• BAE Systems wins contract for Virginia-class additional payload tubes

    BAE Systems has received a contract from shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat to produce payload tubes for two of the US Navy’s new Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs), BAE Systems said on 5 June. The additional payload tubes will be used to increase the firepower on

  • Esper's vision for US Army of 2028 emphasises role of unmanned platforms

    Key Points The US Army is preparing for a high-end fight in accordance with the Defense Department strategy The army secretary plans to grow the force and employ new technologies such as robotics The US Army's vision of the future force, with a target date of 2028, leverages the development of

  • GNSS to receive Orolia atomic clocks

    Orolia has been awarded contracts totalling USD30.6 million to provide atomic clocks for the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Under these contracts, Orolia will supply its Spectratime Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard and its passive hydrogen maser physics package for an

  • MIT lab enables UAV to fly in a virtual world

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has built a laboratory to fly a 3D-printed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and manoeuvre it around obstacles in a virtual environment without the fear of damaging the air vehicle. This virtual testing could spur a new means of sensor and subsystem

  • US GAO recommends Congress restrict F-35 Block 4 funding

    Key Points GAO recommends Congress restrict funding for F-35 Block 4 modernisation The office said the Pentagon has not provided a sound business case for this part of the programme The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommends lawmakers restrict funding for Lockheed Martin F-35

  • US SASC bill backs air force advanced battle management plan

    Key Points SASC backs the USAF’s plan to cancel JSTARS recap and pursue advanced battle management The House wants JSTARS recapitalisation to continue US Senate authorisers support the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) plan to cancel the Northrop Grumman E-8C Joint Surveillance Target

  • India to further S-400 acquisition talks with Russia despite US sanctions

    New Delhi has declared its intention to disregard recent US sanctions against Moscow and further the acquisition of five Russian S-400 Triumf self-propelled surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems for the Indian Air Force (IAF). “I'd like to make it clear that in all our engagements with the

  • US, Turkey reach agreement on Manbij

    The US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) group has confirmed it will withdraw its personnel from Manbij under a bilateral agreement between Turkey and the United States. It said in a 5 June statement that only personnel it still has in the northern Syrian city were advisors

  • Brazil starts testing laboratory generators for nuclear submarines

    Brazil will start integration testing of turbo generators of its Nuclear Power Generation Laboratory (LABGENE) at Aramar Nuclear Industry Centre (CINA) in Iperó, state of São Paulo, on 8 June. The testing marks a significant advancement in Brazil’s effort to develop a submarine

  • DARPA pursues smart RF radios

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is seeking ways to exploit autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) to improve spectrum management and address the growing appetite for radio frequency (RF) communication in the military and civil domains. Paul Tilghman, microsystems

  • US Marines aim to provide greater surge capacity for high-end fight

    Key Points The US Marines are shifting their focus toward the high-end fight Ultimately leaders intend to provide a surge force that can be deployed for high-end contingencies The US Marine Corps is pursuing “dynamic force employment” to better address both static and surge

  • USMC looks to expand operational concepts with future navy fleet

    As the US Navy (USN) deploys different types of vessels and prepares for a bigger fleet, the US Marine Corps is eyeing different operational concepts for existing and future ship types. The USN’s proposed 355-ship fleet should provide the 38 amphibious ships the USMC has said it needs instead

  • Boeing, Safran team on APUs for US market

    Boeing and Safran signed an agreement on 4 June to form a joint venture (JV) that will see them design, build, and service aircraft auxiliary power units (APUs). The partnership is expected to expand the companies’ offerings to benefit their respective customer bases, with both having a joint

  • USAF Reaper deployment to Greece is part of deepening US–Greek co-operation

    The US Air Force (USAF) has deployed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Larissa, Greece, the US Embassy tweeted on 31 May. The Reapers, which are unarmed, are from the Air National Guard’s 110th Attack Wing. US Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) told Jane’s , “the MQ-9s are

  • Bolivia inducts new light aircraft

    The Bolivian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Boliviana: FAB) received five new aircraft during a ceremony held at the ‘Germán Busch’ Military Aviation College (Colegio Militar de Aviación: COMILAV) on 31 May. The platforms are three Cessna 210 Centurion, one Beechcraft Baron 55,

  • China, US spar over South China Sea militarisation

    The United States has disinvited China from this year’s ‘Rim of Pacific’ (‘RIMPAC’) exercise off the coast of Hawaii in response to what the Pentagon called the Asian country’s militarisation of the South China Sea with the establishment of bases on operations on

  • North Korea reshuffles top military officials ahead of summit with US, says report

    Pyongyang is believed to have replaced three of its top military officials ahead of a summit scheduled to take place between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump on 12 June in Singapore. No Kwang-chol, first vice minister of the Ministry of People’s Armed Forces,

  • US industry backs call for better export process

    The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has issued a letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling for increased measures to speed up the approval process for defence exports by US industry. Proposed measures include the issue of a National Security Co-operation Strategy to facilitate

  • Aeronautics completes Chassis Plans acquisition

    Aeronautics has completed the acquisition of rugged electronics provider Chassis Plans, according to Israeli media reports. The announcement was made via a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) on 3 June, completing the purchase that was first announced in September 2017. Chassis Plans

  • Canada now seeks only three converted icebreakers

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is in negotiations with Federal Fleet Services and Chantier Davie for the conversion of three modern icebreakers for the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), PSPC confirmed to Jane’s on 1 June. PSPC had initially sought four of the ships. Federal Fleet