• L3 takes stake in nanotechnology company

    L3 Technologies has announced that it has taken a minority stake in the US nanotechnologies company Peak Nano Optics. Terms of the transaction – which were completed on 6 February and announced on 28 February – were not disclosed. "Peak Nano's nanolayer gradient refractive index

  • Military police deployments to Mexico’s Guanajuato state unlikely to significantly reduce hydrocarbons theft or homicides in 2018

    Key Points Increasing competition between criminal organisations in the state has contributed to rising homicide rates. Other crime indicators such as hydrocarbons theft and general theft (against persons, property, and vehicles) are also on an upward trajectory. Increased military deployments

  • US Air Force moves Light Attack Experiment phase 2 to Holloman AFB

    Key Points The USAF is moving phase 2 of its Light Attack Experiment back to Holloman AFB The service previously planned to have phase 2 at Davis-Monthan AFB in Arizona The US Air Force (USAF) is moving phase 2 of its Light Attack Experiment (LAE) back to Holloman Air Force Base (AFB), New

  • US Department of State designates seven groups as FTOs and two people as SDGTs in the US

    IN A STATEMENT released on 28 February, the United States Department of State added seven Islamic State-affiliated groups - Wilayat Gharb Afriqiyya, the Islamic State in the Philippines, the Islamic State in Bangladesh, the Islamic State in Somalia, Wilayat Sinai, the Maute group, and Jund

  • US Navy launches Super Hornet SLEP

    The US Navy (USN) has launched a service life extension programme (SLEP) for its fleet of Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet combat aircraft, the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed on 28 February. The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing a USD73.2 million contract to increase the airframe

  • US, Taiwan look to expand defence industrial ties

    The US-Taiwan Business Council (USTBC) is to hold a forum in Taiwan in May with a view to boosting defence industrial collaboration in supply chains. Lotta Danielsson, vice president of the USTBC, told Jane’s on 28 February that the forum is an “opportunity to bring together our members

  • Argentine MoD, FAdeA reach deal for three Pampa IIIs

    A contract for three FAdeA IA-63 Pampa III advanced training aircraft for the Argentine Air Force was approved on 23 February, according to the official bulletin of the Chief of the Cabinets of Ministers. The USD30.3 million contract was paid half up-front and the remainder is to be disbursed as

  • AFA Winter 2018: AFSOC searches for virtual reality, autonomous learning solutions

    Key Points AFSOC is looking for VR, autonomous learning to help find better candidates The service is emphasising the technology for future investment The US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) is seeking new technologies to help the command evaluate and find the best candidates for

  • HEICO takes stake in radiation detector firm

    US company HEICO announced on 27 February that it had acquired an 85% stake in Californian firm Sensor Technology Engineering. The transaction was carried out through HEICO’s Santa Barbara Infrared subsidiary, but details were not disclosed. The remaining 15% of the business will be held by

  • Héroux-Devtek expands in the US

    Canada’s Héroux-Devtek announced on 27 February that it had acquired US component manufacturer Beaver Aerospace and Defence. Héroux-Devtek is to pay Phillips Service Industries USD23.5 million for the company and its subsidiary PowerTHRU. The price includes USD2.5 million to be paid

  • Key US lawmaker proposes NRO take over SBIRS follow-on programme

    Key Points A key lawmaker proposes the NRO take over the SBIRS follow-on effort from the USAF He cited the secretive intelligence agency’s flatter organisational design and speed of acquisition A key US lawmaker on 28 February proposed the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) take over the

  • Planned ELN ceasefire reduces election disruption risks but only temporary relief to hydrocarbon assets and staff in Colombia

    Event On 26 February, armed Colombian group the National Liberation Army (ELN) declared that it would engage in a unilateral ceasefire on between 9–13 March to allow Colombians to vote peacefully during legislative elections on 11 March. Negotiations between the ELN and the government that

  • STRATCOM chief wants space-based radars for ballistic missile defence

    The head of US Strategic Command (STRATCOM) hopes missile defence priorities shift more towards improving sensor capabilities, and specifically seeks to accelerate a space-based midcourse tracking sensor. “The highest priority, in my opinion, is to improve sensors,” General John Hyten

  • Surface Warfare Officers School reviews OOD competency

    The Surface Warfare Officers School (SWOS) is reviewing how it trains US Navy (USN) officers and collecting information on their navigation, seamanship, and shiphandling skill sets through the officer of the deck (OOD) competency checks, said Captain Scott Robertson, commanding officer for the SWOS

  • US Air Force lifts T-6 operational pause

    The US Air Force (USAF) on 27 February lifted the operational pause of its Beechcraft T-6 Texan II trainer fleet, according to a service statement. The pause was due to multiple unexplained physiological events experienced by Air Education and Training Command (AETC) pilots during the last two

  • AFA Winter 2018: USAF appropriates USD64 million to wing commanders for readiness

    Key Points The USAF is appropriating money to its wing and squadron commanders The idea is to use the money to improve readiness and that commanders know their squadrons best The US Air Force (USAF) is appropriating USD64 million to its wing and squadron commanders this week to improve readiness,

  • Boeing, US Air Force reach deal on Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization

    Key Points Boeing said it reached a deal with the USAF on PAR This is one of the most high profile and expensive programmes the USAF will tackle A Boeing official said on 27 February that the price as agreed includes work to develop and build two presidential aircraft, including those unique to

  • Lockheed Martin, Taqnia Aeronautics collaboration grows

    A joint venture (JV) between Lockheed Martin and Taqnia Aeronautics that facilitates the local build of Black Hawk rotorcraft in Saudi Arabia is expected to result in more job provision than the entity originally anticipated. About 650 jobs are now expected to result from the Rotary Aircraft

  • Military deployment in Brazil’s Rio likely to contain shootings around slums and cargo theft on main highways

    Key Points At least 3,000 troops will be deployed in Rio city around favelas and crime hotspots, such as Chapadão and Pedreira, Cordovil, São João do Meriti, and São Gonçalo until 31 December 2018. The measure is likely to contain an increase in murders and shootings

  • Pentagon budget 2019: USCG strategy pays off with ship buys

    A three-year US Coast Guard (USCG) strategy to better market itself and its missions has continued to pay off with a fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) budget request that includes about USD1.4 billion for another offshore patrol cutter (OPC), four fast response cutters (FRCs), and the nation’s first