• US approves sale of MK 15 Phalanx CIWS Block IB Baseline 2 conversion kits to Japan

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD45 million Foreign Military Sale to Japan of 24 MK 15 Phalanx Close-in Weapon System (CIWS) Block IB Baseline 1 to MK 15 Phalanx Block IB Baseline 2 conversion kits, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a 2 March

  • US must maintain presence to compete with China in Western Hemisphere, US Southern Command chief says

    The United States needs to nurture relationships and maintain its presence to compete with China and keep the growing Asian power from establishing a military base in the Western Hemisphere, Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of US Southern Command, said during a 5 March Pentagon briefing. Asked if he

  • ADF takes delivery of first tranche of WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridges

    The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken delivery of the first tranche of WFEL’s rapidly deployable military bridges, including an undisclosed number of Dry Support Bridges (DSBs) and Medium Girder Bridges (MGBs) as part of the Land 155 Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Project for the

  • Guatemala interested in Colombian patrol vessels

    Guatemala is interested in procuring patrol vessels developed and produced by Colombia’s state-run COTECMAR shipyard, President Jimmy Morales disclosed during a State visit to Bogota on 23 February. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said: “There is an interest from Guatemala in

  • MV Asterix welcomed to RCN, will deploy to 'RIMPAC'

    The Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN's) interim auxiliary oiler replenishment vessel, MV Asterix , was welcomed into service during a ceremony at HMCS Scotian on 6 March. The vessel completed sea trials in January and was officially commissioned at the end of that month. Asterix was built by

  • New DoD development chief wants to move programme authorities to lower levels

    Department of Defense (DoD) acquisitions must be reformed to expedite decision-making and move more authority to lower levels, according to the Pentagon’s new top development official. “The Chinese love our acquisition system … because we are taking 16 and a half years to go from

  • DARPA to start hypersonic weapon flight tests

    Key Points The agency requested USD102 million in FY 2019 for TBG testing DARPA and US Army join up for programme to extend long-range fires In its fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request, the US Department of Defense (DoD) is seeking increased funding to enable the Defense Advanced Research

  • Colombian legislative elections to indicate future administration’s potential stability, affecting fiscal and regulatory policy

    Key Points President Juan Manuel Santos has reached his term limit and his legislative coalition is unlikely to survive the 27 May 2018 presidential election. Legislative elections on 11 March will determine the stability of the next administration, which is likely to be formed of a coalition of

  • Ultra takeover of Sparton collapses

    Negotiations behind the planned acquisition of Sparton Corporation by Ultra Electronics have been terminated, Ultra Electronics announced on 5 March. The announcement followed the results of an antitrust review by the US government that has concluded that the sale cannot go ahead. In November

  • USMC prepares for F-35B maiden operational embarkation

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is in the final stages of preparation for the first operational shipborne embarkation of the Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), with the arrival of an advance detachment of aircraft on USS Wasp (LHD-1) on 5 March. An undisclosed number of the

  • Raytheon to embody Maritime Targeting Capability in Tomahawk Block IV

    Raytheon Missile Systems has been contracted by the US Navy to embody a new maritime targeting software load into the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile to support a flight test and subsequent fleet release. Awarded on 25 January, the USD627,000 contract introduces a Maritime Targeting Capability

  • US Army receives first bids for new Mobile Protected Firepower tank

    The US Army has received bids for its Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) programme; BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) have been confirmed as participants. The army hopes a new MPF platform can quickly deploy with relatively low logistics demand but enough protection and firepower

  • US Army seeks Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle prototypes

    The US Army has released a Prototype Opportunity Notice (PON) for its Next Generation Squad Automatic Rifle (NGSAR) as it considers replacing the 5.56 mm M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW). Published on 1 March, the PON said the army intends to award up to five contracts for the design of prototype

  • Microchip Technology buys defence electronics supplier for USD8.3 billion

    US semiconductor manufacturer Microchip Technology Inc announced on 1 March that it had agreed to acquire Microsemi Corporation, a supplier of power management, communications, and security electronics to a variety of industries, including aerospace and defence. The transaction, which has already

  • US clears Javelin ATGMs for Ukraine

    The US State Department has approved a prospective USD47 million sale of FGM-148 Javelin man-portable anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) to Ukraine under the Foreign Military Sales mechanism, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency confirmed on 1 March.

  • US Air Force aims to free up additional time for more effective pilot training

    Key Points The US Air Force wants to free up additional time for more effective pilot training Pilots have less refined skills due to fighting extremism as opposed to great powers The US Air Force (USAF) wants to free up additional time for more effective pilot training as the service enters an

  • USMC set to deploy APKWS on F/A-18 Hornet

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is preparing to introduce the BAE Systems WGU-59/B Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System II (APKWS II) into operational service on F/A-18A-D Hornet strike fighters. In a 27 February Twitter post, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) released a photograph of APKWS loaded

  • USCG set to release RFP for new icebreaker

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) is preparing to set a new icebreaker competition into motion. “Very soon – I’m talking tomorrow – we will release a request for proposal [RFP], with the support of both the [Trump] administration and Congress, to acquire the first heavy

  • AFA Winter 2018: iSENSYS seeks to grow air, sea surface data collection vessel business

    iSENSYS is looking to grow its data collection targeting services business in non-ground vehicle applications such as sea surface, air, and rotary-wing targets, according to a company executive. iSENSYS chief technology officer Chandler Griffin told Jane’s on 23 February that the company has

  • Kratos becomes pure play defence company with public safety sale

    US technology and services group Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has announced that it has “virtually completed” its strategic transformation into a “pure play defence high technology, product and services provider” with the divestment of its Public Safety &