• Ecuador retires last Turbo Mentors

    After 40 years, one of the main trainers of the Ecuadorian Air Force was retired from service on 4 May. The last Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor was retired from service at the Escuela Superior Militar de Aviación “Cosme Rennella B.” in Salinas. A total of 18 aircraft were purchased

  • Spain approves CESA deal

    The Spanish government has concluded that the proposed sale of 40% of domestic company Compañía Española de Sistemas Aeronáuticos (CESA) to Airbus will be in the interests of national defence, paving the way for the EUR30 million (USD35.8 million) deal to acquire all remaining

  • Military, industrial users turn to UAS leasing as a new option

    Leasing unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) is becoming a more popular option as commercial entities seek the capability and military users seek to obviate cumbersome acquisition processes. JetLease Vice-President Katy Glynn told Jane’s she sees a growing appetite for leased unmanned platforms.

  • US Air Force’s light attack experiment phase two kicks off

    Key Points The USAF's light attack experiment phase two started on 7 May The service is evaluating lowering cost-per-kill via logistics, sustainment, and analysis The US Air Force (USAF) on 7 May started phase two of its light attack experiment at Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New Mexico. USAF

  • US lawmaker proposes independent national commission on military aviation safety

    Key Points A US lawmaker proposes an independent commission to investigate recent aviation mishaps The US Air Force and Navy have had crashes and hypoxia-related issues A key United States lawmaker introduced an amendment that would create an independent national commission on military aviation

  • Xponential 2018: US Army advancing unmanned Robotic Wingman vehicle technology

    The US Army’s Robotic Wingman Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) programme will advance from an armed, unmanned Humvee truck to a tracked M113 armoured personnel carrier. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) “is co-ordinating the whole

  • US Navy plans to re-establish 2nd Fleet for Atlantic operations

    The US Navy (USN) will re-establish the 2nd Fleet to better handle adversaries in the Atlantic, Admiral John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said. “Our National Defence Strategy makes clear that we’re back in an era of great power competition as the security environment

  • Boeing launches Super Hornet SLM modification

    The first US Navy (USN) Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet to enter the Service-Life Modification (SLM) process ahead of the Block 3 enhancement programme arrived at the company’s St Louis production facility in Missouri in late April. A twin-seat F/A-18F from Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106

  • Huntington Ingalls revenues rise by 8.7% in first quarter

    US naval shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls reported results from the first quarter of its 2018 financial year on 3 May, with figures showing swift growth of both revenues and operating income. Sales reached USD1.87 billion in the three months ending 31 March, a rise of 8.7% year on year, while income

  • US Navy completes sea tests for lightweight LCS torpedo defence mission module

    The US Navy (USN) completed two days of at-sea testing of the AN/SLQ-61 Lightweight Tow (LWT) Torpedo Defense Mission Module (TDMM) on 2 May, programme officials said. The LWT is a modular, digitally controlled soft-kill countermeasure decoy system that is similar to the AN/SLQ-25 'Nixie' system

  • USN continues ‘cultural shift’ in improving surface-fleet operations

    The US Navy (USN) is continuing to work on changing the service’s training culture in order to better prepare its surface warfare officers (SWOs), crews and their ships in the wake of the service-wide reviews prompted by the recent spate of mishaps in the Western Pacific, Secretary Richard

  • Xponential 2018: Fort Benning to become the ‘Robotic Centre of the Universe’

    The US Army is establishing a robotics centre of excellence at Fort Benning in Georgia, Edwin Davis, deputy director of the service’s Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL), announced at the Xponential 2018 conference in Denver, Colorado. Davis said Fort Benning was chosen in part for its proximity to

  • HII submits bid for two carriers

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has submitted its two-ship bid to build the CVN 80 and CVN 81 Ford-class aircraft carriers at its Newport News Shipbuilding yard in Virginia and is now preparing to gear up its workforce for that work. “We submitted our proposal this week to the

  • Orbital ATK posts strong earnings growth

    US ammunition and rocket motor manufacturer Orbital ATK generated revenues of USD1.3 billion in the first quarter of 2018, a rise of almost 21% year-on-year, according to financial results published on 3 May. The company’s operating income in the three months to 1 April also rose, reaching

  • Pentagon says Chinese laser attacks put airmen at risk

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) says it is certain recent laser attacks near Djibouti on US military aircraft were conducted by Chinese nationals and put US military personnel at risk. “They are very serious incidents,” DoD spokesperson Dana White said during a 3 May press conference

  • Xponential 2018: Ghost Robotics unveils Vision legged robot series

    Ghost Robotics during Xponential 2018 in Denver announced a new Vision Series of legged robots for surveillance and reconnaissance, situational awareness, or a marsupial device to transport unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The company became known a year ago for its Minitaur direct-drive quadruped

  • Boeing’s Caret vows delivery of 18 KC-46s, and wing aerial refuelling pods, in 2018

    Key Points Boeing’s top defence official vowed to deliver 18 KC-46 tankers by the end of 2018 The company is under USAF pressure to deliver its first aerial refuelling tanker aircraft Boeing’s top defence executive on 3 May vowed to not only deliver more than one of the

  • Raytheon to develop USN’s Barracuda mine neutraliser

    Raytheon is to develop a new mine neutraliser vehicle to fulfil the US Navy’s (USN’s) requirement for an expendable ‘one-shot’ device able to identify and destroy bottom, near surface, and drifting mines. The system, to be known as Barracuda, will be initially deployed from

  • Xponential 2018: US Army mulls prospects for more autonomous unmanned aerial systems

    The US Army is working through how autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) could be applied to the services’ operations, requirements, and missions, with a focus on manned-unmanned teaming. Brigadier General Walter Rugen, deputy commanding general, support, 7th Infantry Division and

  • US Navy looks to grow BMD ship force

    The US Navy (USN) will grow its fleet of warships equipped with ballistic missile defence (BMD) Aegis combat systems by about 50% by fiscal year (FY) 2023, according to a Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released on 1 May. There are 38 BMD-capable ships in the FY 2018 fleet. Under the FY