• US Air Force delays T-X contract award to July

    The US Air Force (USAF) has delayed its estimated contract award date for its T-X trainer programme to July, an industry source told Jane’s. The source said the USAF, in its original request for proposal (RFP), had anticipated a contract award by the end of 2017. However, the service tucked

  • Canadian Surface Combatant bids compete on technology transfer, job creation

    Lockheed Martin and Alion Canada’s bids for the Canadian Surface Combatant programme have been followed on 30 November and 1 December by offerings from Navantia and Naval Group and Fincantieri, respectively, with all participants offering significant engagement with Canadian industry.

  • Indian Navy chief confirms nuclear-powered submarine was damaged

    The Indian Navy’s (IN’s) Chief of Staff has confirmed media reports that the service’s only nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN), which is on lease from Russia, was recently damaged. “INS Chakra ’s two sonar dome panels were dislodged and their replacements have been

  • Pentagon reverses cluster munition ban

    The Pentagon is reversing a Bush-administration policy to rid the US military of cluster munitions by 2019, and will instead keep them in the arsenal until the munitions can be more effectively replaced with similar area-effects weapons. The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) was ratified

  • Persistent Systems MPU5 radio chosen for MTRS Inc II UGV

    Endeavor Robotics has selected Persistent Systems to provide Mobile Ad hoc Network (MANET) radios for the US Army’s newest unmanned ground vehicle (UGV). Under terms of the contract, Persistent Systems will provide 2,400 of its Wave Relay MANET MPU5 radios to equip 1,200 Man-Transportable

  • RoKAF launches new ISR wing to monitor key North Korean facilities

    The Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) has announced that it has set up a new intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) unit to closely monitor key North Korean facilities round the clock. The new ISR wing, which replaced the 37th tactical intelligence squadron, will include unmanned

  • US DSCA announces foreign sales of USD41.9 billion in 2017

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has published details of the government’s overseas military sales, which totalled USD41.93 billion in its 2017 financial year. The figure represents a rise of almost 25% on 2016, but remains 10% lower than the 2015 peak of USD47.09 billion.

  • Draper Labs targets natural forces for satellite control

    The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory is using natural forces in space to control spacecraft, satellites, and potentially nanosatellites. Smaller satellites are more difficult to manoeuvre due to the impact that drag, solar radiation pressure, and magnetic field forces have on them. The result on

  • Lockheed Martin eyes extended endurance for Fury

    Lockheed Martin is working to extend the endurance of its Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to 15 hours. Fury is a tactical-level UAS that Lockheed Martin is pitching as a substitute for many of the roles currently carried out by medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) platforms. The company plans

  • Orbital ATK shareholders back Northrop Grumman merger

    The merger between Orbital ATK and Northrop Grumman has been strongly approved by Orbital ATK shareholders, thus removing one of the obstacles to the conclusion of the USD9.2 billion deal in the first half of 2018. The companies announced on 29 November that holders of 99% of Orbital ATK stock who

  • USN continues with integration of Magic Carpet carrier landing system

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing the development and deployment of the Maritime Augmented Guidance with Integrated Controls for Carrier Approach and Recovery Precision Enabling Technologies, known in the USN by its acronym Magic Carpet, a system meant to make easier and safer to land F/A-18 aircraft

  • As Tomahawk production ends, Raytheon targets upgrades

    With the Tomahawk cruise missile production run scheduled to end in the coming year, Raytheon is looking to improve the missile and control systems to make the weapon relevant and attractive for US Navy (USN) and other potential customers through the next decade, Chris Sprinkle, the company's senior

  • Congress likely to revisit USAF Space Corps proposal next year

    Congressional defence committees expect to do more work towards possibly implementing a new Space Corps within the US Air Force (USAF), as lawmakers remain unsatisfied with current structures for managing a growing mission in space. “I think we will revisit the Space Corps,” Adam Smith,

  • DARPA launches effort to shorten analysis cycle for security situations

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing technology to enable analysts to rapidly develop models that can address national security situations. The predictive type models will enable different scenarios to be analysed as well as analysis of various intervention

  • Ecuadorian Army acquires two AS 350B3 helicopters

    The Ecuadorian Army has signed a deal with Airbus Helicopters for two AS 350B3 Ecureuil helicopters reportedly worth USD5.4 million, the country’s Ministry of Defence reported on 29 November. The deal includes training for six pilots and 12 technicians, and a three-year technical warranty.

  • Mexican Air Force helicopter crash highlights worsening safety record

    A Mexican Air Force (FAM) Bell 407GX helicopter crashed on 28 November during an aerial spraying sortie as part of a drug eradication operation northwest of Chilpancingo, Guerrero, killing its pilot, according to the Mexican Secretariat of National Defence (SEDENA). The aircraft was one of 15 Bell

  • North Korea releases launch images of Hwaseong-15 ICBM

    North Korea has released images of its 29 November test-launch of a Hwaseong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which Pyongyang claims is capable of striking anywhere in the United States. The land-based ICBM, which was launched on a high trajectory from the vicinity of Pyongsong in

  • Pentagon budget 2018: Another stop-gap budget is likely in lieu of compromise

    It is highly likely that the US Congress will fail to meet its self-imposed 8 December deadline for passing fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) budget legislation, and instead another short-term stop-gap spending bill is likely. A partial shutdown of the federal government is also possible. As of this

  • RSAF’s Peace Carvin V F-15SG detachment to receive additional Paveway II LGBs

    The US Department of State has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of GBU-10 and GBU-12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs (LGBs) for the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF’s) Peace Carvin V F-15SG training detachment based at Mountain Home Air Force Base (AFB) in the United

  • US lawmaker calls for additional funding for electronic warfare training

    Key Points A US lawmaker thinks Congress would support additional funding for electronic warfare training He said this training should include real emitters like radars and communications links A US lawmaker believes Congress would support more funding for electronic warfare (EW) training.