• Honeywell reports second quarter earnings

    US multi-industrial firm Honeywell reported its second quarter earnings on 21 July, with revenue up for the company as a whole helped by increases in defence sales. Honeywell, reporting on the second quarter of its fiscal year 2017, recorded an actual decline in revenue figures for its aerospace

  • Pipeline siphoning incidents in Mexico to continue to rise as fuel price liberalisation increases criminal incentives

    Key Points The liberalisation of fuel prices is likely to spur the activity further as demand for cheaper alternatives to legal fuel increases. The worst affected areas include Guanajuato, Puebla, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz states; the activity is also spreading with notable increases in Mexico

  • Russian retaliation against new US sanctions to potentially include operational disruption to US firms in Russia

    EVENT On 21 July, leaders from the US House of Representatives and the Senate announced that they had agreed on a finalised bill that would place new sanctions on Russia. The legislation has been held up for a month for a variety of reasons, including White House opposition and lobbying by

  • USN commissions first Ford-class aircraft carrier

    Key Points The commission officially places new US aircraft carrier into active service Next steps will see first at-sea testing of EMALS and AAG technology and possible elimination of full ship shock trials The US Navy (USN) and President Donald Trump commissioned the first-of-class future

  • USN fires warning shots near Iranian vessel in Gulf

    Key Points An IRGCN vessel made a close approach to a USN coastal patrol ship, which fired after collision warnings were ignored The interaction was one in a recent string of close approaches between IRGCN and USN vessels An Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) vessel made a close

  • USN says EMALS concerns linked to software issues

    Key Points USN stated EMALS issues were solved by updating control software New software will be incorporated with CVN 78 systems following the aircraft carrier’s post-shakedown availability US Navy (USN) used its General Atomics-built Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) to

  • Brazilian Navy re-considering Skyhawk modernisation programme

    The Brazilian Navy is re-considering the number of Boeing (Douglas) AF-1/AF-1A Skyhawk (A-4KU and TA-4KU) fighters to be modernised by Embraer Defesa & Segurança to the AF-1B/C standard, the service told Jane’s . The final total number of modernised jets is being re-evaluated due to

  • Clarion acquired by Blackstone

    Defence and security events company Clarion has been acquired by private equity firm Blackstone, it was announced on 24 July. The transaction saw Blackstone acquire the company for an undisclosed amount from private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. Providence has the option to reinvest a

  • North Korea capable of launching ‘limited missile attack’, says top US general

    The chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), General Joe Dunford, has publicly acknowledged that North Korea is capable of launching what he called “a limited missile attack”. “Kim Jong-un’s regime is tied to [the country's] nuclear programme, and what I can tell the

  • Raytheon tests HEL system on Apache

    The US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Raytheon have demonstrated the ability to fire a laser from a US Army Apache AH-64 helicopter, although USSOCOM is still likely years away from arming rotary-wing aircraft with directed energy weapons, industry experts have reported. The test was an

  • South Korea pushing to revise missile guidelines, says report

    The government in Seoul is pushing to revise the missile guidelines developed with Washington to double the maximum weight of warheads mounted on South Korean ballistic missiles from the current 500 kg, the Yonhap news agency reported on 24 July citing unnamed sources. The South Korean government

  • Trump orders new defence industrial base study

    US president Donald Trump triggered a new study of the defence industrial base on 21 July, issuing an executive order that gives Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis 270 days to complete a revue of the sector. The study, which will also look more broadly at US manufacturing capacity in addition to

  • US Army opens collaborative cyber research space

    Key Points The ACAL will give scientists access to highly sensitive live cyber security data A core focus will be rapidly developing cyber defence solutions The US Army’s research laboratory has opened a collaborative research space to bring together academia, industry, and the military

  • USN hopes new research framework will accelerate future force capabilities

    Key Points New strategic direction refocuses naval science, research, and development Framework pinpoints cultural mindsets that have hindered USN acquisition at the speed of technological innovation The US Office of Naval Research (ONR) released a new framework for science and technology

  • USN introduces S&T framework to field decisive capabilities

    Key Points CNR introduces new strategic direction for naval research and innovation Framework pinpoints outdated cultural mindsets and current acquisition challenges The US Office of Naval Research released a new framework for science and technology (S&T) development on 20 July 2017 that is

  • Pentagon: MQ-4C Triton programme costs increase 17%

    Key Points Programme costs for the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton UAV are up 17% from December 2015 The programme will likely be under additional scrutiny from Congress due to cost growth Programme costs for the US Navy’s (USN) Northrop Grumman MQ-4C Triton unmanned maritime surveillance

  • Logos tests ultra-lightweight WAMI pod on Group 3 UAV

    Logos Technologies has flown a podded version of its Redkite wide area motion imagery (WAMI) sensor aboard a US Navy RQ-23 TigerShark unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The demonstration represents the first-time the Redkite pod has been operated on a UAV. The NAVMAR Applied Sciences Corporation

  • US Navy begins search for next-generation submarine imaging mast

    Key Points The Tactically Oriented Technology Insertion Imaging Mast (TOTIM) will equip Virginia-class SSNs and Columbia-class SSBNs NAVSEA has solicited for a TOTIM first article unit and production of up to 47 follow-on systems The US Navy (USN) has launched a competition for a next-generation

  • USN conducts first Tomahawk missile launch from the VPT

    Key Points The test examined the impact of a launch on submarine systems By adding the VPT a Block III-class sub will increase its missile capacity The US Navy (USN) has demonstrated the ability to carry and launch Tomahawk cruise missiles from a Block III Virginia-class submarine fitted with the

  • BAE Systems to develop ability to find quiet subs

    Key Points DARPA seeks new technology to detect subs at long distances DARPA requested USD25.39 million in FY 2018 for MOCCA The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded BAE Systems a USD4.6 million contract for its Mobile Offboard Clandestine Communications and Approach