• Meggitt introduces FATS 300 training system

    Meggitt Training Systems has expanded its range of small arms training systems, launching its FATS 300 multi-screen immersive trainer at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando. The system consists of five flat 150x84 inch, 16:9

  • NATO details preliminary APS standards

    NATO’s Standardisation Agency has released initial details of the Standardisation Agreement (STANAG) covering active protection systems (APS). While still a working draft, STANAG 4686, in addition to the accompanying Allied Engineering Publication (AEP)-62 has already defined methodologies for

  • Second Zumwalt-class ship starts builder’s trials

    The second Zumwalt-class guided-missile destroyer, Michael Monsoor (DDG 1002), departed Bath Iron Works on 4 December to start builder’s sea trials, the shipbuilder reported. Meanwhile, the lead ship of the class, USS Zumwalt , is still undergoing combat-systems trials, US Navy (USN)

  • Social media posts reveal submarine deployments

    Key Points Submariners may be identified on social media, despite generally demonstrating a higher level of operational security than most other military personnel, particularly if social network analysis is performed on their online activity. Submerged submarines cannot be tracked using open

  • Triumph Group merges business units

    Aerospace components manufacturer Triumph has announced the merger of its Aerospace Structures and Precision Components businesses into a single unit that will retain the Aerospace Structures name. The unit will be led by Peter Wick who currently runs the Precision Components unit.

  • US Army moves to rapidly improve EMC capability

    Three months after taking delivery of the Enroute Mission Command (EMC) system, the US Army is exploring how to make it more agile, increase performance and security, and potentially drive down maintenance and sustainment costs. Over the next two years, the army will work to enhance EMC with

  • US Army seeks air defence and C-UAV system for Stryker vehicles

    The US Army is looking for an interim close-in air defence and counter-unmanned aerial vehicle (C-UAV) system to field on its Stryker wheeled infantry carrier and reconnaissance vehicles. A request for information (RFI) for 72 Interim Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) systems was issued

  • US Navy Transitions to Search and Recovery in Search for ARA San Juan

    As the mission has shifted to a search-and-recovery operation for Argentine submarine ARA San Juan , the US Navy (USN) has deployed the Cable operated Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV) 21 to support the efforts onboard R/V Atlantis , USN officials have announced. The CURV-21 is a 6,400-lb Remotely

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 7 December 2017

    AMERICAS Argentina - 06 December 2017: Transport workers’ unions said that they would consider strike action to oppose the tax, labour, and pension reforms planned by the government. Brazil - 06 December 2017: In Arará, Rio de Janeiro, nearly 3,000 police and troops were deployed in an

  • Lockheed Martin highlights synthetic training capabilities for F-35

    Lockheed Martin is promoting its F-35 Ground Based Training System (GBTS), covering the full continuum of learning from the schoolhouse through advanced tactics and mission rehearsal, as an affordable but high-fidelity alternative for pilots and aircraft maintainers to gain proficiency in their

  • Anaren acquired by TTM Technologies

    US-based TTM Technologies announced on 3 December that it had acquired Anaren for USD775 million in cash from private equity firm Veritas Capital. Anaren undertakes the development and manufacture of a range of printed circuit board and radio frequency components and subsystems for the defence,

  • Canadian government rejects FREMM bid for new surface combatant

    A last-minute offer to build the Royal Canadian Navy’s future Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) warship has been rejected by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC). A combined Fincantieri and Naval Group submission offered a fixed-price of CAD30 billion to build 15 Frégates

  • Colombian Army to receive new fire simulators

    A new artillery fire control simulator for the Colombian Army was revealed at the 2017 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) exhibition in Orlando in November. Development of the Mobile Artillery Simulator (MAS) by a partnership of Florida-based ETech

  • First KC-46A tanker for USAF makes maiden flight

    The first Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tanker earmarked for the US Air Force (USAF) made its maiden flight on 5 December, the manufacturer has announced. The first USAF aircraft and the seventh to be built overall departed Paine Field in Washington state for a three-and-a-half hour test flight that saw it

  • Mexico receives final Panther helo

    The Mexican Navy has received into service its tenth and final AS565 MBe Panther helicopter during a delivery ceremony at Airbus Helicopters in Marignane on 6 December, the manufacturer announced. The final two helicopters were handed over on schedule, some three years after the order was placed in

  • Pentagon sees no imminent reason to pay for space debris removal

    Key Points The Pentagon won’t pay for space debris removal until it threatens its space assets Space debris is growing and congesting popular orbits The Pentagon will not pay for space debris removal until it judges debris to be a threat to its space assets, according to a key officer.

  • Pressures build on Venezuelan president

    Key Points The escape from house arrest of Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma may have involved some degree of military complicity, although overall military loyalty appears assured. Purges, promotions, and access to economic resources are tools used by Venezuelan President Nicolás

  • Singapore Armed Forces advances air-land strike capabilities with ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017

    Key Points The Singapore Armed Forces is conducting Exercise ‘Forging Sabre’ 2017, a large scale air-land integration and live-fire exercise in Arizona The exercise will also test and validate a range of new capabilities for the army and air force The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is

  • Thales, Cotecmar renew partnership

    France’s Thales announced on 5 December that it had renewed its partnership agreement with Colombian naval firm Cotecmar at the Expodefensa 2017 trade show. According to a statement released by Thales, the two companies are building on an agreement first signed in 2015, and will focus on the

  • USAF lifts Texan II grounding

    The US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 71st Flying Training Wing has lifted a temporary grounding order of its Beechcraft T-6A Texan II trainer aircraft that was put in place following a series of physiological events affecting pilots. The USAF announced on 5 December that no cause for the events