• IDEX 2017: Raytheon targets cyber security in regional drive

    Raytheon is targeting opportunities to expand its cyber security market share in the Middle East as part of its wider cyber market strategy, and is working on leveraging internal capabilities and customer relations to meet these goals. David Ray, Raytheon's vice-president of business development

  • Logos conducts first Redkite sensor flight aboard a tactical UAS

    Key Points The three-hour test showed that Redkite could operate from an Integrator UAS The Redkite payload operates on less than 300 W Logos Technologies' Redkite wide-area sensor flew aboard a Boeing Integrator Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in early February. The test marked the first time the

  • USN begins loading first Trident II D5 LE missiles into SSBNs

    Key Points The USN tested two Trident II D5 missiles on 14 and 16 February SSP to begin looking at follow-on to Trident II D5 The US Navy (USN) has concluded testing of its submarine launched Trident II D5 missile, conducted over a three-day period in the Pacific Missile Range off the coast of

  • Argentina seeking Hercules transport, firefighting aircraft

    Argentina on 15 February decided on plans to purchase a Lockheed Martin L-100-30 Hercules to be mainly used for firefighting duties. The decision was made during a meeting between Argentine minister of defence Julio Martínez and minister of environment Sergio Bergman. According to their

  • Finland, NATO sign cyber pact

    Finland has signed a cyber-defence agreement with NATO, the country and organisation announced on 16 February. The agreement, a political framework allowing Finland to work more closely with NATO on cyber operations, has been under negotiation since 2011. Few specifics on the agreement were

  • Aernnova agrees to buy Brek Manufacturing

    Spanish plane parts maker Aernnova has signed a deal with Macquarie Capital to take over its US company Brek Manufacturing, which specialises in the production of high precision structural components for the aerospace sector. No details of the purchase price have been released by the Alava-based

  • Elbit Systems receives US Army mortar fire control system contract

    Elbit Systems of America, a subsidiary of Israeli defence company Elbit Systems, has been awarded a US Army contract for field mortar fire control systems. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract was announced on 16 February. If fully ordered it could extend to a five-year period and

  • Curtiss-Wright reports weaker 2016 performance

    Defence and industrial electronics supplier Curtiss-Wright Corporation published the results of its 2016 financial year on 15 February, revealing an annual contraction in revenue of 4%. From sales of USD2.1 billion the company generated operating income of USD308 million - a fall of 1% on 2015. The

  • Keeping Argentine A-4ARs airworthy will challenge maintenance lines

    Argentina's decision to postpone buying new combat aircraft until 2018 and have the Argentine Air Force keep some Lockheed Martin (McDonnell Douglas) A-4AR Fightinghawks flying in the meantime will be a difficult logistical goal, sources in Buenos Aires told Jane's. To keep 12-14 of the air

  • Pentagon's CAPE sees 'considerable uncertainty' ICBM cost estimates

    The US Air Force (USAF) and the Pentagon Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) differ significantly on their cost estimates for a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) programme due to a paucity of data, CAPE said. The Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) programme, meant to

  • RE2 inflatable underwater manipulator arm heads to Phase II

    RE2 Robotics was awarded a Phase II small business innovation research award to develop an inflatable underwater dual manipulator system for the US Navy (USN) Office of Naval Research (ONR) on 7 February 2017. The robotic underwater manipulator arms are being developed to bring

  • USCG will not re-activate Polar Sea icebreaker

    Key Points The 2016 Material Condition Assessment inspections concluded that re-activating the inactive Polar Sea icebreaker would be cost-prohibitive Polar Sea will not be scrapped and will retain its inactive commissioned status as a source of replacement parts for the active Polar Star The US

  • Panama receives new interceptor craft

    The Panamanian National Naval Air Service (SENAN) has commissioned four new Damen Interceptor 1102 fast craft that were delivered by Panama's president Juan Carlos Varela on 6 February. Varela noted that the craft will help Panama strengthen its capabilities to address drug trafficking and other

  • Pratt & Whitney announces expansion of Georgia facility

    United Technologies Corporation's aircraft engine subsidiary Pratt & Whitney has announced a USD386 million expansion of its manufacturing facility in Columbus, Georgia, which will add 500 employees to its workforce. The location's manufacturing floor space will increase by 20,000 sq ft, and a

  • US congressman calls for Air Tractor sale to Kenya to be investigated

    The recently approved sale of 12 Air Tractor-L3 Technologies AT-802L intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) and light attack turboprops to Kenya is in doubt after it emerged that a US congressman is calling for an investigating into potential irregularities with the USD418 million

  • Huntington Ingalls income up 11.6% in 2016

    US naval shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) reported its 2016 end-of-year results on 16 February, revealing strong annual profit growth on a similar level of sales. Sales and service revenues rose 0.7% year on year to USD7.07 billion, while operating income was up 11.6% at USD858

  • Mattis gives Europe ultimatum on defence spending

    After decades of soft-pedal pleading against Europe's low defence spending, the United States has drawn a line in the sand with its European allies: if they do not clearly lock down their 2014 Wales summit commitment to raise national defence budgets to 2% of GDP by 2024 - and soon - then they

  • Adding value: Danish frigate looks to make a difference for USN CSG

    The Royal Danish Navy frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes is deploying with a US Navy carrier strike group. Dr Lee Willett visited the ship to investigate what it offers to CSG operations Only a small number of navies operating at the highest levels of the conventional capability spectrum deploy

  • Brazil cancels aircraft carrier modernisation plans

    Brazil will abandon plans to modernise its São Paulo (A 12) aircraft carrier and the ship will be demobilised over the next three years, Brazilian Navy announced on 14 February. The decision came after navy feasibility studies indicated that it would take about 10 years to upgrade the ship,

  • Budget office raises 10-year US nuclear force cost by 15% to USD400 billion

    The United States' current nuclear force modernisation plans would cost a total of USD400 billion from fiscal year 2017 (FY 2017) through FY 2026, according to a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate. The 10-year projection, published on 14 February, is 15% higher than the CBO's previous