• AUSA 2017: 3-D printing increasingly promising for easing some logistics burdens

    The US Army is exploring new technologies to ease battlefield logistics and supply burdens, and 3-D printing and new power-generation methods appear to be potential solutions. The “biggest challenge we have on the tactical battlefield is logistics”, Donald Sando, deputy to the

  • AUSA 2017: AeroVironment upgrades Puma for heavier payloads

    AeroVironment has undertaken a number of upgrades to its Puma and Raven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), including strengthening the Puma’s airframe, updating the data link, adding new avionics, and integrating a new infrared (IR) sensor. Puma, which will now be designated the Puma 3 AE , has

  • AUSA 2017: Bell V-280 Valor prototype tests at full rotor power

    Bell Helicopter’s V-280 Valor tiltrotor prototype has run at full RPMs, and the company is now readying its aircraft for its first flight scheduled for later this year, said Carl Coffman, company director of business development for Advanced Tiltrotor Systems. The V-280 prototype aircraft has

  • AUSA 2017: Kestrel Eye to deploy in October

    The US Army is scheduled to deploy its testbed Kestrel Eye electro-optical microsatellite from the International Space Station now in orbit around the Earth on 24 October, said Glen Cameron, president of Adcole Maryland Aerospace, the company that developed and built the spacecraft. The satellite,

  • AUSA 2017: Minigun developer Dillon Aero extends marinisation to all M134D weapons

    Key Points Dillon Aero is standardising marinisation on all of its M134D miniguns This will improve the lifespan of the guns, reducing customer costs for spare parts Arizona-based minigun developer Dillon Aero is incurring cost to extend marinisation coatings to all of its M134D variants,

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon acquisition chief sees focus shift to sustainment

    The Pentagon will begin focusing more on overseeing sustainment work, compared with acquisition, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. Currently, the Pentagon focuses more resources overseeing acquisition contracting and related procedures, Lord

  • AUSA 2017: Pentagon culture stifles change, acquisition chief says

    The Department of Defense (DoD) and the military services have the legal capability to change the way they conduct acquisitions and run programmes, but are too often stifled by cultural inertia, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. A pervading

  • AUSA 2017: US defence security co-operation chief views speed as key to reform

    Key Points The head of the Pentagon’s security co-operation effort sees speed as the key to reform He also wants to improve communication so priorities are known up front The recently appointed head of the US defence security co-operation effort views reform as reducing the time it takes to

  • AUSA 2017: US military needs to improve software development, acquisition chief says

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) must do a better job developing software to keep pace with growing global threats, said Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defence for acquisition, technology, and logistics. “We do not do software development well at all,” Lord said during an 11

  • Peruvian president calls for domestically manufactured naval platforms

    Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on 8 October called for state-run shipyard Servicios Industriales de la Marina (SIMA) to continue manufacturing vessels for the Peruvian Navy (Marina de Guerra del Perú: MGP). He specifically said construction of a second Makassar-class landing platform

  • USAF B-1Bs conduct first combined night-time training with JASDF, RoKAF fighters

    Two US Air Force (USAF) Boeing (Rockwell) B-1B Lancer strategic bombers conducted their first combined night-time training with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) fighters on 9–10 October, according to a US Pacific Air Forces statement. The bombers

  • AUSA 2017: Initial Ground Mobility Vehicles now in testing, wider acquisition expects next year

    The US Army is trialling two Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMVs) at Aberdeen Proving Ground for an urgent material release, and next year will begin a competition for a wider GMV requirement. Under GMV Phase I the army is buying light mobility vehicles for Airborne infantry brigade combat teams through

  • AUSA 2017: US Army gradually taking acquisition control for certain programmes from OSD

    Key Points The US Army has taken acquisition authority from OSD for 5 of 10 programmes The services taking acquisition authority for programmes could improve fielding speed The US Army is gradually starting to take more acquisition control for certain programmes from the Office of the Secretary

  • AUSA 2017: US Army will soon determine future Humvee roles

    US Army leaders are now determining how to posture the thousands of Humvees that remain in the service’s formations as it prepares to field new Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) that are partially replacing ageing Humvees. A full-rate production decision for the JLTV is expected in

  • FARC leader accuses President Santos of not honouring 2016 peace agreements in Colombia

    The head of the demobilised Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) militants, Rodrigo Londono Echeverri (alias Timochenko), accused President Santos of not honouring the 2016 peace agreements.

  • AUSA 2017: Two new, more heavily armed Stryker variants heading to Europe

    The US Army's first 30 mm Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle – Dragoon, along with the first Stryker with CROWS-Javelin (CROWS-J), will go to Europe in December for an operational test, officials said during the Association of the US Army’s (AUSA's) annual conference. Army leaders are

  • BAE set to reorganise, cut nearly 2,000 jobs

    UK company BAE Systems Plc is undergoing a massive restructuring that will include the elimination of nearly 2,000 jobs, the company announced on 10 October. The job cuts, the majority of which will come from the Military Air & Information unit, will not impact the groups US operations. Up to

  • Chile to upgrade Piloto Pardo class bridge command systems

    The Chilean Navy has awarded a contract worth USD60,000 to local firm BZ Naval Engineering for the upgrade of the Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine's VisionMaster FT integrated bridge command system fitted on board its four Piloto Pardo patrol ships. The upgrade includes the replacement and

  • AUSA 2017: Army to choose new FMTV A2 truck supplier next year

    The US Army is now in a source-selection phase as it prepares to update its Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) from the A1P2 to A2 configuration, according to Colonel Dan Furber, project manager for Transportation Systems. A selection is expected for sometime in mid-2018 for the FMTV A2,

  • AUSA 2017: CRS-I, RCIS down-select expected next year

    The US Army now has requests for proposals out for its Common Robotic System – Individual (CRS-I) and Route Clearance Interrogation System (RCIS) unmanned ground vehicles, and expects to down-select vendors early in the third quarter of fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018), Bryan McVeigh, project