• Japan agrees to supply UH-1H parts to Philippines

    Japan has agreed to supply the Philippines with a wide range of spare parts to support the Philippine Air Force’s (PAF’s) Bell UH-1H helicopters. The decision is in line with Tokyo’s efforts to promote its viability as a defence exporter. The Japanese Ministry of Defense’s

  • Raytheon expands US radar production site

    Raytheon Company announced an investment of USD100 million in its Mississippi radar manufacturing plant on 31 May, with an expansion of 50,000 square feet and dozens of jobs expected to be completed for the next five years. The new facility, based in Forest, will be part of Raytheon’s

  • Cubic completes sale of Defense Services business

    Cubic Corporation announced the successful completion of its divestiture of its military training business Cubic Global Defense Services on 1 June. The business, whose sale was first revealed on 19 April, now operates under the ownership of Valiant Integrated Services, who purchased it at a cost of

  • Brazil cuts corvette programme funding by BRL500 million

    The Brazilian government recently cancelled BRL500 million (USD134 million) from the BRL2.5 billion allocated in the country’s 2018 budget law to fund acquisition and local building of four Tamandaré-class multipurpose corvettes for the Brazilian Navy. Amounts of BRL1 billion and BRL1.5

  • USMC seeks to advance systems for small C-UAS

    The US Navy and Marine Corps plan to conduct a test in June of the Compact Laser Weapons System (CLWS), a high energy laser (HEL) designed to track and disable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The test will take place at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and will use CLWS 2.6, the latest variant of

  • Armatec Partners with Nortrax for Canada’s CHER programme

    Armatec Survivability Corp has partnered with John Deere subsidiary Nortrax on the Common Heavy Equipment Requirement (CHER) contract for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), representatives from the two companies told Jane’s on 30 May. Worth up to CAD 1.5 billion (USD 1.16 billion), CHER seeks

  • CANSEC 2018: Kongsberg pioneers echosounder retrofits for icebreakers

    Kongsberg expects the first newly installed deep-water echosounders using an innovative new layout to enter service with within weeks, the company told Jane’s at CANSEC 2018. Under an August 2017 contract, Kongsberg is supplying its high-resolution EM 712 multibeam echosounders to the

  • Violent risks intelligence bulletin – 1 June 2018

    Americas Colombia - 31 May 2018: In Ituango, Antioquia, suspected ELN rebels opened fire against a soldier participating in the evacuation of civilians threatened by a malfunction at the Ituango dam, killing him. Mexico - 30 May 2018: In San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, alleged members of

  • Raytheon wins OTH missile contract for LCS

    Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona, received a USD14.9 million firm-fixed-price contract for over-the-horizon (OTH) missile systems to be used for the US Navy (USN) littoral combat ships (LCSs), the Department of Defence (DoD) said on 31 May. The contract includes options which, if

  • Sierra Nevada utilising army’s Black Hawk exchange programme for UH-1N replacement

    Key Points SNC is using an Army helicopter exchange programme for its USAF UH-1N replacement offering It could acquire newer L-model Black Hawks through the programme for faster delivery Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC) will utilise a US Army used Black Hawk helicopter exchange programme in its pursuit

  • Canada launches Defence Investment Plan

    Canadian Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan announced on 30 May a new initiative to help improve the way the Department of National Defence (DND) collaborates with industry and details its spending to Canadians. Speaking at the CANSEC 2018 defence exhibition in Ottawa, Sajjan said the

  • DLA director touts efforts to ‘operationalise’ support to military services, combatant commands

    Key Points The agency aims to become more agile to support full-spectrum operations DLA is taking steps to reduce supply chain vulnerabilities to cyber and other threats As the US Department of Defense shifts its focus from counter-terrorism towards a potential high-end fight against a peer

  • GAO notes MDA progress but cites testing, transparency shortfalls

    While the US Missile Defense Agency (MDA) has made progress on meeting weapon deliveries and testing goals, the agency needs to do a better job of communicating capabilities, drawing up contracts, and certifying test missiles, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said in a recent

  • Seaspan to start Joint Support Ship block construction

    The Canadian government and Seaspan have agreed to start the construction of selected blocks for the new combat support ships for the Royal Canadian Navy, it was announced on 31 May 2018 at the Cansec exhibition in Ottawa. Seaspan was selected as the builder of non-combat vessels under the National

  • US changes name, commanders for Pacific combatant command

    As expected the US military changed the name of its Pacific Command (PACOM) to reflect the further expansion and growing importance of India and its surrounding region to US interests, noting the shift during the change of command for those forces. “In recognition of the increasing

  • GeoSpectrum Technologies to supply underwater sound systems for RoKN

    Elbit Systems’ wholly owned subsidiary in Canada, GeoSpectrum Technologies Inc (GTI), has been awarded a contract by STX Engine Co to deliver an undisclosed number of its Underwater Sound Source Systems (USSSs) and related software packages to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN). In a statement

  • Raytheon to provide digital radar warning receivers to Japan

    Raytheon has been awarded a USD90 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the US Air Force (USAF) to supply an undisclosed number of AN/ALR-69A digital radar warning receiver systems to Japan, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced on 29 May. The Foreign Military

  • Recent US tariff announcement likely negotiation tactic ahead of China visit, US shifting dispute focus to China’s industrial policies

    Key Points Recent US announcements have signalled an expansion of the US target from reducing the trade deficit to limiting China’s Made in China 2025 industrial policy. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent speech indicated Chinese determination to proceed with developing the

  • Rockwell Collins to supply E-2D trainer to Japan

    US-based company Rockwell Collins has been awarded a USD24.7 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract by the US Navy (USN) for the manufacture and delivery to Japan of a weapon system trainer for the country’s E-2D Advanced Hawkeye early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft, the US

  • DARPA’s cyber situational awareness tool to play a key role in army’s DCO

    In mid-2018 the US Army is expected to approve a Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) Mission Planning requirement to provide new tools to defend army networks, systems, and data. The DCO Mission Planning requirement provides capabilities for DCO mission command and planning at all levels, an army