• Update: Leonardo secures USN training helo requirement

    Leonardo has secured the US Navy’s (USN’s) TH-XX training helicopter replacement requirement, with a USD176.5 million contract awarded on 13 January. The award by the US Department of Defense (DoD) covers 32 of the Italian company’s AW119-derived helicopters, due to be delivered

  • Australian navy launches centralised Maritime Warfare Centre to support current and future capabilities

    The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has launched a centralised warfighting agency to provide expanded test and evaluation, tactical development and operational analysis throughout the capability life cycle. The Sydney-based Maritime Warfare Centre (MWC) was formally opened on 20 January and merges the

  • GDLS-UK initiates pilot SME engagement programme for Ajax spiral upgrades

    General Dynamics Land Systems UK (GDLS-UK) has initiated a pilot innovation project for the United Kingdom’s Ajax armoured fight vehicle (AFV) family, which calls for small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to pitch innovations for the vehicle’s first spiral upgrade. The announcement

  • Gen McConville: US Army ready to ‘negotiate’ OMFV requirements, schedule with industry

    The US Army may be taking a ‘tactical pause’ to reassess plans to acquire a replacement for its M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, but the service’s revamped approach will look markedly different and include more industry input, according to US Army Chief of Staff General James

  • Germany extends service life of Marder IFV

    The Bundeswehr awarded Rheinmetall a EUR110 million (USD122 million) contract in December to extend the service life of the Marder infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), the company announced in a press release on 20 January. The company said the drivetrain of 71 Marder 1A5 IFVs would be replaced to

  • Pentagon announces replacement for F-35’s ALIS

    Key Points The US Department of Defense (DoD) will replace the F-35’s Autonomic Logistics Information System with a new effort A Pentagon watchdog believes the DoD is paying Lockheed Martin to fix something it should have properly provided earlier in the programme The Pentagon is replacing

  • RNLAF air operations control station receives SMART-L radar

    The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) air operations control station (AOCS) in Nieuw Milligen received the Signaal Multibeam Acquisition Radar for Targeting-Long range (SMART-L) in Wier, Friesland, on 16 January, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website on 17 January. The radar will

  • Curtiss-Wright, Fairbanks Morse name new executives

    US industrial conglomerate Curtiss-Wright has named longtime employee Lynn Bamford to the newly created, high-level position of president of the Defense and Power Segments, according to a 22 January announcement. Bamford joined Curtiss-Wright in 2004 and most recently was senior vice-president and

  • Japan to launch space operations squadron in coming months

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on 20 January that the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) space operations squadron will be officially set up “this spring” as part of a move by the government in Tokyo to put a stronger emphasis on three new defence domains:

  • Portugal liquidates defence industrial holding company and transfer stakes

    The Portuguese government has completed the liquidation of the country’s defence industrial holding company Empresa Portuguesa de Defesa (EMPORDEF), it was announced on 21 January. The dissolution of EMPORDEF was agreed by the Portuguese Ministry of National Defence (MoND) and the Ministry of

  • Chinese navy trialling new search radar

    China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is undertaking trials on a new search radar that may be intended for use on a future class of surface combatant or for retrofitting to current frigates and some destroyers. The radar has been installed on the Type 909A (Dahua-) class trials

  • German Naval Yards to take legal action against German MKS 180 decision

    German Naval Yards (GNYK) has announced that it will take legal action against the German government in response to the selection of a Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS)-led team to build the navy’s MKS 180 multirole combat ship. The Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and

  • Indonesia completes diving trials on first locally assembled submarine

    Indonesia’s first indigenously assembled Nagapasa-class diesel-electric submarine, Alugoro (405) , has successfully completed the nominal diving depth (NDD) phase of its sea trials. The trial phase was conducted on 20 January in waters off Banyuwangi in East Java and in the Bali Sea,

  • ReCAAP urges mariners to avoid Sulu, Celebes seas after crew abduction

    The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) has again called on mariners to re-route their journeys to avoid the Sulu and Celebes seas where possible. The call was reiterated in the wake of another abduction-at-sea case, in which eight

  • Russian Engineering Troops to receive more than 600 new systems in 2020

    Russia’s Engineering Troops are set to receive more than 600 systems in 2020, the service’s commander, Lieutenant General Yuri Stavitskiy, told Ministry of Defence newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) on 20 January. He reported that the troops received more than 500 engineering systems,

  • Saab begins T-X assembly

    Saab has started assembly of the first aft-fuselage section of the T-7A Red Hawk for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) phase of the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) T-X trainer aircraft replacement programme. The Swedish manufacturer said on 21 January that it had begun

  • Aero Vodochody anticipates doubling of revenues in 2020

    Aero Vodochody expects a near doubling of its revenues year-on-year in 2020, attributable in part to backlog orders for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of military aircraft including the L-39 Albatros jet trainer. The Czech aerospace company has what it describes as a “unique order

  • Apache down-selected for Bangladesh attack helicopter requirement

    Boeing has confirmed that its AH-64E Apache attack helicopter has been down-selected for a potential programme in Bangladesh. Company officials confirmed the development – which points to growing defence ties between the South Asian country and the United States – in a media briefing on

  • Bell-Boeing flies first Osprey for US Navy

    The first Bell-Boeing CMV-22B Osprey carrier on-board delivery (COD) tiltrotor aircraft for the US Navy (USN) made its maiden flight on 21 January. The aircraft, serial number 9435, flew out of Bell’s Amarillo Assembly Center in Texas ahead of delivery to the USN’s Air Test and

  • DARPA, Dynetics move Gremlins focus to aerial recovery

    The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Dynetics are shifting their focus in the Gremlins programme to aerial recovery of the X-61A demonstrator after completing the device’s first flight test in November 2019. The goal of this third phase of Gremlins will be the