• Chilean Navy contracts overhaul of PC-7 powerplants

    The Chilean Navy has signed a support agreement with US firm Prime Turbines to have the PT6A-25 turboprops of its fleet of Pilatus PC-7 Turbo Trainer aircraft fully overhauled and refurbished, according to sources in Santiago. The first two engines are in the process of being sent to the United

  • US tightens investment regulations

    US President Donald Trump has signed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA) into law, which introduces reforms that will allow the government to apply national security reviews to foreign investment. Part of the FY2019 National Defense Authorization Act that has just come

  • ELN peace negotiations face high risk of failure as new Colombian government likely to introduce unacceptable demands

    Key Points President Iván Duque has been highly critical of peace negotiations between the former Santos administration and the Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN). The Duque administration has given itself 30 days to evaluate the state of peace talks with the ELN. The new

  • Roboteam expands UGV portfolio

    Roboteam took the opportunity at the Global EOD Symposium & Exhibition in Maryland to showcase its latest unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) range, which includes the new Light Interoperable Ground Robot (LIGR) and improved Reconnaissance and Surveillance Teamed Robot (RSTR). The LIGR builds on the

  • Unidentified assailants spray anti-Semitic graffiti on synagogue's property in the US' Indiana

    UNIDENTIFIED assailants spray-painted anti-Semitic graffiti and Nazi symbols on the brick wall of a synagogue's property in Carmel in the state of Indiana in the United States between 28 and 29 July, Fox News reported. The damages cost approximately USD 3,000. No group immediately claimed

  • Update: Taliban launches attack on Ghazni City

    Taliban fighters launched a multi-pronged attack on the capital of Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni Province on 10 August, killing more than 170 security forces personnel. At the time of this update, however, five days into the fighting they have failed to bring the strategically located city

  • US to provide Sri Lanka with USD39 million in military financing

    The US Department of State has announced that it will provide Sri Lanka with about USD39 million in foreign military financing, pending congressional approval. “We look forward to discussing with the government of Sri Lanka how this contribution can support our ‘Bay of Bengal

  • Kabul and ‘Resolute Support’ sign to boost telecom services

    The Afghan government and the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission signed on 11 August a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to enhance telecommunication services across Afghanistan. “The Afghan National Defense Security Forces [ANDSF] depend on a more reliable and secure

  • Regional instability heightens security concerns of Panama Canal

    Instability in Latin America – due in large part to the recent migration of refugees from Venezuela looking to escape national crises there – is causing more concern about the security of the Panama Canal, Colonel Barbara Fick, chief of Political Military Affairs at US Southern Command

  • US Air Force seeks to improve student pilot learning through new initiative

    Key Points The USAF sought to decrease the time of pilot training without sacrificing learning Pilot Training Next relied heavily on simulators and other existing and emerging technologies The US Air Force (USAF) sought to decrease the time and cost of pilot training without sacrificing the depth

  • Bolivian military border control initiative develops

    Bolivian Defence Minister Javier Zabaleta announced on 7 August that the Bolivian Army will relocate 24 forward control posts and double the number of personnel assigned to the country’s Counter Smuggling Strategic Operational Command (Comando Estratégico Operacional [CEO] de Lucha contra

  • Mexico to acquire Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles

    The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 9 August that the US Department of State has approved an estimated USD41 million Foreign Military Sales (FMS) package of eight Raytheon RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSMs) to Mexico. The prospective FMS package includes six

  • Austal set for Philippine OPV programme

    Australian shipbuilder Austal confirmed on 13 August that it is in position to secure a contract to supply a version of its Cape-class patrol boat to the Philippine Navy (PN). The deal is expected to feature six vessels that will be built in the Philippines by the company’s local subsidiary,

  • Brazil takes delivery of locally built armoured attack boat

    The Command of the 8th Naval District (Com8DN) of the Brazilian Navy took delivery in July of its first DGS 888 Raptor fast attack multi-mission armoured craft, called Poraquê , from local firm DGS Defense. The boat, the first heavily armoured craft of its size for Brazil, primarily reinforces

  • US needs national maritime strategy to sustain US-flagged commercial fleet for defence needs, GAO says

    The US Department of Transportation (DOT) should complete a national maritime strategy to sustain the US-flagged commercial cargo ships on which the Pentagon relies to ship Defense Department cargo, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has said. The DOT has drafted but not issued the national

  • CENTCOM sees message in Iranian naval exercise

    Iran was trying to send a message when it held a naval exercise as the United States reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic, according to General Joseph Votel, the commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM). CENTCOM noted apparent preparations for the exercise on 1 August, when it stated it was

  • Ecuadorian MND outlines acquisition plans

    The Ecuadorian Ministry of National Defense (MND) outlined its strategy to strengthen the country’s armed forces on 2 August, with its goals including the acquisition of new platforms and the repair and modernisation of existing ones. The objective for the army is to acquire light

  • New Zealand orders flight simulator for NH90 helicopters

    The government of New Zealand has approved the purchase of a flight simulator from Canadian company CAE to train the pilots of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF’s) fleet of NHIndustries NH90 multirole medium helicopters. “A New Zealand-based simulator offers the benefits of

  • US outlines pillars of arms transfer policy as administration tackles offsets, exportability

    The US government has outlined the main pillars of its reforms to the country’s conventional arms transfer (CAT) policy, following the end of a consultation period to develop an implementation plan. Speaking at an event at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC on

  • USN changes maintenance mindset as it implements post-collision fixes

    The US Navy (USN) has shifted responsibility lines and altered the way it oversees maintenance as the service implements recommendations made in the wake of last year’s surface-ship collisions in the Western Pacific, USN Secretary Richard Spencer has said. One of the findings of USN reports