• Bidding war brewing for Norsat

    Norsat, a Canadian company which had previously reached agreement on terms for a sale to Hytera, announced that an unsolicited offer for the company had been received on 17 April. The offer, from Privet Fund Management, represented a higher price than had been offered by Hytera. Privet offered

  • Guyana Defence Force gets new patrol craft

    The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard has received two new Metal Shark 38 Defiant fast patrol craft. The GDF announced that two vessels were commissioned on 29 March as GDFS 1033 and GDFS 1034, each reportedly costing GYD140 million (USD643,708). David Granger, president of Guyana, said the

  • US DoD begins nuclear review with eye on Russia

    The Pentagon has begun its Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) as a host of modernisation programmes are all set to soon begin, and questions about Russian missiles and doctrine loom. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on 17 April "directed the commencement of the

  • Arctic Coast Guard Forum to hold search-and-rescue exercises

    Key Points The multi-nation forum will hold search-and-rescue exercises near Iceland in September 2017 Russia will host an information exchange system similar to the one used by the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum The recently formed Arctic Coast Guard Forum will hold a multi-lateral

  • Arms control 'is at its weakest point in decades', forum concludes

    Compliance across the globe with arms control measures is at its weakest point in decades, although a new forum holds the promise, at least in Europe, of improved transparency and dialogue, according to NATO officials and others. "Arms control efforts across the entire Euro-Atlantic area are

  • Chinese companies boost presence at LAAD exhibitions

    Chinese export companies have been increasing their participation in Latin American Aerospace and Defence (LAAD) exhibitions over the past several years: a development that was also noticeable at this year's event, held on 4-7 April in Brazil. In an effort to create a collective, corporate image,

  • Imagery shows North Korean nuclear test facility is 'primed and ready', says 38 North

    Analysis of commercial satellite imagery suggests that North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear test facility is "primed and ready" to carry out the country's sixth overall nuclear test, according to a report published by the 38 North website. Taken on 12 April the images show "continued

  • Japanese navy to conduct joint drills with US CSG headed to Korean Peninsula, say reports

    The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will conduct joint naval exercises with the US Navy Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CSG) as the latter heads to waters near the Korean Peninsula, according to media reports. "Japan wants to despatch several destroyers as the Carl Vinson [CSG]

  • NATO predicting increase to eight countries meeting spending target

    Three more countries will meet NATO's target for defence spending, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on 12 April. Stoltenberg was speaking at a joint press conference with US president Donald Trump held at the White House. "Last year there were five allies spending 2%," Stoltenberg

  • Rockwell Collins completes B/E Aerospace acquisition

    Rockwell Collins has completed the acquisition of B/E Aerospace, a manufacturer of aircraft interior products. The USD8.6 billion acquisition was first announced in October 2016. B/E Aerospace will now trade as Interior Systems of Rockwell Collins. The chief executive and president of B/E

  • Russian military delegation visits Nicaragua, plans exercises

    Nicaragua and Russia are mulling possible joint military exercises, and a delegation of Russian airborne troops visited Nicaragua from 3 to 8 April to discuss the event. "Representatives of Russia and Nicaragua will approve the exercise period, composition of involved units, as well as supply

  • Stop-gap budget would force US Coast Guard shut down

    The effects of a year-long congressional budget continuing resolution (CR) would see the US Coast Guard (USCG) shut down operations, Admiral Paul Zukunft, commandant of the USCG told reporters on 12 April 2017 at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, DC. "This is an unusual year

  • US forces in Afghanistan drop first GBU-43/B MOAB in combat

    US Forces - Afghanistan struck what officials described as an Islamic State "tunnel complex in Achin district, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan" on 13 April. Notably, the strike used a "GBU-43 bomb dropped from a US aircraft", US Forces - Afghanistan said in a statement. The

  • USAF deploys WC-135 Constant Phoenix atmospheric collection aircraft to Japan, say reports

    The US Air Force has deployed a Boeing WC-135 Constant Phoenix atmospheric collection aircraft to US facilities in Japan amid concerns that North Korea may conduct another nuclear test, several media outlets reported on 12 April. The aircraft, which specialises in detecting radioactive debris

  • USCG seeks to accelerate timeline for heavy ice breakers

    Key Points The USCG emphasised that plans to replace its only ageing heavy icebreaker, Polar Star , should be accelerated The USCG expressed concerns that the United States has no self-rescue capabilities in the Arctic were Polar Star to suffer an engineering casualty The first new US polar heavy

  • USMC develops F-35's austere capabilities

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is developing the austere operating capabilities of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with a 'hot' ground refuelling conducted from a transport aircraft on 11 April. The F-35B from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VFMA) 121 received fuel

  • Trump reiterates US readiness to 'solve' North Korea issue without China

    US president Donald Trump has reiterated his country's readiness to act alone against North Korea if China refuses to help: an indication that Washington is willing to take a tougher stance on the regime in Pyongyang. "North Korea is looking for trouble. If China decides to help, that would be

  • US Army awards Milestone B to Chinook Block 2

    The US Army has awarded Milestone B approval to formally initiate the CH-47F/MH-47G Chinook Block 2 programme, Jane's was told on 11 April. Randy Rotte, director of Chinook Global Sales & Marketing, said that the decision to move the Block 2 from the Technology Maturation & Risk Reduction

  • USAF approves F-16 airframe life extension

    The US Air Force (USAF) has authorised Lockheed Martin to extend the service life of the F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft as part of a wider service-life extension programme (SLEP) of its Block 40 to 52 fleet. The authorisation, which was announced by the manufacturer on 12 April, comes after

  • IOMAX Archangel to sit out USAF's OA-X demonstration

    IOMAX will not enter its Archangel Border Patrol Aircraft (BPA) into the US Air Force's (USAF's) OA-X light-attack demonstration set to be flown later this year, the company CEO told Jane's on 12 April. While Ron Howard gave no reason for the lack of interest in the USAF's capability assessment