• AUSA 2017: Follow-on AEODRS increments cancelled

    The US Navy’s Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic Systems (AEODRS) Increments 2 and 3 have been officially cancelled via an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The 6 October announcement comes as the AEODRS Increment 1 programme for backpackable platforms

  • AUSA 2017: US Army buys Trophy active protection system for Abrams tank brigade

    The US Army is buying the Trophy-HV active protection system (APS) for its M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams main battle tanks as an interim measure to address urgent threats against US tanks in Europe. About a year ago the army was directed to install and characterise existing APS, and it chose to work with

  • AUSA 2017: US Army eyes accelerated AMPV production

    The US Army is seeking to accelerate production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) to replace its ageing M113A3 family of vehicles, army and industry officials said. AMPV-builder BAE Systems is scheduled to deliver 29 AMPVs by year’s end, and has delivered 17 so far (6 at Aberdeen

  • AUSA 2017: US Army training, advising role expected to expand with new dedicated brigades

    The US Army is expanding its training and advising role for foreign military forces with its new Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) that are now being established. “We are training, advising, and assisting indigenous armies all over the world, and I expect that will increase and not

  • IED in Mexico's San Luis Potosí highlights potential tactics escalation and increased collateral death and injury risks

    Event On 4 October, eight security officials including state and federal investigators were injured following the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden inside a car in Mexico's San Luis Potosí. The device triggered when officials, who were responding to reports that the

  • US Air Force’s ALCS-R contract awards spur competition

    Key Points USAF awarded two contracts to develop airborne control of ICBMs Downselect between Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins is expected in FY 2023 The US Air Force’s (USAF) Airborne Launch Control System Replacement (ALCS-R) programme features Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins

  • Brazil reveals Gripen production schedule, Embraer’s manufacturing role

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has revealed production details for the 36 Saab Gripen E/F (F-39) combat aircraft it ordered for around USD5.4 billion in 2014, and told Jane’s on 5 October that deliveries will run from 2019 to 2024. Brazil’s Gripens will begin a certification process in

  • US Navy chief approves new frigate requirements

    Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson approved the requirements on 3 October for a future frigate to replace the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), officials told Jane’s . With the CNO’s approval, the US Navy (USN) is now cleared to seek requests for proposals (RFPs) for the

  • Lockheed Martin develops flexible solar array for next-generation satellite bus

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new flexible solar array that delivers 50% more power than legacy arrays at 30% less mass, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin recently completed the first flight build of its new Multi-Mission Modular Solar Array, which advances the company’s

  • USN deploys more amphibious ships for relief work

    The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) were preparing on 6 October to leave their homeport in Mayport, Florida, to sail to the United State's Gulf Coast to help the region in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate, which is projected

  • Indonesian military displays Kaplan MT prototype, Apache helicopter

    Indonesia displayed several new platforms during a 5 October military parade held in the coastal city of Cilegon, Banten Province, to mark the 72nd anniversary of its armed forces. Among the platforms shown were an AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter and a prototype of the Kaplan MT Modern

  • Boeing to acquire UAV specialist Aurora Flight Sciences

    US aerospace and defence manufacturer Boeing announced on 5 October that it is seeking to acquire Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation, a specialist in innovative autonomous systems and technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), electric air propulsion, and aircraft design. Following

  • Vigor to build new US Army watercraft

    Key Points The MSV(L) will replace Vietnam-era LCM-8 landing craft The US Army plans to buy a class of 36 MSV(L) watercraft The US Army has selected Oregon-based Vigor Works to build a new fleet of watercraft to replace its outdated Vietnam-era Landing Craft Mechanized 8 (LCM-8) Mod I and Mod II

  • MDA renamed Maxar Technologies following acquisition of DigitalGlobe

    Canadian communication specialist MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) completed its acquisition of US satellite imaging company DigitalGlobe Inc on 5 October and announced that together the companies would be rebranded as a single entity under the name Maxar Technologies. The completion of

  • Taiwan orders Mk44 Bushmaster II cannons for its Clouded Leopard IFVs

    Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has ordered 285 30 mm Mk44 Bushmaster II automatic cannons from the US-based company Orbital ATK. The MND announced the USD112 million contract on 29 September and said the cannons will be installed on an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) variant of

  • Unidentified militants kill five Nigerien and two United States soldiers in Niger's Tillaberi

    FIVE Nigerien soldiers and three United States Special Forces personnel were killed and two US soldiers were wounded in an ambush by unidentified militants while on patrol in an unspecified location in Niger's Tillaberi region near the border with Mali on 4 October, Reuters reported. No group

  • Blue Origin to start BE-4 engine testing ‘soon’

    Key Points Blue Origin will start testing its BE-4 engine ‘soon’ The engine could power future US national security launches Blue Origin will ‘soon’ start testing its BE-4 rocket engine that could serve as the first stage booster for future US Air Force (USAF) launches.

  • The US Navy will repair USS John S McCain in Yokosuka

    The US Navy (USN) will repair the USS John S McCain (DDG 56) guided-missile destroyer at the US Naval Ship Repair Facility-Japan Regional Maintenance Center in Yokosuka, Japan. Repairs will begin upon arrival from Singapore aboard a heavy lift vessel in October, the USN said in a 4 October

  • Arnold Defense details Fletcher 2.75-inch laser-guided weapon system

    Arnold Defense has unveiled a developmental 2.75-inch/70mm laser-guided weapon system designed to meet the demands of land-based, vehicle-mounted and dismounted warfare for special and conventional forces, with potential future application for naval/littoral platforms. Traditionally, 2.75-inch

  • Héroux-Devtek buys CESA from Airbus

    Canadian aerospace components manufacturer Héroux-Devtek has acquired Airbus’ Spanish subsidiary Compañia Española de Sistemas Aeronauticos (CESA) for EUR140 million (USD165 million). CESA, headquartered in Madrid, is a producer of fluid mechanical and electromechanical systems