• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Covid-19: Pentagon halts overseas troop movement for 60 days

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is ratcheting up its coronavirus response with a new 60-day stop movement order for all overseas troops and civilians. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted the order on 25 March in a bid to protect personnel from the virus and maintain “operational

  • Covid-19: US Navy looks to accelerate future work as virus threatens current production

    The US Navy wants to accelerate new contract awards as the impacts of Covid-19 threaten to disrupt naval production and other existing programme work, James Geurts, the assistant navy secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition, told reporters on 25 March. Geurts’ comments come as the

  • Gripen E/F shifts focus from flight to sensor tests

    Saab has shifted the focus of its Gripen E/F testing away from basic flight trials towards the aircraft’s tactical and sensor suites as the programme ramps up ahead of the first upcoming deliveries to Sweden and Brazil. Speaking at Saab’s annual Gripen Seminar on 26 March, the

  • US Air Force awards Edgybees contract for Argus augmented reality software

    Key Points The USAF has awarded Edgybees a contract to provide its Argus augmented reality software Argus will be used with the MQ-9 Reaper and ScanEagle UAVs The US Air Force on 17 March awarded Edgybees a contract for the company’s Argus augmented reality (AR) software solution, according

  • US Army selects Bell, Sikorsky for FARA-CP programme

    Key Points The US Army picked Bell and its 360 Invictus and Sikorsky and its Raider X to move forward with its FARA-CP effort The service expects a final downselect in mid-2023 The US Army on 25 March selected Bell and Sikorsky to move forward with its Future Attack Reconnaissance

  • Covid-19: US Navy faces impacts of increasing virus spread

    More Covid-19 cases have been reported in American naval shipyards and this has now spread to personnel on an aircraft carrier under way at sea. The US Navy (USN) is bracing for further impacts from the virus, including the likely interruption of industrial production capacity on service

  • Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions to produce ammunition for US F-35 programme

    A joint venture (JV) between Rheinmetall Defence Australia (RDA) and Australian munition and weapon systems specialist NIOA announced on 25 March that it is set to produce and supply medium-calibre ammunition for the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme. Called Rheinmetall NIOA Munitions