• Chilean Navy seeks to replace air-defence frigates

    Chilean Navy chief Admiral Julio Leiva has officially confirmed that the service’s plans include the replacement of its two Latorre-class (Jacob van Heemskerck) air-defence frigates by 2023. The decision to replace the vessels, which were acquired from the Netherlands in 2004, was taken after

  • GKN agrees automotive division merger

    UK defence engineering firm GKN has agreed a deal to merge its automotive driveline business with US axle and transmission specialist Dana Incorporated, the company announced on 9 March. Discussions between the companies, first confirmed on 2 March, are likely aimed at deflecting the GBP7.4 billion

  • USN, USMC accelerating directed-energy programmes

    The US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) are developing their directed-energy (DE) programmes at a much faster clip, service officials told Congressional members during recent testimony on the fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal. “We’ve been accelerating this as fast as we can and

  • Navistar starts 2018 with rising revenue

    US manufacturer of armoured vehicles Navistar released financial results for the first quarter (Q1) of its 2018 financial year on 8 March, showing rising revenues but also a year-on-year increase in operating losses. Sales made by Navistar were up by 14.6% compared with the same period in 2017,

  • US Navy pursuing commercial aircraft for TH-57 replacement programme

    Key Points The US Navy wants to procure a commercial aircraft to replace its TH-57 trainer helicopter The service is starting to lay the groundwork for this competition The US Navy (USN) will acquire commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) aircraft as part of its effort to replace its Bell Helicopter

  • Brazil expects to receive first KC-390s this year

    The Brazilian Air Force will receive its first two serial-production Embraer KC-390 multi-mission aircraft in the second half of 2018, the company told Jane’s on 8 March. The aircraft will initially be fielded by the newly established Kilo Group from Wing 2 located at Anápolis in the

  • New USCG commandant nominated

    US President Donald Trump nominated US Coast Guard Vice Admiral Karl Schultz on 8 March to be the next commandant of the service, taking over from Admiral Paul Zukunft, who has had the position for four years and is slated to retire after the change of command scheduled for 1 June, Kirstjen Nielsen,

  • US Army signs for additional Lakota helos

    The US Army has signed for a further 35 Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota training and support platforms to add to the more than 400 already delivered. A USD273.3 million contract for the additional civil variant EC145 helicopters was announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 8 March. The

  • US Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office bridges the EW gap in Europe

    Key Points The effort will provide capabilities until MFEW is fielded The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade and 2nd Armored Brigade, 1st Infantry Division get initial systems US Army units in Europe will be the first to take delivery of prototype electronic warfare (EW) systems

  • USN, USMC gear up for confrontations with Russia, China

    Russian forces and Chinese intentions underscore the Pentagon shift back to those peer competitors and budget boosts for a bigger US naval force, US Navy (USN) and US Marine Corps (USMC) officials told members of Congress. “A major component of resurgent Russian has been in the

  • UK submarine arrives in the Arctic for joint exercise with USN

    A UK Royal Navy (RN) nuclear-powered attack submarine is heading under the Arctic ice pack for the first time in more than a decade as part of a joint exercise with two US Navy (USN) submarines. ‘Ice Exercise 2018’ ('ICEX'), which started on 7 March, aims to test operational readiness

  • Embraer reports lower sales

    Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer saw a 14.5% year-on-year decline in its consolidated revenues in the fourth quarter of 2017, contributed to by a 15% decrease in its defence and security business line over this period. Lower commercial aircraft deliveries were also a contributing

  • Pentagon faces major cost increase on F-35 Block 4 modernisation

    Key Points The Pentagon is facing a major potential F-35 Block 4/C2D2 cost increase This could add between USD6.9 billion and USD12.5 billion more to the Pentagon’s most expensive platform The Pentagon is facing a cost increase for what was known as Block 4 modernisation of the Lockheed

  • USAF launches effort to equip Reaper UAS with air-to-air missile

    The US Air Force (USAF) is looking to equip its General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) with an air-to-air missile (AAM) capability for the first time. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Medium Altitude UAS Division disclosed

  • Airbus completes DS Communications sale

    Airbus announced on 7 March that is has completed the sale of its Plant Holdings business in the United States to Motorola Solutions. Plant Holdings is the parent company of Airbus DS Communications. The sale was first announced in July 2017. Terms were not disclosed. Airbus DS Communications

  • Brazilian Army eyes US SuperCobra helicopters

    The Brazilian Army has contacted the US government to inquire about possibly buying surplus US Marine Corps (USMC) Bell AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters, the army told Jane’s . No government-to-government talks have yet been scheduled. The United States recently announced plans to sell

  • USN to conduct new force structure assessment

    With a bigger fleet, an updated long-term shipbuilding plan, and revamped US and defence security plans under its keel, the US Navy (USN) is looking to carry out a new force structure assessment (FSA) that will more specifically spell out the types and numbers needed to fulfil the fleet’s

  • USS Essex leads ready group through first SWATT exercise

    The USS Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) departed Naval Base San Diego on March 4 to participate in the first ARG Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training (SWATT) exercise. The drill is focused on advanced tactical training at sea to improve warfighting proficiency, lethality, and ship

  • AFRICOM commander concerned by Chinese influence in Djibouti

    The US military’s operations in Africa could be seriously impacted if China gained control over Djibouti’s port, General Thomas Waldhauser, the head of Africa Command (AFRICOM), told the House Armed Services Committee on 6 March. Djibouti’s government announced in February that it

  • CH-53K marks heavy-lift milestone

    The Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion has passed a further developmental milestone, with the announcement on 7 March of the first external lift of a 36,000 lb (16,329 kg) load. During the event, which took place at the Sikorsky Development Flight Center in Florida, the CH-53K lifted the single-hooked