• Brazil advances submarine construction

    Brazil is preparing to integrate, finish, and test the first three unified hull sections for Riachuelo (S-40), Brazil’s first of four planned diesel-electric attack submarines, at the Itaguaí shipyard. The hull sections were moved on 13 and 14 January from the Unidade de

  • CNO touts BMD potential of Aegis

    Admiral John Richardson, the US chief of naval operations, said he is confident about the ability of the Aegis combat system aboard appropriately outfitted US guided-missile destroyers and cruisers to conduct ballistic missile defence (BMD) missions, even during the initial boost phase.

  • Chilean Army considers expanding its wheeled armoured vehicle fleet

    The Chilean Army is revisiting old plans to renew the service’s fleet of wheeled armoured vehicles by refurbishing and upgrading legacy platforms while also buying new ones, senior military sources in Santiago told Jane’s . New studies and potential plans are expected to be ready for

  • USN quantifies costs of post-collision fixes

    It will cost the US Navy (USN) between USD600 million and USD800 million during the five-year defence plan to address recommendations made in the wake of recent surface-ship collisions in the Western Pacific, Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said. Testifying on 18 January

  • Pentagon nominees call for more prototyping, experimentation in acquisition

    Key Points A pair of nominees for top Pentagon positions called for more prototyping in acquisition They believe this will enable faster, and better, fielding of critical warfighting capabilities A pair of nominees for top Pentagon positions called for additional prototyping and experimentation

  • Top US Air Force official warns further CRs could affect B-21 deliveries

    Key Points The USAF undersecretary warned further CRs could affect B-21 deliveries The B-21 is one of the service’s highest priority programmes A top US Air Force (USAF) official warned that further stop-gap spending measures known as continuing resolutions (CRs) could delay delivery of the

  • Brazilian marines bolster amphibious capability

    The Brazilian Navy Marine Corps is significantly boosting its ability to conduct amphibious operations as it prepares to receive 23 AAV7A1 RAM/RS amphibious assault vehicles (commonly called the CLAnf in Brazil), This tranche includes 20 AAVP7A1 RAM/RS transports, two AAVC7A1 RAM/RS command posts,

  • Kidnappings by EPP guerrillas pose significant threat to agribusiness sector in northern and eastern Paraguay

    Event On 11 January 2018, authorities in Tacuatí, San Pedro, found the remains of Abraham Fehr, a Mennonite farmer who had been kidnapped by Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) rebels in August 2015; reportedly his family had already paid ransom for his release in 2016. This is the first

  • Prosecutors claim defendant attempted to radicalise others in jail in the US' New York

    AT A COURT in New York City in the state of New York in the United States on 16 January, prosecutors filed a report claiming that 29-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi - who was found guilty on 16 October 2017 of emplacing two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Chelsea neighbourhood in the borough

  • US Navy begins JAGM flight-testing on AH-1Z Viper

    The US Navy (USN) on 5 December 2017 conducted the first flight test of the Lockheed Martin Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM) on a US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1Z Viper attack helicopter at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. According to a US Naval Air Systems Command report released on 9

  • USMC SuperCobras to be sold off to international customers

    The US government is to offer surplus Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to international customers. Former US Marine Corps (USMC) AH-1W helicopters are to be offered to either Foreign Military Sales (FMS) or Direct Commercial Sale (DCS) customers as the attack helicopters are

  • Wasp deployment could mark USMC operational shift

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) expects to transform many of its operational concepts with the arrival of the first ship capable of handling F-35B Joint Strike Fighters (JSFs) in Western Pacific waters this month, according to Major General David Coffman, US Navy (USN) director of expeditionary warfare.

  • US Army chief eyes ‘leap-ahead’ technologies

    US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley wants “10x capability improvements” in a range of areas and noted that some, such as lightweight armour, do not yet exist and may take years, but others, such as robotics, could be leveraged relatively soon. Since the demise of the Future

  • US president’s statement on Iran sanctions waivers increases risk of snapback, undermining JCPOA’s longevity

    Key Points Trump’s renewal of sanctions waivers keeps the US technically compliant with its obligations under the JCPOA, preserving the JCPOA until May 2018 at which point he will need to once again decide whether to waive the sanctions. Trump’s call for a ‘supplemental’

  • B-52s to take over Continuous Bomber Presence mission in Pacific

    The United States is rotating its Continuous Bomber Presence (CBP) stationed on Guam in support of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), with the arrival of six Boeing B-52H Stratofortresses on the island. The rotation, which was announced by the US Air Force (USAF), saw the B-52s and approximately 300

  • Canada to withhold payment for delayed Joint Support Ship

    The Canadian government will forgo a CAD20 million (USD16 million) payment due to a further delay in construction of the navy’s new Joint Support Ship (JSS), according to a statement from the Department of National Defence (DND). It is unclear how long the JSS project has been delayed and

  • Colombian 'Hip' helo crash kills 10

    A Mil Mi-17 ‘Hip’ transport helicopter operated by the Colombian Army crashed in a remote northern region of the country on 16 January with the loss of all 10 on board, the service has confirmed. The Russian-built rotorcraft was carrying eight military and two civilian personnel when it

  • Sierra Nevada provides US-unique upgrades for USAF’s light attack experiment

    Key Points SNC provides a number of US-unique capabilities for the light attack experiment These include improved data links, communications systems, and a special sensor Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provided several US-unique capabilities to the Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano strike turboprop

  • USN officers face negligent homicide, other charges in ship collisions

    US Navy (USN) officers are facing negligent homicide and other Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) charges stemming from the 2017 collisions involving guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S McCain in the Western Pacific. Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant

  • Chilean Navy refits SSKs

    The first of the Chilean Navy’s two German-built Type 209 diesel-electric submarines (SSKs), Thomson, is set to start a final refit and upgrade programme during January 2018 to extend its service life for another 10 years. Work will be carried out at ASMAR naval shipyard in Talcahuano,