• Israel Shipyards ships first two Shaldag-class FPB for Argentina

    The first two Israeli-built Shaldag MK II fast patrol boats for the Prefectura Naval Argentina (Argentina Coast Guard) have been shipped from Israel. The boats are the first of four such vessels purchased under a USD49 million contract signed at the end of 2016. These fast and relatively heavily

  • US Air Force awards Lockheed Martin contract for hypersonic conventional strike weapon

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 18 April awarded Lockheed Martin a contract potentially worth USD928 million for a hypersonic conventional strike weapon, according to a Pentagon statement. The contract provides for the design, development, engineering, systems integration, test, logistics planning, and

  • Textron to sell Tools and Test business as Q1 results reported

    Textron announced on 18 April that it was to sell its Tools and Test business, as the company reported successful year-on-year (y/y) growth for its business lines. Textron is to sell its Tools and Test business to technology and engineering company Emerson in a cash deal worth approximately USD810

  • US pulls up Boeing on Hornet, Eagle problems

    Boeing is working with the US Defense Contracts Management Agency (DCMA) to resolve four outstanding corrective action requests (CARs) related to ongoing issues with the manufacture of F/A-18 and F-15 fighters, the two organisations have confirmed. Issues regarding the quality and management of the

  • GA-ASI demonstrates MQ-25 flight deck taxi capability

    General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) recently successfully demonstrated aircraft carrier deck handling, including taxi capability and transition to the launch and recovery phases using a Predator C Avenger jet aircraft as a surrogate, according to a company statement. As part of the

  • HEICO buys in new product line

    HEICO announced on 17 April that its Dukane Seacom subsidiary had acquired the business and assets of Canadian-based Instrumar’s Emergency Locator Transmitter Beacon (ELTB) product line. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, HEICO noted that the acquisition was carried out using cash

  • New Cuban president likely to target gradual economic reform and tourism, US rapprochement unlikely in one-year outlook

    Event President Raúl Castro will step down as president of the Council of State and Council of Ministers on 19 April with the Communist Party of Cuba (Partido Comunista de Cuba: PCC)’s fully controlled National Assembly legislators appointing his successor. The succession has been

  • Polaris Alpha builds out cyber offerings

    Polaris Alpha announced on 16 April that it had acquired Maryland-based cyber solutions firm Fourth Dimension Engineering. The acquisition will reportedly see Polaris enhance its “technical leadership in the advanced cyber arena”. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Polaris Alpha,

  • Raytheon offers FoXTEN for US Army’s DCGS-A CD 1

    The US Army is expected to begin testing, in mid-2018, both variants of a mobile version of its Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS). In March the army awarded Raytheon and Palantir Technologies contracts to provide tactical units across the active, reserve, and National Guard components with

  • US Air Force performs first B-21 Raider software drop

    The US Air Force (USAF) has performed its first software drop for its Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber programme, according to a key official. Lieutenant General Arnold Bunch, military deputy, office of the assistant secretary of the USAF for acquisition, told a Senate panel on

  • Argentine Navy wants navalised Black Hawks for icebreaker

    The Argentine Navy has requested that Sikorsky provide options for a navalised version of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter for general purpose missions aboard its icebreaker vessel. The request for a naval version of the Black Hawk to replace the current Sea Kings on ARA Almirante Irízar was

  • Brazilian Navy to induct modernised and new helicopters

    The Brazilian Navy will receive its first Airbus Helicopters H225M Super Cougar (designated UH-15B in national service) anti-surface warfare-capable (ASuW) helicopter in June, the company’s Helibras subsidiary told Jane’s . Its commissioning was planned for April, but was postponed

  • Schmidt calls for dramatic expansion of US Defense Digital Service

    Key Points A Pentagon official called for the expansion of the Defense Digital Service DDS is a small group of civilian software and technology developers that temporarily serve with DoD A key Pentagon official called for the dramatic expansion of the Defense Digital Service (DDS), a group of

  • Systel adds Falcon to mission computer portfolio

    Systel has introduced the Falcon, a new high-performance embedded mission computer combining multiple legacy systems into a single box. The company aims to develop the Falcon mission computer into a true line replaceable unit (LRU) mission box, Aneesh Kothari, Systel’s vice-president of

  • US Navy finalises JSOW internal integration on F-35C

    The US Navy (USN), in collaboration with Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS), has completed the final development test (DT) for the internal integration of the AGM-154 Joint Stand Off Weapon (JSOW) air-to-surface glide weapon on the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter. Announced on 17 April,

  • USN sets out path for Nixie torpedo decoy upgrade

    The US Navy (USN) has laid out plans for the long-term recapitalisation of the AN/SLQ-25 Nixie torpedo countermeasures system fitted fleet-wide across USN surface ships. Under plans laid out in an industry day on 27 March, the navy intends to transition most of its inventory to an updated and

  • Colombia meets with UN to discuss participation in Peacekeeping

    A delegation from Colombia’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) met with the UN assistant secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations and other officials to discuss Colombia’s broader participation in peacekeeping operations, according to a 10 April press release by Colombia’s MINDEF.

  • DSA 2018: Thales’ FZ220 rocket launcher completes qualification for MD 530G helicopter

    Thales Belgium’s FZ220 rocket launcher has completed its qualification process for MD Helicopters Inc’s (MDHI’s) MD 530G light attack helicopter. The development follows comprehensive live-fire trials carried out in March at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) facility

  • US denies export rights to ZTE

    The US government has denied Chinese company ZTE export rights for seven years following accusations that it had illegally traded with Iran and North Korea, as well as further misleading the Department of Commerce throughout an ongoing investigation into these activities. Imposed by the US

  • Sentient’s ViDAR shows success during USCG ScanEagle demonstrations

    Sentient Vision Systems has developed a wide-area persistent surveillance capability for manned and unmanned aircraft to see over long distances of open ocean. The Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) system is being demonstrated aboard the Boeing-Insitu ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle by the US