• Surface Navy 2019: USMC says it needs to slash global commitments

    At a time when question marks abound over the future of US troop levels around the globe, the US Marine Corps (USMC) said that it must reduce its operational deployments to better train for the high-end fight. Lieutenant General Brian Beaudreault, the USMC’s deputy commandant for plans,

  • USAF improves approach to small business/research outreach

    The US Air Force has introduced a number of changes to the way it supports the collaboration between small businesses and research institutions in an attempt to encourage interest in the development of new technologies. The service is modifying its Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business

  • Azerbaijan, Aselsan to produce communications equipment

    Turkey’s Aselsan has signed an agreement with the Baku-based Jihaz Production Association to jointly manufacture military communications equipment in Azerbaijan. The Ministry of Defence Industry of the Azerbaijani Republic (MODIAR) made the announcement on 14 January, adding that the

  • Bundeswehr reactivates ammunition, equipment depots

    The Bundeswehr will reopen or cancel the closure of eight ammunition and equipment depots, German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has decided, her ministry's website announced on 15 January. The depots will be reactivated step by step in 2020–31 for an estimated cost of EUR200 million

  • General Atomics builds Belgian industrial team

    US unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer General Atomics announced the teaming with five Belgian organisations on 15 January as part of the sale of MQ-9B SkyGuardian UAVs to the country. Memoranda of understanding (MOU) were signed between General Atomics and SABCA, Thales Belgium, Esterline,

  • Human factors and programme pressures caused Norwegian AW101 accident

    Human factors coupled with ambitious timelines were to blame for the roll-over of a Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) AgustaWestland AW101 search-and-rescue (SAR) helicopter in November 2017, the accident investigation board has disclosed. In its report into the incident published on 15 January,

  • India outlines procurement process amendments

    The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has published a consolidated list of amendments to its procurement procedures that, taken together, are intended to ensure “timely delivery of equipment to the armed forces”, it has said. The MoD said that the new list of amendments to the Defence

  • Initial source selection in progress for US Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft and new UAS

    The US Army is on track to move out with contract awards for the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft competitive prototype (FARA CP), as well as the Future Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (FTUAS). Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Cross Functional Team Director Brigadier General Walter Rugen laid out

  • Number of PLA Navy carrier pilot recruits may double

    Almost twice as many potential carrier aircraft pilot recruits have passed the People’s Liberation Army Navy Air Force (PLANAF) initial selection test during the 2019 annual recruitment campaign compared with the previous year, according to information posted on the PLAN’s website on 13

  • Russian State Defence Order spending drops 4% for 2019

    Key Points Russia will spend RUB1.44 trillion on military equipment in 2019 Strategic missile platforms and systems are to be prioritised in a continued modernisation drive Russian spending on military equipment is expected to amount to RUB1.44 trillion (USD21.6 billion) in 2019, defence minister

  • Russian State Defence Order spending drops 4% for 2019

    Key Points Russia will spend RUB1.44 trillion on military equipment in 2019 Strategic missile platforms and systems are to be prioritised in a continued modernisation drive Russian spending on military equipment is expected to amount to RUB1.44 trillion (USD21.6 billion) in 2019, defence minister

  • Spanish defence budget to rise 1.6%

    Spain’s defence spending is set to rise by 1.6% to EUR8.53 billion (USD9.76 billion) in 2019 as part of the overall government budget presented to parliament by Treasury Minister María Jesús Montero on 14 January. It is the first budget drawn up since the Spanish Socialist

  • Surface Navy 2019: BAE Systems investing in software-defined SIGINT systems

    BAE Systems is investing in making its signals intelligence (SIGINT) systems software-defined and open architecture (OA) to enable customers to rapidly pursue new threat signals. Joshua Niedzwiecki, director of the company’s adaptive sensors business, told Jane’s on 14 January that

  • Surface Navy 2019: Leonardo DRS sees USCG cutter deal to create more US opportunity

    Leonardo DRS won the contract recently to provide the hybrid electric drive system for the US Coast Guard (USCG) second Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) and the company sees the deal as potential door-opener for future US Navy (USN) work. Under the contract awarded by USCG OPC prime contractor Eastern

  • Surface Navy 2019: Lockheed Martin readies for LRASM flight tests on board USN’s F/A-18

    Now that the US Air Force (USAF) has declared the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) operational for the B-1B Lancer bomber, weapons prime contractor Lockheed Martin is focusing on getting the LRASM operational for the US Navy’s (USN’s) F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. Lockheed Martin has

  • Thailand looks to procure more VT-4 tanks from China

    The Royal Thai Army (RTA) is reportedly seeking cabinet approval to procure additional VT-4 main battle tanks (MBTs) made by the China North Industries Corporation (Norinco). Local media reported on 16 January that the RTA proposal features the acquisition of an additional 14 units at a cost of

  • Update: DARPA awards contracts for Blackjack small satellite programme

    Key Points DARPA recently awarded contracts for its Blackjack small satellite effort Blackjack is an architecture demonstration intending to show military utility of global LEO small satellite constellations The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded a handful of

  • US Army set to cut or curtail 186 programmes

    The US Army has decided to cancel or curtail almost 186 projects to pay for modernisation priorities and readiness, after examining programmes in ‘night court’, according to the service’s outgoing chief of staff, General Mark Milley. At a 16 January Association of the US Army

  • USMC upgrades AN/PRC-117G radios with MUOS

    Harris has been awarded a USD75 million US Marine Corps (USMC) contract to upgrade the Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack radio fleet with the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) waveform. The contract, announced on 14 January, follows a similar buy in late 2017 to upgrade about 1,000 USMC Harris

  • Work begins on first of five Saudi corvettes

    Spanish state-owned shipbuilder Navantia held a steel-cutting ceremony for the first of five corvettes for the Saudi Arabian Navy at its San Fernando shipyard in the Bay of Cadiz on 15 January. Work on the corvettes, which are based on Navantia’s Avante 2200 design, is being carried out under

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