frigate upgrade was originally developed for the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class modernisation programme The Hensoldt TRS-4D G-band radar and MBDA Sea Ceptor local area anti-air missile system will also form part of the upgrade

  • PAE Government Services awarded USD142 million contract to train Afghan forces

    PAE Government Services has been awarded a USD142 million Foreign Military Sales contract by the US Army to provide logistics support, training, and mentoring to the Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). Work will be performed in Afghanistan, with an estimated completion date of

  • Pentagon budget 2018: GMV infantry squad vehicle moves rapidly into procurement

    The US Army has requested USD40.935 million in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) procurement funding to buy 100 Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMVs), a new platform intended so early entry forces can move more rapidly to assault opposing positions. A GMV Phase I plans to buy GMVs for five Airborne infantry

  • Pentagon budget 2018: UH-72A funding rebounds with 13 aircraft

    US Army's fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget request marks return after brief procurement hiatus for EADS North America UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopters. The budget request, released on 23 May, asks Congress for USD108.383 million to buy 13 UH-72As in FY 2018. In FY 2017 the army did not

  • Venezuela stockpiling Igla-S MANPADS

    Venezuela is stockpiling some 5,000 9K338 Igla-S (NATO reporting name SA-24) infrared man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS), Reuters reported on 24 May. The cache of weapons, specified in a Venezuelan military document seen by Reuters, is believed to be the largest known stockpile in Latin

  • L3 Technologies continues UUV acquisitions

    L3 Technologies announced on 22 May that it had completed the acquisition of Open Water Power, a Massachusetts-based unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) systems company. Details of the deal were not disclosed. Open Water Power designs and develops high-density aluminium-water batteries for use in

  • US military instructors head to Paraguay for training

    The Paraguayan Senate in May approved a motion to allow 23 US military instructors to enter Paraguay to train local defence forces. The personnel belong to the 20th Special Forces Group, Alabama Army National Guard, a US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) spokesperson confirmed to Jane's on 23 May. The

  • FLIR announces new leader

    Electro-optics systems manufacturer FLIR Systems announced on 23 May that James J Cannon has been appointed President and CEO of the company. The new appointment is to take effect from 19 June. Cannon is to replace Andy Teich. Cannon had previously been President of Stanley Security North America