• AFA Winter 2020: PACAF chief wants future ABMS demonstration in his region

    US Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) commander General Charles Brown wants the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) third Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) demonstration in his area of responsibility, he said at the Air Force Association’s (AFA’s) Air Warfare Symposium on 27 February.

  • AFA Winter 2020: Sikorsky performs HH-60W combat rescue helicopter component testing

    Key Points Sikorsky is testing HH-60W components to ensure they properly interact during envelope expansion The company has just secured its second LRIP contract and is working on a full-rate production proposal Sikorsky is testing how the components on its US Air Force (USAF) HH-60W Jolly Green

  • Huntington Ingalls names new chairman, Boeing hires new CIO

    Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) has chosen retired US Navy admiral Kirkland Donald as the new chairman of its board of directors, the American shipbuilder announced on 26 February. Donald will begin his new role on 28 April, the date of HII’s next annual shareholders’ meeting. He

  • More USMC weapons and end-strength cuts on the horizon, commandant warns

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) is poised to cut additional personnel and legacy weapons funding next year, but Commandant General David Berger said this is just the beginning and that deeper cuts are coming to both areas. The four-star general, along with US Navy leadership, appeared before the House

  • UK MoD equipment plan still unaffordable, auditors say

    The UK’s National Audit Office (NAO) has concluded for the third year in a row that the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD’s) 10-year Equipment Plan is unaffordable because its estimated cost exceeds its budget by billions of pounds. The plan forecasts spending GBP183.6 billion (USD236.7

  • US Navy carrier Kennedy’s reactor sailors start operating aboard ship

    US Navy (USN) carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79) Reactor Department sailors started to operate aboard the ship this week, marking another early milestone for the ship’s construction, which is being completed in the shipyard at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Newport News Shipbuilding in

  • US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System programme reaches Milestone C

    The US Navy’s Unmanned Influence Sweep System (UISS) programme – part of the service’s counter-mine mission packages designed to be deployed from Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs) and vessels of opportunity – has reached Milestone C, contractor Textron Systems said on 26 February.

  • UK admits to nuclear replacement warhead programme

    The United Kingdom is working on a new nuclear replacement warhead programme, defence secretary Ben Wallace told parliament on 25 February. "To ensure the government maintains an effective deterrent throughout the commission of the Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarine, we are

  • AFA Winter 2020: US Air Force faces integration challenges with B-52H re-engining

    The US Air Force (USAF) faces a variety of integration issues ranging from connectivity to weight when it eventually attempts to install new engines on its fleet of Boeing B-52H Stratofortress heavy bombers. The USAF is proceeding with this effort that is formally known as the B-52 Commercial

  • First batch of F21 torpedoes delivered to Brazil and France

    Naval Group has delivered a first batch of F21 heavyweight torpedoes to the Brazilian and French navies. Announcing the deliveries during a press conference in Paris on 21 February, Naval Group said a first batch of six torpedoes was handed over to the French Navy in November 2019, in addition to

  • IDF launches new Momentum five-year plan

    After over a year of intense planning, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has now launched its new Momentum multi-year programme with the aim of “enhancing lethality in scope and in accuracy”. The IDF announced the implementation of the plan on 13 February, saying it has been approved by

  • Pakistan to buy Chinese attack helicopters if Turkey and US fail to deliver

    Pakistan will procure the Chinese-built Z-10 attack helicopter if Turkey and the United States fail to deliver on their orders of the T-129 and AH-1Z respectively, a senior offer said on 26 February. Speaking at the IQPC International Military Helicopter conference in London, the commander of

  • Reliance points to possible termination of OPV project

    Indian naval shipbuilder Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited (RNEL) has confirmed that it has received notification from the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) to terminate its construction of offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) for the Indian Navy (IN). The company said in a recent stock exchange

  • Rheinmetall teams with Australian researchers to develop robotics and automated military vehicle technologies

    Rheinmetall has announced the launch of its first Australian research and technology programme, teaming with local partners to develop a sovereign automated military vehicle capability. Under the company’s Autonomous Combat Warrior (ACW) programme, Rheinmetall development teams from

  • Spain to cannibalise original six Tigre helicopters

    Spain has decided to withdraw its six original Tigre Helicópteros de Apoyo y Protección (HAP) support and protection helicopters from service and use them for spares and testing for the new Mk III version rather than convert them to the Helicóptero Apoyo y Destrucción (HAD)

  • Spanish S 80 AIP system passes final tests

    The air-independent propulsion (AIP) system for Spain’s new S 80-class submarines has now passed its final tests, with Abengoa being chosen as the supplier, Navantia announced on 26 February. The AIP system was originally due to be integrated into all four ships during their construction, but

  • Tunisia cleared to buy Wolverine light attack aircraft

    The US government has approved the sale to Tunisia of four Textron AT-6 Wolverine light attack aircraft and associated equipment. The State Department approval, announced on 26 February, covers the twin-seat turboprop aircraft, as well as weapons, training, support, infrastructure, and other

  • UAE Mirages to get Sniper pods

    The Dassault Mirage 2000 jets flown by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and Air Defence (AFAD) will be the first of the type to use the Sniper targeting pod, manufacturer Lockheed Martin announced on 26 February. It said it had received a directed commercial sale from the AFAD to expedite

  • US, South Korea postpone upcoming combined command post training overconcerns about Covid-19 coronavirus

    US and South Korean forces have postponed “until further notice” their combined command post training slated for March over concerns about the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in South Korea. The Republic of Korea (RoK)/United States Combined Forces Command (CFC) said in a statement

  • Denel to continue receiving governmental aid

    According to South Africa’s Budget Review, published on 26 February 2020, Denel will receive governmental aid worth ZAR576 million (USD39 million) in fiscal year (FY) 2020/21, less than the ZAR1billion initially requested. Denel had previously received ZAR1.8 billion (USD122 million) in 2019,