• US Air Force to declare IOC for nuclear control centre

    The US Air Force (USAF) is on track to declare initial operational capability (IOC) by April for its Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) Center, according to a key officer. Major General Stephen Davis, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) director of global operations, said on 14

  • JGSDF certifies its first amphibious assault force in joint exercise with US marines

    Japan certified its Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARDB) during the 14th iteration of Exercise ‘Iron Fist’, which was conducted in Southern California by contingents of the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF). The move means that Japan’s

  • US DoD releases first Artificial Intelligence Strategy

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released a document to summarise the 2018 strategy for artificial intelligence (AI) in response to the US President Donald Trump’s signing an executive order to launch the American Artificial Intelligence Initiative. Released on 12 February the strategy

  • Facilities for IAF’s new Chinook helos to be ready in March 2021, says CAG

    The facilities to accommodate 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters on order for the Indian Air Force (IAF) at a base in northern India will not be operational until all platform deliveries have been completed, the country’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has revealed.

  • Huntington Ingalls revenues up 10% in 2018

    US naval shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industry (HII) released results from its 2018 financial year on 14 February, reporting annual sales growth of almost 10%. Revenues generated by the company in the 12 months to 31 December 2018 rose to USD8.2 billion, while its operating income increased by

  • Pentagon could pay up to USD6.1 billion for Trump border wall

    US President Donald Trump has set plans into motion to siphon nearly USD8 billion from various accounts, including the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) military construction account, to pay for the construction of a wall along the US southern border. In a 15 February televised address

  • Transportation strikes over extortion increases supply chain disruption risks along the San Pedro Sula-Puerto Cortes corridor

    Event On 14 February Security Minister Julian Pacheco announced that the anti-gang Operation Morazán II was refocusing its strategy on high crime urban centres linked to Puerto Cortes after confirming that there had been an increase in attacks against transport service operators in Cortes

  • US Army to acquire Carl-Gustaf M4

    The US Army has signed a three-year framework agreement with Saab Dynamics to acquire the 84 mm Carl-Gustaf M4 (CGM4) lightweight reusable shoulder-fired recoilless weapon system. In September 2017 the Army announced an intention to rapidly acquire about 1,111 GGM4s – with an equal number of

  • DARPA delays key Launch Challenge deadline

    Key Points DARPA delayed an important Launch Challenge milestone, allowing additional teams to pre-qualify The partial US federal government shutdown affected the launch licence approach, a programme requirement The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) delayed an important

  • Lockheed Martin reports growing demand for F-16 thanks to new upgrades and variant

    Key Points Lockheed Martin has reported growing demand for F-16 aircraft The company has rolled out new block upgrades and a F-16V variant The demand for F-16 Fighting Falcons is accelerating around the world due to new production models and upgrades, according to a company official. Victor

  • Lockheed Martin to develop ‘Silent CROW’ for US Army Multi-Function EW programme

    Lockheed Martin’s recent deal to provide its Silent CROW podded system for the US Army’s Multi-Function Electronic Warfare (MFEW) programme is part of a broader surge of interest in electronic warfare/cyber offensive capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . Lockheed Martin

  • NATO’s rhetoric about no new nuclear missiles in Europe to counter Russia is unclear

    NATO has insisted it has no plans to deploy new nuclear missiles in Europe in response to Russia’s nuclear-capable 9M729 ground-launched cruise missile, developed in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. However, careful reading of fresh statements by allied

  • US Congress continues its call to curtail US military support in Yemen’s civil war

    Backlash against Saudi Arabia continues in Washington and may lead to President Donald Trump issuing his first legislative veto since taking office. The House of Representatives, now controlled by Democrats, passed a Yemen war powers resolution on 13 February stating that US forces have to cease

  • Argentina creates air bridge to its southernmost base in Antarctica

    After 53 years the Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina – FAA) has restored an air bridge to the country’s southernmost base in Antarctica. ‘Operación Polar’, performed using two de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter utility aircraft, departed from Marambio

  • China ‘greatest long-term strategic threat to US’, says INDOPACOM chief

    US Navy (USN) Admiral Philip Davidson, the commander of US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), has referred to China as “the greatest long-term strategic threat to a free and open Indo-Pacific [region] and to the United States”. “Through fear and economic pressure Beijing is working

  • Increasing frequency of armed assaults on tourists raises risks for foreigners, despite Costa Rica’s reduced homicide rate

    Event On 11 February, an Argentine couple were victims of a robbery in the capital, San José, following a series of high-profile armed assaults on foreigners in Costa Rica’s tourist areas in the last six months. Three female tourists were assaulted and killed in August and November, and

  • Geoff Fein: an obituary

    It is with great sadness that Jane’s reports the death of our friend and colleague Geoff Fein, who passed away on 13 February at the age of 60. Geoff was well known inside and outside Jane’s as a friendly, welcoming, and idealistic person, which is impressive as his journalistic career

  • Dutch Caribbean commissions four patrol boats

    The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) has commissioned four 38 ft Defiant-class patrol boats in the DCCG’s Station Aruba. The vessels, which were constructed by US shipbuilder Metal Shark, will be used to patrol the waters around the Dutch islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, St

  • INDOPACOM emphasises need for advanced munitions

    The US needs better munitions in the Indo-Pacific to keep pace with regional adversaries, said Admiral Philip Davidson, commander, US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). “Developing and fielding advanced munitions is a critical component to increasing joint force lethality,” Adm Davidson

  • NAVSEA asks boatbuilders for Force Protection proposals

    The US Navy (USN) has asked industry to submit blueprints for a fleet of Force Protection Medium (FPM) boats capable of guarding high-value ships, ports, and anchorages against terrorist attacks and other security threats. As many as 113 boats could be ordered under a planned five-year