• Northrop Grumman has USD9.2 billion deal for Orbital ATK

    Northrop Grumman has reached a deal to buy rocket motor and missile maker Orbital ATK for USD9.2 billion, the company announced on 18 September. The deal, expected to close early in 2018, includes USD7.8 billion in cash along with the assumption of USD1.4 billion in debt. The move looks to be

  • SRC Aus opens Canberra office to offer EW solutions

    Australian company SRC Aus, a developer of electronic warfare (EW) solutions, has opened an office in Canberra after winning a new AUD17 million (USD13.5 million) contract to produce data sets to support Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF)

  • AFA 2017: Secretary Wilson calls for S&T strategy review

    Key Points USAF secretary calls for year-long review of its S&T strategy S&T is the foundation of the USAF’s technological innovation US Air Force (USAF) Secretary Heather Wilson on 18 September called for a broad year-long review and revision of the service’s science and

  • AIA picks former army secretary for top job

    The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), the largest US industry group for the aerospace and defence sector, has selected Eric Fanning as its new chief executive, the organisation announced on 18 September. Fanning most recently served as the secretary of the US Army during the former Barack

  • Israel announces first permanent US military facility

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 18 September that the first permanent US military facility has been established in Israel. The IDF said the facility at the Israeli Air Force’s (IAF’s) Aerial Defense Academy in southern Israel will house dozens of US soldiers who will be

  • Leonardo aims for first Pentagon AW139 sale with Boeing’s UH-1N replacement offering

    Key Points Boeing and Leonardo have submitted a bid for the US Air Force’s UH-1N replacement programme Under the programme, the service could buy as many as 84 aircraft Boeing and Leonardo on 13 September formally submitted a bid for the US Air Force's (USAF's) UH-1N replacement programme.

  • USN explores power options for unmanned platforms

    The US Navy (USN) is looking at ways to ramp up the development of power systems that could provide additional endurance for unmanned surface and underwater vessels. One concept would enable unmanned surface vessels (USVs) to refuel on their own. The Program Executive Office Littoral Combat Ship

  • AFA 2017: Pentagon plans updated F-35 post-Block 3 development acquisition strategy

    The Pentagon is planning an updated acquisition strategy for post-Block 3 development efforts of its Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter with a goal of continuous capability development, as opposed to major changes every month. F-35 Program Executive Officer (PEO) Vice Admiral

  • Afghans receive first Black Hawk helos

    The Afghan Air Force (AAF) received on 18 September its first batch of Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters. The delivery, which was announced on the same day on the Facebook page of the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing (EAW), saw two UH-60s arrive at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan

  • Trudeau: Canada ‘won’t do business’ with Boeing during trade dispute

    Canada has elevated its row with Boeing, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggesting his government will not buy any F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft from the American company due its trade dispute with Montreal-based Bombardier. “We have obviously been looking at the Super Hornet

  • USMC orders more MRZR-D off-road utility vehicles

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has ordered 104 more diesel-powered MRZR-D Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs) from Polaris Government and Defense, the company announced on 18 September. In November 2015 the USMC ordered 144 MRZR-Ds and that order “reached full operation capability within six months of

  • AFA 2017: Boeing, Saab offer US production for T-X trainer if team wins bid

    Boeing and Saab AB will establish manufacturing and production capability in the United States if the team wins the US Air Force’s (USAF's) T-X trainer competition, according to a Saab statement. Saab said on 18 September that it has started a process to evaluate and identify potential

  • Lockheed Martin completes preliminary review of heliborne EW system

    Lockheed Martin has announced that its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare (AOEW) system, which provides MH-60 helicopters with enhanced electronic warfare surveillance and countermeasure capabilities against anti-ship missile (ASM) threats, has passed the preliminary design review (PDR) stage.

  • North Korea releases images of IRBM launch

    North Korea has released images of its 15 September test launch of a Hwaseong-12 (also known as KN-17) intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) that flew over northern Japan. The missile was launched in a northeasterly direction from a site near the Sunan air base, in the vicinity of Pyongyang,

  • Raytheon secures Middle East export order for Warrior-X shot detection system

    An undisclosed customer in the Middle East will take delivery of more than 2,000 Raytheon Boomerang Warrior-X wearable shot detection systems over the next 12 months. The export order, valued at over USD10 million, is one of the largest to date for the company and the first for a Middle East

  • RCN begins Halifax frigate communications upgrade

    ViaSat has delivered a Link 16 communications system to the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) for installation aboard approximately 12 Halifax-class frigates. The upgrade will enable the RCN to communicate with United States, NATO, and other allied forces through Link 16 interoperability. To maintain pace

  • US deploys Gray Eagle UAS to Mindanao

    The United States has deployed the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-1C Gray Eagle medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. The move is aimed at providing additional surveillance support for the Armed

  • ViaSat’s KOR-24A STT first small radio to pass testing for Canada’s ASCCM

    ViaSat has announced that its two-channel KOR-24A Small Tactical Terminal (STT) is the first small form factor, software-defined Link 16 radio to successfully pass live radio frequency (RF) range testing for the Canadian Army's Air Space Coordination Centre Modernization (ASCCM) project. The STT

  • DSEI 2017: Polaris introduces cargo MRZR

    Polaris Defense debuted a modified MRZR-D4 high-mobility tactical vehicle at DSEI 2017 in London. Speaking to Jane’s , John Olson, the company's vice-president and general manager, explained that Polaris’ UK business component led the development of the platform, the design of which

  • US Air Force expecting key COMSATCOM study contract award in November

    Key Points The USAF expects to award an important COMSATCOM study contract soon The contract could help the service decide how to buy COMSATOM well into the future The US Air Force (USAF) expects to award a key study contract in November that could help the service decide how to buy commercial