• Covid-19: European countries withdraw from Iraq

    European countries have announced the temporary withdrawal of their troops from the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition and NATO Training Mission (NMI) in Iraq. The withdrawals follow an announcement by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) on 20 March that it had ceased

  • Covid-19: Malaysian military patrolling streets amid coronavirus pandemic

    Malaysia’s military is conducting patrols on the streets and transporting much needed medical supplies as part of its response to fight the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. The military has been deployed since 21 March to help enforce a ‘restricted

  • IrvinGQ develops airdrop cage for THeMIS UGV

    UK-based aerial delivery equipment and parachute developer IrvinGQ has developed ATAX, an airdrop system that can deliver Tracked Hybrid Modular Infantry System (THeMIS) unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), Estonia’s Milrem Robotics announced on 26 March. The ATAX is a modular, rapid-rig/de-rig,

  • Raytheon, Quantum Imaging sign deal on SWIR capability for ISR

    Quantum Imaging, a subsidiary of Israel-based infrared sensing and imaging company Semi Conductor Devices (SCD), has finalised a deal to supply Raytheon with short-wave infrared (SWIR) cameras and optical sensor packages for use on the company’s product line of intelligence, surveillance, and

  • Brazil discards the Barroso corvette upgrades

    The Brazilian Navy dropped its initial plan to modernise one of its frontline surface combatants, the corvette CV Barroso (V34) as part of the offset package for acquisition of four Tamandaré-class frigates, it told Jane’s on 20 March. The technical risks involved in the compensation

  • Covid-19: More sailors test positive for virus on carrier Roosevelt

    More personnel aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) have been found to be infected with Covid-19, the US Navy (USN) reported on 26 March. "As testing continues, additional positive cases of Covid-19 have been discovered aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt ,” Admiral

  • Covid-19: UTC slashing costs to outlast virus

    United Technologies Corporation (UTC) is “aggressively” reducing costs because the steep drop in global air travel caused by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is hurting its commercial aerospace business, according to the head of the US-based company. Specific cost-cutting measures

  • Draken begins flying refurbished Mirages in Aggressor role

    Draken International has begun flying its Dassault Mirage F1M/B aircraft recently acquired from the Spanish Air Force, the company announced on 26 March. The contractor-based training company is now utilising the aircraft for ‘Red Air’ aggressor flying against US military and allied

  • Brazil selects Raytheon to perform Condor Mk3 upgrade to legacy radar systems

    The Brazilian Air Force has contracted Raytheon to upgrade several of its legacy Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) systems to the company’s latest variant of the system, dubbed the Condor Mk3, company officials announced on 24 March. The MSSR upgrade deal is the latest example of

  • French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle deploys to North Sea region for first time in 10 years

    Key Points The French Navy aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle is conducting its first deployment to the eastern North Sea region in a decade As part of the deployment, the carrier strike group exercised with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 The French Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carrier FS

  • Malaysia receives first batch of donated ScanEagle UAVs from US

    Malaysia has taken delivery of the first 6 of 12 Insitu ScanEagle 2 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – along with associated equipment – that were gifted by the United States under Washington’s Maritime Security Initiative (MSI) programme. The first batch of platforms and equipment

  • USCG contracts eight shipbuilders for fresh round of Offshore Patrol Cutter studies

    The US Coast Guard (USCG) has tasked eight shipbuilding companies to develop proposals to help reboot its hurricane-delayed Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. Worth up to USD22 million, the industry studies could lead to significant design changes for 21 of the 25 planned Heritage-class OPCs

  • Brazil to receive Bofors 40 Mk4 weapon systems

    Two 40 mm BAE Systems Bofors 40 Mk4 naval gun systems are scheduled to be shipped to Brazil in August, the Brazilian Navy told Jane’s . The weapon systems, together with special tools, spares, and training, were purchased in 2013 worth EUR8.3 million by the Navy Weapons Systems Directorate

  • EU delays decision on Boeing-Embraer joint ventures

    The European Commission has delayed a decision on two proposed joint ventures (JVs) between Brazil-based Embraer and US-based Boeing, Embraer said on 26 March. The commission, which had been slated to complete its anti-trust review in February, is now expected to finish its work sometime after 23

  • HII closes Hydroid acquisition

    Huntington Ingalls Industries confirmed on 26 March that it closed on the previously announced acquisition of Hydroid, a leading provider of advanced marine robotics to the defence and maritime markets, from Kongsberg Maritime. In conjunction with the transaction, HII and Kongsberg Maritime have

  • US Navy prepares for possible Columbia delay, GAO reports

    While the US Navy (USN) still considers the timely acquisition of its Columbia-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) to be its priority programme to ensure there is no gap in strategic patrols, the service is hedging against a potential delay in the delivery of the new submarine, according to the

  • USMC begins AESA upgrade for ‘classic’ Hornets

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has begun the process of replacing the radars of some its Boeing F/A-18 legacy Hornet combat aircraft with a new active electronically scanned array (AESA) system, with the first procurement contract awarded on 26 March. The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded

  • USMC solicits industry to provide mobile air-defence system for JLTV vehicles

    The US Marine Corps (USMC) has formally begun its search for a ground-based air-defence system (GBADS) for integration aboard its Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs). A request for information (RFI) issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) on 26 March called for the means to effectively defeat

  • US Air Force sets April deadline for 3DELRR replacement

    US Air Force officials want defence companies to submit prototype proposals for the revamped Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar (3DELRR) system by April, as part of the service’s effort to get the beleaguered programme back on track. The industry proposals for the 3DELRR effort

  • BAE touts Sceptre fast jet mission management tool for multidomain applications

    BAE Systems is pitching its Sceptre mission management tool for fast jets as a core campaign planning tool for multidomain operations. Speaking to Jane’s on 26 March, Louise Aiken, head of Mission Planning Programmes, and John Loader, Operational Requirements Specialist, said that the Sceptre