• Pentagon budget 2019: Pentagon hopes for economic growth, eschews deficit fears

    The US government’s fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget and near-term spending plans are expected to add significantly to public debt, accelerating trends that defence officials previously feared could jeopardise long-term discretionary defence spending. The US Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

  • Pentagon budget 2019: US Air Force plans to retire B-2s when B-21 comes onboard

    The US Air Force (USAF) plans to start retiring its fleet of Northrop Grumman B-21 Spirit strategic bombers, instead of the much older Boeing B-52 Stratofortress heavy bombers, once its Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider long range strike bomber fleet becomes operational, according to a USAF statement.

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USD686.1 billion requested for total DoD budget

    President Donald Trump's fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) discretionary US Department of Defense (DoD) budget request for USD686.1 billion represents about a 7.3% increase over the FY 2018 request for USD639.1 billion. As of this writing there was still no full appropriated budget for FY 2018, but on 9

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USMC requests initial production funding for new ACV amtrack

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has requested USD265.7 million for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) 1.1 programme in fiscal year (FY) 2019. This request includes USD167.5 million in procurement funding for 30 low-rate initial production (LRIP) ACV 1.1s, as well as USD98.2 million in research,

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN boosts sub funding

    The US Navy (USN) is requesting about USD11 billion for submarine acquisition and research and development (R&D) for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019). The FY 2019 request includes about USD7.3 billion for Virginia-class fast-attack submarines and USD3.7 billion for Columbia-class vessels, which are

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN further funds carrier construction, overhaul

    The US Navy’s fiscal year 2019 budget request includes about USD2.3 billion to help fund the overhaul of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and complete more work on the Ford-class programme as well. The budget request includes about USD 450 million to fund the third increment of the advance

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USN seeks budget increases as it augments fleet

    The US Navy (USN) is requesting about US194.1 billion for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) funding, an estimated 7% increase over the FY 2018 budget request, according to service budget documents released on 12 February. That budget amount includes about USD15 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations

  • Philippines looks to cancel planned procurement of Bell 412 helicopters

    Key Points Canada reviews sale of Bell 412 helicopters to AFP over human rights concerns Philippines outlines plan to terminate deal and procure from another supplier Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to cancel its agreed PHP12 billion

  • Singapore takes delivery of final batch of S-70B Seahawks

    The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) has received all of the Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk naval helicopters on order, the Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has confirmed in a statement issued to Jane’s on 10 February. The acknowledgement comes after the service showcased one of its two newest

  • USAF contracts Leidos to push sensor technology

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has awarded Leidos a USD47million contract to provide sensor technology that will advance and mature AFRL’s portfolio of electro-optical sensors and related technology for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR); targeting; and situation

  • USAF develops virtual maintenance trainer to better prepare airmen

    The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is developing a maintenance training system that will place students in a virtual environment enabling them to get more time with an aircraft prior to working on a real jet. The Maintenance Training Based on Adaptive Game-based Environmental Using a

  • Canada pledges tighter arms export regulation

    Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland has responded to ongoing controversy over the country’s defence exports, delivering a speech on 8 February to the country’s parliamentary Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee. In her speech, Freeland set out a more rigorous

  • Incumbent Oshkosh chosen to build US Army’s new FMTV A2 trucks

    The US Army has selected Oshkosh to build its new Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) A2 variant. Incumbent Oshkosh was awarded a firm, fixed-price requirements production contract reaching up to seven years, with an initial USD476.2 million value, according a 7 February army statement. The

  • M109A7 Paladin moves forward from poor test results

    The M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer (SPH) and Carrier Ammunition Tracked (CAT) resupply vehicle struggled during official Pentagon testing, and now may not be ready for planned full-rate production in fiscal year 2018. The M109A7 vehicles are based on a Bradley infantry fighting vehicle chassis,

  • Mexico military needs spending increase to match external ambitions

    Key Points Mexico has ambitions abroad for its military, which traditionally has focused on internal security The nation will need to boost spending and revamp procurement infrastructure Mexico’s military needs a boost in spending and a procurement process overhaul if the nation hopes to

  • Brazilian aeronautics institute signs R&D partnership

    Brazil’s Technological Institute of Aeronautics, a state-run education and research establishment with links to the Brazilian Air Force, has signed a scientific development partnering agreement with the Ezute Foundation, a non-profit organisation which aims to foster economic development in

  • Singapore Airshow 2018: US targets increased military sales in Asia

    Key Points The US government is expanding support for its defence exporters The Asia Pacific is a key market to boost strategic partnerships The US government is placing increasing emphasis on winning defence deals in the Asia Pacific as part of Washington’s commitment to drive regional

  • China conducts mid-course anti-missile test

    China’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) has announced that it successfully tested a land-based mid-course missile interception system on 5 February. The test, which was carried out within Chinese territory, “achieved the expected goals”, the MND said in a statement, adding that

  • DARPA proposes small launch challenge to demonstrate responsive launch

    Key Points DARPA proposes a challenge competition to develop fast, responsive launch capability The Pentagon wants to get away from dependence on fixed-range launch sites The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is planning a small launch challenge to push the space industry and

  • Mystery surrounds Algeria’s three ISR Gulfstream 550s

    Mystery continues to surround the Algerian Air Force’s USD1.1 billion deal for three intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR)-configured Gulfstream 550 aircraft. The contract, brokered by the Algerian armed forces’ Joint Chief of Staff, General Ahmed Gaid Salah, was signed