• Uruguay retires Pucará fleet, leaving little air combat power

    The Uruguayan Air Force on 17 March retired its fleet of FMA IA-58A Pucará attack aircraft after almost 36 years in service. The model, operated by Escuadrón No 1 of the Brigada Aérea No 2 at Durazno, represented, along with Escuadrón No 2's Cessna A-37B Dragonfly aircraft, the

  • DARPA downselects companies for Phase 2 of Gremlins programme

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has downselected two companies to progress with its Gremlins 'aircraft carrier in the sky' programme, it announced on 15 March. Dynetics, Inc. and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) have been contracted to continue

  • Court convicts Al-Qaeda militant of terrorism charges in US' New York

    AT A FEDERAL court in Brooklyn in New York City in the United States on 16 March, an Al-Qaeda militant identified as 46-year-old Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Harun was convicted of terrorism charges for killing two US soldiers in Afghanistan in 2003, Associated Press reported. Harun was extradited from

  • DARPA awards Phase 2 contracts for Gremlins programme

    Teams led by Dynetics and General Atomics have been downselected for the second phase of the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) Gremlins swarming, recoverable unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programme. Two other Phase 1 contractors - Lockheed Martin and Kratos Defense &

  • Lithuanian Boxers to be armed with 30 mm MK44 cannons

    Orbital ATK Armament Systems has confirmed that the ARTEC Boxer (8x8) infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to be supplied to Lithuania will be armed with its 30 mm MK44 dual-feed cannon. The company will deliver the first of 90 MK44 cannons in mid-2017 and these will be installed in Rafael Advanced

  • Pentagon budget 2017: Extra USD30 billion requested for current year

    US president Donald Trump sent a supplemental request to Congress on 16 March, asking for an additional USD30 billion for the Pentagon for the current fiscal year over capped levels. There would be USD24.9 billion dedicated to increasing the base budget, while USD5.1 billion would go towards ongoing

  • Raft of new Pentagon appointees announced

    The White House named six new nominations for jobs at the Pentagon on 16 March, including a new number two to serve as secretary of defense Jim Mattis' aid. Patrick Shanahan, a Boeing executive who has worked for both the commercial and defence side of the company, was nominated to serve as deputy

  • US Army to begin testing vehicle-mounted laser in 2017

    Key Points 58 kW beam demonstrated during trials in March Lockheed Martin will work with the US military to scale the capability to scale "well beyond 150 kW" Lockheed Martin will deliver a 60 kW-class beam combined fibre laser to the US Army for integration onto a Heavy Expanded

  • Boeing awarded USD3.4 billion Apache sales

    Boeing has been awarded a USD3.4 billion multiyear contract to supply new-build and remanufactured AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopters to the US Army and Saudi Arabia. This first AH-64E multiyear contract, which was awarded by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 15 March, covers multiyear

  • French Navy sees USN links as 'cornerstone' of training, as carrier refit begins

    Key Points France is seeking more links with the USN to support carrier airwing training Links will help navy bridge gap until Charles de Gaulle returns to operations The French Navy sees co-operation with the US Navy (USN) as a "cornerstone" of its plans to maintain personnel skills

  • First ASRAAM guided firings conducted from F-35

    Key Points The trials mark the first time a UK-designed missile has been fired from the F-35, and also the first time a non-US missile has been fired from the platform. Guided firing trials expected to continue through to mid-2017 The F-35 Integrated Test Force - a joint team comprising prime

  • IAI unveils foliage-penetrating ground surveillance radar

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has unveiled a new version of its ELM-2112 ground surveillance radar that is designed to detect threats moving through foliage, saying it has been "operationally deployed for several years". Using frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) technology, the

  • Intelsat, Kymeta partner on small antennas for DoD coms

    Intelsat is introducing two small, flat-panel antennas that automatically lock onto satellites to support US Department of Defense (DoD) communications. The mTenna developed by Kymeta is a metamaterial, electrically scanned, satellite antenna intended for government maritime applications that

  • Colombian military conducts air operations against guerrilla forces

    Colombia's Armed Forces have recently conducted two major joint operations against guerrilla forces, using air strikes and helicopter-borne assault forces. A Colombian military source told Jane's that in the night of 14-15 March, Colombian Air Force (FAC) Embraer EMB-314 Super Tucano attack

  • NCIA to support US deployment to Poland with cloud-based services

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) signed a new agreement with US Army Europe (USAREUR) to provide the latter with cloud-based federated services on 16 March. The work will support deployment of NATO's US-led battle group, set to arrive in Poland by the end of March, as part of

  • Pentagon budget 2018: White House unveils USD639 billion DoD request

    The White House's fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget outline includes discretionary funding of about USD639 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD) and an estimated USD667 billion for overall national defence funding. The request, which is likely to be significantly altered by Congress, was

  • Saab, BMT, partner for Colombia frigate bid

    Saab has teamed with UK ship design house BMT Defence Services to bid a design solution for Colombia's Plataforma Estratégica de Superfcie (PES) programme based on BMT's Venator-110 frigate design. The proposal, forming part of a package that would see in-country construction in collaboration

  • AGI's ComSpOC to power upgraded satellite tracking service

    Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) will assist the Space Data Association (SDA) in launching an upgraded Space Data Center (SDC) Space Traffic Management service. The service will not only track objects in the geostationary orbit, but it will also mitigate the effects of electromagnetic (EM)

  • Anti-government militants kidnap eight local aid workers in South Sudan's Southern Liech

    EIGHT local aid workers for the United States-based NGO Samaritan's Purse were kidnapped by alleged anti-government militants in Mayendit in South Sudan's Southern Liech state on 13 March, CBN News reported. The hostages were released unharmed on 14 March.

  • Expected US Stryker vehicle deal not a priority for Peru

    The Peruvian Ministry of Defense (MoD) tempered expectations that it might purchase reconditioned Stryker infantry carrier vehicles for the Peruvian Army (Ejército del Perú: EP), and announced that no budget has been assigned to the effort. The 7 March MoD communiqué is a response to