• Eyeing Russia, US Army kicks off new Stinger missile training in Europe

    The US Army’s 7th Army Training Command, based at Grafenwoehr in Germany, is to soon begin observing, coaching, and training soldiers to operate the FIM-92 Stinger man-portable air defence system (MANPADS), according to a 12 January army report. About 50 Observer Coach/Trainers (OC/Ts)

  • US Army takes initial steps towards modernising its tactical network

    Key Points Industry day to provide insight into the army’s network priorities The tactical network in its current state will not work in a highly mobile contested fight The US Army is seeking to identify industry efforts in tactical networking as the service is facing challenges with its

  • Japan mulls adding cruise missile interception capability to Aegis Ashore

    Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is considering adding a cruise missile interception capability to the two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems the country plans to install to counter the growing threat posed by North Korea's ballistic missiles. During a 12

  • LCS mission package development inches ahead

    The US Navy (USN) is ready to begin testing and fielding modular mission packages for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) programme – modular systems enable each LCS to be quickly configured for specific tasks, according to an official. Captain Ted Zobel, programme manager for the LCS Mission

  • Thornberry: Joint Chiefs of Staff authorities to be revisited this year

    US congressional armed services committees are expected this year to revisit ideas for reforming responsibilities of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), including the JCS’ possible involvement in operational matters. A proposal was considered as part of the fiscal year 2018 (FY

  • US launches new round of sanctions against Iran

    The US government has launched a fresh round of sanctions targeting Iran’s political and defence industrial base. The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) revealed on 12 January that it had designated 14 individuals and entities for sanction in

  • US government approves potential Harpoon, RAM missiles FMS for Mexico

    The US State Department approved a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of six Boeing RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface-to-surface missiles (SSM), 23 Raytheon Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 surface-to-air missiles (SAM), and six Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes requested by the Mexican

  • Afghan forces to intensify operations against militant groups

    The NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission in Afghanistan announced on 14 January that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will intensify military operations in 2018 in a bid to break the stalemate in the 16-year-old conflict. The ANDSF “will be on the offensive

  • Brazil eyes partnership between Embraer and Boeing

    The Brazilian Minister of Defence Raul Jungmann said on 12 January that he is in favour of a partnership between the local aerospace company Embraer and Boeing. However, he advocated that control by Brazil is a national issue that will not be transferred to Boeing and not be part of negotiations

  • Islamic State in Greater Sahara claims responsibility for attack in Niger's Tillaberi

    MEDIA reports on 12 January stated that the Islamic State in Greater Sahara - led by Abu al-Walid al-Sahrawi - had claimed responsibility for the 4 October 2017 attack in Tongo Tongo in Niger's Tillaberi region in which four United States and four Nigerien soldiers were killed, and two US and eight

  • Surface Navy 2018: Raytheon sees opportunity with Japanese Aegis Ashore decision

    Raytheon Missile Systems officials see greater likelihood for more business with Japan due partly to a successful testing year for the Standard Missile (SM)-3 and the Japanese government's decision to base two Aegis Ashore installations in the country's south. . Japan already employs earlier model

  • USAF tests M-Code integration aboard B-2 bomber

    The US Air Force (USAF) has validated the integration of Raytheon’s prototype Miniaturised GPS Airborne Receiver (MAGR)-2K-M with the inaugural test of the Military-Code (M-Code) GPS system aboard a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber. This test verified successful integration of the prototype

  • JMSDF to install CEC system on future Aegis-equipped destroyers

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) plans to provide its two upcoming Aegis-equipped destroyers with an enhanced capability to exchange data with similarly equipped platforms to better counter the threat posed by North Korean ballistic missiles, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense

  • USAF integrates AgilePod onto light attack jet

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) demonstrated the flexibility of its open architecture AgilePod by fitting it aboard a Textron Aviation Defense Scorpion light attack/intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) jet. AgilePod is a government-owned, and air force-trademarked,

  • Surface Navy 2018: USN to begin training operators on large UUVs

    The US Navy’s (USN’s) unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) programmes are facing a banner year as more systems begin to be deployed and trialled, and the service plots out the future path for large undersea platforms. Working with the USN’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), the service

  • SSMM module set for LCS testing

    The US Navy (USN) is preparing to complete testing of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Surface-to-Surface Missile Module (SSMM) during 2018, hence giving the green light for this new anti-surface warfare capability to transition to production. The SSMM utilises the US Army’s AGM-114L-8A Longbow

  • Pentagon contractor blames Northrop Grumman for Zuma controversy

    Key Points A Pentagon contractor CEO blamed Northrop Grumman for failing after a launch The Pentagon and Northrop Grumman are staying quiet, SpaceX claims successful launch The CEO of a Pentagon contractor blamed Northrop Grumman for a US national security satellite launch mission, on which the

  • US Army Research Laboratory exploring engineering-grade plastics in 3-D-printed UAV parts

    The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is exploring a variety of engineering-grade plastics in its additively manufactured, or 3-D printed, parts on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to help them compete with the strength of injection moulded components. ARL spokesperson T’Jae Ellis told

  • US Army to send its first new SFAB advisory unit to Afghanistan in mid-2018

    In mid-2018 the US Army plans to deploy the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) to provide training and advising to Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the army announced on 11 January. The SFAB is a newly formalised brigade concept, based on the sort of ad hoc advisory

  • Brazil-UK move closer to HMS Ocean deal

    The Brazilian Navy is negotiating with the United Kingdom to acquire the Royal Navy’s HMS Ocean (L 12) landing platform helicopter, the service’s told Jane’s on 10 January. Negotiators are working out technical and legal measures towards a potential GBP84.6 million (USD114.4