• Brazilian Navy to receive four KC-2 COD/AAR aircraft in 2021

    The Brazilian Navy is to receive all of its four KC-2 carrier-on-board delivery/air-to-air refuelling (COD/AAR) aircraft in 2021, the service told Jane’s . Deliveries for that year are to run in April and July, with the final two aircraft being delivered in October, it added. The first flight

  • DoD seeks further MD 530F helos for allies

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to acquire up to 120 additional MD Helicopters Inc (MDHI) MD 530F Cayuse Warrior light attack and reconnaissance rotorcraft for allied operators, it was disclosed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 20 July. The US Army’s

  • Leonardo to develop vehicle-mounted C-UAS for US Army

    The US Army has awarded Leonardo DRS a USD16 million contract to develop a vehicle-mounted counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) capability as an urgent operational need. Under the terms of the contract, Leonardo’s DRS Land Systems division in conjunction with Moog Defense and Space will

  • Pentagon budget 2018: House, Senate appropriators far apart on defence topline

    The Senate Appropriations Committee has allocated initial defence topline funding that is much lower than its House counterpart, with the Senate recommending USD595.2 billion versus the House’s USD658.1 billion. For its preliminary budget draft, Senate appropriators will consider USD513.1

  • Pentagon pegs next-gen strategic missile submarine cost at USD127 billion

    The Pentagon estimates its Columbia-class submarine programme, to replace ageing Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs), will cost USD127.036 billion. In its latest Selected Acquisition Reports the Department of Defense said Colombia-class programme costs decreased by USD1.202 billion from

  • Brazilian Marines may arm ASTROS CFN 2020 rocket systems with precision munitions

    The Brazilian Navy is considering arming its Avibras ASTROS CFN 2020 self-propelled protected multiple rocket launching system (ASTROS II Mk 6) with AV-TM 300 tactical cruise missiles and AV-SS 40G guided rockets being developed by Avibras. No contract has yet been signed, but the purchase will be

  • Brazilian Navy makes moves towards potential new Gripen maritime fighters

    The Brazilian Navy has assigned an official to the Brazilian Air Force’s Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Program to monitor the air force’s procurement of 36 Saab F-39 Gripen fighter jets, the navy told Jane’s on 18 July. The move underscores the service’s

  • Mark Esper to be nominated as next US Army secretary

    US president Donald Trump said he intends to nominate Mark Esper to become secretary of the army, after the first two nominees for that role dropped out. Esper is Raytheon’s vice-president for government relations. He was an infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division during the first

  • Selva says US two years away from improved readiness

    Key Points A high ranking DoD official says the United States is two years away from an improved state of readiness Leadership has warned for years that the US military is not ready to fight a near-peer competitor The United States is at least two years away from improved readiness to the point

  • Venezuelan president likely to rewrite constitution and dissolve legislature with military support, prompting US sanctions

    EVENT US president Donald Trump warned on 17 July that the United States would impose "strong and swift economic sanctions" if Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro establishes a National Constituent Assembly (ANC) on 30 July to rewrite the constitution. Trump's statement followed a

  • Rheinmetall Air Defence preps GDF-009 AAG for production

    Rheinmetall Air Defence has released details of its latest Oerlikon GDF-009 twin 35 mm towed anti-aircraft gun (AAG). The GDF-009 model is based on a four-wheeled carriage, and is raised off the ground by three stabilisers when deployed in the firing position. It also features an automatic

  • US ARL develops tiny UAS with an eye on intelligent perception

    Key Points The US Army Research Lab has developed a tiny UAS tilt-rotor prototype with the eye on autonomy The goal is to have the vehicle perform ISR missions low to the ground The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a prototype of a tiny tiltrotor unmanned aircraft system (UAS)

  • Animal right activists claim attacks in Chile's Santiago

    In Santiago, animal rights activists claimed responsibility for throwing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at the Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) as well as the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC), causing material damage.

  • Haiti seeks to re-establish army over 20 years after disbandment

    The Haitian government has launched a campaign to revive its disbanded armed forces as UN peacekeepers prepare to leave the Caribbean country. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Port-au-Prince announced on 10 July that it will start recruiting men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 in a bid to

  • New CEO for L3 Technologies

    Michael T Strianese, the long-serving leader of L-3 Technologies (formerly L-3 Communications), has announced that he will retire from the role of chief executive officer (CEO) at the end of this year after more than 20 years with the group. Strianese, who succeeded iconic L3 co-founder Frank Lanza

  • Recent kidnap-for-ransom incidents, including against a foreign national, point to re-emergence of activity in Trinidad

    EVENT On 18 July, prosecutors charged for a man with the kidnap of two individuals in separate incidents over a two-week period. The first, on 8 July, occurred in the St. James area of Port-of-Spain and involved the temporary adduction and robbery of bank worker of Chinese descent. The second, on

  • South Korean defence minister vows to strengthen alliance with US

    South Korea’s new defence minister, Song Young-moo, has vowed to continue working towards strengthening and developing his country’s military alliance with the United States amid growing concerns over North Korea’s weapon development programmes. Speaking to General Vincent K

  • US seeks additional Black Hawk helos

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking to procure an additional 114 Sikorsky UH/HH-60M Black Hawk helicopters over a three-year period from fiscal year 2019. A Sources Sought notification posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website on 19 July requests that industry

  • ADHARA acquires CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia

    Brazilian naval combat management systems specialist CONSUB Defesa e Tecnologia has been acquired by Grupo ATP Participacoes subsidiary ADHARA Defesa e Seguranca. ADHARA Defesa e Seguranca – itself a Brazilian organisation – acquired CONSUB from Norway’s Siem Offshore. Rio de

  • IAI, Honeywell partner to counter GPS jamming

    Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Honeywell Aerospace have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the joint development of a GPS anti-jamming navigation system for military applications. In a joint statement the companies said that they would “engineer, manufacture, and market a