• Contractor-reliant F-35 model a legacy of Total System Performance Responsibility

    Key Points The F-35 programme’s structure, where it is mostly run by prime contractor Lockheed Martin, is the legacy of an early 2000s acquisition reform effort The idea was to give the contractor more freedom to be innovative in management practices but it created poor contractor incentives

  • Key US lawmaker wants F-35 programme structure changes

    Key Points The HASC readiness subcommittee chief wants the structure of the F-35 programme to change He believes the contractors have had too much leverage A key US lawmaker wants the Pentagon to take greater control of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) programme

  • US Army integrating drones into militarised-HoloLens AR architecture

    On the US Army’s path to developing and fielding a militarised head-up display (HUD) with augmented reality (AR) capabilities, the service is incorporating two unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the mix to help soldiers navigate outside terrain and determine potential dangers lurking inside

  • Pentagon seeking whole-of-government response in strategic competition with China

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) is “keenly focused on China and its growing projection of power” as Beijing seeks to assume a global leadership role in the coming decades based on its “authoritative socialist model”, Chad Sbragia, the US deputy assistant secretary of

  • US Army leaders test out latest militarised HoloLens AR architecture

    US Army soldiers are evaluating the latest iteration of Microsoft’s modified HoloLens 2 headset as part of the service’s effort to inject augmented reality (AR) into how the force trains and conducts combat missions. Under the Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) programme, the

  • FLIR Systems enhances tethered UAS operations

    FLIR Systems will use the recently acquired intellectual property (IP) and assets of Aria Insights to enhance its Tether Kit system and further expand its tethered capabilities, the company has told Jane’s . The company announced that it had acquired the tethered drone assets of Aria

  • HII CEO: Best way to get carrier Ford ready is to operate it at sea

    As the US Navy (USN) works through weapons elevators issues and other post-maintenance bugs on the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the best way for the service to prepare the ship for operational fleet introduction would be get some sea time under its keel, according to Michael

  • Pentagon, Lockheed Martin continue dispute over F-35 intellectual property rights

    Key Points Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon remain in conflict over F-35 intellectual property rights This has delayed the implementation of a critical capability required for the programme to declare full rate production The dispute between Pentagon and Lockheed Martin over F-35 Lightning II

  • US Army prepares Chinook engine testbed for flight

    The US Army and Boeing have conducted ground runs of an NCH-47D Chinook heavy-lift helicopter fitted with the more powerful General Electric (GE) T408 engine, ahead of an anticipated first flight in the coming days. The US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Aviation & Missile Center

  • EA-18G Growler upgrades under test

    The US Navy (USN) has disclosed a number of near-term upgrades to the Boeing EA-18G Growler airborne electronic attack (AEA) aircraft, including the introduction of a new Tactical Offensive Radio Operations (TORO) special capabilities pod. Revealed in the Naval Air Systems Command’s in-house

  • USAF maintained high-intensity air campaign in Afghanistan in October

    The US Air Force (USAF) released more munitions over Afghanistan in October than in the same month in previous years since 2010, according to US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT). Recently released data shows that USAF manned and unmanned aircraft released 777 munitions over the Central Asian

  • USN completes repairs on carrier Truman

    The US Navy (USN) has completed repairs on aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and the service is now preparing the ship and its air wing to resume operations at sea, USN officials said on 12 November. Scheduled to deploy in September, the carrier has been sidelined since August, when the

  • Companies ready robotic combat vehicle proposals for US Army

    A handful of vendors are slated to deliver their light and medium robotic combat vehicle (RCV) proposals to the US Army in the coming days. Over the year, the service has been laying the groundwork for RCV-light (RCV-L) and RCV-medium (RCV-M) competitions and in recent weeks invited several

  • US Air Force plans platform cuts for FY 2021 budget request

    Key Points The US Air Force is planning platform cuts in its FY 2021 budget to free up money for modernisation The service wants to free up money to prepare for near-peer competition and move away from platforms that were more valuable during previous combat in uncontested airspace The US Air

  • US MCM systems eyed for international forces

    The countermine systems being developed by the US Navy (USN), especially for the USN Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission module (MM), are being sought by other international naval forces as the USN continues to successfully test and employ those systems, industry officials say. Recent operational

  • Ecuador’s Astinave starts building multipurpose vessel

    The Ecuadorian state-run shipyard Astinave started building new multipurpose vessel Project Alpha-2021 on 11 November with a steel-cutting ceremony. The shipbuilding contract was signed by the Ecuadorian Ministry Of Defence on 31 October for the ship, which is meant to be used by the Ecuadorian

  • Fincantieri revamps Wisconsin yard to meet USN FFG(X) capacity needs

    To ensure its Wisconsin shipyard can meet the US Navy (USN) requirement to build two guided-missile frigates (FFG(X)) per year to compete for the contract to build the warship, Fincantieri Marinette Marine (FMM) has embarked on a programme to overhaul the yard and revamp some of its shipbuilding

  • Patria demos Nemo 120 mm mortar in United States

    Finland’s Patria said its120 mm Nemo (New Mortar) turret, integrated onto its Armoured Modular Vehicle (AMV) 8×8, has conducted a firepower demonstration in the United States. These trials were done at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, and Fort Benning, Georgia, and included indirect and

  • Update: Seven companies receive US Air Force Hypersonics Pitch Day contracts

    Seven of the nine companies invited to propose at the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) inaugural Hypersonics Pitch Day (HPD) on 1 November earned contracts with some able to potentially earn USD1 million. Ursa Major Technologies, UES, Spectral Energies, Powdermet, GoHypersonic, Advanced Silicon

  • India, US to conduct first joint multi-service exercise on India's east coast

    India and the United States will hold their first joint multi-service exercise on India’s eastern seaboard from 13 to 21 November to enhance interoperability when carrying out humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations. In a 12 November statement the Indian Navy (IN) said