• Defence backlogs spike at CAE

    CAE announced on 14 February that its defence division's backlog hit a record CAD4.1 billion (USD3.1 billion) at the end of the third quarter. In a conference call with analysts following the release of CAE's financial results, CEO Marc Parent attributed the training and simulation services

  • Gowanda acquires Microwave Circuits

    US firm Gowanda announced on 12 February that it had acquired Microwave Circuits from AMTI. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. According to Gowanda, the acquisition will "enhance its capabilities for the design and manufacture of RF and microwave filters". The filters are

  • India to set satellite launch record with nanosats

    Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) plans to set a world record by launching 104 satellites and placing them into orbit on 15 February 2017. The ISRO will use a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C37 (PSLV-C37) launcher from the Satish Dhavan Space Centre at Sriharikota, India. The Russian Dnepr

  • Top White House national security official resigns

    Key Points National Security Advisor retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn resigned on 13 February Flynn's chief of staff, US Army Lieutenant General Joseph Keith Kellogg (ret'd), was named the acting National Security Advisor The resignation ends weeks of controversy surrounding the

  • UH-60V Black Hawk helicopter takes maiden flight

    The maiden flight of the first Sikorsky Black Hawk transport helicopter to be fitted with the UH-60V digital cockpit upgrade developed by Northrop Grumman has taken place, it was announced on 13 February. The flight took place on 19 January at the US Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama,

  • US blacklisting of Venezuelan vice-president as drug trafficker to increase government instability and undermine army support

    EVENT The US Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a statement on 13 February reporting it has designated Venezuelan vice-president Tareck El Aissami as a "specially designated narcotics trafficker" according to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin

  • Canada to modernise additional 141 LAV IIIs

    Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan announced a CAD404 million (USD309 million) investment to upgrade the chassis of an additional 141 light armoured vehicles (LAVs) on 10 February 2017. The upgrade will increase the LAVs' mobility, protection, and information management systems. General

  • Controversial munitions sales to Saudi Arabia free of ongoing hold

    Key Points All new US weapons export sales approvals are currently on hold as the Trump administration drafts its policies The controversial sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia could proceed since the deal was previously approved New arms deals are currently on hold at the White

  • El Salvador sends troops to Lebanon-Israel border

    El Salvador has deployed 52 troops to the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), according to an 11 February 2017 statement released by the Salvadoran Armed Forces (Fuerza Armada de El Salvador: FAES). The troops will first be stationed in Gran Canaria, Spain, for three months where they will train

  • F-35 offsets pass USD1 billion in Israel

    Lockheed Martin and other US contractors have now spent more than USD1 billion on contracts in Israel as part of the F-35 programme, Israel's Ministry of Defense (MoD) announced on 12 February. The deals, part of Lockheed's and others' offset obligations as part of Joint Strike Fighter sales to

  • Panamanian SENAN acquires air, naval platforms

    The Panamanian National Naval Air Service (Servicio Nacional Aeronaval: SENAN) displayed its recent air and naval platform acquisitions at Base Capitán de Fragata Noel Rodríguez, according to a 6 February 2017 SENAN statement. The equipment was displayed during a ceremony with Base

  • Pentagon Budget 2018: Funding forecast and challenges

    President Donald Trump's campaign pledges to improve the state and readiness of the US military will require a substantial increase in the country's annual defence budget, although it remains unclear if Congress will support such a change. Jane's Defence Budgets offers an initial view of the level

  • Reliance wins lucrative US Navy support deal

    Indian shipyard Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited (RDEL) has secured an agreement to provide support services for US Navy (USN) vessels operating in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. RDEL said on 13 February that its 'master ship repair agreement' (MSRA) with the USN will provide the

  • AAR Airlift Group, Inc. awarded AFRICOM airlift contract

    The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has awarded AAR Airlift Group, Inc. a USD204.2 million contract to provide aviation services throughout the Africa Command (AFRICOM) area of responsibility. The contract, which was disclosed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)

  • US president's endorsement of One China policy to ameliorate Beijing-Taipei relations, modest backtracking on trade tariffs likely

    Key Points Over the one-year outlook, the inter-state war risk between Taiwan and China remains moderately low; Beijing is likely to lift restrictions on Chinese tourism to Taiwan. The Trump administration is likely to be pressed by domestic US companies to take a more moderate stance towards

  • US Army rotary brigade arrives in Europe for 'Atlantic Resolve'

    The US Army began unloading helicopters and other heavy equipment destined for NATO's eastern-European flank on 10 February. Personnel from the 16th Sustainment Brigade off-loaded and prepared dozens of Boeing CH-47F Chinook and Sikorsky UH-60L/M Black Hawk helicopters, as well as armoured vehicles

  • USAF seeks interim 500 lb bomb with moving target capability for F-35

    The US Air Force (USAF) is seeking an interim 500 lb-class weapon with a moving target capability for the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). A `sources sought' notice posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website on 10 February calls for information from the US

  • Accenture to buy iDefense cybersecurity business

    Accenture has reached a deal to buy the iDefense Security Intelligence Services group from Verisign, the company announced on 9 February. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. iDefense works in cyber threat intelligence and will be added to Accenture's Cyber Security Defense Services unit.

  • Concerns persist with US military cyber security

    A lack of available Red Teams and the inability to adequately defend against sophisticated threats are among the shortcomings identified in the Office of the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation's (DOT&E's) 2016 report on aspects of the US Department of Defense's (DoD's) cyber-security

  • NAVSEA presses launch button on Over-The-Horizon missile competition

    Industry has three months to turn around responses for the US Navy's (USN's) Over-The-Horizon Weapon System (OTH-WS) after the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on 8 February. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon (teamed with Kongsberg) are all expected to