• South Korea, US stepping up North Korea-related surveillance, says report

    South Korean and US forces have stepped up North Korea-related reconnaissance operations amid growing speculation that the communist country could test a long-range ballistic missile in the near future, the Yonhap news agency quoted a military source in Seoul as saying on 8 October. US Forces Korea

  • AUSA 2017: 3M unveils stronger armoured helmet

    Minnesota-based conglomerate 3M has unveiled its new Combat II Ballistic Helmet L110 – designed to protect personnel from blast fragmentations, certain rifle projectiles, handgun bullets, and blunt impacts – and has booked orders from international customers, Cheryl Ingstad, business

  • AUSA 2017: Army returns to camouflage netting as it revisits traditional fieldcraft

    The US Army hopes to regain some of its basic ‘fieldcraft’ – particularly for concealing static formations – and is seeking new camouflage net systems. In July the army kicked off an effort to buy a new generation of camouflage netting, meant to help hide formations from a

  • AUSA 2017: GM, US Army exploring potential for hydrogen fuel cells in ground vehicles

    Hydrogen fuel cell technology to power ground vehicles appears to be proving stable enough for possible military use, as the fuel has been tested as relatively safe during US Army demonstrations with General Motor’s (GM’s) ZH2 hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric truck. The ZH2 is based

  • AUSA 2017: HDT Global reveals details of its SMET offering

    HDT Global displayed publicly for the first time its Squad Multipurpose Equipment Transport (SMET) Phase 2 offer at AUSA 2017. HDT Global’s SMET Phase 2 offering, the Hunter WOLF (Wheeled Offload Logistics Follower), represents a step-change for the company in two areas in that it is wheeled,

  • AUSA 2017: Polaris boosts international sales as light mobility vehicles garner interest

    Polaris has signed a number of new deals and is now selling its small mobility vehicles to more than 30 countries, the company’s director of international business development, Doug Malikowski, told Jane’s ahead of the Association of the United States Army’s annual conference. The

  • AUSA 2017: Saab delivers new ‘Breakaway’ camouflage netting system for SOCOM

    In late September US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) received nine 'Breakaway' camouflage systems and has already deployed them into operations, Brian Keller, president and general manager of Saab Barracuda, told Jane’s ahead of the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) conference.

  • South Korea secures technology to develop ‘blackout bomb’, says report

    South Korea has secured the technology to build a non-lethal graphite-based ‘blackout bomb’ that could paralyse North Korea’s power systems in case of a war, the Yonhap news quoted military sources as saying on 8 October. “All technologies for the development of a graphite

  • AUSA 2017: Army restructuring its acquisition process around six modernisation priorities

    The US Army has a new set of six modernisation priorities and it will re-organise its acquisition structures specifically around those efforts, Acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy told reporters on 9 October. “We’ve been studying this for a quite a bit of time, and it’s got

  • AUSA 2017: Follow-on AEODRS increments cancelled

    The US Navy’s Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic Systems (AEODRS) Increments 2 and 3 have been officially cancelled via an announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website. The 6 October announcement comes as the AEODRS Increment 1 programme for backpackable platforms

  • AUSA 2017: US Army buys Trophy active protection system for Abrams tank brigade

    The US Army is buying the Trophy-HV active protection system (APS) for its M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams main battle tanks as an interim measure to address urgent threats against US tanks in Europe. About a year ago the army was directed to install and characterise existing APS, and it chose to work with

  • AUSA 2017: US Army eyes accelerated AMPV production

    The US Army is seeking to accelerate production of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) to replace its ageing M113A3 family of vehicles, army and industry officials said. AMPV-builder BAE Systems is scheduled to deliver 29 AMPVs by year’s end, and has delivered 17 so far (6 at Aberdeen

  • AUSA 2017: US Army training, advising role expected to expand with new dedicated brigades

    The US Army is expanding its training and advising role for foreign military forces with its new Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFABs) that are now being established. “We are training, advising, and assisting indigenous armies all over the world, and I expect that will increase and not

  • IED in Mexico's San Luis Potosí highlights potential tactics escalation and increased collateral death and injury risks

    Event On 4 October, eight security officials including state and federal investigators were injured following the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden inside a car in Mexico's San Luis Potosí. The device triggered when officials, who were responding to reports that the

  • US Air Force’s ALCS-R contract awards spur competition

    Key Points USAF awarded two contracts to develop airborne control of ICBMs Downselect between Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins is expected in FY 2023 The US Air Force’s (USAF) Airborne Launch Control System Replacement (ALCS-R) programme features Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins

  • Brazil reveals Gripen production schedule, Embraer’s manufacturing role

    The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has revealed production details for the 36 Saab Gripen E/F (F-39) combat aircraft it ordered for around USD5.4 billion in 2014, and told Jane’s on 5 October that deliveries will run from 2019 to 2024. Brazil’s Gripens will begin a certification process in

  • US Navy chief approves new frigate requirements

    Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral John Richardson approved the requirements on 3 October for a future frigate to replace the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), officials told Jane’s . With the CNO’s approval, the US Navy (USN) is now cleared to seek requests for proposals (RFPs) for the

  • Lockheed Martin develops flexible solar array for next-generation satellite bus

    Lockheed Martin has developed a new flexible solar array that delivers 50% more power than legacy arrays at 30% less mass, according to a company statement. Lockheed Martin recently completed the first flight build of its new Multi-Mission Modular Solar Array, which advances the company’s

  • USN deploys more amphibious ships for relief work

    The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) and amphibious transport dock ship USS New York (LPD 21) were preparing on 6 October to leave their homeport in Mayport, Florida, to sail to the United State's Gulf Coast to help the region in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Nate, which is projected

  • Indonesian military displays Kaplan MT prototype, Apache helicopter

    Indonesia displayed several new platforms during a 5 October military parade held in the coastal city of Cilegon, Banten Province, to mark the 72nd anniversary of its armed forces. Among the platforms shown were an AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter and a prototype of the Kaplan MT Modern