• US president-elect outlines conflict-of-interest plan amid renewed allegations of Russian connections, raising economic policy delay fallout

    EVENT In a press conference on 11 January, President-elect Donald Trump outlined measures he planned to take to avoid conflicts of interest in his business dealings. Under the plan, Trump's business assets would be placed in a trust to be run by his sons with "severe restrictions" placed

  • Airbus agrees Atlas Elektronik sale

    Airbus has reached an agreement to sell its stake in Atlas Elektronik to joint venture partner Thysenkrupp; a deal that comes more than two years after Airbus first announced its intention to sell its holding in the naval and marine systems group. Terms of the transaction - under which Thyssenkrupp

  • China warns against South China Sea intervention as US signals tougher stance

    Beijing has warned the international community that any attempts to "internationalise and judicialise" the South China Sea territorial disputes will only make it harder for the issues to be resolved, but the likely next US secretary of state suggested Washington would soon take a tougher

  • Dossier leak threatens to imperil Trump-intel agency relations

    The relationship between US president-elect Donald Trump and the US intelligence community (IC) will be further strained after his inauguration on 20 January, following the leak of an incendiary 'dossier' on 10 January. That dossier - released on website BuzzFeed News - purported to reveal evidence

  • Lockheed Martin delivers 200th F-35 fighter

    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme passed a milestone in early 2017 with the delivery of the 200th aircraft, it was announced on 12 January. The milestone saw the second F-35A for Japan (AX-2) delivered to the international training fleet at Luke Air Force

  • UK Sentries return to operational status after grounding

    The United Kingdom has returned to service its Boeing E-3D Sentry Airborne Warning And Control System (AWACS) aircraft following a grounding order that was issued late last year, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told IHS Jane's on 12 January. The MoD confirmed that "the Sentry force has returned

  • US Navy hopes for next-generation F/A-XX as soon as late-2020s

    The US Navy is still eyeing a future fighter aircraft programme, tentatively called the F/A-XX, that is likely to be unmanned or optionally manned and emerge as soon as the late-2020s, according to outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "The F/A-XX is pretty early in the process now ... you

  • DARPA teams with Sikorsky for Phase 3 of ALIAS cockpit automation programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Sikorsky the contract to develop Phase 3 of its Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) programme, it was announced on 11 January. The announcement, which was made by Sikorsky's parent company Lockheed Martin, will see

  • M28 'Bryza' to be showcased to Caribbean and Latin America

    Lockheed Martin is to demonstrate the PZL Mielec M28 'Bryza' across the Caribbean and Latin American regions in the coming weeks as it looks to sign up new military, government, and commercial customers for the short take-off and landing (STOL) twin-turboprop transport aircraft. The tour, which was

  • Saab to move US headquarters to New York

    Swedish defence and technology group Saab has announced that it will move its United States headquarters from Virginia to an existing office in New York. The move is part of an agreement with New York State under which "several incentives" will be provided to encourage Saab to invest in

  • Surface Navy 2017: USN envisions supporting fleet of networked unmanned surface, underwater systems

    Key Points The USN is considering a future capability of networked autonomous surface and undersea vehicles Programme transitions may begin as early as 2017 The US Navy (USN) is envisioning a future surface combatant force that incorporates a network of autonomous surface and undersea vehicles

  • Surface Navy 2017: USN LDUUV to receive multiple mission packages

    Key Points NAVSEA has set out the mission packages for LDUUV Decision was reached by pooling requirements across command forces The US Navy's (USN's) Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has revealed details of planned mission packages for the large displacement unmanned undersea vehicle (LDUUV)

  • China emphasises opposition to THAAD deployment

    China has called for "discretion" from Washington and Seoul regarding the planned deployment of the US Army's Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea. THAAD is "detrimental to strategic stability, mutual trust, and the strategic security interests of China

  • Foreigners face heightened death and injury risks in Haiti in retaliation for extradition of former coup leader

    EVENT National media reported on 11 January that assailants set fire to an undisclosed number of homes of US missionaries running an orphanage near Jérémie, Grand'Anse. According to witnesses, the assailants made death threats to the missionaries and other foreign staff during the

  • Mabus confirms submission of far larger, 'symbolic' navy budget

    US secretary of the navy Ray Mabus confirmed that he has refused to submit a service budget at levels requested by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, noting that this year the budget is only "symbolic" and therefore should not be cost constrained. Congress has not yet passed the fiscal

  • Surface Navy 2017: CUSV to support LCS MCM mission

    Textron Systems' common unmanned surface vehicle (CUSV) has been selected as the mine countermeasures unmanned surface vehicle (MCM USV) intended to support the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) minehunting and neutralisation mission, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) confirmed on 10 January. CUSV

  • Surface Navy 2017: NAVAIR awards Insitu USD71 million for six maritime Blackjack UASs

    The US Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) awarded Insitu Inc a USD71 million contract to procure six full-rate production Lot I RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UAS), three for the US Navy (USN) and three for the US Marine Corps (USMC). The contract was announced on 9 January. The UAS

  • Surface Navy 2017: SM-6 upgrade to begin flight testing in 2017

    Key Points At-sea testing of the SM-6 Block IA missile is expected to start later in 2017 Full-rate production is due to commence in 2018 Flight testing of an improved Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) all-up-round for the US Navy (USN) will start later in 2017, ahead of planned full-rate production in

  • Surface Navy 2017: USN's flexible ship concept to be implemented into Future Surface Combatant

    Key Points USN will pursue flexible ship concept to ensure future surface fleet remains combat relevant Flexibility in design will be a key component of the navy's Future Surface Combatant The US Navy (USN) needs to pursue the concept of flexible ships to ensure that its surface fleet remains

  • Trump suggests F/A-18 to compete with F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

    President-elect Donald Trump suggested there could be 'competition' for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme, which he criticised for its cost and delays. "I'm very much involved with the generals and admirals on the airplane, the F-35," which is "way,