• US carrier strike groups face unique challenges in Western Pacific

    The Western Pacific’s geopolitical and climatic makeup can uniquely challenge safe and effective operations for a single carrier strike group (CSG), let alone the trio of CSGs the US Navy (USN) has drilling with allied forces close to the North Korean Peninsula. This is the first time that

  • US defence policy bill would allow path to cancel MOX plutonium de-weaponision project

    Congress’ fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) defence policy bill for the first time appears to allow a path for terminating a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at disposing weapon-grade plutonium. The US Department of Energy (DoE) in FY 2018 once again requested that Congress terminate the Mixed

  • HII works through Ford class, eyes multicarrier deals

    As Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) works its way through the trio of Ford-class carriers already in the US Navy (USN) pipeline, company executives are hoping to get possible block buys for carriers. First-of-class USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is now going through systems testing in preparation

  • DARPA targets AIDA at inconsistent and deceptive data

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is pursuing technologies capable of assessing information gathered from multiple media sources in order to provide alternative interpretations of events to help analysts sort through conflicting and sometimes misleading data. Instead of

  • Defence mandates drive continued growth at CAE

    CAE’s defence division drove the integrated training and simulations provider’s growth during the second quarter (Q2) and bookings results suggest that trend could continue, the company reported on 10 November. CAE’s sales hit CAD646 million (USD499 million) during the period, up

  • US’ Inhofe views commercial payloads on excess ICBM motor rockets as revenue opportunities

    Key Points A key senator views the USAF flying commercial payloads on excess ICBM motor rockets as a revenue opportunity He is next in line to a powerful committee chairmanship A key senator supports the US Air Force (USAF) being able to fly commercial payloads on rockets derived from excess

  • Navistar pursues Vietnam opportunities

    US military and industrial truck manufacturer Navistar has signed an agreement with its Vietnamese distributor Hoang Huy to support exports to Vietnam, the company said on 12 November. Navistar said the memorandum of understanding (MOU), which is primarily geared to sales of commercial trucks, will

  • Nicaragua to hedge Russian, US aid in 2018

    The National Assembly of Nicaragua has approved ‘Decree 19-2017’ authorising foreign military personnel and platforms to enter the country, and continuing to seek patrons in Moscow and Washington. The decree, announced on 9 November and viewed by Jane’s , covers the period from 1

  • Dubai Airshow 2017: Esterline highlights integrated helicopter solutions

    Esterline is highlighting its integrated helicopter solution with a cockpit demonstrator at the Dubai Airshow as part of its strategy to build up its presence in the region, Jane’s has been told. “The UAE is an important market segment for us as a region, we do have some helicopter

  • Assegai aims to squeeze more reach out of NATO howitzers

    A 70km-range version of the Assegai 155 mm artillery projectile, fully compatible with NATO-standard extended-range ordnance systems, is in its concept study phase within the German-South African company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM). This level of performance was demonstrated as far back as

  • Lockheed Martin develops new training system for Combat Rescue Helicopter

    Key Points Lockheed Martin developed a new training system for the USAF’s future search-and-rescue helicopter It is based on capabilities from predecessor aircraft UH-60M, HH-60G, and other platforms Lockheed Martin developed a new training system for the US Air Force’s (USAF’s)

  • NDAA conference report puts ‘poor performing’ space contractors on notice

    Key Points Congress directs the US Air Force to develop a list of poor performing space contractors Qualifications include felony convictions and award fee scores below 50% The US fiscal year 2018 defence authorisation bill conference report includes a provision requiring the US Air Force (USAF)

  • Tightening of US sanctions on Cuba likely to undermine tourism industry, compounding hard-currency shortages

    Event A set of measures announced by United States President Donald Trump in June aimed at tightening sanctions against Cuba came into effect on 9 November. The measures include the blacklisting of 180 Cuba-based companies with which no US nationals would be allowed to do business with. The

  • USMC eyes enhanced comms for the Arctic

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is identifying means to optimise its satellite communications (SATCOM) capacity in the Arctic, as it seeks to extend the capabilities of force components in the High North. Speaking at the SMi Global MilSatCom conference in London on 8 November, a senior service official

  • USN to kick off three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific

    The USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) strike groups will commence a three-carrier strike force exercise in the Western Pacific on 11-14 November, the US Navy (USN) said in statement. This is the first time three carrier strike groups have operated

  • Brazil orders more Saab RBS 70 air defence systems

    The Brazilian Army on 3 October awarded a third contract to Saab Dynamics for RBS 70 man-portable very short-range air defence systems (VSHORAD) as part of the force's Air Defence Strategic Program, the army told Jane’s on 8 November. The contract, worth about BRL28 million (USD9 million),

  • Defence policy bill closely aligns with White House’s homeland missile defence requests

    The fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) National Defense Authorization Bill calls for expanded US missile defences and requires a Pentagon plan for reaching 104 homeland defence interceptors, according to an 8 November summary of the reconciled bill. House and Senate versions of the legislation, informally

  • Pentagon aviation officers cite spare parts as a readiness challenge

    Key Points Pentagon aviation officers said readiness shortfalls hurt spare parts procurement A shortage of spare parts keeps aircraft grounded Pentagon aviation officers testified on 9 November that they could use additional funding to help shore up challenges involving spare parts for aircraft.

  • Shipbuilder touts USN’s ‘parent design’ concept for new frigate

    The US Navy (USN) made the right decision in using a ‘parent design’ template for its future Guided Missile Frigate (FFG[X]), said Michael Petters, the CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries, a major USN shipbuilder and expected bidder for the new frigate contact. In releasing the request

  • Mexican Navy commissions latest coastal patrol vessel

    The Mexican Navy commissioned its 10th Tenochtitlan-class coastal patrol vessel (CPV) at the Heroic Naval Military School in Antón Lizardo, Veracruz, on 6 November. The vessel, named ARM Chichén Itza (PC-340), is the last unit of the class slated to be built under the current