• USN hones modular MCM mindset

    The US Navy (USN) is developing operational concepts for a more modular approach for mine countermeasures (MCM) mission packages initially scheduled for its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) fleet that expands those missions across a greater range of platforms. The USN has already started to broaden its

  • US secretary of state’s visit to North Korea ends without substantive progress, highlighting contradictory definitions of “denuclearisation”

    Event North Korean media agency KCNA released a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) statement on 8 July after two days of talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo following on from the 12 June summit between North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. The statement

  • Japan advances radar development project

    Japan is developing next-generation radar technologies to support its naval vessels, defence minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed, although he denied reports that the country has agreed to undertake the programme in collaboration with the United States. According to media reports in Japan, the

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 10 July 2018

    Americas Bolivia - 9 July 2018: Bolivia’s interior minister said that a joint operation by Bolivian, Brazilian, and Peruvian police conducted in Peru’s Puerto Maldonado municipality had led to the arrest of the gang that attacked a Bolivian military post in Pando in June, stealing

  • DIUx approaches data rights with focus on prototype outcomes

    Key Points DIUx is focusing on having appropriate data rights as opposed to owning technical baselines The unit is more flexible with data rights than its US military service brethren, who want more data rights The Pentagon’s commercial innovation outpost is focused on the outcomes of

  • US Army proceeds with implementation of tactical network modernisation strategy

    Key Points The US Army intends to revamp its tactical network to improve survivability and mobility The network upgrades are part of an overall modernisation strategy to be completed by 2028 The US Army is moving to implement the effort to modernise its tactical network as part of preparations

  • US starts exercises with Thailand as officials explain South Korea drills halt

    As US officials sought to brief and assure allies in the wake of the decision to suspend long-standing and historically defended military exercises on and around the Korean Peninsula, the US Navy (USN) started the 24th iteration of the ‘Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training’

  • MQ-8C Fire Scout completes initial operational test and evaluation

    Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VX 1) has concluded initial operational test and evaluation (IOT&E) of the US Navy’s (USN’s) MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned air system (UAS) from the Independence-variant Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) USS Coronado (LCS 4). Based on a modified commercial

  • US Army selects companies to deliver manoeuvrable, survivable SHORAD

    Key Points US Army leaders have identified short-range air defence as a key deficiency The service is looking to field an ‘IM-SHORAD’ capability by 2020 The US Army, which is preparing itself for a potential conflict with a near-peer adversary, has selected vendors for participation

  • Leonardo DRS adds RADA MHR to IM-SHORAD effort

    Leonardo DRS has selected RADA’s Multi-mission Hemispheric Radar (MHR) for the mission equipment package (MEP) solution for the US Army’s Initial Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) capability. IM-SHORAD will provide interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial

  • New Zealand announces Poseidon procurement

    New Zealand has announced a plan to procure four Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) from the United States. New Zealand Defence Minister Ron Mark said on 9 July that the aircraft, including simulator training systems and infrastructure, will cost NZD2.346 billion (USD1.6 billion),

  • Six vendors bid to supply 110 fighters to India

    Six combat aircraft manufacturers have responded to the Indian Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 6 April request for information (RFI) for the proposed acquisition of 110 multirole fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force (IAF). Official sources told Jane’s that on 6 July four of the

  • Protests against austerity measures increase property damage, arson, and looting risks in Haiti over coming weeks

    Event Over the weekend of 6–8 July, violent protests took place in Haiti against the government’s decision, announced on 6 July, to cut fuel subsidies, as part of a deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), despite the government cancelling the measure the following day. In the

  • Rising gun-related crime unlikely to be mitigated by joint police-military patrolling in Dominican Republic

    Event The National Police reported on 7 July that 2,810 people had been arrested in the first 48 hours of the launch of joint police and military patrolling operation to tackle violent crime in the capital Santo Domingo and nationwide. The operation was launched after President Danilo Medina

  • Update: GE eyes sustainment requirement in USAF B-52 re-engining programme

    Key Points General Electric is looking for the US Air Force to define the reliability requirement for its B-52 re-engining How reliability is defined could lean the company towards offering its new Passport or CF34-10 engines How the US Air Force (USAF) defines and quantifies the reliability

  • USN seeks close-range armed UAVs

    The US Navy (USN) is looking to field small- and medium-sized armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that can carry an assortment of weapons, including small arms, rockets, grenades, and less-than-lethal weapons and devices. A request for information (RFI) issued by the Naval Sea Systems Command on

  • Argentina considers resuming nuclear submarine project

    Following the loss of Argentina’s TR 1700-class diesel-electric submarine (SSK) ARA San Juan in November 2017, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is considering restarting construction of sister vessel ARA Santa Fe and competing it as a nuclear variant, the Argentine Congress was informed on 3

  • DARPA seeks to model conflicts for military planners

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking to develop algorithms and new technologies to model the operational environment, enabling military planners to make more informed and quicker decisions. Today, the techniques for understanding the issues behind a conflict are labour

  • Arquus reveals more roles for its latest VAB Mk 3

    Production of the Arquus (previously Renault Truck Defense) Vehicule de l’Avant Blinde (VAB) Mk 3 6x6 is now underway, and additional variants have been developed to meet potential export customers’ requirements. The latest VAB Mk 3 6x6 model is being described as a reconnaissance and

  • Japan to despatch helicopter carrier to South China Sea

    Japan will send one of its two Izumo-class helicopter carriers on a two month-long tour of the South China Sea and Indian Ocean for the second straight year as the country aims to bolster international co-operation in safeguarding key sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific region, a Japanese official told